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Wednesday:) What’s Happenning on the Square Today?

31 Aug

Strolling the Square without a care.

You never know who’s sitting there.

Old friends to chat with, new friends to meet.

Adventures unfold on every street.

~Toni  Armenta Andrukaitis


The Square in downtown McKinney is always a fun place to be, even on a hot steamy day. I met my friend Zelda for lunch at Mellow Mushroom. They have wonderful pizza. The crust is made with molasses, so it has a sweet nutty whole wheat kind of taste. Our waiter, Robert, was a sweet young man who likes to chat. We found out all about his life, hopes, dreams, etc., in the span of about ten minutes. 

This is Robert. Cool dude. Ask for him if you pop in for lunch.

Zelda and I are pretty mellow, too. We had a great lunch and stroll around the Square.

Miss Gail was busy rearranging inventory and helping customers at Last Call Art Gallery. She doesn’t like her picture taken, but unless you are in witness protection, everyone is fair game with my camera. It really is an awesome gallery right on thenSquare, with dozens of local artists displaying work. Heck, most of them are good friends of mine. Stop by and give thenpm a visit. Tell them Toni sent you. On second thought, they might throw you out. Just kidding. They love me.

Dana and Judy preparing for jewelry making workshops in the back. They are laughing because I said, “Pretend to look busy.” Actually, they were busy until I interrupted them. 

Zelda found something cute at Kitchenwares On The Square. This is Kris who manages the shop. We talked about the wonderful infused olive oils that they sell. 

I always stop at Sweet Spot bakery. Always something yummy cookin’ there.

On my way out, one of the ladies that was seated at a table with some friends stood up and said, “Toni?” Oh my. It was Dena Hill. I’ve known her for years, but hadn’t seen her in a while. So, naturally, I crashed their meeting and had fun talking with her friends.

Dena, Kelly and Melanie. Three very talented and creative women. I think we’ll have to become Facebook friends!

I scurried home to get some brownies in the oven. I have a very good friend celebrating a birthday today. (Had to make my signature funny face)

Happy Birthday Michael Murphy. Your doorbell will be ringing in a few minutes.

Friday:) Fabulous Friday, More Friends, and More Firemen

12 Feb

“I’m glad Friday only comes once a week. I don’t know if I could handle all this fun every day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrkaitis


I’m going give a recap of last night’s painting party at my house. Ten fabulous ladies came by for my first inaugural wine glass painting party at my house. My dear friend, Linda Grossman, and my new dear friend, Michele Burke, invited friends for a painting demonstration and glass painting party. They brought all kinds of snacks, and drinks, and wine, of course. We chatted, visited, ate, then got down to the serious business of painting. O.K., there was nothing serious about it. I had to use my loud teacher voice, a few whistles, and nearly had to threaten the time out chair for the more boisterous. 

About four hours later, everyone learned some new painting techniques, and went home with two lovely hand-painted glasses. Some painted grape clusters, others, bluebonnets, some abstract, and a variety of endeavors. Everyone’s looked different and unique, not like those everyone do the same, paint by numbers type painting classes. All the gals had a good time.  

Julie B. Posted her beautiful glasses on her Facebook page, complimenting the talented teacher. (That would be modest me.) Didn’t she do a wonderful job?


So,this morning involved a little more clean up, a butt kicking kickboxing class at 8:30, a stop at fire station #5 to take some brownies and cookies, but all the trucks wer out. I left the container right outside the truck bay where they could find it.

When I got home, I went for a long walk, dropping off more brownies and cookies, some for Diane, a couple for Mr. Mike, and some for Michael and Derrek at the model house sales trailer. Michael gave up sweets for lent, so Derrek had an extra big smile. Later, I boxed up a few more treats for the two little boys across the street. The dad, Brad, is a fireman, and his pick up truck was outside. I didn’t want to ring the bell in case he was sleeping, so I left the container on top of the truck where he’d see it. I also put two little match box fire trucks inside for the boys who will be thrilled when they get home after daycare. 

The sun is shining, it’s 69 degrees, I walked for about 1 1/2 hours, I just ate lunch out in the sun, I’m catching some rays while I’m writing this, life doesn’t get much better than this.

Happy Friday from beautiful McKinney Texas, y’all.



Thankful Thursday:) HAPPY THANKSGIVING

27 Nov

Today, I am thankful for so many things

The  sun in the morning, and the warmth that it brings
The grey clouds of autumn with its fresh gentle rain 

The laughter of a children that your heart can’t explain

Holding hands before dinner, bowing heads in a prayer

Most important of all, is the love that we share.


~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Today I am thankful for so many things, health, family, friends, phone calls, and texts of well wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. At first, I was going to just stay home alone today and mope. I said, “It’s just another day.” But, I was invited by a couple of different friends, and I told them, “Thanksgiving is for families.” My family was broken and my loved ones far away. I wasn’t feeling very festive. Too many memories of family holidays that will never be the same. 

Then last night, I was up till almost 2am painting and working on ornaments, and I checked my Facebook page before bed. My dear friend Sherri Murphy posted a picture of her homemade place cards for her dinner table, and she said, ” And I made one for Toni and I hope she will come and join us.” Well, after I wiped away the tears, I replied, “Guess who’s coming for dinner?”

I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends who have become my family. For this I am truly thankful.

Sherri and Michael Murphy, on the far right, have shared their home and their hearts with me for many years. I love you guys!

Oh yes, if I was going to go to dinner, of course, I would have to bake some of my famous brownies and make a funny face before mixing. I had to contemplate a long time to think of a way to make a turkey funny face in my brownie mix, as per my tradition. Here’s what I came up with.

I thought it was pretty cute. Weird, but cute. They always taste delicious after I get done being goofy.