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Saturday:) Some Special Happennings on the Square

8 Oct

“If I was any luckier, I’d be a little green leprechaun.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yesterday was a fun day. We had our birthday party for Miss Bonnie at Towne Creek, then afterwards, I met some friends at MPAC, McKinney Performing Arts Center. We attended the free concert with Maylee and the Mayor. When we arrived, there were free t-shirts at each seat promoting the voteyourmainstreet.org. We each received a raffle ticket for prizes provided by local merchants, restaurants, and services.


Well, to make a long story short, when they called 137, for the best prize of all, it was ME! Yay! It was called the Romance Package. A night at the romantic Grand Hotel, complete four course dinner for two at Rick’s Chop House, (the finest and my favorite restaurant in town) a bottle of champagne and a half dozen chocolate covered strawberries. Cool! My lucky day. My neighbors won the salsa/barbecue sauce basket and offered to trade. Nah!


It was a great concert. Maylee is an awesome singer and George Fuller, our own guitar slinging Mayor, was accompanied by John Christopher Davis. They all rocked the house. My ears are still ringing.

Mayor George Fuller and his wife, Maylee Thomas.


Maylee and John Christopher Davis.

The City of McKinney offers  so many fun events throughout the year. We live in a great town with some great people. 

Tuesday:) Tunes and a Terrific Sunset

14 Jun

“Each spectacular sunset renews my faith in miracles.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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After a busy weekend, it was nice to lollygaggle around the house with Mom most the day. Oh yes, the Comcast cable guy came around 11 to fix her tv. We were without TV for THREE WHOLE DAYS! It was torture. I’m not sure how we managed without our three or four hour “Murder She Wrote” marathons each evening from 10pm to midnight or 1am. We compensated by watching YouTube videos of how to paint roses or make flowers from coffee filters on my iPad. Not the same. No murder to solve.

So, Jeremy fixed the cable, changed out the old box, and showed us how to switch from tv to DVD. But, we failed to check and see if all the channels were there. My sister noticed tonight that the movie channels and HGTV and other stations we had before were missing. OH NO!!! More calls to Comcast.

This evening around 7, a very sweet and talented lady came to The Greens of Elgin to play piano for the residents. Oh my, she was very talented, playing classical songs, Schubert, Debussy, etc.   She ended with three songs that she composed herself for each one of her children. I only captured a few seconds because my iPhone ran out of room…AGAIN. I don’t understand why. I only have 4,054 pictures on there. Yikes!


Here is a few seconds of the talented Lanette Calhoun.

After the concert, I went for an evening walk, just in time to capture the sunset. Marvelous music and a spectacular sunset. This is my thinking time. This is my thankful time.


Theme Song Thursday:) I Light a Candle For You

28 Jul

“A single candle in the dark of night, a tiny flicker with a brilliant light.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank

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Before our weekly support group at St. Gabriel’s, I always walk into the dimly lit sanctuary to bless myself with holy water from the font. Last night, there wasn’t a soul in sight. Perhaps unseen souls were there, but unbeknownst to me. There are two walls on opposite sides near the back with rows of votive candles. One side has a painting of the Blessed Mother Mary, and the other side has St. Joseph, the carpenter, with his young apprentice, Jesus.

Given an option, I light a candle beneath the guiding eyes of St. Joseph. This is to pray for my son Joseph and his new family, but also my son Matthew, and the rest of my family and friends. I always have the same prayer, “Health and happiness for my family and friends.” Then, I add a specific intention here and there. 

I’m a strong believer in prayers, which are basically those silent thoughts and wishes in your mind. 

“A single candle in the dark of night, a tiny flicker with a brilliant light.”

Monday:) Music, Monte Montgomery, and My Montage Momday Monday.

25 Jul

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison

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Saturday night, my friends Diane and Richard invited me to a concert over at the Guitar Sanctuary, with up front VIP seating. I hadn’t heard of Monte Montgomery before, but now I’m a huge fan. Amazing guitarist and singer/song writer.


Zack King opened, an up and coming musician in his own right, and cute as a button.


Monte came out and rocked the house with amazing songs and skills.


A great evening with great friends.

Then today on Facebook, I was nominated yet again to post pictures of why I love being a mom. So, instead of my usual Montage Monday, I have my Montage Momday.


I have two amazing sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and the cutest mom. I am truly blessed. Happy MOMDAY!

Theme Song Thursday:) Hear Me “Roar”

25 Mar

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.” 

― E.Y. Harburg

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Day 8 of my dental dilemma. Only smoothies until after the extraction heals and the implant gets placed. Who knows how long that will be. But, I woke up, took my meds, and went to Zumba. “Hear me roar.”

I stopped at the bank,then the store. I bumped into this cute older couple at Albertson’s. The man was wearing a Cubs hat, so Imwent up and shook his hand and asked, “You from Chicago?” Of course they were. Who else would be bold enough to wear a Cubs hat in Texas? We chatted and shared stories about Chicago, different neighborhoods, and the old Cubs/Sox rivalry. John and Dolores were more than happy to chat in the produce aisle. 

  
When I got home, I made a quick smoothie, then out for a long brisk walk. It was very cold with strong winds, but it felt great. I did some housework, laundry, and paperwork. Then, I went out for another walk before heading over to my other divorced and separated support group at 7. More sad painful stories. Life is crazy. Time to think about my blessings and strengths. “Hear me roar.”

  

 
I heard this song on the radio on my way home and thought, this is a good song for my blog today. A good song for my day. A good song for my life. 

Theme Song Thursday:) Hear Me “Roar”

25 Mar

“Words make you think. Music makes you feel. A song makes you feel a thought.” 

― E.Y. Harburg

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Day 8 of the dental dilemma. More smoothies, but doing better every day. I went to Zumba in the morning, then stopped at the store to get more almond milk and ingredients for more endless days of drinking my meals. 

  
While I was in the produce aisle in Albertson’s, I saw this cute older couple. The husband was wearing a Cubs hat, so I went over, shook his hand and said, “I like your hat. You from Chicago?” Well, of course they were. Who else would be brave enough to wear a Cubs hat in Texas? John and Dolores were all to happy to chat about Chi Town. We talked Southside/Northside, Sox/Cubs, neighborhoods, and discovered we had something in common. We were all born at home, no hospitals. You never know who you’re going to bump into at the grocery store.

  
I came home, made a smoothie and went for a walk. It was cold with blustery winds. After some mundane housework and paperwork, I went for another walk before dark. Then at 7, I went to my other divorced and separated group. People sharing more heartbreaking stories of pain and sorrow. I had a very busy, crazy, active day. I’m a lion…HEAR ME ROAR.

I heard this song on my way home tonight and thought…this was my day. This is my life. This is my song!

Theme Song Thursday:) 3 Things…Things Are Looking Up

15 Jan

“When you’ve been down for so long, the only way to go is up.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Trying to think of a song to describe my day, or my mood, or my life, is often difficult. I’ve been having some really great days lately, and my family and many friends  who know me well, understand how wonderful this is. When you’ve been “down” for so long, the only way to go is “up.” Things are looking up for me, so this was a good theme song for today. It starts out sad, but has a happy ending, just like in real life. 

   
 http://youtu.be/OsrICJqWQ1E

3 Things …Jason Mraz

There are three things I do when my life falls apart

Number one I cry my eyes out and I dry up my heart

Not until I do this will my new life start

So that’s the first thing that I do when my life falls apart
The second thing I do is I close both of my eyes

And say my thank you’s to each and every moment of my life

I go where I know the love is and let it fill the me up inside

Gathering new strength from sorrow

I’m glad to be alive
And things are looking up

I know above the clouds the sun is shining

Things are looking up

Love is still the answer I’m relying on

Three little things
Things are looking up
Well the third thing that I do now when my world caves in

Is I pause, I take a breath and bow and I let the chapter end

I design my future bright not by where my life has been

And I try try try try, try again

Yes I try try try try, try again
Things are looking up

I know beyond the dark the sun is rising

Things are looking up

I know above the clouds the sun is shining on

Things are looking up

Ooh, love is still the answer I’m relying on

Three little things

Three little things

Songwriter(s): JASON MRAZ / MICHAEL NATTER / NANCY NATTER / CHASKA POTTER / MONA TAVAKOLI / BECKY GEBHARDT / MAI BLOOMFIELD