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Saturday:) Sights and Sounds

11 Oct

“Everyday is a feast for the eyes, with soothing sounds for the ears, and sights for the soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Whenever I’m not sure what to write about, I just take a leisurely walk around the neighborhood and just take in all the sights and sounds of nature.

Just a couple of blocks away, there are horses grazing in a field.

The sunset sizzles in the western sky.

The pond glistens and reflects the fiery sky.

Then, a quiet beckoning bench before the night sky dims and fades to grey.

A very nice Saturday. Now, time to put my feet up and watch a little Notre Dame Football. Go Irish!!!! ☘️

Saturday:) Sights and Sounds Abound

20 Sep

“When the soul looks out of its body, it should see only beauty in its path. These are the sights we must hold in mind, in order to move to a higher place.”

~Yusuf Lateef


Everyone knows I’m “amazing,” but I still find myself amazed at the wonders I find along my walks. I’m not talking about glorious Colorado mountains or sunset in Paris. I’m talking about the glorious sights and sounds found right in my little neighborhood, right here on the path that I walk every day, every week, and every year for over six years. Every day is a new adventure, a new canvas of wonder.

This lonesome crane stood at the edge of the pond for the longest time. Either he was waiting for a fish to surface or he was doing what I was doing, enjoying the peaceful scenery and the glorious morning. I like to think the latter.

A welcoming bench with a welcoming view. Birds chirping in the tree tops.

Bountiful, colorful flowers along the way.

A lucky feather for faith.

An orange glowing sunset that just didn’t capture the magnificent colors nor get full justice from my iPhone camera. It was spectacular.

A splendid Saturday full of awesome sights and sounds.

Friday:) Fiery Hot Texas Days, Friends, and a Fabulous Sunset

18 Jul

“If these Texas days were any hotter, I would think I died and went to the opposite of heaven. Just sayin'”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was another scorcher here in North Texas. It was soooo hot, the farmers were feeding their chickens ice chips so they wouldn’t lay hard boiled eggs. (I borrowed that from somewhere?) when I went outside early this evening, around 6, the heat and humidity crushed my chest like an anvil weighing on it. I only stayed out about 15 minutes, and decided to postpone my long walk until right before sunset. That’s my favorite time anyway.

I went to Tom Thumb this afternoon and picked up a few great sale items, which always perks me up. Then, I made some phone calls, and talked to my best friend from back home a while this evening. It was good to catch up. Also, I got to FaceTime with the most adorable granddaughters on the planet. Thank goodness for technology.

I’m sure, like most of you, the extent of your activity and communication these days is done via some electronic device. That’s why it’s good to revel in the beauty of nature once in a while. I need this at least once a day. Here is my sunset from tonight. Yes! Amazing!

I walked 2.2 miles and admired and appreciated every second.

Now, for my Friday night tradition. Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends!

Saturday:) Some Awesome Sunsets and Skies

29 Jun

“I can’t help but stare in awe at the sky and soak in all the colors and hues that God painted in the heavens. Perhaps a preview.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow, another steamy day here in north Texas. I got up early to beat the summer heat and trim my crepe myrtle tree. I was guilted into it, not being much of a horticulturist, I’ve said this many times. ” I can paint a tree or flowers. I just can’t grow trees or flowers.”

My friend Allison, and avid gardener invited me to go to Home Depot with her yesterday, and she bought a carload of trees and dirt. She talked me into one little tree. When she picked me up, I was chastised for the sad shape of my crepe myrtle and also that it was infested with aphids. Yuk! How would I know? I don’t look at such things,

So, I went out there this morning with those tall snippy cutter thingies, and trimmed the tree. I also trimmed back a few man-eating bushes that were over taking the flower bed. Then, I sprayed the tree with some buggy stuff that she recommended. I was sweatin’ bullets. I do love nature and plants and such, I just wished that God could take care of all that like he does the beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Here’s my crepe myrtle all cute and trimmed. It was about twice the size before,

Some of my recent sunsets…

I guess sometimes even Mother Nature needs a helping hand.

Wednesday:) What Wild Wonderful Creatures Have You Seen?

21 Jul

The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.― Suzy Kassem

Mother nature not only provides beautiful vistas and flora, but her creatures great and small are a wonderment to behold. My first wildlife sighting in Colorado was not only amazing, but also amusing. A herd of elk had the tourists all stopping to take pictures. (Me included.) The amusing part was the elk were walking smack in the middle of town in front of the liquor store. (My kind of elk.)

Then, I saw a mamma deer and her baby fawn munching some dry grass on the side of the road at the YMCA camp.

There were ground squirrels and chipmunks all over looking for food.

All creatures great and small. This one was very small and very cute.

This little guy was looking for food in our backpack. Not shy at all.

The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.” 

― Suzy Kassem

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of The Day…Treasure The World Around You

19 Jul

“When you treasure the world around you, you are the richest person alive.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis 


“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” 
― Amit Ray


Today was spent hiking trails, taking amazing photos, and giving my nasty knee and old worn out body a good sturdy workout. The pictures will speak for themselves.

What treasure I discovered today!

Tuesday:) To Every Season…

20 Apr

Ecclesiastes 3King James Version (KJV)
3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace………..

My daily walks are often the inspiration for blog posts, and today was such a day. It was a “ducky” kinda day. On my way to Zumba, I had to wait a few minutes while a family of ducks meandered across the road right outside my driveway. They’ve been strangely marauding the neighborhood the past few weeks. Usually, they are nestled by the pond two blocks away, but these crazy ducks have been sightseeing. 


Why did the duck cross the road? …I give up! They could just fly, right? If I could fly, I wouldn’t be walking. 

Now, this brings me to the sad part of the …”To every season…” Yesterday, on my walk, I saw the dozen or so duck eggs neatly clustered under a tree, waiting to be hatched.

So safe and secure. I couldn’t wait to see the new fuzzy babies waddling around in the pond. 

This morning, most of the eggs were sprawled on the grass, several feet from their safe haven. A predator? I prayed it wasn’t some mean children. I felt so sad. Then, I wondered if the duck parents saw this. Do ducks mourn, feel loss, get upset? How could they not. New life without a chance to begin.

When I looked closer, I noticed one egg on the grass that hadn’t been harmed. I had a plastic bag in my pocket, so I used it to place the egg back under the tree with the remaining two or three that were not taken. 

I hope these eggs have a chance to come into the world. Just when I was the most sad, I saw a momma duck under a different tree. She was either laying eggs or sitting on her brood, but it made me realize that life goes on. There are losses, and there are renewals. “To everything there is a season.” As in nature, as in life.

Can you see the mamma all huddled and protective under the tree? Let’s hope these eggs have a chance. New life, new beginnings.


Friday:) A Few of My Favorite Things

9 Apr

“Phone calls from friends and family, a glorious sunset, the ducks waddling by the pond, an old classic musical on tv, and my special black Russian ice cream drink every Friday night, these are a few of my favorite things. Life is good!”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


No kickboxing for me this morning. My right knee has been acting up. Old age, old bones. But, I did walk four half hour walks instead of one or two long walks. I had the pleasure of doggie sitting for Miss Bella today. She’s so cute. 

 We spent the day together. Selfie time.

 Then, I had a nice lunch at Panera with my neighbor and friend, Diane. More walks with Bella, a nap, and sitting out in the back yard. 

Another walk. I always enjoy seeing the ducks at the pond. They’re so used to seeing me every day, they don’t even waddle away when I approach. 

Wild flowers along my way. Nature’s every day beauty. 

While I was  writing here, I heard a loud…whoosh sound.  I ran outside, and there was a hot air balloon just a few feet over my head. I waved to the travelers and took a picture. They waved back.

Diane came over for Black Russian Friday. A very important tradition. 


Wednesday:) What Wonders We See Along The Way

31 Dec

Life is your wonderful playground. Be merry and enjoy it to the fullest until we are called back Home.


It was a wonderful Wednesday. A wonderful day for a walk, sunny, in the 50’s. The evening sky painted  another amazing  display. Sometimes I think, I wonder if everyone stops dead in their tracks to stare at the beauty that nature provides. I swear, it always takes my breath away. While I was walking, I saw the horses across the road sauntering around, nibbling on tall grass, with an amazing sunset in the distance. 
It’s hard to see the horse in the lower left, but look at that sky!

The nearby pond is always a place of visual wonder.

I love this one with the bare tree silhouetting the sky.

An empty field where they are preparing to build more houses. That’s ok, the sky will still be there.

All these beautiful sights on an average daily walk. I just have to open my eyes, and there it is. How blessed am I?

Saturday Scenes

4 Oct

Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold
Her early leaf’s a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.

~Robert Frost


An early morning stop to the McKinney Ladies Association garage sale. 

A hot air balloon floated overhead. 

Then, my dear friend Sherry drove past me while exiting, pulled over, chatted , and invited me to join her for breakfast at IHOP before my writing group at 10. 

Ok…. Here’s my funny story. I’m sure she and Mandy are still laughing. I asked her,  “The IHOP on 380? ” She   confirmed. I walked back to my car and drove over to meet her and Mandy. I get to the parking lot of where I thought the IHOP was , and it was Denney’s. 

I called her cell and said, ” You know I’m directionally impaired, right? I’m at Denney’s. Where the hell (pardon my French) is IHOP? They had a good laugh when I finally arrived. 

After writing, a walk in the woods. Mother Nature in all her glory. 

The road less traveled.