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Monday:) My Five Year Mission~ Mission Accomplished

2 Jan

“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”

~Benjamin Franklin


It’s a new year, and every January 1st, I’m reminded that it’s a chance to start a new page for the new chapter of a new story.

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.


The following is my very first post on January 1,2012. A lot has happened since that first story five years ago. My plan was to see if I could write something every day for one entire year. Like the Star Ship Enterprise, it turned into my five year mission…to boldly go… well, I’ve explored strange new worlds. I’ve shared happy news and sad news, and I have met wonderful new people and made great new friends, and I’ve been hurt and betrayed by someone I loved for over four decades, I’ve complained about politics, and solicitors, but I no longer have to complain about my dogs or husband. They’re now EX’s and gone. Yep, a lot has changed. What didn’t changed was my resolve to write every day, and I didn’t miss a day in five years


My mission now complete, I can relax and now write only when the mood strikes. But, the one thing I’ve learned these past five years is, when you look for something to write about each and every day, it teaches you to focus on the beauty and importance of life.

My New Year’s resolution… I don’t have one. I haven’t changed in nearly 65 years, I’m not going to change now. I LIKE ME, JUST THE WAY I AM.

This was my first blog post five years ago,



New Year’s Resolutions




It’s a new day. It’s a new year. It’s a new blog. As I get ready to toss out the old, well-worn 2012 calendar, I’m reminded of two things. One: I always make New Year’s resolutions that I seldom keep for very long. Two: I don’t have a new 2013 calendar. Now what? But, with all the fancy-dancy digital and techno-gadgets at my disposal, who really needs a paper calendar? Let’s face it, I don’t need one, but I still like the old fashioned ways. I prefer turning the real pages of a book as opposed to swiping my index finger across an illuminated tablet, and I enjoy the tactile custom of flipping over a calendar page filled with scribbled appointments and birthday reminders. Don’t get me wrong, my iPad is jammed with info, pictures, contacts, stories and reminders. I just need both.

This year, my resolution is not just to do more writing, but to share my writing with more people. So, here I am, and if you are reading this, I’m off to a good start. Thank you!

It was difficult to come up with a title for my new blog. It seemed like every idea I had was already out there when I Googled it. I wanted to use words like ruminations, contemplations, or rantings, but they were taken. Therefore, I did what every perplexed writer does in time of need. I looked up some words in my red Webster dictionary. In this case, I used the on-line version, but many times, I actually use the old fashioned hard cover copy on the book shelf.

The word fulminate popped up during my exhaustive search. Whoa! That’s a good one, and low and behold, my Google search didn’t bring up much with that word. Perfect! If you aren’t familiar with the word, as it was a new one to me, the synonyms are rant, rave or spout. Yes, perfect.

My plan is to share happy news, discoveries, stories about new places and fun people, thus the salutations. But, once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet, and I start ranting or complaining about politics, phone solicitors, or the ever popular things my husband does to aggravate me, therefore, the fulminations.

Today is New Year’s Day, a great day to start a new project. I think I’m getting off to a good start with my inaugural post. Wish me luck!


After five years, I’ve had 82,919 views on my site, nearly 20,000 just this year. I have made hundreds of new friends. I’ve written 1,839 consecutive days, and have read thousands of posts from the many interesting people I follow. It’s a NEW YEAR, blessings and joy to you and yours.

Saturday:) Stats and Starting the New Year Right

3 Jan

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” ― L.M. Montgomery


Yesterday, I was going start off the new year by sharing all the stats, starts, fears, hopes, and dreams of 2015, but I was too busy running around and having fun, starting the new year off with a bang.

One of the highlights of my year was writing my daily blog, finding something to share with the world. I started writing it on January 1st, 2013, with the personal challenge of writing every day for a year, just writing everyday observations and personal thoughts on life. AS OF TODAY, I HAVE WRITTEN EVERY DAY FOR THREE YEARS! Yes, I am an over achiever.

1,106 consecutive posts with 47,789 views and 23,275 visitors. Granted, this is over the course of the past three years, but I find this so rewarding and amazing. Then, I have 548 WordPress followers, 347 Facebook followers, 95 Twitter followers, and 30 Tumblr followers. Wow! I am so honored that so many people have taken time to read what I have to say.    

Yesterday was such a busy day, starting with a long walk in the morning, preparing snacks and art projects for my senior art group at Towne Creek in the afternoon, then joining Lynne and Charlie and friends for dinner with Mexican food complete with mariachis in Grapevine. Then, we stopped at Stan’s in Frisco to listen to music by Bruce and Eric. I didn’t get home till midnight. About 15 hours of non-stop crazy fun. Great way to start the year.

Towne Creek, painting and chatting.

Good food, good friends, and an 8 piece mariachi band. Ay, ay, ay, ay!

Bruce and Eric playing some oldies, classics, and original songs.



New Year’s Day:)Tradition

2 Jan

“Sometimes we follow traditions and don’t know why. That’s what Google is for.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Is it just me, or you you all discumbubulated with Christmas and New Year falling on a Friday ? I thought yesterday was Friday, only to wake up today and it was Friday. I had to go back and edit my post from yesterday. 

So , yesterday I made a big batch of black eyed peas per southern tradition. I already knew the suggested reason for the New Year custom, but I found many people did not. Here’s what I learned. 

The practice of eating black-eyed peas for luck is generally believed to date back to the Civil War. At first planted as food for livestock, and later a food staple for slaves in the South, the fields of black-eyed peas were ignored as Sherman’s troops destroyed or stole other crops, thereby giving the humble, but nourishing, black-eyed pea an important role as a major food source for surviving Confederates.
I make mine a little different with roasted corn, black beans, salsa, and jalepeños. Then , serve with taco chips. Must be my Mexican heritage of a little further south. But , it’s yummy. 

I have  some with neighbors and friends to share  the wealth , so to speak, and to carry on the tradition. 

Theme Song Thursday:) Fresh Start… New Year

1 Jan

Every new year begins with a new start, and a new calendar page wih the number “1 ” on it. YOU are the only “1” who can make it a good “1.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I always find New Year’s Eve to be a day of reflection and a day of optimism all rolled into one.  So many  resolutions  that will be long forgotten by March. My resolution this year is to absolutely make NO resolutions. I plan to continue what I’ve been doing all my life, and that is being the best ME that I can be. I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far,

While I was taking my long morning walk, I reflected on the past few years. They haven’t been so great, to say the least. But this will be a great year. “Something’s Coming.” Like the song from Westside Story says, “I don’t know what it is, but it is…gonna be great.”

2013~ A year of BETRAYAL. After 43 years of loving one man, I was blindsided, betrayed,     and thrown aside like a piece of garbage. I lost my marriage, lost my smile, lost a lot of weight, and ended up in the emergency room, almost losing my life. But, I never lost my faith nor the love of friends and family. 

2014~ A year of UPHEAVAL. I spent the year forced to sell and leave my home, pack up 39 years of memories, find a new home, and survive a gut-wrenching divorce. My life was turned upside down. In my 60’s, I had to start a new life. But, I never lost my faith nor the love of friends and family.

2015~ A year of TRANSITION. Established and comfortable in my new home for a whole year, I made new friends, enjoyed my old friends, and started to work on my new life. My son got married to an adorable girl in July, I spent time with old friends back home, and finally started feeling a little less lost and alone. I was dancing in the kitchen again. And I never lost my faith nor the love of friends and family.

2016~ A year or RENEWAL. This will be a wonderful year! I know it will! My year of Renewal! A new calendar page. “Something’s Coming.”



Happy New Year to all my friends and family. YOU put the HAPPY in Happy New Year! Love you ALL!


Theme Song Thursday and Theme Word for 2015

2 Jan

“For within your flesh, deep within the center of your being, is the undaunted, waiting, longing, all-knowing. Is the ready, able, perfect. Within you, waiting its turn to emerge, piece by piece, with the dawn of every former test of trial and blackness, is the next unfolding, the great unfurling of wings, the re-forged backbone of a true Child of Light.”
― Jennifer DeLucy

Today is the first day of 2015. It’s a new day, a new year, a new everything. Many of my friends pick a word that will be their mantra or theme to give them inspiration for the entire year. I always struggle to find the perfect word. What would you choose?

I thought long and hard, and I knew it had to be a word that began with “re.” I went to the dictionary and thesaurus, and looked at every word that started with “re.” There are a lot, believe me. Here’s what I came up with…

re·new·al\ri-ˈnü-əl, -ˈnyü-\
: the act of extending the period of time when something is effective or valid : the act of renewing something
: the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again : the state of being renewed
Full Definition
1 : the act or process of renewing : repetition
2 : the quality or state of being renewed
3 : something (as a subscription to a magazine) renewed
4 : something used for renewing; specifically : an expenditure that betters existing fixed assets
5 : the rebuilding of a large area (as of a city) by a public authority

I like RENEWAL! A state of being made new, fresh, or strong again. I especially like being made strong again. Yes, that’s the perfect word. This will be my word for 2015.

Do you have a word? What is it? If you don’t have one yet, think about it, and let me know what word you picked.



I looked for the perfect theme song for today. I almost picked a sad song, but then found this. Yep! This, is much better.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY FRIENDS! It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year.

Tuesday Trivia: New Year’s Eve

1 Jan

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

Many people look forward to the new year for a new start on old habits. ~Author Unknown

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. ~Author Unknown
This has been one hell of a year! Pardon my French. But, 2014 is the year of the dragon and I am a dragon, so look out!

Here are some fun trivia facts about New Year’s Day.
New Year’s Eve Fun Facts And Trivia: 7 Details About The History Of The Last Day Of The Year
By Susmita Baral | Dec 31 2013, 09:00AM EST

New Year’s Eve Fun Facts & Trivia MrGarry/Shutterstock

1. Ever wonder how January 1 became the start of the new year? This date goes back to when Julius Caesar debuted the Julian Calendar and set the date to be the first date of the year after he reformed the calendar in 46 BC. New Years day was dedicated to Janus, the god of gates and beginnings, by the Romans.

2. As for New Year’s Eve traditions, the most popular one each year is to lose weight. But the act of creating resolutions dates as far back as the ancient babylonians who made resolutions to their gods at the beginning of each year. This act was followed through by the Romans, who made resolutions to the god Janus, and the act of making vows of self-improvement has carried through since then. Fun fact: According to Forbes, a mere 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution.

3. The traditional fare on New Year’s Eve is black eyed peas, as it is believed to bring good luck to the consumer. The peas are believed to have become a symbol of luck during the Civil War, when Union soldiers raided Confederate food supplies and left behind the peas and salted pork, which left the Confederate soldiers well fed through the winter.

4. Another tradition for the new year is to kiss at the stroke of midnight, which roots back to an old English and German folklore. According to the folklore, a couple should kiss at midnight for a promising year and singles should kiss (or not kiss) to set the tone for their relationship status in the year to come.

5. Champagne is the beverage of choice on New Year’s Eve, but many do not know that in order for a sparkling wine to be champagne, it must be produced in Champagne, France. There are over 300 million bottles produced there and the history of creating wine and champagne dates back to the 17th century. Note: Latinos also have a grape-related tradition that entails eating 12 grapes at midnight with each strike of the clock. Each grape represents the months of the year and consuming them is supposed to be good luck.

6. The annual Time Square ball drop is one of the most-watched events of the year, with one million visitors going to Time Square, millions of Americans tuning in to their television screen and billions around the world watching the ball drop. The ball, aka the center of attention, is made of Waterford Crystal pieces and weighs well over a thousand pounds. The only two years the ball drop did not take place was 1942 and 1943, due to war restrictions.

7. Auld Land Syne was written by Robert Burns in the 1700’s, which is sung every year at midnight as part of New Year’s Eve tradition. The song originates from Scotland, but is an international tradition carried on around the world. The lyrics, which can be found here, include: Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my jo, For auld lang syne, We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne, And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp! And surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, For auld lang syne.
Here’s my version of black eyed peas…Texas caviar. Just open up jars and cans, a few spices, oil and apple cider vinegar. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with Tostito chips. I like the scoops.

Happy new year my friends!!!!