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Wednesday:) What a Wonderful New Year Ahead!

2 Jan

Sarah Ban Breathnach

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.


Happy New Year! January 1st is always the day we make resolutions and set goals and make plans to reinvent ourselves. Let’s face it, that rarely ever happens, does it? But, here’s the thing. It’s better to have resolved and lost, than to never have resolved at all. Even a short lived goal is an achievement.

This year, my New Year’s resolution is the same as last year’s. MAKE NO RESOLUTIONS I CAN’T KEEP. I only have hopes. My hope is to do a little more, live a little more, love a little more, and be a little more. That I can do. How about you?

Today is my last day in Chicago visiting family and friends. My first day is my last day. I’ve been here a month. So, what did I want to do on my last day? Well, I needed one last indulgent meal of my favorite…pizza. My sister took me to Chicago Pizza Authority in Elgin. The thin crust pizza was excellent, and the crust was so thin and crispy, you could snap it like a cracker. Their large pizza is the size of anyone else’s extra large, and toppings piled on high. Nothing skimpy here. And the waitress was so sweet, she even gave us a coupon we could use, so our huge sausage pizza was only $9.99. (You’re getting hungry, aren’t you?)

We only managed to eat half the pizza, and I was trying to figure out how I could smuggle the other half in my suitcase tomorrow morning. Just kidding, or am I? Our meal was excellent, and our waitress was wonderful. My sister left her a $10 tip. She is very generous. I always believed that how you start your year is how the rest of the year will follow you.

After lunch, we stopped at a few stores. Our first stop was Big Lots to check out the after Christmas sales. On the way in, I found a lucky penny. A good sign and good way to start the year.

I bought a lottery ticket earlier. I haven’t checked it yet. If I’m a big winner, I’ll let you know tomorrow. If you don’t hear about my big win, it just means I’m lucky in life, and maybe not so much at gambling.

On our way home, the sunset was spectacular, even through the dusty windshield. Now, this was an end of the day gift in the sky. Look at these colors!

On this first day of 2020, I wish you all health, happiness, and may all your dreams come true.

(Now, I’ll have to go scratch off my lottery ticket that I almost forgot about. Wish me luck)

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip For The New Year

2 Jan

“With full appreciation, count your blessings no matter how small they might seem. Gratitude and unconditional self-love are the best gifts that you could ever give to your inner-self.”

― Edmond Mbiaka


I have a few friends who have started the practice of writing down their blessings, special occasions, or reasons to be grateful and putting them in a jar. If I’m not mistake, my friend Blynda posted the idea on Facebook last year. You are supposed to start New Year’s Day and continue all year. Then, when the new year rolls around on January 1, empty the jar and read about the wonderful things that happened. I think it’s a great idea and I painted a jar and labeled it the “GOOD JAR.” I love to paint, so it’s also a daily reminder of the things I love to do.

This jar sits on my kitchen counter with little slips of white paper and pen next to it for those impromptu moments of inspiration. There’s something powerful about physically writing down your blessings. While you write, it reinforces your gratitude. Then, when you read the words again a year later, you can smile and relive those wonderful moments,

I’m not home today to read my notes, but I will be sure to jot down some blessings for the new year and place them in the jar when I get home. But first, I’ll empty the jar, sit with a cup of tea, put my feet up, pour the little slips of white paper on my lap, and relive the blessings of 2018.

Some other ideas for making your gratitude or blessings jar. Give it a try. There’s something exhilarating about starting your day with a grateful heart.

I like the idea of writing something every day. Personally, that’s what my blog is about. I like to share my blessings and gratitude with whoever is crazy enough to read my ramblings everyday, or even every now and then. I’ve made some wonderful friends this way. AND… for all you wonderful friends out there…I am truly grateful for YOU.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! I hope it’s the best year ever. I like the saying, “When I count my blessings, I count you twice.”

Sunday Sermon:) Out With the New, In With the Old.

2 Jan

“Old stories and old memories can bring new joy.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning, I went downstairs with Mom for Mass. A very nice gentleman named Ray, was the volunteer officiate. The Gospel today was about the shepherds finding Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus in the manger. Eight days later he was named Jesus, as Mary was told by the angel before he was conceived.

Ray had an interesting question that I’d never thought of. He said, “Where would we be if Mary had said NO?” Wow! It was her choice, but she chose to do God’s will, although a difficult decision. 

My take on it…sometimes we have to make difficult decisions because we have to trust in God’s plan. What if Mary had said no? Would someone else have been chosen to be the mother of Jesus? Maybe there would be no Jesus, no Christianity. One event could have changed the course of history. 

Wow! That made me think about my own life and the decisions I’ve made. Does God have a plan for all of us, for me? If I hadn’t married my high school sweetheart , I wouldn’t have had the two most wonderful sons in the world. I wouldn’t have just met my new beautiful granddaughter. Even after a devastating divorce, I have a beautiful loving family. I wouldn’t change that for the world. I have to trust that God has a plan for me.


Instead of a NEW story on this New Year’s Day, I thought today I’d share an old story, my very first blog post from four years ago. On  January 1st, 2013, I decided to challenge myself and my writing skills by sharing a blog post every day for a year. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to think of something to write about for an entire year. Well, 1,473 consecutive posts, and 63,789 views later, I haven’t run out of things to say. 

This was my first post. I’ve  made some great friends here on WordPress, I’ve shared a lot of stories, I’ve made a lot of changes in my life. I still try to share happy news and discoveries. I still fulminate and rant about annoying things, but my husband doesn’t aggravate me anymore. He’s an ex now, and some changes are good.  God has a plan.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s a new day, It’s a new year. It’s an old blog…