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Saturday:) Sometimes You Have To Break Free

30 Jun

“You don’t have to live with whatever life throws you–or whatever you’ve gotten yourself into…

You can choose to Change Your Story!”

Kirstin Leigh


On my recent walks, I’ve been infatuated with this flower that has been bursting through the confines of a six foot wooden fence a few blocks away. I laugh to myself as I think of the analogy on life that this bold flower represents. I think we can all relate to wanting to break through the fence that holds us back from doing the things we want to do are are meant to be doing.

This flower represents our lives. Nothing should hold us back. Don’t be kept in the shade behind a tall confining fence. Find a tiny crack or space to squeeze through and burst through. Feel the warmth of the sun and the fresh blustery breeze. Be free! Great analogy, right?

Sunday Sermon and Sitting With St. Francis

4 Jun

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

Anatole France


A beautiful Sunday morning. A surprisingly cool morning walk with Bella before church. That didn’t last long. Greeting at the door at St. Gabriel’s is always one of the highlights of my week. I shook a lot of hands and hugged many friends and a few strangers, too.

This Sunday we celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, or better known at Corpus Christi.

The Gospel from Mark was about Jesus breaking bread and pouring wine, telling the disciples that these were His sacrifice, His body and blood that He would sacrifice for many… thus we celebrate this concentration during the Mass.

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

MK 14:12-16, 22-26

My take on it… Jesus sacrificed so much for us. We should celebrate this gift, and we should share our gifts with others.


When I got home after church, it was already hot and steamy. A couple more short walks in the park with Bella, lunch and a few phone calls to friends and family. Where do the hours go?

The sun starts setting around 8:30 now, so it’s wonderful to get out for a long evening walk when the sun hides behind the tall trees and houses along my way. There was a slight breeze and a little cooler with no intense sun beating down on my skin. When I walk past Miss Bernadine’s house, I always stop and pat her statue of St. Frances on his head, with a little prayer,”Thank you for taking care of all the creatures great and small.” Tonight, there was a cute little bunny appropriately standing by the grey cement statue.

I must have seen over a dozen rabbits on my walk. The sultry tangerine sun was slowly sinking into the horizon. I love standing in the silent glow and taking pictures of the greatest show on earth.

Theme Song Thursday:) In The Eye of the Beholder

25 May

“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”

~Salma Hayek


I find myself seeing the most beautiful things in the most common and ordinary sites.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

On my morning walk, I saw a decomposing flower that had fallen off a nearby bush, lying on the steamy sidewalk. The moisture of the flower and the heat of the day created a watercolor image on the grey sidewalk backdrop. It was so beautiful, I needed to stop and take a picture. A perfect oval halo creating a natural masterpiece.

What do you see? Where do you find beauty? It’s all… in the eye of the beholder. Go out and behold!

Wednesday:) Walking Tour of McKinney With Guy Giersch

10 May

It’s not necessary to go far and wide. I mean, you can really find exciting and inspiring things within your hometown.

~Daryl Hannah


What started out to be a yucky day, turned into a fun afternoon. I had the dreaded 6month cleaning dental appointment. When that torture was over, I was so close to the square, that I decided to walk around, visit some friends and enjoy the day.

I stopped at the Visitor’s Center to say Hi to Beth and Sue. They asked if I was there to take the walking tour. I said, “No. What tour?” You want to talk about being at the right place at the right time. Guy is McKinney’s Historic Preservation Officer, and all around good guy.

A very large group of locals and visitors walked around the Square learning about the beautiful architecture and interesting history of the downtown area.

Besides the beautiful architectural facts, it was fun to take photos of some of the iconic sites around town.

Officer Amadee and Ontario were grabbing a little shade for a few minutes, welcoming photo ops and the kids love patting Ontario on the nose.

McKinney, a beautiful place to live, with beautiful people living here and visiting.

Saturday:) Shadows and Stormy Skies

21 Apr

“Whether I stand in the sun or in the dark, my shadow and God are my constant companions. They always have my back.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a gloomy dreary Saturday here, but I still went out for a couple of walks. I just put up my hood, leash up the dog, and put my cell phone in a ziplock bag in my pocket.

Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, I can always find something beautiful in my neighborhood, or even in my own back yard.

Sunny skies and shadows before the storm.

The rain washes away the dust of day and nourishes the earth.

Beauty in my own back yard. The grass is getting greener and the air is cool and fresh.

Saturday:) Spring Is In The Air

1 Apr

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

Rainer Maria Rilke


My first full day back home, sleeping in my own bed, sitting on my couch, sipping tea in my kitchen, and enjoying a beautiful Spring day in Texas. A little different than Chicago. It’s good to be home.

I got out for a VERY long walk, savoring a spectacular Spring day. The birds were chirping in the trees.

Blossoms were bursting from trees and bushes.

And Toni went for her walk, taking pictures, greeting neighbors, and stopping at Mr. Larry’s garage to catch up on neighborhood gossip and drink beer. Yes, back into the swing.

Throwback Thursday:) Old Photographs and Faded Memories

16 Mar

“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”

Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words


A good day to go through old photographs. And yes, I am that old that my first pictures and memories were all in black and white.

I was an adorable blonde baby in the 50’s.

I’m the cute one in the middle. I’m still workin’ the curly

My grandfather who I never met, above. My dad’s father.

Another group of adorable little girls with Mom. I’m still the cute one in the middle.

My father’s WWII army picture. Small, but you get the picture.

My great-grandparents with my mother.

My cute mom when she was a baby, and my grandparents.

Thursday, a few throwback photographs.