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Tuesday:) Take a Picture

14 Feb

Every picture tells a story

Every story shares a life

Some are joyful memories

Some are filled with pain and strife

A glimpse into the future

Or a stroll back from the past

Every picture tells a story

Take a picture, make it last.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today, I wanted to share a special picture that tells a story. I know what the background story is… but I ain’t tellin’. You have to use your own imagination. It’s a happy one. So, next time you share a photo with someone, think about just sharing it without explanation or captions. It’s fun. Write your own story.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Taking Off

31 Jan

“Airports are a great place to meet new people, have a gourmet meal, go shopping, and sometimes, even get on a plane and go somewhere.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’m not a big fan of traveling. I think it’s more about the preparations and anxiety before the trip that make me nervous, But, I’m fortunate that I have friends and family that take me to and from the airport. Karen and Brad drove me to the airport this morning, arriving several hours before my flight. This gives me plenty of time to relax, get something to eat, people watch, and talk to strangers. My son was going to pick me up.

Here’s a cool thing. You may or may not know my thing with lucky pennies. Well, when I was dropped off at Terminal E6, I stepped out of the car, and there, right beneath my feet was a shiny lucky penny.

When I went to the kiosk to check in, it said I had to speak to a United representative. A very helpful gentleman waved me to the counter and took my information and printed out a boarding pass. Then, the security line was so quick, I couldn’t believe it. This gave me plenty of time for a gourmet meal.

Chick Filet in a paper bag. It doesn’t get get more gourmet than that.

I still had a couple of hours to kill, so I went over to the information desk. The nice gentleman asked, “Can I help you with something?” I just told him that I had a few hours to kill so I thought I’d chat with him.

This is Ron, a volunteer. He used to be a school counselor, so when he retired, he wanted to help people. He said his wife teaches fourth grade, and hasn’t retired yet. We had a nice chat. I waved to him later when I passed by after I sat at the wrong gate for about an hour. Hmm? I really didn’t want to go to Houston. I’m glad I noticed that the board never changed to say Chicago.

The plane was packed, but I was fortunate enough to get the very furthest seat at the very back of the plane. So, there no one was behind me. I got to lean against the window and close my eyes. My seat mate was a pilot, so I felt confident. If our pilot fell asleep up front, we had a back up in the back. Also, I didn’t have to fight the mob de-planing because I was the very last soul in the back.

Oh, then it was very exciting when the beverage and snack cart came by. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to eat again. I was so full from the 16 mini pretzels and half of a cup of orange juice.

It was a good flight, and we even touched down about fifteen minutes earlier than expected.

Travel doesn’t have to be traumatic. But, if it is, make a few new friends, take some pictures, and savor the moments.

Theme Song Thursday:) Reflections

26 Jan

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

~Confucius

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It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk here in McKinney. The sun was warm and bright, with glorious reflections on the pond. I thought, hmm? What will I write about today. Thursday is usually theme Song Thursday. So, I thought of the Supreme’s wonderful Motown song, “Reflections.” An oldie but a goodie.

Isn’t that a cool photo?

Tuesday:) Time To Make The Brownies Miss Toni

10 Jan

“When the going gets tough, the tough bake brownies.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Sometimes you can’t see the road ahead but as you keep going, it gets clearer. Stay the course as the fog of life dissipates.”

Sanjo Jendayi

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It was a foggy day in London Town. Oh, wait, that’s right. We’re in McKinney. Anyway, it was foggy here too. I walked the dog over by the pond this morning, and the fog and the mist were mesmerizing and surreal looking. I love the fog. The world seems dreamy and opaque.

I drove to Zumba in the fog. It was kinda cool. The intense music, dancing, and Latin rhythm of the class smacked me out of my brain fog right quick.

When I got home, I said to myself, “Self! What do you do on a foggy day?” Well, of course, the answer is always, “Make brownies.” Then, silly person that I am, I had to make a funny face in the mix.

Fear not. After the eggs and oil and chocolate chips and more marshmallows are added, they are delicious. Hundreds, if not thousands of my personal friends can attest to that.

I took some to my church group meeting tonight. They agreed.

Seize the day and season it with love…and chocolate.

Wednesday:) Where Ya Been Miss Toni

23 Nov

“You know you’re having a great adventure when you can’t get WIFI or cell phone reception.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, yesterday I wrote about my adventures at the Rio Grande, thinking of my ancestors and the people on the other side of the river.

Today, I want to share just a few photos from Big Bend National Park. I have a few hundred, so I’ll spare you the ordeal of sifting through them all.

I’m back in McKinney, with WIFI and cell phone reception. Yay!

The highlights. These are probably the ones I’d like to paint in watercolor… next chance I get. I took my paints with me, but didn’t get around to painting. My New Year’s resolution.

Some gorgeous scenery, glorious sunsets, and desert beauty.

Sunday Sermon and Some More San Antonio Missions

20 Nov

Make your life a mission – not an intermission.

~Arnold H. Glasow

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This morning, we attended Mass at the San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio. It’s a beautiful ornate church, complete with gold gilding, statues, carvings, and pius atmosphere.

Today’s Gospel was the parable of the talents. A man gave one servant 5 talents, another 2 talents, and the third 1 talent. When the master returned, the men given 5 and 2 talents doubled their money while the man given 1 buried his. The master was pleased with the first two and rewarded them, and the last, who buried the money was scorned and cast out.

My take on it… here the term talent refers to money, but we could relate it to talents or gifts. God may give some people more gifts or talents than others, but we are obliged to use our gifts, share them, make them grow, and use them to the best of our ability. If we waste our talents and are lazy or selfish, we will not be rewarded in the end.

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Now, for the lovely historic missions.

The four southernmost Spanish colonial missions—Concepción,  San José, San Juan and Espada  —are included in the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which officially opened in 1983. These four missions, along with the Alamo, have been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). Land for the Historical Park was donated by the city, county, state, Catholic Church and San Antonio Conservation Society. The missions are walled compounds encompassing a church and buildings where the priests and local Native Americans lived and worked.

Mission Concepcion.

Mission San Jose

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission Espada

My mission was to see all the five historical missions in San Antonio. Mission accomplished.

I lit a candle and said a fervent prayer for friends and family. If you are reading this, you are in my prayers too.

Wednesday:) What Lies In The Shadows

9 Nov

“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

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What lies in the shadows, what sings in the sun?

Gray clouds hide the moon,  when evening is done.


 Soft simmer of sunset, whispering wheat in the night

What lies in the shadows, will glow in the light.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis