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Thursday:) This Is My Awesome Little World

8 Oct

“The most awesome scenes, sights, and sounds are often found just around the corner. Just open your eyes.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’m ALWAYS in awe of the awesome sunsets just around the corner on my evening walks. The colors are so vibrant. I always imagine God up there in the sky, wearing a big black beret, splashing the sky with a huge paint brush dripping with fun fuchsia, awesome orange, radiant red, and gorgeous gold. (I love colorful alliteration.) I love my sunsets.

Totally unfiltered, just pick and click.
My pretty pond… also unfiltered. Just how God painted it tonight.

Now, here’s an added attraction. On the other side of the road across from the pond, there’s a lovely house set back from Wilmeth Road that has horses. I haven’t seen them out by the fence for a while, but tonight, this beautiful brown horse sauntered by. I walked across the road to say hello and take a few photos. I felt bad that I didn’t have any carrots or apples for him. He was very friendly.

I was trying to get a little glimpse of sunset behind him.
“Hello! Did you bring me anything?”

This is my awesome little world.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

3 May

“People are like vines … We are born and we grow. Like vines, people also need a tree to cling to, to give them support.”

Elizabeth Kata


Another beautiful “AMAZING” Sunday. It’s nice to be back at 9 o’clock Mass and seeing old friends and celebrating the Mass together in person.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus saying,” I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” The comparison is to vines and branches that cannot exist if cut off from the branch…

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a branch — and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for whatever you please and you will get it.

My take on it… if we remain faithful and true to God’s word, we will flourish. If we abandon our faith, we will be cut off and wither and die. I think that can relate to anyone cut off from the sources of life like water, food, air, etc. Our bodies can’t survive without those sources and our souls cannot survive without the source of our faith, kindness, and love.


The rest of my day was AMAZING as usual, and a nice evening walk in the warm evening air, followed by a chat on the phone on the park bench with my old friend Debbie. Yah, she’s old, but so am I.

Happy Sunday!

Friday:) A Few Fanciful & Fabulous Clouds

10 Apr

“You may run into some gray clouds along your journey, so hold on tight to the sunshine within you.”
― Christine E. Szymanski


This evening’s sky was filled with fabulous clouds that escorted me on my evening walk. Some people may see the same sky and the same view, but each night, I see a totally different and magnificent masterpiece in the sky.

My first loop around the pond.
My second loop around the pond. (Can you see how just a few minutes can make such a difference?)
A different view in the southeastern sky.
Now, you see why I love my evening walks.
And guess what? It’s Friday, my friends. You know what that means. Happy Black Russian Friday…CHEERS!

Another Sunless Saturday:) Sights and Sounds to Lift Your Spirits

24 Jan

“On this dark dreary Saturday, I discovered there is NO beautiful sunset without a sun. But, there’s still beauty all around.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yuk! Another drab and dreary day here in North Texas. I hadn’t poked my nose out of the house since Thursday, not even to get the mail. So, today, I mustered up all my mustard… (play on words) and dragged my sorry butt out for a walk.

It was dark and misty at 5pm, usually my amazing sunset photo time. But, I didn’t let it get me down. I decided to see what other beautiful and glorious sights and sounds might lift my spirits. I was not disappointed.

Across the street from the pond, two beautiful horses were out grazing in the pasture. Maybe it’s a pasture, or maybe it’s just the front yard of the old farmhouse where a recently constructed road skims across the once open field. I remember seeing these horses when they were just newly born, romping around, then flopping down in the tall grass next to their mommas.

After making around 5 or 6 loops around the pond, I stopped at a bench to just breathe in the misty air and appreciate the birds flying by. Then, up again for a few more loops.

This bare tree was an inspiration for a few lines of a poem that rattled around in my brain. (TBA)

I even reveled in the artistic beauty of this rusty storm sewer cover that I cross paths with hundreds of times on my walks. There is beauty every where if you only open your eyes.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Saturday:) Setting Goals For The New Year

3 Jan

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.”

— Walt Disney


Several of my friends like to pick a word on January 1st to inspire and motivate them throughout the year. I’ve been using the same word for my mantra for several years. Most of you already know it… AMAZING. I am amazing, I do amazing things, I am an amazing mother, sister, friend, writer, artist, and all around amazing human being. My perception is my reality.

Even though I have the same Word and mantra, I do like to set little goals for myself throughout the year. I try to walk every day and write every day and do something creative. I’ve been writing this blog every day for eight years. Yikes! 8 years? My goal in 2013 was to see if I could write something every day for one year. I guess I’m an over achiever, or just a creature of habit, maybe both. But, I love looking for something beautiful, inspirational, fun or creative to share everyday. It gives me a purpose.

Yesterday, when I was looking for some small plastic containers to put my famous black eyed pea salsa in, I found a zillion container bottoms but NO lids. Where the heck were the lids. I finally pulled out every dang container from the cabinet and messed with a zillion lids and bottoms until I found three that worked.

This ain’t the half of it folks! I left that mess on the floor yesterday, and promised to organize that cabinet today. It was a Herculean task, but I did it.
Every container has a lid and bottoms are stacked and nested and lids are banded according to shape and size. (Let’s see how long that lasts)

After I finished, I did some laundry, and remembered that I had another zillion containers that I’ve saved or bought to use for sharing cookies and brownies for friends, neighbors, and my Firemen. Oh no! I pulled out a bunch more stuff from the laundry room. That will have to wait till tomorrow. I’m exhausted.

Yikes! These are going into a big bin and maybe stored in the garage or find a new home. But, tomorrow is another day, Scarlet.

I guess my New Year’s goal should be to declutter. Alas, I am a pack rat/hoarding/crafting/ baking artist. We don’t throw anything away.

But, I did get out for my evening walk tonight. The sun was out after endless days of endless rain. I put in 2 miles and enjoyed every minute.

Ah, the sunset. Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) From Here to There

19 Dec

“I sure wish Friday would come around more than once a week. Couldn’t we eliminate one of the less impressive days, like Tuesday or Wednesday and have two Fridays?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


On my morning walk with the dog, I was with a lovely sight. A beautiful white heron or egret or some such beautiful bird was soaring around the pond, dancing on the water, looking all majestic.

On my way home, a cardinal was chirping in Miss Kathy’s tree across the street. He was kind enough to pose for a photo op. Her cat, Mr. Mo was rolling around on the driveway, scratching and taking in a little sun.

Later in the evening, I walked Bella back home to her daddy, who was back from his business trip. It was getting dark, and the granddaughters wanted to FaceTime with Gamma. So, I walked in the dark and showed them some decorated houses on my phone along the way. It’s always so nice to receive those surprise calls.

It was a beautiful Friday and now it’s time for me and Elvis on the Shelvis to enjoy our Black Russian Friday.

Cheers, my friends!

Wednesday:) What a Wondrous World

3 Dec

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach


Wednesday is usually my What’s Cookin’, Words of Wisdom, or my Wondrous World. Since I really didn’t cook or bake today, nor do I feel very wise, so I’m going to share the Wondrous sights from my walk this glorious chilly evening, and a couple from the past few days. Every day is an adventure of sights and sounds.

I went to the grocery store today, and when I got home, I put the ice cream in the freezer then ran out the door for my walk to catch the sunset. I love my sunset walks. The beauty is breathtaking. (Or was that the cold air and fierce wind taking my breath away. Maybe both.)

Oh my! Look at this handsome fella grazing in the pasture, just a couple of blocks from my front door. So majestic.
Last night’s sky.
And this little fella followed me home. We both enjoyed our cool evening walk.

Now you see why I run out the door every evening, to see what Mother Nature will surprise me with.

Happy Wondrous Wednesday, my friends.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday and Some Tacos

27 Nov

“Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.”

― Isabel Quintero


I am thankful for so many things, but my family is at the top of the list. My little granddaughters FaceTimed and said “Happy Thanksgiving.” It’s so wonderful to watch them grow before my eyes, even if from long distance. My son and daughter-in-law are so sweet to call all the time.

My son Matt in California called and we talked for almost an hour. I talked to both of my sisters, and I called my Tia’s. (Aunts) Two out of three answered, and we had a nice talk. I had a nice chat with my old friend Debbie.(Don’t tell her that I said she was old.) Another nice call to my sister-in-law Ann. Then, there were a lot of texts and emails from friends and family.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be thankful and keep in touch with people to let them know how thankful you are to have them in your life. (You know who you are.❤️)

My neighbor and friend, Mr. Mike texted that he was going to drop of a plate of snacks, and just knock on the door and leave. That was nice. He knew I wasn’t going anywhere.

When I talked to my sister Jo Ann, I told her I was going to carry on the tradition that she and Mom had of having tacos for Thanksgiving. I found some shredded beef and avocado in the freezer. I had my Bernard’s salsa, tortillas, black beans, cheese, and lettuce.

Oh my. Fresh pan fried tacos right out of the skillet. Too good.

Then, the end to a perfect day. A beautiful two mile evening walk, catching the sunset at its finest.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

Saturday:) Some More Spectacular Skies and Sunsets

22 Nov

“I think of the sky as God’s awesome easel where He paints a spectacular sky every single day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, the sky was cloudy with a chance of pizza. Just kidding. I was thinking of that animated movie, “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” But, there is a good chance of leftover pizza from last night for my dinner.

My Saturday sky…

A few skies from earlier in the week…

Now this one, tell me if you see the Pterodactyl in the clouds, or is it a Velociraptor? Maybe an Eoraptor, but definitely some kind of Raptor. What do you think? You decide.

See it?

Oh my goodness, the night sky with the pale moon and stars against the midnight blue backdrop. Just WOW!

Masterpieces and magnificence in the sky.

Happy Saturday, my friends. I hope you look up in the sky now and then, pause, and see the awesome painting in the sky.

Sunday Sermon and Some Sunsets

9 Nov

“Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared.”

― Idowu Koyenikan


Another beautiful day here in North Texas, but my sister back home near Chicago, just informed me that her weather was even warmer than mine today. Hmm? What gives? That’s awesome. But, I won’t be shoveling snow next month, or at least I hope not. This crazy world is going to H-E- double hockey 🏒 sticks in a hand basket. Ya never know.

Today’s Gospel was the parable comparing the kingdom of heaven and the ten virgins who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five foolish ones took only their lamps and the five wise took their lamps and extra oil. The bridegroom was delayed, and only the wise had extra oil when the others were empty. The foolish had to run off to purchase more oil, and were not there when the bridegroom arrived to be escorted to the wedding feast.


MT 25:1-13

Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

My take on it… well, the ever popular, “Ready or not, here ‘I’ come.” We can’t wait till the last minute to prepare for our last day, the last judgement, and the kingdom of heaven. Live your best life every day, and you’ll never have to worry about the final judgement day. Be prepared at all times.

The rest of my day was fabulous and flew by like a beautiful feather floating in the warm autumn breeze. In other words, I didn’t get anything productive accomplished. But, that’s ok, aren’t we supposed to rest of the Sabbath. Oh wait, I’m not Jewish.

I did go for my evening walk, though. I snuck in two miles before dark. The sunset was just so spectacular tonight. Well, it pretty much is spectacular every night. Lucky me.

Happy Sunday, my friends.