Tag Archives: Poetry

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

Theme Song Thursday:) The Party’s  Over 

24 Aug

It’s easy to impress me. I don’t need a fancy party to be happy. Just good friends, good food, and good laughs. I’m happy. I’m satisfied. I’m content. 

~Maria Sharapova

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The party’s over, 

It’s time to call it a day

There’s still three cases of beer

Cupcakes up to here

That I must give away.

It was a great night,

With so many friends

We drank plenty of wine

Had a wonderful time

But, that’s not where it ends.

Off to the firehouse

To share some cupcakes and more

Then to karaoke I’ll go

Where I always know

They’ll smile when I walk in the door.

So, the party’s not over

I’ll never call I a day

I’ve still got plenty of zing

And I’m gonna sing

Till they cart me away!


These are just the left overs. I know…I know, I over bake. But, it was intentional. I like to share with my fire stations, neighbors and friends. You know the old saying, “Measure twice, cut once?” My motto is, “Bake big and share with many.”

Now, off I go to spread joy and sugar and calories to the world.

Wednesday:) What Wonders Lie Within The Sky

10 Aug

What wonders lie within the sky

Dark clouds disguise the sun

Soft grey will play with amber hues

To herald day’s begun.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaits


Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

20 Jun

Montage Monday, a week in a peek.

Here are some pictures, I’m just too tired to speak.

I’ve been cooking and baking and running like crazy.

I’d tell you some more, but I’m just feeling lazy.

My visit soon over, I could use one more week.

But, alas I must go now, so here’s my week in a peek.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Sunday:) Mother’s Day Memories

15 May

Abraham Lincoln“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” 

― Abraham Lincoln

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I use that Lincoln quote all the time when I refer to my angel mother, Trini. She is by far the sweetest, kindest, most loving mother ever placed on this planet. I have been blessed and honored to be raised and loved by this lovely lady. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday in just a few weeks. She has been an inspiration to her three daughters, all her siblings, family and pretty much everyone who has ever met her. Love you Mom.

 

This is one of my favorite pictures because it captures our silly nature, not to mention our common love of ice cream.

I have also been blessed with two wonderful sons, Joe and Matt. They are grown men, but will always be my babies. I miss them very much, but now being a new grandma, I plan on visiting more often. Look out! Nothing sillier,  mushier, crazier and more annoying than a new grandmother.


Matt and Joe, the loves of my life. I wrote a little poem way back in 2010 when I stumbled across some of the silly keepsakes I had tucked away in a drawer. There are literally hundreds of letters, school papers, school crafts, baby clothes and toys. I still have all those gifts and memories and I will never part with them. 

NOODLE NECKLACE

I miss that noodle necklace

And the handprint plaster plaque

Those earrings made of Play dough
How I wish those days were back
When you raced home after school
A secret present just for me
 I had to keep my eyes closed
To wrap before I could see
Several yards of gift wrap needed
Two big rolls of tape were used
Then my hands were gently treated
To a huge package wrapped and glued 
I tore it open with pleasure
There printed in glitter of blue
The gift I always will treasure
With a card that said, “I LUV YOU.”
I miss that noodle necklace……
~Toni Andrukaitis Mother’s Day 2010
Now, I’m a grandmother and there is yet another generation to cherish and love with all my heart. Motherhood is the best gig ever.


Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful ladies out there who are mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, but especially those wonderful women who were not blessed with children of their own. They give their love and share their gifts and nurture and take care of so many people. This is their day too. It should also be called…HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY.

Wednesday:) Warbles and Words of Wisdom

27 Apr

Sing free as a bird, alone in a tree

With no one around, with no one to see 

Perched high on a branch, you know where to start

Sing free as a bird, a song in your heart. 

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky.” 

― Monique Duval

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It was cool and damp after the morning storm. The streets were wet and the skies grey when I set out for my walk. I never get bored on my regular route because Mother Nature has a funny way of showing me some wondrous sights. Every day the sky is different, the trees change with each day in each season, and the crawling and flying creatures are always entertaining.


Theme Song Thursday:) Seasons Change and So Must We

20 Apr

The seasons  change, and then so must we

The reasons are not for us to see.

The harsh cold winter begets the Spring

Blaze of Summer will cool Autumn bring.

Inspired by life, inspired by pain

The snow always melts, followed by rain.

Barren brown trees, and lifeless black earth

Blossoming into a wondrous rebirth.

One thing is certain, one thing is true

Your life will change, and now so must you.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” 

― Albert Camus


These two trees were barren and lifeless, while the others right next to them were budding fresh with bright green leaves. We all grow and change at our own pace. TO EVERY SEASON…