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Thursday:) The Quest For Perfection Continues

28 Oct

Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.” ― Constantine E. Scaros


My day started out with a perfect sunrise. I took Bella for a walk around the pond, and the weather was perfect, cool with glorious peach clouds, and a light breeze.

Off to Zumba at 8:15 for a fun class of dancing, wiggling and giggling. Home for another long walk. My friend Linda texted me, asking if I wanted to continue our quest for the perfect Chicago hot dog in McKinney, TX. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. 

Linda checked out the time and menu for Top Dog Taco on the Square. We met around 2. They were closing soon, but they didn’t mind staying open for a couple of crazy Chicago Chics on a mission. We need to report back to all the Cubs fans and Chicago transplants in the McKinney area. Yes, we’re on a mission.

The owners, Jen and Kristen hesitantly agreed for a selfie photo op. I can be quite annoying and nag until I get my way. (I mean persuasive.)

Their Chicago dog had all the right ingredients, right down to the celery salt and sport peppers. Yum!

If you’re looking for Top Dog Taco, it’s across the from the feed store… like that is helpful. 104 S. Chestnut. That’s more specific.

Oh yes, you’ve probably heard of “Cheddar Heads” from Wisconsin, but have you ever heard of a “hot dog head” from Texas?

My perfect evening ended with another walk and yet another glorious sunset. 

Without the quest, there can be no epiphany.” 

― Constantine E. Scaros

Wednesday:) Why, What’s That On Your Head?

11 Feb

“All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” 

― Cormac McCarthy, The Road


Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent. A day that we literally wear our hearts on our sleeves, or more like on our foreheads. A day to think about mortality, about what is really important in life. When I knelt to pray, I once again gave thanks and asked for continued strength. I prayed, “Change my heart.”  This made me think of one of my favorite hymns, “Change our hearts.” Well, guess what was the opening hymn. Yep, “Change our hearts.” This happened to me once before, over a year ago, and I sang and I cried. Today, I sang and I smiled. I smiled because my heart is changing. The pain of betrayal and anger is still there in my heart, but it’s softer now. A tiny bit softer. 

When I was at church with everyone else, it wasn’t unusual, but after Mass this morning, I needed to stop at the bank and the grocery store. At the store, I totally forgot I had ashes on my head because, well, I didn’t see myself. But, when people gave me a strange look, or a double take, then I remembered. At the bank, Independent Bank on Virginia, the girls there all know me. They just said, “Hi, Miss Toni. You just come from church?” I don’t even need to show a card or punch a code, they just type my name in on their screen, and take care of my transactions. That’s what I love about my town.


St. Anthony Messenger

By Susan Hines-Brigger

Ashes to Ashes

If there ever is a day of the year when you can spot Catholics at a glance, Ash Wednesday is it. It is the one time when Catholics literally wear their faith on their foreheads. In fact, Masses on Ash Wednesday are better attended than Masses on most holy days, except Christmas.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics. The ashes we receive on our forehead in the shape of a cross serve as an outward sign of our sinfulness and need for penance. The ashes also symbolize our mortality, a reminder that one day we will die and our bodies will return to dust. Hence the traditional words, remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.
The tradition of receiving ashes has its origins in the Old Testament, where sinners performed acts of public penance. It was Pope Urban II who in the 11th century recommended that all Catholics take part in the practice of receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday. In the 12th century it became customary that the ashes used on Ash Wednesday were made by burning the previous year’s palm branches.

Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. According to Church law, Catholics older than the age of 14 are supposed to abstain from meat. In addition, those between the ages of 18 and 59, not including pregnant or nursing mothers, should eat only one full meal. Smaller amounts of food�not as much as a full meal�may be eaten in the morning and either at lunchtime or dinner, depending on when you eat your full meal.



Saturday Sharing and Caring

30 Aug

No greater feeling of friendship than  gathering around a table to eat, laugh, and create memories. 

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’m having so much fun at Crescent Moon Lodge in Oklahoma with my dear friends Michele and David Betnard, our hosts, and Sherri, Sherry and Lynne. 

Sherri asked me for a little instruction on doing a watercolor of the lake scene right outside the lodge door. She never painted with watercolor before. Her painting was fabulous. 

 Ok. Internet was out all afternoon/evening. Still can’t post photos. Hope this works. 

Michele and David never painted with watercolor either, and they did a fabulous painting, but can’t share till I get home. 

 We’ve been painting, eating, drinking Black Russians, eating gourmet meals, gossiping, eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, more eating and drinking. What a great weekend! 

More tomorrow.