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Thankful Thursday:) There’s Always Something to be Thankful For

15 Oct

“There’s always something to be thankful, but if you don’t think so, then you need to open your eyes. I’m thankful for my eyes that can see the wonders around me every day.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This morning, I started out my day by visiting my friend Sherry Joplin who donated a trunk load of clothing for a great cause. My Facebook friend, Kim Hughes, had posted this request for men’s clothing…

“Partnering with my high school buddy C.j. at Turtle Creek Rehab to help fill thier MENS clothes closet, ensuring everyone that walks through the doors to begin the road to soberity has their basic clothing needs met! So men let’s clean out those closets! #beofservice #roadtosoberity”

Sherry and her husband Jud went through his closet and found so many suits, shirts, slacks, belts, ties, etc. that I was able to pick up. That was so kind.

Later in the afternoon, I had an appointment for my mammogram at Solis Mammography of McKinney. Everyone was so nice, kind, and very careful. Well, except for the squishing part, that part can’t be avoided. But, all went well, oh, except for the part where I went over to the hospital building. Wrong place. I needed to go to the medical building across the street. A nice nurse gave me directions. Oops! I am thankful for all the medical people who keep us healthy and kind people who give me directions when I’m lost.

(You noticed I didn’t take my usual selfie. 🤦‍♀️ That would have been scary.)

After that, a quick stop at the Dollar Tree. I needed a few more headbands for my Dia de Los Muertos project. They are turning out cute. (Of course, I bought a bunch of other stuff that I really didn’t need… but it’s $1. How do you pass that up?

I am also very thankful for the much needed rain that gave us a good soak over night, and the sunshine that followed in the afternoon. The scattered clouds with a peeking sun made for another glorious sunset.

See!!!! So much to be thankful for. Happy Thursday, my friends. ❤️

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni?

14 Oct

“Cooking and baking is just a chore for some, but for me, it’s an amazing and fun creative outlet.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I just love to cook and bake. You don’t hear that very often, but it’s true for me. The other day, I roasted a huge batch of veggies. I used it in soups, tacos, frittatas, and ate some just right out of the pan.Who doesn’t love veggies? (Cut and chop once, eat for days.)

That was a LOT of chopping.

Another favorite snack is my homemade “Texas Caviar” bean salsa. (Black eyed peas, roasted corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes.) The secret ingredient is a touch of Bernard’s Jalapeño Habañero Salsa. Just a touch because it’s REALLY caliente. Then, Salsa verde tortilla chips. Oh don’t forget some candy bars. This little snack went over to my friend Sherry’s house on Sunday.
Don’t forget my famous brownies. The mini marshmallows in the batter and chocolate chips on top make them awesome.

Right now, I’m having my left over veggies with cream of mushroom soup, topped with Pepper Jack cheese and crumbled salsa verde tortilla chips.

Time to eat. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Dia de Los Muertos Little Workshop

13 Oct

“Creative geniuses redefine the desired solution. They don’t just push the envelope; they create a whole new courier system.”
― Puneet Bhatnagar

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When my good friends Theresa Johnston and Blynda Christian asked me if I’d be interested in helping out with the first ever McKinney Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, I was ecstatic. The Latino tradition of celebrating and honoring our ancestors who have passed away is a wonderful age old tradition in most Latin American countries.

If you are in the McKinney area on Saturday, you should come check it out. I have the honor of being one of the judges of the costume contest that begins a 4pm-6pm and winners announced at 6:30.

I volunteered to work on decorating some crowns for the winners. Blynda found some amazing metal crowns for the Catrin (male) winners that I could jazz up, and I found some headbands to decorate for the Catrina (female) winner.

This is how creative people work… they take out ever possible object known to mankind, grab a glue gun, scissors, wire cutters, and various strange tools and just start playing. I had a great time playing and inventing ideas to make these crowns.

This is just the table. You would see the floor. 🤦‍♀️

The Catrin Crowns.
The Catrina Crowns. (I made some extra because I want one too.)

I’m looking forward to a fun day and celebration. You know there will be photos Saturday. ❤️

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

12 Oct

“As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, my favorite day of the week is Someday, followed by Anydaynow.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I had a very nice busy week. I really didn’t get very much accomplished, was not really productive, but still a good busy week.

A week in a procrastinating peek…

Happy Monday!

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

11 Oct

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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A lovely Sunday morning. The alarm was set for 7 am. I went across the street to feed Miss Kathy’s cats before church. They were happy to see me.

“Hurry up! Where’s the food.”

When I arrived at church, I was walking through the parking lot when I saw the Chateau bus driving towards the back entrance. I literally scurried through the long corridors to meet the bus on the far end. I’d call it a run, but it was more like a turtle troggle joggle.

There was also a baptism during Mass. A beautiful baby boy, Benjamin Joseph. I cried. I always cry at baptisms, weddings, funerals, the National Anthem, and pretty much every ceremony there is.

Today’s Gospel was the story of a wealthy man asking Jesus how he could earn eternal life. Jesus said to follow the commandments. The wealthy man said that he already did those things...

21 Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, ‘You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’22 But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.24 The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesusinsisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.’26 They were more astonished than ever, saying to one another, ‘In that case, who can be saved?’27 Jesus gazed at them and said, ‘By human resources it is impossible, but not for God: because for God everything is possible.’28 Peter took this up. ‘Look,’ he said to him, ‘we have left everything and followed you.’29 Jesus said, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel30 who will not receive a hundred times as much, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land — and persecutions too — now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.

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Wow! My take on this… I can see where this Gospel reading can be difficult to understand. But, I do believe that if you have been blessed with wealth, that it is your obligation to share your blessings with others. There are so many people have so much wealth and are not satisfied, and they always want more and more. They would never dream of sharing with the less fortunate. Then, there are so many who have very little, yet they are the first to share with the less fortunate. They feel blessed and satisfied, so they feel obliged to share their blessings.

I like the analogy of a camel and the eye of a needle. A big ol’ fat lumpy camel is like a stingy greedy rich person, just storing up more and more, and trying to get into heaven. Good luck with that. I know quite a few people who have been blessed with a comfortable life and would be considered wealthy, and they are some of the most generous people I know. I don’t think they literally need to give everything away in order to get into heaven. And, it seems the more they share, the more they are blessed. Love God, love your fellow man, and share your blessings. Amen. Awomen…equal opportunity.

*****After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD. And yes, I waited till 11 am to get another Happy Meal and toy for my girls. 🤦‍♀️

Later in the afternoon, I went over to Miss Sherry’s to see if I could help with her estate sale. I’m glad I went. She had a very sweet Mexican Family with two children come by, and they didn’t speak any English. I got to use my very rusty Spanish, and they bought a LOT of stuff. They just moved to Texas and didn’t have many things. They were there for nearly three hours. Miss Sherry was very generous and practically gave things away. (Again, with the Gospel theme…share with the less fortunate.)

It was a very good Sunday. I do feel very blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

I need a glass of wine. 🍷

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

10 Oct

“They say practice makes perfect, but sometimes it just means you need more practice.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Thursday, I spent a couple of hours sketching in the Sanctuary at St. Gabriel. I just spent a few hours trying g to finish it up. I discovered that I still need a LOT MORE practice with faces. Thank goodness for the cool Artisto app on my phone, because this one needed a lot of help.

Yikes. Sorry Jesus! I need a lot more practice.

Friday:) Friends, Furry Friends, and My Firemen

8 Oct

“It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us, as the confidence of their help.”

Epicurus

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Today was a fine day for friends. My good friend Sherry is having a garage sale tomorrow, so her friend Julie and I went for a few hours to help her price things. She is selling the entire contents of her entire home. Yikes! There was still so much to do. I felt bad leaving. (I brought home some treasures.)

My little furry friends across the street like to greet me when I come home or go for a walk or water my yard or just open my door. They are so cute.

Then let’s not forget my fantastic firemen friends. Yes, life is good, my friends!

Happy Friday!

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

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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.

Wednesday:) What Other Wonderful Artwork Is On Your Walls, Miss Toni?

7 Oct

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
~Osho

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As promised yesterday, I thought I’d share a few more of my paintings and drawings on my very busy walls. You may have seen some of them before, maybe not. I’m proud of each and every one. I love art, music, poetry, and dancing. Hopefully, that means I’m creative and in love with life.

Of course, this is my favorite. An oil painting portrait of my angel mother. Her high school graduation.
Another favorite.
In my entry hall, I have these watercolor paintings and the photograph reference I used.
My Baby Grand Piano.
A few other walls.
My wall of horses.
Cities and other pretties.

“These are a few of my favorite things.” I feel a song coming on…. 🎶

Tuesday:) Toni’s Hall of Fame

6 Oct

“Surround yourself with people and things you love.”

-Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today, I finally got around to framing and hanging my two drawings I did of my granddaughters. It was just a simple drawing with a white pencil on black paper. But, I loved it. I have this thing about procrastination and I put things off. Today was the day to get out the hammer.

My little angels.

I have so many of my paintings hanging in my house that I had trouble finding a wall to hang them.