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Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day:) Sharing is Caring

21 Sep

“When you have awesome talented friends, you should shout it from the roof tops, or at least share on WordPress and Facebook.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Tomorrow is the long awaited Grand Opening of the new H-E-B in Allen, TX. Folks have been waiting a long time for a store to open close to McKinney. I’ve never been to one, but I guess it’s a Happenin’ place. I am more excited because my friends Michele and David Bernard have their awesome salsas available there. Plus, there is a coupon alert! You know how I love a bargain.
David and Michele Bernard started making salsa just for friends and family a LONG time ago. I remember sitting on their back porch with friends, and everyone telling them that they need to bottle that magic stuff. Long story short, after a lot of hard work and homemade salsa start up headaches, they entered a Best Salsa contest sponsored by the H-E-B grocery store chain, and they won. Of course they did. We all knew that they would. Now, their amazing salsas are carried in all the H-E-B stores and other local shops around town.

Thanks for sharing your salsa with me and the world, David and Michele. ❤️❤️

It’s funny. I didn’t even know about the Grand Opening when I went into my pantry on Sunday to grab a jar of my favorite salsa. (I always have a few jars on hand.) I wanted to whip up a little snack for my friends Linda and Vyto who were visiting from out of town. I love the Mango Pineapple Y Habanero mixed with some softened cream cheese. It’s pretty spicy stuff, so I only add about half a jar.
Here’s a flashback from a focaccia frittata I made a while ago. Oh man, I’m getting hungry just lookin’ at this.

So, if you’re anywhere near an H-E-B, get yourself over there and get you some awesome Bernard’s Gourmet salsas.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

20 Sep

“Mondays are the potholes in the road of life.”

~Tom Wilson


Another fun busy week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and Some More Saturday Celebrations

19 Sep

“All that one gains by falsehood is, not to be believed when he speaks the truth.” Aristotle


Another beautiful Sunday. I got to church just before the Senior Chateau bus arrived. I ran down the long hallway and was able to wave them in as they drove up. Hugs and bulletins for each one. I raced Mr. Mike down the hallway, but his motorized wheelchair was too fast for me. The smiles are priceless. That might be the only smile and hug they get today, or perhaps all week. Precious.

Today’s Gospel was the parable of the dishonest steward who took advantage of his position by lying and cheating.


Lk 16:1-13 Jesus said to his disciples,
“A rich man had a steward
who was reported to him for squandering his property.
He summoned him and said,
‘What is this I hear about you?
Prepare a full account of your stewardship,
because you can no longer be my steward.’
The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do,
now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me?
I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg.
I know what I shall do so that,
when I am removed from the stewardship,
they may welcome me into their homes.’
He called in his master’s debtors one by one.
To the first he said,
‘How much do you owe my master?’
He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’
He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note.
Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’
Then to another the steward said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’
He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’
The steward said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note;
write one for eighty.’
And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently.
“For the children of this world
are more prudent in dealing with their own generation
than are the children of light.
I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,
so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters
is also trustworthy in great ones;
and the person who is dishonest in very small matters
is also dishonest in great ones.
If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,
who will trust you with true wealth?
If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,
who will give you what is yours?
No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and mammon.”


My take on it… well, shall we just make it easy and say, “ Once a liar, always a liar?” If you are more concerned with money and wealth than honesty and integrity, you will never know the true meaning of life. Your reward will only be of this world, so don’t expect any more than that.


Yesterday, I had such a fun day. In the morning, I met with my dear old friend from high school and her husband for breakfast on the Square. Linda and Vyto live in South Carolina, and happened to be in town for a concert. Gosh, we hadn’t seen each other in many years. It was good to catch up.

They stopped by to visit me at my house today before heading to the airport early tomorrow.
Thanks for the visit! 🤗🤗

Here’s a couple of links to more Mexican Independence Day celebration folklorico dancers from yesterday.

On that note 🎶, HAPPY SUNDAY!

Saturday Celebration:) The Gilda Garcia Garza Aquatic Center Ribbon Cutting and Fiesta

17 Sep

“That every day should be a fiesta seemed to me a wonderful discovery.” ~Ernest Hemingway

This afternoon, the city of McKinney posthumously honored lifetime McKinney resident, community activist, city council woman, and friend to everyone who new her by dedicating the Gilda Garcia Garza Aquatic Center in her honor.

The event perfectly coincided with the Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Mexican Independence Day at Old Settlers Park. Also, it just so happened to be her daughter’s birthday. Andrea Nichols knew that someone up there made that all happen on this same day. 😇Coincidence? I think not.

Mayor George Fuller and several council members, friends and family all spoke about the lifetime achievements of Gilda Garza.

Miss Gilda’s daughter, Andrea, sang a beautiful Mexican ballad in her mother’s honor, then cut the ribbon for the official dedication.

Andrea’s beautiful song that I posted on YouTube. (click the link)

After the dedication, speakers, and ribbon cutting, there were performances by mariachis and several Folklorico dance troupes.

Old Settlers Park was decorated with colorful banners, flowers, and there were food trucks and vendors lining the park. Everyone was eating, drinking, and enjoying the performances. The open swim, entertainment, music, dancing, and festivities would continue until 8 pm. I left around 3:30. A perfect day of celebration.

I ran into several old friends and made a few new ones.
I have been Facebook friends with Gilda’s daughter, Andrea, for a while, but we never met in person until today. The mariachi band also played “Happy Birthday” and the traditional “Las Mañanitas” for her very special birthday celebration.

It was a very special day, honoring a VERY special lady. Miss Gilda is smiling down from heaven. Abrazos Amiga.🤗

Friday:) Finding Queen Elizabeth II

17 Sep

“Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try and do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God.”

~Queen Elizabeth II in her 2002 Christmas broadcast.


Queen Elizabeth passed away September 8, 2022, and the world was saddened by her death.

I thought it a very strange coincidence that on September 5, I was upstairs in one of my extra rooms, cleaning, sorting, dusting etc. when I noticed something shiny at the bottom of a bin. You know, one of the bins jammed with scotch tape, post it notes, scissors, etc. that you don’t know what to do with, so you throw more stuff in and close the lid.

I always feel lucky when I find a lucky penny or other coin, but this seemed very strange.

Well, I was in a sorting mood. There at the bottom, the last thing I was sorting, I found a coin. It had on odd shape, and unfamiliar. I couldn’t make it out, so I took a picture so I could enlarge it. Here’s what I saw.

It was a Canadian $1 coin with the picture of Queen Elizabeth II. I have no idea where the coin came from or how it got in the bin, but I thought it was pretty cool.

My lucky Queen Elizabeth coin. long live the Queen.

I found the coin September 5, and three days later the Queen passed away. That made me sad. I will cherish the coin and remember that “I found the Queen” right before she died.

Thankful Thursday:) Life is Better With Friends

15 Sep

“Life is better with friends, and even better when you make new friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 28 helpful votes

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”


Helene and I went to St. Gabriel Tuesday evening for the Fall opening meeting of the Women’s Club. They are celebrating 20 years as a club. I had joined a few years back, B.C. Before Covid, but I hadn’t been in a while. It was time to get back into the swing. These women are so awesome. What I love about this group is that they are all about giving and sharing, and they do make a difference, as their motto says.

The first hour or so was taken up with registering, checking member info, and a pizza party. Did I mention wine and cannoli?

It was great meeting new people. The thing about Catholics is, basically, you only get to know the folks that go to the same Mass as you do. There are four different Masses, so you only get to see 1/4 of the parishioners. So, joining and becoming involved in other parish groups and ministries gives you a chance to make new friends. After dinner and refreshments, over to the rows of chairs on the other side of the hall for the meeting
Joy Booth, (top left) is president of the group this year, and I have to say, wow! She is so organized and detail oriented. We started out with a fun game where someone held the microphone and said 3 facts about themselves. Anyone who also had one or more of those things in common would stand up. Like, I said, “I was born and raised in Chicago, I’m an artist/writer, and I’m a gramma of two little girls. So, several ladies stood up, and I passed the microphone to one of those standing and the others sit down and start again. That was a fun way to get to know people and a little bit about their lives.
Some of the Officers sharing future plans and activities.
A few ladies sharing their 3 facts.

It was a great evening with the lovely ladies of St. Gabriel Women’s Club. I’m a strong believer of “You become who you associate with.” I am honored to be associated with these wonderful caring women.

I am very thankful for the amazing caring community of St. Gabriel the Archangel. Feeling blessed.

Wednesday:) Words With Friends Writing Group~ McKinney MillHouse

14 Sep

“Writing your words down on paper turns those lumps of dark black coal into precious sparking diamonds.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Ah, another awesome day over at The MillHouse with Melissa Cantu and the McKinney Words With Friends writing group. It was such a beautiful day that we sat outside for our meeting.

Oh my goodness, these talented ladies offer such a variety of insight and inspiration to the group. Melissa always has some thought provoking exercises and challenges for us to work on. I especially loves her accountability challenge, where we share three goals that we want to meet in the next three months. Once you say it out loud, it makes it real, and you actually work at it. And you know that in three months, she’s going to ask us how our goals were going. 🤦‍♀️

One of the exercises we worked on today was to, first wander around outside or inside the beautiful MillHouse building, and take a photo of something interesting. Then, we were to write about our photo reference using as many senses as possible. The description or story should be able to let the reader or listener envision the object without actually seeing the photo. Of course, it was fun to see the photo afterwards to see how close our descriptions were.

The ladies scouted around outside and inside for about ten minutes. Some chose a beautiful painting, artwork, or a decorative display. Others chose street signs or nearby buildings. Being the goofy gal that I am, I walked across the parking lot and over by the train tracks for my inspiration. 🤦‍♀️ My story…


A mammoth blue metal box rested at the end of the parking lot. Gross yellow stains trickled down from the filthy black rubber flaps that crowned the trash bin. The bold red DANGER sign was prominently plastered beneath the WASTE CONNECTIONS logo. Connections? I’m not sure what the “connection” was, but it looked pretty dangerous.

As I approached to take a picture of the nearby railroad tracks, an onerous odor stopped me cold in my tracks. Yuk! I held my breath and stepped forward for my photo op. Just as I was getting ready to snap my picture, a strange scary clown with a white painted face and spiked red hair popped out of the side bin. ”Boo!”

Yikes! His glowing red eyes and jeering grin startled me. I fell backwards and landed on my well cushioned bottom.

The clickety-clack of the slow moving freight train on the nearby tracks brought me back to my senses. As I stood up, I saw the white painted face smile, jump on top of the blue waste bin and grab onto the handle of an orange box car. He slid the boxcar door open and stood perched inside the opening with arms proudly resting on his hips, Superman style.

The scary clown didn’t seem quite so scary any more. He gave me a big wave and called out as his silhouette faded into the distance, “Have a nice day!”

How I came up with that idea in just a few minutes, I don’t know. Warped sense of humor, maybe?

See, writing can be a lot of fun, especially when surrounded by other inspirational writers. You should try it. Take a photo or one you already have and tell a story using all your senses and descriptive words.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day-Digital Deals

13 Sep

“A dream is always a bargain no matter what you pay for it.”

~Harvey Mackay


Another awesome grocery shopping trip using my digital deals and coupons. When people are complaining about the outrageous price of groceries, I have realized that it’s just as easy to purchase and use items on sale instead of paying full price.

Look at all these groceries. Over lbs of chicken bread, 2 packages of bacon, 2 dozen eggs, 3 honey crisp apples, 2 pkgs of salad mix, 4 cans of corn, 4 boxes of rice-a-roni, and a box of 100 tea bags. Are you guessing?
18 items… $20.46. My savings with digital coupons, just for U savings, and an extra 10% off for wearing a Cowboy jersey on game day. I actually didn’t wear my jersey after church, but Miss Suzie gave me the deal. I saved $39.85 so I saved 66%. Wow! Great deal.

Here’s my tip. Don’t pay full price unless you absolutely have to. Sometimes the digital coupons are a pain in the ….. but well worth the effort.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

13 Sep

I love all of the days that end in “Y,” even Monday.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another great week filled with fun activities, fine friends, and solemn memories.

A week in a peek…..

September 11:( Sunday Sermon and “Never Forget.”

11 Sep

“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”
Jeff Parness


An absolutely gorgeous Sunday morning, cool and a slight breeze. A relief from the constant Texas heat. Greeting before Mass, I was able to visit with friends, smiling, hugging, high five to little ones, admiring babies in strollers, and chatting.

Francisco met our new seminarian, Allen-Michael, who will be with us until next May.

Today’s Gospel was the story of those complaining that Jesus associated with sinners and unsavory people… Gospel

Lk 15:1-32 Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance….

My take on it… we always appreciate finding what was once lost, whether it be a lost item of importance or a person. God welcomes all lost souls who return to Him.


After Mass, a quick stop at McD and the grocery store.

Most everyone is remembering that tragic day of September 11, 2001 today. Those of us who lived during that event will never forget the hours and repeated hours that are etched into our memory.

Here are some of my fond memories of honoring that day and honoring our first responders.