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Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Sunsets

18 Oct

“The more you want, the more you need. Instead be content, in word and deed.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Don’t you understand that wanting does not belong here, because that is what wounds, and there is never an end to it.”
― Isobelle Carmody

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A beautiful crisp and cool Sunday morning. Sweater weather at last. Awesome.

Another baptism today. Little Ann Marie.

Today’s Gospel was the story of James and John asking Jesus if they could have the favor of sitting at His right and left in a place of honor. Jesus explained to them and the other jealous disciples His journey and how He was here to serve, not to be served.

Gospel, Mark 10:35-45

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘We want you to do us a favour.’36 He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’37 They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’38 But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I shall drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I shall be baptised?’39 They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I shall drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I shall be baptised you shall be baptised,40 but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’41 When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John,42 so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the gentiles those they call their rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt.43 Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,44 and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all.45 For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

My take on it… in order to truly follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we can’t go through life always demanding more and more, and never being satisfied. Be content, appreciate your blessings, share with others. That is the reward, that feeling of contentment.

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After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD, then over to Tom Thumb. Eggs were on sale. 88cents a dozen, limit two. Cool! A quick stop at Sprouts, then home. A lazy afternoon with phone calls and wasting away time on Facebook and emails. Then, my evening walk … ah… my evening walk and FaceTime with the grandkids. Perfect evening.

My first loop around the pond, then just a few minutes later… the sky exploded with color.
Look at this spectacular sunset.

As I was walking, the kids called and we did a FaceTime while I walked. I showed them my sunset, and the horses across the street grazing in the pasture.

They shared pictures of their adventures at the zoo. Oh no, my grandchildren have been captured by a giant kangaroo!

Another perfect Sunday.

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. ❤️

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.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

4 Oct

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
— Maya Angelou

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Another beautiful Sunday. I woke up around 7 to start my day. When I looked out the window, I said, “Oh no! Another beautiful sunny day! Not again!” It hasn’t rained in SO long and my sprinkler system is broken. I was hoping God would water my yard, BUT NO! I’ll have to water by hand again.🤦‍♀️

I arrived at church by 8:30, lit my candle and waited for the Chateau bus of senior ladies to arrive. Hugs for all, then I escorted Miss Vi in, walking arm in arm. She doesn’t like to bring her walker.

Today’s Gospel hit a little too close to home. The topic was divorce. I cringed when I read the intro. Let’s see what Jesus has to say. Apparently, Jesus wasn’t a strong proponent of divorce. Old Moses said it was OK, just draw up a paper of dismissal. Jesus didn’t agree, saying that “What God has United, human beings must not divide.” Here’s today’s Gospel. Read for yourself. What do you think?…

Gospel, Mark 10:2-16

2 Some Pharisees approached him and asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ They were putting him to the test.3 He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’4They replied, ‘Moses allowed us to draw up a writ of dismissal in cases of divorce.’5 Then Jesus said to them, ‘It was because you were so hard hearted that he wrote this commandment for you.6 But from the beginning of creation he made them male and female.7 This is why a man leaves his father and mother,8 and the two become one flesh. They are no longer two, therefore, but one flesh.9 So then, what God has united, human beings must not divide.’10 Back in the house the disciples questioned him again about this,11 and he said to them, ‘Whoever divorces his wife and marries another is guilty of adultery against her.12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another she is guilty of adultery too.’13 People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples scolded them,14 but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.15 In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’16 Then he embraced them, laid his hands on them and gave them his blessing.

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Here’s my take on it… marriage is a commitment. It means that you give your word of honor not only to your partner, but to God. Unfortunately, not everyone has honor or honors their vows or commitments. They have NO trouble lying, cheating, stealing, killing, or disobeying any man-made laws, much less the laws handed down from God. They have NO honor. So, I had trouble understanding what Jesus would say about divorce in today’s society where people just say, “I’m just not happy. It’s not fun anymore. Those 43 years mean nothing. This other person means nothing to me. I just want to have fun, be happy and get divorce. Sign this paper and be on your way.” Yah, that hit a little too close to home.

Now, I consider a marriage certificate just a sheet of paper that doesn’t mean anything unless both parties honor their word to each other and to God. Why the paper? Difficult to find honor these days. Sad. 😔 But, life goes on, and if you have a good heart and a strong faith, life can be even better than you thought possible. Amen.

After Mass, Jerry and I stopped for a quick coffee. He had to get home to get ready for the Cowboy game. Football? I don’t get that either. What would Jesus say about a bunch of grown men chasing a strange oblong ball and throwing each other down to the ground, just for fun and profit? 🤦‍♀️ Next, I grabbed a Happy Meal at McD before I left because I’m collecting the toys for the grandkids.

The rest of my day was great, with errands, visiting ❤️, a little nap, and a nice evening walk. Of course, a sunset and FaceTime with the granddaughters. Life is good.

A fine way to end a fine day. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Stunning Sunsets

20 Sep

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.” -Mother Teresa

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Another beautiful Sunday morning and great day for 9 o’clock Mass. I was able to run down the hall at church to catch the ladies from the Chateau Senior Living before they got off the bus. I greeted all the smiling ladies and escorted them inside, double checking that a Eucharistic minister could bring Miss Vi communion in her pew.

Father Don returned from his trip to Africa sporting a new beard and mustache. (I didn’t recognize him at first. Would it sacrilegious to say he looks like the Frito Bandito? Don’t tell him I said that.)

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling His disciples about upcoming events, death and resurrection. They spent time boasting about themselves.

30They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him. 33And they came to Caper’na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. 35And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37″Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

My take on it… another lesson for the disciples to learn and share. Instead of always trying to be first or the best or the fastest or the richest, these things will make you a servant, not a leader. You become a servant to earthly possessions and trappings. What you do for a helpless child or your fellow man, that’s what makes you a winner. That’s how you receive the grace of God. Good words to live by.

After church, Bonita and Jerry and I stopped for coffee at McDonald’s. This was so weird. I got there first, so I ordered two coffees and my iced tea. I got my iced tea, then stood there for maybe fifteen minutes. Still no coffee. Jerry and Bonita were glaring at me from across the room as they sat and chatted. I shouted, “I think Juan Valdez is bringing the coffee from Colombia by donkey. Hang in there.” I guess they said they had to make a fresh batch, but seriously, I think they forgot about me. 🤦‍♀️ Even the man waiting for only a few minutes for his pancakes said, “You’re a lot more patient than I am.”

The good thing about the long wait is, by the time we finished our coffee and tea, it was already after 11 and I could order a Happy Meal, that they don’t serve until after 11. I’m collecting those little toys. (See! There’s always a bright side.) N

Now, for some stunning sunsets.

Pretty awesome!

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

6 Sep

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein

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A beautiful Sunday morning, with a slight welcomed morning drizzle, just enough to add a little steamy to the rising temperatures.

Morning Mass was a pleasure. We had a guest Jesuit priest presiding at 9 o’clock. Father Gonzalez was not only eloquent, but pretty darn funny at times. It was a nice change of pace to giggle here and there.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being asked to heal a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. He touched the man…

“Then looking up to heaven he sighed; and he said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’35 And his ears were opened, and at once the impediment of his tongue was loosened and he spoke clearly.36 And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, but the more he insisted, the more widely they proclaimed it.37 Their admiration was unbounded, and they said, ‘Everything he does is good, he makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.’”

My take on it… as in so many of the Bible readings, those who have faith and believe in miracles, are rewarded for their complete faith with a miracle.

After Mass, of course, a quick stop for coffee with Jerry and Helene. We sit and chat for less than an hour, but we laugh and giggle so much, it’s almost like sitting at a comedy club. Hey, we should go on the road. “Two Old Girls and a Guy.”

The day wouldn’t be complete without a stunning Sunday sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

30 Aug

“Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.”
― Anthony Burgess

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Another awesome Sunday. My heart is full with so many blessings and wonderful people in my life. You know who you are.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Jesus replying to the Pharisees and scribes who questioned why some of His disciples were not respecting the tradition of washing their hands before eating. He called them hypocrites who honor with words but not their hearts. They teach lessons of human commandments….

8 You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions.’14 He called the people to him again and said, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand.15 Nothing that goes into someone from outside can make that person unclean; it is the things that come out of someone that make that person unclean.21 For it is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions emerge: fornication, theft, murder,22 adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly.23 All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean.’

My take on it… God knows what’s in your heart. Actions speak louder than words. Goodness comes from within, not from what appears on the outside.

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After Mass, a quick stop for coffee and conversation with Helene and Jerry. Oh, and lots of silliness and joking around. The rest of my afternoon was awesome and quiet.

Always a highlight… a FaceTime call with my favorite granddaughters.

Before I knew it, it was time for an evening walk. I got in 2.2 miles and captured another awesome sunset.

Look at those stunning clouds. Wow! Happy Sunday, my friends.

Throwback Thursday:) Isn’t Life Grand!

27 Aug

Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.

Sharon Draper

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I love this quote. It sounds like something I would write. I guess Miss Sharon beat me to it. It’s been a nostalgic week, looking back at old photos and videos.

Mom had the greatest time visiting Station 5.
This grandma loves her babies.
Weddings are so special.
Final weeks and fond memories.
Oh, and the sunsets…

Wednesday:) What Wondrous Sights and Sounds

26 Aug

“It’s amazing all the sights and sounds you will encounter if you get out of bed before noon. Just sayin’ for a friend.🤦‍♀️”

I actually went to bed before midnight last night. That doesn’t happen often. My eyes opened somewhere after 7 am, and I got myself moving by 7:30. I decided that it would be a good idea to get a morning walk in before the treacherous Texas heat swooped in. Then, I could walk a little in the morning and a little at night.

The morning moon was still shining in the sultry blue sky.
The birds were chirping and this little squirrely fella kept pace with me just a few feet ahead for a block or two. Maybe he was a squirrel scout.
I stopped to take a rest under a shady tree before making a couple more loops around the pond. A little white butterfly fluttered by my hands for a while, so close that I could almost touch it.

My evening walk was just as rewarding with a fiery evening sunset. It was a lot warmer than this morning.

My feline friend, Sammi, always runs to greet me on my walks.

Well, I was pretty proud of my walking activity today. So many sights and sounds.

I haven’t done 5 miles in a while. Oh no! I may have to get up early all the time! NAH! That ain’t gonna happen. 🤦‍♀️

Friday:) Furry Friends, Flowers and Fruit

3 Jul

“It’s always difficult to keep Fridays confined within themselves..they tend to spill over..”
― Parag Tipnis

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I had a lazy crazy rainy Friday. I checked on my little kitty friends a couple of times while Miss Kathy is on vacation. They like to hang out in my front yard and by my front door, hopefully keeping mice and little critters away.

Thank you boys!

My little friend Bella was visiting with me a few days.

“Well, where’s my leash, Miss Toni? Let’s go!”

I had a whole mess of mangos that needed peeling. I always had the hardest time. Then, a friend on Facebook said that she uses a potato peeler. Why didn’t I think of that. Six mangos were easily peeled and cut, except for a slight pause when I peeled the side of my left thumb and started bleeding. Yikes!

Mango madness!

My evening walk revealed a lovely sunset after a dreary rainy morning. A beautiful sky and some beautiful flowers,

Look at that sky! Spectacular!
Cheers! Happy Friday, my friends!