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Thankful Thursday:) More Birthday Celebrations

14 Jan

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

~Marcel Proust


I certainly have the most amazing and charming gardeners in my life, and my soul continues to blossom and bloom daily. The birthday celebrations continue, with more calls, gifts, texts, and cards arriving everyday. I am truly blessed.

Lots of birthday cards and gift cards.
Great gifts, and who doesn’t love cookies!
Beautiful roses.
Gorgeous jewelry.
Then to make a beautiful day even better, a lovely evening walk, 72°, and a spectacular sunset. Now, you see why I am so thankful and feel so blessed.

Happy Thankful Thursday, and may you blossom and bloom and be blessed.

Thankful Thursday:) Shout Out to All My Friends and Family ❤️

7 Jan

“For someone who writes, blogs, emails, texts, and makes a zillion phone calls every day, I’m terrible at sending out Christmas cards, birthday cards and thank you notes. So, consider yourself thanked! Sorry. Mea culpa. My bad. 🤦‍♀️”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I don’t have many flaws, because I am most AMAZING. But, I’ll admit that one of my only flaws is that I’m terrible at sending the snail mail thank you notes, or Christmas and birthday cards. What makes it even more negligent is the fact that so many of my friends and family members continue to grace me with gifts and cards despite my lack of reciprocation.

To all those who have been so kind, generous, and understanding, I say THANK YOU. You know who you are.

A few of my cards and gifts of unrequited love.

I may not say thank you with pen and paper and an overpriced postage stamp, but I say thank you verbally and from my heart. GRACIAS!

Thankful Thursday:) Feeling Blessed

31 Dec

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

Robert Brault


Today was my first full day being back home after the holidays and birthday celebrations back in Chicago. The first order of business was to stay under the warm cozy covers until the cows came home. Seeing as I had no cows, I got up somewhere after 10 am.

I checked my bare refrigerator in search of some sustenance for the morning, and found none.

I could have had a mustard, mayo, relish, cheese sandwich, but I had no bread. So, I made a cup of green tea, without fresh lemon, and called Helene to catch up after being gone all month. I said I was going to run over to church, sketch a little in the Sanctuary, get something to eat and run to the store. I asked if she’d like to meet me, and she agreed. Off to church on an empty stomach.
St. Gabriel was totally empty, the offices were closed and there was no Adoration. The beautiful bright red poinsettias lined the front steps and flanked the altar. A serene scene.
I lit a candle and put money in the St. Vincent de Paul donation box, as is my tradition. I said my prayer of , “Thank you for Your blessings,” then, I sat alone with my sketchpad and pencil in the complete stillness of the church. (I need to finish the sketch and post another day.)

Helene met me later and we went for a quick taco at NomNom, then off to Tom Thumb to replenish my very sad and empty refrigerator. They had a good sale, and I was in need of a lot.

Now, my fridge is happy. Tomorrow is Friday, so I needed my chocolate almond milk, and a pizza for dinner and spinach. I need my spinach.

I started opening some of my mail, but there were just too many items, so I opened a few bills and such. I opened a package from my friend Mary, from church. She sent me a couple of lovely kitchen towels with a Southwestern theme. Helene gave me a cute towel, too. And somehow, I’m still receiving monthly issues of THE WRITER magazine, from I don’t know who.

Later, I opened the big box that Joe and Lindsay sent me for Christmas. I had to hang it up right away. It is a very appropriate Biblical quote.

I think the Book of Guacamole is somewhere between Psalms and the Book of Paul to the Corinthians. 🤦‍♀️

As you can see, I am very blessed and have much to be thankful for on this lovely Thursday, and just about every day. It’s good to be home, but it’s sad to be away from family.

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Three Penny Thursday

24 Dec

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”

William Faulkner


Well, I’ve been producing, discharging, and using up a whole lot of gratitude these last few weeks. The holidays are always a great time for being thankful, but so should the rest of the year. I just happen to be a little more thankful when spending time with family.

When I went for my long walk the other day, one of my stops was the Ace Hardware store. I was strolling through the parking lot, weaving between parked cars and dodging moving ones. When I looked down, I saw a shiny penny. Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve found a lucky penny from heaven. As I bent over to pick it up, I found two more right next to it. THREE lucky pennies. I had to laugh because my sister and I have an inside joke about lucky pennies and Mom sending us a sign.

Three lucky pennies. I have two sisters, and Mom always wanted her three girls to get along. Of course, I’m the newer shiny penny. The other pennies are all old and worn🤦‍♀️. “I’m the baby, gotta love me.”

This afternoon, the granddaughters were putting together a gingerbread house. Lindsay had a brilliant idea that she had learned from a friend. Those darn walls are so hard to put together with the icing for the only support. Seeing as this gingerbread will not be eaten, she put the walls together with a hot glue gun. Instant wall construction. Cool!

The girls had a fun time decorating the house. A few. Uncooperative candies. Found. Their way into tummies, but not too many. The icing was pretty sticky and fingers needed occasional licking.
Pretty cool!
A fine looking abode for the holidays.

A very Thankful Three Penny Thursday .

Thankful Thursday:) Old Friends, New Memories

10 Dec

“Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Today, I am extremely thankful for my old friend, Debbie. Yep, she’s pretty old. But then again, I’m right there behind her. We’ve been friends since the 70’s. Even my sons and grandkids call her Auntie Debbie.

Auntie Debbie drove out from the city to visit me this afternoon. It’s quite a long drive each way, but she always offers cheerfully. Our first stop was… wait for it… PORTILLO’S, oh my. When I come to Chicago, my two go to, dream about, miss like crazy, can’t wait to get there places are Portillo’s and Lou Malnati’s Pizza. Hopefully I can get to Lou’s with the other girlfriends next week.

Maxwell Street Polish, fries and a coke. I died and went to heaven. Lucky I’m Catholic because I can go to confession tomorrow..”Bless me Father, For I have sinned. But I ain’t sorry.”

We did a lot of shopping and stopped at a zillion places. It was a fine fun day. In the old days, when I used to live here, we used to meet at Woodfield Mall around 9am for Christmas shopping and lunch. I’d get home around 9pm. We were a lot younger then.

See, we are old. We are just “antiques.”
When we got back, the girls opened their presents from Auntie Debbie. They especially loved their Peppa Pig toys.

Another great day with friends and family. Feeling THANKFUL.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday:) Feeling Blessed

26 Nov

“I try counting my blessings every day, but I just can’t count that high.“

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I know we should count our blessings every day, but Thanksgiving is that special national holiday that we are reminded to take time out to think about all the things and people we have to be thankful for.

Today, I am especially thankful for my beautiful family. I was able to FaceTime with my sister, my oldest son, his wife, the granddaughters and Nana. They may be far away, but FaceTime keeps us close.

So adorable!

I also talked to my California boy, and wished him a Very Vegan Happy Thanksgiving.

I was invited to have dinner with my friend Helene and her family today. Instead of turkey, they made a festive Mexican meal of chicken enchiladas, rice, beans, and awesome desserts. Right up my alley. It’s three hours later and I still feel like “I’m goin’ to splode!”

Four people but enough food for 40. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Before dinner, we played a round of Cribbage. I never played before, and learning all the rules and point system was overwhelming. My brain was “goin’ to splode.” I still don’t get it. I’m going to stick with War or solitaire or something less stressful.

Today, I am also thankful for the rest of my awesome family all over the country. I am thankful for my many, many friends all over the world. I am blessed with a fine home, health, love, happiness, great neighbors, my faith, my fears, and my strengths.

Most importantly, today, I am thankful for stretchy pants and baggy sweaters.

Happy Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) So Much to be Thankful for

19 Nov

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

Meister Eckhart


Every day is a blessing when you see the blessing in every day. I think that’s a quote, but I don’t remember who said it… besides me.

My day started off slowly by waiting for a service call from Bill Joplin’s Air conditioning and Heating. It was just my bi-yearly check up before winter. You know what’s cool. They send you a reminder, and then a call when the technician is on the way. But wait… they send you a photo with the man’s name. Great security idea.

This is Jeff, a very nice and thorough technician. I even asked him if while he was crawling around up in my attic, if he could keep a look out for any mouse droppings, wasp nests or unusual activity, as I don’t go up in that creepy cold attic. He said my furnace looked great and no sign of unwanted creatures great or small. Great news! When he was done, I signed my papers and sent him off with some brownies and a bottle of water.

After that, I met Helene at Tom Thumb to buy some last minute supplies for Towne Creek tomorrow and get that great sale on butter, only 99cents a pound, limit two. Cool! We walked over to McDonald’s to get a quick hot chocolate and a chat. Good friends, time to laugh and plan our art class menu and crafts.

Then, we stopped to visit our buddy JERRY, still recuperating from back surgery. I brought one of my tamale casseroles for his dinner. We did a lot of laughing, and I always manage to burst out in spontaneous song. I also honored them with the latest rendition of my newly composed Country Western Song, entitled, “I’ll Just Have Another Beer.” Both agreed that I shouldn’t quit my day job… actually, they thought it was a pretty fun song.

Afterwards, I stopped at Walmart and bought way too much stuff, like more paint, snacks and ingredients for tomorrow’s art group.

My friendly furry feline neighbors helped me bring in my groceries.
Now, I’m putting together little Christmas Craft goody bags for my seniors to work on. Then do some baking, and in the morning, make my sandwiches and snack mix. Busy, busy!

Later, I have to gather up supplies for glass painting. Miss Kathy asked if we could paint some wine glasses. Great idea for Christmas gifts. A few examples…

Now, you see why it is a Thankful Thursday. Much to be thankful for.

Thankful Thursday:) So Many Blessings

5 Nov

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

~Meister Eckhart


I am thankful for faraway friends that send holiday cards, best friend gifts, and always there for you. Thank you Lin Lin.
Debbie always sends me a cute card for every holiday. Lin sends me newspaper clippings, and I have this daily inspirational quote calendar.
Today’s quote was just perfect because I already figured out that ….I AM AMAZING.

I had a few other pictures to share, and what I am NOT thankful for is, that I spent over an hour trying to upload more photos here, but could not. What that’s all about. Not happy,🤦‍♀️ But, I’m still thankful for all the little happy things.

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


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. ❤️

Thankful Throwback Thursday:) Happy Birthday

2 Jul

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my” dear and old friend Debbie. Today is her birthday, (and yes she’s old, but then, so am I,) and I have been so blessed to have her as a friend for well over 40 years. It’s also my son’s birthday. I remember calling Debbie from my hospital room that day saying, “Hey, Happy Birthday Deb. I just had the baby, and on your birthday, too.” She thought I was kidding.

Friends Forever!

I also awoke smiling and thankful for my youngest son Matt. I tease him sometimes and say, “I was in labor with you for…… 48 minutes!” He would reply, “That’s not a long time, is it?” And I would concede, “well, that’s all I got!” He was a good baby and fine young man, quiet and shy, smart and talented, and has kept those same qualities as a grown man. I am truly blessed.

Happy birthday, Mijo.
Throwback Thursday. Feeling blessed.