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Thankful Thursday:) How Did I Miss World Gratitude Day?

23 Sep

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”~ John F. Kennedy


I just saw a post on my friend Sherri’s Facebook page that yesterday was World Gratitude Day. How did I miss that? It was t just a National day, it a “World Day.” Originally, I was going to post about Thankful Thursday, but now I can also catch up, a day late, on Gratitude Day.

I am grateful that I have great friends to remind me why I should be grateful, not just on September 21st, but EVERY day.
I do wake up each day and end each day with a grateful heart. ❤️ I have an awesome family and wonderful friends.

An ancient tradition suggests that everyone should count at least one hundred blessings a day. It’s good advice since there are so many benefits.

Have you ever known a person who radiated positivity? They attract people from all around to them with their cheerful nature and friendly disposition. You, too, can be like that person whom you so admire. What does it take? You should cut the negativity out of your life and usher in more positive thinking.

To achieve this, you can start by taking inventory of all the reasons why you should be more grateful every day.

1 – Positive people have a happier view of life

When you count your blessings, you have a happier view of your life. You’re more grateful for what you have and for those around you. Researchers suggest that being thankful changes your brain for the better. It boosts your happiness and makes you a more positive person.


So, the ancient tradition of counting a hundred blessings each day may be difficult for some, but, I bet if you sat down and started to write them all down, you’d come up with more than a hundred. I know I could. It doesn’t have to be a brand new list each day.

Here’s a good challenge for you… get a sheet of paper or open your notes or reminder app on your phone and start to list 100 people and things you are grateful for. Keep that list handy and once you have 100 items listed, start out each day re-reading that list. That should make you happier, healthier, and it changes your brain. I think we could all use a change.

I’m going to start my list today.

1. God

2. Joe

3. Matt…..

And the list goes on and on. At least 50 family members, hundreds of friends, hundreds of blessings. And of course, YOU. I might get up to 1,000.

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Friends and Family

25 Aug

“I am Very thankful for my wonderful family and my awesome friends who are like family. And, I got to pick the friends all by myself.“

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people as I walk through this winding mysterious glorious life on planet earth. When I was a kid, I always thought by 2001, A Space Odyssey would be a reality by now. But alas, we are still stuck on this planet and we are not driving in flying cars on Mars. Darn! But, that’s OK. I’ve met some interesting earthlings in my travels.

Last week, I finally got to meet up with Kathy Todryk. We have been Facebook friends for a while, but never ever met in person. We met for coffee on the Square at Layered. She is an Optavia health and wellness coach, and has helped many many people lose weight, get fit, and stay that way. She is very inspirational and spiritual, and loves to share her philosophy on wellness, both in body and spirit. It was the first, of I hope many more visits. Thank you Kathy.

After our coffee visit, I went over to the McKinney Visitor Center. I was hoping to find Beth Shumate busy at work behind her desk. Yay! She was there and came out to chat a few minutes. It’s good to catch up with what’s happening around McKinney, and Beth is the go to person for that.

If you need any McKinney or Texas type souvenirs, maps and brochures, Visit McKinney has all kinds of cool stuff. Especially cards and licensed gifts and souvenirs created by my good friend and awesome artist, Kim Guthrie.
Today, I stopped over to visit Miss Joni, to take her a hand painted birthday gift. Happy birthday Joni. (More on how to paint the vase another time.) I’m not sure if it’s 29 or 30, something like that. I got the grand tour of their newly constructed and decorated backyard beach themed bar and living space. So cool.
The neat part is Joni and Bob live just a few blocks away from me. So, when they’re out of town, I can sneak over and hang out in their back yard.
Shhhh! Don’t tell them. Maybe they won’t find out. (Unless they notice a lot of liquor is missing.)

I am very thankful for these new friends and old friends. I am thankful for my beautiful family who keep me grounded and well loved. My blessings are many.

This afternoon, I went over to church for Adoration and a little Sanctuary sketching time. It’s so peaceful and inspirational. I had quite a few names and intentions to add to the prayer book. I lit my candle, thinking of my intentions, and worked on my sketching. (More on that another day.)

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) SOOOO Many Blessings

19 Aug

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

Steve Maraboli


I have so many things to be thankful for, and at the very top of my list is my amazing family. I am truly blessed. Everyone has been posting back to school photos, so I thought I’d get in on the action.

Look at that smile. I’m one proud grandma.
Then, besides an awesome family, we received a beautiful downpour of rain this afternoon. I was so optimistic that I took an umbrella with me when I went out this morning. The power of positive thinking. That, and a lot of prayer and my Navajo rain dance.
Singing in the rain!

So much to be thankful for!

Thankful Thursday:) It’s the Little Things

4 Aug

Rejoice in small things and they will continue to grow.” – Slaven Vuji


This morning, I woke up at 7am after tossing around till after 1. When I looked at the time, instead of rolling over and going back to sleep, I said… “Get your lazy butt out of bed and go for your walk before it gets too hot!” I also convinced myself that I could always take a nap later… but that never happens.

After a couple of miles, I sat and rested on the bench by the pond, checking emails and texts and watching the dragonflies flutter around.

My plan was to get over to church for Adoration and Sanctuary Sketches early, so I could get home before my 1pm podcast with Tony Robbins and Dean Graziosi. So, after my walk, instead of resting a while, I changed, grabbed my s,etching supplies and scooted over to St. Gabriel. Gosh! We have the most beautiful church.

I sat in the small chapel for a bit and worked on the crucifix that used to be in the old church. There were a handful of people in there, so it wasn’t that private. I had sketched this crucifix a long time ago, and it was my first sketch. I wasn’t that pleased with it, so I thought I’d try again. This is as far as I got because I wanted to go into the main Sanctuary and sketch some stained glass windows and be all alone. I grabbed by bag and walked into the gorgeous main church. I lit my candle and stopped at the poor box.
Preliminary sketch
Another start. These will all take a lot of time to complete. I just wanted to get back into the swing after being absent for a while.

Because I didn’t sit and sketch for hours like I usually do, I had time to run over to Lowe’s to pick up a few more replacement sprinkler heads. I only have one extra left and it seems like they get run over and broken way too often. I want to be prepared.

I got home in time for Day 3 of my Time to Thrive 5 Day Challenge. I’m gonna be so smart, ready, and capable in no time. I’m already AMAZING. Now, to learn how to share it with the entire world.

I am very thankful for my many blessings, challenges, talents, and…

I am thankful for organic, gluten free sweet potato corn tortilla chips. They really are good.

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Feeling Blessed

28 Jul

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”



Being thankful for what you already have and appreciating all the good in your life just makes your blessings overflow.

So, you may remember my dilemma posted on Facebook about being afraid to climb up to the 4th step of my ladder to change my kitchen floodlight. I realized my limitations. Well, I received many tips of getting a bulb changing extension pole, etc. Then, my nextdoor neighbor texted me, “I’m sending Jack over in the morning after his football practice.” Yay!

Thank you tall and strong Jack for saving the day. He even brought his own 8 foot ladder. Feeling blessed with awesome neighbors.

This morning, I decided to seize the day and get put for a morning walk before the triple digit heat set in. I walked a few loops, listening to the birds, watching squirrels, and taking in the beautiful sights. Well, the yellow and grey withering lawns weren’t that pretty. Hopefully they will come back if we ever get some rain. I stopped and rested on my favorite bench by the pond in the shade. Feeling blessed to live in such a lovely neighborhood.

Across Wilmeth Road, I saw my two horsey friends prancing around. They must be young, as they didn’t seem to mind the heat too much.

They came over to say hello to Miss Toni. They let me pet their cute muzzles.

Beauty and blessings, everywhere I go. All this before 9 o’clock in the morning. Happy Thankful Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) So Much To Be Thankful For

27 May

Every morning count your blessings

In the evening give your thanks.

A grateful heart knows endless joy

Not found with money or in banks.

The secret is not in taking

But in what you have to give.

So, appreciate each moment

That’s the only way to live.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love setting aside a day to express my thanks for all my blessings. I do count them EVERY day, but I like to share them every now and then with friends and family. Being a writer, artist, baker, amazing cook, singer, dancer and all around talented creative “modest” AMAZING person, I wrote the little poem above. So many blessings, so little time, not enough words.

Today, when I opened up my Facebook page, I found some adorable photos in my memories.

This just melted my heart. Four years ago, how the time does fly.
A photo from today. See how time flies!!!!
This was from 12 years ago. Lin Lin and her granddaughter visiting my mom. Precious memory. Addie is a teenager now. 🤦‍♀️
I am thankful for the wonderful lunch Helene and I had today at Palio’s Pizza Cafe. on 380. We hadn’t been there in a while. Miguel had to come out and give us a hug. He said he missed us. Where can you get an awesome lunch, complete with salad and a drink for under $10? And don’t forget… a nice hug.
After lunch, I stopped at Kroger to pick up a few last minute things for Towne Creek art class tomorrow. I had some extra coupons that I wasn’t going to use, so I placed them next to the item so someone else could use them. As my 3 year old granddaughter likes to say, “Sharing is caring.”

There is SO MUCH to be thankful for, especially my beautiful family and awesome friends. Happy Thankful Thursday.

Thankful Thursday

20 May


I am thankful for each sunrise

And for the clouds that bring the rain.

I’m thankful for the cleansing tears

That seem to wash away the pain.

I appreciate each sunset

With glowing colors in the sky.

And the bunnies as they scamper

As I attempt to walk on by.

I listen to the cardinals

When they sing high up in the tree.

I smile and whistle back at them

Because their song is just for me.

I’m thankful for the the end of day

For every feeling, sweet or sad.

How would I know what joy could be

If I saw good and never bad?

Should I look back at my lifetime

Would I regret what could have been?

I’d stop and say most honestly

“Oh, I would do it all again!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, I was inspired to write a poem on this Thankful Thursday. I have so much to be thankful for.

Thankful Thursday:) Special Friends

5 May

Friends are like the stars. They shine bright when you are near, but their brilliance glows just as much when you are far away.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’ll start off with my friend Helene. As I’be stated many times, my friend Helene had a “drug” problem. When I met her at church, she didn’t know anyone around McKinney. So, I drug her to Art Club. Then, I drug her to karaoke. Later, I drug her to Towne Creek where she is teaching, cooking and sharing her talents. I drug her to our single mingle group where she made so many more new friends. I drug her to Holy Family School where she generously donates snacks and drinks and goodies for the little ones. I could go on and on…

Yesterday, Miss Helene drug me over to Texas Roadhouse for dinner, where I was forced to consume massive quantities of their world famous onion blossom.

I haven’t had one of these in ages. My all time favorite belly bustin’ meal. When our server asked what I wanted to have, I told him the onion blossom. And, he assumed it was an appetizer. I said, “No, this is my meal and I’m going to eat The whole thing and I ain’t sharin’.” He laughed, I was serious.

OK, it looks like I ate it all, it I only ate 1/2 and brought the rest home. It was painful and marvelous, all rolled into one. Speaking of roll…. Helene had to roll me out of there.

Helene had the ribs. We had to take pictures to tease our friend Doug, who always takes pictures of his awesome dinners but NEVER invites us to come along. We’re going to flaunt this one.

I am also grateful for a nice long phone conversation with my dearest friend Lin Lin, back home. We did a lot of catching up and over an hour on the phone.

Let’s not forget another call from Debbie, in Chicago. Gosh, we’ve been friends from our teaching days around 1977? I really am blessed.

Tonight, I’m having dinner with Miss Kathy across the street. She always spoils me with a nice dinner as a thank you for keeping an eye on her cats when she’s out of town. I should thank her. The boys always hang out at my house making sure I don’t have any mice.

After dinner, I need to start working on baking MORE cupcakes for our annual picnic over by Miss Pat’s apartment. More cupcakes… more food… more awesome friends. More on that tomorrow.

Happy Thursday, my friends. I hope you have many many things to be thankful for too. ❤️

Thankful Thursday:) Talk About a Great Day With a great Friend!

29 Apr

“Spending time with an old friend is as precious as gold.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I got a text from my old friend Mandy Griffith yesterday saying that she was in town just for a couple of days and wondered if I was free today. Well, of course! She and her husband drove all the way from California and they were traveling cross country visiting friends and family, and I was on the list. I was honored.

We met at The Pantry in downtown McKinney. We had a nice lunch and did a little catching up on what’s been happening since last we met. A lot to talk about.
After lunch, we planned on walking around the square. It was a beautiful afternoon with sunshine and perfect weather. Our first stop was Fair and Square Imports right across the street. Miss Kate was more than helpful. The store is brimming with fabulous merchandise, perfect for the unusual gift or home decor.
We did a lot of walking and a lot of talking and a lot of photo ops.
Another fun stop was the Collin County History Museum.
We popped into The LAST Art Gallery. So many awesome artists are a part of this artist coop gallery, and I am blessed to call many of them friend.

We stopped for a coffee before Mandy had to head back to Arlington to pick up her husband. Four hours later, a little rest, sipping coffee from the Bike Shop, we still didn’t have enough time. It went by too fast. Thanks for the fun visit Mandy!

I stopped at the store on my way home to pick up last minute goodies for my art class at Towne Creek Apartments tomorrow. I made a couple other stops, but when I got home, I still felt compelled to get out for my evening walk. It was just too nice of a day not to enjoy. More steps.

A lot of steps, but Mike’s to go before I rest. Now to make massive quantities of triple lemon cupcakes for our feast for folks at Towne Creek tomorrow. I’ll be up all night, that’s for sure. I still haven’t planned the art projects yet either. 🤦‍♀️ Procrastination is my middle name… it should be my first. ❤️

A very Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday:) Just Horsin’ Around

22 Apr

“There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” – Winston Churchill


When I go for my evening walks, I enjoy listening to the birds, watching the sun sets, and appreciating the view. For the longest time, the horses across the way on Wilmeth have not been around. I was afraid the owner had sold them off and was going to sell his property that is now being surrounded my new housing developments. But alas, this beautiful horse was outside grazing in the pasture just waiting to make me smile.

We had a nice conversation. (I speak fluent horse, cardinal, cat, butterfly, and dog. Just sayin’)

Even last Sunday, he was out when I was walking and FaceTiming with the granddaughters. They got to see him too. Isn’t he cute! I took a little video.

Precious days like this are such a blessing. Beauty is all around us, we just need to open our eyes. Feeling blessed.