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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


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.

Thankful Thursday:) Quiet Thoughts in Pencil

11 Jun

“ There is nothing more peaceful then quiet thoughts, an empty sanctuary, a sketch pad and a pencil.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


A late night call to a friend going through a hard time, an early morning call about an old friend needing prayers, these are the the things that make you thankful and prayerful.

Last week when I went to St. Gabriel for Adoration, I decided to take a sketch pad and a pencil. I sat in the empty still sanctuary and sketched the large crucifix behind the alter. I thought this would be a great meditative and artistic endeavor. Indeed it was.

Today, I had some special prayers and thoughts that needed attention. I took my sketch pad after lunch, and went to the chapel for Adoration. Afterwards, I walked into the main sanctuary, but I was not alone, this time. Father Don was giving a tour to the new seminarian who will be joining our parish. Perfect timing. I interrupted Father’s description of the stained glass windows saying, “Father, last week I came to Adoration and sketched our crucifix. It’s a perfect form of meditation and talking to God. I would like you to have this.” Then, I presented him with my sketch.

It was a crude first attempt, and I’m not that great with the human form, but Father appreciates it, none the less.

After I lit my candle and said my prayers for my special intentions, I took out my sketch pad and started to pencil in one of the many gorgeous stained glass windows.

I heard some of what Father Don was saying about this one…Adam and Eve, Creation, the lion and the lamb, but I didn’t catch it all. I was busy drawing. There was a lady sitting near the front of the church who came over to see what I was doing. We struck up a long conversation, so I didn’t get a lot of sketching done. I was busy showing her some of my many paintings, glassware, poems, etc. on my phone. She asked what I did, so I showed her. 🤦‍♀️ Ah, a captive audience. Miss Sherry was impressed. A while later, Helene came in from the chapel and was introduced to my new friend. They chatted and I continued to draw. I made sure to take a photo because I’d have to finish the drawing at home.
Here is the finished pencil rendering. The nice part of my pencil sketch is, I put the finished drawing into my Artisto app on my iPad and played with all the different cool options. Here are a few. I really need to make some notecards with a few of my favorites….
I can’t decide which one I like the most. I guess I like them all.

I am so thankful for my God given talents, and the time to be quiet and meditate with pencil and paper.

Thankful Thursday:) Holy Family School and Good Friends

21 May

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”
― Thomas Goodwin


Nothing says thankfulness like sharing. Today, Helene and I went over to Holy Family School over on the east side of town. We had our regular goodies and sales that we gather over the weeks when we go shopping. It’s like a fun game.”Look, I got cereal on sale, and baby wipes were only a dollar.” Fun! Today we had a couple cases of water, ten boxes of cereal, fruit snacks and bars, etc.

Also, I had a check for $200 that was donated to the Trinidad Aguirre-Armenta Foundation for the Arts from my friend, Sid, who admired our generosity to the non-profit Christian School. My sister started the foundation just a few months ago in honor of my beautiful, artistic and awesome mother who discovered her artistic talents in her late sixties after she retired. The object of the non-for-profit, TAAFA, will be to help promote the arts in the Hispanic community, in honor of my sweet mother.

Holy Family School in McKinney is the first of many future recipients that will be assisted in promoting the arts in their community. A good place to start… with the little ones.

(Photo c1950’s courtesy of Jason Hernandez.)
(Photo courtesy of Michele Bernard.)

Happy Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday:) Counting My Blessings

14 May

“Don’t count your dollars to see how rich you are. Count your memories. Count your friends. Count the hugs you get every day. Count what really matters.”
― Toni Sorenson


That is a perfect quote, and look, the author has a perfect name just like mine. I know too many people who are SO busy counting their dollars that they can’t see the blessings right before their eyes. And, while they’re busy counting their dollars, they puff up their chest and pound their fist and say, “I’m not blessed. I earned everything that I have.” Oh, very sad. (True story. Glad he’s gone.)

I count my blessings every day, living modestly, but I am the richest person on the face of the earth. Just this week, my baby boy came from California to visit me on Mother’s Day and stayed until today. He had a lot of work to do, but he made time for his mom.

We fixed some great vegan meals, and Monday, we went to Trivia Night over at Guitars and Growlers. He explained what a growler was. I thought someone was going to growl at us.🤦‍♀️
I even had a beer, and I’m not a beer drinker. When in Rome.

We had storms and gloomy rainy weather all week, except for today. The sun was out and shining, just in time to go back to the airport. 😔

I didn’t mind the rain or the short visit. I am one happy mom. I also got to visit a little with friends, and the granddaughters called to FaceTime. I have been so blessed.

On my way home, I stopped at the store and found a lucky penny right by my feet. Another penny from heaven. A reminder that Angels are watching over me.

A nice evening walk, and another perfect day. I hope you are counting your blessings too.

Thankful Thursday:) Best Family and Friends

7 May

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”
― Dan Gutman


Happiness and blessings are usually sitting right in front of us, we just need to open our eyes. I feel blessed and thankful every day.

Today, was the annual “Friends” Picnic over at Hudson Crossing Apartments. (I forgot to wear my “Friends” T-shirt. 🤦‍♀️) There are about ten or more friends that live in the complex, and they host a big potluck picnic for the gang.

It was Doug and Linda’s birthday this month, so we all sang Happy Birthday. There was plenty of food and drink and friendship.

On my way home, I stopped at church for Adoration and to light a candle. The main sanctuary was totally empty and the silence felt sacred and comforting. As usual, I don’t pray for something I need, I thank God for my many blessings, my friends, and the most wonderful family.

When I got home, I took a brisk 3 mile walk and had a nice conversation with a bunny in my front yard.

She may or not be the mommy of the baby bunnies that may have encountered an early demise by Bella
last week. . Nonetheless, I apologized if I brought harm to her young family. She really didn’t respond, but she sat and listened without budging. I think she accepted my apology. I hope so.

Thus was My Thankful Thursday so far. Feeling blessed.

Thankful Thursday:) More Blessings Than I Can Count

23 Apr

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”
― Dan Gutman


I start out my day, every day, thinking of what I am thankful for and counting my blessings. It is said that you can wire or rewrite your brain to be happy if you do this. First thing, don’t even get out of bed, just think of all your blessings. Don’t let any negative thoughts or chores or work worries even slide in there.

This morning I was thankful for a cool cloudy day. I’m delighted that I have so many friends and family that I can depend on, but also, they can depend on me. I’m doggie sitting for Mr. Mike’s dog, Bella. Instead of feeling encumbered, I tell myself, “Now, you have to get your lazy butt up and walk the dog,” so it gets me moving. Then, several more walks during the day. Mr. Mike can count on me.

I wanted to go early vote for our local elections this afternoon, so I called Helene and asked her if she was going to vote and maybe we could grab some lunch.

We voted over at Fire station 5. It killed me not to take some treats for the firemen, but NO… not yet. Hey, we used a Q-tip to select each candidate. Cool!
After lunch, a stop at church for Adoration, pray the rosary, light a candle, and put a little something in the poor box. Also, a quick stop to visit Mr. Jerry.

I am so thankful for the faith that I grew up with. It really doesn’t matter what you call your religion or your church, but if you were raised to love and respect others, and that there’s a more powerful force out there besides our own selfish existence, well, that’s pretty awesome.

Feeling blessed and thankful.

Thankful Thursday:) Words of Wisdom for a Thirsty Soul

12 Mar

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”

Paramahansa Yogananda


Some words for thought and the soul from my Facebook friends…

And my all time favorite….

You’re welcome!!!!

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday and Some Tacos

27 Nov

“Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.”

― Isabel Quintero


I am thankful for so many things, but my family is at the top of the list. My little granddaughters FaceTimed and said “Happy Thanksgiving.” It’s so wonderful to watch them grow before my eyes, even if from long distance. My son and daughter-in-law are so sweet to call all the time.

My son Matt in California called and we talked for almost an hour. I talked to both of my sisters, and I called my Tia’s. (Aunts) Two out of three answered, and we had a nice talk. I had a nice chat with my old friend Debbie.(Don’t tell her that I said she was old.) Another nice call to my sister-in-law Ann. Then, there were a lot of texts and emails from friends and family.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be thankful and keep in touch with people to let them know how thankful you are to have them in your life. (You know who you are.❤️)

My neighbor and friend, Mr. Mike texted that he was going to drop of a plate of snacks, and just knock on the door and leave. That was nice. He knew I wasn’t going anywhere.

When I talked to my sister Jo Ann, I told her I was going to carry on the tradition that she and Mom had of having tacos for Thanksgiving. I found some shredded beef and avocado in the freezer. I had my Bernard’s salsa, tortillas, black beans, cheese, and lettuce.

Oh my. Fresh pan fried tacos right out of the skillet. Too good.

Then, the end to a perfect day. A beautiful two mile evening walk, catching the sunset at its finest.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Technology Is Keeping Me Sane

10 Apr

“I used to think that technology was the biggest reason for distancing families and friends. Now, technology is the only thing keeping us together.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I can’t recall all the times I would see families at restaurants where each member was busy texting or checking something on their phone. They weren’t talking, or sharing exploits of the day. They were tuned out. Or, a little toddlers would be perched on Daddy’s lap, trying to get his attention, only to have the parent texting away. All I could think of was, “I think technology is atrocious!”

Now, being isolated and sheltering in place, most of those families are spending more than a lot of quality time with their families. I’m so grateful to have my iPad and cell phone to read, share stories, take pictures, and keep in touch with my friends and family.

I’m especially grateful for the FaceTime and Messenger features. I get to see my family and grandchildren on a regular basis, and they get to see and hear my voice. I am not a stranger.

I’ve been joining my friends in a group chat, sometimes for hours. We lose track of time, just like we did when we went out to lunch or dinner.

Today, I am VERY thankful for the technology that keeps me in touch with people and keeps me sane. I certainly miss you all so much. Can’t wait to be able to hug you all in person. I pray that day will be soon. ❤️