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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. ❤️

Thankful Thursday:) Best Friends In The World

31 Jan

Gina Barreca

“It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but it’s your best friends who are your diamonds.”


Such a busy, wonderful, creative, fun, entertaining Thursday. Did I leave anything out?

This morning, Lynne invited us over to do some crafting with a Valentine’s Day theme. So, what did we do creative? We painted rocks. Yes, rocks. They turned out so cute.

Here are some of the rocks we painted.

After a lovely lunch, painting rocks and other projects, we were so motivated that we needed to take a road trip to Hobby Lobby… to buy more rocks, of course. Plus, other treasures made their way into our baskets.

By the time I got home, it was after 5:30, just enough time to get in a quick shower and scoot over to Delaney’s for karaoke. More fun with amazing friends. We did a lot of singing, dancing, and partaking of refreshments.

I left the house at 11 am this morning and didn’t land home to put my feet up and end my day till almost 11 pm. Just another jammed packed wonderful Thankful Thursday with the greatest friends ever. See why I’m so thankful!

Thankful Thursday:) So Many Blessings

22 Nov

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

John Wooden


It was a cloudy drizzly Thursday, and you would think that would be a bad thing. Nope! I grabbed my umbrella and went for a long walk. We could use the rain, so it was a blessing. I saw a butterfly in my driveway and smiled. The trees were spewing colorful leaves, and several neighbors were hanging Christmas lights, competing with the fall pumpkins and scarecrows.

I ran some errands, post office, bank, and the grocery store. I ran into my friend Rose at Kroger. A quick hug and, “See ya tonight at karaoke.”

Then, a visit to church for Adoration, for quiet prayer, and to light a candle. It’s always so tranquil and calm sitting totally alone in the huge sanctuary. Another time to count my blessings and just say, “Thank You.” I could feel my heart beat slow down and my muscles relax. Gratitude changes your attitude.

Thursday night karaoke at Delaney’s Irish Pub is always a blast, good friends, good food, singing and dancing. Bob belting out “God Bless the USA,” More blessings. Life is good.

Thankful Thursday:) Family

25 Oct

“I am blessed to have so many great things in my life – family, friends and God. All will be in my thoughts daily.”

~Lil’ Kim


Today, I am thankful for my beautiful loving family. The first part of my visit to Chicago started out with my sister picking me up from wild and crazy O’Hare Airport Tuesday. We stopped for dinner and then back to her house. Wednesday, we ran errands and stopped at the AT&T store, where my sister bought me an early Christmas present. Merry Christmas to me. No more dropped calls and garbled interrupted conversations. iPhone 8 with LOTS of GBs.

Wednesday afternoon, my sister drove me to Northbrook, where I’ll be staying with my son, daughter-in-law, and two adorable grand daughters for a few days. I haven’t seen these little angles since last Christmas.

Aren’t they adorable? Yes they are. The little one was only a couple of weeks when I saw her in December. Yikes! She’s gotten so big.

I went for a walk with the dog this afternoon. The fall colors are really spectacular. We walked the neighborhood for a little over a mile.

A budding artist in the making. We may have to do some artwork while Gamma’s here.

Yes, I’m very thankful today, and every day.

Thankful Thursday:) Thank You Says I Care

20 Sep

“A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?”

― Israelmore Ayivor


Yesterday, the guys from JD’s Make It Green came to cut my grass. This company has been cutting my grass for nearly fifteen years, five years at this house and ten in my last. There’s usually a different crew every few years, it always three Mexican guys crammed in a white truck. And, for fifteen years, I’ve always given them a bag with three cold cans of soda and some sort of snack, either chips, granola bars, cookies or homemade treats. About 90% of the time, I’m home when they come, and I scurry out the door, hand them the bag and say, “Gracias.” They are always appreciative, nod with a slight bow, and say, “Thank you.”

So yesterday, I was still in my Jammie’s when I heard the mowers and blowers humming out back. I quickly got dressed, grabbed my snacks and ran out the front door as they were putting away their equipment. I ran across the street, handed them the bag and said, “Muchas gracias.” They nodded, and I shook the first man’s hand and said,”Y como se llamas?” He replied, “Modesto.” I repeated shaking hands and thanking the other two young men, Esteban and Luis.

They were used to me running out and handing them something cold to drink and a snack, but this was the first time I stopped to ask their names. This makes it so much more personal and sincere. These men work very hard all day, in the blazing heat, and I’m sure they don’t get paid a ton of money and very rarely feel appreciated. Well, I appreciate what they do, SO, I say THANK YOU.

It only takes a few seconds to make someone feel appreciated, and if you feel like going out of your way to do so, you never know how much that might mean to them.

OK, so the funny part is, when I walked back into my house, my alarm system was screeching. When I ran out the door, I had forgotten to turn off the alarm. I didn’t hear it from across the street. Two seconds after I shut it off, the alarm company called to ask if everything was ok because they got a notification. I was embarrassed and explained that I had run outside. So, I had to give my name and secret password for them to believe me.

Thank goodness I remembered after five years. I had to laugh. Well, at least I know the alarm system works and I came back inside before the police were sent out. Now, that would have been embarrassing!

But then again, I would have offered them some brownies along with my apology.

Thankful Thursday:) “Once Lost”

28 Feb

They once were lost, but now they’re found

My gloves had fallen on the ground

I had them last at church on Sunday

Not in the lost and found on Monday

I searched for days, but they weren’t there

So, I knelt down and said a prayer

Back to the lost and found I went

The box was full and torn and bent

There at the bottom, I could see

My happy gloves smile up at me.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This is a true story. Two weeks ago, it was really cold on Sunday and greeting before Mass. I wore my sock monkey hat and the cute puppet gloves my sister graciously gave me for Christmas. ((Actually, I saw them on her table and kinda begged and asked if I could have them.) So, after Mass, I checked my pockets and they weren’t there. I had my hat, but no cute gloves. I went back to my seat and couldn’t find them. I was sad. 😔

I went to check the lost and found on Monday. Nope! I thought for sure someone would turn in the cute gloves. Then, I imagined that maybe a little girl found them and maybe they were meant to find a new owner, and make someone else smile.

Just on a whim today, I decided to go to Adoration to say some special prayers for family and friends and some special people with health problems. Afterwards, I walked across the street to the office to check the lost and found just one more time. I really didn’t expect to find them.

There at the very bottom of the overstuffed crumpled old box, those little happy faces smiled up at me. Happy face…😀

It’s going to be really cold all week, but my happy gloves will keep me warm. And thanks to my guardian angel for making sure my gloves were there. Not to mention the kind person that returned them. 😇

Thankful Thursday!

Thankful Thursday:) Home Safe and Sound

4 Jan

“When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”

~Thorton Wilder


It always feels good to be back home after a long trip. It’s good to sit in your kitchen, get back to your favorite tv shows, not live out of a crammed suitcase, and sleep in your own bed. It’s a good thing, but I’m not sure if leaving the warmth of family and friends outweighs returning to your comfortable routine.

Being a big Star Trek fan, I wish I could just beam back and forth from Chicago to McKinney. Until that day comes, I’ll just have to savor all the special times and memories.

I am thankful for my wonderful family. I am thankful for my sister who took such good care of me, drove me all over town, fed me, and even gave up her bed for me. I am thankful for God sending us a beautiful new baby girl, my second grand-daughter to love and smother with kisses. I am thankful for my son and his beautiful wife for their unconditional love and hospitality, and sharing their growing little family with Gamma. I am thankful for my dear old friends that I was able to visit with and who came to visit me. Although I didn’t get to see him, I am especially thankful for my strong, smart and caring son Matt, who takes care of me from afar. So much to be thankful for.

It was a bitter-sweet day as my sister drove me to the airport. The weather was questionable, and my flight was delayed several hours, then updated to less than an hour delay. The flight was smooth and it was a great big 787 with little tv screens at each seat. I played Trivia, Sudoku, and solitaire. Cool!

My friend Mary picked me up at DFW, after circling, then parking, and racing around looking for me, she found me at baggage claim.

I’m back in McKinney, missing my family, but happy to be home safe and sound.

Thankful Thursday…thankful every day.

Thankful Thursday:) A Big Thank You To All Who Celebrated My NHL Anniversary

30 Aug

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

― Thomas Goodwin


Ah, you’re probably wondering what the NHL has to do with my anniversary party last week. When I was out walking this morning, I was contemplating what to write about today. I knew I wanted to use the topic, Thankful Thursday, but I have so much to be thankful for. Where do I begin?

It was probably the heat of day, and my brain being a little fried from the scorching sun, but I thought, hmm… I want to thank everyone who came to celebrate my NEW HOUSE & NEW LIFE on August 23rd. Four years in my new house and special anniversary miracle celebration from God. I thought, “New House/Life…NHL. Like a Hockey celebration without the sticks and pucks

🏒🥅🏒 and bloody noses. Just good friends, food, fun, wine, and no bloody noses.

A big thank you to all who came and thank you for all the wonderful gifts. I was so busy having fun and answering the door and receiving presents, I really can’t recall exactly who gave me what. So many flowers and bottles of wine and champagne and beautiful gifts and cards. Some of the great bottles of wine were shared and enjoyed by all.

And, I apologize if I forgot to invite a few friends. It wasn’t on purpose, I just went down my email list alphabetically and there were hundreds and hundreds of names that repeat with first or last names. Then, I just verbally invited some people. I forgot who all I talked to. I’m getting old! Just remember, August 23rd, every year…you’re invited.

Thank you!

Here are the flowers today. One week later, still beautiful and fragrant. A reminder of friendship and love.

Thanks everyone. And a huge thank you to my sister who helped clean and cook and bake and

move furniture and prepare, then helped to clean up the mess afterwards. It was a great NHL Celebration.

Love youse guys!

Thankful Thursday:) There is Always Something to be Thankful For.

19 Jul

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”



This morning, I woke up being thankful that I didn’t need an alarm to wake me, I had a ceiling fan above, and air conditioning buzzing through the night. The temperatures have been sizzling, so I got up early to walk while it was only in the upper 80’s/low 90’s. I was thankful that I could walk the dog in the shady park across the street, then continue my solo walk for almost an hour before impending heat stroke.

After I came home and cooled off, I decided to make a fruit smoothie. I felt so thankful that I have a beautiful home, enough food to eat, and my health. (Well, fairly healthy for an old geezer.) Before I opened the refrigerator, I couldn’t help but smile at photos that greet me every day. How lucky am I, to have that fridge that’s plastered with pictures and reminders of what life is all about.

My greatest joy and happiness and the main reason I am so thankful is my family. These photos are a daily reminder of how much I am blessed. That’s when I decided that today would be my Thankful Thursday.

Inside my wonderful fridge were the ingredients for a refreshing fruit smoothie. When I buy fruit, there is always extra to freeze for a rainy day…in this case, a steamy day.

Mango, cantaloupe, banana, and some apple/peach juice. Ah, it was like eating sorbet. Enough left over for tonight after karaoke. Perhaps a little vodka might find its way into the concoction?

While I ate my smoothie with a spoon, I checked my Facebook page. Finally, the long anticipated McKinney PD Lipsync Challenge was posted. It is so cute. Plus, this is another reason to be thankful. I live in such a great town, with friendly folks, nice neighbors, and lots of things to do. Everyone did a great job on the video. Check it out…


Yes, there’s a lot to be thankful for. Have a terrific Thankful Thursday, Y’all.

Thankful Thursday:) Happy Thanksgiving

24 Nov

“Every day should be Thanksgiving, and we should wake each day thinking what we are thankful for. But, man,,,I couldn’t eat like this every day. I’d explode,”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

~William Arthur Ward


Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November[1] in the United States. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington.[2] It has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863, when, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S.



I bet I can think of one thing you are thankful for today. You’re happy I didn’t post pictures of my turkey, and stuffing, and sweet potatoes, and all the other stuff. I’d need a wide angle lens, and I need one now for my selfie. So, I’ll spare you. It was a good day, with calls from my sons, talks with family and friends, a good meal and a beautiful sunset. There are so many people who go hungry every day. I feel truly blessed with good food, good friends, and a wonderful family.

Here is what I’m thankful for…

At the end of the day, my heart is full of joy, my eyes are full of beauty, my belly is full of good food. You can say, as my mother often does, “Why, you’re just full of it.”

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

Now, something funny.