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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.

Thankful Thursday:) So Many Blessings

15 Apr

“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 have so much to be thankful and so many blessings.

Yesterday, I went to my new writing group over at The MillHouse. This was only my second time joining this group, but I already love these talented ladies. Melissa led the group with some cool impromptu writing exercises and prompts. Everyone came up with some interesting stories.

Lovely talented ladies.

After writing group, I scooted over to my Spanish group at the Cotter’s house. The Charlatintos is the name of our group, and we spend about an hour and a half hablando en español. Very fun. Good friends.

Today, I am thankful for my many friends. I received a beautiful Easter card from my friend Donna in Ohio. I will keep it displayed all year long.

Such a blessing. So pretty.
I met Helene for lunch at Sali’s. The lasagna was yummy, with salad and garlic bread.

Afterwards, we went over to Tom Thumb. Butter was on sale with digital deal coupon. 99 cents, limit two. Helene got two also and will take them over to Miss Pat the Cookie Lady. Look what I found in the parking lot when I was putting away my cart. see, when you share your blessings, you get blessed back.

Lucky me! Forget one lucky penny. Look at this lucky find!

When I got home, my neighbor cat was sitting on my front porch just waiting for me.

“Finally, I’ve been waiting for you. Please scratch my belly.”

I returned a missed call to my old friend Debbie in Chicago. We just got off the phone. 1 hour and 8 minutes. A lot of catching up.

Yes, I am very thankful for my many blessings and my many friends. Life is good.

Thoughtful Thankful Thursday:) Life is Good

1 Apr

“Take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.”- Horace


Today, I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for my family, friends, my dreams, talents, and my gifts.

One of my childhood dreams was to be an art teacher and artist. I was blessed to be able to teach art for a few years. I continue with my art six decades later. Another dream was to be a writer, so I always wrote stories and poems and journaled as long as I can remember. I still do, as you can see.

So, the other day, I was intrigued by a writing group that popped up on Facebook and was meeting at the MillHouse in downtown McKinney. I tried registering online, but I had trouble navigating the website to register. (I’m a writer, not a computer genius.🤦‍♀️) Therefore, I decided to show up in person to see if I could join the group.

Yesterday morning, I was shuffling through some ancient journals, folders, unfinished stories, and stacks of my writing. It was obvious that I had a lot to say but clearly never did anything with my words. I always said that I was going to write the “Great American Novel,” but never did. So, I grabbed a brand new notebook, a black pen, and took a leap of faith.

Just a smattering of my many pages, stories, poems, and the Great American Novel is in there somewhere. I belonged to a small writing group quite a few years back, but we disbanded when some ladies moved away. Those were good times.
My new writing friends at the MillHouse. (Missing one girl who left earlier)

Karen and Mellisa (on the left) facilitated the group, and we did some impromptu writing exercises and played fun writing games. Even though I was brand new to the group, they made me feel welcome, just like we were old friends. I have a feeling I found a place to make my dreams come true.

After our meeting, I had a little time before going over to the Cotter’s house for my weekly Charlatintos Spanish group. (More groups, Miss Toni?) I’m trying to work on my Spanish and our little group of four amigos has been enlightening.

As I wandered around the MillHouse, I found some old artist friends working in their studios.

Andrea Holmes is such a sweet, talented, and prolific artist. She was getting ready for one of her many art shows. She’s also famous for her awesome murals and window displays all over McKinney and nearby towns.
Lisa Temple is another talented artist and friend.
Then, I made a new friend. Robin Pedrero and I chatted a while. We probably have run into each other here and there, but never formerly introduced. New friend! 🤗

So, yesterday was a day of working on making dreams come true, making new friends and visiting old friends.

Then, to my delight, when I got home and checked my mailbox, there was a very sweet thank you note from the folks over at Towne Creek.

I am so thankful for all my blessings and it’s so nice to be thanked for the little things I do for others. It’s like a mutual admiration society with the world. I looked back at my journals today to see when I started volunteering doing art with the seniors at Towne Creek. I started in August of 2007. It’s been a while. Such blessings.

Happy Thoughtful Thankful Thursday, my friends.🤗

Thankful Words for a Thoughtful Thursday

25 Mar

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
—W. T. Purkiser

Be like a sunflower.
There’s always more to be thankful for than to complain about, if you just think about it.
Happy is in the eye of the beholder.

Thankful Thursday:) Attitude of Gratitude

18 Mar

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


I have signed up for and listened to soooo many podcasts and webinars in the past two years that I’m pretty sure that I could start and star in my own do it yourself, self help, fix your brain and fix your life talk show. I just finished one on BrainHealth today. Very insightful. Maybe more on that another day.

But, what I’d like to share today is that THE NUMBER ONE KEY, THE NUMBER ONE WORD, that every theme has focused on is GRATITUDE. You can’t be happy with yourself, your life or anyone else if you are not grateful and thankful for who you are, what you have, and how you can share it with others.

I am so grateful and blessed with the most wonderful family and friends. I think this and feel this every day. I share it in my morning prayer when I wake and when I close my eyes at night. My constant prayer is “Thank you for Your blessings.”

Along with feeling blessed is try and be a blessing to others. I try and share. This week, I was able to doggie sit a few days for my old neighbor Mr. Mike. (well, he’s not old, but he has moved away.) Just a small favor for a friend that makes me feel good, and he appreciates my help. I also was kitty sitting a couple of weeks ago for Miss Kathy. I try to explain to them that I get such joy by helping them out. That’s what friends are for.

It’s also cool to show your appreciation for others. After Mr. Mike picked up Bella, I went to Kroger to get my prescription and do some grocery shopping. The assisted check out line with a real person was so long, so I went to self-check out. I don’t like it because A. I feel that it’s putting people out of work, and B. I can’t figure out how to weigh my own tomatoes and cabbage.🤦‍♀️

I got started and got stuck with weighing. A young employee came over to help me. I kept her there until she weighed four different items for me. When I was finished, I noticed that one of my items didn’t ring up with the digital coupon sale price. I called her back and she fixed it. I thanked her profusely and asked her name, as her tag was covered up. “Riley.”

Oh man! It was Riley. A couple of months ago, I was going to check out, and this young lady who was closing to go on her break or go home, waved me on and checked me out anyway. I remembered her because when we were done with my order, she gave me a hug. I had told the dozen or so people trying to get in line behind me that she was closing, Saving her from having to continue checking. She was just too nice to say no. So, when I was leaving, I went to customer service to tell them how amazing she was, and also sent a note to corporate. Today, I said, “Riley, you may not remember me, but a while back you were so sweet and asked me if you could give me a hug, and that just made my day.” Her smile widened and I gave her a hug this time and asked for a selfie. She felt appreciated and I felt thankful for her kindness. Win-win.

After I got home and put away my groceries, I only had about 30 minutes before my BrainHealth Webinar at 7. Another thing I’ve learned in my vast research is “Take care of yourself physically and emotionally.” I love my walks, so I threw on my gym shoes and scurried out the door for a short brisk walk. It was getting dark and cloudy, so I picked up the pace. As I walked, I saw a lady walking her dog. I’ve seen this lady almost every day for months, but I never stopped to ask her name. So today, I was feeling grateful for my walks, my neighborhood, and the people in my world, so I asked her name.

This is Kelly. Her dog Waffles is not shown, but he’s a cute big white dog. I repeated Kelly’s name a couple of times so I’d remember. (I saw a podcast on memory and remembering last week.🤦‍♀️) I also learned to associate names in order to remember. I said, “Nice to meet you Kelly, on this lovely St. Patrick’s Day.” She laughed, but I’ll associate Irish and Kelly and St. Patrick’s Day.

I am thankful for all the cool people in my life, all the knowledge I have gained, and all the things that make Miss Toni…. AMAZING!!!!

“Never stop learning, never stop laughing, and never stop loving.”-Me

Thankful Thursday:) So Much to be Thankful For

18 Feb

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



This week was a good time to be thankful for so many blessings, I can barely count them all. Sunday morning Mass and visiting friends, Monday was celebrating Valentine’s Day, Tuesday celebrating my angel mother at Mass, Taco Tuesday, and Tino sending out a guy to fix my roof, and our support group at church. Wednesday finally tackling long over due housework and spending quality time at home, and today we celebrated Bob’s birthday with lunch and gifts. I also received, just because gifts, in the mail from my sister, the U.S. Government, and Lin Lin. Life is good.

Bob’s birthday lunch. (Bob lower right)
Bob and Joni are just the sweetest couple. I thought the perfect gift would be something homemade. Chocolate dipped strawberries, hand-painted wine glasses and card, and a little vino to wash it down. Great friends.

I am so thankful for our beautiful St. Gabriel the Archangel church that has filled my heart and soul with love, friendship and strengthened my faith.

My sister was kind enough to mail me some N95 masks that she picked up, knowing that I could use some. Safety first!

The government sent me 4 free at home rapid Covid tests that I signed up for.
My awesome amazing friend Lin Lin sent me a beautiful insulated cup with a heart for Valentine’s Day.

Thankful Thursday:) So Many Blessings, Even in the Blizzard

4 Feb

“I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.”

– Bill Watterson


Well, the winter storm has hit North Texas. It was sleeting all night, so the roads are slick. Schools, businesses, and city and country offices are cancelled. The snow started falling this afternoon, and we already have a scary 1 to 2 inches accumulated snow in the driveway. 🤦‍♀️ (My Friends Up North are giggling right now.)

View from my front window. I am thankful for a warm home, and plenty of things on my to-do list that I don’t plan on doing.
I am thankful for electricity that allows me to binge watch Star Trek Episodes and Hallmark all day and night.
I am thankful for the beautiful gift that my cousin Kathy sent me from Indiana, and the gift Joni and Bob dropped off the other day. (A gift card to Total wine? Why would they think that I use alcohol?)
I am thankful that Liquor King was kind enough to text me this morning to inform me that they were open today. They are just I looking out for me. Is the universe trying to tell me something? I’m not leaving the house.
I am thankful that I have enough wine to last me a few more days if we’re snowed in any longer.
Now, I am thankful for a warm cup of tea, a cozy blanket, and all my many blessings.

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friends.