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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.

Theme Song Thankful Thursday:) It’s A Good Day

17 Nov

On a bad day, I have mood swings – but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground.     

Charles Rosenblum


When I read these great quotes, I think, why didn’t I think of that?

I had a pretty good day. An easy going, my slip not showing, the rooster crowing, the sky not snowing, my car not towing, just to-and-froing kinda day. When you’re thankful for the little things in life, you receive great big blessings. I am very blessed.

I see beauty every day.

I had lunch with my friend Diane and found a lucky feather in the parking lot.

I spent the evening singing karaoke and dancing with friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Thankful That An Empty Bowl Can Be Filled

28 Apr

“An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.” 

― Albert Einstein


This evening, the annual McKinney Empty Bowls event took place on the square at the McKinney Performing Art Center. This is the sixth year, and each year it has expanded and better attended. 

Hundreds of people, comprised of volunteers, sponsors, artists, vendors, and visitors packed the square for a beautiful evening of community support. Proceeds for today’s event will provide support for Community Lifeline Center.

I’ll just show you some pictures, as they will tell the story better than my words. 

I am very thankful to be a part of such a loving community.

 My donation that I created was a featured bowl for the Showcase Collection raffle. I was honored.



Thankful Thursday:) Old Friends and New Friends

17 Feb

“Be genuinely interested in everyone you meet and everyone you meet will be genuinely interested in you” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru


This Thursday, I had the pleasure of spending the entire day with old friends and new friends, from early in the morning till late at night. I count my blessings. Lots of counting. Much to be thankful for.

I started out the day with a fun Zumba class with my neighbors Diane and Sue, and a lot of other wriggling jiggling dancing ladies. When I got home, I took a long walk with my little doggie friend, Bella. After I got home, I asked my friend, Dorrie, to help me remove and carry my new file cabinet from the back of my car into the garage. I had about ten minutes to change and meet a couple of old friends for lunch at JC Burgers at 12:30. 

After lunch, I stopped at Albertson’s to pick up some eggs and canola oil. I go through a lot for brownies and cup cakes. I said hi to Miss Sherry, the feisty elderly clerk at the checkout. Pizzas were on sale, so I picked up a couple for my neighbor, Bella’s daddy, Mr. Mike, who basically lives on frozen pizza, and rarely goes to the store. He appreciated the gesture.

Wow, by now it was almost 5 pm.  Last week, I met a charming lady, Barbara, who had invited me to join her and her writing group that meets at Panera once a month at 5:30. More new friends, and writers, to boot. Cool!

Barbara, Deb, and Korey, all new and talented writers. Deb and Korey  also do their own illustrations. I’m excited to make some new writing friends.

Half Price Books was just a few doors down from Panera, so I went over there to check out the books. I especially love finding old vintage books. I had a nice conversation with Elena, the cute store cashier. We exchanged stories about our love for old books and finding interesting inscriptions, pressed flowers, and other memorabilia tucked away in between the pages. 

Another old friend…an old vintage book with yellowed and well worn pages. J. Fenimore Cooper, “The Deerslayer.”

Now, I sit here, writing my blog, with my old television friend, Jessica Fletcher and “Murder She Wrote.” 

Good night to all my old and new friends. I am very thankful for a wonderful day with old and new friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Saying Thank You

19 Aug

“The best way to say thank you for your blessings is to bless others with a thank you,”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yeah! We finally got some rain today! Not a lot of rain, but every little bit helps. The day was gloomy and muggy, almost steamy. I was grateful for the rain, but the heat and humidity made it feel for like a sauna outside.

I went for a morning walk, and by the time I came home, I was so sweaty that I slid in the door and guzzled three glasses of water. Shortly after I got home, I could hear the lawn mowers and leaf blower out my back door. Whenever I’m home, I go out and give the guys who mow my lawn some cold Dr. Peppers and some cookies or if I have any brownies lying around. 

Today, I decided that ice cream bars might be appreciated a little bit more. So, I went out to give them the ice cream, but the last guy had just closed the door and the truck started driving away. Thank goodness I know Spanish. I yelled out, “Espera!” (Wait) The truck came to a halt and one of the men jumped out. He probably thought there was a problem.

I handed him three ice cream bars and said, “Muchas gracias!” (There are always three guys) He had a big smile and said,”Gracias!” and scurried back to the truck. I’m sure the guys appreciated something cold and refreshing on such a muggy day. But, I’d also like to think that they felt good knowing that I appreciate what they do. They work hard, they make my house look nice, and I don’t think very many people ever say thank you.

I am very blessed. I blessed these gentlemen with a thank you and some ice cream on a hot day. Then, I decided to bless myself with an ice cream too. Why not!

Oh, the funny part of the story is, when I flung open the freezer door to grab the ice cream bars, I noticed that the inside of the freezer was all drippy with frost and hanging icicles. When I investigated the problem, turns out that an ice cube had been lodged in the ice dispenser flap and was letting the warm air into the freezer. I needed a spatula to scrape away the ice and frost. It was lucky that I went in there, as I rarely open the freezer door. Who knows what would have happened if left undetected until Friday night when I make my Black Russian with chocolate ice cream. Yikes! 

Thankful Thursday and the Ten Thousand Dollar Tooth

5 Aug

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


It was a whirlwind of a Thursday. Every morning, before my feet touch the floor, I think of at least one thing that I’m thankful for. Being most reluctant to get out of bed, I often have time to linger, thinking of more than one. You should try it. Say it out loud, or repeat it in your mind. It’s the perfect way to start the day.

This morning, I was thankful for the morning sun peeping through my window, the special emails that greet me each morning, the ceiling fan and air conditioning that keeps me comfortable in the terrible Texas heat, and the prospect of getting out for an early morning walk. I popped out of bed before 8am, sun glasses, sunscreen, and a smile. It was already in the upper 80’s, but there was a slight breeze. The cute little duck family at the pond waddled up to say hello. Granted, they probably thought I had some food for them, but I said hello and apologized.

I managed to walk 2.8 miles before rushing home to shower and out the door for my dentist appointment. FINALLY! The last step for the TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR TOOTH! 

This poor tooth first had a crown, then a root canal, then when it still hurt, I was told I needed an extraction and implant with a new crown. Yep! About 10 K for one stinkin’ tooth. 

I’m smiling, but that’s because I finished paying for it on my last charge. I was going to do landscaping this year, instead I got a new tooth.

See, 10K tooth!!!

After my triumphant tooth adventure, I drove over to the square to visit with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth at Sweet Spot. A couple youngsters were eyeing the cookies, cupcakes and ice cream. I asked them if they’d like some ice cream, and of course, they said yes. I know their father, and he was sitting talking to friends, and I knew it would be ok. They were very appreciative. 

After the visit, I drove obverse to Good Year to get my car inspected before my expiration, So I can get my vehicle sticker later.  They said it would be an hour wait. I walked over to Taco Bueno too get an iced tea. I took out $2, and asked the young man for a small drink. He handed me a cup and said, “No charge Mam. It’s just a drink.” Well, that was so nice.

I asked his name. It was Chad. I said, “Thanks Chad. You are bpbery kind.” Then, I thought to myself…hmm…I did something nice, buying the kids ice cream, then, Chad does something nice for me.” Random acts of kindness.

A quick stop at the car wash. I even vacuumed the interior mats. How lucky to have a nice car, all paid for, and the gas tank full? 

My car was ready when I walked back. I stopped at the store on the way home because I was out of ice cream…oh no! 

Look how healthy! Organic spinach and chocolate ice cream. They counter balance each other.

When I got home, I had a little ice cream because I didn’t want that melted part to leak in the freezer. I had to help make room for expansion of the melted ice cream. My personal tradition. 

I went for a long evening walk when the sun started to set and a gentle breeze lessened the heat of the day. My total steps for today…5.7 miles. Pretty darn good for an old lady with a bad knee, bad feet, and a new tooth, on a hot Texas night. While I walked, I thought, “Look at me. I can do anything. I’m aazing.” I’m also very modest. Not! I was rewarded with a glorious sunset.

These are all the things I am thankful for today. That’s a lot! I have so many! That’s just one day! How lucky am I? What about you?

Give it a try. Wake up every day and think of the things you are thankful for. Then, end each day recounting your blessings. You’ll be amazed.

Thankful Thursday:) These Are My Thoughts

1 Jul

“Being thankful today for what you have, brings you more blessings tomorrow.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


You may or may not remember my story about how I found a wallet on my flight to Chicago a few weeks ago. 

To make a long story even longer, after making some calls, finding the rightful owner of the wallet that had $300 and no personal I.D. in it, a young man, sixteen years old was reunited with his wallet. I mailed it to where he was visiting his aunt and uncle in Oklahoma. His entire family was grateful. I received a call and also an email thanking me, along with a mention that a thank you card was on the way. I was thankful that I was the one to find it, instead of someone who would have taken the cash and tossed the wallet in the trash. I just requested that the young man “pay it forward” sometime, and do something nice for a stranger.

That was thanks enough for me. What a great feeling, doing something nice for a stranger.

Well, today in the mail, I received this beautiful thank you card from the grateful teen.

I was very moved. But, when I opened it up, there was a nice handwritten thank you and a $50 gift card. That was way too generous. I have been more than blessed in my life, so I plan on giving the card to someone who could use it more than me, thus sharing the blessings once again.

Thankful Theme Song Thursday:) Day Moon

26 Feb

” I always used to think of the moon as only an amazing nocturnal gift, but when I see it in the early morning, it affirms my belief that glorious beauty is out there all the time. Sometimes it’s hidden by the light of day or the dark serenity of night, but it’s always there.”
~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday, I posted about Mindfulness. It’s interesting how being aware of your surroundings, being grateful for your blessings, and allowing yourself to feel, experience, and share everything that life throws at you, good and bad, can bring joy into your life. Mind you, it’s not a euphoric constant state of la-la-land. But, I think starting each day with gratitude helps you with the hurdles. 

I was out walking Bella this morning around 7:30. Right as I stepped out of the front door, there it was. The soft pale moon up against the crisp blue sky. I stood there in awe for a few seconds, then did what I always do…took out my phone to take a picture.

 There it is! How often do we notice the wondrous things around us every day? This morning, I was grateful for the beautiful moon up in the early morning sky. What are you thankful for today? I bet if you sat down and thought about it, you would come up with a long list. I know I could.

Thankful Thursday:) HAPPY THANKSGIVING

27 Nov

Today, I am thankful for so many things

The  sun in the morning, and the warmth that it brings
The grey clouds of autumn with its fresh gentle rain 

The laughter of a children that your heart can’t explain

Holding hands before dinner, bowing heads in a prayer

Most important of all, is the love that we share.


~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Today I am thankful for so many things, health, family, friends, phone calls, and texts of well wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. At first, I was going to just stay home alone today and mope. I said, “It’s just another day.” But, I was invited by a couple of different friends, and I told them, “Thanksgiving is for families.” My family was broken and my loved ones far away. I wasn’t feeling very festive. Too many memories of family holidays that will never be the same. 

Then last night, I was up till almost 2am painting and working on ornaments, and I checked my Facebook page before bed. My dear friend Sherri Murphy posted a picture of her homemade place cards for her dinner table, and she said, ” And I made one for Toni and I hope she will come and join us.” Well, after I wiped away the tears, I replied, “Guess who’s coming for dinner?”

I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends who have become my family. For this I am truly thankful.

Sherri and Michael Murphy, on the far right, have shared their home and their hearts with me for many years. I love you guys!

Oh yes, if I was going to go to dinner, of course, I would have to bake some of my famous brownies and make a funny face before mixing. I had to contemplate a long time to think of a way to make a turkey funny face in my brownie mix, as per my tradition. Here’s what I came up with.

I thought it was pretty cute. Weird, but cute. They always taste delicious after I get done being goofy.



Thankful Theme Song Thursday

23 Oct

Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ― Bill Watterson


Today, I am extremely thankful for the glorious rain that has finally graced the skies of north Texas. The thirsty earth is soaking up every delightful drop. The rain didn’t start until late afternoon, so I was able to get to my Zumba class in the morning and go for a long walk/run. I visited with friends, and had a late lunch with Lynne when I dropped by her house. Good tip: visit friends at lunch time and you just might get invited to stay for pizza.

Therefore, I am signing the praises of the well needed rain. Everyone…sing along!

I actually cranked up the radio and was dancing in the kitchen. Not exactly a rain dance, but rather a thankful for the rain dance.