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Theme Song Throwback Thursday:) Memories

6 Apr

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”

~Honore de Balzac


I’ve been going through a tangled jumbled heap of costume jewelry that belonged to my sweet mother. I touched and reminisced and sorted through dozens and dozens of sentimental pieces, many of which were gifts from me, family and friends. But, when I was packing up the plastic container with all the neat compartments, the box slipped off the bed onto the floor. So I just heaped the piled into a large zip lock bag, and put it in my carry-on bag when I flew home. Needless to say, security went through my bag and even had to separately rescan the jewelry a second time.

I was still in the process of de-tangling today, when I came across a very special locket.

Memories came flooding back. Memories of babies and families and special gifts and unconditional love. That huge pile of costume jewelry is probably only worth a few dollars monetarily, but the memories are priceless.

When I get nostalgic, I write poetry and I sing songs and I get misty. That’s what I do.


A tiny silver locket

A picture tucked inside

It was given on her birthday

She showed it off with pride.

A picture of her grandsons

On the back, her favorite part

The inscription said, I love you

And was worn next to her heart.

So, now I have her locket

Those memories will not fade

I’ll place Mom’s picture next to theirs

New memories to be made.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Theme Song Thursday:) Pennies From Heaven

23 Mar

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

~Margaret Thatcher


I keep finding pennies from Heaven. While I was going through Mom’s many craft bins and drawers yesterday, there at the very bottom of the last drawer, I found a single solitary tiny ziplock bag with a lone penny. I smiled. My reward for a long day of sorting.

Gotta love Frank Sinatra….

This afternoon, my sister asked me to go to the car wash with her. We drove through and parked afterwards to readjust the side mirrors and wipe the excess water. As I stepped out of the car, yep, a penny right at my feet.

I think one lucky penny from heaven is worth a dozen dirty dollars from…. well, wherever dirty dollars come from. I am blessed.

I’ll keep all my lucky pennies from Mom in heaven in a special jar when I get home.

Theme Song Thursday:) Reflections

26 Jan

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.



It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk here in McKinney. The sun was warm and bright, with glorious reflections on the pond. I thought, hmm? What will I write about today. Thursday is usually theme Song Thursday. So, I thought of the Supreme’s wonderful Motown song, “Reflections.” An oldie but a goodie.

Isn’t that a cool photo?

Theme Song Thursday:) VFW~Do You Love Me?

19 Jan

“I love you…”, I said to myself and believed it. Finally.”

Karen A. Baquiran


Another fun night at the McKinney VFW for karaoke night. I sang a few songs and danced a few dances. Miss Pat and I were twistin’ and jivin’ to “Do You Love Me.”

You’re never to old to ask the age old question…”Do You Love Me?” And while you’re deciding on the answer, get up and dance.

Theme Song Thursday:) Karaoke at the MCKinney VFW~ Back In The Swing

5 Jan

“I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”

~James A. Michener


After being away from home for five weeks, it was good to get back into the swing of things. It’s good to sleep in my own bed, reach into my own closet and my own fridge, but most of all, to get back to my routine and see my friends, and have some crazy fun. It’s tough, because I’ll miss my family and friends back in Chicago. You can’t have both, I guess, but that’s why they have airplanes.

It was fun to get back to karaoke at the McKinney VFW tonight. I made a batch of brownies to take. So, not only was I missed, but so were my brownies. Of course, I made a funny face with the mix before baking.

To start off the new year with some new energy, I picked a new song to sing. One that I knew no one else there has sung before. Everyone was very impressed. Lucky for me, their understanding of Spanish was rustler than my interpretation.

It was a fun evening, and good to get back into the swing of things. I sand a few songs and danced a few dances and had a good Theme Song Thursday.

Theme Song Thursday:) Feliz Navidad

22 Dec

“It doesn’t matter what language you use, or how you celebrate, or what songs you sing, I hope you are celebrating the holidays with friends and family. And… I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart.”

Christmas is just a few days away, and this is the last chance for theme song Thursday before that special day. Mom has an adorable little animated statue that plays guitar, wiggles and sings Feliz Navidad, and it sounds just like Jose Feliciano, too. I bought it for her many years ago. I still have one at my house, and it makes me smile.

Christmas time is for sharing, caring, and spending time with the ones you love. I helped Mom make cards and wrap up little gifts for all her friends. As I’ve mentioned, the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree. I learned from the best. Homemade holidays are the best, too.

Theme Song Thursday:) These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

15 Dec

“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”

Lloyd Alexander


During the holidays, we are reminded of age old traditions, we think about family and friends, and we reminisce about our favorite things.

These are a few of my favorite things…





There is so much more and so many more family members and friends, but you don’t have time to look at all 6,349 pictures on my iPad. Or do you?