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Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day-Know Your Limitations

27 Jul

“Believe in yourself, your abilities and your own potential. Never let self-doubt hold you captive. You are worthy of all that you dream of and hope for.”

Roy Bennett


Sometimes I think I can do just about anything. My tip for today is…”Always try your best with inspiration, but don’t forget to know your limitation.”

I have this flickering ceiling pot light in the kitchen that has been flickering for days. So today, I brought in the ladder from the garage, then got a new LED flood light from the closet.

I Just discovered that my ladder has this nifty hole on top that I can put the bulb in to have my hands free. Cool! I put my cell phone in my pocket so I could take a picture of my endeavors, but also in case I fell down and had to call 911. (Smart)
Well, I climbed up the first step, then the second, and I was still no where close to the ceiling. I braced myself and carefully scaled to the third step. I reached up to the old flickering light… I couldn’t reach it. Dang! Still about 4 or 5 inches too short. I have never gone up to the fourth step, and in my antiquated age, I have NO intention of doing so now. (But, I Gabe it my best shot.)

I have fixed garbage disposals, irrigation panels, sprinkler heads, trimmed trees, carried heavy mulch and have done marvelous landscaping feats of strength, but… I ain’t climbing up on the fourth step of the ladder.

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS!!! I left the ladder in the kitchen and will ask for assistance from a taller braver person tomorrow. I think this requires a call to Super Sid again. 🤦‍♀️

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~A Kind Word Goes A Long Way

15 Jun

“Out of all the magic words in existence, kind words produce the most powerful transformation spells.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich


Well, it’s pretty hot here in Texas. My sister was saying last week that she was cold up in Illinois, and jokingly asked could I send her up some of my heat. Oops, be careful what you ask for because today she was warmer than we were. I did say, “See, be careful what you wish for.” 🤦‍♀️

I met Helene at 1 pm for Taco Tuesday at Nom Nom. A big group of Fire Station 5 guys came in for lunch, so I shouted across the room, “Hi, Station 5 guys!” They waved back and a few familiar faces smiled. Gosh I haven’t been by with brownies or cupcakes in a few weeks. 🤦‍♀️ Helene and I chatted with Miss Rosa who works back in the kitchen. I practiced my Spanish and she practiced her English. But, we speak the same universal language of a smile and kind words.

We stopped at Tom Thumb so I could get some more bananas on sale. 29c a pound. I’ve been freezing them for my smoothies. Miss Suzi checked us out and she mentioned that because several freezers were broken, we could use our coupon for a free cauliflower pizza next time we come in, just go to her lane next time we’re in. I forgot about that.

(Tip #)1 When fruit is on sale, buy a lot and freeze for smoothies. (Tip #2)I read somewhere that if you put the banana peels in water for a couple of days, the strained liquid is an excellent fertilizer for plants with good nutrients. Win-win. Smoothies and plant fertilizer. I guess if you have a compost pile, you could use the remaining peels. I don’t compost. My yard is too small and I’d have bugs and rats and snakes and yucky creatures in there. 🤦‍♀️

I stopped at Independent Bank across the street. I got locked out of my online banking because I entered the wrong password too many times. 🤦‍♀️ (Old age) The young lady was able to help me and walk me through it. I also asked her to transfer $5 from my checking to my savings because they locked that down too because it was inactive for a year. It’s a savings. It’s supposed to sit there, right?

Miss Elizabeth was very kind and patient. No one else was in the bank, so we chatted about CD’s, the weather, and family, etc. I said, “OK Miss Elizabeth, selfie time.” We never met before, but she will remember Miss Toni and I’ll remember Miss Elizabeth. (People remember kind words and kind people.)
I stopped at Kroger on my way home. Why, you might ask? Well, today was the last day of the sale on strawberries 99c a container, limit 5. Guess how many I bought? Yep-5. The lady behind me In line at the registers said, “Hey, I’ll be over for strawberry shortcake.” I said that I was going to freeze them for smoothies. I told her that Tom Thumb had bananas on sale. Then we proceeded to share tips about fruit and vegetables. (Tip #4) I told Miss Sally about putting aluminum foil or plastic wrap on the end of the banana bunches to last longer. (Tip #5) Miss Sally told me that if you take that nubby belly button end off the avocado that they last longer. (Tip #6) I told Miss Sally that I buy avocados on sale, scoop out the flesh, add a little lemon and freeze in a small sandwich bag for guacamole later. We had a nice chat and shared a lot of tips. (Kind Words can make new friends)
Yes, freeze your sale bananas, strawberries and avocados.

(Tip #7) Have a kind word and a smile for everyone and you will receive them right back.

“Out of all the magic words in existence, kind words produce the most powerful transformation spells.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

Happy Tuesday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~ Getting Your Steps In

22 Dec

“ If you want to get your Exercise and steps in, just visit with the grandkids. That oughta do it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I am so very blessed to be able to spend time with my family and grandchildren over the holidays. We had birthdays, and parties, and a lot of running around. And most the running around was in the house.The latest game craze is called, “Chase Grandma.” I’m old so they have to give me a head start.

Today, I did some walking into town, went to the Ace Hardware, Sunset Grocery, and the Dollar Tree. I took the dog for a couple of walks, and there were several rounds of “Chase Grandma” around the house.

I got in quite a few steps today…

My little girls sure do keep me hopping. Sometimes I just stare at their adorable little faces and smile. Other times, I hold my ears while they screech high pitched deafening screams for what seems like eternity. Either way, I wouldn’t miss a second of this visit for anything.

This is called “Gramcrastinating.” In other words, making up excuses to Grandma why we can’t go to bed yet.

Now, the children are nestled and snug in their beds, while Grandma searches for her Tylenol and a few other meds. 🤦‍♀️ Just kidding… or am I?

Happy Tuesday, my friends,

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

10 Nov

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after tomorrow just as well.” ― Mark Twain


When procrastination can’t be avoided any longer, a little prayer comes in handy. Well, here’s how the story goes… I lost a very special earring on Sunday. I presumed that it fell off while I was putting on my sweater before church, I was sad because it was a very special set of earrings given to me by my sons a few Christmas’ ago. I looked everywhere in the bathroom and the closet, to no avail.

Today, I was sweeping the kitchen floor, after putting that chore off for many days, with many spills and crumbs being ignored. I thought to myself, after I sweep the kitchen floor, I’ll take that neglected broom into the bathroom and search very carefully for the missing earring.

If I say a quick prayer to Saint Anthony, my patron saint, maybe I’ll find the missing earring. I started sweeping the kitchen floor, not paying attention, just thinking about the bathroom floor in my future.

Thank you, Saint Anthony.

I was sweeping the baseboards in the kitchen, when the shiny earring came swishing out from the dark recesses below the kitchen sink.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness, I guess. And a little prayer doesn’t hurt, either. Honestly, I never expected to ever find that special tiny earring ever again. Voila!

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Two Word Tip of the Day~ BE KIND

14 Sep

“Your life is your canvas, and you are the masterpiece. There are a million ways to be kind, amazing, fabulous, creative, bold, and interesting.”



I love this quote above. It’s like it was written just for me, especially the AMAZING part. I always say that jokingly, but it’s pretty true. I am all those things, and I believe there are SO MANY ways that we can be kind, amazing, fabulous, creative, bold, and interesting.

Today, I was thinking about all the mean, hurtful, petty, nasty, degrading, words and comments that people make and share. Some people have quit social media just for that reason, but I love to share my happy stories, fun and interesting people I meet, or awesome things that my friends and family are doing.

That being said, I decided that today I would make that call to Walgreens headquarters to tell them about Mr. Nathan who works at my Walgreens. A few weeks back, when I picked up 100 photos, and I did something wrong and the heads were cut off or pictures were cropped, He was kind enough to reprint them all for me, after showing me what I did wrong. Plus, he didn’t charge me. That’s above and beyond…

A few days ago, I was wandering around Walgreens looking at vitamins, and Mr. Nathan, I’m sure not even remembering me, politely stopped what he was doing and asked, “Anything I can help you with, Mam?” I said yes. I’d like to speak to your manager and tell him what an awesome employee you are. Wow! He was delighted, a big smile ran across his face.

Mr. Nathan called his manager, who hesitantly walked up to me, fearing the worst. When I explained the reason I wanted to speak to him, that same smile appeared on his unsuspecting face. He confided that he expected to get yelled at about something. Then, he said that was so kind, and if I really wanted to express my gratitude, that I could call the Walgreens headquarters.

I called the Walgreens Customer Care 800 number today. I was on hold for over 10 minutes, but I was determined. Miss Shirley, who answered, was also delighted about the call and took all my information, store number, etc. Now, Mr. Nathan has been formally recognized for going above and beyond by his employers.

In a world that is often unkind, BE KIND. Recognize and appreciate kindness in others. Give a smile to a sad face. Ask to talk to a manager and compliment an employee or waiter. Hesitate, then reconsider those unkind comments before they are said. What you say and what you do represents who you are. How do you want to be remembered? I want to be remembered as being….AMAZING! (But, you already knew that. 🤦‍♀️

I’ve got the weird part covered too!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~Trying to Fix Winona

2 Jun

“If at first you don’t succeed, call in a professional.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My refrigerator has had a bladder control problem for several weeks now. Can you relate? Well, it’s not even 7 years old, and I started finding little puddles on the floor. Not every day, but about every 3 days, there it would be. It’s on the tile floor, so I just stopped it up with a towel. It continued.

Of course, I Googled and looked at YouTube videos on what could be the problem and how to fix it. The most common advice was to remove all contents, unplug it, remove all the hex screws from the back panel, and check for blockage of ice or debris. Yikes! I was lucky to scoot that big ol’ sucker from out of its cubby hole. Needless to say, both sides were jam crammed full.

It took quite a while, but I emptied about half of the freezer and took it out to an Igloo cooler that I keep on the back porch. The other half went into the fridge part. Then, I unplugged it and checked the very small back panel, but I couldn’t see much of anything. So, I just got a long swiffer duster and gave it a few swipes. Then, back to the front. There was a small sheet of ice that filled the lower bottom shelf, and I dusted the lower front vent panel that I was able to remove without too much effort.

Well, we know it was leaking from the freezer section.

I took the hairdryer on the hot setting and blasted it at the back vent and panel. I didn’t unscrew the panel because I was afraid I wouldn’t get it back together. It made some strangle clunking noises now and then, and some ice melted. I sopped up the water and left that side open for a while. When it looked like nothing more was melting, I plugged her back in and closed the door.

Oh yes, I usually name my appliances. She had no name. I guess being a Whirlpool, I’m going to call her Winona. Well, Winona got cold pretty fast and started making ice after a while. I put most of the contents back into the freezer, except for a few things I decided to throw out, and a few things I left out to make soup. (Another recipe for another time.) And of course, there was a pint of pistachio ice cream that never made it back inside. 🤦‍♀️

The freezer is more organized now with fewer items in there. (That pint of Blue Bell ice cream… it be gone.)

I haven’t heard any strange noises, except for the clunk of the new ice cubes falling into the empty plastic bin. So far no new puddles on the floor, but I’m not taking any chances.

Winona will remain in the middle of the kitchen for a few more days just in case she continues leaking. If she does, I’ll call a repairman…because….”If at first you don’t succeed, call a repairman.”

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

22 Jan

“I found the best way to be productive is to balance a little fun with a little work.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


As you may already know, I am a master of procrastination. I swore that I would start out the new year with trying to get organized and be more productive. Instead, I’ve been running around going to dances, parties, lunches, movies, and having way too much fun.

So, after all my birthday celebrations, which lasted about three weeks, I decided to balance a little fun with a little organizing. This week, I took all the hundreds of teeny tiny plastic containers and dozens of large Tupperware type containers out of the cabinet and get those organized. It was an all day event. I didn’t really toss too many things, but just getting them organized saved a lot of space.

The next day, I was able to have fun and go and have a craft day with the girls. Balance.

Today, I organized the junk drawer with all those pesky rubber bands, pens, scissors, notepads, etc. Then, worked upstairs in my “crap room” for about an hour.

Then, I stopped over at Fire Station 9 and took them some of my homemade three bean/corn salsa and chips. Afterwards, I went and picked up Jerry on our way to Loretta’s place for dinner with the gang. A little work, a little fun.

So, I’m starting to be more productive now. A couple of hours of chores and organizing, balanced with four or five hours of fun with friends. Now, that’s how it should be done. “All work and no play….”

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~Pineapple Vodka

27 Feb

“Be creative while inventing ideas, but be disciplined while implementing them.”

― Amit Kalantri


I love fresh pineapple, but not so fond of all the work involved in cutting and trimming, not to mention all the waste. I also heard that fresh pineapple was better than cough medicine for helping a bad cough. It’s loaded with vitamin C, helps digestion, loaded with fiber, may reduce allergy symptoms, and much more.

Well, pineapples were on sale, so I bought two. I wasn’t sure how to cut it up efficiently, so I asked some friends at the senior center who bring fresh pineapples for the pot luck every Monday how they cut them. Once I cut off the bottom and the four sides, the center portion and thick core was intact. But, so much waste.

Light bulb moment… that inedible core still has a lot of flavor, so I could use it to infuse flavor into water or juice. Better yet, I could infuse it in some vodka. Then, there would be very little waste. Brilliant…and delicious.

I had enough delicious fresh pineapple for several days, and now I have a couple of mason jars with pineapple vodka. This will be yummy with orange juice on the rocks.

Here are some pineapple facts…but remember…too much of anything is not a good thing.

Nutrition facts

Here are the nutrition facts for raw pineapple, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the National Labeling and Education Act:

Serving size: 1 cup chunks (165 g)

Amount per Serving (%DV*)

*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Calories 82

Calories from Fat 0

Amt per Serving


Total Fat 0g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 2mg


Potassium 120mg


Total Carbohydrate 15g


  Dietary Fiber 2g


   Sugars 11g


Protein 1g

Vitamin A


Vitamin C






The nutritional profile for canned pineapple is different from raw pineapple. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, canned pineapple in light syrup has 131 calories per cup and 31.88 grams of sugar. It also contains fewer vitamins and minerals. If you do opt for canned pineapple, try to get it with no added sugar or look for a variety that is canned in fruit juice instead of syrup.

Health benefits

Immune system support

Pineapple contains all of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.

Bone strength

Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. 

Eye health

“Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains,” Flores said. 


Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.

Anti-Inflammatory benefits

“Due to a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the core of the pineapple, well known as bromelain, pineapples can help reduce severe inflammation … and can reduce tumor growth,” Flores said. A variety of studies have indicated that bromelain may be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, though more research is needed. 

Excessive inflammation is often associated with cancer, and according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes have been shown to increase the survival rates of animals with various tumors. There is not yet, however, clinical evidence to show that such results will happen in humans. 

Blood clot reduction

Flores noted that because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.

Common cold and sinus inflammation

In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~ Honey

6 Feb

“Never deviate from the right way and you will improve.”

― Israelmore Ayivor, Become a Better You


I happen to love honey. Who doesn’t? I put it in my tea every day, in my plain Greek yogurt, and in lots of recipes. But, honey has so many other uses and benefits that you may not know about. Everyone loves honey.

My personal perplexion-(I think I made that word up. Spellcheck didn’t like it) was, I was perplexed about how to get my honey out of the plastic jar once it started crystallizing. You aren’t supposed to microwave or boil plastic containers, so now what? Why do they put it in plastic?

I decided that a pre-emotive strike was the best strategy. One day, I looked at my plastic honey container and it was just barely starting to crystallize. Oh no! I was going to transfer it when I first bought it, and I forgot. So, I got out a glass canning jar and squeezed out as much honey into the glass jar as I could. There was a little left, clinging to the sides, so I put the plastic container in a container of warm water…not hot or boiling…just warm. Then, I scooped out as much as I could with a tall iced tea spoon. I pretty much got it all out, and now I can use a spoon in the wide mouth jar to get out my honey when it thickens. Honey lasts forever, Well, almost.

While excavating Egypt’s famous pyramids, archaeologists have found pots of honey in an ancient tomb. The honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample – and still perfectly edible.Nov 23, 2015

Don’t microwave raw honey to decrystallize it. … You may be tempted to immerse your entire honey jar in boiling water, but that will destroy beneficial enzymes and other properties found only in raw honey. Don’t heat honey in a plastic bottle. Don’t take the risk that you‘ll melt plastic into your honey.Jan 19, 2018

How to Decrystallize Raw Honey | Asheville Bee Charmer

Here are some other cool ways to use honey besides in your tea.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day and A Taste of Home

5 Sep

“A Pizza Slice a day keeps Sadness Away.”

― Jet Paacal


A very nice Tuesday. It wasn’t a scorching day, but rather comfortable, cool, and overcast this morning. Zumba at 8:30 am at the YMCA and then a long walk when I got home. While I started out on my walk, enthralled by the glorious day, I found a rusty nail in a neighbor’s driveway. I need to save a stranger from a flat tire. I thought, there’s no trash to throw this away for miles, but I can’t just leave it here or throw it in the grass. I’ll just carry it in my hand as a reminder.

Tip of the day… keep a reminder close by, close to your heart, an object that symbolizes something special. The nail I carried around with me reminded me of the nails on a cross. Someone who gave His life for us. He suffered for our sins, and He said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s why it’s important to look out for your neighbor. It may sound hokey, but that’s how I think. As I continued my walk, I picked up newspapers in driveways that had two or three strewn on the sidewalk and street. I carefully placed them by the front door behind a bush or pillar. I had just seen a video from a burglar who said how he targeted houses to rob. One thing he looked for was more than one newspaper in the driveway, a possible sign that people were not home or on a vacation.

We need to look out for one another. Not just your family, friends, and neighbors, but even strangers.

The afternoon flew into evening. I made plans to have dinner with my good friend Linda Grossman (World’s Greatest Realtor-blatant plug). Linda and I have our Chicago ties, so we decided to go to Rosati’s for pizza. Ah… they have wonderful deep dish pizza, almost as good as Chicago pizza…almost. It was great and I ate too much. Yum! Look at this!

A reminder of home. This reminder will be in my heart and on my hips for quite a while. Well worth the price.