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Friday:) Artist Friends, Fun, Food and Frolicking at Towne Creek

31 Jul

“Anyone who says that they can’t draw or paint or do any kind of art has never come to our art class at Towne Creek.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been volunteering sharing art and having fun with the seniors over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments for about 15 years now. We have the most fun, and we laugh and eat and play. That’s what art is… just playing with life. I find the toughest part for me is coming up with new and interesting projects to demonstrate and share.

One of our favorite activities is snack time.
Busy and having fun.
I showed Miss Kathy how to make a cute feather with markers.
The mark of a good art teacher is when the students are even better and more talented.

It was a long day. Helene was kind enough to meet me at the Honda dealer at 2, so I could get my car inspected, oil change, etc. We had to transfer all my bins and bags into her car and then drop me back after class at 6. Much better than sitting a few hours at the dealer just down the road from Towne Creek.

It was a fabulous Friday with friends. Cheers…..

Black Russian Friday!

Friday Friends at Towne Creek Apartments

26 Jun

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn

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Today was our monthly art day at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. It was nice that we were able to have two people at a table, a little distanced, but much nicer than separate tables all 6 feet apart,

I had so many compliments on my time-lapse video of the horse on Tuesday that I decided that would be one of our projects today. Some ladies used watercolor pencils, others markers and others regular colored pencils. All turned out different, and all awesome. Those that finished quickly worked on a 3-d flower pot drawing,

Everyone was busy with their horses.
It was great to see Miss Clair. She wasn’t one of our regular ladies until the last few months, and I’ve been volunteering here for about 15 years. she finally decided to join us. She’s pretty awesome!
Miss Bonnie is an original YAH YAH. Young At Heart artist. (So Nice we say it twice.)
Miss Dorothy’s projects were so colorful. I love it! Her flower pot looks woven, but it’s just tiny squares that she markered in a cool pattern.
Miss Kathy said she didn’t think she was going to like the horse project. When she was done, she loved it. So did I. Cool, right!
Miss RoyAnn enjoyed her projects. She’s a fairly new member of our little art group. Sweet talented lady.
Even our own dear Helene played around with some pencils. Usually she’s running around like a chicken helping the ladies, but this was a good, sit down for a while and color kinda project. Not so much running around.
Today, we were graced with a visit from a young high school volunteer, Michelle. She was so helpful getting all the tables cleared and ready, passing out supplies and running around. She enjoyed her project, too.

Another fun day with my Young At Heart artist Friends at Towne Creek.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Friday:) Friends, Food, Fun Art, and Miss Toni Being Foolish at Towne Creek

29 May

“If you can’t be silly with your old friends, where can you be silly? We are all old…it doesn’t matter.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Helene and I went and visited with our artist friends over at Towne Creek Apartments today. We worked on several watercolor book mark and note card projects. I brought them each a red rose that they could use for artistic inspiration. We painted, laughed and had a late lunch. Of course, I got up and did a little singing and dancing for half-time entertainment. Miss Dorothy was being sneaky and recorded a video of me being silly. She said she was going to post it on Facebook and embarrass me. I said, “Bring it, Girl,” and kept on dancing.

Here’s me being silly and singing “Proud Mary” and dancing and just being me.

We certainly do have fun.

Now, it’s getting late and it’s time for…. Black Russian Friday.

Cheers, my friends. Happy Friday!

Friday Friends, Food, and My Feet Are Killin’ Me

8 May

“You know you’ve had too much fun when you can’t stop smiling, even when your feet are killin’ ya.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A very super busy day today. I was up late last night, well, actually early this morning making my special egg salad for my senior friends over at Towne Creek. Why egg salad? Eggs were on sale, 99c for an 18 pack. I boiled 24 eggs, softened a package of cream cheese, added about a cup or more of mayo, (I don’t measure), then sautéed an onion and celery. I made 16 sandwiches and still had some egg salad left over.

I also made up some snack bags with pretzels, popcorn and cheese balls, I also made up some chocolate dipped strawberries, and put together some of my now famous peanut butter topped brownies. We had lots of snacks and drinks. Helene brought fresh fruit and topped it with praline ice cream. OK, I bet you’re wishing you could come to our art class, right?

It was a fine fun day. Now, I need to put my feet up and have a drink. It’s Black Russian Friday.

Friday:) Friends, Firemen, and Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

“In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.”

~Salman Rushdie

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Wow! What a busy day. I spent the morning frosting cupcakes, preparing food to take to Towne Creek, and gathering up art supplies for our projects. I made about six trips out to load up my car. A Girl Scout troop was coming to visit our little art group today, so we had no idea if there would be five or fifty of us today, so Helene and I prepared for an army. Helene has been a life saver.

When I arrived, the residents at Towne Creek surprised me with a certificate of recognition from the California headquarters of RHF, Retirement Housing Foundation, as their nominee for 2020 Volunteer of the Year. I am very honored.

Kelly Presley, the manager, thanked me for my many years of volunteering. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I get back so much more than I give. It is my pleasure to share my time and talent with these wonderful folks. I used to call them “my seniors,” but guess what…I’m a senior too.

After the presentation, we started work on our Valentine’s Day projects. We painted rocks with red hearts and white dots, and made cute pop-up cards. The Girl Scouts came about an hour later. They were so cute. They had hand-made cards that they passed out to the residents, and of course, they brought many boxes of their famous Girl Scout cookies to pass around.

We all worked on crafts and munched on cookies and cupcakes. The girls and their moms mingled and talked with the residents. They stayed about an hour and a half, and I think they had a nice time too.

I took a nice group photo before they left.

We finished up our painting, and cutting, and chalking projects, then stopped for dinner. Helene made delicious sloppy Joe’s. (I had 2- I was starving.) We had our feast ready, and Mr. David led us in a prayer before we ate. So much food, chips, dips, Fritos, more cookies and cupcakes, then finish up with Blue Bell ice cream. Yum!

By the time Helene and I finished cleaning up, putting everything away, and packing up, we were exhausted. But, we were headed off to a Valentine’s Day party at Joni and Bob’s afterwards. We’d be a little late, but that’s ok, and that’s another story. It was a very creative, fun-filled, and rewarding day.

Now, for my firefighter friends. I dropped off my mini Valentine’s Day cupcakes to my friends at Fire Stations 9 & 5. See those smiles. They appreciated the gesture, but I’m the one who appreciates what they do. They are awesome.

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends. Now, time to put my feet up and have my traditional Friday Black Russian. Cheers!

Friday Friends, Fun Art Projects, and My Firemen

12 Oct

” A day filled with good friends, great food, art, music, sharing and caring is the best kind of day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another crazy busy non-stop wild and wacky wonderful Friday. I hit the ground running, well, not exactly running, but walking pretty fast. I woke to temps in the 40’s as opposed to the 90’s yesterday, I’ve been doggie sitting, so she got several long walks. There were errands, post office, cleaners, and grocery store. But, I did take out about half an hour to stop at church for Adoration, and some special prayers. This slows me down and calms my soul.

Today was also my day to volunteer over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments, with my Young At Heart Artists. Trying to get packed up with all the art supplies and food by 2 o’clock is always a challenge. Helene has been joining me, and is such a big help. She always brings some yummy food to share. Today, she made homemade chicken salad. I made a big pot of chicken pot pie soup. It’s cream of chicken soup with potatoes, peas, carrots, and corn. We also had garlic bread, cherry pie, and butter pecan ice cream.

We were celebrating Miss Bonnie’s birthday today, and she was surprised and thrilled that we remembered her birthday.

We always have a feast, and anyone passing by or hanging around is always welcome to join us. We always have plenty to share.

Our project today was getting a jump on Christmas projects. We had some wooden snow flakes and glass wine bottles. The ladies all giggled when I came out of the craft closet with a Santa hat, so I had them all pose with their finished project wearing my hat.

It’s always so rewarding to share your time and talents with others. I love these lovely ladies.

Now for my friends the firefighters. Miss Pat gave me some cookies yesterday to drop off at Station 9.

I took some cupcakes over on Tuesday. These firefighters must really work out a lot. Look how skinny they are after all those treats.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Friday Friends and Fun at Towne Creek

14 Sep

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Francis Bacon

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Today was my volunteer day over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. I spent several hours last night trying to decide what art project to work on. I went through a lot of bins and boxes and books, before I decided we’d work on a project with a horse theme. I packed up stencils, markers, chalks, poster board, colored pencils, and stamps. I like to have a variety of materials and projects to allow my friends several choices.

This afternoon, I made a big pot of mac and cheese using Alfredo sauce and nacho cheese with two boxes of shells.

I always prepare a dinner feast for my artist friends, and it’s usually a good break for letting some paint project dry. I brought hot dogs, bean salsa, chips, popcorn/snack mix, dessert, and Dr. Pepper. Helene brought the ice cream.

Everyone enjoyed their horse project. We used pastel chalk for the background then a variety of acrylic paint for dip-dot designs.

Now, on to the feast. One of the aides stopped by and gave us a cheesecake to add to our ice cream dessert. We told stories and laughed. At one point Dorothy and Linda started laughing so hard that they couldn’t stop. A good time was had by all.

Happy Friday, my friends. Now, time for my Black Russian.

Tuesday:) Towne Creek Activity Auction

11 Sep

“When we are active, we become stronger and more energetic. This, in turn, makes us more positive and self-confident. It’s a powerful cycle.”

― Ernest Cadorin

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Last week, Towne Creek Apartments hosted another auction for its senior residents on September 5th. Towne a Creek Apartments is part of RHF Retirement Housing Foundation, a non-profit organization providing housing options and services for older adults here in McKinney.

The TC Bucks Program was introduced by Christy Sadler, the Service Coordinator, as an incentive to get the elderly residents more involved in social and educational activities. Residents receive TC Bucks (play money), every time they participate in an activity. The hope is to encourage people to socialize, have fun, learn, share, and generally avoid being isolated or lonely. It seems to be working because everyone attending had envelopes stuffed with TC Bucks.

Donations were made by local churches, businesses, and friends and families. Several of my friends donated lovely gift items for the auction.

Each resident had an auction paddle with a number that they could raise while bidding on one of the many gift baskets, gift cards, small appliances, etc.

The very humorous Jim Smith was the auctioneer for the event. Jim is a local community volunteer, active in Kiwanis of McKinney, First United Methodist Church, and current Board President of “Clothe a Child.” He had an amusing story for each item.

I tried to think of something fun that I could donate, so I put together six snack baskets with bottled water, Gatorade, ginger ale, snacks, cookies, granola bars, chips, etc. Just something fun they could have while watching tv or visiting with friends and family. They were a big hit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6od6JVGXWg

Helene (left) and I came to help wherever needed. Jim, (auctioneer) Christy (service coordinator) Kelly (manager) and yours truly.

The auction was a great success, and the residents left with wonderful gifts and prizes. Refreshments were provided by Aunt Mae’s Home Care. A very nice afternoon for all.

Friday Friends at Towne Creek

10 Aug

“Friends, food, and fun art projects. What more could you ask for””

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I’m back from vacation in California, and back to my hustle bustle aching sore muscle daily routine. I started out the morning with a service call from Joplin’s AC and Heating. My AC was acting up before my trip, so I made an appointment for first thing this morning.

The good news is, Grant, the repairman was very nice and helpful. The bad news is I need a complete new AC unit for my house that isn’t even 5 years old. Gehan put in the crappiest units in all their homes and all the neighbors have been complaining about it on Facebook and Nextdoor. So, I wasn’t at all surprised. Grant was kind enough to fill up the coolant to get me through till installation on Tuesday, and to have enough time to sell my first born child, auction off my car, hoc the furniture and pawn my wedding ring to pay for it. (Just kidding! Got rid of the wedding ring 6 years ago.) I’ve spent the past few days with the house at a steamy 88 degrees or more. Thanks Grant from Joplin’s AC.

This afternoon was my volunteer day with my lovely senior artist friends at Towne Creek. I got some inspiration for a project while we were visiting The Last Gallery after art Club yesterday.

I did a quick demo on a small 8×10 canvas of just dripping, splattering, and scraping paint for a background, then dropping blobs of watered down acrylic for flowers, and then playing with it for different effects.

I told my ladies that their paintings turned out even nicer than mine. They didn’t agree, but I think it’s true. Plus, I told them that it’s a huge compliment if the student’s work is better than the instructor’s. Then, I’ve done a good job.

Didn’t they do a great job? Oh, and the neat part is, we put our paintings outside the door to dry because the paint was very thick and very wet, and it was VERY hot out there. When we went to look at them, Miss Dorothy noticed that some pink flowers from the crepe myrtle tree out front had fallen on Miss Nelma’s painting. So, we plucked a few pink blossoms and placed them on the thick white paint of her flowers, right where God had dropped them for a special 3-D effect. (Upper left)

Miss Dorothy did a special larger painting that was inspired by a beautiful spiritual dream that she had a while ago. She says she is not an artist, but had a dream that she was doing a painting and talking to God. It’s a beautiful story, and it’s Miss Dorothy’s to tell, so she’ll have to share it. The colors all have a special meaning. It made us all cry.

After our little feast of hot dogs, chips, and ice cream sandwiches, Miss Dorothy had arranged a big pizza party for all the residents at 6 o’clock. She also invited a couple of friends from church to entertain. So, of course, I stayed for the festivities.

After the music, a few people gave some inspirational testimony of God’s influence on their lives. I told my beautiful story of Mom leaving us those two lucky pennies from heaven.

Thank you for a fun evening, Miss Dorothy.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Friday:) Friends, Fun Food and My Firemen

6 Jul

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”

~Victor Pinchuk

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Today was my monthly First Friday with my lovely senior artist friends at Towne Creek Apartments. I was trying to decide what feast to prepare for our dinner break, so I looked in my very overstuffed freezer. I’ve been wanting to use up some tamales, so I decided to make a tamale casserole. Recipe, we don’t need no stinkin’ recipe. I use the wing and a prayer method. Here ya go…

5 layers. 1)Diced tomatoes 2)Tamales sliced in half 3)Pour refried beans over 4)Mixture of chicken enchilada soup, rice, hash brown, sausage (leftovers) 5)Top with cheddar jack cheese and bake covered at 350 for about 40 minutes, uncover and bake another 10 minutes or so till brown and bubbly. (YUM!) I took hot dogs and toppings, salsa verde chips, and bluebell ice cream too.

If you noticed two pans, that’s because I made a double batch of this and dessert for my Firemen friends at Station 9.

Dessert was my famous find fruit in your freezer upside down cake. Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and a can of apple pie filling and one yellow cake mix.

I gathered up my art supplies, food and packed up my car. Station 9 is less than two mikes from the house, so I dropped of my goodies. J. McDaniels answered the door and visiting Chief from Station 2 was standing by the door, so I insisted on a photo op. Hopefully he sampled some warm cake right out of the oven.

When I got to Towne Creek, Helene was already there and helped me carry in the many bags of food and supplies.

Our project for today was fun. I’ve been collecting a zillion empty brownie mix boxes for a future art project. I wasn’t sure what, but that’s what artists do. Last night, I stayed up late filling ten boxes with crumpled newspaper, cutting a triangle slit in the back for hanging, taping shut, then painting the side with black acrylic paint. These would become our canvas.

Everyone did something different. They turned out great, plus a great way to recycle and repurpose.

After our fun art project, it was time for our Friday feast.

What a wonderful day, sharing food and friendship, being silly and creative. Thank you Helene for all your help.