Tag Archives: Valentine’s day

Wednesday:) Valentine’s Day~Who Do You Love?

14 Feb

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Who do you love?

I’ll give you a clue.

Since the day I was born

She’s been my best friend

And I’ll love her forever

There will be no end.

No angel compares

There’s simply no other

And lucky for me

I just call her mother.

(Love you Mom)

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day…Practice, Practice, Practice

15 Feb

“Art is like love, and love is like art. Both require patience and practice.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“You don’t need to justify your love, you don’t need to explain your love, you just need to practice your love. Practice creates the master.” 

― Miguel Ruiz


Art is like love, and love is like art. Both require patience and practice. On this  Valentine’s Day, I decided to practicice my love of art. I don’t paint as often as I’d like to. I get wrapped up with the day to day, mundane trivial pursuits of life. So today, I took out my watercolor paints, paper, brushes, and scoured through my hundreds of photos for a reference to practice. I sat down without television, phone, or any distraction. I chose this reference of cardinals enjoying the cool evening and a full bird feeder. 

Remember, a photo is just a reference, guide, or suggestion for a painting. That’s my excuse, and I’m stickin’ to it. 

This photo was a bit dark and monochromatic, so I decided to brighten it up a bit.

Practice, practice, practice. I know I need a lot more practice, but each step leads me closer perfection. Practice makes perfect. I’ll never be perfect, but will enjoy myself on the journey.

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends.

Sunday:) St. Valentine and Other Stuff

15 Feb

“If I have not been both soothed by love and on the opposite extreme left devastated by it, I will never understand its power nor respect its majesty.” 

― Craig D. Lounsbrough


An early morning, greeting before 9 o’clock Mass, hugs,smiles, and Valentine’s Day wishes. Then, a nice service with the children’s choir. While Mary and I were saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” at the door, a gentleman said, “Do you know the story of St. Valentine?” I sort of remembered that it wasn’t such a happy story…


Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,[1] is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.
Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies,[2] including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.[3] According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius,[4] and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.[5


After Mass, a stop at Sprouts for some dark chocolate covered cashews and almonds, on sale, of course, then walk my little house guest, Miss Bella. 


I still had some left over brownies and cookies, so I shared with several neighbors.

Mr. Larry was outside working on his car. He always stops what he’s doing for a chat. 

Valentine’s Day can be an exciting, romantic day or a sad and lonely day. It’s just a day, a day like any other day. Share, love, and be a good person. That’s how every day should be.

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends! 


Saturday Night Live or Valentines Day

15 Feb

“Different cocktails for different Saturday nights.”
― Drew Barrymore
Well, it was a beautiful McKinney morning, I went for a wonderful walk, sat in the sun a while, and went off to the Square in the evening. It was in the upper 70’s. How awesome is that! I visited with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery. It was fun just to sit outside on the Square with Kathy, Tim, And Elizabeth and watch all the people and the world go by. It was pretty crowded, as it was Second Saturday and Valentine’s Day. I bumped into a few friends here and there. I love McKinney!

Here are some Saturday night sights on the Square.





Seeing as I have a strict policy of “No drinking and driving,” I waited until I got home to have a cocktail. I wasn’t celebrating anything special, or was I?



Friday With Friends and Happy Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

2 reasons on why Valentine’s Day sucks: 1. it makes single people feel like crap & 2. it’s kinda scary to know that a fat baby is running around with a weapon.

I wish that Valentine’s Day came with a fast-forward button… ~Unknown

“I’m Single”~It means I know what I deserve and not settling for anything less. I’m independent and I am able of taking care of myself and don’t need a man to do so. ~Unknown

Happy phony, romanticized, overly commercial, sucks to be single, pretend that its love, day! ~Anon

Valentine’s Day is for couples. Us SINGLES have the other 364 days of the year to enjoy ourselves! ~Unknown

REMINDER: Valentine’s Day is a gentle reminder that Christmas decorations must come down!

Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, I’m celebrating Discount Chocolate Day tomorrow.
Some interesting quotes for an interesting day. I’m not even going to go there. Today, I had the pleasure of spending the day with some amazing friends. Mandy and Julia brightened my morning during our writing group meeting at Sweet Spot bakery. Julia brought me a lovely tea cup and saucer that I will treasure all my life. The sentiment and tradition behind the gift brings tears to my eyes. I am so blessed with the greatest friends.


Friday afternoon is always spent with my Young At Heart senior artists at Towne Creek. We ate turkey sandwiches with barbecue potato chips, followed by tea and cheesecake for dessert. Then, we actually worked on some artwork. But, there’s always time to be silly.




These are a few of …”My Funny Valentine’s.”