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Wednesday:) What Special Day Is It Today? 11-11

12 Nov

“To reach the future, man needs to be clever and more important than this he must be lucky!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan


Today is Veterans Day, and most people were thinking about the veterans in their lives, past and present. The words sacrifice, commitment, and honor come to mind when I think about Veteran’s Day. My father served in WWII and was stationed in the steamy jungles of the Philippines. A big thank you to all who served.

Elijah Armenta~ watercolor painting by his “amazing” daughter, yours truly. A composite painting of the Philippine Islands with a layer of palm trees over that, then Sergeant Armenta.

While I was scrolling through Facebook this morning, admiring all the veteran salutes, I caught a live streaming Empath Soul Mastery video hosted by Kathryn Malek. She commented that today was 11-11 and those are very lucky numbers. Well, the broadcast started at 11 am Central time, so I commented when it was 11:11 am. Pretty cool. Very lucky numbers, plus I was listening and learning about strengthening and self-caring for empaths. I used to think empaths were goofy strange people, maybe real, maybe not. But then I learned that some people just feel and sense more than others, and are very sensitive to the world around them. It’s very interesting. I learn more all the time.

I took a screen shot on my phone at 11:11 on this beautiful 11-11-2020 day. Cool!

It was a good lucky day. Lucky to be alive, healthy, happy, with great friends and a fantastic family.

And look at this spectacular sunset…

Saturday:) Salute to Those Who Served

12 Nov

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”

Winston S. Churchill


On this Veteran’s Day, I would like to salute and thank all those who have served our country, and currently serving.

This is the watercolor painting that I did a few years back to honor my father, Elijah Armenta, who served in the Philippines during World War II.

My Uncle Inie, served in the Navy. (Photo stolen from my cousin, on Facebook.)

My Uncle Butch, on the left, served in Vietnam Nam.

My Uncle Charlie, served in WWII. (Photo borrowed from cousin Jeff)

There is a countless list of more cousins and friends, that I don’t have photos for. But, I’d like to thank all of them, and all of your friends and family members who have helped to protect our country and keep us safe.


Friday:) Freedom, Flags, and Friends

12 Nov

Marlan Rico Lee — ‘Be grateful for the things and people you have in your life. Things you take for granted someone else is praying for’.


It was good to wake up to a sunny morning, and  a new day. Today is Veteran’s Day. The day we honor all who have served and currently serve in our country’s military. Too many of us take our freedom for granted, with that freedom being fought for and granted to us by those who serve, who fought, and who have died to protect us. I like the quote that suggests that there are people who are praying for the things we take for granted. It’s true.

It was also wonderful to take a break from all the negativity on TV and social media about the elections. Facebook was plastered with salutes to veterans and servicemen, fathers, sons, daughters, friends. The pictures and stories were heartwarming. 

My dad was a WWII army veteran, serving in the Philippines. He served his country and was very proud to be an American. I had uncles, cousins, and other relatives who served our country. Veteran’s Day is a good time to show your respect, but every day is even better. 

Whenever I see a service person or someone with a hat saying veteran of a particular war or branch of service, I go up and shake their hand and say, “Thank you for your service.” That isn’t just on Veteran’s day, it’s every day. It’s always appreciated,  and a smile and “Thank you mam,” is the response.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SERVE! Dad and Uncle Butch are no longer with us, but not forgotten.

My dad, Elijah Armenta  WWII

My Uncle served in the Navy

My uncle George “Butch” Aguirre.


Black Russian Friday and a salute to our veterans.

Me and my neighbor, Diane. Home of the free because of the brave. Thank you!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom on Veterans Day

12 Nov

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

~ President John F. Kennedy


Every day should be be Veterans Day. Thank those who have served and are currently serving our country by keeping them in your thoughts and prayers every day.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I once joked around and said, “Everything I ever learned, I learned on Facebook.” It was kind of a half joke/half truth. But, with so many people posting information, stories, photos, etc. you can’t help but learn something new every day.

Today being Veterans Day, I was flabbergasted (haven’t used that word in a long time) at all the wonderful photos and tributes to our veterans. Literally, there were hundreds of posts today of fathers, brothers, uncles, and, friends along with old faded photographs. 

There was also a mention on Facebook about taking time out at 11:11 a.m. on today, November 11, (11/11) to say a prayer, a moment of silence, or send out good thoughts for world peace. So, I set my alarm for 11:11 and did just that. Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to send our men and women off to war, or off to protect other parts of the world? World peace, doesn’t that sound wonderful?

If you missed 11:11 a.m.  There is always 11:11 p.m. tonight. It just takes a minute to send out some good thoughts and positive energy. 

I posted a picture of my father who served in the Phillipines during WWII. He was just a kid, barely shaving, and off he went to defend his country as so many others did. 

I also like to share a watercolor montage that I painted a few years ago that has a jungle scene intertwined with a map of the Phillipine Islands. Dad never got to see the painting, but I think he would have liked it. 

This was my way of paying tribute to my father and I will keep sharing it every Veterans Day.

I also like to shake hands with service men and women whenever I see them in uniform, and when I see a veteran sporting his cap that proudly states what branch he served in or what VFW Post they belong to, I shake his hand and say, “Thank you for your service.” I really wish more women shared their service. I’d like to thank them too. 


Tuesday: Tribute To Our Veterans

12 Nov

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
~Maya Angelou
Every day should be Veteran’s Day. Even though we take one day out of the year to honor those who have served our country and who have sacrificed so much, I think we should be thankful every day. When I see a veteran with his cap on that says what branch or war he served in, I make it a point to go up to them and shake his hand and say, “Thank you for your service.”

Sunday at church, Father asked all the veterans and current military to stand up to be recognized. There were so many men and women, young and old that stood up. We all raised our right hands in the air to join in the blessing as Father said a special prayer to watch over and bless these good people. Then there was a huge round of applause. Very nice.

We are the land of the free because of the brave.

My father, Elijah Armenta, served in World War II in the Philippines. He passed away in 1999, but was always very proud of his service to his country and close to a few of his army buddies. There was a special bond.