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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

11 Feb

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

Stephen Richards

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I went to Mass up in the chapel at Mom’s place. Loretta was the volunteer from St. Thomas More who officiated. How she got through all the snow and slush is nothing more than a miracle. I guess God was her snow plow.

The Gospel today was the story of the leper who came to Jesus and asked to be healed. Jesus had pity on the man and healed him, then asked him to go to the temple to show he was cleansed, offer sacrifice, but to tell no one of the healing. The leper was so excited, he didn’t keep his promise.

He spread the report abroad

so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.

He remained outside in deserted places,

and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

My take on it…sometimes you have to keep your word, no matter how excited you are, no matter how hurt you are, a promise is a promise. Miss Loretta said that maybe it was a good thing that everyone wanted to come and see Jesus and be cured. I had to disagree. Jesus had to hide away from the throngs looking for healing. Those people were seeking something for themselves. They wanted a miracle, but did they want to follow His word. Good question. Do you follow your faith and the laws and the rules because you want something or need something or are afraid of the consequences if you disobey?

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

Stephen Richards

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

1 Feb

“If you ain’t got nothin’ good or exciting to say, don’t say nothin’.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I know, I know. The quote above is a grammatical nightmare. I was just testing you.

There isn’t anything too exciting or good to report today, so I won’t say “nothin.”

So, I’ll leave you with a photo of the moon by day and that same moon by night.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From Winnie the Pooh

28 Dec

I hope you know each time we part

I’ll always keep you in my heart.

In all I say and all I do

My final words are “I LOVE YOU!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been visiting with Mom for an entire month, but the days flew by too fast. I was able to see friends, spend time with my sister, my sons, family, friends, and let’s not forget my adorable granddaughter. I’ll be leaving tomorrow, but I don’t like to say goodbye.

A very long time ago, I told my sons that the last thing I say when I hang up the phone or have to say goodbye in person is, “I love you.” The reason being, if for some reason this was my last day, they would remember my last words or the last thing I said to them, it would be those three special words.

The nice part about that tradition is, those are always their last words too. Easy to remember. So, when I leave tomorrow, it’s not goodbye, it’s “I love you.”

Words of wisdom from Winnie the Pooh…

Thanks Winnie for expressing my thoughts so well.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Funny Quotes

13 Dec

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

~Maya Angelou

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“It may be cold and bleak outside, but there’s always a ray of sunshine when you smile.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Here are a few funny words of wisdom, cartoons, and quotes to brighten you day.

This is my all time favorite… it’s a Mexican thing… Save your ransom money. No one will be calling you about me.

Yay! I’m getting a dictionary for Christmas!!! I hope it’s a red Webster. I seemed to have lost mine.

Wednesday:) Words Of Wisdom…If It Ain’t Broke

31 Aug

“IF it ain’t broke, don’t try to get it fixed, because someone else is gonna break it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’m sure you’ve all had that experience of taking your car into the dealer for an oil change. Just an oil change, that’s it, right? Last Friday, I took my car into the Honda dealer for an oil change and my state inspection. My representative proceeded to read me a litany of maintenance issues that needed addressing. All the items probably would have totaled over $1,500. I think they have a special spiel for women, especially those of the elderly persuasion. Just sayin’. I asked the rep if they could do something with the little strip of plastic molding around he windshield. The tip of it had been bent since I bought it four years ago. He took a look and said it looked like maybe it got bent in a car wash, but if it’s been okay for years, it should be okay, unless I wanted to order a new part and replace it.

I refused all the extras and the new part, and said they could call me when they were finished with the oil change, as I was going to walk over to Whataburger across the way. I ended up at the thrift store instead. While I was there, I received a call that said I really needed two front tires. This, after they had previously suggested rotating my tires. Last time I got one tire at the dealer when it had a nail in it, it cost over $200. I said no thanks. They completed the oil change and inspection in about two hours.

I picked up my car, and drove home, stopping for gas at Walmart. While filling up, I got a paper towel to dry off the windshield because they always wash your car after service. Guess what? That piece of molding that was fine for four years was completely removed, exposing the entire edge of the windshield. I called the rep. I asked if it came off in the car wash, and he said, “Maybe.” Long and short, I said I drove in with it and drove out without it. He told me to come back and talk to a manager.

I went back Saturday to show them. They ordered the part.

Sunday morning, on my way to church, my dashboard had that sign that says there is a tire problem. I thought, “I thought they checked the air in the tires? When I looked when I got to church, I had a nail in my rear tire. I went to Walmart to see if it could be repaired. Nope! I ended up getting four new tires. Glad I didn’t get new tires at the dealer Friday. I would have had to replace one on Sunday.

 I went back Monday to get the molding replaced at the dealer. It took almost three hours. There was no charge. Great! I drove home with the yellow tape still securing the piece and letting the glue dry. There were a few streaks of glue on my windshield when I parked in the garage, but I figured I’d let it dry and check the next day.
When I got in my car to go to church Tuesday, there was about a fifteen inch crack in my windshield.



See the fine line crack? Well, I called up again today, and they said to bring it in. They looked at it and said they would call the windshield place and I made an appointment to get the windshield replaced tomorrow. 

Just crazy! I can’t help but think if I would have just not asked about the windshield molding, none of this would have happened.

Moral of the story, if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it! They keep breaking stuff! 

Wednesday Words of Wisdom:) Walking With the Angels

17 Aug

“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes fora walk.” 

― Raymond I. Myers

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I walk pretty much everyday, sometimes twice. This is a great time for thinking, coming up with creative ideas, chatting with neighbors, but most of all, it’s the best time to pray. I’m not talking about praying the old fashioned way. Although, a few thousand Our Fathers and Hail Marys have been said, but, this is the time that I see a spectacular sunset or commune with fluttering butterfly. This is when I say “Thank you” to the Creator. This is when “the Angels whisper” to me.

The best advice I can give you is “GO FOR A WALK.” It’s good for your body, your mind, and your soul.


Friday:) Friendly Words of Wisdom From Facebook Friends

22 Jul

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” 

― John Lennon

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I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, “Most of the information, news, and words of wisdom I’ve gleaned in the past ten years has been from my Facebook page.”

Today, I want to share some insightful words from my friends on Facebook.




Happy Friday, my friends…. It’s Black Russian Friday! Yay!