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Wednesday:) My Personal Words of Wisdom

23 Jun

“Wake up thankful, see beauty everywhere, share, care, and never stop learning.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


One of the many self-help podcasts and webinars I’ve been listening to suggested that getting up early, meditating, exercising, and eating healthier could not only improve your body, but also your mind. Those of you who know me well know that I rarely go to sleep before 1 or 2 am, and getting out of bed somewhere before noon. I am AMAZING! I can change my habits.

I’ve been getting up before 7am, saying my novena, listening to my Formed Daily Reflection, and out the door for my walk before 8 am. I’ve been averaging 2 to 3 miles a day, sometimes more. (See beauty)

After my strenuous streamy walk, I sat on the bench and soaked in the sun, admired my view, and listened to the birds chirping their happy songs. (See beauty)
My neighbor cats followed me home, and Juno tried to walk inside with me. I’m keeping an eye on them while Miss Kathy is out of town a few days. (Care)

Today was garbage pick up day. It was already super hot out there, so when I heard the truck churning down the street, I ran out to give the very nice driver some cookies and a cold Dr. Pepper. He had the biggest smile on his appreciative face. (Sharing is caring)

After drinking a lot of water, I worked on an on-line writing workshop with Nadia Colburn. I was going to make a smoothie, but when I grabbed a few frozen blueberries and popped them in my mouth, I decided to just eat frozen blueberries for breakfast while I wrote. They were delicious and refreshing. (Eating healthy and keep learning)

This motivated me before heading over to the MillHouse for our in person writing group called Words With Friends. (More learning)

On my way to the east side, I stopped by Towne Creek Senior Apartments to drop off a couple of cases of bottled water for their community closet. I’ll be there Friday, but I’ll already have so much to carry. (Sharing)

Our writing group was great. Such a great group of talented creative ladies. Thank you, Melissa Cantu, for always challenging and inspiring. (Learning)

I found a feather outside at the MIllHouse on my way to my car. (Lucky)

Talk about sharing, Andrea Holmes had posted on Facebook that she was organizing her studio at MillHouse and had a whole bunch of extra cool art supplies for anyone who wanted them. I arrived early and picked out some awesome paints, papers, and other art supplies. (Sometimes others share)

By 7 pm, I was actually hungry. I made a great big salad. Yum. Perhaps I’ll splurge and have a glass of wine later. After all, grapes are very healthy, even in liquid form, right?

What a busy beautiful healthy sharing caring learning kinda Wednesday.

Wednesday:)Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

16 Jun

“There’s no better advice than words of wisdom from your fabulous friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I always enjoy sharing words of wisdom as posted on Facebook by my many awesome and clever friends.

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Saturday:) Squeezing Every Ounce Out Of Life

28 May

“When life gives you lemons, squeeze every ounce of life out of it. Don’t make lemonade, make it count.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I don’t know about you, but I play this little game with my toothpaste. When it looks like I can’t squeeze out even a tiny bit, I manage to squeeze out another week’s worth. I have 5 or 6 new tunes of toothpaste, but I need to see how much further it can go. 🤦‍♀️

This is my new motto, “Squeeze every ounce out of life while you can.”

I may have to break out the new tube tonight. Or maybe not?🤦‍♀️

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

18 May

“Joy, love, sorrow, pain, hope, success, regret, endurance, and faith. These are all part of the fabric of our lives. It’s up to us to see them into a beautiful quilt to share.” ( I just made that up. Pretty good!)

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

“Take care of your words and the words will take care of you.”
― Amit Ray


I love to save and share words of wisdom shared by my fabulous Facebook friends. Each one inspires me. Sometimes I’m even inspired to make up some of my own words of wisdom. You never know how a few inspirational words can lift your spirits.

Words from friends….

“Joy, love, sorrow, pain, hope, success, regret, endurance, and faith. These are all part of the fabric of our lives. It’s up to us to see them into a beautiful quilt to share.” ( I just made that up. Pretty good!)

Thankful Words for a Thoughtful Thursday

25 Mar

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.”
—W. T. Purkiser

Be like a sunflower.
There’s always more to be thankful for than to complain about, if you just think about it.
Happy is in the eye of the beholder.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Toxic Mental Meltdown

22 Mar

“ Spreading manure around in your fields helps your crops to grow. Spreading manure around in your world… just stinks.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I had a bit of a mental meltdown recently. I don’t claim to be an empath or psychic in any way, but like many sensitive people, it bothers me SO MUCH when people are nasty or inconsiderate. I generally hang out with positive upbeat people, but lately, the toxic comments, nasty cartoons, slander, and downright disrespectful attitude pushed me over the edge.

Remember, I have quoted my angel mother many times. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.” Didn’t your mamma raise you that way? How are we raising our children in this atmosphere of hate, bipartisan anger, and total disrespect? Yes, we have freedom of speech, but does that give us the right to be cruel? You are also free to be kind.

I seriously believe the Devil or some nasty evil force is trying to divide our country and even our families, tearing us apart, slowly but surely. It seems like now, if someone doesn’t like your politics, your religion, or color of your skin, they think they have the right to harass you, ridicule and make fun of you, or even worse, to harm you. STOP IT! The best example I have is the constant bashing Biden or trashing Trump. Has Covid made everyone crazy? Even something as serious and deadly as Covid has torn our country apart. Vote for who you want, get vaccinated if you want, wear a mask or not, but don’t tell me I’m wrong.

I may not believe the same things as all my friends and family, but I still love them. You know why? Because, as strongly as I believe in my convictions, they believe in theirs. But, give the trash talk and nastiness a rest. It hurts my heart. Literally, it hurts my heart to see and hear all the hate.

I guess what threw me over the cliff was just one too many texts and instant messages with nasty hurtful crap. I just shut down. I decided to fast from food and crazy crap. I managed to fast for 36 hours, drinking just green tea. I watched fun tv and listened to positive podcast. I still go on Facebook because I love seeing the positive pictures and jokes and babies growing up and distant cousins and wonderful old friends. I just scrolled past or deleted the crap. Many of my friends don’t even know who I voted for or my stance on Covid, and some send me crap or post crap on Facebook, thinking I’m in their camp. Guess what? I don’t go to Crazy Camp! I just delete all that stuff.

So, after getting that all off my heavy heart, if you are still reading this, know one thing. I LOVE YOU! But just remember, I don’t do CRAZY!

Today, I had some lunch around 2. I hadn’t eaten since Sunday evening. And, to replenish my creative soul and feed my shopping fix, I went to The Dollar Tree to pick up some crafts and Easter stuff for our Towne Creek Visit this Friday. I love the Dollar Tree. They really need to change their sign to the Dollar and a Quarter Tree, but that’s their business, not mine. I still love them.

I found way too many things.

Well, even though I’m feeling a little better, I’m still going to slow down and distance my self from any and all negativity.


Saturday:) Sunshine and Some Kind Words

20 Mar

“Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.”
― Stephanie Lahart


You never know how a simple kind word could encourage someone or make their day. In the same respect, remember what my Mom always used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.”

It was a gorgeous warm sunny Saturday. I was looking forward to a nice invigorating evening walk around the pond.

I usually walk two laps around the pond, then sit a minute, then a couple more laps. Today, I was pumping my arms, determined to get three laps before a short rest. Kids were out riding bikes, and the birds were chirping away. I was rounding the third lap when I felt someone swish by me. It was a young lady jogging by. After she passed me on the right, she turned around and said, “GOOD JOB!” and gave me a thumbs up. Those two little words made me smile.
Not only did I finish that third lap, but I went on to walk a fourth lap before sitting on the bench for a breather. I sat a few minutes, stretched my weary back and rubbed my sore knees, then continued on. I was pumped.
I usually walk about four laps, five tops, averaging between 3 or 4 thousand steps. Those two little kind words of encouragement, “GOOD JOB,” found me losing track of the laps and time, and just enjoying the sunshine.

You never know how just a few kind words can effect someone. Remember… BE KIND!

Thankful Thursday:) Attitude of Gratitude

18 Mar

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


I have signed up for and listened to soooo many podcasts and webinars in the past two years that I’m pretty sure that I could start and star in my own do it yourself, self help, fix your brain and fix your life talk show. I just finished one on BrainHealth today. Very insightful. Maybe more on that another day.

But, what I’d like to share today is that THE NUMBER ONE KEY, THE NUMBER ONE WORD, that every theme has focused on is GRATITUDE. You can’t be happy with yourself, your life or anyone else if you are not grateful and thankful for who you are, what you have, and how you can share it with others.

I am so grateful and blessed with the most wonderful family and friends. I think this and feel this every day. I share it in my morning prayer when I wake and when I close my eyes at night. My constant prayer is “Thank you for Your blessings.”

Along with feeling blessed is try and be a blessing to others. I try and share. This week, I was able to doggie sit a few days for my old neighbor Mr. Mike. (well, he’s not old, but he has moved away.) Just a small favor for a friend that makes me feel good, and he appreciates my help. I also was kitty sitting a couple of weeks ago for Miss Kathy. I try to explain to them that I get such joy by helping them out. That’s what friends are for.

It’s also cool to show your appreciation for others. After Mr. Mike picked up Bella, I went to Kroger to get my prescription and do some grocery shopping. The assisted check out line with a real person was so long, so I went to self-check out. I don’t like it because A. I feel that it’s putting people out of work, and B. I can’t figure out how to weigh my own tomatoes and cabbage.🤦‍♀️

I got started and got stuck with weighing. A young employee came over to help me. I kept her there until she weighed four different items for me. When I was finished, I noticed that one of my items didn’t ring up with the digital coupon sale price. I called her back and she fixed it. I thanked her profusely and asked her name, as her tag was covered up. “Riley.”

Oh man! It was Riley. A couple of months ago, I was going to check out, and this young lady who was closing to go on her break or go home, waved me on and checked me out anyway. I remembered her because when we were done with my order, she gave me a hug. I had told the dozen or so people trying to get in line behind me that she was closing, Saving her from having to continue checking. She was just too nice to say no. So, when I was leaving, I went to customer service to tell them how amazing she was, and also sent a note to corporate. Today, I said, “Riley, you may not remember me, but a while back you were so sweet and asked me if you could give me a hug, and that just made my day.” Her smile widened and I gave her a hug this time and asked for a selfie. She felt appreciated and I felt thankful for her kindness. Win-win.

After I got home and put away my groceries, I only had about 30 minutes before my BrainHealth Webinar at 7. Another thing I’ve learned in my vast research is “Take care of yourself physically and emotionally.” I love my walks, so I threw on my gym shoes and scurried out the door for a short brisk walk. It was getting dark and cloudy, so I picked up the pace. As I walked, I saw a lady walking her dog. I’ve seen this lady almost every day for months, but I never stopped to ask her name. So today, I was feeling grateful for my walks, my neighborhood, and the people in my world, so I asked her name.

This is Kelly. Her dog Waffles is not shown, but he’s a cute big white dog. I repeated Kelly’s name a couple of times so I’d remember. (I saw a podcast on memory and remembering last week.🤦‍♀️) I also learned to associate names in order to remember. I said, “Nice to meet you Kelly, on this lovely St. Patrick’s Day.” She laughed, but I’ll associate Irish and Kelly and St. Patrick’s Day.

I am thankful for all the cool people in my life, all the knowledge I have gained, and all the things that make Miss Toni…. AMAZING!!!!

“Never stop learning, never stop laughing, and never stop loving.”-Me

Wednesday:)Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

17 Mar

“Voice is not just the sound that comes from your throat, but the feelings that come from your words.”
― Jennifer Donnelly


Here are some insightful words of wisdom from my fabulous Facebook friends. All just from today! Every day is filled with a lot of wisdom… and sometimes a little crap! 🤦‍♀️ I just delete the crap. 🤦‍♀️

I especially like, turn off the news!
I love my sunsets.
See, I’m not broken,.. I’m a disco ball. “Stayin’ Alive.”

Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday. 🤗

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~Ashes to Ashes

3 Mar

“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes, and forgotten.”~Neil Gaiman


Today is Ash Wednesday, which is a perfect way to remember that we came from ashes and will eventually return that way. Make your dreams come true.

Life is short, so enjoy your family and friends. Live life to the fullest, but remember to share your blessings with others. Leave a legacy of love and compassion. When you return to dust and your memory lives on, that is the legacy to strive for.

A beautiful sunny warm day. Life is good!