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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff:) The Good Shepherd

23 Apr

“If you want to give a message to the world, let it be simple, as simple as the life of a shepherd!”

Mehmet Murat ildan


After yesterday’s dark gloomy skies, the early morning sun burst through the distant grey clouds. It was a glorious morning for a 7:30’am walk before church.

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading was about Jesus telling us how He is our good shepherd, as He would lay down His life for us.

Jesus said:

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

My take on it…. Jesus did lay down His life for us, as a good shepherd would. When you love unconditionally, when you are responsible for others in your care, or like a good parent, you would lay down your life to protect those in your charge or to protect your child from harm.

When I had children of my own, I often thought about the responsibilities of a mother and what I would do for my child. I knew that I would gladly lay down my life for my children if I ever had to make that decision. No question. That is unconditional love.


After Mass, a quick coffee and chat with my friend Jerry, then off to Sprouts to check out the sales. OH NO! I went NUTS…literally. Dark chocolate covered walnuts (my favorite) were on sale for only $3.99 a pound. So were sea salt almonds and dark chocolate covered raisins. I went nuts. I did buy some fruit and vegetables to counteract the many pounds of nuts I purchased. I’m not much of a carnivore. I rarely buy meat, but I never met a nut I didn’t like.

Another long evening walk, wispy clouds, and visiting with neighbors made for a super Sunday. My message and my life are simple. I’m a good shepherd. I just need to find my sheep.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~Listen to Your Doctor

19 Apr

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

G.K. Chesterton


I have found as I grow older that it is not only important, but it absolutely vital to listen to your doctor. When I went to my doctor for my last annual exam, she asked if there were any concerns. I said that occasionally, I lose my balance or get dizzy early in the morning, especially when in the shower. She asked if I had proper safety features in my shower so I don’t fall. Then, she said that I need a good strong bar in the shower.

I don’t have a bar in my shower, so I did some on-line research.

After a long exhaustive search, I found the perfect bar for my shower. I ALWAYS listen to my doctor.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Your Health

12 Apr

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”



Last year was an interim year for medical tests. I put off everything because I had one of those fly by night insurance plans because all the others were so expensive. This wasn’t cheap, but it beat $1,200 a month out of pocket for the name brand policies. I had to use only doctors in their network, and my favorite family physicians wasn’t one of them. I only had to make it through 2017, just one more year before Medicare. Yay! I did it.

Your health is so important. As Buddha said, it is the greatest gift. So, I was excited to make my appointment to see Dr, Moolamalla again. She has seen me through a lot of good times and bad over a dozen years. When I made the appointment, the receptionist asked for my name and said, “Doctor was just asking about you. She’ll be happy to see you.” I appreciated her so much that I had given her a framed print of one of my paintings for her office when she opened her own practice. She treasured it, and often pointed it out to patients when they admired it.

So, after donning the delightful paper gown, and enduring the usual, not so pleasant annual exam, we talked about our families, her girls in college and my sons, and catching up on health and happiness. She also checked my latest medical history and made sure I left with scripts and referrals for all the tests and vaccinations that I need to catch up on. This getting old stuff isn’t fun, but it’s much easier when you have a very good and caring physician to help you along the way.

Please take care of your health and keep up with your medical tests. You only have one life and one body. Make yourself a priority.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From Facebook

22 Mar

“Pretty much everything I’ve learned in my life, I’ve learned on Facebook. Just kidding. Fox News is very informative. Not!”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


You think I’m kidding, but a lot of the time, I don’t know what’s going on in the world until someone has posted it on Facebook. I rarely watch the news because it’s too depressing. Until they have an ALL HAPPY NEWS STATION, I avoid the news as much as possible. So, if there’s anything important you’d like to tell me, well, just post it on my Facebook page. Thanks!


Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

11 Feb

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

Stephen Richards


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


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


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.