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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and a Wiggly Worm

30 May

“If the early bird catches the worm, I’m going to stay in bed till noon, drink a nice cup of tea, have lunch, watch “Jeopardy” on TV, then go out later when the worms are all gone.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I just realized today that I’m not really afraid of worms, I just don’t like that they are all wiggly and slimy and helpless. When I was a younger lady, and was coerced into going fishing, I refused to put the worm on the hook. Yuk!

It didn’t occur to me until today why that was. Who could possibly be afraid of a worm? We are so much bigger than them. They don’t bite, or spit, or call you names, or insult your mamma.

Worms are helpless. They don’t have feet or paws to run away. They are at your mercy. I could never grab the poor thing, alive and all helpless and wiggly, then pierce his poor little body with that sharp hook. Then, if that isn’t torture enough, you throw him, weighted down, into the water, to wriggle and drown, unless of course, a big old wide mouth bass comes and gobbles him up first. (Don’t even get me started on that poor fish!)

When I go for my daily walks, sometimes I see a helpless worm slithering and writhing desperately on the scorching hot sidewalk. He gets nowhere fast. I used to search for a nearby leaf or twig to rescue Mr. Worm from its imminent doom. Now, I just say to myself, “What the heck. Just pick up the poor thing and place him in the cool grass. He won’t bite. Wash your hands when you get home. What if you were that worm. Wouldn’t you like to be rescued?” (When I talk to myself, it’s usually a long conversation.)

It was pretty hot this morning, but it was also designated watering day, which means sometimes the worms slither out to escape the soaking grass sprinklers and end up on the scalding pavement or sidewalk. Then, they can’t get back to safety.

Not only am I the animal whisperer of McKinney, but also the worm rescuer. I rescued several worms today. Nope! Didn’t think twice. Just picked up those darn wiggly worms and placed them gently in the grass. I think this poor little guy said, “Thank you, Miss Toni!” In worm language, of course.” You’re welcome! “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

Well, I bet you’re going to think twice about being afraid of a little worm next time. NOW SNAKES!!!! That’s a different story!!!!! BE AFRAID!!!!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom… “Squeeze the Day”

23 May

“Life is like a tube of toothpaste. Just when you think you’ve squeezed every single tiny last drop out, you surprise yourself and get a little more.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I was thinking about this analogy this morning. Last week, I was just about ready to throw out my old tube of toothpaste. It was looking pretty empty. I started from the end and rolled it up, getting another tiny bit. Every morning and every evening for over a week, I rolled and squeezed and this morning, there was still a dab left.

And you know what? I think I can still squeeze few more dabs out of this old tube.

That’s my analogy on life. Keep squeezing all you can out of life. There’s a few more dabs left. Don’t give up. “Squeeze the Day… Carpe Diem.”

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~ For Dreamers

3 May

“Dreamers have the greatest life because anything is possible. When you walk with the dreamers, you are never alone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground.”

~Wilfred Peterson


I have been blessed with the greatest family and the finest friends. I’m surrounded by love, dreamers, smiles and silliness.

Being silly at the new Hobby Lobby.

Admiring an entire wall of tortillas, giggling with the girls.

FaceTime with my grand-daughter, and family.

Singing silly songs at karaoke.

Worshiping, praying, and singing at church, surrounded by dreamers.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Thriving

25 Apr

“You are not your past. You are the warrior that rose above it to become the example of someone who didn’t survive, but thrived in creating the most beautiful last chapter of their life.”

Shannon L. Alder


On my daily walks, I’m reminded how resilient mother nature and people can be. At the entrance of our subdivision, there is a long row of Knockout Roses lining the sidewalks. Seriously, there are over two hundred bushes. Sadly, they are all deceased. Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) is the disease that has plagued many of the local rose bushes that previously touted being disease resistant. Nothing and no one is perfect.

What amazes me is, even though diseased and surrounded by other sickly bushes, stunning bursts of color force their way through the bare branches and wilted leaves. I smile as I walk past these marvelous examples of fortitude, often relating to the thriving roses blooming amongst the ugly diseased foliage of past years.

My personal motto for most of my life has been, “I bloom where I’m planted.” Like those obstinate rambunctious roses, I’m going to keep blooming and thriving, no matter where I’m planted or what obstacles come my way. That’s how my Mamma raised me. Thanks Mom.

I hope all of you reading this can relate to these stubborn roses and you keep thriving and blooming and sharing your beauty.

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.