Tuesday:) Tapping St. Francis

21 Nov

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

~Francis of Assisi

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As you may already know, I walk pretty much every day, all year round, in the horrendous summer heat and in the biting bitter cold. That’s just what I do. I’m a creature of habit, this morning, I said, “OK Google, what’s the temperature?” I’ve got one of those cute little thingies that you talk to. She said, “The current temperature in McKinney is 48 degrees.” I tell her thank you and say out loud,”Not too bad,” But, when she says 32 degrees, I do not thank her and a few expletives are uttered,

I always like to know how to dress for my morning walk. Today required a sweater, hat, gloves, and my warm Norte Dame jacket. I observe many traditions, silly and otherwise. One thing I do on my walk is, when I pass by Miss Bernadine’s house a couple of blocks away, I stop and pat the head her St. Francis statue that sits in her front flower bed. He also holds three small birds in his hand. I give each a tap, one, two, three.

Today, I laughed out loud when I went to pat St. Francis. Miss Bernadine had put on his warm winter hat and coat for the winter. A couple of years ago, I had made a joke about how poor St. Francis might be getting cold out there and he should wear a Santa hat. So, now when the weather gets cold, this is what she does. Isn’t he cute?

I just giggled and patted him on the head. A couple of the birds were tucked under his warm coat, so I didn’t disturb them.

A few blocks later, I sensed a shadow flutter by my face, maybe a falling leaf. Nope, it was a butterfly, and it fluttered past my face and legs as I walked. It’s too cold for butterflies. My angel perhaps.

Then, not to be incomplete, I found yet another lucky penny in the street when I crossed the road. All my blessings, my signs, and another beautiful lucky day.

As St. Francis said, let your walking be your preaching. My interpretation… live by example, not by preaching.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek-a-Boo

20 Nov

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”

― Charlotte Bronte

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Gosh, I never really thought about it quite that way. Happiness unshared has no taste. How can you truly be happy if you don’t share your joy with others. Are you really happy? It’s like “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a noise?”

I think that’s why I like to share my mundane silky stories every day, It makes me happy to tell you what silly things I’ve done or what wonderful people I’ve met or who I’ve taken brownies to. I like to show you my artwork or what I’ve been cooking. The things I do make me happy, but when I talk about it and write about it, it multiplies my joy tenfold. Especially when I receive nice comments or people share their experiences with me.

Here’s a week in a Peek-a-boo… a lppicture of my grand-daughter playing Peek-a-boo is always fun to share.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

19 Nov

“It was a dark and cold and gloomy morning. But, I had my sock monkey hat to keep me warm.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It was a dark and stormy night” is an often-mocked and parodied phrase[1] considered to represent “the archetypal example of a florid, melodramatic style of fiction writing”,[1] also known as purple prose. (Wikipedia reference.)

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wow! It was cold again this morning, so I wore my sock monkey hat to church again. My ears stayed nice and toasty. I love to make people smile, too. Yes, I’m silly. Isn’t it grand?

Today’s Gospel was from Mark. A depiction about what the last day will be like. The Son of Man will come from the clouds, sending his angels and gathering the chosen….

“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

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My take on it… gosh, nobody really knows when their last day is, do they? I could get hit by a bus tomorrow. I always say that, but we don’t even have buses here in McKinney. In reality, any day could be our last, so why can’t we just live life to the fullest, be the best person we can be, and love and share and care with all our being? Why can’t we all just do that? Not because we are afraid of hell or looking for heaven, but because it is right and just and feels good. Just sayin’.

Even though it was pretty cold and dreary out, I had a good day. I stopped for coffee at McDonald’s with Mr. Jerry after church. I actually got a hot chocolate instead of iced tea. I don’t drink coffee and I was cold. I couldn’t warm up. It was just dark and damp out all day. When I got home, I changed, bundled up and went for a walk. Gloom and cold doesn’t stop me.

I was rewarded for my fortitude with a lucky penny. This poor penny was waiting for me a very long time. It looked like it had been run over a zillion times. Always a good sign.

When I got home, I made a lot of phone calls, catching up with friends and family. I must have been on the phone three or four hours. Plus, today was Lin’s birthday. We had a lot of catching up to do.

It was a good day. Pretty uneventful, but good. Now, it is night. Hope you had a good Sunday.

Saturday:) Share a Smile With Amazon Smile

17 Nov

“Sharing a smile doesn’t cost you anything, and can mean so much to someone else.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I have been so blessed in my life, and one of the many things I learned from my sainted mother is, when you are blessed, you have to share your blessings with others.

If Mom cooked or baked, she would share with neighbors and friends. If she painted note cards or artwork or made some adorable craft, she made dozens, so she could share. Trini was an excellent seamstress, so she made beautiful dolls and knitted scarves, but also volunteered to do mending and hemming for anyone who asked, ( I asked all the time.)

So, when you see all my posts with me taking brownies to the firemen or soup to my neighbors, hmm…I wonder where I got that from?

When I found out that anyone who is an Amazon account member could sign up to have a portion of their sales be donated to a charity of their choice, I quickly signed up. It didn’t cost a thing, and took about three minutes of my time. I’ve been volunteering with the wonderful non-profit called THE BELLA HOUSE that helps, councils, and nurtures young homeless expectant mothers in the North Texas area.

There are so many ways to help, but signing up for Amazon Smile doesn’t cost a thing. My family and some friends have already signed up. If you would consider helping out THE GABRIEL DBA THE BELLA HOUSE, I would be eternally grateful.

When you share a smile, someone up in heaven smiles back, I know.

Thank you. Hugs!

SMILE AMAZON AND AMAZON WISH LIST FOR THE BELLA HOUSE

The Bella House invites you to consider choosing The Bella House as your favorite charity to benefit from every Amazon purchase you make.  We have established an Amazon wish list to provide opportunities for Bella House supporters to make purchases to send needed supplies directly to the Bella House to benefit the mothers and babies who call the Bella House their home.

Smile Amazon

Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice when you shop at smile.amazon.com.  Smile Amazon is the same Amazon you know with the added benefit of supporting charitable organizations.  On your first visit to Smile Amazon (smile.amazon.com) you are prompted to select a charitable organization (The Gabriel House DBA The Bella House) from Amazon’s list of eligible organizations.  You can change your selection at any time.

Simply begin your Amazon shopping from smile.amazon.com and choose your charity of choice (The Gabriel House DBA The Bella House, Plano TX Founded 2015).  For more information about the Smile Amazon program go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.

Amazon Wish list for The Bella House

Get on amazon smile.com (or Amazon.com). Click on Account and Lists.  Then click on Find a List or Registry.  Then Enter the name:  Bella House.  Then click on Search.  Then click on the result entitled Bella House DALLAS TX.   Once you’ve located the Bella House list, you can click Remember if you’d like to save the link to the list. You will see the Bella House Wish List at this point.  Most if not all of the items listed will be free to ship if you have Amazon Prime.

If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, to preserve your privacy, please notify the Bella House at

contact@bellahouse.org and provide the item(s) purchased and the date and your contact information.

Friday:) Fun and Friends at the VFW~ Karaoke Style

17 Nov

” Karaoke isn’t about being a good singer, it’s about having a good time with good friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Last night was our usual karaoke night at the VFW. When I arrived, Doug was the only one from the old gang sitting there alone at the table. I had invited Danny, from the Monday senior center Country Dance group, to join us last week. I was pleasantly surprised that he was already there with a couple of friends at another table. So, they came over and joined us.

The bad part about a small group is… well, there really isn’t a bad part because I got to do a lot of singing and dancing. And poor Doug, generally our only male dance partner, is polite and makes sure all the ladies get a turn dancing. I was the only lady he knew so I got all the dances. Lucky me.

Normally, I get to sing three or four songs at most. Last night, I probably sang seven or eight. We even crashed the stage and did some unsolicited back-up singing and dancing for some unsuspecting crooners. And I wasn’t even drinking. (I don’t drink and drive…NEVER EVER!) It was a fun night.

Theme Song Thursday:) Sunrise and Sunset

16 Nov

“Any day that you get to witness the majesty of a glorious sunrise followed by a sultry sunset, now, that’s a great day, my friend.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The beautiful morning sun took away the chill of the actual freezing temperatures. Even the frost on the grass sparkled with delight.

Sunrise

https://youtu.be/LO36F–Vn1g

But, I must admit, sunsets are my favorite photos. The oranges and golds and crimson bursts of color reflect on the water. I always say, only God could paint such a magnificent painting in the sky.

Sunset

https://youtu.be/TX6Fj85xySc

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni

15 Nov

“When the weather is cold and gloomy, warm up your home and spirits with fun baking and warm comfort food.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s been sooooo cold these past few days, so I’ve been baking and cooking up a storm. Many a pan of brownies have been prepared and shared. Ah, and the house always smells divine.

The other day, I made a big pan of roasted vegetables. There was enough for a LOT of meals. I ate some just alone, and a couple of times I sprinkled with shredded cheddar cheese and put in the broiler till it got toasty and melty.. Yum. Then, I added some to a can of cream of chicken soup. More yum.

I also had a couple dozen eggs in the fridge, so I boiled about 15 eggs and made a big bowl of egg salad. My secret is, I use a package of softened cream cheese combined with mayo. The best part, I also sauté and caramelize a large onion and add to the mixture. Ooooh! So good.

Warm soup and egg salad on a tortilla with spinach and/or tomato and avocado.

Good food and a warm heart. Life is good.

Well, that’s going to be a long wait, even here in north Texas.