Wednesday Words of Wisdom from Facebook

23 Jan

“The majority of my information, news and words of wisdom, I’ve learned from Facebook.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I don’t watch television much anymore, and I avoid the news like the plague lately. But, I do spend way too much time on Facebook. I love keeping up with old friends, family, and making new friends. I’ve learned a lot, and I like reading words of wisdom that people share to inspire the rest of us. Here’s a few things I’ve read just today.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

22 Jan

“I found the best way to be productive is to balance a little fun with a little work.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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As you may already know, I am a master of procrastination. I swore that I would start out the new year with trying to get organized and be more productive. Instead, I’ve been running around going to dances, parties, lunches, movies, and having way too much fun.

So, after all my birthday celebrations, which lasted about three weeks, I decided to balance a little fun with a little organizing. This week, I took all the hundreds of teeny tiny plastic containers and dozens of large Tupperware type containers out of the cabinet and get those organized. It was an all day event. I didn’t really toss too many things, but just getting them organized saved a lot of space.

The next day, I was able to have fun and go and have a craft day with the girls. Balance.

Today, I organized the junk drawer with all those pesky rubber bands, pens, scissors, notepads, etc. Then, worked upstairs in my “crap room” for about an hour.

Then, I stopped over at Fire Station 9 and took them some of my homemade three bean/corn salsa and chips. Afterwards, I went and picked up Jerry on our way to Loretta’s place for dinner with the gang. A little work, a little fun.

So, I’m starting to be more productive now. A couple of hours of chores and organizing, balanced with four or five hours of fun with friends. Now, that’s how it should be done. “All work and no play….”

Montage Monday and Memorable Moments

21 Jan

“Your memories are a reflection of your heart and soul, so guard your heart and feed your soul.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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That’s what life is for: warm friendships, memorable moments, and beautiful words.”

― Avijeet Das

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A wonderful week with more birthday celebrations, lunches, gifts, movies, and time with good friends. A week of counting my blessings.

A week in a peek…

Then, to add more blessings to my day, I received a text from my friend Lynne. She was inviting a few friends over for an impromptu artsy/craftsy afternoon. She said, to just bring something fun to work on and she would provide refreshments. What a great idea. No time to think or plan. Just grab a few paints, brushes, and unfinished projects. Perfect.

Lynne, Sherri, Sherry, and yours truly. I have he sweetest, most talented friends.

Sunday Sermon, a Sunset, and Some Other Stuff

20 Jan

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”

― Amit Ray

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A glorious Sunday morning, a little cool, 34 degrees, but I was happy because it was sock monkey hat weather. A lot of hugs and handshakes greeting before Mass. I always look forward to Sunday morning.

Today’s Gospel was the story of John the Baptist seeing Jesus walking towards him and proclaiming Him the Son of God.

John testified further, saying,

“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven

and remain upon him.

I did not know him,

but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,

‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,

he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

My take on it… John the Baptist believed that a savior was coming, and that a spirit like a dove who came down upon Him was the sign and was proof to John that Jesus was the Son of God. Faith is a very powerful thing. We aren’t always given a sign or miracle to substantiate our beliefs, but some of us have. I truly believe that if you believe, you will receive. I’ve experienced a few miracles in my life.

After Mass, Jerry, Helene and I stopped for coffee and conversation, then a quick stop at the store.

Another birthday celebration planned for the afternoon with my friend Zelda. Nom Nom was my lunch choice. Normally we go to Olive Garden, but we were thinking something different. Can’t beat Nom Nom for great Mexican food that you pick and choose every item in your meal.

The next stop was a movie. There aren’t too many good movies out there that one of us hasn’t seen already. Zelda suggested “Just Mercy.” At first I poo-pooed the suggestion because it sounded sad, but I thought I’d give it a chance, seeing the alternatives were slim to nothing. I was so glad we decided to go see it.

We were both pleasantly and positively surprised. It was kind of sad in the respect that such tragedies and travesties of justice have, and still take place in our country. But, this was based on a true story, and it gives us hope that there are still some good honest caring people in the world. I give it 4 stars **** out of 5. It was a little long in some stretches, but on a whole, very entertaining.

When I was at the movies, there were no less than 10 or 15 buzzing texts on my phone. Only one was from my son Joe, seeing if I wanted to FaceTime with the girls. Missed it. Oops! When we walked out of he theatre, the flaming sunset was blazing in the sky. Look at these colors! The actual colors! Picture perfect.

When I got home, I was able to FaceTime with Belle, but the baby was already asleep. We had a nice conversation, always ending with “Bye, bye. Love you.” Perfect ending to another perfect day. Feeling blessed.

Happy Sunday, my friends. 🙋

Saturday:) Sitting Around Just Counting My Blessings

19 Jan

“Don’t count your dollars to see how rich you are. Count your memories. Count your friends. Count the hugs you get every day. Count what really matters.”

― Toni Sorenson

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When people are asked how much they are worth, I’m sure they usually have a dollar amount in mind. How sad. It’ not how much money you have in the bank, or what kind of house you live in, or what kind of car you drive, it should be how many blessings you have and how much love you feel and receive and share. You can’t put a dollar value on any of that.

Today, I FINALLY got around to reading the little slips of paper in my “GOOD JAR.” I’ve been doing this for a few years. Starting in the beginning of the year, I write down blessings, fun memories, special phone calls or visits with family and friends. I’ve even asked friends to jot something down when they come for a visit. I was still in Chicago January 1st, so I didn’t start recording until I got home. I took the slips of papers, coins, etc., and put them in a bag until I had a chance to sit down and savor each notation. Today was the day.

Some notes were about my sons calling on a Sunday, FaceTime with the grandkids, fun lunches with friends, holidays with my family, Thanksgiving with the Murphy’s, my oldest dearest friend calling to say her lab results were good and the tumor benign, and friends saying how much I mean to them. There were many more blessings in the GOOD JAR.

Also, in the jar were the lucky pennies and coins I would find along my walks or travels. Here’s the run down… A dollar bill, 36 pennies, 8 dimes, 2 nickels, 2 quarters, a 10 centavos coin from España, 1 shiny plastic Texas Lottery coin, a rusty washer, and 3 tiny sea shells from my visit with Matt in CA.

So, if you ask me how much I’m worth today, there’s my breakdown, a couple of dollars in lucky coins to signify my endless luck, and a jar full of memories reminding me of my countless blessings, fabulous friends, and loving family.

After relaxing all day in my warm comfortable house, with nothing to do and nowhere I had to be, counting my blessings and feeling so blessed, I did slip on my shoes and drove over to Fire Station 9 to take them the cute cupcakes Miss Pat sent home with me last night to share with our friends in blue. The guys said, “Thank you, and the peanut butter and jelly cake you sent earlier in the week was fantastic.”

You see, my life is so blessed. And, I’ll keep counting my blessings and put them in a jar for safe keeping. ❤️

Friday Friends and Food Frenzy

18 Jan

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him – the people who give you their food give you their heart.”

~Cesar Chavez

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Such a dreary drizzly rainy day. I was meeting my friend Linda at The Pantry for lunch on the Square. Yes, another birthday lunch. 🤦‍♀️. More presents. More food. Gosh! Somebody’s got to do it.

The Pantry is one of my favorite restaurants, and my favorite meal is their chicken fried chicken. Oh my!

We had a great lunch and spent over three hours catching up, sharing grandchildren stories and holiday hijinks. Linda gave me a beautiful orchid for my birthday. I was very appreciative, but I reiterated lack of skill and my black thumb, and hoped that the beautiful flower would last more than a couple of weeks. Wish me luck.

After lunch, I stopped over at Towne Creek to drop off some artwork that our group had done for an upcoming community art project. The manager was already gone for the day, so I visited with Miss Kathy for about an hour, and she’s going to give the folder of artwork to Christy on Monday.

By the time I got home, I only had about an hour before scooting over to pick up Jerry. A group of us were invited to dinner at Miss Pat’s. Yep, more food, and lots of it. Stuffed green peppers, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, and oh, so many desserts.

We have the nicest group of friends. We laughed and ate, and ate some more. Oh, there was a little drinking involved, but I was designated driver. So many funny stories, some of which I couldn’t repeat without blushing.

I love these guys. Such good friends, great food, and laughter, lots of laughter.

Now, to top off all that good food and friendship… it’s Friday. Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends!!!!

Theme Song Thursday:) THANK YOU… The Party’s Over

17 Jan

I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

Nancie J. Carmody

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This was the first day in two weeks that I actually stayed home and did some housework and organizing. When I got home from my month long visit in Chicago, I hit the ground running and was out the door every day. Plus it’s my birthday month, so I’ve been celebrating all month.

I cleaned my messy house today, and even cleaned all the bathrooms. (Not my favorite task.) I gathered up the majority of my birthday cards and presents and flowers, and placed them on the kitchen table so I could take a picture. Not everything fit on the table. Overwhelming! I am so blessed.

When I had some friends over Saturday night, I opened birthday gifts and said, “Thank you all so very much. I have the best friends in the world, and I am so blessed. And, I don’t write thank you notes, so consider yourself thanked.” They laughed, but I was serious. I’m horrible at writing thank you notes.

So, if you are one of the many wonderful friends who sent me a beautiful birthday card or gift… consider yourself thanked. That’s how I roll. I be bad.

Thank you, thank you, I love you all! ❤️❤️❤️ (No stamp required)

Well, the party’s over. It’s time to call it a day…

I think I’ve had quite enough, time to put away stuff

And go to karaoke to sing, dance, and play.

(It’s been another great day.)