Montage Memorial Day Monday 🇺🇸

26 May

“America without her soliders would be like God without His angels.”

– Claudia Pemberton

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A gloomy rainy Memorial Day today. I think it has rained pretty much all day, alternating between a light drizzle and a heavy down pour, with no end in sight for several days.

My Facebook memories came up with a photo from 5 years ago, another rainy Memorial Day view of my flag outside in my front yard.

The solemnity of the day has been heightened by the pandemic, and that has reduced the parties, picnics and parades into more reflective times. Rightfully so. A good time to think about the real reason for the day.

On my walk yesterday, a beautiful sunset. Too much rain to walk today.

Here’s my Montage Monday… A Week in a Peek… Counting my blessings…

Sunday Sermon, a Sunset, and Some Other Stuff

25 May

“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.”

~ Matt Chandler

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Another day of morning Mass in my pajamas. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Today’s Gospel reflects the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord.

1 After saying this, Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said: Father, the hour has come: glorify your Son so that your Son may glorify you;

2 so that, just as you have given him power over all humanity, he may give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him………l.

11 I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us.

My take on it… we are all called to continue the work of Jesus here on earth, because He entrusted us with this ministry after He ascended into heaven. You can continue His work by following His Commandments, sharing His word, and teaching by example.

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The rest of my lazy Sunday was just filled with making a few phone calls, FaceTime, Facebook and emails. Then, instead of tackling some housework, I did some marathon binge watching of “Indiana Jones” movie episodes.

Ending my day with a nice evening walk. The warm steamy temps earlier cooled off. The clouds rolled in, and I actually needed a jacket. The sky always displaying a beautiful painting at sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Spectacular Quarantined Studio Tour

24 May

“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

— Louis Pasteur

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If you recall, several weeks ago, I bought and assembled some new shelves with the intention of organizing my “Crap Room.” I gave myself a challenge to work a minimum of one hour and maximum of four hours a day. I think I spent more time reminiscing than I did organizing. I found artworks dating back to my college days. I think they can be considered antiques. It was a slow, tedious, but very rewarding project.

BEFORE…..

Welcome to my newly organized and inventoried STUDIO… Here’s the tour…

After….

Isn’t it grand! Toni’s Tenacity prevails.

Friday From My Quarantined Kitchen

23 May

“Show me a clean perfectly tidy kitchen, and I’ll show you a boring empty home.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My kitchen is not only where I cook, but it’s where I dance, and sing, and bake and dream. And, because my small kitchen is open and visible to the family room’s TV, occasionally I wash dishes during commercials. I call it commercial cleaning.

I’m sure that most people know that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so if the kitchen is too tidy all the time, there’s something wrong there.

I was admiring all my memorabilia around my kitchen today. I proudly display my Mother’s Day gifts from the grandchildren.

Belle drew me a beautiful picture with sparkle paint. I told her that I saw a grandma holding a baby and she said, “NO! It’s a dragon!” Oops, my mistake. (Do you see the mother and child? Maybe you see the dragon.)

My fridge has a wonderful display of family photos and special memories.

My windows are flanked and counters filled with artwork and gifts from friends and family that must be showcased and displayed. These things make me smile every day.

There are dishes in the sink, dirty pots and pans still on the stove, oops, and an empty wine glass, but how blessed am I!

Happy Quarantined Black Russian Friday, my friends.

PS. The store was out of my chocolate almond milk. Had to make my own.

Cheers!

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

22 May

“If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.”

― Melody Carstairs

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Another Thursday with NO karaoke at Delaney’s, NO singing with friends, NO dancing. But, I’m still singing, and I’m still dancing in the kitchen. It will take more than a stinkin’ ol’ worldwide catastrophic pandemic to stop me.

My glitzy Pop Solo Karaoke Microphone that Jerry gave me for my birthday was all charged up and ready to go.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJkdNXz_M8A

Every Thursday, Bob treats us to an official karaoke song on Facebook. Thanks Bob and Joni.

Bob Goen singing, “Some Gave All.”

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Wednesday:) Well, What Has Miss Toni Been Painting?

21 May

“Do what you love and love what you do. Share all those things, and they’ll always bless you.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I’m just about done organizing my “crap room,” so I’ve tried to do a little late night painting. Actually, very little painting, but a little, none the less. Now that I finally devised a makeshift holder for my phone to take videos, I’m all set to share some ideas.

Here’s the quick time-lapse lavender flowers in a blue vase.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge-EJNvbnM8

And, a longer version of painting a few easy lavender flowers in an oval shape. And, of course, it’s always fun and festive to paint a small flower on the envelope. That makes it very special.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCL1Fp_AO78

I hope you enjoyed the videos, and maybe give it a try yourself. If it’s seems too difficult, really, it isn’t. I’ve taught MANY people this easy method. If you don’t believe me, when this whole quarantine craziness is done, come on over, and I’ll show you.

Toni’s Tasty Tostada Tuesday

20 May

“When people ask me if I like Mexican food, I always reply, “Growing up, we just called it food.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Talk about a lazy Tuesday. I finally got dressed somewhere around 2, then whiled away the day. It was pretty hot out, in the 90’s, so I wasn’t planning on walking until around 7:30. I went out on the back porch around 7 pm with a tall glass of water and my phone, so I could call my sister.

After we made some small talk, she asked me if I did anything today. I said, “Why yes! I did DIDDLEY and I did some SQUATS and I combined them and did DIDDLEY SQUAT today.” Ha ha, it wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t so true.

I did go out for a nice evening walk, about two miles, then made some dinner. It is Taco Tuesday, but I made tacos twice last week, so today I made Tuesday tostadas, still trying to use up some left overs.

I had some leftover pot roast. No, I didn’t make a pot roast. Kathy across the street did, and she gave me a big container full. So I sautéed thinly slice pot roast and some red onion, and added about three big tablespoons of Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Tomato y Red Pepper Salsa. A little goes a long way, adds wonderful flavor and just a tiny spiciness,

Then I warmed up two flour tortillas in a dry pan until they got crispy. No need to fry. Then, added the meat mixture, top with pepper jack cheese and warmed on low with a lid so the cheese melted.

Then, I cut up some spinach, (I prefer spinach instead of iceberg lettuce-healthier) added a couple more teaspoons of salsa, a drizzle of ranch dressing, and voila. You can substitute what you like, but I use what I have on hand.

My inspiration on Tuesday always comes from my friends Chef David and Michele Bernard and their delicious salsas. (Which I always happen to have in the pantry.) When I see Chef David’s video on Facebook every Tuesday, I get very hungry and very inspired.