Archive | January, 2018

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day~ Key” To Success

24 Jan

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.

~Alexander Graham Bell


I’m always amazing myself at my amazingness. (Is that even a word? Amazingness?) I needed to change the locks on my three doors. I had contemplated calling a locksmith, but I remembered that when I moved into my house, the builder showed me how the Kwikset lock system worked. All my doors had these locks. I didn’t pay much attention, because he re-keyed all the locks.

I decided to do what every clever and inquisitive techno savvy person does. I watched a few YouTube videos about resetting keys for the Kwikset locks. I didn’t need to change the locks, just reset New keys.

Now, here’s the first tip. If you are building a new house, or changing your locks, start out with the Kwikset locks. I looked them up to see if they were expensive. They are pretty darn cheap.

Then, all you have to do is go to the hardware store and buy the Re-Key Kit. It came with four new keys and two temporary keys. I paid a whopping $11.88 with tax.

I was able to change the keys on all three locks in less than twenty minutes.

Another tip, I put a dab of red nail polish on the keys for easier recognition. So now, I have changed the keys on all my doors, all by myself, and it cost me less than $12. I’m pretty sure a locksmith would have charged me a whole lot more.

Yep, I am amazing!

Last tip…have confidence in yourself. You can do anything you put your mind to. Also, don’t forget Google and YouTube videos.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

23 Jan

“Monday roars in like a lion and rolls out like a yawning lion. Dang, it’s Monday again!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


A week in a peek, just trying to sneak in and freak me out till I shriek!!! Just sayin’.

The weeks go by too fast, but this past week saw a lovely wedding, lunches with friends, singing and dancing at the VFW, painting vases, talking to my granddaughter, and enjoying life…one day at a time.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff:) A Special Wedding

22 Jan

“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”

Oprah Winfrey


Last Sunday, it was frigid and I wore my sock monkey hat while greeting before Mass. This morning, people were filing in wearing only a sweater, if that. The clouds threatened rain off and on, but held off until afternoon.

The Gospel was the story of Jesus going down to the sea, finding the fishermen that he would call to follow Him, and to become his disciples.

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,

he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;

they were fishermen.

Jesus said to them,

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

My take on it… You never know when or where you will find your true calling. But, when you do, the virtual “light bulb” will go off and you should drop what you are doing and follow, just as the disciple knew they had to put down their nets and become fishermen of men.


Now, for the other stuff. Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of a beautiful young couple, Rachel and Mason. This, somewhat ties into the Gospel reading. These young people were called to join their individual lives and become one, a family, a union blessed by faith, family and friends.

Rachel was just a little girl when I moved in next door in 2004. Now, a gorgeous, talented young woman, I was honored to be invited to celebrate this special day. I may have moved away a few years ago, but the Reynolds family has always considered me part of their beautiful family.

Officially Mr. Mason And Mrs. Rachel Kerr.

First dance. Wishing you a many more dances, songs, and years together.

Saturday:) So How Cold Was It in Texas, Miss Toni?

21 Jan

“So when you’re cold

From the inside out

And don’t know what to do,

Remember love and friendship,

And warmth will come to you.”

Stephen Cosgrove


It finally warmed up a little today, but I still needed to cover my ears, wear a warm coat, and put on

gloves this morning. The sun came out later in the afternoon, just in time to warm up for Rachel and Mason’s wedding today. But, that’s a different story.

It was so cold last week that ponds were frozen, people had pipes freezing and bursting. Knock on wood, I didn’t run into any of those problems. This is Texas! What’s going on?

I had to laugh when I walked yesterday and passed by Miss Bernadine’s house two blocks over. She has a St. Francis statue in the front yard. It was so cold that poor St. Francis had a winter coat and hat on. I smiled, took a picture, and shivered my way down the street.

Keep warm, my friends!

Friday:) From Chaos To Organized

20 Jan

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination”

Christina Scalise, Organize Your Life and More


I’m not sure what that quote means, too many big words, but I recognized procrastination. I majored in that in college. Oh, I know clutter. That was my minor in college, and has been my occupation for all these years.

But, every now and then, I get a bee in my bonnet, (when I can find my bonnet in all the clutter) and I decide to tackle one de-clutter project at a time. I figure if I tackle one project a week, by the end of the year, it’s time to start over again decluttering the first project.

I was inspired when I was looking for a pair of scissors to cut open my package of brownie mix. Very important! The drawer was so disorganized, and there were about five pairs of scissors mingled in between hundreds of paper clips, rubber bands, twist ties, pens, markers, stamps and well, you know the drawer I’m talking about. I think we all have one or a few of those. I decided that after the brownies got placed in the oven for baking, I was going to tackle and organize that one drawer.



Aren’t you proud of me? Next January I’ll be tackling it again, I’m sure. But for now, I can find the scissors and I know where the stamps are.

Procrastinators unite! But, maybe tomorrow, or next week.

Have a good weekend.

Theme Song Thursday:) VFW~Do You Love Me?

19 Jan

“I love you…”, I said to myself and believed it. Finally.”

Karen A. Baquiran


Another fun night at the McKinney VFW for karaoke night. I sang a few songs and danced a few dances. Miss Pat and I were twistin’ and jivin’ to “Do You Love Me.”

You’re never to old to ask the age old question…”Do You Love Me?” And while you’re deciding on the answer, get up and dance.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni!

18 Jan

“I like to think that when I paint vases, wine glasses, ornaments, or other special gifts, that I’m making a special memory for that person. They know they’re made with love. You just can’t buy that at the store.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


What’s cookin’ Miss Toni? Why, glass vases, of course.

I’ve been so blessed to part of the women’s CRHP 28 or Welcome retreat group at St. Gabriel’s these past six months. All the ladies have been meeting every Tuesday and other planning days to prepare for the next incoming group. Because I was out of town for over five weeks, I wasn’t able to join in several of the crafting and planning days. I tried to think of what I could make at home to contribute. We were in need of some table decorations, so I volunteered to paint some vases. Our color scheme is purple and grey, so I painted lavender flowers.

I spent two day painting the different layers, then baking in the oven for durability. I smiled and enjoyed every minute, because I knew that this tiny contribution would add to the beauty of the powerful retreat weekend.

They turned out pretty nice. We are going to put battery operated votive candles at the bottom. I’m pleased. I can’t wait to see all the other crafts and gifts the other ladies made with love, while I was gone.

First layer, then leaves and stems next. Then, into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

Voila! Baked, cooled and ready to share.