Archive | December, 2018

Throwback Theme Song Thursday:) Frosty the Snow Man

14 Dec

Snowmen fall from heaven unassembled.     

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I thought I’d share a throwback craft project from last year, and add a little theme Song music for the holidays.

https://youtu.be/PIpXwY6FV3k

Last year around this time, I was at Mom’s place, painting ornaments, boxes, notecards, and making snowmen craft projects with mini and regular size Hershey bars. It’s a fun and easy project. Mom loved passing them out to her friends. I sure do miss my mom. It’s hard to believe that she’s not here. This is our first Christmas without her. But, she’s a crafting, painting, singing, dancing, and playing piano in heaven. That’s my Angel Mother.

Here’s the snowman project…

The little ones are cute too, aren’t they?

Just measure the width of the candy bar and add an inch. I just used white copy paper. The hats and eyes were made with black construction paper. The orange nose with construction paper too. A glue stick and tape are the easiest for securing. I used ribbon for the scarves and frayed the edges, twisting together with some wired star ribbon. A little pink chalk for the cheeks. You can improvise with materials you have at hand. You can use real buttons or felt for the hats. I just happened to have some cool things. You can also just use markers for the eyes and nose. Even the scarf could be drawn on with markers. Just use you imagination. One thing to be careful of… don’t eat all the candy before you get a chance to make the snowmen. (It’s been known to happen.)

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni and What Day Is It?

13 Dec

“All cooking is a matter of time. In general, the more time the better.”

John Erskine

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While I’m visiting my sister, I decided to to some major cooking, and healthy cooking, for that matter.

I love to cook and she hates to cook, so right there, that’s a great combination. We went to the store and bought tons of fresh fruit and vegetables,

My first big project was some vegetable soup. What kind you ask? I call it, “Everything but the kitchen sink soup.” First, I gathered all her vegetables that were neglected in the fridge, then added the fresh ones from the store, Because the contents of the one large pot started to get too full, a second big pot was employed.

At the very end, I added some small thin egg noodles. My poor sister has been eating this for a few days and still had enough to freeze a few containers.

There’s a new project in the oven now, as we speak, but I’ll save that for another day. It’s still roasting. Yum! I can smell the wonderful aroma from the kitchen.

NOW! FOR WHAT DAY IT IS… 12-12 is the Feast of Our Lady Of Guadalupe. It’s a good day.

About Our Lady of Guadalupe Day

It is believed that a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. However, the bishop needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there were previously cacti. When Juan Diego returned, he showed the roses to the archbishop and also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event.

Did You Know?

According to the story of the Lady of Guadalupe, Mary spoke in the Nahuatl language when she appeared to Diego. It is said that millions of indigenous people in Mexico were converted to Catholicism as a result of her appearance and miracle.

Two Penny Tuesday and “Green Book” Trailer

12 Dec

“As luck would have IT, you would have IT, if you weren’t so busy looking for IT.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The sun was out this morning, and it was climbing way up into the low 30’s… a heat wave. My sister and I decided to bundle up and walk around the block instead of going to walk at the center. You can’t get real live vitamin D indoors. It only took about half a block for us to realize that the sun was at our backs, so we turned around and walked the other way so the sun could bathe our frosty faces. The sun felt great. Then, further on, we crossed in the middle of the street to avoid the tall shady trees that blocked the sun. A few steps later, on the sunny side of the street, there on the sidewalk were two…not one… but two lucky pennies. “As luck would have it.”

I was so excited. Most of you already know the story of the two lucky pennies we found by the mural Mom had painted and donated to the Elgin library. We had asked her for a sign when she got to heaven, and she sent it. When we went up to see the mural right after she passed away, two pennies lay on the bench beneath the painting.

Today, she sent another sign of two pennies. This one was just a thumbs up 👍 from heaven, reminding us that she’s still up there watching over us. We each put a penny in our pocket. Thanks Mom.

Later, we planned to have lunch, the grocery store, and go to a movie. We decided to see “Green Book.” The trailers looked interesting, and it was based on a true story. That’s always a plus. The reviews we fairly good.

I thought it was interesting, with a little humor and stereotyping here and there. But, it was pretty accurate in showing the blatant and tragic racism that went on during that time. I grew up in the 60’s and I can see how those things could happen. Unfortunately, they still do.

Without giving away the plot or spoiler alert, I think it was a good movie to see, to remind us of the terrible ways people treat one another, and perhaps give us a little hope for the future.

83%

Rotten Tomatoes

8.3/10

IMDb

70%

Metacritic

95% liked this movie

Google users

Dr. Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist who’s about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation.

If you’re a movie goer, you’ll like it.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

11 Dec

“Your work is to discover who you are and then with all your heart give your light to the world.”

~J. W.

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A wonderful week with family and friends. Of course, some very special Gamma time, the highlight of my week. There should always be time to say thank you to THE ONE who provides all blessings, and a little thank you to the earthly angels in my life… you know who you are. Thank you, muchas gracias.

A week in a perky peek…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

10 Dec

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

~Brad Henry

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This morning, I had the pleasure of attending Mass at St. Thomas More in Elgin. It’s a beautiful church with simple lines and unassuming statues, but the panoramic stained glass windows behind the modest altar are amazing when the sun bursts through the vibrant colorful glass.

It was a little difficult to wake up to the 7 a.m. alarm after getting to sleep after 2, but, I was looking forward to attending this service. It was my mom’s parish. It would bring me closer to my sweet Mom up in heaven. A few tears slipped down my face.

Father’s homily was a little amusing. He talked about the people who influence our lives. Jesus was the great teacher, but Father said he had a very influential teacher while in the seminary. He said that he didn’t remember much of the calculus, Greek, philosophy, or even some of the Latin that he was taught way back in the 60’s. What he really remembered was the kindness and compassion of many of the instructors. One priest in particular would bring burgers, fries and Cokes for his students when they were stressed studying or rehearsing late into the evening. So, father suggested that, “You may not remember all classes and concepts that you’ve learned in life, but you will always remember the people who showed you kindness.”

After Mass, I bumped into several of Mom’s old friends. Tom, Mary, and Ilene had all been Eucharistic ministers who went to The Greens of Elgin, where Mom lived, to officiate Sunday services. They all said how much they missed Trini and her beautiful smile. I knew they really meant it, too. Everyone who knew Mom will miss her very much. It was a good morning.

Later in the afternoon, my dear friend Debbie came over. We went shopping and to lunch. Pizza was on my bucket list. You can never have too much Chicago pizza. A beautiful sunset ended the day.

To add the frosting to my already great day, I received some pictures on my iCloud photo sharing of my grand-daughter that made me smile.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Settling In and Some Painting Projects

8 Dec

“I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.”

~Michael Jordan

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I had a wonderful week visiting with my little grand-daughter, oh yes, and my son and his wife. Did I mention them? She’s just so darn cute that I forget to mention anyone else. Last night, we all went to dinner. My sister came to visit and pick me up so I could spend some time at her house.

Somebody loves French fries.

While I had some free time during the week, I spent some quiet time painting some of my ornaments for my Chicago friends and family. I’m very lucky that Auntie Debbie found me a few boxes of the frosted ornaments because hey aren’t making them or selling them anymore at Hobby Lobby…bummer. Because I wasn’t at home with all my supplies, I had to bring my blank white boxes and some paint in my suitcase, and made a last minute trip to Hobby Lobby for hooks and glue and glitter. So, the difficult part was trying to figure out a way to suspend each ornament while the paint was drying. I scoured the house and found some coat hangers and turned baby Belle’s little doll stroller upside down to hang things four at a time. Then, I hung them in the closet on the wire racks as they continued drying. “Inventions are the necessity of motherhood.”

I may be settling in, getting used to the cold and different surroundings, but I can’t settle. I’ll settle in, but never settle down. Life is too short.

Friday:) Freezing Cold, Fun with Belle, No Firemen

7 Dec

“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

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Wow! It’s been pretty cold here. It got all the way up to 23 degrees earlier. Tonight will get down to around 15. (Can you say shiver me timbers?) I took Elvis out for a walk this afternoon. Not the real Elvis, of course. Elvis, is a dog. He tugs on his leash like the real Elvis tugs on your heart.

I don’t know what I was thinking. The sun was out for a few hours, but that didn’t stop my hands from getting numb. I think I’m spoiled living in Texas. It can get pretty cold there too, but for a few minutes.

Even though it’s cold out, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is being with family, friends, but most of all… quality Gamma time.

It’s Friday already. Where did the time go? I hope to keep up with my traditions while I’m here. I’m going to visit with my sister a few days, I sure hope she has the fixings for my Black Russians, otherwise we’re going to have to run to the store…liquor store, that is.

I’m also going to miss my Fire Station 9 friends back home. I did stop there with some brownies and taco fixings right before I left. I’ll just have to bake and make up for lost time when I get back home.

Happy Friday, my Friends. Stay warm wherever you are,