Archive | February, 2019

Tuesday:) Two For The Road

20 Feb

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

~Robert Frost

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It was a gloomy rainy morning. I was too lazy to get up at 7 and walk the dog early so I could go to Zumba at 8:15. So, I didn’t set the alarm and figured I’d go to the 10:30 Zumba gold class instead. I was in the park with Bella at 10 am when my cell phone rang. Sherri Murphy asked if I wanted to go on a road trip to Sulphur Springs, about an hour and a half away. I said it sounded like a great rainy day alternative. “Two for the road.”

Sherri picked me up at 10:30 and off we went, taking all the back winding roads. I turned on YouTube and played the song “Rainy Days and Mondays,” as we sang along with the windshield wipers swiping back and forth in rhythm.

We pulled off the side of the road on the way into town for a photo op at the Dairy Museum. Who doesn’t want a photo in front of two giant cows in the rain?

The streets were pretty empty and most the shops were closed, but thank goodness the restaurants were open, because we were starving. A very nice lady at one of the gift shops gave us the scoop on the best places to eat. We chose the Redneck Cafe.

When we finally finished with our yummy lunch of chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and biscuits and gravy, we ventured out into the pouring rain. Hmmm? I don’t think we ran into more than one or two pedestrians the entire afternoon. The rain never let up, so we took a few pictures and headed home.

Hopkins County Courthouse, beautiful even in the pouring rain.

Thanks for a great rainy day road trip, Sherri Murphy…or should I call you THELMA? Or do you want to be Louise?

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Sweet Peek

19 Feb

“When your days are filled with friends, family, firemen, fun, food and fine chocolate, it doesn’t get better than that.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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So much chocolate, so little time. With Valentine’s Day, Art Club, parties, and celebrations all in the same week, I’m on sugar overload with all the baking and cooking. The good news is, there was plenty for sharing.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

17 Feb

“Money gives you permission to just walk away from everything that isn’t pretty and perfect. You can’t put up with anything less than lovely. You spend your life running, avoiding, escaping.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

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A very chilly day again here in North Texas, but the good news was, another chance to wear my sock monkey hat while greeting before 9 o’clock Mass. The church is finished and the first Masses will start next week in the glorious new building. ( I wonder if my sock monkey hat is too tacky?)

Today’s Gospel was Jesus talking to the crowds about who will be blessed and welcomed on judgement day, also known as the Beatitudes…

20 Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said: How blessed are you who are poor: the kingdom of God is yours.

21 Blessed are you who are hungry now: you shall have your fill. Blessed are you who are weeping now: you shall laugh.

22 ‘Blessed are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of man.

23 Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, look!-your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets….

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My take on it… No, you don’t have to be poor or impoverished to be blessed. You don’t have to go hungry or sad and crying all the time to be blessed. But, if you have been blessed here on earth with enough money, food, and other worldly blessings, you have to be humble and share this with others. Even a kind word or a good deed goes a long way in brightening up another’s spirit. Three words… SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS.

Now, for the other stuff. I did get over to Fire Station 5 last night to share some treats with them.

The, I called a few of my senior artist friends at Towne Creek Apartments for an impromptu dinner. Remember all those leftover sandwiches, snacks and sweets from my party? Well, they were a big hit with my ladies.

Well, so much for “Blessed are the hungry…” because no one goes hungry because Miss Toni loves to cook and bake and share.

Happy Blessed Sunday,

Celebration of Life :) Don’t Sit Alone And Be Sad, Have A Party

16 Feb

“When you love someone special with all your heart, you celebrate their life, even when they are gone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Part Two: Celebration of Life

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of my angel mother joining the other angels in heaven. Part One was going to Mass, Adoration, and lighting candles Friday morning. Part Two was preparing for a party with friends to celebrate the life of the most wonderful mother on the planet. I just invited a few close friends and neighbors to join me. Usually, Friday is Black Russian night, so it was a good day for a party.

One of the many things I learned from my mother was you should always have plenty of food and drinks for company. Not just plenty, but enough for everyone to take a little container home. Oh boy, did I have leftovers!

It was a fabulous party, and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much. Mr. Jerry was the first to arrive, as usual, and people started filtering in throughout the evening. I was proud that I had enough chairs and seating for everyone. Well, we knew there would be enough food.

Before the evening was over and people had to leave, I asked everyone to raise a glass and toast to Mom. A few people had met Mom when she visited, and others had never met her, but they all have heard the wonderful stories and have seen the pictures.

“Here’s to you, Mom.”

Good friends, good food, and fine company. I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t sad. I was with friends who love me and who I love. It was a fun evening, and I could sense Mom smiling and enjoying the celebration too.

Miss Loretta helped me clean up the big mess afterwards and planned to spend the night. We did quick work of the mess and stayed up and talked a while. I was exhausted and exhilarated.

This morning, Linda, Pat Sherri, Loretta and I were meeting for breakfast. But first, we stopped to take some goodies over to fire station 9. They were just finishing up breakfast, but appreciated the sweet treats and homemade guacamole and chips for later. Gosh, I still have a container for station 5, but I’ll get over there later tonight.

Friday:) Forever Memories of Mom

15 Feb

“It seemed like forever ago, like we’ve had this brief but still infinite forever. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

― John Green

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It was one year ago today that we said goodbye to our angel mother. My memories of this beautiful lady will last forever. I feel blessed that my sister and I were there to hold her hand, just as she always was there for us, every day, every minute.

This is a bitter-sweet day. Mostly sweet, because Mom lived over 90 years, bringing joy and giving love to everyone she knew. The bitter is not being able to talk to her every day and hear her joyful voice and hear her silly laugh.

This morning I went to Mass and Adoration and thanked God for giving me the most amazing mother in the world. I felt her presence and love when I lit the candles beneath the painting of Mary Our Mother.

There will never be a more wonderful mother in the world, and I only hope that her love and guidance will help me to be a good mother, grand-mother, sister, and friend. I love you Mom. I miss you every day. ❤️

Now, those are beautiful memories.

Theme Song Thursday:) Memories

14 Feb

“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.”

~Alek Wek

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I opened my Facebook page today, and the first photo I saw was from my memory post. It melted my heart and some liquid slipped down my face. A beautiful memory for Valentines Day. The beautiful face of my favorite angel in heaven. That was Mom’s favorite photo of us. Mine too.

More memories for today… on the same page was a memory from 2 years ago. My beautiful first grand-daughter.

Then today, there was a brand new post of my brand new grand-daughter.

Today, on this gorgeous Texas Valentine’s Day, I am celebrating these memories and these moments. So many lovely memories and people, and I plan on making new memories and making new friends. ALWAYS!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

14 Feb

“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation– experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.”

~Paul Theroux

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Monday was a busy cookin’ day. Actually, there wasn’t much cookin’ involved. I had two different potlucks to attend. One was for the country dance at the senior center and the other for McKinney Creative Community. Both potlucks usually have an overload of cookies, cakes, snacks and chips, but not many regular foods. Last week, I took sandwiches, and they disappeared. So, this week I decided to double up, actually triple up.

I made 10 egg salad sandwiches, 10 tuna salad, and 10 peanut butter and jelly. I cut them and quartered them into triangles, so I ended up with 120 little sandwiches. I found that one loaf of bread has exactly 20 pieces of bread and two heal ends. So, three loaves made a lot.

The secret to my egg salad and tuna salad is I use 1/2 cream cheese and half mayo. Yum. Oh yah, I used 16 eggs and 4 cans of tuna. For the tuna, my tip is…. I buttered one side of the bread, put the tuna salad on, then added some lettuce so the bread wouldn’t get too soggy.

Now, for my PB&J secret… The peanut butter was kinda tearing the bread. It was soft, but the bread was softer. So, light bulb moment… why not mix the jelly into the peanut butter to make it softer. Voila! Worked…and tasted better and the jelly didn’t ooze out.

Left side not mixed-right side mixed. Yep! I’m going to mix my PB with my J from now on.

So, with all those sandwiches and two batches of brownies, I had enough left over to take to my senior artist friends at Towne Creek for an impromptu lunch of sandwiches, chips, brownies and ginger ale.

And a batch of brownies for my firemen friends at station 9. Can’t forget my firemen. There were a lot of trucks and cars outside when I drove past earlier in the day, so I took an extra large batch.

That was a busy couple of days of fixin’ food. Hey, I’m still not done. As soon as I post this, I have 14 dozen mini cupcakes that I baked earlier today that need frosting, and a couple of more batches of brownies to bake for tomorrow. Art Club tomorrow morning and Sherry, Lynne and I are hostesses. I’ll keep ya posted.

Off I go…wish me luck.