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Montage Monday and Another Magnificent Sunset

18 Feb

“A loving heart is a magical magnet for magnificence.”

― Debasish Mridha

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I can honestly say that I wake up EVERY morning and greet the day with gratitude. “Thank you for your blessings.” That’s my morning prayer, my waking thoughts, my mantra for the day. Sometimes it is followed by, “Holy crap! I forgot to set my alarm,” or “What a glorious day, I think I’ll roll over and go back to sleep.” But, every day is a good day, some “gooder” than others.

Today, I went to the country dance at the senior center, and had lots of fun. It was our chili cook-off lunch, and there was SO much good food. Afterwards, a few of us stopped for an iced tea at Whataburger. I ended up chatting and laughing and gossiping with some friends for almost three hours. Fun! Then, home to walk the dog again. On my drive home, the sky was so gorgeous. I kept hoping for a red light so I could take a picture, and the only red light ended up with all kinds of telephone poles and streetlights and buildings, blocking the view. So, I hurried home and drove down the street where there was a somewhat unobstructed view. Unfortunately, the original massive expanse of blues and grays mingled with golden hues had mostly disappeared, but I caught the grand finale. It was pretty darn awesome.

A week in a peek, and another magnificent sunset.

Sunday Sights, Sounds and a Sunset

17 Feb

“A person who can understand, appreciate, and sing along with a tree has a deeper perception on life.”

― Debasish Mridha

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No Sunday Sermon today. I went to Mass last night, and I’ll be honest, I plum forgot what the Gospel reading was. So this morning, I set my alarm for 8 am instead of 6:45. It was nice to not jump out of bed before the sun came up. I picked up Bella and we went for a long walk around the pond. My phone said we walked around a mile. Then seeing as I didn’t have to rush off anywhere…I went back to bed and slept another hour or two. Nice!

Here’s what Bella and I saw on our walk this morning…

I met Helene for lunch, and we went back to her place to make some chili for the country dance tomorrow. It’s our chili cook-off event at the senior center. She had the ground beef already done, and I brought the beans and tomatoes and salsa and chili powder to add. It made a big ol’ pot, and she was able to share some with a few neighbors. Of course, we had to visit with some of the other friends who stopped by.

I stopped at the store on my way home, actually two stores, but who’s counting? Eggs were on sale 29 cents a dozen, limit 2. Yep, had to get those. I was down to my last egg after my baking extravaganza last week. Shredded cheese 49 cents, got 2. Then Kroger had Red Barron frozen pizza for $2.99. I picked up 6 of those for Mr. Mike. Where can you get an entire pizza for $3? I can’t pass up those bargains.

I scurried home to walk Bella again. By now, the temperature was 72 degrees, so I changed out of my long sleeve sweater and put on a t-shirt and off we went. The sun was setting. Wow! Just gorgeous. I don’t know how God does it, but every sunset is a masterpiece.

Saving the best for last… FaceTime with my beautiful granddaughters. The highlight of my day. They are so precious.

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Saturday Memories of My Sweet Mother

15 Feb

“I didn’t lose my mother. Heaven gained an angel. She is by my side every day.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s been two years since Mom went to heaven. I almost feel guilty that I am not mournful or distraught. I do have little tears trickling down as I reminisce, looking at old photos and remembering the good times, but I am happy because I know she’s in heaven. She sent us a sign, and I knew if anyone could do it, Mom could.

So today, I’ll go to Mass, light a candle and say a prayer, I’ll talk to Mom like I do every day, because I know she’s missing me too.

ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN

There’s another angel in heaven

Today her soul took wing

She’s up in heaven dancing

While the other angels sing

All were waiting for her

Their arms stretched open wide

To greet my angel mother

There on the other side.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

2/15/18

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Words cannot express the extreme sadness nor the joy that heaven has found a new angel.

Love you Mom. 😇

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Friday:) Friends, Firemen, and Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

“In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.”

~Salman Rushdie

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Wow! What a busy day. I spent the morning frosting cupcakes, preparing food to take to Towne Creek, and gathering up art supplies for our projects. I made about six trips out to load up my car. A Girl Scout troop was coming to visit our little art group today, so we had no idea if there would be five or fifty of us today, so Helene and I prepared for an army. Helene has been a life saver.

When I arrived, the residents at Towne Creek surprised me with a certificate of recognition from the California headquarters of RHF, Retirement Housing Foundation, as their nominee for 2020 Volunteer of the Year. I am very honored.

Kelly Presley, the manager, thanked me for my many years of volunteering. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I get back so much more than I give. It is my pleasure to share my time and talent with these wonderful folks. I used to call them “my seniors,” but guess what…I’m a senior too.

After the presentation, we started work on our Valentine’s Day projects. We painted rocks with red hearts and white dots, and made cute pop-up cards. The Girl Scouts came about an hour later. They were so cute. They had hand-made cards that they passed out to the residents, and of course, they brought many boxes of their famous Girl Scout cookies to pass around.

We all worked on crafts and munched on cookies and cupcakes. The girls and their moms mingled and talked with the residents. They stayed about an hour and a half, and I think they had a nice time too.

I took a nice group photo before they left.

We finished up our painting, and cutting, and chalking projects, then stopped for dinner. Helene made delicious sloppy Joe’s. (I had 2- I was starving.) We had our feast ready, and Mr. David led us in a prayer before we ate. So much food, chips, dips, Fritos, more cookies and cupcakes, then finish up with Blue Bell ice cream. Yum!

By the time Helene and I finished cleaning up, putting everything away, and packing up, we were exhausted. But, we were headed off to a Valentine’s Day party at Joni and Bob’s afterwards. We’d be a little late, but that’s ok, and that’s another story. It was a very creative, fun-filled, and rewarding day.

Now, for my firefighter friends. I dropped off my mini Valentine’s Day cupcakes to my friends at Fire Stations 9 & 5. See those smiles. They appreciated the gesture, but I’m the one who appreciates what they do. They are awesome.

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends. Now, time to put my feet up and have my traditional Friday Black Russian. Cheers!

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney Rocks

14 Feb

“Everything dreams. The play of form, of being, is the dreaming of substance. Rocks have their dreams, and the earth changes….”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

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This morning was our monthly meeting of The Art Club of McKinney. Lynne, Sherry and I have been planning, texting, and gathering decorations for the refreshment table for weeks. We signed up to be hostesses for February so we could take advantage of a Valentine’s Day theme. When you have three creative overachievers, it makes for a fun meeting.

Our meetings begin with announcements, minutes, treasury reports, and introductions of visitors and new members. Then, we have our artist of the month voting. Members can bring a piece of artwork to be displayed and voted on for first and second place prizes. We have so many talented artists.

Our fabulous guest speakers this month were local artists, Valerie and Wayne Batchelder. The dynamic duo have melded their love of painting and pottery to form the perfect union, both in their studios and in their marriage.

Valerie’s whimsical watercolor and painting techniques are just delightful. Now, the couple occasionally combine their strengths and creativity, as Wayne throws the beautiful pots and cups, Valerie will glaze them with a fun and funky face or design.

Wayne’s earthy organic style of pottery is so different and inspirational. He finds unusual pieces of wood that speak to him, and forms them into his signature handles for his cups and mugs. All the vessels he throws are formed both with his hands and his heart.

The couple described how excited they were to have their recently completed individual studios behind their home in the McKinney historic district. ( I compared them to the perfect She-shed and He-shed.) It is so beautiful to see how much passion they put into their art and how that enhances their beautiful marriage. A great presentation for guest speakers for our Valentine’s Day Art Club meeting.

We are very fortunate to have such talented artists right here in our own community.

Such a fun day with fun artists.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni

13 Feb

“Baking makes me happy, and sharing my baking makes me even happier. It’s a win-win.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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What a dreary bleak rainy day. You know what always cheers me up? Cooking and baking. Unfortunately, I never learned the art of portion control. Fortunately, for friends and neighbors, I never learned the art of portion control.

Today, I was baking mini cupcakes. Not just a batch, but massive quantities of mini cupcakes. I offered to bake for our Art Club meeting in the morning, and I made extra in preparation for my senior art group Friday, and to share with friends.

I probably made over a hundred yellow cake/cherry and just as many chocolate.

Then, a little dab of cherry frosting and a heart shaped conversation candy to finish off the decoration.

I’m going to be a busy girl.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Week In A Peek~ Reflection

12 Feb

“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.”

~Wayne Dyer

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Instead of my Montage Monday yesterday, which was replaced with McKinney Creative Community, I’m having a Toni’s Tuesday Week In A Peek day. A reflection of a busy fun week.