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Tuesday:) Today is Jerry’s Soulful 75th Birthday

19 Jun

“Birthdays are good for your health.  Studies show those who have more birthdays live longer.”

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Happy birthday to my dear friend Jerry Horton who celebrated his 75th birthday with about 75 of his dearest friends and family. It was a grand celebration for a wonderful man. I think if anyone was asked to describe Jerry in just one word, that word would be “gentleman.”

Jerry is as colorful a character as the flamboyant clothing he loves to wear. Today, yellow was the color choice of this gregarious man’s garb. There was a wide array of yummy catered food, a well stocked bar, complete with a bartender, and a three piece jazz band. Such a fun party. Classy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDmrWRVx3pQ

Happy 75th birthday to a very sweet colorful character. Love ya

Mr. Jerry.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

17 Jun

“When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day.”

~Ella Woodward

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Great idea! I’m going upstairs to my craft room and look for my glitter! It usually applies most of November and December when I’m always covered in glitter when I paint my ornaments. I know Sherry Joplin and a few of my artist friends can relate to that. During the holidays, we all have a glow about us. Mine is ultra-fine opalescent prisma glitter,

But, now its late Spring filled with bad storms and rain and flooding, with Summer on the way. It’s been a great busy week for me, as usual. And, this upcoming week even crazier than the last. Life is good.

A week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and Father’s Day

17 Jun

Gregory E. Lang

“A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”

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A fairly gloomy muggy Sunday morning, but as always, a great day to rise and shine and give God His glory, glory. Hugs and hellos and happy faces greeting before 9 o’clock Mass.

Today is Trinity Sunday, which always makes me smile. Mom was born on or around Trinity Sunday, thus the reason for her name, Trinidad. I think she was born the Monday after. When Father was commenting on the symbolism of the Trinity, I wasn’t paying much attention. I was thinking about Mom every time he said the word Trinity. I smiled.

Father Don also had all the dads stand up for a special blessing for Father’s Day. It was nice to see so many dads, ranging in ages from white haired men with canes and walkers to the new dads proudly holding newborns in their arms, It was a wonderful sight to behold. It made me think of my own father who rarely walked inside a church. Mom took us to church. My sons rarely sat beside their father in a church pew. He moaned and protested before and after, so we usually went without him. Golf or fishing were more important. Church going and religion and prayer doesn’t always make a man a good man, or a good woman. It sure couldn’t hurt. I often wonder if that is a major missing link in the collapse of the family unit.

Aw… now I’m really smiling. My son just called so I could FaceTime with the grand-babies. Belle was getting ready for bed, reading her books and laughing. Sophie just got placed in her crib. I love our Sunday calls. But, the most wonderful moment was when Joe said that he and Belle went to Mass for Father’s Day this morning. I couldn’t help it. A few tears slipped down my cheek. I loved that it was important for him to celebrate Father’s Day at church.

My take on it… you don’t ever have to step inside a church to know God. He has to live in your heart and you should thank Him for your blessings. Share this love with your family, your children, and your friends. That’s all a church building is. It’s a place where people gather to share and show their gratitude. You can pray alone, or at home with your family, but it’s like a party or any celebration. It’s a lot more fun with a lot of people to celebrate along with you.

Happy Father’s Day to all the men and dads out there who make the world a better place.

Saturday:) Finding Treasures at Trade Days

16 Jun

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

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My friend Allison invited me to join her for a treasure hunt today at McKinney’s Third Monday Trade Days just down the road from us. I haven’t been there in a couple three years, so it was long over due. Allison finds amazing bargains and turns them into works of art, mostly wonderful yard art. My backyard is pretty much naked, except for my one painted horses fence section that I put out there last year.

We left around 9am and walked, scoured, investigated, collapsed, and wandered some more until after 1 pm, with only three trips back to the car to load up stuff. It was a pleasant breezy overcast morning, but that didn’t last long. It’s Texas after all. But, it was fun hunting for treasures.

We probably would have lingered longer, but we both have bum knees and neither of us had eaten all day. Also, we were running low on cash and stamina. I plum forgot I was going to make a final stop and buy a cook ukulele. Oh well. Next time.

Here are a few of my treasures. There are a couple of other big ones in the garage that I’m too lazy to go out and take a picture of.

This cool thing I put right out back on my outdoor table. Fits perfectly. Not sure what it is, but I just had to have it.

My favorite find was this old rustic cross. I collect crosses and I love red. This is perfect for my kitchen. Love it!

Allison and I stopped for a quick late lunch at Pep’s Tacos Y Mas, then home. I walked the dog then we took a nice long well needed nap.

Happy Saturday my friends.

Friday Friends, Firemen, and a Fiery Sunset

15 Jun

“There’s something special about a heartfelt hello and a smile. It can brighten up your day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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For some reason, today didn’t feel like Friday. My days are getting all discombobulated. I set my alarm for 7:30, walked over to pick up Bella, then took a quick one mile walk before starting my day. I was meeting my friend Linda for breakfast at 10.

I stopped over at Fire Station 9 on my way with cookies and cake that Miss Pat made for karaoke last night. She always tells me to take the leftovers to my firemen.

I picked up the outside phone and said, “Hi, it’s Miss Toni with some cookies.” I was greeted at the door and escorted back into the kitchen to pick up my previous container. I had to smile as I walked down the hallway past each office. Every doorway I passed, I saw a smile and heard a cheerful, “Hi Miss Toni!” It’s kinda like the TV show Cheers. You want to go where everyone knows your name.” They not only know my name, they feel like family. Nice way to start my day.

I met Linda for breakfast and we spent a good four hours talking, sharing grand-baby pictures on our phones, and catching up.

The rest of the day flew by. I walked the dog again and went for another solo walk, stopping to visit with my neighbor Allison. She invited me into the garage to check out some of her cool Goodwill treasure finds that she’s going to turn into yard ornaments. I was offered a glass of wine. How could I resist? Just one glass and some good conversation. I didn’t stagger home this time. Actually, I continued my walk so I could catch a few late evening sunset pictures. I love sunsets.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Theme Song Thursday:) “Busy Doing Nothing.”

13 Jun

“I am so busy doing nothing… that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything.”

― Jerry Seinfeld

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“I don’t need to take a spin class. I burn a lot of calories just spinning my wheels, wasting the day, and getting nowhere fast.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Wow! What a perfect quote for my day. Well, also pretty much all my days. I spin my wheels and get a lot of nothing done. But, in my defense, I think about all the things I should be doing and sometimes even make a list, of course, I don’t do any of those things.

I did go for a walk this morning, and I stopped and took little Bella for a walk. I was going to vacuum today, but I’ll have her again for a few days and it’s kinda silly to vacuum up dog hair when she’ll just be contributing again.

I lose track of what day it is sometimes when I’m busy doing nothing. Monday was all that cooking and baking, then I went to the dance at 1. When I got home, made more sandwiches and went to McKinney Creative Community.

I wanted to tell you about that. We had a wonderful pot luck gathering at The Cove, with many friends, and our guest speaker was Erin Neilson. She is a fabulous artist and illustrator. She described how she got started as an artist and her passion for illustration.p, and a few tips and tricks of the trade. The best part was, she shared with us how anyone with enough determination and perseverance should be able to achieve their dreams. Very inspirational.

We are truly blessed here in McKinney with such talented artists, writers, teachers, musicians and creative souls who are willing to share their gifts with the community. Thank you Erin!

Tuesday, I had dinner and too much wine with an award winning, talented, creative, and all around fun lady and author, Allison Bottke. We sat in her beautiful backyard, sipped wine, and discussed the world, love, life and the pursuit of happiness.

Yesterday, I had breakfast and visiting with the JULIETs …Just Us Ladies Into Everything Together. Then, I stopped and bought some plants and misc. stuff I didn’t need at Walmart. A quick walk, then off to church for our St. Helen’s Divorced and Separated Support Group. Again, another day without accomplishing anything productive.

Today, I did start a painting project, but it’s going to take several days to complete. It’s a surprise birthday gift for Mr. Jerry. So, now my hands are covered in Enamel paint, and I need to grab a quick shower before I run over to karaoke at Delaney’s. Helene called me and asked if I’d come early so she could buy me dinner. Well, who can pass up a free dinner?

(Sneak peak at what I’m working on. This is the before…stay tuned for the after.)

Maybe I should sing “Busy Doing Nothing” tonight at karaoke. What do you think?

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

13 Jun

“Recipes? I don’t need no stinkin’ recipes.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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If you know me, you know I love to cook and bake. You may also know that I am incapable of cooking or baking for one, or two, or three. I cook massive quantiles and give most, if not all, away. I’ll just get a notion, and look in the over flowing Pantry or freezer for inspiration, then have at it.

A couple weeks ago it was pasta. Three pounds of pasta and eight containers later, I ended up giving it all away. I didn’t even save a meal of it for myself, mostly because I kept going out to lunch or dinner, and never ate at home.

This week it was egg salad. I wanted to make sandwiches for the pot luck for the senior center country dance, and some for the pot luck for McKinney Creative Community. Both were on Monday. So…eggs were on sale. When life gives you eggs on sale, you make egg salad, and lots of it.

So, it was Sunday night around 1 am, actually Monday morning, when I decided to boil the 20 eggs and start the adventure. I’m a night owl. After boiling a long time, I don’t time them, I just fool around on Facebook, check emails, and when it seems like they’ve been bubbling around a long time, I turn off the stove. By now, it was 1:30, so I drained, rinsed in cold water, then threw in a big pitcher full of ice cubes, so I could put them in the fridge and go to sleep. They cooled off fast, but a couple of the shells had started to crack. When I peeled those two, they peeled so easily, that I decided to peel all 20, then go to bed.

Monday morning, I got up around 8 am, I went to Zumba, then came home to make the egg salad before the dance.

I softened a package of cream cheese and added some Miracle Whip. The jar was almost empty, so I added some Mayo. I don’t measure. Added salt, pepper, and lots of garlic powder. I chopped about 1/4 onion. But, I don’t like raw onion, so I nuked it about 2 minutes and threw that in. I chopped up the 20 eggs and added that. It was kinda dry, so I added another scoop of mayo. Then, I made the sandwiches. Each loaf of bread made 12 sandwiches, which I quartered to look pretty and for easier eating. Also, we get up to 100 people at the dance. I made the second tray later when I got home from the dance. I just barely had time to make the sandwiches before running off to The Cove for Creative Community at 5:30.

I also baked a fruit upside down cake, but that’s another non-recipe and another story for another day. I’m making you hungry, aren’t I? Well, have a good one. 🙋