Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Again?

3 Jul

“The love of a grandmother for her grandchildren is ‘A Tale as Old as Time.’ ”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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How did it get to be Thursday already? I’m missing my karaoke friends, but not as much as I’m missing my little grand-daughters. I recorded this song so my son could play it for his little girls. This one is for BELLE, my 3 1/2 year old, who happens to love this song. When she sees Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” she says, “That’s me.”

“Tale as old as time.”

As always, Bob knocking it out of the park with the Drifters’ “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

Keep singing, my friends. 🎤

Wednesday:) When Friends Request-Happy Birthday Vincent Corsini

1 Jul

“Take the risk to ask for whatever you need and want. If someone says no, you will not lose anything. If someone says yes, you have a lot to gain.”

― Abhishek Ratna

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Most of you know me pretty well and you know I don’t ask many favors… well, maybe just a few. My long-time WordPress friend, GP Cox, sent me a special request this morning. GP writes a regular blog that tells tales and stories about WWII and other historical events. He’s made it his mission to keep those stories alive, lest we forget all the sacrifices made by those that came before us. I appreciate that he also posts military cartoons, but also the sad news of veterans who have passed away.

I’ve corresponded with him about my dad who served in the Philippines in WWII, and we have exchanged stories and notes. I’ve never met GP, but I’m proud to call him FRIEND.

GP asked if I’d pass this request on to my readers. He wants to help make a special Birthday for Mr. Vincent Corsini, a decorated D-Day Veteran. Wouldn’t it be nice to see strangers cheer up and appreciate this fine man? As soon as I post this, I’m going to send out a card.

Even though his birthday is July 4th, I’m sure cards trickling in throughout the month will make him smile. If you’ve ever done a random act of kindness, you know how special you will feel, but nothing compared to the recipient. Thanks GP and CJ Kirkland.

Read about Vincent Dorsini..,

A Friend Asks For Cards To Make Veteran’s Birthday Special

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H/T War History OnLine.

We need to make this birthday real special for Vincent Corsini.

Courtesy of The Greatest Generation Foundation

D-Day veteran Mr Vincent Corsini (ICo/116th/29ID) will be celebrating his 96th birthday this July 4th (coincidentally).

His wife, unfortunately, has been hospitalized since early January and due to COVID-19 he has been unable to properly visit her.

In addition to his wife being in the hospital, he has been living alone under quarantine these past few months. I would love to flood his mailbox with birthday cards and well wishes.

Originally from Kings New York, Mr Vincent Corsini joined the Army in 1943 and served as a member of I Company, 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. As such he participated in every major action involving the 29th from D-Day to the Siegfried Line.

Wartime portrait of Vincent Corsini. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

Of the nine companies landing in the first wave, only Company A of the 116th RCT at Dog Green and the Rangers to their right landed where intended. E/116, aiming for Easy Green, ended up scattered across the two beaches of the 16th RCT area.

G/116, aiming for Dog White, opened up a 1,000-yard gap between themselves and A/116 to their right when they landed at Easy Green instead. I/16 drifted so far east it did not land for another hour and a half.

Vincent Corsini in Paris, c. 1944. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

On 6 June, he was part of the 3rd assault wave to hit Omaha Beach around 7:30 am landing at Easy Green sector (original landing sector was Dog Red, but they had drifted).

After an exhaustive fight inward, Vince and company fought for ~30 days through the hedgerows of Normandy through to St Lo on to Vire and then Brest. Vince served with the 29th until Oct 1944 when he was evacuated IVO the Siegfried line, finishing the war with ADSEC.

After the war, Vince returned to NY where he pursued his college education eventually taking a job as a draftsman and engineer. He married in the 50’s raised a family and retired in North Carolina.

Vincent Corsini, WW2. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

When abled, Vince was heavily involved with the 29th Infantry Division Association, returning to Normandy 3 times for the 25th, 50th and most recently the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

I was lucky enough to be able to send him back for the 75th. In addition, I was able to petition his congressman and the NARA to have his records updated to reflect awards he should’ve received 75 years ago. Vince is the last original surviving member of his company.

Vincent Corsini today

His updated awards are as follows. Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, WW2 Victory Medal, EAME Campaign with 2 bronze star and Arrowhead device, French Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honour

For those of you that would like to wish this hero a Happy Birthday, please use the address below. Thanks in advance.

Mr Vincent Corsini

c/o Charles Kirkland

PO Box 1048

Fort Mill SC, 29716

Written by his friend, CJ Kirkland.

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Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Painting Tips

1 Jul

“If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

― Edward Hopper

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I enjoy painting and making special gifts for friends. Homemade and handmade are always the best and appreciated the most. I also enjoy sharing my painting techniques, tips, and tricks with everyone out there, and I’ve found that people enjoy my time-lapse videos because they are really fast and make me look really talented.

My good friend Jerry had a birthday a few weeks back, and his house is decorated with beautiful African art, carvings, masks and motifs. I’ve painted a few little gifts for him for birthdays before, but I also like to give hand-painted cards. I really like the bright colors of this style, so I decided to share my how-to video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN21JzKSFJE

The background was painted with a makeup sponge held with a clothes pin, starting at the bottom with red, work up to orange and then yellow, not cleaning the sponge. The colors blend well, and the abstract look is fun. I just used a permanent black marker for the designs. It’s fast and easy. Give it a try. You can use any combination of three colors for a cool background, and even use stamps or stencils if free hand drawing scares you a little.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

30 Jun

“Don’t count your dollars to see how rich you are. Count your memories. Count your friends. Count the hugs you get every day. Count what really matters.”

― Toni Sorenson

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I start out every day counting my blessings. There are so many, I sometimes lose count. I also journal every day and take pictures of just about everything. That’s a great way to count and recount your blessings.

A week in a peek…

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and A Sahara Sunset

29 Jun

“When the thing that your heart strongly loves to do is the thing world hungers and thirsts to see done, then that’s what you were called to do. You must never leave it undone!”

― Israelmore Ayivor

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Today, was the last day for Father Robert to say Masses before his new assignment at St. Williams in Greenville. His farewell homily was moving and I believe he sniffled a little, holding back some obvious emotions. I watched the streaming video on Facebook at 9am, and then watched the live streaming of Bishop Kelly and our own Father Don at 11 on television.

Father Robert will be greatly missed. It was sad that he couldn’t get a proper send off and farewell party.

Bishop Kelly celebrated Mass at 11, with Father Don giving the homily.

Today’s Gospel tells us how Jesus explains how we must live our lives…

“Whoever receives you receives me,

and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.

Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet

will receive a prophet’s reward,

and whoever receives a righteous man

because he is a righteous man

will receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water

to one of these little ones to drink

because the little one is a disciple—

amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

MY take on it…. it’s not for us to seek a reward for the sake of a reward. Even a cup of cold water to someone in need, a selfless act of kindness, will be noted and worthy of a reward.

The Archdiocese of Dallas has allowed the opening of Sunday Masses now, with explicit safety instructions, of course. But, I still don’t feel comfortable attending with the possibility of large crowds. I’m not sure when or if we’ll ever get back to normal.

Well, a Sunday highlight is getting to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters. I appreciate the technology that can keep us connected during these disconnected times.

Then, my evening walks to savor the sunsets are always uplifting. With the Sahara sands clouding up the skies the last few days, the sunsets have been most unusual to say the least. This was last night, rather a hazy eerie sky.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Surprises, Smiles, and Sunflowers

28 Jun

“The very best adventures are not planned. They’re more like a phone call saying, “Put your shoes on, I’m picking you up in half an hour.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Advice from a sunflower: Be bright, sunny and positive. Spread seeds of happiness. Rise, shine and hold your head high.”

~Unknown

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My dear friend Sherri Murphy is my, “Put your shoes on” kinda friend. Sherri called me today and asked if I wasn’t busy, maybe I’d like to go on adventure. I said, “Let me check my calendar. Hmm? I don’t have anything penciled in until late November.” I love adventures.

Her daughter told her about a magnificent field of sunflowers near Whitewright that wasn’t too far away, and was too beautiful to miss. So, I put my shoes on, and off we went. Kimmie was right.

These photos cannot capture the splendor of these amazing fields of sunflowers, as far as the eye could see. And, there was another field just a little further down the road. We had to stop and take some pictures, of course.

We saw a few other interesting sights along the way.

It was another wonderful impromptu day filled with surprises, sunflowers and lots of smiles. (And friendly goats.)

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) Lazy Days, Simple Ways, and Some Firemen

27 Jun

“You gotta know when to be lazy. Done correctly, it’s an art form that benefits everyone.”

― Nicholas Sparks

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Well, another hazy lazy Friday. I did a little walking outside here and there. I got in about 3 1/2 miles, but don’t be impressed because I took a nap in between walks. Later, I drove over to the bank in the afternoon. It’s funny, I can walk into the bank with a mask on, reach into my purse, and no one bats an eye. Weird.

I’ve been kinda bummed because my firemen friends still aren’t able to accept homemade goodies and baked goods from Miss Toni, and they are looking so skinny and deprived. But, they are able to accept pre-packaged food or beverages. Last week, Tom Thumb had an awesome sale on Powerade drinks, the big bottles, but limit 10. I picked up 10 and Helene grabbed 10. I took mine over to my Station 9 and she took hers to Station 5.

The fire fighters are always appreciative. It’s not because of the items, but it feels great to feel appreciated. We have an awesome fire department.

The rest of my Friday was pretty lazy. But, guess what day it is? Yes, it’s Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends!

Thursday:) Quarantined Karaoke in Spanish

26 Jun

“Songs always sound so beautiful in another language, especially when your friends have no idea what your saying and where you messed up.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Just another Thursday, missing my karaoke friends, dancing, laughing, singing, and a few drinks to make the songs sound better, I like that one quote that said, “The more you drink, the better I sound.” Just sayin’, But, I do love to sing.

I remember the first time I sang this at the VFW. I asked Danny to play “Perfidia,”and I had no idea it was in Spanish until the words came up. Yikes! I just winged it, and a few people said, “I didn’t know you could sing in Spanish.” I replied, “Neither did I, and I’m sure you had no idea how bad I messed up.” It was fun, and I’ll keep working on it.

Our buddy Bob always sings a great song. A little “Peggy Sue” to get your toes a tappin’.

I hope you all (y’all) are hanging in there and keeping safe and healthy. Hugs. 🤗 Keep on singing and dancing.

Wednesday:) Well, While I Was On A Roll~ More Painting

25 Jun

“Once you’re on a roll, keep on rolling.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Last night, I shared a time-lapse video of painting yellow roses on a vase. Well, that was just one vase, and a couple of layers of paint. My goal was to complete six vases. I worked well into the wee hours of the morning, even adding the fine white veining in the leaves before hanging up my brush. Once I get on a roll, I keep rolling. Momentum is a good thing.

So today, I decided to strike while the iron was hot. Bad analogy. I don’t iron. I decided to keep on rolling while I was on a roll. I wanted to play around with a few more notecards and another quick video. Since my work table was already messy, might as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvfqR7bBcQA

Messin’ around with acrylic paint, pastel chalk, and markers. Well, I’m not quittin’ my day job. Wait! I don’t have a day job, never mind.just having fun.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Time-Lapse Yellow Rose Vase

24 Jun

“Being good is making it look easy, but getting good is never easy.”

― Jeffrey Fry

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A fairly lazy day today. It rained through the night and most the morning, bit there was a brief window where I ventured out for a short walk in the late afternoon, fearing another storm. But, it all cleared up by 6ish. I can only spend so many hours looking at Facebook and my emails. So, I went for my evening walk to catch the sunset. I ended up walking 4 miles. Nice!

Tuesdays, I like to share with you a cooking, baking, painting, or words of wisdom tip. Today, I decided to paint a little. Yep! Yellow roses. I was running low on my yellow rose vases.

I know, I know… I make it look easy, and the time-lapse makes it look fast, but, believe me, it is neither. But, I’ve been doing it a LONG time, so I’m faster than the average bear.

I think the hardest part of the painting process is putting down the first layer of paint, and then after that’s dry, going over with a second layer exactly on the same spot. That’s why I usually paint 5 or 6 at a time. By the time I finish the 6th vase with the first layer, the first one is dry enough to start the second layer and then the additional petals and leaves. (Now, I have to go upstairs and finish the other 5 vases before my paint dries up.) Oh yes, Folk Art Enamel Paint, made for glass and ceramics. In case you were wondering.

Well, if I make it look fast and easy, then I guess I must be…. wait for it….

AMAZING!!!!! Yep! I know, right?