Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

6 Nov

“A busy week can leave you weak, especially when the weather is bleak and Daylight Saving Time plays hide-and-seek with your brain.”

“Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another busy week with a lot of baking, Halloween, Karaoke, zumba, art shows, dances and lunches, and crunches. Let’s not forget firemen brownies, and forgetful senior moments.

A week in a Peek…

Happy Monday!

Sunday Sermon and Special Artist Friends

5 Nov

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

-Jesus Christ


A cool crisp Sunday morning. With Daylight Saving Time, we got an extra hour of sleep, but I didn’t get to sleep till around 2a.m., which my body and brain thought was 3a.m. The 7 a.m. alarm came quickly, but I always look forward to Sundays, greeting before Mass, seeing friends and smiling faces, and of course, the many hugs that are shared.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Scribe asking Jesus which is the first of all commandments. His reply was…

Hear, O Israel!

The Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your mind,

and with all your strength.

The second is this:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.”


My take on it… Well, that pretty much covers it all. Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you follow those two commandments, no other rules are needed.

When I got home, I changed and went for a nice long walk. I wanted to get my walk in early so I could get over to The Cove (Art Show). My friends Guy Giersch and Pernie Fallon had an art exhibit this weekend. Guy is an amazing photographer and Pernie is an extraordinary pastel artist. They had their individual works and collaborative pieces.

Pernie added her magic pastel chalk touch to some of Guy’s wonderful monochromatic photos.

I’m so lucky to have so many talented friends.

After The Cove, I stopped to visit my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery. The back screen door to the shop was open, so I just let myself in. Backdoor friends are the best.

When I left, I walked around the Square a while. It was a lovely day and the streets were busy with folks out enjoying a fine fall afternoon. I had a few more exciting stops to make afterwards, but I’ll save those stories for another day.

Saturday:) Sights, Sounds, and St. Gabriel’s Holiday Boutique.

4 Nov

“Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.”

~Eileen Caddy


A beautiful Saturday, cool, breezy, sunny, morning. I took little Bella for a walk. She loves the cool weather, and prances like a pup on these days.

We walk around the pond, and sometimes we see the horses across the street.

Later in the afternoon, I went over to the St. Gabriel Holiday Boutique. Before going in, the Knight of Columbus men were selling tamales as their fundraiser. I said I’d get a dozen on the way out, but they said they only had seven dozen left out of the 180 they started with. Naturally, I grabbed one quick. Inside, I checked out to the women’s Club bake sale. Wow! It was only 2 pm, and they were almost sold out. As I was looking at the cakes and pies, a man was purchasing a container of brownies. As he took out his $15, I chimed in, ” Wow, I hear those are fantastic brownies!” The lady behind the table said, “Did you bake these?” I told her I had, and they were fantastic. We all smiled. I think all the containers I took over got sold quickly.

There were a lot of wonderful crafters and vendors there. I ran into Miss Bonita right away, and she said it was crazy busy all day. The best part was bumping into friends.

When I got home, I got a call from my sister. We chatted a while, then I went for another walk. The clouds started rolling in and the wind kicked up. Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy were sitting in their garage, so of course, I had to stop for a beer and catch up on neighborhood gossip and political mayhem. It’s been a long time since my last visit.

A good Saturday with so many blessings, so many friends and wonderful sights and sounds.

Friday:) Fun Friends, Fancy Footwork, and More Firemen

3 Nov

“If I could just squeeze in a few more hours in the day, I’d have a lot more fun. Where does the time go?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Its almost 11 pm, and my boots have been hittin’ the ground running all day. Well, I take that back. I don’t wear boots, I can’t run with my bad knee, but I’ve been scootin’ around town all day.

I started off getting up early to pick up Bella, my doggie friend, and taking her for a walk. Then, take a batch of brownies to Miss Kathy across the street, make another two batches of brownies for the bake sale at St. Gabe’s, and my fire station friends. While the brownies baked, I mixed up some chocolate frosting.

We had a birthday lunch for Miss Sherry at 12:30, so I packed up my presents, grabbed my container of brownies for Fire Station 9, and was out the door just a little past noon.

I took a batch to the guys on Tuesday before Halloween, and asked them to save my container. Captain Floyd was kind enough to return the container to me this morning, so I took an another batch over at noon, right out of the oven. I put a sticky note on it that said, “If you save this container, I’ll keep refilling it.”

Off to lunch with the TOTS, the Table Of Talent Sisters. These girls have been with me through thick and thin, literally. It was Sherry’s birthday. I just noticed, I’m the only one without glasses. I should have put on my glasses. Love these girls.

After lunch, I stopped at Walmart on my way home to get a new battery for my car key fob. The light on my dashboard kept flashing “CHANGE BATTERY ON KEY FOB!” Ok, already.

I got home a little after 4, and still had to frost a few more brownies and pack them up and get them over to church before 5. Yikes! I got there at 4:58. I took six containers of brownies.

Back in the car and hurry home, walk the dog quick, change, curl my hair, and get over to pick up Miss Pat for dinner at Braum’s by 6, and meet Doug for dinner, then go to the Friday night dance at the senior center. Yikes! Made it.

The dance was fun. The first Friday of the month, they have a live band, City Lights. It’s a country band with a Little Rock and Roll thrown in every now and then. I’m starting to learn a few more line dancing steps. Slowly but surely. Lots of cowboy hats. You’d think we were in Texas, or somethin’.

I finally got home around 10pm. I called my sister, after missing her calls earlier. I was all discumbobbled and running on adrenaline. After a couple minutes talking, I stood up while I was talking to her and was looking all over for my cell phone. Did I leave it in the car? I thought, “Darn, I just cancelled my home land-line phone, so how am I going to call my cell to find out where it is?” Then, I realized, “What are you talking on SILLY?”

Yep! A little too much crazy busy. But I love it. Now, to fix my Friday night Black Russian. Cheers!

Thursday:) This Is What I Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

2 Nov

“There’s no such thing as leftover Halloween candy. It’s called extra yummy brownies.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I always buy way too much Halloween candy. I’m always worried about running out and disappointing some little goblins and princesses. If it hadn’t been for a two or three hour cease fire of pouring rain, I would have had ALL the candy leftover.

The goodness is, I had quite a nice turnout of kids last night, and still had leftover candy for today’s brownies. And there’s plenty for the brownies I’ll be making for the St. Gabriel bake sale and holiday craft show on Saturday.

This batch has mini marshmallows and chopped up Snickers.

The Snickers melt and the marshmallows get all gooey and chewy. Yum!

Now, off to the VFW for karaoke, singing, dancing, and brownies.

There’s no such thing as too much candy…

Wednesday:) Waiting For the Rain to Stop ~ Happy Halloween

1 Nov

“Halloween is the only day of the year that you don’t mind if your kids take candy from strangers and get all crazy.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning, I put on my gym shoes and got ready for my walk when it started pouring rain. Oh no! It’s Halloween. I just hoped that it would stop by evening. I couldn’t get out for my walk, so I did what any self-respecting artist-writer–procrastinator would do. I made a cup of tea and watched Hallmark movies and ate a bunch of Halloween candy. (I needed to check for freshness)

Actually, I did do some painting in the afternoon. It’s that time of year where I start painting my Christmas ornaments. Miles to go before I rest. Glitter is my new accessory.

Around 6:30 pm or 7ish, the rain finally stopped and the doorbell started ringing. Great news! I wouldn’t want to have to eat all that leftover candy. The kids were all so cute and polite and happy to be able to get out for this once a year fun event.

Now, saving the best for last. Lindsay and Joe posted some pictures of the most adorable costume and little girl of all time…my beautiful granddaughter. I don’t get to see her in person, but I appreciate all the photos.

Now, that’s a SUPER GIRL if I ever saw one.

Happy Halloween.


Tuesday:) Tricks and Treats and Dancing at the Senior Center

31 Oct

” You’re only as old as you feel, and if you feel like dancing and singing, you’ll never feel old.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday was the Monday Dance at the McKinney Senior Center, and we celebrated Halloween with a special party, costume contest, great music, fun food, friends and dancing, dancing, and more dancing.

All these lovely folks have one thing in common. They all love to dance, they love music, and they enjoy spending time with friends, new and old.

I’ve learned a bunch of country line dances that I’d never even heard of and there are a bunch more that I still can’t get the hang of. Practice, practice. I’ll keep at it.

Here are the winners of the costume contest.

Here’s my advice. Never get old, and if you have to get old, just keep dancing! You won’t notice that you’re old.