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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 and Mr. Doug’s Birthday

8 May

“Live life like its somebody’s birthday celebration today. Actually, it is somebody’s birthday every day. So, go celebrate.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another great busy week, with Empty Bowls fundraiser being the highlight. Or was it my Cinco de Mayo celebration with friends. Ooh, Karaoke was really fun too. My visit with my senior artists at Towne Creek was pretty cool, and then the Murphy’s surprised me with a visit on Black Russian Friday. Oops! The Ranger’s game and concert was so fun. Then, today we celebrated Mr. Doug’s birthday at Delaney’s, and Miss Pat made two cakes, and we sang just enough to embarrass him properly.

Wonderful friends make a wonderful week.

A week in a peek.

Here’s the birthday boy. Happy Birthday Doug Enck!

Wednesday:) What Day Is It? Why It’s My Birthday

11 Jan

“When I look in the mirror every morning, I don’t see an old lady. That’s because I’m old and I can’t find my glasses.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, another year has come and gone, and I’m still here savoring every minute. I had a very nice birthday. I received a zillion happy birthday texts, calls, and comments on Facebook.

You know what the best part of getting old is?……. Yah! I don’t know either. But, I do enjoy all the presents and lunches and dinners and attention. I have so many friends, I think I’ll be able to eat free for the entire month.

My sons called, I got to FaceTime with the baby, I talked to Mom and my sisters, and so many friends. Diane took me to lunch and Kathy took me to dinner. Hey, I’m free tomorrow afternoon….just sayin’.

My granddaughter wished me a happy birthday. Well, she actually said, “Dabamanadabawa,” but that’s close enough.

It was a good day. And not to tell my age or anything, but I am now an official Medicare Card Carrying Senior Citizen.

Friday Friends and Miss Bonnie’s Birthday

7 Oct

“Birthday’s may come and go, but as long as your going to have a birthday, I’m going to be coming.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was my senior art group at Towne Creek where I volunteer and it was also Miss Bonnie’s birthday. Some of the ladies had already planned a little celebration, so our usual Friday art group was going to be even more special.

I happen to know Miss Bonnie’s favorite desserts have coconut, so I got a German chocolate coconut cake, made Hawaiian salad, and egg salad sandwiches. She also loves Dr. Pepper floats, so I brought the fixings for that. When I arrived, the table was set with party decorations and balloons and a big beautiful lemon cake. Miss Bonnie was more than excited.


We had our feast, then sang happy birthday and cut the cake, and washed it down with Dr. Pepper floats.





Another great Friday.

Theme Song Thursday:) Friends

13 Jan

“Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.” ― Marian Anderson

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It was a busy Thursday for me. My first night back home, sleeping in my own bed for the first time in a month was interesting. I woke up startled at 5 a.m. It took me a few seconds to realize I was home. I got a good five hours sleep, then got up, dressed and ready for Art Club. 

I am not exaggerating. I tried on six different tops before I found one that fit over my gigantic ate too many Chicago hot dogs and deep dish  pizzas for an entire month belly. “I need to lose ten pounds…I  only have twenty more to go.” 

After Art Club, the Tiny Tots (Table of Talent Sisters) got together to celebrate my birthday at Olive Garden. These are the McKinney girlfriends that double as airport chauffeurs, confidants, artististic inspirations, chocolate chums, road trip buddies, and best friends. 



“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”


Gifts from the TOTS. A beautiful furry scarf, (it was 75 yesterday, in the 40’s today), some tulip bulbs (that I was told that I couldn’t possibly kill like I do everything else. Ha! ), a lovely succulent plant that I couldn’t possibly let die…right?, and some soothing bath bombs in a cute ice cream dish…yes, I’ll take a bath this year. THANK YOU GIRLS!


The celebration continues. I usually celebrate the entire month of January. So many friends, so many lunches, so many chocolate desserts. (Did anyone get me that Weight Watchers gift subscription yet?)

Tuesday:) Today Is Toni’s Birthday~ Yay!

11 Jan

“I’m getting too old to give a care, but not old enough for Medicare. I’m a geriatric-tween.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“There is still no cure for the common birthday.” ― John Glenn

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Today is my birthday. I’m not telling my age, but I’m old enough for AARP but not ready for Medicare. I don’t get carded for alcohol, but have been offered the senior discount at stores and restaurants. It’s a tough age. 

I received a bazillion happy birthday texts, calls, and Facebook well wishes. I’ve been celebrating all week with friends and family in Chicago, and I’ll do more celebrating when I get back to Texas tomorrow. 

Now, if I have ANY real friends out there, you’ll buy me a one year subscription to Weight Watchers for my birthday. It’s been a very “weighty” trip. Too many Chicago dogs, Italian beef and pizza. Oh wait, I still have birthday cake for tonight! Help!


Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Another year older, another year of blessings, good friends and wonderful family.


Friday:) The Finest Friends and the Finest Pizza in the World

7 Jan

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen

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Ok, I realize that I’m very biased, but I have the best friends and family in the entire world. Plus, I was born and raised in Chicago, which has the best pizza known to man…and woman. Yes, it does! Now, combine the two, and I’m the luckiest person in the world.

I’ve been able to spend some time with my family and friends over the holidays. And oh, being able to hold my brand new granddaughter in my arms, that’s the best. 

The other day, my old friends, (they’re not old, I am) Lin and Vicky met me for dinner at Lou Malnoti’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove. We’ve been friends since our kids were in grammar school, back in the 80’s and 90’s. We were on the same bowling team for many years. We’ve remained good friends even after I moved to Texas in ’04.

Now, when I come back to Chicago for a visit, we always get together. They wanted to celebrate my birthday, so they asked where I wanted to go for dinner. PIZZA! I need Chicago deep dish pizza! I’d been here three weeks and hadn’t had any deep dish pizza. They were more than happy to oblige. Lou’s has one of the best deep dish pizzas in the city.


Good friends and good food. Look at this pizza!

When I’m in Chicago, I eat pizza like a squirrel storing it up for the winter. I can’t get enough, because I know it’s going to be a long cold winter without decent pizza back in Texas. 


Then, because we were celebrating my birthday, we all had dessert. It was a warm chocolate chip cookie bowl with ice cream with whipped cream. I made a wish and blew out the candle. I guess my wish came true  because there was left over pizza to take home for the next day.

Yep, I have the best friends. Thanks Vicky and Lin for a great birthday dinner. “Friends for a lifetime.”