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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Sep

“Life is about doing things that matter first, not last.”

― Richie Norton

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Wow! An awesome Sunday morning, cool, sunny, and just beautiful. A quick walk in the park with the dog before Mass on tv.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the the vineyard owner who went out to find laborers for his fields. He offered them a fair wage. He went out an hour later and found more idle men, offering them work. He did this many times over the hours, all the workers agreeing to the work and the wage offered. When it was time to get paid at the end of the day, the workers who came last were paid first for the same wage as those who worked many more hours. The workers who toiled more hours were upset and jealous….

“13But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first last.”

My take on it… God is like the vineyard owner. He gives everyone a chance, even those who arrive late. We are all offered the same privileges and rewards, so why do we need to be envious of others who have more of the earthly rewards. Be happy and grateful for what we have now. When our lives are over, we can’t take it with us. We will all be judged equally and rewarded or punished accordingly.

The rest of my Sunday was wonderful. Well, except for the part where I tried to figure out how to install my Roku and get it set up. After a long long long time, it was installed. Great right? Well, it’s installed but I can’t figure out how to get the Netflix, and Amazon apps to work. I watched many videos and read many Google suggestions. I put in the passwords and signed up for all this stupid stuff. Then, I was ready to rip it off the wall, but I decided to just shut the #%#*{%#€ thing off, and just watch regular tv. My heart is not broken.

I walked the dog a few more times and put the first coat of varnish on my front door. Then, an evening walk to catch a glimpse of the slivered September moon.

Goodnight Moon…

Saturday:) Sights and Sounds Abound

20 Sep

“When the soul looks out of its body, it should see only beauty in its path. These are the sights we must hold in mind, in order to move to a higher place.”

~Yusuf Lateef

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Everyone knows I’m “amazing,” but I still find myself amazed at the wonders I find along my walks. I’m not talking about glorious Colorado mountains or sunset in Paris. I’m talking about the glorious sights and sounds found right in my little neighborhood, right here on the path that I walk every day, every week, and every year for over six years. Every day is a new adventure, a new canvas of wonder.

This lonesome crane stood at the edge of the pond for the longest time. Either he was waiting for a fish to surface or he was doing what I was doing, enjoying the peaceful scenery and the glorious morning. I like to think the latter.

A welcoming bench with a welcoming view. Birds chirping in the tree tops.

Bountiful, colorful flowers along the way.

A lucky feather for faith.

An orange glowing sunset that just didn’t capture the magnificent colors nor get full justice from my iPhone camera. It was spectacular.

A splendid Saturday full of awesome sights and sounds.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Lost

18 Sep

“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, doesn’t mean they’re lost forever.”

― Charles Xavier

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Sometimes we feel lost and sometimes we find our way home. There’s always a song. I’m missing my karaoke friends and the “good old days.”

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

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

17 Sep

“There’s only one thing better than the perfect cookie. And that is, dozens of perfect cookies.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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When I come up with a recipe or concoction that is really awesome, there’s no stopping me. When I make my brownies, they have to have mini marshmallows and a cup of chocolate chips. NOW… my favorite cookie recipe is my Better than Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip that’s made with 1/2 flower and half oatmeal, then I add Kraft Caramel Bits and kosher salt on top. OH MAN!!!

I make such a huge batch that I double the recipe so I have plenty to freeze for a rainy day. (It’s been raining a lot…not really… but me like cookies!)

My ancient recipe… with a few additions…

I will NEVER bake any other kind of cookie again. This one is a keeper.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Real-Time Relapse Bluebonnet Wine Glass Painting

15 Sep

“Painting is not a hobby with me, it’s life. Now, life on the other hand, that’s just a hobby.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I think I did a time-lapse video of painting Bluebonnets before, but I thought I’d do a full-length version for those interested in some glass painting techniques. I only painted four last time, so I bought ten more to paint. I’ve already given several away as gifts. They don’t last long in my house. I’ll have to remember to keep a couple for myself. I like these. (So, this isn’t a time-lapse. I’m calling it a re-lapse.🤦‍♀️👩🏻‍🎨)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv7bmi0ijcg

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

15 Sep

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

– Aaron Siskind

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An interesting week of memories. Remembering 9/11, remembering old friends, and sorting through old photographs and videos. While going through the stack of old photographs that my mother had kept, I stumbled across photos of people I didn’t even know or recognize. Were they friends or family? I may never know, but I know they were important to my mother, so they will be important to me. Someday, when I’m old and gone up to heaven, my sons and grandchildren may look through all my thousands of old photographs and fondly say…”That woman was crazy!” I sure hope so. 🤦‍♀️

A week in a memorable peek…

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Sep

“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.” –Bruce Lee

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A beautiful Sunday morning. I had enough time to walk a couple of miles, feed the neighbor’s cats, and get a quick shower before 11 o’clock Mass on TV.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the master who forgave the very large debt of his servant when he pleaded for forgiveness. The servant, in turn, did not forgive the small debt of a fellow servant when asked.

Then the master sent for the man and said to him, “You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me.

33 Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?”

34 And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt.

35 And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’

My take on it… time and time again we are told to forgive everyone, but I’m still confused. Some people say it is a must to forgive even when the offender does not ask for forgiveness nor shows contrition. In the Gospel story, the Master forgave his servant when he pleaded. His servant did not show contrition by forgiving in return. Forgive your brother and forgive from your heart. BUT… here’s my opinion… your brother should ask for forgiveness and be contrite, otherwise he’s going to keep borrowing, hurting, abusing, and taking advantage of you and everyone else, just like that wicked servant. That may not sound very Christian to some, but it makes sense to me. My heavenly Father will take care of the rest.

Now, here’s a cool sunset. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sentimental Saturday:) A Journey In Black and White

13 Sep

“Old photographs can tell a story that you will never know.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It was a lazy Saturday. I had the greatest of intentions, but procrastination and lethargy got the best of me. While I was trying to nap, I looked up at the wall that has just a couple of family photos displayed. I’ve been meaning to frame and hang dozens more, but that procrastination thing is a strong and powerful force. I did get as far as looking through dozens of old photos and taking pictures of them so I could make some prints someday… when the lethargy passes.

I was entrusted with Mom’s old photos that were all mixed up in albums and envelopes, ranging from her family and childhood to her grandkids. I spent so much time looking and conjuring up stories in my head about people and places and things that I will never know. Mom never shared many stories with her daughters, so I’ll never know the real truth. Perhaps that’s what she wanted in the first place. The stories I’ll make up in my head will be happy and beautiful. I’m sure the Depression and WWII were not the best of times.

Reminiscing… some photos from before I was even born… (and that was a long time ago.)

Oh, the stories they could tell…

September 11th~ 9-11…Never Forget

12 Sep

“When Americans lend a hand to one another, nothing is impossible. We’re not about what happened on 9/11. We’re about what happened on 9/12.”

~Jeff Parness

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September 11th is a day to remember. Never forget. A day that all Americans wept at the horrific tragedy, yet all gathered together to help and console one another, and appreciate our life and our country.

We certainly are going through some tough times now, but maybe 9/11 will remind us that together we can get through anything. The keyword here is TOGETHER.

As is my custom, I try and get to a few of my local fire stations with treats on 9/11. This year has been crazy with the Covid dilemma, and my friends at the stations haven’t been able to accept Miss Toni’s homemade treats in a while. (They are getting skinny) But, they can receive prepackaged sealed items.

So, my theme for today was …HOT STUFF…FIRE AND WATER. I gathered up a case of water and the fixings for “Nacho” average firehouse nachos. “Hot stuff.” I even made a video for instructions. The key ingredient is my favorite Bernard’s Gourmet Foods Salsa, and a big thank you to David and Michele Bernard for providing the awesome salsa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WaWdMYtnXs

My first stop was my Fire Station 9, just a few blocks away. They were thrilled receive the goodies, and they thought the fire truck with the screeching siren was pretty cool too.

My next stop was Station 2, over by the college, but no one answered, so I left the bag at the front door. (Station 5 said they’d give them a call later.)

My last stop, Station 5, my original favorite station that I started visiting in ’04 when I moved to Texas. The names and faces have changed along the way, but one thing remains the same… these firefighters are awesome.

Firefighter Allbritten answered the door at Station 5. I hadn’t met her before, but I had to tell her that she had the most beautiful eyes. Look at those eyes. She appreciated the compliment and the bag of goodies saying, “I was just about to go out and get something for our lunch. You just saved me a trip.” Nice!

I appreciate all our first responders. I didn’t get over to all the stations, (I did last year) nor did I visit the police station, but I certainly admire and appreciate each and every person. It only takes a little time to say thank you, and it means so much. THANK YOU McKINNEY FD.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

11 Sep

“The patter of rain is a chorus of raindrops.”

― Anthony T.Hincks

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Another Quarantined Karaoke Thursday. The rain has brought some wonderful welcomed cooler temperatures. I wore a hooded sweatshirt this morning on my walk and had windows open. Woo-hoo! I was going to sing “Rainy Days and Monday,” but the words continue… “always get me down.” I was delighted, so the rain wasn’t getting me down.