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Friday:) Forever Memories of Mom

15 Feb

“It seemed like forever ago, like we’ve had this brief but still infinite forever. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

― John Green

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It was one year ago today that we said goodbye to our angel mother. My memories of this beautiful lady will last forever. I feel blessed that my sister and I were there to hold her hand, just as she always was there for us, every day, every minute.

This is a bitter-sweet day. Mostly sweet, because Mom lived over 90 years, bringing joy and giving love to everyone she knew. The bitter is not being able to talk to her every day and hear her joyful voice and hear her silly laugh.

This morning I went to Mass and Adoration and thanked God for giving me the most amazing mother in the world. I felt her presence and love when I lit the candles beneath the painting of Mary Our Mother.

There will never be a more wonderful mother in the world, and I only hope that her love and guidance will help me to be a good mother, grand-mother, sister, and friend. I love you Mom. I miss you every day. ❤️

Now, those are beautiful memories.

Theme Song Thursday:) Memories

14 Feb

“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.”

~Alek Wek

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I opened my Facebook page today, and the first photo I saw was from my memory post. It melted my heart and some liquid slipped down my face. A beautiful memory for Valentines Day. The beautiful face of my favorite angel in heaven. That was Mom’s favorite photo of us. Mine too.

More memories for today… on the same page was a memory from 2 years ago. My beautiful first grand-daughter.

Then today, there was a brand new post of my brand new grand-daughter.

Today, on this gorgeous Texas Valentine’s Day, I am celebrating these memories and these moments. So many lovely memories and people, and I plan on making new memories and making new friends. ALWAYS!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

14 Feb

“Cooking requires confident guesswork and improvisation– experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way.”

~Paul Theroux

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Monday was a busy cookin’ day. Actually, there wasn’t much cookin’ involved. I had two different potlucks to attend. One was for the country dance at the senior center and the other for McKinney Creative Community. Both potlucks usually have an overload of cookies, cakes, snacks and chips, but not many regular foods. Last week, I took sandwiches, and they disappeared. So, this week I decided to double up, actually triple up.

I made 10 egg salad sandwiches, 10 tuna salad, and 10 peanut butter and jelly. I cut them and quartered them into triangles, so I ended up with 120 little sandwiches. I found that one loaf of bread has exactly 20 pieces of bread and two heal ends. So, three loaves made a lot.

The secret to my egg salad and tuna salad is I use 1/2 cream cheese and half mayo. Yum. Oh yah, I used 16 eggs and 4 cans of tuna. For the tuna, my tip is…. I buttered one side of the bread, put the tuna salad on, then added some lettuce so the bread wouldn’t get too soggy.

Now, for my PB&J secret… The peanut butter was kinda tearing the bread. It was soft, but the bread was softer. So, light bulb moment… why not mix the jelly into the peanut butter to make it softer. Voila! Worked…and tasted better and the jelly didn’t ooze out.

Left side not mixed-right side mixed. Yep! I’m going to mix my PB with my J from now on.

So, with all those sandwiches and two batches of brownies, I had enough left over to take to my senior artist friends at Towne Creek for an impromptu lunch of sandwiches, chips, brownies and ginger ale.

And a batch of brownies for my firemen friends at station 9. Can’t forget my firemen. There were a lot of trucks and cars outside when I drove past earlier in the day, so I took an extra large batch.

That was a busy couple of days of fixin’ food. Hey, I’m still not done. As soon as I post this, I have 14 dozen mini cupcakes that I baked earlier today that need frosting, and a couple of more batches of brownies to bake for tomorrow. Art Club tomorrow morning and Sherry, Lynne and I are hostesses. I’ll keep ya posted.

Off I go…wish me luck.

Tuesday:) Two Talented McKinney Artists~ Wayne & Valerie Batchelder

12 Feb

“Happiness [is] only real when shared”

― Jon Krakauer

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Last night, we had such a wonderful potluck gathering at The Cove for our monthly McKinney Creative Community meeting. There was great food, friendship, conversation, sharing, and a presentation by local artists Wayne and Valerie Batchelder.

The main focus wasn’t as much on the creativity and craftsmanship of the couple, but more about how do two artists manage to work independently, stay focused, and stay married. The summary from both Valerie and Wayne was that they both admired each other’s talent, never criticized or critiqued, but most importantly, that they both understood that inner drive and need to create, no matter how long it takes or the time it takes away from other things. They both “get it.” How cool is that!

Valerie loves to create her whimsical portraits, but also enjoys stylized or realistic landscapes and florals.

Wayne is a gifted potter who spends endless hours forming lumps of clay into beautiful works of art.

It was fascinating how he described with such excitement how an old twisted piece of wood was destined to become a handle for an organic platter or coffee mug.

And the best part of our wonderful McKinney Creative Community is that everyone and anyone is welcome. Everyone learns and shares. Everyone is inspired and everyone knows that art is a part of all of us.

If you’re interested in joining us, check Facebook or Google McKinney Creative Community.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

12 Feb

“Mindful Monday Humans, May your coffee kick in before reality does.”

― Napz Cherub Pellazo

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It was pretty much a cold, bleak, grey, gloomy, drizzly and yucky week. Isn’t it great to be alive? If you can keep busy, create, pray, smile, spend time with friends and family, that makes for a great week.

A week in a peek….

Sunday Sermon and an Etch A Sketch

10 Feb

“Have no fear of perfection- you’ll never reach it.”

~Salvador Dali

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Another drizzly, cold, sock monkey hat kinda morning. Greeting before Mass is always the highlight of my day. I passed out a couple of matchbox cars, and a few bright pink heart necklaces from the Dollar Store to my seniors on the Chateau bus, and one for little Avery. Lots of hugs and smiles this morning.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus going down to the lake, and asking Simon to take him a little way from shore so he could teach and address the crowds. When He finished, He told Simon to go out into the deep water and cast his nets. Simon said they had been fishing all day and caught nothing, but cast the nets as instructed. They caught so many fish that they called for the other boat to help carry the bountiful catch.

Simon Peter and the others fell to their knees and followed Jesus.

“Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.”

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My take on it… sometimes we have to blindly cast out our nets and trust that God will do as he promised and take care of us. We also each have a purpose in this life, and once we find our calling, talent, or our gift, we need to honor our Creator by using that gift to the best of our ability.

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After church, I stopped at the store. I know, I was at Kroger just the other day, but Tom Thumb is right by church and eggs were on sale 79 cents a dozen, limit 2. Egg salad sandwiches tomorrow for the potluck. Tuna was also on sale 69 cents a can. I have two potlucks tomorrow, so I’ll make 10 egg salad and 10 tuna sandwiches. Eggs are cooling now.

While I was boiling eggs and contemplating life, I was going through my photos. Last week, my son Joe asked me if I still had his Dick Tracy lunch box from the 80’s and action figures. I went trough a zillion bins labeled boys toys, and I found the lunch box, but it was empty. I found a couple of random bad guys, but I didn’t sort through every action figure. Mr. Tracy might still be in one of these bins.

Inside bin number 5, I found an old Etch A Sketch. I remember having one when I was a girl… a million years ago. This one is from the 80’s. So, I was curious about the history and how much the toy had changed or evolved over the years. NOT MUCH?

This is from the 80’s. They made their American debut in 1960 and were a big seller.

Wow! Look how far the Etch A Sketch has evolved. They added a plastic string and a stylus. Some even have a little color.

Just goes to show, sometimes you can’t improve on a good thing.

Friday:) February’s Frigid Temps Forces Artist to Stay Home and Paint

9 Feb

” When the going gets tough and cold, the tough and smart artist stays home and paints. Well, most of the time.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This freezing weather here in North Texas has put a damper on my galavanting and procrastinating. Just a few days ago, it was in the 80’s and I barely saw the inside of my house. The last couple of days has been so cold…how cold was it Miss Toni? Well, suffice to say, St. Francis still had his winter coat and hat on when I walked today.

So, here is how my day went. I bundled up and walked the dog this morning. It was about 25 degrees.

I went to the 11:30 zumba class at the YMCA and rode the exercise bike for 25 minutes-5 miles, then stopped at the new Kroger on the way home. Butter was on sale $1.99 a pound. Can’t pass that up with Valentine cupcake season just around the corner.

Once I got home and had some lunch, Bella stared at me with those big ol’ eyes and wanted to walk again. I think she forgot it was so cold. So, off we went, through the park and around the pond. Then, I dropped her off and walked for another couple of miles, very briskly, I may add.

All that cold air, adrenaline and Catholic guilt forced me to stay home and be productive. The choices were laundry, housework, vacuuming, and tedious stuff like that OR do something creative like painting wine glasses. I chose the latter. My house is a mess, but I have a mess of beautiful wine glasses instead.

More discarded glassware transformed into treasures. My dear friend, Mr. Jerry, gave me a whole big box of wine glasses, martini glasses and misc. glassware a few months back when he was cleaning out his curio cabinet. He knew that I would turn them into something special. (Thanks Mr. Jerry)

Here they are. What do you think?

Three walks, zumba class, 5 miles on the bike, and ten hand-painted wine glasses. That’s a slow day for me.

TA DA…….