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Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

26 Feb

“When every day is a blessing, the weeks and months and years are nothing but amazing.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Monday is such a fun day to look back at all the fun activities with friends, and FaceTime visits with my beautiful family. A picture is worth a thousand words and a thousand blessings.

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


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!

Saturday Sisters and Brothers:) CRHP Sisters, YAH YAH Sisters, and Brothers In Blue

27 Jan

“Treat your family like friends and your friends like family.”



Wow! A busy day. I was up very late preparing food for the CRHP 31 Retreat weekend at St. Gabriel’s. Our group, CRHP 28 Sisters, were providing breakfast for today. I got carried away, as I generally do, but my momma always used to say, “It’s better to have too much than not enough.”

I got up at 6 am so I could walk the dog, pack up all my goodies, and stop and pick up two big trays of breakfast skillet biscuits in Mr. Mike’s fridge. I had no more room in my already packed to the brim fridge. I was out the door before 7 and off to church.

I have the greatest bunch of CRHP sisters. We had enough food to feed a small country. Not a big one, maybe like Yugoslavia. (There were two more tables on the right filled with more food.)

I just couldn’t resist a picture of this littlest CRHP 30 participant. Mamma’s little helper.

We set up and served about 50 people, and then we all went back into the kitchen to enjoy the leftover fruits of our labor. And there were a LOT of leftovers. When our CRHP28 sisters finished eating and cleaning up, everyone was invited to take anything they wanted home to their families. There were so many muffins, breads, quiches, etc. leftover that Miss Irma said I should take some to my firemen. I told her that I’d prefer to take food over to my senior ladies over at Towne Creek where I volunteer. Perfect!

The YAH YAH Sisters of Towne Creek. Young At Heart…Young At Heart sisters…so nice we say it twice.

Miss Dorothy offered to host us in her apartment, as the community room was already reserved for the afternoon. She made coffee and provided a cozy place for all of us to sit. (Thank you Miss Dorothy.) We had a delightful impromptu brunch and everyone was able to have a little leftovers to take home for later. AND… there was enough left to take a box of muffins and banana bread to my firemen at Station 9. Our Brothers in Blue.

OK, this reminds me of the Bible story of the loaves and fishes that fed the multitudes. We fed a lot of people today.

A wonderful Saturday with my SISTERS and BROTHERS.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Jan

“Feeling appreciated is one of the most important needs that people have. When you share with someone your appreciation and gratitude, they will not forget you. Appreciation will return to you many times.”

Steve Brunkhorst


A cold dreary Sunday morning, but that’s ok. I had my sock monkey hat to keep me warm. It was fun greeting before Mass, and seeing all the smiles.

I had a little matchbox car for Liam and Matt in my pocket, and little stuffed animal for Avery. There was a lot of hugging and handshaking and smiling. Then, to make my day even brighter, Young Matt had a present for me. He remembered that I collected crosses, so look at my beautiful birthday gift.

Today’s Gospel was the story of people wondering if John the Baptist was the Savior, but the Holy Spirit descended to announce that Jesus was the true son of God.

:15-16, 21-22

15As the people were in expectation, and all men questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether perhaps he were the Christ, 16John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form, as a dove, and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

My take on it… we are not always certain of what is true and who we can rely on, but we just need to be patient and all will be released in good time.

Normally I stop at McDonald’s or the store on my way home, but I’m still feeling yucky and just wanted to come home and take a nap. I gave it a shot, but I just lay there coughing and stuffy, so I got up and did some housework. Later, I went for a long walk in the cold dreary afternoon. Yes, I’m crazy. I walk even when I feel lousy. It gives me energy and makes me feel better.

I got a call from my son asking if I wanted to FaceTime with my beautiful grand-daughters, so I scurried home. There were also some beautiful pictures waiting for me on the Cloud.

Who wouldn’t love that little face?

Sister time. How cute! I really appreciate our special Sunday FaceTime.

Today was a great day to appreciate my many blessings, but also what a great feeling to be appreciated by friends and family. Yes, I am blessed.

Thursday:) This Is What I Did On My Birthday

11 Jan

“If you can’t be silly and have an amazing day on your birthday, when can you?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


What a wonderful birthday. I celebrated all day, starting with a great morning meeting of The Art Club of McKinney. I got to sit next to my friend Bonita, AND today I’d her birthday too. We are twin sisters from another mother and another town.

I went to lunch afterwards with Sherri and Sherry at the Pantry, then we walked around the square a little while, window shopping and being silly.

(I call this a “Como se LLAMA Lama.”)

When I got home, I put some brownies in the oven to take to Bob’s housewarming party. Monday, he asked if I was coming, and I told him probably not because it was my birthday. I didn’t want to steal his thunder. So, I said that I would come for my surprise birthday party. Of course I was joking, but when I walked in, they all sang happy birthday and Miss Pat baked a cake and Miss Loretta brought a birthday cake with my name on it. I crashed my own birthday party.

Friends. I have the best.

Oh, then of course there was the FaceTime call with my little grandchildren. So cute!


I received so many calls and texts and presents, not to mention a zillion birthday wishes on Facebook. Both sons called me, Belle sang, and Matt sent flowers and chocolates, Auntie Debbie and my friend Miss Donna sent gifts, and Auntie Ann sent homemade cookies and a fun cookie platter that says, “I want it all, and I want it covered in chocolate. (She knows me)

I am so blessed. When I count my blessings, I sit back and smile and think, “I can’t count that high.” Happy birthday to me.

Sunday Sermon, Some Firemen, and Some Long Distance Gamma Time

7 Jan

“Yes I am weird, weird is good. Normal is overrated.”

― Mad-D


It felt good to think that I was getting back to normal, then I realized, I was never normal to begin with. No where to get back to. I hit the ground running when I got home after being gone almost five weeks. Now, back to my old routines, errands, laundry, housework, friends, dog sitting, church, walking, and so much more.

Dog sitting, and of course, dog walking.

It was nice to see the sunrise, then see the sanctuary of St. Gabriel’s again. Greeting before 9 o’clock Mass, was good and back to normal. Lots of hugs and wishes for a Happy New Year. Sundays are a day of joy. The Knights of Columbus hosted a pancake breakfast afterwards. Nice.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Magi or Three Wisemen. I always called them the Three Wise Guys. A little Catholic humor.


MT 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,

in the days of King Herod,

behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,

“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?

We saw his star at its rising

and have come to do him homage.”

We all know the story. Herod didn’t like this. He told the Magi to let him know when they find the child so he could pay homage. But, after they found the baby and family, offering gifts and homage, a dream warned them not to return to Herod.


After the pancake breakfast, a quick stop at Sprouts, as my tradition, for some much needed fruit and vegetables. Then, scurry home and take Bella for a walk. Later, a walk around the neighborhood, with a stop to visit Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy.

When I got home, time to make the brownies. A batch for tomorrow and a batch, hot out of the oven to take over my friendly firemen over at Station 9. I think maybe they were missing me. (At least my brownies.) I showed them a bunch of baby pictures.)

Hamming it up for Miss Toni. I got to see their Christmas tree and decorations, still on display. My hand-painted ornament was in a prominent location. It was a nice visit. I like having my firemen family, too.

Later in the afternoon, I was able to FaceTime with my grandchildren. Gosh, I miss them. Belle was sweet and talkative. She had all her baby dolls lined up, taking care of them, and arranging them.

Then it was time to say goodbye and blow kisses to Gamma. Melt my heart.


It was a wonderful Sunday… even if the Bears lost and choked and hit the uprights. It’s just a game.

Saturday:) Celebrating Stephen and Bonnie

6 Jan

“A circle has no end, no beginning, and can hold within itself all the love and devotion shared between mates. Let the rings you exchange now guide you in your life together and show you the way to everlasting love.”

― Stacie Simpson


This afternoon, friends and family gathered to celebrate the marriage of Stephen and Bonnie. It was a beautiful ceremony, with two young people exchanging vows and promises. I don’t know what it is, but I ALWAYS cry at weddings. Happy tears.

Stephen is the son of my friends Karen and Brad. I was honored to be invited to share this special day with them. Friends, Lynne and Charlie, picked me up. It’s always nice to celebrate with friends. Plus, the reception was somewhere in Celina, off the beaten path, and I am directionally challenged. I was grateful and relaxed not having to drive. Plus, I could have a drink. Yay!

Lynne and Karen, girlfriends forever.

When we got to the reception, we were pleasantly surprised when a Mariachi band began to play.

Other friends.

Our friend Sara sat with us. We still laugh about Sara connecting with my cousin Tony on Facebook. She saw a comment on my Facebook page from a Tony Hernandez and mentioned that she went to school with a guy with the same name. I said, he lives in Kansas, so probably not the same guy. Turns out they were very good friends and went to the same high school. Small world. Then, they reconnected on Facebook. Cool!

Weddings are always a wonderful reminder of love and a promise for the future.

A very special day, a special celebration. Congratulations Stephen and Bonnie.