Tag Archives: Friends

Wednesday:) Who Doesn’t Love A Parade?

17 Oct

“My vision is one of celebrations and banquets, diplomas and banners, rings and parades.

John Calipari

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My friend Sherri Murphy called and invited me to join her on another impromptu adventure this afternoon. Her grandsons go to Prosper High School, and today was their homecoming parade and pep rally. I drove over to her house, and she and Michael packed up some chairs and we were on our way.

The PHS parade route rivaled that of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parents, family members, students, children, strollers and restless youngsters lined the streets hours before the start time. Sirens from several Prosper police cars and fire trucks blared the start of the parade.

They sure do it bigger and better in Texas, that’s for sure.

I love a parade!

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

14 Oct

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s twelve thousand words. Saves me a lot of time writing.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Here’s my week in a peek… wonderful art and artists, friends, food, and family.

Saturday:) Some More Amazing Artwork- Anne ROYER

13 Oct

“Artists do not create to make a living, but rather are living to create.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Have you been down to The Cove this weekend to see Miss Annie Royer’s beautiful watercolors? Well, drop what you’re doing and get over there NOW! The show is today 6-9:30. Plus, its Second Saturday on the Square. The weather is cool and refreshing, and the atmosphere will be warm and inviting.

Anne Royer is a quiet, behind the scenes legend in the McKinney artists community. Her artistic style is as unique and versatile as her life. She is admired and respected by all who know her.

We stopped by The Cove last night after my volunteer artist group at Towne Creek. The gallery was packed with friends, fellow artists, neighbors, and art aficionados.

These impromptu painting were just delightful. And so is Miss Annie. 🤗

Friday Friends, Fun Art Projects, and My Firemen

12 Oct

” A day filled with good friends, great food, art, music, sharing and caring is the best kind of day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another crazy busy non-stop wild and wacky wonderful Friday. I hit the ground running, well, not exactly running, but walking pretty fast. I woke to temps in the 40’s as opposed to the 90’s yesterday, I’ve been doggie sitting, so she got several long walks. There were errands, post office, cleaners, and grocery store. But, I did take out about half an hour to stop at church for Adoration, and some special prayers. This slows me down and calms my soul.

Today was also my day to volunteer over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments, with my Young At Heart Artists. Trying to get packed up with all the art supplies and food by 2 o’clock is always a challenge. Helene has been joining me, and is such a big help. She always brings some yummy food to share. Today, she made homemade chicken salad. I made a big pot of chicken pot pie soup. It’s cream of chicken soup with potatoes, peas, carrots, and corn. We also had garlic bread, cherry pie, and butter pecan ice cream.

We were celebrating Miss Bonnie’s birthday today, and she was surprised and thrilled that we remembered her birthday.

We always have a feast, and anyone passing by or hanging around is always welcome to join us. We always have plenty to share.

Our project today was getting a jump on Christmas projects. We had some wooden snow flakes and glass wine bottles. The ladies all giggled when I came out of the craft closet with a Santa hat, so I had them all pose with their finished project wearing my hat.

It’s always so rewarding to share your time and talents with others. I love these lovely ladies.

Now for my friends the firefighters. Miss Pat gave me some cookies yesterday to drop off at Station 9.

I took some cupcakes over on Tuesday. These firefighters must really work out a lot. Look how skinny they are after all those treats.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Wednesday:) When Words Aren’t Enough

10 Oct

“It is not enough just to wish well; we must also do well.”

-Saint Ambrose

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Today, we said farewell to our dear friend Miss Nelma. Nelma Hyde was the sweetest, kindest lady that you’d ever want to meet. She passed away September 29th, and she will be greatly missed.

I met Miss Nelma when she moved into Towne Creek Apartments about a dozen years ago while I was volunteering teaching art classes. She found out that there were art classes every Friday, and she decided that she wanted to be an artist. Ah, and that she did. She arrived a blank slate, and as I told her many times, the student out shined the teacher.

https://youtu.be/6HThpM-icvc

Instead of telling you about this beautiful talented angel, I’ll just show you a few pictures. You can see the sparkling eyes, genuine smile, and beautiful soul.

When words aren’t enough…

This picture sums up her life the last few years. Her life was just a “cup of coffee with Jesus.”

This painting was done with only coffee for paint and her love of Jesus for inspiration. “I’m sure you’re having a cup of coffee with Jesus every morning now, Miss Nelma.”

We will miss you like crazy Miss Nelma. ❤️

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

8 Oct

“It only takes a couple of seconds and a quick peek at my Montage Monday photo to see what a great week I had.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A week in a peek…. another good one… I sure do keep busy, don’t I?

Sunday Sermon and Our Parish Picnic

7 Oct

“Life is like a picnic. You make preparations, spread out the blanket, open the basket, and assemble the guests. Then, the ants invade and it pours down rain. Grab your stuff and run like crazy!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today was a special day at St. Gabriel. Not only were we going to have our Parish Picnic at noon, but Bishop Kelly, our former Pastor, was officiating at 9 am Mass. He was there for the dedication of the Bishop Kelly Center, formerly our old sanctuary and offices.

I had a little trouble comprehending today’s Gospel. Hmm? You tell your servants to prepare your meal while you eat and drink after they’ve tended the fields? Do you thank the servant for doing what was commanded? Hmmm…? I probably would say, come on in and have supper with me after they worked the fields and tended the sheep. That’s just me.

Lk 17:5-10

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

“Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later you may eat and drink’? Do you thank the servant for doing what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless servants; we have done only what we ought to have done!’”

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My take on it… long and short… God expects us to do much more than just the minimal amount of what is expected. If you are a good and faithful servant, you will honor your master above and beyond the call of duty. Go the extra mile.

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After Mass and the dedication, Helene and I went over to the parish hall where they were setting up for the picnic and ministry fair. We didn’t sign up for a special duty, we were “gophers.” The gym was lined up with tables of all the different ministries available, and members had info and sign up sheets. I’m already part of the Welcome ministry, but I signed up for the 60+ group. I guess the only criteria is you have to be over 60. Well covered there. They just meet once a month for fellowship. I can do that.

The Knights and men’s groups cooked the hamburgers and hot dogs out back, and the rest of the food was a pot luck. The women’s club set up and other volunteers helped out wherever they could. There was a ton of food. Catholics like to cook! Almost as much as we like to eat and socialize. There were all kinds of fun things for the kids to do, with bounce houses, slides, games etc. oh, and face painting was a big hit.

It was a fun and informative afternoon. My friend Lynn asked Father Don how he came about to becoming a priest after he had graduated with a degree in electrical

engineering. He felt the call after realizing that engineering was not his true calling. We are very fortunate that he answered that call.

A great day at St. Gabe’s. Happy Sunday my friends.