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Sunday Sermon and Arts In Bloom on the Square

15 Apr

“Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Saturday was a completely miserable rainy dreary washout kinda day. Today, nothing but crystal blue skies, sunshine and beautiful weather. What a difference a day makes.

It was a pleasure to greet before Mass today. Mr. Jerry was back from his trip to Israel, so he and Helene saved my seat, on this solemn Palm Sunday. Today’s Gospel reading was the long story that began with the Last Supper and continued through all the tragic passions, betrayal, trials and ending in the crucifixion and death of Jesus. I’ve heard this Gospel a million times, but I always get misty at the end.

The part that really spoke to me was when Jesus was praying alone at the Mount of Olives and He asked…

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

My take on it… sometimes we are given a heavy burden to carry, and often the cross we are asked to carry seems unbearable. Even Jesus asked God the Father for a reprieve, but He said “your will be done.” He was obedient to His Father’s will. God gives us the strength to get through our suffering. It’s ok to question, just keep the faith.


After Mass, a quick stop for coffee at McDonald’s to hear about Jerry’s awesome trip, and an even quicker stop at the store for one loaf of bread, I scurried home. I walked the dog, talked to my friend Debbie in Chicago on the phone, then headed off to meet Helene at Arts In Bloom on the Square. The three day festival was great Friday and a huge rainy disaster Saturday, but today it was perfect.

Talented artists and friends we visited today. Some wonderful creative artwork.

My talented friend, Gary Williamson, is a fantastic paper sculpture artist.

Then, Helene and I stopped at The Cove, where the amazing potters had been building, throwing, and firing and demonstrating all weekend.

I visited with Flat Minda and Flat Alex, too.

Watch this cool, actually, smoking hot video of emptying the kiln.


Then, to finish off a great day, Helene and I stopped at Taqueria Hernandez for my favorite… gorditas.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) A Soggy Saturday With Sabrina at The Bluebird Cottage & Cafe

14 Apr

“I don’t want to be famous. I like to be able to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by and observe people.”

~Sophia Myles


The torrential rains began about 4 am according to my blasted weather app advisory that bings and dings to tell me it’s going to rain. Thanks a lot. I’ve gone into settings many times to turn the darn alerts off. It has a mind of its own-really. It rained all morning, but Helene and I decided to venture out for a late breakfast/early lunch. She’d never been the the Bluebird Cottage & Cafe, just up the road, so we donned our raincoats and off we went.

We zigged and zagged down the scenic rural road, past farms and fields. The parking lot was already pretty full as we dodged gravelly puddles.

(A previous photo. It was too wet for an outside photo op) It was nice to see the quaint restaurant busy on such a dreary rainy day. Maybe everyone else had the same idea.

Breakfast was yummy and the service was excellent. Our server, Krystal with a “K” was cute as a button. Sabrina, the owner and “Jill of all trades” was busy clearing tables, serving coffee, ringing up checks, but still took time to come over and chat with us a few times. Krystal asked if this was our first time there and Sabrina chimed in, “Oh no, Toni is an old dear friend.” Gosh, how did she even remember my name? So many people in and out, and I hadn’t been by in a couple of months.

Helene and I just sat and chatted as the rain pelted harder and louder against the windows. We planned on staying till it slowed down. Sabrina came over and asked, “Do you like tiramisu? We’re trying out a new recipe, and I need an honest opinion.” Well, she brought over this humongous piece of tiramisu. I was hesitant because I don’t drink coffee, and I can’t stand the smell or taste of strong coffee. Every tiramisu I’ve ever tasted was so overwhelming that I’d take a bite and spit it into a napkin.

OMG!!! This was soooo delicious. I didn’t even notice a coffee taste. It was creamy and not too sweet, with almost a cheesecake consistency. When she asked us how it was, I was perfectly honest and said, “FANTASTIC, and I’m not a big fan of coffee.” She said the secret (don’t tell anyone) was a whole lot of mascarpone cheese. Most bakers don’t use a lot because it’s pretty expensive.

Both of us managed to eat less than half of the tiramisu, so a little to go box was in order. Before we left, we asked Sabrina if we could get a photo op. Thank you, Sabrina.

Such an adorable little cafe, and the friendliest folks. Make sure to stop by and say Toni sent you. (But, save me some tiramisu. OK?)

Theme Song Thursday:) “Superstar”

5 Apr

“Even the superstars need to be coached once in awhile.”

~Adam Oates


Another fun night at Delaney’s Irish Pub. Sherri Murphy texted me during the day asking if I was going tonight. Duh? Is the Pope Catholic? She’s such a fun friend. We do impromptu very well. I dropped a batch of brownies at Fire Station 9.

I picked up Helene, and Sherri met us over there later. Sherri loves to sing too. We had a blast.

I never sang “Superstar” before, but it’s such a lovely Carpenter’s song. I need to work on it some more.


Later, Sherri and I sang “My Guy.” One of my all time favorites.


We are NO superstars, but we have SO much fun.

Sunday Sermon and Some Really Cool Stuff

1 Apr

“Sometimes my days are filled with so much cool stuff and fun activities that it’s almost impossible to recount it all.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was pretty darn chilly this morning. I almost wore my sock monkey hat to church, but I’m going for a more sophisticated image at our beautiful new church. (Let’s see how long that lasts.)

My favorite part of Sunday morning is greeting at the door before 9 am Mass, sharing hugs and smiles, and seeing my little friends that anxiously wait to see what little treasure my pocket holds.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus bringing sight to the man who had been blind since birth, a miracle that He performed on the Sabbath and was ridiculed for. The blind man insisted that only someone sent from God could do such a thing. The Pharisees did not believe and threw the blind man out.

Jesus said: “It is for judgement that I have come into this world, so that those without sight may see and those with sight may become blind.”

My take on it… We all have the opportunity to have faith in God and believe in a greater power. It is our choice to see and believe in miracles. Those who have all the money, status, and opportunities in life may never see what’s right before their eyes. Those are the ones who are truly blind.


Now, for more Sunday fun. I got a last minute text from my dear friend Sherri Murphy asking if I’d like to go to a play this afternoon. Well, SURE! I had just enough time to get home, and walk the dog before she was at my door. She had two tickets for the play, “The Dixie Swim Club” over in Grapevine.

We had a little time before the play started, so we walked around the quaint downtown district.

The play at the Runway Theatre was just hilarious. Sherri’s good friend, Laura Sosnowski, played the ever vivacious serial divorcé Lexie, that kept everyone in stitches. The five friends from their college swim club days meet every August for a girlfriend getaway throughout all the many years and stages of their lives. We just giggled out loud the entire time. And what made it even more hilarious was it was so true to life, and we could all relate to the outrageously silly people and antics of friends and family.

Laura and the cast came out and visited with folks after the play ended.

Then, to make a great day even greater, Sherri and I stopped for dinner at Ernesto’s and we had margaritas and Mexican food. Life doesn’t get better than that, mi amigos.


Theme Song Thursday:) The Way He Wears His Hat

29 Mar

“If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.”

― Lauren Myracl


Another fun evening with a bunch of great friends at karaoke. We really look forward to meeting friends, enjoying friendship, and being silly. Loretta and I planned a song that we would sing to Jerry. Just enough to embarrass him and just enough to show him that we love him. He loved it.

Here’s to the way he wears his hat… and the way WE sing off key. Fun night.

Wednesday:) What Wonders I see On My Walks

27 Mar

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

~Helen Keller


Some people like to walk in the beautiful snowy woods, and others love to stroll along the beach collecting shells. I like to walk around my neighborhood. I find as much beauty and contentment here in my familiar surroundings. Yet, each day is different, and each glorious sunset a different painting.

Now that Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping and nesting.

This morning, I was walking along, picking up random discarded trash along my way. Wednesday is trash day, so I just place the waste in any nearby trash can. I was about a mile into my walk when I saw an unusual wooden dollhouse looking object laying by the curb. I decided that if I drive past later on my way to lunch and it’s still there, I’ll put it in my car and do something fun with it.

Well, it was still there at noon. I rang the bell and a nice lady answered. She said, yes, it was there for the taking. She even came out in her slippers to try and help me get it in my car, it was heavier than heck. It didn’t fit. I said I’d be back later after I ask a friend with a truck for some help. Miss Sandy drove me over there later, and we struggled to lift the darn thing, so I enlisted the aid of a man across the street a few houses down. The 3 of us just barely got it in. Then, I had to call Mr. Mike to help us get it out of the truck. I’ll let you know what I end up doing with it.

Another fun thing I stumbled upon on my walk. Beautiful chalk art on the sidewalk. I love the fact that children create art knowing full-well that time and rain will wash it away. It’s the creating that’s important.

Many wonders on my walks.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

26 Mar

“Time waits for no man. But, a woman, on the other hand, time better get used to waiting. Just sayin’.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I know that I keep saying that the weeks keep flying by, but they do. It seems like one day I’m putting my Monday montage together and the next day I’m drinking Black Russians on Friday. Mom and I used to have this joke. She’d say every Friday, “My week is Monday, Tuesday, Friday. It’s Friday already.” Sure seems like it.

Well, it’s Monday again and here’s my week in a peek….

Great week with friends, talking to family, beautiful weather, and hail and brimstone. Well, the hail. I’m not sure what brimstone is, but we probably had some of that too.

Happy Monday.