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Friday From My Quarantined Kitchen

23 May

“Show me a clean perfectly tidy kitchen, and I’ll show you a boring empty home.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My kitchen is not only where I cook, but it’s where I dance, and sing, and bake and dream. And, because my small kitchen is open and visible to the family room’s TV, occasionally I wash dishes during commercials. I call it commercial cleaning.

I’m sure that most people know that the kitchen is the heart of the home, so if the kitchen is too tidy all the time, there’s something wrong there.

I was admiring all my memorabilia around my kitchen today. I proudly display my Mother’s Day gifts from the grandchildren.

Belle drew me a beautiful picture with sparkle paint. I told her that I saw a grandma holding a baby and she said, “NO! It’s a dragon!” Oops, my mistake. (Do you see the mother and child? Maybe you see the dragon.)

My fridge has a wonderful display of family photos and special memories.

My windows are flanked and counters filled with artwork and gifts from friends and family that must be showcased and displayed. These things make me smile every day.

There are dishes in the sink, dirty pots and pans still on the stove, oops, and an empty wine glass, but how blessed am I!

Happy Quarantined Black Russian Friday, my friends.

PS. The store was out of my chocolate almond milk. Had to make my own.


Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

22 May

“If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.”

― Melody Carstairs


Another Thursday with NO karaoke at Delaney’s, NO singing with friends, NO dancing. But, I’m still singing, and I’m still dancing in the kitchen. It will take more than a stinkin’ ol’ worldwide catastrophic pandemic to stop me.

My glitzy Pop Solo Karaoke Microphone that Jerry gave me for my birthday was all charged up and ready to go.


Every Thursday, Bob treats us to an official karaoke song on Facebook. Thanks Bob and Joni.

Bob Goen singing, “Some Gave All.”

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “A House is Not a Home”

15 May

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.

Mother Teresa


Another Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, and missing my friends at Delaney’s. It’s been a long time since last we met. Thank goodness Bob is still singing from home and Joni is recording and posting on Facebook. (They have their very own really cool karaoke room.) I sing into my iPhone. And as I’ve said, I sing loud and proud and off key, BUT… I love to sing.

My magic microphone wasn’t charged up, but it’s a good visual prop, none the less.

Bob Goen singing, “I’m Leaving You for Me.” Great song.

Happy Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, my friends. ❤️🎤

Saturday:) Shelf-Quarantined Continuing Saga…

10 May

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

~Albert Einstein


Well, Einstein… I haven’t found any simplicity or harmony. And, I’m in he throes of difficulty because I’m still working on my shelves, organizing my “crap room,” and working on some sort of library room, all at the same time.

I did get the wooden shelves moved, all by myself, I might add. No easy task.

Out of the crap room, into the new office/library.

Now granted, this has been going on for weeks. I dragged up and put together the heavy plastic shelves, yet another difficult task, with video to demonstrate my frustration and creativity.


Everything off the old shelves, scattered ALL OVER, then slowly replacing on the new shelves.

My “crap room” shelf-quarantine” continuing saga is the perfect metaphor for my life. I AM A WORK IN PROGRESS. I’m coming along, but I don’t think I’ll ever be finished. Perhaps that’s a good thing.

Perhaps from clutter, I will find simplicity… or maybe I’ll just find that wood burning tool I bought six years ago and misplaced? There is still so much to do. It’s a big room! I call it ORGANIZED HOARDING. My art friends totally get it.

Miles to go before I rest. I’ll keep you posted.

But, I did have a lovely break this morning when my dear friends Sherri and Michael Murphy texted and said they were in the neighborhood and asked if they could stop by to say hi from a distance. I said that would be wonderful, but give me a minute to get out of my pajamas. It wasn’t even noon after all. Who gets dressed before noon?

This is what life is all about. Great friends that make you smile and make your day worthwhile. Hey, that even rhymes. Love you guys!❤️❤️

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “I’m Not Leaving On A Jet Plane”

8 May

“And I realized that there’s a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go.”

― Robyn Schneider


It was a beautiful sunny warm day, but this evening the clouds rolled in and the storm is on its way. It’s Thursday again, and I’m missing my good friends, I’m missing karaoke and dancing, and I’m missing my unconditional freedom that I so much took for granted.

So I’ll sing alone, and I’ll sing off key, and I’ll make up my own words. But, that’s ok. Someday, I’ll be able to go out and embarrass myself in public again. Can’t wait. 🎤

Our good friend and awesome singer, Bob Goen, singing “Smoke Gets in Our Eyes.” Thanks for sharing Joni.

And… a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear friend Doug Enck. I hope it was an awesome day, and many, many more to come.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Quarantined Peek

4 May

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


My days are melting into one big blob of melted marshmallow mushy memories. How do you like that for alliteration? It’s not like I feel that I have no purpose, it’s just I can’t remember what purpose that was. Hmm?

I started writing this post, and I was researching some great quotes, like the one above, when I got distracted on my Google page with headlines. So, like a dog distracted by a squirrel, I started looking at nonsense news headlines, and how to take inches off your waistline by drinking this every morning. (You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?) Then, I told myself to step away. Maybe go upstairs and work on my endless task of organizing my “crap room.” So, I turned off my iPad and started to get my lazy butt off the couch when I remembered… “Oh yah! I was looking up quotes so I could post my Montage Monday blog for today.” I had forgotten what I was doing. Mush… I tell you! My brain is turning to mush!

So, here’s a week in a melted marshmallow mushy memories peek…

Before I forget again….

It’s also May 4th… SO… May the 4th Be With You! (And with your spirit… a little Catholic humor,)

Karaoke Thursday:) Elvis Has Left the Building

1 May

“Imitation is the sincerest form of poor imitations. Just sayin’.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It’s Thursday night again, and the old gang is missing our karaoke night at Delaney’s. Thank goodness that Bob keeps us entertained with his wonderful singing and over the top dramatic renditions. We love you Bob.

Seeing as we had an Elvis theme, I sang a few Elvis songs, and one was worse than the other. Here’s the least of the “worser” songs I attempted.

Happy Thursday, my friends. Keep on keepin’ on.