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Thursday:) This Old Age Stuff Isn’t Fun

19 Apr

As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two …

~Norman Wisdom

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As I get older, I’m getting more and more forgetful. Can you relate? With modern technology, I can plug in important dates and appointments into my phone calendar, but I don’t always look at my phone. So, I bought one of those white erase boards, but I can’t keep it with me or fit it in my purse. So, I also write notes and reminders on the back of envelopes or old receipts. If it’s something really important, I write it on a sticky note and put it on the fridge. Now, I don’t pick just one of these memory methods. I use them all.

I also leave big reminders around the house. When I need to vacuum, I leave the vacuum in the middle of the room so I basically have to walk around it or trip over it. Sometimes, I remember to vacuum. Other times, I just let it sit there for a few days, then I put it back in the closet. You don’t have to hit me over he head with a hammer…or do you?

Oh, then getting spacey isn’t fun either. Yesterday I baked a frozen pizza in the oven. Well, what part of remove the cardboard before baking did I overlook?

Yep, getting old is not for the weak of heart.

Wednesday:) What Do Good Catholics Do To Prepare For Holy Week and Easter?

17 Apr

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

― H. Jackson Brown Jr.

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Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. When I went to Mass last Sunday, I received my blessed palms. I like to make a cross out of the palms, but I always forget how. My dear friend Shirley posted the instructions on Facebook on Sunday, so I didn’t have to mess around trying to figure it out on my own. Thanks Shirley.

Now, there are a lot of special things good Catholics are supposed to do during this sacred season. We should be more prayerful, help others, fast, go to confessions, give alms, etc. I found a neat diagram of other ways to prepare and observe Holy Week.

All wonderful ideas and examples. I did make my crosses from my palms, so now, I’m protected from danger.

Now, this is how Miss Toni REALLY prepares for Holy Week and Easter. A picture is worth a thousand words…

I won’t be doing a lot of praying or fasting, but I’ll be doing a lot of baking. My local firemen and neighbors will be happy. They are my “special Peeps.” I’ll keep you posted.

Wednesday:) What Did I See On My Walk and Why Was I In Trouble?

11 Apr

“I guess there’s a fine line between admiring beauty and being seen as a possible threat. It’s all in your perspective.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It was a really hot and terribly windy day here in North Texas, but that didn’t stop me from my daily walk. My walking is my pensive contemplative time. I also love taking pictures of butterflies, beautiful flowers, wonderful weeds, sidewalk chalk art, and meeting new neighbors and chatting with old friends.

Well, today I was just about a mile into my walk when I saw some beautiful chalk art drawings in a driveway. I stopped to take some pictures. The sun was very bright, so I walked around, trying to get just the right angle.

Look how cute.

This was my favorite, the tall tree covered most of the drawing, but the cool blue sun popped through the shadow. A nice symbolism of the sun bursting through the shadows. I continued my walk. I saw several butterflies, but by the time I got my phone out, they would flutter down the street.

Now here’s the funny getting into trouble part. When I got home, my phone dinged with a neighborhood ring doorbell alert. It was a neighbor asking, “Does anyone know this lady? (It was a video of me taking pictures of the driveway art,) She was taking pictures of my driveway where my daughter drew some pictures with chalk. Is she the HOA lady? Doesn’t she have anything better to do than write citations for chalk art?”

Well, what followed was a barrage of comments about the HOA and how ridiculous they are and how they can’t come onto private property. Then, other people commented about how mean that was. One person even said, your garbage can had blown over in the street, she could have at least picked it up instead of taking pictures of your driveway.

I just laughed as I read the comments. I went to the comment section and wrote, “Oh, this is funny. My name is Toni, I’m your neighbor. I walk every day, and when I passed by your driveway this morning, I saw this beautiful artwork on the driveway and just had to take some pictures. I’m sorry if that made you nervous. And, it’s a good thing you are being careful. We need to look out for our neighborhood. I would have done the same thing.”

As I read more comments, I smiled. Several neighbors wrote, “I know that lady. She’s an artist and a wonderful neighbor. She was probably admiring the art work.” Another friend commented, “She’s the sweetest lady and she loves artwork and I’m sure she was taking pictures of the drawings. She volunteers teaching art and bakes brownies for the firemen. She’ll probably bring you some brownies.”

About an hour later, I was on my way to take some art supplies to Towne Creek, where I volunteer. Miss Kathy wanted to paint a couple of bowls today and didn’t have the materials. But first, I stopped at the house where I took the pictures and got in trouble. And yes, I took some brownies. When I rang the bell, there was no answer, so I talked to the ring doorbell, knowing that I’d be on video. I explained who I was and apologized if I worried anyone, and I was starting to walk away when a lady came to the door.

This is my new friend Wei. We talked for quite a while. I told her how much I admired the artwork and that I was a former art teacher. I said I walk past her house every day, and that maybe one day I can come a draw with her and her daughter.

Later on, there was a comment on the neighborhood Ring Doorbell Alert from Wei saying that she met the very nice lady who was taking pictures of her driveway and there was no problem. I guess the video feed was deleted. I was hoping to share the funny video of the mysterious picture lady. I do look rather suspicious. NOT!

Yep, it’s all in your perspective.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin Miss Toni?

13 Mar

“Inner creativity doesn’t have a shut off valve. Sometimes you get a burst, an urge, or an inspiration. Ya gotta go for it.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have this inner voice that says, stop sitting around watching tv or blabbering on Facebook, just wasting your time. “Do something creative with those God given talents that you’ve been blessed with.” It might be midnight or maybe noon, but I go upstairs to my studio, otherwise known as my “crap room,” and rummage through supplies to decide what I’m called to do.

The other day, I was inspired by some friends who were admiring my hand-painted wine glasses, and they were oohing and ahhing at the variety and detail of each set of glasses. Maybe I should paint more. So, a few days later, I grabbed a box of mixed and matched clear wine glasses, set up my glass paint, brushes, etc. and began to paint bluebonnets.

This is the first installment of “What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni.” That’s because after the paint dries and cures, I bake them in a 350 degree oven for half an hour to heat set them.

While the paint was still fresh on my palette (otherwise known as a styrofoam plate), I also painted a large glass bowl. I love to paint Texas bluebonnets, especially now that they’re coming into season.

The best part is, I often take a thrift store find, a discarded object, like this glass bowl, and I turn it into a treasure. Friends save me their clear vases or glassware, knowing that I’ll transform them into something beautiful. Trash to treasure.

So, that’s what’s been cookin’ at my house. More show and tell later.

Have a good one…oh, and go do something creative or fun. That’s an order.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

10 Mar

“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour … If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?”

― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

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Well, that beautiful sunny Saturday dribbled into a gloomy grey Sunday. And, don’t even get me started about the time change, and Daylight Saving Time. It didn’t save anyone anything. That 7 am alarm was not very welcoming. But, off I went to church and greeting at the door before Mass. I even took a selfie. See that big ol’ heavy door? I’m going to have muscular arms pretty soon.

My adorable little friend Avery was thrilled to receive a little white stuffed bear. That smile could melt any heart.

Little Liam always checks to see which pocket I have his Matchbox car in, and after a quick hug, he scampers off.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus in the desert without food for forty days and nights. The devil came to tempt Him and taunt Him, mocking Him, saying if He was the Son of God, He should turn the nearby stone into a loaf of bread. Jesus replied with the memorable “Man does not live on bread alone.”

Then, the devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and said if Jesus would pay him homage, he would give them all to Jesus. But Jesus answered him, “Scripture says: You must do homage to the Lord your God, him alone you must serve.”

Finally, the devil took Him to a high parapet of the temple, and taunted Jesus, saying that if He really was the Son of God, He should throw Himself down, and the angels would protect Him and carry Him up. But Jesus answered him, “Scripture says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” The devil finally left in defeat.

My take on it… we are all tempted to do wrong now and then. Sometimes the devil whispers in your ear, or sometimes that supposed friend whispers in your ear, and you are tempted to do things that you know are terribly wrong. The strongest evils and temptations that are resisted and thwarted are the building blocks of your character, virtue, and your morals. Remember, just like the devil, there are people out there that try to bring you down to their level, drag you into the gutter with them. Misery loves company, and so does the devil. Be strong.

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After Mass, I stopped for coffee at McDonald’s with Mr. Jerry. I can always make him laugh with all my silly ramblings. Especially when I get up and scoot next to him saying, “Selfie-time!” He thinks I’m a nut, but that’s ok. I am.

I stopped at the store for a couple of things, and I was SOOO proud of myself. I only bought 3 things. It’s a miracle! Bread and turkey to make sandwiches for the dance tomorrow, and grape juice, just because I heard it was good for you. (No added sugar or junk) I resisted buying a cartloads of stuff. I avoided temptation. I wonder if it was today’s Gospel and Sermon? 😇🤷‍♀️

Happy Sunday!!!!!

Theme Song Thursday:) Car Wash

8 Mar

“You can tell a lot about a person by how neat and clean they keep the interior and exterior of their car. Uh oh! I’m in big trouble.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ll admit it, I’m not a car person. A car is just a mode of transporation to get you from here to there. I haul a lot of stuff in it, so I like a big SUV type car. Going to the car wash and cleaning the interior is also not a big priority. But, the other day, I had trouble recognizing my car in the dark parking lot. My burgundy car looked sort of black from all the dust and dirt.

Seeing how it is Lent, and I’m trying to improve myself, I decided to stop at the car wash on the way home. After Zumba and 7.5 miles on the bike at the Y , I headed for the car wash. Dang, I missed my turn and was ready to forget the project, but decided to double back and get in line. It was a beautiful day after frigid temps last week, so I wasn’t the only one with that bright idea.

I cranked up the radio and sang along. When I was done, I pulled into one of the many busy bays that had the vacuums. I spent nearly an hour vacuuming front, sides and rear carpets, and tossing tons of garbage, flyers, water bottles and five year old mystery mess. What an accomplishment. The car looks so clean and tidy. I may do this again next year.

Oh yes, when I got out of my car to clean it, look what was there on the ground waiting for me. A lucky penny.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Telepathic Girlfriend Network

29 Jan

” I’m not even sure why I need a telephone. I just think about calling someone, or just need to hear a friendly voice, and someone calls me. Oh that’s right. How do I answer the phone,”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Did you ever have one of those days when you just think about someone, and a few minutes later the phone rings and it’s that person? Or maybe you’re thinking you need an oil change for your car and a coupon comes in the mail. Well, that stuff happens to me all the time.

Last Monday, I was still lying in bed at 10am all melancholy and mopey thinking there was nothing on my calendar. My page looked like a snowman in a snow storm, all white and blank. I usually have three or more things on my calendar every day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not OCD or ADD or any of those compulsive initials. I like to keep busy, have fun, and be out with people. I’m not compulsive. My house is a mess, I’m not tidy, I don’t organize or purge junk, I’m a hoarder when it comes to arts and craft supplies, and when I cook, I may leave the mess for days.

Oh,where was I? That’s right. I was feeling sorry for myself, then the phone rang, and Sherri Murphy said, “You want to go to a movie and lunch? Sure. No more blank page. Then Sunday afternoon, nothing to do after church but think about laundry and housework, poor me, Sherri called and asked if I wanted to go to a concert at her church. Saved by the bell.

After I got home, I plopped down with a cup of tea and a few hours of boring television. It was late, so I knew my Chicago family was probably already in bed. I was thinking about my sons, wondering how they were, then the phone rang. My son in California called, and we talked for almost an hour. Yay! I rarely ever call him. Well, not on the phone…just telepathically.

This morning, I went to zumba and wondered what I would do with the rest of my day. A walk of course, but what else? I texted some friends, but they were busy. My friend, Linda Grossman (World’s Greatest Realtor) said she was swamped all day, but maybe we could grab a glass of wine tonight.

Great. I put on my hat and gloves and warm coat and headed out for my walk. Ring…ring. Miss Pat called and asked if I wanted to meet her and her lunch bunch friends at 12:30. Yay! See, I didn’t even need to call. I just think lonely boring thoughts, and someone calls me. It’s the TELEPATHIC GIRLFRIEND NETWORK.

I love it when that happens. All the energy and thoughts and wishes are transmitted out there in the stratosphere. You just have to believe. Life is good.