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Tuesday:) Take Time To Smell The Flowers

27 Mar

Take time to smell the flowers

Spend time with that dear friend

Take pictures of each moment

For memories never end

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Such a glorious beautiful day today. My alarm went off at 7 am. I walked the dog over by the pond and caught the lovely sunrise before heading off to zumba at the Y.

Today was a day of amazing colors, nature, walking, and friendship. After Zumba, I was pooped. I threw myself on the bed and was going to take a nap, but I thought first I’d see if anyone wanted to go to lunch later. Sherri Murphy said she was free and asked if I wanted to go over to Shades of Green Nursery over in Frisco to get some flowers in about half an hour. (No nap) Well, I have a black thumb and can’t grow anything, but I love to look. Also, it was p a good place for painting inspiration. I always say, “I can’t grow a flower, but I can paint a flower. We all have our gifts.”

After Sherri got a big cartload of flowers and I took a ton of pictures, we stopped for a Taco Tuesday lunch. On the way home, Sherri wanted to show me a cool spot she stumbled upon off the beaten path. She always finds the coolest photo ops.

What a fun day! I was so inspired and refreshed (after a short nap) that I took another long walk before sunset. I put in 5.3 miles today. I always love to catch the sunset and take another picture of God’s glorious gifts.

Another great day, from sunrise to sunset.

Theme Song Thursday:) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

21 Mar

“Some say hope springs eternal, but I say Spring hopes eternal? Either way, I’m covered.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Don’t forget to leave your handprints on the ones you love and your footprints around the neighborhood.”

― Lisa C. Miller, Godly Inspirations for the Troubled Soul

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Current temperature in Mckinney is 75. (Google just informed me when I asked) Wow! A gorgeous day. I want to hurry up and get this posted so I can walk a little more before going to karaoke. Such a busy girl. Such a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

A few sights and sounds from my walks…

The birds are chirping, the busy ants are building super fortresses, and the bugs are flitting around. Ah, Spring is in the air.

Saturday:) Sunshine and Sunsets

10 Mar

“A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

― Crystal Woods

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It was another beautiful sunny day after a pretty rough storm over night. A beautiful calm after the storm. The perfect day for a long walk. Last week I walked with three layers of coats, a hat and gloves, with temperatures below freezing. Today, I wore sunglasses and a t-shirt, walking over 3 1/2 miles. Welcome to Texas.

The Bradford Pear trees are in full blossom around the neighborhood. They are gorgeous, but I was thinking that I was kind of happy that I didn’t have one in my yard. Looks like they make a big mess when all those blossoms fall.

I walked in the late afternoon, stopping at Miss Sandy and Mr. Larry’s garage for a beer and conversation. Time to catch up on neighborhood gossip. On the way home, the sun was starting to make its brilliant colorful descent. My favorite time of day. It was sunset time. Time to chase the sunset.

The last few blocks walking home, in the stillness of the night, the oranges and golden yellows faded into grey. A sliver of moon rose above the wispy streaks of dark clouds. The moonlight guided me home.

Happy Saturday. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight…

Saturday and Some Spectacular Sunsets

24 Feb

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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I haven’t been out walking in time to catch the beautiful sunsets in such a long time. It’s either been cloudy or drizzly or I’m driving off somewhere and miss my photo ops. Tonight, I went for a second walk before dark (I got in 4.6 miles today), and kept strolling until the crimson sun was just barely kissing the dusty dark horizon. I could have stood there forever watching God put on His magic watercolor night-time light show right in my own backyard. (Well, actually down the street a little ways.)

Theme Song Thursday:) On The Street Where You Live

24 Jan

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”

~Leo Buscaglia

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I do love and live this quote. I could have written this quote. When I walk down the street, I do get excited about the little things I see along my walk.

A couple of twigs needed just a little adjustment to make a perfect heart.

The lush green and golden dandelions are popping up amidst the dreary gray January dormant lawns. How hearty and strong and persistent weeds are. I like the concept of,”We may not be pretty. We may not be wanted or popular. You may not like us, but here we are, defying the weather and the hate and the attempts on our life. We will flourish!” Interesting analogy. (I think weird things while I’m walking.)

The skies are always amazing, whether dappled with eerie clouds or painted with brilliant blazes of color. The same street… a different spectacular sky.

St. Francis over at Miss Bernadine’s front yard is still wearing his winter coat and hat, and I always give him a little pat on the head when I pass by.

These are just a few of my favorite sites…all on the streets where I live. I’ll never stop being “wildly enthusiastic about the little things.” I’ll always play with the twigs and leaves and skip down the street.

What magic awaits on the street where you live?

Theme Song Thursday:) Sunrise and Sunset

16 Nov

“Any day that you get to witness the majesty of a glorious sunrise followed by a sultry sunset, now, that’s a great day, my friend.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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The beautiful morning sun took away the chill of the actual freezing temperatures. Even the frost on the grass sparkled with delight.

Sunrise

https://youtu.be/LO36F–Vn1g

But, I must admit, sunsets are my favorite photos. The oranges and golds and crimson bursts of color reflect on the water. I always say, only God could paint such a magnificent painting in the sky.

Sunset

https://youtu.be/TX6Fj85xySc

Sunday Sermon and Honoring Those Who Served Our Country

12 Nov

“The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect.”

~Bill Frist

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A very cold and breezy Sunday morning. How cold was it Miss Toni? It was SO called, I searched the closet for my warm gloves and sock monkey hat. Yay! It was sock monkey hat weather. And yes, I wear my silly hat to church. So, not only did I get a lot of hugs this morning while greeting at the door before 9 o’clock Mass, but, I also received dozens of compliments on my hat from the adults and smiles from the young children. I was warm and toasty out there.

Don’t worry, I did take my hat off when I got inside.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus observing people putting money into the treasury. The rich gave large sums, but a poor widow gave all she had, just two small coins, and He considered that to be worth more than all the other contributions.

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more

than all the other contributors to the treasury.

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,

but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,

her whole livelihood.”

My take on it……it’s not the quantity but rather the quality of giving that counts most in life. This applies not only to contributions to charity, but also to love , friendship, and relationships. I think that giving your time and sharing your talents means so much more than writing out a check.

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This evening, my good friend and world’s greatest realtor (did I say that again?) Linda Grossman and I, joined by our friend and Viet Nam veteran, Bob Dunkerley, went over to the Veterans Memorial Park for the Veteran’s Day Sundown Ceremony.

The public was invited to join the City of McKinney and McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. This year, there will be two ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park. A sundown ceremony was held at Veterans Memorial Park that included the reading of over four hundred names displayed on the Wall of Honor followed by the playing of taps.

As we stood against the glossy black cold stone walls of the monument, it was difficult to hold back the tears as the many names of fallen heroes were read in the silence, in the stillness of the night, followed by the clanging of the bell and playing of taps. The photos will tell the story.

I’d like to thank all those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. Thank you.