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Wednesday:) What You See Is What You Get

4 Oct

” What you see is what you get, so please squint a little. I’m a work in progress.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


When you start each day with smile, a prayer, and time to be thankful for your all your blessings, then the world is beautiful place. If you see beauty, you get beauty. If you see blessings, you are blessed.

I start each day with a morning walk. I don’t drink coffee or eat breakfast. I get dressed, drink a tall glass of water, then out the door. The mornings have their own glory, a time to think and be thankful.

Along my walk today, I had butterflies fluttering around me. Blessings. I found a lucky penny. Lucky.

Later in the afternoon, a grasshopper hopped around by my feet. Grasshoppers are supposed to be a sign of good luck. So, I felt lucky.

Grasshoppers can only jump forward….not backward, or sideways. … This is why grasshopper is the symbol of good luck all over the world. Grasshopper’s ability to connect and understand sound vibrations is why he is also a symbol of your inner voice. he could be telling you to trust yours.

The best part of any day is always when I get a call from my son and daughter-in-law so I can FaceTime with my adorable granddaughter. Here she is saying goodbye and sending me a kiss. (Melt my heart)

To end the day, when I can, I like to chase the sunset. I go for a brisk walk in the evening, and scurry several blocks over to an open area where I can take a picture of the sunset.

What I see is what I get. Beauty, blessings and love…everywhere I go.

Sunday Sermon and Some Fun at Oktoberfest on the Square

30 Sep

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”

~Anne Frank


A really lovely Sunday morning at church. The sunshine and cessation of rain had everyone in a festive mood. Little Avery always has a big smile and a hug when I hand her my little gift for the day. She is so cute.

Today’s Gospel was about John complaining to Jesus that someone who was not a follower was casting out demons using Jesus’ name, and asked if he should be stopped.

But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.”

Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

Oh gosh, my take on it may not be very Catholic, but personally, I feel that a good person, someone who loves his fellow man, does good works, and is kind to everyone, that person will see the kingdom of heaven. Whoever is against evil is certainly for good. The Bible is a little more specific, but I think we are allowed our own interpretation.


I decided to check out Oktoberfest on the Square this afternoon. It wasn’t crowded at all. I heard Friday and Saturday were busy, so I chose wisely.

My first stop was The Cove. I missed the cool, (actually very hot) raku firing last night, but Minda and Steve Macias were there finishing up and polishing the pottery from the firing.

This weekend, The Cove featured some amazing pottery by some VERY talented artists.

Alex Macias is away at school, but her pottery was on display and “Flat Alex” was there to take pictures with friends and visitors.

Then, off to the Square for Oktoberfest. I don’t drink and drive, so no beer for me. But, I did enjoy snapping pictures and people watching, and visiting with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery and The Last Gallery. Oh, and then there’s always the handsome firemen.

There was plenty of activities for families.

The petting zoo had all kinds of fun animal including a….COMO SE LLAMA? A little Spanish animal joke.

Have a great Sunday! I sure did!

Saturday:) Signs, Symbols and Poetry

30 Sep

“Everything you see is merely a symbol for things you do not see.”

― Seth Adam Smith


Those of you who know me will attest that I’m a huge believer of signs and symbols. I love finding my lucky pennies and feathers. But, there are many more symbols that catch my attention. This week was filled with happy signs, and inspired a little poetry as I walked in the misty morning.


Blackbird, blackbird, just sitting in a tree

Are you a mockingbird, laughing at me?

Or a kind messenger, sending a sign

There to tell me that everything is fine.

Ladybug, Ladybug, perched at my door

Waiting to tell me, there is something more.

The symbol of luck, abundance and peace

Open up the door, enter and release.

Butterfly, butterfly, making no sound

I found you laying, injured on the ground.

There in my hand, you didn’t question why

A sign that both of us were meant to fly.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Thursday:) Thank You Mother Nature

28 Sep

“Sometimes, life becomes a painting all by itself.”

― Anthony T. Hincks


Every single day is yet another gorgeous painting of vibrant colors and beauty provided by Mother Nature. The relentless rain took a brief hiatus today. I actually was able to take a few walks without an umbrella, and was able to snap a few pictures of the beauty surrounding me.




Each one of these would make a beautiful painting, don’t you think?

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tiny Yellow Butterfly

26 Sep

“Butterflies are like angels kisses sent from heaven.”

― Malia Kirk


I have this thing with butterflies. Well, there’s also lucky pennies and feathers, but I’ve had some wonderful conversations and visits with butterflies. Usually, I can’t get to my phone camera fast enough to take a picture, much less a video. Today, a tiny yellow butterfly followed me around, so I followed her with my phone to take a video.

Butterflies are my signs from heaven that make me smile. I smile a lot.


Wednesday:) What I Saw On My Walk

19 Sep

“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.”

~Alek Wek


My daily walks are a virtual and visual enlightenment for the senses. Hmm? Where did that come from? Very profound,

This morning, after walking little Bella through the park, I took my long solo walk. It was already getting hot outside, maybe upper 80’s, but that never deters me. I always have my trusty cell phone to take pictures of the wonders I see along the way.

Today, a butterfly greeted me as I walked out the door, literally, it was in my doorway. I like to think of that as another “sign” from above. As I walked, more butterflies fluttered around mom and I smiled. One let me take her picture after teasing me by stopping, then flying off as I approached. But, she finally posed for a photo op.

It was trash day, so I took the opportunity to pick up scattered bottles, cans, wrappers, etc. that I find along the way. One finds a lot of trash in an hour. But then, one finds lovely things to brighten the day.

A few blocks from home, one of the neighbors had a beautiful fall display in their front yard. I walked right past it, then turned around and thought, “This is just too lovely not to take a picture of.” Unfortunately, my big ol’ finger got in the way in the upper left, but, you get the idea.

Every day is a new day with new beautiful sites and sounds, and new adventures. Each day is a blessing.

Saturday:) A Soggy Sad Celebration Day

9 Sep

“Celebrate each day, rain or shine, sad or glad, because life is too darn short.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It rained pretty much all day today. This morning, the dark grey skies mourned along with the family and friends of Jim Woodcock. I only knew Jim and his wife Trisha for a few months, but they were a sweet couple who met not that long ago at our Single Mingle group after their spouses had passed away. Jim had been married for over fifty years, raising a beautiful family, and blessing the world with his love and kindness. Jim and Trisha started out sharing their grief and stories, and ended up sharing their love. Even while bravely battling cancer since 2001, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word for all.

James William Woodcock passed away September 8th. Today, we celebrated the life of a very fine man.

Pat, Doug, Jerry and I were there to express our condolences and celebrate the fine life of a fine man.

It was such a gloomy afternoon. I stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery to visit with friends, then drove home in the pouring rain. I wasn’t able to get a walk in, and it was bugging me. I need my walk. So, when the going gets tough and rainy, the tough take a nap.

It didn’t stop pouring till almost dark. I grabbed my umbrella for the light drizzle and scurried out for a quick walk. The sunset and glorious glowing clouds were my reward for being patient.

I walked in the dark and celebrated the day, remembering to “Celebrate each day, rain or shine, sad or glad, because life is too darn short.”