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Wednesday:) What Ya Been Up To, Miss Toni?

15 Aug

“I’ve been busier than a horsefly at a rodeo.”

~Toni Andrukaitis and maybe someone else

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I’ve used this quote before many times, and I thought I made it up many years ago. I just Googled it again to see who may have said it originally, but the only name that comes up is mine. So, maybe I’m not the first one who said it, but I’m on Google’s short list.

Since I’ve gotten back from my wonderful relaxing vacation in California, I hit the ground running. Yesterday, I had my complete air conditioning system replaced. I wasn’t the busy one, but these poor young men spent well over 8 hours in the unbearable heat outside and in the attic. A big thank you to D and Brandon from Bill Joplin’s AC and Heating. I got a photo before they were drenched.

So, today I am cool and well, I’m just all around pretty cool! I got up and went over to pick up Bella, my little doggie buddy that I keep an eye on when Mr. Mike travels. It rained last night, so it was cool this morning. After our walk, I did my own solo walk of a couple miles.

I went over to the Independent Bank to take care of something that I could have done online, but I rather deal with people face to face. Plus, they know me there, and they say, “Good morning, Miss Toni.” And I say, “Hi, Miss Monica. How are you?” You don’t get that online. (Monica and Amber)

Then, my friend, Linda Grossman, (World’s Greatest Realtor) and I were texting and she asked what I was up to, so we met for lunch. She’s been super busy, (because she is the World’s greatest realtor) but we hadn’t seen each other in a while. She needed a little break and catch up time.

What else did I do? Oh, I returned something at the store, dropped off some brownies at Fire Station 5, then came home and walked the dog. The garbage truck was coming down the street, so I chased him down a couple houses to give him a cold Dr. Pepper. He’s fast. It was really hot out there.

It was after 6 pm, and I wanted to go visit Mr. Jerry over at Baylor Hospital. He was doing a little better this evening after having a rough morning. (If you can say a little prayer for Mr. Jerry?) I stopped in the chapel on the first floor on my way out.

Then, off to our St. Helen’s support group at church at 7. I got home a little before 9, then remembered when I saw mine, that Mr. Mike‘s garbage cans were still out. I scooted over there to take them in his garage. The moon was so big and beautiful. I had to stop and take some pictures. Isn’t that grand!

Home to walk Bella in the park in the dark with a big flashlight. She loves the park. I came in and started writing about my adventures of the day. Are you exhausted yet? I am. But, this was just a wonderful busy day in my wonderful busy life. I am blessed with so many friends and daily blessings.

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Theme Song Thursday:) The Road Less Traveled

25 Jul

“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”

― Guy Gavriel Kay

~Tigana

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Speaking of walking, I got up fairly early (for me) and went for a walk. In the summer when it’s hot outside, I have a regular walking route. I walk mostly on the other older side of the subdivision where they have taller, more mature trees that provide shade and relief from the oppressive sun. I also don’t walk as many miles in one shot.

This morning it was barely 80 degrees, so I decided to take a longer different route.. the road less traveled. As I turned the corner past the houses that I hadn’t seen in quite a while, I thought to myself, “Let’s see what adventure unfolds on this path.” Well, the words were barely out of my subconscious when I saw a gorgeous butterfly perched on a purple sage bush. I giggled out loud and realized that I was meant to walk down this way today. I said good morning, took a picture, admired her for a while, and went on my way.

As I walked, I appreciated the canopy of trees that partially shaded my trek. It was warming up already. About a mile later, a lovely dragonfly sat sunbathing on the sidewalk, and didn’t even budge for his closeup photograph.

When I checked my phone app for my steps, it said I’d only walked 1.5 miles. Hmm? I could do better than that on such a lovely day, so continued on. Well, I’m glad I did because I found an old rusty screw in somebody’s driveway. Thus again, saving the world from flat tires.

By the time I got home, I had walked 2.4 miles. I saw beautiful sights and sounds of nature, saved a neighbor from a flat tire, and all by taking the road less traveled.

My day didn’t end there. Quick summary… I vacuumed the carpets, made myself some lunch, went to GoodYear for my vehicle inspection, sat at NomNom with an iced tea and a book while I waited an hour for the inspection, stopped at church for Adoration and prayed the rosary, ran into Helene and made plans to meet for dinner, and all this before 4 pm. We will have dinner at Delaney’s at 6:30 before Karaoke at 7:30. Then, I’ll come home around 10, and either collapse, or hang some pictures that have been impatiently sitting on the floor for weeks.

Well, it’s almost 6. I better get a move on.

Have a wonderful Thursday, my friends. And, I hope that every now and then you decide to take the road less traveled.

Too Two Tuesday:) Twice As Nice

5 Jun

“We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection.”

~Anais Nin

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What a wonderful quote. It is so appropriate. I love to write everyday, and when I do, I get to relive each story again.

Two beautiful evening sunsets. Twice as nice.

I found two sharp and dangerous nails and screws in the street when I went for my walk. Thus, again saving the world from flat tires. Two tires saved. Twice as nice.

Two silly cats playing and basking in the sun. I was cat sitting. Twice as nice.

The bunnies are out in full force now that spring has sprung. I wonder if they are twins? Twice as hoppy happy bunnies.

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.)