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Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

16 Sep

“Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past.”

― Shannon L. Alder


Another beautiful Sunday, and great morning to meet and greet hundreds of friendly faces at St. Gabriel’s before 9 o’clock Mass. Today was Father Don’s birthday, so every one sang happy birthday after the announcements.

Today’s Gospel from Luke was about some people complaining that Jesus welcomed sinners and eats with them. Jesus told parables about a man with a hundred sheep who lost just one sheep. He searched and rejoiced when the one was found. Also, a woman with ten coins, lost only one coin, yet searched and swept, then rejoiced when she found it.

Then, the last, and more familiar story of the prodigal son who moved away and squandered all of his inheritance and returned destitute and repentant. His father welcomed him with open arms and rejoiced. The son who had remained at home, loyal and hardworking was angry. The father said, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.

My take on it… like the faithful son who was always good and loyal, you are always in God’s favor and will be rewarded. And, like the prodigal son, if you lose your way and your sins are many, if you learn from your mistakes, you repent, and change your ways, making atonement, vowing to sin no more, THEN, you will also be welcomed with open arms. But, the key words here are repent, remorse, and change. Both are equally loved by the Father.


After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McDonald’s for a drink and a chat, scooted over to the grocery store for a few things, then went over to visit

Mr. Jerry, who was feeling much better after his back surgery a few weeks ago. I forgot to post this cool picture of Mr. Jerry enjoying an adult beverage after a long dry spell.

It was good to see his smiling face.

When I got home, I had many well intentioned plans of getting some housework done. So instead, I took a nap. 🤦‍♀️

But, I didn’t fall asleep right away, and my nap was short lived. So, I got up and went for a late evening walk. I went and picked up my doggie buddy, Bella. We had a nice long walk.

We were just in time to catch the gorgeous and brilliant sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

2 Sep

“How does one remain humble at the sight of glory ? the answer is simple no glory ever truly belongs to any mortal man.”

― Shemar Stephens


A beautiful Sunday morning, with many smiling faces and hugs greeting at the door before Mass.

The Gospel from Luke today was the parable of the guests at a wedding feast, and how they took the places of honor. He said it was better to take the lowest place, then the host might come and invite to a higher place. Also, don’t invite friends and rich relations, but invite the poor, crippled and blind, and those who cannot repay you. Then you will be blessed.

11 “For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.”

My take on it… well, this I learned from my sweet angel mother. Never be boastful or proud. Mom always taught us to give from your heart without expecting anything in return. She was always doing nice things for people. Random acts of kindness for strangers are the best. Your joy comes from the act of giving.


I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of my day. Usually I stop at the store, but I still had a fridge and freezer full of food, so I went straight home. I decided to roast all my left over veggies. I had carrots, celery, broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower with some olive oil and garlic.

Then, I saved half for another time, and made some pasta for the other half.

Well, you would think that would have satisfied my cooking frenzy. I didn’t feel like eating any of it. So, I texted Helene and asked her if she and the gals might want to meet later at Braum’s for dinner and ice cream. I was hankering a frozen yogurt twist cone. That was my dinner. I love their frozen yogurt, plus it was nice to meet some friends for dinner and laughter.

I came home in time to take a nice long walk and catch the sunset. Even the bunnies were out for an evening stroll.

The perfect end to a perfect day. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Super Lazy Saturday and a Sunset

1 Sep

“Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.”

― Robert Heinlein


Sometimes you just need a day to catch up on your sleep, sit around most the day, and just do nothing productive. I was going to sleep late, but I remembered that I needed to pick up Bella from Mr. Mike’s. He was leaving for the airport around 5 am, so I wanted to pick her up before 8. Ha! Here’s the plan. I picked her up, walked her, then we went back sleep till after 11.

We sat around, watched tv, and took a couple little walks. Well, it was getting warm again, so she took little walks and I took a couple of longer ones afterwards,

alone. I guess I wasn’t super lazy, but I don’t count my walks as productive. But, I did get 4.7 miles walking in, just no housework.

Summer is fading into Fall, and the sunsets are earlier every day. I’m not looking forward to changing the clocks back and losing another hour in the Fall. Chasing the sunset…

Happy Lazy Saturday, my friends.

Wednesday:) When The Vacation’s Over

8 Aug

“Don’t be sad that the vacation is over. Start planning the next one.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, I’m back home in beautiful steamy McKinney, Texas. It’s after 9pm and I asked Google what the temp is, and she said “The current temperature in McKinney is 91, but with the humidity it feels like 99.” Also, my AC was acting up before I left, and I made my Joplin’s AC appointment for Friday because I have Art Club in the morning. I had the AC set at 86 while I was gone, and it said 86 when I got home, OK, I turned it down to 80, and over the next few hours the readings went up instead of down. It’s blowing air, but now the thermostat reads 88. It doesn’t feel that warm, but maybe the thermostat is wonky? I’ll survive. So, back to my vacation,.,

Yesterday was my last day in beautiful Venice CA where the evening and early morn temps were around 68 and daytime in the 70’s. Matt had to work most the day, it asked what I wanted to do for my last evening. I said, “I want to put my feet in the ocean.” Now, that’s one big step for mankind! All my friends and family know that I’m afraid of water. But, you can’t go to the ocean and not walk by the ocean.


When a small wave rushed up by my ankles, I got nervous and walked further away. But, we did walk along the shore for a while, until the sun started setting. It was beautiful.

I took so many nice pictures that will make beautiful references for watercolor paintings.

Then, I wrote my name in the sand and watch the water come in and wash it away. Cool!

Matt then took me for my last vacation vegan dinner in California. A perfect end to a perfect visit with my California boy.

Thanks for the pick up at the airport Lynne. It’s so nice to have wonderful friends. Zelda took me to DFW and Lynne picked me up. I’m a nervous traveler, so having a friend give me a ride always calms my nerves. We’re so busy talking, I don’t have time to get nervous.

Happy Wednesday my friends. It’s good to be home. It’s sad to be home. I can always start planning my next trip.

Friday:) Fun and More Photos

3 Aug

“There are some things that you can fulfil with money, but at the end of the day these are not the things that make you happy. It is the small things that make life good.”

~Sebastian Vettel


Another fine day in Venice. A leisurely morning. Matt needed to do some work from home, so I started a sketch and watercolor outside. I didn’t get very far, when he said he was going to a coffee shop for a couple of hours to work. I said I’d tag along and walk around the shops nearby. I wandered over to a lemonade/lunch shop and sat reading a book.

I only read a dozen or so pages when a young couple, (a date, I think) sat next to me talking loudly. I couldn’t concentrate on my book about how to write a story. But, I did hear an interesting story from this couple. That was a more interesting story,

When Matt was finished with his office work at the coffee shop, we walked back to his place for a while. I did a little more painting, then we did a FaceTime call with my granddaughter. By now it was 5 pm, and I hadn’t eaten yet. Matt was going to take me over to the area where all the food trucks gather on the first Friday of the month, so, off we went.

We walked around until we settled on a few vegan options. We tried four or five different things.

After we ate, we walked over to see the homes along the canals. Duh! I realized that’s why they call it Venice, because of the canals.

There was still over an hour before sunset, so we walked down to the Venice pier to wait for the sunset and watch the surfers. I love sunsets.

Now, for the end to a perfect Friday. Black Russian Friday in Venice,

Tuesday:) Toni’s… Just Another Manic Monday

24 Jul

“There is no such thing as too busy when your day is filled with joy and laughter.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

“I try to meditate every morning. It relaxes me, clears my mind, and sets my day off on the right foot before things get too manic.”

~Elle Macpherson


That’s a great idea Elle. Now, to follow up on meditating is another thing. Personally, I find my own version of “Manic Meditation” to be helpful. I’m not talking about the clinical version of any kind of disorder. I’m talking about just everyday life. I keep myself happy, mindful, and centered by keeping very busy with beautiful people and surrounding myself with beautiful thoughts and things to do.

Here was my Monday… I got up early and walked before it got too hot, made 10 sandwiches for the country dance at the senior center, took a shower, curled my hair while I checked emails and Facebook, changed, then scurried off to the dance by 1pm.

Someone brought these cute cowboy hat desserts made with chocolate dipped Pringles and Rolos for the potluck. (Ideas?) I’ve made some very nice friends over at the McKinney Senior Center dance. The best part is all the fun I have dancing. According to my phone app in my pocket, I put in a good 2 miles of steps just dancing. When I’m sitting there, I think to myself how blessed I am. I smile and the music is my mindful meditation.

After the dance, a group of us go over to Whataburger for an iced tea and conversation. We laugh and tell jokes and just be silly. Now, we’re talking about people in their 60’s and 70’s. Even us old folks like to dance, laugh and be goofy.

We sat there till after 5pm, and Helene and I laughed because we were meeting Miss Pat and the gang over at Braum’s for dinner or ice cream at 5:30. We were just going from one thing to the next. Jack asked which Braum’s were we going to because he’d like to join us. We thought he was kidding, but he showed up. Jack and a dozen single ladies. I had my usual frozen yogurt waffle cone. Yum! He had a great time and the ladies enjoyed meeting Jack.

It was after 7, and driving home my fuel gauge actually blinked red and I was on empty. That rarely happens. I was waiting for the prices to go down. Well, that wasn’t happening, so I stopped to fill up. I got home in time to put my feet up a minute, check emails and head out for an evening walk before dark. The heat of day had cooled off and it was pretty nice. I stopped off at Mr. Mike’s to take Bella for a walk. I always love to catch the sunset.

How can you not feel blessed and grateful when you have such a fun busy day with good friends and fine food and dancing and laughing?

There’s no such thing as too busy when your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Sunday Sermon:) Good Samaritan and a Sunset

15 Jul

“Like the Good Samaritan, may we not be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them with concrete acts of love.”

Pope Francis


A lovely Sunday morning, and the 7am alarm was more then welcomed. Driving to church, I had the car radio blasting Rod Stewart oldies songs while I sang along. Greeting, hugging, and shaking hands before Mass is the highlight of my day.

This morning, I ran down the three big steps to help Miss Dorothy, with cane in hand, maneuver up the cement obstacles. We walked arm in arm inside. She always has a big smile and a thank you. We both wore pink today, so I said we were sisters.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan. A lawyer asked Jesus how can one attain eternal life, and Jesus replied with the question of what does the law say?

“He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.”

Then, Jesus told the story of a priest and a Levite avoiding contact with a man who had been beaten and robbed and left on the side of the road. But the Samaritan, (detested by the Jews) showed compassion and helped the man.

My take on it… We shouldn’t put labels on people because of their race, religion, origins, or political beliefs. A good compassionate person comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and affiliations. As do the bad people.


After Mass, I stopped for coffee with Helene and Jerry, a quick stop at Tom Thumb, (eggs and bacon were on sale), then off to water plants for my traveling friend.

I met Linda Grossman, World’s Greatest Realtor, for a quick dinner and catching up at Panera, then home for a walk. Oh, and a little FaceTime with my family.

It was a lovely evening, with a cool breeze, (In the 80’s, but that’s cool for Texas.) and the clouds drifting by.

Happy Sunday, my friends.