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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom About Housework.

9 Jul

“Rule number 1- Never remove and empty the vacuum cleaner canister unless you know how to put it back. (Ask me how I know!)”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Phyllis Diller

Housework can’t kill you, but why take the chance?

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Well, you may remember my old friend Henrietta Hoover, my trusty vacuum cleaner. Yes, she sat patiently in the middle of the hallway for several days before I decided it was time to vacuum instead of tripping over her every day. That is my cleaning strategy. Annoyance.

Henrietta got a new belt and a good cleaning last month, so she was humming like new and picking up all kinds of hidden treasures, dust bunnies, and a lot long brown hair. (Where did that come from?) Unfortunately, she did such a good job that the dirt canister was just about full. Seeing as Wednesday was garbage day, I thought it was a good idea to empty it and take it out to the trash.

Well, I just pushed in that little grey nubby thing, turned the plastic thing-a-ma-jig, and emptied that sucker out in two minutes flat, and off to the trash I went.

Now, it was time to put the canister back together and back into Henrietta’s waiting tummy. But NOOOOO! As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get the twisty thing to turn into the right plastic slotty grovey spot. (You notice all these technical vacuum part names, right?)

Seriously, after about half an hour of twisting, turning, and cussing in two different languages, I was about to give up. Instead, I raised my right hand into the air with a fist and said, “As God is my witness, I will fix Henrietta before this day is over.”

I guess that did the trick. Maybe God didn’t like all that cussing, so He waited until I calmed down and asked for His help. And yes, we Catholics have a Patron Saint for every occasion.

St. Zita is the Patron Saint of housekeepers, maids and servants, and was well known for her patience, hard work, and spending her life attending to the poor and those imprisoned.

Next time, I’ll start out with a prayer instead of cussin’.

Friday:) From the Mouths of Youth

20 Jun

“Wisdom oft comes from the mouth of babes.”

~ George R.R. Martin

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I went to the grocery store today to pick up a few things. Putting on my mask and getting my phone ready with the weekly coupons for Tom Thumb, I strolled over to the entrance to get my shopping cart. Two young men were taking a break, but still sanitizing the outgoing carts.

Walking towards them with a smile, that of course they couldn’t see beneath my mask, I greeted them with a warm,”Hello gentlemen.” Spritz, spritz, and I was handed a card. One young man said, “Can I ask you a question?” I said, “Sure.” He asked, “If you could describe your life in just one word, what would you say?” Without skipping a beat, I responded, “Amazing!”

Allen had the biggest smile, and he said,”Wow! That is so cool! How did you think of that so fast?” I told him, “That’s because my life IS amazing, and my perception is my reality.” Another “Wow!” Slipped out.

I asked Allen what his word was. He said, “I really don’t have a word. I have a sentence.” I don’t remember all the details, it it was something like, “My world is all about doing my best, my goals and my art.” I smiled and asked if he was an artist, and he proudly said,”Yes!” I told him that I was too. He seemed pleased.

The other young man, Chase, just stood and listened. I said, “Chase, what is your word?” He said that he didn’t have a word, so I said, “OK, think of a word real quick. He thought for only a second and replied, “Satisfied.” Cool! I thought that was pretty cool and true because he responded so quickly.

These two young men, obviously friends, one Hispanic, the other African-American, gave me a smile and a little hope for our future during these trying times. Both with goals and dreams. Hopefully their perception will become their reality.

“Wisdom oft comes from the mouth of babes.”

~ George R.R. Martin

Happy AMAZING Friday, my friends. Cheers!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and a Walk

11 Jun

β€œTake care of your words and the words will take care of you.”

― Amit Ray

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Seeing as I spend the majority of my waking hours looking at Facebook, checking emails, and endless hours of surfing the web, it’s obvious that most of my information comes from these avenues. I very rarely turn on the TV, and I NEVER watch the news. Maybe that’s why I’m usually in a fairly good mood. This is not all bad. Well, it ain’t all good either, but it is what it is.

But, this morning, when I asked my Google companion, “OK Google, what’s the temperature?” She replied, “The current temperature in McKinney is 68 degrees.” Well, I replied, “I love you Google.” She didn’t answer, as it wasn’t in the proper questioning format.

OK, this is crazy. I just this moment said, “OK Google, I love you.” She just replied, “Really! It feels good to be loved.” I have way too much times on my hands and spend too much time with my devices.

So, anyway, I went for a wonderful walk this morning. I even needed a light jacket. After several days in the 90’s, it felt divine.

Later on, I sat with my iPad, checking Facebook and found some interesting words of wisdom that friends, family, and others had shared.

And after a beautiful morning and afternoon, another FaceTime with my adorable granddaughter, I went out for an evening walk. Two walks in one day. Great! When I checked my step counter app on my phone, I was at 5.8 miles. Hmmm? Being an over achiever, I decided to March around the kitchen and family room until I got up to 6 miles even. Weird! I know! That’s me.

I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday, too. πŸ€—

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

5 Mar

” I don’t watch much television or read the newspaper, so I get all the news, political advice, and words of wisdom I need from my Facebook page. Sad, isn’t it?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s true. I don’t watch much tv anymore, and the news is just depressing these days. I do love Facebook though. There’s a lot of nonsense and stupid stuff on there too, but I just scroll past it. I enjoy seeing my friend’s artwork, or seeing new baby pictures of family and friends or beautiful photos of sunsets and road trips that people go on. I want to see and learn beautiful things, NOT sad and disgusting things.

” Surround yourself with beautiful people and beautiful things because life is beautiful and you are beautiful, too. ~ Me

Words of wisdom from my Facebook friends…

Wednesday Words of Wisdom~ Sharing is Caring

30 Jan

β€œIt’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

― Mother Theresa

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One of my greatest joys in life is making someone smile, and knowing that maybe, a little something I did put that smile on their face. It doesn’t matter if it’s my friends or family, or the janitor or the hardworking clerk at the Dollar Tree. Just a simple smile or personal greeting could make someone’s day. You never know.

My talents are a gift from God, and my time and efforts are gifts from me to share with others. Sunday, when I took some brownies over to Fire Station 9, I asked them when Captain Desiree would be back, as she was out a few weeks on a medical leave. They said she would be back Monday, so, I got up early Monday and made a huge container of penne pasta with meat sauce to take over for their lunch or dinner. I do love to cook. Just a kinda welcome back for the captain and crew. See those smiles.

Yesterday, I offered to take Bella to the Vet for Mr. Mike. He’s always busy and traveling, on a plane or on the phone. She was overdue for some shots, etc. Plus, he’s always helping me by fixing things, technology questions, unjamming my garage door, replacing my doorbell, coming over when my car is dead, changing smoke alarm batteries, etc. Bella is very comfortable and feels safe with me, so when we spent over two hours at the Vet, it was a nice way to help out.

This afternoon, I met with my friend Rick, a very talented local photographer. He and Isabelle go to St. Gabriel too, and until now, we have been mostly Facebook friends. Rick offered to give me some ideas about putting together a photo book of my artwork and poetry. He had admired one of my watercolors of the historic prison building on the square, so I offered to give him a print of the original when we met. He insisted on paying me, but I insisted that if I took his money, then it wasn’t a gift. Sharing is caring.

There are so many little things we can do every day to share a smile with the world. It just takes a little thought and a little time.

Ok, I thought this one was funny! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

Wednesday Words of Wisdom from Facebook

23 Jan

“The majority of my information, news and words of wisdom, I’ve learned from Facebook.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I don’t watch television much anymore, and I avoid the news like the plague lately. But, I do spend way too much time on Facebook. I love keeping up with old friends, family, and making new friends. I’ve learned a lot, and I like reading words of wisdom that people share to inspire the rest of us. Here’s a few things I’ve read just today.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom on Facebook

14 Nov

“Inspiration can be found pretty much anywhere, even on Facebook.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I have a lot of friends who are prolific readers. I admire them, but for some reason, I can’t hold still long enough to read anything longer than the Wednesday grocery sale ads that come in the mail. Novels are too long and put me to sleep, then because I’m old, I’ll forget where I left off and have to start from the beginning. Therefore, most of my reading and information and news is gleaned from my Facebook page.

It’s always fun to keep up with family and friends through photos, jokes, and messages. But, I also find a lot of inspirational quotes posted by many of my friends. So, I decided to pick out and share just a dozen “Words of Wisdom” that I found on my Facebook page today.

Words of Wisdom….

Friday:) From Here to There

2 Nov

“Your whole world can change in an instant. Savor every moment.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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When everything was covered in a blanket of snow for Halloween yesterday, I thought how much the weather changed in just a matter of a couple of days. One day, I was playing outside with my granddaughter, splashing in the puddles and tossing the bright red fall leaves up in the air. Then, suddenly, she’s bundled up in snow pants, boots and mittens, making a snowman. It’s all fun and games when you’re 2 1/2. I’m getting too old for that nonsense.

Here’s that beautiful tree that was bursting with red-orange leaves just a couple of days ago. Look how sad it is now.

I’m glad that I can celebrate all the changes in life that come my way. All that matters is that I have the greatest family and friends to celebrate with.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

30 Oct

“Always listen to small children. They are the sincerest and wisest people.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, Gamma duty is officially over. Mom and Dad got home this afternoon, and I survived without incident. Whew! Oh, my little grand-daughters shared so many hugs and kisses… and their colds, runny noses and sore throats. Well worth the price of admission.

Tip of the day: Here’s what I learned from my little grandchildren. We should all follow this advice. Eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired, wear exactly what you want every day, and make all your demands clearly known by screaming them out at the top of your lungs until all your demands are met.

More food Gamma, and make it snappy!

Apply makeup like this… you always want to look pretty.

Keep a tidy house. You never know when you’re going to have company.

Life is like a board game. Sometimes you have to be sorry and occasionally some of the pieces are missing. Move on.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

5 Sep

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Affirmations are our mental vitamins, providing the supplementary positive thoughts we need to balance the barrage of negative events and thoughts we experience daily.”

― Tia Walker

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I find that sometimes words of wisdom, inspirational quotes, and even some song lyrics can make me feel better and inspire me. Sometimes a song speaks to me or a quote brightens my day. And yes, positive personal affirmations are a must. My personal daily affirmation is, “I AM AMAZING!” Plus, I have a bracelet that says som and a lot of other people trained to confirm that statement. I say, Toni is….?” And they respond “AMAZING!” I love it when your friends play along with your silliness.

Here are some words of wisdom for today, and feel free to borrow my affirmation because YOU! My friend… ARE AMAZING!!!!