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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~ Family

6 Dec

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

~Michael J. Fox

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Today’s words of wisdom is correct. Family is the most important thing in the world. It’s everything. Family isn’t always a relative or blood relation. Family consists of the people who love you unconditionally and you love them right back. People come into your life and people go. The ones who stay are real family.

I have been blessed with a wonderful family. How about you?

Sunday Sermon and Women of Steel (Stihl)

14 Oct

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”

– Nancy Rathburn

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A dark and gloomy Sunday morning, but this afternoon, the sun is out. Yay!

Today’s Gospel from Mark was the story of Jesus being asked by a wealthy man, what he must do to inherit eternal life. The wealthy man said that he followed the commandments as he was taught.

“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,

“You are lacking in one thing.

Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor

and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

At that statement his face fell,

and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,

“How hard it is for those who have wealth

to enter the kingdom of God!”

The disciples were amazed at his words.

So Jesus again said to them in reply,

“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle

than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

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My take on it… my concept of what wealthy truly means here is not that you can’t have any possessions or have money, but if you are so obsessed with money and so greedy that you don’t help those less fortunate, then you have only accumulated treasures on earth and will not be welcome in heaven. When you are blessed, you need to share your blessings. Words to live by.

After Mass, I stopped and had coffee with Mr. Jerry. We laughed and joked around, shared of few family stories, and looked at each other’s grandchildren pictures on our phones. Then I said, “Mr. Jerry, you’ve known me for a long time, I want to ask you a serious question, and I want you to be perfectly honest. Do you think I’m goofy?” I thought it would be interesting to get an honest perspective on what a male friend thinks about me. I know all my girlfriends would say I was wonderful, but girlfriends are not always going to tell you the truth. I wanted in unbiased opinion.

Mr. Jerry thought a while and didn’t know what to say. I rattled off, “Do you think I talk too much? Am I too silly. Is it weird that I talk to strangers or hug people at church?” He thought a few more seconds and said, “I don’t think you’re too silly or goofy. BUT… There is that one time you crashed that Mexican man’s funeral at St. Michael’s.” We laughed. Oh, I forgot about that. I saw all the cars and thought it was an Ash Wednesday service. Well, it turned out to be a funeral, so I just stayed for the Mass and prayed for a man named Juan that I never met.

Jerry said, “Those are all good things and what makes you a nice person.” Okay. Well I guess that was honest enough.

Mr. Jerry went home to watch football, and I stopped at the store to get groceries and stock up on some sales. I like to get great sales on canned goods, etc. so I can take them over to the food pantry or share with the new moms over at the Bella House shelter.

As in today’s Gospel, it’s important to share your blessings. I don’t consider myself wealthy, but I sure have been blessed.

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As I was sitting here writing and flipping through the channels on TV, I noticed a show called STIHL TIMBERSPORTS. I was fascinated because I have a couple of friends who are pretty important people in the STIHL Corporation. Stan Crader and his son Justin are a couple of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. When I was watching the show, there were these strong powerful women competing in different events using chain saws, and axes, in rather dangerous looking situations. I thought to myself, “Now, those are some women of STEEL”

As women, we need to be strong inside and out. And, I guess it doesn’t matter what other people think, as long as we know what we’re made of. Steel… we’re made of steel.

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

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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.

Friday:) Follow Your Heart

8 Sep

“The harder you look for love, the harder it is to find.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Last month, I wrote a story about the heart shapes that I find on my walk. Sometimes they are air pockets in the concrete, or tar stains in the street, or dried up worms. The day I decided to search for some hearts to photograph, I could only find six heart shapes. The harder I looked, the less I found. Normally, I see so many. The point is, I was looking too hard.

So today while I was walking, I glanced down and saw a heart. Hmm… I decided to just count the shapes as I walked. They didn’t have to be perfect, they didn’t have to be on the street, but most importantly, I was just going to count them and be on my way. No looking for perfection, not searching desperately for the shape, not stopping to take the perfect picture.

Guess what happened? I noticed heart shapes everywhere. I walked for over an hour and just counted and kept track in my head. Instead of 6 hearts ❤️, I counted 65 hearts ❤️. Yes, 65.

You know why? I wasn’t searching. I wasn’t looking for for a perfect heart. I wasn’t just looking at the ground. I was just enjoying my walk and enjoying the day. I even noticed one in the clouds above me.

So, always follow your heart ❤️ and remember, “The harder you look for love, the harder it is to find.” Words of wisdom to live by. Enjoy the walk, enjoy your life.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day and A Taste of Home

5 Sep

“A Pizza Slice a day keeps Sadness Away.”

― Jet Paacal

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A very nice Tuesday. It wasn’t a scorching day, but rather comfortable, cool, and overcast this morning. Zumba at 8:30 am at the YMCA and then a long walk when I got home. While I started out on my walk, enthralled by the glorious day, I found a rusty nail in a neighbor’s driveway. I need to save a stranger from a flat tire. I thought, there’s no trash to throw this away for miles, but I can’t just leave it here or throw it in the grass. I’ll just carry it in my hand as a reminder.

Tip of the day… keep a reminder close by, close to your heart, an object that symbolizes something special. The nail I carried around with me reminded me of the nails on a cross. Someone who gave His life for us. He suffered for our sins, and He said, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” That’s why it’s important to look out for your neighbor. It may sound hokey, but that’s how I think. As I continued my walk, I picked up newspapers in driveways that had two or three strewn on the sidewalk and street. I carefully placed them by the front door behind a bush or pillar. I had just seen a video from a burglar who said how he targeted houses to rob. One thing he looked for was more than one newspaper in the driveway, a possible sign that people were not home or on a vacation.

We need to look out for one another. Not just your family, friends, and neighbors, but even strangers.

The afternoon flew into evening. I made plans to have dinner with my good friend Linda Grossman (World’s Greatest Realtor-blatant plug). Linda and I have our Chicago ties, so we decided to go to Rosati’s for pizza. Ah… they have wonderful deep dish pizza, almost as good as Chicago pizza…almost. It was great and I ate too much. Yum! Look at this!

A reminder of home. This reminder will be in my heart and on my hips for quite a while. Well worth the price.

Tuesday:) Tip of the Day~ Put Visitors to Work

22 Aug

“When your sister comes for a long visit, put her to work. That’ll teach her.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.”

Demi Lovato

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My sister is visiting for two and a half weeks, so I wanted to make her feel at home. What better way to feel at home than to do some housework and outdoor chores. She asked if she could help with anything. Who am I to deny her request?

I’m having a new house anniversary celebration in a couple of days, so I wanted to clean the patio and outdoor furniture. I hosed down the concrete floor and metal furniture, then handed her the patio furniture sealer. She polished all the furniture and straightened up the patio while I went for a walk. (She offered.) I’m not afraid to ask for help anymore.

The backyard looks great, doesn’t it?

My tip for the day…If someone offers to help you, take them up on it. That’ll teach ’em.

Friday and Fractions:) Thank a Teacher

17 Aug

“I always used to think that fractions, algebra, and geometry would never come in handy in my old age. Today, I needed to add 2/3 and 1/4, and find the LCD to make my brownies. Thank you to all my math teachers.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

-Tom Brokaw

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https://youtu.be/SFnMTHhKdkw

I was looking through my Facebook posts today and stumbled across a TED Talk that my friend Vivian shared about teachers. Rita Pierson describes the importance of teaching. Now that it’s back to school time, and all the parents are happy that school is back in session and out of their hair, I’m sure all the teachers are sad that summer vacation is over, but are ready and willing to meet the challenge of a new year.

Being a former teacher in a previous life in a galaxy far far away, known as the 70’s/80’s, I appreciated Ms. Pierson’s narrative. Teachers do make a difference in everyone’s life, whether you are willing to admit it or not. I was blessed with many wonderful teachers, and I may not remember each name, but I remember all that they taught me. I still keep in touch with my old art teacher, Mr. Deeks Carroll. Now, retired, I still think about how he showed us his passion for art. He treated us like equals, because in his eyes, we were all learning, including himself. “Love ya, Mr. C.”

This afternoon, I was making a batch of brownies. I don’t follow recipients carefully, I always approximate. But, this box called for 2/3 cup oil and 1/4 water. All the other boxes only used 1/2 oil, so I wanted to see what ratio that was and only use 1/2 Cup oil.

I strained my brain and said, I need to find the LCD least common denominator. Aren’t you impressed that I still know that? 12 is the LCD so 2/3 is 8/12 and 1/4 is 3/12. That’s a total of 11/12. Aha! I still could guesstimate, almost 1/2 and 1/2, just a little less of something. So, I added 1/2 oil and just a smidgeon (technical baking term) less than 1/2 cup water. Voila! Math making brownies!!!

I’d like to thank all the teachers who make the world a better place. The brownies are perfect.