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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



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.

Wednesday:) My Wiggly Worm World

3 Jul

“Life is like a wiggly worm. Sometimes you are going about your business when a big storm comes up, forcing you to come up for air so as not to drown.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I have found as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten bolder, or perhaps more desensitized to the phobias of my youth. The sight of a doctor’s needle would make me light headed and faint. Then, When I was ill, I had to give myself Lovenox injections in my belly for ten days, on several occasions. Now, no fear of needles.

I used to scream at the sight of a mouse or a snake. Now, look out creepy critters, just move along. Last week, my neighbor had a dead bird in her birdbath and screamed. I got a paper towel and removed it.

Then, there is the notorious wiggly worm. I always hated going fishing. Not because I’d have to put the slimy worm on the end of the hook, (I refused) but because it seemed so inhumane. So, now when I go walking, I do not hesitate to pick up and rescue a wiggly worm who is writhing and struggling on the sidewalk after a storm. This poor worm was drying up on the sidewalk in the summer heat. He thanked me when I placed him in the cool grass. Yes, I am the worm whisperer.

Every worm can’t be rescued, but if I see one in distress, I attempt to save it, no hesitation.

Whenever I rescue a worm, it reminds me so much of life. There are times when we struggle, all alone and in pain, wiggling around just trying to survive. Sometimes someone comes along to lift us up and carry us to safety. Perhaps, we are motivated to assist another helpless creature to survive another day. We are all God’s. features, great and small. We need to help one another. Worldly worm words of wisdom.


Various specialists report that certain species have the potential to live 4-8 years. In protected culture conditions (no predators, ideal conditions) individuals of Allolobophora longa have been kept up to 10 1/4 years, Eisenia foetida for 4Β½ years and Lumbricus terrestris for 6 years.



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Earthworm Facts – BIOLOGY JUNCTION

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From Facebook

26 Jun

“All the wisdom and wonderful quotes on life I’ve learned on Facebook… just today. Really! Ha!”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I am a self-confessed Facebook addict. Do they have a support group for that? Maybe I should start one on Facebook. Ha! My favorite part is keeping up with friends and relatives, and photos of new babies and old grandmas, and long lost cousins in China, (Hi Michael), and don’t even get me started on the fantastic artwork posted by my artist friends.

Then, there are those great quotes and words of wisdom. So many of them speak out to me, and I tend to answer back. Today, I decided to glean and copy a few of my favorites that I read just today. (I have a lot of deep friends.)

There were so many that I put 4 in a collage, times 4, with my own personal reply or thought that I had when I read each one. I’m sure you might have a comment or two of your own. Feel free…

That’s a lot of wisdom for just one day. Isn’t it?

The post that touched my heart the deepest was this one, and I had quite a few people comment on this. All my friends and family know that after being with the man that I loved for over 43 years, that he was able to walk away five years ago without so much as a single word, and now I am just a stranger to him. I commented that there was nothing stranger than that. Now, that’s pretty sad!

But, the other quotes above are true. I’m writing new chapters, I’m on plan Q in the alphabet, and God has provided many Angels along my path. And, now that I’ve walked through Hell, I walk like I own the place.

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Take No Prisoners

30 Apr

“Once we are destined to live out our lives in the prison of our mind, our duty is to furnish it well.”

~Peter Ustinov


This picture reminds me that sometimes we can be prisoners of our own thoughts. Fortunately for me, my thoughts while taking this picture were, “How lucky am I to have such great friends and a great life.” We were walking around the square, and having lunch after Art Club. I thought this would make a funny photo. I live in a wonderful city, I have great friends and family, and I have a very good life. A few years ago, my thoughts were not as positive and happy. I am no longer a prisoner of my hurts, pain, and negative thoughts.

No one can make you a prisoner of your painful thoughts but you.”

~ Me

Wednesday:Words of Wisdom~ “The Disease Called More”

20 Mar

” If you’re always searching for more, more wealth, more excitement, more love, more status, etc., you’ll never see that you already have enough. It’s been there all along.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


How much is enough? Do you ever ask yourself that question. Probably not. But, there are so many people out there who are always looking for the elusive “MORE.”

I wake up every single morning and say, “Thank you for your blessings.” I don’t know how I came to be so blessed, but I’m grateful every day. Gratitude also means sharing and caring.

Some people may think that they’ve earned everything that they have, and that they deserve so much more. They feel no gratitude to anyone or anything. Unfortunately, those people will never have enough. They will never be happy. They always NEED MORE.

Upon the suggestion of my younger son, Matt, I’ve become interested in meditation. I’ve listened to several YouTube segments, but this morning, I ran across some words of wisdom from Wayne Dyer. I learned a little, I smiled a little, and I cried a little. It’s weird, I didn’t cry for myself, but for all the people who will never understand the concept of “ENOUGH.” I cried for the people who don’t like themselves or the people around them. I cried because they will never know true love, happiness and contentment. But, I keep those people in my prayers. Maybe someday….

If you can’t get this video clip below, try YouTube and type in this topic. It’s not short, but it’s good.

Wayne Dyer πŸŒ€ Stop Wasting Time And Start Greatness,Turn Your No Limit Person From Zero To Hero

Saturday:) Sights, Sounds, and a Special Sign

3 Mar

“When the universe sends you a sign and places it right at your feet, pick it up, read it, and live it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


She made broken look beautiful

and strong look invincible.

She walked with the Universe

on her shoulders and made it

look like a pair of wings.”

― Ariana Dancu


I walked in the murky misty morning. It was cold, but I wore three layers, and hat and gloves kept me comfortable. I might have just stayed in my jammies all morning, but Bella was in need of a walk, so we ventured out and pranced around the pond. I dropped her off at home and continued my walk. For some reason, the mist and gloom was invigorating. All bundled up, I felt like an invincible soldier, with long strides and arms pumping to the cadence. (I’m from Chicago- we are tough.)

The birds were chirping and singing sweet songs, not realizing that it was freezing out. I didn’t see another single soul out walking as I pranced my 2.2 miles around the neighborhood. Even though it was grey and gloomy, I enjoyed the sights along my regular route. I especially love the interesting Heart shapes that Mother Nature provides in the strangest places.

About a mile into my walk, a tiny sliver of paper in the grass caught my eye. I just kept walking, then did an about face and went back to pick it up. Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see what it said. It was was one of those slips of paper that comes in a fortune cookie. Hmm? A sign, perhaps?

Ah… a perfect message and sign waiting there just for me. I always say,”If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.” A sign from the universe? A sign from my guardian angel? My take on it… always keep kindness within your heart, and you can’t help but share it with others.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From Facebook

6 Feb

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”

~Marcel Proust


I don’t watch much television nowadays, and I NEVER watch the news. Therefore, most of my worldly information and entertainment comes from Facebook. Sad, right? But, I do glean wonderful words of wisdom from my many friends who post great quotes.

Here is what made me smile, cry, ponder, commiserate with, and learn from on Facebook just today…

Yep, I’m going to take that trip, buy the shoes and eat LOTS of cake.