Before You Leave Your House…


I know, it’s another strange title. I seem to be so noted for those it seems, don’t I? Or maybe you kind readers haven’t noticed any such thing? Or maybe you are so used to seeing my odd titles and really are thinking nothing of it! That would kind of be nice, or maybe they really aren’t all that odd after all. Oh my goodness, but I always can find myself digressing easily. Maybe none of you kind readers noticed that either? But you have, I do it and I am always pointing it out! Anyway, before you leave your house is there anything in particular you do? I don’t mean you make sure the door is locked either! We all do that, right? At least I hope so, if not please do start doing so!

I am talking about the one thing you do upon leaving the house. I don’t want to call it a ritual, that sounds just not right. Kind of too magical, mystical, mysterious…Let’s leave that to Autumn who writes those beautiful poems of magic and all, OK? I was leaving my house today and this thought just popped into my head.

Surely I’m not the only one who has thing to check or do before they leave their house. You know one of those quirks we do, by routine? Quirk is a fun word, we’ll go with that one… Everybody has them, I just know it! Wouldn’t it too strange if it was case that nobody has these quirks? No, it just can’t be!  Well, I know someone else who has the one thing they must make sure of before heading out the door. Yes, that other person would be Autumn. It’s not just a Twinnie thing, I just know you all have some little quirk! 🙂

If I fess up and then tell on the Twinnie with her permission of course, will you all share your quirk? I sure hope so, I really don’t want it to be only the Twinnies sharing. OK, here goes with my “must do” before I leave the house. Nobody needs to laugh either…Well, unless you can’t control yourself! I have a fairly large angel in my entryway…I have to check on my angel before I open my door to go outside. It does sound strange, but it has to be positioned “just so”. Oh no, do I detect laughter? It’s OK, when typing this out it does sound kind of nutty! Oh well, we all need our quirks is my theory. The reason I do this? It started before I lost my little 17 year old siamese cat Sapphire. I used to check on her before I left the house, so the angel has replaced that. I am not able to find it in my heart to replace Sapphire  just yet and I will know when the time is right. It wasn’t that awfully long ago, I am still grieving her loss. So, in the meantime I check the angel…Am I sounding a bit neurotic yet?

Which leads me to Autumn’s quirk, her two kitties Cassie and Shadow are still thankfully living, and yes she checks them. She has to make sure neither of them has got into a closet or another not good place…I know the feeling well. So maybe the Twinnie’s quirk  is more normal? Who’s to say, what is normal anyway is my other thought? Well, kind readers, any of you feel like sharing? I sure would appreciate it, Autumn is curious, too and sharing really is fun! Come on, it will be fun…Join in! 🙂 🙂

Lions in love … by Autumn


What a sight to see

the love that can be

in the wild so free

the lady and the lion

a happy sign

the lioness says it’s love for sure

as she looks so demure

the lion says it’s love for real

it’s the deal, with a happy seal

the lovely couple  smiles

they also have traveled some miles

so you see it’s true

they have said “I do”

as you can tell

the lion family is doing well

they smile and we can guess

they love the best

and as they go though life

they will be lion and wife 🙂
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Dolphins at Sunset ~ by Autumn


What a beautiful sight

the dolphins at night

sunset time

they look so fine

jumping so high

are they waving goodbye?

they seem a happy pair

so unaware

that many smile at their games

they seem so tame

the moonlight shimmers

and the water glimmers

can you hear their dolphin call ?

they seem to sing

and they begin

to jump and dive

so much alive

happy and free

the way it should be …

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Snow Globes… ~by Gabby Angel


I always found snow globes  rather fascinating, so does Autumn. Wonder who doesn’t like snow globes, after all…They are just magical fun. If you don’t like snow globes, feel free to say so. Even if it will totally crush us twinnies! Kidding, we are all grown up…At least most of the time. 😉

What got me on the subject of snow globes? Wandering into my favorite local craft/gift shop. Trying to finish up the minor little details of the shopping for Christmas gifts. Never have I seen such a child so intrigued with a snow globe. I have many friends and family, seen happy and awed reactions…But this little boy was smitten with this snow globe. I stumbled (not literally) upon him sitting on the floor in the back section of the shop. His mother had wandered off to look at something else, not a good thing to do. I mean, come on now…Kids can move fast, can do unpredictable things and all that. Plus, it’s just not safe!

But, this little boy was quiet and lost in the magic of that snow globe and really behaving. I didn’t think he even noticed me, so I was surprised when he gave me a smile. Holding up the  snow globe (be careful cute little boy, it’s breakable!) he proudly announced “Look Bambi is inside here and it’s snowing“. That was so darn cute, I had to laugh. Of course I admired the snow globe, Bambi and all. The little boy told me his name was Tristan and we had a nice little chat for a few minutes and were joined by the shop owner and the missing mother.

Seems, Tristan’s mother had paid for her purchases and oops, forgot Tristan and realized he was gone when she reached her car! A very hectic time of the year, I felt sorry for her she was so embarassed and also quite teary eyed. The shop owner and I reassured her no harm was done and Tristan was safe after all. They paid for the snow globe and got ready to leave…Not until she apologized again. They left with friendly goodbyes, but she had a strong hold of Tristan’s hand!

Snow globes can be mesmerizing, that was one point of my relating this shopping adventure. Second point, please don’t get so busy, harried and worried about your shopping that you leave your child behind by mistake! Last but not least, third point…Let’s please do remember the reason for the season!

Close Encounter…With a Skunk! by Gabby Angel


It was just a little after the darkness fell for the night. Thinking nothing of that fact, I realized I had left a bag of books in my car. I had stopped by Autumn’s house earlier and she had finished reading these books of mine, so she sent them home with me. They were perfectly safe in the car, but it’s how my mind works. I wanted them in the house, so I could put them away. I will admit, yes I also file them in alpabetical order…because I am just a bit neuoritic about some things.

My OCD behavior almost called for a close encounter…With a skunk! Just like the title states, this isn’t just a catchy title it really happened. I thankfully spotted the dreaded skunk before I got to close to it. I am still a bit upset just thinking about the whole deal. I can’t believe at first glance I thought it was perhaps a cat, glad I took the second look before preceding!

I may sound strange, but it really did freak me out. In all my years of camping, living in a rural area and all my many travels… I have never been that close to one of these creatures. They aren’t as cute as Flower in the movie Bambi I need to say. Bambi, a movie I cannot watch to this day…That’s a whole other blog though. I have a very bad case of what I call Bambi syndrome. You know, the heartbreak of hearing about anything involving hunting. Anyway, I digress as usual.

I have to be honest, on spotting this skunk I literally flew back inside the safety of my house. Seriously, I raced like the wind! Some of you reading this may be laughing, but it wasn’t funny.Please don’t be laughing…It was scary! I wonder who else has had an encounter or a similiar skunk scare tale to share. For all your sakes I hope not, for real.The weirdest part of this whole thing, Autumn had told me just last week how she saw a skunk in her yard while looking out a window. I just said, yeah twinnie…It was probably a cat! I did call her to tell her of the near disaster and told her I was sorry I doubted her. She was nice and quite relieved I had escaped the possible skunk spraying me…Yuck again at the mere thought. It was nice to hear her comforting voice after such an experience. TF <3=Twins Forever, after all. Sticking by each other’s side no matter what.

Well, needless to say I will be careful and ever so watchful the next time I venture out of the house after dark…You never know where they may be lurking!

The Twins Love Camping by Gabby Angel


This business of camping, we were born into a family with Mom and Dad both loving the outdoors and the mountains. Our first camping trip would have been maybe at 5 months old! Obviously neither Autumn or I would have memories of that. We were so blessed to have a family owned cabin in the mountains, it was so beautiful set in a breath taking setting.

All our lives both Autumn and I have always been most serene, calm and completely at peace in those mind blowing mountains. It’s where you find yourself able to think, meditate and at times find answers to problems. Anway, the trip in particular I am going to tell you about the twinnies are about 8 years old. This trip was set for the whole entire weekend, it was going to be so much fun. It was going to be Mom, Dad and the twins along with 2 little sisters.

Dad was taking off early Friday and we took off about noon with Autumn and I dancing about with excitment. We helped Mom pack the car and ready to roll when Dad got home we were! Off we went with and within one half hour we saw the cabin in sight, yay we were here! Autumn and I helped put clothes, food and things away because we loved to help. 🙂 We would first have a little picnic because everything tastes much better outdoors.

Dad got to grilling and Mom got salads and things ready, happily eating because after that a hike to the little creek just a short walk away. Which was best because each parent had ahold of a little sisters hand, but keeping their eyes on Autumn and I. Stopping to pick some wildflowers, those little sisters picked more stems and grass blades than flowers.  We thought we had taught them better than that! On to the creek where we happily played in the water, skipped some stones with Dad and just had a good old time. Autumn who had gotten a little too spunky took a tumble in the creek, I followed trying to grab hold of her. It wasn’t deep but we carried on because we had scared our little selves. Dad hauled us out of the creek and as it was a nice sunny warm day our shorts and tops dried quickly. Small lecture for us again, even though we knew about water safety an how this was not a planned swimming aventure. Autumn and I nodded our heads solemnly and were back to the edge of the creek with Dad trying to catch minnows.

Never, ever a dull moment with the two of us and how embarassing the little sisters were being good. Soon we headed back to the cabin and played some outside collecting little stones because we found them fascinating for some odd reason. We entertained ourselves while Dad snoozed in the hammock and Mom lounged on a blanket with the little sisters. Before we knew it time for supper and after that time for bed. Mom and Dad got some alone time to chill out and relax on the enclosed porch. All of a sudden a big racket, what was happening? Autumn and I woke up, the little sisters woke up and Mom came in to settle us all down. It was a pair of racoons that had showed up, tipping over the garbage can and whatever other mischief they could find! They are very curious creatures after all and we had been told that often. Dad scared them away and took the garbage can and locked in the shed. Sadly for Autumn and I we had missed them and were sure they just might return the next night. We all fell asleep soon after the racoon adventure, with another fun day to look forward to!

Dad went off fishing downstream and we all played in the water, this time we didn’t miss the next animal excitement. Way down close to where Dad was, we saw a big old bear running away as fast as it could over the bank heading away from Dad! It shook us all up a bit, but Mom and Dad herded us off back to the cabin, not quite sure what the bear was up to. How cool in a strange way to see a bear and thankfully running way, not towards us. Something that sticks with me to this day, happy we saw it but glad it didn’t come close to check us out!

The rest of the weeked uneventful with the animal scene, but fun and before we knew it we were packing up to come home! Another camping trip over , but many followed this one and no, we never did see another bear!

The Twins Run Away From Home~ By Gabby Angel


The twins at 5 years old took a bold and gutsy move. We ran away from home!Thinking of this still makes me laugh at our silly selves…We up and ran away clear down the block to our Nana’s house. Yes, I know but when you are 5 years old and pouting at your parents you just throw caution to the wind! 😉 Why were we pouting? Well, if you are following my twin memories…You will remember Autumn and I got a new baby sister just the year before. We loved her, thought she was cute and all..But she took up a lot of Mom’s time.

OK, I admit we were good and huffy, just stomping our feet (literally) mad at Mom and needing attention! How embarassing to think of it now, we had Dad but he was at work this fine early summer day. Autumn and I just got it into our heads we would just take ourselves on our own little jaunt. Right straight to our beloved Nana. This gets dramatic, we packed our smallest little girl suitcases with an odd assortment of clothes and of course our favorite treasures. Mom was of course listening in andhearing our every complaint. “Mom will miss us when we’re gone”, “We won’t come back until we are good and ready” Ha, we’ll show her”. On it went with each complaint accompanied with a stomp, I have to state here that stomping was not encouraged at our house either!

Autumn and I gathered our belongings, dramatically making our exit. We were thought we were quite slick, but Mom was watching our every move. Watching us as we trotted off hand in hand to our Nana’s, Mom was on the telephone with our Nana the whole time! Nana hung up when we amid a flurry of drama waltzed our sorry little selves through the door. She greeted us with hugs and smiles like always, saying “what a nice surprise girls!”

She was behaving like nothing was wrong, so of course we pipe up with our complaints! Nana proceeded to distract us with baking cookies, playing with her kitty Pearlie and later hanging out under our favorite spot the willow tree. After all was said and done she had us forgetting all about our huff at Mom!:) Our beloved and special Nana, well she fixed our sad little day and reminded us we were loved by many and jealousy was not attractive. We promised to be good big sisters and she walked us back home. Hugs for Mom and Dad who was home from work now, all was fine in our little worlds once again! We promised not to run away again without permission ;), laughable because we saw our Nana almost everyday.

! I have to add, it was of course a blessing to have our Nana and the parents we had because patience goes a long way when it come to us twinnies! 😉