Shopping Adventures… ~ By Gabby Angel

Autumn and I set out for a shopping trip a little earlier today. Being twins it’s fun this way and shopping really can be an adventure when it’s the two of us. We were just going to a little mall about 20 minutes away and visiting a couple of the stores.

I have a tendency to drag out our shopping a bit too long sometimes. Luckily, Autumn is not shy keeping me in line and twinnies don’t get insulted with these things.

Our first stop was a little clothing boutique we both love. We were in and out of there rather quickly, it’s a small shop and we both had a good idea what we were after. A sweater for me and some rocking boots for Autumn. The girl is addicted I tell you, like I have room to talk. I am almost as bad as she is. I can almost hear Autumn saying the same is true of me with sweaters, among other things of course. We twinnies do love our fashion.

On we went to everyone’s favorite Wal-Mart, they have just about everything you need at that store. The one near us is open 24 hours, it comes in handy for those of us with insomnia doesn’t it? OK, here I am digressing again…Back to the twinnie’s shopping.

We didn’t argue over who pushed the cart by the way, we used to when we were younger sometimes.( I bet she loved me sharing that bit of information.). 😉 We were cruising through the aisles, picking up our odds and ends.Debating long and hard over how I did/did not need a cute little clock, of course Autumn was right. I have more than my share of clocks, I’ve written a couple blogs concerning this matter.

As Autumn asked me, how did we end up in that aisle anyway and promptly took over steering the shopping cart. We meandered over to the greeting card aisle, we need cards for a couple birthdays. Causing a bit of a stir, cracking each other up with some of the musical cards. We twinnies can be quite silly at times, but it’s fun…Even when we attract attention by mistake. Autumn and I tend to forget we are not alone and need to refrain from the amusing “twin stuff” between ourselves.

The nice lady shopper we startled with the one blasting song “Celebrate” in the musical card, nicely forgave us our rudeness. Last stop was the laundry basket search… Yay! I had found a nice wicker one to replace my aging one. We got through the checkout in good time and headed for the car. Autumn was pushing the cart and I was carrying the wicker laundry basket. All of a sudden I fell, tripping over somebody’s soda can I hadn’t seen…How embarassing. My luck, some guy came running over to see if I was OK. Autumn and I had gathered a small audience, well only a handful of people were staring, but I was mortified.

I quickly got up, Autumn assuring me I had fallen gracefully by the way (how comforting) and we sent the caring guy on his way with thanks. I limped the short distance to the car, not hurt badly but my left knee was smarting a bit.

The good news was the wicker laundry basket was unharmed!

Happily ever After ~by Autumn Sunshine

We have love and magic, too

We will begin anew

Sunshine for you

as you always say

we really have found the right way

along the path of happy forever

from now on whatever

happens in our lives, we will be strong

always right and seldom wrong

so for now it seems so long

till we are together and love

with stars above

Shining so bright

every single night

as we walk along into tomorrow

no more sorrow

we are a team, it truly means

our lives will seem

all sorts of dreams

it’s all coming true

and I love you…

In the Shape of a Heart ~by Gabby Angel

I had listenend to my Jackson Browne CD, just the other day “The Best of Jackson Browne”. Many good songs on that CD, but one song stuck in my mind. Not because of the lyrics exactly, but more the tune and the title of the song. It’s called “In the Shape of a Heart”, the song kept coming back to me more than a few times. Then, an idea struck me! How many things do I own personally In the shape of a heart?

Surely I am not the only one who likes things shaped like a heart, of course not. I believe the most popular jewerly design is the heart and the cross. Right now we are talking hearts though. Although I do own a lot of cross earrings…Back to hearts, I can distract myself quite easily when thinking of earrings. At any rate, hearts and some of the odd, quirky or unusual things in the shape of a heart that I own? Then all of you can think about what objects you own in the shape of a heart, too.

We ladies are drawn to the heart shaped objects, because it symbolizies love aren’t we? Or perhaps because it makes us think of our own heart, if it’s an open and loving one specifically. Looking around here are some examples of objects I own “In the shape of a heart”. One of my personal favorites a real heart shaped flat rock, Dad found years ago. I do treasure that one, made by nature and found by my Dad. The next about a dozen craft type hearts: wooden, wicker,  hammered bronze and glass. A cute little tiny green colored clock in a heart shape, another clock of a kitty with a heart where the hands of the clock are located. A silver little heart shaped jewelry box, a cute little ceramic box, in the shape of a heart. A couple suncatchers hanging on my windows are very unusual and heart shaped. Several sets of windchimes, too and I do love the sound of those, who doesn’t? A wooden shelf with heart cutouts, it a fairly large one and angels adorn that particular shelf. That’s a whole other blog, those angels. Several heart shaped picture frames, can’t forget those.

Too many, and I do mean many, many earrings that feature a heart in some fashion. Just some examples of some of my assortment of heart shaped things. Oh my, to think a song started this blog…Jackson Browne I must salute you! Give the song a listen if you get a chance, he really is an awesome singer. If you listen to it please let me know if it kind of gets stuck in your head, won’t you? I would also be rather interested how many of you upon reading this were prompted to count your heart shaped objects, too.

I must now end this blog, I am off to take a count over at Autumn’s house. I wonder how many objects I can find of hers in “The Shape of a Heart”?

Sing to me … ~ By Autumn Sunshine

Sing to me

I love to be

listening to your guitar weep


me away…

I will stay

day after day

lost in love

stars above

white doves

happy smiles

endless miles

My Forever man

you can

take my hand

and walk in the sunshine…

with me

we’re free

let’s be

and see

only the love


just sing to me awhile

with your rocking style

I could look into your eyes


My Dandelion Memories ~ by Gabby Angel

As very young girls Autumn and I would pick dandelions to be used in making wine. As we were young, it was just fun because we were helping and we did love to help!  We learned you picked the dandelions in late morning to early afternoon when the flowers would be fully opened. *No, I won’t be boring and tell the whole process, you all can look it up if you feel compelled to get the recipe! 😉 Autumn and I watched all the time, love and patience put into making this wine and how it all was finally put into bottles to set for months.

I do need to say, while in that crock while brewing those dandelion heads and orange slices looked harmless dancing about together!  What is truly the key to how stong the wine gets is “the longer it sits, the stronger it gets”, well here I am  rhyming without intent!  Watching the grownups drinking this (not to excess) and enoying it just seemed so elegant in those pretty wine glasses.

When you are a young child, you listen when they say “this drink is not for children”. Well, as you get a bit older and hit about 15 years old, you just get more curious…At least that was the case for Autumn and me. Those bottles on the shelf seemed to be calling our names! So one fine Friday night, after everyone else was off to bed while Autumn and I were still awake chatting and listening to our music. When we clearly heard those wine bottles calling…”Gabby, Autumn come have a taste!” We got out those pretty wineglasses and felt ever so grown up and adult, filling those glasses full. I will confess I was pouring for us, Autumn was being far too giggly and dancing around over the new experience and adventure we were embarking on. We proceeded to down a few glasses, still chatting, laughing (everything seemes so funny!) and dancing …Just having a good old time of it. Before long, we were both feeling a bit tipsy, of course getting louder and Autumn was posing with her wineglass saying, “I look at least 18 now, don’t I?” Which cracked me up, giggling so hard and loud as guess who cranked up the music? 😉 Naturally it woke up our parents after awhile…We were being so quiet and careful just how did it happen that our Dad suddenly appeared? Much to our surprise Dad was kind of funny and said “Enough girls, you aren’t in trouble now but you will be in the morning” as he herded us off our beds.

. Leave it to bold Autumn, after Dad closed our door to say giggly and proudly…”I just knew it, see Gabs we aren’t even in trouble!” What a true joke that turned out to be, for real. Saturday morning rolled around and Dad rolled in waking us both up Very Loudly, singing a tune and saying “Come on girls, let’s rise and shine!” We both were awake by then, feeling lousy, headaches and just plain miserable.

Whining (No pun intended) ;), both of us carried on to Dad to let us sleep, we feel sick! “Of course you do, this is your lesson”, said Dad…”You found your own trouble, your punishment is one you brought on yourselves and now time to get around and get to your Saturday morning chores”. Dad was a wise one all right…Mom and him knew we wouldn’t need grounded or in any big trouble. Instead we got to haul those hangovers along with us as we did our chores! Yuck, it was a miserable day to say the least and these type of lessons learned sure do stay with you, trust me! 😉 🙂

My Heart ~ By Autumn Sunshine

My heart

You hold my heart

Treat it gently …

Twice in a life

I have found a forever love ~

Stars must be shining down

Right up above ~

What the fates have in store

We never know, love …

I just want more

I want forever and a day

With the wonder that

Is you

and I do

want more music

and smiles…

Sending Messages in a Bottle…BY Gabrielle Angel

I haven’t tossed a message in a bottle out to sea for a couple years now. That is a strange statement to make, isn’t it? I may have snagged a few people’s attention with that one.

Actually we don’t have a sea in PA, so I should have said River instead perhaps. One thing I did do was write them…Messages in a bottle. To Dave, it was a rather unusual pasttime of mine there for awhile. It sure did make a few family members and friends frown and kind of worry. One of the many odd things I did after he left this earth. Or is it odd? I suppose we all do what we must at the time.

I had read the Nicholas Sparks book “Message In a Bottle” and also saw the movie in 1999. Of course so did Autumn, we are both Nicholas Sparks fans. There are about 40 quotes in that movie, for real. Of course Autumn knew that fact! My writing the messages to Dave was better than writing in a journal. Although I did that, too.

It had been a joke Dave started actually, “After I’m gone send me messages in a bottle“. We had some very off the wall chats Dave and I, he had a quirky sense of humor and so do I. In so many ways, we made jokes and laughed when other people did the doom and gloom thing. I am in no way making light of losing him to cancer. I love him and miss him every day of my life. Both of us really had very high hopes he would beat the evil cancer quite honestly.

There is a song “Message in a Bottle” by The Police from 1979, too. Do you know there are shops all over the place, lots and lots of them. They are called Message in a Bottle Shops, so the trend has been popular for quite some time. People are using this as a wedding theme, and others are sending them to friends, family and loved ones. They are being given for birthdays, an anniversary, Valentine Day, Get Well and so many other occasions. That was kind of interesting to discover this fact. Who would have guessed?

I remember as kids Dad let Autumn and I toss a message in a bottle into our beloved Pine Creek. Dad and Mom really did let us twinnies do some fun things.

Does anyone reading this have any message in the bottle stories? Care to share them? I would love to know if anyone has ever done this. This whole thought and memory is one I was remembering earlier when thinking of Dave.  Of course I do that so often, think of Dave probably hundreds of times a day. Is that normal or healthy? I don’t know, it doesn’t really matter to me. We all do what we do, and anyway I never did claim to “do normal”. Either does Autumn, thank goodnessbecause the twinnies need this in common. Dave’s in Heaven, no doubt laughing like crazy about me telling this particular story of mine. I stopped writing the messages in a bottle to Dave, like I said about 2 years ago.

Hey, maybe it’s time to write another one?