Trick or Treat Twins~By Gabby Angel


This adventure features the twinnies and again the neighbor boys. Trick or Treating done on October 31st , Halloween here in the US, what fun! I know the day also means other things. Bear with me please, this involves costumes and all with Tim and Alex joining us. They have been featured with Autumn and I on several adventures now. As they were involved in many of our “twin memories”, this one too is begging to be written. Please read on, I think you will get a few smiles! Autumn and I had been planning our costumes for weeks. This one is at 6-7 years old, closer to 7 because our birthday is in January.

Back to the story, sorry but my mind gets ahead of me at times 😉 I wanted to be a princess, Autumn just begging to be Tinkerbell, seriously. No, we didn’t want to dress in similar costumes this time. As always, Autumn saying she knew Tinkerbell had blond hair. And no, she wasn’t asking Mom to go blond! 😉 Tim was going to be a pirate, Captain Hook he said since his buddy Autumn was going as Tinkerbell. I confess I did plead my case to Alex to be Prince Charming, to match my princess get-up. No way, he was being a cowboy…John Wayne, was one of his heroes at the time.

Halloween night rolls around and we all meet up with our Moms (Lucky them!) 😉 They walked with us around our neighborhood as went door to door, to what amounts to asking for candy and treats. Small town, traditions and all the kids were doing it…Also so very safe back then. We all were behaving fairly well. Autumn and Tim were teasing and pushing each other, but that was fairly normal for those two. I must say Autumn not pleased when Tim hooked his Capt. Hook “hook “in her fancy hair up-do! 🙂 The Moms got them settled down and on we went smiling, laughing and collecting so many treats!

Last block and no major mishaps, the Mom probably wanted to do a Happy Dance! Next house Mrs B she answered with a smile, opening the door. Oops, luck ran out..Autumn and Tim spotted her cat beside her and reached to pet her. Yikes poor Patches liked us all, but wasn’t in the mood to be petted. Off she went out the front door and up a tree! Patches was an inside cat but thankfully still had claws to climb and climb she did! Way, way up she climbed in the maple tree..Mrs. B. was very upset! She fetched nice Mr B. who got a ladder and coaxed Patches down close enough to reach her. Yay!! Mr. B. saved the day and all adults smiling now. The Moms hurried us away after good byes to Mr and Mrs B.

A lecture for Autumn and Tim, who had the nerve to start whining “We didn’t get treats from Mrs. B.” That ended our night of trick or tricking, no more houses were visited and we all retreated to our separate homes. The Moms no doubt to get some headache remedy or perhaps a small glass of wine! 😉 Halloween and trick or treating over for the year with one small mishap! 😉 Not really, it had caused plenty of commotion and attention to other parents and Trick or Treating kids. Not to mention poor Patches and Mrs B. She forgave of course, but Autumn and Tim’s stunt “haunted” them for months. 😉 It was talked about by many adult neighbors and kids as well…What a pair those two could be!  Hope you enjoyed this one and see you all soon! 🙂

The Twins, Neighbor Boys and A Haunted House~by Gabrielle Angel


Yes, another one of the us twinnies and those neighbor boys of ours. 🙂 We were all friends from a very young age of 3-4 years old. I know they were boys, but I have to say Tim and Alex were a lot of fun. Many happy twinnie memories of them and us.

This one Autumn and I were maybe 8 or 9 years old. The haunted house? Well, we were all convinced at the time it surely was! 😉 This is another memory that had me laughing like crazy when I reflected back to this particular day. Hope it makes you all laugh, too and trust me scary if only in our young minds! 🙂

A crisp Saturday in late September Tim and Alex came to fetch Autumn and I for a walk and to gather fall leaves. The boys knew we loved the pretty leaves and also a school project was due concerning leaves. So with parents permissions we were off, Alex and I leading. Naturally Autumn and Tim were lagging a bit behind, heaven only knows that crazy pair was cooking up. We never knew, Alex and I but we did learn to keep a careful eye on those two.

While Alex and I were gathering a leaf here and there, what were Autumn and Tim doing? Tossing leaves about, at each other and just being generally silly. At one point as we were strolling along we saw a leaf pile. Some poor innocent neighbor had raked the leaves ever so carefully into a tidy pile. When what happened next? Autumn and Tim were daring each other to jump in, after all weren’t piles of leaves meant to jump in? 😉

Is it any wonder Autumn turned into more the “wild child”, Tim was teaching her the ropes! Where, on the other hand my buddy Alex who was 1&1/2 years older was the calm, mellow and laid back one. It’s only my theory, those two spents lots of time together and what ideas they had between them! 🙂

Thankfully the neighbor didn’t come outside to witness their stunt & Alex kicked Autumn and Tim from the now messy leaves. He was a thoughtful boy that Alex, he saw a rake leaning against the tree and quickly tidied them up. My l own little hero he was. 😉

Once again back to our walking we happened upon the sad looking desserted house a few blocks away. It was rumored to be haunted by all the local neighbor kids, I do stress rumored! 😉 Alex and I being the sensible pair said “No we aren’t going to snoop around”. Like that stopped Autumn and Tim. Bold as could be those two went snooping about at each window, again daring each other to see if a door was open! Thankfully no, but clear from the back of the house we heard Autumn and Tim,” the snoops” screams.

Oh no! What now, Alex and I asked each other? Off to the back door we raced and there we saw a scared looking pair. “Look in this window!” Tim and Autumn insisted, holding on to each others hands slowly backing off the back porch. What do you suppose Alex and I saw upon looking in the window? Furniture and things with sheets covering them, a tall lamp did resemble a very skinny ghost-type person. With the stretch of an imagination, that is! That’s what had scared those two silly, Alex and I did have a laugh. 🙂 We walked back to the sidewalk to where they both stood waiting for us. Alex calmly explained what it really was, with much more patience than I had at the moment. They pretended to laugh and insist that they this  all along! 😉

We all walked back home gathering leaves, while Alex and I still shared a few smiles over Autumn and Tim’s “Ghost“! So you see, the house wasn’t haunted after all, another twin adventure comes to a close. 🙂

Her Christmas Shopping is Done!~Written by Gabrielle Angel


I had run in for a few items I needed into my little neighborhood store a bit earlier today. It really is the coolest store, family owned and they carry mostly grocery items. Not everything I use of course, but it saves the three mile trip to the other two larger grocery stores. Quite handy when I only need a few minor things.

They also have a nice selection of special little space for seasonal things for sale, too. These are made by the owner’s wife. Well, I just love going into “The Hometown Market” it’s just homey and friendly. 🙂 After greeting the owner and having a short chat, I started walking around ready to pick up my few items. Reaching for my last item, those much needed bread crumbs, I glanced to my left and saw a nice lady I knew. We had a good and fun chat, then she said something about what a relief it was she was to be ready for the holidays.

Thinking she meant Halloween,  which was first holiday in my mind I smiled. I  laughed saying I can’t buy candy that far ahead. The Trick or Treaters may not get any, I may be tempted to eat it,( I was kidding of course). 😉 Imagine my surprise when she said, no she had meant her Christmas shopping! I know it’s less than three months away now, but Wow!

Working in retail for many years I know I usually had Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving. For the day after Thanksgiving is the retailers nightmare, Black Friday. After then, I would just get too busy and stressed to think about doing any shopping at all. We chatted a little more and I headed to the checkout spot. Oh my goodness, in the back of my mind I kept thinking how cool it would be to have Christmas shopping done. I think I was obsessing a bit, I tend to do that some times. Come on, doesn’t everyone? 😉

It seems summer was just over and fall has just started, how in the world can Christmas be less than three months away? Time really does seem to fly, doesn’t it? Then I got to thinking about the snow and freezing weather we have here in PA, now it didn’t seem so far away! 😦

I mentioned this to Autumn in a phone conversation and she laughed at me. Not in a mean way, but she pointed out how I still had plenty of time for the Christmas shopping. Then she went on to remind me how we would still be having Indian Summer and it wasn’t going to snow anytime soon. OK, by the end of our chat I was calmed down.

It’s so comforting to have a twinnie, she will be my voice of reason when I start to freak out. I told her so and she laughed saying, that’s good since I was hers, too. Yay! TF <3=Twins Forever really is a blessing! 🙂 🙂

Hey! A Haunted Hayride..~BY Gabrielle Angel


This is a silly and fun memory that came back to me. It was triggered by seeing an advertisement for a Haunted Hayride. Well, when Autumn and I were younger we went on one of those. It was called a “Haunted Hayride”, but it was OK for kids…So not meant to be real scary.

Which is all well and good, unless you go on one of these adventures with boys. Autumn and I had good friends who were boys and also our neighbors. We were only about 11 years old and this ride was during the late afternoon and being held at a nearby farm. It also had a pumpkin patch, where after the ride we would be picking out a pumpkin.

It sounded like so much fun and our parents all agreed, our parents were dropping us off and picking us up. So Autumn, Tim, Alex and I were really looking forward to this outing. Our Dad dropped us all off and we were running for the big wagon filled with bales of hay,  a scarecrow anda few pumpkins…Looking so festive and Halloweeny.

It was Autumn’s and my first ever hayride and we were so excited! The boys had been on one the year before so they knew what was in store and what would be happening. They had assured us twinnies it wasn’t going to be scary. The nice driver and owner of the farm, Mr. G. who was a friend of our parents hopped up and got  behind the wheel…Off we went! There was a few other kids there as well, we knew a few of them. They were all nice, or so we thought.

Autumn and I didn’t know a couple of the boys were a little too rowdy. Well, we were  safe since we had our buddies Tim and Alex…We trusted those boys. On we rode and having a  very nice ride, Tim and Autumn were busy chatting to each together quietly. He seemed to be comforting her, ever since the “toad incident” he had been more protective of Autumn.

One of those rowdy boys started making scary sounds, and being annoying. Alex told him to stop it, but this guy wasn’t listening! His rowdy buddy was egging him on now and laughing. They were sitting kind of close to Alex and I, so I was getting a bit upset. Before I knew it, a big spider landed on my arm and I screamed! Next thing we knew another one landed on Autumn, she too screamed even louder! The spiders weren’t real of course, they were plastic.  Autumn and I didn’t realize this at first. We were both now being loud enough that Mr. G. pulled the wagon over. He was a very nice man, but not at all happy with these two rowdy boys. Mr. G. first calmed Autumn and I down with Tim and Alex’s help…Our heroes! 🙂 Autumn had been wondering about those two boys. That’s why Tim had been comforting her. Little did he know what was going to happen. 😦

We were nearing the end of the ride before we headed to the pumpkin patch. So Mr. G. had the two rowdy boys get out and ride up front with him for the next 5 minutes…Yay! The rowdy boys were in big trouble and their parents were being called…No pumpkin patch for those two! Justice prevailed, the ride ended and off Autumn, Tim, Alex and I were headed to the pumpkin patch.

The rowdy boys and the fake icky spiders now behind us, we went to pick out some cool pumpkins! 🙂

Carving Pumpkins…Guts and All ;) ~BY Gabrielle Angel


I had been looking over my recently purchased pumpkin. Trying to decide whether to carve it or paint on a face. That made this amusing memory pop right into my head. It really did make me laugh out loud! 🙂
 Autumn and I, with our friends and neighbor boys carving pumpkins one year. We were maybe about 9 or 10 years old and of  course doing this with a bit of supervision. We were having a nice fall day, so we were going to be working at our picnic table. Mom and Mrs A. were going to hang out and be helping us, they were always fun. Mom and Mrs A laid down a plastic table cloth that Mom brought out of the house.
We were all getting antsy, but trying to be patient. Autumn, Tim, Alex and me were all just wanting to unleash our inner artists. 😉 We all had special and specific ideas of what our pumpkins would look like. We got busy drawing on the faces we wanted, all laughing and chatting happily. Autumn and mine were more girly and going to have smiley faces. Not Tim and Alex’s, they had decided on scary and freaky ones. Well, they were boys after all.
 Time for the Moms to help carve, the boys were able to mostly carve their own. It was Autumn and I that needed a bit of help, Mom and Mrs. A got busy lending a hand. Everything still going well, no one getting cut or anything bad. Tim started getting a bit silly and teasing Autumn about her girly pumpkin. She had to set him straight with making sure girly was better than scary. After all Autumn told him, we didn’t want to scare our little sisters and so there! He had to agree and they gave each other a smile.
Alex and I as always chatting nicely, no arguing between us. After all, he was 18 months older than all of us. The pumpkin faces were nicely carved and the “guts” as Tim called them had been set aside. Our Moms like to take the seeds and later roast them, they were good too! 🙂 Tim just couldn’t resist, it was bound to happen…Tim drizzled some “guts” on Autumn’s arm. Look out, she was mad and before we knew it…Tossed a handful of “guts” in Tim’s face! Oh no, could they just never behave themselves! It’s just always how it was, those two put together were sometimes bound to pull something.
Nobody had gotten real messy yet and the Moms got them wiped off and settled back down. Tim and Autumn were saying their “I’m sorry’s” and making up with each other. They really were the best of buddies, for real they were. The Moms exchanged a smile and a sigh of relief, only a minor skirmish this time around.
Everyone’s pumpkins were done, Mom called Dad outside to take some pictures. Our parents did love taking pictures! 🙂 Dad made sure everyone was smiling and flash! Of course Autumn and Tim had made the rabbit ears or devil horns, behind each other’s heads. They claimed they were only doing peace signs to each other, what a chuckle that was. We all knew what they really meant! 😉
These are the things that make you laugh when looking at pictures later! It was a fun day, pumpkin carving…Guts and all! 😉 🙂

People Make Me Wonder…~By Gabrielle Angel


That’s the thought I am pondering for the day, people make me wonder. Yes, they surely do and I am starting to question this world around me even more. Being a person who tries to look for and at the best in people, against all odds sometimes. Well, my spirit is now starting to not respond the way it used to, I am feeling a bit troubled. I am the type of person who would never hurt anyone on purpose, thoughtful to a maybe ridicoulous extreme.

What has now dampenend my spirit, the demented actions of others. Why was I a target, I am kind and try to be cheerful to all I encounter, while minding my own business. I had an angel statue setting outside my door for quite a few years now. It was comforting and I liked it sitting there, it was my special angel. Well, imagine my surprise when opening my front door today and there’s the angel trashed and in pieces. Who would do such a thing, why this destruction? My neighbors and I get along, or so I thought and this has left me just a bit shaken. Nothing else was touched, just the angel statue.

That is just something that crushed me to the core of my being, it made me cry. Not for the money involved in the cost of this beautiful statue, but for the invasive feelings that now haunt me. Is nothing sacred, I live in a small neighborhood and who could have done such an unspeakable act? Someone who hates angels, hates me or perhaps just a very unhappy and troubled person?

I don’t like the word hate, I rarely use the word. Of course the police being called, what can they do? They offer their sympathy and regrets, also knowing I am a person of peace. They will keep their eye on the small neighborhood, maybe ask some questions. It is a surprise to everyone that knows me…Why, Who and How did this happen? There has been a stir of problems between neighbors about Halloween decorations, but I wasn’t involved in any of this. I just honestly try to be at peace with all of those around me, some minor vandalism has gone on with pumpkins and decorations being trashed at some other houses. But why my angel? I used to feel at ease living here, it is a very small town, nothing that bad or evil ever happens. Oh my goodness, doesn’t that sound so cliche?

Nothing bad ever happens here, well looks like times are a changing. It just has left me needing to find some realm of peace back within myself. An alarm system perhaps, I have one on my car but only because it came that way. I feel as if I have lost something so precious, not the angel as such…Although I do think someone was quite troubled to do such a thing

. I would love to hear what others have to say about this, will anyone comment to this post? I would only like to hear some opinions and thoughts, what does anyone by chance reading this think? I know one thing, I will now be more watchful, does that mean I should stop trusting also?

I really do forgive whoever did such an unspeakable act…It helps, forgiveness sets me free. But how do I stop the hurt and these new questions lurking in the back of my mind? All I know is, I feel violated now and just not quite as settled anymore. Yes indeed, people really do make me wonder…

Anyone have any thoughts on this? I would sure appreciate them. Thank you so very much to anyone who took the time to read this.

Trick or Treat ~Written by Gabby Angel


TRICK OR TREAT, OR RETREAT?

This adventure features the twinnies and again the neighbor boys, Alex and Tim ! 

They have been featured with Autumn and I on several adventures now. Also, I had been sitting with Mom, chatting on the enclosed front porch just the other day. I was looking across the street at the house they once lived in…

Recalling our days with Alex and Tim. Just so young, happy and carefree, I miss those simplier days.

More fun
Trick or Treating done on October 31st, Halloween here in the US, what fun!

I know the day also means other things. Bear with me please, this involves costumes and all with Tim and Alex joining us.
As they were involved in many of our “twin memories”, this one too is begging to be written. Maybe because fall season or autumn is on it’s way?   Please read on, I hope you will get a few smiles, too.

Our Costumes

Autumn and I had been planning our costumes for weeks. This one is at 6-7 years old, closer to 7 because our birthday is in January. Back to the story, sorry but my mind gets ahead of me at times  I wanted to be a  princess, Autumn just begging to be Tinkerbelle, seriously. No, we didn’t want to dress in similiar costumes this time.

As always, Autumn saying she knew Tinkerbelle had blond hair. And no, she wasn’t asking Mom to go blond!  Tim was going to be a pirate, Captain Hook he said since his buddy Autumn was going as Tinkerbelle. I confess I did plead my case to Alex to be Prince Charming, to match my princess get-up. No way, he was being a cowboy.  John Wayne, was one of his heroes at the time.

Oops an escaped cat

Halloween night rolls around and we all meet up with our Moms (Lucky them!)  They walked with us around our neighborhood as we went door to door, to what amounts to asking for candy and treats. Small town, traditions and all the kids were doing it… Also was so very safe back then.
We all were behaving fairly well  ,  Autumn and Tim were only teasing and pushing each other a little. I must say Autumn not pleased when Tim hooked his Capt. Hook “hook ”in her fancy hair updo!  The Moms got them settled down and on we went smiling, laughing and collecting so many treats! Last block and no major mishaps, the Moms probably wanted to do a Happy Dance!
Next house Mrs B she answered with a smile, opening the door. Oops, luck ran out…
Autumn and Tim spotted her cat beside her and reached to pet her. Yikes poor Patches liked us all, but wasn’t in the mood to be petted. Off she went out the front door and up a tree! Patches was an inside cat but thankfully still had claws to climb and climb she did! Way, way up she climbed in the maple tree.

Mrs. B. was very upset! She fetched nice Mr B. who got a ladder and coaxed Patches down close enough to reach her. Yay!! Mr. B. saved the day and all adults smiling now. The Moms hurried us away after good byes to Mr and Mrs B. A lecture for Autumn and Tim, who had the nerve to start whining “We didn’t get treats from Mrs. B.”

Home Again

That ended our night of trick or treating, no more houses were visited and we all retreated to our separate homes. The Moms no doubt to get some headache remedy or perhaps a small glass of wine!  Halloween and trick or treating over for the year with one small mishap!

Not really, it had caused plenty of commotion and attention to other parents and Trick or Treating kids. Not to mention poor Patches and Mrs B. She forgave of course, but Autumn and Tim’s stunt “haunted” them for months.  It was talked about by many adult neighbors and kids as well. What a pair those two could be!  Hope you enjoyed this one and see you all soon!