Earrings…I Never Leave Home Without Them ~By Gabby Angel

I admit it…I am hopelessly addicted to earrings! ūüôā What prompted this thought and this sharing? Well, I set off¬†with several¬†errands to do¬†earlier today and I had forgotten to put in a set of earrings!¬†I have this quirky thing, I don’t feel completely¬†dressed without a pair of earrings. Boring me, I am one of¬†the few who have only one hole pierced in each ear.

Autumn and I had our ears pierced by a favorite Aunt who was a nurse by pro fession. We were 15 years old, a little bit older than some…But our parents wanted to be sure we were old enough to be responsible. Can’t blame them for that…But the beast they unleashed when allowing me my piereced ears! I will confess the twinnie¬†isn’t quite as bad as me with this earring addiction. Even having 3 holes pierced in each of her ears.¬†Me, I am always on the lookout for a new and interestingly different and unusual pair.

I own so many, maybe close to a hundred and fifty¬†last count… way too many to count ¬†for this writing. My husband Dave also was good at finding unusual earrings for¬†me. He sure did add to my collection over the years!¬†Well, as I mentioned I never leave home without my earrings in…I was in a rush earlier and did forget. How does this affect me? I feel not quite pulled together and slightly off. I was only traveling 8 or 9¬†miles and making only a few stops…I would be OK wouldn’t I? Silently still berating myself for forgetting the earrings I walked into the post office, needing to pick up a package and some stamps. Luckily the postal clerk working was a girl I know, like a guy would understand my tale of woe. ūüėČ Jan was close to my age, so we had a little chat about my forgotten earrings. Thankfully she knows me, someone else would have thought me completely unbalanced perhaps. Jan reassured me it was going to be OK, but admitted she always looks forward when seeing me of what my earrings of the day would be. They are after all, a signature look for me…I left still feeling unsettled.

I drove up the road for several miles, when off to my right I noticed my favorite craft/gift shop was opened!¬†I would just go in and browse and maybe find a pair of earrings. ūüôā Oh my, am I just slightly neurotic sounding? I hope not, anyway I can’t seem to help myself. ūüėČ Natalie’s is a cool shop with a little bit of everything and one of my favorite places, run by a very sweet person who I always adore seeing. The bell on her door signaled my arrival and she smiled brightly and we greeted each other with a hug. It had been several¬†weeks since I had stopped in, a bit longer than usual. I told her of the earrings forgotten and she chuckled, Natalie knows well my obsession.

She laughed¬† saying a pair of earrings had come in the day before and had made her think of me and she had been tempted to call me about them. I must see them of course I said…happily walking with her to the earring display. Before Natalie could point them out, I spotted them…Those were meant for me and calling my name! Long strands of sterling¬†silver with tiny pieces of rose quartz and¬†several hearts, I loved them and must have them and they obviously were destined to be mine. Well within my budget, too…so I put them in my ears immediately and paid for them. Natalie and I chatted for 15-20 minutes and caught up a bit on things happening in our lives. Not exactly a planned stop for me, but I was now calm and back to my serene self. We hugged goodbye and I was grateful to have found Natalies shop open earlier than usual and to have gotten to have a lovely chat with her. As well as picked up my destined earrings!

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Back to my car and off to finish my other errands. The rest of my little trip went fine and I was back home before I knew it. Now, I¬†must end this post…I¬†have to¬†go count my earrings! ūüėČ I am kidding, but by now you are possibly¬† thinking Autumn is perhaps the more normal twin of the two of us twinnies! ūüôā ūüėČ

The Day After Christmas…Gabby Angel

Who is out there shopping? It happens, December 26th all the Christmas items and more are on sale! This is another one I could never understand. Who wants to go out shopping the day after Christmas? Many people do, all the years of retail and later retail management taught me well.

Lots and lots of people just cannot tolerate passing up a good sale! I am¬† not finding fault, honestly I am not. It’s just the usual wondering and¬†ponderings. I remember¬†while we were busy marking down the Christmas merchandise, we were also¬†busily putting out Valentine’s Day items.

Then, of course you hear the complaints of…But Christmas is just over. Why are we seeing Valentine’s Day things? That’s the magic world of retail, that’s the way it goes. Like I said, this one¬†just something that crossed my mind.I know certain people in my own family that will be out there, too…Not Autumn or me! We are sensible, we will be doing the usual holiday things.

The question for the day is…Will you be out¬†and about¬†shopping today? Come on, you can share with us…The twinnie and I would love to know, as always. Some of you will need to¬†be back¬†to work. Others will be enjoying this holiday time in your very¬†own way, so¬†which will you be doing?¬†We won’t be judging, you know us twinnies better than that!

Oops, on second thought…If you are indeed shopping you can’t answer this question. Maybe the temptation¬†to find a good sale will be calling? That’s means¬†¬†you won’t be reading this, well that’s OK…Let us know when you return from that fun shopping! ūüėČ ūüôā

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. ūüėČ

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!

Who Loves to Wrap Presents? ~ By Gabby Angel

I know…A strange question, isn’t it? Sometimes, it seems that’s what I’m here for!¬†It’s another weird thing Autumn and I were talking about earlier. We really do have some odd conversations, trust me …This one was fairly normal compared to some! ūüėȬ†We twinnies can get carried away with our array of subjects and topics.

Autumn, as well as me kind of enjoy wrapping presents from time to time.¬†But…Big confession,¬†we also have been known to resort to¬†those handy gift bags whenever possible! Autumn gave me this idea for a “blog/survey/let’s share” latest writing, so here we go!

Would you kind readers like to share your thoughts? Let Autumn and I know your thoughts on wrapping presents? Do you have fun and¬†relish the task? Or do you like us resort to those lovely and ever so handy¬†gift bags? You really can quite¬†jazz them up you know!¬†Perhaps some of you pay to have those gifts wrapped? I know, some stores do offer that alternative. I could never do it for a living, it would drive me somewhat crazy…Too much pressure!¬†Never would I judge, either would Autumn…Because everyone has to do it their way after all.

So, if you do opt for the store gift wrapping, I say go for it!¬† We twinnies have our reason for not taking that route. Why, you ask? Well, because they look so perfect everyone knows you couldn’t have wrapped it yourself! ūüėČ

Come on, let’s do be real they will know…Unless you are like our one sister! Hers look perfect, always…We fondly call her the Martha Stewart clone, too. In a nice way of course…She is undisturbed by it, honestly she is. So, if you would like to share your gift wrapping thoughts…We twinnies would appreciate it. ūüôā

Oh yeah, if anyone thinks this was a dumb blog idea…Blame it on Autumn! ūüėČ ūüôā

Chai Tea Delivery ~ By Gabby Angel

Earlier in another blog I had mentioned my new greek yogurt addiction. Now…It’s time to talk about Autumn’s chai tea addiction! I did ask my twin’s permission before I wrote this. See, anything goes with us twinnies because we share immensely…Maybe too much at times? If nothing else we are honest! Perhaps we make you nice people reading¬†ponder and wonder¬†about the pair of us?

Getting back to Autumn’s addiction…She is very seriously addicted to chai tea. I like it, too but not nearly as much as she does. She is prone to panic when running a bit low, which is why it’s a good thing I keep it on hand. This happened one day last week, the grocery stores had closed and I get a pitiful telephone¬†call from her.She followed up with a frantic e-mail, too in case I wasn’t able to answer the phone by the way.

Oh, Autumn is addicted to her chai tea…Need I say much more? It was kind¬†of¬†just plain pitiful,¬†but she was really upset. Turns out she thought she had an extra box, she didn’t. So, I had to make a late night chai tea delivery to her…Thankfully we only live three miles apart! Besides, I knew she would have done this for me…At least I would like to hope so!

Chai tea a unique taste and either you love it or hate it. I was thinking about all the people I know who drink this and love it. I need to add, none are quite as enamored of it as Autumn is though.Then, the other side of the coin other people are happy to say they simply detest it.

Wonder how many of you reading of this like or love chai tea? Wonder how many of you totally dislike the stuff?¬†Anyone want to share? No pressure, I bet Autumn most people may find this a wacky topic and wouldn’t be interested to say either way. She says people would love to respond.

Hmm…Well, we will see which twin turns out right.¬†I am curious after thinking of how Autumn just can’t function properly without her chai tea. She will be the first to admit it, go ahead and ask her…Autumn isn’t shy about sharing. ūüėČ ūüôā

The Christmas Ornament… ~ By Gabby Angel

The source of many arguments and downright fighting occurred over this particular ornament. This Christmas ornament memory of mine, I had to share it with Autumn and see what her response was. It’s a story of the favorite Christmas ornament that started in our early childhood. When I asked her what¬†some of her ¬†memories and thoughts were,¬†we both laughed so much! Recalling how fights between certain sisters of ours started over this certain ornament. What kind of ornament is it you ask? It was an adorable Rudolph the red nosed reindeer ornament.

Our Dad and Mom had purchased it for one of their first Christmases together. Before even Autumn and I had come along, certainly before our younger sisters were born. Wonder if they would have banished poor Rudolph if they knew the arguments that were to come?

Autumn and I were were more than happy to take turns over placing Rudolph on the tree. Which ever kid got to place Rudolph in the spot of their choosing, the other one got to place the angel tree topper on the tree. With Dad’s help of course, all our trees were at least six feet high.

After the next two¬†sisters came along, all of a sudden fights broke out! Looking back it seems so silly, why out of all the ornaments was Rudolph the source of such trouble? Well, it was a cute ornament I do have to say. Worth arguing and all over…No, it was ridiculous.

Yet it happened, those two middle sisters got downright horrible to each other. Every year without fail, they had a memory lapse and insisted it was their turn! One year I remember the fight over Rudolph escalated in other ornaments being tossed around and some minor skirmishes breaking out. It just was not a pretty picture at all. Again, this is a story they would be mortified to know I was telling.

Poor old Rudolph, he was much loved and it was a miracle this ornament stayed in one piece at all. Happily the other two younger sisters were pretty dignified over this certain ornament. Perhaps, because Autumn and I would offer them our turns. We were in fact accused on several occasions by the two middle sisters of spoiling the younger ones, imagine that! As a matter of fact, the very youngest sister now has this much loved ornament in her possession. She, along with her husband are taking good care of  good old Rudolph. I am pleased to report their two little boys have never had a battle over Rudolph either!

Oops, I really hope those other two sisters aren’t reading this…They may not know where Rudolph got to. It will be our secret…Shh! ūüėČ

Black Friday Looms… ~by Gabby Angel

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday arrives. My many years in retail, the mere thought of it all exhausts me. For most of us Thanksgiving is such a lovely day, family, food, fun and all the good stuff. A day for relaxing, giving voice to what we’re thankful for. That is something that was always important in our family growing up, it still is.

Anyway, the next day and Black Friday arrives. A few of Autumn’s and my sisters still carry on their shopping tradition. They hit those stores at such an insanely early hour and just keep rolling the whole entire day! Last year rumor had it, the one sister was still shopping until she dropped at one mall and it was¬†9 at night! She had been out shopping at the crack of dawn, too. Youngest sister said her eyes were glazing over at all the fine deals she had uncovered…But was it all worth it?¬†The other sisters finally¬†had to literally drag her to the car and get them all¬†headed home. Clearly she was on a shopper’s high and they did the best thing for her!¬†Well, upon hearing this I kind of thought it was funny and laughed…So did Autumn. You won’t catch us out there in the marketplace shopping on the dreaded Black Friday, ever!

Seriously, how can anyone endure the traffic, the crowds, those long lines,¬†the bickering shoppers and all the rest? How many of you reading this actually shop on Black Friday, how many of you avoid it like the plague? I am always curious, it’s my nature…But I’m not nosy. Just comment on this subject either way, but only if you wish to. In my humble opinion only, does anyone really get a bargain and is it all worth the stress? It really is a retailers best and worst day, business is booming but the day is long and also exhausting. In my retail experience, the day is just¬†plain scary, it really¬†is!

People shove each other, argue over the merchandise, try to butt ¬†ahead of each other in line¬†and just get so ugly and nasty. As they race through the stores on the quest for a wonderful bargain, it all is just¬†so stressful. Again, these are just my own thoughts, observations and opinions. For all of you who enjoy the craziness of this day…Have fun and do get enough rest the night before if possible. Because it really is a jungle out there, gear up and do be careful…Just a word of caution.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot…Happy shopping! ūüėČ