Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In the mood to Haiku

A cute soft puppy
Who loves playing and running
And loves to be held
(written by Ellie Arne)

Breathe in summer smells
Fragrant odor of blossoms
Majestic crab apple tree
(written by Linda Rogers)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Fill-In the Blanks

Hi Everyone.  Just saw this fun email today and I thought I would share it with you.  When you finish reading my answers please do it for yourself.  Enjoy!

I WANT:  No more war, peace on earth, politicians to be honest and helpful, love and forgiveness for all.
I HAVE:  A twin sister, a loving family and friends and everything I have ever dreamed of.

I WISH:   There was no such thing as Cancer, I still had parents.

I HATE:  The word hate.  Dislike sounds so much better.  (I sound like my dad, God rest his soul).

I MISS:  My father, my mother, my brother, my friend Billy who was killed by lightening, Bill's mom who was like my mom, my friend and past co-worker Virginia who was so special,
my cousins who have passed from illness and car accidents, aunts and uncles and grandparents that have passed, my naieve belief that I would never get really sick or get cancer.

I HEAR:  The wind blowing

I WONDER:  What my niece and nephew will be when their older
                         What it would be like not being a twin (eew, can't imagine that)

I REGRET:  Nothing! Regrets are wasted energy.  I have learned many lessons from the bad choices I have made along the way.

I AM NOT:  Perfect and that is ok with me.

I DANCE:  When I like the beat.

I SING:  Whenever I can.  (I just sang kareoke with my twin sister at a friend's 50th birthday party).  In my younger days I sang for weddings with my twinner and our dear friend Erin.

I CRY:    Rather easily.  Just cried last night watching the Finale of "Lost " even though I never saw one episode when it aired.


I MAKE WITH MY HANDS:   A beautiful flower and vegetable garden in the spring and summer.

I WRITE:  A blog called Twin-Cess Diaries since the beginning of this year.  I'm also on HubPages.  I love writing again and it's much easier online than it use to be when back in the day I had to write by hand in a journal. 

I CONFUSE:  People on a daily basis when I am with my twin sister.  We look and act a lot alike.

I NEED:  Love, the caffeine from my diet pepsi, my daily power walks, my doggies, to lose weight, to win the lottery, to be more patient, my faith in God.

I SHOULD:  Get my garden ready for planting but it's too humid today in MN.

I START:  Every day thanking God for all my blessings.

I FINISH: My day by thanking God for all my blessings.

Friday, May 14, 2010

They Grow Up So Fast

Ellie(middle)and her buddies

As an auntie of eleven children, I can tell you that they grow up so fast.  Don't take one minute for granted as you watch them grow into young adults.  I have been through many life stages with my siblings children and treasure every moment.

I have told you in previous posts that I currently live with my twin sister and her two children, Ellie(12) and Jacob(13).  My twinner has had both kids in a Catholic School from kindergarten to sixth grade.  Jacob is now in middle school for his second year (Big 8th grader) and Ellie is in her last year of grade school at Holy Name.  It seems like yesterday that these two kids were just little babies.  Anyway, last night I attended Ellie's final choir concert as a student at Holy Name.  It was the annual spring concert that Laura and I have gone to for the past nine years.  We both felt very emotional about the evening because we were very conscious of the fact that we were living through another big mile-stone with one of her children.  We stared in awe at these grown up people that recently looked so young and small.  Weren't they just little kindergarteners?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful women out there.  Moms, Aunties, daughters, grandmothers and sisters, you are all very important to our children.

It was a beautiful Mother's Day over here.  Laura cooked a turkey and made my dad's famous stuffing and gravy from the turkey drippings.  I made my favorite cucumber salad which is a mix of cukes, onions, mayo, white and apple cider vinegar and a dash of sugar.  We also had the traditional cranberries to round out the meal.  Ellie worked so hard making two pies, pumpkin and cherry.  It took her about an hour to roll out the dough, but it was worth her time.  The pies turned out great!!  She also whipped up homemade mashed potatoes in the mixer she and her brother got for Laura a few years ago.  What a great meal we had.  None of us ate all day so we would be starving for dinner.

Jacob and Ellie spoiled Laura and I as you can see from the pictures.  We received flowers and many heartfelt cards, including one that was HUGE!!  This is such a fun age with the kids because their old enough to understand the true meaning behind Mother's Day.  They gave us the cards one by one, pretending they only had one.  One of the kids would leave the room and come back with another card.  Eventually we ended up with three cards, a target gift card and hand written coupons that said, "five of whatever you want, valid through forever and ever."  How cute is that coming from a twelve and thirteen year old!  Of course Laura and I immediately asked the kids for a back massage and they happily gave us one.  We each have four freebies left.  Hmmm?? What should it be?? 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Lunch and Play Day with My Buddy

What a rainy, cold, dreary day here in Minnesota.  It's hard to believe that just three days ago (Tuesday) it was sunny and warm. 

I have told you in past postings that we have a great neighborhood here in Minnetonka.  All the neighbors know eachother and our kids all play together and have a great time.  On Tuesday while walking my dog Joey, I heard a scream coming from the neighbors place.  It was my little buddy Bridgette who is the youngest of six children.  She yelled, "mom, I see Linda, I'll be right back."   Like classic Bridgett, she came out skipping and smiling and had to tell me all about her trip to Disney World.  Soon Bridgett's mom came outside and handed me a gift that they had picked out for us while on vacation.  We watch Strawberry, the family fish when their out of town and they thoughtfully bring us a little trinket to thank us.  Anyway, Marsha explained to me that she was busy cleaning and unpacking from the trip and had relatives coming later from out of town.  I know how it is when your trying to get things done and are trying to beat the clock.  I asked Marsha if my buddy Bridgette could come join me for lunch.  We had such a wonderful time.  She picked out macaroni and cheese for lunch and must have told me ten times that it was the Best Macaroni and Cheese she ever had!  She got equally excited when I told her that I had a special treat for her if she ate a good lunch.  She told me to keep it a secret until it was time for dessert.  She let out a squeal when I brought out the Rice Crispy Bar treat.  After lunch we played with my two dogs and then walked to two garage sales in our neighborhood.  We ended our lovely day lounging in the warm sun. 

It is so refreshing to see life through the eyes of a child.  Everything is so new and exciting.  Kids can teach us so Much!!!  Live life as if your a child, seeing God's beauty and wonder for the first time.  Living in the moment is something that little Bridgette reminds me of every time I see her.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Life is Such a Blessing

Today as I sit at Caribou Coffee relaxing and reflecting, I am welled up with gratitude for so many things.  The last six years of my life have been a journey of fear and faith, sadness and hope, death and life.  What has gotten me through the trials and tribulations are faith and family. 

It often takes a life threatening disease or other tragedy to see what really matters in our lives.  What matters most to me at this point in my life is enjoying each moment God gives me and truly loving the people in my life.  Also, giving and connecting to others without expectation.  You get back three-fold when you open yourself up to people and this is what makes life joyous and worth living. 

I am now six years cancer-free this past March.  I am so grateful for my health.  Laura (my twin sister)and I just received more good news this past week.  We will be able to keep our home that we love so dearly.  We went into foreclosure two years ago when we knew we could no longer keep up with our huge mortgage payment.  After two long years working with the bank, we now have a mortgage payment that is affordable.  Laura's children can now stay in the home they have come to know and love most of their childhood. 

Speaking of blessings, I made my first trip of the season to the local Farmers Market in Minneapolis.  I have a schedule of traditional stops when I go to the market.  First I have to go to the roasted corn stand and down a piece or two of corn, slathered in butter.  Then I'm on my way to many differen't fruit, flower and vegetable stands which are located throughout the farmers market property.  On the way out I usually stop and look at the arts, crafts and clothing vendors.  Some days I convince myself that I really deserve a quick chair massage.  A dollar a minute, but it's worth it.  Today my last stop on the way out was the french fry stand.  I know, I told all my blogger friends that I am trying to cut out junk food.  Sometime you just have to say YES to Unhealthy food.  My rationale for my nummy food choices:  My first trip to my favorite Outdoor Farmers Market and I am set with healthy veggies to keep me on track. (Ya- right Linda)