Laboring At the Same Time

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Leo the LionBefore we close out this month of  celebrations for babies born under Leo the Lion zodiac sign, today it’s my husband’s turn. He was born on this day, August 21st many moons ago.

My twin sister, my husband and I will continue our yesterday’s birthday celebration for one more day. Tonight we look forward to a gondola ride to the top of the mountain, a picnic dinner and an evening hike.Hopefully, it will be a stellar evening with clear skies so we can see the twinkling stars and an impressive sunset.

The fact that my husband’s mother and my mother gave birth to us just one day apart is pretty neat. Statistically speaking, I can’t find any information about the odds of spouses with birthdays just one day apart (and in the same year).

Today, I’ll enjoy another August day with the two who have been at the top of my world for what seems like forever! They both make my life so much more fulfilling!

Dear Terry ~~~~

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Crossing the Mississippi

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Today, I”ll tell you a secret!

I’m going to share the next few days with someone very special.

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I’ve got work to do to get ready and spiffy!

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It’s literally been decades since this person and I have been together to celebrate this wonderful occasion!

So, I am so very excited!

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This birthday calls for two cards, one for my twin and one for me!

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 I’ve got all kinds fulfilling of double-trouble planned for the next few days.

Maybe, just maybe, I can rope my sis’ into coming to back to Steamboat again

with some of our East Coast girlfriends!

What a gift of a lifetime to spend a birthday with my twin after all these years.

If my memory serves me right the last time we celebrated a birthday together was thirty-some years ago.

Jan, could that be right? Or am I suffering from memory lapses due to aging? Nah…couldn’t be -

We are still only little squirts! (Remember how Dad used to call us that?)

Double Trouble & Sidekick

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Double your pleasure…double your fun… vintage doublemint gum

“A gift with a kind countenance is a double present.” ~ Thomas Fuller

I am so excited, I am about to burst! Tomorrow my twin sister arrives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado from the East Coast. She is coming here for the first time and we will be celebrating our birthday! It has been decades (if I am calculating correctly – about 32 or 33 years) since my twin and I have been together to recognize this day of personal importance.

To top off the cake, another sister of the heart, our childhood friend Mary Grace, whom I featured in a chapter of my memoir is arriving also. Jan and Mary have not seen each other since the mid-nineteen seventies! To read more about this special friend, visit this link. http://allthingsfulfilling.com/2014/06/04/sisters-of-the-heart/.

Mary will be here with us for only one night of celebration because she must rush back to her work. She is a veterinarian who is caring for a nearly extinct species – black-footed ferrets. It is the breeding season and she has nearly 200 newborn ferrets  under her watchful eye for the U.S. Forest and Wildlife Service. For more information on Mary’s work as a veterinarian, please visit this link.http://bit.ly/1qanHiZ and http://bit.ly/1l7vXEx.

I wrote about Mary’s love of animals and her fulfilling work previously in the blog called Horse Sense. If you missed it, here is the link http://allthingsfulfilling.com/2014/06/03/horse-sense/.

The next few days will be a gift of a lifetime, filled with all kinds of fulfilling things for my twin and me and our sidekick! Bring on the fun, hon……

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Meet You at the Sandbox

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“Play is the work of children. It’s very serious stuff.” ―Bob Keeshan

Welcome back! Hope you had fun weekend.

A few years ago when I moved to Colorado, I went to a business conference for entrepreneurs. I sat next to a very nice young woman, not many years out of college. We visited throughout the day and enjoyed each other’s company. At end of the conference, she turned to me and said, “You know, you really ought to join the young professionals networking group.”  I began laughing!

“What?” she asked, in all seriousness. “What are you laughing at?”

“Young professionals?” I asked. Not because I thought joining networking groups for professionals was a bad idea but because I was questioning her judgment of how old I was. If fact, there are great advantages to joining organizations to meet-up with other entrepreneurs and business people. http://bit.ly/1uICWXy.

“Yes,” she said, “they are a great group and you ought to be part of it.”

Captain KangarooI kept laughing and said, “I don’t think you understand how old I am. I’m not sure I can keep up with all the techies and you. I grew up with Captain Kangaroo!”

“What?” she asked. “Who is that?”

“A TV icon from the 1950s and 60s. You know,” I said, even though I knew she didn’t, “his friends were Mr. Green Jeans, and Bunny Rabbit.”

“Sorry, I don’t know who or what you are taking about,” she looked at me like I was crazy and dropped the subject.

As I left the conference and considered what she said to me, I began to feel good that even though I am a baby boomer this young professional had wanted me to play in the same sandbox!

If you even know what a sandbox is you belong in the same group as I do – the playpen for people who remember when life and child’s play was much simpler.

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“Rock ‘N Roll Babe”

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Do you believe in rock and roll? Can music save your mortal soul? ~ Don McLean (American Pie)

A bad trip, ban the bra, beatniks, bean bag chairs, bellbottoms, Berkley, black lights, bongs, “blow your mind” and body paint are just a few words that describe this era. If are a baby boomer, and you are reading this story, that means you survived the age of Aquarius and the hippie generation. You were lucky, some didn’t! Aren’t you just the grooviest and out of sight!

Here are some images that further tell the psychedelic story. Only a few other words are needed. Peace, Love and Right On!  All Things Fulfilling often serves as a crash pad for remembering the “good ole days.”  It’s where I do my own thing!

Come back tomorrow – don’t be a cop out.  I plan to be here if I don’t have to go looking for my granny glasses and my earth shoes. Now, where did I put them…….probably with my Rock ‘N Roll, Hoochie Koo album by Johnny Winter.

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Peace dude.

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Old hippies don’t die, they just lie low until the laughter stops and their time comes around again! ~ Joseph Gallivan

If you like recalling times in our country’s cultural history,  you’ll enjoy Gift of a Lifetime: Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected.  Click here for more information! The book is now a FINALIST in the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Book awards. http://amzn.to/1pMxnjH

Those Were The Days

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You know you are a baby boomer, born in the 1950s and 1960s if you remember when:

  • The milk man cometh

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  • the World Book Encyclopedia salesman showed up at your family’s  front door

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  • going to the drive-in movies with your parents was exciting (I remember seeing Goldfinger at Timonium Drive-In….shhh…don’t tell my parents. I was supposed to be asleep in the back seat!)

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  • mail arrived accurately without a zip code

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  • phone numbers were only two letters and five digits

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  • pretzels and potato chips were delivered by truck in large tin cans 

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  • the Girl  Scout “flying up ceremony” was prestigious

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  • you had to walk to the TV to change the channel

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  • seat belts were not even in the vocabulary

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  • Miss Nancy ruled Romper Room

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  • Thumbelina was the most wanted gift on your Xmas List

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  •   fun meant “hanging with the crowd,” at S.S. Kresgres or Reads Drugstore drinking ice cold soda,  jiving to the juke box, and swirling around on swivel stools.

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Those were the days, weren’t they?

As Robert Frost once said In three words I can sum up what I have learned about life. It goes on.”

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Sing-A-Long Songs

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Monday’s blog fired-up my noggin’!  Today on All Things Fulfilling, I’ll share tunes that baby boomers will have fun recollecting.

Vintage record playerI’ll bet this image piqued your memory. If you are a baby boomer, you’ll remember LP albums and 45 rpm vinyl records. I’m willing to bet that you listened to tunes on a portable record player, like the one pictured.(That is if you could hear the words with all the scratches.)  See if you remember the full verses to these songs -

  • How much is that doggie in the window…
  • ….And if that mockingbird don’t sing, daddy’s gonna buy me a diamond ring…..
  • All around the cobbler’s bench, the monkey chased the weasel. The monkey said…..
  • Zippedity doo dab, zippedity aye – my, oh, my what a wonderful…..
  • I love you a bushel and a peck and a ……
  • Bibbidi…bobbidy…boo. Put it together and what do you got?
  • Jeepers, creepers! Where’d you get those ….
  • A dream is a wish your heart makes when you are ……
  • Mama’s little baby likes shortnin’, shortnin’, Mama’s little baby loves……

I hope your memory has served you well, and you haven’t lost your faculties. Chances are you are aging better than your ancestors! Are you singing yet?

If you can’t remember the verses of these songs, you can listen in to a few bars of music from each of them, and other popular hits of the same era through this link, http://bit.ly/1oSzXIz.

See how much fun it is to arouse the brain with past times in our personal histories?

We survived

 Do return tomorrow to All Things Fulfilling.

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