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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Life in the burbs'

What a nice day although quite long, but that is what I get for staying up too late and blogging. Well after work today, my sister Linda and I went to a MCYO basketball playoff game that my daughter played in. I am still red in the face from all the excitement. It was such a nail biter, one that left us parents saying "we should have had a blood pressure cuff at this one". Community sports, what a great way to connect with others. Great entertainment, super skilled young athletes, mine is a sixth grader, and nice warm conversation. Ok, so it gets quite loud at these play off games. Honestly, my son who is an eighth grader really would rather not sit near me. I admit my passion for the game, excitement in watching my daughter and strong voice combined, is at the least, annoying. I really cannot blame him as I at his age, thought parents that screamed at sports games for their kids must have an absolutely dreadfulfully boring life. On a domestic diva note, it is the second time in two months that I have had to purchase another major appliance. Great that we have a new refrigerator that we did buy at a great price, but wow, two appliances in two months? I did put a blurb in my blog yesterday talking of rebates for efficient appliances. Check it out.

Life is Good

I love to write and so here it goes. My first official blog post. I have to define "Stoopin It" in The suburbs first and foremost. I call my blog stoopin it in the suburbs because we have coined this term in my neighborhood. Let me go back a way first. My children and I live in a beautiful home in a small suburb in Minnesota. I have the most loving, caring neighbors on the planet. I left a complicated marriage after thirteen years and have two amazing children that bless me daily. I have a twin sister who was diagnosed with lung cancer and never smoked who lives with us and has for almost six years now. Soon after her diagnosis, my children's dad moved out & we invited her to live with us so we could take care of her. This is where the "stoopin it" phenomenon began....... PAIN DOES BRING FORTH GIFTS OF HEALING

My twin sister who is also my very best friend in the world is quite the extrovert which I guess means that I am too. As she went through cancer treatments which were very radical and intense, she would sit out on our driveway in our culdesac where neighbors would go by, wave, talk and keep apprised of her condition. Linda always had a smile on her face and she never complained, in fact, she loved the comings and goings on in our very busy neighborhood, one with many kids, dogs and stories. She could have sat on one of our two patio decks with the comfort of elegant deck furniture, but no, my twin liked to see all the action in the culdesac and talk to the neighbors since she does have the most lovely, " gift of gab". The conversations started to end up on our stoop under our porch. One neighbor and one chair, then two, then oh boy, we need to make a circle of chairs under the stoop and beyond ... ah, just how we like it. Boy, has this "stoopin it" ever taken off here in our great little culdesac. The neighbors now know the stoop to be a very welcoming place, one that they can come to any time to vent, cry, laugh, share, connect, & it is a place where many memorable stories continue and are savored. All the neighbors which are true friends now, indeed have made a huge impact on our lives and have given us true inspiration, love, support and many wonderful moments to cherish, right here on our stoop. I had better sign out for the day since I do have a day job in the morning and it is late. Life is good.