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September 11, 2001 – A Small Look Back

Posted by The Mint on September 11, 2011

September 11, 2011 – Ten Years Later

Good morning Mintdom,

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since that horrific day. On that day ten years ago, I was working for the Supermarket Association in downtown, Washington, DC. My office was across the street from the White House and you could see the Pentagon from a couple of the offices. I rode the commuter bus to work from Sterling, Virginia. I could almost see Dulles Airport from the lot where I caught the bus. Looking back at that day, I was standing at the bus stop at the same time that the terrorists were getting on Flight 77 – the plane that hit the Pentagon.

It is funny how you remember little things on a big day. I remember that morning on the bus.  I remember talking with the bus driver and a few passengers that morning saying, “Another day – another dollar.” Whenever I hear that phrase, I think about that day.

Our office had TV in most of the offices.  My boss had a TV in hers; it was always on. I was at my desk when the first plane hit in New York. I heard someone say that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I walked into my boss’s office just as the second plane crashed into the other tower. I heard voices say that it was a terrorist attack.  I guess I could not get my mind around that because I kept thinking that something was wrong with the FAA’s radar in New York. Who could have imagined?

My boss had just come in and I had just hung up the phone with one of my daughters when the plane hit the Pentagon.  I heard someone shout, “They just bombed the Pentagon.” I remember going to one of the offices, to see the Pentagon with big black smoke billowing out of it. One of our lawyers was standing there crying. When I was in school, I remember learning that the Pentagon was impenetrable.

After they hit the Pentagon things and the timing of things is a blur. I can tell you that as much as I would like to say that I was a hero that day, I was not. I could only think of one thing, and that was how I was going to get home.  A couple of people were going to take the metro home. I could not imagine going into a tunnel after what had just happened. It did not feel safe anywhere. One of our vice presidents lived out in my area and drove in to work. I did not know her, except to say hello, but I asked her if she could get me to Sterling. Of course, she said yes. She was my hero that day.

I do not know why, but I had two cell phones that day. Neither of them worked locally because the lines were jammed; however, I was able to call my parents who were in Minnesota at the time.  They in turned called my kids to let them know that I was all right and leaving the city. We were listening to the car radio at first, but it too much for us to listen to, and we decided to turn it off.  I do not remember if that was before or after the plane crashed in Pennsylvania.  I did not know that the Twin Towers fell until I got home. What would normally take 20 minutes – took us four hours to get out of the city. The Maryland, Virginia Beltway never looked so good to me, nor has it since that day. I spent the next two days glued to my TV.

I do not know how to describe how I felt on that day or how I feel remembering it. Normally I am good during a crisis and only after it is all over, do I let my emotions overcome me. That never happened after that day. I have cried some over the years when I see a movie or a news report of September 11, 2001, but never just let it go. Maybe it would have been too much for me or maybe I have never felt that it was over.

I hope we will always remember all the people that died or had family members and friends that died, and especially all of the heroes.  I will remember mine.

My sign off is especially meaningful to me today.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Beginnings, Middles, and Endings

Posted by The Mint on September 6, 2011

09/06/2011

 A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

My mom says that September is another new beginning… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

My hair is unmanageable!

 

 

xoxo


   

 

PS My mom and I were on vacation on Monday, and she said that I could do Minty Monday on Tuesday. 

Good morning, Mintdom!

September is an awesome month for many reasons, but the biggest reasons are that I get to celebrate so many birthdays!  My sister Becky celebrates on the first day of the month and my mom celebrates on the last day of the month.  In between those days this year, my Auntie Jean celebrated 90 years, my youngest daughter, Kelly celebrates 32 years today, and my son Michael, will celebrate 34 years on the 14th. Finally yet importantly, my good friend, Ann celebrates _ _ years on September 8.Happy birthday to you all – I love you.

I also like September because, like Mondays, it feels like the start of something fresh. I know, I know, summer is over and the leaves begin to turn and fall off the trees. They sure put on a spectacular show before they fall though. September is the start of a new school year and new routines.

September 1, I started Dave Ramsey’s, Total Money Makeover and I am keeping track of where my money goes. Yesterday, I took my list to the grocery store, and stuck with it.  I had only $20 in cash with me I spend $19.91! I would have won something if I were on the Price is Right game show. LOL

I know there is an elephant in the room right now as we come upon the tenth anniversary of September 11. That is the one mar on September. That horrific day marked the end for many, and the beginning of a new way of living for the world. The events of that day also shined a light on America and the many heroes of that day, and there were many from all walks of life. What an amazing country we live in!

As I read this post, I feel like I am all over the place. Maybe I am like September with its beginnings, middles and endings. In any case, I hope that you have a GREAT one!

“I love September, especially when we’re in it.” – Willie Stargell

AffirMINTion: I appreciate my life and all that it brings to me.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

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Lazer Focus on Each Day!

Posted by The Mint on August 31, 2011

08/31/2011

Good morning Mintdom

Can you believe that today is the last day of August? Even though it is not the official date, I always consider August 31 the last day of summer and September 1, the first day of fall. Anyway, the summer sure has flown by quickly. My Mom used to tell me that the older I get, the faster that time passes. My dad always says that we have 24 hours in a day, how will we use our time.

Last week’s earthquake and hurricane and brought my focus back to how we could have a lot less time in this world then we think. We really need to make the most out of each day. This week a friend landed unexpectedly in the hospital. It shows me how we need to appreciate the people in our lives, and all that we have because we never know if today will be our last day or theirs. I do not mean to be morbid; I just feel this sense of urgency to make the most out of each day. I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am for you, my family and friends, and for my health. I hope that I never take any of you or anything that I have for granted. I am truly blessed.

I keep what I call a little celebration / prayer journal. On one side, I write down three things that made me smile the day before which, actually turns out to be three things that I am grateful. Sometimes, it is a big thing like settling on my new house, and sometimes it is a very small thing, like watching Minty playing with a toy. On the other side, I write my prayers although I always start with, thank you God… It sure is a GREAT way to start my day, to focus on the good in my life, and to remember those that are in need. It is interesting to look back at the things that I was thinking in past years. Yes – years – it has been years since I started this; it seems like yesterday.

What are some of the things that you do to keep you focused and appreciative all that you have in life? I think today, one of the things that I will do is to call my Mom and Dad to say I love you and I am grateful for every moment I have had with you – even when I was a teenager! LOL

AffirMINTion: I appreciate each day and all that it brings

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

“Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a big of focus.” – Robert Brault

My mom tells and shows me every day that she loves me… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
 

xoxo

 

I am grateful for my cousin, Brandy!
This photo was taken when we were just puppies – see how time flies?

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Treasured MoMINTs

Posted by The Mint on July 25, 2011

Good morning, Mintdom!
 
Leading a healthy lifestyle is not only the physical; it is also about being healthy in my spirit, mind and my heart. This weekend, I had my fill of all three! It was beautiful – not only did I get to spend it with my two sisters, but also the three of us drove to Richmond to visit GREAT friends and attend their church.  It was one of those times where I felt like I was really living my life. . 

This weekend filled me up in so many ways. On the way to Richmond, we ran into a torrential rainstorm. The rain came down in sheets! Not only did it slow us down; it showed me the power of Nature, and how little control we have over life.  Saturday night we met with our friends for a fabulous dinner.  It was great food and even better conversation.  Sunday, my sisters and I ‘bloomed’ with coffee and went down for a delicious breakfast.  Our friends picked us up for church. The message was on the book of Ruth in the Bible. After church, we our friends took us to their home for a fabulous lunch. Their home was so warm and inviting. I think almost everything in it had special meaning to them.  They are truly special themselves.  She is a philosopher and a writer. He is a musician and they both work together in real estate.

Laughter and deep conversation filled the car on the way home with my sisters. It was such a precious time for me, and one that I will treasure for years to come.  We are very fortunate to have each other. I think we all need be purposeful about taking time out of our busy lives for moMINTS like this. I know that when I am in the throes of work or keeping up with my life, I will have this time to draw on. Can you remember a special time that you have had – a time that you treasure? If not, my strong suggestion is that you take some time out and create your own treasure.

“God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”  ~J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922

AffirMINTion: I make time for precious moMINTS!

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My ‘uncle’ Bob and his friend Lauren took care of me while my mom was away and even though I missed my mom, I had a GREAT time. My mom says that it is nice to have treasured moMINTs to remember… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
       

On my way home

        

Visiting is Fun AND Exhausting!

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Priorities – Do You Know What Yours Are?

Posted by The Mint on July 18, 2011

07/18/2011
 
Good morning, Mintdom,
 
It was a beautiful weekend here. Although I love Mondays, I hated to see this weekend end. The weather was perfect, I went to a wonderful party for a couple filled with the love of their family and friends, I had a nice conversation with a friend of mine, I went to water aerobics and I accomplished a couple of chores around the house.
 
Looking at the above paragraph, I can certainly see where my priorities are. Almost everything I do has to do with people except for the chores and they are at the bottom of the list. LOL Unfortunately, exercise is at the second bottom item on my list.  That is telling for me. The good news is that exercise MADE my list! It also shows me the power in writing. My question to you is… do you know what your priorities are? 
 
AffirMINTion: I make my plans according to my priorities
 
Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.
 
What are you waiting for?
 
Life is good!
 
A Mini Minty MoMint
 
“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.”~ Lee Iacocca
 
My mom says that I am one of her main priorities and I know it cause my mom spends lots of time with me… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!
xoxo

 


My mom plays with
me

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Happy Father’s Day to ALL the Dad’s!

Posted by The Mint on June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day to all the GREAT Fathers in Mintdom,

I know there are some great dads out there and I would love to hear from the sons and daughters about their dads.  Please feel free to share your dads with us here.  I do not think that Dads get as much recognition as they should get, especially these days. So come on… celebrate your Dads this week! 

Of course, I think that I have the BEST dad in the whole world.  The top five words that come to my mind when I think of my father are Integrity, Dutiful, Family, Provider, and Courageous.  

My dad spent most of his career in the association business. His career allowed my mom to stay home with us (five kids) growing up. I think one of the best things about my dad is that I always knew that he loved his family. Even though he traveled a lot, I never doubted that he was thinking about us. I cannot remember a time that he went on a trip and did not bring us all some little trinket.  After attending a convention, he would make us stay out of his room while he spread out all sorts of doodads on the bed and then call us into the room to let us take turns picking things out until they were all gone.  It was so much fun! 

To be perfectly honest, things were not smooth sailing for my dad and me.  We always had family dinners together.  Now my dad did not get home until about 7:00 most nights.  I do not remember that dad had a lot of time to decompress between work and coming home to five kids, and to be perfectly honest, things were not always smooth sailing at the dinner table when I was a teenager.  I can remember many times, my dad saying something sarcastic that would send me flying away from the dinner table in tears, stomping up the stairs and slamming the door to my room. My dad would make me come back to “finish the nice dinner my mom made”. Things eventually evened out at the dinner table, probably because I grew up or maybe it was something that my dad showed me years later when I had my own children. That is when he gave me a book that he said helped him a lot. It was called ‘Between Parent and Child’ by Heim Ginott. As I was leafing through it, I saw paragraphs that my dad marked that talked about how harmful sarcasm could be.  There was also a note in pencil that said something like, “I will stop sarcastic remarks”. 

One of the most dramatic moments, I had with my dad was when he sat my brother, Jon and I down one evening and told us that mom had cancer. At that time, just the word cancer meant probable death. He said that she had gone to several expert doctors (one said that he would amputate her arm). The doctor that they chose was going to cut the cancer out.  My dad and my mom had five kids at the time and I think that the youngest was only two years old. I could tell that this was serious, but my dad was so reassuring that I did not realize that mom had the worst kind of cancer you could have. He never let on how scared he was. That before the age of 40, he could be a widower with five kids.  It turned out that mom had malignant melanoma and she was her doctor’s only surviving patient with that kind of cancer for over ten years.  Thank God, my mom is still healthy and happy today! 

On a lighter note – I have always felt that I could go to my dad with almost anything.  For instance, I went to my dad to ask him what a ‘wet dream’ was.  I figured that it happened to boys so he would be the one to ask.  I do not know how my dad felt about it, but he barely skipped a beat and just gave me the answer. 

My dad shows his love to his family and country.  My dad votes every election, he has definite political leanings, yet he allows all of us to share ours. My dad is still active in his 82nd airborne group.  He still takes mom on romantic trips to Europe. It is so nice to see them both holding hands and going out on dates together.   

Today, dad is out fishing with my cousin all day.  I sure hope he catches his limit – he deserves it!

AffirMINTion: I am grateful to have the BEST dad in the world. 

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to. 

What are you waiting for?

Life is good! 

A Mini Minty MoMINT 

I love my mom’s dad too.  He takes me for walks and brings me treats when he is home… AND I LIKE IT! 

Life is Minty Fresh

Hanging Out and Waiting for a Treat!

xoxo

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The Things Mom Taught Me!

Posted by The Mint on May 8, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day 2011

Good morning Mintdom,
 
I have the BEST mom in the world; this is not to negate that you have the BEST mom too! My mom taught me so much over my 58 (yikes) years. 
 
My mom taught me how to hold a baby.  I am the first born of five kids (#1 – was then, am now, will always be #1 LOL).  When my brother Jon was born, I was 2 1/2 years old – too young to walk around with my new baby brother, but not too young to want to. My mom sat me on the sofa with a pillow in my lap.  She instructed me to put my arms on the pillow and she placed my brother in my arms making sure that I “supported his head”.  I think it lasted about 30 seconds and I was done and satisfied that I held my new brother!
 
My mom taught me how to curl my hair. My mom used to curl my hair with sponge rollers until I was about 5 or 6 years old.  She would wash my hair over the sink or under the tap in the tub (did we not have a shower?) and then would carefully comb it out and roll it up in the curlers.  That is until I was about 5 or 6 years old – THEN – my dad came home one night and told my mom that my YOUNGER cousin, Roxanne, was curling her OWN hair. Jeepers – I decided that I needed to do that too (I had to keep up with my cousin, especially since my parents (dad) thought it was so great) so my mom showed me how to do my own.  When I complained about sleeping on rollers, my mom said that we had to suffer for beauty.  I took that little instruction to heart because when I was 16 years old, I used to roll my hair up in soup cans (juice cans were too flimsy) and sleep all night on them using my pillow to brace my neck.  Thank God for pillows!

My mom taught me how to wash walls. My mom is a GREAT housecleaner! I remember her washing our walls.  Do people still wash walls? In case they do, my mom taught me to start at the bottom and work my way up – I am still a little confused as to the reason, but that is how I always did it when I did it!  Mom also taught me to wash windows with vinegar and newspapers.  It works well and is cheap to boot!

My mom taught me to stay calm in a crisis. My mom lived through serious illness (including her own cancer (the worst kind you can have) during a time when the word ‘cancer’ meant death), accidents (major and minor), divorce, and death. When my son Michael was 2 years old, Patsi was 6 years old and I was 7 months pregnant with Kelly, I drove to Minnesota (without husband) to visit my mom and dad for a month.  On the way, I stopped at my aunt and uncle’s house in Wisconsin.  Michael sat on a stool as if he was riding a horse and ripped the inside of his thigh with a tack.  I was VERY calm when I told my aunt that I thought Michael was going to have to get stitches.  We took him to the emergency room where he received 65 stitches! The next day, I still had a four-hour drive to the lake.  I will tell you that I was very calm until I arrived at the lake, walked into the cabin, and saw my mom. The moment I saw her, I totally broke down.  I was safe! I hope my kids feel that safe with me!

Of course, she taught me so many other things in my life such as how to be a woman, wife (even though it did not last), and mother. My mom taught me to respect others and myself. My mom taught me that you do not have to go to college to be smart – my mom did not finish college, and is the most well read, well rounded, best-informed woman that I know.  I love you mom – thank you for teaching me how to be the woman that I am today.

I am sure that you learned those things and others from your mom too.  I would love to hear what you learned from your mom. Feel free to post the things that your BEST mom in the world taught you.

AffirMINTion: I love and appreciate my beautiful mom.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

PS My dad taught me never to refer to my mom as she. (smile)

“If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.”  ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that her mom taught her how to be a mom… AND my mom would make the world kick the beam too…AND I LIKE IT.


Life is Minty Fresh!

 

My Mom Knows My Favorite Spot!

 

xoxo

 

 

 

My favorite spot!

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A Light Goes Out in the World

Posted by The Mint on April 7, 2011

I dedicate this post to my Dad who lost his beloved sister Barbara on Tuesday. I know he will miss her. I love you, Dad.
 
05/07/2011
 
Good morning, Mintdom,
 
We have had another death in our family. I do not care how old or sick someone is, to me, it is always unexpected. My Auntie Barbara is my dad’s sister.  She suffered more of her life than not, yet she lead a full life AND was full of life. Auntie Barbara had MS since her 30’s.  She also had rheumatoid arthritis. She was especially sick and in and out of the hospital in the past years.  She was at death’s door several times and always rallied until the other night. What a strong spirit she had!
 
I have few actual first hand memories of my Auntie Barbara as she lived in the state of Washington after she got married. She was one of my dad’s younger sisters and I remember her as a young adult.  Her apartment was the first apartment I had ever seen, and I thought it she was so cool for being on her own – and she was wearing penny loafers and not tennis or saddle shoes. Many years later after I was married, she came to the east coast and visited my house.  I think she had just started using a wheel chair. I can still picture her sitting at our table eating crabs! I cannot tell you how much I admired her, how beautiful she looked, and how much fun she was. That had to be 30 years ago.

My Auntie Barbara was frugal. I remember my mom telling me that she would lay out a paper towel after she used it (I imagine for a non-gooey spill) to dry so she could use it again.  I tried that for a few months, but I guess I am not the frugal type.  I have thought about her often over the years when I through one away.

“Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.”  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

I swear that life is shorter, the older I get and that on Tuesday, a bright star in our family disappeared into the endless night, but remains forever in our hearts.
AffirMINTion: I love my precious life

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?
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Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that I am precious…. AND I like it! I like it and I know it – AND I am cute too!

Life is Minty Fresh!
 

xoxo

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Our Golden Hours of Life

Posted by The Mint on April 5, 2011

I dedicate this post, with love and prayers, to Bobby who tragically passed away on Sunday at 33 years of age.  He will be missed by many. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

04/05/2011

Good morning, Mintdom

Wow!  I have barely come to terms with the year being 2011, and it is already April!  My mom used to tell me that the older you get the faster our lives seem to go.  Was she ever right! Time really does fly the older I get.  I just heard on the news that yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King.  (Shaking head) I totally remember that day.  I was 13 and at a babysitting job (for 50 cents an hour) when I heard the news.  It does not seem like yesterday, but it also does not seem like 43 years ago.

In addition to the Martin Luther King anniversary, I have my 40th class reunion coming up in August.  I do not know if I am going to go. I did not have a great high school experience.  I skipped many days of my Junior and Senior years.  I had an older boyfriend (who later became my husband, now ex-husband) who did not go to my school, hence the skipping school. Our class has a page on Facebook, and I am telling you – they ALL look like adults! I wonder what happened to them.  LOL!

“Lost, yesterday, somewhere between Sunrise and Sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever. ~ Horace Mann

I think what I am trying to say is that life is precious, and I need to relish every moment. I need to appreciate those around me, and take advantage of every moment on this earth. We are all here for just a short time to make a difference.

I want to take a moment to thank you all for all the wonderful things you bring to my life – I am grateful. 

AffirMINTion: I make the most out of each day – appreciating and loving those around me.

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

What are you waiting for?

Life is good!

A Mini Minty MoMINT

My mom says that she loves me every day… AND I LIKE IT!

Life is Minty Fresh!

Happy First Birthday Minty April 3, 2011

xoxo
Minty at 2 Weeks – Now 1 Year Old

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Life is Minty Fresh!

Posted by The Mint on March 30, 2011

Good morning, Mintdom,

Do you ever feel like you have a lot on your mind and nothing to say?  That is where I am.  Love you all and wanted you to know that I am still pursuing my health path.

 

“I am always doing things I can’t do – that’s how I get to do them.” – Pablo Picasso

AffirMINTion: I listen to and respect my inner voice

 

Make it a GREAT day, IF you choose to.

 

What are you waiting for?

 

Life is good!

 

A Mini Minty MoMINT

 

My mom says to respect my indoor voice…. AND I LIKE IT.  I don’t understand it, but I like it!

 

Life is Minty Fresh!

Life is Minty Fresh

 

 

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