2020 A new Beginning

2019 was a hard year. It was emotionally, physically and mentally draining. I am exhausted. So, I want 2020 to be a new beginning.
I want to craft and cook more. I want to spend time in happy home pursuits. I want to experiment in my kitchen. I want to walk more and eat less.
I want to write and craft every day. I want to make at least one completed craft each month. I want to get my Bible studying back up to where it was. I want to spend more time with my adorable grandsons.
I want to plan a couple of weekend trips. Not big expensive ones but ones where we go some where and relax. Visit museums and eat in nice places, not just Ihops.
I want to make changes in my home too. Paint and such not expensive ones. We do have an expensive repair but it will be largely unseen… a floor joist needs to be fixed.
I also hope to post here at least monthly. I surely can do a few interesting things to warrant that!
So last month I finally got back to sewing. Nothing dolly lately. I made 2 aprons as gifts and both were loved. Enough so that it bolstered my confidence to get going again.

Here is one of them.

I got a new “kissy” face picture for my phone.

I love these boys!
Hugs y’all

How is Your Summer Going?

My summer is a mixed bag. Between surgery trips, things breaking down and illness, its been off. However, there has been some fun in the bargain!

We are really enjoying the pool this summer. It has been such a blessing, especially the week we had no AC! My grandsons are little fishies and, like me, would spend hours in the pool if allowed!

We celebrated my Beloved’s birthday with friends at our home.

Then his brother had us over to celebrate again at their home! What a surprise they had for us. We both got gifts! Here is a large part of mine:

Barbies from the late 70s early 80s. Any clues as to who they are?

There are a few Skipper pieces though sil says she does not remember ever having had a Skipper… I have one here some place I wonder if these will fit her…

My favorite Barbie shoe is the basic black boot. I have always had a thing about black boots.

So when I do the fashion show post, what should go first?
I have too much to do today to do that part.
Tell me how your summer is going!
Hugs y’all

Still around!

The last month had my birthday, followed by my grandson’s birthday. Then a 2nd trip to San Antonio. There was a lot of other stuff tossed in (car repairs and so on) that were not as much fun as the birthdays!
My Beloved is back on hemo dialysis. In a way it makes me sad. It however will restore my home to home not hospital like status. He says he is happy with the decision.
Well instead of a big post, I am going to post some pictures.

First, 3 generation of Frizell men. I love these guys.

Next a few from the Witte Museum in San Antonio. We only hit a small portion of it but it is an amazing place! If you go, Tuesdays from 5 to 8 is free. Don’t forget to look UP! They include the ceilings as part of the exhibits! Sadly my pictures of the ceilings did not come out well.

Next, my Boogie Boys birthday. He turned 1!

On the way home we stopped by the place where I got my Shirley.
Where I saw ….

Which both now reside with me! I am trying to decide how best to wash the clothes. They were sitting there for a long, long, time and are quite dusty.

Now some random pictures from the month.

Hugs Y’all!

Finally… Dolls!

OK I know it has been a looong time since I wrote about dolls. Sorry Helen!
Hopefully today’s post will make up for it.
Last time I told you about our trip to San Antonio and I mentioned a new dolly that came home with me.

Here she is! 1972 Shirley Temple! I just love Shirley Temple Movies. I am in awe of how they allowed children to see the tragic side of life too. Not like now days with rainbow bridges and such. Children then saw tragedy as a part of life. Shirley was adorable as she maneuvered through the various hardships of a depression or civil war tyke. Real tears erupt when she says her mommy got cracked up too (like her dad a pilot did). Anyway, I saw this doll at Mason Country Collectibles and fell in love. They actually have 2 more that I want. All in original dresses but not totally original.

Next, I got another of my all time favorite Barbies. Sweet 16! Now I have one in the package, one out on display and one to play around with. All 3 have complete dresses, with the often missing string bow.

Then, I saw this young lady and fell in love with the face. It is simple, adorable and not overly made up. I love the freckles. I believe she is a Midge, because my older Midge is the one with freckles. Sigh…

I saw her on clearance for $5 and got her to open. Got another not on sale for $7.94 then forgot and got another for $7.94… and I didn’t even put any of them in totes!

Then I saw this one in RED. Did not fall in love but still thought she rocked the plaid pretty well. She needs leggings though. I think I have some here somewhere.

Then I saw this dress set and it made me happy so home it came.

This swimsuit set also made me happy so it came home as well!

So lets open the dolly with the damaged box because I think she will look great in these new clothes!

This set looks like a wedding outfit. Something you would wear to a fancy affair of some sort. It needs shoes…
Which pair?

OOPs the ones that match the purse won’t go on over her heel!

OK lets try the swim set.
Not my favorite suit. Though the gold lam`e sets off her hair. I do love her silky hair!

OK with the cover up. I like the cover up better than the suit. The necklace just seems out of place. The bangle rolled somewhere on my desk and eludes me!

Let’s try the shorts set.
I think it makes her look young and less fashion star. I added the sneakers from my stash.
I think she will stay in this set for a little while.

So what do you think? What shoes go with the fancy dress best?
Should I unbox the RED doll and give her some pants?
Do you like my Shirley?
BTW I don’t buy every doll I see.
I did not get this one because I don’t like the mouth. it looks… foamy some how like she’s rabid…
My hope is to be able to blog at least once a week now that things seem to be slowing down and aligning in better lines.
Hug y’all!

What have I been Upto???

Well this year has begun with a BANG!
First my Beloved retired in January, the 18th. The 23rd he ended up in the hospital. For 14 days.
He got out and was out for 10 days then right back in! This time for 17 days!
Mean while I was working to get things in order, insurance, filing for disability and all that for him.
March was semi quiet just LOTS of dr visits, as in 3-4 a week. Then April opened with us on a road trip to San Antonio where he got a fistula put in. He is going back on hemo dialysis when it heals, in 1 to 3 months.

Now in all the excitement, I have fallen twice! I fell, quite literally out of my house… onto my front porch and my Best friend’s feet! Then the night before we left town, I fell at the church supper! I am fine just bruised and embarrassed!

Before we left I was working on a doll post. I have a few new additions to show off when I find that post. You see, my son upgraded my pc and all my files are on my Beloved’s server… somewhere! I will get him to find it for me.
In the meantime here are some pictures from the trip.

The view from our 11th floor hotel room. We stayed at the Omni Colonnade. The beds were typical hotel beds, wiggly not firm. The restaurant was supposed to be upscale. The only thing on the menu I recognized as food was a hamburger. It was nothing special and to be truthful, I would have liked a whataburger better.
The pool and Jacuzzi were fantastic though. OK the jacuzzi was. I didn’t try out the pool. I loved watching the view from our window. I could, off in the distance, see the San Antonio airport and enjoyed watching planes come in and land.
After not enjoying the dinner, we were NOT spending $21.95 on their breakfast. So we found a familiar place, Ihop! Where we saw this:

The cutest coffee carafe! It is roughly 1/2 the size of the ones here in Angelo. The service was better too and the atmosphere!
A last parting look as we left.

After San Antonio we went to Fredricksburg to shop. We got lunch at a small place, it was in a house! Called the City Cafe. The food was excellent. Check out Herman’s chicken fried steak dinner!

After lunch we needed to walk off some of that food! So we perused main street stopping at the Christmas store, the General store and Dooley’s.
We also went to the Amish store. Next to it is an antique furniture store. How would you like this in your living room?

That is my friend Linda posing for me!

Caught this picture just outside of Fredricksburg.
We stopped at a really neat shop in Mason. It is Mason Country Collectibles.
If you ever get a chance to go, do! They have antiques and awesome metal art. I actually bought 3 items there. A Shirley Temple doll, a gecko and a blue bonnet. I will get pictures of them all for my next post.
Here is one of the things i would have LOVED to bring home with me.
I just love that fountain!
OK that is a basic summary of my time the last…3 months… My plan is to do a real honest to goodness doll post in the next couple of days! Until then,
Hugs Y’all!


Just a short catch up post.
Last month my Beloved ended up retiring on disability.
I am fine with that. What I am NOT fine with is that he retired on the 18th and ended up in the hospital on the 23rd!

He is home now but was in there for 2 full weeks!
So I have not been able to do anything blog worthy.
Next week I hope to change that. I had just gotten an apron cut and ready to sew, and begun a dishcloth when my days became nightmares. We are taking this week to adjust and then I will hopefully be able to do my stuff again!
Hugs y’all!

2018 Is at an End

Well this last couple months has been a whirlwind!
I will post it in pictures. You can ask what it is in comments if you like!
Thanks giving:

Christmas, at least getting ready for it. Oddly I have no Christmas pictures!

I had 5 trees this year:
1) The vintage one on which I hung classic ornaments, antiques and such.
2) The beanie baby tree
3) The Charlie Brown tree
4) the children’s tree. I have the girls from church over to make ornaments and my collection of toys ornaments went on this tree.
5) The white window tree with all my red ornaments on it.
I also have a usb, led tree at my computer.
So with 2018 in the books, here is to a healthier, happier 2019!
hug y’all

An Addendum to My Thrifting Post.

I had a couple ladies ask for pictures of more of my finds. So I took some more. These are pictures of things that didn’t get good pictures when I first took them.

First up, the casserole dish, ready for the oven with our dinner!
Next the mugs. Well 3 of them. You already saw the one I used and the gift one.

This one is very plain but I love this shape of mug. If needed I am sure I can dress it up at some point.

Doesn’t the scene on this one just scream cozy and at home?

I have always had a thing for those duck/geese sets from the …80s or was it the 90s… I would still love the canister set. Apparently so would others. Judging from the prices I see on them, when I find any at all, they must be extremely popular!

Next the gift box for the mug. My SS loves snowmen.

The ornaments that will be once a week gifts. Really each week we are just supposed to do cards. However when something says give me and then several things say it… There are seven weeks until the party to give something. I got 6 things so far. I gave the plaque yesterday. So I need 1 more small item to be able to gift something each week.

The popcorn boxes. We watch a lot of stuff on TV. Not from the networks, but streamed from Netflix among others. Sometimes you just NEED popcorn.

The big SS gift. The box is a wreck but I have a lot of boxes that I can replace it with. Which will prolong the anticipation because the boxes I have are from kidney supplies…;D Isn’t he just too stinkin’ cute?

Last one of my favorite pieces. The Peanuts .10 box. I wish it had had the variety of cards in it. I would love to have framed one of each!
From your thrifting, what has been your favorite item? It could be something you just love (Like a pink English egg coddler for your bathroom) or something you use often.

This weeks adventures.

Thursday my neighbor, her dh and her dgd and I headed out to a thrift store. I am looking for older Christmas décor items and sadly, ebay is not helping. This stuff is not covered in gold dust folks.
Anyway, as we entered there was a sign, all Halloween 75% off. It didn’t mean anything to me, since I don’t do Halloween. Which is good because as far as I could see, there was NO Halloween stuff. 75% off or otherwise.
Next, we came on 2 large tables with orange stickers. I asked the ladies there and they said that was the dime table. There were several items there I am always looking for. Such as:
Pop Corn boxes, those plastic ones that hold about a quart of popcorn.
2 Picture frames. I often get sent pretty cards. So pretty I want to frame them. Looking at new frames at Walmart recently, I decided that just would not work.
A really truly biscuit cutter, also good for simple round cookies.
A large bowl. Not sure what I will put in it but for a dime…
Then I began in the dish section. I wanted some new fun mugs for my morning coffee. None of the 6 I found were marked. Then I saw the sign. Mugs were .25 each and on sale for 50% off. So, .12 or so each. 6 mugs cost me… .75c. I was pleased with that for 2 reasons. 1) I found 4 neat mugs for my kitchen and 2) I found 2 mugs that will make cheery thinking of you gifts.

I also found a new basket for my kitchen to hold my coffee stuff, Creamer, coffee and the cappuccino stuff I add to it to make it more COFFEE ish. The box of ornaments is in this.
A set of stationary, looks like large note cards but might be paper.
A small plaque that will go to my SS.
I found a lidded casserole. I have wanted one of these for years but just can’t bring myself to pay the price. This one was just under $5.
I of course perused the toy area looking for Barbie, but she wasn’t there.
I finally found the Christmas section.
I found several items that will be gifts. At church we are doing a secret sister thing where we give a note or small gift each week then a bit nicer gift (Not to exceed $5) at our big cookie party.

I found plates on which to gift cookies without wondering if my plate will come back…

I found one item that needs a new box, A snowman tea pot. It is so cute I have 3 options with it. 1) give it to my SS 2) give it to a friend who collects tea pots or 3) keep it. #3 is a long shot. Though I really like it, I don’t drink hot tea. I also have a hot pot for the odd cup of cocoa. I like my stuff to be useful…

I found one of my 6 mugs here too, a snow lady face.
A set of ornaments. I am thinking one each week would be fun.
A sweet box to wrap the mug in.These things are in the stack on top of the tea pot box. A few of my pictures did not come out right either.
A baggie of ribbon. I am planning an ornament making party so odd bits of craft stuff will come in handy.

A set of Enesco salt and pepper shakers for myself. I can’t find any value on the set. Nothing registers on ebay for this 1993 set. Not even under completed auctions. Most sets sold were about $5 so .79 isn’t bad.

I got an unopened 2 pack of Christmas cookie cutters. For some silly reason I gave away all my plastic cookie cutters last year in a fit of decluttering.
I defied temptation on the Santa cookie jar. I have ended up with a collection of cookie jars but not on purpose. Though I love them all I don’t go looking for them. This one was calling my name. I ignored it and moved on.

I did make 1 silly purchase. This was marked at .49c. When I opened it, it was empty. Now I love Peanuts, but .49c for an empty card box? No. When I asked the lady at the counter if they were really charging that for an empty box she was shocked and said some one must have made off with the cards. I said I do like the box. She asked if I would pay .10c. Since I can add it to my peanuts display I said yes.
After tax I spent $20. What do you think, did I do well or no?

Friday after mall walking, we went to the Salvation Army store to find fanny packs. We don’t want to lug purses around the mall so we leave things we could use at home. Like phones, inhalers and so on. I have skirts with pockets so I generally have my phone, and keys with me.

We did not find any fanny packs. I did how ever find this gorgeous blouse. I don’t have any blouses, or is it blice? Anyway I have shirts, which are basically polos or fancy tees. Red tags were 50% off this week so I spent $1.50 on the shirt. It looks crisp as if it was either gently worn or never worn.

I also found a few more frames for my project of turning gorgeous note cards into art.
I found a couple more mugs, but I am spoiled by the .12c mugs and could not bring myself to spend .69c each on them. I will go back when green tags are 50% off and see if they are still there… if I remember!

Then Saturday we hit an estate sale where I got this big ol’ box of stuff. I spent $20 but in it I got

A monopoly game. With the original pieces not the newfangled ones.

A set of sheets for my bed. From the feel they are at least 500 count.

A new quilt, printed not a REAL one and 2 matching shams.

A piece of hand done embroidery

3 yds of fabric

A over shirt/sweater… thing. For which the picture did not turn out.

A curtain set for my backdoor window

2 Trivets. They were the same so only 1 picture

A cool nightlight

With light detector. Note those prices? Well they were 50% off. So a complete bed package, sheets, shams quilt and all for $10.
We stopped by another sale on the way home where I succumbed to the lure of:

3 small gift bags, to use for our SS weekly gifts.

A set of pink glass candle sticks. I have a small bit of pink depression glass, I think in Princess pattern and these will look nice displayed with it.
My worst by was something that just demanded to come home with me. It was overpriced, and I knew it. I just fell in love with it though.

This is an English egg coddler. I found a set of them on ebay for $9,99. I paid… gasp $2 for one…
Sometimes though things just need you to take them home. The lady at the sale went on and on about its being an antique and worth at least… $25 or $30 in an antique store. I thought not to some one with google on their phone. Still I am doing my bathroom in pink roses and this will look cute on the shelf. I didn’t get the antique vibe from it. I used to deal in antiques, or at least vintage items. Mostly toys and dishware/kitchen ware. Antiques feel differently to me than more modern stuff and this just said modern to me.

So here is my coffee this morning, in my new mug. It made me happy just drinking it. Silly I know.

Here are my .10c frames with the note cards in them. That pink one I think needs to go in my pink bathroom.

This black one needs some tlc. I got some black paint and I am sure I can get the price sticker glue off. I think the dark frame sets off the picture. What do you think? I may, depending on how it looks after the paint, glue some beads or… buttons around it. I can’t decide.

Have you done any thrifting lately? Did you find treasures for you? Find treasure to use as gifts?
If you really want to see thrifting done expertly, check out the Queen of Fifty Cents blog, that lady knows her onions!
Tell me about your thrifting adventures!!
Hugs Y’all

A Misfire, Busy day Breakfast and Musings

Yesterday I attempted to bake with stevia. All the online places I found assured me this can be done. Perhaps it can, I will try again later.

However, yesterday’s attempt was a dismal failure. The dropped cookies had ugly shapes and worse, tasted awful. Like hard biscuits with no sweet at all. I even tried adding some chocolate chips and peppermint bark, not much improvement! Ultimately inedible. Though Katie enjoyed a few of the plain ones with out the added stuff.

Today I baked normal cookies and just won’t eat them all in a day. Actually, it takes days to eat a batch. I plan to make smaller cookies too and maybe freeze some. I know I can freeze dough. I may do some of that too, so I can bake a few after dinner. (I did not do any of this…) OK This is the next day. The cookies are sooo sweet. I can only eat one or 2 a day. Which is a good thing!


I love peanut butter, but not in cookies. Odd I know but it is me.
Since I plan to be busy baking, doing laundry, making a list of things to make for gifts and other miscellaneous, things my breakfast this morning is toast and coffee.

I chose peanut butter because it is high in protein and I need protein! My coffee as usually is well creamed and mixed with hazelnut instant coffee. Because, caffeine! I am having this again today, since it was soooo good yesterday!

My doll shelves are almost complete, I think I have dolls in the area I want them, I just need to organize them. Here is what I have so far.

Tv and Movie dolls. Beanie babies are on top of the dolls on the right. See the one in purple? She is a Rapunzel doll in a Jasmine costume, which is meant to represent Jeanie from I dream of Jeanie. I think there maybe a real Barbie version of her somewhere, but this is mine!I need to redo the top shelf and move the non Holiday dolls to other shelves, where they fit better. I do think I want this year’s holiday doll and I will need more room…

Snoopy. This shelf hasn’t really changed. I do want to rearrange it, I just haven’t figured out how yet.

Misc, Some Barbie, some Peanuts, some Princess. The shelf under it holds unopened clothes /accessory packs. The top shelf are my bigger dolls, the ones I like to dress. Once I get stands for them, I will probably unbox the ones boxed up. The boxes take up room that could be used to get more dolls!

Boxed Barbies. Some of these will get opened, some will stay boxed and some will go away entirely, because I have dups or changed my mind on wanting them.

Rag Dolls and Barbies and Ever After High. Plus the few porcelains I couldn’t part with. They remind me of Ann with and E and Diana…

Barbies. My vintage ones, I want to go on top. Then ones in their original outfits then ones I just like. Next to this are my Holiday Barbies. I have some on top of my TV/Movie ones too.
Now, my furry family …

Mouse being shy and then the look she gives me when I do not share my tacos with her.

Munchie, when she realizes mom means it when she says leave my knitting alone.

Katie when… ok pretty much anytime she wants in my lap…
Whats going on at your place?
Hugs y’all