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!

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.

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!

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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

It was a Dark and Stormy Day…



Seriously, it is! Steady rain since about an hour ago, plus a lot of rain last night. What this means for me is… pain issues and breathing issues. Went to the doc yesterday for my every 6 months visit.
I love my doc. She is a nurse practitioner and she LISTENS. She understands my eating was off from stress and encourages me to get up and try again. Not eating more, just eating junk instead of my normal stuff. I really do need to find a better way to handle stress. Since my hands hurt lately, knitting is out for now. Maybe a punching bag… Whatever there must be a better way. I have though, lost about 8 lbs since July. Even with my eating off!

So, in the spirit of new beginnings, I made my big craving. No, I don’t always eat sugar! I have been craving for a week what I call a Denver omelet. I really have no clue why I call it that. It is my favorite way to eat eggs. I also dusted off my Keurig and made myself a caramel cappuccino. Hey, a sweet HAD to be part of this!



My version of a Denver omelet has onion, bell pepper, ham and… mushrooms! 2 eggs, scrambled and mozzarella cheese. I am not a cheese fan but gouda and mozzarella I can do.
I didn’t take a bunch of cooking photos. I really didn’t plan to blog on my breakfast. Here it is in all its glory though, and the cuppa joe too.

In other news I am rearranging dolls in the drollery. I have over the last several months collected doll stands off ebay. Yes, I could buy them from Hobby Lobby but… they get theirs from China too and for the cost of one of those stands I can get from 5 to 10 of the plastic ones that allow the doll to shine instead of the stand.


I did find out, these stands do NOT do for the bigger Barbies, the talls or full ones, nor do they work for Ken. That means I still have use for the dozens I already had from Hobby Lobby.


On thing I like about the ebay stands is they come in different colors. For instance, a red gown can have a clear or red stand.

I got a small package of thee as a test case… So far, I have not gotten then to work with any of my dolls.
Well I am going to indulge in a rare 2nd cup of coffee and play with my dolls for a while.
How is your day going? Getting any rain?
Hugs y’all

Bits and Bobs

That is what I have been doing the last 2 weeks. This week I have been hampered by pain. Pain seems to mess with my mental abilities as well as my physical ones.
I have done bits and bobs of things though.


I got a Barbie Bed together. All these wicker pieces seem… sideways… I still haven’t got any covers made. Need to find my sewing table again!(It is buried in Barbie stuff!)


I made bread. I made it egg bread. I liked that it ended up softer than usual for bread!


Beloved took me to dinner. We went to Stango’s which is a cross between a coffee place (Think Central Perk in Friends) and 50’s diner. They make their own ice cream and it is awesome!


We got to see the Stango’s cat. Looks comfy doesn’t he? (or she)


Katie slept.


Katie guarded the new doll house. Somebody parked Barbie’s car in the cat perch…


I began experimenting with flooring for the new house. I also experimented with blocking the old elevator hole. I think I finally figured it out.

That is pretty much it for the last 2 weeks.

Here is hoping things get back to normal soon!

Hugs y’all

Sparkle Girlz

Among this lot of dolls were several Sparkle Girlz.
I really like these dolls. The ones I got in this lot are really much prettier than the ones I bought new. These dolls have a more … little girl quality to them.

I love this lass’s reddish hair. Her pretty pink and lavender dress is charming. As is her simple face.


This lass, in her jeans and tee, seems to really sparkle. She looks like some one who enjoys life.


This one in her ball gown is adorable. I just need to do somethng with her hair. I ran a comb through it but it seems to need just a little something… more.


With this one, I learned what all those clear slippers were for! I love her wavy mane of golden hair. Just a quick combing put it in decent shape. It reminds me of a GLH book, Job’s Niece where Doris ran a comb through her hair to put it in order. Wish my hair was that simple!


This one has a mane of wavy brown hair, so thick! For supposedly cheap dolls, they are really well done! All of these dresses are gorgeous.


This one’s face looks so bright and cheery! How can such similar faces, done in vinyl manage to send out emotional vibes? Love the pink dress too! So happy!


Another reddish mane! Again a quick combing set it to rights. I think I will experiment with a braid or 2 once I get all the new dolls written up, Once that is done, it will be play time!


This AA lass is gorgeous. Her hair felt softer and silkier than all the others.

I really do like these dolls. One big thing I like is, their hair never seems to get in their eyes. At least so far! I like their simple lines and ease of dressing. The hair is really well rooted too. Plus, while I am not a big fan of the head proportions it does make it easier to comb and style.

The one thing I do not like, is their heads are hard and filled with glue. I know this because I got a couple at the thrift store once, planning to use one of them as a donor body for a Barbie head. Taking the head off is impossible, it breaks the neck, which is why I needed a donor body in the first place!

So which Sparkle Girl is your favorite? I like the AA hair the best though I like the first red head’s face better.

Net time I will post the miscellaneous dolls I can’t identify.
They are not Barbie, Sparkle, Bratz or any other line I have seen before!

Now, because he is adorable, here are some pictures of my GB. We went to a new ice cream place. The Latest Scoop.

Best ice cream on the planet!

Hugs y’all

Around my place


One of the hard parts of blogging to me is, I don’t do anything new and exciting.

I am a home maker and it takes all my time.
My typical day begins like this.
Get up
put dog out
wash face
get dressed
drink water
scoop kitty box
take out trash
begin laundry
walk with Leslie Sansone (on dvd)
In between there I check my computer. Look at my running auctions, read new posts on PH, maybe check facebook, and the news.
I read Philippians and P31:10-31.
I clean the kitchen.

Prep things for dinner.

Work on the days room.
Then knit or sew.

Sometimes I get called to watch my grandboy. Those are exciting days. G is now a 4yo bundle of energy. He has learned to enjoy Mimi’s lap and wants to sit with me under a blanket and read or look at his tablet… my tablet…
Lately he likes to talk about zombies. Monday He came over and we went to McDs for lunch, we had breakfast for lunch. He got a cat woman toy. Then we went to the park until he wanted to go home because it was yucky with too many girls and boys there. He doesn’t enjoy the after school crowd, which since most of them were rude I can totally understand.

Today as I sat down at my pc, I saw the first rose blossom of 2017 off my vintage rose bush. This rose bush was planted by the original owners of my home, in 1951. The bush has no scent, which I find both odd and sad. I LOVE scenty roses! Though I must admit what it lacks in scent it makes up for in perfect, beautiful roses.

So you see, there isn’t much to write about!
Hugs y’all

Book Review Living on A Little by Caroline French Benton

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My beloved bought me a book that has been on my Amazon wish list for ages. Living on A Little by Caroline French Benton.
I have looked but can not find when this book was published. It was, I am thinking early 1900s. Possibly 1890s. The lady had a telephone and refrigerator in town, they did not refer to it as an ice box but a refrigerator. Also the house in town was lit by gas jets.

I like this kind of book because I love learning how people lived in times past. This book deals mostly with the table and how to economize there.

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The basis of the story is this. Dolly is to be married in one year. So she goes to her sister while her parents travel Europe and her fiancee is working in South America, to learn how to live on a small salary of $1800 a year. The feeling is that the parents have raised the girls in luxury and now she must learn how to do with out that.

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Her older sister, Mary, has been keeping house for six years. She has some very inventive ideas too. One thing confused me in the reading and I am not sure if it is a typo or if there are two appliances the sister has to make her work easier. One is a “fireless” box. A box lined with asbestos in which she makes puddings, and things. Later it is also mentioned a “tireless” box. Which from the reading seems to be the fireless one but the typist who put it on line seemed to have changed its name.

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The grocery amount per week floored me. Mary budgets $7 a week. This covered the cost of food for herself, her husband and her sister, or maid if she has one. Plus out of this she saves for any entertaining she plans to do. In this book that included; a surprise visit of two gentlemen her husband brought home, a drop in set of guests for luncheon, 2 dinner parties and 3 luncheons that she planned. When she has a dinner party she also pays from this the 75C cost of a serving girl. Who stays and does dishes after the dinner too. At the luncheons her sister is her “maid”. She hires out her heavy laundry, does her dainties herself and hires a laundress who comes in once a week to do the heavy floor scrubbing too. The amounts of her parties were so neat to read. Imagine serving 4 people on $1.35! Or paying some one $1.50 a week to do all your heavy laundry and scrub your floors!

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The meal amounts taught me just how much we over eat now days. Then sugar was something to be saved and cakes and cookies were a rarity. Eggs were .04c a piece, cream .15c a pint, and both considered too extravagant to be used in desserts very often. Yet they had dessert every night! She used only 1 dozen eggs per week! Now to be fair I use about that too, but if I make a big breakfast everyday, I would use twice that! With two eggs each. Mary only fixes one egg each. I think in gerneal today people would think of the food amounts used in this book as starvation rations and yet they worked harder than we do and thrived.

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Some of the meats she uses I just can’t imagine. Such as boiling a calves head for meats. Using the brains, I don’t like the idea of tongue and can not stomach liver. All of which were common in Mary’s kitchen. At least when we was saving for a party. She believed in economizing before she spent extra instead of making it up afterwards. I believe in this too.

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I do find that I agree with Mary in that you need not spend a lot to have a pleasant home. Cheap pretty dishes, treated as if they were expensive china will do just as well as Haviland on a carefully set supper table.

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One thing I think today’s young woman lacks is the hope chest. In Mary’s time a hope chest was begun by the girl as she learned to sew and she made things for her future home. A passing comment is also made on the trousseau. Both the hope chest and trousseau held the clothing and linen a girl would need for at least 1 year.
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Though Mary suggests buying inexpensive linens for daily use as the purse permits. I agree with this. I prefer table linen to paper and I prefer to use a table cloth and place mats (Mary uses doilies to protect her table linen). My dishes may not be expensive ones, but they are pretty and I enjoy them. I am blessed with an abundance though, having inherited several sets from family and being given one set by a friend. My everyday set is a patterned Corelle, because it can handle the microwave and most of my inherited ones can not. (3 sets are from the 40’s or earlier). For special occasions I select my table from my more fancy, or as my dil says “ooo pretty dishes”.
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My goal as a keeper of the home, is to provide a comfortable, safe place for my loved ones. While the methods and general feel of this book is old, out of date and perhaps not considered these days I find the basis is one we should aspire to.
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You don’t need to spend beyond your means to keep what you have nice, serviceable if not pretty. Home isn’t made up of expensive things as much as it is the attitude of the one preparing the meals, doing the laundry and the scrubbing. If one does these things cheerfully, there will be rest and happiness at home. If one does these things grouchily with a complaining or as the Bible calls it a downcast countenance the home will not be restful or happy.

I understand we need money to live. Thriving is a whole different thing though. Money can not make one thrive.

I do recommend this book. If for nothing else it’s historical value.
However you do not need to buy it unless you want to. It is here on Amazon for $2.99.

It is also here on Project Gutenberg for free.

I hope you enjoy it!

Hug Y’all!

Melissa

Day 1 with Flylady

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Well today went well. I got up, got dressed, made my bed. Even brushed my hair, something that usually gets done at some point.
I got my wap work out in.

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One thing I need to tweak is there is no space in the morning routine for Prayer and Bible reading. I need to add that. Here is why. I did my reading this morning. I asked God in my prayer to be with me and strengthen my arms and lungs so I could do all that was needed today. As a direct result, I believe, I was able to do a full 15 minute mile in WAP and not have to stop due to pain or difficulty breathing. This has not happened in over 2 months.

I was able to tidy the main bathroom, gather trash and get the can out before they came, I got my kitchen done and tidied and dusted the living room, which is the zone this week. I also did 2 loads of laundry.

I do remember now why I did not like her emails though. EVERY thing is an ad for her stuff.

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Dinner was simple, corn bread, rice, beans and sausage. The rice and beans were in a mix so it was a simple meal.

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After dinner I did up the dishes. Now I am ready to relax and take off my shoes!

Hugs y’all!
Melissa

Made it!

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Wednesday Morning we bid a fond and reluctant farewell to my wonderful friend and sister in Christ, Sue Ellen.
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We made it to Gadsden about 11:45. Didn’t even eat supper, just crawled into bed.
The motel was meh. It was clean just not fun. We had been in 4 states in 10 hours. Both phones constantly asking for charging!
On today’s journey we saw traffic, and trees!

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This morning we went to waffle house. Neither of us had ever been. Our plan was to take advantage of the free breakfast. It was scanty and not appealing. Let me just say, Angelo needs a Waffle House. The food was old fashioned and old time tasty!

Since today was the first day of the sale, I did not anticipate all the traffic. Plus it rained from about noon on. Most sales were closed up due to the downpour.

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So we drove and we drove. We saw more trees than I have seen since I left California. Not mesquite, live oak or Pecan. I think I even saw Kudzu fine, I am told it is a scourge in the south.

Tonight we had a nice meal in a quiet place called Mount Vernon. It has been in the same family since the 1950s. MJ got chopped steak (a hamburger patty smothers in sauteed onions and mushrooms) I got jumbo butterfly shrimp. They had fried corn that was wonderful. Slaw and potatoes that we ok but not fantastic. For dessert I got an Almaretto pie that was oh so good! I couldn’t finish it, it was much too sweet and rich.

One thing too that I like about this trip… tap water you can actually drink!
Well I am exhausted and need to go lay down. We ran by walmart and got a couple extra pillows… what is it with king beds and 3 pillows? Don’t most folks use at least 2?

I have more pictures to upload but they will have to wait until tomorrow. I am just too tired tonight!
Hugs Y’all
Melissa