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!

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.

Today’s Post is a bit of Misc.

I have so much to post that I decided today to grab a few things at hand. Plus post some before pictures of the chaos that is my office.

I will begin with this tiny item. My grand boy calls these blind bags/box. I have had this thing for MONTHS moving it from spot to spot to get it out of the way.

It is pretty and pink and marked Barbie so… here goes. I cut off the wrapper and behold, a pink barrel that reminds me of monkeys. With instructions I could not possibly read.


Aha! A dr. or vet Barbie. Cute. Useless but cute.

Next just a quick pic of… Farmer Barbie… My mind is swirling with a diorama of schleich animals and this doll… I love her face.

Next a trio of Kens.
One of my favorite movies or ALL time is the original Wizard of Oz. Don’t bore me with the knock offs. I watch this movie every year around thanksgiving, along with a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (I do CB on all holidays, since I have all the Peanuts holiday movies!)
So since these came to me not totally boxed (I have Lion, Scarecrow, Glinda and Dorothy in boxes) I decided to open them up.

Each one came with a cardboard picture.


I did Scarecrow first. I notice he is articulated. So he can stumble around I suppose. I like the face paint on him. Very vivid.

Next I removed Lion from his trappings. He is not articulated. He has a hair brush. I however will not touch his locks, I like them as is! He also is the only one that can stand alone.


Tin man was coming out of his trappings with out my help! He was losing his shoes. Notice he is totally painted silver… no swapping him out with another Ken. He also is articulated. So he can sway I bet. Note, none of these had their heads tagged to the box!

Now for my vintage girls.

Molded hair Barbie.

Molded hair Midge. Or is she Francie? I don’t remember.

Why do the old dolls look ticked off? They just look so mad to me! Reminds me of the “bad” girls in the GLH books.


I do have wigs for them! These came with the Barbie but the heads are the same size even though Midge is short. I have not taken time to try dressing them. I like Midge’s suit. Barbie has a green spot, so I will find her a dress at some point to cover it. I haven’t had time to look them up as to dates yet either. I would like to note that Barbie was somewhat diverse before this latest must make a doll to look like every possible type madness.


Now, for my office pics. Notice the general chaos. My goal is to have tv dolls in one place, historical dolls in one, vintage in one and misc. in one etc..

See behind that chair? There are 2 large totes and a shelf with unopened dolls/sets/clothes in there…

Under that table are dolls I have blogged on but have not figured out their permanent place yet. Under my desk are vintage/ used modern dolls still waiting to be sorted and blogged…
I am hoping to finish my office organizing next week. I am making a decent dent in it today.

What have you been upto?
Hugs y’all

Just a quick update…

I spent most of my time this week with a friend helping an elderly friend from church.

This took long hours. The first day was 12 hours. We arrived at her home at 11 and finally saw her settled in a hospital room about 1030 that night. (By the end the staff was calling us the church ladies)
I am exhausted.
Plus we had a game night with friends last night.
Added to that insomnia, so no really quality sleep…
Last night was my first decent night of sleep all week!
Today is finishing the cleaning I didn’t get to for guests last night.

The elder lady is now safe in a long term care facility of good reputation.

My hope is to be back Monday with regular blog posts.
Scenes and dolly goodness!
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

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

June 25th…

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Well … This last month has been wild. First, just after I got things posted, I had an attack of gout. Once I got that taken care of (FYI Cherry juice is awesome) I suffered a huge allergy attack. I could not breath and was coughing and miserable for weeks. Then I had a reaction to the anti anxiety med the doc had put me on… I just felt foggy all the time and really didn’t care about anything. So my Beloved hubby said, don’t take it anymore! I stopped.

I saw the doc a couple weeks ago and am on a better track now. I have doubled my allergy meds and it is helping. I also began taking raw apple cider vinegar daily. I feel less tired and no more fog.

So now I am planning to begin again with a few changes.
1) I plan to re-begin my old habit of first thing in the morning reading Phil. 4. The whole chapter every day. It is my favorite passage in scripture. I also will begin again to read Proverbs 31:10-31. I did this today and have done more so far this morning than my late normal.

2) 15s. I need to restart these too. I just need to get a handle on life again.

3) planning 1 room per day, amidst laundry and up keep chores like dishes.

Today I Plan to:
do the laundry, or at least 2 loads.
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Vacuum the living room and Dining/ game room
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clean the kitchen
Dishes 1
make and freeze cookie dough
boil eggs
bake and freeze cake.

I may even investigate flylady again… eek you know it is bad when I go there!
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Well I am off to find the kitchen and reboot laundry.

Hugs y’all
Melissa