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!

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
mel

More Bits and Bobs

I am working on a project. A friend gave me the idea.

I am going to use these. I am not sure what they were originally for and I think I paid way too much for them. I have no idea WHY I bought them in the first place.

My plan is to take photo pages, put them into a note book then use these cards to make daily to do routines.
I can color code them too for special things, like organizing holiday tasks. My everyday tasks will be one color. My once a week tasks one color, then tasks I do now and then one color and each week I can slip in what I want done that week.
This way on weeks when I have high energy, I can do more and weeks when I can barely move, I will do less. My hope is it evens out over all so my home is comfortable and neat all the time.
We have had rain now for at least 7. Days. Straight!
I thank God for the rain, and hope the bridges hold out! I heard our one dry lake is now at flood stage and they opened the flood gates on the other 2.


My friend Helen asked me for a close up of this doll. So, Helen here it is.
The boxed one is a little hard to get to.


Here is the unboxed one. This is I think, the first one. The boxed one is #2. I LOVE the hair on this doll.

These are by far my favorite style of Barbie shoes, other than boots. I LOVE boots. Can not wear them but I love them.
Also, if you love gorgeous artwork and scripture, and in general uplifting things. If you use facebook, check out Millie’s Coffee Corner. I don’t remember how I found it but I love it!

Now, just because I can, here are pictures of my adorable grandsons.

Enkel 1

Enkel 2
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

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

Live has a way…

Of interrupting our plans doesn’t it?
About a month ago I got tossed a curve ball.
I was planning a blog post, a special one for one of my dearest friends.
I couldn’t write it because my Beloved was home sick. When he is sick I am usually staying close to him.
Well he asked to go to the clinic. We went and got sent home with meds.
We were home about 10 minutes when the clinic dr called and said, I want you to go to the er and I want you to go NOW.
We went. Beloved was admitted. He was in there 8 days. I saw they did not expect him to leave. His kidneys are failing. It has been a month and that phrase is still hard to say. As is final stage renal failure. What his condition is called. There is a small chance for improvement.
When he got out he went back to work and insisted we take our 34th anniversary trip. We spent 3 days exploring San Antonio and Fredricksburg. Ok mostly we shopped for things we can’t find locally. Like good men’s clothes for a big tall guy and Lane Bryant, since our Avenue refuses to stock dresses and skirts. We hit the lego store and thing geek and the Disney store too. Took a moonlight haunted carriage ride and had some relaxed fun for a change. No rush to go see or do we just went as we felt like it.
He is home now, doing well. Taking his meds, following orders doing dialysis 3 times a week, and still working. This man is incredible.

So while I am still doing dolly stuff I am doing it more for me right now.
There are other things going on, my youngest is now married. My oldest is going to be a dad on May 11, or sooner!
I am battling a myriad of asthma, allergies and bronchitis things, so I am pretty much normal.

My hope is to be able to do the special post this week. Now that I have found most of my office.
I am also learning new software for audio and video editing. This was also stalled by recent events.
Well y’all I am tired and want to go sit in my comfy chair and read.
hugs y’all!