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OK as I said I am done showcasing the Barbies from the last couple of weeks.

From now on it will be ones added to my collection over time. One caveat to this… there is a sale tomorrow, that advertised Barbies! So I may have some new ones to share tomorrow night. We will see.
I do have a question for Barbie collectors. I have noticed on the dolls I have unboxed, their clothes are not tagged. Is the the norm or a new thing?

Another question. I have other boxed dolls. Well not boxed so much as in plastic. These are all relatively cheap dolls, usually about $12. I got most on clearance. Is there any value in keeping them in the boxes?

To be honest I have thought often of just selling them off or giving them away. I don’t know at this point why I even bought them. I did give away my Butterfly Art Barbies. The market has been flooded with them since I got mine on rush clearance at Amazon years ago. Though they are kind of growing on me…

Here are the candidates for opening.

Spy Teresa


Spy Barbie

Pink and Fabulous Barbie with brown hair. I always thought it was Teresa that has the brown hair…

I can be Actress Barbie. Looking at this one, she has so many tiny accessories, I think boxed is best for her.

My shelves are working well. However…

Look at all the unhoused dolls! True some are duplicates and triplicates.

This shelf set is going to be for the formal, ball gown or Bride type dolls.

This shelf set will house the DOW, American Story (Of which, I found out, there are 4 more I need to hunt for!)

This under shelf is where I plan to put the dolls I intend to … play with… as in changing outfits now and then…


Over here are dolls that will not be unboxed. I think all the top shelves will be these as well. So I don’t worry so much about dusting!


Star Trek!


Dorothy

Tea Party

Valentine Sweet Heart

Pilot


I now have 4 or 5 Snow Whites so this one will stay in her box.


So will this gorgeous Belle, at least until I find another on clearance!

OK some dolly help is needed.


Yes I know Donnie and Marie…

Who are these two, who look ready to play tennis?

This guy with the sort of prince jacket? He is marked, Ken Mattel inc Patent pending MCMLX (MJ says this is 1960) On his foot he is marked Japan. I have had him for a while, just stuck him on the shelf. I think I paid $1 for him on our vacation across country yard saleing 2 years ago.

And this guy? He is very wiggly. Marked Ken, Hong Kong.

This cute blonde? She is wearing a Sweet 16 dress. That I know well!

This is Camp Barbie, I bought her new. She has lost her lantern. It is here someplace. (We have moved several times and had various people “help” in the packing since I got her)

Now I have this coca cola Barbie, her box has been wet… Unbox or keep as is? She will be my only Barbie in jeans…

I think the ones that will not be unboxed will go up on the top shelf. Then the princess dolls can go on the next shelf, leaving me the bookcase top for more unboxed dolls.

Beloved made me this tonight:


Isn’t it cute!
Well I need to be up and at it early tomorrow so good night! If you have any insights into any of these dolls or clothes PLEASE share!

Hugs y’all

SACA Dinner


Saturday February 25th MJ and I attended the annual SACA (San Angelo Christian Academy) fund raising dinner. As a part of the dinner there are 2 auctions. 1 silent, 1 live. As usual the items in the live auction, while they would be awesome, were well above my purse!

I did bid on 3 items in the silent auction. A rocking chair, a Barbie in a lilac crocheted gown and a science kit. An odd mix isn’t it? Well I collect rockers and there were no bids on it yet, and I collect Barbies, she also had no bids. The science kit would go to my nephew, the student we attend these events in support of.

The band played. The choirs sang and then they had a couple of skits. The pastor of the church that houses the school talked a little and promised a sermon on propitiation… but they cut that from the program… I never have heard his sermon on propitiation… Seriously, knowing this pastor, that was a joke.

Two of the skits I found really fun. One had 4 students in it. They were all talking as if they were cookies and gave a short description of the life and what it is like to be a cookie. My favorite in this batch was the young man, probably 3rd grade, who must love oatmeal raisin cookies. He did a grand job on it.

The other skit that I really liked was a version of Tangled. Two young ladies did this one… I hope they keep their senses of humor as adults, they will be fun to hang around with!

Dinner was brisket with a potato casserole, green beans and a roll. Tea and lemonade were offered as drinks.

How did my bids do in the silent auction?
I was outbid on the rocker and the science kit. I was floored to find out I won the Barbie! I have looked at these dolls and never hoped to afford one. I know how time consuming they are to make. I actually feel bad for the donor that my small bid was the only one. In any case she is now part of my collection!

Hugs y’all

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Months ago I promised a friend an apron.
I finally made it last week!
It was like I woke up out of a fog and got crafty again!
So with out further ado, here is her apron!
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Why wordpress insists on posting my pictures sideways I do not know. I have tried everything I can think of to correct that!
hugs y’all
Melissa

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I have had this running through my mind for a couple weeks.

Do you take God personally? Do you really realize He thinks about you as an individual?

How personal is God to you?

What I mean is, when you read your Bible do you personally take on the promises and commands of God?

In John 3:16 for example. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that who so ever believed on him should not perish but have ever lasting life.

Do you realize that verse is equally true if you read it:
For God so loved me that He gave His only begotten son so that I might believe and not perish but have everlasting life.

Too often I think we get… used to the ambiguity of the “world”. These verses make big claims. The world is a big thing. However God didn’t mean it to be impersonal. When He says the world, he means you, and me, and Sally and Sam and so on. We each figured into His thinking. The great big God of all the universe thought of us each as an individual. Some verses remind us that He thought of us before our parents even knew we existed. Yes I know the verse specifically refers to Jeremiah, however I see no where that indicates God doesn’t know us all.

Think of that. God is calling YOU. Yes you reading this right now.

How do we answer the call? We decide to accept his gift of grace. This covers all our sin. Then we act in Faith. What does this mean? Well if you trust Jesus to save you, won’t you show it? He asks so little of us. Jesus says He that believes and is baptized shall be saved but he that believes not shall be damned. He asks us to be baptized. Commands us to believe. You can do one or the other, but Jesus clearly wants us to do both. If my Faith is not strong enough to convince me to be baptized to please and obey Jesus, how will it ever get through the really big stuff that will come?(Mark 16)

More to the point, who of us is better than the Son of God? Shocking question? Well then consider this. When John protested to baptizing Jesus, the sinless, righteous Son of God what did Jesus say? Mat. 3 13 Then came Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and come thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becomes us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

What better reason is there for baptism than to well please God? Who needs more encouragement to do it than that?
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What does a life of Faith look like? Well Galatians says this:
Galatians 5:21-23King James Version (KJV)
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Again in Ephesians we find this:
Ephesians 5:8-10King James Version (KJV)
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

There are many examples of how we will live if we truly accept Jesus. Philippians 4, the entire chapter lays out many things. This is a good section, VS 8:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
How hard this is in today’s world! Everywhere you turn there is negativity and wrong thinking!

However, reading the words of Jesus, you will see that this is all to be expected. Jesus tells us that children will turn against their parents, that right and wrong will be twisted and turned in ways God does not approve.

Fathom this. A book written over 2000 years ago, by many different men, would nail this current world to a T. They weren’t just writing to those churches back then, they were writing to US.
Each one of us is individually responsible for how we respond to God’s words. In the end it won’t matter on our account what the preacher, the pope, or who ever told us. We, just as God called us individually, will answer for our life individually. God writes to us individually. He watches and sees us individually. Not just in an ambiguous way. He will come to us individually when we go to Him as he commands us to.

Will you come? Do you believe the life He offers both here and hereafter is worth it? He won’t strew the paths with roses, but He will guide us and comfort us among the thorns.

Hugs Y’all
Melissa

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Welcome to my doll haven…
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Barbie Wall.

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Newest set of Vintage Raggedies.

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Reorganized shelves.

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Snoopy moves over to the rest of the Peanuts gang!

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Newest shelf for Misc dolls.

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Christmas shopping doll

Last but not least:

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As promised weeks ago, my rickrack /notions idea.

I still have not gotten around to doing curtains yet.

Hugs y’all
Melissa

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Well my YDS has found a home of his own. This means I get my office back.
I just could not create in the cave I was attempting to use as an office.
So here are the before pictures. I did put in a table and the TV shelf before I took these, the tv had to be reset and was on the floor.

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Now the afters. I already feel my creative juices flowing. My first creative task will be making curtains. The blinds are metal, and very sturdy, also probably very expensive. However I like a softer look, so my plan is to raise the blinds and hide them with some pretty curtains.
Light fluttery ones!

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I am sure I will be able to get back to creating in this space! The rocker is set up for reading and knitting. The sewing table is set to give me just enough space for my PW workouts. Plus I discovered, I have space for more dolls and books…

However my goal is to get back to my love, sewing aprons! With tutorials!
I have 1 more thing to do that I forgot, and that is put my notions in the hanging rack on the back door. I will post a picture of that when I get it done. I will explain the idea too.

Hugs y’all!
Melissa

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Well today went better. I did not feel sick, though I have developed a headache this evening.

I got 1 load of wash done, some kitchen tidying. Made dinner and got my kitchen clean afterwards.

Now I will gather my morning pills and get off my shoes and relax some!

I hope you all had as nice a day as I did.
hugs y’all
Melissa

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Was a bust. I got my routine jangled when my dil called and asked me to join her for breakfast. She called before my alarm went off.

I came home and did my reading and prayer and began 15s but… I ended up sick and sleeping most of the day instead.

However I still shined my sink before bed!

Here is to day 3 being better.

hugs y’all
Melissa

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Well today was slow going. I woke up ok. My alarm went off at 7 but since not sleeping well is my new normal, I turned it off and woke up at 9.

I woke up realizing my blood sugar was a bit low (I get wobbly). So instead of exercise first I ate a muffin and drank a 16 ounce glass of water and took my morning pills.

I watched 4 shows on Genealogy (Who Do You Think You Are) before it dawned on me I was doing the same thing I always do. By this time though my eyes were heavy and burning, which is how they get when I am very tired, so I laid down. I got up about an hour later.

When I got up I was feeling much better though I still did not want to exercise and had such a hassle with my exercise pants, they always twist up around my knees, that I considered counting getting dressed as a form of exercise.

I let the dog out and began my WAP. I made it through 1/2 a mile before my legs and lungs said NO MORE. I stopped just before I needed my inhaler. Since I have not exercised in months, I think this is an acceptable start.

As I went to get some tea and a fruit and nut bar for lunch, I saw the bottle of Vinegar in the fridge… ugh I had forgotten all about that part. I got out my measure cup(used to be on a nyquil bottle) and filled it to the 2 tbs mark… down the hatch. BLEEEECH!
However since I have heard from my DR and from friends that this stuff has amazing health properties, I will continue. Hopefully by the end of this bottle I will notice enough benefit to it to keep on. Man it burned going down! I could mix it with water that just prolongs the taste.

I ate my bar and still have the munchies. I don’t usually feel hunger as most do. I go from I could eat to dizzy and nauseous because I forget to eat when the thought hits me. By the time I remember, I am close to sick already.

My energy level today is iffy but my mood seems good.

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Well it is time to work on the kitchen and get dinner prep under way.
See you tomorrow!
Hugs Y’all!
Melissa

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I am starting with this day and beginning a new chapter in life.
Perhaps if I post on PH and blog it in more detail it will help me meet the challenge.

My goals are
1) Exercise everyday. My plan is to do a WAP with Leslie Sansone on Monday Wednesday and Fridays and a callanetics session on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. This I think will prove the biggest struggle.

2) Take all my vitamins and pills every day as well as my 2 tbs of vinegar (Raw apple cider)

3) Pay closer attention to my eating. HAVE at least a breakfast bar or shake EVERY MORNING. This will also be a challenge for me.

Sundays will be a free day, except for the pill taking. That I will do even on Sunday but I won’t worry about the exercise or eating parts.

My ultimate goal is to lose 80lbs and or replace my fat with muscle.

I have faced a lot of challenges the last 2 years, getting on new meds, fighting my bp and though my weight has remained steady at 238-244 I am not happy at that weight. I know the asthma is unrelated to my weight but I feel the weight is adding to it and making it harder to manage, kwim>?

My plan is to post on PH my exercise, pill and food. I will blog more I think in detail on changes in feelings and energy levels. If you do read my blog please comment so I don’t feel the blogging is a waste of my time, kwim?

What do you think? Does anyone want to join me?

Today being Sunday, Beloved and I met our oldest son and his girl at Denny’s. I order the same thing each week, a make your own slam with ham, pancakes, biscuit and sausage gravy, hash browns and a dr pepper. Today I ate less than 1/2. To be truthful most Sundays I eat most of it, but we usually go about 2, not 10 like we did today. I packaged my morning set of pills and took them with me. (Yay me!) This will be the majority of my intake for today.

My exercise was grocery shopping, Sams for salad stuff and chicken, Walmart for laundry soap and some odds and ends kitchen things.
HEB for fish, shrimp, splenda and veggies.
We drove through steak express and got ice and 2 teas.

I may close my eyes for a bit this afternoon but I still need to dry the laundry I washed last night and wash a load.

Hugs y’all
Melissa

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