Sunday, May 22, 2016

My little people

Our oldest granddaughter on the right with one of her best friends and her little cousin.  This was taken at the friend's big sister's graduation party yesterday.  I was her pre-school teacher when she was 1 1/2.  We have since been good friends with their family.  I love how my grandkids are friends with my friends.  Our granddaughter is older than her friend.  A little height difference.

Her is Mabel on the left.  She is growing up.  Her BBF is in the pink leggings.  Their mommy's and daddy's have been friends since middle school.  Now the little girl on the left is Goose's best friend.  That's Mabel's cousin.  Small world.  I am looking for a picture to post of  Goose.

The cutie second from the right is our oldest grandson.  The boy to his right is his BFF and brother to Mabel's BFF.

Here are my Colorado kids enjoying a weekend in Estes Park.
These were all from this week-end.  I will have to add Goose later.  We got a really cute picture of her and M. at the fourth grade music program.

I have to get an I phone  to make this easier.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Let's talk about bathroom monkey business

Hello my friends.  I have been a little absent lately.  Just busy like everyone else.  Sometimes I think I will just stop posting.  Comments have dropped lately.  I still see several read just don't comment.
I am afraid my posts are boring.  I still can't add a picture from my mini iPad.  Grrrrr.  It just freezes.  So I have to take a photo with my camera and download to the dinosaur of a laptop or post a bad picture from the Kindle.  Grrr to both.  The pictures I want to share are from the mini.

Okay the subject BATHROOMs
Sorry to my friends in NC.  I can't visit you as travel from to Ohio to N.C. Has been banned.  Now, just how are they going to monitor this?
I have a couple of bathroom stories for you.   When Doodle and K Bug were about 6 hubby and I took them to the movies.  Of course as we all know, little girls always have to potty.  So I took them in and they did their thing.  When we went to wash our hands, yes, I went too, I noticed urinals.  Hmmmm.  When we were finishing a man walked in and was laughing.  Outside the open bathroom my husband was pretty much mortified trying to tell me we were in the mens' bathroom.  The girls  had no clue.  I thought it was funny.  Well looking back, why didn't he come in the bathroom???  Maybe because girls (we girls) were in there.
ANOTHER story....... When I was mayor of ClownTown which is was three day event,  we always had an outside top clown be the dean.  My dean was a teacher from out of town.  He got there late and was getting into costume in the men's' bathroom.  Another open bathroom concept in a college.  I needed to go over things with him before we started.  So I just went in the bathroom to talk to him.  He was right by the door facing the mirrors.  I seriously never gave it a thought.  I happened to glance over and saw some legs under a stall.  Then I realized where I was.  Yep I did it again.
I will admit to using the men's while at Country Living Fair to avoid the line for the woman's.  Hah, several of us did.  Imagine the faces when a guy would walk up and see the line of girls.  They always got to cut in.
Why is the current BATHROOM  situation such a big deal.  I have some ideas.  Make them all a one person toilet with unisex on the door.  But please men, put down the lid.
Another idea go before you leave home.  You could always wear Depends.  Might be messy.

Those are funny stories but these AREN'T.
Once when traveling alone with my youngest.  The unpredictable one.  He headed for the bathrooms. But he headed for the men's showers.  I had to follow him to get him out.  I did see a fully clothed man an apologized.  This was at a truck stop.  I was in a hurry to get home because Hubby had been hospitalized.
Another OH SO NOT funny....
My son was in second grade and was not allowed to use the boys bathroom.  Why you ask, because since he was adopted he might have been abused.

Hey at my age  when you gotta gotta you gotta go.  Just saying.........

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mothers Day Weekend

I hope you all had a Happy Mothers Day.  That includes all the moms including step moms, aunties, furry pet moms and just about everyone.  Sometimes Mothers Day can be hard for some for many reasons.  I fall into that category.  So moving on.
I am finally ready to do some flowers.  Then the forecast said last night that there might be frost.  My flower beds keep bringing me surprises.  I think the former owner was either a gardener or had someone professional do the work.  Things keep popping up.  Where there were daffies there are new things popping up.  I have roses too.  Not much to plant for me.  Soon I hope to have planted something to show.
I got lots of flowers from my family for Mothers Day.  If I could figure out how to post the pictures on here I would.
Saturday we had our oldest granddaughter and my Laken.  We had lunch and went to Dick's to shop.  Then home for puppy dog pl
ay.  The girls made mini geraniums for their moms.  Then we went to a magic show at our church.  It was a fun day.  I cherish the time I spend with these 13 year olds.
I have a busy social week ahead.  It seems like the second weeks are like that.  Then my son's birthday and my daughters.
I will be back soon.  Off to meet my doll friend.
Hugs. ( These pics are from my kinle and a little blurry)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Listing your home for sale

Since it took us so long to sell our house you might not want my advice.  But if you are getting ready to sell your house and considering buying a new house, these are the things I wish we would have known.

We had three different realtors over the period of time our house was listed.  We first listed right before the market crashed.  So we only stayed on the market 5 months.
Then we waited a couple of years and tried again.  This time we listed in late July and stayed listed til November.  That year it seemed that the market was really good in April and May and then it stopped for houses in our price range again.  At this time there were three or four condos available where we wanted to move.  They weren't selling then either.
So after the holidays we thought we will list again early as in March.  That still didn't bring us a buyer til November.  At the same time condos were selling as soon as they hit the market or even before.  A big change from the summer before.  We literally had given up and were getting ready to take our house off the market and we got an offer.  But there wasn't anything on the market that we wanted.   But most of you know the story on how lucky we were to find this little cottage (condo).
But the reason behind this post, sorry I got distracted.

ROOF  This is the reason I think it took us so long to sell.  It was 30 years old but was still in good condition.  There were no leaks in our roof.  But all the realtors said if we list the house lower and that would reflect that the house needed a new roof.  WRONG  I really think had we replace that roof before we listed our home would not have sat so long.  As it was we had to replace the roof before we moved.  That is probably the biggest expense that you can have in maintaining a home.  Windows can be replaced one at a time, as carpeting or flooring.

Make sure you know how much closing costs are when you sell and buy another home.  In our case the closing costs were $25,000 on a $200,000 house. 

You can clean and stage til the cows come in and it may not even help.  Well, it does help but it didn't sell our house.  (We don't have cows but we did have buzzards, lol)

Here are some of the reasons people weren't writing an offer:
Bi-Level home
Bedrooms not all on the same level
Not updated (no granite or stainless)  We didn't want to replace ours in case we didn't sell.
Too many trees close to the house
The overhead electrical wires too low
Well and septic
Lots of yard work
Inadequate advertising  (Our last realtor did advertise but the one before didn't)

Sometimes houses will sell so quickly while others linger on and on.  I personally think a lot has to do with the price range.  No matter what price your home is listed for buyers want everything already done.  Our home was built in the 60's and priced low compared to others in our school district.  So, I wish you luck and a quick sale if you are on the market. 
Now to the present.................
It is such a wonderful feeling knowing that we are planted and found such a perfect place for us.  I feel sorry for those that have signs for sale in their yards.  We really like having "people" to mow and maintain the outside of our home.  We are really happy to be here.  I like finding spring surprises growing , like hostas and flowering trees.  It was worth all that we went through.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Stuffies

This is the new cabinet I bought off the selling wall.  We have several online selling walls.  They are all local.  This was an IKEA cabinet. I had so many built in bookshelves in our old house.  I knew I would miss them and I do.  This cabinet is perfect for my little Steiff collection. It has grown this year.
My friend brought me the bunny and chipmunk from her travels to Germany.
The white teddy bear was a gift from my elder friend .  She brought it back from Germany for me ages ago.
The bigger bear we bought in St. Thomas while we were on a cruise.There wasn't a tag on it.  So we just agreed on $25.  The day after we returned my neighbor drug me out the door with sea legs from the cruise to a local toy store.  Hans Otto Steiff, nephew of Margaret Steiff was there autographing bears.  I don't think that store exists anymore.  They had the greatest section of Steiff.
The other bears were gifts from my Hubby.
The new Steiffs came from the doll show last weekend.  Hubby surprised me with the colorful duck.  I got the elephant because he was adorable.  He is a Disney Steiff from Junle Book.  I can't wait to see the movie.
I also got the Spaniel puppet for obvious reasons.
The teddy bear puppet I found in some play clothes.
I was a collector of bears before I collected dolls.  I have some dolls from my childhood.  I loved all my stuffies.  (My grandson calls them stuffies). When I was little at nighttime, I would put my dolls and stuffies in my bed.  Since there was no room left for me, I would sleep on the floor.  Then my dad would clear the bed and put me back in.
So that's how my doll and stuffie collection started.  Many moons ago.

A little funny...........
When I picked up Mabel from practice the other night, this happened.
A little girl and her dad were walking up the hill.  She was carrying her sports bag and he had her LaCrosse stick.  They both looked like they were a little tired and stressed.  The little girl said, "I am coming ALREADY."  Dad turned around and whacked her sports bag with the stick.  No, I would not have thought this was funny if he hit her.  But it was so funny.  Good for him.  Kids can be so rude and he nipped that in the butt, well in the back pack.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Last week and random pictures.

 I found this cute little Vera Bradley baby set online for $14 shipped.  The tag says $60,  I loved the box.  You can't see, but the sides look like a bed.  For the new baby, of course.  They have nothing.
 Quinny with his Crawlfish with many babies attached.
Tea Cup swap from Australia.  My daughter and I.
What a crazy week last week was. Monday I
took new things to my little vending "closet".  I also went to the bank and post office and unpacked.
Tuesday I met my mother at her oncologist appointment.
As far as mom's leukemia, she is stable.  She is one tough cookie.  Last year she was on death's door.  But I hadn't seen her for a couple months.  It was a little shocking as she didn't look well.  She looked her age, 89, and just not well.
 I just got home and started to rest and the phone rang.  The other grandma forgot to get Mabel and her brother.  So both parents were calling me and the kids.  Grammy off to the rescue.
On the way home I picked up a cute little white cabinet I got on the selling wall.  I will show a picture another time.  I have been warned to not bring home any more shelves or cabinets.  I also brought the cabinet home in my bug.  I'm going to put my Steiff collection in the glass shelves.  So  I just made it home in time  to get Mabel scooped up and taken to dance class.  Her mommy is/was in Vegas for Arbonne.  She is getting a Mercedes so that might explain how well she is doing.
Wednesday my friend made a two hour trip each way to see our cottage and catch up.  She started out as my college teacher and we became close friends.  She has Lupus and has to have an 8 hour fusion of chemo once a month .  She looks amazing.  She brought me a little plant and a pretty necklace that she bought on her travels.  We had a nice visit.  
Thursday was my doll club meeting .  It's a little drive for me as it is for others.  This was my third meeting so I was voted in as a member.  It's a national organization, so I am official, he he.  Once again the house where we met was full of beautiful dolls.  
I got home in time to let the dogs out.  I decided to take them with me to pick up Mabel from her LaCrosse practice.  She is six.  Well there must have been three hundred kids coming and going.  I know my son has 50 on the team he is coaching.  The dogs went crazy and I didn't dare get out.  A friend of my grandson's mom captured Mabel for me.  We just headed back here.
While I was at doll club, Bernice my elder friend needed me to get her mail.  Also my friend that moved south was in town and wanted to get together.  So that day was crazy.  Hubby came home and took Mabel to eat, and I joined them after my errands.
Friday I was meeting my friend Cindy at Panera.  She has stage 4 cancer after a long battle.  She is sad and worried about her adult daughters and her husband.  We talked about Heaven.  Another friend  that I will be loosing.  My friend that was in town was also Cindy's friend.  So I told her about meeting at Panera and she stopped by.  While we were there my friend from another town ended up being there.  So I got to see her.  We screamed and hugged each other.  I haven't seen her for about a year.  Our friends are so important and I want to see more of them not less.  
So, since I was in the same town as my Doodle, Laken, I went an picked her up and brought her back home with me.  Her mom came to get her and we went to Olive Garden for dinner.
We waited to see if Mabel needed to be rescued before we made plans on Saturday.  There was a doll show in Columbus from the national group.  So Larry went with me.  He didn't last long before he went and sat in the lobby.  Most were antique premier dolls.  Not many vintage.  But great little bears 
and Steiff.  The dolls were so expensive as I knew they would be.  One tiny bear that was 3" tall was $595.  Well hubby made a purchase from that lady  while I wasn't looking.  I got a Steiff dog puppet and a wonderful Steiff elephant.   He's a Disney from The Jungle Book.  So these will join my others in the new cabinet.  We also had lunch at the hotel where the show was.  We ran into several members of my club.
Sunday we had the church nursery and went out for lunch.  My son and our oldest granddaughter stopped by.  K. Bug turned 13 last week.  My granddaughter in Colorado turned 10 yesterday.
So today groceries were a priority and we will be dining in tonight.  Very little on the agenda this week, yippee.  Of course I could never not have a list of things to do in the cottage but I will enjoy not having to run.
I know this is a busy time of the year for all of us.  We haven't even gotten to any of the grands sport games.  But we will soon.  Most are an hour away for them and us.
Happy Spring!

A cute little baby and wagon I got online. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Colorado Part One

Elli had dance practice  and also dance pictures.  We spent several hours at the rec center. This is the view from there.  I have rec center envy.  They have centers everywhere.  Lots of pools, classes and activities.  That is why the state of Colorado is so healthy.

I had the car two days.  Besides getting lost and making all kinds of u turns, we got to do a few things.  For instance we painted pottery.  Quinn and I made little dog dishes and Elli made a beautiful detailed plate.
This was his turn to hold Rosie.  He asked a question with a puff of hot air and it scared Rosie.
 Just for proof that we saw real butterflies.
 The gift shop is always fun except for the prices.  Quinn choose this net, hard to believe I know.  Elli choose some necklaces.  I saw some fairy gardens things and thought I should take some butterlies on a wire stick home to remind me of this trip.  Guess what, it was made by ME.  That made me excited (yes, something so little)  because I bought some of her fairy gardens things a couple of months ago. When we arrived at the pavilion Quinn had brought a tiny insect container a real hot dog and some string.  He had plans for when we went outside.  The lady that sold us our tickets held those items for us.  She had to think that we were a strange little group.
Here is what was outside.  I would quess that this was a man made stream but Quinn was in Heaven.  He used that net to catch five teeny tiny crawl fish.  No one was outside other than a worker. 
 This stream ran a long ways.  There were bleachers set up outside so I am guessing they do special events there.
 Can you see how wet this boy is?  He had his tiny crawl fish in that little container.  He didn't have to use the hot dog or string that we brought along.  But the hot dog disappeared in the car.  I bet that will get smelly soon.
In case you wondered, here is the adult in charge.  Yes, I let him take the crawl fish.  From there we went to Joe's Crab Shack.  I had promised Quinn a couple of months ago we would go there.  He loved the calamari that I got.  (That is the only gluten I ate while I was there)  My daughter, Heidi got someone to drop her off at the shack to meet us.  She got to drive us home.  I had my share of the driving there.  But when she walked in and saw that one of her former students had been waiting on us, they both were so excited to see each other.
I was in big trouble for letting him bring those tiny things home.  But it was okay that they had two snakes they brought home that were in the house.  Hubby asked how big they were.  I said I walked by them all week but refused to look at the tank.  I am scared to death of snakes and spiders.
Stay tuned for Part Two.....................