Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sleep overs

I am still here.  This is a busy summer.  The above are cakes for the new baby due in August.  The toppers were mine and you have seen them before.  I thought and thought about what would work for cake toppers.  Since this was the only thing I could do, I chose these.  I thought they looked really cute.
We have had sleep overs all week long.  Not pictured were Laken and her brothers.  They are on my phone.  I got an smart phone at last.  Not the latest expensive type but just perfect for me.  But, I still don't know how to post from my phone or I pad.  The girls above are sitting in my new chair and a half.  I love it.  I can sit with the grands or both dogs or have two sweet girls sit in it together.
These are our overnighters for tonight.  My K-Bug on the right.  Her parents are out of town with Goose so we get her, yippee.  So funny that her two best friends are our best friends daughters.  You ask, "What are they doing?"  One of my Shirley Temple Facebook groups are doing a Flat Shirley.  Have you heard of Flat Stanley?  Well, it is where the Shirley travels to different states.  Whoever is the hostess takes pictures of taking Shirley places or what she does in your home.  Yes, I feel like I am in the first grade.  My grands think it is funny.
We just returned from Tumbleweeds and to see "Finding Dorie".  We went to the game room for a few minutes but left rather quickly.  The girls were getting looks from boys.  A girl came up and asked how old our granddaughters were.  When we said 12 she took off to tell her friends.  K. Bug's friend is only 12 and about 5'8".  Goodness, I am not ready for this stage at all.
So what else have I not told you.....hmmmmmm  I had a big day at the dentist.  Glad that is over.  I went to my rheumatologist for the follow up on the third blood test that was positive for a marker. But nothing came out positive and I am released.  That's a relief.  I haven't had any of the other issues.  My side and hip pain has left.  I am really thinking I had kidney stones even though the scan was negative.  It may have been too late for anything to show up.    So I am back to my old self. 
We finally got the boxes unloaded from the spare bedroom.  Good thing because of the sleepovers.  I was gifted beautiful quilts for the beds.  Hopefully I will be able to share those someday when I figure the posting pictures thing soon.
This coming week is my husband's last week and then he retires.  Well, he did say he would work a couple days a week.  I am so excited for him to for the first time ever not to be working 10 hour days.  I think wants he gets the great feeling of waking up when you want and not having to have your day dictated to you.  Well the dogs do dictate our days but that is different.
S0, I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  The heat is not my friend but I have plenty of things to do to avoid as much as possible. 
Be back sooner than this last time.

Monday, June 6, 2016

No worries

It has been awhile since I have posted.  I spent a week being ill and another week trying to find out why.  But I am okay, no answers, just going to monitor if the symptoms return.  No matter how hard you try to be positive you still worry.  This time I think I worried more than I thought.  I slept for two days after the last test.  I didn't have an sedation or medication to make me sleepy. That is a lot of sleep for someone that has a hard time falling asleep.
I spent time reading posts but not always replying.  I had two dogs sitting on me most of the time.  We finally curbed the old recliner and got a new one.  It is a chair and a half (room for dogs and grands) and it is electric.  I am loving it. The dogs still try to claim my body for a dog bed but they are learning.
I should have taken this pictures earlier.  We didn't get any rain for three weeks but finally got some this week-end.  There was rain all around us.  Thank God not the flooding in other areas.  I hope all my Texas friends are okay.
It has been fun watching on the colors pop up in our flower bed.  I am so not a gardener and this is really fun.  Now you will see my empty wagon.  I can't find my fairy garden things.  My cute little house and camper and all the accessories are just missing.  I will go ahead with the new things I got and the plants before they die.  They will show up eventually.
I missed two sales that I look forward to (again) this week-end.  But Sunday I got a text from someone I met on a Facebook Shirley Temple group.  She asked if I was at the doll show in Columbus.  I said that I thought it was only on Saturday.  But it was yesterday too.  So I jumped in the shower and drove the 30 minutes to get there.  I only stayed an hour but made a couple purchases and saw not only the lady that texted me but some of my doll club members. 

Here is my new Shirley.  This is my first composition one.  I never bought one before because of the price.  This was one I could afford.  I like that she is a little one.  She does need a little TLC.  I love Skippy and Patsy dolls.  I also got a look alike Patsy type.  They are unmarked and usually older than the others.  I spotted her and just loved her eyes.  The lady that sold her and I both thought what good shape she was in for being from the 1920's.

Doesn't she have pretty eyes.  Well I learned one thing yesterday.  When you go to these shows you need to bring your own totes and packaging.  Because if you look at her left arm you will see that some of it is missing.  This poor doll made it all those years without an injury and in my hands for 30 minutes and look what happened.  The plastic grocery bag broke and she fell to the ground as I got into my car.  Another little figurine broke as well.  Thank good Shirley was on the top of the bag and she was okay.  I will fix her arm and get her a long sleeve dress.  She will stay with me.
Have you seen the video of the little girl that has an artificial leg, getting an American Girl doll that also has one.  I know these dolls are so overpriced and made in China but they are special dolls.  They will be the next collector items if they keep retiring ones and bring new ones back. 
Well, you all doll lovers so I will stop for now.
Here's to a better week for us all.

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.