Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A trip to the garden center

A trip to our garden center, Wilsons.  It sits across the street from the huge Longaberger basket office.  I was out and about taking my son places yesterday.  I can't get less than a couple of miles from here without stopping in.  Besides I need some fairy supplies.  Plants actually and some stones.  While my son scooped three small bags of stones, I took pictures.  Needless to say this was not fun for him.  But he did enjoy going out to lunch with me.

I love their little tiny pots of plants.  Some are expensive.  I buy the $2.99 ones.  Since I have a brown thumb, I have to replace a lot of them.  Like for my tool box garden,  I didn't plant them soon enough and one won't make it.  Plus we are still having freeze warnings this week.
The birdies aren't going to get a bath here.
This is my favorite hardy plant.  The furniture reminds me of the set that I just got.  I still see that set for $50 and I paid $17.  Mine has 6 pieces.
I just loved these guys. I forgot to check the price.
You can kinda tell that the same person has done all their samples, can't you.
Something else I spied.
It's just a pretty place to visit on a cloudy, cold day.  Trust me, when it is just a bit warm, this place can be a hot box.
What's happening here
Our daughter in law is feeling better.  She is home now and loving being with her family.  She has lots of restrictions and receiving meds, shots and blood test daily right now.  Thank you so much for praying.  Thank you Diana for asking for prayers.  I know they work.  Sometimes when you are caught up in it all, you need help on the outside.  It seemed that things were at a stand still until the prayer warriors took over.  Thank you so much.
Our little Church in the Mall, has a saying "Where hope is found."  This Sunday there was someone there for Compassion Sunday about adopting needy children abroad.  They shared a video of the children waiting for sponsors and how excited they get when they are sponsored. Our oldest granddaughter was there and her middle name just happens to be Hope.  She and her friend spent the whole sermon going over 15 applicants to choose one to adopt.  It was so heartwarming to watch them read and compare the children.  At  first my granddaughter choose this little boy because he wasn't cute and looked so sad.  I thought she would go for a cute little toddler.  After reading and talking it over with her friend she choose a five year old girl with the saddest face.  She said she choose her because she was one of seven and probably needed this more than others.  The money each month goes for all kinds of things.  Grampy and I said we would pay the monthly donation for her.  They have the child write letters and our granddaughter will get letters and pictures and she will write to her. 
Life is returning to normal, whatever that is.  Showings are slowing down but there has been interest.  Nothing available to buy though.  Homes are going into contract fast.  Condos, one floor plans, prices all around our price.  Of course, here if you live in the village and your home is 100 years old, it will sell right away.  We live in a sub division in the country and have a well and septic.  Our house was built in the 60's.  Buyers want everything brand new for any price range that they are in.  We are starting to question, why we are selling.  We want smaller but we don't want to just "settle."  We are discouraged as soon it will be two months without an offer.  We will receive great feedback and interest and then reviews that bring you to tears. 
Yesterday one of my good friends that moved to South Carolina was back for a couple of days for a funeral. She had little time to visit.  She drove from her hotel 40 minutes away just to have coffee for less than a hour with me.  Wasn't that sweet.
They're doing construction all over our little.  Right next to the coffee shop they had the sidewalk torn out (gas line, I think) and they were getting ready to pour concrete.  There was a plank to cross.  It was about 4 feet.  I walked up and said to the construction guy, "Do you want me to jump across or walk the plank."  He was really serious and said yes, you can cross.  Then on the other side about 5 of his co-workers said they wanted to see me jump.  As I walked away, one of them was telling the others that the other day a lady, that was younger.......  I didn't here the rest but thought that was funny.  When we left the coffee shop we had to walk in the street around the trucks in the road.  Today you probably won't be able to even see where they were working.
So today is going to be a good day, the sun is shining, and I am going to chase away the blues.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thank you for your prayers.

Hello my friends.  I can't thank you enough for your prayers.  Thank you for your caring heart, Diana.
I have good news.  Our daughter in law has been moved out of ICU into a regular room.  Wow, what a week.  She had to be put under twice for blood patches.  The first one didn't work but the second one did.  They put this patch on her spine where she had the spinal tap.  Her headaches just got worse and worse.  The spinal tap was done at the first hospital, the one close to home.  They were trying to rule out meningitis.  We still aren't sure why they did that .  Even thought the headaches were present from the beginning this spinal tap made them worse.  Makes you want to question that procedure.  Now, she has to be put back on the blood thinners for three days before she can leave.  She will continue the blood thinners for months to come for the healing of the carotid artery.  Also very strict restrictions.  It is all a big blur as far as all of us are concerned.  I am sure the doctors have had to have other cases like this.  Sometimes it seemed that no one could figure it out.  Maybe because of the headaches.  I'm not judging because we are all so thankful that she is better.
I truly believe that the prayers have been the reason that she is better.  Thank you so much. 

I put this little fairy garden together about 5 minutes before the open house.  We had gone to church and came home to finish up things before the realtor came.  I used a rusty tool box.  One of the plants was barely alive but it may survive.  I loved this little gnome.  I will add mulch and other things.  We had bits of snow yesterday.  We are still a month out before we can plant.
The open house went pretty well.  A couple people were really interested.  But still no offers.  But at the same time there are no condos in our little town that are for sale.  Hoping something comes up when we finally get an offer.  I have been glad that there haven't been showings this week.  We barely made it through the open house.  It's hard to focus on other things when you have a family member is ICU.
Now, I need to figure out where I was when this all started.  I need a restart button.
Again, thank you all for your prayers.  The little girls have done so well.  I am so proud of them.  They had two sets of grandparents and their aunt and uncle and two cousins to reassure them that they were loved.


Friday, April 17, 2015

When it rains it pours

Monday night we celebrated K. B.'s 12th birthday.  She is such a sweet girl.  She is in no hurry to grown up.  She and Goose are the best of friends and sisters.  They came out to sing to her and had her sit on the sadle.  Then they sang, "This is your birthday song, it isn't very long, Happy Birthday. "  No cake and off they went.  I think K. was expecting a little more.
I couldn't get a good pic because I was trying to see between people.  I don't know who that lady is smiling but it's kinda cute.  The neon sign didn't help either.
See K. Bug's mom taking a picture on the right.  Well, she had been having headaches for two days when this was taken. She went to the ER on Tuesday.  Then she went back on Wed. and was admitted overnight .  The next day she was transferred to a hospital in Columbus by squad. She is now in ICU with a torn carotid artery.  They are still doing testing.  Her headaches have not gone away.  She is on blood thinners and being carefully watched.  She did have a couple of mini strokes.  I think her prognosis is good but we have no idea when she will be home.
I spent the night with the grandgirls.  They are so sensitive and miss her a lot.  They did face time and we all were crying.  Our DIL looked really bad.  Grampy brought us Mickey D's, their choice over going out to eat.  Then we played More.  More is what Goose called War.  I don't think she knows what war even means.  They kept pretty busy til bedtime.  Goose has her own room but she sleeps in her sisters room. 
Meanwhile my computer is dying.  We have had two showings this week.  One for tomorrow cancelled and an open house on Sunday.  So ready for this to be over.
The weather is beautiful today.  Happy Week-end.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Doll Auction

After getting ready for a 9:00 a.m showing and taking my son to the library, I decided that I needed to block out the real world for a little while.  I hadn't planned on even going to the doll auction that had started the day before.  But I ended up there anyway.  When I registered the clerk told me someone just bought a doll for $25,000.  Not kidding you.  The first part was the online auction.  You barely stand a chance at getting anything when there is someone bidding online.  I still can't get over how much the accessories go for.  If the doll has an original dress on, it will go for big bucks.  After the online auction ends they have a gallery sale.  You can bid on the dolls the same as the online but it's gallery bidding only.  Near the end you get some really good bargains.  So, I came home with some bargains but as you know I am downsizing.  So, I am going to pass them on to you first and then try to sell them elsewhere.  So here goes.  Prices do not include shipping.  We can figure that out later.  These are real deals for sure.  I am including descriptions that were given to me.  Some don't have markings or I can undress them and see.  I can't verify if their outfits are original.  Most probably aren't.
 #1    My favorite.  Not sure what she is.  She is composition.  She is heavy.  She has rubber arms and is in good condition.  On the back of her head there is some crazing and maybe some repair, but you really can't tell it.  The head as well as the body is in good condition.  I took her clothes off to wash them.  Not sure if I will put them back on.  Her body besides the arms and legs is cloth.  I am only asking $15 for her because the shipping will be more.  This doll has amazing eyes.
#2  and #3
These are hard plastic walker dolls including Saucy Walker.  Not sure which one.  Both have good eyes.  I haven't washed their clothes yet.  They are probably 12" dolls.  Somewhat the same size as an American Girl doll.  These dolls are $10.00 each plus shipping.  They are in good condition.

#4 is $10
She is also in good condition.  Such a pretty dress and shoes.  Composition.
17" vinyl ballerina in gold and pink tulle outfit.  Not sure about age.  She has very long legs and they are flexible.  Good condition.  $10
#6 #7 and #8
The bride doll is composition, good condition, probably original dress.  $15  Adopted
Girl in blue with hat also good condition, probably original dress. $10 Hard plastic or vinyl for her and the next one.
The doll in the middle has a beautiful pink dress with a furry boa.  $10
#9 and #10
The doll in the gingham dress is in really really cute.  Almost new condition.  $10
The one on the left is again good condition.  It has a gorgeous dress on.  This doll is composition.  Not sure if the dress is original because of the really good condition but it sure looks like it is .  (This may be  an Ideal Princess Beatrix)  I have that on my receipt but not sure which doll it is)  $15

 This is a German cellouid doll.  She looks better than this picture.  A couple of marks.  I think the darker ones are just a little bit of dirt.  She is light and her face feels fuzzy but not her arms.  $5
The pretty doll in the middle is 11" hard plastic Madame Alexander "Little Genius".  She has painted hair and there are a couple of places that are a little worn, just a little.  Her dress is beautiful.  No marks on her face and her eyes work well.  Her body is cloth.  I may keep her.  I paid more for her than the others.  $30  (You can see the German doll better in this picture)
Sorry, I am keeping Shirley Temple.  I am looking for a better outfit for her.  She is from 1958 .  I am going to give her to my mother.  My mother had a Shirley Temple doll, probably composition since she is 88.  My older brother destroyed her.  He did that with one of my favorite dolls too.

Betty Boop dressed as a groom.  Her hat is old and falling apart.  She seems to be from the same time as my parents cake topper and that is 66 years old.  The hat looks just like this one.  She is porcelain .Maybe 6 inches.  $10 

Last but not least.  If I don't sell him quickly he is staying.  He is a 13"English Teddy Bear Circa 1930's with COA.  Poor guy is loved but it great condition.  He is jointed and no bare spots.  He only has one green eye. The certificate says the value is $100.  $20
Yes, I did come home with all of these.  Geez, what was I thinking.  But I got them for such an unbelievable price and I am passing that on to you.  As far as shipping.  I am guessing $6 for the small ones, $12 for the medium ones.  The bigger ones no more than $20.
Just type in the number and say sold and I will get back to you.  I can take Pay Pal.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lightening Strikes

Are you imaging all kinds of things.  I won't lead you on.  Lightening did strike our house somewhere outside, we think.  It fried our phone and internet.  We had to get a new modem and will need a new phone.  I called our cable provider and he told me there were no outages.  Who knows what state he lives in.  I argued and said, "How can you tell me that".  I went to get the mail and the skies were iffy.  At the most I thought I would get soaked.  All of a sudden there was a strong gush of wind and hail and rain.  I got in the house and in the kitchen and there was the loudest scariest strike of lightening.  No thunder.  Then another loud boom and a flash.  My neighbor was waiting at the bus stop and it scared her as well.  She thought it hit a tree she was near.  So I don't know what it hit but it about knocked me off my feet.  We are just lucky that there wasn't a fire. 
So what did I do when I couldn't get online or watch the TV.  I made fairies.  Flower fairies.  They look a little like hippies with their flower crowns.  I found this adorable table and chair set at the nursery when I went to get pansies.  The teacups and teapot are attached to the table.  So......I have a few fairies for sale.  $5 each plus shipping.  Shipping depends on how many you order.  They are not for small children as they could be a chocking hazard.  Not sure why a toddler would want to eat one but you know how those littles can be.  They have been sealed with a non-toxic sealer.  For outside use you may want to spray them with an outdoor sealant.

Updates.  On Saturday before Easter, I hid eggs at Mabel and M.'s house.  They were getting back from a trip to the ocean.  I thought it might be fun for them to come home and find them.  I was walking around looking for places to hid them and all of a sudden I was down.  Face first in a pie of gravel that was piled up waiting to be spread.  I am such an accident waiting to happen.  I was muddy but not hurt thank goodness.  We also went looking at condos.  Since there aren't any in the village we went to see 4 about four miles out.  We loved one in particular.  They were all in the same small group of condos that we had looked at 5 years ago.  One of the units had a mold warning on the outside of the door.  How do they expect to sell one that has visual mold all through it.  I couldn't get out fast enough.  Our socks felt wet walking through.  I remembered that I had met a lady that lived in one of the condos and I still had her number.  I knew if I called her and she had moved that it would be a bad sign as she loved living there.  Sure enough trouble.  The developer pulled out of the development.  So we won't be making an offer.  So back to square one, but no offers for our house so it's all okay.  We had a showing Monday at 9 a.m. and tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.  It's so early to have everything done and be out the door 30 minutes early.  I may ask that there are no showings til 10 a.m.
I must end this post and get busy.  I need to watch M. and Mabel til rather late tonight.  I want to have things mostly done before I leave to go get the kids.
Oh, I forgot Easter.  We went to church and then out to eat. No family get together.  Spring break puts a dent into that.  It was just fine with just the two of us.
If you want a fairy, let me know.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Buuny Flop

I know you think I meant bunny hop, no I meant flop.  I saw this idea for bunnies on one of Brenda's (Cozy little house) feature post.  Johanna from Flip this house on HGTV had posted how these were made.  Hers' were so adorable sitting in a tea cup.  Well mine flopped. Not only did they take forever the fuzzies were the cause of an allergic reaction, not once but twice.
Today we had the girly girls K and Goose.  We went to see the adorable movie Home.

Later we gave them their little gifts for Easter.  This bunny was the floppiest.  It kinda looks like my granddog Rudy.
Here are three of the four.
They got their arms in the air like they just do not care.  They wore their soccer shirts grandpa got them in the fall.
Then we went to Bob Evans.  We have had such bad experiences the last few times we have gone there.  Today things went pretty well.
You see we are still smiling.
Happy Easter my friends.