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  • 08:11:47 am on August 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…quiet here.
    Hubby had a good week of half days.
    Today we will finish getting him settled on I can fly back to N.C. tomorrow.

    Looking forward to having fun with Stinky.

    Have a great weekend.

  • 10:49:25 am on August 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning

    HI Shirls…Florida is even hotter and more muggy than North Carolina. Plus it can flood in just a few minutes when it rains so hard…2 to 3 inches an hour. Glad the drainage gets it off the streets pretty quickly.

    Queli… you room looks as homey as Marie’s.
    Good for our toys to have toys.

    Hi Kate… looking forward to spending some time with Stinky. I have a few ideas already.

    Hi Fiona..hope you pop in soon.
    I love hearing about all your neat adventures.

    I have been here 3 weeks and never got close to the beach. It is just so much easier to do in Wilmington. I hope it never gets this crowded down there.

    Have a great day.

  • 08:41:00 am on August 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Hot and sticky in Florida. Thunderstorms every afternoon.
    Hubby did well with his half day yesterday.
    Took a long nap when he got home.
    I am appreciative of the people at the office that made him go home by 1 p.m.
    He should be fine so I have my ticket to go back to N.C. on Sunday.

    I need some kitty time and doll time.
    Nothing but guy stuff here.

    Have a great day.


  • 08:13:40 am on August 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..
    Hubby has gone to work for half a day. He was eager and happy so I hope he will still be smiling when he gets back.

    Hi Queli… I bought that shoe pack and noticed how not all the shoes fit regular Barbie.
    I kept seeing those fun minions when I went to Mc Donalds at the hospital, but I never bought any of them. I liked the one in the hat best though.
    I love seeing the Chelsies with bent knees sitting in the yellow chairs.
    Hi Kate… Stinky looks great in his beard….he cracks me up! !!!!

    Queli…love the Star Wars dolls with R2D2.
    Great villains stamps…Milificent is my favorite.
    The Fantastic show at Disney World has all the villians. That show is such a delight. Not sure I will ever see it again,but it is a great memory.


  • 11:18:08 am on August 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..
    My son got home safely.
    What a trip this has been.

    I am going home on Sunday if all goes well.

    There has been a bear sighted on my street.
    Not sure what the kitties will do if they spot it.
    They were coming to relocate it,but not sure if that happened.

    Hi Shirls…always know the dolls won”t be seriously hurt!!
    They can have some great adventures…even some unplanned ones.
    Like when they fall over as you take a photo.

    Hi Queli…I will need a couple boys….love his boots…are they the wellies???
    I know the British call them wellies.

    I am glad he has molded hair. Short hair on dolls is tricky.

    Hi Kate…tell your Dad how much I like the shelves he made for Stinky.
    Jeff took me to Ikea a couple of times to get things for the apartment. He got a bed, shelves a couple of end tables and he got them all assembled before he left.
    Makes the place more comfortable…just like Stinky”s room.

    I sure wishope Maries were still here.
    And. I miss Marigene too.

    My Lil sister is in Philly with our cousins. One got a hip replacement this morning.

    My other sister found her kitty dead by the road.
    She is going to get a replacement soon.
    We all know how that goes.

    Have a great day.

  • 11:05:21 am on August 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..
    Sending my son back to Ohio this afternoon.
    He did such a great job of driving us around while his dad was in the hospital.
    We have decided to come back here for Christmas and see the sights.
    I hope you have a great day. Jackie

  • 10:52:39 am on August 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Hi Queli…love her and city shopping,but what really impressed me is that backdrop.
    I think I need the keyboard. Maybe Fiona can teach us how to play it.

    Hi Kate…such a lot of sweets to eat. It would be hard to choose…if they weten’the made of plastic.

    Hubby wants to start back to work half days on Wednesday. He has been driving a bit and going out for lunch to get some walking in.

    Hi Shirls…poor Queen is is getting her just rewards. Ha! On seeing her gold shoes up in the air.

    Love macaroons.

    Jeff flies home tomorrow. It has been quite a trip for us. We are almost back to normal and he needs to get back to work.
    Nothing will ever be taken for granted after this episode.

    I think we will all come back here for Christmas and see what Ft. Lauderdale is like as a tourist.

    Hope you have a nice weekend.


  • 08:48:11 am on August 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Hi Shirls….I love the green gown on Elinor.I think that is her name.

    Saturday has arrived…time keeps marching on.
    Hubby is doing better, but we still need to be mindful that he has been very ill and needs to heal.

    Enjoying time here in between all the other stuff.


  • 11:44:08 am on August 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning,

    We got discharged from home health care this morning. That felt good. We were disappointed. In what they offered, but they can easily hook you up to lots of services when you need them. Nice to have learned how it all works.

    My son has his ticket to fly back to Ohio on Monday.

    I will be here a few more days, but I am getting anxious to get back to see Stinky and the kitties.

    I am loving all the adventures Stinky is having.
    Shirls….clap clap clap….great job.

    Fiona..I look forward to some whale watching soon.

    Queli…been hot here in Florida. If you plan a visit here…wait until cooler weather.
    My weather man calls this air you can wear…hot and sticky.
    We did get some nice rain yesterday so it was better.

    Hope you all have a great day.


  • 02:18:25 pm on August 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hubby had such a good visit with his doctor yesterday. Our son is flying home to Ohio on Monday. I will go back to North Carolina in a few days.
    Hubby already planned to go to N.C. for Labor Day.

    Fiona…I have only trimmed Barbie”s hair a few times. I know Kate does it quite a lot as well as Marigene. Not sure what Marigene is doing now, but she seems to be keeping busy.

    Hi Queli,
    Comicon seems like a fun time.
    Hi Kate
    Hi Shires

    Looking forward to letting hubby be back at work and going home to N.C. and my kitties.

    Sure hope hubby gets another 10 to 20 more years from his new heart parts.


  • 06:37:57 pm on August 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Home health care nurse came to get us started. He comes back tomorrow with the equipment and starts us using it.
    We filled all the prescriptions today…10 new ones to go with all the ones he already had.
    Takes a lot to keep the balancing act working.

    Hi Queli…so cute to have Chelsie’s name on her shoes. I hope you can get some footprints in the snow.

    Your shelf with all the minis is cool.
    I am glad they are switching from Chelsie having her arm that holds things.. it looks better straight or jointed. are having so much fun in the doll room. Stinky has been an inspiration….thought that might happen.

    Fiona….whales are so cool.
    I watched part of shark week and Sharknado.
    I also love learning about sea turtles and pelicans. They are not found in Michigan where I grew up.
    The Great Lakes are all fresh water.
    Queli is in no danger of being bitten by a shark in Chicago
    Hi Kate…so happy you shared Stinky with Shirls. She is having lots of fun. And that is what dolls are for.

    It will be a while before Hubby is able to be on his own so I hope Stinky and my kitties are all doing okay without me.
    My son will stay a few more days here to drive us around.
    I am just not able to drive in all this traffic.
    Plus there are some crazy drivers who have a real need for speed….and hardly anybody uses turn signals.

  • 09:33:11 pm on August 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hubby finally got home.
    It took lots of false starts but they declared his heart good, rash nearly gone and sugar numbers safe to go home.

    Tomorrow we have to fill his new prescriptions and set up follow up appointments.

    I see some new dolls….happy happy.

    Yes, we do have some great story tellers and fun photos to go with them.

    Marie…where are you???
    Miss your great stories.

    Marigene…hope you are having fun.

    I need to get some new recruits…..
    Wouldn’t that be fun??

    Night all.


  • 08:16:26 am on August 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…

    Hubby got almost checked out….then the doctor came in.
    His sugar was over 400 so they kept him.
    He is on steroids for the rash which is messing with his sugar.
    I went to the apartment for a good night’s rest. That felt so good.

    Fiona…what an impressive trip. Love all the photos of whales.
    I have seen them in Hawaii.
    Now I need another whale watching trip….

    Shirls…great job on all the work you are doing in the Barbie room.
    Awww fun watching the little birdies learn to fly. I hope they are all doing well. Tough day leaving the comfy nest the first time.

    I hope hubby can come home today.
    But first they need to stabilize his sugar.

    Waving at everyone.

  • 01:24:10 pm on August 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday..
    Still in the hospital . Doctors have not been in yet to release us. We are hopeful, but the rash is still hanging around so we will see.

    Cute repaint on the weiner dog.
    Love the bikers.


  • 01:52:26 pm on August 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hubby is doing better and the rash is fading and not hot.
    Still not sure when he will be released.

    Looks like Stinky got quite a haul from Shirls.
    I know how that happens!!

    I wasn’t too impressed with the new Barbie and the Rockers, but the old ones didn’t impress me much either. Just not my style I guess.

    There is a Mc Donald’s and a Starbucks and Subway in the hospital. I have been indulging myself for breakfast and lunch.
    My son and I go out for dinner and to the apartment for a while.

    So far I haven’t gotten any of the Minions that tempt me.

    Hubby is doing a little work from the phone so he is feeling the need to get back to work soon. All good news.


  • 08:22:39 am on August 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…hubby is doing lots better.
    Still has the rash. I think he broke out from contact with the linens because they use such harsh detergent. Some of the doctors agree so they gave him something for it last night.
    The heat is mostly gone as well as the itch so hopefully it will go away soon.

    Not sure about getting released yet.

    They take good care of us, but I prefer hotels to hospitals…and home is sounding better all the time.

  • 08:59:20 am on August 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Hubby had a rough night. He couldn’t get comfortable. Plus his backside broke out in hives from contact with the linens washed in heavy detergent.
    They put creme on the hives and he finally fell asleep.
    I doubt the will release him today, but probably tomorrow.

    Wish Marie were enjoying the new adventures of Stinky.
    Her stories are terrific.

    Any word from her Kate??

    And how about Marigene??

    I know I will need a Chelsie or 2 with joints.

    Plan to get a nap….

  • 02:23:08 pm on August 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I had my kitty sitter open the box .
    Stinky arrived in great condition.
    She thinks he is adorable.
    We know how charming he is huh??

    Still waiting for the procedure, but all is okay.


  • 12:12:15 pm on August 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Love the boat…and the pink bunny slippers.

    Looks like Chelsie is getting some great play stuff.

    Yes, we are a small but fun group.
    Things are going well, but we will be glad to finish soon.

  • 09:13:10 am on July 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..
    Looks like Stinky III is enjoying life in Tennessee. I am guessing he will have tons of great adventures.

    Waiting to see if hubby gets released today.

    He is doing better, but getting a pacemaker takes a huge toll on the body.
    He needs at 2 weeks of rest at home before going back to work.
    Big storm off the coast of Florida.
    Torrential rain last night and more coming later today.
    Keeping dry inside.


  • 01:43:27 pm on July 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Things are going pretty good.Hubby might get released tomorrow.

    We have an apartment here. Hubby has been working a consulting job.

    Not sure how long I will stay. At least until he can be on his own again.

    Love the Chelsie is jointed. I guess Kellys won’t be coming back.

    Marketing sent someone to discuss why all our wants can’take be met.

    Chat later.

  • 03:12:10 pm on July 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    I am busy packing…. again. Hubby is having a procedure today, but
    I am not sure what it will end up being. Sometimes is the case with
    the Cardiology department. But I will be there with him by tomorrow afternoon…. weather permitting. And that seems questionable at the moment since a cold front is coming our way.

    I have an open ended ticket so I need to repack to a bigger bag now.

    I just had lunch with my kitty sitter so she will be looking for Stinky’s arrival and will make sure he is safe and sound waiting for me to get home.

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    There were quite a few MH dolls in the raffle room this time.

    I only had a few tickets, put them all in the same box and didn’t win.
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    Queli…. too bad you and I don’t end up in Frankenmuth at the same time! It is such a fun place to have lunch.
    Are you signed up for the free birthday meal sometime in your birth month? We always try to go to my sister’s in May. Don’t always
    make it though.

    Love the chicken dinner family style!! I always over eat!

    Never been to the Beignet place. Sorry it wasn’t as good as the real one in New Orleans….. probably not possible!

    Love the taffy, but my favorite is Mackinac Island fudge places where they let you watch them roll it out on the big slabs of marble. mmm
    OMG that pink poodle is so fun… rhinestones on its nose?? what??

    Hi Shirls… I love watching birds when they take baths. Very entertaining.

    hi Kate… Not sure when Stinky will arrive at your place.
    good that his twin is there.

    I hope Marigene is peeking in from time to time. It gets lonely
    here sometimes.

    I will check in while I am in Florida.

    Take care,

    Love all you gals.


  • 04:39:39 pm on July 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I have some bad news.

    My hubby is in Ft. Lauderdale in the hospital.
    He collapsed and now needs a pacemaker.
    I will be flying down there with my son on Saturday
    on an open ended ticket. He is sounding good, but
    in the ICU so I need to go down and be with him.

    If Stinky is already in the mail, that is fine. My kitty sitter
    gets the mail and he can sit on the counter until I get back.
    Otherwise he can hang out at Shirls a while longer.

    Sure isn’t what I was planning to do this week, but
    I need to find out what comes next.

    Thanks to you all for all your support.
    I will check in and let you know what is happening.


  • 10:41:02 am on July 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning… this was a table gift.

    Hi Queli… there were a lot of great costumes with the NASA theme.
    I didn’t get many photos of them though.

    Hi Kate… so glad you have had fun with your niece. I bet her concert was great.
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    this was very tasty…

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    a fun photo op

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    I love all the posters they have to tell you where events are

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    Aha! Queli… you and me… both walking out of Bronner’s without
    a purchase! sometimes they don’t have anything new that is Barbie sized.

    Where was the art of Brick??

    Did you have a nice meal in Frankenmuth?
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    Getting a part installed for the air conditioner today.

    Have a great day.


  • 06:54:25 am on July 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…. the costumes for the Blast Off were fabulous!

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    I made some sweaters for my table gifts.

    Hi Fiona… yes, Stinky has a fabulous new car! LOve it!

    Hi Queli… great museum.

    I had a wonderful time at convention. I didn’t buy much, but still
    brought home lots of goodies. One box is on its way. Glad they had Fed Ex there for us!

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    There is a thread of gold in her braid. The breastplate is really cool.

    I know several people were going to put her on ebay, so look there
    for one if you need one.

    Hi Kate… love the dresses you made for Anita. My dolls are fighting over who gets to wear it!

    Hi Marigene… hope you are still peeking in.

    Shirls… you can send Stinky here now. I will be home for
    at least the month of August. Whew! I need a good rest.

    It is hot and humid here too, but 20 degrees cooler than it was in Houston!! They built a lot of things underground so you don’t have to be above ground unless you are in the air conditioning. Good thinking!

    My termite inspection is today. It is required here.
    Always something!

    I know I don’t have them, but they still need to inspect.

    It was so good to spend time with Kim, Anita and Sari.
    Sari’s daughter and son in law were there too. Courtney
    is having a baby girl in October. What fun!

    More photos coming up soon.


  • 01:31:15 pm on July 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Hi… here she is the Houston convention doll.

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    side by side with my tablemate’s AA.


  • 05:24:22 pm on July 23, 2017 | 0 | # |


    I am home….had a great time, but now I need a nap.

    Photos tomorrow I hope.


  • 10:10:04 am on July 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hugs to Sari, Kim and Aneta as I left for the airport this morning.
    I hope I make my connection in Charlotte.

    It was a great Barbie week.

  • 01:04:01 pm on July 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday….big gala tonight.

    Raffle drawing soon…I only had a few tickets and they all went into the same box. They will post winners on Facebook later.


  • 07:27:51 pm on July 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Whoo hoo…..another Stinky!!
    What fun for you Shirls!!!

    Looking forward to all his adventures.


  • 04:55:58 pm on July 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Had lunch with Kim, Anita and some other friends.
    Fashion show was a hoot. Took no photos because it was too dark for my camera.

    Dinner and auction tonight. Getting some rest before dinner…..-zzzzzzz-

  • 11:23:27 pm on July 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    It has been a fun filled day with Barbie and friends.
    The welcome party was tonight with the live auction dolls on display. Plus the silent auction which ended at 9:30 p.m.

    I didn’t bid so as left early.

    George Foote had a presentation about his book..

    It’s a Dolls Life.cebook

    Tomorrow is a luncheon. Our first meal event.
    Lots of things are posted by others on facebook.

    Check back in tomorrow.

  • 01:47:57 pm on July 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I had lunch with Kim and Anita.
    They are volunteering in the raffle room at 2:30 so I will go check it out then.

    Welcome party tonight.


  • 08:17:23 am on July 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Girls,
    I am off to Houston in a few minutes.

    I plan to pop in here when I can.
    Photos for you when I return.

    Wish you were all coming too.


  • 08:58:39 am on July 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…

    catching my breath this morning in between trips.

    Hi Fiona…I will take as many photos as I can. I hope they turn out less blurry! Queli is much better at taking photos!

    I love watching a storm, but do need to know I am in a safe place at the time~
    Not fond of mosquitoes or the little tiny no see me that we have here.
    They leave a welt that is hard, itchy and lasts almost 2 weeks.

    Hi Shirls… so glad you were able to make the poison oak go away so quickly. I will remember the part about using baking soda.

    Hi Kate… wish you were all coming to convention. It will really be a blast this time! Ha!

    I know you will have a great time with your niece.

    Hi Queli… so many Barbies to choose from… impossible to “get them all”. Believe me I tried~~
    Love that you named her Ivanka… lots of resemblance to her.

    Hi Marigene… hope all is well in Seattle. I know you love keeping busy.

    I will check in here when I can. Watch for posts on Facebook from
    the gals who do that stuff.


  • 05:34:03 pm on July 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I got home a few hours ago… it was a 4 a.m. wake up call and most of the day getting home.
    I will be going to dinner and then sleep.
    Kitties were happy to see me.

    We had a big storm here last night. Today is getting hot and sticky again but everything looks lush and green.

    I have tomorrow to repack and then I leave for the Barbie convention on Tuesday.

    Have a good night… see you tomorrow.


  • 10:11:29 am on July 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…I am watching Venus play at Wimbledon while Hubby is at a close up magic contest.
    I can only watch so much magic in a day…so I mostly just go to the evening performance.
    Last night our friend was installed as the new president of IBM…International Brotherhood of Magicians. He will be invited to lots of places in America and foreign countries during the year. He gets to pick which ones he wants to go to. He has to pay for most of them. But he will get treated like royalty.

    Tomorrow morning I fly home.Repack and go to Houston on Tuesday. Anita and Kim will be there and several others Barbie friends. Just no sisters and not Barb.

    Glad you are all doing fun things too.

    Kate… enjoy the time with your niece.

    Shirls…hope the poison oak dries up and doesn’the spread.

    Queli…have fun in your Barbie room.

    I always have fun finding dolls that have been hibernating a while.


  • 09:58:12 am on July 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning..

    Hi Kate.. I remember when Marie got into the poison oak. It took her a long time to get rid of it.

    I am so glad Shirls is keeping hers contained…baking soda was a helpful hint!!

    Yes, Harry Anderson from Night Court comes sometimes. This time we have Mac King and Lance Burton. They both have had long running shows in Las Vegas. And they are both Louisville boys.
    Lance had his third grade teacher and a high school teacher in the audience.

    Love your photos, especially the red flower one.

    I am sure you will have a great time with your niece. She must be very talented. Do you have musical talent, Kate?

    Hi Fiona..

    Hi Shirls… my uncle could get poison ivy just by driving his tractor. It would make it airborne and even get into his eyes. Not a good thing for a farmer.

    Love Stinky with the big gal…great photo!!

    Hi Queli…no rain came here last night. It went north. But it is in the 90s again. They could use rain here.

    Hi Marigene..

    Have a great day.


  • 11:59:16 am on July 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes.


  • 09:48:37 am on July 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning….
    It’s my birthday!!

    Hubby and I are in Louisville having fun at a magic convention.
    No photos allowed at the events….

    Shirls… I know you will decide to host Stinky again sometime….
    He has that kind of vibe.

    Hi Kate…glad to hear your dad is doing okay.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Fiona

    Hi Queli…these are fun conventions, but very different from Barbie conventions.

    Watching some Wimbledon this morning.
    Events here start this afternoon for us.
    Committee meetings are this morning.

    Sure wish our numbers here were growing and not shrinking.
    Queli…that for the update on photobucket.
    It gives me time to consider my options.

    Have a great day.


  • 09:32:37 am on July 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning… another Monday morning

    I had a very nice weekend. Low key, but we did have lunch
    at the beach on Saturday. Hot! so we sat inside.

    HI Queli… yes, that is a lot of times to move. But Hubby
    was a military brat so he has moved 30 times! After a while,
    you feel the need to move again!

    I haven’t been watching the Tour de France, but I have been watching
    Wimbledon tennis. There has been a lot of drama there too.
    One broken leg and Venus’s car accident. Luckily they found some
    video tape to show she didn’t break any laws. I know she must
    feel horrible that the guy died though.

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    I don’t have any of the expensive dolls, but they are so beautiful.

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    getting good photos is difficult for me… Queli is so much better at it.

    Hi Kate.. we got some rain and it is cooler here today.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Shirls

    Hi Fiona

    I will be heading out early tomorrow, but I will try to pop in on my
    cell phone… no photos there though.
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    this is how a Barbie convention makes us feel!


  • 09:41:04 am on July 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Happy Sunday…

    Hi Shirls… you have lots of nice vintage girls. Love all the Skippers in their red outfits too. Keep them in those outfits so you will know
    where they are and that they will make you smile.

    Once you get older and you can afford more Barbies… why not get the ones you wanted! That is what the conventions are all about.
    You can’t get in unless you are at least 12 years old. And there are not many young ones that come.

    Hi Queli… thanks, I have moved 14 times and this is certainly one of my favorite places. I loved L.A. best, but I could not drive there now.
    It is way too crowded. Here it is only about 150,000 people, but
    growing more quickly than I would like.

    But then, I grew up in Michigan in a town of 1000 people…. and only one stop light! Ha! I have 3 times that many in my new community
    here in North Carolina.

    Hi Marigene… hope you are having a good time.

    Hi Kate… looks like Stinky will be making his travel arrangements to come home soon. He always leaves a place wanting more of him!

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    Sometimes the life size outfits are amazing!

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    I took this photo of Pam and Robert Best in 2009…. she loves it so much!

    Hot and humid again today, but we had rain last night so it has cooled off a bit and is wet out there.

    Have a great day.


  • 08:36:26 am on July 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Last year’s convention silkie.

    Good Morning
    Happy Saturday!

    Hi Fiona…
    I live in a community that has a couple of pools. Our wellness center is something we all pay for and can all use with our membership card. It has an indoor pool that has several different classes and an outdoor pool….the one in the photo yesterday.

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    this is another building where we can have other classes. My sit n stitch class is here every Wednesday.

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    This pond is behind the classroom building and the sales office is in the background.

    This boardwalk goes to the gazebo which is out over the water.

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    It is a very nice place to go and relax. There is a baby gator there.

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    The gators come and go on their own free will. Usually one per pond.
    They can get up to about 13 feet long. If they get too aggressive, we have a team that “rounds them up” and relocates them.

    It is a pleasant place to live and I have been here since 2012. We have our retirement home here. Lots of people have moved here because it stays warm all year. Not as far south as Florida, but
    we do get cooler weather in the fall and winter than Florida.

    It is less congested here… at least for now. The amount of construction going on is incredible. Lots of new stuff in the works.

    Cool that you got to see Steve Irwin. I like to see his son and daughter on t.v. once in a while. They are popular here.

    I hadn’t thought about the thesis lady, I hope she will pop in and let us know how it went. There are lots of people at the conventions that know all about the story of Barbie. Especially the dealers that sell everything from vintage Barbie to the newest ones.
    The Mattel designers are so much fun to have with us for a few days.
    I think they have a dream job!

    Good luck with your reroot!

    Hi Queli…that is a very cool minion dress for Barbie and her minion friends.

    Squishy Pops Barbies are fun. Glad you are enjoying them and providing us with photos.

    Hi Marigene..we had some rain last night and some lightning in the distance. It is neat to watch the dark sky light up. It wasn’t the dangerous type of lightning…. that is scary. And LOUD! It hit a house near me and burned it to the ground about 3 years ago.

    Hi Kate… almost ready for my trip to Houston. It is call Barbie Blast Off… because of NASA being in Houston. We should get some fun goodies.

    Hi Shirls…looks like you are having fun reorganizing the Barbie room.
    The old BBB used to refer to that as setting off a Barbie Bomb!
    It took little time to create a mess… and a long long time to clean it up. I have one going on in there right now! Kinda waiting for Stinky’s visit in August.

    Another hot and sticky day here. Hubby is taking me to lunch at the beach…. always a bit cooler and very relaxing to sit there and watch the pelicans and beach goers.

    Have a great day.


  • 06:45:38 am on July 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…another hot and humid day…
    typical of July in North Carolina.

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    Good day for the pool!
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    or the beach

    Hi Shirls… we have some scattered showers predicted, but not
    everyone will get them and they tend to cool things off for a while
    and they become hot and humid again.

    Funny how our “needs” turn into an extra stop at McDonald’s
    when they have Barbie or Minion for the Happy Meal!

    You have some great vintage dolls! I hear the value for them has fallen lately. Sad.

    How fun that your friend takes her life size Barbie in for fittings! I bet the store clerks get a kick out of that.

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    My little gator friend!

    Hi Queli… fun back packs. I have lots of lunch boxes and back packs with Barbie on them. I love the one with the hair! I bet it does get
    abused if it goes to school though.

    Love the fashion show.

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    Hi Marigene

    Hi Fiona

    Hi Kate

    Have a great day.


  • 08:57:41 am on July 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good morning… My sister is having her memorial for David today.
    He loved going to the Botanical Gardens.

    She is having a second service in April in our home town.

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    she lives a couple of blocks from the gardens so can get there often.

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    Hi Queli..I love the stilt walkers too…. can’t imagine doing that myself.

    Glad you took some photos for the group to share… the ceremony must have been very nice.

    I felt like I got my patriotic quota this year. I need fireworks at least once a year.
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    Hi Kate… I am happy that Photobucket is cooperating again.
    The thought of moving all my photos is exhausting!

    I hope your Dad is doing okay. I know having you and William
    around is a big boost.

    Hi Shirls… more hot and humid here the rest of the week.
    Our weatherman calls this air you can wear… it is so sticky.
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    Hi Fiona… we could use some cooler air today!

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    Hi Marigene… I didn’t hear what weather is going on in your area today. I hope you are having fun. It seems you have a new
    life now… so happy for you.

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    Have a great day.


  • 07:29:15 am on July 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    good Morning…. I hope everyone had a great holiday.

    One thing about it being on Tuesday, the rest of the work week is very short.

    I do love the Minions! They can do things real people cannot.

    Hi Fiona… Hubby and I went out to lunch and then had
    a cookout at our neighbor’s house later.
    We had all the usual 4th of July goodies….
    hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, macaroni salad,
    potato chips and then for dessert we had watermelon,
    carrot cake and tiramisu. (not sure I spelled that right)

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    This was a fun Minion photo!

    Hi Queli..Glad you had a super duper day! Ha!
    My only sad thing is, it means summer is half over already.

    The countdown begins to Labor Day and school starting again.
    The schools start in August here so that makes summer even shorter.

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    Hi Marigene…

    Hi Kate…your story turned out so cute. Czarina has such a nice outfit. I hope she doesn’t have to be a potato seller now.
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    Hi Shirls… good day for going to the pool.

    Happy 5th of July.


  • 10:21:23 am on July 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Happy 4th of July!! Hope this posts!!

    Hi Queli… great photo! Love the matching outfits and the hats!
    and pinwheels.
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    Hi Kate…Love Stinky’s new adventure…. so cute.

    He is my hero!

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    Hi Marigene… we have a lovely day… a bit too hot and humid
    and maybe a thunderstorm later, but nice for a summer holiday.
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    Hi Shirls…I know you are having similar weather.

    Watching Wimbledon tennis today. I love to see who is in the Queen’s box.
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    Hi Fiona…. We can make you an honorary American for today.

    Enjoy the holiday everyone!

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    Enjoy!! Jackie

  • 01:56:22 pm on July 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Queli…
    Wow thanks for the information.

    What are you using now for a host?


  • 11:12:57 am on July 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Photobucket is not letting me post!

    Hi Fiona…. We are certainly the opposite of cold here today.

    Hot and Humid!!

    Hi Queli…What is it with Photobucket… every holiday they
    send an email saying I need to upgrade and then won’t let me copy and paste…. then after the holiday…. everything is okay again.

    Love all the cool shoes… so fun. I love Kelly because she is just so much fun.

    Hi Shirls… those photos are really beautiful. So colorful!

    Hi Marigene… I know you will have a great 4th with all your family and friends.

    I do plan to take lots of photos at the convention. I sure hope Photobucket doesn’t spoil the fun! don’t they know…. they can be replaced!

    Hope you all have your supplies for a great holiday tomorrow. I was
    at the grocery store yesterday…. and lots of the barbeque stuff was already gone.


  • 03:07:16 pm on July 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Hi Marigene… good to know you are having a good time and helping others.

    We had fireworks here last night. I was pretty close and they were LOUD and beautiful. I need to see fireworks in person at least once a year to keep me happy. Now I can watch them on t.v. and not
    we unhappy I am not there in person. Besides, the music they play on t.v. is so wonderful. No music here.

    Love all your patriotic dolls in the garden.
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    Hi Queli… glad you are having so much fun with the tiny dolls.

    I have been packing for my next trips. Hubby and I are going to
    another magic convention just before the National Barbie. So I am packing 2 separate bags at once.
    My kitties won’t be happy when I am gone for a long time with only a day at home in the middle. Good thing I have a great kitty sitter.

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    Hot and humid here so I am staying in the air conditioning.

    Have a great day.


  • 08:30:25 am on July 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning.. Happy Saturday…

    Hi Shirls… we had 6 inches of torrential downpour yesterday!
    It is now hot and sticky with more thunderstorms in the prediction.
    Summer weather for sure.

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    Gearing up for convention coming up July 18-23.

    Glad all the furbabies will be locked up for fireworks. No one
    sets them off here much, but there will be some professional
    ones tonight.

    Our clubhouse has a tent party and then fireworks. I didn’t buy a ticket, so I probably won’t be able to see them, just hear them.

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    Not sure we will have Kmart as a sponsor again… they are in deep financial trouble.

    Hi Queli… do you have all the Fashionistas? I only have a few.

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    Hi Kate… hoping for more Stinky adventures. He just cracks me up.

    Hi Marigene… I hope you have a nice 4th planned.

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    Hi Fiona… I know you don’t celebrate our 4th of July, but is it a special day there?

    Always fun finding out what else goes on in the world.

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    I will be the only one wearing a pink jacket this convention… that is me in the middle. We have GAW together in April.

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    Have a great summer day.


  • 05:59:39 pm on June 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    More of the glasswork of Craig Mitchell Smith…so lovely

    Hi Queli..I had a great strawberry mango smoothie yesterday… mmm.

    love the tiny corn and tractors for the dolls to play with

    July 1 coming up tomorrow! Where has the year gone?

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    Hi Kate… I remember you making the horse covers now that you mentioned it. so cool!

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    love the adventures Stinky is having with the princess.

    He looks great by the black swan.

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    Hi Fiona… love the photos of you and Rexy Bear.
    Looks like he loves to swim.

    Watch out…. we had a shark bite here yesterday.

    the girl is okay, but got bitten twice.

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    It is hard to tell which ones are real and which are glass. This one is glass.

    It rained here today…. 6 inches in about 3 hours. Does it rain that hard where you are Fiona?
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    Also a glass one.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Shirls.

    Hope you are all ready for the 4th of July weekend.


  • 03:16:19 pm on June 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    It is the perfect day for a cruise ship! Wish I were on one like Barbie is.

    Hi Fiona…it is so much fun learning Aussie things from you.
    I do wish you had another koala or kangaroo to show us!

    The glass at the botanical gardens was fantastic. The Chihuly seems to be permanent and the Smith was only there for a short while.

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    Hi Queli… There are two of the arches with the yellow glass that look like sunbursts… they are opposite of each other so I wasn’t able to put both in a photo.

    I love the blue haired doll and her great shoes. They are different from most pairs of Barbie shoes.

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    Hi Kate… waiting for the rest of Stinky’s new story.

    Hi Shirls…reminding everyone about what happens to pets
    during fireworks. My hubby had a dog that ran away and never
    came back when he heard them.

    I had a lovely lunch at a new restaurant called Cape Fear Seafood.
    My friends and I love to go to the beach, but this is only a couple of minutes from where we live, so we can go more often.

    Hi Marigene..we are getting more humid and hot weather tomorrow.
    I expect you are busy having a good time.

    My sister is having a memorial on July 6 in St. Louis. I won’t be going, but she plans another in Michigan when I am up there for GAW.
    Our Mom bought us all plots in the family area at the Riverside
    Cemetary so that is where David will have his ashed placed.

    Have a great day.


  • 10:18:39 am on June 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    My sister and I went to the St. Louis botanical gardens. They have some of the Chuliliy glass there plus a new display by Craig Mitchell Smith.
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    We were there from dusk to dark to get the photos before and after sunset. I think the photos came out better before dark, but it was beautiful both times.

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    Hi Fiona… glad you can get the photos to post.
    Aww… love your dog and her daddy.

    Wish a personal meeting were able to happen. I did meet
    Kate at a convention and she brought Stinky.
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    This is a phoenix bird…. the photo doesn’t show how lovely it is.
    They also had a video showing how these glass pieces were made.

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    There is a waterfall you can walk under… love that.

    Hi Shirls.. that doll house was at the convention last year.
    Can’t wait to see what they have for us…. in a couple of weeks!

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    The glass is colorful plus they have colored lights shining on the glass.

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    I loved these birds of paradise.

    Hi the little tale of the potato seller… aww

    Hi Queli… I have a place called Port City Java where I can get
    a strawberry mango smoothie, which I do often.
    Another place called Tropical Island Smoothie is going to open
    in a few days… lots of choices for me! I love smoothies!!

    Hi Marigene… lovely day here… close to perfect… 80s and low humidity. A storm is coming in Friday so I need to be out having fun until then. The heat and humidity are both coming back.

    I bet your garden is lovely now. You take such good care of it.

    Have a great day.

  • 01:44:59 pm on June 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Photos from last year’s convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Hi Kate…love the story…
    My favorite is the horse with his hoodie!

    I am not sure what I will do next year for convention.
    For sure I am going to GAW.

    Hi Fiona… love all the flags too. It is fun to have a friend
    “down under”. What do you call us…. up here??

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    This is one reason you need to bring lots of $$$.
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    They are using one of these nearly every time now… so much fun.

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    They go all out for the meals.

    Hi Marigene.. we have really nice weather here today.
    In the 80s and not so humid.
    I had a dental appointment… just a cleaning. I go back
    in December. Always nice to get 6 months off for good behavior.

    Hi Shirls.. You are going to be lonely when Stinky leaves!

    He is having such a great time.

    Tomorrow I have a day with no doctor’s appointments. Yay!

    Queli… I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday after my doctor’s appointment and was
    sad to find the little 4th of July hats were all gone.
    I did find some other goodies so I wasn’t totally disappointed.

    I went to Trivia last night… we won one out of 8. We do like to
    win at least 2. Sometimes the questions are not the ones you know the answers to! Ha!!

    Have a great day.

  • 10:59:17 am on June 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning… good to be home and have my computer instead of the cell phone to work with.

    Hi Kate…Stinky’s great smiles appeals to everyone… all sizes!

    Carlyle has a man-bun so it wasn’t a big stretch to have a doll that has one. All the designers have one that seems to resemble them… probably not a surprise.

    Hi Fiona… good to see you here again. Your paddleboats must be a lot of fun. We have them here too, but I haven’t taken any trips on them. Just the one at Disneyland which goes around in a moat.

    What fun to find so many Barbies. I got a few at a garage sale
    when I was at my sister’s house. We put them on the table and
    went out shopping. When we came back my brother in law had moved them…. didn’t want them on his table!
    Well, they were naked, had really bad hair and cost $2 each.
    We now refer to them as naked, wild women!! Ha! And that
    is the way most little girls are okay to part with them. If they were still beautiful, they would want to keep them. Ha! Ha!

    Hi Queli… those dolls remind me of Polly Pocket…. littler but live in their cases too. Glad you are having fun with them.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Shirls

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    My trip to Houston is coming up soon. It will be the first one with no sisters in a while. Last time Barb was my roommate, but she is not coming either. Kim and Anita will be there along with Sari and her daughter. We all seem to be weaning ourselves from the big conventions.

    Have a great day.


  • 10:18:20 am on June 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…
    I got a nice rest with 2 purring kitties.

    I hope my sister did too. It will take a while to adjust to being
    a widow, but he was out of the house for 2 1/2 years so a lot
    of that part was already taken care of.

    Thanks for all your good vibes, it was really helpful to spend
    time going through email and other things on my phone. Quiet
    while we waited.

    Hi Shirls.. we had rain last night and probably will get more today.
    it is much cooler here than in St. Louis. It was really hot and sticky there.

    You can see that Stinky has had fun with the big girls too.

    I am having lunch with a friend today. A new restaurant opened up while I was gone… and you already need a reservation!
    That is good business!

    Hoping you all have a great day.
    June is almost over!


  • 08:31:44 pm on June 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    I have arrived home…. I can post photos again…. and spellcheck
    doesn’t tell me what words to use…

    See you tomorrow.


  • 09:15:41 am on June 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    I fly home today. I know my kitties will be happy to see me. My sister needs restate and so do I.

    Queli… loved when they told us about all the new boys coming out. A couple have my interest.
    It will be fun to see what they have in Houston.

    Thanks for all your good wishes. Tomorrow I can post photos again.


  • 07:25:37 am on June 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…
    Feeling a bit freer now. My sister could get some needed rest.
    Thank you for all your kindness…it is so good to have friends that care.
    We have a lunch with a good friend today.
    She also lost her husband so that bond is strong.

    Fiona…so good to have you pop in. You keep busy doing fun things. Being in a band playing music was such fun for me in high school.
    I wish I had been able to continue.
    Just had no real talent for it.

    Yes, we all have loved seeing Stinky”s road trip. Can’t wait until his visit with me.

    Queli..waiting for your next outing with Barbie. Love when we get to share.

    Marigene…I hope my sister can find happiness like you have. First she needs to redo her kitchen…..sound familiar??
    I heard lots of widows do that. is your dad doing?
    After this ordeal with David, I hope he is doing well.
    Stinky will be home again soon and I know we can all share in his homecoming.
    We do worry about his time on the trip where the postal service is in charge. has been such fun sharing Stinky”s big adventure with my sister. A good laugh is therapy.
    We plan to spend today having fun.
    Tomorrow I go home,but I am so glad she has her life back now. We will see each other again soon.
    Meanwhile she is going to Michigan to see our other sister in a few days.
    So glad we have each other.

    Have a great day…tomorrow is the weekend.

  • 05:15:55 pm on June 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Just to let you know…David has gone to heaven.

  • 08:40:20 am on June 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..
    I have been living in a bubble…
    Shirls…thanks for warning me about tropical stormy Cindy. I do not know if it will hit n.c. but I have not heard any news in over a week.

    The adventures of Stinky have been so much fun.

    Hi is so lovely for you to send him to “summer camp” with us.

    Hi Queli..we had a sneak peek at the new dolls.
    Carlyle has a man bun…so it was no surprise to see that one. And I think the one in glasses looks like Bill Greening.
    I love all the new boys. Adds some fun into the life of all the girls.

    Hi Marigene…I wish we had a new baby here to love. All this worry about death is depressing.
    I attended a support group meeting with my sister last night. Eight women all going through the stages of Alzheimer”s with their hubbys. Lots of stories and tears.
    Great to have their support.
    One new lady came. She was so pleased to have been welcomed with open arms.

    Hi Fiona… I hope you are getting to see Stinky”s big adventure.

    Hanging in there…

  • 08:53:38 am on June 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Hi Kate…those nesting dolls are so amazing.
    15 all stacking…wow!
    Thanks for all the good vibes.
    David is still here.
    His sister told him he cannot leave today because it is her birthday.
    We will see if he is an obedient little brother.

    Hi Queli…amazing Lego displays. I remember my hubby helping our son put all the kits together. Shoot many little pieces.
    But those displays had to purchase individual blocks of the same colors to make custom things…seems like a labor of love.

    I think the hat would be uncomfortable to wear…ha!!

    Hi Marigene…your life seems so happy now.

    I hope my sister can be happy again soon. This is such torture for her right now
    Alzheimer”s needs a cure soon.

    Hi Shirls…Stinky will have to come up with some new adventures when he gets to my house. He has almost as many jobs as Barbie has had.

    Wish Marie was here to enjoy them.

    Hi Fiona…hope you pop in soon to see Stinky”s big adventures.

    Have a great day.


  • 07:18:16 am on June 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Another day in the 90s here in St. Louis.

    David still lingering.

    Hi Shirls… Stinky is loving being His Royal
    Love the breast plate.
    Not sure sushi was eaten by royals back in the day, but with Stinky…anything goes.

    Hi Marigene…glad to see you pop in.
    You always are doing so many good things for people.

    Love your doll in the egg chair.

    Beautiful garden.

    Hi Kate…I hope William is enjoying life in your house. Such a handsome kitty.

    Hi…all the fun people have with Legos.

    Love the banana ones.

    I was supposed to fly home today.
    I am glad to be with my sister a few more days. We do not know if David will still be here before I have to leave.

    We scheduled another massage tomorrow.
    Good therapy!

    Hope you have a great day.


  • 07:39:18 am on June 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..

    Hi Shirls…we saw the opera Titus by Mozart.
    The stage had a giant bird…it was fantastic.
    Costumes and music were beautiful….and the singing was amazing.

    I have extended my stay until this Saturday.
    David is lingering and I don’t want my sister to be alone.

    Hi Kate.. I am sure you love the minis.

    William looks relaxed and happy.

    Hi Queli…great photos…keep them coming.

    Sure do miss Marie, Fiona and Marigene.

    Have a great day.

  • 08:31:47 am on June 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..

    Hi Queli…love the book and how it is inspiring you.

    Hi Shirls…has Stinky packed up to leave?

    He does love to travel although we all worry when he goes until he arrives at his next location.
    Good that Kate keeps a twin.

    Still hanging with David.

    Our massages were great. Tonight is another musical event.

    Happy Sunday all.


  • 05:11:41 am on June 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…lost track of time and day here.
    Keeping vigil is exhausting, so we are going for massages later….hope it helps.

    Wow…love the Leopard jacket…
    I haven’t seen anything lately that I like better in a long time.

    Shirls…Stinky knows it is close to time for him to leave. I sent him back with a few things which show up in his room at Kate”s on occasion.
    He is now a part of your family.
    He lives with Kate, but can come again to see you.

    Always fun to see him in a different setting.

    I hope David will go to heaven soon. All the staff have prepared us well. We all need the rest.

    Thanks so much for all your caring.


  • 10:59:08 am on June 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Kate…thanks.
    We are still holding vigil.
    The waiting gets hard and we are wishing for relief soon.

    Hi Shirls…once you are finished, send Stinky back to Kate…unless someone else wants to host him.
    I won’t be ready until August.
    You will find the NEED to have him return again in time. Ha! Cause that is the kind of guy he is!!

    Queli..all the minis are so cool. My son had the real version of most of them.
    We do love mini reminders.

    My trip ends on Tuesday. I hope we will be finished by then….God willing.

    Hi Fiona
    Hi Marigene

    Hope you are having a good time.


  • 09:30:42 am on June 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning

    Yes, I am Stinky fan!!

    Hi Shirls, I see the little guy has tired you out with all his energy. I know how that goes.

    Kate has him hang out in his room while she gets fresh ideas.

    Hi Queli…those are great minis.

    My confirmation to GAW for next year came.
    Maybe you should come since Kenvention won’t be happening.

    Hi Kate..
    By August I will love hosting Stinky.
    June has been a rough month.
    We did some things yesterday that
    aren’t fun.
    But some arrangements are in place.
    Still we wait…

    Thank you all for caring.


  • 01:17:56 pm on June 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Ha!….came out cowes to my house.
    Ya know I meant comes….the cows are at Shirl’s.


  • 01:16:08 pm on June 14, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Stinky sure is having a great trip.

    I will have fun when he cowes to my house.

    My sister and I spend most of the time with David, but we do go for some nice places for meals.
    The caregivers are nice to be with so time is going pretty fast.

    Love all the photos here.


  • 08:39:40 am on June 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Thanks for all the kind thoughts.
    David is still with us, but we are meeting with people to prepare for the end today.

    Hi Sari…glad to hear about a new baby.

    Shirls…Stinky brightens my sad day.

    Hope things will be over here soon.


  • 08:01:30 am on June 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Madame Butterfly was great.
    Wish I could sing like that.

    David is resting easier now,but hasn’the had any nourishment since Saturday.
    Hospice is with him so we are just waiting.

    I hope you are all doing great.
    I know Stinky is.

    Check back in here later.


  • 06:49:47 pm on June 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I do love Wonder Woman.

    Spent time with David. He can’t swallow, so we are just waiting…
    Hospice has been very helpful letting us know what comes next.

    Lauren and I will be going to the opera tonight to see Madame Butterfly. A nice break.

    I hope Stinky is having fun.


  • 01:53:52 am on June 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi…Stinky has traveled back in time..looks like he has made lots of friends along the way.

    I got to my sister’s okay. I barely made the connecting flight…I used a wheelchair or I would not have made it on my own. So glad they have that service for us that need it.

    My sisters husband is not doing good. So we are playing things by ear right now.
    Azheimers is a cruel master.

    So glad I am here with her right now even though it wasn’t part of the plan.

    Wishing you all a good night.


  • 10:52:11 am on June 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…

    Whee!! Love the adventures of Stinky and the gang.
    I can appreciate that it takes several days to get things
    under way!

    Hi Queli… Halloween already…. and Christmas?

    I do love the things they have , but I am not ready.

    Hi Kate… seems Stinky is being treated like royalty.

    I hope he behaves himself when he has to return to your house.

    Hi Marigene…

    Hi Fiona…

    I will be going to be with my sister for a little over a week starting tomorrow. I will peek in to see what Stinky is up to.

    Have a great time.


  • 12:45:10 pm on June 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Hi Kate… Looking forward to seeing your new doll.

    I hope you and your Dad had a great time being away from William.
    I know he doesn’t think there is any good reason for you to leave him alone that long….. my kitties let me know just how they feel about my leaving them!!

    Luckily I have a very caring babysitter who looks after them when I am gone.

    Hi Queli…I have been listening to the political hearing … this is going to be a bumpy ride!

    Hi Shirls… glad you are taking your time and getting Stinky into some fun adventures for us!
    I do know that it takes a lot of planning…. I am already getting
    some ideas together… for August.

    Off to get some things from the store for my next trip…

    Have a great day.


  • 11:24:07 am on June 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good morning… the Clooney babies have arrived!

    Never thought George would get married let alone have twins…
    boy is he in for a change!!
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    Getting ready for Houston in July! Wish you were all coming along!

    Hi Shirls…. love the stories that Stinky is helping you create… he does that to ya!! Ha!

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    Hi Queli… Vina is such a fun doll for you!
    So many wonderful dolls in that store!

    Hi Kate…we are getting rain… for a couple more days.

    So it is cooler and refreshing. But… when it rains…
    it pours. So far I am high and dry.

    Hi Fiona

    Hi Marigene
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    Have a wonderful day.


  • 05:53:17 pm on June 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Been a busy day.

    Hi Queli..I love Queen Anne’s Lace. I haven’t found it around here.

    It is a weed. But a very lovely one!

    That is an amazing doll store.

    Hi Kate.. glad you got hair fair.
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    Hi Shirls… we are expecting rain later. it is in the area, but none
    here right now. It sure is humid though.

    I did have a great time with my classmates. 50 years went by fast!

    Hi Marigene… you are one busy person. Nice that you are so happy
    with all that is going on for you.

    Hi Fiona.

    My kitties are still following me around… they should be okay by tomorrow.


  • 09:32:40 am on June 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning.
    I got home yesterday afternoon…. whew! whirlwind trip.

    I didn’t take many photos because they will provide us with a DVD
    of the class reunion.

    What a hoot that was. I found myself sitting on the front row…. because 50 years later I am still one of the shortest!…
    for a photo of the classmates I started in Kindergarten with
    and followed through until we graduated high school. We usually
    had about 25 of us, I will need to see the photo to count how many were in it. But I knew them all and they knew me. Good thing we had on name tags though…. 50 years can alter a person’s looks!
    We had name badges with our senior year photo…. .like being
    resurrected from the dead!

    It was really fun to spend a little time with friends I have known all my life. We decided to have another reunion in 5 years. Lots of us
    are not in great shape!

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    Hi Marigene… so nice to see the sweet baby.

    I know you are having a wonderful time. Makes me happy to
    see you enjoying life.

    Hi Kate… love to see Stinky making himself so many new friends.

    Hi Queli… what a great doll store. Was that Gigi’s Dolls??

    Hi Shirls…love black Canary.
    I have a doll who wore black fishnet stockings and the dye
    is permanently on her legs. You must decide whether to take them off occasionally, or have them on full time.

    Hi Fiona
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    June… the month for weddings!

    I had such a great time, my senses are on overload.

    50 years in a couple of hours will take a while to digest.

    There were lots of people I don’t really know there, but
    some of my best forever friends were there. And I hadn’t seen
    many of them in 25 years when we had our only other reunion.
    And many I hadn’t seen in 50 years.

    Funny how you can catch up in just a few minutes as if no time
    has elapsed!

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    I have this week at home and then I will going to see my other sister
    for more fun.

    Have a great day.


  • 12:40:30 pm on June 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Just checking in.
    Seems Stinky is having a great road trip.
    Me too.


  • 05:30:44 pm on June 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi…got to Michigan. Hubby is with me so we rented a car. That took 2 hours. They started a new computer system today.

    Having dinner with my sister.

    I will pop in when I can.


  • 11:08:50 am on June 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…

    Hi Shirls….glad you found out who the little ones are.
    I have seen Black Canary, but not for a long time so I
    don’t remember what she looks like.

    Stinky has a lot of heroes to spend time with.
    will he learn some super hero tricks? to fly?
    to leap tall buildings with a single bound?

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    Mackinac Island…. I leave for Michigan tomorrow. I won’t get up to Lake Michigan, but I will next trip.

    Hi Queli…you my size doll looks great in both pairs of glasses.
    She can change them with her outfit!

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    Gray Lady Gene…. feeling like a gray haired old lady….going to my 50th class reunion. Best part is…… everyone else will be the same age as me!!

    Hi Kate…. wow! your niece is quite accomplished as a musician.
    I am sure the recital will be wonderful. I love to listen to music.

    I get to go to the symphony when I am in St. Louis with my sister.
    It is a terrific experience. She has season tickets so she gets to go
    all the time.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Fiona
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    I will be back next Monday… see you soon.


  • 07:43:44 am on May 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…
    I am glad that our group is still active, although growing smaller it seems. I hope Marigene has just been busy.

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    I was with my sisters at the National Cathedral in D.C. when I took this photo. We were just looking around as this bride came out to take some photos. Just as I took my photo, the air caught her dress.

    June and all the weddings start tomorrow.

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    Hi Shirls… Stinky has found some cute playmates. I have never seen them before.

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    Hi Kate… such a lucious photo of Barbie and the flowers!

    what type of music does your niece do? singing? play an instrument?
    music camp sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy watching her.

    I loved that lobster print when I spotted it at the convention.

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    Hi Queli… Wonder woman is really cool. I know you will love her.

    Not sure about the tiny Barbies. I would have to pass on them.

    Hi Fiona

    Hi Marigene
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    USO Gene…. farewell to Memorial Day…. let Summer begin.

    Have a great day… the week is half over already.


  • 09:39:20 am on May 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning..

    Hi Shirls… I see Stinky is having fun playing games with all the little people.
    Nice that he has his own bunk!

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    I hope you all had a nice weekend.
    There were lots of memorial celebrations but we didn’t attend any.
    Hubby wasn’t feeling too great.

    He went to the doctor today and has a prescription, so he should be fine in a few hours.

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    Hi Queli… love Olivia. She knows where to go for all the party decorations!!

    Our air conditioner guy is coming again today. He got us fixed up, but we need a new part installed today…. always something!

    Hi Marigene… I hope you had a nice weekend.

    Hi Kate… do you have family there?

    Have a great day.


  • 08:45:51 am on May 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Happy Memorial
    Hi Queli… we had one of those loud thunder storms with lots of lightning last night. My poor kitties were scared!
    We got lots of rain so today will probably be a rehash of storms
    with temps near 90.
    Great beginning of summer for beach goers.

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    I hope everyone has a great time today.


  • 09:15:02 am on May 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Happy Memorial Day weekend!

    Hi Queli…thanks for taking us to Hobby Lobby with you!
    I see those cute little hats.

    They always have so many temptations in there!

    Hubby and I are watching the Monte Carlo Grand Prix….at least he is!
    Then we are going out to brunch.

    It is a beautiful day here for the holiday. I am sure there will be a lot of barbeques.

    Have a glorious day!


  • 03:17:04 pm on May 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Happy Saturday… and Memorial Day weekend.

    Hi Queli… great news from the BFC. I wonder what happened that they
    had to regroupl Glad that it is coming back.

    I love the shirt with the doggy wearing glasses! Looks good on her.

    Hi Kate… sorry to hear about your club’s leader moving away.
    I wonder if you will find someone to take over. Not an easy thing
    to find.

    I agree the new version of Dirty Dancing did not live up to the original. The rarely do. I liked the guy a lot, but the girl… not so much.

    Debra Messing was the only person I knew. I know they are reviving
    her old show for a few episodes. It should be fun.
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    I will be heading back to Michigan for my 50th class reunion June 2.
    I haven’t seen most of those “kids” for 25 years. And some for 50 years. It should be interesting.

    I won’t spend much time there because hubby is coming along
    and he doesn’t love it up there the way I do. And my sisters
    won’t be coming to the reunion so I won’t see them much either.

    One is not coming at all. the other has to work.

    But I will see her the following week.

    Lovely day here… a little hot, but nice for picnics.
    Hubby and I had to get a new t.v. Last power outage
    killed the one we had. So much for “smart t.v.s”!!!

    Have a great weekend everyone.


  • 08:20:05 am on May 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…
    Hi Shirls..good luck with the neighbors’ dogs this weekend.
    Sounds like they will be a handful.

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    Hi Queli… they say all roads and airports will be busy with
    holiday travelers starting today. The summer season starts today… where has the time gone??
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    The Indy race will be this weekend. I went one time. It was the loudest thing I ever attended…. once was enough for me.

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    Hi Kate… love your Lola Falana outfit! That is a lot of fringe!

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    Gene in her Derby Day outfit… a bit late girl!
    Have a great weekend.


  • 03:52:52 pm on May 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Barbie is feeling happy about Memorial Day coming up this weekend.

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    Hi Queli… love the big bike and the little bike!

    Glad that you have so much fun with your doll club.

    Hi Shirls…. I know Stinky is having fun at your place. Wonder what he is going to be doing for Memorial Day?
    Maybe nothing like me???

    Wishing everyone a great holiday.


  • 10:04:36 am on May 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Hi Shirls… Stinky is having a great time with you! His big grin proves it!

    Hope your furbaby is okay.

    Stinky looks like he belongs in a hammock!

    the sombrero looks great on him too.

    Hi Queli… your doll club looks like so much fun.
    They announced the sequel to Top Gun today. Filming should
    begin within the year. Woo Hoo

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    I love this set from Kenvention!

    Hi Marigene..
    we have been having torrential rains. Yesterday a tornado
    hit north of us. Did damage to a trailer park.

    We only got rain, but tons of it. More coming today.
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    it’s barbeque season. I love food cooked on the grill.

    Hi Fiona..
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    this was my favorite part of our trip to the Bahamas…. feeding
    a barracuda to the sharks! the tour guide was doing all the feeding as the sharks jumped out to get it!

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    Have a great day and try to stay dry.


  • 11:00:32 am on May 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…

    Hi Kate… I know you and I are loving Stinky’s adventures at Shirls’

    Not sure he should be riding his motorcycle in the house!!
    Love the helmet on him!

    I really miss having lilacs in the yard.

    Hi Shirls… Stinky is sure having fun with your dolls! Isn’t he a pleasure to host??

    Hi Queli…I have lots of the Hallmark ornaments too. Most have never gotten out of the box, but I do love to play with the Fisher Price ones and others that the Kelly dolls can play with.

    Hallmark does such a great job of picking ones for collectors.

    Hi Marigene… hope you and all your family and kitties are having fun.

    I had a trivia question last night…. what is the Emerald city…
    knew that one…. thanks to you being in Seattle.

    We only won one of the 8 prizes, but at least we got one.

    No trivia next week for the holiday.

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    We had a real downpour last night… and more scheduled for today
    and tomorrow and maybe Thursday too.

    We needed rain, but not sure we will need as much as we might get.

    Have a great day.


  • 10:02:52 am on May 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Hi Shirls…. fun seeing what Stinky has been doing.

    Looks like he is working off his discretions.

    Love that he has a mystery girlfriend.

    Her cat shirt is too cute!

    Glad Jaime is keeping him in line.

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    what great photos of Pippa’s wedding.

    Cute George and Charlotte as part of the wedding party. they were adorable!

    Wish I had an invitation to that wedding!

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    I always love wedding season…. and it is nearly here.
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    Hi Marigene… I hope you had a great weekend.

    We are expecting rain later today and for the next 3 days. We need some rain…. but maybe not that much!

    Hi Queli… Stinky sure is having a great time with Shirls.

    Hi Fiona

    Have a great day.

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  • 09:28:45 am on May 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning… Happy Sunday!

    It’s great beach weather!

    Hi Shirls…. glad to see Stinky is having such a great visit.

    No telling what adventures he will be having next.

    Hi Queli… nice to have a great starting point for a collection.

    Hi Kate… thanks for the email. I am glad you will be having
    company soon. I will be seeing my sisters soon too.

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    I got this doll at a convention… her sunglasses have tiny flamingoes.

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    Hi Marigene… I hope you are getting to see your new baby.

    Hi Fiona

    Have a great day.


  • 11:51:33 am on May 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good morning…

    Hi Kate… I sent you an email.

    Ha! About Skipper’s hair sticking straight up!
    I have lots of Barbies from the 80s that the more you
    comb the blonde hair, the more it puffs up!

    Hi Queli… I love that ornament too… I have one somewhere.

    Hi Fiona… I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.
    I have been watching a documentary about Australia. So interesting to learn about that amazing country.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Shirls..
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    have a great day.


  • 08:45:42 am on May 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning….

    Hi Fiona…. there’s a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out soon. I have been to see them all and to the ride at Disneyland
    lots of times.

    Glad to see you back.

    I use photobucket in spite of all the problems.

    I would love to see more photos of Australia.

    Hi Queli… ooohh the headless dolls sitting around the table
    like nothing is wrong!


    Great sewing room for Barbie.

    Bronner’s has the best Christmas stuff!

    Hi Kate… Ken looks great in his beard.
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    I am waiting for the air conditioning man to come. My unit broke down last night. Luckily it wasn’t too hot when I caught the problem and was able to get an appointment for today.

    Waving at everyone.


  • 09:00:37 am on May 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good morning… another hot day!

    I am going to Fishy Fishy restaurant for lunch! It is on the
    Cape Fear River in South Port, N.C.
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    hI Queli…. still practicing the fork bows. Utube has a good demonstration.

    Hi Shirls… I am enjoying the photos of Stinky’s visit.

    I am sure you are having fun….

    Have a great day…. waving at everyone.


  • 04:10:27 pm on May 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Hi Shirls..

    I am chuckling at Stinky and the gang camping out, fishing,
    and drinking beer. He does know how to party.

    Hi Kate… so the fan club is ending… sad.

    Almost as sad as when Barbie Bazaar stopped publishing.

    I haven’t joined in a long time, but I know lots of people who love it.

    Hi Queli..she is beautiful and very colorful.

    Hi Marigene… I hope Mom and baby are doing well. Do they live close enough to see often?
    I do wish my son lived closer to me.

    How are all the kittens? You have lots of babies to play with!!
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    Hi Fiona… probably cooling down where you are since it is heating up here.

    Yesterday hit 90, today it is only 80 something.
    But the humidity is low so it isn’t too bad… yet.
    My car was hot when I got into it…. black interior.

    I am teaching myself how to make small bows with a fork.

    Need more practice!

    Have a great day.


  • 08:51:17 am on May 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning..

    Hi Shirls…. nice to see what a fun time Stinky is having at your place.

    Looks like he is a good fisherman! Love the car…. and the hat.

    Mystery girlfriend?? Does Kate know????

    Hi Queli… it’s a little too hot here for me. 90 degrees in the middle of May probably means a very long hot summer.

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    I hope you all get hair fair.

    I never had her, but I did get several totally hair Barbies.

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    Hi Marigene…. glad the baby is finally here….. whew! I bet Mom
    is resting after all that.

    Sad when all the lilacs are finished. They are such a favorite of mine,
    and NONE grow down here!

    Hi Fiona

    I had fun at Trivia. Our group won 2 out of 8 sets of 10 questions.

    It is interesting to see what types of information you have stored in your brain as the questions come.

    Even with a group of 8 or 10, we come up blank with lots of answers.

    It is easier when they have multiple choice to pick from, but that doesn’t always happen.

    Have a great day.


  • 08:10:00 am on May 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…

    Hi Shirls… Stinky looks like he is having a great time.

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    I was so happy to get the silky redhead at GAW. They also gave us the purple dress she came in…. there was a big fight over who gets to wear it and the ballerina won!
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    I think she looks stunning!

    Hi Queli…big scare in the computer world…. so far mine is working just fine.

    The more we go techie, the worse the problems can become.

    Hi Kate… hope you and your Dad had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend.

    Hi Marigene

    Hi Fiona

    Trivia tonight. My group won 2 out of 8 prizes last Monday.
    We get a $10 gift card good for the clubhouse as a prize so it takes several to have enough for appetizers to split for our group of 10.

    Have a great day.


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