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  • 02:43:31 pm on October 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi…having sister fun.
    Kate..that little blue spoon holder looks just like the dolls on the cake.
    Glad you have been busy…hope having some fun..

    I see Hillary has some lovely fashions for sale at the convention. Wonder if they are all sold out.

    Queli…Lion King is my favorite too. Love a great musical and Disney gets great music.

    I used to want to live near Disney World and work there…now I am just too lazy.

    Shirls…I hope the poison oak is getting better.
    Hope all is well.


  • 06:39:17 am on October 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Cell phone gets the credit for all the spelling errors.

  • 06:37:56 am on October 19, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Shirls…poison oak sounds really hard to get rid of. I had poison ivy a couple of times and it was not fun. Best for me to avoid and contact with it.
    Stinky sure has a great new house.
    Hi Queli…favorite villian….no doubt…Malificent.
    Fantastic at Disney World has all the villian and she is portrayed and the most vile.

    I am now with sister one and will meet up with the other one on Sunday.
    Good times.

    Waving to all of you.

  • 01:14:23 pm on October 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Shirls.. what a lovely house for Stinky. I am sure he will be very happy in there.

    I hope you can get the poison oak healed up quickly. And a bite in the middle of it…. eww.

    I would not be able to get close to the poison oak. My allergies might flare up without touching it at all.

    Hi Queli… not sure about an opening.
    I was watching Dancing with the Stars last night and it was Disney night. So much fun watching them dance to a Disney movie and hearing the songs and seeing the costumes.
    My favorite was the Mouseketeers singing the Mickey Mouse song.
    I loved that show in its original run.

    They were on a float in a parade at Disneyland once. Karen was in a wheel chair. She had a really bad accident and hurt her back.
    Annette was already known to have MS so she wasn’t there, but
    most of the rest were. It was fun seeing them in person even if they
    were old.

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    This was the Disney Princess show on stage at Disney World in 2008.
    It was fantastic seeing all the great costumes.

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    They have the best parades!! I loved the electrical one the best. It was a night time parade with millions of tiny lights on the floats.
    Unfortunately that was before digital cameras.

    Gotta get my bag packed. I leave in the morning.
    I will be peeking in.

    Hi Kate… Stinky will rest here until I return.

    Thanks for letting me host him for a (rather long) time.


  • 09:11:52 am on October 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning…
    Hi Shirls.. glad you are back.
    Oh NO!! Not more poison oak! Glad you are able to rest up a bit from all your ailments. NO fun!

    We went to Disney World. I wanted to go to the Market Place.
    Which is now renamed Disney Springs… this is the same water tower, but the old parking lot is now huge parking garages.

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    We stopped at the car care center for gas. I took these photos from there because getting closer meant parking almost this far away and walking into the area.

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    This is one of the parking garages. They expect many more people than used to go there…. ah… that was a fun time.

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    The Disney busses are looking the same. We used to park at the Market Place and ride the bus to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot or
    Typhoon Lagoon. Now the bus doesn’t leave from Disney Springs.

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    The hotel in the background was not there!
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    construction is going on everywhere at Disney Springs. I have no idea what they are building, but it was so sad seeing everything so changed, I have lost interest.
    We could buy a season pass for $100 at Disneyland in the 80s and go as often as we wanted. In 4 visits, you paid for the pass.

    Now it costs $100 for one day. (not sure of the exact cost since we
    didn’t buy any tickets.)

    Anyway, I feel sad that my Disney days are pretty much over.

    Never say never…..

    Hi Queli… now I feel old.

    Glad you are having the Disney challenge. Brings back so many fond memories for me.

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    We had breakfast at Perkins after our brief trip around the park. It was at the Crossings where we used to love to eat and shop. Plus play some mini golf. That place is pretty much the same, but looks pretty old and sad.

    Traffic around the park is crazy and the same thing happened at Disneyland. All things sprang up around the park grounds.

    Now all things are around the Disney World property.

    I feel sorry for families that save up to go to Disney and are so tired they drop when the park closes.
    Mostly I feel sorry for me because it happened to me and I never minded being that tired…. old age…. not so great.

    Content to be going on another sister trip on Wednesday!!

    Still have fun doing that because they are both old too.

    Have a great day.


  • 05:11:19 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    They had a Disney store there too. I hadn’t been in one in years.

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    They have a lot of Star Wars toys.

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    Love the Chew Bacca doll.
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    I am sure there will be many happy children dressed in the costumes for Halloween.

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    This has always been a favorite of mine.

    So happy I can post photos again.

    Have a great day.


  • 05:07:35 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Queli my favorite Disney spot is Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Both the one at Disneyland and Disney World because I went to the one in Europe and the replicas are really well done. I love to walk through the ones at Disney and pretend I live there. Now you can actually rent rooms there.
    Not the case when I used to go to Disneyland in the 80s.

    Hi Shirls… love your new doll. Her headress is fun.

    Glad you are getting back into your routine… coming here a bit.

  • 05:02:50 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Queli…  photo Disney World 2017 038_zpsvmabssak.jpg

    I found an American Girl store when I was in Orlando. The first one I have been inside in. It was such a fun place.
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    I found lots of things that I wanted, but they were too big for Barbie.
    The Wellies are smaller so I got a couple of things closer to Barbie size. photo Disney World 2017 034_zpsrrgv4xfl.jpg

    This was adorable.
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    Love how realistic they are made.

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    Lots of fun things that match a little girl size.

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    I loved all the Indian dolls and accessories.

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    One needs a large area to put all this in!!

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    I wish the photos had come out better, but at least I have found how to post them here again.

  • 04:54:48 pm on October 15, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Hi Kate…. I was watching Cake Boss and they were making this cake about the Russian nesting dolls.

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    Isn’t it wonderful??
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    The details are great.

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    You can see the lady has a nice collection of them on her shelves.

  • 06:18:32 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Still playing around with it, but I did get some photos to post.
    Trying to write down the formula, but not sure about it yet.

    Queli… I love the songs from Lion King. I saw it on Broadway and it was fabulous.All the giant puppets were amazing and the singing was
    wonderful. Of course I loved the singing in Mary Poppins too.

    I saw the camping Barbie and loved her checkered shirt…hmmm

    so far she is still camping out at Wal Mart.

    Took more Stinky photos…need to see if I can manage to get them loaded and posted…

    Fiona… hope you are feeling better.

    Hi Shirls

    Hi Kate

    Hilda is going to Orlando to the Integrity convention. I was just there.
    Sorry I missed her, we could have shared a hug!

    Hope your weekend is great.

  • 06:10:49 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

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  • 06:02:17 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

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  • 01:29:43 pm on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    still working on posting the photo correctly…

  • 09:11:28 am on October 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…
    Hi Shirls…your trip sounds like you had a lot of fun.
    I have been struggling with the bucket. I posted one photo and now can’t seem to be able to do it again.

    Hi Kate… hope you are having a great fall. It is finally turning
    cooler here. More like fall than the 85 degree weather we have
    been having.

    Hi Queli… Having fun with the Disney challenge.

    Most of my movie memories are from the originals.

    Hope I can post photos soon… keep trying.

  • 06:42:29 pm on October 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Woo Hoo…. glad to see so many back.

    Queli..My favorite voice is Robin Williams as the Genii
    He was hilarious.

    Hi Shirls… I know how it takes time to get back into the routine and having time for Barbie. I didn’t take any photos in Florida.
    We went to Disney World, but didn’t go into the park.

    Hi Fiona… glad you are back too.
    things are going great here.
    Hubby is doing really well. He had a checkup with one doctor and has another appointment next week. He has several new doctors that want a 3 month followup. So far everything is getting a great report.

    Queli… I have all the Sweetsville dolls still in their boxes. I never found them to be very cute. I don’t think I got any of their playsets.

    I just found out from Hubby that the fires in California are very close to Disney Land. Our friend lives in Orange county where Anaheim is and the fires are about 20 miles away….. not good!

    I am presently taking care of my friend’s kitty. Her name is Lisa and she is a calico. So sweet.

    Hope to load some new photos later…


  • 08:53:26 pm on October 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Wowee… glad the bucket is working for me again.

    Favorite kiss….. Sleeping beauty getting her kiss.
    Love all the things that come back to life with her.

    Queli… cute Rockers. Love the little pink jacket for Chelsie.


  • 05:55:53 pm on October 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Oh… the bucket let me post the photo. They changed the way you do it, but it was easy to figure out… Whew!!

    Stinky will be so pleased!


  • 05:54:52 pm on October 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

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  • 05:53:51 pm on October 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Glad to see the site is back up and running.

    I will try to post a photo from Flickr.


  • 09:23:09 am on October 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Queli… giving up on the bucket
    I got an account with Flickr but need you help to
    post over here.

    Thanks… Jackie

  • 04:14:36 pm on October 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi.. I fly home tomorrow.

    Looking forward to getting back into the routine.


  • 05:35:48 pm on October 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

    What a cute bike for Kelly. Tommy got some fun toys too.
    Love rainbows….one of mother nature”s fun things.

    Robin Hood and Little John walking through the forest……ooh da LA de….ooh da LA de….ooh da LA de a

    Watched that one many times when Jeff was little.

    Favorite hero…Micky Mouse

    Watching football with hubby.

    Enjoyed seeing Michigan State beat U of Michigan in the rain last night.
    Go Sparty!!

    Hi Kate… going home to see Stinky on Tuesday.
    Hope I can post photos.


  • 12:24:30 pm on October 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    We went to the park. I just wanted to drive around and see what has changed at Disney World….besides the $$$$.

    We always loved the Market Place.
    It is still there, but huge parking garages have replaced the small tree covered parking lot.
    Construction vehicles are everywhere.
    Sad for us to know our favorite place has changed forever.
    We decided not to get out of the car, but drive around like we used to.
    Since my ability to walk for miles is gone, we are content knowing our Disney days are now fond nemories.

    Queli…I love Alice too. Those animated movies were so well done when Walt was in charge.

    We have had the same feelings with the magic convention.
    Lots of the magicians that were kids now have gray hair and some are using walkers or canes.
    It is nice that there are lots of nice people under 30 getting into the fun.

    I am at a hotel attached to the Florida Mall.
    They have an American Girl store and a Disney Store so I don’t have to be at the park to shop.

    The parking at Disney World is now $40.

    Whee…. times have really changed.

    Looking forward to getting back to my small town in N.C. soon.


  • 10:43:34 am on October 6, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi…Prince William…okay he is not Disney.

    None of the princes stand out. They were never highlighted at Disney land when we wandered around the park. It was always about Mickey Mouse.
    Loved him and Minnie Mouse.

    Hi Kate
    Hi QuelI

  • 06:41:58 pm on October 5, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Highlight of the convention…..interview with David Blaine this afternoon.
    He chatted about how and why he does things like hold his breath for 24 minutes and stay in an ice cube for a week.
    He has the same charisma that Houdini had.

    Listening to the news….another storm Nathan .
    He seems headed to New Orleans.
    Been a really wild season.
    And a bazaar week.

    But, hubby and I having a wonderful time .


  • 10:43:45 pm on October 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi. Cinderella is my favorite too.
    Love the story and her fairy godmother….Bibbity Bobbity boo.

    Love the mice.


  • 09:24:08 pm on October 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi. Cinderella is my favorite too.
    Love the story and her fairy godmother….Bibbity Bobbity boo.

    Hate her see mom and ugly sisters.

    Love the mice.


  • 08:08:18 am on October 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…lots of rain in Florida.
    Still so many piles of tree branches everywhere waiting time get picked up. Hurricanes are tough on trees!!

    Headed to Orlando later. Love going there.
    Taking my rain poncho with me… bought it there years ago!!

    What a tragedy in Las Vegas. Not sure we can recover from the horror. Concerts will never be the same.
    Glad I stopped going a while ago.

    October already the year has gone by so quickly.

    Have a great day.

  • 05:48:38 pm on October 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi….Gus Gus from Cinderelly
    Yup…love the originals best.
    Also Bibbity, Bobbity boo…the fairy godmothers.

  • 09:45:19 am on October 3, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi, sitting in the airport.

    Queli…ooh. she looks good in polka dots.

    I agree…. Angela Lansbury singing Talents old as Time is my favorite too.

    I have a couple of original animation cell of Jasmine. I wish we had bought more when they were cheap and available. They don’the make them at all now.


  • 04:49:36 pm on October 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Not sure what is up with the bucket.

    Queli…. my favorite Disney movie…. Snow White.
    Love all the originals which they kept in the Disney vault and brought out every 7 years to a new audience. That made them special.

    Also Snow White was always at Disneyland when we would take our son when he was 2,3,and 4 years old. But only Minnie Mouse and Chip and Dale were allowed to give him a hug.

    Plus…. some day my Prince will come…. try to get that out of your head now!!

    Hi Kate… love the dresses.
    But the jacket is really cool!! Love it.

    Hi Shirls

    Hi Fiona

    I am off to see Disney World tomorrow.

    I promise to take photos although we probably
    won’t get into the park.

    Just a note… what sadness to wake up to the news in Las Vegas.
    I hope none of our Magical friends were in the middle of it.
    Lots of them work in Las Vegas.

    Kate.. I have never taken Amidala out of her box… I will need to check into her outfits.

    Have a great day… I will be peeking in.


  • 10:28:32 am on October 1, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning… it’s Sunday.

    Still can’t get the bucket to cooperate.

    Hi Queli… I was surprised when the silks all
    came off at once… sure takes the work out of picking them
    off one at a time.

    I love puppies and kittens.

    Hi Kate… I am sure Stinky will have fun hanging out here until
    Halloween time.

    The cooler temps are feeling refreshing.

    Have a great day.


  • 10:06:16 am on September 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning..
    Happy Saturday.

    Hi Kate…I tried that corn on the cob trick… and it really works.
    No more boiling corn on the cob for me!!

    I have split a few boot myself…. ha!

    Don’t think it would be practical for myself though.

    Hi Queli… still couldn’t get the bucket to let me post.
    But then , it is almost Halloween so I am sure maintenance is
    necessary. Christmas usually is too.

    We are finally having some cooler weather. I was getting tired
    of the heat.

    so far so good with the detox. I have a meal plan now plus the
    lemonade concoction…. it is bottled water… 10 ounces, 1/2 squeezed lemon, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and a dash of cayenne pepper.
    concoction right???

    Have a fun day.


  • 09:27:11 am on September 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Hi the pink hat!!

    I am so happy they make the shoes with the split so you
    can get them on the dolls.

    And also …. off again.

    Hi Kate… I am sure you will make some happy dresses!!

    still can’t post photos… photobucket must be doing maintenance again.

    Have a great day.


  • 09:26:06 am on September 28, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning..

    Hi Queli.. what a lovely gift. She is gorgeous… and
    lucky you!!

    My Detox is in day 4. I can now go back to eating from a
    list of okay things and still maintain the extra things I have done
    for the first 3 days. So far, so good.

    Today I am having a massage… I know that will be great. I have
    had them before from this person and I am looking forward to one today.

    Last night my Animal Hospital had an Open House for their brand new building. It is so pretty and bright. They have a dog side and a cat side. My kitties appreciate that.
    They also have a couple of kitties that have free run of the cat side.
    They were put away for the open house, but several fun things have been incorporated for them.

    They also have a bereavement room. I don’t know if other Animal Hospitals have one, but I think it is a real plus for when you might need it.

    We may break the heat record here today. 91 is the goal. Yesterday it was hotter than that, but the record was higher than what we had.
    Crazy for the end of September.

    Hope Photobucket will let me post photos later….

  • 12:09:18 pm on September 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..

    Hi Queli.. I love sitting at the beach watching the waves.

    Hi Kate..getting ready for Halloween here too.

    Maybe I will keep Stinky here until I get back from my trip so he
    can have Halloween here.

    Photobucket isn’t letting me post a photo… maybe later.


  • 11:58:30 am on September 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    I love it when the waves get kicked up… especially since I never go in the water!!

    Hi Queli..
    I have the original Dream House… so I probably won’t need the new one. It will be fun to see if it is available at the next convention.

    Hi Kate… Stinky is having a lot of fun… he is still resting on the couch.

    I do need to wrap up his visit soon since I am going on a trip of my own next week.
    Shall I send him back to you??

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    I hope you have a great day.


  • 08:10:03 am on September 25, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Monday again.

    Hi Queli… Glad you had a wonderful weekend.
    Mine was nice too.
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    Madra’s coat reminds me of Cruella’s.

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    This hair style looks much better with a hat on! lol
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    A Barbie wedding!

    I started a 14 day Detox today. It’s an on line program by our
    fitness coach here. We meet with him several times during the 2 weeks.
    I sure hope I make it to the end!

    Waving at everyone.

  • 05:49:00 pm on September 24, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Madra was feeling left out!!

    Hi Queli…

    Cruella out to be fun to redress and let others share her outfit.

    All those Dalmations getting into trouble???
    They need a fire truck.

    Hi Kate

    Hi Fiona

    Hi Shirls

    I have been enjoying a nice weekend.
    Watching a little football…. my Spartans lost yesterday!

    and lots of Harry Potter.


  • 07:03:44 pm on September 22, 2017 | 0 | # |


    Queli.. it was interesting that you and I were both thinking about the Kenvention shopping diorama.
    Stinky had a good time there… on the couch.

    Those Dalmations are all so cute. I love that they have fun facial expressions… so like Disney!

    Hi Kate… love all the fun sock monkeys and they all have fun facial expressions too. Great fun for Stinky.

    It was about an hour later when our local internet email told me where the lightning stuck. It was a house around the corner from me… about a mile away. REallyy tooo close for comfort.
    The fire trucks were able to get it out in time to save it from having a lot of damage.

    No rain or lightning here this afternoon. Good!!

    Hi Shirls…

    Hi Fiona.

    Stinky is on to his next adventure. Not sure when I will get to post it. Ya know it takes time..


  • 06:54:47 pm on September 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Evening…

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    Stinky has gone shopping.

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    Barbie tells him to have a seat while she looks around.

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    Stinky doesn’t really enjoy shopping.

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    Barbie finds some cool shoes.
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    The clerks want to know if they can help find anything else???

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    They find some fun things they might like.
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    Nothing seems to interest Stinky,

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    How about a hat??
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    There are a few to choose from.

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    This one will do…. Stinky can be the Captain.

  • 03:27:04 pm on September 21, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I had a lovely lunch at the beach.
    I am home again and it is pouring rain with thunder and lightning.
    Starting to get me wet on the porch.
    Uh oh the police just went by with the siren blaring.

    Kate..Glad to see Stinky has a good friend, Socky….like that name.

    Queli….lol about your Ken venting post…more later…

    Police car #2 just went blaring by..and now an ambulance. Hope it isn’the one of my friends.

    Police car #3 and the fire engine just went with their sirens on.
    Okay…fire engine #2…..and another police car….
    I wonder if something got hit by the lightning strike?

    Sitting on my porch is usually pretty quiet.

    Will fill you in later.

  • 10:34:37 am on September 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning..

    Hi Queli… such sad news… Toys R Us has filed for bancruptcy.
    so far they don’t plan to close stores.
    Internet has struck again….

    Now I understand about Claire’s…

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    Love Cruella

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    Waving at everyone.


  • 11:06:35 pm on September 18, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    It’s time for football….

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    I love all the cheerleader Barbies.

    Stinky is presently setting up his next big adventure…
    hard day at the beach… right??

    Hi Kate… I have several of those hand mini bins that are so great for dollie stuff storage.

    I think poor Ken needs a hat too. Most people probably wouldn’t notice the hole in his head…. or just think he is empty headed… but you know WE Would know!!

    I hope Hilda did okay today. I believe she will be redesigning the hospital gowns soon. She wasn’t impressed with the current style.
    The best ones I ever saw were at the radiation center. they had a large cape that ties in the front… lots of room and easy to keep you covered… which is the whole reason to have them… right?

    I can see lots of potential for that shadow box for Stinky… he is so very clever… he will surely find something fun! soon!!

    Hi Shirls… love seeing Jaime have a Barbie Bazaar magazine….hmmmm wherever did she find it??

    It was a lovely day here, but I still want to get to the beach to see the high waves from Jose remnants.

    Hurricane Maria is getting lots of attention here now too.
    No matter how close it comes, we will surely get lots of
    rain and wind. Sure hope that is all we get though.
    Florida is still cleaning up from Irma.

    This is an exceptionally strong hurricane season.

    Not looking forward to having the Weather Channel people come to town.

    Right now they are busy figuring out where they will need to go.

    Hope you have a great evening.


  • 04:34:44 pm on September 17, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Stinky found a new friend…
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    Hi Queli… Happy Sunday. It is a lovely day here.

    Archive photos can be lots of fun. Not nearly as much work
    the second time around.

    I am so glad that doll shoes have now become so interesting and that they stay on the feet! Just hard to match the shoe to the dolls now that the sizes vary.

    Stinky is on a new adventure. After his big trip to outer space… he needs a vacation… where else??

    the beach!

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    It is more fun with lots of friends… and someone to sing to you too.

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    Stinky found a fun skirt… don’t you think???

    Barbie took over the hammock as soon as it was available.

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    But Stinky made sure she knew it was his!!

    Hi Shirls… having some fun with the little guy… more adventures in the works….

    Hi Kate.. I heard that Hilda is having some surgery. I hope she does well with it.

    Are you finished with your family visitors? I know they all must have been a lot of fun for you and your dad.

    I am planning another sister trip in a couple of weeks. We want to stop in and see Anita too.

    Since we don’t have a Kenvention this year, we are doing our own thing.

    I had lunch with my friend today. She has a cold and isn’t feeling very well so we didn’t get to the beach. She has to go back up to see how her brother and Mom are doing this week. So hard when you have to drive a long ways.

    Hi Fiona… how are things down under?

    We have 3 storms lined up in the Atlantic. Not sure how we will do. I hope they all miss us. I know Jose has kicked up the surf a lot here, but he will hit land further north. Let us know how you do Kate.

    Hope for a good week.


  • 08:19:37 am on September 16, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning..
    Happy Saturday…

    Hi Shirls… Jaime is looking good holding her purse.

    One Ken looks interested in her while the other one seems
    interested in something else.

    Hi Queli… Ken looks great… where did you find the black suit?

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    I took these photos when we were in the Bahamas a few years ago.
    I wonder how it looks after Irma visited??

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    Hi Kate… Stinky is a very good artist. But then, he can do anything… within reason!

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    I love the turquoise water!

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    We don’t have palm trees on our beaches. They put a barrier of sand in between the water and the houses to protect from beach erosion.

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    My favorite part of the boat ride was when they fed to sharks.
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    Still working on Stinky’s adventure.

    Hi Fiona… I hope you are doing okay.

    Have a great weekend.


  • 06:23:36 pm on September 14, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Hi… I had a lunch with the ladies today. Not at the beach, but fun.

    It was pouring rain a couple of times today, so we are wet noodles too.

    Hi Shirls.. I have lots of fun with Stinky. Right now he is changing to another venue. It takes me a while to get things set up and then take the photos.

    Hi Queli… I haven’t been to Target in a while. I heard they are busy doing some big changes. they have such nice things, but I have tons
    of that in my house already…. hee hee.

    Hi Kate… Are you already having fall? It is still in the 80s here and we are enjoying the best part of fall/summer.

    Hi Fiona..

    Hope you are all having fun.


  • 05:04:40 pm on September 13, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Busy day today.

    Hi Kate… my sisters and I loved all the Gene conventions. We
    are sad that they are over. Mel does the resin doll now and I don’t need the $500 dolls.

    Love all the Let’s Dance dresses… lol at the headless one.

    It is a beautiful day here…. 80 degrees and sunny with not too much humidity.

    I have a friend who was riding her bike today and saw a bear cross the road in front of her. Luckily he didn’t pay any attention to her and she quickly rode away.

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    This was a fun convention… we got to pose with our Bob Mackie Barbies….. with Bob Mackie and a live Barbie.

    Have a great day.


  • 12:02:56 pm on September 12, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning… Irma has left us here. We had a lot of rain last night, but it is sunny and nice this morning. We may get more rain later, but for now it is okay.

    Hubby is at work today and his apartment has power again.
    He really did just hunker down and ride it out like lots of other
    people in Florida.

    Hi Shirls… Gene loves Stinky too. He posed with the girls on his last visit.

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    I went to 12 of the 15 Gene conventions. It took me the first three to make the decision to go. After that I was hooked. My sisters and I had wonderful times at them.

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    Because Gene is larger, the costumes were easier to make. We had competitions and the winners got to design things for the following convention.
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    the fabrics and details were wonderful
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    All the emboidery was fantastic

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    Mel loved Hollywood and designed lots of costumes from the old movies that he loved.

    We watched as he added bendable knees. The process of getting the
    patents was long and expensive.

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    This ballroom backdrop was such a favorite. The convention was at the Biltmore where Oscar was “born” on a napkin.

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    There were lots of different girls, but only Trent. He got a few outfits and was pretty stiff and had that look on his face. We had lots of fun making dioramas with him. Here the gun and holster are so realistic.

    Everything was perfect scale and the Gene shoes were wonderful.Several designers still make special shoes for her size. They are expensive, but so beautiful.. Little pieces of art.
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    This backdrop was great too.

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    Each outfit was named and had a story line with it.

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    This is the beaded dress designed by Jason Wu that became the model for the Obama inaugural ball gown. He won the contest not knowing for whom or what the dress was being designed. It was so cool having him present the dresses to us.
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    Have a great day.


  • 10:34:41 am on September 11, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Getting ready for our part of the storm…now tropical storm Irma.
    I have been through some of those so I expect lots of torrential rain and wind. Maybe a little flooding in some areas.

    Hubby is dry. His power went out yesterday, but his cell phone still has some charge left and he has a radio. The car and apartment are both fine and he has plenty of food and water.
    They lifted the curfew, but want people to stay home. Nothing is open anyway. Just the hospitals and other essentials are getting back up.

    I am happy that things weren’t lots worse. His office is closed until further notice so he doesn’t know when it will be back open.

    Hi Fiona… do you get these monster storms down there??
    This one goes into the record books for many reasons.

    I had fun letting Stinky play with the Houston convention goodies.
    Seems he does well on a stand!

    Hi Shirls…

    I hope you have no damage from Irma… we will remember her name!

    Hi Queli… in the middle of all this, was the memorial service
    in New York today. I was stuck in Florida on that fateful day… as
    is Hubby today. He is in Ft. Lauderdale and then we were in
    Orlando. Today and that day…. none of the airports in Florida
    were open.

    Hi Kate… I will be going back to Florida in October to see Hubby.
    So I plan to say Bon Voyage to Stinky by the end of September.
    I hope to get lots of play in before he leaves. You know he is always
    welcome, but a little exhausting!
    Shall I send him to you or does Queli need to see him?

    Wish Marie… were on the list to welcome him.
    I will email her again…

    Barb, I can happily report, is doing well. Still not ready for rehab,
    but feels good and is able to walk a bit.

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    photo from Stinky’s previous visit…. can you find him??

    And … there is that Ken with the Funky hair.

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    Stinky loves to party.


  • 03:29:33 pm on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    My favorite Gene Photo… my two sisters and me with Mel Odom.

    They were such fabulous conventions.


  • 10:15:37 am on September 10, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning..

    Hubby is doing okay in Ft. Lauderdale. He is inland enough
    to only have rain and wind, no damage or flooding so far.

    Hi Shirls…I have that Ken… out of the box… he has funky hair.

    I also have that Gene… wow… her value has gone way down… so sad.

    Glad she is still so beautiful.

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    Football Sunday… for Ken.

    Hi Queli… what is Claire’s doing at Toys R Us???
    Wonder about that… but I have lots of doll sized stuff from there.
    I used to go in there… all the time and find goodies.

    Hi Kate… looks like both Hubby and I will be okay. The storm is
    going to hit here late tonight and tomorrow. We are only expecting rain and wind.
    The weather channel is showing great coverage. But the
    storm has a mind of her own and most of the people have fled.
    Except for those who went to the wrong spot…. because she changed her path.
    I feel sorry for those who fled the east coast and went to the west coast…. which is what the storm did too.

    There will be lots of damage, but not so many lives lost.
    the poor trees have taken a beating.

    I hope you don’t get hit hard Shirls… I will be watching to see
    where Irma goes next.


  • 04:15:25 pm on September 9, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good help huh??

    Hubby is hunkered down in Ft. Lauderdale. He will be a storm
    watcher for this one! I hope he will be okay. He calls every couple of hours. It just started to rain at noon. So it will take a while to know how much flooding will happen where he is at.

    Hi Shirls… looks like you might be getting some of Irma’s rain and wind later.

    We will have rain and wind on Monday and Tuesday.

    My friend just got home so her kitty is back with her MOm and I don’t have to babysit now.
    I sure there was a nice reunion. It was the first time they had been

    Hi Queli… lots of fun shopping now. Both Halloween and Christmas will be on the shelves… and maybe a little Thanksgiving too.

    I am ready for it all now. Since Labor Day has passed and the temps have cooled down into the 70s it feels like Fall.

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    My kitties don’t seem to be too concerned do they?

    Stinky is napping too. I need to get him up…. soon.

    Hi Kate..
    More fun new nesting dolls. I like the round ones and the cards.
    Stinky likes playing with them all… especially the tiny sock monkey… he cracks me up!

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    fork bows….
    wrap around the tines and in between them and then tie….
    makes fun tiny bows.
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    Keeping a close watch on the weather channel today.


  • 09:23:58 am on September 8, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Stinky loves the spaceman outfit!
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    Look…. up in the sky…. it’s a bird….. it’s a plane….

    it’s Stinky Spaceman!!


  • 11:20:29 pm on September 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    One of Stinky’s earlier visits… what a guy??

    Hi Queli…I know… the storms are lining up like crazy.
    Hubby should be okay, but only time will tell.

    He will keep in touch as the storm progresses.
    Sometimes these things get too much media, and sometimes
    we need MORE media. This one is such a monster.

    Hi Shirls..So many dolls to fill one small room…. boy, I know how that goes.

    Watching the football game…. or at least listening to it.
    Puts me in the mood for Fall.

    It sure is interesting trying to live your life when a huge storm
    is headed your way in a few days.


  • 09:35:48 am on September 7, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…

    Not having good luck with the photobucket right now…
    hope it works later.

    Hi Queli..Always sad when a favorite is gone.

    Love your calendar choice.

    Sparkle dolls are fun.

    Hi Kate…Stinky has been busy… and yes, he loves bling!

    Hi Shirls… I like putting dolls in fun places too.

    Hi Fiona… I hope you have good luck with your computer… it is not fun when they always win… and you lose.

    I am able to report that our friend Barb had her hip replacement surgery and is doing well. At least until all the meds wear off.

    I am sure it will be a couple of rough weeks ahead.

    Carolinas and Florida are now under a state of emergency waiting
    for the hurricane to decide where it will hit.

    Hubby’s office is closed until further notice. They have a phone number to call on Monday to give them an update.
    Up north we had snow days… here we get hurricane days.

    But… today it is nearly perfectly. Sunny and about 80 degrees with little humidity.

    Hope to post photos later.


  • 05:29:29 pm on September 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Hi Queli… lots of fun new Star War toys.
    I remember when the first movie came out in 1977 and no toys
    were available until after Christmas. Kenner Toys missed the production
    date and handed out coupons…. that was pretty much the end for Kenner Toys.

    Hi Shirls… sorry Harvey flooded your area too. What a monster storm.

    Irma is already a catagory 3 headed this way. It will be a few
    days until we know if she will hit the USA. Sure hope not!

    Hi Kate… notice the background fabric???

    Sock Monkey nesting dolls were the perfect thing for you!

    Hope you are all having a fun Labor Day weekend.


  • 05:25:12 pm on September 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Stinky has a new job….

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    His friends let him go on a space mission… he had to wear the helmet, of course.

    Time for liftoff!!


  • 05:23:19 pm on September 4, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Testing to see if it will post this time…

  • 07:56:50 am on September 2, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good morning… Happy Saturday… it is raining hard out there.

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    Good morning to watch cartoons in your jammies.
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    My friend is going to stay with her family another week so I will be watching Lisa her kitty a while longer. She is a friendly sweet calico.

    Queli… I just love all the doctor stuff you have to work with.
    Barbie must have graduated cum laude!

    Hi Shirls… having fun with Stinky!

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    Hi Kate… I hope it is okay that he has an extended visit here.
    WE have only just begun!

    Have a great weekend.


  • 09:35:28 pm on August 31, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Happy Birthday Kate…I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

    Hi Shirls… we are having a thunder storm at the moment.
    I was in bed and Tinky was on my pillow…. and a very loud
    crack of thunder hit… and she flew off the pillow.
    So glad I wasn’t in the way of her claws.
    She is a dangerous kitty during a storm.

    Hi Kate… how cute Stinky looks in his Wonder Bread outfit.

    Great camoflage!

    Queli… I was at Wal Mart today and picked up a couple of fun Barbie things, but when I went to check out… the man ahead of me had trouble with his credit card. The clerk said they had been having problems all day.
    When it was my turn, the thing said cancelled… so they called the manager. He tried and it said cancelled again… so I left
    the cart full of stuff and went to another grocery store where
    I got most of the stuff I wanted from Wal Mart.
    I hope they get their computer up and running before the Labor Day weekend.

    I sent an email to Marie. She misses us too and might come back.
    I told her Sweetness needs to be contacted and keeps track of things for us to keep the bad guys out.

    Crossing my fingers!

    I just heard the ambulance go past… I hope none of my friends is in trouble.

    Shirls… I hope you don’t get much rain from Harvey… he is full of it!!
    Ha ha!


  • 08:09:06 pm on August 30, 2017 | 0 | # |

    The days have been going by too fast!
    I signed up for several things during the week and I have to
    visit Lisa, my friend’s kitty twice a day. But today was perfect weather.

    I also had the plumber come to fix two running toilets and a faucet handle. My house just turned ten years old… so all the 10 year warranties are up…I haven’t been here that long, but the house has.

    Anyway, I will sleep easier knowing I won’t have any plumbing problems for a while.

    Hi Kate.. Stinky is good with hats.
    I am still working on some new photos…

    Hi Queli… so glad you keep us informed about everything new.

    So happy to hear you emailed Marie. I need to do that. I was worried about her.
    None of our other Texas friends from the BBB have been hit too hard by Harvey. I am still watching a lot of the Weather Channel. Houston seems to be almost out of the storm, but now it has moved on to
    New Orleans areas. Mother Nature shows us her power!

    Hi Shirls… such beautiful fairies. The close ups are very nice…. thanks!

    Queli… those drinking buddies cracked me up!

    It sure feels good to have the cooler weather here now.
    We missed the last storm, but another is revving up.
    This is the strongest month for Hurricanes. Now that
    Harvey has shown us how bad it can be, we all have
    better plans for if another comes our way. Also makes me
    happy I am 11 miles from the ocean.

    I hope to have time to play tomorrow.


  • 09:05:08 am on August 29, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…
    Glad my photos posted. I will have more later.

    Hi Kate… now that it has cooled off a bit, I am ready for
    Halloween. Please hold off on Christmas a while.

    Stinky has some interesting food…. the cracked egg cracked me up!

    Hi Queli… didn’t know Mattel made WWE dolls. Nice that they are articulated. My son and Hubby are big fans of wrestling, but I
    just don’t like to watch people fight… and earn money for it.
    Even if it is faked.

    I was at Trivia last night…. they decided to make it the final one.
    We had 77 people all sign a petition to bring it back.
    We will see what happens.
    I know I have nothing fun to do on Monday nights now.

    Hi at doing exercises in the bathroom.

    The storm only gave us a little rain last night. They had prepared us for more so most of the schools had a 2 hour delay.
    After all the coverage on Harvey, we are more aware of how bad
    it could be here.
    After Matt hit last year, some of the inland towns were flooded from the rivers that backed up like the ones in Texas are doing.
    Still not fully recovered in those areas.

    It is nice to see so many people helping out the victims in Texas and now Louisiana too. I love the caravan of guys with trucks and their boats headed there to rescue people.
    I know I have decided I need a blow up boat to have on hand in case
    I need to float away. I really want a duck mobile that is good both on land and water… wonder if Hubby will get me one???

    Rainy and cooler today… makes me think Fall is gonna happen soon.

    Have a great day.


  • 03:13:47 pm on August 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Stinky has arrived….

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    Now he is ready for the beach!

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    Look at what I found at the airport!
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    Time for lunch with the girls.

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    Time to play…. where’s Stinky…

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    Did you find him???

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    How about now?

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    That was hard work…now he needs a nap!


  • 09:15:42 am on August 27, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good morning…
    Wow… I have been watching the Weather Channel.
    Houston and all of the coastal and some of the inland areas
    are totally flooded and the rain is still coming down.

    Just a few weeks ago I enjoyed the city with all the Barbie
    conventioneers… and now it is under water.
    I can’t imagine how bad it is going to be when it finally stops raining.
    And they keep predicting more and more days of it.

    I know some of the towns inland of here were really flooded after Hurricane Matt. They have areas that have still not recovered a year later.

    I haven’t heard from Kim again. I will let you know when I do.

    Hi Shirls… I have some of the Fashion Fever dolls. Mostly still in their boxes.

    I love that dress on Jaime. She is really photogenic.

    Hi Queli… your boys are getting lots of boy toys to play with.
    So many to choose from.
    I had a Barbie with really bad hair and the bent arms… and I took her head off yesterday.
    Broke the neck bob off so mostly she is a disaster.
    Glad it was a doll I didn’t really need to keep.

    Hi Kate.. I remember the shell game… and the socks… and Stinky in his green hat and glasses.
    I really miss Marie and all her fun stories. Any word from her??

    How about Marigene?

    Hi Fiona… you must be wondering about the hurricane. Is it in
    your news?
    Do you get hurricanes where you are?

    This one is creating so much damage. The people are being told
    not to drive… the flooding is everywhere and the teams cannot
    go out to rescue you if you get into trouble.

    What a terrible mess it will be when it finally stops raining.

    Glad we are high and dry here right now.

    I am going to be kitty sitting this week. My friend’s brother is diabetic
    and had his foot amputated last week. She is going to Maryland
    to take care of her Mom because she and the brother live together.
    Now they won’t be able to take care of each other.

    I am glad to help take care of the kitty while she is gone.

    I will try to post photos later… my computer seems to be much better.


  • 07:24:17 am on August 26, 2017 | 0 | # |

    Good Morning…
    Not sure if I can post photos or not so I will start with a note.

    Hi Queli.. Glad it is Saturday.
    Our friend Kim lives in College Station, Texas. They are expecting
    25 inches of rain in her area this weekend. So far she is doing okay since they are inland a ways.
    I had the weather channel on all night. A Category 4 is intense and since it will last at least until Monday… it will be in the news for a while.

    Sorry your hand hurts, but think how poor Tommy must have felt. Ha!

    It is nice that Ken can hold his new action figures. Love that backdrop.

    Hi Shirls… not good news for everyone trying to get their shoe packs.
    I don’t order on line… and dislike it when they try to make you.
    I know my son orders everything on line… and he loves it.
    I am just old school!

    Queli.. love the toys for Chelsie and Tommy. So happy they now have joints.

    Hi Kate… I remember Emily and Cornelia too. We have all had a lot of great furbabies.

    I got a Julia Nurse back then too.
    Stinky makes a good nurse. Sorry no nurses still wear those uniforms and hats.
    It just makes more sense to wear the scrubs at the hospital where they work so hard.

    Hi Fiona….

    Have a great weekend.


  • 10:35:20 am on August 23, 2017 | 0 | # |

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    Good Morning… testing to see if it will let me post photos.

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    I took a couple of selfies of the eclipse. They didn’t turn out very well because I didn’t use the special glasses.

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    We went to Panera’s for lunch a lot. One day this momma and her new baby appeared.

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    He was not afraid and walked all the way around me all by himself… so cute. Could not have been more than a couple of days old.
    The ducks are mutants…. a conglomeration of all kinds and funny looking.
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    This is what I found when my son and I first got to ICU and Hubby.
    Luckily he was already doing well enough to move to another room closer to going home.

    Whew! so happy he is doing so well now.
    The medical miracle!

    Hi Shirls… I see your dolls are having another episode.
    they do like to keep you busy with their fun.

    Hi Kate… so glad you are having some more family fun.
    I know you and your Dad must love having them come for a while.

    I love the sister’s top.

    You were lucky to be in the totality zone. I didn’t understand what they meant until it was over. Ours was about 80% and never got really dark. But the frogs did start to croak a lot.

    Hi Queli… I had fun watching you open your package.

    Kate… I need to take a photo of my dress that you made.
    Kim told us you made them.

    Wish you had been there too.

    Have a great day.

  • 01:57:16 pm on August 22, 2017 | 0 | # |

    My computer has been having issues.
    Stinky has been busy and I hope I can post later.

  • 01:29:26 pm on August 20, 2017 | 0 | # |

    I am waiting for my plane.
    I will need to prepare a solar eclipse shoebox for tomorrow.
    I wasn’t on top of it until all the glasses were sold out. Not sure I trust them anyway.
    It maybe too overcast anyway, but I will definitely see what I can. I am sure t.v. coverage will be great.

    Interesting new astronaut Barbies. Must have had that on their mind. ..ya think????

    I guess they didn’t make a solar eclipse Barbie.

    Queli….love going shopping with you!!!

    Shirls…glad Stinky has had some rest.
    I will be funding something to do soon.

    Hi Kate. .. hope you enjoy. The eclipse.


  • 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.

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