Monday, June 27, 2016

The Times We Live In

I have never cared much for politics and often joke that it's a necessary evil in a democracy.  In spite of that dislike I try and keep up to date on political happenings by reading my newspaper every day and listening to the news on various news outlets.

I stay out of politics although I always vote.

I've never posted anything political on this blog, but that's about to change with this post.  I can no longer look the other way.  Next time it might be my loved one.

There are two organizations that I've decided to support financially:


In the past it seemed so hopeless.   Now I'm more optimistic. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016


World Doll Day is celebrated the second Saturday in June.  That's today!  Happy World Doll Day to all my doll loving friends!

Why do I love dolls?  Dolls are my escape into a wonderful world of imagination.  I'm not turning my back on all of the world's ills, but I am momentarily escaping.

There are all kinds of doll collectors.  I don't collect mint dolls because I truly believe they belong with someone that can enjoy and care for them.  A doll that just sits on a shelf is not for me.  I want to actually "play" with my dolls by changing their outfits, setting them up in scenes, etc.  The previously loved dolls are the ones I enjoy.  I am glad there are people that preserve the mint dolls though as I think that is important.

I don't think little girls play with dolls the way my generation did, and for me that's so sad.  Now there are cell phones, tablets, computers, video games, etc., that keep children busy.  Will my hobby die out someday?  I hope not.

The happy times in my childhood always involved dolls (and cats).  I don't need a psychologist to tell me that's probably why I have so many dolls (and cats) today.
This is my childhood Vogue Ginny doll from 1954.  She is the only doll that survived my childhood.  She originally had long red hair in a flip, but I cut her hair shortly after I received her.  I waited for a beat up faded Ginny on eBay and bought her for the wig, so she now has braids.  The outfit she is wearing is also from my childhood.
If there is a little girl in your life please encourage her to play with dolls.  I can almost guarantee special childhood memories.

Have a wonderful World Doll Day 2016!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Busy Memorial Day Weekend

Keith came from Austin for the Memorial Day weekend.  It was also his 47th birthday, so we went to Kemah and bought some live crabs to steam.  We enjoy sitting around the table and cracking crabs.  It's very labor intensive.  If you've ever cracked crabs you know why crab meat is so expensive!  (We also had hamburgers for the non-crab fans.)  Troy and his family joined us.
I made a Nabisco Chocolate Wafer cake.  We hadn't had one of those in ages and it's so good and so easy to make.  It's basically just chocolate wafers and whipped cream.  The recipe is on the box, but the cookies can be hard to find in the grocery store.  At HEB they weren't on the cookie aisle.  They were on an end cap some aisles away.  At Kroger they keep them on the aisle with the ice cream cones.  Don't ask me why?  It just takes some looking to find them.
After cake Keith got to open presents!
It was a busy weekend.  The next day Keith and I washed the green slime off the back of the house.  Every year since I've lived here it's gotten worse.  The climate here doesn't help.  I wish I had thought to take some pictures before we started.  You'll have to take my word for it.  There was lots of green slime!  We used a product called Armor E-Z House Wash that I got at the hardware store.  It works very well.

Keith prepared to take on the slime.
I helped by holding the ladder.
I took most of the pictures after we had already sprayed the house once, so you really can't see how bad it looked before we started.

We used a scrub brush around some of the windows, but the slime came right off the Hardi-Board that's on the rest of the house.
The whole thing took about 1 1/2 hours which wasn't bad.  I hope it doesn't grow back too quickly.

Reid and Keith spent the rest of the weekend playing games.
All too soon it was time for Keith (and Mittens) to leave.
A brotherly good-bye.
And Keith (and Mittens) headed back to Austin.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Trials and Tribulations of Living With Our Feline Friends

When we moved into this house we installed "kitty proof latches" on all of the lower kitchen cabinet doors except for the two doors directly under the kitchen sink.  The cats were less inclined to open those doors and having latches on them is a little inconvenient.  It didn't take Zoom long to discover that those doors were vulnerable.  She'd pull them open and crawl over all the cleaning supplies and make her way to the very back of the cabinet to the left of the sink.  I knew she was doing it, but since I only stored seasonal things and candles under there I decided to look the other way and let her enjoy her little hideaway.

Last week we were going out and the cabinet door under the kitchen sink was open.  Reid decided to check on Zoom and that's when he called me,  Way in the back of the cabinet was a huge hole with insulation pulled out.
We frantically started looking for Zoom and the rest of the cats.  We were afraid they might be inside the wall.  I think the hole had been cut and patched by the previous owners and Zoom had managed to pull their patch off.  We had never noticed it way back there and when the painters painted the cabinets the patch was painted too which made it even less noticeable.

All the cats were accounted for and we temporarily barricaded the cabinet doors to keep cats out while we were gone.

When we got home we got to work.  I stuffed the insulation back into the wall and vacuumed up the mess.
It was a tight squeeze getting back there.

Zoom watched with interest from her perch.
If I was any bigger I would have had to hire a handy man to do the patch.  I guess he would have ripped out the shelf in order to get back there, but I managed to squeeze.
The first thing I did was put a screen type thing on the hole.  I've patched holes before so I knew what to do.
Zoom continued to watch with interest.
Then we brought out the can of plaster stuff (my technical term).
And I squeezed back in there and spread the plaster stuff all over the screen.
Finished!  You'll have to take my word for it.  It's kind of hard to see in this picture.
Then with Zoom still watching Reid installed "kitty proof latches" on those last two cabinet doors.
It's official...all the cabinet doors are now secure and cat proof.  Zoom will have to find another place to hang out.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Working on my dolls...

A few months ago I was in the resale store and spotted a vintage wicker doll carriage.  It was only $25 and I immediately grabbed it.  Yes, the wicker was coming apart.  No problem I thought.  I used to weave baskets so this should be a fast fix for me.  I'll fix it and then spray paint the entire thing so it blends in.  Then I'll put a childhood baby doll in there.  Perfect!
Of course, I had to order the reed first.  It came and I got out all my old basket weaving tools.
I started weaving and the round reed I was going under and over started to break too.  Oh shoot! (Or similar words.)  Now I have to go back and order some round reed.

Guess this won't be a fast fix after all.

A while back I bought this trailer at Target for my Ginny Dolls.  The scale on the outside is fine, but the interior is a little small for a regular size Ginny.  I know some people ended up buying the trailer for their mini Ginnys, but I've never been a fan of mini Ginny.  I prefer the vintage Ginnys from the 1950's or the reproduction Ginnys.  Anyway, I thought it would work fine in the scenes I enjoy creating for my dolls.
It was fine, but I wanted a vintage Airstream trailer.  Remember them?  Love those awnings.
So, after much masking with tape I created an Airstream trailer for my dolls with a can of spray paint.
All of the masking really paid off.  I didn't get any of the silver paint on the inside.
The whole side of the trailer swings open.  I haven't put the side back on yet.  I want to give the paint a chance to cure.  I also haven't put the kitchen back inside.  I put it in a safe place when I took it out.  It's so safe that now I can't find it.  I'm sure it will show up eventually.
I have plans to decorate the inside a little.  I'm going to add curtains and other touches of home.  As you can see I need to add a license plate on the outside.  I would love to find an Airstream decal to also put on the outside.  My goal is to have it finished by July 4th so the Ginnys can go on vacation.

See the new outfit on my doll?  I'd been admiring it for a while.  I finally bought it.

A week ago we lost Buddy.  He was the sweetest cat, but life had become very difficult for him and it was time. 

He had actually been our next door neighbor's cat, but he kept coming over to our house to eat with our feral cat.  Finally, we put down an extra bowl.  Every morning Buddy showed up.  One morning he wasn't there.  Days went by and still no Buddy.  (We didn't know his name.  We just called him our Buddy.) 

Something told me to look on the Friendswood City website.  There was a picture of Buddy.  He had been picked up by Animal Control.  My husband and I went over to see for sure if it was Buddy.  It was him, but he didn't belong to us.  So, at the suggestion of Animal Control we told the neighbor where her cat was and told her if she didn't want him we would take him.  By then he had been missing for ten days and his time was just about up at Animal Control.  She didn't want him so we adopted him from Animal Control and immediately took him to be fixed.  From that day on he was an indoor cat.  We had him for 14 years.

He was my Buddy.