Thursday, January 24, 2008

Clearing Out...

OK...I told myself that 2008 would be the year I'd de-clutter and I'm off to a good start. A friend asked me if I wanted to go in with her on a table at the next doll show in March. I've begun going through my things and trying to decide what has to go.

Like most people, I went a little crazy when I first discovered my favorite childhood doll on eBay. I bid if the deal was too good to pass up, the doll looked so pathetic that I felt sorry for her, etc. I could think of a zillion different reasons to bid. I also went crazy buying up accessories in her scale since I enjoy setting my dolls up in scenes and taking pictures. However, I ended up with so many accessories that I couldn't keep track of what I had and would forget to even use them. Now that I'm older and wiser :) I'm more selective.

The vintage Vogue Ginny Doll has always been my first love. I especially like the years from 1953-56 with a special emphasis on 1954. I still have my 1954 PLW and I guess that's why that particular year holds a special place in my heart. I have a lot of modern day Ginnys and I'm going to be selling some of them. A number of them I bought in order to get the outfit, so I'm going to sell some of the extra dolls.

I'm also thinking about selling some of my Chatty Cathy Dolls. She's an adorable doll, but takes up a lot of room and I'm getting tired of having dolls all over the house. None of my Chattys are valuable, but I'd like to thin out my collection to a more manageable number...not that I have that many. I just want to be more selective and only keep what I really, really like.

I'll have to take a picture of the mess I've created by trying to clear out the clutter. I've got large plastic containers and boxes all over the place. It takes a while to go through everything and I sometimes make a cut and then change my mind. I should do it Fly Lady's way and have a box for the things I'm definitely getting rid of and another box for the ones that are a maybe. It would probably speed up the process.

I'm sure a lot of stuff won't sell at the doll show and then I'll have to decide what to do next. eBay or donate? Decisions, decisions.

Tomorrow we're driving to Austin to see our son. Keith moved there right before Christmas and needs us to bring the truck so he can pick up furniture. It's nice to be wanted. :) We'll drive back on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and GinnyFaith has been studying for the big game.

We wish our Houston Texans were playing in the big game, but we know our day will come. We just hope we live long enough. :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

It's The Year 2008!!'s been a while since I last wrote something. Where do the days (and months) go??? Since I last blogged my middle son turned 37, my Dad turned 89, I turned 62, and we had Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. My how time flies when you're having fun. Happy New Year!!

I'm kept busy going over to Dad's assisted living facility and helping him locate the latest thing he can't find, running him to numerous doctor's appointments, our weekly lunch outing, etc. I'm also trying to get back to walking daily. It's hard to believe that it wasn't that many years ago when I was walking 4-5 miles a day. Now I'm making myself walk 2 miles. This weekend we're going to try and do a 10K walk again in permitting.

I did manage to set my Ginny Dolls up in some scenes over the holidays.

This was Halloween. The kids enjoyed watching the Regis and Kelly Halloween show in 3-D.

And this was Thanksgiving. A stress filled day for so many of us and especially for poor Miss Jill this year.

And then Christmas. Putting up the tree is never easy!

But working on the holiday baking is always a fun, family event.

We were a little concerned about Grandma on Christmas Eve. She was walking home from our house...

And on Christmas Day GinnyFaith couldn't wait to show her friends the pretty Christmas dress that Miss Londa made for her.

I'll try and get back again soon!