Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Jersey Falcons Time!

I've posted this link in the past.  Every year since it began I've been following the New Jersey falcons that nest on top of a building in Jersey City.

The original female must have "aged out" as a new one has appeared this year.  I believe there has been two males.  Many years back one of the males was found injured on the sidewalk and went to live in a rehab place.  A new male moved in and took up residence at that time. 

I saw the one falcon on the roof this morning.  Sometimes I just leave it running in the background while I'm online and take a look every few minutes.  The camera scans out over the Hudson River and you can see NYC too!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

"R" as in Amazing RACE for Alphabe-Thursday

Welcome to Alphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  For a list of this week's participants head over to Jenny's blog.  This week we are studying the letter "R" as in The Amazing RACE.

The Amazing RACE is one of my favorite TV shows.   Teams of two race around the world trying not to get eliminated.  The first team to arrive at the last pit stop wins one million dollars.  The RACE seems to bring out either the best or the worst in people.

Another one of my favorite shows is Downton Abbey.  I'm fascinated with the British lifestyle, fashions, drama, history, etc. of that time.  Sadly, I'll have to wait almost another year for season six to air.

My imagination runs wild sometimes.  Wouldn't it be fun to see the cast of Downton Abbey run the Amazing RACE?

Here are the teams I've come up with so far (in no particular order):

Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson:
I'm a romantic.  I think they're so cute together.  They seem to keep their emotions in check which will help them on the RACE.

Anna and Mr. Bates:

 I don't know if he'll be able to keep up with her.  He might be a liability on this team.  Anna is so nice.  The other teams will like her, but she might be too nice for her own good in this RACE.

 Robert and Cora:
For the most part they're pretty compatible and that can only help in the RACE.  However, they're also quite spoiled.  No one on the RACE is going to stop and spoil them.  They're on their own here.

Mrs. Patmore and Daisy:
 "Yes, Mrs. Patmore."  Remember those days?  Daisy no longer says that every other sentence.  I think they respect each other and that can only help on the RACE.

Lady Mary and Lady Edith:
I just had to put them together.  There's always one team that does nothing but bicker right from the get go.  Let the fireworks begin!

Lady Rose and Atticus:
I had to keep the newlyweds together.  I told you I was a romantic.

These are the teams I've come up with so far.  Maybe you can help?

I like Tom.
I just don't know who to pair him with for the RACE.  I want someone nice for him.

I don't like this Tom.
I'd love to hook him up with someone mean, sneaky, and difficult.

Sorry Violet...'re too old for this RACE.

Maybe I should put Dr. Clarkson and Lady Crawley together??

Decisions, decisions, decisions.  Perhaps you have some ideas?  We need 11 teams here.

Then Phil can say, "Downton Abbey, the world is waiting."   "Travel safe."
Now travel over to Ms. Jenny's blog and thank you for visiting.

Why I'm slowly hating Pinterest...

Up until a few days ago I was for the most part enjoying Pinterest.  It was a great way to keep track of doll and doll things I enjoyed on the Internet.  Suddenly, everything changed.

My feed now contains things I find objectionable.  I think it might be because I've followed Pinners for their doll boards, but I didn't check out their other boards.  Now that stuff is popping up in my feed.  I've gone back and unfollowed most of the people that have other boards besides doll boards.  I'm hoping this will take care of it for me.

If anyone knows anything else I can do please let me know.

If things don't change I'm going to delete my Pinterest account.  I'm kind of disgusted with the whole thing.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This is a doll post.


From my Vogue Ginny Dolls
(L-R: Vogue Modern Ginny, Vogue Vintage Ginny, and Vogue Vintage Reproduction Ginny)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Learning about Pinterest

Pinterest has been a learning experience for me. 

I guess I'm a little naive.  I thought it was an online bulletin board where you could "pin" things that you wanted to save and come back to later.  Perfect for my doll hobby.

I started "pinning" pictures of Vogue dolls, outfits, furniture, etc., that I wanted to save for reference.  I'm kind of selective with what I chose to "pin."  For instance, I want a 1954 Vogue Ginny doll outfit on a 1954 doll.  I won't "pin" a picture of the outfit on a 1956 doll.  I like to type a description and mention the book I use for reference.  I'm doing it for my own information and perhaps I can help someone else learn more about these dolls and their accessories.

Then I started noticing people following me.  I'd go and look at their "pins" and couldn't understand why they'd want to follow my doll "pins."  It was obvious by what they were "pinning" that they had absolutely no interest in dolls.  Then I started noticing that some people had thousands of "pins."  Like some have over 100,000 "pins."  With all that "pinning" do they have time to go back and look at them?

Then it dawned on me.  They just follow everyone in hopes they'll follow them in return.  It's all about the numbers. Sorry, but I'm not going to follow someone that I have no intention of ever going back to visit.  It doesn't make sense to me.

I was reading a lady's blog a while back and she was saying how people recommend "pinning" at least 27 "pins" a day.  Apparently, they're trying to bring traffic to their websites and blogs that way.  I guess I can understand if you have a business, but why would anyone just want to "pin" 27 things just for the sake of "pinning?"

I noticed that one lady with over 100,000 pins has now added a notice to each of her boards stating, "Pinning politely is appreciated.  Raiding is not."  She also threatened to block anyone that took more than five of her "pins."  I thought that was kind of funny.  I've had people "pin" a bunch of my "pins" at one time and I took it as a compliment.  Besides, I don't own any of them.  Even the ones I've uploaded directly from my computer.  Once they're out there anyone can have them.  If I wanted to keep that from happening I wouldn't upload them to Pinterest.

I enjoy "Pinning."  It actually helps me learn more about the dolls I love.

Please, if I ever get anywhere close to 100,000 "pins" stop me!  I can't help but wonder how many hours that would take.  It sounds to me like some people are spending way too much time online and taking Pinterest way too seriously.  It's suppose to be fun!  At least that's how I look at it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jill and Ginny's new clothes...

 Time for a doll post.

I decided to dress my vintage reproduction Vogue Jill and Ginny in these nautical outfits from 1959.
I had Jill's outfit for a while, but it was missing the anchor on the bodice.  I finally got around to cutting one out of some white felt.  Ginny's dress was a recent eBay purchase.  Both needed ironing and that's basically all that I had to do.  They were in pretty good condition for their age.

I've lived in this house for over a year and I still don't have my doll collection organized.  I've just go too much stuff!  I need to sort through it all and decide what to keep and what has to go.  I'm thinking about only keeping the dolls, clothes, and furniture that are in really good condition.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

"Q" as in Favorite QUOTES

I dropped out of Ms. Jenny's school some letters ago.  I haven't posted anything on my blog for quite a while, but decided to check out Alphabe-Thursday this week and join in QUICKLY.
I have a couple of QUOTES that I enjoy.  In fact, I have them on my sidebar.

This one by Lily Tomlin is a real favorite of mine...

 "I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that.  Then I realized I was somebody."

And this one always makes me smile.  I'm not known for good organizational skills.  The author is anonymous.

"Organized people are just too lazy to look for things."

Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting.