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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trolls

I'm off to search for Trolls.  By that I mean the dolls, of course.  There is a new Troll movie out and I knew it would be a big hit with the Grand Girls because they love anything they can brush the hair.
You do remember the Trolls from the early 60s?  I'm not sure how much they've changed except the seem to have the same standup hair.  I'm sure I'll know more than I ever wanted to know when I get back from Walmart and/or Target.

Here is a little background on Trolls from Wikipedia if you need a refresher:

Troll dolls were originally created in 1959 by Danish fisherman and woodcutter Thomas Dam. Dam could not afford a Christmas gift for his young daughter Lila and carved the doll from his imagination. Other children in the Danish town of Gjøl saw the troll doll and wanted one.[5] Dam's company Dam Things began producing the dolls in plastic under the name Good Luck Trolls.[6] The dolls became popular in several European countries during the early 1960s, shortly before they were introduced in the United States. They became one of the United States' biggest toy fads from the autumn of 1963 to 1965. The originals were of the highest quality, also called Dam dolls and featuring sheep wool hair and glass eyes. Their sudden popularity, along with an error in the copyright notice of Thomas Dam's original product, resulted in cheaper imitations.
The Dam company never stopped their production of trolls in Denmark, where they were always a popular item. In the late 1980s, the Dam trolls started making another comeback in North America. The E.F.S. Marketing Associates, Inc was one of the few corporations which was granted permission to import and market the Thomas Dam trolls for resale in the United States. These Dam Trolls were marketed under the trade name of Norfin (R) Trolls, with the Adopt A Norfin Troll logo on the tags.
During the period of popularity in the early- to mid-1990s, several attempts were made to market the troll dolls to young boys. This included action figure lines such as The Original Battle Trolls from Hasbro, the Stone Protectors franchise, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Trolls. The popular Mighty Max line also had a series named Hairy Heads, also known as Dread Heads.
In 1994, the Dam copyright was restored by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. The Uneeda Doll Company, a company that made millions of US dollars by manufacturing troll dolls in the U.S., challenged the restoration. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the lower court's preliminary injunction, enjoining Uneeda from manufacturing, distributing, or selling "Wish-nik" troll dolls.[7]In 2003, Toy Industry Association named troll dolls to its Century of Toys List, a list of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.[8]In 2005, the troll brand was licensed to DIC Entertainment, and products such as fashion dolls and fashion accessories were sold under the Trollz name.[9] The new Trollz campaign was not successful. In 2007, the Danish company filed a lawsuit against DIC Entertainment claiming that the company financially misrepresented its ability to create and market a modern troll doll toy campaign and destroyed the image and goodwill of the doll.[10]

Happy shopping to me.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Darkness and more Darkness

I don't know what time it is.  Early morning or heck, it could be 4:30 in the afternoon it is dark so much these days!

I woke up itching - from that unknown cause that 3 doctors could not solve - so I got up and took 2 pills.  Hopefully by the time I get through reading blogs and writing this post, they will have started to ease the itching.

I have really been feeling the cold. It has been coldish and raining off and on for several days.  I was in the shower the other day just standing in the hot water letting the heat seep through to my bones when I realized how cold I had been.   It's unusual for me.  I'm always the hottest person in the room - from the diabetes or medicine I suspect.

I tried sleeping with the electric blanket on this week but I didn't care for it. Buddy liked the heat coming up through the blanket and bed spread though.  He is so funny.  He loves when he sees me getting his sweater out.  He runs to put it on.  I try to take it off at night or when he is burrowed under his blanket.  I worry when I see him all twisted up in the sweater sometimes.

The oldest Grand Girl has a birthday this week.  She turns 8.  Two of my nephews and both of my parents, now deceased, also have/had December birthdays.  I hate that the glow of Christmas takes some of the specialness away from her day.

The little girls spent the night with me after the Family Get Together.  The oldest fell asleep right away but the youngest was wound up like a top.  I took a nice nap after they left.  My son said he really appreciated a night off.  His friends wanted him to go out while he was childless but he just wanted to sleep. Hahaha. Parenthood will wear you out.


Snuggle Buddies


I'm listening to the new John Grisham, The Whistler.  So far it has not been one of my favorites but I've been know to say that about a book that ended up a favorite so we'll see.

That's all I've got.  Hope you're snug as a bug in a rug. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Family time

We had a lovely time at my sister's house Saturday night.  We try to take a picture of the 3 sisters once a year.  We had so many teenagers making fun of us it took about 20 tries to get 1 decent picture.  And you know the story ... someone was blinking, frowning or sneezing in every try.  Here is the funniest and the best.



and here is all the kids and grandkids. The girl in the pink heart and the oldest guy are my son and daughter, grandson in the pink hat and grand girls.  The other girl and two guys are my sister's children.


It was so much fun.  

More later.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

DIY Memory Ornament

I saw this on Pinterest but it actually came from Bree at Average But Inspired.


It is a memory ornament with bits of saved cloth and handwriting.  I'm not sure what I have that might work but I'm going to give it a good thought.

If it sounds like something you would be interested in, click through on the link above.


Another wonderful day

My days continue to get better and I am so grateful.  I haven't been playing any Christmas music, which I love, but there is plenty in the store so I have been humming along.

It was really cool here today.  I wore a sweater all day and Buddy wore his too.  I watched Reverant that I checked out from the library.  Having seen Jeremiah Johnson (with Robert Redford) so many years ago, it was ok but it kind of seemed like a remake.  The scenery was all in the snow country.  They were constantly going through water and it made me cringe to think of my feet wet and cold.  Their hair always looked oily and dirty, which I'm sure is the way it really was, and that really grossed me out.  Hahaha.

Guess that is about all I have today.  I was busy but nothing to write about.



Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Spirits are Lifting

My spirits have picked up a little and I'm so thankful.  There are things that happen in life that will get you down but I hate it when I have the blues and there is nothing really wrong.  So fingers crossed that I am through it.

My other sister comes to town this weekend and we will all meet up for a family get together.  I'm especially excited since I missed Thanksgiving.  We are going to have Ham sliders and whatever sides everyone makes.  

I'm hoping the Grand Girls can come because they so rarely get to see everybody but my son and my sister lives about as far away from each other as you can get. So, I have to forgive my son if he is not up to the drive - fingers crossed that he will come through at the last minute.

The Grand Son wants to invite his girlfriend.  Hahaha.  That will be a first for them although she has joined my daughter and I before.  My daughter is also inviting her boyfriend.  He was invited for Thanksgiving but was with his family. I know it is a drag to spend an evening with people you don't know but hey, we all did it.  Right?

I bought Christmas dresses for the little girls.  Fancy, ruffly things from the resale shop.  They love fancy dresses but for some reason I have not been able to find the shoes I want.  I think that is because I am looking for 1950 style black patent leather.  Anyway.  I may let them wear them their new dresses if they come.

My thumbs are killing me so I've been taking a rest from my tie dyeing this week.  I am going to start knitting a scarf tonight (I hope).  The thumb use is somewhat similar but the strength I need to tie rubber bands for dyeing is not needed with knitting so I'm hopeful that my thumbs will come through for me.

Buddy has his sweater on today and I am wearing jeans.  I even have a sweater on over my short sleeve shirt.  I turned the heater on just to take the chill out of the air.

Hahaha.  It smelled so bad when I ran the heater a week or so ago that the fire alarm went off.  Glad I did a warm up before I was actually closed up in the house with the smell.

I also got my electric blanket out, but not the plug.  It has to get really cold for me to sleep with that much heat but I do like to pile the blankets on.  Something about the weight of blankets that makes me feel snuggly.

It's only December 1st, but with cool weather (I won't call it cold) it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas - well winter anyway.  I'm not switching out my clothes just yet.  I know we'll be back to shorts in a couple of days.  LOL.


Here's Buddy making sure I don't have fun without him.  Sssh.  Don't tell him pink is for girls.  We inherited this from my daughter's girl dog.  It keeps him warm even if he looks like a log on sticks!  hahaha.  Love that dog.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A few moans and a few decorations.

I'm feeling blue today.  Surprisingly, I've talked with a couple of people who are blue too.  I'm not sure but I think it has something to do with the election. Whether you are for or against him, you can still be worried.

I don't think the good old days are really the good old days.  I remember looking back at my childhood and thinking those were the good old days.  My grandson thinks they sound horrible.  I remember being a young working mother.  Those were definitely hard but I thought they were good.  Even retirement sounded so good ...  now it is a lot harder that I expected but if what I hear from the really old is true ... these are their good old days.

So when the Donald brings back the good old days, I wonder which ones he is referring to.  Enough.

I've sold a few of my tie dyed socks and some of my Ebay items are moving right along.  Sold a pair of brand new shoes still in the box that I had been saving from my working days.  LOL.  I kept another pair just like them which had with very little wear.  I used to buy multiples of things that fit and worked well.

I also have a brand new purse with tags that I'm selling.  Really?  And I wonder where all my money went.  Oh well.  If they don't sell for Christmas I will donate them.  At least I had a good house cleaning finding things to sell.

I wanted to share these pinecone lights/ornaments I picked up at the Thrift Store. They are about 3" tall and 2" across.  There were two boxes I bought for a pittance to sell but I decided they were too me to sell.



This one had a light stuck in it and I couldn't get it out.  They came without a string of lights but that was no problem.  I had colored and white but I decided the white showed the shape off best.  



I put up the table top tree this year and the pinecones are so large on it but I don't mind.  The only other decoration I put on it is this old bird I found.


I may look for some birds on sale after Christmas.  Although that comes in under the "Want" rather than "Need" category.

Here is the finished product for today anyway.



I'll tell you about the tins next time.





Saturday, November 26, 2016

So what have you been doing?

Its about 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning on Saturday following Black Friday.  I couldn't sleep so I got back up and have been playing catch up on my blog reading.

I've been busy lately.  Trying to sell a few things on Ebay and doing a little ice dyeing.  Most of the dyeing I've done has been Christmas gifts and not bandanas to sell.  I did tie up a few bandanas this evening to dye tomorrow but I've had a rough couple of days so don't know how much I'll get accomplished.

Here's one I did for myself.  Excuse the hairdo.  I found this really neat headband and I'm going to try to copy it.  I'll tell you more later.



I wasn't feeling well at Thanksgiving and had to cancel my visit to my Sister's house.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I was really, really sorry to miss it.  My Daughter did bring me lots of food and it was tasty but I just felt like I really missed out on something more.  Oh well. My sister will just have to get out the fancy dishes again at Christmas.

I did take a few minutes to pull out some Christmas items.  I know. I know.  But I just needed something special to boost me.  Darn sugar.


I opened the tub with the Christmas pillows (and beanie babies) and put them out.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put out a Christmas throw out for Buddy but he found himself a nice pillow to lay on anyway.

The Grand Girl spent the night Thanksgiving week and raked up a bunch of leaves and then made a leaf angel.  What a great kid.



We've had a couple of coolish days lately.  I think I've worn long pants twice now but we're back to shorts.  Hahaha.  You've got to love Texas weather.

I wish I had more to share but that's about it.



Saturday, November 5, 2016

Pure Genius

Have you watched the new TV program called "Pure Genius"?  It comes on Thursdays at 9:00 CST on CBS.  I recorded it and watch the first two episodes last night and this morning.



It is something like Star Trek combined with Dr. McDreamy.  It boldly goes where no medical show has gone before.  It is about a dot.com boy genius who parlays his talents into medical treatment and equipment.

I thought the acting and script was great.  Someone that knows something about medicine may say it is ridiculous but what we can dream today, we can usually do tomorrow.

This from the person who saw the first space flight.  An unbelievable feat.  Imagining that even half of what they dream up on this program could actually be would be an incredible life sustaining event.

Maybe I should write in and suggest they dream up solutions for Type 1 diabetics.  I might not live to see it but another generation of diabetics would be so much better off.

Hahaha.  Got a little carried away there. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Just another Day

Not a lot to tell.  I listed some items on my ebay store.  It is a great way to clean out your clutter.  I don't feel nearly so bad about letting go when I know I'll get a dollar or two.

I sent in my resume for a legal position and then immediately regretted it.  Who am I kidding.  I don't really want a job.  I just want a salary.  Hahaha.

Picked the Grandson up from school and took him to try to interview at a local store.  The Woman wasn't in - come back at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow they told him. Hello, it is obvious he should be in school then.  Poor little thing.  He is going to try Kroger's next I think.

Discussed Thanksgiving dishes with my daughter.  I requested her mushroom roasted Brussel Sprouts.  We discussed what pies we wanted to contribute.  Yum. Yum.  I love this kind of planning.

I bought my Sister a Fall colored candle.  She likes to burn candles and has no little ones left at home.  I think she'll enjoy it.  It smells pretty good too.  

Buddy says "Are you through yet?  I'm ready for bed."



Me too.  'Night folks.