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A Winter Walk in Pictures

Thursday, March 07, 2013

We DID get a snow day yesterday, the first one my school has had in over a year. It was wonderful to have the day off because it was such an exquisite snow. The transformation of the yard and woods was magical. If it's going to be cold, I want the snow! This snow delivered.

Stella and I took several walks over the course of the day. I thought you might enjoy the scenery.

It was such a lovely day and I managed to get my 5 miles in.

Winter agrees with Stella.

Snow makes her a very happy girl!

With the exception of this. Curly haired dogs get terrible, tight snowballs that cling to their legs. A little time in front of the wood stove and ~ problem solved!

I also got most of the dollhouse put together. All that is left to do is to paint or stain the roof and make the 'stone' foundation. I'll post some pics when I am done.

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BARBARAJ73 3/9/2013 5:17PM

    We emoticon snow days too! There is something special about them - (besides a "day off." Just in case anyone wonders - these extra days are already added to the school calendar and teaching contracts where snow days are common - whether the district takes them or not) but I digress... Lovely snow pics - looks like Stella had a ball! Had to get puppy clipped (from 4.5" to 2") due to those snow balls !

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TERRYT55 3/9/2013 3:17PM

    Lovely pictures..........beautiful dog.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/9/2013 1:07AM

    I remember that frosen snow in the fur...my current dog is half chinese crested which means he has no "wolly" fur, so far I have not had any snow sticked to him... and spring is coming around here both me and doggy are very happy about that!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/8/2013 7:43PM

    emoticon for sharing your beautiful pictures :) Keep warm emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 3/8/2013 7:35PM

    Love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

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MCGS62 3/8/2013 8:59AM

    Yes pristine winter snow pictures can be almost surreal

but I am ready to think spring

get that house done !!

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    I love how Stella smiles!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/8/2013 1:55AM

    I bet you were both happy girls in the snow. It is so beautiful, I have fond memories of the couple of times we had snow. Enjoy keeping warm!

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LMB-ESQ 3/7/2013 10:09PM

    Oh, gorgeous!!

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/7/2013 8:49PM

    Lovely pictures. I give my dog tepid foot baths when she comes in carrying a couple of pounds of snowballs on her legs! :0)

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JACKIE542 3/7/2013 7:52PM

    Beautiful pictures, glad you had a good time. emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 3/7/2013 6:02PM

    beautiful pictures, and as I was raised where we have 4 seasons, I really do miss winter, snow, spring and fall, of course here in So California we do have our seasons, but not the kind that I remember.

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0309COOKIE 3/7/2013 5:08PM

    They have been predicting snow for us for two days now. Supposedly it is coming tonight into tomorrow. We'll see.

Stella looks so cute and it is almost as if she is smiling in the one picture.

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    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures of this snow fall with us... You had lots of snow! I love how the branches look, heavy with snow. And Stella is so cute, looking very happy indeed!

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LESLEYANNE11 3/7/2013 4:54PM

    Thankyou for posting these beautiful pics.No one can doubt God's existance when you are blessed with this evidence emoticon .Many thanks.Totally jealous of you as we enter Autuum here in NZ.God bless lesleyanne. emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 3/7/2013 4:51PM

    Thank you for the beautiful photos. We never get snow like that in Auckland, New Zealand.

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LRB444 3/7/2013 4:50PM

    Those are amazing pictures.

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Tornado Survivors

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The featured health news article was about tornado survivors being surprisingly optimist. Apparently many of them feel that 'lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place' so they are now safe from tornados. Really???

I am a survivor of the tornado that hit Xenia, Ohio in 1973.


Granted, I was not in direct line of it, but i heard, felt, and saw it, and worked with the relief efforts in the aftermath. It was a terrifying experience, and has left me with a lasting fear of tornadoes. Since then, Xenia has been hit three more times with smaller tornadoes, but following the same path. Oral history has it that the original peoples of the area called this area land of the devil winds. I don't know if this is true or not but tornadoes can and do hit in the same place more than once.

At the time that the tornado hit, I was a La Leche League leader, helping mothers successfully nurse their babies. One of the regular meetings is about the advantages of breastfeeding. One of the listed advantages is having a milk supply for your baby in the case of disaster. In my youth and ignorance, I used to mentally discount this advantage because we weren't in a war zone, life seemed peaceful, and after all, what disaster could happen? Then the tornado. As I helped with disaster relief, there were mothers coming in for formula, which we only had limited supplies of. My baby was being fed. It hit home how fragile we are in terms of dependency on such things as basic nourishment.

That tornado changed the way I think about random acts of terrifying experiences. They can happen out of nowhere at times when they are least expected. There are some ways we can be prepared, and other ways that we cannot. Being able to be resourceful is probably our most powerful tool for surviving disaster. Life is beautiful, life is fragile, life is not to be taken for granted.

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MCGS62 3/7/2013 2:36PM

    Life is beautiful, life is fragile, life is not to be taken for granted.

well stated

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GINA180847 3/6/2013 7:39AM

    Your reaction to the tornado sounds so normal compared to that article. I have been lucky never to experience something like that. It is interesting that you are a La Leche League leader. I was so much in favor of breastfeeding that I am sure my friends and family found me tiresome. Sometimes I felt very alone. Recently I found a most hilarious article about a woman who went to Mongolia with her baby when he was tiny (husband was on a research project). Mongolia as a place has the most fabulous attitude toward breastfeeding and everyone gets into the act. If you are interested in that article just email me at ttrasmith@hotmail.com and I would give you the 2 step instructions of how to get there. I'd just do a short version but I am not too computer savvy.

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LMB-ESQ 3/6/2013 7:24AM

    I remember that tornado and the devastation it left. Being only a few miles to the north of you, it scared the bejesus out of me. For weeks after that every time the wind blew I asked my parents if a tornado was coming and we should hide in the basement. What an experience that must have been for you.

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My mom had lived through tornados in Iowa when she was little. She also had great "respect" for the winds.

May you NEVER see one again! emoticon

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On Wasting Time

Monday, March 04, 2013

"Blog about the obvious (and not-so-obvious) ways you tend to waste time, and come up with a few healthier ways you can use that time to work toward your goals."

Okay, this is my assignment for the day.

I don't think I waste time or am ever bored; if anything I am too busy.

That said, when I am very tired I may sit and watch TV with DH who watches a lot of TV, just to spend some time with him and have my feet up. There is rarely anything I want to watch, unless it's a good movie. So in that way, I am 'wasting' time. Or sometimes I spend too much time on the computer. The thing is that I NEED mindless down time to unwind, so in a way that is part of my healthy way to achieve my goals. Take a break. Give myself a little rest.

And speaking of rest: a happy note! After decades of terrible insomnia, the acupuncture treatments I started for that have finally kicked in. How wonderful it is to finally be able to sleep like a baby for 7 to 8 hours! I didn't know if I would ever be able to sleep like that again. Love it!

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1SALMON1 3/6/2013 12:09AM

    I love the flower pot! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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IUHRYTR 3/4/2013 10:30PM

    I never thought of acupuncture for my insomnia. Will have to try it. Glad it worked for you. emoticon -- Lou

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    Glad you are getting some sleep!
The pot is way cool!

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NEEDBU66 3/4/2013 10:40AM

    I find myself watching on demand shows that I missed when they were on origionally. After about the third such show I feel like I'm wasting time, too. But towards the end of the day I'm whooped too.

BTW I love that pot. I had one someone did that looked like the empty toomb. I ought to find that and put it on. Or better yet, create it.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/4/2013 10:04AM

    That is awesome news that you are sleeping so well! I am thinking after a lOt of work on sleep that 6 hours is probably all I need. But maybe I should try acupuncture. Did it take many treatments?

Love the dear little pot, very creative!

BTW you seem like the person I knw who never wastes a second of your time. That down time you describe is essential IMHO.


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MCGS62 3/4/2013 8:20AM

    Way Cool !!!
How did you think of doing that with that flower pot?
I love it.

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ROCKMAN6797 3/4/2013 8:05AM

    The picture of the flower pot is very interesting....I guess some might have seen this project as wasting time while others might have seen it as a beautiful project. It really is all in the eyes of the beholder....

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LASKIE2 3/4/2013 6:17AM

    I'm glad that you are able to s emoticon leep again!

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This Weekend's Dollhouse Progress ~ With Pics.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Well, I didn't finish but I got a LOT done on the dollhouse build today.

First I had to gather together and organize all of my materials; dollhouse pieces, glue, blue tape, water, rags, paint and sandpaper for touch up, etc.

This is the faux flooring I've been making myself crazy with.

The box of window and door trim.

Everything gathered and ready to go.

Finally gluing! It's scary, though. Errors at this point are not forgiving. I have dry fit this house with blue tape about 5 times already to make sure everything fit right.

Putting in the 2nd floor.

Next, the 3rd floor plus the room dividers and interior doorways.

Linoleum and wainscoting up in the kitchen. I built the wainscoting with balsa, which I scored and painted to look like paneled wainscoting.

Most of the trim is in; I have to make some adjustments to the entryway door trim which didn't fit quite right. The stairs are just set there right now. I have stair rails and a landing to put in still.

Here's the exterior so far. I still need to build on the front porch, complete the attic, add the window boxes, and put on the roof. I am also planning to build a faux-stone foundation.

I feel good about the progress I've made this weekend, but some parts were really slow to come together today. I had hoped to be closer to done. I need another day to this weekend!

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    Yellow! Yay! Beautiful! This is such hard work... Yet, so worth it... I can't wait to see it finished!

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LOPEYP 3/4/2013 10:02AM

    Nice job!
I built a Victorian dollhouse years ago. It was a fun project.

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MCGS62 3/4/2013 8:16AM

    You're good at those doll houses !!! love it !!!!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/4/2013 8:02AM

    Very nice and I second the notion of adding another day to the weekend! :)

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2013 9:54PM

    If these creative projects didn't take so long to complete you could have a thriving side business. emoticon on another emoticon project. -- Lou

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KAPELAKIN 3/3/2013 9:26PM

    What a fun project, it is looking great!

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PONYFARMER 3/3/2013 7:09PM

    You amaze me at all the work you do to build these houses. I would venture to say that you could build a real house after doing these houses.


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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/3/2013 6:50PM

    So cute!

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WATERMELLEN 3/3/2013 6:30PM

    Looking beautiful!!

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Almost Ready to Put the Dollhouse Together

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I spent a good part of the day making the flooring for the dollhouse. I am using the solid flooring that came with the house, scoring it to look like hardwood floor boards, and then applying faux flooring techniques to make it look like aged and painted wood. It has been very labor intensive, but I think they are going to look really good.

My father was a scenic artist for the movies and television, and I learned quite a bit just by watching him. I feel like he is guiding my hand as I work on the faux surfaces and helping me with ideas. So even though the work is quite grueling, I have a sense of communication with my father as I work so it's kind pleasant.

I do find myself wondering why oh why I am such a perfectionist. I could have been done with this project weeks ago!

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MERRYMARY42 3/4/2013 9:20AM

    just think of the satisfaction you will feel when it is completed. Way to go

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IUHRYTR 3/3/2013 9:57PM

    emoticon, Dad, for helping instill in your daughter the gifts of creativity and imagination. It is always interesting to see Chris's projects come together. -- Lou

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    Nothing wrong with making it right! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 3/2/2013 8:55PM

    You just have very very high standards!! And: they came from a good place . . .

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/2/2013 7:56PM

    That is a lovely insight about your father, thank you for sharing it.

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MYBULLDOGS 3/2/2013 6:04PM

    sounds great.

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