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Thursday, November 06, 2014

My husband and I drove in to St. Louis Children's Hospital and delivered 48 dolls I made...which is about ALL I'd been doing for quite some time. Few of the dolls are for babies and toddlers who are hospitalized.

The rest of them are for children who suffer from cancer and hair loss. The dolls are bald...each girl doll has a hat, scarf, head band and wig. She also has a little pillow and blanket.

Each boy has a baseball hat, a superhero reversible cape, and superhero mask. In addition, each boy cancer patient receives a child-sized superhero mask. Oh, yes, and he boy dolls also have a pillow and blanket.

Why 48 and not 50? Because I couldn't bring myself to sew one.more.stitch! So happy to have been able to do so. I received WAY more doing this than those little ones received. Beautiful little children.

I have one more heavy project going on, and then I'll concentrate on Spark again! Seriously hardly have time to use the restroom!! Here are some doll pics.

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TUTUNAN 11/7/2014 7:11PM

    What a wonderful project! They are adorable, and I'm sure the children will love them.

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SUBMOM2 11/7/2014 1:02AM

    Oh, my goodness!! These dolls are amazing! They look professionally made. How wonderful of you to share your time and talent with children in need!

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Working moms, how do you ever do it?

Monday, October 06, 2014

It's been way too many years since I had kids to take care of while I worked full time as well. Good for you moms who take care of jobs, home, kids AND trying to control your food intake in all of it.

We are the temp home to our son's family. He is half time out of town and half time at home for 10 months...he will move his family to join him after this school year.

Meanwhile, it seems that all I do is get kids ready for school, walk to school bus, plan meals, cook, get kids off the school bus, take them for doctor and dentist appointments, meet granddaughter for her twice-weekly violin lessons at school, etc. I've had to go on hiatus from some of my volunteer work.

I haven't truly had time to count my nutrition values or stay on top of my eating habits. I hardly have time to use the restroom. Exhausted.

I have a deadline looming as well. I am taking 47 dolls I made to St. Louis Children's Hospital a week from today, and am still frantically sewing! I have 47 little bedding sets to finish (blankets with pillows) before I'm done.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. I don't even want to be in the same room with the scale. I dread this weigh in. emoticon

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52BINCE 10/6/2014 3:37PM

    Well now, your lifestyle at this time in your life is part of the roller coaster ride we all have in life, the no time syndrome... this will soon be a past part of your journey to health n fitness.... Look ahead you will get to your goals.....

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2BDYNAMIC 10/6/2014 11:42AM

    Oh goodness! Do I ever feel for you! Sounds like you are doing it all! Is there anyone to help you with the kids? I do remember doing all that ............... running from one end of town for son's baseball practice, games, a daughter's volleyball and yada yada. (It is WORK for sure!!) ................ I DO hope you can get time for YOU ..... (I know last two -three weeks I really pushed myself hard and now am suffering with the WORST head cold ever!!! ............ (will likely miss abt 3-4 days of work) .............. Again .......... wishing you peace and tranquility. .............. Jan

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So maybe I didn't count my nutrition values this weekend.

Monday, September 29, 2014

but I certainly got a lot of exercise! Had the smallest grandchildren this weekend while parents were out of town. We went to parks, playgrounds, a village Abe Lincoln lived in (2-1/2 hours of walking). Must've gone up and down the stairs 20 times per day since that's where their playroom is. I made superhero outfits for them, and they insisted on wearing them when we walked around the block...and to the store. (I didn't let them wear them to church, however)!

Today I took the day off from EVERYTHING and read my book and took some cat naps. I think it'll be a week before I'm caught up on sleep. It was a wonderful, fun, loving weekend with them, but this grandma is feeling every second of her 71 years today! (I have no clue if this link will work, but it's our superheroes. Imagine a weekend of this!) The link works as a copy and paste.

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TUTUNAN 9/30/2014 1:51PM

    Grandchildren are wonderful, but, boy, do they have the energy! In my case it's Greatgrandchildren. You are so lucky to get them for a weekend.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/29/2014 8:45PM

    I can't think I would have done it any differently ............ You are a 'perfect' Grandmother ............. and those kids must have had a ball! ....... (These are invaluable memories you created for them) ............. and rest .......... by all mean the next day. Sometimes love just comes before calorie counting .......... (and I think you burned a ton! emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 9/29/2014 8:37PM

    Awww....Susanna how sweet of you to to those emoticon capes for those kidlets. For sure they would have kept grandma on her toes....but great exercise indeed.

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I nearly jumped out of my skin! (photo)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

After talking a walk today, I approached the front door to my house, and started to brush away a small twig on the glass. It freaked me out when the tiny twig "branches" started to move! It was something I'd never seen before...a stick insect. More than 5" tall. Yeah...this woman went into the house through the back door! Now THIS is skinny!

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GRANJERRY1 9/26/2014 2:47PM

    What a scare...luckily just a stick insect.....

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/25/2014 8:46AM

    I just saw a post about a spider trying to eat a stick insect. I guess the stick insect is rare and they wanted to save it.

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ROCKYCPA 9/25/2014 12:40AM

    How neat!

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BOPPY_ 9/24/2014 11:57PM

    An impressive specimen.

Glad you got the pick.


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LEANIE64 9/24/2014 11:45PM

    I have never seen one of these..but have always lived in the north..I am assuming they reside in the south..I too would of chose the back door.

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MCFITZ2 9/24/2014 11:43PM

    Oh how lucky you were. I haven't seen a walking stick in years and years.

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Thank you all...I have a winner!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I got some really good advice on the "boy" donations for the hospital, and I will likely use some of them when I have the time AND can afford the materials. But Sandy1969 came up with the winner....I'll make the boy dolls, but instead of them just being "dolls" they will have superhero capes and masks...and the boy will also get a superhero mask. I think it will be fun, so I'll get started in a few days after I've finished all the girl dolls (I have to finish headbands, scarves, hats, wigs and bedding for every doll).

Thanks again, everyone!!! (If anyone comes up with any other ideas for the boys, feel free to let me know, I'll be doing donations for hospitals for...well for as long as I can!

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52BINCE 9/23/2014 3:21PM

    what an awesome way to make a childs day! you are truly a gifted woman! thanx for adding me to your friends list,,,,, I will add you to mine ok?

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2BDYNAMIC 9/21/2014 6:37PM

    emoticon ......... I am so glad she came up w/ this wonderful idea! .......... I am sure those little fellows will love them ............. (anything done w/ loving hands like yours just has to be a WINNER! emoticon ....... This crown is for you my new friend! ............ emoticon

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MCFITZ2 9/21/2014 12:03PM

    Do you have freecycle on line in your area. People here often request things they need and if someone has it and willing to give it up they pass it on. You might google it.
Also Craigs list has a free section. emoticon

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SANDY1969 9/21/2014 11:47AM

    Awe thank you! I am sure that they love your dolls, super hero's and everything that you do. The fact that you just do it makes me aware of how awesome you must be!

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