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By Chia | December 13, 2013 at 12:30 am

There was a time when I excelled at time management. I was a multi-tasking whiz and I was never late for anything. I miss the old me and I wish I knew where she went. She would never have let so much time lapse between the last post and this one.

Look how my sweet little granddaughter has grown! She is 16 months old and has a vocabulary of 200 words already. And the best thing? She loves calling Grandma on Skype.


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Baby Love

By Chia | August 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Alexis Nova – Aug 2, 2012

I’ve been a little busy lately. My precious granddaughter, Alexis, decided to make her appearance at 1:15 am on August 2nd. By 1:16am she had captured the hearts of Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma.

Like her mommy, Alexis seems to be a night owl. There signs have been there for months. Prior to birth her mommy rarely felt kick during the morning and afternoon. Alexis preferred to do her dancing in the evenings. Now that she is here, she likes to sleep peacefully all day and keep her parents up at night with frequent feedings and fussing.

I need to look at a calendar soon and pick a day to start my travels homeward. As much as I need and want to get home, the thought of leaving my grand-baby  and daughter behind is  difficult one.

It is going to be very hard to put this little one down and say good bye.

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Waiting On Baby

By Chia | July 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I’ve been in the Mid-West for a week now. I’m spending time with my daughter and son-in-law, while we wait for Baby to select a birthday.

Today I got to accompany the soon to be parents to an ultrasound appointment. Baby is getting big and looks healthy. The technician told us the legs are especially long, going off the chart for what is normally expected pre-birth. This news made the very tall Daddy to be very happy.

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She Has Her Head In The Clouds

By Chia | July 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Wow, I knew it had been a very long time since I posted, but didn’t realize it was last year. I’m surprised there is still anyone out there to read this.

Do you like the cloud mobile that I made. My daughter saw a similar one for sale on Etsy and asked me if I could make one for her. She wanted it to decorate the new Nursery at her house. Yep, that right, a baby is on the way! Recliner Man and I are about to become grandparents. The kids gave us the news when they were here for a visit at Christmas. It seemed like we had such a long time to wait that I wasn’t in a big rush to finish the mobile. Time was zipping by and my daughter kept asking if I would be done soon. I finally got it together and mailed to her last week.

I didn’t give myself much time to spare – the baby is due in 2 weeks. I’m leaving next week to drive up there and spend time with them before and after the baby arrives. I’m so excited and can’t wait to meet my grandchild. We don’t know if it will be a boy or a girl, but I know it will be beautiful, and amazing, and have the cutest little toes.

On the health front I am still recovering from that stupid Lovastatin. Can you believe it, I’ve been off the medicine for over a year and still on the mend. Along the way my doc misdiagnosed me with Kidney Disease and left the news in a recorded phone message. I finally decided it was time for a new doctor. The new guy figured out that my kidneys are ok but my thyroid isn’t. Getting older is for the birds! All in all, I’m doing well. The thyroid issue slowed me down a little and I think that has contributed to the lack of posts her. Ambition has been at a low and the to-do list has been growing by leaps and bounds. Blogging just wasn’t becoming a priority.

I’ve been trying to decide what to do about my site and blog. I’m not crafting as much and haven’t had interest in keeping up the site. I considered taking it down but it still gets a lot of traffic and that tells me people are happy to have it as a resource. I think I’ll work on scaling it back a bit. I’ve decided to keep the blog but to stop kidding myself by thinking  that it is something of a craft blog. It is just a personal blog that will sometimes contain crafts. It was becoming more and more “me” and less and less “crafts” anyway. So now I’ve made peace with that and hope that it will rejuvenate my motivation to post more frequently.

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Out With The Old And In With The New

By Chia | December 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm



Recliner Man was very good to me. I’ve got lots of Bells and Whistles on my new car.

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Christmas 1961

By Chia | December 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Several years back, my folks had a big house fire that destroyed a lot of our family treasures. Among the treasures were most of our old family photos. My mom had a handful of old negatives that were water damaged, that I brought home with me. I was able to get them separated and scanned. This Christmas morning photo from 1961 was one of the saved images.

This was probably the best year for dolls, that we ever had. My older sister got a Shirley Temple doll dressed as Cinderella from the Storybook collection. I got my, much loved, Chatty Cathy, and my younger sister got a Kewpie doll. Over the years Shirley’s dress became tattered and lost, and my Chatty Cathy met her end in a garbage can. I don’t remember exactly what happened to her but I’m pretty sure it involved missing limbs and a cracked open body.

I started looking at pictures of Chatty Cathys online, trying to remember which style she had been. There are a bunch of different faces, hair styles, freckle patterns and eyes. All the images I saw felt familiar but none of them really stood out as having been mine.  It was about this time that my younger sister sent the following photo of an old doll she had taken home from Mom’s basement years earlier.

The moment that I saw her I knew this was my other sister’s old Shirley Temple doll. What a thrill it was to see her again, and looking pretty darn good for a 50 year old gal! About this time I also found the doll I’d been looking on in an eBay listing.

As soon as I saw her, I knew she was the right one. She was even wearing the right outfit. I was pretty happy to see her again. I really don’t need a doll so I was quite content saving the photo to look at. Then I did  a dumb thing. Just for fun I put in a low bid, knowing with total certainty that I would be outbid by a figure at least 3 times higher than what I offered. I guess I just wanted to feel like I’d tried to hold on to her.  Imagine my surprise when I came back to the computer and discovered that I’d just bought her! I think the fact that the seller only posted this one photo, not showing much about the dolls actual condition, stopped a lot of collectors from bidding on her.

I’ve cleaned her clothes and given her a quick bath. She is looking pretty good. I still need to give her a better cleaning and shampoo and style her hair but she is looking pretty darn good to me. I think it is nice that I found her so near the 50th anniversary of getting my original doll.

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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