Saturday, October 31, 2009


Above is Maya in her costume, and below are a few of the wonderful pumpkins our neighbor across the street carved this year! Tonight was a great night. Nice weather, lots of kids, lots of very nice and polite older kids, and a lot of fun. We ran out of candy and had to turn out the lights at the end, but a good time was had by all!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall leaves

Most fall pictures are of the wonderful fall leaves on the trees. I found these on the ground. They will soon be a fill on a paper doll dress!

Click on pic to embiggen!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A fall walk with Maya

Walking over to Grandma and Grandpa's house has become part of the Tuesday routine!

We stopped by to see Great Grandpa and Grandma Mel and Peg on the way, and I even got to fix her lunch! This just keeps getting better!

Monday, October 26, 2009

#500 - more poseable dolls

I figured out a way to print the dresses on these paper dolls -- I really like the results. All these are done with pictures I took myself. Above, a picture of some tomatillos I took around Thanksgiving last year? Below a sunflower.
Below - a collection of our heart pins.
Below - light shining through a wonderful glass bowl made by Matt Seaholtz.
Below - a picture of flowers growing in the yard.
And below - not a photo, but a paper doll made entirely from a "Fiddle Faddle" box!
Click pictures to embiggen!
Pretty good for post # 500.
I love it when I get into something new!
About 9" tall - $20 each. I'll cover the postage!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Right out of the 1950's !!!

On the way home from Morristown, we stopped at a place right out of the 1950's - established in 1956. Sorry to say I was even misled by their sign - a blatant knockoff of the iconic Carvel sign - see below. The hamburger was to die for though, and the raspberry sundae was a classic!

Gabels Ice Cream in Tannersville, PA. Click pictures to embiggen!

Wonderful place, but beware - they won't replace dropped cones!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Have we got a great First Lady or what?

During the Healthy Kids Fair on the White House South Lawn, the First Lady managed an impressive 142 hula hoop rotations.

I'm sure there will be detractors - there always are, but I can't imagine any other First Lady even trying this in public, let alone doing 142!

She also did some Double Dutch!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Evolution in action!

These white deer are found in Romulus, NY at the former Seneca Army Depot.... a fully fenced in army base that protected these white deer from predators including man. (they are not albinos - just a white mutation that has survived in a unique environment) An early morning or early evening drive by on Route 96 will usually reward you with a view of several of these lovely creatures. On the way home on yesterday I stopped and got this shot. A fellow a bit further on was getting some great shots of a young buck, but I decided that he would not be happy if I stopped to join him and scared off his subject!

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

My youngest African Violet!

Just cut off the stem of a leaf at about a 45 degree angle, and stick in water!
Just seeing the first tiny roots was fun!
Now the first two leaves form on the left!
About 1/16" inch long at most!
Click picture to embiggen!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

International Top Spinning Day

This is my granddaughter Maya Louise Sams "throwing" a top on International Top Spinning Day - October 14th, 2009. Remember that she is 27 months old! She actually did her best to copy what Grandpa Don had done to spin the top. She sort of wadded the string up around the top and actually threw it. Not too clear in the picture, but the top is in the air..... making it International Top Throwing Day for Maya!

Go here for more info on the event, and to submit your own picture!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Just in case you think I've forgotten??

I am so proud of our president!
Thank You Mr. Obama, and Thank You also to all those who work so hard with you!
And Thanks to Michelle, the girls, and Bo for giving you moments when you can just forget and enjoy the moment!
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Saturday, October 10, 2009

The ultimate wedding emergency kit!

Stain remover, tums, lint roller, toothbrush, mouthwash, body spray, hand sanitizer, cough drops, sewing kit, cotton swabs, toothpicks/dental floss, combs, and condoms!

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Went to a great wedding last weekend. The groom has been a friend of ours since he was about 5 or so. Actually he knew Casey and Cheryl before I did! Lucas and Debra planned this wedding down to the last detail! I think they included pretty much every tradition in the ceremony. They jumped the broom, they lit the candles, they planted the bulbs, they broke the glass, they were wrapped in a Scottish tartan. On the food end, all the food and drink was locally produced and grown. They even grew and harvested their own potatoes! The cake above was wheat free and vegan from a little bakery around the corner from here! And the cake topper was made by local artists Cheryl and Don Olney! ;-)

Below a view of my locally grown fresh salad!

Look closely at the silverware for a reflection of the lattice ceiling of the pavilion
at Emerson Park in Auburn, NY.

I think they are good and truly wedded, and we wish them all the best!

And believe it or not, we can plant the invitation in the garden next spring and have fresh flowers!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Another license plate for fun

I especially like the irony that the back of this mini-van could use some back work??

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Poseable Paper Doll

I just completed my first poseable paper doll. Jointed arms - Shoulders and elbows - and hips.

I've got plans to make more of these.

I'm even thinking about offering various paper dolls - jointed and not - as downloadable PDF files for folks to cut and assemble themselves? Any reactions greatly appreciated. Not sure how many folks read this, but I'll offer a free PDF file of this figure for download to the first 20 people who would like one. After the first 20 they will be $5.

You will need to print it onto 8.5 x11 card stock, cut out the parts, color/paint the two dress parts, and assemble it yourself. I will make the body parts to print black, or you can request just lines for the body parts if you want to do your own skin tone? If you don't want it poseable, you can glue the joints together, or for movement you can go out and get some of those tiny paper spreadable brad thingys, or make your own little wire connectors for the joints? The completed figure is about 9.5 inches tall.

Just to make you put in a little effort, click here to go to our web page, and my e-mail address is at the bottom of the page. E-mail me and request your PDF file. Let me know if you want it poseable (holes to cut for joints) or not, and black skin tone, or "color it your self". Either way you will need to decorate the two dress parts with markers, paint, color pencils, etc. Or even cut your dress parts from wall paper, wrapping paper, etc?

Or you can click on my profile to get the e-mail address ;-)

I will put your e-mail address on our list for possible receipt of a newsletter or other paper doll offers, but will not share your info with anyone else, nor will I deluge you with lots of stuff - I'm not that ambitious!

If you are not inclined to do all that work, e-mail me with a phone # and I will arrange for you to get a pre-laser-cut set of parts (heavy water color grade paper), and the 6 little paper connector thingys-assorted colors (plus 2 extras), and free postage for $17 plus tax if a NYS resident.

This is my first direct effort to use this blog as a sales tool - apologies if you are offended - but you can get it for free.

Feedback appreciated!

I'm going to click "Post" now and hope this works OK!