Happy Day!

May 26, 2024

I hope you have fun plans for the weekend. In the USA we celebrate Memorial Day on Monday to honor the men and women who died serving our country. Americans usually celebrate this solemn day with backyard BBQs or beach picnics. We will be spending the afternoon at a friend's house for a potluck and we are so grateful to be going, firstly because we are excited to see our friends and secondly, we are so glad we are healthy enough to go!

Several weeks ago we went on a beautiful Regent cruise to Alaska, our first Regent cruise, and were blown away with how posh it was. Alaska is a favorite destination and Regent Cruise Line is top notch and now I think I'm spoiled for good. The bad news is this--we both came home sick, my husband with pneumonia and me with covid. We stayed in separate parts of the house (I didn't want him to get covid on top of pneumonia) and I wore a mask when I went into the kitchen.  We both felt terrible and it was a week of hell, but thankfully it's behind us and we are going to a party tomorrow!

I started these little patriotic dolls before I left and finished them just yesterday in time for Memorial Day and July 4th. I love making peg dolls and they always make me smile. I made plenty because I figure I need 20. I'll pass them out to the girls at my first Monday knitting, then the birthday clubbers and next to the girls in our dinner group. Then I'll save one for me and one for Carter. Actually he doesn't want them anymore but I am going to ask him if he wouldn't want to give one to his friend Tanya. He often talks about his friends and one of the names I hear often is Tanya. Recently I asked him "What's the name of your girlfriend again?" He almost went white and sputtered out how he did not have a girlfriend because he was too young. I offered a heartfelt apology because I hate to get things wrong and be all meddlely and nosy and agreed with him completely and explained that my using "girlfriend" simply meant that he had a friend who was a girl. He then softened up and volunteered a larger part of the story: He and his best friend do like these two girls and the two girls like them, but the four have agree that they are too young to be girlfriend/boyfriend but they will be when they are older. And so I had to ask, "when will that be"? He said 23. I said excellent, that's a nice age and you guys are so smart. He beamed at me. But poor Tanya. If I ever meet her I'll tell her he's worth the wait.

OK, so you can see the dolls are easy to make! If you want to make some for yourself, the supplies are easy to find. The dolls are 2 3/4" tall and here are the doll stands. Then just add paint, glue and felt! For the one that I keep I will most likely plunge an eye screw into the top of her head and hang it on my Christmas tree. To make, I painted the base white. Next I painted red stripes. Then I painted the blue cape and head scarf then dotted with white. The face came next. To make the tiny dots and face features, I use a pointed wooden skewer dipped in a tiny amount of paint. The bases, or stands, were painted gold then the doll was glued to the top. Lastly the felt star crown was cut and glued to the back of the head. If you need the pattern to the star crown, send me an email and I'll make a copy and send you the pdf.

The three above are for the family across the street. There are two darling little girls and an adorable four year old younger brother. I wrap the dolls up and sneak them into their mailbox when they are gone. They have a little collection of dolls  now and they don't know who their mysterious benefactor is! Shhhh!

After being so sick we've been craving healthy food. This morning I had the urge to make fennel soup. I had to thin the fennel anyway, so I chopped up the stems of 5 young plants, added half an onion and some garlic and sautéd in butter until soft. Next I added chicken stock, sour cream and the chopped fronds and whirled it with my stick blender. It tasted so good and healthy. I served it for lunch and it gave us an instant boost, like a Popeye spinach boost! My husband said he'd like to have this at least once a week!

  • We've been watching a lot of TV and have loved these miniseries

  • Clarkson's Farm on Prime. Season 3 is the best!
  • Sugar with Colin Farrell on Apple
  • Franklin, about Benjamin Franklin, also on Apple.
  • Masters of the Air on Apple
  • and these true crime docs

  • The Con Queen on Apple
  • The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker on Netflix
  • Ashley Madison on Netflix

  • and these books

  • A Very Private School by Charles Spencer, Princess Diana's younger brother. Absolutely shocking.
  • All the Broken Places by John Boyne, a WWII novel from the perspective of the adult child of a former Nazi leader, which got me going down that rabbit hole on YouTube and Google. If you know any books along that line, please pass them on. In fact, if you have any good book recommendations please, always pass them on to me! 
  • A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen
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  1. What a happy post to find in my inbox this afternoon! The story about your grandson is adorable. He and his friends sound very wise!

  2. The dolls are adorable, but the Carter story is the best!

  3. Loved the Carter story, too! I am surprised that a six-year-old can blush - or maybe I’ve just forgotten:). Love the dolls and the book and streaming suggestions. Chloe

    1. Thank you Chloe. After not seeing Carter for a month we are going to see him today!


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