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AS THE YEAR DRAWS TO AN END – SHARING MY WORLD, WEEK 49

tree and dolls

CEE’S SHARE YOUR WORLD WEEK 49 – CLOSING IN ON A NEW YEAR

What is your preferred hot drink: coffee, tea, water, hot chocolate, or other?

Coffee still gets the number one sport. I like everything else too. Hot chocolate, tea, mulled cider … but coffee is my jump-start on the day.

Without it, I feel like I’m pushing my car up a hill that never ends. Lately, it’s vanilla-flavored coffee, but it may be hazelnut next week. Or plain Columbian bean. As long as it’s hot and fresh, I want it.

What was your favorite toy as a child  . . .  and now?

Annabelle

Annabelle

I was passionate about dolls and oddly, I still am. I have nearly 300 of them. On shelves, in boxes, in display cabinets. Most of them hard plastic dolls of the 1940s,1950s, and early 1960s.

A few older ones made of composite — basically sawdust and glue, which is what they made dolls from before hard plastic injection molding came of age.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy.

Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Only ONE? That’s rough. I need two … one for dark chocolate, the other for crystallized ginger.

ginger-1

if I had to give up one of the two, I’d go with ginger. But I’d miss the chocolate. A lot.

Would you want $100,000 right now or $120,000 in a year (tax Free)?

I’d take it now. Because I could pay off all the bills leaving just the mortgage. I’d make up the remaining money in no time flat just by not having all those bills to pay. Life would get considerably easier here given a sizable infusion of cash. Very much easier and a lot more fun. Could you toss in a new car, too? With 4-wheel drive please?

ANY DAY

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: Week 40

Thought I’d just offer a few “around the house” pictures. We haven’t put up our holiday decorations yet. I’m waiting for some of them to arrive. They are, I am assured, on their way.

No big tree this year.

window early december

We are going to go with the miniature, baby live pines. In the end, I got two of them: one for the living room, the other for the dining room. They are small enough to look good on the tables, big enough and decorative enough to add a festive look. Especially when we add the wrapped gifts with their ribbons and tags and all.

dolls and clutter pre christmas

So this is the house just before the holidays, after the Thanksgiving snow has melted and before the next storms arrive. A peace mini-interval between periods of busy and hectic!

flowers bouquet and camera bags

THE DOLLS HAVE IT

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AT HOME – INWARD AND INSIDE

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CHRISTMAS EVE 2013

DAILY PROMPT: CONFIDENTLY RESTORING ANA MCGUFFEY

I collected dolls for years, but collecting is easy. Restoring is more of a challenge and before I gave up collecting, I learned to restore old dolls. Composition was the material favored by quality dollmakers such as American Character and Madame Alexander before the 1940s when hard plastic became the material of choice. The changeover […]

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