DECORATING ON THE CHEAP – Marilyn Armstrong

Garry used to be a major-league cover-stealer. Early in our marriage, I tried to gently detach him from his tightly-held cover cocoon. It was hopeless. His technique was simple:  two 360-twirls while firmly clutching the covers. It left me with no covers while he was fully wrapped, neck to toes. At some point, I realized … Continue reading DECORATING ON THE CHEAP – Marilyn Armstrong

SWEET SUE IN PINK – Marilyn Armstrong

American Character was never as popular a doll maker as Tony or Madame Alexander ... or for that matter, Barbie or even Ginny. But American Character dolls had the sweetest faces of any dolls of that generation. They were all so lovely. In my house, they still are. Their best-selling doll was "Sweet Sue" of … Continue reading SWEET SUE IN PINK – Marilyn Armstrong

THE CLEANSING OF THE DOG – Marilyn Armstrong

It costs $60 to get one of our dogs groomed. With three grimy dogs, that comes to a chunk of change and I couldn't do it. Usually, I manage to find the money somewhere, but this time, there was no hidden money. Really, we can only wash Bonnie because she is small enough to fit … Continue reading THE CLEANSING OF THE DOG – Marilyn Armstrong

THE RESTORATION OF ANA McGUFFEY – Marilyn Armstrong

I collected dolls for years. Collecting is easy. Restoring is more of a challenge. Before I gave up collecting, I learned to restore my old dolls. Up front, let me say that I'm not crafty. I can't sew, crochet, knit, or carve. I can't change the cartridges in my printer. I can write and I … Continue reading THE RESTORATION OF ANA McGUFFEY – Marilyn Armstrong

TOYS – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Play With By the time you hit your retirement years, "play with" can take on an alarming tone. The problem is that our taste in fun has not changed, but we have. So even though we used to love formula racing, our aging bodies might not be up to the … Continue reading TOYS – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong