Friday, January 17, 2020

The Greenhouse, A New Mattress and A Thrift Store Doll!

Today has been full!  I got home last night and today has been all about getting settled back in plus something unexpected!

Let me back up and do a little explaining ...

My mom, who is 82 years old, had to have surgery and I went to help take care of her afterwards.  The morning after we brought her home a really bad storm swept through the area and took out the power for almost 15 hours.  Let me just say that my mom had absolutely no preparedness items anywhere in or around her home, nor did she have a way to keep her home warm.  (I kept thinking of all the things I had at home … 12 hours away!)  We survived it and I got an education in surviving with a post-op patient in the winter with no back-up heat source, no back up power source, no candles, no oil lamps,  no nothing!   It was an experience!

It's normal for me to have back pain, I have a condition that causes almost constant pain, it's just a matter of the level.  For the past month or so my back pain has gotten worse, I mean really worse even to the point of having some numbness in my neck and arms.  While I was away I noticed that the pain was better, by the time I got home my new back pain was almost gone.  Then I slept in my bed last night and I woke up in the wee hours of the morning with the new pain back and the tingling/numbness reoccurring.  It hit me that it was our mattress (It was at least 20 years old!).  I told my hubby that the pain was back and he set to work looking for where we could get a new mattress at the best price.  By afternoon we had a new mattress on our bed and the old one taken to the recycling center.  (Yes, I know how blessed I am to be married to this man!)

I got the opportunity to do a little thrift store shopping towards the end of my time away and found this 18 inch doll for $1.99.  (I'll use this doll as my 'model' and save the one I purchased for my little granddaughter so it doesn't get messed up.) The doll had green marker on the side of her face and in one of her ears but other than that she was in great condition … except for her hair!




See the green marker?


I used a magic eraser sponge and it came right off!


But that hair … I have to do something about that hair?  Does anyone have any suggestions?


When we got our mail today, there was a package in it from a reader (thank you Paula!)!  Look at that adorable doll umbrella.  Paula sent the hardware, the pattern and the fabric ... I am so excited to make this for my granddaughter's doll!  Thank you!  Thank You!  Thank You, Paula!


Of course you know one of the first places I went this morning was to my greenhouse … look what was waiting for me!!!  I see a salad and bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches in our near future!

I also harvested more calendula flowers as the plants had several on them.


While I was away a friend re-did the bottom of this antique rocking chair for me.  She did such a good job!  This spring I'll repaint the chair and this project will be completed.

With this post I will pick back up with the Vicky Challenge again.  What is the Vicky Challenge?  Go HERE to get a good explanation.  I participated in this challenge a couple of years ago and am now ready to do it again … starting today!  My Vicky Challenge savings for today is $100, the amount we saved on the mattress we purchased.  By taking the time to search online for the best deals on the best product available in our area, that we could afford, we saved $100!  That's a pretty good start to my Vicky Challenge Savings for 2020!

Like I said, it's been a full day!  I'm going to be ready to crawl into bed onto our new mattress tonight!  

Update 1/18/2020:  I slept really well on the new mattress and didn't wake up with the pain or tingling/numbness!

Our high temp was 48 degrees today!  

I hope you've had a great day!
Until the next time … 

patsi
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23 comments:

  1. I've had great luck fixing dolls hair with conditioner...just wet the hair, put on lots of conditioner (human hair conditioner!!) and comb it through the hair. It's worked for me on a couple of dolls.

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    1. LEfting, thank you, it seems to be a popular method so I'm going to give it a try!

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  2. I read that you can use hair conditioner to fix her tangles.

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    1. sparky136, I'm going to give it a try, thank you!

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  3. I've heard liquid fabric softener will help renew doll hair?

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  4. It looks like the little girl who had her took her into the bath. My daughter did this with Barbies. We used the conditioner trick and it was better but not perfect. You get the hair wet and apply conditioner for 5 minutes and gently comb through. Good Luck.

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    1. Amy, thank you, I'm going to try it, anything is better than the doll's current hair-do!

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  5. Diluted hair conditioner works wonders on doll hair. Google results. I believe the recipe is half conditioner and half water.

    Wendy P

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    1. Wendy, I'm going to try it today, thank you!

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  6. Try soaking the doll's hair in equal partsfabric conditioner and water then brushing it out gently. Rinse out the conditioner when done.

    Good to have you back!

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    1. Allegra, thank you, I'm excited to try this as it seems to be everyone's recommendation.

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  7. One trick to fix the doll hair is fabric softener or hair conditioner. Dilute the fabric softener with some water or just use conditioner and saturate the dolls hair. Carefully comb starting at the bottom and working your way up. Rinse our the hair and let dry. It will not be new but it will be much improved. I got this trick years ago for fixing pre loved dolls for Christmas shoeboxes. Hope it helps your model.

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    1. Dawn, thank you for your specific instructions, I will follow your suggestions.

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  8. Weicome back!
    Hope your mom has a quick recovery, and I'm glad you were there to help esp during the power outage.
    How sweet of your hubby to find a mattress so quickly. Hope you sleep well with no pain.
    Yummy tomatoes! Enjoy!
    What a cute umbrella. Maybe a braid for the doll. She is cute with 80s hair.
    Hope you have a restful weekend.

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    1. Kathy, it was definitely an experience during the power outage, but like everything negative in life I try to learn something from the experience so I will be better prepared the next time!

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  9. Patsy, I hope you give us some pointers from what you learned during the power outage at your mom's. Trying to stay warm during a power outage in a Canadian winter is quite the task. Any suggestions or ideas that worked would be quite welcome, along with other tricks you used to survive without all the emergency supplies you normally keep on hand. One never knows when something like this could happen (e.g. while on vacation and staying at a hotel or while a guest at someone elses house).

    It is nice to hear your mother is doing well after her surgery. However, I was surprised how quickly I missed the daily comments on your blog...and you just started posting like this! So glad to have you back, Patsy.

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    1. Rhonda, I'm contemplating turning the experience into an upcoming class and you're right, your preparedness items do you no good if you can't access them! It's nice to know that my posts were missed, thank you for the encouragement!

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  10. Kudos for taking care of your Mom in such tough conditions. I am happy to hear that your pain is so much better with the new mattress.

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    1. Lana, We had talked about needing to replace the old mattress many times but something always seemed to come up to take the money. However, once we realized how much pain we both were 'not experiencing' on different mattresses, it was a no-brainer! A new mattress became the squeaky wheel!

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  11. I have back pain from my mattress. What kind did you get and is it a firm one? Glad you're feeling better.

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    1. D, we got a Serta medium and it works great for us. We are surprised how much difference a new mattress is making.

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  12. It is really amazing how much a mattress can affect your health. I received a new bed with an adjustable base for Christmas and didn't realize just how badly I was sleeping until I slept on the new mattress.
    I hope your mom has an easy and quick recovery. She's blessed to have you for a daughter.

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