Living My Second Childhood

 

Toys are my passion

Love it even if people don’t understand you

 

I am 44 years old and my husband is 45. We hit the mid-life crisis with a bang and realized we didn’t spend enough time together, just the two of us. We have our children and their husbands and children living with us, so all of us have an escape route once in a while. Don’t get me wrong-we love each other. However, at this time in our lives, my husband and I realize just how short life is and we won’t live forever. Memories we make now will always be remembered, even when we are gone.

The question we asked ourselves was what should we do? I am one of the lucky ones who can say our sex life at this stage in the game after being together 28 years is nothing to sneeze at, but we needed something we could enjoy together. He is a football fan-me not so much. I love shows about murder and mayhem-he would rather watch The Dukes of Hazzard reruns. We do enjoy the NCIS series as well as watching anything to do with superheros (like Batman, Superman, and now The Flash and fell in love with the series “Arrow”) but that isn’t active activities. That is sitting on your butt getting old and fat activities!

So, one weekend, we had a bit of extra cash and knew there were a bunch of yard sales in our area. We like looking for stuff for our grandkids (which drive my kids crazy as they already have quite a few toys) but figure you never know what you may come upon. We hopped in the car with my phone for GPS tracking, had a list of addresses to go to, and set off on our journey.

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It was a beautiful day that day. The sun was shining and it was warm and quickly getting hotter. My husband had put in a lot of overtime the previous weeks (hence the extra cash flow) and he had the next couple of days off. I asked him when he wanted to go back and he looked at me, saw me smiling, and said, “We don’t have a time limit, do we?” My husband wasn’t one for shopping, so this was music to my ears!

We got lost that day, I remember. We ended up way out miles and miles from home, completely and utterly lost. We almost ran out of gas, too! We ended up at a creepy gas station (that is featured in my book of short stories, “Twisted Tales”) and I was laughing so hard because of what images had come to my mind and how creeped out my husband was. That day was so memorable, because we had not only shed the worry of our kids (who were both married with kids) but learned to enjoy each other.

After that day, we have made a habit of going to yard sales each weekend. Even if he is working, we will start out either on a Friday or Saturday morning, looking for specifically Barbie dolls and Transformers. I loved Barbie dolls since childhood and am an avid collector and he always loved Transformers. He never got one as a toy until after we had married and I learned his parents could never afford the luxury of toys like that. I still feel strongly he deserves some fun and so do I after raising our kids and working so hard to give them a good life (even if we fell a bit short in that area).

I have found several things on my journeys with him Some I have kept, some I have sold for a profit to support our now addicting habit. My daughter, Michaela, chides us that if we aren’t careful we will become hoarders. Luckily, the very thought along with our limited pocketbook makes that pretty much impossible. I also love to find things and sell them to others when I realize I found a tiny treasure for little money. It enables me to share my passion with others, but also helps the family budget in the first place.

Some say if we didn’t do what we do then we would have more money. Well, we don’t drink and we don’t party. We don’t really go out to dinner as I hate eating in front of people (little know random fact about me, thanks to buck-teeth as a child) Plus, it is amazing when we get to a yard sale and find a bunch of Barbie dolls for so little-even after I explain sometimes to the people how much they are worth, they sometimes even give us a better price knowing they will be going to collectors.

THAT is extremely awesome!

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Here are a few of our finds. Some aren’t worth much, but to me, they are a tiny treasure!

1960 Miss America Pepsi Doll)

1960 Miss America Pepsi Doll)

 

1963 Penny Brite Dolls

1963 Penny Brite Dolls

 

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Grease Album from the movie

Grease Album from the movie

Vintage Francie Doll Shoes

Vintage Francie Doll Shoes

My Scene Barbie Dolls and accessories

My Scene Barbie Dolls and accessories

Moxie Teenz Doll

Moxie Teenz Doll

Vintage 1970's Strawberry Shortcake Dolls and accessories

Vintage 1970’s Strawberry Shortcake Dolls and accessories

 

And that is just a small sample of a few things. Like I said, nothing major, but things I could add to my collection or stuff I could resell for a small profit to buy other cool stuff (or in some cases, groceries or pay a bill!). I am always adding to my collection, and lately, I am expanding it as well. I once didn’t even have a doll over 14″ (and even that, for me, was pushing it for size) and now, this is my collection that is growing thanks to finds in thrift stores or yard sales:

18 My Life and Our Generation Dolls

18 My Life and Our Generation Dolls

I am always hoping to find that one rare doll, that one Barbie, that has been sitting in someone’s attic and their children decide to put it out for sale. Would I tell them its value? Honestly, maybe, maybe not! As silly as it sounds, it’s like the American Pickers when they find something-you want to be fair but hope to go home with a  little money in your pocket and a treasure you otherwise couldn’t afford!

Now I have made it my passion to start a side collection from the actual Barbie dolls. I love lingerie, and when I was a kid, I had only 1 nightgown for my dolls. Maybe this is why I have such joy when making it for collectors in some of my OOAK (one of a kind for those who don’t know) fashion lines. I know what it was like being poor as a child and not having what others had, or wishing so much to be able to get something to play with and couldn’t afford it. I have been lucky to be in a position to follow my passion as a collector and find these wonderful things.

I also have a ridiculous Barbie and doll shoes collection. Many women have a thing for shoes, and I remember my older sister Tammy having some fabulous clothes and shoes when I was little. She was 11 years older than me, and I always tried on her shoes and could never fit in them. When I got older, high heels were it and I wore them, then I started having back problems and was diagnosed with spinal arthritis and facet joint disease 2 years ago. I already loved finding different shoes to go with my OOAK fashions. After all, the right shoe can make or break the presentation of an outfit. It was last year when I realized just how many I had collected, and I decided to keep buying more. At one yard sale I happened to mention my….I guess you would say, fetish? for Barbie shoes since she had a couple dolls for sale. She brought me out some shoes and I was doing the little happy dance in my heart as they were ones I didn’t have. I hesitantly asked, “How much?” and she gauged me (i have learned how to have a poker face!) and said $1. That is my favorite number, it seems, as I have found plenty of treasures for just $1!

BARBIE SHOES!!

BARBIE SHOES!!

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If you are sitting there, slightly drooling, or wishing there was a yard sale right now, GO FOR IT! Don’t be afraid of what your friends and family or neighbors think. Life is to be enjoyed and cherished each moment possible. Who cares if someone thinks you’re weird? Don’t we ALL have a little bit of eccentricity to us? Those who don’t are simply boorish and boring. Feel sorry for them and embrace your weirdness! I am lucky to have a husband who understands my love of toys and love of anything vintage. We want to buy vintage cars, as well, but that will be a long time coming thanks to finances. For now, we will stick to toys and finding ones for our grandkids in the process of reliving our childhood.

Life is short. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Before you know it, it will be gone and what will you have to leave behind for others to remember you by?

My husband Michael and I, enjoying 28 years together!

My husband Michael and I, enjoying 28 years together!

I am living my second childhood. Should you be living yours?

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Was The Death of the Obama Birth Certificate Verifier Caught on Video?

Accidental Patriot

Since the day it was announced that Loretta Fuddy, the Director of the Hawaii Department of Health who verified Obama’s birth certificate died mysteriously in a plane crash, there was some question of whether is was really  an “accident”. The authorities seem to be saying, yes. But, because of her close ties to the fraudulent Obama Birth Certificate,  many people fear that she was the most recent  in Obama’s “dead pool” and haven’t stopped looking for real answers. It seems  that amateur bloggers and Youtubers are the new Investigative Journalists in this new media society of “give the President a pass, or be a racist”.

I recently came across a video and still photos that were meticulously retrieved by a fellow blogger, from the Ferdinand Puentes GoCam videos that he took of the plane crash on December 11, 2013 in which  Loretta Fuddy  died. The photos can be found here:  http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/extras/

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Pastor tries atheism, loses jobs, gains $19,000

I have a lot of respect for this guy to even take an unpopular approach to be able to prove something so important to himself.

CNN Belief Blog

By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor

(CNN) — In the past, at times like these, when his life foundered and frayed around the edges, Ryan Bell often prayed for help. But this year, at least, the pastor has resolved not to.

For the next 12 months, Bell says he will live as if there is no God.

He will not pray, go to church, read the Bible for inspiration, trust in divine providence or hope in things unseen. He’s taking the opposite of a leap of faith: a free fall into the depths of religious doubt.

Bell’s “intellectual experiment,” which began January 1, has already borne dramatic consequences.

In less than a week, he lost two jobs teaching at Christian schools near his home in Los Angeles. He’s 42 and has been a pastor or in seminary for most of his adult life. Now he faces the prospect of…

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The 1940s Justice Society Of America Were A Surprisingly Progressive Bunch

This goes to show we have regressed rather than progressed!

STRAITENED CIRCUMSTANCES: Tim Hanley on Wonder Woman and Women in Comics

A few weeks back we learned that Wonder Woman’s background role as the secretary of the Justice Society in the 1940s wasn’t some sort of patriarchal, sexist scheme.  Instead, it was actually about William Moulton Marston wanting complete control of his character.  Today we’ll gain an even better appreciation for the people behind All-Star Comics.  Not only were they not sexist jerks, there were also some really impressive messages of tolerance in the book.

All-Star Comics #22 begins with Dr. Midnite strolling to the Justice Society headquarters when he comes across some ruffians beating up another boy.  He asks them what their problem is, and then straightens them out after they explain:

For the rest of the issue, various members of the Justice Society get sent through time to fight prejudice in various historical eras.  They all return to the present, keen to teach others the importance of…

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Easter Proclamation Abolishes the Papacy – Common Law Court and Covenanted Christians issue joint statement

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2012: What's the 'real' truth?

Posted on April 20, 2014
Source: ITCCS.org
Thanks to S.

Breaking News Release: Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 4 pm GMT

Easter Proclamation Abolishes the Papacy – Common Law Court and Covenanted Christians issue joint statement

Maastricht, Holland and Rome:

Today, at sunrise on Easter, April 20, 2014, ceremonies in Rome, London, Maastricht and at the key energy centers of the earth proclaimed and invoked the spiritual disestablishment of the church of Rome and the entity governing it. The Maastricht Proclamation was made by Rev. Kevin Annett at the oldest catholic church outside of Italy.

The Proclamation was preceded by sunrise exorcism ceremonies at the Vatican and dozens of other locations under the authority of spiritual elders. To quote their statement,

“This third and final exorcism of the dark entity of Rome is accomplished. The power of that false church is forever broken, and replaced by a new…

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Photos April 16: Top images from around the world

All I can say is WOW.

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The day’s best photos, as selected by editors at Postmedia News, are a stunning collection of the greatest images from around the world.

This photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows helicopters heading to aid 476 passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo. South Korean coastguard vessels and helicopters pulled passengers off a stricken ferry as it sank on April 16 off the southern coast.  (YONHAPYONHAP/AFP/Getty Images) This photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows helicopters heading to aid 476 passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo. South Korean coastguard vessels and helicopters pulled passengers off a stricken ferry as it sank on April 16 off the southern coast. (YONHAPYONHAP/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo taken at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 16, 2014 shows South Korea Coast Guard members in helicopters trying to rescue some of the 477 passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon. South Korean officials said as many as 295 people were still unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 477 passengers and crew capsized off the south coast on April 16.   (YONHAPYONHAP/AFP/Getty Images) This photo taken at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 16, 2014. South Korean officials said as many as 295 people were still unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 477 passengers and crew capsized off the south coast on April 16. (YONHAPYONHAP/AFP/Getty Images)

This photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows helicopters heading to aid 476 passengers and crew aboard a South Korean ferry sinking on its way to Jeju island from Incheon, some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo. (South Korea Coast Guard/AFP/Getty Images) This photo taken on April 16, 2014 shows helicopters heading to aid 476…

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With Regrets…Washington, DC Here We Do Not Come

Life sometimes gets in the way…

I am not one to plan things and this is why-life always gets in the way. My daughter and I are not going to be able to attend the Million Woman March in Washington, D.C. All the hype and all the flurry of activity and planning right down to the hotel room, too. I have debated as to whether I would post as to why we aren’t going and because of safety reasons, I am declining to say anything at the moment.  

What I can tell you is that it is a matter we have taken to the police (which has NOTHING to do with the March whatsoever) and after much discussion, we decided it was best for us to stick close to home. I am hoping within the next month I will be able to tell you all why, but I can’t. Some know the details if they have followed me on Facebook for some time, or have at least a partial idea. Anyone who donated money on the Fund Me site is getting a refund, although some have already said to donate it in my daughter’s name or use it for her to do some things locally. 

All I can say is, you will be seeing many posts about a couple of subjects I am very passionate about in the coming year as I figure out where I fit in to make a difference on these subjects. Domestic abuse and stalking continue to be something far too close to home and something so many women deal with that does not have enough light shed on it. 

Thank you to all who shared my daughter’s story. This isn’t the end of it for her, unfortunately. Even with having had surgery just in September, the pain is back and she is contemplating the next step. A hysterectomy was on her list and soon, but the doctor (due to her age) is putting it off and now she is thinking, if it is possible, another baby may be in the forecast for her. You never know what life will bring.

~Jody

Lawmakers call for suspension of Russia from G8, swift action against Putin

We have been a joke to the world-while many think b-balling it and going on “The View” and doing celebrity things is a Presidential thing to do, they obviously have been ignoring the White House for Years. Obama is not considered a threat and at the same time those speaking out too much undermine his authority as well. It is a no-win situation. We already have high-cost wars going on that are killing us financially. If you want to make a change like hsi campaign had said, start here at home and feed the people, support the people, and make OUR lives better FIRST! Charity begins at HOME!

CNN Political Ticker

(CNN) — As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, with Russian troops moving into the Crimean peninsula on Saturday, U.S. lawmakers are pushing for decisive action against Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the violence in the region and respect Ukraine’s independence.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Sens. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, made the case for congressional sanctions and a suspension of Russian membership in the G8 and G20.

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