Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fall at the Bio Park

Finally, it was time to get out and see fall!
There is no better place to see fall in the city
than at the Botanical Garden,
which is, of course, all about nature
and seasonal changes.
This time of year is about changes in nature,
but it is also about setting up light sculptures
for the River of Lights,
which is held throughout the month of December.
There are a lot of animals, insects, flowers,
and even vehicles set out around the park,
all done up in lights!





Even some trees are decorated with holiday lights!



Walking back toward the farm and Japanese Garden....



there are still roses in bloom in the rose garden.




Look at the fall leaves!
Fall is finally here!



Sasebo Japanese Garden























Heritage Farm

















Chile in New Mexico




Near the green houses,
there was a pond with the sound of running water
and crickets!


I sat down for a closer look, and found a frog!!!!



I sat quietly, and looked even closer...
and saw another frog!




Yeah...the are easy to see with the zoom on the camera,
but do you see them in the pond?


Click on the link to the Flickr photo to see where they are hiding.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/traveldollcompanion/5102856481/

Back to the front of the Botanic Garden, and time to go!




























Monday, October 18, 2010

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like...Fall!

We have a bit of a break from school this year.
It is called Fall Break!
And our break came just in time for dropping temperatures
and leaves starting to change color. The leaves on this tree started to turn yellow
about a week ago.
It was time for a photo in the fall tree!
Mom said she photographs a doll in this tree every year,
but the tree has grown a lot in the 5 or 6 years it has been here!
She had to stretch up high to boost me up to this branch.
Then, after lunch, there was another surprise!
A few weeks ago, I was given $50,
and it wasn't even my birthday!
Mom said she was going to buy another doll,
but if she had a few dolly dollars,
maybe she should spend it on me.
This is part of what I did with it:


Spampy for Halloween!
I looked at her website,
and there were fabrics for Halloween,
and she had an order deadline of October 10th,
and it was already the 8th!!!
Quick!!!!

Wow! And she was quick, too!
Now I have special Halloween pajamas/lounge wear.
And if anyone knows how to make fuzzy bunny slippers,
I am looking for a pair of fuzzy black kitty slippers.
Mom said these black loafers for Leeann/Lenny
make nice leather slippers.
I still think fuzzy black kitty slippers would be cute.

And here is the secret surprise!
Auntie Spampy always sends extras,
and this time, she sent me BOO panties
and a second pair of tights!
Very COOL!
Yeah, Fall is very COOL!



Friday, October 15, 2010

Out with the Old

It is that time again!
This ristra is 2 years old.
It is turning dark red and brown, and it is very dry.
It is also dusty from hanging on the wall. So mom brought home a new, bright red one!
It is soft and smells like fresh chile!
This ristra even left me a little chile!
Did you know...
That all chile is chile, but
green chile is considered a vegetable,
and red chile is a spice?
Green chile is chile that is picked earlier in the season,
and there is more "meat" to it.
It is roasted, frozen, or canned.
If it sits out, it goes bad, just like any fruit or vegetable.
It turns red when it stays on the vine longer.
The "meat" goes away, so red chile won't turn bad,
it just keeps getting drier.
It can be dried, grounded and used as a spice.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/24337/new_mexico_chili_whats_the_difference.html?cat=22

Friday, October 1, 2010

Travel Doll History

This is Sara.
Sara is a Nancy Ann Storybook doll Alice in Wonderland.
Or rather, she was once upon a time (1959).
By her own account,
her original hair and clothes were removed by a toddler,
and replaced by her 6th grade mama, with whom she still lives.
Sometime in 1999, the computer came along,
and Sara started a Yahoo Group called Travel Dolls,
where dolls could write in from their own point of view.
My mom joined about 2001 with her first companion dolls,
and tells me that she went through
many travel dolls before finding me and proclaiming me her main companion.
But, here is Sara, the founder of the modern travel doll movement,
and her 365 Days photo project on Flickr.

All This Fluff

All these fluffy, stuffed animal companions keep arriving!
In fact, some of the stuffies have been getting out and having adventures.
I can sit quietly by the computer,
but mom has been nervous about my playing outside.
I was starting to wonder if I'd be lost in all this fluff.
But, some of the fluff is huggable!
Denver and I enjoyed some cuddling by the sunny window
on October 1st.
He is one soft puppy!
Maybe all this fluff isn't so bad.