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Mr. Truly Me 74 (real name to be determined when he reaches his new home) is almost ready to go.

I bought most of his clothes, because I've been pretty busy, but I did make his sweater, which you saw last week. Now that I've had a look at his clothes, I realize he still needs a warm hat and scarf, and a pair of sneakers. I will try to get the scarf and hat made quickly, so I can send him off to Wisconsin. In his box, he will have a dressy outfit (trousers with suspenders, dress shirt, dress shoes and socks, bow tie), three T-shirts, corduroy cargo pants, pajamas and a warm winter jacket and boots.

I'm still making sourdough bread. This loaf got no extra yeast, only the sourdough starter. I'm still trying to use up my rye flour, but it's mostly all-purpose and whole wheat, with added wheat bran, wheat germ, oat bran and wheat gluten.

I'm working on marketing the book, which has cut into my time. I have had to ship some to people overseas, which required a trip to the post office. Rocky had his annual physical, and I was talked into phone-banking again, to make sure people know where and when to vote, how to get absentee ballots, what they will need to take to the polls, etc. I thought we were done with this, but Georgia has runoff elections in several races. 

I started a sweater for one of Daphne's Dolls for Christmas. The pattern is on Ravelry here. I've made it several times before. I can't remember the color name, and I've lost the label. It's sort of a purplish pink, a color I know she will love.

For mindless knitting, I'm using up scraps of cotton yarn for dishcloths. I don't have enough of any one color to make one, so I've been putting two colors together, knitting the cast-on by alternating the two colors, and then knitting across and back with one color, then across and back with the other. The first one I did like this was two shades of blue, but it's in use.

I've been waking up while it's still dark. Sometimes I'm rewarded with a great sunrise.

This week's story in The Doll's Storybook is about being a good sport when you lose. Sometimes that's the most important part of the game. Jolena knows this from ski competitions, and Veronika has had some challenges with her sewing that help her understand the boys' disappointment.

I think if anyone asks me to do one more thing, I should say I'm all booked up!
Well, it's thanksgiving again, so I have to include my quilters' turkey.



Happy Thanksgiving. Stay well!

What's on my needles: Dish cloths and a sweater for Daphne's doll.

What's on my sewing machine: Sitting idle.

What's in my hoop: Still the Whole Cloth Quilt. A little more progress this week.

What's in The Doll's Storybook: Good Sports. Dolls understand that you can't always win. How you behave when you lose says a lot about you.
What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still Elsewhere by Dean Koontz.

What's in my wine glass: Torre de Pias red by JAWs. Not my favorite, but drinkable.

What's my tip of the week: If your glasses fog up when you wear a mask, one trick is to put a little shampoo or dish soap on the lenses, wipe them down but don't rinse. If you think you're likely to get it into your eyes, you can use baby shampoo.
Mariah: Stories from the Doll's Storybook is available from Amazon or Barnes & Noble in the US, and on Amazon in other countries. Other vendors are starting to list the book, too.


Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 27, 2020 at 11:57am

Thanks, Jan! I do hope to get back to quilting. I'm still hand-quilting, but I haven't had time to piece a new quilt. I have a kit I've been wanting to get to for years!

Comment by Jan on November 27, 2020 at 10:47am

Just added your blogspot, as I don’t want to miss your Monday posts.  I don’t think I will dress dolls as a hobby but certainly enjoy seeing what you do for your doll family.  Thanks for sharing a part of your life.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 24, 2020 at 11:04am

Jan, here are two options for you: 1) Collect and dress dolls as a hobby. Lots of people do, and you can use quilting fabric for much of it. 2) If this site folds, you can find my blog posts every Monday, as long as I'm still able, at https://zwergpudelfrau.blogspot.com. I post both places. I hope I have my whole-cloth quilt finished while this site is still open, though. LOL!

Janet: It's always appropriate. I try not to have too much that won't stand the test of time. I hope people come back to read the stories for a long time.

Carol Ann, I didn't see that cartoon. Sounds like a good one. Taking a situation out of context and putting it into another one often makes the best point. That's one reason my characters are dolls, not real children. We let down our defenses when the characters are not exactly like us. That opens us up to learning.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on November 23, 2020 at 1:29pm

Good doll story today, Peggy!  You may have seen the same "cartoon" that I saw in the local paper.  It featured a wild-haired Little League coach yelling at his young players, who had just lost the game, "No!  What have I taught you?!  Don't shake hands with the other team; cry and yell that they actually lost; they cheated you; they weren't playing fairly!"

Comment by Janet/MO on November 23, 2020 at 10:13am

Another enjoyable blog Peggy.  I love the theme of your lessons for this week.  Very appropriate for what is going on in different parts of the country today.

Comment by Jan on November 23, 2020 at 8:47am

Love that little boy dolls wardrobe.  Wish our grandchildren were small enough for dolls! Always enjoy your posts but with so little activity I wonder how long the site will last.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Ours will be simple with just the two of us, but we are well and have lots to be thankful for.


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