I Don’t Have A Cell Phone

old phoneI don’t have a cell phone. A friend once said I was “the last hold-out”, but I know there are at least a few others out there who don’t have them.  I don’t find the cost of them to be worth the few times I’d use one.  Since I work from home, a land line works just fine and I love that landlines never cut out, drop the line or have other such problems. I guess I see my landline the same way I see my “hard wired” computer.  I never have to worry about a weak signal.

There’s been a few times while I’ve been out shopping that I would have liked a cell phone. It could have saved a little time. But for the few times I’d use it, I can’t see spending the money.

I heard that iPhones can cost a thousand dollars. Wow, I can think of hundreds of other things I’d rather do with a thousand dollars.  I’ve also heard that most plans run at least $40 a month.  My landline runs about $35 even with all the taxes added in, and I don’t have to worry about viruses or updates.

Young people probably don’t even remember a time when there weren’t cell phones. I’m old enough to remember rotary dials and party lines.

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Remembering Childhood Toys & Games

2011 Ginger MinifigI’ve always had a bad habit of living in the future. Looking ahead weeks and months, even years, and never living in the day.  But as I’ve gotten older I find myself often looking at the distant past of my early childhood. Maybe because I have so many great memories of those days.

I was recently thinking about toys I used to have. I wonder how many people remember the Easy-Bake Oven?  I had one. It actually baked little cakes.  It was fun, briefly. But being the type that never liked cooking, I lost interest fairly fast.

I also remember Hula Hoops, Slinkys and those ugly Troll Dolls. I can’t believe I actually liked those Troll Dolls for a while. I also fell in love with Liddle Kiddle dolls. They were little miniature dolls; some were only an inch tall. They had oversized faces, I Dream of Jeannie eyes, and wild hair colors. I mostly liked the ones that came encased in plastic perfume bottles. Oh, they smelled good!

I enjoyed the Etch-a-Sketch and the Spirograph, but I was never any good at them. My drawings were never as good-looking at pictures on the packaging. Then there was Play-Doh, another creative medium for children that’s still popular today.

Games were also a part of my childhood and Monopoly was probably my favorite. I still remember the night my uncle and I stayed up late playing the game and how he’d always turn all his money into the smallest currency denominations to make it look like he had lots of money.

I also enjoyed Go to the Head of the Class, but I don’t remember having the game myself. It had a board that looked like a classroom and it was a trivia type game. I’ve always loved trivia games, but have a hard time finding others who like them. And speaking of school, I always loved the games we played in the early years of grade school like Seven-Up. I liked spelling bees, too. I still remember how happy I was when I spelled Ferdinand Magellan correctly!

Colorforms, Silly Putty and the View Master were some other fun toys from my childhood. View Masters can been around since the 1939 New York World’s Fair, but they continue to be popular even today.

One other toy that I remember enjoying was the Whee-Lo. It was a wheel with a magnetized axle that rolled up and down a handheld metal track. The toy was first introduced in 1953 under the name Magnetic Walking Wheel.

But the one thing that stayed with me all these years and is still in my household today are Lego building blocks. They were first introduced to me in grade school, and although I never had any of my own as a child, they were of the first toys purchased for my children, and I’ve had them in my home ever since. Be sure to see my Lego creations on the “Custom Legos” menu tab above.

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Still To Come

2012-11-27-ginger-with-pigtails-doll-used-on-websiteIt’s true that I don’t do new posts as often as some people, but my plan for this site is to share information and photos.  I will add new posts as often as I have time to do so.

In the mean time, I’d like to let my doll collector friends know that I’m planning to add many more photos in the near future.  I’ll be photographing dioramas of rooms including sewing room, office, and kitchen.  I’ll also be photographing a garden scene and bakery. Photos of my “grandmother” Cissette doll along with photos of my “Little Women” Tiny Betty dolls will also be added.

I mostly use Madame Alexander 8″ dolls in my dioramas.  I just love these beautiful dolls! Several of my little models are articulated, so they can be posed in a variety of ways.

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Longaberger “The Club”

2016-11-25-ginger-with-longaberger-miniatures-copy-472x640Longaberger’s Collectors Club began in 1996. Those who join the club have access to some of the most unique Longaberger products. Longaberger has offered many miniature versions of their regular size baskets to club members. During this past year, The Farm Miniature Collection was introduced.  These four baskets included a berry, vegetable, apple and measuring baskets. I especially liked the berry and vegetable basket (see photo).

Recently, I noticed recently that Longaberger has been referring to the Collectors Club as “The Club”. Membership is just $45 per year and includes special access to exclusive member baskets, Homestead amenities, a wall calendar, the Connections E-newsletter, and exclusive travel & events.

When I started my Longaberger collection in 2008, I noticed right away that most of the baskets and other unique items that I liked the most were from the Collectors Club. I especially love the miniatures!

To learn more about my collection and see many photos, go to the “collections” tab at the top of the page and go to the Longaberger, Collectors Club tab.

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2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

133634tgms_mtotm_bannerThe Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest, oldest and most prestigious gem and mineral show in the world. It has enjoyed international stature since the 1970s. Their first show was in 1953 and the upcoming 2017 show will be their 63rd.

I had actually been in Tucson, Arizona briefly when I was 12 years old. And although I had already been collecting rocks for several years, I was unaware of the Tucson Show until just a few years ago. Unfortunately, due to health, I will likely never be able to attend. But that doesn’t keep me from being enthused and fascinated by the show!2017

The upcoming Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is a 4 day event being held from February 9th to 12th 2017 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. There will be a Grand Prize drawing for a 6.38ct Rhodolite and .03 Diamond 18kt Pendant which was hand engraved in Florence, Italy (see photo).

The show exhibits provide a rare window into private and museum collections. Each year is different. Past shows have featured such treasures as The Hope Diamond, NASA Moon Rock, Ship of Gold, and the Hooker Emerald. In addition to the many exhibits, there are educational programs as well as lots of fun for kids.  You can learn more, see photos, and get an admission discount at their tgms.org website.

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My Job

magazineFifteen years ago this month, a call was put out over the air waves and I answered that call. It was for a transcriptionist for Endtime Ministries radio program.

Endtime Ministries is a Christian organization based in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area of Texas that focuses on explaining current world events as they relate to the prophecies of the Bible for the end of this age.

I had been subscribing to their magazine since its inception in 1991, and had been listening to their prophecy talk-show since shortly after it began airing over the internet in the late 1990s. I’ve had a passion for prophecy since I became a Christian in the early 1980s, and was excited to be taken on as a transcriptionist for the radio show.

In a short time, the job led to me becoming the supervisor of the entire transcription team.  I also began helping with their weekly newsletter, and at times assisted with research.  I had a few articles published in their magazine and eventually acquired my own By-Line.

With the advancement of technology and changes in the ministry, the transcription team was dissolved. But I continue with writing the World Review section of Endtime Magazine and  submit the best news stories of the week for the newsletter. And I do it all from home over the internet. I LOVE MY JOB!

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Use Old Stamps

One of the things I’ve loved about collecting stamps is that you can still use the old stampsstamps even though prices have changed.  Currently, a regular stamp costs 47¢, so if you have an old 29¢ stamp, just add another stamp or two to make up the difference and the post office will accept it.

I love my stamp collection because of its beautiful artwork and history.  When I first started collecting, I was trying to hold onto just about everything I got my hands on. But after a few years I began to realize that I was more interested in certain of my stamps and not others.  So as I looked them over and thought about it, I realized that the stamps I liked the best all seemed to fall into certain topics. It was at that point that I narrowed things down and split my stamps into about a dozen topics. I included a miscellaneous topic to throw in stamps that didn’t seem to belong anywhere else.

The system of topics has turned out quite nice, and you can see samples of my collection by going to the Collections tab at the top of this page and clicking on the Stamp Collection sub-menu.  The latest addition to my collection went into the Miscellaneous album.  It is the Soda Fountain forever stamps.  I just love that banana split! It reminds me of all the precious memories I have of our visits to Dairy Queen.

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