"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman



I'm back! Actually, to be honest, I've been back over a week. Just haven't gotten around to the blogging until now. My trip was successful. I sold my property without a hitch. In fact, at the closing, after signing all the paperwork, I was handed a check, which I didn't expect because I'd been told it would be sent to me a week or so later. There is no Wells Fargo bank anywhere near Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, so we hid it in our pick up truck and carefully guarded it all the way home. I deposited it as soon as I could upon arriving home.

We hooked up our trailer to our new pickup truck and drove across the country. It took 4 full days to get to our destination, my sisters house in Dafter, MI. It was a long drive. Some things I observed:

-Raccoons and skunks in Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota are not smart. Lots of them get hit by cars. There was a dead skunk about every 5 miles. When we crossed over into Michigan, the amount decreases considerably. I'm inclined to think it's cuz the skunks are smarter there, but more than likely they are just more vigilant about picking up road kill in that state.

-The fall color was spectacular the whole way. I took lots of pics, but they are all on my phone. I need to transfer them to my laptop in order to share them here. I will try to get that done this week.

-Montana is overrun with casinos.

-They grow a lot of sunflowers in North Dakota. Saw miles and miles of them. They were done blooming and standing with their heads hanging. It looked like they were all sad. On the way home, I saw miles and miles of naked stems about a foot high in the fields. They'd been harvested.

-There are some really cool geologic formations in this country. We have a wide assortment of rocks, mountains, gullies, rivers, cliffs, and bumps.

-I live in an awesomely beautiful country.

We stayed at my sister Jodie's place while in Michigan. We had a wonderful visit with her and her husband. Jodie and I did a lot of doll talking, which I really enjoyed.

The biggest job while there was cleaning up the property for the seller. My dad was your typical junk collector. We cleaned out his cabin, a small storage shed, and the garage. The garage was the biggest job. He had bags and boxes and drawers full of empty bottles, cans, and bags. There was rolls of old carpet up in the rafters of his garage, stacks of 5 gallon plastic buckets all over, and just pure garbage everywhere. We hauled 10 truck loads of junk to the dump, at $35 a load. It was hard work, and extra hard for me because I was having so much pain in my left knee. I did a lot of exactly what I wasn't supposed to be doing with that knee. T'was not fun. I was glad to get the job done.

We got home Saturday night, the 17th. We ended up coming home a day early cuz, well, we were done and had nothing to do. My sister had company show up the day before we left anyway, so we thought we'd skedaddle early. The drive home was equally smooth. The color wasn't quite as nice though. It was amazing how much things changed during that week we were at my sisters. Lots of leaves were gone.

Since arriving home I have been taking care of my knee and it's finally starting to show signs of healing. YAY! It's amazing what a little tender loving care can do.

Speaking of doll talking, I seem to have forgotten to blog that I ordered a new doll at the end of September. I can't believe I missed that. I ordered an Iplehouse ball jointed doll from the basic JID line named Sierra. I ordered the A faceup, peach gold skin tone, mobility thighs, and the Large chest (for those who know what that means). This is my first ball jointed doll (BJD) and she is also my first resin doll. Iplehouse dolls come from Seoul Korea. I wasn't sure how long it would take her to get here. I was told anywhere from 1 to 3 months. I got lucky. It was only 1. She arrived yesterday.

This is Sierra.

I'm so pleased with her. She's a wonderful doll.

 She's very different from my Ellowynes. First of all, she's way more pose-able.

She has an elastic cord running through her that attaches all the parts together and it makes her joints super flexible. She's also a little larger than Ellowyne, about an inch taller, and larger in the hips and bust. Her head is smaller though because she has more realistic proportions. She is also quite a bit heavier, which surprised me. I attribute that to her being made of resin instead of vinyl.

She has such a pretty face. They did a beautiful job on the face paint.

 She comes naked and bald, so I ordered an outfit and wig from Iplehouse too. This is what she is wearing in the pic on the Iplehouse web site. I love the outfit so much I had to have it.

I hate the boots though. They are too big. I didn't get them from Iplehouse. I got them from an Ebay seller. The boots I wanted were out of stock at the time I ordered Sierra (now they aren't even on the Iplehouse site) so I got these hoping they'd fit her. They fit in the leg, but the foot is about half an inch too long. They make her look like she has clodhopper feet. I ordered some shoes and different boots from Iplehouse this morning. I will have to do some research to find out who sells clothes and accessories that fit this doll. I need basics like underwear, stockings, and tights as well as clothes and shoes.

I do have another wig for her but haven't taken pics of it yet. I need a silicone wig cap for it, which I've ordered.

All in all, I love this doll and I'm very glad I bought her.

Live long and prosper. \\//

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