Welcome to my blog

If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.

Take care!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


I have been walking regularly for over 2 months, and can push Mac in his stroller for an hour now.  That's the good news. The bad news is that I am in pain, a lot.  Mostly my legs, but also my neck and back.  My doctor suggested I ride a bike, which should build up my leg muscles without putting stress on my joints.

My old mountain bike, which I used to ride for 30 km per trip is way to uncomfortable for me.  I can't bend over and ride any more, not with my neck issues.

My uncle Buck gave this cool upright bike to my Mom and I.
Jeep bike
 Isn't it a great looking bike?  It's an older Jeep Cruiser, 8 speeds.  I cleaned it up, took it for a few rides, and find it better than my mountain bike, but very difficult to pedal and balance on.
 It has lovely balloon tires which should make for a nice ride, but somehow it doesn't help.  When I ride, the entire bike shakes and wobbles and makes so much noise. 

The seat is uncomfortable, and the hand grips hurt, but the worst thing is my balance.  I have to put the seat up so I can extend my leg to pedal, but then I'm so high up that I can't reach the ground.  I hoped I'd get used to it; that it was just a matter of being out of practice, but in the meantime I googled balance and bikes and found out there's a bike called the Townie by electra, that has the pedal crank pushed forward so that you can sit on the seat, with your feet reaching the ground, and still pedal and extend your legs.

It sounded too good to be true, but I found one at our local bike shop and went for a test drive and OMG, what a huge difference.  It was soooo very comfortable, but even better, felt safe and secure and stable. 

I've been trying to get used to this Jeep bike for 3 weeks now, while thinking about the Electra Townie, and dreaming about it.  The price was the only problem; I"m on a fixed income and the bike is expensive.

Then I told my best friend about it and she told me to buy it.  One of her friends just died from cancer; she was at the funeral yesterday.  Two more of her friends were just diagnosed.  She said life is too short; she would definitely buy the bike.  Then she reminded me that she owes me money; enough to buy the bike with some left over for a helmet and light and accessories.

So, I'm going to get a brand new bike, one that I can ride and feel safe and comfortable on.  One that will allow me to build up the muscles in my legs and hopefully help me to lose weight.

This is the one I hope to get; either in this color, or in powder blue:
Townie Electra
I really love this coral color.

My Mom is screaming and swearing and life here is unbearable, so it will be nice to have a bike so I can get out and about and get some exercise to boot.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Pet Gear Expedition Stroller, Extra Large

I ordered this cool stroller from Chewy.com.  I paid $143.00 for mine and the sale is over, but Chewy.com still has the best prices i could find.

Here's a video I took after Mac's first stroll:

Below you will see Mac checking out the box.  Ben is in his chair (with his step ladder so he can get up and down).
Mac checking out his new stroller while in the box

Unboxing new stroller
 I was a little concerned because the box had been opened on one end and I was worried that the store had sent me a returned item but all was well; the stroller was brand new.
Unboxing Pet Gear Expedition Stroller
 The stroller was wrapped well and seems very sturdy and well made.
The main stroller portion
 I had to cut off all of the wheels and handles, etc, which were attached to the main portion with plastic ties.
Wheels, axle, and handle
 Putting it together was very simple.  The instructions were easy to understand but the photos were small and not as clear as they should have been.  I had to call the free help number to figure out which way to put the front wheels on.  I suggested that they should record someone putting the actual stroller together step by step, and upload the video onto Youtube.
Wheels, axle, and handle unwrapped

Wheels on!
 I was worried about the wheels for nothing, as they went on very easily.  The stroller portion is like a pop up tent.
Wheels on, stroller popping up.
 The only hard part was the top bar had to be forced into place...would have been easier if I had someone helping me.
Almost put together now.
 Mac couldn't get in on his own so I lifted him in and pushed him around the living room.  He seemed to really like it and wouldn't get out.
All done with dog inside
 I had to lift him out, and then I brought the stroller outside, put the yellow matt down to make it cozier and hopefully more comfy for him, and then brought Mac outside.  He is too tall and long to get in on his own so I have to lift  him in and put him in bacward.  They really should have put a zipper entrance at the back so tall dogs can get in on their own.
Ready for a walk
 Mac is so long that I left the front open so he could let his paws hang out, which he did, immediately, lol.  He really seemed to love his stroll.  He was alert and smiling the whole time.  He got a LOT of attention, with almost everyone calling him spoiled.  When I explained that he can't go for walks on his own any more people seemed to understand.
After 1st walk

Mac and Ben in stroller
 We walked to Second Avenue and back, and I let Ben check it out.  Ben sniffed around all over.
Benji is checking it out
 Then he tried to jump out, which Mac seemed to find funny, lol.  Doesn't it look like he's laughing?
Mac and Ben

 I lifted Ben out before he jumped, lol.  After I helped Mac out (he tripped when he tried to come out on his own), Mac had a hard time walking.  I don't know if it's because he tripped or if he was lying weird and hurt his discs when he was in the stroller,  or if it was too bouncy.  It didn't seem bouncy at all but I wasn't the one riding in it, so who knows. 
 After I made sure Mac was OK I put him in the house and put Benji in the stroller.  I had to zip up the front so he wouldn't jump out. 
 He enjoyed walking from window to window, looking out while I walked.  The stroller wasn't exactly heavy with Mac in it, but it was light as a feather with only Benji inside.  The stroller itself weighs 30 Ibs but I didn't feel it at all because the wheels turn nicely.  Mac weighs 55 Ibs but Benji only weighs 6 Ibs so the stroller was light as a feather with only Ben.

 I took Benji to the park and let him out for a bit, then put him back in for the ride home.  He seemed to enjoy it but refused to lie down; he just wanted to look out every side, lol.
Benji and stroller at the park

Completed Miniature Pet Shop Kit in 1:24 scale

I finished my little Pet Shop Kit; woohoo!
Pet World DIY miniature kit in 1:24 scale, completed
 My Dad had to do the wiring for me, and it looks so great all lit up at night!

 I am really pleased with the way it came out,! 
Sadie had to duck down to take a look.  She says she'd like a 1 inch scale pet shop so she can go shopping for Rufus.  I told her I'd think about it ;-).

In the meantime, I ordered another DIY storefront shop kit from China; called Green's Bar.
This is what it will look like:
Sorry for the grainy image, but it's going to be so cute! It has already been shipped but it's coming from China so will probably take a month to get here.