Saturday, January 30, 2010


I am totally awed by this beautiful blog award I was presented last week from my new friend, Cheryl.  Talk about opposites attract.  She loves to read, and well -- reading puts me to sleep, but yet there's just something there for both of us.
She chose me for this award and with it came instructions to pass it on (up to 15 bloggers if so desired).  The following blogs I chose because of their reviews, pictures, stories, overall appearance, and they shared a little bit of themselves with us, and let us into their world. So without further ado and in particular order here are the ladies I have chosen.  Enjoy and I hope it makes you as happy as it made me!  Have a very wonderful blessed day!


**Jamerican Spice

** The Life of Abigail & Jake

** Silly Precious Piggies

** It's a Woman's World


Friday, January 29, 2010


Well, this is my second week taking part in Friday Follow and I am really looking forward to discovering new blogs to follow and as always looking forward to welcoming new followers to mine!!!  I am also doing Aloha Friday because I don't know which one I like the best.  I like them both.  So, I spread myself thin.  Anyone got any suggestions???

I stumbled onto Friday Follow last week at Midday Escapades and thought how unique, and decided to give it a go.  What a great response I had from many lovely people. I hope for the same this week although I'm getting a late start with this wonderful blog hop.  So, make sure you visit their blogs to link up to Friday Follow and to meet the other participants!  Thanks to everyone in advance for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Welcome to Xmas Dolly where it's always Christmas in my heart!


"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So here on Fridays we're taking it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’m asking a simple question for you to answer & nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the very friendly place of Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

My question is:  What was your best friend's name when you were little, and are you still friends?

My best friend's name was AnnaMarie Rossi when I was little, and then I another one after she moved away, and never heard from her again.  Christa Konrath.  We went to grammar school together.  We were inseparable, and then she moved away.  I've tried searching for them on the net, but no luck.  I miss my buddies.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Affordable Scarves Review & Give-away!

When I visited Affordable Scarves it brought back the good ol' days for me!  I use to be a legal secretary for 17 years, and I had to be stylish etc., and dressing up on court days.  My closet wasn't in over abundance of Carsons or Marshall Fields, but scarves were my thing.

To make my outfits look different I used many different scarves (and they saved my pocket book too).  Now, I'm a penny pincher, and a coupon grabber, but at Affordable Scarves they have cashmere, pashmina, wool, silk, and more for less than $20, but today J. leigh designz is having a give-away.  Two lucky winners get to have their choice of these beautiful scarves free. So, hurry to J.leigh designz, and enter.

Contest ends Feb 22nd at 11:59pm!

**USA Only***

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Emergency Wordful Wednesday!


                   One hospital emergency room.

What we have here is my Monday night.  We have an old pair of very worn slippers I refuse to throw away going down an old flight of basement stairs, and then all meeting up at the hospital emergency room because I had back surgery & I have four screws and a plate where the L4 & L5 use to be.   I didn't just miss one or two steps, but all of them like eight or nine.   Even though I held onto that railing for dear life on the way down I just couldn't stop myself and bounced all the way to the bottom still holding on to the railing.   With every hard hit  I  saw stars, and the pain I felt was unbelievable. My husband took me about nine p.m., and due to the over abundance of patients (I never saw) I was told this was the reason for the long wait.  We didn't go home until approximately 3:00 a.m.   Long story short.  No broken bones, very bad bruising, and bed rest for a few few days.  They were all very nice people, but it was like hurry up and wait!  Dang, that was inferiorating.  So, I may be really, REALLY sore, but I'll live.  PROMISE!  ~tee-hee~

*Wordful Wednesday is for those of us that like to showcase a photo(s) but that just can’t seem to keep our mouths shut about them. If you’d like to play along, post a photo {or more if you are so inclined} on your blog, and let the words roll.

Monday, January 25, 2010


"This house is clean".  Ah, yes this blog is clean... ~he-he~  My daughter came over today and cleaned my blog from old buttons advertising the holidays, and such.  ALSO... ANNOUNCING THE VERY FIRST (drum roll  please --) XMASDOLLY BUTTON!!!  TA-DAH!!  (omg, I gotta get a life - the littlest things excite me - lol).  Yes folks, introducing my very first button if you will notice on your right here.  Take a look.  Copy it and take it home!  Now, just a little story behind this button.  The doll you see was given to my mother on a Valentine's Day on a Heart Candy Box from my dad (isn't that romantic - ahhhhhhhhhhh - swooning goes here) many years ago.  Yes, she kept it all these years, and always put it out at Christmas time, hence the name XmasDolly.  This doll was passed down to me as I will pass it down to my daughter, and by the way in case you didn't know my house (blog) cleaner none other than (NO, NOT TANGINA SILLY SHE ONLY DOES THAT IN MOVIES), not only my daughter, but she is our very only fellow-blogger "NIGHTOWLMAMA".  Yes, she cleaned up, and moved em' out! Also, fixed my button that her oldest son MY number one grandson by the way -- made for me (I have such a talented family.  HUH breathing on nails & now shinning them on my chest.  he-he), and then we all went shopping the rest of the day.  Such excitement I think I need to go rest now.   Okay, sorry to bore you, but that was my day today.  How U doin? 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Valentine's Day Super Give-Away!

WOO HOO!  PAMPER ME -- PAMPER ME!  I love this kind of stuff. 

1.A Bottle Skin MD Natural shielding lotion - (Okay, sharing with daughters & granddaughters)
2.A Bottle Skin MD Natural + SPF 15 shielding lotion (ditto)
3.One pound of See's dark assorted chocolates  (Stare at it/maybe taste one & give away to grandkids)
4.12 Starbucks VIA Ready brew coffee pouches (MINE)
5.A "Kiss Me" mug (Hubby)
6.A Cuddly teddy bear (hmmm, for kids when they come over)
7.Lollipop Bouquet (grandkids)
8.All in a lined wicker basket (MINE)

Contest closes February 7. The winner will be chosen randomly Feb 8 and the winner has 24 hours to reply so shipment will arrive by Feb 13th.  oooooooooooo lordy, what more can you ask for! Sounds good to me.  HURRY& ENTER!  Pamper yourself & the kids too!  Skin MD Natural

Friday, January 22, 2010


Welcome to the Friday Follow celebration hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades! We invite you to join us every Friday to get more blog followers and to follow other interesting blogs. It is all about sharing and having fun.

Here it is everyone! The Second week of Friday Follow. This idea is a fun way to find out about new blogs, find new friends, and grow in followers. Come join the party. We had a great turnout last week, let's make it bigger.

Here's how YOU can join the celebration:

--Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.

--Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots. We will follow you back.

--Follow as many blogs as you'd like.

--Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you're from Friday Follow.

--Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow.

The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site. Just one - but you can follow each blog. Follow a few or follow them all.

Please be patient with following or getting followers. With the tremendous response there are a lot to visit. The Mcklinky will stay here so you can visit blogs at your own pace. The Followers widget is busy and may experience some technical difficulties.

MckLinky Blog Hop


"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So here on Fridays we're taking it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’m asking a simple question for you to answer & nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the very friendly place of Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

My question is:  What is your all time favorite movie?

Unfortunately, I have sooooooooooo many.  I am a old movie buff, but I love many new movies also.  I have sooooooo many DVD's, but my latest favorite movie is "Dream Girls".  I watch it over and over.  When Jennifer Hudson sings her song it just gives me chills.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Soup's on!

Okay, it's really cold out so this is the day to make homemade soup like Gramma use to make.  Here she comes walking in the St. Joseph's Parade & wearing her stole.  She loved that cape.  Hi, Gram!  God rest her lovely soul! 

This soup has everything, and more.  Chicken legs, beef neck bones, garlic, celery, carrots, stewed tomatoes, and I threw in a couple of parsnips (sorry Gram, they were in the frig).  Spices galore, and then the little tiny spaghetti Gramma called them an Italian word.  Never did find out what that meant in English.  lol, but boy is that soup good!  ENJOY!

Uh-oh, better call the kids!  They'll never forgive me ~snicker~  Been simmering all day!

Wordful Wednesday hosted by Angie at 7 Clown Circus – head on over there to check out all the fun wordy posts!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"One Lovely Blog Award"

Today in my e-mail I had a marvelous surprise.  When I read it I knew deep in my heart this is where I was meant to be, and that is blogging here with all of you.  Prior to blogging I was just a retired legal secretary on disability due to back problems.   I was getting bored/lonely at home when my daughter (NightOwlMama) said I should start a blog for myself, and the rest is history.  I've met so many wonderful interesting people.  My daughter started teaching me the ropes, and I started to blog just telling about my perils with my diet, and then it turned into stories about the family, and things I was doing.  I'm having so much fun now reading so many interesting blogs, entering give aways, and even winning a few, and meeting so many wonderful people. 

Today I was given this beautiful award that has really touched my heart!!!  This is my first award, and has brought joy to my heart and a warm feeling of being blessed with true friends.  Cheryl, a/k/a passed this award on to me who loves to read.  I fall asleep when reading (sorry, Cheryl), but I loved reading her blog, and all the interesting things she had to say about reading.  Cheryl also stated that she enjoyed my reviews, graphics and overall appearance (bless her heart).  Well, Cheryl one day soon I'm going to find a book to read, and make a review just for you if I have to staple my eyelids open.  WOO HOO!  Thank you so much!!

May the good fairy sprinkle you with happy dust!


Writing this type of a post is fun.  I'd like to send congrats to #5 - luckydolls123  is the winner of Uprinting Business Cards Giveaway.  Her e-mail notification was sent this morning, and she has confirmed this afternoon.  

Thanks to everyone that entered, and I hope our winner enjoys her new cards.  Maybe she'll blog about them, and show us one.  WOO HOO!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thomas & Friends Splish Splash Splosh "Giveaway". New DVD from Thomas the Train

At Jolly Mom's there is a give-away of Thomas the Train's new DVD - Thomas & Friends Splish Splash Splosh.  Wow, Two lucky Jolly Mom readers will win Thomas & Friends Splish Splash Splosh on DVD!  I am so there.  The DVD includes the following episodes: 

2.Splish Splash Splosh
3.Slippy Sodor
4.Snow Tracks


All-new interactive games:
Lift and Load Crane Game
Counting with Thomas Game

So, hurry!  This giveaway will end on February 1st, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST

Sunday, January 17, 2010


"I'M BA-ACK!  lol  I'm sorry.  The devil made me do it.  ~hehe~  
"Whoa!  This computer is going to take a bit getting use too.  It has Windows 7 first of all, and I'm still searching for where things are at.  I had to download all my programs that I need for transcribing one of which is Microsoft Office.  There was one that came with the computer, but only had a 60 day trial.  That's a bit much for me to handle all these new programs to figure out.  I'm just going to stick with what I'm use to for now.  It also came with a 425 day Norton.  That's very cool!  Before I downloaded all the pics and files I wanted from the old computer I made sure I ran a virus check on the flash drives before I put them here.  Then I downloaded my Gearplayer program I need to download my MP3 files (that's the form my jobs are in to download then I type them up). 

So, my new buddy found its new home.  What I have is a Hewlett Packard, e9200z, AMD Athlon (tm) II, X4 620 Processor,  2.60 GH z, and 4.00GB, 64-bit  operating system, and a HP Helpline.

Well, all - right!!!  So, I'm already to go blog hopping.  Careful I may blog my way straight to you!  LOL  HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Don't forget about my give-away; it ends tomorrow.  See below.

Friday, January 15, 2010


"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the friendly place of Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

Here's my question:  Do you remember back in the day when there were no computers?  All there was was TV or maybe a good book.  What did you do before computers?  What was your favorite TV show (prior to computers)?

Before computers I used a typewriter.  My favorite TV shows to name a few were Fame, Hill Street Blues, and the infamous Barney Miller.  That show cracked me up.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010's 250 Business Card Giveaway!

 Uprinting Business Cards Giveaway

Well, hurry my friends! There's only two more days of this fantastic Give-Away!  Are you single?   Wouldn't it be nice to impress that certain someone with your own personal card?  An entenpeneur perhaps?  Business cards to give it that professional touch.  Hurry, the price is right.  All you have to pay is shipping, and your cards are FREE! is offering one of my lucky readers one set of 250-Business Cards FREE!   My husband uses business cards all the time being a musician.  He's so happy that he doesn't have to write his number on a napkin when someone inquires about his band.  It's so unprofessional, and a business card could make the difference whether he gets that gig or not.  Having cards could be used for so many different things besides your business; being self-employed, unemployed and searching for that special job or maybe you just moved, and you need to tell someone your new info.  Hand them a card, mail them one!  How convenient is that?  Those are just a few ways, and I'm sure you can think of many more.

Uprinting offers easy customization for Business Cards, and the process of ordering is just as simple.  You will receive a proof copy if you wish to look over your information before it goes into print.  Be professional!  Start your business off right, and get your new business cards now, FREE!  Uprinting at , is sponsoring a Business Card Giveaway here at Xmas Dolly. One lucky winner will receive 250 Business Cards for FREE (you just pay for shipping), but HURRY you only have two more days, January 18, 2010, 11:59 p.m. CST.
Giveaway Prize: 250 Business Cards for one (1) lucky winner
Size: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 3”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.5 x 3.5” (skinny card)
Paper: 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock
Shipping: Winner pays shipping only!
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents

HOW TO ENTER:  Mandatory Entry:   Tell me what creative way you plan to use the business cards if you win. Leave me a way to contact you. 

How to earn additional entries:
1)  2 entries ~ Visit and tell me one other product you'd be interested in.
2)   1 entry ~ Follow @Uprinting and @Xmasdolly on Twitter.
3)   1 entry ~ Tweet about this give-away; @Xmasdolly give-away of 250 business cards from ends Jan. 18 11:59 p.m. CST. 
4)   1 entry ~ Become a follower on my blog (publicly- privately does not count)-leave another comment (or let me know if you already are).
5)   2 entries ~ Subscribe to my Emails.
6)   RT  Give-away:  @Xmasdolly give-away of 250 business cards from ends Jan. 18, 11:59 p.m. CST.  *This can be done daily.
7)  Unlimited: Leave me a comment on any Non-Giveaway post and leave the name of the post you commented on here.
8) 2 entries ~ Blog about my giveaway- with a link back to here, and UPrinting, (get one more if you include a photo of the giveaway).  Post your blog entry first, and then the comment (please include the link directly to your post NOT to your front page, and make an additional comment then the ones above).

CONTEST ENDS:  Jan. 18, 2010 -  11:59 p.m. CST.        ***USA RESIDENTS ONLY***

Disclaimer: I was offered a set of business cards  (I pay for shipping). I'll be accepting this offer with the winner. This giveaway is Sponsored by Winner MUST pay Shipping. U.S Residents Only. Giveaway ends. January 18th  at 11:59pm. CST.  Any comments not following the rules will be deleted. Winner will be sent a winning e-mail and have 48 hours to respond.

You must have your e-mail in your comment or in your profile in order to win or you will be disqualified.

This is my very first give away, so bear with me my friends. We'll get through this together.  Good Luck to all!

WW - It's HERE!

Well, I've been waiting and waiting for my HP to arrive, and it came at 10:36 a.m. this morning.  I guess I'll be busy for the next few days setting it up.  I was fortunate to get everything I wanted from my old computer, but before I transfer it I'll be running a virus scan for sure.  My blog we'll be shut down for a few days, but then...  watch me smoke baby!  I have so many things I want to post for you that I've been saving up.  I am sorry for all the confusion, and I hope you all come back to see me.  Have a great WW!  You're all wonderful.  Everybody's wonderful!  WOO HOO! Especially my hubby who got it for me.  He's just so special!

One more thing, remember my Christmas village?  Well, they've been evicted until next year, and the family has moved back in.  Husband's family to the left (to the left - love Beyonce, hehe), mine to the right, and our mother's in the middle.  Welcome home!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Glasses USA give-away for Eyeglasses at Jamerican Spice!

GlassesUSA is sponsoring this giveaway for a fashionable, high quality prescription single vision (distance or reading) eyeglasses! Hurry to Jamerican Spice and enter. Giveaway ends Jan 25th 2010, 11pm Cst.

Friday, January 8, 2010

ALOHA FRIDAY - Happy Birthday to my Dad.

"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

When is your dad's birthday and what did you get him?

My dad is gone, but I can remember how difficult to buy for him was, but he always use to brag how his birthday was the same as Elvis Presley's.  LOL

As MacArthur said, "I shall return"!

Ya can't keep a good blogger down.  Isn't that what they say?  First & foremost  I want to thank all the people who felt my pain Wednesday (WW).  I'm so happy I have all these new friends to moan with me. lol   As I moped around the house because my husband was using his computer my goodness the things I found to do.  Shame on me!  Well, guess what?  There's a method to my madness and we're gonna get er' done.  I went through this place like the white tornado.  Just call me Mrs. Clean! All my dusting/polishing -- finished, windexing, vacuuming, drapes are washed, floors, and all the Christmas stuff is put away, stored, and the front room picture window is sparking clean from fingerprints, and tape.  WHEW!  So, hubby says the new computer is my reward for a job well done.  Guess what we ordered.  A brand spanking new HP for ME!  Should come Wednesday, maybe sooner.  I got an e-mail today saying it has been shipped.  WOO HOO!

So this is what's on the way:
HP Pavilion Elite e9200z PC
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• AMD Athlon(TM) X4 620 quad-core processor [2.6GHz, 2MB L2, up to 4000MT/s bus]
• 4GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
• FREE UPGRADE! 640GB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/s hard drive from 500GB
• 512MB NVIDIA GeForce G210 [DVI, HDMI, VGA]
• LightScribe 16X max. DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti drive
• Integrated 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet, No wireless LAN
• 15-in-1 memory card reader, 1 USB, 1394, audio
• Integrated 7.1 channel sound with front audio ports
• HP multimedia keyboard and HP optical mouse
• Microsoft(R) Works 9.0
• Norton Internet Security(TM) 2010 - 15 month
• HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

Glossy black finish, illuminated logo. Includes pocket media drive bay, HP Easy Backup, and personal media drive bay

Exceptional performance and expandability

This powerful multimedia center is ready for challenging projects. Great for graphics-intensive files, music, and high-def movies, it's fully loaded and ready to multitask with ease and speed. You'll get:
  • Massive storage with large hard drive options, including RAID-enabled for data mirroring (backup and security) or high performance
  • Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, which simplifies and streamlines daily life on your PC
  • Stunning visuals with high-end Nvidia and ATI discrete graphics cards
  • Powerful 64-bit performance with optional 6GB DDR3 system memory3, 4 fast data transfer rates, and reduced power consumption5
  • The ultimate in expansion via two internal hard drives (one included).  
Wooooooooo Lordy, and all for me!  I'll be smokin'!!!!

I have a fairly new monitor and speakers, and I even have a new keyboard due to keys that were sticking last month, but a keyboard, and mouse comes with it just not sure if I'll use them because I like mine.  I have all the extra additives here already including programs etc.   I can't wait until it gets here.  Once it comes I'll let you know how our relationship is doing.  I can hardly wait.  Don't I have a good hubby?  He just hates to see me sad.  There he is now to the right.  Some of you might know him from or  He's a musician, and writes his own music sometimes. Gotta luv him!  Muuuuwaaaahhhhhh!!!!!

Again I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion I caused anyone, and I hope to out there blog hopping once again very soon! 

So, until later... Happy trails to you until we meet again.  Happy trails to you keep smilin' on till then.  Happy trails to you till we meet again! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

WW - Computers are a pain in the - - -

My computer is going to drive me insane.  I've been working on it all day.  I cannot log on to my blog for some reason or another.  Something is wrong with it keeps telling me.  I should've known something was going wrong when I didn't see my followers anymore, but my daughter saw them on her computer.  So, I called up Comcast and argued with them for a while, and then they tell me to call computer support.  Well, HELLO -- guess who I got!  Now, I don't mean to offend anyone here, but I'm sorry I just can't understand them.  Guess I'll be taking old girl in for a check up -- then MYSELF!  I'm on my husband's computer for now to let all you know that if I don't lose all my marbles I'll be back & checking in periodically from here (or once my husband's go to bed).

For more WW, visit Seven Clown Circus by clicking on her button below or her link.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A wonderful e-mail sent to me. "My evening Prayer"

Dear Lord:

Every single evening as I'm lying here in bed,
This tiny little Prayer keeps running through my head.
God bless all my family wherever they may be,
Keep them warm, and safe from harm for they're so close to me.

And God, there is one more thing I wish that you could do;
Hope you don't mind me asking, please bless my computer too.
Now I know that it's unusual to bless a motherboard,
But listen just a second while I explain it to you, Lord.

You see, that little metal box holds more than odds and ends
inside those small compartments rest so many of my friends.
I know so much about them by the kindness that they give,
And this little scrap of metal takes me in to where they live.

By faith is how I know them much the same as you.
We share in what life brings us and from that our friendships grew.
Please take an extra minute from your duties up above,
To bless those in my address book that's filled with so much love.

Wherever else this prayer may reach to each and every friend,
Bless each e-mail inbox and each person who hits 'send.
When you update your Heavenly list on your own Great CD-ROM,
Bless everyone who says this prayer sent up to GOD.Com.       Amen 

Friday, January 1, 2010

ALOHA FRIDAY, and Happy New Year to all!

Over at Kalani's she has a great Mimi to partcipate in its called "Aloha Friday"!

"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends and find new followers!

My question is: What was the happiest moment of your life in the last decade of your life?

I have to admit I have many happy moments, which is the birth of my grandchildren. Brianna, Dakota, Nicole, Lil' Jerry, Edward and my Shawn. Dang, my family's been busy! LOL Oh yes, and buying a new home, and the big weddings of my two beautiful daughters. Being as I was a single parent I got to give my oldest baby away, and my husband (step-father) gave my youngest baby away. Yes, a very busy decade indeed!
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