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Fat Tuesday Strikes Again


“Lanie, you have been so generous letting me and Nellie stay with you this winter.  We would love to make everyone dinner Tuesday night.”

“That would be great, Samantha–help yourselves to the kitchen!”

Samantha and Nellie got together to plan.  Nellie, being Irish, was well aware of the Lenten season beginning.  “Samantha, let’s plan a Fat Tuesday meal!”


They headed to the kitchen looking for ingredients and dishes to use up before Lent.


“Grace must have been making macarons again… they’re everywhere!”

“Nellie, let’s see what we can find in the refrigerator,” Samantha said.


“Umm, French tarts, garlic bread, strawberry lemonade…”

“There are more tarts in a bakery box, too!  Better add those to the pile!”


“It seems like most of the food in the house is rich and indulgent.  Is there anything left in the refrigerator?” Nellie asked.

Samantha looked. “Well… some grapes… and a blueberry bran muffin.  A leftover sandwich….”


“Well, my work here is done,” said Nellie proudly.  “I can’t wait until everyone gets home!”

Samantha and Nellie carried the food to the dining room and waited.  Nellie said, “Do you know some people call today Pancake Day?  That always sounds funny to me.”

Samantha added, “And have you heard the word Carnivale?  In Latin that means meat going away!”

Just then Grace and Lanie came in.  The look on their face was a mixture of surprise and confusion.


“Happy Fat Tuesday!”  Nellie and Samantha exclaimed. “We helped prepare your house for Lent by making a meal of all the rich and indulgent foods, and there were a lot of them!”

Lanie shot Grace a look which said, ‘I can’t believe they cleaned out the fridge!’ Grace quickly recovered from her speechlessness and said, diplomatically, “That was so kind of you to think of us.  Let’s dig in!”

Have you ever had a guest stay with you who has different traditions than your own?  Fat Tuesday and Lent seem to have lots of variations depending on geographic location and type of Christianity.  At our house we have pancakes at church the night of Fat Tuesday and games and beads for the kids.  And nothing goes with pancakes like some King Cake!  I once hosted a recruiting event on a Friday during Lent and guess who had a bunch of chicken salad sandwiches on the menu.  D’oh!  Maybe I wrote this post to relive that faux pas.


Pot o’ Gold

Irish NellieNellie is here to announce the winner of the 2014 Purchase-with-Purchase shorts… It’s not quite a pot o’ gold, but it will have to do!

The winner selected by Random.Org number generator and witnessed by Brianna is… Dolores!  Dolores, an email is coming your way to the address you used to comment with.

I hope everyone is having a great St.Patrick’s Day.  Slainte!

Grace St Patricks

Just in Time!

A winter storm warning loomed.  The girls were looking for their boots and mittens for school tomorrow when the doorbell rang.  Ding-dong!

Maryellen went to the door and saw the UPS man hurrying back to his truck.  A big box sat on the porch.  “Help!” called Maryellen. “I think it might be Nellie!”

The girls opened the box carefully and found…

Nellie Doll Hospital

Nellie was back!

“Hi everyone!  I don’t need a wheelchair anymore!” exclaimed Nellie.  “Look!  I have a certificate of good health.”

Doll Hospital


“Nellie!  We are so glad to see you.  If you hadn’t arrived today, you would have been sitting on the porch in the snow tomorrow,” said Maryellen.  “You have great timing, cousin!”


“How long can you stay?  Josefina is going to want to hear all about your trip!”

“Well, doctor’s orders say I need to rest for a week…and then I need to travel home to get things ready for when my family comes home for Easter,” said Nellie.


“You came to the right place!  We would love to pamper you while you recover from leg surgery.  By the time you have to go home, maybe spring will be here,” said Maryellen encouragingly.  She took Maryellen to get out of her hospital gown.  “Wait till Josefina comes home and sees you!”


Nellie Arrives!

“Nellie!  It’s so good to see you again!” exclaimed Maryellen.  “I was so surprised to get your letter in the mail.

Maryellen Nellie“Thanks so much for helping me out,” said Nellie.

Maryellen became concerned when she saw Nellie’s legs with so little strength in them.  She wondered if her family’s grand-daughter had to be extra careful with her, or if they were scared to take Nellie out at all.  That did not seem like the Nellie she knew who loved to be active and play.  Maryellen’s thoughts were interrupted by Dakota.

noexif_IMG_6717_private“Nellie, meet Dakota – she is new here.”

“Wow, you two really do look alike!  And your names rhyme — Ellie and Nellie!” said Dakota.  “Nice to meet you.”

Maryellen helped Nellie get comfortable in the living room.  She noticed when Nellie sat down, her leg flopped sideways.  Maryellen tried not to stare and busied herself with snacks.

The girls caught up on family news, school, and the latest books.

Pleasant Co NellieAfter a silent pause, Nellie said, “I really need to get to the hospital to have my leg fixed, but I am nervous!  I’ve never been far from home, except to visit family.”

Maryellen thought for a moment, then had the perfect idea!  “When Josefina gets home you can talk with her – she is a Pleasant Company girl too, and she had her shoulder fixed at the doll hospital.  I’m sure she could tell you all about it.

That night Dakota and Addy slept in sleeping bags so Nellie and Josefina could talk without a crowd.  After they climbed into bed, Josefina told her all about her exciting trip to Madison, Wisconsin.  She was so relieved to have her shoulder fixed because Brianna had stopped playing with her.

noexif_IMG_6723_private“Nellie, I have a secret to tell you,” said Josefina.  “When you visit the doll hospital you not only get your leg fixed, but you get a spa treatment too!  Don’t tell all the girls or they will want to sneak into the box with you!”

Josefina made Nellie feel very special.  She was eager to start her journey tomorrow.


Nellie really does belong to a friend who travels in winter.  The last time we borrowed Nellie I noticed that her leg was very VERY loose.  It happens to a Pleasant Co girl after many years.  Since we always have a doll hospital box on hand, we are sending Nellie for her leg repair and she will be good as new when our friend returns in spring.  She does know we are doing this.  Please do not doll-nap someone else’s doll 😉  We will be sure to let you know when Nellie returns.



A Letter from Cousin Nellie

noexif_IMG_6711_privateMaryellen was excited to receive a letter in the mail.  Usually her older sisters got all the interesting mail and postcards from friends who traveled and went to camp.

noexif_IMG_6710_privateThe letter contained some good news and some bad news.  The good news was that her cousin Nellie was coming for a winter visit! Nellie’s family travels in the winter to escape the cold temperatures while she stays at home.  The bad news was that Nellie’s sore leg was becoming difficult to manage on her own, and she needed medical help.

Nellie would be here . . . tomorrow!?  The last time Nellie visited she went on the very first doll expedition to the senior living center.  Some of the girls, like Dakota, had never even met Nellie.  It was going to be an exciting day for sure.

Come back tomorrow. . .