Washita - celebrating 20 years of Okinawa goods

Thursday, February 28, 2013
 わした 沖縄

Washita, Okinawa store in Ueno, Tokyo.

The prefecture of Okinawa is a somewhat uneasy presence in Japan. The southernmost of Japan's prefectures, Okinawa was one the Kingdom of Ryukyu awkwardly but independently located between China, which it was a tributary of, and Japan, one of whose daimyos made it a tributary of his at the beginning of the 17th century. The Ryukyu kingdom maintained this precarious independence until 1872 when Japan formally annexed it. It wasn't until 1912 that what was now called Okinawa got representation in the national Diet.

After World War 2, the USA took over Okinawa, and returned it to the Japanese government only in 1972. A huge US military presence remains on Okinawa, much to the chagrin of the majority of the population, not least because of numerous incidents involving male military personnel of sexual assault against females in the prefecture.

Although I have lived in Japan for over two decades, I have encountered comparatively few Okinawans in Japan. The one I had the most to do with was a student at a college I used to teach at in Osaka. Of all the students, I recall him as constantly having made a big deal about things Japanese and being Japanese, which felt very much like overcompensation for coming from the periphery.

Okinawa plays on its exoticism in promoting domestic tourism, and there is enough about Okinawan culinary culture in particular that is different from mainland Japanese cuisine to make it a selling point.

One company at the fore of the Okinawa trade in Japan is Washita, a chain of stores throughout Japan, seven of which are directly operated, seven indirectly, plus an online store. Washita celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year.

The branch of Washita pictured here is in Ueno, Tokyo, not far from Ueno Park.
The Washita website is all in Japanese, but gives you an idea of what they sell and where they are.

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French Cubist Sculpture in Marunouchi

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
アンリ・ローランス 彫刻

Hakone, a mountainous resort area about 50 miles south-west of Tokyo, has many art-related attractions, one of them being the Hakone Open-Air Museum Collection.

Henri Laurens sculpture, Femme Debout, in Marunouchi, Tokyo.

It's a little odd that some of the Hakone Open-Air Museum Collection is to be found in the heart of Tokyo, but the other day I happened upon it, in Tokyo's central business district of Marunouchi, not far from Tokyo Station.

 Gracing the clean, dazzling boulevard that runs through the sleek towers of Marunouchi is the sculpture "Femme Debout" (or, "Woman Standing") wrought in 1928 by the French Cubist sculptor, Henri Laurens (1885 – 1954).

Femme Debout exudes a strong sense of the mythical with her robust nakedness - think ancient Greece meets the Amazon - semi-draped by only a cascade of hair to her right and a cloak hung on her left arm.

She seems a somewhat lonely presence: naked staunchness against a background of haute couture boutiques and a vista of tiny twinkling lights adorning the trees. It is no doubt appropriate that she was installed there by Mitsubishi Jisho, (Mitsubishi Real Estate), a leading company in real estate: a sector that is currently enjoying vigorous growth in Japan, especially Tokyo.

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Josai University in Kojimachi Tokyo

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
城西大学 麹町

Josai University, Kojimachi under construction.
Josai University is a relatively new university based in Saitama prefecture just to the north of Tokyo. Founded in 1965 by a top politician--indeed one of Japan's Ministers of Finance--Mikio Mizuta (1905-1976), it began with its academic focus on economics and science, gradually expanding its curriculum throughout the 1970s and 1980s to include the humanities. In 1990, Josai University launched a Japanese studies program, teaching Japanese language and culture.


Photo of Josai University in Kojimachi under construction.Construction of Josai University in Kojimachi.
For the past few months, work has been progressing in Tokyo's Kojimachi district on a new Josai University building, and is nearing completion. One notable feature of this smart, new building is how it incorporates a tree, which grows up through a hole made for it from ground level to the second floor.



Tree incorporated into new Josai University, Kojimachi.

As I was taking the photo of the tree, I commented in Japanese, of course, to a construction worker standing beside me how novel it was. He replied in English, saying he didn't really understand Japanese because he was from Cambodia. I asked if there were any more Cambodians on the site, but he said no, he was the only one. He said he found it somewhat difficult to follow things, not knowing Japanese. With the growing number of Chinese and Korean workers in convenience stores, it seems that there are more foreigners being employed in construction, perhaps, as the fewer and fewer Japanese youth there are in aging Japan are increasingly eschewing "three-K" (kitsui, or "tough," kitanai, or "dirty," and kiken, or "dangerous") work.

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How To Make The 'Happy Meal' Box From "Molly's Trip To McDOLLnalds"!

Monday, February 25, 2013
Hi, girlies! It's Olly Molly here, ready to show you another CREATIVE CRAFT CORNER!! Today, we're showing you how to make the 'Happy Meal' box from the McDOLLnalds post! Get your crafts supplies together, and let's get started!






Why, hello there! Molly here! 





YOU WILL NEED:

*Glue
*Bobby-pins and/or barrettes 
*Scissors 
*a Pen/pencil
*Red construction paper 
* optional yellow construction paper. 

Let's get started! :D







Step one: Grab your pencil/pen and draw this shape out of your red construction paper.






Step 2: This is what it should look like when it is cut out. 







Step 3: Get one of the corners and put a dollop of glue on it. Bring the corner beside it up to it and stick it on there. 




Step 4: Use your bobby-pin/barrette so it will stay there while the glue dries.





Step 5: Do steps 3-4 for all of the corners. This is what it should look like when all the clips are on. The glue should dry in 5-10 minutes. If using a hot glue gun, it should dry right away. If using super glue, it should dry in about a minute.






 Step 6: Cut two equal, long, handle shapes out of the construction paper. 







Step 7: When the glue is dry (the amount of time it takes to dry depends on the type of glue you have) carefully take off the clips. 





Step 8: Glue on the handles. Wait a few more minutes for those to dry. Then, (OPTIONAL) cut two circles out of yellow construction paper, and a smile out of construction paper. Glue them on to the sides on the 'Happy Meal' box for a McDollnalds 'logo'.







You're done! Simple as that! And now you have a cute and tidy little box to store all your little Happy Meal goodies! For food or drinks, use that artist side of you to make those things out of clay or play-doh! And the best part is: It doesn't just hold Happy Meals! Why, it can be a doll's best friend for a  petite little basket for picking flowers or to store her earrings! Have a wonderful and blessed day now!


~Love,

<3Molly<3 






Tokyo Marathon 2013



 東京マラソン2013年

Nothing stops Tokyo in its tracks like the sight of bare, muscular legs in mid-winter.

2013年東京マラソン
The Tokyo Marathon 2013 happened two days ago, on Sunday 24 February at 9:10 A.M. The Tokyo Marathon was exceptionally popular this year, with over 300,000 people applying for the 3,000 places available - chosen by a draw.


Unlike most of the Tokyo Marathons to date, the weather was glorious, albeit frigid. The bright sunny weather drew out hundreds of spectators along the course of the Tokyo Marathon 2013, which was, of course, closed to traffic.

The Tokyo Marathon 2013 had its share of wackiness in the form of oddball costumes, but at heart marathons are serious affairs, and was dominated by African runners, especially from Kenya.
2013 Tokyo Marathon, Asakusabashi leg.

The defending champion was Michael Kipkorir Kipyego of Kenya, but he was beaten by compatriot, Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, who with a time of 2:06:50 was six seconds faster than Kipyego. This time set a Tokyo Marathon record, breaking that set by Swiss runner, Viktor Rothlin, in 2008. Kimetto also won himself USD120,000 for his sterling effort.

The winning women's runner was the Ethiopian Aberu Kebede who beat compatriot Yeshi Esayias into second place with a winning time of 2:25:34. This was six seconds below the Tokyo Marathon women's record set by another Ethiopian woman, Atsede Hbtamu, in 2012.

2013 Tokyo Marathon gets phallic.
Third place in the Tokyo Marathon 2013 also went to a Kenyan, Bernard Kipyeg, 2:07:53, closely followed by a Japanese athlete, Kazuhiro Maeda, 2:07:59 (better than his time in last year's Tokyo Marathon), who was followed by two more Kenyans!

See a YouTube video of the Tokyo Marathon 2013, brought to you by David of JapanVisitor.com.


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Molly Goes To McDOLLnalds!

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Hola! Josefina here. Since I went to the human-sized McDonalds, it's time for Molly to go to the doll-sized McDOLLnalds! (don't worry, me and Cecile work there, so you'll see us in there too!) Take it away, Molly!


~Josefina

Hi girls! OLLY MOLLY here! It's funny, I'd never been to a Doll Fast Food place before, so I don't know what to do. But, today, I've decided to face my fears and try the new McDOLLnalds across the street. So, I hopped in my car and went! I wanted to have a small 'picnic' anyways.






I was SUPER worried that I would embarras myself in front of the employees there, but they were super nice and told me everything I needed to know. "Hi, I'm Cecile, and welcome to McDollnalds. May I take your order?" the lady asked. I looked at the menu beside her. I studied it. "I'll take the Sprite, a small french fries, and a bag of apples, please," I answered. 





"A Sprite, small french fries and a bag of apples are coming right up! Just pay here and drive to the other window," she instructed me. "That will be 4 dollars." 





I handed her the money. 
Then, I drove up a couple of feet to the other window.





"Hi there, I'm Josefina, and you ordered Sprite, french fries and apples, right?" asked the 2nd employee, checking over my order. "Yes," I answered. 




"Then we've got the right order!" Josefina exclaimed, handing me my meal. (see the cute box?!) "Thank you for coming to McDollnalds, and have a very blessed day!" Josefina called as I took my order. I waved, then I was off! 





See my meal? There's the Sprite, the french fries, and the bag of apples! It was SO good, yet I knew Fast Food wasn't good for you... LOL! 

So to remember my awesome time eating my very first Fast-Food, I had a passerby snap a photo for me!






Cecile: Say, "Le fromage!"
Me: HUH????
Cecile: In French, that's cheese!
Me: OH! Well, then, cheese and le fromage!




I hope you enjoyed! :D 


Have you ever been to a Fast Food place?

~Love,

<3Molly<3





Nihonbashi Tokyo Fire Brigade boats

日本橋消防署のボート

Fire brigades in Japan are responsible for a lot, including even ambulance services. The Nihonbashi Fire Brigade also has boats for patrolling the local rivers.

These two fire service vessels belonging to the Nihonbashi Fire Bridade were spotted on Tokyo's Sumida River.

The Sumida River has a lot of traffic, most of it commercial in the form of tour boats and barges carrying oil, sand, cement, gravel, steel, etc., but private pleasure boats also ply it. These boats are no doubt ready for the rescue should any such boats find themselves in trouble, if there is a person overboard. They could well be even equipped with hoses for fighting fires in buildings lining the river.

The blue bridge visible in the background is Kiyosu Bridge, one of the many that span the Sumida River. On the far side of the river is Tokyo's Koto ward. Just a little beyond the buildings in the photo is one of Tokyo's most charming gardens, Kiyosumi Teien.

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Josefina's Trip To McDonald's!

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Hola! It is Josefina. Yesterday, I went to McDonalds with my mom and her family. They had a PlayPlace. I went there, too. Come and watch this video, showing all the pictures we took. Thank you for watching, and have a very blessed day!

~Love, Josefina




Japan News This Week 24 February 2013

今週の日本

Japan News.Keiko Fukuda, a Trailblazer in Judo, Dies at 99

New York Times

Japan Scholar Gained Outsider's Perspective

New York Times

Obama and Shinzo Abe affirm US-Japan security alliance

BBC

Japan executions resume with three hangings

Guardian

Tokyo, Beijing to cooperate over China air pollution menace

Japan Times

An Australian Role in Reducing the Prospects of China-Japan War over the Senkakus/Diaoyutai?

Japan Focus

Will rising tensions in Asia push Japan toward a full-fledged military?

Christian Science Monitor

Last Week's Japan News

Statistics

Dual surname supporters are in the minority according to a recent poll.

Those who would like to have the Civil Code revised to allow married couples to use separate surnames is supported by 35.5% while 36.4% like the law the way it is.

Currently, Japanese women must take the name of their husband.


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Japan Executes Three Death Row Prisoners

Friday, February 22, 2013
死刑執行で「日本が孤立する」 人権団体が批判

Japan executed three death row prisoners this week, the first since hard right politician Shinzo Abe became prime minister.

According to the justice ministry, the three inmates were executed by hanging early Thursday, one each in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo. The most notorious, Kaoru Kobayashi, was sentenced to death for the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of a seven-year-old schoolgirl in 2004.

Following the executions, justice minister, Sadakazu Tanigaki, said: "I ordered the executions after giving them careful consideration...These were extremely cruel cases in which the victims had their precious lives taken away for very selfish reasons."

The Japanese public strongly supports the death penalty. However, Amnesty International Japan condemned the executions: "The Japanese government cannot be excused from abiding by international human rights standards, just by citing opinion among the public."

Japan now has 133 inmates on death row

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A Blog Review: Madness and Fun, and Madness and Fun With the Dolls!

Hello there, lovely people of the world! LOL! ;) Today, we met up with Abbie and Abbie's Dolls, the owners of Madness and Fun and Madness and Fun With the Dolls, and decided we should do a review on each other's blogs! We actually decided this a little while ago, but we've finally have time to do it right here, right now! ;) So, here we go! :D

Let's begin with Madness and Fun!

http://madnessandfun.blogspot.com/ is the thing of pure delight! There are cool crafts, cute pictures, and another thing......AG! Yep, you guessed it, AG! A new post telling about new AG things realeasing! Cute pictures of Abbie's dolls doing cute stuff! The occasional doll craft! Cool crafts for dolls and humans, adorable pictures of dolls and cute animals, and overall, another amazing blog by a sweet, Christian girl, who goes by Abbie. :) Let's give a hand for Madness and Fun! *bloggers all over the world applause*

Second, let's get onto http://madnessandfunwiththedolls.blogspot.com/ ! Abbie's dolls steal a cute little blog and make it there own! The Mini-Dolls might take over, the 18 Inch AG dolls have an adventure with the family cat, cute little chats and adorable crafts! This AG blog is the place to look if you're bored out of your mind, and need ideas for your dolls! Let's jump at, wag our tails and bark for this amazing blog! *winks at Coconut* Coconut: RUFF RUFF RUFF! ARF! ARF! BARK, WOOF WOOF! (Madness and Fun With The Dolls RULE!!!!!!)

That's about it for the reviews! Thanks for doing with us, Abbie and Abbie's dolls!

Check out this 100% pure awesomeness by clicking these links!   http://madnessandfun.blogspot.com/ AND http://madnessandfunwiththedolls.blogspot.com/ !!!
Thank you for reading!

(coming up: Josefina's adventure to McDonalds! We were going to post that today, but we figured the review would be a little better!)

~Love,

Molly
(With Josefina and Cecile!)

Creative Craft Corner: A Doll Salon Cape and Doll Flowers!

Well hey hey heya, happy people! You ready for a little what-what?! LOL! ;) It's CRAFT time! Today, we'll show you how to make a Doll Salon Cape and and Doll Bouquet of FLOWERS! I know, I know, we've kind of been doing video's lately, but it gets very complicated in just pictures and words. SO, we made a little video! There are AWESOME effects, sweet pictures, and very informative videos and pictures! Please watch! :D

(haha, Mom made this last night, so she's in her jammies! LOL!!)

If you made a doll salon cape, flowers, or both, I'd LOVE to know!

~Molly
(with Josefina and Cecile!)



Izumi Shrine Kumamoto

出水神社, 水前寺成趣園

Located within Suizenji Garden in Kumamoto is Izumi Shrine, dedicated to the former Hosokawa feudal lords of the region.

Izumi Shrine, Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan

Izumi Shrine dates from 1878 and the shrine grounds contain a Noh stage and an ancient pine tree.

Enshrined are the 4th to the 14th Hosokawa lords.

Suizenji Garden
8-1 Suizenji Koen
Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City
862-0956
Tel: 096 383 0074
Admission 400 Yen

Hours:
March-November 7.30am-6pm
December-February 8.30am-5pm
 
Access: Tram or train to Shin Suizenji Station on the Hohi Main Line.

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The Brother Picks!

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Why, hello there! Molly here, and today mommy's brother picked out some outfits for us to wear. They were so cr-r-razy and cool that we just HAD to share them with you! (we'll be doing this every so often so you can see more and more cuteness!)

Prepare to see some cute craziness!








Looky here at ME! Here I am wearing my skirt that goes to my 'meet outfit', the Star Hoodie Tunic, the American Girl hat, and the Snow Leopard Boots that go to a DreamWorldCollections outfit I won. My hair is two braids pulled into a ponytail! What a cute outfit! 






Hola! Josefina here! Here I am wearing the American Girl Tee, a home-made skirt my mom made, Molly's Mary-Jane's, and the Skinny Jeans for dolls. My hair is pulled into a high braid! Once again, cr-r-rasy and CUTE!





Bonjour! It's ME, the incredibly AWESOME Cecile Rey!!!!!! After being starstruck I'll tell you what I'm wearing. I mean, YOU JUST MET A FAMOUS AWESOME INCREDIBLE PERSON!!! ME!!!

Over your star-struckness? Mom's brother picked out the shirt from the DreamWorldCollections outfit Molly won, the skirt from an Our Generation outfit: Hally's Read and Play outfit, to be exact. Who's Hally? Some Our Generation character, I think. The pants I'm wearing are the pants from the Snow Flurry Outfit from AG, The bonnet I'm wearing is MY bonnet from My Summer Outfit, and the shoes I'm wearing are the boots form my 'meet outfit'. 




Molly here again! Here we all are! Guess what? Mom took all the pictures of us, but this very last one here, her brother took! Thanks, dad! (we call him dad, but technically he would be our uncle.) Thank once again, dad, for choosing our outfits and creating an all-new, fun, crazy and cute post for today! We are looking forward to this again!!!! 




Love,

Molly, Josefina and Cecile! (with Madison and her brother! hehe.) 














Getting a flight out of Japan at short notice

If you have to leave Japan in a hurry for a family bereavement for example, travel agents such as HIS provide an efficient service for booking a flight ticket from Japan.

Lawson payment method


I heard of the death of my father at 3.30pm yesterday and contacted the travel agent for a flight to the UK.

I was emailed an explanation of how to pay in cash at a convenience store either Lawson or Family Mart. I had to key in my registered phone number and my flight details came up on the banking machine in the convenience store. Print this out and hand to the clerk and pay. The clerk will then give you a receipt, stamped for your flight ticket.

I had to make the payment before 4.30pm which was a bit of a rush.

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What The Dolls Have Been Up To!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Haha, wanna see what we do when Mom (Madison) is not playing with us or taking photo's for photo-stories or stop-motions? We get posed in cute positions! Here are today's cute positions, LOL!






Hehehe! Here's me carrying a home-made bouquet of straw-and-tissue-paper flowers, and in my other free arm, Molly-Anne! 





Close-up! (look out for a chance to make your own straw-and-tissue-paper bouquet in an up-coming post!) 





Josefina is sitting in the Our Generation Salon Chair, waiting for her hair to be styled! CUTE!





Close-up of the handmade Salon Cape! (look out for a chance to learn how to make this, too!) 





And then here we have the lovely Cecile! She's riding Gingersnap, our "My Life As" brand horse or something like that. 




"YEE-HAWWW! Ride the reins, Gingersnap!" Cecile cried, leading her into the Stables. (click the link to see a better picture of it!) 

Thank for peeking at us when we're not posing for photo-stories! haha ;) Hope you enjoyed!

Love,

Molly(ME), Josefina and Cecile (and their mom, Madison, lol)






A Horse-Riding Adventure!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Hola, meese-a-meega's! Hello, my friends! Josefina here, ready to present to you a horse adventure!







"Hola, Gingersnap!" I called out cheerily as I stepped into...........





Gingersnap's stable! Gingersnap greeting me with a nicker of delight. "How are you today?" I grinned, patting her soft neck. Gingersnap tossed her head back and gave a delightful "neigh" of pleasure. I laughed, taking that as a "I am very good today!" hanging the saddle-bag on a hook in the corner, I walked towards her hay. Why, there was hardly any left! I grinned, replacing it with a fresh, new bale. 





It doesn't look very appetizing to us dolls, but the horses LOVE it!

I checked on her water, noticing that it was low, but it was the evening, and Gingersnap hardly drank in the evening, so I made a promise to myself to refill in the morning.




See how low it was?

Gingersnap didn't seem to mind, so I grabbed the gentle horse-comb and started brushing her soft fur. "Good girl," I soothed when the horse started to paw at the ground uncomfortably. "It's going to be over soon." 




See how sleek and shiny it looks after it's been brushed? 

And, even though I shouldn't be doing it in Cecile's elegant Summer Dress, I just couldn't resist....


"Gingersnap," I whispered in a hushed, excited tone. "I know it's getting dark, but if it was just a quick, short ride....." Gingersnap nickered happily, getting my point. Grabbing the reins, I grinned as I swiftly buckled them in place. Leaping on, I leaned forward and whispered,




"RIDE THE REINS, GINGERSNAP!!!"






Trot, trot, trot, CANTER! CANTER! CANTER! Cantering was more like it! Galloping through the open area, I knew what animal-to-doll friendship was like that very moment. <3



Thank you for reading!


Love,

 (: Josefina Montoya and Gingersnap :)








Miyazaki Science Center

宮崎科学技術館

The Miyazaki Science Center (Cosmoland) in Miyazaki city in south eastern Kyushu is located in the Cultural Forest Park right across from Miyazaki Station.

Miyazaki Science Center, Miyazaki, Kyushu, Japan


The Miyazaki Science Center opened in 1987 and focuses on space exploration, astronomy, energy and physics with lots of hands-on exhibits, popular with children.

The grounds of the Miyazaki Science Center have a 40m-tall model of a Japanese H-1 rocket and inside there is another scale model of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which landed on the moon in 1969.

Other facilities at Miyazaki Science Center include a space lab, a handicraft workshop, an energy circus dedicated to alternative energy and nuclear power and a 6m-tall glass dome looking at the power of tornadoes.

The 27m planetarium at Miyazaki Science Center is one of the largest in Japan and offers three shows on weekdays and four shows on weekends and national holidays.

Miyazaki Science Center
Miyazaki-eki-higashi 1-2-2
Miyazaki
880-0879
Tel: 0985 23 2700
Hours: 9am-4.30pm; closed Monday
Admission: Adults 520 yen; Children: 210 yen; with planetarium adults 730 yen; children 310 yen

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Molly-Anne's Adventure Outside!

Monday, February 18, 2013
Why hello there. I'm Molly-Anne! If you haven't met me before in any of my previous posts, I am a re-named Mini Molly form American Girl! But not just any Mini Molly! Why, the doll of the 18 inch Molly! And she's the owner of this blog! (Madison, her mom, types it up for her ;)) And I'm Molly's doll! SO, the introductions are all done....SO I guess I can share with you my awesome time outside today! Look at the pictures you see below....and realize they are 100% PURE AWESOMENESS. 





WOAH! A me-sized CAR! Vrooom, vrooom! BEEP BEEP! MAKE WAY FOR THE AWESOME MOLLY-ANNE! 



HEHEHE....Not supposed to be up here, kinda dangerous, but OK for one quick picture, right? Heh heh.... A metal bookcasey kinda thing turned on it's side. Been there for months! See me standin' on it? 




A rope! And not just any rope....The rope of Fort Makenzie! LOL. A play set with swings and stuff. ;) 




When it was time to go onside, I immediately thought in my head, WHAT?! No way! Why, we were hardly out here for a couple of minutes! I need to stay longer. Instead of going inside with my owner, Molly, I hid behind one of the handle bars of Fort M&R. 





What a view! 




WHAT A BIG LOG! It's funny, all the humans around here call them sticks. CONFUSING! 

Deeper into my adventure, it got SUPER windy. SO windy, in fact, for a little doll like me who weighed hardly a pound....Well, the wind....was STRONG! I wished I had gone inside with my owner, Molly! It was all too windy now! I felt my feet lift off the ground a little bit. "Molly.....Molly...MOLLY! HELP! HELP!" I wailed, tears streaming down my cheeks. I was going to be lost forever! 



Flying through the air, I knew I was a goner. I wailed and wailed, but my voice was already so tiny and the wind so strong. My braids whirling around me, the earth passing through like a blur beneath me, and my destiny very, very near to me.  




SPLAT! I landed on this concrete thingy-ma-jig. At least I have time to take my few last breaths,  knowing that I was safe, for now. If the wind picked up again, I would never see the face of day again! A flood of tears trickling down my face were probably the last tears I'll ever pour out. "Molly! Molly! Molly....." I whispered, knowing it would be my last. I hugged the concrete thingy-ma-jig. It was probably the last hug I'd ever give somebody. I looked up to Heaven, praying to God that I'd survive. 

Meanwhile, the others figured out I was not inside with them. They saw a flash of pink whiz by in the wind, and then all the color drained out of 18 inch Molly's face. Molly-Anne, she thought, throwing herself down the stairs and outside, struggling to keep to the ground, for it was VERY windy, but not enough for a tornado. 

"MOLLY-ANNE!" She screamed. Her voice was much stronger than mine. "MOLLY!" I tried to shout, but it was no use. My voice was too small, the wind was too strong . I wiggled, trying to get comfortable on the concrete thingy-ma-jig. "KEEP MOVING! I SEE YOU!!" Molly screehced, making her way through the wind-storm. I flounced myself EVERYWHERE! 

"Molly-Anne, you scared us half to death!" Molly explained between sobs of joy when she picked me up. "Don't ever leave us like that again!" I shook my head, knowing I would NEVER do that again, more tears trickling down my cheek. We made it inside safely.






Here I am, just opening the nursery door which led to the foyer which led to the door which led upstairs.  Quite the tongue twister! lol. I whispered a small prayer of thanks as we made it inside. We were welcomed by a chorus of, "WOO HOO! Molly-Anne is safe!" "Hallelujah! Molly-Anne is here!" and, "Hurray for Molly and Molly-Anne!" I am glad to be with my family now, and the moral of this photo story is:

Don't ever, EVER, under AAAANNNYYYY circumstances,  STAY OUTSIDE WHEN YOUR FAMILY GOES IN! 


Anyways, thanks so much for watching ...AND LEARNING TO GO INSIDE WHEN YOUR FAMILY DOES! 


Love,

<3Molly-Anne<3