Building a House!

We have been very busy here.  We were afraid we would get bored and not be able to find enough to keep us busy but that sure is not the case.  As you all know I have always loved to teach and since I left the class room I have had trouble finding some one to play school with, but this year I found someone, right in my own back yard.  Regina is in first grade this year and you would not believe all the homework that child has to do each night!!  When she gets home from school she has two little brothers who want to play, a mother who has worked all day and would just like to sit and visit with her and a grandmother who has worked all day and just needs to rest a bit before supper so to make Regina do homework for an hour or more is a constant fight that they have no heart for and can’t see what good it was doing.  I asked if I could take over that job.  Mother and Nana were glad and Regina found she liked it also as she got someone’s full attention so now Monday, Wednesday and Friday Regina comes to my house after school ,about 3:30 while her two brothers go home with mother.  They like it cause they get mother’s whole attention and no one has to fight.  Regina and I have a snack, talk about her day and then do homework.  She still does not like home work so I make it as much fun as I can and with the three days a week we can get it all done if we stick right to it for an hour each day and since Becca does not come to pick her up until Uncle Tyler get home about 6 to sit with the twins, Gina has time to play after her hour of homework.  I make a light supper about 5 so Norman and I can eat and Regina eats a little with us then eats at home where her mother cooked supper for the whole family when they get home around 6:30.  Regina is doing much better with her writing and her spelling sentences.  Boy I don’t remember having to write sentences when I was in the first grade.  My mother would have had a BIG fight on her hand if she had to make me do that after school all day!!  Anyways, Regina is doing a great job with me to sit right with her and help keep her on task.  She has always done well with the math as that is easier for her or any first grader who has trouble reading.  I didn’t read until I was in the third grade so can understand why she is having trouble with that.  After supper we sit in the sitting room on the gossip chairs and I read a story to her.  I don’t try to make her read it, she will read it when she is comfortable doing so and until then we can just enjoy hearing the story and talking about it as we go.  I have a dozen or so dolls that I like to make clothes for and Gina gets to play with those that last hour before she goes home.  Also her Great grandad is making this house for us to play with,716E06l60pL._SL1200_

This is the back, this furniture does not come with the house so I am making the furniture for it.  The set said it was for a regular doll house but really it is too small. It will look good in the house but the dolls can’t sit in it or use it.  She will just have to pretend for now.  e316eb52-02d4-4141-b52c-2ea3097182f9_400This is what the house looks like but he is painting it a different color, using what paint he has here.  It comes in a thousand pieces and is an awful job to put together so it will take him several weeks to do but he is working at it and Regina loves to check on his progress each day. I am building the furniture and he is working on the house so we have bits and pieces spread all over the house.  51XPpHRm8yL._SX90_

These are the dolls I got for the house.  They look small don’t they?  But the adults are about 5 1/2 in tall and the beds are only about 3 in. long so I will try to make smaller dolls , rag doll style so they fit the furniture.  All of them will fit the house as the scale is the same 1″ = 1′.   This is the set I got to make the furniture.  I

718pf5X1whL._SL1000_now have put them all together and they are everywhere also. Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.10 AM

Some are in front of the TV in the living room.  Some are in the dinning room where I Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.11 AM

am painting them.  When they dry I will put small  decals on some of them.  And some are Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.12 AM

in the garage waiting to be stained by Norman.  This is the dinning room set.  Norman goes out here to stain the window trim.  He will stain this set when he does the next window.  Norman has the main part of the work set up in my craft room. Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.12 AM #2

This is one wall of the house.  What dinky work this is, but it is coming along. Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.13 AM


You can see more of the lay out.  I think he is doing a remarkable job for a man who can’t see much.  You can see his glasses on the table on the lower left hand side.  He needs to wear that on his head to read the directions or to place those small pieces.  This is what I hope the cataract operation will make better.  Behind this is my dolls and teddy bears.

Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.13 AM #2Right now Regina can’t get to them so she has to play with the doll house dolls or the larger dolls such as these two.Photo on 9-27-15 at 10.14 AM

She plays with both in the living room for now.  When the house is done she will have to do all her playing in my craft room so we can keep all the toys and mess in there.  She is learning to put one thing away before getting out something else so even her play time is learning time too and she is doing a great job at both.  Time now to get dinner on the table and finish the painting.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to Building a House!

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Regina will remember her whole life about how good her great grandparents treated her! How very special! You and Norman are doing a wonderful job! I just love that doll house. I still have my dollhouse and it is over 60 years old. Our children did and grandchildren do still play with it. It is too bad that Regina has to endure all that homework but at least she has wonderful help! Today is her afternoon with you so you must be busy!

    • Hi Rosemary, Wednesday again and Regina comes this afternoon so I want to get all my things done this morning so I will be well rested when she gets here at 3:30. Last spring I send a box of 60 individually wrapped Lindt Chocolates to daughter in law for her birthday party and they were a big hit so Norman and I decided we would send a box to Myrtle for her birthday party. They cost $18.50 including postage to send from here to anywhere in the US even Alaska so thought they couldn’t be much more to Canada. We talked about the cost but decided for a 100th birthday it wasn’t too much but when I tried to send it to her Amazon would not take her address. I tried and tried but finally call them and was told I had to order them from Amazonca. All orders to Canada had to be made out of the Canadian site so I went there and near died the same box that I paid $18.50 including postage here was $27.95 in Canada and then $27.63 postage on top of that. No way could I afford that!! Boy, I hope you get paid for you work better than we do as you cost of living must be high. The exchange is $1.00 US = $1.29 CA which doesn’t make up the difference in that box of candy. You must have to pay terrible prices for everything in Canada. Anyways I had to settle for a card for Myrtle, wish it could have been more. Anyways thank you for letting me know about her birthday and the party so at least she will know I was thinking of her.

      • Rosemary Rafuse says:

        Postage costs here are terrible! A letter to the US is over $1.00. I don’t blame you for not sending the candy. We went to New Hampshire every August and bought out children school clothes for many years. We live as frugally as we can. Four litres of milk here is over $6.00. It is a crime to me that soda pop is cheaper that people can buy milk for their children. People who do not visit the USA from here have no idea how much cheaper things are. Right now the exchange for us would be bad so we stay home! No wonder people from here went to New England and stayed!

      • I had no idea it was so expensive to live in Canada. All I have ever heard was that medicine was so much cheaper in Canada that it was worth moving to Canada for that but since we don’t take any medicines it never entered our head to move there and after seeing how much more everything costs I guess we never will. We vacationed there a couple summers back in the late 60’s early 70’s and just fell in love with Canada and of course Norman’s mother and all her relatives lived in Canada. They were among the first settlers of Quebec and many still live there but I don’t like any city so that never figured into our plan, however Nova Scotia was a great temptation for us. I’m glad now we didn’t move there either. Back then the exchange was the other way around so made it tempting. We have a lot of Canadians that come to Port St Lucie and stay for the winter. We have several in our River Green Villa, which is the community we live in. They like getting into the warmer spots for the winter and I can’t blame them for that!

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