Seven Days and Six Nights: Part 2

Day 1-after trekking up the huge hill to their treetop cabana, Vickie and Joe unpack and get cleaned up.

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Joe: So after a shower and getting unpacked, are you in a better mood?

Vickie: Hmmph, um, yes, I'm just chewing. These fish tacos are nummy. Where did they come from?

Joe: It's part of the package---food is delivered in coolers each morning---all you have to do is heat it up or grill it. We won't lack for anything. They will even pick up the cooking pots and our refuse when they come.

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Vickie: That uphill is a bit daunting, but I have to confess the shower in the back was divine...and from a water tower, who would have thought. Thanks for unpacking, I'm just bushed. 

Joe: I know I love it here, no phones, no TV, no anyone...just us and nature. We just have to remember to lock up any food, or we will be invaded by the monkeys. They seem to think we are here for their entertainment. 



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Joe: I think we have plenty of provisions, we can always catch our own fish or find fruit. You never starve in the jungle.

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Vickie: Seems to me, they have thought of everything, I really mostly brought swim suits. Tomorrow all I want to do is lay on the beach, please.


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Joe: I agree, we have plenty of time to explore the island and do some fun things? We have the whole island.

Vickie: Fun things? I'm not going to play survivor with you...that's for sure. 

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Vickie: I do love the Pirates of the Caribbean decor...old and functional...really quite a mix. What's the can for?

Joe chuckled: That's where you put your sink water from the bowl. That will be emptied by the staff tomorrow and each morning after. We can just rinse our dishes off. We keep the basic table service, but everything else gets removed, dirty. Part of Costa Rica's charm is they are entirely eco-friendly. No unnecessary waste and everything is reused. We will be refilling our water bottles from the spring which is pure. 



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Vickie: So the kitchen is really just that table? 

Joe: Yep, and the grill. 


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Vickie: No coffee maker? I can't survive without coffee, Joe.

Joe: We are in the land of Costa Rican coffee, I'll make drip grind tomorrow, you will see, it's the best.

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Vickie: If it's half as good as these cocktails, I'll be happy.

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Joe: Do you want some wine, or stick to the cocktails? The sandwiches are good too. I was famished.

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Joe: And isn't the view fabulous?

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Joe: I was afraid we were never going to be able to get away. I hope you aren't disappointed?
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Vickie: The food is wonderful.  Joe, it's really perfect. I was just so hot and tired earlier. It's been a long day!

Joe: I know, but we have to watch the sunset, best part of being on the Pacific side.



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Vickie: This sure is a side of you--I didn't know. My man likes sunsets!

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Joe: Especially when it is reflected in your eyes.

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Vickie: To seven days in paradise escaping together. 

Joe: By all means, and don't forget six nights!


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Vickie: Aw Joe, right on cue, the sun dips down into the ocean...ooops the lights are flickering.

Joe: Don't you think it's time for bed---since the generator is running out of power. They will bring more petrol in the morning, too.

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Dishes get put away, clothes are tossed to the side.

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Vickie: Do you mind I forgot to pack a nightie?

Joe LOL: Well, I sleep commando anyway...do you mind?

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Vickie: Ha, ha! Of course not---but I'm not going nude on the beach, no matter what you say---deserted or not.
Joe: Wait until you have been laughed at by a monkey---that really puts you in your place. There's one back by the shower that catcalls me, and then laughs...!

(to be continued)


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Seven Days and Six Nights Part One

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Last Christmas, Joe's present to Vickie was tickets to Costa Rica for February.

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 His under cover work with the Chicago Police Department interfered, 
and so did the delay on Vickie's shop remodel. 
 Finally, this June they traded the tickets in for 
Seven days and six nights on their own island. 
(Seems, Joe's got connections!)

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After a long day of traveling by limo, plane, rickety bus, motorboat, they get dropped off on the beach of their own island get-away. It's been a long day.

Joe: What do you have in here, I thought we decided to travel light?

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Vickie: Well Joe, even bikini's have accessories. Looks like everything we need is here except for a roof, a shower, air-conditioning???

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Joe: Ha! We do have everything, a hammock...you, me, 

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 a cooler full of drinks...what more do you want?

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Vickie: Gorgeous or not, I'm not sleeping on the beach. And I really need a shower. (What did I get myself into?)

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Vickie: I'm sorry Joe, I'm just dehydrated, we've been traveling since 4 AM, I'm really bushed. Please tell me, where are we staying?


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Vickie: "Up Where??? I wish I had brought boots, instead of these heels."

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Joe: "Well you can't go barefoot, snakes and stuff. It's just up that hill, about 250 feet up. The view should be spectacular."

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Vickie puts on a brave face: "Okay, Joe. You're the ex-marine, lead on through jungle...

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...up the cliffs, OMG. HOW HIGH (and why can't I go barefoot, snakes.....ugh?)

(to be continued)


DIY Diorama: I kept this pretty simple. 

Beach background is a reprint from Morguefiles, printed in 4 enlarged parts and placed on foam core.
Fence: Thrift store wooden dish dryer
Decking: Bamboo placemats
Sand: 4 sheets of scrapbook paper. 
Rocks: Just rocks, lol.
Trees and Bushes: assorted bits of artificial greenery and plants.
Netting on fence: potato/onion bags
Accessories: Mostly, all vintage Mattel, except GI Joe fins.  The Hammock, drinks, cooler table-new.
Clothing
Vickie: Sparkles top and vintage (Barbie?) skirt-fabric matches 1960's Midge swimsuit.
Joe: Ken zipper linen trousers 1960's, top Ken top. Carrying vintage Ken garment bag and matching suitcase. Well worn, Joe travels a lot. 

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The 4th in the HFIM House-2018



IT WAS HOT for the 4th in Chicagoland!


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The Mom's, Karen (Richelle's and Rocky's in plaid Mom) and Sandy (Ryan's Mom) are ready for the heat and sun.

Sandy: We are off to volunteer at the voter registration booth in the park. I hope you are all registered, if not come on down. It's our freedom and our right! 

Karen: I'm so glad we get a chance to do this---we best be going, have fun, and we will see you all tonight.

Chorus: Yes, we all are!!!!!




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Rocky: Smile, while I take a pic of our favorite Moms!

Karen: Hurry up, we don't want to be late and it's only getting hotter here in the sun.

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Max: Hi, I'm Max, I see you have a Canada shirt on. I bet you can't tell, I'm from Chicago.

Zoey: I'm Zoey. I can see you are a Bears fan. I've been here for over a year. I'm going to school and work at Vickie's Vintage. I see they put you on the cooking patrol.


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Max: I was grill cook while going through school. So I can handle this easy!

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Max: Just a matter of timing and watching for flare ups. Won't be long now, everyone!

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Sean: Anyone  need a drink refill? (Sean is Rocky's best friend from up north). They are both going to go to school in Chicago in the fall.)

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Rory: I do! I'm still so hot from marching in the parade. I haven't twirled a baton in years. 

Nemo: Well, you looked great and the kids from the park district looked like they had so much fun carrying that huge banner they made. 



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Rory: They sure did, I can't believe the girls are actually sitting still for a few minutes. I'm going to go change to something less itchy.

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Anna: It was gut and varm! I never before marched in parade! I am wearing Sweden colors and some red for the USA. 

Chelsea: I liked the Shriners' clown cars. Happy Birthday, USA!

Scooter: The float with the sparklers was fun...I can't wait until we see the fireworks.

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Midge, Chris, Belle and Aidan reminisce about when they were kids on the 4th.

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Midge: I used to go on so many Tilt-A-Whirls, that I couldn't even walk.

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Chris: Once I ate two whole pizzas and barfed on the roller coaster....just like the dog is working on, there.

Belle: That's Foofy the house mascot---always into mischief.

Max: Food's done, come and get it!

 (Everyone makes a mad-dash to get the burgers, hotdogs, and corn!) 

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After supper dusk begins to shade the backyard.

Aidan: How many blankets do we need for everyone? 

Midge: Three, maybe four?


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Rory: Remember no beverages in the park. We can get drinks at some of the stands if we have to.

Rocky: It's getting dark, I'll quick finish this last burger.

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We've got a blanket just for us, too. Let's go!


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Everyone cleaned up the yard and headed to the lakefront to watch spectacular fireworks.

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P.S. July 5th, there will be some mess in the kitchen in the morning.

Hope you had a Happy Safe 4th of July 2018 

From the HFIM house.



New backyard is grass-scrapbook paper. Currently looking for an alternative that doesn't shed. Fence pieces are bamboo placemats, trees are Lemax and Studio 54 vintage finds, cheap. 
Furniture is all from thrift stores. 

Outfits: Most are vintage Mattel, handmade except for new Hello Kitty shirt on Rory, plaid dress on Sandy, and Rocky's last season Ken shirt. I think the purple/black shirt on Christian might be from a My Scene doll.

New faces in this episode:

Max---a Max Steel doll 1998 by Mattel, one of the first ones...he's great except he has a burgundy painted torso shirt. But, is very pose-able. Why can't Mattel, make decent Kens that pose and stand for the same price point? I'm trying to find guy dolls that are articulated and different, then the straight leg-Kens. 

Sean---is a Shaggy from the Scooby-do series of dolls by Mattel 2002. 

Where are Barbie, Vickie, Joe, Ryan, Richelle, Carly and the rest....?  At a special rooftop party, next up on Barbie:OldNewGreenRedo. And a little bit of diorama magic on a shoestring.



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