Grace, meanwhile, is sold out. Some of her items are still up on American Girl's website, but Grace herself is gone. Gone away, into the archives and into American Girl History. May the folks who got her thoroughly enjoy her.
Regarding My Twinn, the speculation wheels are still spinning, particularly in the Facebook group that I'm a member of. One person heard that the company is folding completely, another heard that they'll be back up by January sixth, and a third heard that they may take an extended holiday and then come back. For reasons that I've discussed in the past, I'm inclined to think the first reason is the correct one, but I may be completely wrong. Another bone of discussion concerned a picture that I took.
Miss L isn't the only one, of course. Two of Miss Emily's four dolls (Frances and Ramona) have eyes that either faded or changed completely. Frances's eyes changed in less than a year. BahamianAGDollLovers has a similar story to tell; she uploaded a video about her MT doll Dera on February 15th. On December 4th she reported that Dera's eyes had turned purple. Again, the time frame is less than a year. My Xenia is fine so far, but quite frankly, I'm just waiting to see what happens with her eyes. I figure it's just a matter of time before hers turn too. I knew that it wasn't unheard of for the eyes of 23-inch models to turn, but as Rael shows it's not as widespread as it is with the 18-inch dolls. This suggests to me that the larger dolls were of higher quality all around than the smaller ones; I know this is true of Rael. I don't mean to put Xenia down because I like her, but Rael is superior in almost every way. Her eyes are bright, her eyebrows are well-drawn, her body is soft, her hair is shorter and less coarse, and she poses rings around Xenia. She poses rings around all my dolls, in fact! Anywho, I'll keep my eyes on the My Twinn website and see what goes down, and I'll be watching Xenia as well.
As a last little dolly tidbit, I've determined that unless something very serious comes along, 2016 will be the year that I get my first ball-jointed doll...or at least, my first resin ball-jointed doll. Ju-hwang is a ball-jointed doll, but she's made out of plastic and isn't allowed on Den of Angels. Anywho, my doll will be the grail doll that I spoke of in a prior post, an Angel of Dream boy named Tao Huandao. I have a story cobbled together for him (most ball-jointed doll owners have backstories for their dolls), but I'm not going to reveal it now. LOL, gotta keep you waiting!
In non-doll news, the rainstorm that hit during Christmas dumped a crap-load of rain on the central part of the country. Every body of water in the area, from the drainage ditches to the Mighty Mississippi, is out of its banks. This is what it's like in Cape Girardeau, a place that I called home for part of my early adulthood.
Cape Girardeau is located right on the Mississippi River, so close that it requires a flood wall to keep the water out when the river gets high. The wall is five hundred feet long and twenty feet high, and the side that faces the city is painted with images of famous Missourians. Experts estimate that it would take a flood stage of 55 feet to top the wall, twelve feet above the highest flood crest recorded in Cape. Now...that being said, notice that in the picture above the water already is at flood stage. Cape city officials ordered the flood gate closed long ago, so as far as I know the downtown area is okay. But if we have a bad winter with a lot of snowfall, even up north, things could get ugly. Malden is twenty-five miles from the Mississippi River, but after the flood we had in 2011 I know anything is possible! I need to ask Mama if we've got flood insurance...y'know, just in case. It may never happen to us, but better safe than sorry.
I know it's already the new year for some of y'all, but I'm still watching the clock. We've got two hours to go here in Malden. See y'all soon, and thanks for helping make it a great year here at Confessions of a Dolly Lover. Your comments, opinions, and input have been greatly valued.
Happy New Year,