I need some “Get up and Go”

Every once in awhile I have one of those days when I do not feel like doing anything at all, and today is one of those days. I have so much to do, including income tax that is due next week, but I spent most of the day just staring at my monitor. I promise myself that tomorrow I will work harder to make up for the time I lost today :)

I did manage to do a little bit of work on one of my websites, backpacks 4us, and some hair on one of my dolls, a custom made reborn doll. This morning I was able to do a bit of painting too, so I guess the day wasn’t a total loss. Mike has been on vacation for the past month and went back to work today and it was just so quiet here. Usually the quiet inspires me to get moving but that wasn’t the case today.

Boston Marathon

Yesterdays bombings at the Boston Marathon were just horrific. My heart goes out to all those personally affected by this tragedy. All innocent people. I believe this event is going to be pivotal…it will change the way we live, think and feel, just like September 11 changed us all.

I hope those responsible are found asap.

Here is a story that touched me.

BOSTON – John Mixon of Ogunquit was standing on the bleachers at the Boston Marathon finish line, looking for one of the Mainers running on behalf of a fallen soldier, when an explosion ripped open the storefront across the street.

“It knocked me right out of the bleachers,” Mixon said, his voice still quivering two and a half hours later. “It was definitely a bomb. You could smell the explosives.”

Mixon and Carlos Arredondo, the father of one of those fallen soldiers, charged across the street to help the spectators who had lined up behind a snow fence four and five deep to watch the finish.

What they encountered was worse than anything Mixon, a Vietnam veteran, had seen overseas.

“When we got over there, it was just a pile of bodies – people with legs missing,” Mixon said Monday evening. “It was absolutely like a war scene. This was worse, because it was all innocent people, just defenseless. They were just lying in a pile, gunpowder all over them, burnt.”

Scores of Mainers, maybe more, were within a couple of blocks of the explosions that shattered the celebration of endurance and achievement. Some were among the more than 200 Maine runners scheduled to participate in the Patriots Day tradition. Others were volunteers or spectators.

There were five runners for Race for the Fallen Maine, five marathoners running on behalf of Maine soldiers who had died overseas, including Alexander Arredondo of Bangor.

One was nearing the finish line, and that had brought Mixon to the front of the bleachers. Arredondo was handing one of his handful of small flags to a National Guardsman who had just completed the race.

The blast was followed by moments of confused silence, then screams.

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The two friends crossed the street and Mixon started ripping away the snow fence and scaffolding to get at the victims. Arredondo vaulted it and tried using his clothes and towels to stanch the victims’ bleeding but they were hurt too badly.

Both men helped get one of the spectators, missing both legs, into a wheelchair that race medical staff had brought.

“I kept talking to him. I kept saying, ‘Stay with me, stay with me,’ ” Arredondo said.
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Coco-Malu – newborn size reborn baby doll. Sculpt by Elisa Marx

Coco-Malu is a small newborn size baby doll, that looks, smells and feels like a real life baby. Even up very close she looks real! You can even pick her name for her birth certificate and name bracelet. Coco-Malu is ready now and waiting to go to her new home.

Her hair is soft kid mohair and feels very soft to the touch. You can style it straight, curly or wavy by just wetting it and letting it dry in the style you want.
Coco-Malu is 19 inches long and weighs 6 pounds. She has beautiful blue glass eyes and sweet little closed fists!

Coco-Malu, sculpt by Elisa Marx

Coco-Malu by Elisa Marx

Coco-Malu by Elisa Marx

Coco-Malu by Elisa Marx

Coco-Malu by Elisa Marx

Coco-Malu by Elisa Marx