Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving to All

We're grateful for all of those who follow, read, and comment Tea Time with Melody Q. 
We're also grateful to have everyone home for this holiday. Check back later to see our welcome home/Thanksgiving celebration.

Warmest wishes to all!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019


Is Making Me Late

Is Keeping Me Waiting

Hey, Grace! What are you doing?
I'm trying to put a finishing touch on this welcome home gift for Mel, but it's just not working right.
Maybe you should go with regular curling ribbon.
True. Or none at all.
What were you doing?
(sighs) Watching out the window.
I've seen Coco doing that.
Yeah, we all miss Melody. Seeing photos or texting and video chatting just isn't the same as having her here.
So true, but she's almost home.
I'm sure she'll have plenty of ear scratches for you, Coco.

To see Melody's departure party, check out My Doll Times November 23 post.

Best wishes,

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Build: November 2019

Fantastic Thanksgiving

Hello all! I was originally supposed to prepare a tea review of Wawa's iced chocolate chai.
But this is all that is left.

I know, Tris, it's just so upsetting. So what can we determine from this turn of events? 
One, it's really good because everyone drank more than they were supposed to. Two, the combination of chocolate and the spices in the chai are super tasty. The black pepper comes through adding a sharp spice to the blend. Three, we want to try the hot version soon!
Four, since my tea review was so very brief I get to reveal this month's build!

Why are we calling it Fantastic Thanksgiving? Well, November is the month for U.S. Thanksgiving and the month when Fantastic Beasts movies usually premier. There isn't one this year, a movie that is, but we chose this month's mini figures to be the characters from Fantastic Beasts. 

We start with the door to the flat. Outside is a lovely tree and some mums. We couldn't find our little turkey. (sighs)
Now inside, we see a huge table spread for the feast with turkey and sides. Hmmm...
You can see Newt and Tina at the table, while Jacob and Queenie discuss the bread.
I love this one. 
Can you spot the baby kniffler?
How about the pineapple? Wouldn't you love to celebrate Thanksgiving with this crew? Just think of the after dinner adventures in Newt's case. (giggles)


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

3 Little Hedgehogs

Heather Gets Friends*

What's so funny?
Skye has popped into a ball again and Finella is chasing Heather over my legs. It tickles.
(giggles) They are so adorable! I can't wait for Melody to be home and meet them. She'll be surprised.
Yes, she will. I can't believe we've been able to keep the secret from her while she was away. 
Let me hold Skye for a bit.
Heather seems very happy with her new friends.
Yes, she does.
They have fun even though they were not raised together. 
That's a good thing.
Yes, with those tiny fangs and the quills on their backs battles could be brutal.
Time to go back in your house.

Heather seems happy to visit Finella and Skye, but likes her own home better.
I'll move her later.
Now what else do we surprise Melody with when she arrives home?

Xyra's Review American Girl Hedgehog House

We now have 3 little hedgehogs. Aren't they cute! The AG hedgehogs are bigger than the MLA one.
The habitat is nicer in some respects. It's it bigger, but still not quite the right size. The ramps are too steep.
At least there are air holes in the roof (unlike the hamster habitat). You get a built in water bottle as well.
The little balled hedger fits under the stick arch. The walking hedger barely fits on the top platform.
The walking hedger kind of fits on the hammock.
I like these two pieces can be moved around. I'm not sure what is in the food bowl, bit id doesn't look like anything on the food list I found.
The arch really only goes in with the opening facing out, otherwise the hedgers can't get into it.
*Hedgehogs are not social animals so there should be only one in the set. Of course, this could be one hedgehog in two poses, balled and walking. If that is the case then there should be a third pose in a complete ball, no face showing.
You can see the size difference between the two brands. The really cool thing about the AG hedgehogs-the undersides are fuzzy or flocked. Unlike the MLA hedger who is all plastic. The feet and faces on all three are adorable! 
Heather would be very happy in this habitat. She fits in all areas easier than the AG ones.

Overall, I love this little set and am glad I added it to our pet collection.

Xyra's Notes

  • According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hedgehogs are not permissible as pets. 😔 The little critters are not native to the area or even the continent, so could be dangerous to native species if unworthy pet parents let them out to fend for themselves in the wild. 
  • That means we really do not have pet hedgehogs, and will remain happy collecting ones like this.

Thank you for stopping! Have a great Tuesday!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American girl or My Life As. All items shown above were purchased from our own funds for or gifted to our collection. the review is unsolicited and comprised of our own observations, opinions, and thoughts. Links are provided for educational and informative purposes; no purchase is suggested or required to enjoy the post and TTwMQ receives no funding from clicked links.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Update from My Doll Times

Melody Enjoying the Spa

Hi! Welcome back!
We have an update!
Melody is having a great time at the spa.
Check out all the details at My Doll Times.
Photo courtesy of My Doll Times
Warning! One of her treatments was restringing, so...
Those who are a bit uneasy about that should scroll quickly past two photos. 
Uncle K says she's having a great time with the boys.
Gramma Enne checked it out and was really pleased.
If you are on Facebook, you can follow My Doll Times there too!

Best wishes,