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  • Hello, Shellie May. Yes, they have adapted to the happy hermit homebear lifestyle and like to be comfffffffortable.

    Some of my bears like Peace Hippie and Adelaide (Adelaide is the koala with the heart on her torso) stay unclothed so they can showcase their design. Well, except if they go out in public, but around the house? Pfffffft.


    • Originally posted by JillT View Post
      I went to visit my sister in Chicagoland for 9 days. We spent a day in Rockford, IL and they have a Build-a-Bear store. I adopted two new bears, Iris and Owen. Iris is named after the Greek goddess of rainbows. Owen has white peace signs in his fabric.

      We got the pawsport stamped.

      Meanwhile my sister was able to find Duffy another pair of professor spectacles. When I got home he was so excited he put them on even though he wasn't doing anything close-up. Iris and Owen started climbing the stairs to meet da other bears and Duffy, Shellie May, and Peace Hippie came down.

      "Groovy, now I have a peace brother," said Peace Hippie excitedly, bringing her peace necklaces to share.

      "Which one do you like?" she asked. Owen liked them both so he wore one of each.

      "Since you're named after a Goddess, you can have a turn on my throne," said Shellie May. "We'll worry about your wardrobe when it cools off in here."

      There's always room for another bear at my house.

      Jill T
      The bears look great! Hooray for additions to the family!


      • It has been 5 ½ months since Duffy and Shellie May have left the house. This is the longest spread in between activities, and while I didn’t hear a peep of complaint out of them, I know they were excited to go on an adventure, even if it is just to the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival (their 6th time).

        Duffy looks forward to the food the most and Shellie May loves the colorful costumes and dancing/music.

        I think part of their acceptance of being home more now is the other bears giving them a reality check that the “normal life of stuffies” is sitting on a shelf. A few of my bears have yet to leave the house EVER. Either that or being Disney bears they’re just eternally in good moods, as are the Build-a-Bears. Even Abominable the Mammot isn't crabby; he's just rambunctious and LOUD but harmless.

        “You’re WAY overthinking this,” said Duffy.

        “Yeah,” agreed Shellie May. “Everything in the house is accessible to our height, we have all our playmates, and we are happy with the uptick in entertainment options.” (I’m now a member again of Amazon Prime and am enjoying all the channels as well as more music and ebooks).

        Duffy is dressed as an Inuit and Shellie May is wearing her Scandinavian St. Lucia outfit. Never mind the fact that we’re hitting 91F today with just a low of 70F and it’s been like that this month and predicted to last until October 12 at least. It’s not unusual for it to be 80 in early October but 91F with a low of only 70F is warmer than usual. I’ll take it, though! Just sayin’ Duffy is gonna roast!

        “They have Mexican popsicles, Hawaiian shaved ice, and if we don’t mind the tartness, Italian ice. He’ll be fine……” said Shellie May, whose favorite treat is ice cream anyway.

        When we arrived and I went to get da bears out of the back seat, Duffy had already stuffed a refrigerated bottled water down his jacket for "climate control". It was 84F at 9:50 a.m.

        This Malaysian place is new.

        We got a mango lassi (mango yogurt drink that is also popular in India), and two roti. Roti is like a crepe or tortilla, but not quite like either on its own. One was stuffed with asiago and monterey cheese and came with chili garlic sauce and one was stuffed with banana and honey.

        Duffy started slurping the mango lassi immediately. I told da bears to keep that handy as they just put a speck of the chili garlic sauce on the cheese roti because if it's too spicy we need milk to take the heat away. Water will only make it worse. "Ready, set, go!" I told them.

        One speck was too hot and we were all gulping the mango lassi.

        Unfortunately, snow cones were there, but no Hawaiian shaved ice and no Mexican paletas. We didn't eat anywhere else because it was so hot we were afraid of food poisoning.

        We DID like the roti, though, just not with the garlic spicy sauce.

        Shellie May and I both like Hello Kitty. This hat is supposedly from Ecuador. I say that because they were selling llama pajama bottoms for $15 that said made in China even though the booth advertised "fair trade policies".

        We watched the Chinese people practice tai chi to some flute music. "It's so hot even the dancers are moving in slow motion," said Shellie May, who didn't know what tai chi was anyway.

        Da bears looked at the bracelets from Brazil. They are from the church of the Bahia and a friend is supposed to tie it on you with three knots. You make wishes and when it falls off naturally you hope your wishes come true.

        Then we watched the dancers from Kurdistan while I recorded the video of some songs to Shazaam later.

        Meanwhile, Duffy had taken off his coat and boots and was just wearing pants. Oh, well.

        "If Zhu Xiong was here, she could tell me what this says," says Shellie May.

        Then da bears learned about a singing bowl from Tibet.

        We left fairly early because after having been so many times, it's really getting a bit repetitious. It was still fun and I don't have alot of activities that I do TEN times (like this one). Da bears have been there six times now.



        • Da bears are dressed for Halloween, and Duffy has incorporated slippers into his costume!

          We are enjoying some short stories from Haunted House Publishing and Crystal Lake Publishing. Crystal Lake Publishing is in South Africa, not Crystal Lake, IL. The stories keep BOTH bears' interest.

          Happy Halloween soon everyone!



          • Happy Halloween JillT I'll have to post all of the bears in their Halloween costumes, Gelatoni is getting accustomed to his new home so he may not dress up this year.


            • Nice to see a new member, welcome CLDuffy.


              • Look, Iris has clothes now. Isn't she cuuuuute?



                • I've been lurking for years but I decided to finally post.

                  So on October 30th Captain Duffers(Buzz) Duffy (Vampire) Shellie May (Maleficent) and Gelatoni (Pirate) all got to visit the parks for the first time as a big group.This was Gelatoni's first time to the American parks as he came all the way from Japan!

                  Gelatoni was interested in all the fun sights on the monorail

                  But everyone had a lot of fun on their monorail ride together, This was Gelatoni's and Shellie's first monorail ride

                  We found a nice spot for the trolley show since it was the last week of the Autumn version

                  Then We found another spot since it was a 4 show day instead of 3. The Dancers were in love with all of the bears and greeted them before they preformed

                  Then the bears and I made our way to Haunted mansion since it was the bear's Halloween treat. Duffy and Shellie may stopped and begged me to take a picture of them.

                  Gelatoni wasn't a big fan of the Haunted mansion but it was Duffy and Captain Duffers favorite beside the Country bears jamboree

                  Duffy likes to read all of your post and he found Aimster's door. So of course I had to get a picture of them

                  After a quick ride on Space Mountain we rode the people mover.

                  The lights were on in Space Mountain and we magically stopped right where we could see the track

                  We watched Great moments in History and Captain Duffers caught a streamer, after we headed back on the monorail Duffers proud of his prize

                  We had the whole monorail car to ourselves so Gelatoni climbed up and sat where he wanted

                  I'd say it was a successful trip, the bears were all worn out and had a great Halloween!


                  • I really like Iris' dress Jill


                    • Hi, CLDuffy.

                      My bears have been to Universal Studios for Halloween but not to Disney yet. That was back in 2014, so I don't know if the pictures are still available on here. Sometimes they go poof.

                      Thanks for the compliment on Iris' dress.

                      I like Shellie May's Maleficent outfit, especially the horns. That's way cool that you got a picture of Space Mountain's track!



                      • We live pretty local that I have access to both, I don't know about taking the bears to Universal yet. They go to Disney about every two weeks.


                        • I always love seeing your pictures, JillT!! Wow!! The outfits Duffy and ShellieMay wore to the Cultural Festival this year are so cool!! And the new additions to the bear family look right at home!!

                          Yay!! Your pictures are amazing, CLDuffy!! Thanks for sharing them!! Everyone is looking so cute in their outfits!! I have never been to the Florida Walt Disney World parks and I am just now becoming curious about them!! My bear family and I live in California and our home park is the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.


                          • I've always want to take the bears to DLR. My partner and I are trying to plan a trip for the next year or two.

                            I wanted to show of Gelatoni's Holiday outfit that I got from

                            Last edited by CLDuffy; 11-05-2018, 10:46 AM. Reason: Added photo of Gelatoni


                            • I adopted Wrigley, a Chicago Cubs Build-a-Bear.

                              “I tried out for the team, but they said I didn’t make it. They gave me this t-shirt and sent me away,” said Wrigley sadly.

                              “Don’t worry,” said Shellie May. “We’re about the furthest thing from a sports household there is.”

                              “Yeah, other than button mashing,” said Duffy.

                              “Huh?” asked Wrigley, puzzled.

                              “Video games!” said Bearami, joining in and passing out a controller to each bear, giving Wrigley the most recent Sony PlayStation 4 controller to welcome him. “This is perfectly sized for bears!”

                              “Oh! I can probably participate in THAT sport!” said Wrigley.

                              Welcome Wrigley!
                              Last edited by JillT; 11-29-2018, 06:17 PM.


                              • Welcome Wrigley! You sure do have a huge family JillT!

                                I recently made a friend who works on Main Street while on restricted work due to a foot injury so she gave the bears and myself a huge stack of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Cards. Duffy and Shellie May were going through and trading with each other when Gelatoni and Captain Duffers wanted to join in too!

                                When I was finally cleared to go back to work Gelatoni and I went on a quick visit to Animal Kingdom

                                We saw Dinosaurs

                                Watched a few shows

                                And even went to a different planet!

                                It was a fun day but we decided to head back home and relax after

                                I even brought home a surprise for Duffy and Shellie may!

                                Their own Flat Duffys!

                                I have many more pictures from past trips to post so I'll make a post for those.


                                • I have that Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game, too, but not all the cards. Cool that you got a whole stack!


                                  • Hi, Wrigley!! What a cute name!! Darling as usual, JillT!! Your video game crew looks like they are going to have a lot of fun!!! ❤❤❤

                                    Really great pictures, CLDuffy!! So cute!! I was under the impression that WDW phased out the Flat Duffys. I have always been facinated by them. Are they still around? Your crew is so great!! I guess I should post a picture or two sometime soon. ❤❤❤


                                    • I adopted Fluffernutter, a 3' cuddle buddy from Vermont Teddy Bear Company. I just thought he was unique; I don't actually sleep with my bears LOL! He has half lidded eyes because he's always drowsy. He LOVVVVVES to sleep.

                                      He left Vermont Teddy Bear Company on 2 day delivery, went down the road 11 miles, and sat there for 23 hours, then spent 25 hours in Connecticut. Then they shipped him to Rural Retreat, VA, a town of 1,350 people...???!?# Well, it was no retreat. It was primitive with no facilities. Fluffernutter woke up enough to skeedaddle out of there and arrived at my house by noon the next day.

                                      He was tired and climbed up on my couch to sleep.

                                      Then I was able to get him upstairs to introduce himself to da bears.

                                      I had to explain to Duffy and Shellie May that he hibernates a lot, so he probably won’t be in the mood to play very often, but he’s so soft they still bonded with him and since it’s December they are just staying awake until the new year at which point they’ll also be hibernating somewhat themselves. “We can PRACTICE hibernating,” they said, as they climbed all over him, and he woke up enough to snuggle with them.

                                      Then Jumbo Duffy and Jumbo Shellie wanted a turn. “Oooo, he IS soft!” they said. His paws are weighted and like suede. Jumbo Shellie is happy there's a "jumboier bear" than her in the house now.



                                      • I went to Chicagoland for Christmas. My sister's Duffy, Snuggly Duffy, Shellie May, and Rockgirl say "Happy Holidays and Happy New Year soon!"

                                        I also adopted Toby, who was living at my sister's house. He is a super snuggly bear who loves blankets.

                                        When I got home I had two new bears to introduce, so Duffy and Shellie May put on actual clothes. I think this dress really suits Shellie May's coloring. She's BEAUTIFUL.

                                        First, Toby investigated the blanket selection at home.

                                        "Ooo, this one is soft," said Toby.

                                        There were some afghans my Mom made in my coat closet.

                                        He decided he liked the sherpa throw the best and wrapped himself in it.

                                        Then he went into the bedroom and looked closer at the small, decorative afghan I have from my Mom.

                                        Here come Duffy and Shellie May.

                                        Duffy brought a bear sized sleeping bag and Shellie May brought a bear sized blanket to welcome Toby.

                                        My sister got me a Justin Bieber Build-a-Bear. Even though Justin Bieber is from Canada, this was an Australian exclusive Build-a-Bear. My sister has connections ha ha. He marched into the house bending his hip and knee at 90 degree angles keeping his feet flat and parallel to the ground. I'm not a fan of Justin Bieber. He announced, "I'm JUST Justin."

                                        Adelaide came shouting and running down the stairs doing somersaults to make it quicker, "I have an Aussie brother AND one who has paws by someone we don't like! YAYYYYY!" She gave him a big hug.

                                        "See, I have Cody Simpson paws," she showed him.

                                        "But there's a cure for that. Just wear shoes! We have a whole tub to choose from!"

                                        Shellie May and Duffy came over to say hi and to see what fashion advice they could offer.

                                        "I can get you a better shirt," offered Duffy.

                                        "I'd like to keep my denim jacket," said Justin.

                                        "Well, you don't need jeans with rips all over them," said Shellie May. "When our stuff looks like that we just throw it out."

                                        "I LIKE my ripped jeans. That's the current style."

                                        Justin found some jeans that match the color of his jacket, and for shoes he chose Skechers.

                                        "Can't go wrong with Skechers," said Duffy, who is also wearing a pair.

                                        "By the way, I'm JUST Justin," he reminded me.

                                        "So do I have to call you just Justin all the time or can I just call you Justin?" I asked.

                                        "You can just call me Justin," he replied.

                                        Da bears were scratching their heads with puzzled looks. "His name is Justin," I explained, "not Justin Bieber."

                                        Da bears got more clothes, and Zhu Xiong got two board games. I wanted Machi Koro, and my sister found a shrink wrapped brand new game called Entdecker at the thrift store, and it DOES sound fun. We played Machi Koro at her house but not Entdecker.

                                        Toby and Fluffernutter (the pillow maniac who now is sleeping on TWO of them), bonded instantly.

                                        Yes, winter hibernation is here!



                                        • Happy new year everyone!

                                          I do alot of search a words on the bus. I grew tired of Kappa and Penny Press/Dell, both because of their newsprint paper and their outdated puzzles (they think that DisneyWorld still only consists of two parks). I went on ebay and Amazon and shopped for some other search a word books. I especially like Funster, Charles Zimmerman, and Jordan Smart.

                                          I like some other series, like Funster, and Charles Timmerman's Everything series (he is the one who founded Funster). I got Duffy an Everything KIDS Pirate puzzle book.

                                          He decided to put off winter hibernation long enough to do it and put on a pirate costume.

                                          However, because he could only see out of one eye, he decided to enlist the help of Jumbo Duffy. Jumbo Duffy said, "if you flipped up the eye patch you could see better, but I"ll be glad to help you anyway. This looks super fun!"