The sky's the limit for UFO Month!

It's June and it's UFO month here in Thimble World!  Get ready for some new things and some old things reconfigured.  This month is as much fun as Halloween for me.

I still love the cow being abducted.  The thimble is the what the cow is being lifted away in.

Last year, I decided to make my childhood home and a rendition of the UFO I saw.  I was disappointed in how I had to make the house, so I remade it this year to a more accurate representation.  I completely hand-made the house and a thimble is inside it to make it worthy of Thimble World.

Of course, there's the USO--Unidentified Submersible (or Submerged) Object.  I also hand-made this and the thimble is within the upward waves of water.

 The big thing this year is the Close Encounters of the Third Kind piece.  I bought the Devil's Tower thimble in 2015 and made my own version of the mothership landed behind the mountain.  I never was happy with it.  This is how it appeared back then...

And this is the new version...

Big difference, huh?  I even included lights and the board with the lighted tones that they played to get a response from the mothership.

Let's do a comparison to see how I faired...

                              

 Not bad (if I do say so myself).

Moving on...there's the observatory where people can watch the old sci-fi rocket head off into space.  The ringed planet on top of the thimble actually rotates.  (I made it that way.)

The center village area is full of surprises!

Another new one this year...a UFO has caught a car and is lifting a passenger.  One lucky person escaped and is running for the house.  I'm wondering if he will encounter any...thing...else inside.

Aliens are escorting this woman to their ship.  Look in the window.  One of those grays is still inside... 

And this fellow is being abducted right from his bedroom window...

Of course, where there's UFOs, there's Bigfoot.

And more Bigfoot...they're hiding among the trees.


Yup.  Always UFOs--and that's my first UFO thimble!

High over top the village is Mt. Rainier and the discs that resulted in the coining of the term "Flying saucer."

There's even an alien in a saucer below it all...

Also new this year is the secret base.  A UFO is lifted out of the ground and ready for take-off. 

The light show comes from within the rocks...and a UFO (on a fluted thimble) appears to be draining power from this source while a smaller ship waits on another hill.

Yup, power source...

The tripod of War of the Worlds is nearing the house...
  
A UFO is crashed and hidden by dark trees.

Wait, what's this?  Off in those distant mountain peaks is a city--with a cigar-shaped UFO hovering above it!  (New)

Oh, and if all this has made you hungry, you can stop at the Little Ale'Inn along the Extraterrestrial Highway.  By the looks of things, even the aliens want to stop in there.

The alien ship even has its own parking...

But, beware!  The route in is under surveillance--by the aliens.

No passage.  But, wait!  What's that?

The Millenium Falcon?!?!


Well, if there's Star Wars, you know I'll have Star Trek...


Yes, I WANT to believe! (But, it doesn't mean I do.)

And for those of you who are following along with this year's new display (of which my daughter and I have aptly named Covington), for June, I have put up some other Tudor Houses.  But, as you know, it has to have some sort of tie to the main display.

Surprise!  This UFO is checking out a car by The Green Man pub.  Just an FYI--a Green Man is a mystical being of growth and rebirth.  I found it humorous since most aliens, although typically gray, are still referred to as "little green men."  Since The Green Man pub is Tudor style, that is how the Tudor houses ended up in June.  Mystical, green beings fit the motif.

KEEP LOOKING UP!  YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU WILL SEE!

Armed Forces 2018

Armed Forces month is at the ready this May 2018!

The American Legion proudly stands firm with its four pillars.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.  We proudly support our troops!

Always honor and never forget our fallen and missing!

The fort stands guard on the shoreline...

...and Lady Liberty lights the way.

The White House.

The train displays America's colors and a flag waves from atop the engine.
  
The tag to watch for...

And as for the other display (I've named it "Covington" for now)...it is made up of apartments of the poor.  There's a reason for this display during Armed Forces month.  Studies show that the majority of our soldiers come from disadvantaged homes.  I thought this would be a reminder of where those who protect our country come from.  It is NOT meant to offend--it's just to make you think.

PROUDLY DISPLAY YOUR FLAG ON 
MAY 19 (Armed Forces Day) and MAY 28 (Memorial Day).

April Showers...

April has been rather gloomy here in the PNW, but Spring has sprung in Thimble World!
 There's so much color! The trees are blooming turning green.  The ivy comes alive on the homes.  Bicycles and motorcycles are prevalent.

Spring colors are everywhere!

The greenhouse is open and ready for the new planting season.

More colorful homes...

A beautiful Japanese pagoda sits in a lake.

The pagoda is surrounded by lovely, fragrant blooms.

A calming park area with a wishing well.
  
Behind the gazebo is The Aviary.  A coop of birds is behind the entrance.

The lake already has boaters--those eager to get out of the house.  A lighthouse shines the shoreline.  In case you don't recognize it (which I'm hoping you didn't), this is the lake from Easter.  Some grass and different layout conceals its uses.

People heading out with the top down under an arch of trees.

The arch of trees covers the driveway to the plantation.

Not far from the plantation is another museum.  In the back is a gazebo on a lake.  See the lovers dancing inside?

In case anyone is keeping track, this month's extra Thimble display consists of lovely, shaped Tudor house thimbles. 

The colors and designs of the homes reflect a springtime glee.

April showers bring May flowers.  See you next month!