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Walt Disney: "I've wanted to do things..."

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I've posted a bunch of Walt Disney quotes that have appeared on Disney World construction signs (sponsored by Stanley!) over the past year or so.  This one is another one that we spotted on the walk from the Boardwalk to Disney's Hollywood Studios - right outside the Disney Skyway station construction zone.
"I've wanted to do things; I wanted to build things, to get something going." -Walt Disney

Galaxy's Edge: Can't Wait

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We stopped by the entrance to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge on a recent trip and the Babe was - understandably - excited about the new land.  Can't wait until 2019 when we'll have to make a trip back to take it all in as a family.

Bressingham Blue Hostas - 2018

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I picked up this bag of 10 hosta bulbs at Costco recently and while I'm eager to get them in the ground, they have a specific purpose in our landscape plan:  placed at the base of the new European Hornbeams that are going in along our north fence line.  If you look at the landscape plan image in this post, you can see a series of plants at the base of the trees in the green area.  Those are Hostas.  15 of them or so. 

But, if you've read any of my gardening posts here on the blog, you know that I love hostas.  They're my favorite plant.  Along with ferns.  Actually...any kind of shade gardening.  I've planted plenty ofhostas over the years.  I mean...we even fostered our giant Hosta over at Nat's Mom's house in Naperville the past few years.  I also dug out - what I *think* were a few hostas out of our neighbor's yard before they tore down the house.  I'm hopeful that those will emerge this Spring. 

Back to these Bressingham Blues.  They're a lar…

DC Visit for Cherry Blossoms

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I'm one lucky guy.  At least when it comes to timing trips with the show that Cherry Blossom trees put on.  Last year, I was in Tokyo during the Cherry Blossom season and documented it here on the blog.

And earlier this month, I found myself in our nation's capital when their own Cherry Blossom trees were on full display.   Double bucket list visits, right?

I also brushed up on the reason for why the Cherry Blossom trees are even there.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. My trip to Washington D.C. was brief, but I was able to take in the trees from a few different vantage points.  (I've posted about another trip to DC all the way back in 2012 when I took this photo of the Washington Monument

Pooh Bear Disney Pin - Acquired in 2018

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On a recent trip to the Vacation Kingdom, the Bird traded for this pretty great Pooh Bear pin.  It is a good-sized circle with just the silhouette of Pooh on it.  I've posted this other 'safety-pin' Winnie the Pooh pin before on the blog.  The Bird has quite a good Pooh Bear collection on her board that this one will go. 

Surprise (Volunteer) Daffodils - 2018

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I went out to the yard to check in on the allium and tulip bulbs that I planted last fall and came across this nice little surprise:  a series of rows of daffodil clumps that had popped up in the yard behind one of our big Oak trees.  You can see the doubled-up Automower wire in the ground and the plastic mesh that the landscapers put down last Summer.  That means that this area was seeded, and as you can tell, it didn't take that strongly.  They'll give us a nice pop of color soon and then recede back into the ground.  I believe that this area is called out as a landscape bed eventually, so I'm not sure that we'll re-seed it this Spring, but probably just let it go as it is.  Since the Automower is wired to run in this area, it will keep the growth short and ready to be swapped out at a later date.  That plastic mesh, though.  I'm thinking that's a project to take on this Spring.  A lot of cutting and some ripping to remove it, where it hasn't been encaps…

View from my Office - April 2018 (snow?!)

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Well, look what we have here:  a dusting of snow covering Chicago's lakefront when I arrived at the Aon Center this morning.  This is the view - looking south - from the 64th floor.  I have been planning on planting perennials and digging beds in the backyard.  But instead, we have snow and ice.  Add this to the pile of weather complaints that everyone seems to have these days.