One step forward, one step back. So it goes with indoor, container gardening it seems. Just yesterday, I posted an update on my oldest Staghorn Fern and how it was putting on the first basal frond since I've owned it. Today...showing a photo of a setback: my Creeping Fig Vine Mickey Topiary took a hit. It seems that I let it dry out and the vine has gone dry across a huge amount of the face of the frame. I THINK that I caught it just in time and watered it to keep the vine alive. In part. See below for the current state: You can see the dry parts of the vine with dead leaves. But, also..what seems like a little bit of new, growth (the lighter green leaves). I brought this inside back in October and it was THRIVING. Look at this photo to see the post-Summer flush growth of Creeping Fig Vine . I've been trying to keep the topiary watered in since the incident, but this really is a product of my plants being sent downstairs to the basement during the Christmas season.
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The time has come to bring the houseplants in from outside. We haven't gotten a frost yet, but I know that the first frost isn't too far away. I don't move too many plants outside, but there are a few including staghorn ferns, my firesticks cactus , Nat's big fern and my standing Mickey Mouse topiary. This year, I kept the Creeping Fig Vine topiary on the front porch all Summer. That meant that it received a tiny bit of morning sun, but was in the shade for the bulk of the day. It was just six weeks ago that I last posted an update on my Mickey Mouse that showed off a good seasonal growth spurt. If you go back and look at the photo in this post from early August , you'll note that his hands were (at that time) not covered and that there were a few 'shoots' poking out. Today? See the photo below for what Mickey looks like after a full season of outdoor growth: This is 18 months of growth and it is pretty well close to being totally full with the fra
I haven't an update on our standing Mickey Mouse Creeping Fig Vine (stuffed) topiary in a while. Last September, I showed the (then) current state with the vine doing well and overtaking even more of the frame . Creeping Fig vine is a tropical, so I had a little trouble navigating Winter with it being inside where it is very dry here in Northern Illinois. With Summer here, I wanted to show the new growth that has occurred since we moved it outside earlier this year. This year, it is living (for now) on our front porch. See below for the current state: There are a number of new shoots that need to be pinned down, but I think it is plain to see that - overall - this topiary is progressing in terms of coverage. I mean...compare the photo above with the one in THIS POST from less than 13 months ago . Big change. My plan is to get out there soon and pin down the new shoots and try to cover even more of the frame before we have to bring it in at the end of the season.
One of the kids pieced together this collection of Disney Tsum Tsum trading pins that I found when digging out some of our Disney stuff. You have 'Disney Parks stuff', don't you? As for these pins....I don't think Tsum Tsums are 'a thing' any more, are they? I never really *got* them - they were stackable - that was the appeal. But, they're mostly hamster-looking Disney characters. Not for me, but that's ok. Same with Funko Pops. Not drawn to them. These Tsum Tsums *do* have cute faces, though. This collection of pins will join some other Tsum Tsum pins on our big boards in the garage . There are a few interesting ones in this group - Obi Won from Star Wars, Baloo from Jungle Book and the pair of birds that are from an Adventureland Booster set. Juan the Barker Bird from the outside pre-show at the Tiki Room is pretty awesome. And, so is one of the Showgirl Birds - the cockatoos who come down from the ceiling during "Let's All
The last time I posted an update on our Mickey Mouse (standing) topiary was back in late July of this Summer . I had just recently moved it outside to our back patio and the Creeping Fig Vine that I had planted on it was doing well and growing to cover part of the frame. We brought home the frame from this Spring's Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and I bought the balance of the supplies online . That look back in July was at about the 3 month mark . Today, marks the five month mark since stuffing, wiring and planting the topiary. And we're seeing quite a bit more coverage with the Creeping Fig Vine seeming to have established itself and would around the front and back of the frame. Here, below, is the front of the Mickey Mouse topiary after about 150 days. The vine - planted in the 'heart' has covered a lot of his belly, some of his face and some of one of his ears. Below, you can see a photo of the back of the topiary. I just started to train some of the vin
Earlier this Spring, we came home with a Standing Micky Mouse metal wire topiary frame from the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival and I went ahead figuring out how to acquire the material, stuff the thing, wire it up and plant it with a creeping Fig Vine. Here's that post from April that shows the steps I took to get it set up initially. Mickey Mouse topiary spent the first few months of its life on our counter top in the kitchen sitting in a bowl. I tried to keep it pretty wet and the vine grew just a little bit. Then, I had a setback with some dieback on the tips of the vine. I think I let it dry out too much. Around the beginning of June, I decided to try to move it outside on our back stoop and patio. After a few days of trying to harden the vine off (I put it out in the shade for a few hours, then brought it back in. Repeat that process over the course of a week or so, each day adding a little bit of time.), I decided to give it a little bit of assistance in terms of
Back in March, the folks at Disney announced they were closing some of their stores as their business continues to transition to e-commerce. That has only surely accelerated due to the pandemic. One of those stores that was on the list of closures was near us - up in Rosemont. Turns out, it is an outlet store. And, I didn't know this, but Nat did (because she's been there a few times), they carry quite a bit of Disney Parks merchandise. In particular, they carry Disneyland Park merchandise that has cycled through the park and ends up here - at the outlet with discounted prices. Kinda neat. With outlet prices coupled with the store closing, Nat went up there and picked up a bunch of clothes for the kids. And, she came home with two things for me. 2020 Disneyland Park pins. Disneyland was closed for nine of the twelve months of 2020, so it is no surprise that 2020 merchandise ended up at the outlet, right? The pins were marked $3.99 and - as you can see below - one ha
I've been thinking about topiary for a number of years. I've talked about backyard topiaries - including (recently) the idea of a Block I one and as far back as 2017, I bought a topiary wire (angel) at an Estate Sale and never did anything with it . It is something that I've included on my to-do lists over the years ( 2019 and 2020 ), but never was able to tackle the project. I've also set it as #24 on this year's list (topiary), but I've taken a little veer off course. Instead of moving on an outdoor topiary, I've somehow started with a tropical topiary on a stuffed frame. This, too, has been like five years in the making. Over those five-or-so-years, we've been down to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival a number of times and EACH TIME we're there, I always pause and pick up a Mickey Mouse-shaped topiary and THINK about buying it. But, each time, I've put it down. Either logistics, or impulse control or something. But this year...
A few days ago, I posted a retro photo from a family trip to the Vacation Kingdom back in the early 1980's and wondered both where (inside the park(s)) it was taken and also, what these little tags on our clothes were for during our visit to the parks. I was maybe four or five years old. And that would make my middle sisters age 6 and age 12 or so. It didn't take long to turn up this listing on eBay that shows a "Lost Parent" paper tag that they say is from Disneyland. Source via Ebay listing. This is NOT my listing, not my tag. Original here . Now, if I zoom waaaaaaaay in on our original photo, it sure seems to be Mickey and Minnie in this pose on the tag. Have a look here: So, we're wearing "Lost Parent" tags. The back of those ( via that *same* eBay listing ) looks like this: Source via this eBay listing. Not my tag, not my photo. Pretty interesting to think how much they de-prioritized the telephone number on the form isn't it?
Here comes the second newly discovered Disney Parks trading pin from this stash that I turned up when cleaning out a closet . All of the pins seem to be from 2015/2016 and a series of them appear to be special-event or limited edition in nature. Two days ago, I posted a photo of a Captain Hook and Mr. Smee Holiday pin from the 2015 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party pin . Today, is ANOTHER Christmas pin, but from a different park. It features The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights from Disney's Hollywood Studios and has Santa Mickey Mouse and Santa Minnie Mouse along with a photo card that features all the little lights. We saw these lights in what appears to be the final year at the park - 2015 - and we were blown away by them. Here's a few photos of our visit that I'm not sure I ever posted about here on the blog: Disney Parks, Entertainment and Products Group - DPEP - donated these lights to Give Kids the World Village and they had a little show this
Back in November of 2020, McDonalds had a Happy Meal promotion with Walt Disney World that featured ride vehicle toys from the parks included in each Happy Meal. The promotion started (I think) right before Thanksgiving , but by the end of the month they stopped selling the toys due to an error of some sort with the QR code that came in the package . Of course, when they released these, we ran out to get a Happy Meal for the kids. They gave us two of the same toy (Goofy) and one Mission Space toy (Mickey). The ones we have are marked "Walt Disney World" and the Goofy one is from the newly opened (at least...new to us, since we haven't been to the Parks since the pandemic hit) Runaway Railway ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Mission Space one is from the ride in Epcot below. You can see all ten of them here from WDWNT . Wonder if they'll ever bring the toys back? They kind of remind me of these Disney Matchbox cars that I have from when I was a kid
On most days, I commute to and from work through Chicago's Union Station and barely notice the station as I hustle off the train, down the platform and up/out of the station. But a few weeks ago, Nat sent me/tagged me in a friend's Instagram post while I was at the office. At first, it didn't seem like anything out of the ordinary. Brooke's post is embedded below and if you're following her on Instagram, it shouldn't come as a surprise that her photo features Mickey Mouse. But, then the caption hit me and realized that she was talking about *my* train station. She was there, on a fake beach with Mickey the Mouse. What the What? View this post on Instagram Mickey and some friends from @disneyaulani showed up at Chicago’s Union Station today and reminded me how much I love that Hawaiian paradise. Brb checking flights. 😎🏝🌺✈️ . . . . . #alohawindycity #disneyaulani #disneyvacationclub #hawaii #mic
I added this 'resort' pin from Tokyo Disney Resort on my most recent visit. Pin trading isn't that big of a deal it seems at the Tokyo Disney parks and they have a limited number of pins. The last time I was there, I grabbed a park-specific pin for both DisneySea and Disneyland , so this time, I figured I'd get something with the year on it. The problem was that I didn't see any park-specific ones that also included the year. In fact, they had a couple of character pins (Duffy ones, I think), but the only other ones were three: the two previous park pins we already own. And this one: a 35th Birthday pin. So, of course, I grabbed this one. It features both Mickey and Minnie and has the 35 in the middle along with [Tokyo Disney Resort] in the banner at the bottom. Since the 35th celebration spanned 2018 and the beginning of 2019, the actual year isn't on here. I'll post this on the big pin board in the garage and try to get it close to the ot
If you're anything like us and have been to Disney Parks from time to time, your kids have probably been covered in various character stickers from cast members. Most often these days, those stickers are coming from cast members (salespeople) who are manning Disney Vacation Club kiosks in the parks and in/around the resort hotels/property. The stickers that are most common are of just Mickey the Mouse himself. Either of his head by itself of his whole body . There are other, what I'll call 'more rare' stickers that you can get inside the parks and I've chronicled some of those. Most recently, we were given this 'Honorary Aviator' sticker from the guys at Soarin' in DCA . Job-specific roles on the cast have stickers, too. Here's one from a custodian . And one from a Monorail pilot . And we were given this Minnie Mouse sticker somewhere in the parks - which is less common than Mickey. However, during our stay at Aulani in Hawaii, we cam
A couple of weeks back, I added a photo of the Holiday Season Disneyland Park map to the collection here on the blog and today, I'm adding the companion Christmas/Holiday Season Disney California Adventure Parks map. You see Minnie and Mickey in their winter gear in from of a big Christmas tree in the cover photo. The holiday decorations at DCA are fine, but they're not quite as special as the ones at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The vintage tinsel-laden decor that they put up in Orlando is the best in any of the parks. The full series of posts showing off various Disney Parks maps including both Tokyo DisneySea and Tokyo Disneyland along with some seasonal/special holiday party maps from the Magic Kingdom can be found here .
One last item from our recent Antique Mall visit and this one, too, is Disney-related. Unlike both the Disco record and the Disneyland tray , this WDW Mickey Mouse backscratcher was something that I couldn't live without. I never knew how much I had to scratch my back until this thing came into my life. They're a dime a dozen (or more like $10 to $12) on Ebay, but this one was just a couple of bucks. Thus, it came home with us. But, the other part of this that I was drawn to was what you see below: The Globe Mickey. If you turn the backscratcher sideways, you'll see that there's a "Walt Disney Productions" printed on the backscratcher, which helps date it 1 . There's a hole on one end of the scratcher which is just screaming out for a nail to be used to hang this thing. Maybe down in my shop? Or maybe next to the pinboards in the garage? Also, it is clear that the Disney bug has struck me when it comes to vintage find hunting, rig
Same story as the Disneyland tray from the Wisconsin Antique Mall : I passed. But not before picking this thing up, admiring it and giving it quite a bit of thought before, ultimately, putting it down and letting someone else own this. Remember: It is enough to enjoy the existence of things without possessing all of them . But, now, back to this record. Or ' piece of vinyl ' if you will. It was released in 1979. And charted as high as on the Billboard Pop Charts . Here's the track listing: The whole record can be found here on YouTube . Not so great, if you ask me. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah seems to be the standout. Here it is: Or Maybe Chim Chim Cher-ee:
We found ourselves near the Jelly Belly Warehouse up in Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin recently and decided to take the two youngest kids on a tour and stop at the factory store. The tour is free and is a nice way to spend an hour. They put you on a little tram ride that takes you around the facility and shows you how they make the beans. But...this isn't a factory. It is a warehouse. And we went on a Sunday when the place was shut down. Still was fun, though. They also have an in-house bean artist that does displays like the one you see above with Mickey and Minnie Mouse made entirely out of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Here's the non-operational warehouse: One aspect of the tour is the wait for the tram to arrive. There's only one tram and if it is out on a tour, you have to wait for it to come back into the station for the next tour. They have you wait - not in the warehouse - but in a separate spot. The waiting room is actually upstairs where they have a
I've written a few times about Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party down at the Magic Kingdom in the past. In 2015, I posted a few photos of Halloween pins and a video of the Sanderson Sisters . I also posted a photo of a Christmas ornament - yes Christmas - that was a Mickey-shaped pumpkin . And, finally, that same year, we picked up a few 'limited edition' pins from the party and I shared a photo of those . This year, I'll place this year's map here in my diary to remember what things looked like and where the trick-or-treat locations were located. You can see those below. This isn't the first Parks map that I've posted. You can see more from Disneyland/Sea Tokyo here . And the full archive of maps-specific posts here . Boo to you!
One of the pin-types that I trade for at the parks are these Mickey head-shaped ones that you can see above. This one, in particular, is of Buzz Lightyear, but they have them in a bunch of designs like cast-member outfits and various characters. This one is the second of these that I've featured here in this shape, the first of which was this Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas . The King of the Ball Tossers loves him some Buzz Lightyear - in fact - he uses "To Infinity...and Beyond!" as a rallying cry for just about everything he does. Jump into the pool? To Infinity and beyond! Go down the stairs? To Infinity and beyond! But is the pin for him? Nope. Don't think so. Going to go on *my* board, which I'm hoping we'll hang at some point in my home office.