A change of scenery comes with a change in the material that is used in home landscapes. That means (for me...at least), a look (and appreciation) of new (to me) things like glossy Magnolia trees, interesting ferns, ornamental grasses and even palms - but not palm trees. Posting these photos just as a reminder of the things others can grow - in USDA Growing Zone 8.
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Back in November, I posted a photo of what I called a pair of "underutilized" Disney MagicBands . I wrote about how they weren't able to "live their best life" because our trip was cut short. In a post a week earlier where I posted a photo of Pooh Bear as a 50th Anniversary statue , I talked about how we didn't see too many of those statues due to "unforeseen circumstances". But, in those posts, I didn't really talk about what we *did* do on our trip. Besides going to a couple of parks and having some good drinks at my favorite restaurant on Disney property (more on that in a different post, I think), Nat and I were down there for the Run Disney Wine & Dine Race Weekend. Both Nat and I were set to run the 5K, but she was also running another, much longer race. I was happy to just do the 5K. Here, below is my bib. Our race started in the rain and thankfully we had ponchos. We stood out there for a couple of hours, waiting in the c
A few days ago, I posted a photo of a vintage University of Illinois Fighting Illini football 1984 Rose Bowl felt pennant and remarked that it was from my childhood. It was (somehow??) saved by my mother who packed it away with a bunch of other things from my life. When my folks moved out of their house in Frankfort - and we moved into our home in Downers Grove - they gave me a bunch of boxes and tubs loaded with personal effects. Along with a collection of greeting cards from my First Communion and sports trophies, these pennants were stuck into the boxes. There are a whole bunch of them that I'll get to, but today's post is about this epic, vintage Walt Disney World Epcot Center spacesuit felt pennant. It features Mickey, Donald and Goofy all in their 'Rainbow Brite' costumes and this one, too, I remember from my childhood. I'll have to ask my mom if she has any memories of when we got this, but it seems that this *has* to be from the 1980's, ri
Do you guys follow Boyfriends of Instagram ? Besides all the pizza nerdery that I follow on (as the kids say...) Insta, my favorite account *has* to be Boyfriends of Instagram . For those of you new to this handle, it is a place where people share images and videos of people forced to take ridiculous instagram photos of their girlfriend/spouse/partner/friend/etc. So, when I came across this weird situation right in front of Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom down at Walt Disney World, I knew that I had witnessed a 'Boyfriends of Instagram' moment myself! Check out what this Dad (I'm assuming??) is doing to get *that* special photo of his daughter in her big, Princess dress. This is taking place up the ramps that are open sometimes, like right in front of the opening that you take to go 'under' the Castle. During a super busy time. You can see all the other people just walking past trying to experience the Castle. All the while....Dad is being a
Another in the series of Walt Disney World construction signs that feature a quote from Walt Disney himself. This one was on the walls outside of Disney's Hollywood Studios in the area where they are building the skyway near the walkway to the Boardwalk. This is the third of these signs I've featured here. First one here . Second one here . This one, too, is sponsored by Stanley. You can find out the details of the sponsorship (which I find pretty clever!) in this post .
Some of the best fireworks at Walt Disney World are clearly New Year's Eve. And we've seen those from our room at the Polynesian Village Resort . I posted about that experience here and here . That show has ruined me for just about any other fireworks show . The second best? Might be Hallowishes that they put on during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party . We went to the party one night, but we also were staying at the Grand Floridian during another night that they hosted the party and we did not attend. We did, however, head down to the pier to catch the show from near the water and it was pretty great. Perimeter fireworks were still great - not quite as great as being dead-on from the Polynesian - and light up the waterfront. There was a small crowd down on the end of the pier, but we stayed next to Narcoossee's and were able to enjoy them all by ourselves. We've experienced the various fireworks shows from Bay Lake Tower, but
We walked from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian one morning recently for breakfast at Kona Cafe and on that walk, we came across this large Tiki. He is outside one of the Longhouses, just a bit west of the Grand Ceremonial House. In what is seemingly a random location. But, he is big. And angry looking. And something that makes your stay at the Poly just a little.bit.more special. I've written about the Tiki Room at DLR here . And I've posted photos of some of the other art at the Polynesian including this painting and this print that we picked up in Boutiki .
The Bird scored this "Future of the Force" badge after she went through Jedi Training. Her older sister? Not interested. Well...that's not true. She *was* interested. If it was a private exercise with no one looking. And on her own terms. If that was the case? She'd be all over it. But this should not come as a surprise if you've been following along. This is the same exercise we went through when I posted about our visit to Raglan Road at Disney Springs . The Bird danced on stage. The Babe? Not so much.
One of the prettiest sights these eyes have ever seen: snow falling on the beautifully decorated Hollywood Boulevard while some appropriate-era Christmas song is playing over the loudspeakers. We were told about this 'snow' by my friend Adam and he recommended this time of year for a visit. We've taken him up on his recommendation a few times now and it never gets old.