Thumper & Friends

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In 2011 we were at Walt Disney World (this was my 3rd trip to WDW). Two of the many characters we met were Thumper an his girlfriend. On the first day, we saw only Thumper. And we’ve got a photo with him and Katelynn together. A few days later, we went back to Animal Kingdom. And this time, Thumper was accompanied by his lady friend.

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Planting Bulb Flowers

It is perfect weather for doing some garden work and plant some bulbs, before the temperatures will drop tomorrow, again.Β  In the greenhouse I added half a dozen of tulips and half a dozen of narcissus. The narcissus won’t take long, before they will open and show their pretty flower faces. The tulips need a little bit longer. In the garden, I planted some bulbs of Canna Lilies, Crocosmia, Dahlias, and Tiger Lilies for Late Spring to Autumn.

A Candle Jar For Every Celebration II: Valentine’s Day πŸ’—

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This morning I sprayed the jar with Frost Spray paint and let it dry in the sun. In the meantime I printed out the Mickey & Minnie silhouettes, I found on Pinterest. Once the jar was dry, I cut out the silhouettes and glued them carefully on the glass. Those little mouse tails always need a little extra attention. I usually put a little bit of glue on my finger, before I put it on the fine tails. It helps to prevent a mess. And I always can wash my hand afterwards. While the glue tried, I added someΒ πŸ’—-stickers and tinsel stems (pipe cleaners), which I purchased from the Dollar Store. Adding a tea candle to it gives it a romantic atmosphere. Now, all I need is some chocolate to celebrate the work I’ve done. πŸ˜‰

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Mickey & Minnie Garden Decoration

Since about five years I’m looking for cute Mickey & Minnie garden statues. The ones I found online were either made out of poor material or out of my price range. Yesterday, I went to a local store. And there they were sitting in the shelf: Mickey & Minnie about 10 inches tall, hard plastic material, and for only $10/each. I had to “adopt” these two sweet mice, where they can make adorable decorations between the flowers in my greenhouse from here on forward. I might do something extra with them for Valentine’s Day.Β πŸ’žπŸ’–πŸ’—

Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part II): Disneyland ~ From Power Outage Until Leaving The Park

December 27, 2017

First of all I like to say, I experienced first hand how the media is full of themselves. Worldwide it was reported, that Disneyland had a mega power outage and the guests had to leave the park. BULLSHIT! (Yes, I said it “B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T!” And I’m too old that I have to explain, why I curse sometimes. So, if someone feels offended in any way: Don’t let the door hit ya, where the dear Lord split ya! πŸ˜‰ ) The outage lasted maybe 15 minutes maximum, and the people who left the park, where just too exhausted with that many people vistiting the park that day. Now this is said, I move on with my regular vacation blog.

While Fantasyland experienced a power outage, Kevin and I decided to go with Katelynn and Sara to Tomorrowland. Oh boy, that was a mistake! That part of the park was even more gridlocked than Critter Country and the New Orleans Square. I said to Kevin: “Do you know, what? Since it is so crowded, let’s take the train and go back over to Mickey’s Toontown. Maybe we run into some characters. The girls would enjoy that. Waiting in line for a ride seems so much less stressful, than trying to get from one place to another.” Kevin agreed, while we walked over to wait for the Disneyland Railroad.

Several trains came and left the station, before it was our turn. We got the train car booth all the way at the end, which was very nice. Arriving at the station by Mickey’s Toontown, we had some ice cream under the railroad bridge. Kevin mentioned, it was short before 3:30 pm. If we wanted to see the parade, we needed to hurry. But the girls and I enjoyed sitting with our ice cream on the bench next to Mickey’s Toontown. After the refreshing break, we ran into Pluto and went on the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin ride. While Kevin and Katelynn rode the Gadget’s Go Coaster, Sara and I walked around and looked at some characters’ houses and boats.

It was dark, when Kevin and Katelynn came back from their ride in the coaster. When we left Mickey’s Toontown, we passed “It’s A Small World”. Wow! It was breath taking seeing the display lit up in all these wonderful Christmas lights. We didn’t care, that the line was long. When it was our turn to sit in the boat, we spent about two and a half hours in line. But it would be all worth it. The ride was fun and made up for a lot of stuff in the park.

Our plan was seeing the fireworks. But when Katelynn and I sat on the ground, while Kevin and Sara got some hotdogs for dinner, we both felt the exhaustion. Katelynn just wanted to go to bed. She was very tired. And once I sat down, I had a hard time to move a muscle. Kevin and I decided to skip the fireworks, and go back to the hotel. It was a very good decision. We avoided the big crowd trying to get out of the park after the firework display. Spending about twelve hours in a park, was long enough.

When we came back to the hotel, we all were so tired, we fell asleep within a few minutes.

… to be continued …

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NOTE: My two blogs about Disneyland might come across negative. But it is not against the park or its staff. I love Disney. And I love their parks as well. But we’ve noticed, that the visitors are a little more “aggressive”, than what we usually experience in Walt Disney World. Some of them trying to get to their rides fast, without acknowledging their surroundings; or they are lost and don’t know, what to do next, stop in the middle of the bottle neck, which makes the walk not flowing smoothly. This can get very frustrating for other visitors, who would like enjoy their day in Disneyland. It’s food for thought. πŸ˜‰

Travel Journal, Day 4 (Part I): Disneyland ~ From Entering To Power Outage

December 27, 2017

The big day was here! Before Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I left the hotel room, I made sure we had the tickets for Disneyland. On the way to the park we went to have breakfast at Denny’s. That place still looks exactly the same, as I remembered it from 11 years ago. Kevin’s uncle had a time share next door. So, we spent quite some time in that Denny’s.

After breakfast, we parked in the Disney parking lot a little bit further down Harbor Blvd. The busses were ready to transport the big crowd to the entrance of Disneyland. It was a beautiful, sunny morning on a Winter Break day. A loooot of people wanted to go to the parks. So, we spent about an hour just to get in. Once we made it through the bag check point, bathroom break, and entrance, I cheered that we are in: “Yay, we made it into the park! WOOHOO!” Several people heard me, and began to laugh. πŸ˜€

When we go into a Disney park, we always take a park map with us. It never hurts to have one. And still, after all the visits to Magic Kingdom in both, Walt Disney World and Disneyland, we still can’t remember everything. Some rides also change or the area gets refurbished over the years. One way to not get too exhausted in a Disney park, we just walk around and do activities in a clockwise circle. We made the mistake before to go crisscrossing a park in Walt Disney World. Lots of walking, and nothing gets really done.

Kevin, the girls and I checked out the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land, before we hopped over to Pirates of The Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion at the New Orleans Square. I definitely had to see both Jacks (Sparrow and Skellington) ;). After that, we had lunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. We went there at the perfect time. Because when we left the restaurant, it was crowded and hard to find a table. Kevin and I decided to skip photos with Pooh and his friends. The lines were just too long. We rather wanted to go on the new ship Columbia and “sail” around Tom Sawyer’s Island. As soon as we got of the boat, we made our way over to Frontierland. Something wasn’t right. There was no big crowd. And it was too quiet. Usually the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad would literally thunder through its mountains. Okay, let’s move on to Fantasyland. No ride was moving either. It just didn’t look right. Kevin asked a Disney employee, what was going on. He politely applied that “the area experiences a power outage. And therefore the rides are closed for this moment. But the power should be back any minute. They are working on finding the reason of the outage.” I said to Kevin: “Now, that makes sense. That’s why the Big Thunder is not thundering, and it was actually comfortable to walk from the Columbia over here.” The Matterhorn on the other hand was flooded with guests. Kevin said, we could go over to TomorrowlandΒ to sit it out until everything is back to normal. What a mistake! The crowd turned into even a greater gridlock than in Critter Country. :/

… to be continued …