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Monday, September 14, 2015

Time Machine Destination: 2009

Halloween Time at Disneyland circa 2009!

Space Mountain looked really cool back then and I'm sure it still does now.

 I stood and watched as the colors on the mountain changed....

Pretty cool, isn't it?

Is anyone going this year?

Monday, August 10, 2015

July 17, 2015

I had to be there, I simply HAD to be there. It was crowded and it was hot but I had made up my mind that I would ignore it and enjoy the fact that I was there. Paint the Night was BEYOND phenomenal. I did not film it, I did not Tweet it, I did not Periscope it because I needed to be fully there in the moment, taking it all in. I am not ashamed to say that tears were flowing like a broken water pipe. The parade brought back memories of waiting (sometimes impatiently) and also the satisfaction and wonder of the original Electrical Parade.

The fireworks had me looking left, right, up and down constantly. Wow, what a show! Again, I simply watched and experienced the show. You can find tons of videos on YouTube If you so desire. I simply enjoyed the show and kept thinking about my Dad and how much he loved the fireworks and I knew he was watching with me.

So now, I will share a few pictures taken that day.

I got my badge!!

My friends, Karen and Peter took me to dinner and I got my favorite - the Monte Cristo.


We took advantage of a cool photo op next to the Haunted Mansion but while we were in line,
Splash Mountain caught my eye.


As you can see, I did not take hundreds of photos. No, instead, I just enjoyed my Park. I was there all weekend and I did take many more photos on Saturday and Sunday so I'll post those soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

She turns 60 soon!

Who? The one and only Disneyland, that's who!

The 24 hour event that kicked off the 60th celebration was a couple of months ago but I still want to share my adventure with you.

I did not want to deal with the throngs of people yet I still wanted to be there. What to do, what to do.....I decided that I was going to go to Disneyland at 3:00 in the morning! I went to bed early and got up at 1:30 so that I could leave my house by 2:00. I drove down to Anaheim and when I was about a mile away, stopped at a red light, I tweeted "Do you think I'll get in?" Several people responded yes. I was excited! I drove into the Mickey and Friends parking structure and didn't even have to stop and show my pass...there was no one in the booths! I parked where I wanted and made my way to the tram.

There were a few others there but only a handful, 10 guests at the most. I breezed through security and walked into the Park with no problem.

As I walked down Main Street, I was mesmerized by the castle. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! I took several photos and I will share a few of my favorite ones here.

Isn't it gorgeous? And look what I did with some apps!

That last one is actually a collage of three different shots.

The first thing on my agenda, in fact, the only thing on my agenda was to go to the Haunted Mansion to see the Hatbox Ghost. But along the way, I saw a few things I wanted to photograph...


I was going to Periscope from the Park but I could not get connected. I've noticed that connection is spotty in the Park on a good day and that night it was extremely cloudy so that didn't help much. So now that we're on the subject of Periscope, make sure you follow me, MouseConnie, and also follow The Disneyland Gazette!

And now, on to the mansion to see that new ghost. Oh, I loved it!! Stunning!! Then, I headed on over to the River Belle and had breakfast in my Dad's honor. He loved starting our day in the Park by having pancakes at Aunt Jemima's.

After breakfast I went window shopping. Look at this super cool castle!

This graduation Duffy is simply adorable.

The sun was up and people were leaving in droves. But not me. I stayed until the Park closed, LOL!

Here are a couple of short video clips I took as I walked down Main Street towards the exit.

On my way out, I asked someone to take my picture. I really didn't want to but I realized that I hardly have any photos of me in the Park so I said what the heck and "smiled" for the shot.

I went home and took a nap because my friends and I were going to see Jurassic World. Oh ya, it was AWESOME!

When I got home from the movie, I had a surprise waiting for me - a surprise birthday party!! My son had planned a huge party for me and I was BLOWN AWAY! It was so incredibly awesome. I have to share my cake with you. Some of you may have already seen it since I tweeted it and also shared it on Instagram but here it is!

Isn't that AMAZING???? The 24 hour event turned out better than I ever could have imagined!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Historic Houses

Y'all know how much I love old houses. I was lucky enough to find out about a house tour a few weeks ago and I jumped at the chance to take the tour and see some grand houses. Some are actually being lived in, others are being restored. I scanned the brochure I received that day and have posted pages from it so that you can get a bit of history about each house. Make sure you click on each image to enlarge it!

There is plenty of wonderful info in these pages so make sure you don't miss it!

And now, The Rindge Mansion, the first house on the tour, the most grand in my opinion. Here's the right side...

And the left side.

This lamp by the front steps was HUGE. Unfortunately no photos were allowed inside.

But they didn't say I couldn't take a picture of the front door!

Dig the cars in the driveway.

This house was not on the tour but I thought it was beautiful so I took a picture of it.

The next house, the Wesley W. Beckett Residence, must have been AMAZING back in its heyday. It has been vacant for many years and the current owner bought it in January and is in the process of restoring the home. Pictures for the Theodore Washburn Residence otherwise known a The Hattie McDaniel Residence, follow.

I got to walk through the home above but I didn't take any pictures mainly because I was so saddened at the state of disrepair.

Note: The Hattie McDaniel house was not open due to a family emergency. It was disappointing because I REALLY wanted to see inside that house. This is the front of Hattie McDaniel's house and I also walked around and took a shot from the side.

I bet this house is really something inside!

On to the next house, which I mistakenly entered through the backyard, LOL!

This is the Kenworthey Residence. Pictures for the Charles Moore Residence immediately follow.

This is a close-up of the plaster decorations all along one bedroom wall.

I loved these vintage bathrooms!

To me, this kitchen is amazing.

Here is the front of the house.

Next up is the Charles Moore Residence.

Here is a video of the downstairs bathroom.


 Wood, wood, wood everywhere. Truly a beautiful house!

Love this wallpaper in the livingroom.

Many of the light fixtures in the home are original. It's a miracle they've survived! Notice the two above the fireplace. You'll get a close up soon.

As promised, here is a close up of the wall sconce.

Here are a couple more videos!



That was the last house on the tour. I love getting to see inside these beauties and now I'm on a quest to find more historical house tours.