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Saturday, July 23, 2016

So Darn Hot

It's hot. It's so hot that I don't want to leave the house. So I'm not and I don't think you should either. With that in mind, here are some refreshing beach pics for you to enjoy. Don't forget the sunscreen!

If you are wondering where these were taken, I was at (or above) Corona del Mar. I didn't actually go into the state beach but took these shots from the street above.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DCA 7-10-16

I had not been to the Parks for approximately two months. TWO LONG MONTHS.

I popped in right at opening and headed straight to DCA. First I lined up for Soarin'. It was a 30 minute wait but it went by quickly. I think I may have waited 20 minutes.

Let me say that I loved the new film. I am afraid of heights so the transitions startled me a bit and I think I bent the metal rods that I was gripping for dear life but I would definitely ride it again!

The next thing I did was to ride Radiator Springs Racers. There was NO ONE in the single rider line so I walked right up!

As I was walking along the exit queue, I liked the way the water tower looked so I stopped to snap. Next, I headed on over to Luigi's!

There was so much to see inside the show building that I decided to simply enjoy the environment. But you know me, I had to take a couple of photos.

This cracked me up because I am of a certain age where I remember getting my feet measured for shoes with a contraption very similar to this.

Once you exit the show building, the landscaping is very pretty and naturally themed to cars. Great job, Disney peeps!

Having accomplished all that I wanted to do at DCA, I headed on over to Flo's for breakfast.

Looking around while I eat...

Every time I eat here I notice something that I missed on previous visits. Cars Land is so much fun. After breakfast, I went to Disneyland to do a little shopping. I'll post those pics in a day or two.

On a side note, I don't know what's up with Blogger today but it's inserting spaces where I haven't put any and squishing things together where I have definitely inserted spaces so if this page looks wonky today, it's outta my hands!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Star Wars Construction

These photos don't show much other than dirt and lots of it. But I know that many of you out there want to see this precious future Star Wars Land dirt so here it is!

Friday, July 8, 2016


Today it's all about ToonTown. These pictures are from the same folder as my previous post. They are from 2005, maybe. Or 2004, maybe again. In the grand scheme of things does it really matter? Hell yes, it does and that's why it annoys me to no end that I can't tell you exactly when these were taken.

Maybe I should have a glass of wine when I blog... Ha! Good idea! See ya next time...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Slow Start Back

Surprised to see me back? Ya, me too. I miss blogging, I really do and yet, I don't have the time to blog like I used to. So I made a promise to myself that I would post something at least twice a month. I know it's not much but I don't have much to blog about either. I don't go to the Parks as often as I used to because I live farther away and quite frankly, that 91 Freeway is a killer no matter what time of day or night you drive it. Ugh.

But even though I'm not going as often as I used to, I still have TONS of photos to share. Photos that were taken way before blogs even existed. They are in no particular order and will vary in subject matter. The quality won't be a good as in previous posts but that is because Shutterfly has taken my photos as prisoners and if I want a high resolution image, I have to buy it. I am not buying my own photos!  OK, enough complaining. Let's get to the pictures.

This first shot of the castle is a pretty cool one even if I say so myself. I shot it either in 2004 or 2005. There's no way of knowing because I no long have the original copy and Shutterfly got all of my photos out of order, dang them. Anyway.... it's a cool reflection shot, right?

This was taken when the new trams were put into place. Anyone remember when that was???

You know, I've only been on the canoes ONCE in my life. It was during my 40th year.

Once was enough, LOL! My shoulders hurt for days. Well folks, until next time...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Sharing is caring.

If you are on any of the social media services, you most likely see pleas from animal rescue groups asking you to share their post in hopes of finding a home for a displaced animal. Sadly, it's a problem that has been going on forever but social media makes it more "in your face" than ever before.

Have you ever stopped to consider just how much sharing these posts helps? It does. It really does. Sure, maybe you are not in a position to adopt an animal but someone out there is. By merely sharing a post, these situations get exposure like never before. You may not think that it helps but I assure you, IT DOES.

If you currently have a pet I'd like you to take a moment and think about what would happen to that pet if you should suddenly (or not so suddenly) pass away. Your family or friends would step up and give that animal a home, right? At least you'd like to think that would be the case. Sadly, in many instances, that is not the case.

The purpose of this post is to tell you about some gentle, loving cats that were suddenly left without their human. Once living inside a cozy home, they now live outside in the freezing cold, barely surviving due to the kindness of someone with a big heart.

This precious boy has eye issues. He really needs help.

Just look at this adorable fluffball!

I have been in contact with Kristen Bishop, who runs Operation Izzi and she gave me the following...

"This info is from remaining family of deceased previous owner:

Spirit, white male, approximately 5 yrs old 
Morgan, female, approximately 2 yrs old 
Sampson, male, 2 yrs old 
Jinxy, female, from a litter Morgan had

Spirit, Morgan, and Sampson are very loving. We're in Northeast Arkansas (Paragould) and if anyone is interested in rescuing these cats, they can message me through Facebook.

There are other cats that stay under the house and from what the family has told me, were being fed by this gentleman before his passing. These kitties are semi feral and I don't see them too much, just leave food for them."

If you are on Facebook and want to learn more about the person behind this rescue effort, search for a page called Operation Izzi. There you can send a private message if you are interested in adopting these cats.

I can't quite explain why, but these cats have pulled on my heartstrings. I knew that I had to do something to try and help get them noticed. PLEASE share this bog post. At the bottom you will see buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and other social media. USE THOSE BUTTONS, I implore you. Let's network this blog post and make it go viral. I'd love for these cats to be adopted SOON! Thank you.
If you would like to donate to help Operation Izzi, just click here.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Details - A Quick Look

Here's another post that was started a while back and that I never finished. I must say, I miss the days when I could blog daily.

Well, let's get started, shall we? This first photo shows a detail that many see but I'll bet few photograph - an empty Matterhorn ride vehicle. Or should I say vehicles? Anyway... I like to imagine that I have the entire Matterhorn to myself and I am the only person in the Park. Yes, I am THAT greedy.

The old Matterhorn ticket booth shutters got a facelift.

When did those stairs appear??

Oh geez....I have no idea what caught my eye or why I took this picture.

And now my favorite thing to do when I am enjoying a snack at Disneyland - admire the architecture! Seriously!

Just look at all the little details and angles. I think it is amazing.

If you are wondering where this is, it's the Jolly Holiday Bakery at Disneyland.

That's it. Just a quick post for today!