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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!


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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.

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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!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sit back, relax and put your feet up.

Holy cow, how time does fly. I started this post months ago....and never got around to finishing it. Now I feel horrible. I think I will punish myself by going out for pancakes.

Take a little vacation with me...
A couple months ago I went to DCA to check out the Grizzly Peak area. I know this is late but I figured you would want to see the pictures anyway. Am I right?


I love how they took a classic old 60s station wagon and used it to show the typical family vacation. At least in my family it was typical. Except for the canoe...and the station wagon...but hey, we did take family vacation road trips!






This area looks great and I highly suggest you take the time to look at all the little things...like these signs.







Wouldn't it be cool if we could go up to this watch tower?






As I said earlier, many months have gone by since I started this post and it is now finally going live on Christmas Eve. The next couple of weeks will go by in a blur but remember to take time for yourself. Have fun, be safe and thank you for making this blog a part of your day.

Last but not least, here are a couple of video clips to help you feel like you actually visited the Park with me.

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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.


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



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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!