Happiest Place on Earth Hodgepodge

Three of our nieces, our son Josh and daughter in love, Laura at Disneyland in January of 2020 before the lockdowns. Happy Birthday Mickey!
1. It’s Mickey Mouse’s birthday (November 18)…happy birthday Mickey! He reads here, right? Have you ever been to Disney, any of the parks at all?
Yes, I’ve been to Disneyland in Anaheim. I was there shortly after it opened in 1955. I was there with my whole 9th grade class for a graduation from Junior High excursion. Went there on school busses. That would have been in 1965. I still have part of a ticket book from when rides were classified as A,B,C,D,E.  The E ticket was for the best rides and where the saying “e ticket”, the ultimate of thrills, came from.
Dear and I were there before we were married.
We took our kids there in the 80’s and 90’s and they’ve gone on their own now that they are adults.
I’ve also gone a couple times on my own with my extended family as an adult.
1986 with our two sons and Katie was a wee babe and slept a lot on this Disneyland adventure.
1995 Me with my sisters, our mom, my nieces and daughter, Katie.
2009 with our niece and grandnephew.
Are you a Disney superfan or something less than that?
I’m a fan of all the great memories but not a superfan.
Some of these loved ones are superfans!
They’re open right now so tell us, would you go if you had the time/money/a free trip?
I wouldn’t go until the mask mandates were lifted. Once that happens (please Lord) we’d love to experience Disneyland with our grandchildren. We were actually planning a trip to Disneyland for March of 2021 but we have cancelled those plans.
2. Your favorite place to go when you want to be quiet as a church mouse?
Anywhere that there is no artificial noise.
Would those who know you well describe you as more church mouse or perhaps more like mighty mouse?
“Here I come to save the day, that means that Mighty Mouse is on the way…”
I’m neither a church mouse or a mighty mouse. Somewhere in between. I have had my “mighty mouse” moments in protecting my loved ones through the years.
3. The day before Mickey’s birthday happens to be National Homemade Bread Day. Did/will you celebrate? Do you bake your own bread? Last time you had hot out-of-the-oven homemade bread? What’s your favorite kind of bread?
I love good fresh bread of any variety. Last night we were at our Colville kids’ home and we enjoyed fresh rolls and the Instant Pot potato soup our daughter in law made. Both the rolls and the soup were delicious.
4. What’s something you might say is ‘the greatest thing since sliced bread‘?
I know I’m going to be saying “why didn’t I think of that?” when I read your answers. For now I’m going with remote controls. I do remember when we had to get up and go to the TV to change channels. Mind you there were only a very few channels back then.
And Dear just said, “how about luggage with wheels”?
5. Let’s keep the gratitude theme we started last week rolling on through November. Share with us five little things you’re grateful for today. Small blessings. One catch-they all must start with the letter T. Gotta keep us thinking, right?
Time with my family and friends.
Tall people at the grocery store when I need something at the back of the top shelf.
Trees, tall trees, tiny trees, trees that I can see from my windows.
Towels, large fluffy (but not too fluffy) and absorbent.
Texts. I didn’t used to text but now I really am a fan for keeping in touch with loved ones, especially when they are on the road.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
We made a last minute trip to Spokane yesterday for some electrical supplies Dear needs and we made stops at Costco, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby and At Home. We were relieved to see that people weren’t panic shopping because of the current mandates. We were even able to buy some Bleach wipes that were in stock but going fast.
Thank you to Jo From This Side of the Pond for asking the questions!

Bag-O-Rama Jamboree ~ Dizzyland

My cousin coined our week of family activities in Southern California as the Bag-O-Rama Jamboree. On Thursday 15 of us descended on Disneyland.

My niece Michelle with her daughter Little Miss Avery.

My brother Leonard and his wife Mandy as we trekked down Main St. to Cinderella’s Castle.

Michelle, Miss Avery and Auntie Vera.

A view of the castle without the 10,000 people milling about…

Our Katie

Miss Hope on Daddy’s shoulders watching the Disney Princesses…

Miss Hope’s favorite, Cinderella.

Little Miss Avery watching the Princesses.

In line for It’s a Small World!

My favorite Little Miss Avery Face of the day!

Jack and Hope

Nana, Daddy, Little Miss Hope, and Katie…

Lana and Leonard celebrating their birthday early at Disneyland.

A fuzzy night time photo of all 15 of us!

I can’t believe I lasted till the wonderful fireworks show was over. I was very tired but happy to have a great day with family at “it made me Dizzyland”….

Sneak Peeks ~

Next week when I’m back in the saddle at home I’ll share more from the Bag-O-Rama Jamboree in Southern California. Today I’m posting some fun expressions from Disneyland and a peek into a wonderful time we had at a flag ceremony in Old Towne Orange.

Today Katie and I fly back to Washington after a fun packed 8 days in Southern California. It’s been a wonderful trip filled with lots of great interaction with family. It will be nice to be home again to relax and reflect on all the good times we had…

Disneyland With Jack and Miss Hope …

On Wednesday me and a million of my friends showed up at Disneyland. I picked my closest 10 friends to hang out with and they just happened to all be related to me…

My brother Leonard and his wife Mandy along with their daughter Miss Hope flew in for the week so we have lots of fun activities planned. First on the list…conquer Disneyland!

First stop was the Carousel.

My nieces and my twin siblings Leonard and Lana. Melissa, Lana G!, Debbee, Michelle, and Leonard…


Next was “It’s a Small World”


My niece Michelle is due in a month with Jack’s little sister so she made use of this wheel chair. Ryan, Jack’s dad, and Melissa my niece are the designated pushers, transportation assistants.


Miss Hope loves Jackson and Jackson got some practice in dealing with little girls…




Here’s Jackson the Jedi Knight!

The longer we walked around the crowds the worse my photo skills got. I’m glad I at least got these heads in the photo!

The later it got the goofier we got and we started fighting taking turns in that wheel chair!

It’s always nice to get to see my brother’s family and spend extended time with them. Today is beach day (I’m home having rest day) and then on Saturday an Open House and on Sunday a baby shower for Michelle. Fun times…

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

Miss Hope’s First Visit to Disneyland!

Miss Hope’s mom Mandy, Me, Michelle, Melissa, Lana G!, Jackson and Kathy met at Disneyland on Wednesday to enjoy Miss Hope’s first trip to Disneyland.


We started with lunch at the Carnation Corner Cafe.


We decided to start the fun with the “It’s a Small World” ride.




On to the Carousel. This was Miss Hope’s first ride on one. She was so interested in everything and when the ride came to the end she cried when Aunt Lana took her off her horse!



Sisters …so cute!


We headed for Toon Town next and let Miss Hope travel on foot for a while…


We enjoyed so many culinary favorites while at the Big D! Frozen chocolate covered bananas were a big hit with everyone including Miss Hope!



Time to head to Pooh Corner…


Miss Hope was thrilled with Winnie the Pooh. Jackson watched over her to make sure she was O.K.

She wasn’t as familiar with Tigger!

Okay! This is my favorite expression so far. Doesn’t it look like she got caught with her hand in the cookie jar?


We ended our time on the Tea Cups!


And left the park with Aunt Lana’s souvenir gift for Miss Hope…

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.