Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Disneyland Trip: Post Number Four

My posts and pictures from Disneyland are just sort of thrown together in no real order of any kind. I think most of the ones I'm sharing today are from one of the days when Lori was busy at her "Close To My Heart" Convention, and I got to hang out with my stepson and daughter-in-law, Matt and Wendy.
I'm pretty sure that even Mary Poppins, above would declare this salad "practically perfect in every way".
It's the N'awlins Salad from the French Market at Disneyland, and Wendy and I both had it for lunch one day. It was SO good. Here's the menu description, "Lettuce Medley, Julienned Yams, Granny Smith Apples, Caramelized Pecans, Lentils, and Tart Cherries with a Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette."
It was delicious:
We had breakfast one morning at Carnation Cafe.
I didn't see Oscar this time. Maybe he really has retired, now? We saw him when we were there last November. I had never been inside since the "new"  seating area has been there. We ate in there, and it was very nice:
Closeup of the photo hanging on the wall.
Mr. Disney in the Carnation truck:
Beautiful glass lampshade with beaded fringe. Love it:
My breakfast was a Ham and Cheese Omelet with fruit and potatoes.
Matt had the Mickey-Shaped Waffle with apple topping and sausage:
And Wendy had the Fruit Parfait, and Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Cocoa, which she loved.
 I'll have to try that next time!
I absolutely LOVE the "It's A Small World" attraction. I could go on it again and again. The last couple of times I had seen it, it was the holiday version, so even though I love that too,  it was nice to see it without the holiday this time:
And if we happen to see the adorable figures coming out of the clock, even better!
Matt and Wendy had turkey legs for lunch one day. I'd never had one before, and they shared some with me. It was good!
Here we are on California Screamin' at California Adventure. I only got to go on it once. We like to snap a picture (of our picture) when exiting:
This next picture is "somewhere in California" - on the river!
Grizzly River, that is. We got stopped while riding the rapids, and I was able to take a couple of photos, Seriously, doesn't this picture look like it could be taken anywhere, on a real river?
Back at Disneyland, and we did, indeed get to take a river excursion aboard the Mark Twain. Lori and I found it especially cool and restful one afternoon, seated on a bench cruising along the Rivers Of America. Ah, I wish I was there again right now.
A snapshot from Tomorrowland, with one of my favorite mountains in the background:
I invite you to guess: where in Disneyland was this Tiki photo taken??
Gorgeous "Tangled" artwork on display at the Disney Gallery on Main Street, U.S.A.:
It was all over much too soon, and we had to hit the road and head back home......
Hey, I'll have you know that it is no laughing matter.....
.....so wipe that goofy grin off of your face, Cheshire Cat!
(I'm ready to go back.........as soon as summer is over!)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Another visit by a salamander, out for a stroll...

Just about three years ago this month, I wrote about a visit from a salamander. She is still around. I call her Sally. How original of me. But she is very simple, like her name. She likes the mud in the kitchen garden. She doesn't care if its not fancy in there. It is her home (that is when she isn't visiting on the deck.)

If you look carefully next to the pot in the moist soil she is busy strolling by.


She was quick this time, no chance to pick her up to say hi.


She was on a mission, headed for the moist cool area under the deck.


Up and over the irrigation hoses, around the grass and hollyhock leaves.


Ah, the squirts and spurts of the nozzles feels really good.


See ya around Sally. Sally forth!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finds With A Musical Theme

By " a musical theme", I mean simply that they either PLAY music, ARE printed music, or are ABOUT music - you get the idea........
Here we go, with the latest:
I found this huge and fabulous book about the Gershwin Brothers at a thrift store.  It's a beautiful book. It was published in  1973 , and it cost twenty-five dollars back then. There is no way I would have been able to afford to spend that much on a book at that time. But, I have it now, and that's what matters. Oh, and it only cost me one dollar:
Some sheet music - two great songs, here:
  Annie, The Original Cast Recording of the "New Musical", which was produced by none other than the fabulous Mike Nichols, back in 1977:
The next one is a cute album.
"Songs Children Love To Sing".
 How cute are they, sitting around their record player, clapping happily?
Now, that's not something you see every day, is it?
Or, like - ever, anymore?
Yes, I bought this next one because of the butterfly artwork on the cover!
But it has some great songs inside, too:
Three more terrific songs are seen below.
Basically, if I see a piece of vintage sheet music and the price is right, and it's a piece I don't have, and/or a song that I know (although that isn't necessarily a criteria, now that I think about it!), I buy it:
I have a collection of Herb Alpert's albums, but I didn't have this one:
 And my most recent finds were a couple of older pieces of music (1927 and 1930) and a lonely little old dust jacket without it's book, below:
And then, I was really excited when I found THIS book, below, too!
"A Nostalgic Tour Of Popular Sheet Music".
You had me with the cover.
It's the perfect find for a vintage sheet music lover - and collector - like myself!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Disneyland Trip: Post Number Three

When we went to Disneyland last November, I somehow missed walking by these beautiful mosaics that I love so much, and I thought maybe they were gone!
Boy, was I ever glad that I was mistaken. They are still there, thank goodness. (Maybe you have seen them before in my older posts, but for those who haven't - well, they need to, so I'm sharing more pictures of them!)
I think they are pretty enough to bear repeating:
I would still love to try and do something like this one day.
I absolutely think they are beyond fabulous:
Here's a shot of Mr. Potato Head at Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney California Adventure:
"Hamm and Eggs".....
I didn't have ham and eggs, but I did have bacon and eggs......
At Flo's V-8 Cafe in Cars Land:
Eating there was another "first" for Lori and me.
Loved this sputnik style light fixture inside!
You can watch the riders on the Radiator Springs Raceway zoom by while you eat, if you like.....
Here's a shot of us (in the back there):
It's a REALLY great attraction.
There's a reason why the lines are so long!
The only "souvenirs" I brought home were all free.
And so were my meals.  That's because I used my Disney Rewards earned from using our Disney Visa card (and paying the balance in full every month).
Thank you very much, Disney Rewards Card, for my free pink Mickey Mouse Crocs:
(In all honesty, those earned points are the only reason this trip was even something I could afford to do!
And it made me very happy.
 Some people earn frequent flyer miles, I earn free Disney money, and that's the way I like it.)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Wife Beaters (It's Not What You Think)

Wife Beaters, vintage style.
No, no - not what you think at all!
This type of "Wife Beater" is actually Campbell's Soup!
Yes, that's right, I said Campbell's Soup.
You see, back in 1936, this vintage advertisement proclaimed that:
"Women everywhere are cheerfully admitting that Campbell's beat them at soup making."
How cute is that little Campell's Kids gal, above?
"Shopping for Campbell's
Is such fun, you know.
I find it at grocers
Wherever I go."
And, of course that is still very true today, of course.
You'll find it wherever you go.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted the tagline on this ad.
I HAD to buy it.
Quite frankly (and I have told you this before) we LOVE Campbell's Soup around here.
My husband has it for lunch nearly every day when the weather is cool.
We are big fans.
If you can't find a can of Campbell's Soup that you like, then, well, I'm sorry, but you must be the pickiest eater ever.
 They have a ton of varieties!
The goodness of Campbell's can't be BEAT.
And that's nothing to shake a stick at.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Disneyland Trip : Post Number Two

This trip to Disneyland in June included a few "firsts" for me.
I have stayed at the two other Disney hotels on the property, but never the Paradise Pier, which is where Lori and I stayed this time:
It was nice:
Cute "beachy" theming in the rooms:
I love the look of the Cozy Cone Motel food court in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.
We've never gotten anything to eat there. Maybe some day..
Couldn't resist this gorgeous rose.
I may be mistaken, but I THINK it's the Disneyland Rose - yes, there really is one!
I think we may have been on the Golden Zephyr when I took this one:
Another lovely flower,  a sunny yellow hibiscus:
Leave it to me to take a picture of a magazine stand (that really isn't); you know how I love my vintage magazines!
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree; thanks for the ride, buddy!
Another first: Lori and I took a short trip on the Red Car Trolley:
Had to get a shot of Mickey Mouse!
Behind him, you can see the Carthay Circle Restaurant:
This is a vintage Dumbo memorabilia display inside the Carthay Lounge:
We had never even been inside before; here's a shot of the bar area:
We decided to have lunch in the Lounge, where we both chose the wonderfully refreshing Wildberry Lemonade (which happens to be non-alcoholic):
We shared two appetizers, the Queso Fundido with Tortillas:
And the Carthay Flat Bread ( no asparagus on my half):
I would very happily go have that flat bread again as a meal.
Yum:
I also went to the Carthay Circle Restaurant for dinner on another night with Matt and Wendy.
 We did the World Of Color Dining Package, which means that you choose your courses from a specific menu , and then you are given a pass that allows you entry into a preferred viewing area for showtime. (NOT preferred seating. Standing only.)
The only thing I remembered to take a picture of that evening was the dessert.
I think this was called the Valrhona Milk Chocolate Creme Brulee Tart With Fresh Raspberries:
What a pretty little dessert!
It was a delectable ending to our meal.
And then later that evening we saw the fabulous World Of Color show along Paradise Bay. 
Spectacular.
I did not actually get very many souvenirs this time, but one thing I DID want was a little Fillmore toy vehicle - because he's a Volkswagen, and because he has hippie-style graffiti all over him. 
And what better pin to go with him than a groovy chartreuse Mickey Mouse peace sign? 
My daughter-in-law was celebrating her recent graduation with her Master's degree in nursing, so she got an "I Graduated" button, and Matt and I got  "I'm Celebrating" buttons to wear that day at the parks.
And I decided I needed another magnet, because I just thought  this one for "Poppins' Penguins Catering Co." would look awfully cute on our refrigerator:
But, you know, for me, at least - EVERY day at a Disney Park is a day for "Celebrating"!
It IS, after all, My Happiest Place.