That big golf ball in the sky

Years ago Brett and I had a free Thanksgiving day so we headed over to Walt Disney World to spend the day at Epcot. It wasn’t too busy in the morning and we were able to ride most everything we had planned to but it got crazy busy later in the afternoon. We took a break and climbed on the monorail and headed over to walk around at some of the Disney hotels just to get away from the crowds. All of the hotels that were on the monorail line were already decorated for Christmas so it was fun to walk around. Then we headed back over to Epcot to have dinner at the nice Italian restaurant.

It’s always fun to see that big iconic space ball light up at  night.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I’ll be spending the day with family

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Funny faces at the zoo

“Gimmi a kiss, lady”.

A fun day at the zoo over Thanksgiving week while my sister was visiting. The young zebra eating while mom was watching over was born last July.

A black and white warbler hiding out in a tree.

Pretty birds and lunch for some of the birds in the aviary. After this appetizing walk through the aviary it was time for us to leave and go have lunch (we opted for salads).

The zoo was decorated for the holiday season.

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It wouldn’t be November without a trip to Disney

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We always wait until school is back in and the weather has cooled off a little bit. Instead of going to a Disney theme park this year, we decided to spend  a few hours at Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney). It’s almost as big as a theme park but without the rides.  It’s a shopping and dining theme park.  We got there Saturday afternoon and spend a few hours walking around, looking in a few shops and people watching.  We had a great Italian dinner and then headed back to our hotel. It was extremely crowded but fun.  I was traveling light so I took all of these pictures with my Iphone.

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The Christmas decorations were just starting to go up. The little details are amazing.

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The sky was beautiful as the sun was going down. Yes, that’s a car floating in the lake. You can get in a car that drives down the driveway and then floats into the lake.

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Just one of the amazing deserts that you could buy in one of the many bakeries.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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This is NOT my house. I don’t even take the time anymore to put a tree. So I go to other people’s houses to see them. These were all taken last year inside Pinewood Estate at Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida. The 20 room home was built in the 30’s and is now a museum. During the holidays, volunteers decorate in historic Christmas fashion. It’s a fun way to put you in the mood without having to do the work yourself.

Where I am today

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If this doesn’t get me in the spirit nothing will. I am spending today at Epcot with Brett. We are having a staycation day since Disney is only an hour away from our house.  The above were all taken last year in December when I took my sister here for the day during her visit. I was traveling light so all of the above were taken with my Iphone. I’m sure the decorations look the same this year. I’ll let you know if it has changed any.  Instead of turkey and stuffing for our meal today, we are going to eat Italian food (or maybe French, or maybe German, or maybe even Japanese)! Or we could have a little of every county. It’s fun to snack around the countries at Epcot. I plan on coming home with a tummy ache from all the stuff I eat today. But isn’t that what you’re suppose to do on Thanksgiving?  Hope you have a nice one as well.

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Really old porches decorated for Christmas

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The Lowe house was built in 1888.

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The front door of a small church built in Safety Harbor in 1905.

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Outside the tiny church.

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Inside the tiny church.

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Built in 1896 by Henry Plant’s company. This was the first house to be moved to Heritage Village in 1976.

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An old Christmas tree in an old house.

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The parlor.

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One of the four bedrooms.

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A tub built for 2 in the only bathroom.

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The Greenwood house was built in 1888.

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Old fashion decorations.

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Built in 1907, this 13 room house had many uses. It originally sat on a bluff overlooking Clearwater Bay.

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More old fashion decorations.

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Natural wreath.

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Picture taken with my camera phone of the big house.

On a beautiful morning in mid-December after spending an hour walking around the Botanical Gardens in Largo, I headed over to Heritage Village next door. I had not been in over a year and wanted to see if they decorated the old houses for Christmas. Not too many decorations but since it’s free to walk around I couldn’t complain.  Heritage Village is a 21 acre living history museum. Walking around the trail, you can see 28 historic buildings dating back to the 19th century. Lots of things to see there.