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Congrats on the DME tags and the Magic Bands. Sorry about the weather yesterday. We had similar weather here in NY. If I didn't have to work yesterday I would have been curled up on the couch with my book.
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Sorry the soreness finally caught up to you! It was a rainy, cold day here as well and I spent most of it on the couch! Hope you're feeling better today!
Sounds like we had pretty similar days yesterday. I am feeling so much better today.

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I'm with you on feeling lethargic on these rainy, cold days. We had thunderstorms all day yesterday which made me feel like not going out or doing anything. This weekend the sun is suppose to finally come out with warmer temps!
Our weather is supposed to be greatly improved this weekend, too. Makes me happy!

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I really love the style of the new bands. You both picked great colors. My DD loves the green (Tinker Bell) and I love the yellow (the Sunshine State). The weather here in the south has been pretty nasty down here too!! Maybe when the weather warms up the soreness will cooperate too!!!!!
I got the green for Tinker Bell, too, and because Stefanie loved Tinker Bell, it also reminds me of her. I was quite a bit less sore today, which totally improved my mood.
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Congrats on the DME tags and the Magic Bands. Sorry about the weather yesterday. We had similar weather here in NY. If I didn't have to work yesterday I would have been curled up on the couch with my book.
I did curl up on the couch and finished two books, one fiction and one nonfiction. So I guess the day wasn't totally unproductive.
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Days Until Disney Time!!!


April 7 and Plenty to Do


Today was a much sunnier day, and even though it was still cool, it felt so much better. Thank goodness, because yesterdayís winds brought down a whole lot of willow tree branches that needed to be cleaned up. We started the day slowly, but then mid-morning we vacuumed and/or mopped all the floors. Then we tackled the branches in the front yard so that Luke could mow. While he mowed, I vacuumed out both our cars. Honestly, the willow tree gets debris everywhere, including the floor boards of our cars. But it is a beautiful tree! As I was vacuuming the cars, I did wonder if Iíd still need to do it once more before the trip. At least for now it is done.

The only truly Disney task taken care of today was purchasing sunscreens. I usually pick these up on the other side of town as a place over there has the cheapest prices on the brand I like (Australian Gold). So we decided our Friday night dinner out would be on that side of town and then we could head to Menardís.
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I'm glad you mentioned sunblock! I need to do an inventory of my sunblock and travel size items, and buy what I need this weekend!


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I love the smell of Australian Gold! And thanks, that reminds me I need to pack sunscreen. We leave for New Mexico in the morning.
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We had a willow tree when I was growing up. We left that house when I was about nine years old, so I don't remember any clearing up, but I can imagine.
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We had a neighbor with a weeping willow tree near our first house we bought and they always said how they loved it's beauty but not the mess that it left behind. I just bought our suntan lotion for the trip at Costco this week!
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Another productive day! Willow trees can be be a bit of a problem but not nearly as bad as crab apple and mulberry trees, which we had in our yard when I was growing up! Eventually, my parents had them cut down, which was a good decision!
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We have been walking again, and on one of the warmer days, I wore a v-neck t-shirt. Later that evening I realized that where the skin was exposed at the v-neck, I had burned. The next day I realized that we only had one bottle of sunscreen left. So glad I can pass the reminder along to purchase. I do not like to burn.

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Luke will trim ours probably monthly this summer because it makes it impossible otherwise to walk or mow in the front. It also obstruct the sidewalk where our neighbors (and we) like to walk. Totally wears out his arms and shoulders, but folks always tell us how pretty it looks when he is done.

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Funny you mentioned crab apple trees and mulberry trees. We had a crab apple at our first house that we never removed, but hated. When we bought this house the front yard had a crab apple. As soon as spring arrived, we removed it and planted the weeping willow. One of the trails we walk frequently has mulberry trees through a large section. When the berries are dropping it is a huge mess and stains our shoes, so we avoid it all costs during that time. The first time we experienced it a guy on a bike showed us how it had stained his bike as well. Not fun! We'll stick with a willow.
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Flower & Garden Outdoor Kitchens 2017 Wish List


My list includes numerous dishes Iíd love to try, but Iíve never in all our trips to both the F&GF and the F&WF been able to sample every single item on my wish list. In this update Iíve included the cost per item, which is one of the reasons I donít taste everything. As we make our circuit around the Outdoor Kitchens, weíll prioritize what we MOST want to eat and drink, meaning some items and booths are not touched. We will have at least four opportunities to sample the Outdoor Kitchens, 3 lunches and 1 dinner so that might increase our chances of eating at more kitchens. We typically share most dishes and drinks, which also increases our chances of trying more tapas.

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The Berry Basket (NEW)
Warm Wild Berry Buckle with Pepperberry Sorbet $4.25
Island Grove Buleberry Moscato $5.25

Northern Bloom (NEW)
Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Butter Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-Smoked Bacon $6.25
Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables $6.50

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Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro-Cilantro $6.00
Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce $6.50

Cider House
Nothing strikes me as something Iíd want to try.
Urban Farm East
Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragout, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes $6.25

Pineapple Promenade
Pineapple Soft Serve $4.75
Sparkling Pineapple Wine $11.75

Jardin de Fiestas
Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Peppers served with Salsa Chile Morita and Garnished with Micro-Cilantro and Edible Flowers $6.00
Hibiscus $10.25 or Elderflower Pineapple Margarita $11.25

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Vegetable Spring Rolls $4.50

Bauernmarkt: Farmerís Market
Potato Pancakes with Caramelized Ham, Onions, and Herb Sour Cream $4.25
Warm Cheese Strudel with Mixed Berries $4.00

Primavera Ktichen
Moscato $8.00

The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans $3.75

Hanami
Beef Teriyaki Udon: Thin-sliced Beef, Onions, and Noodles Tossed on the Grill with Soy and Ginger $6.00

Taste of Marrakesh
Desert Rose: Sparkling Wine topped with Pomegranate Liquer $8.00

Florida Fresh
Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro Lime Sour Cream $6.50
Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue $4.25
Key Lime Sparkling Wine $11.75 (one of my favorites from previous years and a must do)

Fleur de Lys
Poulet aux Ecrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf $5.75
Macaron Chocolat Framboise: Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam, $4.75
Kir Pomegranate Sparkling Wine $7.50 (another favorite from previous trips and a must do)

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Looks like some nice food and beverage choices lined up for the booths to sample at the festival!

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Oh my goodness your food choices have me hungry. The food and wine booths are one of the things I am most looking forward to about my trip to Disney.


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