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Sorry, I know I am late in posting this, since EPCOT's Garden Festival ends on June 3rd, but you can always use this as a reference for next year. I traveled solo to the Festival this past March. I had actually arrived on a Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m. I was staying at Port Orleans Riverside and after I dropped off my suitcase and found the bus, I headed to the festival.
I went to the Taste Track and got one of these Berry Tea Mint Juleps with Bourbon. It was very strong, but tasted good. I always wanted to know what a mint julep tasted like. This also had some big tasty blueberries in the drink. I liked the mint in it.
I then walked over to the one of the gardens to look for the Purple Martins. Which traveled all the way from the Brazilian Amazon!
I had not eaten yet, so I walked over to Germany to try the Toasted Pretzel Bread (which was topped with Black Forest Ham and Melted Gruyere Cheese) - Delicious. I also saw the Warm Cheese Strudel with mixed berries. It looked sooo good, I had to try it. It did not disappoint. I also got the beer flight, but I only enjoyed the dark beer. Next time I will just purchase a cup of the Kastritzer Schwarzbier Black Lager. I found a nice place to sit and eat and admire the sunset.
After I was done getting a bite to eat, I purchased some "Garden" Ears.
Next I had to get my Pluto Passholder Magnet.
I then had to run to get on Soarin' with my fast pass. Then I took the boat ride in the Land and then onto Mission Space. When I was done, the fireworks were going off and I figured I better get on the bus back to my room before it got too busy.
This was my first solo trip to Epcot. I did good, but I was a little anxious and did wish I had my sidekick Nadia with me at times, but it was not bad.
Stay tuned for my next post about my full day traveling solo at Disney.
This past March I went to Disney World all by myself. This was the first time I ever traveled solo without meeting a friend there. I was worried if I would be ok emotionally, without my side-kick Nadia with me. She had already moved to her Dad's and we had this trip planned from before. Just a side note: I had bought us the annual pass this past Fall for the first time, so we had already gone three times before she left. I decided I needed this trip for me. I love the Garden Festival at EPCOT and I was going to see it.
I drove up in the afternoon and arrived around 5:30 p.m. I did get lost on my way, I missed my turn and had to literally pull into a parking space at Disney Springs and back-up and turn around. Hey, but I found the resort and remained calm. I did the on-line check in before I left and my room was ready when I arrived. The security guard gave me directions on how to get to my room so I could drive straight there.
I was very excited! The resort looked so pretty and it was quiet and peaceful. I found my room and guess what? They gave me one of the Royal Princess rooms. It was Princess Tiana Themed from The Princess and the Frog. I always liked that movie. At first I felt sad that my daughter was not there to enjoy the room, but hey, I am the Princess now - LOL.
After I got settled in, I went to walk around outside to find where everything was. The bus was kind of hidden, but this nice family showed me where it was located. I then wanted to walk over to the lobby and main area.
Even prettier was the walk. You cross over a bridge over the Sassagoula River and there you find the dining area, store and lobby. I never did find the pool though.
You can also take a boat to the French Quarter and Disney Springs. It is a nice little boat ride.
After I was done looking around, I hopped on a bus and went to EPCOT for the evening. I'll do another post on the Garden Festival soon.
I stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort for two nights. Wished I could have stayed longer, but my budget did not agree.
The second night I walked on the path along the River and went to Disney's French Quarter. I decided to eat at their restaurant instead. I had a nice New Orleans meal: A Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich and Fries. I also bought some Beignets and Chicory Coffee. Some advice on the Beignets, they are very big to me and I can only eat one at a time, so you may want to start with the 3 and not the six. I saved mine and had one for breakfast and brought the other one home to my sister for watching my cat for me.
I just do not feel comfortable eating alone in a restaurant. I can go to movie alone, but not eat out alone. It just feels too lonely. I decided to bring my food back to my room and eat.
After I was done eating I went back out on the path and sat on a bench and looked at the river. It was peaceful. Also the horse and carriage rides walk past you on that path. It was pretty to look at.
If you are looking for a more peaceful and quieter resort, I recommend Disney's Port Orleans Resort. At least at Oak Manor it was quiet. They also have a Bayou Themed area too. We stayed there, but it was over 15 years ago. It was our very first Disney Resort stay.
Well, the time came unexpectedly, I became an Empty Nester. I always knew this day would come, but I thought I had a couple more years to go. My daughter decided she needed a fresh start, and decided to move up to her Dads. She is 17 now and I think she needs this too. The teen years were rocky for us, and luckily her Dad and I are on good terms. He calls me often for advice - It is good when parents can be partners! He also has four other children who like to tattle on their older sister too. This is very helpful - LOL.
Since this website is just my hobby; I thought I would blog about Empty Nesting; and how I am coping, places I have traveled and new photography that I took.
I know I am having trouble coping at times, but I am pushing myself forward. I thought maybe if I blogged about what I am doing, I could help someone else out there who might be having a hard time as an empty nester.
Here are some symptoms of Empty Nesting:
I then focused on rearranging my home and donating things that were no longer being used. This helped a lot and kept me busy. I did not have many people that I could talk to; because I felt nobody really wants to hear my problems; they just want to tell me theirs or gossip about mine. I also have a tendency to push people away. I DO NOT want you to have to sit there and watch me cry and I am probably going to yell at you cause I am hurt. I just try to keep a smile on my face and make people laugh. The laughing helps me cope. Remember that saying "The One Who Laughs, Lasts!"
I was not totally alone though, I had my family (Mom, Dad and Sis); the few friends I did let in and even my ex and his wife offered some kind words.
I find it helps to exercise, even when you do not want too. Talk to God. Focus on those hobbies you could not do before. I am working on my diet, now that I can somewhat control the junk food in the house. - Sometimes we have our days and yes, buy that chocolate if you need too. I am also trying to come up with a plan for my future. I have a whole new adventure in front of me.
Ok this is bad, but what also helps, is when the Father calls you and says "Help, Houston, we have Crashed and Burned, what do I do?" You offer some help and then say to yourself silently - "Maybe this Empty Nesting is not so bad after all"
Also it helps to remember to be kind to people. Even if you are going through a bad time; you never know what that other person is dealing with too. Give them a "Hello"; a Compliment; a Positive Thought; or how about a Smile! It's FREE and a WIN-WIN for both involved.
I think this quote by Kim Alexis sums up the Empty Nest:
The biggest change for me as a mom, was realizing I needed to put someone else before me. Now the hardest part about the empty nest, is learning to put myself first...
Remember - YOU GOT THIS!!!!!!
Shell Aura, is my newest artwork. These broken iridescent shells were found all over the beach I was visiting in Fort Myers, FL. I just loved the colors of the shells. I decided I would just photograph the shell and see what I could create with it.
The original picture is below:
I added some painterly and digital effects to the photograph to give it a more vibrant look. The new image gives me a spiritual aura feeling, makes me think celestial vibrations.
I guess it is the colors, they look pretty to me.
In case you wanted to know:
I am just really only learning about Auras, but I have found out that they are an electro-magnetic energy field that surround things and shells are known to symbolize love, prosperity and a bit of mystery. They are connected to the sea.
Ok, that is all for now. I'll leave you with a quote for the week:
"Time to Stop Being so Shellfish!"