June 30, 2015

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Our trip to California was great, but it seemed a bit too short. Probably not for my husband, who did all the driving to Anaheim and back to Port Orchard, but I am sure he thinks the days went by quickly too. If you have been following this blog, we left on December 22 and planned to stay in a motel near Disneyland for four days while we spent the holidays with our son and his family.

It’s hard to believe we crammed so much into those few days, but we did! We drove to Oroville, CA to have a short visit with my aunt and uncle who live in that city, and then got up early the next morning and continued on to Anaheim. We got into our hotel room in the early evening, and then wended our way to the kid’s place. Monday, the 24th was mostly a day of rest and preparation for the “big day” on Christmas.? I had baked cookies and stuff at home, so we sampled goodies and just got to ‘know’ the grand-kids all over again. We had just seen them in July, but it was just for a day or two, and we didn’t get much one-on-one time with them.

Christmas morning dawned bright and early, and windy. We arrived in a gale brought to our doorsteps by the good ol’ Santa Ana winds. Our previously well-combed coifs became bed heads in a hurry! We all gathered at Greg and Jenn’s for gift opening and a breakfast of eggs and linguisa. (Jenn’s mother’s heritage is Portuguese, hence the sausage; it’s their tradition to have it on Christmas). Garrett and Katrina were all smiles and ‘thank you’s’? that morning, and I think they were very happy with everything that they opened. At ages 6 and 7, it is fun to witness the genuine wonder and mystery that is Santa’s visit and their un-jaded reactions to the thought put towards the gifts they received.

Our big gift to them all was a day at Disneyland, which didn’t come off quite as we had planned. It seems that everyone else on earth (and maybe some other inhabited planets) had decided that December 27th was a good day to visit Disneyland too! The skies were clear and sunny, but the temps were in the low 60’s. That brought out the crowds and made for a bit of a disappointing day for the grand-kids. We did get to go on one ride: Star Wars, but all the others had like an hour and a half wait or more. We did get to go on the riverboat cruise, and the jungle cruise, as well as the merry-go-round, but no others. That day happened to be our son’s 36th birthday too. We had never been able to take him to Disneyland when he was younger. Better late than never, eh? :grin:

You would have laughed to see me on the Star Wars ride. It isn’t really a ‘ride’ per se, but with the animation on the screen and the seats jostled around you feel like you are in outer space. Of course, I wouldn’t know because I closed my eyes through most of it. We had just eaten breakfast before going to the park, and when those seats started gyrating, I closed my eyes and held on tight to the arms of my seat. I didn’t want to hurl as I hurled through fake space.? :mrgreen:

We had gotten there at around 10 AM and we were all tired and ready to leave by 3 PM. I had a very hard time walking around because of my fibromyalgia, and I will either have to rent a wheel chair next time, or not go there with everyone else. Yeah, like I would do that. ?:wink:

All in all, it was a good trip and we had a very nice time just visiting with our kids, grand-kids and Greg’s in-laws.? This is just a condensed version of the trip, and I hope to include pictures and other anecdotes in the next day or so.

Pierce, Idaho’s Newest Pot Of Gold: Wink and Smile Diner

Wink and Smile Diner


If you are going to be traveling through north-central Idaho anytime soon, make sure you visit one of the best new diners to hit the state. Located at 703 South Main, in Pierce, Idaho is and little gem named Wink and Smile Diner :wink: , owned and operated by Jim and Teresa Meads. This area of Idaho is a favorite with fishermen, hunters and those who just like the great outdoors. Setting out into the wilderness on an empty stomach isn’t a good idea for anybody, so thank goodness they can stop in this neat-as-a-pin establishment anytime between dawn and 7 PM. Map of Pierce, ID US

Jim and Theresa Meads

On the menu:

When I was there earlier this month, they had just been open two weeks and already the place was filled with happy patrons, including a local ladies monthly birthday celebration luncheon. There were sixteen ladies at this lunch, and they were the no-nonsense types, but it seemed that most of them enjoyed their orders, including the Beer Battered Pickles. (I tried one, it was delicious!).

If that sounds a bit exotic for your tastes, you will find the usual fare on the lunch menu such as hamburgers, freedom fries, hot dogs, sandwiches; for dinner you can choose from such favorites as steaks, chicken strips, chicken fried steak, all with choices of sides like salad, rolls, vegetables, and potato choices. I had to chuckle a bit about one of the menu choices. Remember, this is logging country, so they have named one of their hot dogs the “Log Jam”. It is a “beef frank stuffed with Swiss cheese, wrapped in bacon, then goes for a fryer dunk. Yummy!”.

Interior of Wink and Smile Diner, Pierce, ID

Last, but not least, Wink and Smile Diner serves breakfast all day. They offer “The Blob Omelete” with 4 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, green peppers, mushrooms and 4 kinds of cheese. Also, for early morning chow hounds they have a breakfast egg special with hashbrowns, choice of toast, etc., as well as pancakes, French toast, biscuits and gravy, corn bread and even a cup of chili.

This is a family restaurant, so leave your cussing at the door. They want everyone to feel welcome, and to leave full and happy. :razz: Ladies, the restroom is very tidy, and even has seat covers. Lastly, I had one of the best milkshakes when I was there. It was just like the “old timey” ones, thick and not too sweet. Yum!