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Trivia Question

Who starred in the 1964 film Mary Poppins?

Bikes and Baskets

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credit: Mary Beth Weisenburger

I just got my bike out of storage for the first time this summer. We've had a busy season as my son got married on June 26, and we followed that with a vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in July. My standard, peaceful evening bike rides were pushed aside by the to-do lists hanging over my head. But now that our schedules have opened up a bit, the bike has been dusted off.

My favorite accessory on my bike is the front basket. And like the grinning boy on the cover of the July/August issue of Good Old Days, I like to plop my little Pomeranian rescue dog, Oliver, into it and head down our country road. People often smile and wave as we pass by, tickled to see a brown ball of fluff peeking over the top of my basket. Oliver was a bit nervous about this new mode of transportation in the beginning, but he has adjusted quite well. And I enjoy it too. Biking with my dog reminds me of when I was a preteen and our toy poodle, Daisy, would accompany me on bike rides all around our small town. She was so excited whenever I got my bike out that she would bark and wiggle and jump on me, in case I wasn't sure she wanted to go. People often smiled and waved as I passed by, tickled to see a white ball of fluff peeking over the top of my basket.

Some things never change, and for that I am thankful. Enjoy the rest of your summer, friends!

'Til next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger,
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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Julie Andrews. Andrews played the magical and musical nanny who arrives to look after the children Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). Dick Van Dyke also starred in the film as Bert, the cheerful chimney sweep.

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