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'16 September
The coming-together of the house (I hope!).
'16 August
Deep into summer fun.
'16 July
Let's see some progress around here!
'16 late May-some June
'16 March
Getting ready for a big travel spring and the start of Home Improvement season.
'16 February
Home all month with mostly just this and that.
'16 January
Happy New Year! No travel plans settled yet except Sharon's generous invitation to visit Kauai in April. That's my goal for January - to work out 2016!

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September 27

Look, floor! The painting is done in most of the house and the floor is revealed.

The bed came too and Alex put it together. Wow, a floor AND a bed.

Fans are magic.

September 26

It was arts and crafts day with my sisters so here's a picture from Kaitlin's birthday of the origami wrapping.

Then I went to the Monday potluck and Dancing with the Stars successfully avoiding the debate. I'll get the low-down tomorrow from sources more measured than I.

September 25

Hilda in Alaska last month. Hilda and Merlyn came by for dinner and it was great to catch up after so long. And in two days they're off to India...Bon Voyage!


September 24

My tenant Olivia organized the big Family Day at the Hammer Museum...

...and a grand time was had by all!

I managed to kill the beautiful succulent bowl Lill gave me in July and here she is fixing me up a fresh one. Thank you Lill. Wish me luck!

September 23

After another morning of work and Progress, which I will take pictures of soon, I met Lill and a few of her friends at the Getty Villa.

I really wanted to see this show, got distracted and didn't buy tickets, and then a ticket came my way! It was hugely clever and many times I laughed out loud.

What the set looked like at the Getty Villa Amphitheater before the show.

Every year in September they put on an ancient Greek or Roman play and the three I have seen have all been wonderful.

September 22

I enjoy my orange tree clothes line. Alex was here all morning and I did some work too (yes, amazing I know). Then we went to Ikea and went Shopping.

September 21

Happy Birthday KAITLIN! (It was Lilly's birthday one week ago which is why you might be confused.)


Kaitlin's Happy Birthday Crew!

Finley, Leila, Kaitlin, Nicole, Emma, Lilly


And the gang gathers in Celebration of KAITLIN, Eleven Years Old.

Wait everybody wait wait I need to take this picture!

Kaitlin chose a sushi place for dinner where they have a very very large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes and we all enjoyed it mightily.

Then we went to the Manhattan Beach Creamery where Kaitlin got a donut stuffed with ice cream, yes. We all had tastes and it was yum.

And may ALL your wishes come true!

September 20

Oscar, The Electrician. He was great and...

...he brought his solid crew and they finished all the connectors and fixtures in the morning. Two thumbs up!

No surprise, I forgot a thing or two and they couldn't move the phone line so that's a new list and I need a different kind of dimmer in the kitchen and there is probably more.

But I sat in there this afternoon and it was peaceful.

September 19

Sharon is back after her nearly month-long visit to Colorado and Kansas to visit with family and friends.

And while she was gone the California Incline got FINISHED!

Then I had an always fun dinner with Ken and Bill and yet again I forgot to take a photo. Bill and his wife Cheryl and his daughter Mindy got to go cruising with Ken!

Bill, Cheryl, Mindy, Ken


September 18

Carol and I went to the Getty Center today while Alex worked. it was lovely and quiet as ever it was as you can see from this picture.

But the views - not so much.

September 17

I have something and it has a name and it is not good!

I've been smelling smoke on and off for a while now and it's impossible for me to tell when it's real and when it's not. When it seems unlikely to be real I ask around and no one else smells it.

From The Smithsonian magazine:

"Brief episodes of phantom smells or phantosmia smelling something that's not there can be triggered by temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, or head trauma. Phantosmia is also associated with Alzheimer's and occasionally with the onset of a migraine."

Hmmm, temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, head trauma, Alzheimer's...and I read somewhere else that it could be a brain tumor. Great. I'm going to wait awhile and see if it goes away.

September 16

Lona treated me and Windy to a shared birthday extravaganza including Color Me Mine! where we spent several hours fine tuning our creations and then we ate a lovely late lunch...late because of all the time we spent on our pottery piece.

You have to wait two weeks to get your work fired and I'm very excited to see how it will turn out - it being the most expensive little dish I will own.

September 15

Marsha invited me to join her in her box at the Hollywood Bowl! We saw...

...this happy slice of adorable.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Andr de Ridder, conductor
Avi Avital, mandolin

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons Program Notes
BRAHMS: Serenade No. 1

September 14

Happy Birthday LILLY! Everyone got up at dawn to celebrate together.


Lilly got to eat cake for breakfast, oh happy Lilly. She wore her birthday hat all day long although not always as a unicorn...


...she ended the day wearing her birthday hat at a jaunty angle.

Awww, Dawson brought Lilly flowers and a balloon and Roxi brought her a stuffed elephant.

Roxi, Lilly, Dawson, Calvin
Kaitlin Gary
We went to Ruby's for dinner and most importantly for dessert.

YAY! There was a big joyful Happy Birthday sing-along.

Her sundae came without a cherry because of the candle so they brought eight cherries to make up for it. Lilly ate them all.

Hi sweetie, what an adorable Seven Year Old you are!

September 13

Trevor was in town so I went over for a visit with the family and a friend of theirs was there too. The friend wanted to talk to Trevor about his thinking regarding the election.

I freaked out. NOOOOOO. We have it settled ok, we let it be, we don't talk about religion or politics. But NOOOOO some sweet friend has to stir the pot. Because it was not going to end well. Better I should leave!

September 12

While the floor guys were cutting wood such that it sounded like a dentist's office on the whole street, I went to Ikea to look for furnishings but no joy, unless maybe I go back there for a mattress and bedding which are very appealing.

I also went looking for countertops. I was thinking to have quartz on the sink side and butcher block on the oven side but it turns out in quartz you have to buy the whole slab (at this place anyway) and that would cover everything.

And then I filled my plate twice at the Monday potluck and ate a mountain of dessert.

September 11

Some parts of this house project are powering toward a big fat tick!.

All the trim is a pale cream and all the walls are a peachy cream, girly I know, but the floors are strong and with furnishings I'm not worried...say I to myself hourly. And notice the difference between the two rooms. And the ceilings are white but taking up the color of the walls.

It's crazy how when you look in one light it's one way and then you turn your head or...

...go into a different room, exact same paint, totally different color.

The floor trim isn't on yet and we're going to need a lot of touch-up on the paint.

My conclusion is that there is no entirely right answer for color since it's always different and I took these pictures at the same time. At a different hour they are different again! So, as the screaming guitar player says, close enough for rock 'n roll.

September 10

Happy Birthday Windy (in this picture for scale)! We took the train out to the National History Museum to see the 'Pterosaurs - Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs' exhibit.

It was really fun! You could stand on that glowing circle and flap your arms, lean side to side, look up and down, and the pterosaur would follow your movements which usually ended by crashing into the lake.

I don't have a picture of the one with the impossibly long neck. These guys have just impossibly huge heads.

Then we got back on the train and went to Olvera Street for some of the taquitos of our youth followed by fresh, crisp, and delicious churros.

September 8

Alex has been moving us both forward in our journey to d.o.n.e.ville with the house.

I 'created' the color for the kitchen today and got the paint guys to mix up a gallon. Me and the guys at the paint store have a relationship now.

I bought sample after sample and in the end not one of the colors I've used has been off-the-shelf. It's been really fun, although also time consuming and a little nerve racking since ANYTHING is possible. I will miss the guys at the paint store.

I also tidied up each room in my place, one by one, moving armloads of things from place to place (and I'm going to have to photoshop out those cords under the table because I'm not moving all that stuff again!)... order to get a clear shot.

And there are a ton more - I'm ready to list it as soon as I can predict when it will be possible to live in the house even without a kitchen...or window coverings...or a bed.

Awww, kitty kitty.

September 6

Back from The Ranch, as full of delights as ever. Here's everyone present for the Saturday night talent show.

The floor wood arrived and Leo was due to start the installation. Alex cleared all his tools out of the house. We were waiting. And waiting. He didn't answer his phone, or voice message, or text. Nothing. Nada, just no Leo.

So I got in touch with his wife. She promised he would show up on Friday. Ok, fine.

I'm thinking about those knobs and handles for the kitchen. Choosing choosing.

September 1

It was yesterday, but here are Angela's pictures from the send-off to First Day of School! Lilly's a First Grader and ate her first lunch at school. You go Lilly! And Kaitlin is in the Fifth grade. A senior at Jefferson Elementary.

Lilly, Kaitlin


Roger and Sandy were down from SF and along with Nancy we ate lunch in my house...with lawn chairs, a fold-up table, and plywood floors.

NEWS: the floor guys will be here Wednesday to put in the real wood and by then, except for the kitchen and bathroom, all the inside painting will be done. Progress!

Ann is up north watching her two sweeties Clara and Amelie.


Also last month when I went to Hiromi Paper and had a nice wander around Bergamot. I have been running around a lot of late.

And who knows how long the art village at Bergamot will be with us in its current form since it's so low density and right at the 26th Street Expo Line station. Enjoy it while you can!

I snagged this off facebook because I think it is one of the most adorable vacation selfies ever.

Lola, Alex, Zander, Lauretta, Roxi

Again, because.
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