Year: 2008

From Marija: “In the…

From Marija: “In the new room, my girlfriend Carol, her husband Walt, their daughters, Jackie and Christina Burch!!!! To Walt’s left is Mary from Ljubica’s apartment, Goldie, and Rhonda also from Lj. apartment.”

With Marija and Marsha too. (There…but missing from this shot at least Jack, Alicia, Chris…who else?)

I surely have done…

October 22

I surely have done a lot of nothin’ these last few days but that’s always what happens when I get home from a trip apparently even without any time change.

Tonight my little sister’s boyfriend took us out for dinner. Windy packed up half her food (just like you’re Supposed to!) and I ate Every Single Bite.

(omg, my old lady slumping round shoulders Must Be Tamed. Windy’s leaning forward but not slumped. How does that work!? Maybe it’s a back thing, about keeping your back straight? I’ve been struggling to control my posture forEVER. What makes me think I’ll ever improve? Nothing makes me think that, I don’t think that, but I soldier on!)

(cutie-pie waiter-man)

Here’s what wiki says…

Here’s what wiki says are the possible origins of the name Dinkytown:

..The streetcars, called Dinkys, that used to provide transit throughout the area.
..Similarly, the tenders at the nearby railyard were called Dinkys
..The theatre in Dinkytown had only four rows of seats, and for years was known as “The Dinky”
..It’s a small town-like area, with everything within walking distance.
..The Loring Pasta Bar, previously Gray’s Drug on 14th Ave. SE and 4th St. SE has the name of an early owner carved in Slavic in stone over the doorway: “Grodnik,” meaning a small (or dinky) town.

Remember a few days…

Remember a few days ago when Richard was down for his dad’s 90th birthday? Here’s a shot from outside the restaurant.

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This is one end…

This is one end of a huge semi-circle that is the Organ Pavilion where we enjoyed a free concert. You could rent those umbrellas for two bucks, well worth it if you were going to stay for the whole hour.

The scaffolding is coming…

The scaffolding is coming down around March ’09 so you have plenty of time to plan your visit.

There are the two tall towers and several other pavillions and pagodas to make up the whole site as well as all the decorated walls.

Kaitlin’s (pre-pre-school) Class! …

July 23

Kaitlin’s (pre-pre-school) Class! I’ve got more – Kaitlin and her teachers, Kaitlin at snack time, Kaitlin in circle – but I’m upset with myself for letting this fabulous opportunity go by without getting something reeeally good.

But then I’ve never been really That opposed to good-enough…

We were at the…

We were at the frozen yogurt place and since there were no other guests we got to dance around like craaazy. We twirled and high stepped and clapped to the music. Fabulous fingers and Fun fun fun.

“Water (symbolizing the ever-changing)…

“Water (symbolizing the ever-changing) and rocks (the eternal) create harmony in the garden, balancing nature’s yin and yang. Weathered limestone rocks from Lake Tai line the water’s edge, evoking the craggy mountains of a Chinese landscape painting. Water creates an added visual dimension to the garden by reflecting the changing moods of the light, clouds, and sky.”

Had a story filled…

May 20

Had a story filled dinner with Bill tonight and learned that his eldest daughter has got her Peace Corps start date and country (July 22, Zambia) but she will not know the exact assignment until after the two month training period. One thing she can be sure of though, is that she is going to a village where there will be no electricity and no running water. No need to bring the blow dryer.

The photo is JFK in 1961 creating the Peace Corps more than a decade before Mindy was born. I will confess that I am surprised it has survived. It’s an expression of optimism and that makes me glad.

That’s the Castelo de…

That’s the Castelo de Sao Jorge up there. Much further up there than this picture shows, and I trudged the whole way.

‘From its Visigoths beginning in the 5th century, it was later fortified by the Moors in the 9th century, sacked by Christians in the 12th century and used as a royal residence from the 14th to 16th centuries – and as a prison in every century.’

I did too much today. WalkWalkWalk. My knees are complaining!

Facing down the alley…

Facing down the alley (just turn around from the above picture), and you’re looking at the snail man’s stall. That big cauldron is full of snails bubbling away in a savory broth.

You get a nice scoop of them ladled into one of those red plastic bowls and sprinkled with herbs of your choice. Notice the orange. It’s got huge safety pins stuck in it which the diners use to pick the snail out of his shell.

The smell is really very savory and not at all fearsome. No, I didn’t eat them. Yet.

This is the place…

This is the place and in the lower right corner is the intersection. Forget addresses. The numbers make no sense What So Ever as I learned in my outing to find a bookstore.

…and so salty and…

…and so salty and sweet and fragrant, like a totally satisfying lunch. (Flowers on the bluff and that’s the bike path and the beach out there.)

The kids grew up…

The kids grew up in the San Fernando Valley and for the last more than twenty years this group of women, originally having daughters in the same class as Cynthia but expanding high and wide, have met on Monday nights for a potluck dinner and gabfest.

Even though I’ve moved over-the-hill to Santa Monica I still try and get back for Monday Night whenever possible. Once a year they all come out west to celebrate my birthday! Here they are at a very fun birthday party.

December 2006

For Little Miss Sticker…

February 19

For Little Miss Sticker Girl there can not be too many stickers. When I was on the phone for a few minutes she stickered up my b*tt.

It was my neighbor…

January 14

It was my neighbor Margaret’s 86th birthday today and I made her a little card of some of the pictures I’ve taken of her over the years.

She is still in the rehab-nursing home using a walker to get around but was so excited about her birthday she perked up like I haven’t seen her in a year. During our visit she assured me she was going to Make them let her go home now. She can’t wait to get to her beloved 1960s VW bug and drive out to see her cousins in South Pasadena.

My ex-boss took me…

October 21

My ex-boss took me to a welcome home lunch at the always welcome Drago just up the street from my house. I was worrying about them since I took these photos at 12:30…but then they filled up nicely and all is well.

Entering campus, College Kids…

Entering campus, College Kids announcing Al Gore’s presence.

I should mention we passed by innumerable Fraternity and Sorority houses, and it was l.o.u.d. at 10AM, probably because the football game was starting. Because otherwise they would have been sleeping it off I’m sure.

The buildings on campus were grand indeed and you could appreciate each one individually because they weren’t crammed together.

The pipes behind this…

The pipes behind this organ extended about three stories high and filled not only the Pavilion but the surrounding gardens with booming sound.

Originally every single surface…

Originally every single surface was covered with decorations so when you see an empty spot it means the colored bits fell off and then they just re-cover the exposed metal with new cement but they do not attempt any restoration.

There is a nice park associated with the towers (it is an actual State Park now), a very evident security presence, and two other buildings for art display, classes, lectures, and other community projects. Really, worth the outing.

This was exciting…landlord home…

June 9

This was exciting…landlord home maintenance issues, which I couldn’t do myself but had to call upon the Real landlords in my family and get my big sister to do it.

I drove up to…

May 18

I drove up to Santa Barbara to spend the night with Michi, my friend and fellow student from Guanajuato.

We had a great day (and without a word of Spanish! lazy as ‘we’/I are/am…).

Walk past the snail…

Walk past the snail man and you are onto one of the two main thoroughfares through the Medina.

Notice the blue and green signs in the upper third of the picture. There are about six of these signposted trails through the Medina for tours such as ‘Traditional Crafts’ and ‘Monuments and Souks’.

We are at the intersection of ‘Monuments and Souks’ and ‘Palaces and Andalusian Gardens’. With a map that has the signposts you can ask people for help when you become, inevitably, lost, and all will be well.

It happened! I…

March 7

It happened! I bought an air ticket. Looking for pictures on the internet to ‘use’ of Fez, a UNESCO World Heritage city in Morocco…I think there are pictures to be had there!

Here is what I’m thinking now: Dusseldorf (help pack up the kids and check out a lived-in German city); Barcelona (Betsy used to live there and really reeally wants to go back before they leave Europe); then I go on by myself to Granada-Gibraltar-Fez-Seville-the Algarve-Lisbon.

In this itinerary I’ve only ever been to Barcelona so I’m dang excited!

An ex-tenant of L&H…

An ex-tenant of L&H left these stylin’ desks and they totally fit into the new outside office Darryl is putting together. It’s so cool when the magic works.

Becky and her fam,…

Becky and her fam, but no Jack…but yes grandbaby, and hey, the rest are all just decoration anyway.

Included on campus since…

Included on campus since 1934 is The Weisman Art Museum currently housed in this 1993 building designed by Frank Gehry.

The bigger picture is the ‘blend with the campus’ side. The inset is from across the river and I nabbed it off the internet.

The Children’s Nature Institute…

The Children’s Nature Institute sponsored this event for their volunteers and since Bonnie is on the board of directors, she got to go too…and I got to tag along.

This guy (James P Folsom) led our tour and he was SO charming. Everyone was in his thrall. He’s the actual Director of the Huntington and he knows Everything.

Next we went to…

Next we went to get Marsha for lunch. She had a new and trendy yet old and friendly place in mind which turned out to be closed so instead of eating nearby and enjoying the 1920s architectual gems at Adams and Figuroa, we went to the Cathedral.

The cafe there is great, both Marsha and Brigitte aclaimed the gift shop…

Darryl’s moving his office…

July 22

Darryl’s moving his office into new digs and I watched Kaitlin so Angela could help him with some clean-up chores. Who do you think got the better of that deal?

I went on a…

June 8

I went on a long sweaty walk with ND today and since I took no pictures I’ve got a photo of her grandbabies sent by the fam up north. Hi Charlie! Hi Henry!

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One of our activities…

One of our activities was to enjoy the evening-song at the Vedanta Temple. Out in the distance is the Santa Barbara bay and the blue Pacific. It smelled so great up there.

The woman standing next…

The woman standing next to Alberto has been working for his mom for a couple decades now, doing household chores, and that’s the helper’s mama sitting on the bench. They were very lovely and kind.

The view from the…

The view from the ramparts of the castle. This is a good orientation for yesterdays photos. You can see the big square by the sea right in the center of the shot.

As you can guess by the jumble down there, no streets meet at right angles.

Anya dressed up in…

Anya dressed up in some Princess gear she got as a treat from the Bazaar Chino next door to our apartment.

I went out in the evening to pick up a little snack and brought back from the pub at the corner, this fabulous potato salad that I hope to make. It’s basic potato salad with Greek olives, capers, small par-boiled carrots, maybe a very little celery and/or onion, and then some strongly flavored oily canned tuna stired in. YUM!

We decided to have…

March 30

We decided to have a little break and take advantage of the temporary appearance of the sun, to enjoy a quick picnic lunch out in the park.

I’d been hoping to visit this Clock Forest ever since driving by on the first day.

, with our In-Utero…

March 6

Look! It’s Angela, my daughter-in-law, the mother of my grandbaies, with our In-Utero on his/her way(!) and Kaitlin(!). Lucky lucky ME!!

Ann’s crew! SO…

Ann’s crew! SO nice to have both sons home, the pregnant daughter-in-law, and the forever-long boyfriend all together. Nice.

A passageway and a…

A passageway and a serene view of the lake.

“Plants and flowers, too, serve a symbolic purpose in a Chinese garden, as well as a decorative one. Certain plants may represent the seasons (peach blossoms for spring, pine for winter), while others stand for attributes such as purity (lotus) or uprightness (bamboo). While form and color appeal to the eye, other senses are engaged by a fragrance wafting in the air, the sound of water falling over stones, or raindrops striking broad leaves.”

The view from the…

The view from the deck of the Weisman.

That puffy thing in the forground is the Herbert H Humphry Metrodome, also know as The Marshmallow. I was thinking how in today’s world ol’ HHH just couldn’t happen – commie to the core I’m afraid.

As well as the…

As well as the everything else he knows, he knows Everything about the Chinese Garden as he shepherded the whole project. It was a fascinating and wonderful treat to hear him talk.

Let me add here that The Children’s Garden is FanTAStic. I had always kind’a passed it by so I got to have a great experience of discovery. Next time when visiting The Huntington don’t miss The Children’s Garden!

…and we all love…

…and we all love the Cathedral, each for our own not-so-private reasons. (Marsha loves this image from the central panel so much her copy is the second piece of art she put up in her new home.)

Kaitlin was in a…

Kaitlin was in a particularly chipper mood today with a lot of dancing around and clapping and exclaiming ‘oh Granny, we are having so much Fun!’

You are so right my sweet! Today we added geraniums to Kaitlin’s flower repertoire and I showed her how to make a shadow-animal with her hand. Oh yes we were having so much Fun!

And while I’m at…

And while I’m at it…here’s a newly arrived photo from Lainee of Baby Jack Black in Texas, son of my little sister’s youngest son, and brother of Sweet Cali-May. Awww.

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Inside. We had…

Inside. We had maybe 20 minutes to ourselves before the nuns came in to do the service (bells rung, objects raised and lowered, and a lot of singing).

About meditation, I remember best (and with deep affection) what we used to do after my Tai Chi class, so sitting here in the warm, fragrant silence I felt compelled to be on the floor and to stretch. It was good.

…as are there these…

…as are there these washing up fountains everywhere. You have to perform certain ablutions before you can enter a mosque so you always find such a fountain nearby.

We’re at the subway…

April 4

We’re at the subway stop waiting for Lucas to run back to the flat for a missing item. Time for Photos!

Anya is being a butterfly. She was sometimes Tinkerbell and sometimes a Princess. Butterfly-Tinkerbell-Princess is her basic repertoire.

Xander is being a monster. Also he is being a zombie. Zombie Xander. Sometimes he is a tyrannosaurus rex with laser xray vision. Sometimes he is a kodiak bear with knives for teeth and swords for claws. Sometimes he is a kitted out military policeman with Arnie-worthy weapons and weapon paraphernalia. He has a Vast vocabulary for weapons!

We’re at The Grove…

We’re at The Grove to hear a concert of children’s music. Maybe you’ll recognize the playgroup gang, from the top, Katie and Nora, Angela and Kaitlin, Emily and Zoe. Such good sweet friends!

Check out the singer’s toes-ies.

Brigitte was johnny-on-the-spot to…

February 17

Brigitte was johnny-on-the-spot to get us free tickets on opening weekend to see the new BCAM at LACMA.

The entry is very cool. It’s all these street lamps that light up at night and not one person could walk by without engaging – walking around one of the posts, posing for a picture, chasing the kids. I like it.

More……

More…

From Marija: “In Dining…

From Marija: “In Dining room from left, Jeff, and his wife Tracy, and at the end Jamie and Cathleen, Melinda’s friends from high school.”

Also we see the family, Christopher, Steve, Mindy, Melissa.

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