Year: 2019

Then I had dinner…

Then I had dinner with Lona, Christa, and Eri after pitching in with the packing – Lona and Christa are going off for Three Weeks traveling around while Christa interviews for internships. They are going to have the Best Time!

This is my ?art…

This is my ?art from Kaitlin’s birthday party. It seems once I get an idea the execution of that idea is pretty lame. Heartfelt though.

A tropical island with a palm tree and coconuts. A toadstool with a toad. A gnomish gargoyle.

Ingalill had me and the boys over tonight, five of the seven who travelled together in Sweden, for dinner and a picture party. It was fun!

“Another column has a…

“Another column has a similar sculpture of a woman, the wife of Finn according to legend. It is not known who the man on the column actually represents, but it could be the Biblical character Samson.”

“There’s the black and…

“There’s the black and white one by Brazilian artist Speto, a beautiful bird by L7M from Brazil and a mural in the manner of fantasy surrealism by Belarussian artist Bazinato.”

OS GEMEOS, Pylimo g….

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“The brothers from São Paulo are among the top names in street art. They dropped by during the Vilnius Street Art Festival in 2015 to pay respect to their Lithuanian grandfather, who’s pictured sitting in the palm of a giant in this mural.”

I made my way…

I made my way up the hill to Toompea, also called Upper Town. That’s the Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

I was talking to a couple of lovely young women in a shop because I was a little lost and they told me to turn right past the church and I said oh, the fancy one at the top and they said no, that’s the Russian church. I almost laughed they said it with such an eye-roll.

Cali and the Pacific…

July 19

Cali and the Pacific Ocean.

We had a fancy day – a tour of the Marion Davis house and then lunch with Lona and Evelyn at the Annenberg Beach Club, open and welcoming to all who can wait for a seat.

At the end of…

At the end of the show, shopping bags. Exit through the gift shop.

We had five adorable…

We had five adorable children this year and I got lots of chances to carry babies around and show them lights and flowers and mirrors.

The parents were excellent fun too so yay for that.

Dusty and Jessie have Connor and Tucker. Lena and Daniel have Jack. Robbie and Roscia (sp?), friends of Dusty and Jessie, have two kids. All Boys.

Since I got back…

May 4

Since I got back from Kauai on the 1st I’ve been sleeping late and going to bed early and tossing around for hours in the middle of the night. I also got to see the grandgirls and go out for a welcome home dinner, and Alex and Carol came by to visit and finish up some work in the vacant rental…a job that I’ll be fussing with for who knows how long.

Then today I met Marsha at the Underground Museum for a day around town.

This picture is from google maps and it’s the front of the The Underground Museum on Washington Blvd.

I went with Nancy…

March 25

I went with Nancy to LACMA today, her home-away-from-home. Here is one of the Park La Brea Towers where Nancy lives and it’s a five minute stroll to the museum.

Windy and I did…

February 13

Windy and I did some chores and then to congratulate ourselves we went to the Hammer Museum for a quick visit.

Two stories tall at…

Two stories tall at the least! Should I have been out this late? Maybe not. I slept the entire next day!

Lill and Sharon had…

November 17

Lill and Sharon had never seen the Watts Towers and I wanted them to. They still haven’t!

This makes me laugh…

September 24

This makes me laugh because what you are seeing here is Improvement, Progress in my efforts to organize my garage.

I might be at the point where I don’t need to get rid of too many more things assuming I’ve given up all hope of getting a car in here, which is probably the case because the studio is also entirely full of things and Hope Endures that I might someday turn that into a guest room.

Marsha came over for dinner tonight which was lovely and a mental break from looking at my garage.

Henric Schartau (1757–1825), a…

Henric Schartau (1757–1825), a pious Swedish Lutheran priest, stands guard between the cathedral and the visitor center. The old cathedral is reflected in the lantern window.

You can’t see the lantern window in this picture which is the best part of the cathedral visitor center, it’s off to the right, and modern and cool.

We came to the…

We came to the Ice Hotel for a tour. This is the complex where they cut and store the blocks of ice from the river and also there are wooden cabins by the river and a small wooden hotel to accommodate guests who have had it with sleeping in the Ice Hotel.

There are many other…

There are many other murals but the idea that the city has turned around, I don’t know. You’ll see the massive Soviet era developments in tomorrow’s pictures and some of them are quite remarkable.

That’s a cat up there. Tomorrow I’m not going to miss The Cat Museum!

Sharon and I walked…

June 26

Sharon and I walked at the beach and then she bought me a super-birthday-lunch at Rose Café that has transformed itself from a cool funky local Venice Beach hang into a cool chic trendy Venice Beach hang. The food and the venue are decidedly recommendable.

Then I buzzed out to West Hollywood to a Russian visa expediting service and like the woman told me on the phone, it was ‘dead easy’ and well worth the money considering how much I didn’t want to do it myself.

The place was totally…

The place was totally surprising. The main exhibit was photographs by Roy DeCarava. I’d never heard of him, no big surprise. Check him out on google images for a thought-provoking experience.

The venue itself was originally four small storefronts subsequently purchased by Noah Davis as a work space and a home to raise his family. The huge back garden is a delight, and I want this display in MY back garden, just like this, all beautiful and sensuous aromatics.

A couple of days…

April 25

A couple of days of now-and-then pictures. Sharon, Chris, and Dave at one of the Koke’e State Park lookouts into the Waimea Canyon.

This is the train…

March 24

This is the train station in Glendale, built in 1923 it’s small and sweet and charming as can be.

They had a lot…

They had a lot of new shows up with many works I’d never seen done by artists I’d never heard of.

Ann couldn’t make it…

January 21

Ann couldn’t make it to the Monday night potluck because she was in Seattle watching all these grandgirls. Awww, right?!

You could get a…

You could get a little idea from the smaller structures. The museum was closed too but we did get a little conversation with a guy who worked at the art center.

The original on loan…

The original on loan from Naples for an exhibit of many originals from the excavation of the site of the Villa de Papiri

..Eri, Christa’s friend, Christa,…

..Eri, Christa’s friend, Christa, and Lona. We enjoyed ourselves entirely. We went on a tour of the Buried By Vesuvius exhibit about the Villa upon which Getty modeled his museum. It’s so cool to see the 2000 year old originals of the many replica statues around the Villa.

In celebration of both…

September 23

In celebration of both Windy and Caleb’s birthdays we ate a yummy dinner at Chez Jay, walked through Tongva Park, and saw a super-fun magic show at the Santa Monica Playhouse.

Compared with my sisters, I’m tall! That’s a unique experience, to be the tall one. Caleb is so tall that’s a whole ‘nother story.

Lona, me, Caleb, Windy

Those are campus buildings….

Those are campus buildings.

Founded in 1666, Lund University is one of northern Europe’s oldest, broadest, and finest universities and is consistently ranked as one the world’s top academic institutions.

Thanks gang, it was…

Thanks gang, it was FUN!

See how young they are? They walk Fast like young people do, not like ME. When I go on these walking tours, as I have in every city, I wear my trail shoes with laces and trot along in my best effort to keep up.

At the end my feet are feelin’ it for sure, so the next day I tootle along in my flips, at my pace, and it’s so Peaceful.

..but it’s been painted…

..but it’s been painted over by the new owner of the restaurant. He decided to be less confrontational and “Make empathy great again”.

You have the opportunity to “Give Little Donald a Hug”. No one in our group bothered to walk across the street, but these tours don’t give you a lot of time so maybe that’s why?

..and more….

..and more.

It’s so interesting how different the Old Town in Riga is from Tallinn’s Old Town, not surprisingly though due to the difference in architecture, and the Art Nouveau wave of the early 1900s in Riga.

..there were still plenty…

..there were still plenty of tourists but instead of being in groups of 100, the groups were more like 20.

There was no immediate evidence as to the owner of that bike but once grandma had her turn others in the group all jumped aboard for their photo op too.

Side entrance to the…

Side entrance to the Hermitage when you have an internet ticket.

When we say The Hermitage we are probably thinking of the Winter Palace but many more buildings are part of the complex.

Those figures are holding up the portico of the New Hermitage, the only building in the complex built specifically to hold art.

My first summer day…

June 25

My first summer day with the girls and we had so much fun I don’t know if I can even remember all that we did. Lilly, she sure can strike a pose.

Visiting, looking at Lilly’s school projects and Kaitlin’s pictures from her Girl Scout camping trip, then Lunch…

Dusty, son of Barbara…

Dusty, son of Barbara and Jerry, our hosts and owners of this fabulous property, and Dusty’s family Jessie, Connor, and Tucker.

Jessie’s facebook.

I copied this from…

I copied this from the MOCA website: “In 2015 MOCA and The Underground Museum launched a multiyear collaboration that realizes exhibitions developed by the late artist Noah Davis that use works from MOCA’s esteemed collection of contemporary art. Davis, along with his wife and fellow artist Karon Davis, conceived of The Underground Museum as a space for exhibitions, events, dialogue, and artist collaborations.

“Located in the working class neighborhood of Arlington Heights, The Underground Museum is a cultural outpost complete with a garden and film screenings, dedicated to ensuring access to contemporary art and ideas for all of LA’s residents.”

Joanne and her string…

Joanne and her string ensemble played an hour of Bach and it was delightful. The sound was amazing, and standing room only.

Sometimes I just have…

Sometimes I just have to look.

Christina Forrer (Swiss, b. 1978)
Woman with Waves Coming out of Her Mouth
2014; Cotton, wool; Hammer Museum

Not their dog, just…

January 20

Not their dog, just a dog. A cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle, a Bernedoodle.

Liz and Gary came over for lunch and a nice walk. It was lovely, and a bright clear dry day for it.

My ears have been…

November 16

My ears have been bugging me off and on, as they often do, and I had heard about this Minute Clinic on the radio. Many of the CVS pharmacies have this little walk in service staffed by a Nurse Practitioner. So I went in there, she looked in my ears and didn’t see anything so that was good. I’d go here again.

From the sign below:…

From the sign below:

“Four Egyptian sphinxes guard the entrance to the temple of knowledge Regia Academia Carolina. The University building became the new main building, a role that the King’s House had had for 200 years.

The Howling Wolf that…

The Howling Wolf that greets you at the train station..

((“According to the legend, Grand Duke Gediminas (ca. 1275 – 1341) was hunting in the sacred forest near the Valley of Ðventaragis, near where Vilnia River flows into the Neris River.

“Tired after the successful hunt of a wisent, the Grand Duke settled in for the night. He fell soundly asleep and dreamed of a huge Iron Wolf standing on top a hill and howling as strong and loud as a hundred wolves.

“Upon awakening, the Duke asked the krivis (pagan priest) Lizdeika to interpret the dream. And the priest told him: “What is destined for the ruler and the State of Lithuania, is thus: the Iron Wolf represents a castle and a city which will be established by you on this site. This city will be the capital of the Lithuanian lands and the dwelling of their rulers, and the glory of their deeds shall echo throughout the world.” Therefore, Gediminas, obeying the will of gods, built the city, and gave it the name Vilnius – from the stream of the Vilnia River.”))

This was the church…

This was the church where I was supposed to turn right, and for 5 euro you get to climb up to the top of the tower. It didn’t feel as high as St Isaac’s in St Petersburg but it was a hike anyway.

The Winter Palace, for…

The Winter Palace, for 150 years serving as an imperial residence. In November 1917, after the October Revolution, it was declared a museum.

It must have been quite a compelling home but as a museum it does feel a little hodgepodge – how do you successfully display so very very many pictures and objects..

Then for a change…

Then for a change of pace we went by Marciano to check out the haps. They had just repainted the stairwell.

Kaitlin was off to…

February 12

Kaitlin was off to Catalina for a couple of nights for a school field trip. I can’t wait to see her pictures and hear stories. Oh goodie goodie.

This is Angela’s picture of Lilly’s Girl Scouts troop making a Valentines Day party room at the local fire station. They’ve done other projects with these guys, and aren’t they an adorable team.

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Then we got it,…

Then we got it, the Total Eclipse of the Super Blood Wolf Moon. Cool!

Do I have a thousand more?

I watched seasons 2…

I watched seasons 2 and 3 of The Marvelous Mrs Mazel (the hospital has excellent wifi) and I was struck by it’s Mad Men-esque devotion to a design sensibility, and reminded how back in the olden days we got comedy from listening to records. And there were only so many records.

Taking Kai out. …

Taking Kai out. There were already a couple patches of ice in the driveway which reminded me Careful Careful No Falling!

Ah the fresh fluffy snow, so lovely.

We all went off…

We all went off to Palmdale to have lunch with Louise who is doing great. You go Louise!

Marija, Louise, Lucy, Ljubica

That’s Kai of course,…

That’s Kai of course, on the left in each picture, and his new friend Titan. Cynthia watches Titan twice a week and Kai and Titan are So Cute together. They pad around the house keeping track of Cynthia’s every move wherever she goes.

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“The University building was…

“The University building was built in 1872-1882 according to the drawings of architect Helgo Zettervall. He mixed different historical styles: Greek Renaissance-inspired facades and a Roman villa-type interior. .. Zettervall chose the most modern items available to create a landmark building in Swedish 19th century architecture.”

..I decided to have…

..I decided to have a treat next door.

It wasn’t very good, and actually of all the places I’ve visited this trip, I’ve found the least to tell about, food wise, here. I’ve tried all my tricks – street food, pub food, expensive food, to little success. Oh well.

..along with Tony Soprano…

..along with Tony Soprano who is there at the station too. The inset is from the internet.

Why Tony Soprano? Wow, I can’t remember what the guide said. I can’t remember a lot of what the guide said but in my mini-defense, it was very noisy. The internet is telling conflicting stories except that the artist created the sculpture in 2009.

Tony wasn’t here first, he was in an art exhibit. They moved him to the train station to greet the arrivals, because he is tough on the outside but a good guy on the inside..something like that..

On our tour from…

On our tour from Tallinn to Riga we had two ladies from the Czech Republic who recommended we find this place in the Central Market where they sold a particular specialty of Riga.

So we went to the Central Market, very near the place where they were holding the food festival the night before..

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