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.
I’m going to leave this on top for a while and add pictures below it because unfortunately I already forget to whom I’ve told what.
July 10 Hartley became unconscious with what turned out to be a brain bleed. The neuro-surgeons at UCLA concluded that nothing could be done to restore even minimal function. He is on a breathing machine awaiting further decisions.
July 11 the Palliative Care team will be consulting with Lona and Trevor this morning. I went to Forest Lawn and brought back all the info and photos for an informed decision regarding burial, service, and reception.
July 12 Hartley died around 5pm today surrounded by his family who were all praying and singing hymns and telling Hartley how much they loved him. It was perfect.
July 13 The Hawaii family is still here and we spent most of the day working on the funeral, figuring out ‘things’. It’s like a wedding in that you spend too much because it’s worth it for the memory, but you do it in a few days.
From Cynthia: “The police shooting of Philando Castile in a St Paul suburb made national news a few years ago when his passenger girlfriend made a Facebook live stream video of his shooting death – the officer thought he was reaching for a gun when he was actually reaching for his ID that the officer had asked to see. Philando even said he was reaching for his ID.
“I sit on this bench often when I bring Kai and I thought the school was honoring him because he worked for the St Paul school district – it is in the school park where I take Kai after school hours located 2 blocks away from me and I just learned that the reason the bench is here is because this was the school where Philando worked as a cafeteria supervisor when he was shot.”
..’Now open at the Bowers Museum in its U.S. west coast premiere: Guo Pei: Couture Beyond.
‘This exhibition showcases the iconic work of world renowned couturière designer Guo Pei. Featuring more than 40 breathtaking pieces from her most bold runway shows, the masterpieces on view underline the artist’s impact on the fashion world and beyond.
‘For over 20 years Guo Pei has been dressing celebrities, royalty and politicians from around the globe who turn to her for show-stopping creations.’
From a Vogue article about the opening festivity:
‘Classifying these pieces as clothing wouldn’t be accurate: Firstly, they aren’t meant to be worn; and secondly, as Guo herself informed earlier that day at a press preview, “These are not pieces of my clothing. I make clothing, but in these galleries, you will find my art.”’
Brigitte and Knut found this while traveling through Lubeck, Germany. Thanks guys!
Today I wanted to go room by room, clean every surface and do all the moving-out-to-storage that needed to be done. I didn’t get through every room but I did get through most of the rooms. I have so many rooms now, living/dining combo, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, service porch. Still so many rooms compared to my studio life!
Wednesday was my second summer Tuesday with the girls, we switched, and I’m lovin’ these summer days.
Happy Birthday to ME..Thanks Jo Ann! Several things: note it is cut in half, we Shared it. I wish I had asked her to lower it so the full glory would shine against the black top. Lastly, I know, the glasses glare, which I didn’t notice at the time and couldn’t have done anything about even if I had.
We also had a scrumptious taco lunch at a place I had never visited before and now will be a part of my regular rotation.
The family hired a videographer to tape everything on the day of the funeral so I didn’t feel any need to take a lot of pictures. Here’s a very short summary of how it all went.
The red building in the center of the picture is The Old North Church, modeled closely after the 1723 church in Boston, where we held the service. Just in front of the church is the interment plots for both Hartley and Lona. The reception was in the Hall of Liberty, the white building in the foreground.
It was especially convenient to have everything so close at hand, the church, the cemetery, and the reception, and for their part Forest Lawn did a really good job.
Merlyn and Hilda got back from their latest European vacation and they put on a dinner feast and slide show. It was great – hors d’oeuvres, then WWII military sites in England and France, then dinner, then a tour around Germany, then dessert.
And wine pairings. Merlyn had decided to go for wine pairings which greatly added to the festivity.
First order of the day – The Really Awesome Improv Show, a really awesome improv show at Second City in Hollywood.
What a totally recommendable show for kids and adults alike although adults are unlikely to go without a kid they certainly could, and wouldn’t be sorry.
Lilly, Kaitlin, Cali, Windy