’21 May

Not much for April showers so May flowers might be a problem.

A Few Days

A fun surprise out of reach at Palisades Park.

Below are a couple views from Tongva Park on a walk with Jerry.

It had more flowers last week but you get the idea. (The backyard trumpet vine and bougainvillea.)

Someday I might get a bigger version of this photo from Kathleen and Cheyenne’s Cinco de Mayo party. Hello neighbors!

Yay Susie

I am so happy that we got to be together. Wow, after so long and yet we are The Same. You’re right Susie, we should have taken the picture without masks.

And here’s 12 year old Magic out with his pack for their daily happy walk. Thanks for the photo Susie.

Some of Sharon’s Back Garden

I’ve been thinking about planting Jasmine over my arbor too, just thinking, not doing. Our plan was to walk and then enjoy a happy hour but it was too hot to walk so we enjoyed a happy two hours instead.

And her kumquat tree is what it is supposed to be unlike mine, a sad story with no point in the telling.

My Plan

I’m going to wear a mask whenever I’m outdoors in a crowd or indoors with the potentially unvaccinated. That’s my plan for now. I do wish the stores etc. still required everyone to wear a mask. I just checked, the California vaccination numbers are moving in such an optimistic direction, wow.

Crossing Town

To eat Monday Lunch Out West! Marsha took Tom’s big car and Alicia took herself because she had to leave early. We ate outside under the arbor, nice shade, good temperature, comfortable enough with the table and chairs, and I’m SO pleased to report, no flies.

I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of the set-up because I was happy with the outcome of it all. We were celebrating two birthdays, Marsha and Maxine, so as well as the yummy potluck, we had two desserts. FUN!

Ljubica, Maxine, Marsha, Becky, Marija, Ann

Oliver and More Fun

We enjoyed a picnic among our other activities. I don’t have a picture of Oliver after his delights in the mud. He was seemingly enjoying himself so entirely, and once a bath was inevitable, why not have All the fun?

This is how Oliver sleeps, snuggled up under the covers in Darryl and Angela’s bed, and since I was sleeping in their bed I got to enjoy the snuggles too.
Ahhh, Lilly and Oliver.

Fri-Sat-Sun With Rome and Lilly

Lucky dog me! I won’t list out all the fun we’ve had, cooking, walking around, stopping off for treats, we even made TIKTOKs and it was a total blast.

You can follow Rome’s @formygrandma0 (that’s a zero) to see our tiktok fun first hand. If you don’t know tiktok then you might not get the jokes, it’s a whole civilization there up in tiktok land, but what we made is pretty funny on its own! We all contributed to all of them, a real group effort!

First time in the house In Over A Year!

Oh Joy

The Getty Center is opening on the 25th! Quick, get a ticket, they’re free!! The 25th is already sold out and I’m leaving on the 26th so no Getty Center for me until I get back in early June. I’m so pleased though, it’s making me smile to think of it. Photo from the Getty website.

It’s Mine Now

Merlyn and Hilda are doing their big remodel and thought they wouldn’t have a place for this rug. Say I, if you’re absolutely sure, before you sell it to someone else will you sell it to me?! Hilda dropped it by and said why don’t you live with it for a while just to be sure.

Oh yes, it’s mine now! Different light, different colors, all good.

A TV House

Mostly I lust after the house in Bosch. It is a real house and google will show it to you. None of the pictures do it TV-show justice. Fortunately it’s surrounded by not so lovely houses and you can’t walk anywhere from it. So actually I don’t want that house. I lust after it, but I don’t want it.

The house in this picture is a screen shot from 9-1-1. (9-1-1 and especially 9-1-1 Lone Star are pass-the-time TV procedurals where all the characters are likeable. That’s nice.) The house is not what I thought would be to my taste and yet I like it so much.

Happy Mother’s Day All Y’All

Our first time together for a meal in How Long?! That’s right, more than a year.

Darryl, me, Angela, Lilly, Rome, Oliver, Liz, Gary

We still kept our distance for eating, DAR&L on one side and we three fully vaccinated ‘seniors’ on the other. I solicited everyone’s choice from Veggie Grill and I think it worked out well. They packaged the food so nicely and we each got what we wanted.

And Cynthia sent this super-sweet Happy Mother’s Day bouquet!

Wood Is So Expensive Now

There are three big home remodeling projects in my life that I can think of now. Maybe I’ve forgotten something? I looked up about the cost of plywood and the consensus was since mills closed because of covid, and weather, and mill operators had fears of a real estate crash that didn’t materialize, demand has simply outstripped supply.

Rome took this picture of the layers of materials that make up a house.

Lilly Makes OC

OC=Original Characters in Lilly’s world (original content at Imgur). Look at that, it’s me. We did it together on zoom-share-screen and it was fun! It’s the crooked smile that makes it look particularly like me.

Sure Why Not Another One

I’m not in this one but everyone else is: Becky, Maxine, Ann, Marija, Marsha, Alicia, Ljubica.

Santa Monica City Hall Plus

Sharon and I did this walk for the first time in more than a year to City Hall, through Tongva Park, and food at Chez Jay. There are still so many things I used to do regularly and now haven’t done in more than a year. That’s going to just keep happening for quite a while it seems.

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