’08 March

Multiple Getty Villa and mulitple walks at the beach, The Grove, dancing, Kaitlin-a-plenty – until the 20th when it’s bon voyage.

Finally the TIBET news…

March 19

Finally the TIBET news is hitting the news wires and not just the travel sites that have been obsessed for the last week. This ‘occupation’ has gone on for 49 years…

Click here if you want to look at my May 2005 pictures from Tibet. You can see the streets of Lhasa as this shows (I snuck this shot from out a bus window) and get a feeling for the Chinese occupation and the religious fervor that engulfs the city.

On the way down…

March 20

On the way down to the OC, to stay the night with Cynthia before our birthday outing to Joshua Tree, I got to spend a few hours with Susie!

We ate lunch at a lovely Hermosa Beach beach front cafe and then walked along the boardwalk, chatting away. What FUN.

Yes, this picture is an honest reflect-o shot. And I didn’t put those two sides together, Yes, it was just like this. I had to have it.

I’m going to be…

March 18

I’m going to be gone for Darryl’s birthday again. What’s with That?! I guess April is just too good for traveling. You’ve got your Spring weather (or Fall on the other side of the world), and kids are mostly still in school if you can avoid the dreaded Spring Break hot spots.

Darryl’s camera was on the fritz. Can’t have that! Kaitlin just loooves to see pictures of Kaitlin. ‘Let’s look at pictures of Kaitlin’ she says when catching sight of my computer.

Sharon and I were…

March 17

Sharon and I were out for a walk and Brigitte was working at the Fairmont so we stopped by to say ‘hi’ and got treated to a yummy breakfast buffet Feast. How fun and unexpected!

Wow, Fancy Hotel Breakfast food, and a nice visit too.

Holy-ca-moly, what a DAY….

Holy-ca-moly, what a DAY. What you see out there is of course Palos Verdes Estates and Catalina(!)further on behind the oil tankers and the coast so clear, maybe like I’ve never seen it before.

Windy and I made…

March 16

Windy and I made a little birthday outing for our big sister Lona and Hartley and Geraldine came too.

The Getty Villa has a lovely picnic area.

We went around for…

We went around for the first hour, Windy mostly, carrying this sign behind Lona’s head. SOOoo many Happy Birthday! wishes ensued. It was a stone cold riot.

We could all hear our mother chortling away with delight and pride that we made a birthday party that included outrageous and inappropriate public displays of foolishness.

Then I went to…

Then I went to D&A’s to watch Kaitlin so they could have a night out before I go. Yes, Big Fun. Rub-a-dub-dub and Rubber Ducky!

Wind! Whoo. …

March 15

Wind! Whoo. It was blowing a gust-er on Saturday down here on Venice Beach where I joined Merlin and Hilda and her mom for a stroll and lunch.

Hilda’s mom was awed, really, totally awed. She simply could not believe here eyes. She doesn’t speak English so even though she couldn’t understand all the ‘shows’, she wanted to watch everything from start to finish.

You know how you always see something new when looking at what you know so well through someone else’s eyes. Yes, it is weird down there.

Ken and I had…

Ken and I had a last-dance before I’m gone for six weeks and we invited Ann and Bill to join us. Dancing! What a blessing.

Here are the second…

Here are the second set of new siblings among my near and dear. First Cali-May got her baby brother Jack and then this is Charlie who got his baby brother Henry. Awww.

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I’m going to Europe…

March 13

I’m going to Europe for the first time in more than a decade and what have we here. A dollar sooo weak$*&% I can Not believe what a cheap$*&% little room is going to cost. Sigh! But it’s a good chance to go, so I’m going, and excited about it too! Now if I could just stop counting.

It’s March all right,…

March 12

It’s March all right, and that means Wisteria! Just like always, from bottom right-up-up then bottom-left starts in and on up around. It must be about the sun. Right?

At the very end…

March 9

At the very end of Palisades Park, the flattest walk in town. What a gorgeously magnificent day. Warm and bright and fresh…

…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.)

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!

, 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!!

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.

Then I met Bonnie…

Then I met Bonnie for lunch at the classic original before there were any others, Farmers Market. It is So Cool, Bonnie rides her bike to meet for lunch.

What a nice day!

Kaitlin doing her Very…

March 4

Kaitlin doing her Very Own Drawing of a Happy Face! Happy Face Kaitlin!!

That aqua-doodle bit is dang cool. Remember how in the summer you could take the kids outside with sponges so you could draw on the cement and then it would dry and you could draw again? This thing is just like that only you don’t have to sit on sizzling cement, you don’t have to wait until summer, and you don’t have to use a sponge!

‘Hey Granny, look, I…

‘Hey Granny, look, I put them on myself!’ Then we sang These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ about 138 times.

…looking at these pictures…

…looking at these pictures from the Blacks in Texas.

me: ‘Who’s that?’
Kaitlin: ‘Cousin Cali-May and Baby Jack!’

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We were nuts for…

We were nuts for these flowers. Notice how the big perfectly formed bloom sits all perky on top of its skinny little stem.

Sandy and I had…

March 2

Sandy and I had a nice walk around the neighborhood. Walk-Walk-Walk. Hurray! Sandy is doing SO much better. Hurray!

This is a building with reflective sides and some stairs and a railing. Really, we are not imprisoned.

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