More of the pictures are here along with those from previous visits in a collection of photos at The Huntington.
Giving Thanks, Palm Springs, Shanghai Red’s, the OC, ikebana, the Huntington, family and friends, and Yes We Can.
Thanksgiving Weekend! I got to Cynthia’s boss’s condo in Palm Springs Wednesday in time for a big meat dinner here in advance of our vegetarian Thanksgiving, and then had a good swim and a hot jacuzzi at the condo.
Cynthia and her boyfriend(!) Mark were there already too and I very much enjoyed the entire evening.
Next morning we’re off to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway for more fun in the sun…and Snow!
Cynth and Mark. She was telling me about Mark several weeks ago. Mark…and then Mark…oh that’s Mark on the phone (he lives in Wisconsin).
Mark, I said, is sounding a whole lot like boyfriend material. Yes, Cynth replied, boyfriend material: 35-never married-no kids, thus eliminating the need for my first three inquiries. He’s a very sweet guy. And with a big family and dozens of first cousins most of them still in Wisconsin, we’re trying to win him over to the California Life Style.
The traditional Speaking of the Presidents and their Thanksgiving Day proclamations. L&H have been doing this little playlet for yeears now.
Then between extended passes at the buffet we had:
Readings and a song from the Sanos family.
Audience participation Thanksgiving Day jokes.
Music from the Danderand family.
Introductions from the crowd.
And a Grand time was had by all.
Windy’s hats got quite a work-out. EVeryone wanted their picture made in the Pilgrim hats.
I wonder now…I’m wondering if L&H have now so raised the bar that expectations will need to be met (say I in the passive voice having contributed a whole lot of not much)…I wonder.
Xander, Hartley, Lona, Anya
Yikes! I didn’t put my mind to getting the whole room. Too bad! I’m going to put a list of the attendees here, for memory’s sake: Anton, Shiela, Paulaine Sano; Liz Hale; Michael Cardarelli, Britney Furgeson; Jim, Joy Mainwaring; Vivian Weng; Jim Carter, Sandy Luo; Geraldine Mole; Hartley, Lona Brown; Jerry, Jan, Jenny, Julia, John, Kim, Dash, Euin Dandurand; Penny Kanouse; Cynthia Kanouse, Mark Smith; Darryl, Angela, Kaitlin Kanouse; Marsha Wilhelm; Lucas, Betsy, Alexander, Anna-Lisa King; Bala, Bhanu, Vandana Sardesai; Sunjay, Archana, Arnav Bindra.
The Chinese Garden was built by craftsmen brought from Suzhou, China who fabricated much of the buildings back home and then finished them off while in residence here. They brought all their tools and extra materials for the inevitable new requirement.
It is quite a feat of hand made construction and the director’s feeling is that such a thing will never be built again.
All of a sudden, out of the blue, some strange combination of sun, machinery, and reflections caused this shadow to appear on Kaitlin’s ceiling. ‘Kaitlin Kaitlin quick let’s take a picture!’ and so we did.
Her enthusiasm for taking this picture was quite delightful. We have been playing with shadows for some time now and this was yet another highlight.
Brigitte just got back from Dubai, now in day two of a 12 hour time change. But she hung in for a few hours to tell us about her adventures, there and in Abu Dhabi, and show us her wonderful pictures on Ingalill’s honkin’ big tv.
Brigitte also provided this feast of double cream cheeses, and wine, and fruit and bread and crackers and many sweet treats from the UAE. Perfect!
The teacher goes to each student’s finished project with her snippers in hand. A little nudge here, and a snip there and here too, and a relocation or two and voila, it’s better everyone agrees.
That is the teaching method: she passes out the materials, says a few words and makes gestures with her hands, and then leaves the students to give it a try. Then she pretty much changes everyone’s work and in so doing you are to learn.
I got to say a few farewell words in Japanese and she responded immediately and instinctively, not with that puzzled ‘I have no Idea what you’re talking about’ look you get sometime, which was tons of fun for me.
Sunday morning and time for a Cynthia day down south. We had breakfast at our now regular breakfast palace and then hit the road.
First stop, the Orange County Great Park hoping we could use our ‘wind check’ flight coupon from last year on the balloon ride. But no, too much wind Again! The park wasn’t much changed except here we have a military timeline painted on what was an El Toro runway.
And then… the Casa Romantica. From their website: “Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, the historic Spanish Colonial Revival estate of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson, embodies the Romance and Reality of the Southern California experience. Its stunning setting is a place for people of all ages to explore and understand Southern California history, architecture, ecology and culture.”
Located on the bluffs overlooking…
Nice, a walk with Sandy on the jetty with a convenient pit stop available along the way. It was a Gorgeous outing and a Spectacular November day at the beach.
In the evening I went with my little sister to Ikea where she guided me along in the purchase of several items with the intention to redouble my efforts to put away all my cr*p…every day…(what’s the big DEAL?!). I actually have plenty of room, plenty of desire, just not so much achievement.
When I clicked the shutter I thought this picture was straight. This happens All the time and I usually just fix it with photoshop. I learned a few days ago that I’ve got a cataract growing on my right eye and a nasty astigmatism. During the test I reached out to the test card in order to straighten it out…but it Was straight!
The optomistrist said it could be one year or ten years before it was bad enough for surgery. Now I have to get new glasses and maybe my eye will start to see straight!
BTW-This is the Jim Dine exhibit with no photos allowed in the room itself. It was so surprising and entertaining to walk into with no expectations. If you have a chance to get up here it’s well worth it just for 5 minutes of standing in there.