Then nearby is an area to catch some section of the Los Angeles River, one of my projects as you might remember. Click on the link for what I’ve got so far.
I do love the bridges.
‘Tis the season to be JOLLY!
Windy came by with her New Phone, her first actual Smart Phone, and she’s having f.u.n, although we were laughing a little too hard for the light in the room…
Angela sent this picture of the girls having finished the puzzle I gave Rome at Christmas. At Rome’s school they have a huge map of the States painted on the playground and when I pick her up we usually take a few minutes to talk about who lives where or like last time she asked me ‘is Pennsylvania next to Maine?’. Cool.
What Cynthia, Mike, and Kieran were up to over the holiday .. at Mike’s brother’s place in North Dakota where the temperature was mostly ZERO (-18c), +/- a few degrees. WOW is right. Thanks Cynth for the great selection of pictures from which to choose!
There are a few other shots of the dog who looks like an awesome ranch dog. There are cats too that I’m supposing they keep around the barn for their hunting skills.
The Kings! Windy’s eldest son Lucas and his adorable sweetheart family Betsy, Xander, and Anya.
This is the family that lives near Seattle and you’ll find a bit of their life in my chapters on Seattle because those times are my best chances to visit with them.
And speaking of Windy, YES, the carpet went IN, and all the ceilings and walls and floors are done Done. Oh Happy Day. Lucas and Betsy – the guest room awaits!
(Holiday Greetings photo)
December 21 evening
Lona and Hartley decided to have a festive Christmas get-together before they left the next day for Hawaii.
Lona made our mother’s Happy Birthday Baby Jesus Cake! Our mother made this cake for years and periodically one or the other of us will make it in respect of her. It’s fun!
I should note that after our mother’s passing I made the first one and I made it with Sara Lee Pound Cake (you make it the night before, slice the pound cake cross-wise into thin layers, add bananas and whipped cream between each layer, yum) instead of the homemade cake our mother produced. I just remembered! She made the two cakes (it ended up quite tall) in heart shaped pans and this was the pink plate she used.
But…everyone agrees the Sara Lee version is delicious!
Hartley is not so much into the cake so he got a bowl of whipped cream. L&H leave their dining room table always set for 14 because you never know .. like our mother .. always prepared to feed the British army just in case they happen to stop by.
This is Titi, Lona and Hartley’s latest protégé and she is fabulous, a smart and an incredibly motivated, hard-working young woman from Eritrea.
Windy and Jeff were there too, and Geraldine, and me.
It’s the Monday Night Christmas Party, and everyone was there!
For many years now we’ve been doing this party at Alicia’s with a full-on Thanksgiving Dinner menu. I Really like it. For one thing, Alicia cooks with the angels. She used to do everything but in recent years she passes out the recipes and assignments and people contribute some, but we all know it’s Alicia’s dinner. Oh we do have a good time.
Ljubica, me, Maxine, Marija, Ann, Alicia, Becky Marsha, Lourdes, Maryanne.
(Maxine’s hor d’oeuvre tray; Alicia’s rolls that everyone begs for all year, her always spectacular roast turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry-apple-marshmallow salad; Maryanne brought ingredients; Lourdes’ cranberry sauce; Becky’s thousand calorie mashed potatoes; Ann’s sweet potato and pecan delight; Marija’s green beans; Marsha’s dessert; Ljubica’s Martinellis; my 3 bottles of pretty tasty Prosecca that was well enjoyed especially since we usually drink one bottle of wine during a regular dinner!)
It’s time for Knut and Brigitte’s annual holiday slipper party and they are Not Here. This is their card. Nice, but not a party. They have retired and relocated to Belgium when the weather is nice there and to Portugal when it is not.
HEY you guys, come home, it’s perfect weather here All The Time! (OK ok, so your family and many (but by no means all!) of your friends are in Europe, still…)
(Holiday Greetings photo)
Mindy is home from Zambia for the holidays. She’s going into her fifth year in Africa. By this time next year, or sooner, she’ll have moved on and it’s exciting to wonder where that will be.
Ken, me, Mindy, Bill (Mindy’s “Daddy” .. Daddy when she wants something that is…just Dad otherwise)
Burt, Wow, Solar Panels. It takes a lot of juice to cool a house in the summer in Simi Valley.
I wish I had taken a picture of those adorable, sweet and gentle grandboys that Burt and Charlene are raising. John is almost 13 and taller than I am, and Bradley is 10. My friends, I ask you to pause for a moment and imagine yourself in charge of all those raging hormones. You go B&C, you GO.
The Valley Performing Arts Center at CSUN, opened in January 2011, this is my first visit.
(Which has reminded me of other local performing arts centers such as the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza, Long Beach Performing Arts Center .. and so many more. Just check out LA Weekly Calendar at some point. Have a taste for some particular entertainment? It’s here.)
We came to hear the Colburn Orchestra and they were really quite wonderful.
Our first seats were assigned at Will Call in the exact center in the first row of the upper balcony. No one was sitting in front of us and the view was good but too far back to see any faces.
So after the intermission we moved to The most perfect seats as noted by the arrow.
It was a free concert – if tickets were for sale we would never have had the chance for The most perfect seats, so yay for free concerts!
The Century City Shopping Center, dressed up for Holiday Shopping. There are many more of these decorated reindeer around. That one with the hands is weird. Nancy, Sharon, and I had a good lunch at Obika Mozzarella Bar in the Mall and then saw Life of Pi.
We saw it in 3-D and I am so done with 3-D. I’m not seeing any more 3-D if I can help it until there’s another advance in technology. Maybe people with good eyes can enjoy it but not me.
That said it’s pretty beautiful and veeery long. If you have the least doubt about ‘getting it’ as I did, you can read some analysis either before or after you see it. Now I’m a fan, at least of the story.