October opened with yet again another heat wave and stillll No RAIN.
Lilly will surely tell me the names of all her classmates on Tuesday.
Roxi, Lilly, Roxy V, Carlie, Sandra, Sofie, Bella, Paloma, Calvin, Ronnie, Vanessa; Sofia S, Aris, ZK, Sofia M, Alex, Lulu, Valentina, Giana, Deacon, Jacob, Chase, Lucas, Kieran, Mrs Baumbeck.
(We first were doing Tuesdays and then we switched to Wednesdays and now we’re going back to Tuesdays…in case anyone is keeping track…)
Another photo-photo outing with Lill, this time to the Descanso Gardens in Glendale.
We only had an hour inside the garden and we went for a tromp through the underbrush because a lot of the garden was closed for the reason you will see below and because Lill had spotted a deer so we thought to go on a short safari.
Check out that little opening in the middle of this picture…
Marsha’s sister Nancy was in town and we got to play around for a while and then Marsha joined us for dinner at Enterprise Fish Company on Main.
Nancy is staying at Hotel California on Ocean and I was very glad to have a look around. It’s an old beach motel but jollied-up enough to be a recommendable choice when you’re looking for a good location at a good price.
You do have to look at the other options too, to fully appreciate what a good deal it is.
I am making myself crazy trying to come up with a car that I want to buy. The closest I can get is this Mazda 3 S Grand Touring with the 2.5L engine and sunroof. You can’t get the 2.5L engine and sunroof without going to the top of their line and then you can’t get rid of those two sticking up things on the dash. They don’t fold down, they just stick up there and bug me.
I have spent 50-1500 hours going over and over every new car on the market. You really don’t want to hear all about it.
Then I said to myself oh heck with the car, I want to go spend a month in Paris.
I already have tickets for the big SE Asia trip in January-February, and I’m going with Windy to Australia and New Zealand in September-October…so next up after that, Paris! I hope I can keep my 2004 Ford Focus running until then or some car calls my name. I have such a hard time choosing things to buy but no problem at all choosing destinations to visit.
I went with Ben and Bonnie today to The Proud Bird just in case it closes soon (and the airport builds a parking lot) as has been threatened for the last decade or so, at least we will have been there recently.
The food is expensive and not terribly delicious but completely fun nonetheless.
I’ve been spending a lot of time with Lona and Hartley when I can and I don’t usually even mention it but today I must because today was probably my last chance to see Winny who is leaving L&H for a permanent career-tracked job.
We will all miss her desperately! She really was a splendid help to them both and will always be a part of their story. Who will they get next? Can anyone be as lovely as Winny?
I drove up to Oxnard for lunch with Nancy and enjoyed this view on the drive back..in the rented car..because the car the was running perfectly fine got a service..and Then broke down.
I will say that the guys at the shop near my house who did the service are stepping up for all the costs to make it right. I’ll let you know how it turns out!
I enjoyed the delightful company of Muriel, JoAnn, and David this afternoon and came away with this book, Up and Down California: The Journal of William H. Brewer.
David encouraged me to borrow it and indeed it’s perfect in preparation for my upcoming trip to Sequoia. The book is made up of letters written by the #2 guy in the 1860-1864 California Geological Survey. I just read the section of his stop in LA when the population was 4,000. It was very fun to read. Actually, I’m going to copy a paragraph right here, italics are in the original text!
“Here is a great plain, or rather a gentle slope, from the Pacific to the mountains. We are on this plain about twenty miles from the sea and fifteen from the mountains, a most lovely locality; all that is wanted naturally to make it a paradise is water, more water. Apples, pears, plums, figs, olives, lemons, oranges, and ‘the finest grapes in the world,’ so the books say.
“The weather is soft and balmy-no winter, but a perpetual spring and summer. Such is Los Angeles, a place where every prospect pleases and only man is vile.'”
This is my first visit to the Getty Center since January. I can hardly believe it.
Sharon and Nancy and I popped up here on this hot, dry, Santa Ana day and it was h.o.t. And all the water features are drained in solidarity with everyone who doesn’t let the water run while they brush their teeth, in respect of the long-running lawn-killing drought.
The most interesting thing for me was an exhibit of dances and films by Yvonne Rainer. I had never heard of her even though she has been very active since the early 1960s.
I had to take my car to the shop for brakes and to figure out why the check engine light was on. Stuck at home in a heat wave…
Then I got an unexpected call from Steve and Celina who had some chores to do out here and it worked out that we could go together to Huckleberry for a nice visit.
It’s the Valley Girls! I decided for my annual-ish Valley Girls Gala to focus on the Valley this time. We had Happy Hour festivities at the big view spot, the Odyssey Restaurant.
Maxine, Marija, Maryanne, Alicia, Marsha, Becky, Lourdes, Ljubica (we missed you Ann, and I’m taking the picture)