’17 February

Hearts and roses.

Happy Birthday Alicia, Marija,…

February 27

Happy Birthday Alicia, Marija, and Ljubi – February is a big birthday month for my Valley Girls. Thank you Ann…and a Grand Time was had by ALL!

from the front:
Ljubica, Marija, Maryanne
Becky, Alicia, Marsha, Lourdes, Ann, Maxine, me

Oscars Night and Sharon’s…

February 26

Oscars Night and Sharon’s Taco Salad and my version of an English Trifle, the whipped cream and toasted almonds added later. We had an excellent time. I’m not all thumbs up for the winners (What?! Denzel didn’t get it?!) but it’s always fun anyway.

Bonnie came out today…

February 25

Bonnie came out today for a visit and a little walk-about.

From the pier, off in the middle distance is the rebuilt California Incline all straight and useful and full of sunny-day cars.

See the Ferris wheel…

See the Ferris wheel in the distance – I urged Bonnie to have a go. She didn’t really want to at first but nudging and guarantees of total safety and comfort turned the tide and then…

The Spirit Awards were…

The Spirit Awards were happening in the parking lot just to the right of this beach, the same parking lot where Cirque de Solei often set up.

Susie came by today…

February 23

Susie came by today and we had a delightful walk around the ‘hood – to the Water Garden, to the Metro, to Bergamot Station, down to the beach, and BACK!

But no pictures of us! We found this guy’s work at Bergamot, Guinotte Wise, and I thought how well the raven would look in the space of my kitchen waiting for a stove. It’s about the same price…

…and both the stove…

…and both the stove and this piece are ART after all.

Galleries and shops are starting to pull out of Bergamot and not surprisingly. Sitting as it does, a huge plot of land right by the Bergamot Metro Station, no doubt development is in the works. It’s going to be a great loss and I’m just hoping against hope that in the long run we’ll keep the art center and also take advantage of access to public transportation.

The Girl Scouts of…

February 22

The Girl Scouts of the South Bay had a gathering tonight for World Thinking Day. I asked Lilly what everyone was thinking about and she replied with such enormous enthusiasm “Desserts!” and indeed that was mostly true.

Each troupe had a country for which they made costumes, displays, and a dessert!

Kaitlin’s troupe had Scotland and one of their members made Scottish shortbread from a 100 year old family recipe.

These gals had Iceland….

These gals had Iceland. The troupe members rotated, taking turns behind the table and turns enjoying all the treats.

Norway, nice! There…

Norway, nice! There were maybe 20 countries, all of them charming and delightful.

You can see Fiji at the far right. They ran out of their offering very early. It was a fruit punch with soda water and everyone loved it especially as a vehicle to wash down all that sugar.

It was a basically…

It was a basically parent-free event except for the troupe leaders. The Daisy and Brownie troupes were guests and they had a fantastic time.

The inset picture is Lilly at the door taking in the scene, excited to hit Every Single Table and that’s another picture of her half way through.

I definitely waste a…

February 19

I definitely waste a lot of time doing I can’t even remember what, but also these days I’m studying up on Australia. Getting an almost 2 month trip together can take as much time as you have to put into it.

What I just discovered is giving me a big fat smile – I’ll be in Darwin for their Fringe Festival, just by chance, I didn’t know when I blocked out the travel between cities and I’m so excited because I love-love-LOVED the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and if it’s half as fun I’m in for a treat.

Long Beach! Carol,…

February 18

Long Beach! Carol, Alex, Merlyn, Hilda, Raffi and a fun lunch out. Ooops, no picture of the jewel box in the sky.

Then it’s Happy Birthday…

Then it’s Happy Birthday GARY!

Liz is wearing a crown and the girls taped Gary’s crown to his chest. He’s getting his birthday teeth this week!

Kellee, Dee, Gary, Dev, Brenda, Sue, Darryl, Angela
Kaitlin, Liz, Lilly

Kaitlin’s school takes the…

February 16

Kaitlin’s school takes the whole 5th grade to a science camp for three days and two nights of F.U.N!

One of her friends took this picture.

My first time! …

February 15

My first time! I went with Kathleen to Water Aerobics at Santa Monica College tonight. The class starts at 7pm and Kathleen assured me, promised actually, that the water in the huge outdoor pool would be warmwarmwarm, and it Was!

It was really surprisingly excellent exercise – easy on the knees, constantly on the move, good resistance against the water, and a cheery group. They also have an 8:15am program on Sundays and I might check that out too.

The couch and the…

February 14

The couch and the chair are happy together. The chair and the rug are happy together. The rug and the couch…I’m not so sure. But I’m thinking with a coffee table/foot stools and precisely(?!) chosen pillows it could be ok.

On some previous day…

On some previous day I went with the cousins to see the Academy Awards nominated shorts in animation and live action. This guy has been in the lobby of the Nuart Theater for as long as I can remember.

Two things: 1)…

February 13

Two things: 1) I am SO GRATEFUL John Oliver is back after a Three Month hiatus. Catch Sunday’s show if possible – you won’t be sorry. 2) WOW what meetup.com did. I had to blink hard on that one. But they got me through Proust, maybe they can get me through Trump.

I spent a few of the wee hours of Tuesday morning catching up on my main news source – the late night comedians. But also I did take out the most expensive subscription to the LA Times and the NY Times in support of their professional efforts. And with slit-ed eyes I check in every morning because, as you might have noticed, It’s Always Something!

Zack (the handsome young…

Zack (the handsome young fellow on the left) is Carl and Lynn’s son. Picture and text copied from the internet:

“Madison Dylan stars as Alice, continuing her success from the Australian tour. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Madison has appeared in many films and TV shows. She is also co-producer of this American venture joining producers Ethan Walker and Zachary Lieberman. Their complete Alice team is international in background and training. Ethan is originally from Brisbane, Australia and Zack is from Venice Beach here in Los Angeles. Ethan’s success as a producer began when he immigrated from Australia 11 years ago at 21 and has spanned Las Vegas, New York, Branson and Ireland. Alice will be opening in Kansas, New York and many other locations as it tours the U.S.”

(internet)

Zack took Kaitlin and…

Zack took Kaitlin and Lilly around for a tour of backstage. It was so interesting and Zack was a delightful host.

Grandgirls in Wonderland.

Tom whacked out his…

February 10

Tom whacked out his shoulder, dislocated it actually, but we still had a delicious dinner.

Sharon and I walked…

Sharon and I walked along Promenade Park and here’s another view of the new California Incline leading off into the…

Lilly at her Girl…

February 8

Lilly at her Girl Scouts Valentine Party where in one and a half hours they did six adorable activities including making a hat, making a book, playing a game, making candy, ETC!

I visited with Ben…

February 6

I visited with Ben and Bonnie today and here’s a picture of their back yard and Bonnie’s office. Lovely isn’t it.

And then I went…

And then I went to Windy’s and her garden is looking fantastic too.

RAIN my friends, little joy-bubbles from the sky.

Late breakfast today with…

February 5

Late breakfast today with the cousins Nancy and Sharon at Farmer’s Market and then we had a stroll through The Grove. We got to take Sharon for her first visit to Du-pars!

Early dinner with Les…

Early dinner with Les and Elizabeth as they pass through LA on their way to a five week trip in Australia and New Zealand. Bon Voyage!

Alicia and her five…

Alicia and her five fabulous offspring who put on quite the extravaganza for their mom’s 75th at the 94th Aero Squadron.

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The Monday Nighters:…

The Monday Nighters:

Alicia, Maxine, Marija, Ann, Lourdes, Ljubica, me, Becky, Maryanne. We missed you Marsha!

I’ve been working pretty…

February 2

I’ve been working pretty steadily on putting together a 7+ weeks trip Down Under, June 11 – August 3.

Australia is BIG and I’ve got so many flights to make this happen, and places to stay, and what about tours or a car? My stops are as follows: Sydney; Canberra; Melbourne; Tasmania; Broome; Darwin; Alice Springs/Uluru; Cairns/Port Douglas; Brisbane; back to Sydney.

I got these from…

February 1

I got these from Lona and Hartley after they got new flatware a couple of decades ago. I do like them just fine but I’m down to a full set of 3 (3 teaspoons…) and randomly more of the other ones. And I have in my drawer a bit of this and that from 2 other sets.

It’s ok say I to me. You can get new ones!

I went looking around…

I went looking around in the late afternoon AGAIN and now I’m glad I’ve procrastinated on getting a sofa because I like this one better. Should I do the deed…probably soon!

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