’17 October

24 hours in Catalina with Bonnie.
36 hours in Las Vegas with Paul.

Halloween! These are…

October 31

Halloween! These are Angela’s pictures from the Jefferson Costume Parade. Awww…Sooo Sweet.

Here we have Lilly, Roxie, Lilah, Lilli, Madelena, Miller, Kaitlyn


Nancy and Sharon at…

October 29

Nancy and Sharon at the Getty, which you can tell from the gorgeous travertine wall behind them.

It’s movie night at…

It’s movie night at Jefferson Elementary! I wondered how it happened – it’s the same construction as a bounce house. They blew it up and the truck rolled away then we watched a Smurf movie while the kids off-and-on watched the movie and ran around in delight to be permitted the grass hill. You can’t play on the hill during school so it’s of course a total kid magnet.


This last happened September…

October 22

This last happened September 2016 and I checked back on the weather – no heat wave as we’re having now. (For future reference I do have a cold sore from a cold I never got.) But it did go away for most of a year so I’m hopeful!

I have something and it has a name and it is not good!

I’ve been smelling smoke on and off for a while now and it’s impossible for me to tell when it’s real and when it’s not. When it seems unlikely to be real I ask around and no one else smells it.

From The Smithsonian magazine: “Brief episodes of phantom smells or phantosmia – smelling something that’s not there – can be triggered by temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, or head trauma. Phantosmia is also associated with Alzheimer’s and occasionally with the onset of a migraine.”

Hmmm, temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, head trauma, Alzheimer’s…and I read somewhere else that it could be a brain tumor. Great. I’m going to wait awhile and see if it goes away. Most likely though it’s just a sinus condition.

…and then heard some…

…and then heard some excellent Mahler and a couple of other pieces by composers I’d never heard, conducted by a 100 pound 29 year old Lithuanian waif-woman named Mirga Graþinytë-Tyla.

It’s a STOVE! …

It’s a STOVE! I had leftover cookie dough in the fridge from Tuesday and that stove wasn’t in it’s slot for two minutes before we, me and Windy, baked us up a tray of cookies. OK!

Pauli and I met…

October 17

Pauli and I met at the Otis College of Art and Design to see their Pacific Standard Time contribution.

The school first opened in 1918 (WOW, I did not know that) followed by a long list of name changes, partnerships, and changing missions.

It looked like a very cool school with an enrollment of a little over 1,000.

“Talking to Action: Art,…

“Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas”

My favorite collection was a bunch of piñatas with one of the action points being to sell piñata kits so you can make your own. I liked that idea because who keeps all those supplies on hand in our increasingly smaller homes.

This is an altar piece with a lot of symbolism that Pauli is reading about but I haven’t got to yet.

Several of the works were LA-Latin America crossovers which is also my favorites themes among the works on offer.

Two birthdays and Maxine’s…

October 16

Two birthdays and Maxine’s Halloween Extravaganza. TOO FUN!

The birthday girls are our oldest participant Maryanne on the far right, and our youngest participant Lourdes second from the right.

What freaked out all of us is that Lourdes, and did I mention our youngest who we always call the baby, is SIXTY.


Becky, Ljubicia, Marija, Maxine, Alicia, Ann, Marsha, me, Lourdes, Maryanne

They didn’t have the…

October 14

They didn’t have the installation kit and have to come back on Wednesday. Oh well. It’s been a year, it can be a few more days.

Lucky dog me, lunch…

October 13

Lucky dog me, lunch with Merlyn and Hilda (Hilda who, being so young, is still working)…

…and dinner with Liz,…

…and dinner with Liz, Gary, and Dev. And birthday flowers toasted with Prosecco in honor of Liz and my birthdays. Thank you!

Ever since school started…

October 10

Ever since school started we have been so busy from pick-up time at 2:30 until final good-nights around 8:30. Busy busy busy…and nothing but Fun!

I’ve been very lax…

October 9

I’ve been very lax in pictures this month. Here are a few I didn’t take and one I did.

Windy and Jeff having a selfie on their vacation/car show in Pennsylvania.


I got a plant,…

I got a plant, the Peace Lilly which is supposed to be good for the air. It also needs attending so I have no idea how long it will last. It cost 16 dollars and I’ve already enjoyed it 16 dollars worth so all is well.

Cynthia’s adorable new puppy!…

October 7

Cynthia’s adorable new puppy! I’m not sure which color is closest to his actual color, probably the one on the left since that’s the one Cynthia took.

He’s a Miniature Australian Shepherd and I don’t know his name yet. Stay tuned!

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