’17 September

Home a lot, plus the amazing Yosemite.

Also click here for, wow,
the Total Eclipse of the SUN.

September 7, 2017

The decades party came here to welcome in the Decade of Our SEVENTIES.

I want this picture…

I want this picture BAD although he isn’t finished with it yet. I’m SOO close to writing with a request. I AM going to write (Glen Namundja – you can google him) and pretty soon too.

Visiting with this guy was one of the highlights of the whole trip.

And during this time…

And during this time I also had a couple of walks – with Muriel along Palisades Park and with Sharon down on the beach path.

I photoshopped out all the trash cans and traffic cones and awkward people that were cluttering up my picture.

…and waiting for my…

…and waiting for my picture. The artist named this work Big Red. I’m a mighty happy gal and now I’m moving on!

The Huntington Library and…

September 24

The Huntington Library and Gardens always has delights on offer. Nancy and I went out here on a gorgeous SoCal day of bright blue skies and gentle breezes.

They also had a…

They also had a Pacific Standard Time exhibit called “Visual Voyage: As part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, The Huntington will present an extensive exhibition surveying the connections among art, science, and the environment in Latin America, from the voyages of Columbus to the publications of Charles Darwin in the mid-19th century.”

The botanical drawings was my favorite part but no photos allowed inside the gallery.

I was taking Nancy…

I was taking Nancy home and we ended up on La Brea and Oh WAIT PINK’S! Yummmm. So we stood in line and it was wonderful as ever it was.

Then I got a message…

…Pauli had an extra…

…Pauli had an extra ticket because one of her daughters couldn’t make the show so did I want to join her and Lauretta at the Ahmanson to see The Red Shoes.

Why thank you very much that would be wonderful!

Sharon is back in…

September 22

Sharon is back in town after being away for a month so we went for Our Walk along Palisades Park. My dinos are lookin’ good.

And color on the…

And color on the bluffs. Check out that little guy in the lower left. I couldn’t see him when I was clicking away, hoping to catch him in a shot.

Windy wanted to go…

September 20

Windy wanted to go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for her birthday and her two sisters wanted nothing more than to take her.

Here are plenty of pictures for our memory and for you to get the idea.

Here’s Windy standing on…

Here’s Windy standing on the bandstand in the center of the Gilmore Girls set…Gilmore Girls and 1000 other shows and movies as well.

And here she is,…

And here she is, the birthday girl playing the part of Rachel on the real couch as we were reminded by the staff no less than 15 times. They actually played out a scene with the rest of the cast plugged in to the final video.

An optical illusion. …

An optical illusion. It was fun, not crowded, interesting, and Windy was happy!

Then for lunch we went around the corner to the Smoke House, George Clooney’s favorite restaurant (according to the guide…).

I had a lunch…

September 19

I had a lunch date with Pauli today and we caught up with our mutual home improvement schedules. We are taking our time. We soldier on!

I’m really busy at the moment.

As I’ve said (ad infinitum…), I do one thing at a time on this house project. I’m really busy at the moment because I’m doing two things. 1) I’m waiting for the range hood from the warehouse. And 2) I’m waiting for the picture from Australia.

I can hardly keep track.

Don’t watch the new…

September 17

Don’t watch the new season if you haven’t seen season 1. Season 1 is good and I don’t know if season 2 will even work. If you watch the first episode of season 2 first, season 1 will be spoiled!

LYNN! She had…

September 16

LYNN! She had her 70th birthday with the gang in Yosemite and a few days later 50 people gathered in Congratulations! for her fabulous accomplishment.


Susan and Michael who…

September 15

Susan and Michael who hosted me so generously in Australia are passing through LA on their way to a new three year posting in Cherbourg, France.

They left three of the four grown kids back in the house in Canberra and with the four bedroom house in Cherbourg, if you want to stay for a visit you’d better get your rezzie in early!

Lilly picked her birthday…

September 14 Happy Birthday Lilly!

Lilly picked her birthday dinner at PF Changs where they have her favorite, mango and avocado sushi rolls.

Angela, Darryl, Dev, Liz, Rome, Gary, the Birthday Girl

I got to join…

September 14 Happy Birthday Carol!

I got to join in for Carol’s birthday outing in DTLA. Here we are on the roof of Disney Hall…

There was a Pacific…

There was a Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibit at the main library (Latin American and Latino Art in LA) and it was wonderful. It wasn’t supposed to be available for a few more days but lucky us, here it is!

Check out the pacificstandardtime.org website because there are exhibts Everywhere.

Here’s something from the…

Here’s something from the website:

“The Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) will present Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition and associated public programs celebrating the Zapotec language as a key lifeline sustaining shared cultural experience in Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. Zapotec is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, and Los Angeles is home to the largest population of indigenous Oaxacans outside of Mexico. Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. will recognize the importance of the Oaxacan presence in Southern California and explore contemporary realities of indigenous culture.

“The project will include an installation in the Los Angeles Central Library’s Rotunda by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos, a short documentary by Oaxacan filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, and a series of 60 public programs across Los Angeles with visual artists, scholars, poets and writers. Programs, many of which will be multi-lingual, will be presented as part of LFLA’s acclaimed ALOUD literary and performance series and as community workshops in select locations of the Los Angeles Public Library.”

Look what the new…

September 4

Look what the new clean windows are doing through the prisms in the bathroom. Now I want rainbows!

I could be doing…

September 3

I could be doing something. I know of many things I could be doing but instead I’m moving from under one fan to under another to sitting in the 4pm breeze between my two open doors watching tv on my computer. Not a bad day really.

The computer says this is the last day in the 80s so HURRAY for that!

I thought I was…

September 2

I thought I was going to have a coffee and a little visit with my neighbor Kathleen but she said “Let’s go to the beach!” so I said “ok!” and here we are.

A real estate agent is on duty 24/7.

Later in the afternoon…it…

Later in the afternoon…it was Dapper Day at LACMA – look at some of what you could do!

“It’s a day and night full of art, fashion, film, music, and dancing centered around Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. You’re invited to bring your own style to the party—from vintage-inspired classics to chic, contemporary looks.

“…Other DAPPER DAY events includes extended gallery hours, the season finale of Latin Sounds, and a late-night dance party by Urban Light with a DJ and special dance floor. We hope to see you there, dressed in your best!”

We just saw the shows and then went out for an air-conditioned early dinner!

Nancy treated me to…

Nancy treated me to admission and the Chagall show (docent that she is) and it was fantastic.

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. “The exhibition concentrates on Chagall’s four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloé by Maurice Ravel (1958), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967).”

This one is Firebird.

They also had a…

They also had a show of Carlos Almaraz works and I was delighted.

“LACMA gathers 65 pieces for ‘Playing With Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz.’ Though not a comprehensive retrospective, it’s the first full-scale Almaraz show anywhere, and it’s about time.”

Oh my goodness what a treat! I didn’t take this picture – it was certainly more crowded but I wanted you to see the scale of the pieces.

(internet pic)

Bonnie and I had…

September 1

Bonnie and I had a deli brunch, saw a good movie (Columbus, about architecture and a town in Indiana, and less interestingly, about Family Values), and then had a post-movie snack at Nordstrom.

Outside Nordstrom we find this colorful painting and Bonnie loves colors so let’s have a photo. But what are those crazy lines? I have no idea!

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