A few overnighters on the calendar already. Is there some thing about 72? Since that’s my age this month…
Merlyn and Hilda got back from their latest European vacation and they put on a dinner feast and slide show. It was great – hors d’oeuvres, then WWII military sites in England and France, then dinner, then a tour around Germany, then dessert.
And wine pairings. Merlyn had decided to go for wine pairings which greatly added to the festivity.
I had lunch with Boban today which was totally cool and we didn’t bate each other with politics or religion. He even seemed to have had a slight turn-around on Trump but I didn’t engage so as not to spoil the mood. I was pleased with myself actually.
We didn’t go to Rose Café but since I didn’t take a picture where we where and since I didn’t use this picture before when I went here with Sharon..here it is now.
Then I got my hair cut and I’m happy with the result so YAY on all fronts.
Both Susie and I were so glad we saw this show. Remember when I went to the Underground Museum in South Central on Washington Blvd. where they were showing a very large collection of Roy DeCarava photographs. There were some here too.
The guy who was greeting guests at the Underground had just left the Broad. He had been working on the Soul of a Nation show and his opinion was that the whole thing was too shiny. I see where he got that idea because all the work is presented in a decidedly We Are A Fancy Museum way. That being said the collection was very much worth the time to have a look and to think about.
Sharon and I walked at the beach and then she bought me a super-birthday-lunch at Rose Café that has transformed itself from a cool funky local Venice Beach hang into a cool chic trendy Venice Beach hang. The food and the venue are decidedly recommendable.
Then I buzzed out to West Hollywood to a Russian visa expediting service and like the woman told me on the phone, it was ‘dead easy’ and well worth the money considering how much I didn’t want to do it myself.
I’m home now and back to making this all happen.
The map shows a general outline of my itinerary, every spot a potential highlight. I’m getting close to the wire on the Russian visa which has to be my next order of business.
A-St Petersburg, Russia
G-Kiruna, Sweden..Lapland, above the Arctic Circle
H-Umea, Sweden..and travels along the High Coast
J-Copenhagen, Denmark for my flight home
So you know after my visit to the Baltic states I’m going to spend 12 nights with Lill and a few of her friends in Sweden. The whole event got started because these two are getting married in Sweden. I’m coming home before the wedding but I do appreciate that they contributed to this adventure for me.
There’s more to this story but I have to clarify the details with Ingalill.
Hail hail! Here’s the connection: my friend Marsha’s daughter Kelly’s college roommate, the roommate’s family including brother, husband, two kids, and mother-in-law, the roommate’s husband’s sister and her family, and also Kelly’s current roommate.
Here are their names: Crystal, Renee, Mike, Bryan, Sharon, Wai, Marsha::Connor, William, Tyler, Lorelai, Kelly, Kris
These two selfies, this one and the one below, are on my new phone that has a setting whereby it will take a picture itself when it finds that everyone is smiling. Crazy, right?!
I got to have a Happy Birthday dinner with the girls tonight, thank you all, and it was FUN.
When Christa held the camera her head still looks normal..it would be cool if I could figure out this selfie technology..
Kaitlin, Oliver, Angela, Lilly, me
Lilly’s dance recital, always a delight. And since this was the day before Father’s Day we had a lovely Congratulations Lilly and Happy Father’s Day Darryl and Gary dinner complements of D&A.
Basically these days or rather these years all these festivities are complements of D&A. Lucky dog me.
I got riled up over that big shed in the background, on our neighbor’s property that wasn’t there two years ago when we visited last. There oughta be a law..
The actual size isn’t evident by these pictures because of the upward slope and then the downward slope to the fence, but it’s a tick over an acre.
Old Town Riverside has a great architectural history, it’s a history lesson just walking around. I’m going to list here the dates and styles of some of the buildings all within these few blocks:
Mission Inn 1902-1932 built in many styles over the years and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Old City Hall 1924 Spanish Renaissance Revival.
Riverside Metropolitan Museum 1912 Italian Renaissance.
First Congregational Church 1913 Spanish Renaissance Revival.
Universalist Unitarian Church 1891 Gothic Revival.
First Church of Christ Science 1901 Mission Revival.
Riverside Art Museum 1929 Beaux-Arts.
Union Pacific Railroad Depot 1904 Mission Revival.
And many more in the same vein. We loved it.
Kaitlin and I went to the pier while Lilly was in her dance class. I’ve had my new camera for exactly one year now and I just today realized that if I touch the screen in a certain mode it changes the focus to the place I touched, which is why all the pictures in this series are out of focus.
I could see the little square in the wrong place. What? Why? ok, well, now I know. A problem explained. That’s good even if it is a year late.
Cynthia! As well as her Accountant job that she likes a lot, Cynthia is running a wonderful Airbnb from her condo in St Paul. All her guests really really love the place and rate her a super-super-excellent host.
You can click here and see Cynthia’s Airbnb.
She made it all possible with her remodel including moving walls and doors and creating a kitchen that makes her guests sigh with pleasure. WOW is right!
Today’s excitement revolved around landlording, excitement that rises up from time to time to snag my breath and my attention and remind me of Work.
This is the little stand-alone cottage. All done, the faucet doesn’t drip and the bathroom sink is snaked. I could show you the nest of hair the plumber pulled from the drain but then this website would lose its ‘G’ rating.
I was over at Marsha’s yesterday where we cleared out two carloads of stuff from Tom’s office, then we ate a delicious dinner and went walking. All good for me!
The donation center however would not take so many of the things we brought. They would only take things they felt confident they could sell easily. No one wants to throw things in the trash that have some life left in them. What to do what to do?
I didn’t take any pictures with the girls on Tuesday so here’s Oliver from his very own instagram page.
On Wednesday I went to the dentist for a cleaning and I can say without equivocation that the surgery area is feeling better. I had wondered if I’d ever say that.
Then I had an early dinner with Muriel who is leaving in a few days for a trip to the UK. Bon Voyage Muriel, ENJOY!
Sharon and I went walking at the Pepperdine track and it was like walking through a cloud and we came out damp but not dripping. Then we ate happily at The Reel Inn and all was well. We were rather pleased with ourselves for not punking out.
This was on Saturday I think. Today was Monday Potluck and I ate a very healthy serving of so many dishes. YUM. Thanks ladies. Notice the theme of eating tasty food?
Ooow, I’m going to write here.. I’ve developed a serious case of dropsy and I can’t do the dishes at other people’s houses for a while. Twice now, in a row, I’ve broken someone else’s dish/glass/etc. and I feel so bad and sad and mad at myself. Much as I like to tidy up I’m going to have to give dishes a pass.
Pictures from the Hawaii Browns, Lona and Hartley’s son and daughter-in-law Trevor and Beth, and the grandkids Christa-Caleb-Charis.
Big Doings this weekend. Charis graduated, as did her siblings earlier, from Brown Family Academy (congratulations BETH who home schooled them all the way through high school).
And speaking of the siblings, Caleb graduated last month of this very year from Liberty however I failed to urge the sharing of photos.
BUT he’s going on to Oxford for a two year graduate program. He’s going to LONDON and I’m at least as excited as any of these Browns. I’ll have a sweet young man to visit in London who already extended a welcome invitation. OH lucky ME.
Getting the wardrobe together. He has been living in Virginia for four years so it’s not all board shorts and aloha shirts.