Happy Mother’s Day All Y’All

Happy Mother’s Day All Y’All

Our first time together for a meal in How Long?! That’s right, more than a year. Darryl, me, Angela, Lilly, Rome, Oliver, Liz, Gary We still kept our distance for eating, DAR&L on one side and we three fully vaccinated ‘seniors’ on the other. I solicited everyone’s choice from Veggie Grill and I think it worked out well. They packaged the food so nicely and we each got what we wanted. And Cynthia sent this super-sweet Happy Mother’s Day bouquet!

May 9, 2021
Wood Is So Expensive Now

Wood Is So Expensive Now

There are three big home remodeling projects in my life that I can think of now. Maybe I’ve forgotten something? I looked up about the cost of plywood and the consensus was since mills closed because of covid, and weather, and mill operators had fears of a real estate crash that didn’t materialize, demand has simply outstripped supply. Rome took this picture of the layers of materials that make up a house.

May 6, 2021
Lilly Makes OC

Lilly Makes OC

OC=Original Characters in Lilly’s world (original content at Imgur). Look at that, it’s me. We did it together on zoom-share-screen and it was fun! It’s the crooked smile that makes it look particularly like me.

May 5, 2021
Sure Why Not Another One

Sure Why Not Another One

I’m not in this one but everyone else is: Becky, Maxine, Ann, Marija, Marsha, Alicia, Ljubica.

May 3, 2021
Santa Monica City Hall Plus

Santa Monica City Hall Plus

Sharon and I did this walk for the first time in more than a year to City Hall, through Tongva Park, and food at Chez Jay. There are still so many things I used to do regularly and now haven’t done in more than a year. That’s going to just keep happening for quite a while it seems.

May 2, 2021
And They’re Off

And They’re Off

Lona and TeeTee are doing a good job sending a few pictures every day to a large WhatsApp group of their near and dear who have expressed interest. The trip is three weeks of such good fun!

April 30, 2021
South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden

Mahzad, Merlyn, Hilda, Mohammad, Shahrzad and her daughter Rana It was so hot we lasted about an hour! Hilda invited everyone to join her in checking out the butterfly pavilion. The guide in the orange hair was the prettiest butterfly there. It was lovely…h.o.t. but lovely. We strolled a little, took a few pictures, and then stood around the snack cart drinking water!

April 29, 2021
The Getty Villa Reopened

The Getty Villa Reopened

Welcome! Me, Jim, Ingalill, Rick. Nestled in the hills of Malibu overlooking the blue Pacific, an environment much like that of the original villa.. Oh my goodness it’s like they opened the museum just for us and maybe 10 other people. It was Glorious! Look above, you can see from the entry plaza all the way, ALL the way through to the tiled fountain. Through the inner peristyle…to the mosaic fountain below. Spanish ocher-yellow marble staircase. A little baby Bacchus… Roman Glass Sculptural Group of a Seated Poet and Sirens (2) with unjoined fragmentary curls (304), 350–300 B.C., Greek (Tarantine). from the Getty website: “A seated man is flanked by Sirens, creatures part bird and part woman, in this nearly life-size terracotta group. In Greek mythology, the singing of the Sirens lured sailors to their deaths, and so these mythical figures are often connected with the deceased. The seated man is also a singer, as shown by his open mouth and the pick (plektron) with which he plays his now-missing lyre, once cradled in his left arm. His precise identity, however, is uncertain. He might be Orpheus, who was famous for his singing and who helped Jason and his crew…

April 26, 2021
Bon Voyage Lona and TeeTee

Bon Voyage Lona and TeeTee

Here we are all working away putting together the route and accommodations for their three week trip across country. They leave on Tuesday and it’s all so very exciting for them! TeeTee, me, Windy, Lona. Trevor took the picture.

April 24, 2021
Over Several Days

Over Several Days

Sharon and I went to the outdoor Century City Mall recently. It was surrealistic being in a shopping mall with stores and things to buy in them. People are very soon going to be longing for the good old days of the shopping mall. Still on my mind, having a visit to The Stans of the Silk Road through Central Asia – Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. One thing though, it’s hours and HOURS almost every day for a month in a rattling old bus over bumpy dusty roads which might be asking too much of my butt. We’ll see when the time comes, when heading out to distant lands is back on the horizon. Nancy sent this, a picture with her friend in Yosemite. We love Yosemite. Lookin’ good ladies! I had a housekeeping service come and what fun! I took this picture so I could get everything back where it was. They did an excellent job and I would use them again. What a welcome find. Finally my persimmon stick is showing signs of life. I didn’t take this picture! One of Jo Ann’s friends did a series of portraits and I’m crazy for this one. She…

April 23, 2021
Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

These aren’t my pictures but I love them. Merlyn and Hilda had a quiet twosome up in Ojai but later I got to go down to Long Beach and enjoy a delicious meal Merlyn prepared. They are in the midst of a major remodel in their condo and are living in another unit in a sister building. They’re hoping to be back home by June 1. It could happen…. Hilda found a wonderful biography of Hilma af Klint, a groundbreaking Swedish artist and great influence on one of our Persian Poetry companions. There is a charge, around $5 and I don’t know who gets the money. It might come out for free at some point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqK5IQ7UG38 Hilmaa af Klint, from Wikipedia:  “October 26, 1862 – October 21, 1944) was a Swedish artist and mystic whose paintings were the first Western abstract art known to the current art community.  A considerable body of her abstract work predates the first purely abstract compositions by Kandinsky.  She belonged to a group called “The Five”, a circle of women inspired by Theosophy who shared a belief in the importance of trying to contact the so-called “High Masters”—often by way of séances.  Her paintings, which…

April 20, 2021
What a Blessing

What a Blessing

I used to have to leave minimum 2 hours early to make it to dinner in time – sometimes I was early and sometimes I was late. Look at THIS. Assuming no road closures, 45 minutes max! And home before dark. WOW.

April 18, 2021
For Phillip

For Phillip

What’s good and what needs help. Top of my Alex-To-Do list, wash down the front of the house! Maybe it needs painting up at the top, discolored from the old Wisteria that covered the whole area. The Wisteria on the right has made it to an April bloom like the old ones used to do. Geraniums in the pot on the right, The Wisteria on the left is less full than the one on the right, and those are the Butterfly Roses against the building. Santa Barbara Daisies and the Arizona Rose Sensation on the fence. Carpet White Rose in the pot surrounded by Lantana, daisies, Rosemary, and some Pink Chintz Creeping Thyme in the distance. The four lantana at the edges of the fence didn’t make it and the three lavender in the beds didn’t make it either. I like how the daisies creep onto the porch. That’s the Butterfly Rose behind the daisies. Above, the feathery daisies against the fence look great. Below, the kumquat tree is entirely yellow, the dwarf lemon is nothing but yellow sticks while the persimmon is nothing but brown sticks. They all look pretty dead to me, and they did suffer this past…

April 16, 2021
Yesterday and Today in MA

Yesterday and Today in MA

Yesterday I was talking with Elizabeth (of Les and Elizabeth in Lexington) about our gardens and she went outside to send me this Spring Time picture of one of her Forsythia. Then this morning, snow. It’s not like that here.

April 15, 2021
Oh No SETBACK

Oh No SETBACK

For a few days I’m going back to my 8 1/2 months ago regime, no sitting down. Ok Ok, I can do that, but it will be harder. At first I did not sit down from pain. Now I have to not sit down from force of will, will power never being a particular strong suit… …too much fun probably caused a small ‘fissure’ to open again.  I promised my sister I’d stay put for 3-4 days and not sit down because on Monday I have two long commitments requiring a few hours of driving. Here’s hoping for the best. Standing around in my kitchen to eat or type, to do paperwork or work on my pictures, ETC. I’ve been standing for a few hours this morning already. It’ll be ok..ok ok. (5/1/21 I’m better than before the setback so YAY for that!) 

April 14, 2021
Buzzzz

Buzzzz

We like the bees. But sometimes… This guy vacuumed up the bees into that Home Depot bucket for relocation, and scrapped out the wax with a putty knife. The bees built the whole thing in less than a week.

April 11, 2021
A Piece of LACMA Is Open

A Piece of LACMA Is Open

Oh Goodie! Jo Ann and I had a totally delightful afternoon. The cover photo is from our seats at Ray and Starks where, after absorbing so much tasty art we enjoyed a tasty beverage and shared a cheese board. Jo Ann was taking pictures for her niece who loves Yoshitomo Nara. I asked the mom if I could have this picture too, the girl was so into getting her expression just right. . I’m going to ask a friend to translate the above since I’m beyond curious. The exhibits were limited to the two open buildings, the Resnick Pavilion and BCAM-the Broad Contemporary Art Museum. The curators must have had a blast building all these juxtapositions that Jo Ann and I both thought were especially cool. There’s a lot of fuss going on about the exhibits not unexpectedly because most of the collection is packed up waiting for the new buildings. I say go, even if you find only one thing you like it will have been worth it. Below is not a picture of a picture but an actual corridor with blue light and blank white canvases. You can look on the website for the various exhibits, but the…

April 10, 2021
Burt and Charlene

Burt and Charlene

I drove out to Simi today for a visit with Burt and Charlene. We went to a nearby garden and nursery, called Hartley Botanica, then we had lunch in B&C’s garden. Ahh, so nice.

April 8, 2021
Ken Came West

Ken Came West

We haven’t seen each other in more than a year. Oh yes, I’m singin’ that song! We enjoyed walking down the Promenade then over to the pier and out to Marisol for my first meal at one of my favorite spots for an afternoon break. This is the parking lot for the pier now used for the lineup to get into the amusement park area of Pacific Park. It’s true, at this point in the re-opening you have to be a Californian to ride the rides. On the way back we stopped off at Misfits. This is an internet photo of Misfits where we enjoyed a happy hour beverage and enjoyed telling a year’s worth of stories. Interestingly the restaurant was serving outside along the entire block since so many of its neighbor businesses were closed.

April 7, 2021
With Beth at the Ballona Wetlands

With Beth at the Ballona Wetlands

Trevor and Beth will have been here in LA for a couple weeks when they leave in a few days. They are staying in a hotel instead of with Lona this trip for various reasons, the whole thing is A Story for later. For now, let’s look at the view from their balcony. It’s hard to see but there in the upper middle of the picture is a viewing station and I was super-excited to do some viewing. We walked (tromped?) out along a slight but still obvious toe path and sat on the viewing station bench.. And caught a couple of birds here in the Wetlands Bird Sanctuary. We could hear more of them than we could see.

April 6, 2021
We Are the (Vaccinated) Ladies Who Lunch

We Are the (Vaccinated) Ladies Who Lunch

We’ve been The Monday Night Ladies for decades but we all enthusiastically agreed, LUNCH! Why not?! It’s a New World. No one would have to drive in the dark, we wouldn’t have to go to bed stuffed like little piggies, we could eat outside, and Hurray for ME, I wouldn’t have to drive across town in rush hour. Alicia hosted first and a Grand Time was had by all. It’s the first time we’ve been together in over a year and oh yes we were happy. Maxine, Ann, Alicia, Ljubica, Becky, me, Marija. Lourdes has moved to Arizona..we miss you and Marsha is out of town. How cute are we? I think my hair got that way from running into the picture. That’s my story… Becky is the youngest at 64, then Marsha, while the rest of us are wellll into our 70s. Lourdes used to be the youngest. She’s still the youngest, she’s just not here. Enjoying Alicia’s handsome back garden.

April 5, 2021
It Happened

It Happened

Now let’s see if it helps.

April 4, 2021
My Rose Bush Meets Spring

My Rose Bush Meets Spring

Whooo. In my old website system I used to use one picture all the time, one a day was an idea, but this system seems to call for a full story. The consequence is that days go by with a little of this and a little of that but not enough pictures in a day to make a story. Let’s see how this evolves.

April 3, 2021
Caleb Passing Through

Caleb Passing Through

Caleb has had quite the unexpected year and a half (and haven’t we all). He started his Masters program at Oxford and then boom Covid. He’s been on campus only a few months here and there between lock-downs. He’s spent an inordinate number of hours flying around between Oxford-LA-Honolulu. Now he has to decide what to do next. Caleb remarked that we have the same hair. I see it! In 50 years… He made us this tea party and then we had a good visit walking to the end of the jetty. Thank you Caleb for taking the time!

March 29, 2021
DISCHARGED

DISCHARGED

All my wounds have at least one layer of skin. I made SKIN! I still have to be careful not to scratch it open, and to keep it all moisturized, but no more wound care nurse for me. I’ll miss you Justin! Eight months minus one day. I’m ok with that, and grateful as there will be no lingering after effects except, as my doctor noted previously, butt modeling is off the table. You can click on this link for the story from the beginning in chronological order: https://wheretheheckismom.com/daily-life-2021/the-incident-aug-2020-may-2021/

March 27, 2021
Lunch With the Cousins

Lunch With the Cousins

Wow, Nancy and Sharon, it’s the first time we three have been together for a year! Is it like ‘it’ never happened? A little. . Here’s a picture, just fooling around, while my computer plays reruns of old police procedurals.

March 26, 2021
Were I Traveling

Were I Traveling

Descanso Gardens. Were I traveling I would be doing this every day, sometimes twice a day, so I was wondering if I was up for even half a day on the road. I did manage ok but I was indeed ready for a rest! These are pictures from a few hours wandering around the Descanso Gardens looking for cherry trees in bloom. It’s a lovely place especially if you’re interested in quiet trails through mature California Oaks. You can hear the birds and squirrels scampering through the undergrowth. But for the cherry blossoms, not so much. Not a lot of hanami going on here. I got myself under this tree just for old times sake. Cherry? Plum? I’m not sure. Their Japanese Garden has one dominant cherry tree but the last rain had taken out most of the flowers. This tree was peeking through the woods and I had to chase it down. A couple of things to look at. The lilac garden is interesting because they have trees that bloom at so many different times. Some were already empty of their blooms, some with flowers, some with buds, some not yet budded. The flowering could go on for a…

March 25, 2021
Darryl and Angela Bought a House

Darryl and Angela Bought a House

Cool! They stayed in their own neighborhood so the kids are not having to change schools. And it’ll be summer before they can move in because of all the refurbishments. Angela is going to keep up a journal on instagram and if you’re ever in the mood to look at a big remodeling project…I’m sure Angela would welcome you to follow along: https://www.instagram.com/angelakanouseinteriors/

March 21, 2021
First Time in Forever

First Time in Forever

Sharon and I walked along Palisades Park, admired the sea and Spring, and ate at one of our old standbys, The California Pizza Kitchen where we drank really delicious Bloody Marys in honor of our post-vaccination VISIT. The dinos on the Promenade could use some spring growth but it’s always nice to see them guarding the pedestrian walkway.

March 20, 2021
Not Exactly Ground Cover

Not Exactly Ground Cover

I got these Santa Barbara Daisies as ground cover. Turns out, not exactly, they’re more like ground bushes heading up to my knees. Soon the gardener is going to want to whack them down for spring growth, or so he told me some months ago. The orange tree has 50+ oranges left and is fully in bloom for another crop. The smell of those blossoms is such a glory it fills the whole yard. And the tree has gotten so big I can hardly step back far enough to get the whole thing in but I should try. And the roses are going nuts too. This gardener is a lot more expensive, but he does fertilize on his own initiative.

March 19, 2021
An Outing with Ben

An Outing with Ben

Bonnie was supposed to come too but she was not feeling well. I’m glad Ben came anyway because we had a good time. We ate at the Annenberg and walked along the beach. I took the picture of the helicopter just to see if it would work and you can see the plane in the far distance. Flights! Going somewhere! And I can never resist those little shore birds.

March 17, 2021
All the Vaccinated Ladies

All the Vaccinated Ladies

..”now put your hands up.” And what a joy, Eat, drink and Be Merry. me, Jo Ann, Muriel

March 15, 2021
Lona is EIGHTY Years Old

Lona is EIGHTY Years Old

Lona and her two young friends TeeTee and Jennifer walked from Marina del Rey to Hermosa Beach, 9.25 miles, on Friday and they walked another 9.25 miles back on Saturday. Lona, you’re 80, what an accomplishment! Windy and I drove down to meet them at the Sea Sprite in Hermosa where we had a fabulous dinner, a too fun after-dinner party, a sleep-over, and breakfast on Saturday. Cecelia’s picture from the morning with the balloons TeeTee sneaked into the house for a wake-up surprise. . 80 candles, 80 balls and stars, 80 pieces of See’s candy, mani-pedi for 80 digits, and a selection of old photos from Lona’s youth, what I could dig up from the garage, to spark a memory for Lona to tell us stories. And all of us wearing Jennifer’s haku leis, except Lona who is wearing the lei sent by the Hawaii Browns And there they go, off back home for their second 9.25 mile walk in two days.

March 12, 2021
VVC: Home via La Jolla Cove

VVC: Home via La Jolla Cove

And the Sea Lions. How did they get up there?!

March 11, 2021
VVC: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

VVC: Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala

We had lunch and drove through the Gaslamp area that seemed to have taken a terrible hit economically, and then came the long awaited rain. We drove through Balboa Park and very much look forward to visiting again. .

March 10, 2021
VVC: San Diego Old Town

VVC: San Diego Old Town

We spent the morning hanging around the Winery, enjoying a just-right room service breakfast, and packing up for the next leg of our journey. We got to San Diego about noon and it took us until after 1 to get checked into our hotel because the room I booked based on the picture on their website (Marriott Courtyard in Old Town San Diego) as it turns out, does not actually exist. They took the best features of several different rooms to create the look. The desk clerk of course was entirely innocent and also very new. She called upon the head of housekeeping to describe all the rooms in the category I booked and gave us four sets of keys to see which room we preferred. How there could be so many different configurations is remarkable in a Marriott Courtyard. In the end we got happy enough and they gave us a bottle of surprisingly good wine as a thank you. Finally we could leave for lunch. We stopped at the first restaurant along the way, Cafe Coyote. The food was delicious and the venue was fun. . We headed out to have a stroll through Old Town but about…

March 9, 2021
VVC: Mission San Luis Rey to Temecula

VVC: Mission San Luis Rey to Temecula

Windy and I left LA around 10am heading south. First stop, Oceanside, to visit Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, founded in 1798 and 18th of the 21 California missions. According to the woman in the gift shop, the painting on the walls inside the church are meant to be the original design. Next stop, Old Town Temecula for a little stroll and a lot of lunch. Thanks to google for the pictures. We weren’t there for the only-cool-cars car parade. We went on to our overnight destination, South Coast Winery, Resort, and Spa. We walked around, tasted some wine, ate More Food, and then took an early night in our especially lovely room – fancy fireplace, comfy lounge chairs, dining table and comfy chairs, patio table and comfy chairs, and a Jacuzzi tub! You won’t be coming here for the wine if you know what I mean, but we both agree the experience has been lovely. . The view around the corner from our patio, the fake fireplace that we really enjoyed, and a flower.

March 8, 2021
Merlyn is 70 Years Old

Merlyn is 70 Years Old

Hilda put on a FABulous festivity for Merlyn’s birthday much to the delight of the guests: me, Alex, Carol, and Erin. . We gathered at the ((duffy rental place)) to pick up a boat and glide around through the Naples canals, and feast on the picnic Hilda brought from the Cheese Addiction shop there in Long Beach. It was So Good. Followed by a scrumptious dinner at (()). Here we are in a focused but ultimately unsuccessful effort to read the menu on our phones. The waiter took mercy upon us and brought paper menus. First order up – Champagne and CHEERS to MERLYN! Erin and me, too cute. What? Through the spotted and less than glass-like plastic sheeting of the dining patio at the restaurant. I wish I could do it again more carefully because it could be cool. . I got down to Long Beach earlier in the day and Hilda and I went for a good walk, as far as I’ve walked in one go since The Incident and then we had a quick tour of their condo remodel that is currently under way. This is (()). As well as today’s events Hilda has planned Fri: a…

March 4, 2021
So Many Pictures

So Many Pictures

I’ve spent most of two days going through a very large container of snapshots that have piled up over the decades. I have albums full of them, and Kent took most of what we had together to scan for the internet, and despite that I still had about 140 pounds to go through. Duplicates, too fuzzy-too dark-too unidentifiable-too unflattering pictures…gone. All the rest bagged up by subject. In my last trip to the garage I uncovered more. Yikes. But I do have the time and it’ll feel good to be done. In my very early teens I was begging for a dog. Begging as I recall. Well, really I had been begging for a horse so my parents shut me up with a dog. Oh my goodness what did I know. That dog Would Not Stop Yapping. 24/7. Most days the Constant Yapping made me cry, maybe the first evidence of my hypersensitivity to noise? at least that I can remember now. I don’t remember how the rest of the family managed. They must have been saints. Thankfully the old lady who lived next door love love loved this dog. She would come get him and not want to give…

March 1, 2021
Jo Ann and Muriel

Jo Ann and Muriel

Jo Ann, dressed up like the art project she is. Check it out: cool haircut, color-coordinated glasses and an amazing ring, great mask, admire that coat, you can’t tell how intricately tailored yet so comfortable those pants are, what..a blue and orange Watch, and socks and shoes to complete the ensemble. We two, fully vaccinated as we are, went out for Ladies’ Lunch, almost like the old days. We went to Culver City, ordered food at the new Nancy Silverton place inside the old Citizen Public Market building, and ate on the roof. Ahhh, we were OUT. We went early and it wasn’t crowded at all, easy to keep distance and everyone I noticed was masked, although the guy at the craft beer place where we got our beverages said it gets pretty crazy on the weekend. And then I got to see Muriel and Miss Maggie too! We had a quick and excellent walk, then a short visit, and then I headed home for a little Spanish with Rome and a zoom with a few of the Monday Nighters. It’s like I’m perfectly fine although I do still get daily wound care. Soon! That part will be over soon!!

February 25, 2021
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