I had my first appointment with the skin care specialist (a plastic surgeon recommended by my GP). He says I have to have a debridement (removal of dead skin), the sooner the better, so I’m doing a pre-op tomorrow, Wednesday, including another covid test. The surgery will be on the 18th at the Saint John’s Surgery Center and takes one hour, four hours total at the Surgery Center with early arrival and post-general-anesthesia wait time. Then 3-4 weeks later he wants to do skin grafts which is especially painful and takes especially long to heal. He was really selling it(?) but his particular expertise is in plastic surgery. I’ll go ahead and get the debridement done because the wound care nurse says it has to happen as does Windy and even the internet agrees, and then I’ll get a second opinion on the skin grafts just in case there are alternatives. So I’ll probably keep getting a very little better until Tuesday the 18th when I’ll get worse again for a week, then some better for 3-4 weeks and then Really worse for a couple months after the skin graft. It’s OK though, I’m resigned, one day at a time…
From Cynthia, Kai was three years old on the 6th and is as wonderful a dog as ever there was. They are doing Agility now and Kai is a total natural. He can jump through hoops, over hurdles, through weaving poles, and more. What fun! I sent him those chewy toys. If you get Mr Bill just right he’ll say ‘OH NOOOO’ which is pretty darn funny. .
All day and all night long I’m just trying to get comfortable. Turning, twisting, building little barriers wedges and whatnot. There must be a better way and I’m going to have to learn about it! Drugs are nice but it’s not general anesthesia. So so SO much thanks to everyone who has helped me. What a blessing. And then there’s this.
It was Kieran’s 17th birthday in July, and Cynthia sent me a few pictures because she knew it would make me happy. I of course checked with him to make sure it was ok to use them here. Above is Kieran changing the brakes on His car, which doesn’t run yet but will soon! Here’s summer fun at the lake with his girlfriend of 19 months. And below Is Kieran with his dog Bodhi, a Mini Australian Shepard, and the jacket that he took from just plain to faaabulous By Himself!
What in the world happened to me? Wellll. On Tuesday July 28, 2020 Windy, Cali, and I went out for ‘a three hour tour’. But no! Our destination was a challenging hike to Sandstone Peak in the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu. It was obvious within the first 15 minutes ‘we’ (meaning I) weren’t going to make it to the top so we decided to divert to a picnic area 2+ miles away. What was I thinking? That’s 5 miles round trip in the crippling heat on a rocky and only lightly groomed trail without even a stick of shade. I said to myself, it’s ok, I’ll just turn around when I want. But I got too far and couldn’t get back. What comes next I have zero memory of happening and am using Windy’s and Cali’s recounting. We had turned back but it was too late. I went down, dead weight, unconscious. I landed on scorching rocks and was there long enough to generate second degree burns covering my back and butt and some of my leg and arm. While this was happening Windy had made it to the trailhead, fallen on some rocks and broken her hand. So…
Jo Ann’s photo (I goofed with it, sorry Jo Ann) is called ‘Old Fashioned’ and is in the photography collection of the Getty Museum. She had her studio refurbished taking everything out and now it’s time to put it all back. Oh my goodness, so many things! We worked for a few hours on her collection of fabrics. So beautiful as evidenced by the photo above. We started with 7 huge bags and armloads of rolls. We Marie Kondo-ed those bags and got down to the amount that made Jo Ann happy. You can’t see it all in this picture because of the boxes on the floor…I’m happy too! .
The hair salons closed in March and then, I don’t know exactly, but they were open for maybe one week in July, and then closed again. Lynn told me about her cutter who ‘has salon will travel’ and she was glad to come to my place. I’m happy! btw, all that smooth skin, the phone did it by itself!
Windy, Cali, and I went for a lunch-time outing at Malibu Creek State Park. We had a wonderful time starting with a yummy picnic under that awesome tree. . Our first destination was the Visitor’s Center, usually open only on the weekends but now closed entirely. You have to walk .7 miles to get there and there’s a story about this building, I just can’t find it right now. . They were holding rock climbing classes. Cali climbed up too! . This is Cali’s pano. And a couple more views from the trail. I think these grand trees are California/Coast Live Oak. There were plenty of people there. It felt safe enough for us because we never stood next to anyone else but there were groups of young folk, 6-8-10 people together not wearing masks, whooping it up, which made me think, every time, “You are going to make your grandma sick!”.
5 seconds to snap this shot of me and Lynn out for a stroll along the Venice Boardwalk and right back to 6 feet apart. I hadn’t been in the area for months(!) although I used to walk down here all the time. There’s a homeless encampment now that lines the Venice boardwalk from the Venice pier to Ocean Park Ave., half a mile maybe, tent after tent, cardboard structures and tarps, whole living rooms set up. I didn’t take any pictures, you can google it if you want. What will happen next? At the moment I am suffering from a lack of imagination. . Another place I haven’t seen for so long, Santa Monica’s Main Street. The Main Street of my very small town and I haven’t been around for months. The city is letting the restaurants take over a lane of traffic to distance the tables in a hope to keep some of these places in business.
I am superstitious of using a handicapped placard when no one in the car needs it because I think that’s just asking for trouble, not because it’s illegal, not that kind of trouble, but because it’s bad karma. The universe says “So, you want to use a handicapped placard do you?!”. I find myself feeling similarly about the current situation with covid tests. From what I understand now, from my doctor, and from the clinic that gives the tests, I’d have to lie (since I have no symptoms, I’ve not hung out with anyone who has tested positive, and my work does not put me in danger) not that I don’t lie, but I like to save my lies, and not tempt fate. So no covid test for me yet. But if this keeps up I’m thinking that at some point I’m going to decide this might be one of those times that’s going to warrant a lie. . I was doing this exact thing today!
Ben and Bonnie came around, we’re here not exactly 6′ but then we spent far less then 15 minutes inside, just to use the restroom. We walked to the park for a picnic lunch and then went shopping at Tehran Market. Seven different herbs here for that SO delicious Persian dish with feta and flat bread. I should ask Hilda to name them. Here’s a craft project enlivening the parkway. Heal the World; Spread the Love; Smile; Wake with Purpose; Do Art; Plant Seeds; Be Still; Stay Calm; Breathe; Eat; Repeat; Look Up; Look at the Stars; Meditate; Grow; Read More. All Excellent Ideas!
Nancy in Santa Barbara made these and they remind me so much of Celina’s. I make them too from Celina’s recipe. Pickled onions. Everything tastes delicious with pickled onions! Celina’s Recipe: Shallots or white, yellow, or red onions Apple cider vinegar Sugar Salt And last but very important the Black pepper corns Place them in cheese cloth so it’s easy to remove them Let sit overnight and it’s ready the next day
How lovely to get a walk in. I’m really hoping we can stay at at least this level of going out but it could get worse fast. I wonder if we’d see another run on supplies? We also took the opportunity to eat restaurant food and it was delicious. I’m going to remember this lavender display. Santa Monica is a palm tree town alright.
Jeff is 99% a Corvette guy but now he’s rebuilding the engine on a classic 95% original 1956 Rocket 88 Oldsmobile for his own collection. Making that engine shine! . Some details, mighty cool. . He had his mostly covered with a tarp so I got this off the internet – just close, not exact. His back color is white and I don’t remember the other color distribution of red and white. There are so many years and models of this car. Super white walls-check, split back window-check, cool decorative details-check! . Just a few of the many accidental tableaux around the office.
Three blocks from my house, a fine, friendly, family park with a few tennis courts and a very fun children’s playground. And ducks. Sometimes more and sometimes less, they’re always generating a big mess. The kids get a kick out of feeding, and chasing, the ducks but I personally could do without them. Douglas Park is a whole city block. I don’t have a picture of the meeting rooms or the large and beautifully maintained Lawn Bowling court, always a very popular activity with the Senior Set, which would be me these days, although I haven’t yet taken up Lawn Bowling. I haven’t seen anyone out there since the lock-down which, like so very many things, is too bad.
I have a neighbor who walks around the block every day with a 3-ish year old kid who Loves to hang out in front of my house. They can be there 5-10 minutes straight with the kid pointing at my wind chimes and swaying side to side to the sounds. They walk back and forth admiring the flowers. I asked the kid one time if he wanted to jump on my paving stones and now that’s his favorite thing to do. Today I knew they were out there but the front door was closed so I let it go. A few minutes later the dad was showing the kid how to ring my bell and they put this adorable card on the mat. You can see, as the dad told me when I pointed it out, they on the sidewalk me at the doorway, all the story elements are present in the drawing. .
Because we REALLY need it! I walked with Sharon in the morning and with Marsha in the evening, eating delicious and classic July 4th food All Day Long. YUM! And I got to see Hamilton at Marsha and Tom’s! What a perfect entertainment for this most disrupted July 4th. Two walks, food, 3 hours of good tv, what a luxury .. so what about The Corona?! I’ve been thinking about Contract Tracing, what kind of contact is risky, and if I had an onset of symptoms tomorrow how many people would I have to contact? I thought being outside, everyone wearing masks, staying apart, would count for something, which it does of course, in ones likelihood to convey or contract the virus, yet current Contact Tracing protocols says you have to list everyone with whom you’ve been within 6′ for 15 minutes, from two days before the onset of symptoms. (I don’t know if you’re asymptomatic.) I feel a little calmer having counted the exact number – 0 or 1, maybe 2, 3 max depending on the day, and I’m going to be more attentive to the 6′ when walking if at all possible to keep that number at 0.
Windy’s son Travis’s daughter Cali is here from Texas for a few weeks staying with her Grandma and Jeff and having a grand ol’ time. I look forward to having her around in my back yard for many a socially distanced lunch! She’s making some money digging up weeds in my back lawn. Good for her, good for me. On the way out the door, hey, quick, let’s catch a shot.
It’s an on the one hand this and on the other hand that kind of situation. And oh goodie, more things to put on my to-do list. My gardener retired last week. He was old and it was time although I would have kept him as long as he wanted to stay since he was here at my house before I was. So now I have to get someone new, and it’s a chance to get someone who will be more proactive with this crazy landscape. Please cross your fingers for me! Click on the small pictures for a Bigger Slide Show view.
Sharon and I used to walk at least once a week and some weeks, twice. This is our first time at Palisades Park in months. I felt grateful for the opportunity. I’ve been in an emotional slump since I got back from the Seven Magic Mountains. I need to turn that ship around! I have too many big projects spinning around inside my little head and making it too hard to focus. Make a better list! That’s my solution. Don’t think ‘I need to get that studio ready’ but instead think about doable chunks, put the chunks on a list, and do them one at a time. Same with my garden, my website, my taxes (I know I know), my health, obsessing as I am on every time I clear my throat, and keeping in touch with family and friends. Not to mention All The Rest of It. Oh Goodness Gracious bless our hearts. When I let myself, I can wallow in bad news with the best of ’em. Is the beach open or isn’t it. Is the pier open or isn’t it. We get so much conflicting news. Notice the Santa Monica pier off at the top of the…
Ikea Burbank, the biggest Ikea in all of the United States of America. And as we know, America likes its things Big. There was 100% compliance with masks and distancing, the first time I can report such a response and although it took us 25 minutes to get through the line, once inside the store it was calm and so easy to get around. There were even approachable staff members, stationed behind plexiglass, available for questions although not so much out on the floor. It was GIGANTIC inside. I think they’ve bulked-up the lettering a little to make it look SO BIG. We shuffled along for hours! And even without lettering there is no doubt when you are at an Ikea. This was all about my project to rent the smallest studio furnished to traveling nurses. My neighborhood is in a vortex of medical services which I believe would be a good choice for traveling nurses whose contracts run 3-6 months. I’m hoping this idea will give me more flexibility with using the studio for other purposes and I won’t have to worry so much about a tenant losing their job or just refusing to leave. It happens in trying…
Muriel cooked us up a Happy Birthday Me ladies luncheon extravaGANza. That savory tart was omg DeLish, with a perfect salad, crusty bread and a pot of butter. And for dessert? Chocolate custard eclair just like I like it, and we shared a Cheese Danish. Wow, right?! Between lunch and dessert we took a quick turn around the neighborhood and for me it was like Being somewhere because the views were different, with different landscaping and different houses, which is most enjoyable. And there’s take-away treats too including a quarter of that amazing tart that I thought I would save for tomorrow. Right. Not happening.
When I think of work this meme usually floats up into my brain and makes me smile. Alex and Carol came by today and Alex knocked out my Alex-To-Do list in several hours and the rest of the afternoon and early evening we just hung out, me being happy that so much heavy lifting was done and not by me. Not that I ever could have. So YAY! Thank you!!
I got it in my head that I really wanted to see this installation from one of Lilly’s Hands On Art summer projects. This work was the inspiration for an assignment to pile up some things. Oh Yes, right up my alley! Excerpted from the SevenMagicMountains website: “Seven Magic Mountains was produced by the Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund, opened May 11, 2016, and originally scheduled to be on view for two years. Due to the incredible success of Seven Magic Mountains since its opening, artist Ugo Rondinone has expressed a strong desire to explore ways to keep the artwork on view at its current site. .. At the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management issued a three-year permit extension for the artwork, allowing the installation to remain on view through the end of 2021.” So get it while you can! From a certain angle, it’s on their website, the pillars are in an actual row and look identically spaced. It’s part of the magic of the work. Her outfit, simply too cute. Here’s something new I haven’t tried yet – a slide show. Pretty cool. . We’re pretty adorable too. Most of the people…
We wanted to see what we could see of Hoover Dam. The answer is not a glimpse. We did get a few views of Lake Mead but all access to the dam was blocked. On the right is a very nice viewing station and small exhibition, out of sight of the dam, and this graphic on the left is a large medallion on the ground of the platform. An areal of the Hoover Dam and a small part of Lake Mead from the internet. The tour (that we didn’t get to enjoy) is excellent, the story of how this all came to pass is so interesting. I hope for another chance to participate especially since Windy has never been. . Windy hadn’t been to Vegas in 50+ years (!) and of course she would not be able to recognize one single thing. All these pictures are from the internet because we just drove slowly down the strip to amaze at it all. (internet pix)
Windy and I are having a two day Happy Birthday ME drive along the I-15, Road of Roadside Attractions. Our first stops were on a bit of old ‘Historic Route 66’ that parallels I-15 for a spell. Wiki: Route 66 “was officially removed from the United States Highway System in 1985 after it had been replaced in its entirety by segments of the Interstate Highway System.” States however have integrated some of the remaining road into their own systems with the ‘Historic Route 66’ designation. Here’s something I didn’t know: “The corridor is also being redeveloped into US Bicycle Route 66, a part of the United States Bicycle Route System that was developed in the 2010s.” There’s a blip in the road, at this point also named National Trails Highway, where some enterprising folk have made a Roadside Attraction out of the nostalgia surrounding Route 66. It feels like a home-made project, not one thing that says corporate about this operation.
On Historic Route 66 we also find Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch. I snagged this picture of Elmer Long from another guy’s website so I’m making it really small… According to his site, californiathroughmylens, Elmer died June 22, 2019. I guess his family is keeping the project going. While we were visiting, we saw no evidence of a caretaker though. The boy there followed us around for a while telling stories about his bottle collection and posing for pictures. It was fun. The whole family was charming, and congratulations to the graduate, and happy which rubs off, but not so much because they weren’t wearing masks. We were, and we kept our distance. Dr Pepper: “Drink a bite to eat at 10, 2 and 4.” The friendly picker-upper! Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch, A Delightful Roadside Attraction
First, lunch, at Peggy Sue’s 50s Diner, and what’s a Road Trip without some Roadside DINOS. I donated my mask to Dan – Windy has more! . Eddie’s World, Gas and such, and a giant sundae. Also The Worlds Tallest Thermometer, reporting our day at 99 degrees. According to digital-desert, the thermometer comes in at 134-feet, erected in honor of the 1913 date when the Death Valley temperature reached 134 degrees. . And lastly, in Baker, across from the Thermometer, Windy went over here to take a picture of this car for Jeff and she ended up giving Jim $20 for a tee shirt, the price for being able to sit in the car, which I must confess to having so strongly urged her to do, and now she’s got a 6” by 4” bruise on her arm. But it was worth it (say I…) for the STORY! The guy really does/did have a land speed record in this car, and he signed the shirt, so $20, what a deal. He was just hanging out in this gas station, remember it was 99 degrees, waiting to tell stories and sell tee shirts because, like he said, with nowhere to go,…
Windy and I are off tomorrow for a tour east on the I-15, Road of Roadside Attractions, destination The Seven Magic Mountains, an installation created by Ugo Rondinone in 2016. ‘They’ are always threatening to move it, it’s now set to leave in 2021. I took the photo from their website. You can Click Here to see My Story of The Seven Magic Mountains! . And I took this gif directly from imgur.com just to see if I could. I can! Need a smile? Watch this once and you’ll watch it 100 times. .
Mostly everyone is leaving the Land of Aloha…or maybe they are mostly staying. Lona is coming back to LA in July to attend to business and keep some company with her sisters. Christa has already left for Sacramento to begin her Residency. Caleb might or might not be going back to Oxford, depending, will they or won’t they open, or when will they open. Charis might or might not be going back to Virginia for college too, depending… Both schools are offering distance learning but Charis is thinking of taking a semester off if she has to stay in Hawaii. Her comment: “I’ve home-schooled all my life, I don’t really want to home-school college too.” Here they all are, all together at The Beach House, together for the last time for a while and taking advantage of every moment. You’ve got to love all that hair! Caleb, Beth, Christa, Trevor, Lona, Charis. cb.