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…
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…
I do pay more attention at the movie theater, and I miss the immersive experience, but, and isn’t life today so often ‘but’, I’m clapping hands for streaming! These are recommendable movies I’ve seen recently. It’s Oscar season which is always good for movie releases even if you do have to watch them at home. Nomadland, Hillbilly Elegy, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, One Night in Miami, Mank, Judas and the Black Messiah.
Pretty cool, out in the backyard. She pulled a salon chair in front of the salon space and I had my cut outside with a spritz bottle for water. . Her garden makes me need to hang things in trees. She’s also got sculptures, several seating areas, a succulent garden, it’s lovely.
It was a while ago, we were three months into my treatment, when Justin got way into Triathlons. Recently he started a new group to train with and introduce to the three disciplines of a triathlon. Swim-Bike-Run – You Go Justin! He and his wife Carol make clothes too for their various projects. This one is fun! Here’s the story of Justin’s first Triathlon from October 2020. And here’s a link to their instagram page for Tri Friday. .
The whole process was SO fast, thank you El Camino College. I got my second shot about 24 hours ago. I woke up slightly sore at the injection site, more sore than the first time but nothing compared to my wounds from The Incident that still ache every morning. I hear the injection side effects (Moderna btw) could still get worse but I’m optimistic. Easy-peasy pumpkin-squeezy! FIRST in line, 20 minutes before they opened, 1 minute for check-in, 2 minutes for the shot, 1 minute trying to figure out a selfie with my foggy glasses, d.o.n.e. Done!
Preview in new tab In 1997 Marija hosted me at Marija and Ljubica’s home in Croatia. It was awesome. This is their brother-in-law who made this car from 4-5 other cars. He also made sljivovica from the plums growing in the garden trees. SO delicious. Every time I entered any home, morning, noon, or night, the family would appear with a tray of these small glasses and a beautiful decanter of sljivovica. From 1997 almost every year I would get a share of the homemade sljivovica sent over to M&L. (Ljubica saved some for me this time. Marija drank her entire bottle!) The brother-in-law passed many years ago and now his son is carrying on the tradition. Good job my boy! BTW, it’s Sljivovica in Croatia and Sljivovic in Serbia, and the ‘c’ has a ‘z’ sound. . I don’t know that I’ve ever done this before, tasted them side by side. Homemade is SO smooth although I totally enjoy the one from the store too and try to keep a spare bottle so I don’t run out. Here’s a fun write-up from Wiki: “Slivovitz, slivovitza, slivovitsa, sliboviță, šljivovica, śliwowica, Schlivowitz, slivovice, slivovica or slivovka is a fruit spirit (or…
Hilda’s mom passed away recently. She was 94 and had lived a long, amazingly full life. I love these zoom memorials because the programs and speakers feel so intimate. Of course hugs are precious and sitting side by side is important but considering where we are I’m so impressed with how much love and sharing happens here, and how much better I know the honoree after hearing everyone’s contribution. They had about 100 people from around the world attending. Good job Hilda! Pictures screenshot from the presentation.
Maybe for the first time today, and I can’t believe it’s the first time, I googled wound care for burns. Goodness, the internet was interested in showing me so so so many pictures of disgusting wounds. My butt wound was right up there with the worst of them. I thought I had a little 3rd degree but yikes, most of it was 3rd degree. It’s interesting how wounds heal, mostly from the inside up. The outside has a process too mostly involving goo. I’ve had four layers of dressing – first the thing that soaks up the goo, then the thing that covers that and takes up the residual goo, then the pad that extends past the whole wound area, and then tape, lots and lots of tape. Today the first bottom layer again got cut down significantly in size. Progress!
I’ve been in a lively correspondence with some old friends from my first computer job in the late 70s. I saw Yas, who lives in Japan, once or twice 20+ years ago and I haven’t seen Michael, who lives in Pennsylvania and snowbirds in Florida, for more than 40 years. This is a story told often now-a-days, people meeting up with old friends online. Yas has been patiently playing Go with Michael while Michael slowly gets better at the game. Yesterday I got an email from Michael with the above picture and the title “I won!”. So I asked the guys for a selfie and Yas sent the three below. Michael got inspired and sent three also. This is not so much a baby picture of me but it’s the youngest I could find. I have a few boxes in the garage, high up and heavy, too much for me to get down. Maybe I’ll have something in there?
Welcome, from the Desert Garden in the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. . From the entrance strolling our way to the Chinese Garden, and then, BAM, CALDER, “Jerusalem Stabile” 1976 Jim’s picture. I love this picture! Jim, Lill, me, Rick I googled around a little and can’t find why Mercury is standing, tippy-toe, on some guy’s mouth. Here come several views around the Chinese Garden. I don’t know the percentage of normal tickets they are selling now but it is AWESOME that there are the perfect number of people. We were not once in any situation where Other people felt too close. Only the gardens are open but it’s always been that you run out of time and energy before you run out of things to see in the gardens. From the Huntington website: “Liu Fang Yuan is inspired by the gardens of Suzhou, a city located near Shanghai in southeastern China. During the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), wealthy scholars and merchants there built tasteful private gardens combining architecture, waterworks, rockeries, plants, and calligraphy… …Many of the features in Liu Fang Yuan are modeled on specific Suzhou gardens, eight of which are depicted in the…
Let’s Road Trip through the National Parks of the contiguous 48: Grand Canyon National Park, ArizonaPetrified Forest National Park, ArizonaSaguaro National Park, ArizonaGuadalupe Mountains National Park, TexasCarlsbad Caverns National Park, New MexicoBig Bend National Park, TexasHot Springs National Park, ArkansasMammoth Cave National Park, KentuckyGreat Smoky Mountains National Park, TennesseeEverglades National Park, FloridaDry Tortugas National Park, FloridaBiscayne National Park, FloridaCongaree National Park, South CarolinaShenandoah National Park, VirginiaAcadia National Park, MaineCuyahoga Valley National Park, OhioIsle Royale National Park, MichiganVoyageurs National Park, MinnesotaTheodore Roosevelt National Park, North DakotaBadlands National Park, South DakotaWind Cave National Park, South DakotaRocky Mountain National Park, ColoradoGreat Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, ColoradoBlack Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, ColoradoMesa Verde National Park, ColoradoCanyonlands National Park, UtahArches National Park, UtahCapitol Reef National Park, UtahBryce Canyon National Park, UtahZion National Park, UtahGreat Basin National Park, NevadaGrand Teton National Park, WyomingYellowstone National Park, WyomingGlacier National Park, MontanaNorth Cascades National Park, WashingtonMount Rainier National Park, WashingtonOlympic National Park, WashingtonCrater Lake National Park, OregonRedwood National and State Parks, CaliforniaLassen Volcanic National Park, CaliforniaYosemite National Park, CaliforniaKings Canyon National Park, CaliforniaSequoia National Park, CaliforniaPinnacles National Park, CaliforniaChannel Islands National Park, CaliforniaJoshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaDeath Valley National Park, California source:usparkpass.com/the-perfect-road-trip-to-see-every-national-park-in-the-u-s/ ps..I remain so…
Chauncey the Cat admiring the fire and Marija screenshot off zoom. . O Hope! into my darkened life Thou hast so oft’ descended;My helpless head from failure’s blows, Thou also hast defended;When circumstances hard, and mean, Which I could not control,Did make me bow my head with shame, Thou comforted my soul. When stumbling blocks lay all around, And when my steps did falter,Then did thy sacred fires burn Upon my soul’s high altar.Oft’ was my very blackest night Scarce darker than my day,But thou dispelled those clouds of doubt, And cheered my lonely way. E’en when I saw my friends forsake, And leave me for another,Then thou, O Hope, didst cling to me Still closer than a brother;Thus with thee near I groped my way Through that long, gloomy nightTill now; yes, as I speak, behold, I see the light! the light! I cooked some food inspired by the Monday Night Potluck.Red cabbage with onions and applies and plenty of ginger. Blondies with a peanut butter glaze. Rice and vegetables casserole.I have to say it all tasted better than it looks. Alex was around for a few…
It’s been more than one year since I got the front yard planted. The flowers on the fence…still a delight. I drove by DAR&L in Redondo Beach for the first time in 10 months..to drop off a gift for Angela’s birthday. The succulents were part of a big display at the Marina del Rey Garden Center. Darryl, Rome, Lilly – We waved from the street.
You can still wander around outside. LACMA is covid-closed but also closed because it will be mostly rebuilt in the coming years. For now there are still a few things to enjoy. Lill and I took this opportunity to take the air…and a few pictures too. The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum Grass and glass and sabre-toothed tigers. LACMA’s Pavilion of Japanese Art in the distance and the largest tar pit in the foreground. Urban Lights by Chris Burden My favorite, Levitated Mass! and the new golf-ball building for the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences.
My shoe basket by the door has got to overflowing and I’m wondering why. How can a person who goes nowhere and does nothing have so many shoes?! I have no going-to-work shoes, or shoes for weddings or funerals (I keep thinking I really should get a pair of such shoes) but look at all these shoes. I do have a pair of fancy sandals and dancing flats, I just remembered! They’re not here because they’re in boxes in my closet. So: 1-warm slippers, 2-slippers for relief of plantar fasciitis, 3-flips that are 80% worn out but I don’t want to throw them away, 4-new flips that Lona walked 12 miles in a pair just like them, 5-Birks that are so comfortable for kicking around and cured my plantar fasciitis, 6-hiking sandals (aspirational really, like I’ll be hiking anytime soon), 7-running shoes (aspirational really, like I’ll be running anytime ever), 8-garden shoes. And with the fancy sandals and dancing flats that makes 10 pairs of shoes. Ten pairs of shoes and nothing for jury duty. And I used to go out. I used to go to work every day and to parties. I must have pitched all those shoes over…
I know, my Hair, omg, out of covid-control. This is the wonderful group with whom I have been reading Attar’s Conference of the Birds for months now, and it’s been a weekly delight. Hilda is responsible for making it happen, and as always, YAY Hilda. Every week I appreciate ‘us’ more, I think because we know each other better and what we say comes with context. The book and the discussions are quite spiritual and those who know me know I’m incapable of spiritual thought but I’ve been enjoying it anyway and today I realized why. You don’t have to believe in a supreme being, or the afterlife, or reincarnation, or the supernatural to get something out of the book. For me we live all our lives in one go, here in the life we have now and that’s it, but the principles still apply because we, (like the phoenix, the story we just read) have reinvented ourselves often and we hope we’ve learned more of life’s lessons each time. Judy, me, Luna, Victoria, Hilda
The Tunnel! I got my first covid vaccine shot today. Wow am I happy. It’s neck and neck, and I’m hoping for an across-the-tape tie, the second shot and the two weeks wait after that for 95% immunity Or/And the last of my wounds from The Incident closing. I’m old, and I think we all need a break from all this so EYE can GO Somewhere and DO Something. I got the Moderna. The needle is pointing to the end of the line.
Things To DO Some thoughts, all including some places I have never seen, all about 6 weeks. Oh yes baby. . Wild Frontiers Tours Central Asia Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan – 2 minibuses are used, so no one will be cramped. Tajikistan – 4WD vehicles are used but with only 2 travelers in the back seat. Uzbekistan – A coaster bus is used (a bit smaller than standard coach bus). Turkmenistan – A coach bus is used. . Will Mindy still be in Jordan Alexandria/Cairo Amman Doha Abu Dhabi/Dubai . Antwerp and around designed by B&K then by train: Luxembourg Bern Lucerne Zurich . Italy! some places where I’ve been and others where I haven’t a week in the Adriatic sailing along the Dalmatian Coast (Dubrovnik to Triste) or mess with ferries and fewer/longer stays Venice Florence On the road between Pisa and Genoa including Cinque Terre Amalfi/Positano Leaving at least one week in the south
On Jo Ann’s wall. . Alex and Carol are looking at getting a bigger boat. Engine porn for Alex. . Should I clip off those about-to-be flowers? I asked Lill and I know she’ll tell me! . I watched One Night in Miami in reflection of MLK Day. It’s pretty good, worth watching for the historical value alone especially if these actors don’t look familiar in their rolls.
I’m going to try to get this picture bigger..this is how big we can do now. Oh my goodness, they’re all together! Rupa and Anil’s two daughters and their families both live in cities far from home so they don’t often have the chance for them all to be together in Vadodara (formally Baroda) very often. Rupa’s 75th birthday did the trick! Tanya’s husband Rakshit, Tanya, Meghan, Meghan’s husband Deval. Anil, Meghan’s daughter Shakti, Rupa, Tanya’s daughter Mishka.
I finally got the kitchen mostly cleaned up. Ha! The rug is reflected in the oven door. I’m one person and an occasional guest, so why is the kitchen always in need of a tidy-up? I’ve been on a bit of a cooking binge. It will pass soon I’m sure but for the time I’ve got tasty dishes packed up in the freezer. A ‘funny’ thing happened. I got a delivery from Whole Foods and the picker seemed to have choices of his own. I wanted whole carrots and he brought baby carrots. OK, at least they’re in the carrot family. I wanted chicken thighs and he brought pork chops. Now that’s a leap, especially since so many people don’t eat pork. No problem though, I took it as a challenge and cooked some super-delicious pork chops. Here’s a totally unrelated matter. Letterkenny. Why is this show so great? Kooky Canadians. Oh man, LOL.
But this was definitely not a pretty day. But was this the day we deserved? For letting Trump have his way all these years? For electing the scorpion? The Scorpion and the Frog via Wikipedia. “A scorpion, which cannot swim, asks a frog to carry it across a river on the frog’s back. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung by the scorpion, but the scorpion argues that if it did that, they would both drown. The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. Midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway, dooming them both. The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung despite knowing the consequence, to which the scorpion replies: “I couldn’t help it. It’s in my nature.”” .
My first BATH in 5+ months, since The Incident, and it was glorious, fanTAStic, a New Year’s JOY. My wound care nurse said it would be ok and we scheduled it so that he’d come just as I was finishing. Good thing too considering I still have a 1.7 inch diameter open wound where I sit, but I’m So Much Better I could take a BATH. In these trying times a bath can feel like a weekend trip to the spa!
AND Surprise (they’ve kept it a secret…), TeeTee is pregnant and the baby is coming at the end of the month! All photos thanks to TeeTee and Lona. Lona is retired?! Yes! Lona and Trevor have hired a property management company to take care of the day to day operation of the rentals effective January 1. I’ll add that Lona is six years older than I am and going strong. . First course, Lona’s favorite soup, followed by a pretty yummy composed salad if I do say so, followed by Windy’s new specialty, cream puffs, Lona’s favorite, followed by gifts and cheers for Retirement, soon to be taken up by Baby Time! Not always 6′ but we did our best. A small congratulations for TeeTee, and SEE’S, always cut in half so you don’t waste yourself on ones you don’t like. We three sisters are See’s Candy devotees. No occasion is truly festive without a box of See’s.
Watch me now! (This is btw, the highlight of my New Year.) Click; Make it Full Screen; ENJOY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn3KWM1kuAw . . And now, if you want, you can have a stroll down memory lane and enjoy the source with this version from Dirty Dancing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijK0WTB_-RY
All the spots are from the crystals in the window…baby rainbows.Sometimes it’s like a rainbow forest in the kitchen and I love it. The kitchen is so small with doors on two walls so I can’t manage to get much in a single shot. There’s the sink side and the stove side. Rainbows, living room, dining room, bedroom, kitchen, service porch, Santa Monica Click this link: For the story of the bathroom.
The last post from 2020, from outside my house on Christmas Eve. Wow, the tree lights fill the house. I hadn’t noticed it before! . My neighbor across the street, and my neighbor to the south. . My sisters on Christmas morning…just rolled out of bed. Windy and Jeff, and Lona and TeeTee. New Year’s Eve at the Pier. The mural will be cool. The artist said to come back in a couple of weeks, so that’s on my to-do list. The other picture is of all Marija and Brian’s children and their families. That is so sweet!
There is a world out there beyond my door and with the exception of the drive to the desert, and a couple of walks to the store, and a trip to the Garden Center, and the valley deliveries, I haven’t been out of the house for so long I don’t even know how long. It feels safe and comfy here inside my little house. . My next-door neighbor to the north, her garden facing the street. Her front windows are safe from the view of the cars, but also shaded from the light. . I was and remain a little uncertain about this bush (so much dead-heading required, so much dead-heading not done) but awww so sweet. . I got this delivery a week+ ago and now there are no delivery slots available. That’s a lot of groceries, and yet now I need more.
Windy and I drove out to Yucca Valley to deliver gifts and pick up gifts and have a very distant visit with Liz, Gary, and Dev. That’s the yucca tree in front of their house. Wow, right?! We saw the mammoth sculpture from the highway and tried to stop for a nice roadside attraction. But no, closed for the covid. We’ll check back another time. We did spend 10 minutes just watching the little yellow bird (full-on telephoto in the camera And in the computer..”there it is, oh wait no, there it is…). It was a delight!
Every December we Monday Nighters have our favorite event of the year. Alicia hosts and makes a perfect turkey, dressing, and gravy, we all bring our assigned contribution for a perfect Thanksgiving meal. We dress up, we exchange a mountain of gifts, and it is So Much Fun not the least because it’s a night that is always the same and has been since the beginning of time. Except now, in the time of covid. We did our best and everyone had FUN. Marsha, me, Ann, Alicia, Marija with Ljubica on the phone, Lourdes, Becky (due to technology constraints Ljubica and Maxine couldn’t make it)
Every year I keep adding a few birds and pretty soon I’m going to have a Bird Tree. If I was a better person I’d stage these pictures more carefully and figure out the lighting. Apparently I’m ok with the way it is… . Here are some Holiday funnies. My holiday angels are protected by a face guard…and this is how I look these days. Lordy.
The dog is four years old but new to Muriel, and a delight. They come here so Maggie can have some time off-leash to RUN. You can tell she’s been playing in the grass. The pictures were a last minute thought, Maggie is leashed-up and ready to go, and please don’t worry, these are telephoto grab shots, we stayed apart and totally wore masks except for two minutes to snap the pictures.
Recently Steve and Celina moved up to Ventura from the San Fernando Valley and are doing a massive remodel of their new downsized home. They took me on a zoom-tour of the project and it was so much fun! The outside is finished including adding a new room and spiffing up the patio. January 3rd they are moving into a nearby Residence Inn to get the work on the inside done. It’s so exciting (and stressful for them..) and in four months it’ll all be over, and it’s going to be great!
Aren’t we all watching SO Much Television?! The above picture is from a wonderful program. The first 3 seasons are called Midnight Diner and the next 2 seasons are called Midnight Diner – Tokyo Stories. The Tokyo Stories I think are the best maybe because they got into the swing of the format. You meet all the characters in the first set though. However you see them, each episode is a jewel you rotate in your hand, admiring every facet. Here are some more shows I’ve enjoyed in the time of Covid. Of course I’ve seen many many more, and there are more that I would note but just can’t remember. Rake; The Crown; Father Brown; Death in Paradise; High Fidelity (tv series); Perry Mason (the new one); Tin Star; Catastrophe; Mystery Road; Sanditon; Better Things; Barry; Pen15; Insecure; Chernobyl; Schitts Creek; Travels with My Father; Hap and Leonard; Russian Doll; The Good Place; Good Omens; Delhi Crime; Prime Suspect (w/Helen Mirren); I May Destroy You; Midnight Diner and Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories; Endeavour; Bosch; New Tricks; Boston Legal (I watched it for the third time); The Closer; Red Oaks; Fleabag; Wolf Hall; Justified; Rizzoli and Isles; Episodes; Jeopardy (reruns);…
This happens SO often. I’ve contacted the city asking for red paint on the curb of my driveway to highlight when someone is illegally parked. Would I be fussing over this in busier more normal times? Yes. I think yes. Who wants to drive over a curb to get in or out of the driveway? No one! I also think there have been more problems because the hospital is busier, and since the day care school opened on the corner. Parking enforcement came by, wrote a ticket and called the owner, and then the owner moved the car. No big deal to that guy. “You can’t park here.” “Sure I can, it just costs $75.” An example of why fixed fines (and cash bail) are an unfair form of justice.
For years now – 4-5-6 – Lilly has done matching for the Monday Nighters Secret Santa. This time she told everyone who they got on zoom’s private chat so I don’t even know who has who. Good job Lilly (everyone is clapping!). Marsha, me, Ann, Alicia, Marija, Becky, Lourdes, Lilly