Thursday, April 20, 2017


Burbank Happenings
 
An afternoon out with Max....
 
 
 
Stopping in at Chili John's where Max (usually with his babysitter Natalie) is a Thursday regular.  They poured a Sprite for him before he even asked and seemed to know that he'd ask for lemon pie.
 
 
The first, and only, ones in the theater waiting for "Boss Baby" to begin.
 
 
Several days later, Maddie's "official" b'day party--at a trampoline place (with many bouncing arenas).
 
 

Maddie and girl friends anticipating the candle blow-out.



Afterwards, visiting Toby at Ardenville where Maddie opened presents from friends.



Maddie, stage front, at the Edison School Spring Concert.



Morning tye-dying at Taisie's.

Monday, April 10, 2017


Carmel
 
I went to Carmel for a few days last week
to drop off some of my painted furniture at a gallery in Carmel Valley Village--
 
 
a table full of color,

a child's chair, 

and a chest
 
 
with octopus.

 
Lea met me there.  So comfy on this wicker furniture that she bought the whole set and will (somehow) send it all to their Maine summer house.
.
 
 
Then on to the mid-Eastern boot store
 
 
 
and a late afternoon walk on the beach.
Carmel is lovely--and fun for Lea and I to explore it together.
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Birthdays:
Maddie's 9th!
Simon's 6th!
Maddie's:

 

celebrated on the 22nd--by a visit to Chuck E Cheese 
where the kids amassed a huge number of tickets playing the arcade games


that Sam fed into a machine which gave out a receipt for some kind of (very) small gift at the end.
 
Then the making of a minty-chocolatey cake which was yummy.
And, finally--the celebration!

And, on the other side of the world, our Simon celebrated his 6th birthday four days earlier (well--three days earlier in their time) .
 
a few toys
 
and a birthday lunch.
 
Green?  Maybe because it was St. Patrick's Day here. 

Congrats to my getting-older grand kids!


Friday, March 24, 2017


Spring Cleaning
 
Here's the tedious cleaning part--plus income tax prep:
 
Here's the gorgeous spring part:
 
 
 
Poppies and Lavender,
 
 
 
 
Lemon Blossoms,
 
 
 
 
Jasmine!

Friday, March 17, 2017


Museums and Visitors

 Visitors first...

  

Wyatt Berrier and his co-workers who are participating in a Chain Saw Internship in the forests outside of Santa Barbara came to LA for the International Women's March.
They pitched their tents and camped out in our back yard. 

Hardy (and very sweet) crew!


Next, a visit to LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) with Jess' mom Amelia and Suzanne Siegel.  Fun get-together and fabulous museum.


An Indian chest I particularly like there--that orangy-rose color!

Toby still has that twinkle in his eye

 

as he had a few years ago:
 


And, for those wondering about our New Zealand crew,


it's getting into winter there and the Panama contingent are feeling the cold!


Monday, March 6, 2017


Georgia!!
 
Great trip to the Atlanta area to visit Chris and Francie, meet up with Linda and Jeff.
 
This lovely Gibbs Garden--
 
 
filled with millions of blooming daffodils.
 
 
 
Riding the tram,
 
 
 
mugging for the camera.
 
 
 
 
Gorgeous branches.
 
 
 
Dinner that night with the Peakes:  Caroline, Emily, Sara Cate and Whitney with Auntie Lou.
 
 
 
Rings on Sara Cate's fingers. 
 
 
 
At the Speers' cozy cabin in the mountains.
 
 
 
 
Better than brownies?  Licking the spoons.
Fun, fun visit. Thank you all!
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Last Week
 
Lea came to visit--
 
 
 
Very silly selfie.
 
 
 
Walking back from Maddie and Max's school.

 
Toby in van on the way to a neurology appointment.  He loves these rides--the bumpier, the better!


 
Showing Toby domino tricks at his board and care.  Sam videoed the chain reaction when they all fell down.

 
A cool mural sent by the folks in New Zealand.