Friday, July 7, 2017


To the Ahmanson--Jess got free tickets to the Scottish Ballet's "A Streetcar named Desire" --
wonderful ballet and fun, fun dinner afterwards.

Kids and I went to the Long Beach Aquarium for a special meeting with the otters who had been trained to get food when they put a paw through the window opening.  This delighted the kids--

as did these hungry birds loving the sweet syrup in Max's hand--delighted and a bit freaky!!

Then a visit from Sarah and Alan and Christina.
Toby recognized all--and seemed very happy.


 I love these hands--sister and cousin and Toby, together through the years.

Thai dinner in beautiful downtown Burbank!

Saturday brunch with the PK's and Amelia.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Toby's 77th and More....

Vincent and Arden (and small dog) celebrate Toby's 77th at Ardenville.

Max and Jess (with Sam and Maddie) celebrate Toby's 77th with eclairs.

Rachel, David, Gwen and Simon celebrate Toby's 77th with song!

Other celebrations:

Parent's Night at Edison.

Maddie's bridging ceremony for Girl Scouts.


Sam's brilliant outdoor TV set up with rapt kiddo audience.

Rachel's sweet homecoming from a week in Auckland giving lectures.


Lea's happiness with her new cornrows.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Monsters at Point Reyes
The Monsters (aka our story telling group) met at the end of April to tell, write, commune, eat and play at Point Reyes!
Some of us on the way to our rental from SFO.
Jay at the Muir Redwood Forest.
Our rental--empty chairs waiting for us all 9 of us.
Steffen, having grown up in the Bay area brought us to this area, a place he loves. 

Wending our way down to his favorite beach--Limantour Beach.

A horizon like it was hundreds of years ago--unblemished by oil rigs!

Gnoshing time.
Photo time.
Party time:  Japanese drumming.
Play time:  Dancing to the all -women band "Foxes in the Henhouse."
All in all, a great time!!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Carol's Visit
The week before our storytelling group met in Point Reyes, Carol Burnes came out to Burbank for a pre-storytelling visit.
Maddie and Max and Carol and I marched in the Burbank March for Science just near us on the Chandler Bikepath. 
Carol knows these talented artists in LA--Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka--friends of her kids who used to hang around her barn in Weston, MA.   Now they're doing big, bright paintings
and wonderful pottery
which always has a surprise
where the pattern from one side meets the pattern from the other.
I was blown away by their work! 
A very sweet visit to Toby who smiled broadly when he saw Carol.
And deer on the lawn across the street just as we were leaving!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Kiddo Doings

Max proudly moved up in his Cub Scout Troop from a wolf to a bear.

This Saturday, the troop spent the night at the LA Zoo.  Among other exciting things the kids were given night vision goggles and went on an animal (stuffed--not real, not taxidermy-type) hunt.

Parents' Night at Edison Elementary School: 


Maddie explaining her work.

Max's essay on the plenty of Chocorua!.


Another yummy Max look!

Neat thing for me:  Maddie happened to be on the playground on my morning walk past the school.  We chatted for a brief minute through the fence before the kids were all called in.  You can see her in her pink shirt running towards class.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Started at least a week ahead of time by an invite from Julie to creatively dye eggs at her house.
Some of our endeavors.
 Then Jess and Sam brought eggs, dye, cups, spoons, etc. over to Ardenville so Toby could watch the egg dying.  Daisy, Toby's wonderful and sweet caretaker from Rehab days, dyed a few--saying she'd never done it before!
On Easter Sunday I had appetizers and cool drinks for Sam and Jess' group who walked over for the  egg hunt.
by Fiona
and by Max.
Finding treats in the plastic eggs
while the grown-ups sat in the shade. 
Finally, back at Sam and Jess', a sumptuous lunch under Sam's newly completed pergola.

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 Root Beer 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.