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Ca-Li-FOR-ni-A! (It's a Nation State)
Mexico and the Caribbean Islands
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USA - the WEST
Entertaining Sites Around LOS ANGELES
USA - the EAST
Central and South America
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Amazing INDIA
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'17 December
Ho Ho HO!
'17 November
Giving thanks.
'17 October
'17 September
Home a lot, plus the amazing Yosemite.

Also click here for, wow,
the Total Eclipse of the SUN.
'17 August
'17 June
Here for one week+ and then Bon Voyage.
'17 May
Five weeks home between trips. My house makes me smile.

Links to April's Hawaii adventures:
Kauai and The Big Island.
'17 March
Last month home before my 'Travel Season' kicks in.
'17 February
Hearts and roses.
'17 January
Here I go, rapidly closing in on SEVENTY YEARS OLD. SEVENTY.

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September 26-28

This has been going on for a while now, pictures and processing that is, and the ad is in! Lona and Hartley's home of 50 years is remodeled, refreshed, all shined up and ready to rent.

No worries! They are most happily ensconced in a fabulous 180 degree ocean view apartment in the Marina in a complex with bbq patios, pools, a gym, concierge service and All That Jazz, where they've been for about 2 1/2 years now since shortly after Hartley's stroke.

Here they are, Trevor and Lona, clicking 'Publish!'.

And during this time I also had a couple of walks - with Muriel along Palisades Park and with Sharon down on the beach path.

I photoshopped out all the trash cans and traffic cones and awkward people that were cluttering up my picture.

September 26

Big Day with Thanks to Alex! Remember how busy I was waiting for the range hood...

...and waiting for my picture. The artist named this work Big Red. I'm a mighty happy gal and now I'm moving on!

Here's the photo again from when I was in Arnhemland in Australia visiting with the artist while he was making my picture!

And Alex replaced the cap tiles on the roof too! Wow, Tick Tick Tick. What a day!

September 24

The Huntington Library and Gardens always has delights on offer. Nancy and I went out here on a gorgeous SoCal day of bright blue skies and gentle breezes.

The Chinese Garden...

...and the picture every visitor does not fail to take home.

They also had a Pacific Standard Time exhibit called "Visual Voyage: As part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, The Huntington will present an extensive exhibition surveying the connections among art, science, and the environment in Latin America, from the voyages of Columbus to the publications of Charles Darwin in the mid-19th century."

The botanical drawings was my favorite part but no photos allowed inside the gallery.

I was taking Nancy home and we ended up on La Brea and Oh WAIT PINK'S! Yummmm. So we stood in line and it was wonderful as ever it was.

Then I got a message...

...Pauli had an extra ticket because one of her daughters couldn't make the show so did I want to join her and Lauretta at the Ahmanson to see The Red Shoes.

Why thank you very much that would be wonderful!

Pauli and Lauretta in our seats. True. Second Row Center. Did I luck out or WHAT?!

September 22

Sharon is back in town after being away for a month so we went for Our Walk along Palisades Park. My dinos are lookin' good.

And color on the bluffs. Check out that little guy in the lower left. I couldn't see him when I was clicking away, hoping to catch him in a shot.
September 21

Happy Happy Birthday KAITLIN! Twelve years old and full of adorable.

Making a wish!

Gary, Lilly, Kaitlin, Liz, and Dev wishing Kaitlin a wonderful year ahead.

self-portrait Lona
September 20

Windy wanted to go on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for her birthday and her two sisters wanted nothing more than to take her.

Here are plenty of pictures for our memory and for you to get the idea.

Here's Windy standing on the bandstand in the center of the Gilmore Girls set...Gilmore Girls and 1000 other shows and movies as well.

And here she is, the birthday girl playing the part of Rachel on the real couch as we were reminded by the staff no less than 15 times. They actually played out a scene with the rest of the cast plugged in to the final video.

Windy was the best of course, and she had Fun.


...and Michael Keaton's car.

It's The West Wing. The good old days.

Windy, making a green screen video...

...that we were able to buy! This is a still from Windy's Academy Award winning performance.
And I would especially like to thank my sisters without whom...
Lona Windy
An optical illusion. It was fun, not crowded, interesting, and Windy was happy!

Then for lunch we went around the corner to the Smoke House, George Clooney's favorite restaurant (according to the guide...).

September 19

I had a lunch date with Pauli today and we caught up with our mutual home improvement schedules. We are taking our time. We soldier on!

I'm really busy at the moment.

As I've said (ad infinitum...), I do one thing at a time on this house project. I'm really busy at the moment because I'm doing two things. 1) I'm waiting for the range hood from the warehouse. And 2) I'm waiting for the picture from Australia.

I can hardly keep track.

September 17

Don't watch the new season if you haven't seen season 1. Season 1 is good and I don't know if season 2 will even work. If you watch the first episode of season 2 first, season 1 will be spoiled!

September 16

LYNN! She had her 70th birthday with the gang in Yosemite and a few days later 50 people gathered in Congratulations! for her fabulous accomplishment.


September 15

Susan and Michael who hosted me so generously in Australia are passing through LA on their way to a new three year posting in Cherbourg, France.

They left three of the four grown kids back in the house in Canberra and with the four bedroom house in Cherbourg, if you want to stay for a visit you'd better get your rezzie in early!

September 14 Happy Birthday Lilly!

Lilly picked her birthday dinner at PF Changs where they have her favorite, mango and avocado sushi rolls.

Angela, Darryl, Dev, Liz, Kaitlin, Gary, the Birthday Girl
Happy Birthday to YOU!
Kaitlin Lilly
Kaitlin Lilly
September 14 Happy Birthday Carol!

I got to join in for Carol's birthday outing in DTLA. Here we are on the roof of Disney Hall...

...and the mosaic fountain.

We actually started at the Cathedral where parking is easy and expensive.

There was a Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibit at the main library (Latin American and Latino Art in LA) and it was wonderful. It wasn't supposed to be available for a few more days but lucky us, here it is!

Check out the website because there are exhibts Everywhere.

Here's something from the website:

"The Library Foundation of Los Angeles (LFLA) will present Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A., an exhibition and associated public programs celebrating the Zapotec language as a key lifeline sustaining shared cultural experience in Mexico, Los Angeles, and beyond. Zapotec is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, and Los Angeles is home to the largest population of indigenous Oaxacans outside of Mexico. Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A. will recognize the importance of the Oaxacan presence in Southern California and explore contemporary realities of indigenous culture.

"The project will include an installation in the Los Angeles Central Library’s Rotunda by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos, a short documentary by Oaxacan filmmaker Yolanda Cruz, and a series of 60 public programs across Los Angeles with visual artists, scholars, poets and writers. Programs, many of which will be multi-lingual, will be presented as part of LFLA’s acclaimed ALOUD literary and performance series and as community workshops in select locations of the Los Angeles Public Library."

September 11

Ben, Carl, Richard, me, Les, Ken, Josh, in memory of Alberto.

September 6

Off to Yosemite tomorrow! Pictures might take a while.

September 4

Look what the new clean windows are doing through the prisms in the bathroom. Now I want rainbows!

September 3

I could be doing something. I know of many things I could be doing but instead I'm moving from under one fan to under another to sitting in the 4pm breeze between my two open doors watching tv on my computer. Not a bad day really.

The computer says this is the last day in the 80s so HURRAY for that!

September 2

I thought I was going to have a coffee and a little visit with my neighbor Kathleen but she said "Let's go to the beach!" so I said "ok!" and here we are.

A real estate agent is on duty 24/7.

It was hot, not terrifyingly hot, but oh yes shade was the order of the day.

More shade!

Later in the was Dapper Day at LACMA - look at some of what you could do!

"It's a day and night full of art, fashion, film, music, and dancing centered around Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. You're invited to bring your own style to the party—from vintage-inspired classics to chic, contemporary looks.

"...Other DAPPER DAY events includes extended gallery hours, the season finale of Latin Sounds, and a late-night dance party by Urban Light with a DJ and special dance floor. We hope to see you there, dressed in your best!"

We just saw the shows and then went out for an air-conditioned early dinner!

Nancy treated me to admission and the Chagall show (docent that she is) and it was fantastic.

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage. "The exhibition concentrates on Chagall’s four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, set to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloé by Maurice Ravel (1958), and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967)."

This one is Firebird.

They also had a show of Carlos Almaraz works and I was delighted.

"LACMA gathers 65 pieces for ‘Playing With Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz.’ Though not a comprehensive retrospective, it’s the first full-scale Almaraz show anywhere, and it’s about time."

Oh my goodness what a treat! I didn't take this picture - it was certainly more crowded but I wanted you to see the scale of the pieces.

(internet pic)

September 1

Bonnie and I had a deli brunch, saw a good movie (Columbus, about architecture and a town in Indiana, and less interestingly, about Family Values), and then had a post-movie snack at Nordstrom.

Outside Nordstrom we find this colorful painting and Bonnie loves colors so let's have a photo. But what are those crazy lines? I have no idea!
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