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Daily Life 2018
Aloha HAWAII Mahalo!
Ca-Li-FOR-ni-A! (It's a Nation State)
Mexico and the Caribbean Islands
Daily Life 2017
USA - the WEST
Entertaining Sites Around LOS ANGELES
USA - the EAST
Central and South America
Daily Life 2015
Amazing INDIA
Daily Life 2016
Daily Life 2014
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Daily Life 2012
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Daily Life 2001-2003 (in my Gray People phase)
Gran'ma's photos
neither here nor there

'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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October 31

Halloween! These are Angela's pictures from the Jefferson Costume Parade. Awww...Sooo Sweet.

Here we have Lilly, Roxie, Lilah, Lilli, Madelena, Miller, Kaitlyn


I made this with the girls. We had fun and remarkably the fruit was delicious.

I love this picture.

Darryl, Kaitlin, Lilly


Some pictures from Liz on Halloween night.


October 30

From Cynthia, here's Kai, unquestionably the star of Puppy Class!


October 29

Nancy and Sharon at the Getty, which you can tell from the gorgeous travertine wall behind them.

October 27

Lilly and her friend Nico striking a pose.

It's movie night at Jefferson Elementary! I wondered how it happened - it's the same construction as a bounce house. They blew it up and the truck rolled away then we watched a Smurf movie while the kids off-and-on watched the movie and ran around in delight to be permitted the grass hill. You can't play on the hill during school so it's of course a total kid magnet.


October 24-26 Viva Las Vegas!

Dancing Waters at the Bellagio. More pictures of 36 hours in Las Vegas with Paul.

October 22

This last happened September 2016 and I checked back on the weather - no heat wave as we're having now. (For future reference I do have a cold sore from a cold I never got.) But it did go away for most of a year so I'm hopeful!

I have something and it has a name and it is not good!

I've been smelling smoke on and off for a while now and it's impossible for me to tell when it's real and when it's not. When it seems unlikely to be real I ask around and no one else smells it.

From The Smithsonian magazine: "Brief episodes of phantom smells or phantosmia – smelling something that's not there – can be triggered by temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, or head trauma. Phantosmia is also associated with Alzheimer's and occasionally with the onset of a migraine."

Hmmm, temporal lobe seizures, epilepsy, head trauma, Alzheimer's...and I read somewhere else that it could be a brain tumor. Great. I'm going to wait awhile and see if it goes away. Most likely though it's just a sinus condition.

October 20

What a beautiful day for a beach walk with Sharon and then...

...Marsha invited me to join her at Disney Hall for a concert. We ate first at that place opposite the Broad...

...and then heard some excellent Mahler and a couple of other pieces by composers I'd never heard, conducted by a 100 pound 29 year old Lithuanian waif-woman named Mirga Graþinytë-Tyla.

October 18

Another picture of Cynthia's Kai, with a mouse for scale.


It's a STOVE! I had leftover cookie dough in the fridge from Tuesday and that stove wasn't in it's slot for two minutes before we, me and Windy, baked us up a tray of cookies. OK!

That the oven door isn't exactly flush on one side but is on the other is BUGGIN'!

October 17

Pauli and I met at the Otis College of Art and Design to see their Pacific Standard Time contribution.

The school first opened in 1918 (WOW, I did not know that) followed by a long list of name changes, partnerships, and changing missions.

It looked like a very cool school with an enrollment of a little over 1,000.

"Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas"

My favorite collection was a bunch of piñatas with one of the action points being to sell piñata kits so you can make your own. I liked that idea because who keeps all those supplies on hand in our increasingly smaller homes.

This is an altar piece with a lot of symbolism that Pauli is reading about but I haven't got to yet.

Several of the works were LA-Latin America crossovers which is also my favorites themes among the works on offer.

Then Lilly and Kaitlin and I made cookies!
valley girls
October 16

Two birthdays and Maxine's Halloween Extravaganza. TOO FUN!

The birthday girls are our oldest participant Maryanne on the far right, and our youngest participant Lourdes second from the right.

What freaked out all of us is that Lourdes, and did I mention our youngest who we always call the baby, is SIXTY.


Becky, Ljubicia, Marija, Maxine, Alicia, Ann, Marsha, me, Lourdes, Maryanne

October 14

They didn't have the installation kit and have to come back on Wednesday. Oh well. It's been a year, it can be a few more days.

October 13

Lucky dog me, lunch with Merlyn and Hilda (Hilda who, being so young, is still working)...

...and dinner with Liz, Gary, and Dev. And birthday flowers toasted with Prosecco in honor of Liz and my birthdays. Thank you!

October 11-12

Check it out here for 24 hours in Catalina with Bonnie:
October 10

Ever since school started we have been so busy from pick-up time at 2:30 until final good-nights around 8:30. Busy busy busy...and nothing but Fun!

October 9

I've been very lax in pictures this month. Here are a few I didn't take and one I did.

Windy and Jeff having a selfie on their vacation/car show in Pennsylvania.


I'm going to Catalina with Bonnie on Wednesday, back on Thursday and it should be fun.


Sweet Addie Rose at a Renaissance Faire.


I got a plant, the Peace Lilly which is supposed to be good for the air. It also needs attending so I have no idea how long it will last. It cost 16 dollars and I've already enjoyed it 16 dollars worth so all is well.

October 7

Cynthia's adorable new puppy! I'm not sure which color is closest to his actual color, probably the one on the left since that's the one Cynthia took.

He's a Miniature Australian Shepherd and I don't know his name yet. Stay tuned!

October 4

This was fun, dinner and show with Ken, Bill, and Cheryl.

October 1-3

Alex, doing everything.

Totally fun projects with Kaitlin.

Marija with homemade Slivovitza from back home served from her mother's pitcher. She said 'Penny, make me a pretty young woman!'.

Windy and Jeff in Philadelphia admiring the Liberty Bell.
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