March 24

This is the train station in Glendale, built in 1923 small and sweet and charming as can be.


Joanne and her string ensemble played an hour of Bach and it was delightful. The sound was amazing, and standing room only.


That's Joanne in the foreground on the cello.


After the concert I fooled around at home for a while and then had an early dinner with Windy and Jeff at Guido's, an all around nice day.

It was LA Marathon day too and I didn't know it until this morning. Why didn't I know? I felt bugged...how could I miss that? I don't know!


March 23

This is a picture I took with Xander's phone and I couldn't see a thing. I'm sorry about all the off bits but I'm putting here anyway to remember our fine outing. We ate, visited, played word games, and saw Captain Marvel at the ArcLight. Fun fun fun.

Windy, Xander, Kaitlin, Oliver, Angela, Lucas, Darryl, Lilly


Lucas took this selfie - cousins in beards.

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March 21

I did a bit of the Brown's yearly landlord project with Lona and her assistant Cindi today, rent increases, interest payments, etc. Mostly Cindi does it all these days. We used to try to get it finished in one go but now Cindi can do it in parts over several days and we're all so much more relaxed.


March 20

Kathleen made a great dinner and her friend Carolynn was there too. Kathleen has another close friend, Katherine, so Kathleen, Carolynn, and Katherine...it took me a while...

A few pictures around Kathleen's house.


So fragrant.


How could I choose...


...Awww. There's another cat and an adorable dog who live here too. I'll know I'm old when I do finally get myself that cat.


March 19

Three of the Browns were in town from Hawaii to have college tours for Charis, that was nice, and in a few days the Kings will be in town to tour colleges for Xander. We all hope they both choose HERE.

Then during our Monday Night potluck the hostess took a spill on an ice cube, a total accident that could happen to anyone. The flurry of the 911 response not to mention the hip surgery that followed is a reminder, accidents happen and it's worse when you're old.

Here's Trevor and his four pairs of glasses all for different purposes. He thinks he might have the right number now.


March 16

Happy Birthday DEV! Still "in your forties"...


March 15

Not my pictures!

But finally down at the beach this morning I got to marvel at a super-nice wave of the migrating Painted Lady butterflies passing through So Cal for the last few days on their way north. A wave, a swarm, so many.

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What a beautiful day, so bright and fresh.


March 13

We three sisters had a fine day in honor of Lona, my much older sister and family matriarch's birthday. I won't tell you how old she is but the initials are Seventy EIGHT. Eighty, just around the corner, isn't what it used to be, right?!

Our itinerary: wander around the Ojai Valley Inn and have a delicious lunch. Have a tour and a tasting at Ojai Olive Oil. Stroll through gardens at Meditation Mount. Check out the pottery at Firestick. Have an appetizer dinner and Lona's favorite free dessert, Hula Pie at Duke's.


At the Ojai Valley Inn just outside the restaurant.

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Ojai Olive Oil, the best olive oil that ever there was, according to our very enthusiastic guide.

Lona Windy self-portrait
This tasting room was packed at the beginning and we just hung around trying every combination. You're seeing just a small corner of the expanse of possibilities.


Lights in the olive trees above the gathering area for the tour.


At the pottery place this was my favorite piece, and not even pottery.

Bummer, the road was closed leading up to Meditation Mount so we went for a little walk around town instead.

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Hula Pie at Duke's! Happy Birthday Loni!!


March 11

Sharon and I walked along Palisades Park and it was lovely.


March 10

Hilda is reading The Autobiography of a Yogi for the first time and had never been to the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, so we went, and her friend Mahzad came too.

Across the lake from the chapel.


The flowers from the tree above.


One of the many shrines along the walk around the lake.


Hilda outside the chapel.

The temple is on the top of the hill above the arches that can be reached by car from the road or you can walk up on stairs from the garden. Hilda and Mahzad enjoyed the journey up the stairs while I found a sunny spot and read my book!


They have water features...


...and plants.

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That's me and Mahzad in the Hidden Grotto, with Paramahansa Yogananda himself, all the rage in my hippie days.

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March 8

I'm having a tenant leave on March 31 and the very next day I'm set to go to Kauai for the month. Let's see how this plays out!


March 7

So...the tooth is gone, the infection is gone, that's all good, I think you can hardly tell, and I have not been in particular discomfort for even a moment. But, I do have to go back. SIX times. Not the one-and-done I was hoping for but oh well, the dentist didn't think my bone was in good enough shape to do it all at once. So in an abundance of caution...SIX more visits:

1-have the bone graft
2-have the graft stitches out
3-place the implant
4-have the implant stitches out
5-mold for the crown
6-have the crown put in.

And that's assuming the mold they took previously is good enough for the 'spacer' they want me to wear until it's all done about eight or ten months hence.


March 5

Susie and Ken on the occasion of their FIFTIETH Wedding Anniversary. WOW, Mazel Tov! Thanks for the photo Susie!

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From Sunday, Lill and Tony's dog Marty...Tornado Marty. He's very sweet and yet just for some puppy-reason, had an unfortunate altercation with a pillow.


March 3

Ingalill and I went up to the Getty Center today for lunch and some photo ops.


It was a gorgeous day and because of all the rain the surfaces were so clean and bright.


I looked back at my other visits to the Getty Center and found a reference where I had said a tour guide told us architect Richard Meier chose this color on a whim, and it's the only colored structure I can think of at the Center.

In the distance you can see Martin Puryear's "That Profile," commissioned for the site in 1999. It's been here since the beginning and I like it.


No matter how many times you visit the Getty Center you will see something in a different way.


Outside the West Wing.


Lill getting her shot.


We got there early enough to wander around without bumping shoulders with the crowd that filled the plaza about an hour later.


The sculpture is called Angel of the Citadel by Marino Marini 1948-9. There is more to him than you can see here as well as, well, more. You can ask google to tell you all about it.


Seated Cardinal by Giacomo Manzł, Italian, 1975 - 1977, Bronze.


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I'm always keeping an eye out for fossils in the travertine.


We couldn't visit the garden or the sculpture garden with the Walking Flower and Jousters because, we supposed, of the rain.


The azaleas were really kickin' it.


Love this sculpture but I forgot to check the name and artist.


Walking down the path to the succulent garden...


...and looking over the succulents to downtown.


Reflect-o at the tram station.


March 2

From Cynthia, the adorable Kai and a snow bank. It stays like that until Spring!

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March 1

Nancy was rolling through town and stopped by for a quick visit on the way back to Santa Barbara. Bye Nancy, it was lovely to see you.

 




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