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…..began with Rosanne Sachson (in from Portland) phoning me at 7 A.M. to make sure I’d be at Carol’s Salon by 9:30.  O.K., maybe that part wasn’t so perfect as many of you know I’m not exactly a morning person.  I did manage to arrive promptly at 9:30 to be greeted by this charming group. 

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IMG 31999:30 to about 10:00 is the social ‘hour’ where everyone mills about, eating and catching up with one another.  (That’s when I usually straggle in.)  Some of you may remember when I spoke (twice) at the Salon …….a true high point in my life.

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Birthday cake for Ron Fields….

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Here’s the little trouble maker herself….my 7 A.M. caller….. Rosanne mentioned that she & I were present at the very first Salon which was 19 years ago….

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Great fun seeing Sally….

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Carol introduces the days speaker….Artist Sandy Bleifer

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I suggest you go to Sandy’s website to learn of her artistic journey…..fascinating…..especially when she ventured into paper sculptures for a project dedicated to Hiroshima.

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I love this photo….besides the charm of the umbrellas, it shows Carol saying goodbye to everyone as she always has done….it’s so delightful.

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Next stop…..Rosanne followed me to Valerie’s for lunch……After a tour of the garden, the chickens, the bees, Rosanne gave Valerie a tutorial on the correct way to open a bottle of champagne.  The Video is on my Facebook page.

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Prince Emmanuel wonders what all is going on….IMG 3205

Meanwhile, Lady Vanessa and I had a moment of bonding…..

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Did I hear lunch????

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Death by chocolate.  Although this was the very best chocolate cake ever, it was a daunting challenge!IMG 3223

At this point I needed a nap but Rosanne headed off to Koi on Fair Oaks in South Pasadena……

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The salesgirls are all deliriously happy because instead of bonuses they get a yearly trip anywhere in the world they’d like to go!  Sign me up!!!IMG 3245

That’s sooooo you….get it!  (She did.)

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Rosanne chats it up with Linda Davis, owner of Koi so we got to peer into the ‘back room’ to see this coming seasons clothing.

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Special wrapping for Rosanne’s gift for Valerie.  Two standard poodle ornaments, one with a pink bow, the other in blue.  Can you stand it???

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I’m going to show you some of their amazingly creative windows….

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I love the little rubber duckies on top of this one’s head….

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They re-cycle everything and the skirt here is made up of lemmon bags.

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After stopping at mom’s to show her the cruise photo’s I finally called it a day….a perfect day and I wish you the same!


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