Select Page

….as I was leaving Beckman Auditorium last Saturday evening.  Terrible deep down chills and a fever and wondering if I could even make it home.

The great report is that after major self medicating and lots of prayer I was pretty much myself the next day.  However, not to take any chances I cancelled the Oscar viewing party event Amy & I had tickets for.  Amy made a ‘soup of love’ for me and came over……

IMG 5196

IMG 5192

…..and I made popcorn & we watched the Oscars on the large screen TV.  I in my jammies…..

IMG 5199

10930927 893286544067749 8814770785875360372 n

Kita had to get in on the action….

IMG 5200

You know how she loves to dance……IMG 5188

O.K., settle down now….we’re watching the show…..

IMG 5259

So glad I saw Birdman with Lizzie girl!

IMG 5252

Monday I picked up my car at Rusnak.  Eden always takes good care of me and even though I did had to tool around in a loaner for four days, Rusnak picks up the tab for all but the insurance.IMG 5265

Just had to show you Emma who has cornered the market on cool….

IMG 5271

Tuesday Jane V., here from Harvard, enjoyed reading a beautiful letter I had received from Harvard Natural History Museum.  (They love our cards.) I’m delighted to report that they do very well also in Harvard’s Bookstore!IMG 5275

Fun time talking over everything in the world over lunch!

IMG 5276

And of course all things ‘Harvard’ with Sir Charles!IMG 5282

Wednesday morning George (Martin’s dad) stopped by with Jasper and asked if we would like to taste test his home made bread.  Silly question…right?

IMG 5292

This was soooooo good. Nice and crusty on the outside and light and airy inside…… AAAA+ George!

IMG 5294

If you don’t have geraniums somewhere I guess the question is why not!  They’re just about the happiest flower and always if a plant could smile it would surely be a geranium!

IMG 5295

Time to head off to the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills where the trees were decked out in Chinese lanterns.

IMG 5299

….and inside….I think they need Amy’s touch!

IMG 5300

For sure!IMG 5301

Jane & I had a ‘spot of tea’ before the Harvard dinner and I was shocked they didn’t use Lissi’s service.  Plain white cups just won’t do.  I’m lecturing the server on that!

IMG 5302

Meet Juliette Lynch from Boston here to photograph all the goings on at the Harvard event.  She’s not only a photographer and multi-media journalist but an Alexia Foundation winner and a Carnegie-Knight Fellow.  Did I mention she’s tons of fun???

IMG 5311Taking a picture of me taking a picture!

IMG 5312The following is for all my foodies.

A better Caesar than at Parkway Grill….

IMG 5316Grilled Barramundi, roasted tomatoes, quinoa, basil & fennel confit with saffron sauce.IMG 5318

Milk Chocolate Creme Brûlée, fresh berries……IMG 5319

Beautiful artwork everywhere…………

IMG 5369

The Chinese Lanterns at night were even prettier…..IMG 5351

I know I’ve mentioned before the ‘thing’ Kita and our mailman have. IMG 5366

The LA Unified teachers were picketing at the Music Center and may go on strike this coming week.  Let’s support our teachers!IMG 5372

Carol had asked if I’d like to go to the opera with her & Hildegard.  It worked out perfectly as I had made a mental note to try and catch the last performance of ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’ on Sunday. Remember I had seen the set and worker bees finishing up chairs for the set. But first….time for a quick bite.IMG 5377

We hurried thru dinner to hear the pre-opera lecture which is always so interesting and helpful.  This one had people literally packed to the rafters.IMG 5381

Mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne was there and spoke briefly.  You can barely see her white head.

IMG 5383Time for the performance of ‘The Ghosts of Versailles’!IMG 5436

Intermission and refreshments  in the Founders Room and then a little socializing.

IMG 5391

It’s not unusual to run into Peter Adams, artist extraordinaire, at the opera. Hildegard and Carol along with Russian artist Alexy Steel. IMG 5399Am I directing traffic or what?

IMG 5397

Creative set designs, stunning costumes and Patti LuPone as Samira was absolutely sensational!

IMG 5431

Back to food. Carrot Ginger soup at Recess Eatery on Brand……IMG 5437

Ahi Tuna …….IMG 5439

After all, all you really need is love!IMG 5446

Amy came over to work with Nika and ‘just happened’ to bring this exquisite floral creation with her!IMG 5451

Busy us so cold cuts were in order.IMG 5454

We had quite a bit of work to do and Kita started the meeting in her usual style!IMG 5468Class the next day and these peeps could not resist clowning around.  They were loving Amy’s elegant floral creation.IMG 5486The water had little bubbles on the petals that looked like tiny silver balls.  Amy opened each rose petal by hand. It’s fascinating!

IMG 5474

Chef Kaley made me yummy ‘Slutty Brownies’ and we could hardly wait for lunch to have some!IMG 5491

Kathy brought her recently exhibited work, ‘Lone Pine in Mist’ to show the class.IMG 5492

Everyone loved it and a big discussion followed…….IMG 5504

Settling down to work…..IMG 5523

We painted Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies!IMG 5525

Saying goodbye to this painting and hello to the new week!  Wishing you a great one!IMG 5541

Pin It on Pinterest