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…..starting off with a great Sunday spent with the awesome Tina Marie…..We totally went whole hog at Marston’s in Pasadena but it wasn’t too terribly bad as we split everything….and besides, I didn’t eat the potatoes!

IMG 5553They coat the French Toast with Corn Flakes and it’s amazing!  Have you ever seen so much food on such a little table?  I’m so sad to report that dear Mary, the wonderful waitress at Marston’s is no longer with us.  She cheerfully waited on folks there until the age of 93 and always remembering you with a loving greeting….she will be greatly missed!

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I didn’t get caught in the rain…probably because I took a big umbrella.  The sky was amazing and I could see the storm approaching as I drove home…

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Cuties Emma and Nikka stopped by………

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Monday was time to play with the Pie.  Laurie & I fueled up at Nordstrom’s Bar Verde…..IMG 5571

One has to be a little bad……We split this…..sooooooo good!IMG 5579

If you’ve never tried on hats with a friend you’ve missed one of the joys of life.  Time for selfies……IMG 5584

Vote for me for ‘Queen of the May’……IMG 5593

Maybe a bigger crown is better…….

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O.K., moving on to hats……..

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I was thrilled to pieces seeing a full page ad for Lisa See’s ‘China Dolls’ in The New York Times announcing the paperback addition of her book.

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Tuesday Susan Marie, here from Guatemala…..taking a private class studying Landscape painting.

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The Wisteria is starting to bloom on the walkway.IMG 5632

I always love seeing Olga walking Jasper…..

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Time for Daffodil’s at Trader Joe’s…..IMG 5650

Thursday I did a workshop at Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills……..what an amazing place!

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We worked hard….painting Poppies, Cyclamen and Butterflies…..

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Thank you Tanya for the lovely lunch……IMG 5668

Delightful having lunch poolside……IMG 5671

The butterflies were a big hit at the end of the day……

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That night I picked up dinner at The Cheesecake Factory for Mom and Nikka.  I’m hooked on their bread….with tons of butter of course!

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Next day I was interviewed on /….live streaming ‘Talk to Ruth’.


Nikka is determined to hide from me whenever I try to take her picture.

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Ruth had asked me to bring my book and brushes…etc….

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Too much fun…..IMG 5700Thank you Ruth for the ‘Kyoto Flower’….a perfect remembrance ‘till I return to Kyoto in the fall!

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Engineer Brian and I had to fool around a bit too!  I asked why the program was only an hour as it went by so quickly & I could have done the bla, bla bla for another two hours at least!IMG 5709

Time to fuel up at Din Tai Fung at Americana….Get the pork dumplings and green beans!IMG 5718

Yummy sweet and sour soup……IMG 5720

What’s left of the pork fried rice…..IMG 5721

To market, to market we go…..Let’s have a Starbuck’s Frappuchino first…..IMG 5723

Denise stopped by before Calligraphy…..IMG 5725

Oh my Denise, how can I ever thank you for this beautiful Jade pendant????IMG 5732

Amy brought these beautiful Yellow Roses for Nikka.  Love the Butterflies!

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IMG 5739Nikka and Amy hard at work in the office!IMG 5748

Nikka and Amy at Wokano…..

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These two are sooooo cute but they hate to have their picture taken & hide from me….

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Sushi chefs at work…..

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Thank you dear Amy for a delicious dinner & lovely evening!  Miso soup, Sushi, Garlic Shrimp and Fried Rice with everything.

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Bye for now….

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Sending you Butterflies of Love and wishes for a beautiful week!

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