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Let’s start off with love and hugs for Sir Charles….IMG 0812

But wait….there’s more……Otto and Vicki….our love at first sight couple!  How cute are they!!!

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Mom loves Otto too…

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Enough of this love stuff…What’s for dinner???  Why Gourmet 88 of course!

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O.K., time to open presents….Chanel ‘Platinum Egoiste’ from mom….

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Cards too…..

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IMG 0796Awwwwww…………….

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Thanks for the wine Otto….it was wonderful!

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I’m so glad I went to that wine tasting so I knew what glasses to bring out.  Our favorite Baccarat of course!IMG 0831

Kita felt she was ignored long enough and wanted to join the lovebirds!

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Little did puppy dream she would be off to the vets for her yearly shots in the A.M.  It helped somewhat to be greated by her loverboy……or should I say one of…

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No surprise at the vets that puppy garners new fans….

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She was such a good girl that a trip to Centinella for treats was called for…

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Meanwhile, my weekly stash from Amazon had arrived and added to the clutter….how funny is this!!!

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My first shipment from ‘Try the World’ arrived from Argentina.  Hmmmmm….not so sure about this one.

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Beauty and domesticity were called for on Tuesday.  First stop…’Cinema Secrets’ in Toluca Lake.  I think I just got more stuff to add to the clutter.

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Now this was a good thing….delicious cherries from Trader Joe’s!

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The fountain on the patio gives me so much pleasure so when the motor burned out I had to call Francisco Luna to get his guys out here.  Francisco is amazing….He started working for us many years ago with a crew doing heavy garden clean up & tree topping and thru the years studied to get a contractors license.  I’m so proud of him and call him for all the little things that continually need to be done.  (I try and make a list and bunch them together.)

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This has a five year warranty so all I have to do is remember where I put it!

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The idea to plant the Phalaenopsis  along the walkway to the studio turned out to be a great one as they have all bloomed!

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 John-David, Lizzie’s awesome son has an amazing project that he plans on incorporating an enso into.  Interesting….

IMG 0885He did very well as this isn’t easy!

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 John-David too a picture of my glasses on one of his practice papers so I did too!

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 Special thanks to Family Service Agency for this beautiful plant.  As you can see, I had just the spot for it!

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 O.K., dinner with Tomiko that night and I promised….no photos!

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 We met at Recess Eatery on Brand and as always, I opted for the Ahi Tuna.  Soooo good!

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 Then time to be a little bad…..Mascarpone with Raspberry Sorbet and fresh fruit.

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You remember last week we had a little leak….I thought a new faucet and disposal would fix it….

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Oh no….soooo wrong.  Mr. Genius Plumber discovers something that could be serious….terrible….. horrible…..disastrous if he didn’t fix it. IMG 0914

 Yes, that hole he created had some pipe in it that had been DISCONNECTED in 2000 when the kitchen was remodeled. I spoke to the owner of the company three times and listened to his explanation and am no closer to understanding than at the beginning.

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 This is looking at the area from outside the house.

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 Here is the new pipe that will do about the same thing the old one did….NOTHING! I told the fellow doing the work that he looked like a very happy man.  Oh yes indeed, he was thrilled that I had accepted his plan to save me from possible mayhem. With that I announced I was going to lunch and wished him a delightful time!

IMG 0919Thank you Trudy for the rescue….

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 ….and for the delicious birthday treat at Katsuya!  It was great fun catching up and hearing all about Trudy’s grand adventure in Switzerland and Germany. Kita was the happiest as Trudy had been away five weeks and puppy gained 10 pounds!

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 Back to the outside of the house.  This was last Thursday and today they put another layer on…possibly finished by Wednesday.  I’m suspecting the plumber needs to go to Hawaii.

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 Oh well, I picked up dinner at Cheesecake for mom and Nikka.  It was good to get back in the routine of that.

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 Berry Cherry Plums from Trader Joe’s are a sweet note to end on!  Try not to eat them all at once!

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Just wait until you hear about Saturday!


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