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Can you believe this beautiful ‘Emotional Support’ dog that I met at Americana?  I fell in love!IMG 2704

 The euphoria lasted for the briefest of time as I then saw ‘Ricki and the Flash’.  Don’t even ask me……

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Time to clear my mind at Katsuya but another disappointment as they had run out of Foie Gras!  This is not going well.

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 Green Tea calmed me down somewhat…….

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…..and this Sushi assortment did help considerably.

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Sufficiently fortified I went to Tiffany on a mission….more on that next week…..For now, here’s a ‘Papillon Tiffany Dog’!

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Monday morning Kita practiced her dance moves with Vicki…….

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 I had Rusnak pick up my car with the hope that they would/could finally fix the problem with the electrical system not knowing how long I’d be sequestered. That evening we had yummy  Adobo-Spiced Tilapia with Black Bean Edame Salad and Green Gazpacho from the Green Chef which made everything better.  

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This was Tuesdays Green Chef offering……Ginger Pork with Red Cabbage Slaw and Five-Spice Black Lentils.

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…..and bright and early Wednesday another shipment arrived.  (Still no car!)

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 Vicki learns that a rolling pin has other uses besides……..well, I’m just not saying’.

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Wednesday evening still no car so Amy drove to the Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena for an “Evening with Peter Adams”.  It’s hard to believe I’ve known Peter since the 70’s when he was apprentice to Theodore Lukits .

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Peter talked about his art in conjunction with a curated selection of his newest plain air pastels titled ‘Luminous Paintings’!IMG 2773Here’s one……… ‘Ephemeral Light’

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 Elaine Adams, Peter’s amazing wife and powerhouse behind American Legacy Fine Arts, introduced Peter. 

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 There was a question and answer period after Peter’s presentation and someone had asked him when he first knew he was an artist.  After answering, Peter pointed to me and said, “Nan, you probably knew when you were two!”  I had to say my mother claimed that for me when I was born!

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We just couldn’t decide where to go for dinner….probably should have stayed at the Chop House.  Thinking it best to head on back we landed at Recess Eatery which always satisfies and this Sea Bass was no exception.  Soooooo good!  You know of course that Amy doesn’t like me to take her photo so you’ll just have to believe me when I say she was with me!

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We also had soup but somehow there was room for this yummy bread pudding!  Good thing we split it!!!

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This is what I’m currently reading.  I highly recommend this inciteful, authentic book written by Neil Gaiman’s wife.  I love it!!!

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 I can’t get over all the likes this photo got on Facebook.  come on you guys….what’s with the PJ addictions????  As I told you, Amy & I had been out….didn’t get home ‘till midnight and by the time I got some shut eye it left me in jamies until about 3:00 P.M.  Come on….at least I’m honest about it!

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This was my 2:00 P.M. breakfast.  Free range eggs with leftover Ratatouille! Actually quite delicious!

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Finally…..I have wheels!  Rusnak brought my car back at 5:00 on Thursday and there was just enough time to go to Cheesecake & pickup dinner for Mom and Nikka.

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 Friday Nikka & I were hard at work.  This order got shipped to Pennsylvania!

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 Amy was hard at work as well working on a wedding……

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 She showed me how she opens up each petal on the roses……I posted the video on Facebook.

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 Meanwhile, the house next door has been sold and the new owners are going to rent it out.  They seem to be cleaning out the place and I suspect have a major remodel as nothing had been done since the house was built in the 50’s.  I’m sad they cut down a beautiful Podocarpus  tree that was right next to us.  Missing it!

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Don’t miss ‘Power & Pathos’, Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World’ at the Getty.  I first read about it in The New York Review of Books.  

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 Saturdays class was wonderful.  I’m sooooo proud of Kathy!

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 Thank you Kathy for these wonderful Matryoshka/Babushka Russian Nesting Dolls from your travels in Russia and for the beautiful coasters from France!

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 New student Harry flew in From Reno, Nevada just for class!

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 I was delighted to be gifted by Harry with this beautiful hand-turned Malachite Truestone pen he made.  It’s plated with Rhodium and will be a treasured keepsake!

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 ……and this turned and numbered drawing pencil.

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 The subject was roses and I had some in the studio from the garden.  This heart was NOT painted on!

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 Thank you Kaley for the yummylicious Banana Cream Bread Pudding!  Sooooooo good!

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I wish you a week of enjoyment in doing all the wonderful things that bring you pleasure!IMG 2841

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