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…mostly because their Mission Statement can be narrowed to two words…’LIVE JOYFULLY’ and this is consistent throughout from the rubber wristbands in different colors they have for you  with those two words written on them to the green apples there for the taking and to all the inspiring phrases written everywhere…..and so I was delighted when Clara met me there last Sunday for a baking class.  First we must fortify with a Cappuccino.

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Our assignment was Chocolate Brownies….

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 Chef John gives Clara an assist….He is so amazing and I love him!

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Stir, stir, stir…..
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 This fellow got the ‘sticky’ assignment of chopping dates for the muffins.  Glad I missed that one.

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 Oh I should be kind but I remember this fellow from the last class and he’s even more clueless now.

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 Drizzling something yummy onto the muffins….

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 With Jean Chen, the awesome Advisor who helped me with mom’s kitchen and now…..perhaps a new fridge and…..maybe an oven as Vicki just told me ours has the hiccups.

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 Is this fabulous or what?  

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 Chef John prepared an awesome lunch for us while we discussed all things ‘appliance’……

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 Can you believe???

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 So cute.  See why it’s my ‘happy place’?

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 Someone left their $200,000.Lamborghini parked outside Pirch.  It really looks like a space age car and I can’t imagine driving it in the city.

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 Is that my Bentley that just went past?

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 I went to the Nielsen’s Halloween party after Pirch and loved the chance to catch up with dear Carol.

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 Linda you win!  No one can top that get-up….You are so much fun!

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 Rose cuts out all these figures herself and that’s without going to welding school.

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 Mom said if I went to the Nielsen’s party I had to bring her Rose’s awesome carmelcorn.  Check!

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Wow….all that in one day.  Maybe take a stretching break…..

Someone tell me why I thought this was a good idea instead of getting a double oven….

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Hey Culligan Man!  My State Farm agent told me horror stories about Sparklett’s one of which was that he found some ‘object’ floating in one of the large bottles.  Did you know that they are only rinsed out and then re-cycled?  Lots of bacteria…. so I’m canceling the service & installing a Culligan filter.  We’ll see….

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Well, I’ll work on this one more day & then quit.

IMG 5931Sir Charles is so amazing I can’t stop taking his handsome photo!  ❤️The grace he continually displays never ceases to amaze me!!!😄IMG 5938

Spotted this at the stop sign on Central before pulling into Americana.  The fellow behind me didn’t much approve of my photo taking so this was the best I could do but still and all it’s a great shot.  Thought the Standard was a pony at first!

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 Doing our ‘thing’ at the  Cheesecake Factory.

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Mom loves the Kobe Burgers……

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I need therapy.  Dog therapy…. and so Kita is now registered as a U.S. Support Dog.  Her vest should be arriving any day now & I’ll be able to take her anywhere and everywhere I go.  Are you excited?  We used to take Yuki to Beverly Hills and she was always a hit at Barney’s as the salesgirls would gather around to pet her.  Yuki didn’t much like that but tolerated it.  Kita will love it and most likely decide to go home with someone else.  She’s always looking for a better offer.

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Here’s cute 9 month old ‘Bacon’…correct, Bacon!

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And little rescue Taco, a mixed Terrier.

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I was pleasantly surprised and delighted to see this in a Harvard  ‘News’ mailer that I almost threw away! What a wonderful reminder of a beautiful evening at the Peninsula Hotel.

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 Multi-faceted Judith Mancini treated me to a lovely lunch at the Bistro Gardens and we chatted away for over three hours….

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We talked about so many things and eventually it got around to cooking and the necessity for a double oven.  I mention my sad tale of just having a single with a Viking cabinet above for storage of a little toaster oven.  

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Well, that would not do but I felt ‘socially irresponsible’ to get a replacement when I already had a Viking that after all…I had selected.  How the road of life turns….Vicki informed me the next day that the oven wouldn’t heat up!!!  Say no more…I’m off to my happy place! Jean had a room all set up to welcome me!

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I love Jean Chen.  She helped me so much when mom needed her kitchen do-over.

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After going over several Thermadore options for the oven I spied one that would fit perfectly into the present cut-out so no need for a carpenter.  Instead of the double oven, the one on top is a convection oven and microwave system.  Fantastic!

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After looking about and making my selection, back to the room for the final paper work and it appears on the screen while we’re sitting at a lovely table scarfing down apples, cheeses, cupcakes and the best capuchino next to one I can make you in the studio with the Nespresso machine!

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At this point I was so deliriously happy I got a refrigerator! I guess it’s a good Idea I didn’t go to Japan after all!!!

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Back to work….. I finally finished this painting and should take my own advice and start another…..I’m in a Lotus state of mind.

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……so much so that class Saturday continued the theme.  You can see the discussion at the beginning of class on either YouTube or there is a click thru on Nan Rae Fine Art on Facebook.


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Next week we’ll post the demonstration I did of painting the Lotus in Ink only.

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I mentioned that I had suggested once to the Huntington class that they also write a Hiku on their painting and everyone freaked out!  Well, Laurie Pie thought this was a great idea and wrote this….(hysterical)!

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Next, time to get ready that evening for Diane and Pages Halloween bash.  I told Diane that I don’t ‘do’ Halloween so no costume and she suggested a Venetian mask which I happened to have.  

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However, Amy suggested I use one of hers which was so much better and I gladly accepted.

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I told Amy that I would split the cost of a ‘little’ hostess gift.  By now you know Amy cannot do anything little!!!

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The piano player wasn’t doing too well so I thought perhaps Amy could give him a ‘hand’.

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Diane’s sweet sister as Beth Smith Chapman and her husband as Duane “Dog” Chapman from ‘Dog, the Bounty Hunter’.  Need I tell you they won first prize in the couples costume contest?  These two are the most adorable couple ever!!! (There were also two lights that would appear…guess where….Too much information???)

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 The magician was amazing.  He asked me to blow up a balloon and I told him I wasn’t that kind of girl.  Amy’s phone wound up inside of it.

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Jack did not bring any burgers but they were not needed as the food was amazing!

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Grab a bowl for the most delicious chili you’ve ever had….with all the trimmings.

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We could not have made it without the kind assist from this young man.  The house has a very steep driveway and then lots and lots of stairs and he carried Amy’s flowers as well.

Nighty night all!

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To make a perfect ending for a perfect week I arrived home to fine the most beautiful note and orchid that Nikka had left for me.  Today is her very first day in her new all grown up home! Wishing you beautiful flowers, friends to share and happiness whereever you go!

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