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   I saw The Bridges of Madison County at the Ahmanson and driving back had quite a discussion on what love is…..

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  I ‘loved’ their tree……

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Amazing Marsha Ramos had an open house.  She’s my template for doing good but as she’s set the bar so high it’s rather tough.  I first met Marsha when she was Mayor of Burbank and we were both judges for the DWP’s school art contest.

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 I was able to finish up my Christmas shopping with wonderful hand made with love items created by Sister Regina Palamara to benefit the Cabrini Mission of Ethiopia.

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 Time for dinner at my new favorite place.  Commonwealth.  It’s in Burbank but honestly, you won’t get more amazing food anywhere in L.A.

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 Hudson Valley Duck Confit, Sauce Charcutiere, Pickled Papaya, Toasted Bread

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 Must have this every time….Truffle Mushroom Risotto, Mascarpone, Truffle Butter

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 You know I gotta have Pan Seared Duck Foie Gras!

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 Back in the studio.  Nikka used a ladder to create this scene at the top of some cabinets.

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 The ‘blinged out bunny’ is my mom and the blue bear got stuck in the bag and can’t climb out!

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 Sweet Amy checks out the tree…..

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 ….As does The Pie…..

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 Everyone loves ‘Painting White Birds’ and the Huntington class was no exception.

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 That’s correct Santa, you heard right….I’ve been NICE…got it???? Don’t look so surprised.

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 Festivities at the University Club in Pasadena….

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 I asked for a RARE Ribeye……

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 It’s no secret that Kita is in love with Brett.  Krista is tolerated along with the rest of us……

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 Studio tree approval.  Can’t wait ‘till next year to put up the one downstairs.  Puppy should be behaving by then.

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This is probably how she will feel about it.

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 Michael Powers comes from MA to paint his annual Christmas card. This year’s theme was an ‘Adirondack Dream’ showing the Seventh Lake Road Bridge and a typical Adirondack chair painted red for Santa!

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Of course Nikka did a fabulous job converting the image to greeting cards.

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It was so much fun!

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Get out the Christmas Crackers!  These musical ones are the best.  I’m the conductor….everyone has a numbered ‘horn’ and when I point at them they have to toot as directed.  Oh the power of it all.  Anyway, they’re so much fun and you’ll wind up laughing so much it will be hard to get any semblance of a tune out of your guests.

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I think I’ve finished the Christmas cards so if you haven’t received one from us PLEASE let me know.  All shopping is done, menu planned…check, check, check!  WHEW!

IMG 8116Wishing you the loveliest Christmas ever!


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