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… a stunning LA Opera performance,
which was the perfect way to celebrate dear Carol’s birthday.
It’s always wonderful to hear the pre-concert lecture and this one delivered by brilliant conductor James Conlon was no exception!

A lovely time in the Founder’s Room during intermission.


Here’s the thing, everyone loves Carol Soucek King so Curtis McElhinney, master videographer ( and I conspired to do some celebrating of Carol the day of the Salon.  My assignment was to get the cake…

It was quite complicated keeping this a secret until Yoshi could present it to Carol…

Curtis came through with the perfect tiara and scepter. Happy birthday dear Carol.

Carol & I went to Kylin Gallery in Beverly Hills for their new gallery’s grand opening……

….with a ribbon cutting by Beverly Hills mayor…
Julian A. Gold, M.D.

…celebrating the work of artist Yoshio Ikezaki…

Here we are with Yoshikawa, artist extraordinaire, creator of amazing sculptural waterfalls.

Special thanks to amazing Lynne Tucker at Pro Travel who made my weekend at the Peninsula extra special.

My initials on the pillow cracked me up!

Waiting for a westside buddy to share brunch…

It was also the perfect time to celebrate dear Clara’s birthday at the Belvedere. 
Now this was a really creative birthday candle presentation.
A hollow chocolate egg that looked like a Faberge egg!

On Sunday it was tea time in The Living Room with precious Patricia!

I’m always so proud to give a shout out to beautiful Lissi Kaplan’s exquisite hand painted china with it’s special pattern just for the Peninsula!

Speaking of eggs…how about this ostrich one!!!!  Marsha Ramos, my template for effecting the planet for good, brought this beauty over for me to decorate for a fundraiser for Burbank’s Family Service Agency’s annual  ‘Imagine a City’ Auction & Gala.

Sweet Amy, master of this sort of thing got corralled into doing the egg for me.


Nikka went to the event and got a zillion raffle tickets so she could get me this.  Of course, doesn’t everyone need Minions?

Time for a special Brush painting class in the studio for sweet Leea and her adorable friends!

They even brought this amazing lunch!

Carol knows absolutely every architect in L.A. so I knew she would be the perfect person to invite to a Founders update on the Music Center’s Plaza renovation. Sure enough, here she is pressing the flesh with old friend Bob Hale, the architect for the project.  Bob is Creative Director at Rios Clementi Hale Studios.  Check out their stunning work at

It will be wonderful!

I was so happy to attend the event honoring Dr. Larry Dorr & ‘Operation Walk’  at The California Club.

….lots of yummy tidbits!

…and food too!

On to Julienne’s, my happy place, for a delightful lunch with Nancy Baxter from the L.A. Opera.

And my favorite time of all?  Any Brush painting class, this one’s at The Huntington Botanical Gardens.  Teaching brings me such joy!

My wish is that you always walk in your joy!

Bye for now!

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