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began with Carol Soucek King driving awesome Curtis McElhinney, myself and Suwako, famous authority on the kimono, on a delightful excursion to El Segundo. Why you may ask?
Curtis, an award winning documentarian (, has been filming Carol and her Salon for several months and compiled a one minute film ‘The King of Arroyo del Rey’ to be shown at the 2018 ESMoA Film Festival ‘MATRIARCHS’. Curtis filmed as we drove….


After the film we had great fun and delicious food at Sausal’s.

On to The Music Center…

…to meet dear Maggie at The Mark Taper for a production of ‘VALLEY of the HEART’ which I found quite sad and depressing aside from history continually doing a loop on itself!

Time for good cheer at Kendall’s Brasserie after the play…

Let the Christmas celebrating begin, starting with an invitation from dear Maggie for a lovely dinner at The Athenaeum with her wonderful friend Tom.

Do I look like a Christmas tree?

Now not so much…

Back to The Athenaeum for a delightful lecture on ‘The Science of Snowflakes’ by Kenneth Libbrecht.

Libbrecht was the ‘Snowflake’ consultant on FROZEN!

 I can’t even begin to describe how delicious this was…

On to Palm Springs to do a workshop at Sunnylands, the awesome Annenberg Estate. Here’s the view from the Ritz-Carlton in Rancho Mirage.

But first, a light repast.😂

Class was wonderful and all of the participants did beautifully, even beginners!

Nikka and I had dinner afterwards at The Ritz-Carlton  with dear Lynne Tucker (of Pro travel) who lives in Palm Springs now and attended the class. It was so very good to see her!

Thank you dear Lynne for always having a treat for me wherever I stay.
Did someone say party? Birthday party?
Indeed! A surprise party for dear Violet at True Foods Kitchen.
Here’s sweet Lynne, Nikka and Kc waiting for the birthday girl.

With Violet, the birthday girl! Can you see the birthday buns?

Time for LA Opera  and Hansel and Gretel with Maggie.  Great fun!!!

Tea anyone?  Looks like December is Maggie month.
Hiroko to the left is Maggie’s Japanese teacher and Kathy to the right is Ralph’s new friend.

Thank you dear heart for hosting such a lovely Christmas tea at The Athenaeum.

Let’s hear it for the lunches…One has to eat…doesn’t one?
With precious Carol O’Toole at Trattoria Amici…

My favorite peeps, Eliza, Amy and Marine at Olive and Thyme…

Molly Siple was in from Mexico and we talked forever back at Olive and Thyme…

Next day a wonderful class Christmas party in the studio…
Darling Kc knows she best bring these amazing salmon thingies as I look forward to them each year.

However, Tony’s wife Judith made these bacon wrapped cream cheese & cheddar cheese stuffed Jalapeño pepper’s that were eyes roll back delicious!!!

The next day, Michael from MA came to the studio with lovely daughter Cleo and pup Bean to work on his annual Christmas card.

Yea, with Nikka’s help we did it before Michael caught a plane back to MA!

See…Definitely a Maggie month!  Here the Loveliest one hosted her annual Christmas party in her warm and inviting home.

Note to self:  You can get this salmon at Fish King!

The cheese tower of power was almost gone by the time I drifted to it.

meanwhile the shipping department is busy with Christmas orders….

No peeps, Nikka and I won’t be on the float…just our names!

Wishing you the brightest season ever!

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