Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My birthday haul!

 Beautiful flowers from Megan.

Nancy, Jean Hester, and Nancy Kreile all work at the Bottom Shelf, (the library book store).
So, am I lucky! What would I like to have most for my birthday- books and flowers! Ann Kreile came in while they were gathering up my birthday presents and added even more. Jean threw in some just- baked cookies and a bunch of cute little toys and candy.
What a treat!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Polly Bergen and Oil Of The Turtle

Polly Bergen died this weekend and it brought back memories of a brief experience with her and her cosmetics company, Oil of the Turtle. I worked on this account back in the '60s.

A photographer and I met at her house to take photos of her. She rolled out a clothes rack of dresses and asked me to choose one for her to wear. I wasn't the most fashion conscious person but I managed to choose an appropriate dress. I don't remember anything else about the shoot or the dress or her house. It was a long time ago!!!

Another time I picked up some giant stuffed turtles from a taxidermist to take to Griffith park to photograph them in a stream for an ad or brochure. I was driving down the Golden State freeway with them in the back of my V.W. convertible. It took me a moment to figure out why people were pointing and staring at me.

I researched Polly Bergen to see If any of these ads or brochures were listed anywhere and found that she wrote a book in 1977 called "I'd love to but what would I wear". She should have called me.

Diva's Zentangle Challenge #186 - Fall leaves

I love tangling on leaves. I've even done it directly on real leaves but can't find them at the moment.
Here's some done on prints of leaves found in my yard. I have a hard time not picking up every pretty leaf found on my walks.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Busy day

9:30- Took Robin to the S.D. airport for her trip to Colo. to visit grandchildren.
10:30- Brunch at IHOP.
11:30- On the way home-granite counter top shopping for Nancy's new kitchen. Way too complicated and hot. But more enjoyable than we thought it would be.

Home to rest, let the dog out at Nancy's and feed the cats at my house.

5:00- Phee Sherline's art show reception in Vista at the beautiful Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery

Phee's show was very nice and a lot of our friends were there. We ran into the Klinger's on the way in. Barb Hayden and her husband were there. We didn't know that Barb played the dulcimer with Phee. We also didn't know that my neighbors, the Brandli's, were friends of Phee's. They were there, also along with several other mutual friends.

 7:00- Back to the Fallbrook Library for a fantastic mariachi concert.

The Mariachi Estrella de Chula Vista . They started as a class at Chula Vista High School in 2001. They played lots of concerts through the years as the Mariachi Chula Vista. As the years went by they all graduated and moved on. Their teacher, Mark Fogelquist, recently retired and got some of them together again to form this new group. They were just about the best mariachis I've ever heard.
 That's Mark Fogelquist on the right.
He gave an interesting talk about the history of mariachis. I've loved mariachi music since my youth so I loved everything about this concert.
The audience loved them. They got several standing ovations and played an encore.
It was a wonderful end to a busy day. I felt very glad to be alive and even glad to live in Fallbrook...
not my usual feelings.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Art class, dinner at the Prado and Bright Star at The Globe

Thursday: In my watercolor journaling class we walked to the library to find things to draw- outside and then inside. I drew this plant. (but not the cars.)

One of my fellow students (Sue).

Sunday: Dinner at The Prado with Jane and Marge.
(That's not us in the picture.) Then on to the theater.

One of the beautiful fountains at Balboa Park on the way to the theater.

"Bright Star" at the Old Globe. 
A completely enjoyable play by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It even had a happy ending!
We all loved it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Trip to Ojai

Cute dog at an outlet mall on the way to Ojai.

Air show while at the mall.

 Our hotel- The Blue Iguana.- Megan and Nancy.

Megan, me and the blue iguana.

Always be happy when they lose your reservation! You get upgraded to a place like this.
Nancy relaxes in MY suite.

The outside of my suite. 

The hallway to the kitchen and bedroom.

An interesting comment in the guestbook.

The comment to the comment.

The Ojai post office.

The "honor system" bookcases built into the outside walls of Bart's Books

The inside of Bart's Books. A great Ojai book store.

Megan and Nancy at Libby Park.

A man getting a massage in the patio of one of the shopping malls, outside of a spa supply store.

Caspar, the bird, being introduced to Caspar, the toy. At the Ojai Valley Inn
A fountain at The Blue Iguana.

Sunset in the hills above Ojai. The end of a perfect day and a perfect trip.

Friday, August 22, 2014

George gets a new home.

I met a couple while waiting in the vet's office who were interested in a yellow cat and really liked George. Their big, giant Newfoundland liked George, too. We exchanged phone numbers and they called two days later. They're very nice and obviously animal lovers. They rescue Newfoundlands and horses. They have a cat who needs a feline companion. 

I had really gotten attached to George but, unfortunately the rest of my cats weren't too happy. I thought it was best to find him a new home before I was completely, seriously attached.

Here's some pictures of George's last few days at Knoll Park Lane:
Gorgeous George- so photogenic!

George and Tootie meet.

George meets his feline likeness. (new garage sale purchase).

Completely settled in!

George thinks I'm too involved in Zentangling! 
("hey what about me?")

"I said- what about me?" 
Maybe George could zentangle...with his tail!

Waking up on his last morning in this bed.

On to his wonderful new home.
 He'll be missed!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pageant Of The Masters, Laguna Beach

Marge arranged for us to get tickets for the wonderful Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters. We've seen it several times, but I think this year was the very best! Marge not only got the tickets, through her sister-in-law, Karen, but drove us there, also. What a wonderful friend! We met Karen for dinner at The Lumberyard, which has become a tradition, then on to the festival. 
It was a wonderful afternoon and night.

(Look closely at the painting - these are real people)

Below- another artistic tableau- (These are also real people)

Nancy and Marge waiting for the tram
after seeing the art at Art A Fair.

 Nancy and Marge on the way to dinner at The Lumberyard.

The eating area outside the entrance to the amphitheater

Watercolor classes with James Q. Millard

 Jim Millard demonstrating how he paints.

 Finished version. So nice and loose!

 Jim Millard

 My, much tighter, version. From another angle.

Peg Klinger"s painting. She's so much better at "loose" than me. 
A very nice beginning to her painting.

The beginning of another of Jim's paintings from another class.
 The beginning of mine. I never seem to finish them. 
I'm not sure what to do when I'm not in the class.

 Another unfinished.

 And another!


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