Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The babies are here

The babies

 Mom (Look carefully)

Dad

Monday, April 6, 2015

Random photos from last couple of months

Nancy and Tootie enjoying Old Faithful in Temecula mall. (A car hit a fire plug).

 I took Ivan (the new kitty) to lose his manhood.

 A giant 10 wheel truck makes it's way down my long, winding driveway to deliver roofing materials for my new solar system. Some mere cars have trouble with this driveway. They did a great job.

 The cutest little girl seen at the theater when we went to the film club. Her father bought her this bear in London. Since then she's been dressing to fit the story in the accompanying book.

 The nicest, most calm dogs seen at a recent garage sale. They even let this little girl man-handle them with no complaints.
 At another garage sale I wanted to buy this house instead of the things on sale. It turns out it is going to be for sale. Now I'm starting to dream again. This is why I move so much!

 A caterpillar on my newly planted Milk Weed plant. Paula brought this over from Anne's plant. It was one of five that she brought. A few days later and they're all gone. Maybe they're somewhere doing their job but I can't find them. I was looking forward to Monarch butterflies and doing my part to save them.

Elvis comes to Taco Night at the VFW.

A cat and it's friend at Myrtle Creek. Nancy, Helen and I had lunch here.

Seen along the highway!  
If you have a sexy beast that needs waxing...

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The new kitten- Ivan

 I sure didn't need another cat. They have a way of finding the way to my door.

 Then they give me this look!

 Pretty soon they're wearing my slippers.

And sitting in their own little chair.

He got the name Ivan because he looked like a Russian Blue. He sure does in this photo.
He also lives up to the name "Ivan the terrible"!

They almost made friends but then Ivan picked a fight.
 
They look alike but aren't related. He's the only one of all the cats that is slightly nice to Ivan.
But only up to a point. 
Ivan sure needs a playmate. I'm not getting another kitten but maybe I'll be able to find him a home with a built-in kitten. I might have trouble letting him go, though.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

The history of Banar Designs- Sepia Saturday

The theme this week comes from this old photograph. As usual, we're encouraged to use it as we like.
Of course, Nancy and I immediately thought of our family business- Banar Designs, a needlework and crafts company. 
We started it more than 30 years ago and Nancy and I just recently retired. Our mother died about 16 years ago but worked pretty much right up til her end.


 Several years later, shipping our biggest order ever- to Walmart. With all our employees:
I made tee shirts for everyone that said " at Banar, the impossible is possible."

We produced all kinds of needlecraft kits and later published how-to-do-it books on all types of crafts.

To see more craft related stories go to http://sepiasaturday.blogspot.com








Monday, February 2, 2015

Another "Identify the L.A. sight" challenge.

Can you identify where Emil Kosa was sitting when he painted this in L.A. in the 1940's?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A challenge to Identify some L.A. sights in Retta Scott's painting


On Robert Sommer's blog on Jan. 20th (http://www.blueheronblast.com/2015_01_01_archive.html )
he showed some paintings he had recently acquired by Retta Scott. She's a very interesting water color artist who had worked at Disney Studios in the 40's. She was one of the first women to work on animation instead of the more routine tasks like coloring backgrounds, etc. Robert asked if any Angelenos could identify the scene above.

Nancy and I spent a whole morning trying to figure it out. We were pretty sure it was somewhere along Wilshire Blvd. or in the vicinity.  The next morning I was at it again. I knew it had to be somewhere near a park with a lake. So that had to be Mac Arthur Park or Lafayette Park. The little bridge was also a clue.


I looked up "Mac Arthur Park bridge" and there it was in a Rolling Stones article (photo above)
about a Red Hot Chilli Peppers song which also made people wonder where the bridge in the song
was:
"But what bridge is Kiedis singing about? In a 1992 Rolling Stone interview with David Fricke, the singer refuses to divulge the location. "It's downtown ... but it's unimportant. I don't want people looking for it," he said, perhaps uneager to have a new pop-music landmark emerge from one of his life’s lowest moments. When contacted recently, the band's management refused to comment about the possible location of the bridge."

 We decided the building in the painting was the Park Plaza Hotel.



This is one of the other Retta Scott paintings:

I knew right away where this scene was. Retta attended Chouinard Art Institute and so did I.
This is the patio of the school. I met my ex-husband here. Oh yes, I knew it well.



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