Wednesday, February 13, 2013


It all began with a birthday dinner at P.F. Chang’s in Pasadena…………


….just a quick glance at the kitchen….


Great work with those chopsticks Timothy….


Started with lettuce wraps, one of my favorites and then ….mmmmmmm……good…….


Dorothy, Sandie’s mom on the left, Sandie, Dr. Jim and Timothy.  Hey, what’s that on my plate????


Jim, I think this gives new meaning to a Shrimp Cocktail……


I had to get home early and missed the main event……opening presents!  Oh well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIMOTHY!

Next day it’s on to Kendall’s Brasserie at the Music Center with Tomiko…..


Fabulous  Bouillabaisse ….


….then it’s the Ahmanson for ‘Backbeat: The Birth of the Beatles’. Don’t leave when the show ends because there’s a terrific surprise after.


Next day, Mission Street in South Pasadena…


At Mike & Anne’s for brunch with Grace.


This was one fabulous omelet with veggies & goat cheese….yum!


Couldn’t resist this little guy but he was such a jump about it was hard to get a good picture of him. (Or her….noting the pink.)


Then, Carol introduces Edward L. Goldstein who spoke on his new book, ‘Faith-A Lion’s Healing Journey Back to Innocence: Lessons on Forgiveness’ at Carol’s ‘Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life’.


Some of the peeps…


…..cute cake for Edward…..




I just had to put these strawberries in because they look so beautiful…..


Of course Fortune Cookies were in abundant supply for the New Year….


I love this landscape’s quite wide and it was hard to get a full shot with all the peeps about….


My favorite part…..


Edward proudly displays his book…..


This table gets my vote for ‘most interesting table decor’…..


….another gift for Edward….Note:  He didn’t share!!!!


O.K., I forgive you for not sharing.


This is a clue for what’s to come…...


This is a BIG clue.  Despite the poor reviews, I thought ‘Identity Theft’ was one cute movie… and give it a ‘Five Laugh’.


Next it’s Katsuya at Americana to zone out after all that hilarity.


My favorite….the ‘Double Double’


Next day…..picking up the armchair cushion that Kita had for desert one evening. When she’s done with this chewing (in a year or so) this is where the two sofas are going!!!


All better….somehow she managed to rip out all the stuffing from just one side of the cushion so a patch was sewn in and the top miraculously still goes with the chair.


Picking up Nikka at Tony’s Automotive just down the hill…..loved this ‘49 Chevy!


Luci Janssen, Nan Rae collector and patron of the arts extraordinaire sent this fantastic jazz CD tribute to legendary Bob Florence that she produced.  Amazing.


Trudy & Geoff are back from their world tour and are taking Kita for her early morning constitutional once again.  Boy was this ever a long month as we counted the days ‘till their return.

Thanks so much for the chocolate Trudy.  You’re right, Neuhaus is the best!


Note:  I’m listening to Blondie ‘Parallel Lines’…..anyone remember this CD????  Absolutely loved it then & still do!!!

… be continued……………….

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