Wednesday, July 9, 2014


……..leading up to the 4th the birthday celebrating continued and it’s way past May 18th.  I must say this has been the longest in recorded history.  I thought that Tomiko had already done the birthday thing for me but she insisted no.  First there was a stop to see Walter, the ‘Sports Medicine Guy’ at Tomiko’s suggestion.  Don’t be creeped out by the location or interior, this guy knows his stuff and you will scream until he gets you to say aaahhhhhhhh!  Amazing!

Criscon Bodyworks, 915 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel 91776 1.626.292.2296

On to Tomiko’s to open presents……..

017  pet kitty…..


and visit ‘Nan Rae Art’ as Tomiko has been a collector for oh so many years.


As we were leaving I had to ask her about the CHAIR……


Can’t see it?  Try this……


I can’t even imagine how Emerick got it up there but he and his friends do climb up and sit a spell.  So many ‘Huck Finn’ adventures go on there that it’s always fun to be regaled.

On to dinner in Pasadena… Santorini’s where they have amazingly good Greek food but they don’t like to be called a ‘Greek’ restaurant preferring Mediterranean.  Go figure…



Must have Tutti Gelati….


Sooooooooo good!


Then, because I’m not eating enough, Trudy did the birthday thing next day at Americana!

I just got an e-mail that she & Jeff will be away for 51 days going to Turkey and assorted places.  I don’t quite know how to break it to Kita!!!


Of course we went to Bar Verde where Manager Hiro gave us a complimentary Ahi tuna treat!


Next we settled on my new favorite….Scallops w/Risotto….yummy!


……what a refreshing dessert! Where’s the candle?


Cuties along the way!


….and this adorable little one is Romi, the charming daughter of a lovely girl from Singapore!


Meanwhile, Francisco’s worker bee’s have been busy at the house all week.


Finally, on to the 4th.  I was invited to a party at our new neighbor’s on the point.  They are so lovely and I was sorry to only stay for a quick ‘tour’ and then home.

Can you imagine…..there’s an infinity pool!


And because Marine works for Disney, little Alyssa’s room is a Disney dream!





Soooooo cute!


I love this kitchen!  There’s even a faucet over the stove to fill your pasta pot! I even got to meet Marine’s mom (back to the camera) who is nice as can be!


Eliza, Marine’s younger sister lives in NYC and writes a column for Glamour Magazine…..and here’s Alex.


Are you still here?  This is getting soooo long! Back at the house….


All set……let’s party!

069 Time to make my ‘specialty’….grilled cheese on sourdough with bacon, heirloom tomatoes and a ton of butter!


Happily Lynne joined us and she & mom had a great time together!


Afterwards we watched TV waiting for the fireworks show to begin at 9:00. Kita wouldn’t leave Lynne alone!


Let the show begin….


So cute……


Everyone eventually does this to me….

164 Oh and you have to see Kim’s shoes and socks…


……and Kita’s bow….


Saturday it was time for Calligraphy with Shantien ‘Tom’ Chow!


And now I’m hankering for a grilled cheese sandwich!

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