Earache

I woke up in the middle of the night with a piercing earache, not something I’ve had since about age 10.  I still have it now, though I am taking Advil to quell the pain.  I assume this is allergy-related since pollen is literally dripping off the bushes out front and I have had other…

Grandkids’ Visit

Sorry I have been out of touch.  We went to Ojai for an overnight stay on Wednesday night, arrived home on Thursday late in the evening and then had our grandkids arrive yesterday by midday for a sleepover last night.  I fully expected to blog after putting Nico to bed at 7 pm, but the…

Newest Binge-watching: “The Leftovers”

I am sitting in a semi-dark room.  It’s 10:07 pm.  I want to hurry and finish my blog for tonight so I can go watch television.  We are binge-watching “The Leftovers” and we are midway through Season 2.  I think there are 3 seasons.  I would say this show has a compelling premise, which is…

Birthday Evening with a Friend

We just returned from celebrating our friend David Bode’s belated birthday.  We went to eat Indian food in Pasadena and then headed to the Laemmle Theater for a movie.  That move was “Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer,” and it is about a loveable loser who is always trying…

Mother’s Day Celebration at Lacy Park

Here are a few photos of my lovely Mother’s Day celebration at the park yesterday in San Marino.  The best part of the day was when my three daughters honored a request I had made, which was to write down one happy memory of their childhood for me.  These brought tears from me, of course,…

Happy Mother’s Day and Birthday to Daughter Sarah

Tomorrow we are celebrating both Mother’s Day and Sarah’s birthday since she is starting a grueling 8-week rotation on Monday, which is her actual birthday.  Our family is meeting at the Arboretum in Arcadia at 12:30 to tour the gardens and have a picnic of bagels, cream cheese, juice and coffee.  Then afterward, we’ll head…

Congratulations to Lona T.: Heading to Brown!

Here’s to my beloved Lona Tehrani, who learned today that she has been accepted to Brown University beginning in the fall.  Lona is currently finishing her first year at Barnard, but decided by mid-year that she wanted a less urban school and also one that gave her more freedom in terms of curriculum.  Brown was…

In Memory of Glen Armstrong

Today we received the sad news that  Glen Armstrong, the stepfather of one of our closest friends in Texas, passed away unexpectedly.  He fell last week and broke his hip, but he was recovering from surgery and was already on his way to getting stronger. He was in a rehab facility and had had breakfast…

Ray’s Belated Birthday Gift: Rodney Crowell Singing at the Troubador

For Ray’s birthday, our kids gave him tickets to hear Rodney Crowell sing at the Troubador.  That event was tonight.  Liz, Ron and Rachael went with us. Rodney Crowell was even better than I expected.  His voice was strong, his fiddle player and guitarist were exceptional and the songs on his new album are lyrical,…

Surprise Visitors from Austin!

Ray, Rachael and I were working on eBay this morning in the living room here in LA when we heard a knock at the door. Usually, those knocks mean that FedEx is delivering a package. However, when I peeked out the front window, there stood my nephew Hutch Leatherwood looking back at me.  This wouldn’t…