Girlfriend Time

I just returned from visiting my friend, Judy HG, who is one of my closest buddies here in LA. We have just spent the last four hours covering a lot of ground in our conversation since it’s been a few months since we have seen each other. I would say one measure of a true…

Happy Birthday, Gregorio!

This evening we gathered in Pasadena to celebrate our son-in-law Gregorio’s birthday. Sarah had ordered all sorts of delicious food for us to eat and we sat in their yard so we could also enjoy the cool temperatures. Liz, Ron, and Rachael were there (Ariel had to work) plus Luna and Nico, of course, along…

5-Star Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

I made turkey meatloaf for lunch today, along with mashed potatoes, steamed carrots and a green salad.  This is one of my favorite meals, especially the turkey meatloaf.  I am including the recipe below just in case you’d like to try it. I can promise this is a tried-and-true recipe that will not disappoint.  I…

Nicki, Max, Aretta and Zelda’s Visit from Texas

Our niece, Nicki, her husband, Max, and their kids, Aretta and Zelda, left today.  We had a lot of fun.  Aretta is four and Zelda is fourteen-months.  On Friday night, we went to Sarah’s house for a barbecue. Saturday, we headed to the Griffith Observatory, Carnie’s on Sunset Boulevard for lunch, a birthday party for…

Today

Today we went with our Texas relatives to the Griffith Observatory.  We arrived before the doors opened so that we could get a jump on any crowds; however, we had not expected the parking lots to already be full, plus people hiking up from down the road where they had parked.  But lucky for us,…

Two Cousins Meet After a Long Four Years

Luna and her cousin Aretta were born within a week of each other back in 2013.  They have corresponded by mail and email, as well as heard stories about each other, but today was their big meeting.  Aretta’s parents, Nicki and Max, are visiting here from Austin, Texas and Nicki is my first cousin Lee’s daughter….

The College Essay Process: Here We Go Again!

I met with a college essay student today and heard his first attempt at a Common Application essay produced in his high school’s five-day essay prep class.  He had picked Prompt #1 (of 7), which is: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete…

Evening with Nico and Luna

We have visitors this evening. Our grandkids are here and we are both a little surprised just how tired we both are after an afternoon and evening with little Nico. Luna is easy, you can talk with her about whatever she wants to do. But Mr. Nico at 18 months is pure motion. You look…

Baby Driver: Definitely a Film Worth Seeing

Last night, Ray and I met our friend David Bode for dinner and a movie.  As always, the conversation was spirited though I must admit I was a little pooped after the early morning Breakfast Club and the three-hour consecration of our new Episcopal BishopCoadjutor for the Diocese of Los Angeles (which was lovely, by the…

Resting Up

Today was a recovery day.  Ray and I are a bit road-weary from the heat, the work, and the travel over the past two weeks.  I have done almost nothing that required movement out of my armchair except to participate in making lunch. (Yes, Jim Adams, we enjoyed a couple of your delicious home-grown tomatoes.)…