Sunday, March 29, 2009
ladies who lunch+one

There were two Happy Happenings in these last difficult weeks....One was the "Ladies Who Lunch" Birthday Lunch for Dianne Travis....! As you can see above, the theme was kind of Spring and Easter in colors and in the table decorations....... We had little pastel plastic jelly-bean-shaped-eggs that I had filled with some pastel-for-Easter-Jelly Beans....and some beautiful "Spring" pastel flowers in the center of the table....Gift bags, of course, with lots of little silly things and this Yellow Chenille Bunny Rabbit that is just about the cutest softest thing you've ever seen or held.... The very beautiful pastel flowers, which you have seen some close-ups of in previous posts.....And below, the adorable Bunny person, once again....... Each person got one of these bags and each bag had a Silver Star Wand and a Pastel Colored Pin Wheel that looked so pretty in the breeze..... And above, you can see some of the little Easter Egg Jelly Bean holders and the flowers, too....and just behind the flowers is Dianne's dear husband, Mark....And here is a better picture of them and the Birthday Cake........ Over on the far right is the back of Lee Meriwether's head, and she is covering Annie Guilbert....then, there is The Birthday Girl herself, Dianne and "Will" the magical person who makes all of this happen, and next to him, dear Mark Travis, Dianne's husband, and then Jacquie Scott over on the far left....Out of this picture are Seemah W. and Betty G. and me, of course.....Pictures of them are coming.....But first...... This is that scrumptious Lemon Meringue Cake---Dianne's FAVORITE...and, in truth, every ones favorite! And then she blew out the candles..... And then....after filling ourselves up to the brim with Lemon Cake and some chocolate goodies....(Yes, I cannot NOT have Chocolate at one of these gatherings.....)....We then opened our Gift Bags. The fun-est thing in the bags were these wonderful colorful sun glasses.....! There is our dear Birthday Girl...Happy as a Clam....Not only are these glasses glamorous, but they are also UV perfect, so they are indeed, usable and very wearable! And there we have the very dear Jacquie Scott with her very pretty glasses on and her very pretty Bunny Rabbit sitting on her very pretty shoulder.....And then......The Beautiful Seemah...who is in Bali, as I write this, visiting her son and daughter-in-law and their little baby---her granddaughter. Seemah will be going on to Singapore for a few days, where she will meet our dear Blog Friend, Shionge....Isn't that a sweet thing? And then..... Our dear Betty Garrett, who absolutely adored these glasses....With her Macular Degeneration, she found them just delightfully usable....they protect and stop the glare, and make everything "rosy", which she just loved....And by the way....her 90th Birthday is May 23rd....! Then.... The Beauteous Lee M., who also has a Birthday in May....(There will be a 'ladies who lunch', for them both, for sure....)....Lee, just loved her glasses and her Pin Wheel too, and most particularly, she loved her Bunny Rabbit, who sat on her lap ALL through lunch..... I just thought that was the cutest dearest thing I'd ever seen....here is a closer look at him on Lee's lap.....It just goes to show you, we are never to old to have a sweet little stuffed animal-friend....And then Annie G. decided there should be a little 'romance' between her bunny and Lee's bunny...... Some of us thought that this was just too intimate and too much information for our eyes...So, we changed their positions.....Now this seemed more 'romantic'.....! Annie was not too thrilled with the change in position.....lol! LOL! She does have one of the great 'comic' faces, ever.....though, she is a truly wonderfully serious actress, as well. But as all actors say.....'acting is acting, whether it is comedy or tragedy....'. All I know is, Annie is extremely gifted, and I have been lucky enough to have her be in two plays of mine, and she won an Award for one of them...and deservedly so, I must say.....Dear Mark enjoyed all of it and since he didn't have a pair of those glamorous glasses in his Gift Bag, he just enjoyed all the rest of us in ours! There were of course..."presents"....and Dianne had fun opening them..... Many many lovely gifts came her way....And there was one really funny card which I will share with you.....Lee and Betty and Dianne did a show together called "Nunsense"....They all played Nuns and it is quite a funny show---done all over this country in many incarnations and many productions...So, Lee found this card for Dianne......Dianne absolutely loved it...as did we all....! Here below is a closer look at the cover picture...... And, when you opened up this rather scary but special card.....This is what it said ..... And a Happy Birthday it was.....! Everyone seemed to have an especially good time and I know I certainly did....And though I was tired at the end of the afternoon...(Almost evening)...it was a good tired.





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Note: The other delightful happening was an evening with Jamie Dawn and Family....that was about five days after the birthday lunch, and we had more little pastel jelly bean eggs and some dessert and drinks.....Jamie has written about it and posted a few pictures and a couple of Videos on her blog....So go on over to Jamie's Blog, and Scroll down to "QUICK HITS" and you can see we had a lot of fun "playing" on our glasses......!


Note 2: "THE RAT PATROL" found another four dead ones today....so that is 9 that they have found so far....I know there are more because I can still smell them all these many hours later.....Stay Tuned......This post may be up a little longer than usual....I have at least one more Big Project that needs finishing....bear with me, please.....

















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Thursday, March 26, 2009
the sensuality of nature

The Orchid is the most sensual flower in my eyes.....The colors, the shapes, and just about everything about many Orchids, I find very sensual, sexy and extremely beautiful. in every way........ As you can see above...this is a slightly closer and somewhat different view of this particular orchid....the variety of color is truly astounding to me....the subtlety of color, once again, is just so amazingly erotic...... The Yellow, The Lavender, The Shocking Pink, The Red.....The White....All of these colors in one flower....And, of course, the myriad of shapes, too.....It is all there in this picture below..... Look at that very dark red-almost-brown deep inside right next to the yellow.....I just find all of these colors so gorgeous....And the white right there in the center....simply amazing.....! I love the edges of those wing-like petals....slightly white and yellow, too.... And another view of the center of this Orchid....those edges still visible....I never tire of looking at flowers and/or photographing them---and particularly this particular Orchid.... The picture above is almost like an abstraction of 'the whole'.....I think this may be my favorite Orchid of all....though, I feel that about almost every Orchid I see....lol.....And one more...... In this one above, you can see those little tail like things on the ends of the top part of the inside....I love that the very ends become yellow....I know I say this over and over....but it bares repeating....there is nothing like natures magical creations.....If ever one needed proof, there it is above, in this stunning special flower.......

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Note: Things are calming down a bit....I spent almost three hours with my Tax Man today, after spending many hours putting things in order for him.....and soon, that will be done, and then that will be one more thing behind me.....It was a beautiful warm lovely day here today, and that reminded me that Spring is really beginning to go into high gear here.....Hope all of you are 'well' and warming up too, wherever you are.......

Update: 1:40am-Friday, March 27th.....I did not have my computer all day until almost 10pm tonight....The "Wizard" worked on it a very very very VERY Long Time......I am worn out...! And I thought some of these hard things were behind me! HA!....Well, hopefully, the computer stuff is cleared up for a while....Now, if I can just get rid of the rest of The Dead Rats under my house....Hopefully, Saturday. Meanwhile.....I am going to take a well deserved rest......Hope everyone has a lovely weekend....! Stay Tuned.















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Monday, March 23, 2009
more exotica

More Edges.....More Exotica.....This was a beautiful Rose that had so many shades of color....and the edges kind of rippled in a way like waves in the ocean....light waves...slow tropical-type waves.... Another flower with very pretty edges....And such a gorgeous color.... And another view if the same flower,,,,I love how those lower edges have this tiny bit of a dark line...Like a very close eye-liner....And especially next to the green....What is it about flowers that just give me sooooo very much? The beauty of the colors and the shapes...often, it is certain colors next to each other....like in the above picture....It pleases me in such a wonderful way that it utterly relaxes me...... The edges and the shadows on each petal from the sunlight....So very very pretty.... Another flower....another gorgeous color....and some more edges and shadows.....And then below....A series of photos of the same flower from different angles and in different closer looks......This is such a pretty color, too...... Notice the edges above.....And the gradations of color going towards the center.....You can see that the edges as you get towards the center have quite a lot of distinction..... The variations of color is just stunning to me.....Subtle, and so very beautiful......Look at the upper right area in this picture below....I particularly love those edges....Same flower, slightly different angle..... And then....about as close as you can get going into the center of this same flower. As always, looking closely at Natures creations opens ones eyes to so much beauty...... And then, if you back up and just focus on some of the petals once again.....the picture below is what you see..... More beautiful subtle edges....And all of these variations are just what you see on one flower, if you take the time to study it in a more careful way.......

More To Come.......

Note: I'm still pretty overwhelmed with many "life" things, all of which have kept me away from visiting you all----I am struggling to just come up with a new post right now, so please do forgive me.....As you can see, it is very very early in the morning now....On top of everything else I am not getting much sleep.....This too shall pass......
















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Friday, March 20, 2009
exotica

On top of everything else.....we are having a scheduled power outage for five hours---or more----so, I haven't been able to get anything together, post-wise.....Just a few pictures to hold you over..... All of these flowers were so incredibly beautiful...I had a hard time choosing which pictures to share with you..... I love being able to see the detail of petals.....It just gives me such a sense of the extraordinary beauty of nature...the magic of nature, in all it's complexity and it's simplicity, too...... Like the above.....AMAZING, isn't it?

That's all for the moment....!




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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
flowers

I thought it would be fun to post some of the flowers in my neighborhood.....These are all very pretty plants that are in front of the houses that I would pass on my walks...I do not know what this plant is but the flowers were quite exotic.....! This is the plant that produces these exotic flowers.....I thought the plant itself was rather ordinary looking.....And as far as I can tell, this is the only house that has this plant growing in front.....Now, that plant next to it, on the left......That Is Beautiful!The Flower really stands out in a way....The shape and the beautiful colors.....If anyone knows what it is, please do tell me....And the lovely plant next to it...well, it produces some very very lovely flowers..... I should know what this plant is..But, I don't. Judy, where are you when we need you and your incredibly encyclopedic knowledge of all things floral......Here below is a closer look at these truly lovely blooms..... I love the shape and the color of these beauty's.....Down the street from here, another house has what looks like the same flowers, though the plant itself doesn't seem to be thriving in quite the same way...nor is it as lush..... A closer look at these little pretty flowers below...... This color is so incredibly rich.....Purples/Lavenders are my very very favorite colors.....and here below an even slightly closer look.....
They sure are pretty.....And then below, these flowers are just growing wild on the side of the hill.....I have no idea what they are, at all....But they certainly are very a very beautiful color...... And a closer look, below....... I think it is quite extraordinary that something this pretty is just growing wild on the side of the hill---which is all decomposing granite....Obviously some little seeds got carried here by the wind, but, that they actually grew into these pretty flowers....well, that's the miracle, isn't it? And of course, the exotic "Bird Of Paradise" which is everywhere here, believe it or not.....One would almost have to say it is a common planting here in Los Angeles. Still, it is a most unusual flower and the colors are stunning! But you do see it everywhere, as it is used in many many home gardens as well as in the landscaping around many small and big buildings.......






Hope you enjoyed these neighborhood flowers......








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NOTE: Sorry I have not been visiting you all as much as usual....Much "goings-on"-going on here.....been quite busy with 'life' things.....And will be busy like that the rest of this week, but I will try to get around to say "HI" to everyone, as soon as I can....Thanks for understanding.....




And A Very Happy St. Patrick's Day To One And All!







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