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11  Re: Mini Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: February 09, 2017 10:29:06 PM
Little House in the Pines -- that's what I'm calling the sweet mini quilt that arrived today from pioneer9:



Hard to see in the full picture, here's a closeup of the great fabrics she used for the trees, ground, and border:



The quilting is outline stitch in the ditch around the various elements...except for a hand stitched "banner" breezing up over the house and attached on either side to the trees.  pioneer used a light blue thread so it takes a moment to realize it's there and then to read what it says, but as soon as you do it makes you smile inside and out: "home" it proclaims---



Thanks so much, pioneer9, can't wait to get this hung up and on display!
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12  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: January 22, 2017 11:11:28 PM
First, the weather report -- rain.  Lots of rain...







It's been coming down from drizzle to downpour for much of the last 10 days or so, greatly needed precipitation in this drought-stricken part of the country.  We also got some pretty good winds for a day or two which left a lot of fallen palm fronds to be cleared from my driveway:



Fortunately, we had beautiful weather for the Women's March here in Los Angeles yesterday, where the number of participants has been estimated between 500,000 and 750,000!  This is at the intersection where Giles and I met up with several people from my union at the start of the event (sorry, don't know why the upload is so small, but hopefully you can get an idea of how packed it was):



I did get some pictures of Giles with my companions which I'll include in his album, but with the mass of people and then being on the move in the middle of everything, the only other shot I got that he's in is this one, watching a musician who was playing while we waited for the actual march to begin:


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13  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: January 08, 2017 11:18:18 PM
Apologies for my absence, I've been super sick since New Year's Day, first with high fever, nausea, only enough energy to move between bed and couch, etc, then finally dragged myself to urgent care on Tuesday and was given injections and prescriptions for antibiotics and steroids, with the doctor's hope that we'd prevented bronchitis...which we didn't, and I've been in relentless coughing mode since Wednesday.  Didn't go to work all week which is an enormous deal for me (being the "I never get sick" one).

Giles did get to ring in the New Year with me at the restaurant where by brother is bartender:



And he's been a comforting companion over bowls of homemade chicken soup:


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14  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: December 29, 2016 02:13:33 AM
PFD, glad to see you're feeling better.  Also, if you ever get that full-size Tesla I hope you drive it better than people do here: for months now any time I'm behind someone who doesn't seem to know which pedal is the gas and which the brake, the car they're driving has been a Tesla.

Now for a quick check in with a few pictures of Giles's recent entertainment outings; so much more to catch up with but still need to wade through all the pictures!

We had a little run of movie going and recommend each one of them for your viewing pleasure:







We also saw the Enterprise Blues Band, a group formed by actor Vaughn Armstrong who had roles in every Star Trek series except the original one (mostly as guest aliens but he was a recurring human on Voyager).  He put together this band to entertain fans at conventions, which they've been doing for quite a while now.  (I've known Vaughn and his wife, who are friends of a friend, for several years, but this was the first time I'd seen the band.)  A lot of their songs are, of course, Trek inspired and related and most have a fair amo,unt of humor in them.



(Not a great picture, I know; the venue was small but long and narrow and we were sitting at one end, so seen here even without layers of makeup Vaughn [in the hat] is still unrecognizable....)
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15  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: December 13, 2016 12:18:00 AM
Giles helped trim the tree at my office job last week:





The next day was the office holiday party, this year a lunch held at the beautiful Yamashiro Restaurant:



Yamashiro was constructed between 1911 and 1914 by two brothers as a residence and to house their collection of Asian art and artifacts.  It sits atop a hill overlooking the heart of Hollywood, with terraced gardens below the long circular drive, as well as this gorgeous interior atrium:



It also has a large golden Buddha, and although we did see this warning sign as we approached





Meanwhile, back at the photo booth

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16  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: December 05, 2016 12:02:54 AM
Had a friend visiting for Thanksgiving and several days after, during which we had a jam-packed schedule, which Ill break up into a number of catch-up posts because SO MANY PICTURES!

I made a big small Thanksgiving dinner there were four of us (plus Giles) but a full size turkey and all the trimmings:





It ended up taking longer than I expected (mostly because I had the meat thermometer in the wrong part of the turkey thigh and didnt think the bird was done; fortunately, it didnt dry out despite the extra oven time).  My brother thought Giles was looking a little peaky and gave him some green beans to nibble on while everything was being brought out:



The next day we went to the Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens (aka The Huntington) in Pasadena; we only took in the gardens, but they cover 120 acres so there was plenty to see!  With plants from all over the world, there are more than a dozen themed areas, some of which we missed altogether, others we just skirted, yet there was still more to look at than we had time for before closing.

This is called the North Vista, a long, wide lawn lined with statuary that leads to a large, elaborate fountain at the far end:





We thought this guy looked like he was boogie-ing downuntil we saw that hes missing a sword in his right handand is holding a snake-haired head in his left and realized he's Perseus having just slain the Medusa:



In the Shakespeare Garden there are plants mentioned in his plays and sonnets, or that were cultivated during his time, or whose ancestors date back to Elizabethan England; plant markers include quotes from the plays in which they were named, such as this Samphire which is noted (as "sampire") with a quote from King Lear:



This sweet Rose Garden blossom is the Julia Child:



In the Subtropical Garden Giles took a little rest on a giant leaf...



and stopped to enjoy a waterfall:



The Desert Garden provided a fun (non-prickly) photo op:



Next to the Lotus Pond Giles met Carpet, who was there with his family visiting from San Francisco:



Our last stop was at a temporary installation called the Orbit Pavilion:



A collaboration of NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a composer, and an architect, the Pavilion is a nautilus shell shaped sound space inside of which you can hear, whenever a NASA satellite is orbiting overhead, sounds created to represent the mission of that particular satellite.  Unfortunately there was a lot of chatter and a particularly loud docent talking to a group and the audio was somewhat overwhelmed.  A captivating space nonetheless.

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17  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 14, 2016 12:27:22 AM
Phoenix, your office view sure beats mine -- plus you get fresh air!

Saturday Giles went to a special movie showing at one of the gorgeous old movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles that has been restored to its original glory; this ornate panel is just part of the decor:



After saving front row balcony seats with our sweatshirts (the only reason to bring them since it's been in the 80s and 90s for a week now) we went next door to the 100 year old indoor open air (for lack of a better description) Grand Central Market for something to eat...



...where I also tried a very tasty gingerbread stout:



Then it was back to the theatre for some pre-show fun.  What kind of pre-show fun you ask?  Well, among when the movie is a 45th anniversary showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, for one thing you get your picture taken with Oompa Loompas!



(Giles is sitting on a giant Wonka bar, which I unfortunately didn't realize was out of frame until I was uploading the pictures.)

And to cap off the evening, while walking back to the car we came across a fine example of...WEST coast palms!

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18  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 11, 2016 11:59:37 PM
Giles arrived yesterday and has had his first visit to my office job, met the pups, and tonight went to a screening and panel discussion for an TV show I worked on a lot the first half of the year.

At the office he was introduced to some of the staff...



...where he had a chance meet a distant relative...



...and enjoyed the view from the full-wall window behind my desk (so-o-o thankful to have a window cubicle)...



For some reason my dogs Bella and Fred get kind of wierded out by Little Visitors, especially Fred, the little one.  They'll give a quick little nose-ing...





...but there are no cute snuggle pictures to be had.  Usually they keep turning their heads away when I try to get another photo, but today I at least managed to snap them each posed with Giles -- though both still look wary and on their guard...





Had hoped to get some good pictures of the magnificent venue where the screening was held, but most of it was cordoned off to make sure people funneled up to the part of the third floor where our event was held -- in probably the least architecturally interesting area of the building.  (Although we did learn that the small lecture hall where we watched and listened was the site of Amelia Earhart's last public appearance before she set off on the journey from which she never returned -- !)  However, I'm a little familiar with this place and was able to show Giles a little bit of it, including one of my favorite views on the first floor:



I love everything about it -- the shallow steps that turn and turn again, the beautifully warm wood, the chandelier, every element -- but I think maybe most of all it's that little Juliet balcony (as I think of it) halfway up the stairs.
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19  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 (SU 10/13 - 10/27 SO 11/02 and 03/01) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by waterbaby on: October 27, 2016 12:30:33 AM
Questionnaire sent and readying Alby for a new adventure!



Although it occurred to me that I've rarely taken Alby out and decided to give him some Los Angeles adventures of his own while he's still here ....

Last week he came to work with me on a TV show:







Then over the weekend we went to a fundraiser at Santa Anita Park (racetrack) -- horsies!



It's been fun taking him around and I'm a little bit tempted to keep him home this round....
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20  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by waterbaby on: October 08, 2016 11:11:22 PM
Alby is home with a passel of souvenirs and a terrific scrapbook:



The treats included TWO bags of locally roasted coffee beans (one Guatemala, one Ethiopa) and a bar of dark chocolate from a local confectioners; a bag stuffed with vintage buttons; from the Nasher Art Museum a rainbow-leaded pencil, translucent eraser, and mini wooden puzzle; a set of crab stickers from Maryland (one of which is now on Alby's traveling case); and three needle felted acorns, which I believe were made with roving I'd snuggled Alby into for his cross-country trip!



The mini wood puzzle, in a matchbox sized box, turned out to be a set of tiny blocks, and being a lover of both miniatures and blocks, I had to play with them a bit right away:



And then there is the album -- what a feast!



There is a section for every month of Alby's trip with the first page of each section having a pocket with various memorabilia and is also a calendar noting that month's dates of excursions and events -- great idea!



In the photo pockets on this page were some extra gifties picked up at arts and crafts festivals: a magnet with a vintage camera image, a sweet ink-and-watercolor dandelion miniature, and a packet of gourd seeds with growing directions (which I discovered after taking these pictures):



PerfectlyBohemian, you continued to intuit amazingly well as I'm a lifelong shutterbug with a penchant for dandelions and am a fan of gourd crafts (will hold onto those seeds for the time when I might have space to plant them)!

Throughout the scrapbook are brochures and tickets and other ephemera, like this Golden Gate Bridge Pedestrian Day pass:



And it was a toss up which coffee would be tried first, but finally decided on the Guatemala, which was deelish; I'm sure the Ethoipian tomorrow will be just as good...



Thanks so much, PB, for being a great host to Alby, for the lovely treats, and a truly splendid scrapbook!
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