2016 Holidays and Happy New Year!

December was a whirlwind month (as it is for most of you, I imagine), and I can hardly believe we are already in 2017. Instead of explaining in words what’s been going on with me, here’s a little recap in photos before I return to “regular programming”. I hope you enjoy.

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Thanksgiving time in Burbank
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Ready for a family Thanksgiving celebration. Yes, it is outdoors – and I am grateful for that good California living! πŸ™‚

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The perfect ending to a long Thanksgiving weekend – walking through the Enchanted Forest at Descanso Gardens with a dear friend. Descanso means “rest” in Spanish – and it was truly restful.
Volunteering at the animal shelter is part of our life all year - but it seemed like there were alot of puppies and kittens during the holidays this year, and I cant resist taking pictures of them all.
Volunteering at the animal shelter is part of our life all year – but it seemed like there were extra puppies and kittens during the holidays this year, and I cannot resist taking pictures of them all.
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One of my favorite Christmas decorations in the neighborhood
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My son being his goofy self on Christmas Eve
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The stage setup for Transyberian Orchestra. They make my favorite Christmas music and are my favorite group to go see live. Awesome show – and I recommend to any of you who love their music and have not seen a concert yet.
On our way to see Transyberian Orchestra - we only get to see snow-capped mountains when the snow comes to low enough elevations. But it never gets old.
On our way to see Transyberian Orchestra – we only get to see snow-capped mountains when the snow comes to low enough elevations. But it never gets old.

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More scenes from Descanso Gardens – my friend and I got to go again between Christmas and New Years
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Sunset in my neighborhood on New Years Day.
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Happy New Year from us to you! Taken at the birthday party of my best friend, which happens to be on New Years!

Happy new year to all of you – may it be a good year!

Descanso Gardens: Woven

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Part of the Woven Exhibit at Descanso Gardens

As far as I’m concerned, a day doesn’t get much better than going to a fiber art exhibit set in a gallery surrounded by gardens you can walk through at leisure. Unfortunately, they’ve already changed the exhibit, and we only got to see it right before it closed, but the gardens are open year-round. I’d recommend them to any of my LA people who need fresh inspiration. Here are photos and names ofΒ the artists featured which I hope you’ll all enjoy!

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Bound by Thinh Nguyen
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Closeup of Bound
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And another closeup – if you’re wondering, these balls were all loose on the floor. I had to be careful not to move any while photographing.
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I had to take about 100 photos to capture this koi venturing out from the lily pads, but I got the shot! πŸ™‚
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The Enchanted Forest is not just any forest…those are California redwoods! My absolute favorite part of Descanso.
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Descanso Gardens are well-named. Descansar means “to rest” in Spanish, and it is a very restful place.
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Untitled by Echiko Ohira – the most artful use of tea bags I’ve ever seen.
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My son admiring the vertical garden just outside the gallery
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Xylem 3 by Kristin Leachman
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Bouquet for Columbine #2 by Dinh Q. Le – my favorite piece out of the entire exhibit
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Closeup – this is basically magazine photos of flowers in different widths that were woven together to create the visual effect.
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Parachutes by Dinh Q. Le – another piece with the same techniques as above
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Domestic Flow by Meriel Stern – but if it was me, I’d have named it something oceanic because it looks like crocheted seashells to me. πŸ™‚