Clip Art - I couldn't resist posting this because palm trees are EVERYWHERE!
But tell me where you can get 78-80 degree temperatures with the doors open in January, unless it’s maybe
I love this place.
I lived in southern
for twenty-five years before moving to the desert nine-and-a-half years
ago. It’s such a nice place that I
wonder why I ever moved, even though I know the answer to that. There’s a lot of traffic there and lots of
illegal’s, as well as other facts, things like higher expenses for about
everything. Nevertheless, it will always
be one of my favorite places. I would
still be living there now probably if it weren’t for my husband’s pushing to
Naturally, this trip came at the perfect time because it’s been so cold here. We’ve been setting records. I was more than ready to get away to that
sunshine. Don’t get me wrong because it
is sunny much of the time here, just way too cold.
The famous Beverly Hills sign. This has been here forever.
We visited friends in
Hollywood sign was too
far away to capture with my camera, but it was there on the hill gleaming white
in the sun.
Mall we visited on Santa Monica Blvd. They had trees and flowers spread out everywhere.
This is a shot of the mall from the second floor. They had coffee shops and lots of outdoor seating areas with fire pits.
Our next stop was north
This is the new hospital from my friend's house.
I was able to get a few pics from the hill our friend lives on. She has a view of the big new hospital they’ve built and the surrounding hills. And of course, we loved her adorable animals, a dog and three cats. We felt right at home and all the cats eventually warmed up to us. The little one was very friendly and played his heart out until he would collapse on the floor to catch his breath. He’s only eight-months-old and a male Ragdoll. We wanted to smuggle him home, ha!
This is Fiero, the Ragdoll kitten
This is Domani (it means tomorrow in Italian)
This is Garage Key - a rescued stray
This is Bubba
Naturally, we ate Mexican food and let our hair down drinking wine while watching football playoffs. But that was a lot better than politics that’s usually always on at my house. The wine drinking ended up in my friend breaking her toe on a chair leg one night. It was no big deal to her. She told us it’s happened before. Ouch! I’m not sure how she got up early to attend a seminar the entire next day. Once home, she went out to water plants on the hill behind her house afterwards, and then we went to eat out. Her toe was black and blue, but she said she was okay. I guess she’s stronger than I am.
We had so much fun laughing and talking. I hated to see the trip end. I also didn’t get to see all my friends this time, so I phoned them instead. I promised my husband I wouldn’t write the schedule as tight as I did when we visited there last May. I wore him out running around. However, he’s usually ready to quit by nine PM and I’m the night owl.
This is Scott - my husband's old business partner
The worst part of the whole trip was the six-and-a-half hours through miles and miles of desert. That’s not to say the white-knuckle time driving through LA isn’t nerve racking and a close second. But it keeps you on your toes. When the scenery is boring, that’s when I tend to fall asleep. There’s nothing to see but sand, Joshua trees, and sagebrush. If we do move that way again, my husband is not crazy about me driving because when we were moving here, I ran over curbs and off the road and didn’t even know it. I guess we’ll have to stop more often for coffee next time.
The next trip will be to
Texas to check that out. It’s not as if I don’t know what that’s like,
but he wants to be at least an hour from my family because all of us talk too
much. We’ll need to check prices there
on many things and see how affordable that is.
I’m not sure yet when this trip will happen. Actually the sooner the better because it
makes me anxious not knowing where we’re going and what size house we’ll end up
in. That might make getting rid of
So at the moment that’s our two options, southern
California or south Texas.