Monday, 20 April 2009
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
But, it could have cost me more. When we arrived, the shop attendant was faffing about as she couldn't get the computer and till to work. Well, our Dad just happens to be a computer whiz (yes, even at 77). He offered to help, while sister and I browsed. She was so grateful that she boldly announced that we could have 30% discount on our purchases if Dad could get the computer working. Well, the pressure was on. Dad fiddled and fooled and quietly unplugged, replugged and rebooted her system, and lo and behold I got 30% discount on some Blue Sky Alpaca, some ShiBuiKnits sock yarn, some Wisdom Yarn Poems that looks a bit like Noro, oh and some Noro and some more Noro and some Wildfoote sock yarn and some Tofutsies. Yay for Dad. It's lucky that there were no hardware stores nearby, otherwise he would have been there, and not in the yarn store with us. Here's me, looking jubilant.
We drove on for lunch and a little browse at in one of my favourite US stores, where I might have spent a few more dollars.
Then we went on to the Getty Villa at Malibu, which is a delight of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities.
Feline water spout
Thursday, 16 April 2009
There was some knitting on the road. This simple garter stitch and YO/k2tog scarf in some stash cotton for my favourite sister's young stepdaughter was completed on Highway something or other. It's the Airy Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts - mindless passenger knitting.
And I've done a little more work on my Princess Lace Wrap. It requires a bit more concentration, so there's been a bit of tinking, due to the vagaries of wine o'clock.
We spent a lovely day at home, sister and I, doing some cooking. She wondered if I was going to post pictures of a pot of vomit and then another pot of vomit, but I'm sure my distinguished readers can recognise mushroom ragu and moroccan vegetable stew.
I love her nonetheless.
Posted by nettie at 9pm on 15 April in LA.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
A short drive took us to the breathtakingly wonderful Joshua Tree National Park. I can't begin to explain how a love for the desert has crept over me during the past few days. I started this trip thinking of the desert as a rough, dry, harsh and barren place. But, truly, the beauty is immense. I think I can begin to understand why people want to live here. It seems to necessitate a more sensitive response to one's environment. I'm doing a lousy job of explaining this, but I think that the desert makes one understand how to live with the climate and the landscape, rather than trying to impose oneself on it.
The contorted joshua trees held me in awe.
The desert dandelions brought smiles to our faces as they spread across the plain.
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
The Grand Canyon can barely be described in words, and my photographs do it little justice. The Wupatki Pueblo ruins evidence a simpler life than the one we know, but one where community played an important role.
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
We went to the garden store and lugged home pots and bags of soil to transform these...
We attempted a bit of wardrobe refashion, but were too traumatised to photograph our efforts.
We worried if Dad would ever come home from his walk to the electrics store. (It's OK, he did. He only got a little bit lost.)
We baked ...
And ate and drank and reminisced and laughed.
Happy birthday to my favourite sister. So glad we could share it with you.
Posted by nettie at about 10pm on 7 April in LA.
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
But Monday...well, on Monday I had a date with my old boyfriend, Michael. And sister and I sure had a fine time at Michael's. This is the little stack of goodies that I left with. Yay for Michael! I have to visit Michael at least once each time I come to LA.
But it wasn't just a shopping day. We had a stroll around USC and Exposition Park looking at lovely buildings, gardens and museums. In planning this walk, I checked with my favourite sister to determine the appropriate attire for the day. "Skirt?" I asked. "Oh no. Jeans," she replied. Hmph. I'll make my own wardrobe decisions tomorrow. It was a gloriously warm and sunny LA day. And so good to be with her.
(Note to self: don't change time zones on Blogger as it buggers up the times on all the posts. This post published at 6.30pm on 6 April in LA.)