Saturday, January 19, 2019

Another side of Los Angeles

On our final night we went on a haunted / true crimes walking tour of old downtown Los Angeles.
We met at a park where I was immediately enthralled by this stunning nativity in the park gazebo.

It was almost life size and oh so lovely.

We started at the Pico House which was the first three story building in Los Angeles.

I was surprised by the number of old buildings in the neighborhood.

I always think of Los Angeles as shiny and new.
We saw many buildings and heard many stories that were the basis of the tv show American Horror Story. I haven't seen it, but both my sons are fans.

I loved the curtain of lights on this street!

My favorite was this building.
It may look familiar - in the original Ghostbusters movie this was the "New York" building where the giant Stay Puff marshmallow man was...
In real life it is The Biltmore Hotel.
(and the last place Elizabeth Short was seen alive - the Black Dahlia murder.)
Our tour ended here and we decided that we needed to see the inside of this hotel.

As soon as you walk in the door, I was struck by the stunning ceiling. 

The entry is so grand and majestic!

We stopped in the lobby bar for their famous Black Dahlia drink.
Our bartender was a lovely older gentleman who regaled us with stories and told us his most recent regular is Johnny Depp. No star sightings while we were there.

The original Academy Awards shows were held in the grand ballroom here. 

It was fascinating to look at the old giant photographs on the walls and try to see which stars we could pick out. 
The hotel is so grand and enormous that it reminded all of us of the hotel in the movie "The Shining".
When we go back to Los Angeles, we would love to stay here for at least a night!

It was time for a final meal and to get some sleep before heading home...
We returned to a favorite restaurant in Santa Monica

Blue Plate Taco
and yes, I had the same meal for the second time that weekend - Lobster Tacos.
Yum! They were just as delicious the second time!

Thanks for letting me share.
I'll be back to stitching in my next post!

“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
    “and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and trust me
    and understand that I am the One.
Before me no God was formed,
    nor will there be one after me.
~Isaiah 43:10

Blessings, Patti

Thursday, January 17, 2019

More fun in the sun

It was so nice to walk along the beach and put our feet in the cold surf.

We were lucky to get four tickets to Jimmy Kimmel Live one night. 
Fun to see how things work behind the scenes.

We had to be Hollywood tourists and see Grauman's Chinese Theater.

And see the hand and footprints - old 

and new.

We took a studio tour at Sony Pictures one morning.

I really enjoyed seeing the old "Seinfeld" set,

And even looking in his fridge - it was empty.

The best part of the tour was going to the set of "The Goldbergs"
as the tour guide was explaining what we would see inside, the star of the show came out the door.
He smiled at the group, recognized our youngest son and came over to give him a hug.
They grew up together in our neighborhood. :) A great kid from such a kind family - so glad he is having success, but still grounded.

On the way back to Santa Monica, we stopped in a fish shack

for some super fresh fish

a fun atmosphere and a great view of the ocean.

That afternoon, I spent a bit of time relaxing by the pool and stitching while the guys biked down the beach.

It was fun to watch some skywriters at work, but I didn't get to see the full message.

We had a great time on our last might, but I'll post that next - then I'll return to stitching :)

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

 When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.
~Isaiah 43:1-2

Blessings, Patti 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Quick trip to southern California

Right before Christmas we took a quick family vacation to southern California.
Nothing can be better than time away with my husband and two sons. 
With the boys getting older, I don't know how many more family vacations there will be - scheduling gets harder and harder!

Chicago has had a pretty mild winter, but it was still nice to warm up and soak in some sunshine.

 And to take in the lovely trees, bushes and flowers.

I never get to see blooming Bird of Paradise in the parks in Chicago ;)

We had plenty of sunshine for our trip. 

You can see the Santa Monica Pier in the distance.

The pier was just a few blocks from our hotel.

Speaking of our lovely hotel, I was a little shocked when I first walked in our room!
Luckily, there was a privacy screen that came down to separate the bedroom and bathroom.
I guess I am just a midwestern prude lol!

We saw evidence of the horrible wildfires - this is near the Griffith Park Observatory.

 This is as close as we got to the famous Hollywood sign.

The Griffith Park Observatory was lovelier than I remembered - 
it has been 23 years since I was there last...

The rooftop offers lovely views.

Was the haze fog or smog??

We weren't able to spend too much time as my husband really wanted to see:

 The LaBrea Tar Pits

Large tar pits right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
Can you see the tar oozing and bubbling?

So many bones have been found of mammoths and saber tooth tigers and all kinds of extinct creatures.

It's a very active museum with lots of scientists and interns busy going though all the finds... 

The LaBrea Stork caught my eye

Along with the Dire Wolves

The wall of Dire Wolf skulls was amazing.

I am so glad that we went!

I think I'll have one more post to share some of the touristy things that we had to do ;)
Then it will be back to my stitching...

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,

    you may now dismiss[a] your servant in peace.

For my eyes have seen your salvation,

     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
    and the glory of your people Israel.”
~Luke 2:28-32

Blessings, Patti

Friday, January 4, 2019

Stitch from my Stash - the beginning

On New Year's Day, I spent part of my day picking my two projects for #stitchfrommystash
I had such a hard time choosing, that I selected three lol! First up:

"Snow Day"
by Prairie Schooler 
from Book #177 January

I have been wanting to stitch this one since January 2016!
I started stitching Prairie Schooler designs in the mid-1980's
and they have been one of my favorite designers ever since.
If I was on a desert island and could only bring charts from one designer - this would be it :)
Sadly, I can't even remember the last time I stitched a Prairie Schooler?! 
So this will be the month! 

Little Red Barn and Grandpa's Pick-up
from the Farmhouse Christmas series
by Little House Needleworks

this is the bonus project that I kitted up :)
I've seen so many finishes of this series lately that I am finally itching to start!
I will only be doing these two charts in the series and want them to be for winter rather than Christmas. 

My wool project for January will be:

"Snowy Days"
by Heart to Hand

Believe it or not this kit was purchased back in 2013!
And I have not worked on it since January 2016!

I think that I need to finish it this month!

Here is where I left off three years ago:

I sure hope that I can get it done and enjoy it yet this winter...

I've made a little progress on "Little Red Barn" already this week...

So many of you have asked for pics of the pups.
Leia was thrilled with the new toy that they received for Christmas!
A stuffed log with three stuffed squirrels inside that can be pulled out through holes in the log.
She wouldn't sit still for a picture ;) 

Peanut wasn't quite as thrilled.
Although he did steal a squirrel once Leia had pulled it out lol.

Peanut's favorite activity is snuggling with his sister.

Even when snuggling, Leia usually has a toy in her mouth. 

She just can't let go!

Peanut just doesn't get it :)

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
~Luke 2:16-19
Blessings, Patti