Sunday, November 30, 2008

Staples Center

I took this while I was stopped at a traffic signal last Sunday evening.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Morning

Friday, November 28, 2008

Recipe from the Past

Here's the bread that I made for Thanksgiving. The recipe came from a Better Homes and Garden magazine from October, 1969.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Tradition

Today, November 27, is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States of America. It is one of my favorite holidays. At our table we take time to say something that each of us is thankful for. Most of our family won't be able to be with us, but we'll definitely be thinking of them. Pumpkin pie is one of the traditional desserts that I usually make. This good-looking pie was made, however, by the students at the high school where I teach.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Here Comes the Sun!

It rained heavily last night so I got to see this beautiful sunrise.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Illusion of Space

I was driving up the road and realized that it appears to go out into space. There's actually a lot of hillside below.

Monday, November 24, 2008

It's Not His!

I pulled up next to this interesting vehicle and took out my camera. The driver looked over and remarked that it wasn't his-- it belongs to his wife!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ash from the Fires

This little collection of ash and debris collected in the corner of the stairs of my classroom building in Long Beach. Our school was at least 25 miles from any of the fire. There was so much ash and pollution in the air that it collected on our campus that far away from the sources.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Last spring I started a tradition of a once-a-month dinner with my neighbors. All of us are busy people who had seldom spent time together. This is a dish that P & K prepared for us at their home a few Sundays ago.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Vincent Thomas Bridge

A few years ago the Port of L.A. installed lights on the Vincent Thomas Bridge. They're actually two different colors of blue because they ordered the lights from two different companies.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Autumn Evening

These people was enjoying a balmy evening before the Fanfare Fountain started its last display of the evening.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Art at the Library

This scene of the Point Vincente Lighthouse, currently hanging in the Main Library, is a quilted three-dimensional piece of needlework. It's a lovely portrayal of one of the prettiest spots in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Smoky Sky

It was perfectly clear this morning. I sat on the patio to do some reading. About two hours later a brush fire broke out. The smoky sky pictured here is the result of that fire. Fortunately, the fire department put it out. No one was injured; no structures were damaged either. The firemen were finishing up when I photographed their truck.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Forest Service Mural

This mural, showing individuals enjoying the San Gabriel River, is leaning on the entrance wall of the public restroom at the Forest Service Ranger Station. It reminds me of the WPA artwork that was done in various places in the U.S.A. during the Great Depression last century.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

November Day

This is what our mountains looked like on this past Saturday.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Liquid Gold

One of the joys of living where we do in Southern California is our access to the mountains and the ocean. Yesterday was a warm, sunny autumn day. My husband and I drove about an hour to the San Gabriel Mountains to ride our bicycles along a paved road adjacent to the West Fork of the San Gabriel River. I spotted this pool with what looks like liquid gold-- the setting sun.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Autumn Sunset

This sunset was at the end of a sometimes, rainy day.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Surprising Drop in Gas Prices

Last Thursday night, Oct. 30, this gas station was advertising gas at $2.75 per U.S. gallon. Saturday afternoon it was down to $2.69. Now, it's dropped even more. Twenty cents in one week is incredible!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Some dreams were realized yesterday in America!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Voters at My Precinct

There were at least twenty-five people in line to vote at one of two precincts when the poll opened yesterday at 7 a.m. I was the fifth person in line, but the first from my own precinct. It was exciting to see so many people exercising their freedom to vote. I went by my polling place on the way home Tuesday night. There were still a lot of people at 6:30 p.m., but they were no longer lined up at the door.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Voting Rules

Here are a few of the signs at my poll today. The line is at another polling station nearby. These citizens were lined up to vote when it opened at 7 a.m.

Korean Friendship Bell

This bell was given to the people of the Los Angeles area after the end of the Korean War as a gesture of peace-- something we all hope and pray for on this historic election day in the United States of America.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Sunrise

The clouds that brought the rain also brought this lovely Halloween morning sunrise.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Rainbow

We had rain this morning-- a real rarity here in RPV, and Southern California in general, for October. Here's the resulting rainbow.

Wayfarers Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel
See the archived posts from June about this historic and beautiful chapel.