As I write this I have watched several cars go by my house with fresh Christmas trees tied to the tops of their cars. Our community is getting ready for the festive season. Last Friday our neighboring village of Montrose lit its tree-lined Honolulu Avenue with tiny white lights. Carolers strolled...
I'm writing this column before Thanksgiving Day, but you will read it on turkey day or over the weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I'm excited to celebrate this Thanksgiving with my extended family — all 25 of them. I can provide details next week.
This past weekend I felt like autumn was trying very hard — at last — to get a foothold in our community. Last Saturday heavy gray clouds hung overhead and a brisk breeze sent fallen leaves playing tag down the street.
On Monday morning, Veterans Day, I was so focused on my computer screen that it seemed that the rest of the world had disappeared. Like a pesky fly, a low but persistent sound penetrated my consciousness.
Hundreds of costumed children made their way to my doorstep last Thursday night for Halloween treats. I ran out of the goodies earlier than expected so this witch had to shut off the lights and pretend she wasn’t at home.
The Oakmont League of Glendale on Oct. 18 held a luncheon in the beautiful home of member Lynn Dittrick. Lynn's home was festively decorated for the autumn season.
This past weekend I escaped from our peaceful community to a different adventure. I packed up my fuzzy white dog, Lola, and we went to Santa Barbara to visit my sister, Elaine, and her husband, Larry.
Oh, I did love our rainy day last week. As soon as I heard the pitter-pat of rain on the roof, I raced to turn on the fireplace in the living room, brewed a cup of aromatic spiced tea and a grabbed a good book. It is my idea of perfect rainy day fun.
We are just rounding the corner of the second week of October and there's scarcely a colored leaf in sight.
Autumn arrived last Sunday at exactly 1:44 p.m. Did you notice? Last weekend was such a delight because our little world here in the foothills had a different feel to it. Even my garden looked different.
I skipped out of town this past weekend to visit my sister in San Clemente. It was an amazing weather change from the foothills, with fog blowing by the windows and cool enough for me to have to borrow woolly socks from her to put on my feet. I even had to put a wrap on to keep my neck and shoulders...
Whew! I'm exhausted from the unrelenting heat. This has been quite the late-summer siege. I know that some of you thrive in this kind of weather but for me, it is torture. Here in my very old house, the slightly younger but still antiquated air conditioner tries really hard, but it just can't make...
Come on, enough already! This humid weather makes me feel like I’m in the middle of a Mississippi summer — and that isn’t my cup of tea, even if you put sugar in it.
Oh no! Summer is slipping away and we have to face reality — no more music in La Cañada's Descanso Gardens or Memorial Park until next year. The music just died this weekend. But it's fair to say that it went out on a high note.
The music beat goes on. Kristin Korb, a bassist and vocalist, enchanted music lovers on Aug. 15 at Descanso Gardens' Music on the Main jazz series, which has been attracting guests on Thursday evenings this summer.
What fabulous, cool weather we have had during the first part of this month. Whoever thought that those two words would ever describe August weather in our area, for crying out loud? I hope my words don't jinx the situation.
As the old saying goes, let's let those sleeping dogs lie. My pooch, Lola, was all set with her new short haircut for the hot weather that was supposed to come with the onset of the dog days of summer. What a surprise for the two of us, we had June gloom weather and my little dog just wanted to stay...
Slowly, ever so slowly, we are crawling into the dog days of summer. The weather, just as the Greeks and Romans scripted them, is hot, humid and sometimes evil.
On Sunday, even before I opened my eyes, I knew that it was going to be a different kind of summer day. The breeze coming through the window was cool and fragrant. The birds in the trees outside seemed to be happier than usual, and chirping loudly.
Flickering lights illuminated Descanso Gardens last Saturday evening as 250 guests enjoyed a new kind of benefit called "Light Up the Night."
Oh my, Mother Nature is stirring the pot a wee bit too vigorously. Oppressive heat and melting humidity have been the ingredients for her bubbling summer stew.
As of last week, summer is officially here. Get ready for the temps to rise. In fact we might be hitting the 100-plus mark sooner than I would like, I can assure you.
The "tween" social season (between spring and summer) has been so busy it would make most people's heads spin. It certainly has my brain buzzing.
Our city's Fiesta Days celebrations last weekend were bigger and better than ever! There was one wonderful event after another. I liked it all, but my absolute favorite was Sunday night's fireworks show, sponsored by the Allen Lund Co., which is based right here in town.
I had a play date with my daughter, Heather, on Mother's Day weekend, a fun escape to San Francisco. On Saturday, the morning fog blanketed the city and the foghorns called out their mournful cry, giving the city such an eerie feeling.
I hope that all of you have your air conditioning ducts and filters clean and thermostats calibrated in readiness for the heat wave that has been forecast for this weekend. It's hard to believe that high temps will be here so soon.
It was a lovely warm March day when the La Cañada Thursday Club held its annual fashion show luncheon.
It was with great, generous spirits that more than 300 area residents who love fine dining joined forces to make a difference for youngsters in need of mental health and other therapeutic support services as part of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services’ annual fundraiser —...
I made a getaway to Santa Barbara to visit my twin sister and her family over the weekend. It was foggy in the mornings but beautiful and sunny in the afternoon, when the sea sparkled.
Our clocks sprang forward Sunday and in honor of that happening, we have been basking in spring-like weather for the past few days. I hope you are enjoying this preview of the season.
Wow, I certainly liked our spring-like weather last weekend. I opened up all the windows and doors in the house in order to chase the winter doldrums out and let the fresh air of the season in.
It could have been a sophisticated nightclub in the 1930s or ‘40s with comfortable lounge seating, creative cocktails to quaff and a crooner singing American Songbook classics — but it wasn’t. Instead it was a “Knight” club, and the cocktail was called a “Marti-...
I certainly did enjoy our balmy weekend. I decided to cure myself of cabin fever and settled into the backyard patio, where I plopped myself into the swing and basked in the warm sunshine.
Today is Cupid's big show — one chock full of hearts and flowers and cards filled with elaborate and sometimes funny professions of love. I hope that this chubby icon found his way to your mailbox or doorstep.
Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII is now history. It was an exciting game with plenty of brawling. In fact, for a minute I thought I was watching a hockey game.
Were you howling at the moon last Saturday night? We enjoyed the first full moon of 2013. Not that I usually pay any attention to the names of the full moons throughout the year, but this moon is known as the “Full Wolf Moon.” The Algonquin and Sioux tribes thus named it. Of course I...
After experiencing the deep freeze of last week, this weekend's sunshine was so welcome. On Sunday morning I sat in my outdoor patio swing and finished up an epic 3,435-page book I had been reading for some time. The book, simply called "New York," had a good ending, and my world seemed blissful.
Brrrr, has it been cold enough for you? It has been teeth-chattering weather lately. Actually, I’d rather it be like this than have to deal with triple-digit heat. There is almost no limit to how many sweaters one can put on to warm up, but one can only get so naked in order to cool off.
Congratulations LCF Tournament of Roses volunteer float workers! That adorable dino soared down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena with the “Animation Trophy” tucked under his front leg.
Happy 2013! Oh my, time does fly. I can hardly believe that 2012 went by so fast.
Following a tradition going back more than six decades, the La Cañada Thursday Club held its Bal Blanc de Noel on Saturday, presenting debutantes who have spent 16 months preparing for the occasion as part of the club's Les Fleurettes program. The young women have been immersed in social...
Martin and Jane Chetron of La Cañada Flintridge announced the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Ann, to Michael Robert Wolfgang of Minneapolis.
Poof, in a blink of an eye Santa and his magical day has evaporated. Of course the toys that he brought will be played with each day throughout the year.
Oh my, just five more days and it will be Christmas Day. I can hardly believe that it is almost here. Except for a few sundry items, my shopping is done! Of course, I still have to do the work of wrapping the surprises.
Our burg is looking so festive, with twinkling lights of all colors etching houses and trees. It is such a lovely time of year as community dwellers celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas.
On Saturday night, Dec. 1, the historic La Cañada Thursday Club House on Woodleigh Lane, built in 1927, was aglow with the soft light of candles and festive good cheer.
Hello everyone, it’s Thursday, and here I am again after having my column appear in the Sunday Valley Sun for the past several months. It’s like old home week, and I feel so comfy. I’ve missed seeing you here for a bit. Home again, home again, jiggity jog.
There is not one tiny piece of candy left, not even a candy wrapper, after literally hundreds of trick-or-treaters cleaned out my sweet stash on Wednesday night. The little ghosts and goblins wandered down to my street directly from the ever-popular Montrose “Spooktacular” event.
Slowly but surely, I'm seeing the places in the world that have intrigued me. I have just returned from a fascinating journey to Russia, a place I have wanted to visit for a very long time.
Autumn came to La Cañada Flintridge on Oct. 11. The wind howled, the rain hammered the pavement and hail came in sheets, giving the landscape the brief appearance of being covered in snow.