Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I'm back from California and the winner is....Claire, from Planet Claire! You have won the box-o-books! Congrats! (That's Lauren, investigating one of California's luscious exports. She's the newest member of my family's West Coast branch.)

And congrats to Fred!

Hollywood, Bel Air, Rodeo Drive, Venice Beach, Playa Del Rey, Westwood, Culver City, San Bernadino Mountains... I've covered a lot of territory in a week.

I promise to catch you up on all the news, both good and bad, and take you on a tour of a fabulous shop ...
a tour of UCLA's Japanese Garden...
I have lots of photos (598) to upload/downsize, phone calls (33 important ones) and e-mails (119) that require attention. Not to mention laundry.
While not my usual link, I love this one and think you will be fascinated, too. The photos, including creatures large and small, are outstanding. Visit


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Thanks for the whale watching link. Wonderful photos! I look forward to more from your travels, as well!

Jennica said...

Just wanted to say Hi from Sweden, Europe! :)

NeereAnDear said...

Welcome back!! and...

CONGRATULATIONS to the winner of your giveaway!!

Cant wait to see your photos... the good thing about digital cameras is you can store all your photos... the bad thing is its easier to take too many of them at once

Take Care


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time! And we had really pretty weather, just for you. Your guy looks happy!! He's done! Yippee....congratulations, Mom.
xo Lidy

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Hello Barbara,
Welcome back home from the West Coast! Oh my you have lots of photo to look at!
CONGRATULATIONS to the winner!
from the Heart of Texas!

Desperate Diva said...

Hi there and glad to have you back. Special Congrats to Fred. You must be a proud Mom....:)

LOVE the Japanese Garden...Beautiful..!!!

And oh those impressive streets and places...can't wait to see your pics.

Get rest...Post soon...!!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

WOW! Sounds like you pretty well covered it all! Hope it was all fun too!

M ^..^

GeorgiaPeachez said...

All that and you still have time to blog! You are a machine! xo, suzy

Claire said...

Oh, wow! How wonderful! Thank you so much. Woohoo!!!

I love your blog so much and now I even won a treat! Hehe. Don't mind me, I'm a little giddy now. ;)

Thank you again!


Joy said...

What a wonderful pic of your son - you must be so proud!

Enchanted Treasures said...

Fred is so handsome and you are like a jet setting celebrity Barbara!

Connie said...

Aaaaah, you visited my home state! Don't ya just love it, my sweet cherub?!?! Lovely pix and can't wait for the "tour" and for your book to come out!! Squeeeeeelllllling with delight as Jen would say!! Hah.

PAT said...

Welcome back, Barbara!

Congratulations to Fred.

I love the photo of the cute baby doll.

I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Claire said...

Hey Barbara, I tried to email you at your AOL mailbox but it was returned to me. I don't know what the heck I'm doing. I'll just blame it on being the parent of a teenager.;)
My email address is
If you can email me I'll reply back with my physical address.

Thank you again!


Barbara said...

Looks like there is going to be a lot to look forward to here. It can take forever to sort out all those hundreds of photos after a trip.

Looks like you are going to be visiting Rita or her daughter by your comments. Will be fun to meet.

Tutti Chic said...

welcome home from your worldwind trip! you sure covered a lot of ground! such great photos~:) chris

Tutti Chic said...

P.S. congrats on your handsome sons graduation=you must be one proud mama! chris

Lisa said...

So many things to celebrate this summer.

Your trip sounds busy and fun. Great photos too.

Isn't it always nice to return to your own home and surroundings after being away?

Have fun winding down.

Julie said...

Can't wait to see your vacation photos. I am on my way over to the referenced sight to see the pictures you talked so highly of.

Susie Q said...

Welcome home Barbara...Congratulations to the oh so handsome Fred!
What a beauty Lauren is!
Congratulations to your book giveaway winner!

Now I will pop off to look through your photos...they look like such fun!

We missed you!