Saturday, June 7, 2008


Boz is having a bit of an ordeal. Had to have stitches. Chewed one out.

This morning at Foothill Veterinarian, Dr. Bell said Boz won't need a replacement stitch. Just some antihistamine. So it's less of an ordeal than we'd feared.

But Boz doesn't know that. For him, it was still horrible.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Jacaranda Maxima

Ben and I have been photographing jacarandas. We can't help it.

I found this tree at 300 W. Green Street, just south of the Ralph's parking lot. Well, I didn't find the tree. If you're anywhere in the vicinity of this block of Green you can't miss it. The building behind it is marked "Hall of Administration." It could either be administration for the Ambassador Auditorium or for Marantha High School, both of which are south of (behind) this structure. Ambassador kind of matches it, though.

But back to the tree. Have you downloaded Google Earth? Oh, you should. It's a fun program anyway. I learned my way around Paris with it before I even went there. You can explore the world, or just Pasadena. Check out your house, the mountain trails, or the great aerial view of City Hall. And if you type in the address above (300 W. Green St. Pasadena, CA), you'll see the most prominent feature at that address: the huge, purple jacaranda tree, photographed by satellite.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Chantry Flat

John and I both had the afternoon free yesterday, and since Boz had the day off too we decided to try a new trail. We drove through neighboring Sierra Madre and up to Chantry Flat in Big Santa Anita Canyon.

It was extra cool and cloudy, driving off casual hikers. Not much goes on there on a Wednesday anyway, which suits us. Instead of the popular Sturtevant Falls trail, we opted for the trail to Hermit Falls simply because it's not paved. It took us deep down into the shady canyon, where we came upon the small waterfall and three cabins, at least one of which was occupied and marked "private." The noisiest thing there was the water.

I think it's good for us humans to spend time surrounded by nature's disorderly shapes, to get away from computer screens, office cubicles, shiny kitchens and soft sofas, and to get out among rocks, trees and leaves for a while. It reorders our brains, sets us right again.

This is a post I wish you could smell. Damp, fresh sage, still rooted in the ground: there's no aroma like it.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My Vote

Apparently not too many people knew about it, but there was a primary in California yesterday. Not as exciting as the presidential primary, but there was balloting for statewide offices, local judges, and a couple of measures about eminent domain that were hotly contested (at least on the radio).

I like to vote and I had time in my schedule, so I was one of the 16.48% who turned out in Los Angeles County. It was a low-stress kind of voting situation, and I got to vote for my favorite congressman and have my say about the issues. I hope the rest of you agree with what we decided for you yesterday, because you're going to have to live with it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Brainy Cooking

Cook Books, the one-of-a-kind cookbooks store on Washington Blvd. in Pasadena, is like a complete brain, with left and right hemispheres.

The left hemisphere would be the store's well-organized website. Faced with what seems an endless mound of books, you might think the right hemisphere is the store itself. But owner Janet Jarvits (whose brain contains all of Cook Books) or Webmaster Richard can point you directly to what you're looking for. In fact, the store is as organized as the website, with a selection so vast you'll find all you want and then some. As Jarvits says, Cook Books is the largest out-of-print cookbook store open to the public. But if you get lost browsing, don't worry. The cats will come and find you.

I bought a vegetarian cookbook. But if you want a recipe for brains, I'll bet you a dollar Cook Books has what you're looking for, and it won't take but a minute to find it.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Zen Monday: Intersection

Your thoughts on a road?

I almost forgot Zen Monday was today. Thanks for the reminder,
Lydia. The Cook Books post will appear tomorrow, on a day when they're open!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Theme Day: My Favorite Local Shop

The City Daily Photo blog community shares a theme day the first of each month. This month's theme asks, "What is your favorite corner store or local shop in your city?"

The first time I walked into Penny for Your Thoughts at 1365 N. Hill Avenue, it seemed someone had gone into my brain to find out what I liked, and put all those things into one store. Vintage books, cute fashions, unique gifts, unusual purses and shoes, antiques and classy junque are all so charmingly arranged I wanted to just sit and appreciate it. Which I did, while enjoying a cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a locally-baked gourmet cookie, at one of the shop's funky café tables.

This eclectic place came not from my brain but from that (those) of two sisters, Liz and Millie, who grew up in Pasadena and opened the store in November of 2003. They run the place with a staff member or two, and occasionally a bubbly baby to brighten the mix.

Coffee and free wifi with fun, fashion, funk and fabulousness. What could be better? I don't know another shop like it.

174 City Daily Photo blogs are participating in today's theme. Check them out here.