Lion statue


Here’s a statue of a lion.  As I recall, it’s an ancient Egyptian lion.  Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken last May at Bryn Athyn in Pennsylvania, and part of my famous Statue series.

I really like statues.

No post yesterday – forgot again.  I think it would be a good idea if I forgot less.  On a positive note, I’ve been remembering to post here way more frequently since LRN4 got out of the hospital and I invited my Loyal Readers to check here for her progress updates.  So there’s that.

And speaking of LRN4, let’s update her status, shall we?  She’s doing well.  We had a very good weekend.  Nothing much is new.  We spent the weekend without any clinic visits – nice! – and pretty much just relaxed.  Our Monday visit with the doctor was also good.  LRN4’s blood counts were still above the minimums, so that makes about a week and a half since her last infusion!  That’s unprecedented.  We think the string will be broken this coming Friday, though.  LRN4 has another lumbar puncture and chemo treatment that day, and they won’t puncture you if you’re platelet count is below 100.  As of Monday, it was above the minimum of 25, but way below 100.  The likelihood of it going up to 100 on its own is non-zero, of course, but I don’t think it’s very high yet.  I hope to be very pleasantly surprised when she gets her next blood test on Thursday, but I’m not counting on it.  Doesn’t matter, though.  Transfusions are part of the deal here.

We had a nice day today.  LRN29 and my cousin Betsy were here, LRN29 making her customary Tuesday morning visit and Betsy coming to go to the Gamble house in Pasadena with us.  We had a very pleasant time there.  The Gamble house was built in 1908 in the Craftsman style, but it doesn’t look like any other Craftsman bungalow I’ve ever seen.  For one thing, all the other ones are tiny little cute houses in tiny little cute neighborhoods.  This one is 7,000 square feet on a huge lot with extremely luxurious design, construction, and appointments.  It really is beautiful and was definitely worth touring, even if our docent was a grouchy old lady who acted like she would have been much happier if we hadn’t intruded on her reverie.

Why do grouchy old ladies become docents anyway?  It’s obvious they resent their customers, so why do they bother?  Maybe it gives them the feeling of owning whatever it is they’re docenting on or maybe it just makes them feel needed or something.  Whatever the cause, it certainly makes visits to their pride and joy much less pleasant.  Let this be a lesson for all of us.  Repeat after me: if we decide to be docents when we get old, we promise to be gracious, pleasant, and welcoming to all who honor us with their visits.  Now doesn’t that make you feel better?

Before the tour, we were invited to sit on the house’s beautiful wood deck to eat our picnic lunch, which we enjoyed.  We got there a little later than we had hoped, so we didn’t have time for dessert before the tour started.  Accordingly, we went back out to the patio for dessert afterwards.  Had a very nice chat and a thoroughly pleasant early afternoon.

By the way, the Gambles who lived in the Gamble house were good friends with the Proctors.  So they could afford a 7,000 square foot summer house in Pasadena.

When we got back to the Village, LRN29 left.  Betsy hung around a little while to get help with some technical stuff and then took her leave as well.  I goofed around for the rest of the day – accomplished no work.  Tomorrow is another day and I’m pretty sure it will be a productive one.  I have lots to do on my iOS app and I’m not quite sure how to do it yet, so I think I was procrastinating today.

Speaking of the app, LRN2 did a bunch of work for me today in support of the app, which I needed for this next phase I’m starting on tomorrow.  Thanks, LRN2!  So things continue to come together for the app.  Slowly.

And it’s very late, so I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: chip and dip assault!

See you tomorrow.

power up and down for the blu-ray player

4 Responses to “Lion statue”

  1. katie Says:

    if we decide to be docents when we get old, we promise to be gracious, pleasant, and welcoming to all who honor us with their visits.

  2. Michael Says:

    Now don’t you feel better? I certainly do.

  3. Shannon Says:

    I’ll be a nice docent and just be grumpy everywhere else!

  4. katie Says:

    Such a rebel, Mom!

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