Last Friday of 2012: Glendale & Pasadena

The weather here in southern California is grrreat!  Sunny!  Warm!

Self visited a mall in Glendale called Americana.  This one had dancing fountains that reminded her of the ones in the Las Vegas Bellagio.  Really, she can’t believe how wonderful the weather is here!

She was with her niece, Irene.  Later, Irene dropped self off in Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, which is one of her faaavorite bookstores.  Vroman’s was where, early this year, while visiting sole fruit of her loins, self stumbled upon the fascinating gardening diary of an 18th century Englishman named John Evelyn.  This afternoon, self wound up buying a book called Plant Combinations for Your Landscape:  Over 400 Inspirational Groupings for Garden Beds and Borders, by Tony Lord.  This bookstore’s gardening section is really good.  Self could browse there all day.

The holiday items on the second floor were 40% off.  Self bought a box of Christmas cards (for next year), and a birthday card for The Man.

Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena

Here’s a picture self took in niece’s house in Glendale.

Irene's house, Glendale

Self loves Irene’s house —  it has such an Asian (i.e. Filipino) feeling.  Is it the plants growing outside?  The light?  The artwork?  All of the above?

Self looked in awe at the gardens of the neighboring houses, and swooned over the giant Kniphofia bushes!  (Self tried planting this in her front yard, two years ago.  Alas, it expired with the first cold snap) The ubiquitous and spectacular Birds of Paradise!  And the extremely tall, stately palm trees!

The houses all had extremely well-manicured lawns, not a grotty one among them.  Is this a city requirement, self wonders?  Self means, that one has to keep up one’s lawn?

Irene is the daughter of Dear Departed Manang Nena, self’s cousin.  Self visited her grave in Bacolod, this last trip.  Her Manang Jopay and Manong Junior (parents of niece Camille, the fashion designer, the one who had dinner with self at Mesa in Greenbelt 5) brought her to Bacolod Memorial, on All Souls Day, her first ever All Souls Day in Bacolod (And quite a memorable occasion that was, dear blog readers:  There was a rock band performing in the middle of the cemetery.  Bacoleños will grab at any opportunity to throw a par-tay!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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