I hope you are all warm and safe and doing the best that you can in this strangest holiday season. Much love to you all from Here in Malibu.
We are being held hostage by a 14-pound (she's growing so fast that it's probably 15 pounds by the time I finish writing this sentence) baby Labrador. She's adorable and beautiful and such a handful. Thank god the kids here are as tireless as she is. Crate training has been a non-stop disaster, she simple won't settle, but we press gently and cautiously and incrementally onward. Meanwhile, here's the reason I just realized that I haven't brushed my hair in two days:
And here's Walt, being heroically patient.
The new puppy has arrived and all of us (well OK, not the kids here, they remain unfazed) are exhausted. But she's sweet and funny and beautiful and really, the perfect counterpoint to these difficult times.
Yes, I've played this video about a million times already.
The new puppy Teddy, who is somewhere in that tiny mob, arrives here on Wednesday. Walter remains blissfully unaware.
This was at the Paramount Ranch a few weeks ago where three pairs of hawks crisscrossed the sky above us, gliding and diving and screeching, all backlit by afternoon sun.
With the long-range forecast for California a foreboding 'not a drop of rain', I'm taking refuge in a winter storm here 11 years ago.
Throwback Thursday: The stormy beach at Paradise Cove, shot on on Dec. 11, 2009.
A small group of people gather at the western edge of Bluffs Park every evening and wait for the subtle and soulful sunsets we get here as winter approaches.
It was weirdly warm all day and then at dusk, the winds kicked up and the temps spiked 10 degrees. Instead of winter rains, we've got Santa Anas, shredding the clouds and setting everyone's nerves even further on edge.
First, have you noticed that the site loads a lot faster these days, including videos? That's because Kevin, creator, owner, and head honcho of LA Observed, which allows this little blog tag along, has done all sorts of tech updates. So, yay!
Also in yay! -- the new puppy! She's in the video below, the one with the pink collar. Her name is Teddy, which my mom liked best of all the possibilities. The new puppy will be here sometime after the 15th, weather permitting. She's Daisy's half-sister, and everyone here (well, I can't speak for Walt, whose placid world is about to come apart at the seams) can't wait to meet her.