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December 30, 2020

End of the day

malibu pier dec 30

It's New Year's Eve tomorrow but the sunset is celebrating a day early.

December 26, 2020

Christmas sky

sunset on christmas day

The sunset here last night, a lovely way to end the day.

December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas from Malibu!

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.

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2020

Here in Teddybu

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:

Miss Teddy

who, me? a hellion??

puppy belly

And here's Walt, being heroically patient.

Walt says, "sigh".

December 20, 2020

She's here!

welcome to Malibu, little Teddy

she is all of us right now

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.

December 17, 2020

Winter(y) sunset

Walt enjoys the sunset

December 13, 2020

On repeat

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.

a herd of baby Labradors

December 12, 2020

Bu plate mystery: Miss Moneypenny, I presume?

Miss Moneypenny, I presume?

I love the idea that M's secretary executive assistant has a pied-à-terre in Malibu.

December 11, 2020

Hawks up above

hawk at paramount ranch

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.

December 10, 2020

tbt: Winter rain

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.

tbt: winter storm on dec. 11 2009

Throwback Thursday: The stormy beach at Paradise Cove, shot on on Dec. 11, 2009.

December 9, 2020

It's all about the sunset these days

sunset from bluffs park

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.

December 8, 2020

The Santa Ana winds are here again

the clouds here at dusk

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.

December 7, 2020

One of my favorite hawks in one of my favorite trees

I'm always happier to see him than he is to see me, which is as it should be.

hawk in the santa monica mountains

still not happy to see me

December 5, 2020

Signs of Saturday: Season's greetings


December 4, 2020

A puppy update

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.

Meet Teddy, the little female Lab in the pink collar.

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