F is for…

…Fundraising and Fun Prizes.


My mother is a big shot muckety-muck in the world of cancer research. She’s an RN and an Administrator, so she works at a major university, and she’s the one in charge making sure trials around the world are getting done, and getting done correctly. Because of that, and because of the fact that both my great aunt and grandmother had breast cancer, our family is a big supporter of the Revlon Run/Walk for Women. There’s one in Los Angeles and one in New York every year, and it’s a worthy cause.


Since it was created in 1993, the Revlon Run/Walk for Women has distributed nearly $55 Million Dollars to cancer research, counseling, as well as outreach programs.


Once again, I’ll be volunteering, as my knees won’t let me walk, but most of my family will be there, and it’s an amazing, incredible event.  Last year I was at the finish lines and there were some amazing moments.

There was a little girl who was pushed the whole way to the stadium in a wheelchair…and then was helped by her mother to walk to the finish line without it.

There were women, men, kids with signs saying they walked for family, friends, etc. who had fought and survived…and wonderful people who walked for those who had fought and lost the battle.

There was a group of three women…one was a sister, one was a daughter, and one was a niece walking for their sister/mother/aunt who had lost her battle against cancer the day before.

There was a women who came through my lane who looked like every single step was a struggle. She was exhausted and still she looked at me, sighed with relief, gave me the biggest smile I’d ever seen and said “I made it.” She was a survivor of two months.

The Revlon Run/Walk is always such an emotional day for me. It’s the most amazing, powerful, heartbreaking, and inspiring event. You cannot comprehend the immense feeling of pride to be a human being that day. And as a volunteer, it feels so wonderful to help support all these amazing women and their families. I spent most of the day laughing through my tears, and I’m doing it all again on Saturday, May 9 here in Los Angeles.

So here’s the carrot…I’m hoping to raise money for this cause. These people do good work, important work, life-saving, life-changing work, and they deserve every penny. I know times are hard for everyone, but every little bit helps. If you go to MY FUNDRAISING PAGE and donate, I’ll put your name in the hat for a drawing for two prizes. Be sure to use my fundraising page. I’m Bib #60514, Team 105. Remember, you can donate securely online, or you can mail in a check (be sure to put my bib number on your check) and ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!!

The first…a signed copy of Lisa Scottoline’s newest book “Look Again.”

The second prize…a tote bag with the cover of Look Again on it, and if you’re a knitter, there will be some treats inside.

So please…DONATE!!!! The amount does not matter. You can donate $1 or $100 and I will be THRILLED.  And if you’re in Los Angeles and want to come walk, stop by the registration area and say HI!!!

Lynda the Fundraising Guppy
Aka the Fish With Sticks

E is for…

English Relatives.

Several years ago my mom “found” a few cousins in England through her genealogy research. She and Jeanne e-mailed for over a year before Jeanne and her husband Robert decided Mom was taking too long to come to England for a visit and in 2006 booked a flight out here to meet the family. 

We all took a few days off and had a great time doing all the touristy stuff we so rarely do unless someone is here from out of town. Robert and Jeanne were horrified by the traffic. LOLOL. The plus side was that there was a lot of bonding going on. LOL Jeanne is a fellow knitter, so we took her to a yarn store for a quick hit. As someone used to buying yarn directly from the mills, to say she was stunned at the prices would be an understatement. 

We. Went. Everywhere. 

First up, a family dinner…

(l-r) Mom, Me, Cousin A, Cousin C, and Aunt J
(l-r) Mom, Me, Cousin A, Cousin C, and Aunt J

The next day we drove up the coast to Santa Barbara. Robert had his first margarita, but as it was during lunch at a fish restaurant at the pier, maybe not the best place. LOL. We introduced him to the real thing at dinner that night.

Santa Barbara Mission
Santa Barbara Mission


Courtyard at the Mission
Courtyard at the Mission

The next day we headed south to Long Beach and…

Do I really need to tell you where this is??? LOL
Do I really need to tell you where this is??? LOL

Can you imagine keeping all this shining while at sea for days???

Wheelhouse
Wheelhouse

Enjoying the lovely weather on deck…

Jeanne and Robert
Jeanne and Robert

On the way back we decided we had time to stroll the balconies and gardens at The Getty…

Looking Towards Downtown
Looking Towards Downtown
Jeanne & Robert heading up the hill to the Getty
Jeanne & Robert heading up the hill to the Getty

The last day most of the family went to the Huntington Gardens…

Statue Garden
Statue Garden

Can you imagine how lightly this balloon had to land on these cacti to keep from popping? LOL 

A life in peril
A “life” in peril
Pagoda and Oriental Gardens
Pagoda and Oriental Gardens

The family…

(rear) Uncle J, Jeanne, Robert; (front) Aunt J, and Mom
(rear) Uncle J, Jeanne, Robert; (front) Aunt J, and Mom

And the women of the family. We’re the ones actually related. The boys were married into the insanity family. As you can see, Jeanne got all the tall genes in the family.

(l-r) Janet, Jeanne, Nancy & Lynda
(l-r) Janet, Jeanne, Nancy & Lynda

Finally, my favorite picture of the entire trip. We were driving along down the freeway to the Queen Mary, when I look up from my knitting and see this massive platform truck with the strangest of loads…

 

Truckloads
Truckloads

Traffic in L.A. …Who knows WHAT you’ll see?

We had a great time with lots of laughing and eating (and sitting in traffic!) and I wish we could do it all again. Hopefully I’ll get over there soon and I’m sure I’ll have just as much fun then, too. 

The American cousins send lots of love.

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
 

D is for…

…Daffodils. I love Daffodils. They’re such a happy, cheerful flower. I love the ruffled edges. They’re ridiculously cheap at Trader Joe’s, they last forever, and they brighten my mood whenever I see them. Not to mention they’re a harbinger of spring. The only downside to Daffodils is that they’re poisonous to cats, and since Rani sees plants or flowers (and Christmas Ornaments) as between-meal snacks I don’t dare bring them in the house.

Daffodils look great in large bunches…

Or one at a time…

I like to play with my camera and try taking pictures at angles I couldn’t possibly bend and twist and stretch to get, so I hold my camera out, down, over and click the shutter without being able to look through the viewfinder. Most of the time Sometimes you get pictures like this…

But occasionally you can get a picture like this. Of all the ones I took, this is one of my favorites…

I love Daffodils.

And in case you were wondering if I’ll ever have knitting content again, check back tomorrow. It’ll be all knitting. I promise!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
 

C is for…

Columbia Gorge, Oregon. 

These pictures are from my first trip to Oregon right after my best friend Cyn moved there. I still can’t believe she’s not living here in L.A. And damn it, I miss her!


We took a drive through the Columbia Gorge region, and had a great time. These amazing waterfalls are freakishly close to the major highway through the area. 

These last two pictures are from the famous Multnomah Falls

And if you click for the large photo, and look closely, you can see the teeny tiny people standing on the bridge. That should give you an idea of the sheer size of Multnomah Falls. And like so much of Oregon, it’s a beautiful and friendly place. 

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks
 

B is for…

…The Beach. My mom and I took a drive one afternoon up towards Santa Barbara so I could play with my new camera. It was a lot of fun, and I learned that I still have a LOT to learn about the features of my camera. LOL. But it’s a start, and I’m pretty happy with the results, so enjoy!

Lynda the Guppy
Aka The Fish with Sticks
Aka Ansel Guppy
 

Alphabet Soup

On Ravelry I belong to a group called “ABC-Along.” The goal is every two weeks to post a picture that relates to the letter of the alphabet for that period. And I’m behind. Shocking, I know. Over the next few days I’ll be catching up, so be sure to check back!

Lynda the Guppy
aka The Fish With Sticks