Life’s Short…Eat Cookies

I went on a small downtown adventure with a friend on Friday. We did a lot of walking, it was hot, and there were lots of pedestrians and cars. But it was fun.  We had two destinations in mind, about 30 minutes walk from each other, so we parked in between. One stop was in Chinatown at the small Good Luck gallery to see some art work by Anna Zemankova. She was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1908.  She was self taught, and made fantasy depictions of flowers using pencil, paper, fabric, embroidery, and beads. Her work is also being shown in Lausanne, Switzerland and New York.  My photos only show portions of some of the pieces, to try and show the detail in her art.

The gallery was in a little pedestrian walkway.

Our other stop was The Last Bookstore.  It is a huge and very unique place that primarily sells used books.  There are a lot of sculptural displays using old books.

But in between the gallery and the bookstore we stopped for a delicious lunch, and after the lunch, I ordered some of these beignets.  Really wonderful.

I’ve been trying to walk each day. The later afternoon is best because the weather has warmed up quite a bit.  Here are a few shots during one of those walks.

Finally a couple shots of little Lucy. This is a fabric tent about three feet long that folds up like an accordion. Here she is with Charlie. Lucy and Sophie (the cat) chase each other through it…

but sometimes she likes to get in it herself and wear it like a dress.

Enjoy your week.  Eat lots of cookies, and thank you for visiting my blog.







10 thoughts on “Life’s Short…Eat Cookies

  1. Great photos of the bookstore and fine and detailed macros! I know the artwork of Anna Zemankowa and I love it. Thanks for showing!
    Best wishes from Cologne

  2. It’s always such a pleasant experience to read your posts. Very interesting to read about Anna Zemankova and to see her artwork. The Chinatown pictures lokk so sweet! I also love the library-art and all the other lovely pictures and I’m looking forward to seeing more of them. It’s so different from Germany and always like going for vacation in my dreams 🙂

  3. Hi Barbara,
    Just want to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. It always feels like I’m there walking with you.

  4. I love the arc of books, really unusual. When Greg and I went to the Anaheim train station, to later see a ballgame there was a vending machine filled with library books from Anaheim public library. The artwork at the beginning of your blog is really unusual. Very intricate. There are so many different kinds of houses near you. They especially look pretty with the afternoon shadows shining on them.

  5. Love the book store with it’s sculptural book displays, must be a delight to wander about in there. Eat cookies and dog biscuits for sure. xox

  6. I love reading your blog! How lucky you are to live in a place that offers such a variety of things to see and the ability to step into another world!! Love the photos of your China town visit and the bookstore plus the photos of your dog–so cute!!

  7. Nice post – i enjoyed it and Anna’s work looks interesting I’ll look up her name to see more. It is hot here in the mountains and I’ve had to exercise indoors instead of walking much. Late afternoon cools off but then the bugs are amazingly thick as I try and walk the path by the lake.

  8. Your walking tours sound fun and I loved coming along with you in photos. The bookstore looks dreamy and I could easily spend and afternoon there. The art exhibit certainly inspires! Wishing you more long walks.

  9. Your are lucky to live in an area with so many art events and uniqe shops. I would have enjoyed visiting this exhibit and this lovely book store. Lucy seems to have fun with that tube.
    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    xo Julia

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