Happy Holidays

Nothing particularly ‘fume related in this one.  I don’t think I’ll ever quite get the whole holiday feeling in Southern California.  I’m not complaining (well, no more than usual), but the one time of the year that I would like to be in snow is right now.  I’d love to have driven my blue SLK to the Birchwood Inn with my BFF Bitsy, and we’d be sitting by the fire drinking Grand Marnier, me reading “Lucia in London” during a snowstorm while Quinn, the resident Golden Retriever pops out to pay for the pizza we had delivered and grab more firewood.

Hey, it’s a fantasy.

Of course, I’ve lived with snow, so I know that the reality wouldn’t quite match.  I don’t have the Mercedes or the money to whisk my BFF off to her Christmas birthday in the Berkshires.  But this holiday despite what we’re led to believe isn’t about what we want, but what we’re thankful for.

So, I am thankful.  I have wonderful friends that range from people I’ve known from childhood to people in my adopted hometown where the snow never falls, but we all fight to keep Santa and his sleigh flying over Beverly and Wilshire, on an 80 degree Christmas. I’ll be chowing down on latkes with those people at a friends house.  Is there such a thing as kosher caviar?

I hope you all have a wonderful and fulfilling holiday, and all the best in 2012.

Picture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in Hollywood taken last December, because I feel like it.

  • Aparatchick says:

    The sun is shining, the grass is green,
    The orange and palm trees sway.
    There’s never been such a day
    in Beverly Hills, L.A.
    But it’s December the twenty-fourth,—
    And I am longing to be up North—
    I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….

    Happy Holidays from me and Irving Berlin!

  • Smellifluous says:

    Happy holidays, Tom. Don’t pine for the east coast xmas too much–it’s snowing here today (in VT), an icy grim snow. Who needs that? Enjoy the holidays in sunshine! And thanks for all your wonderful reviews, here and on PST.

  • Ann says:

    Tom, those latkes sound scrumptious. Have one (or several) for me. Happy holidays to our lovely Posse folks and hugs to you all!!

  • LindaB says:

    Happy Holidays Tom! I’m with March…it’s strangely warmish on the East Coast but we don’t get fooled easily. The white stuff will be hitting hard soon enough. As a born and bred Jersey girl, I’m not sure I could handle an 80 degree Christmas! lol

    Enjoy…peace and love to you and yours.

  • Joanna says:

    Happy Holidays Tom. Love the FLW photo. There’s a FLW gas station, (I think the only one actually) in Cloquet, MN. I can’t seem to stop photographing it. They’re doing a historical renovation on the FLW hotel which is about an hour away from me in Mason City as well. Somehow admiring his work never grows old.

    • Musette says:

      J –

      Which is his in Mason City? We only stay at the Super 8 (because they take Giant Dogs) – but I’d love to see the FLW – boy will I be :”> if I’ve driven right past it…

      xo >-)

  • March says:

    Also yeah it is weirdly warm here, like 60ish? I’m not complaining. I figure Snowmaggedon is just around the corner…

  • March says:

    Oh, I love those Mapp and Lucia books! They are such a hoot. Happy Holidays and 😡 from me to you.

    • Musette says:

      I do, too! I remember my first readings of them back in the late 70s. Such delight! Weirdly enough, I have had ‘Freaks of Mayfair’ sitting on my table for the past couple months…:-?

      xo >-)

    • Aparatchick says:

      The Mapp and Lucia books never fail! I’m also a fan of the Provincial Lady diaries (E.M. Delafield) – very funny.

  • Musette says:

    Happiest of Holidays, Tom!

    It’s 19 Degrees Farenheit here in 3:-oLand. I will happily trade you, if you like :d

    xo >-)

  • Louise says:

    Best Wishes for great holidays to you, Tom, and all the PP crew.

    And yes, I believe Caviar, can be Kosher:

    Hugs to all!

  • hongkongmom says:

    love the FLW house….well there is kosher foie gras (ew….) and i am pretty sure there is kosher roe!!! (also ew…)so happy holidays to you snow or no snow…over here in HK i get ready to prepare latkes and donuts for a special Shabbat and Channuka tgther. The blue slk are a dime a dozen over on this side of the world which is lalalaland….mazerati has become a dime a dozen too and so are 3 carat diamonds… 10 carats is the new 3 carat!it has to burst it is soooo crazy all the wealth from CHina…burberry is the local kmart! hard to keep values and raise kids….better the slk is in the fantasy! bye now

    • Musette says:


      I was just laughing with my Graff guy that “11 is the new 5cwt” – alas, they are not seeing quite so many 5s these days, let alone 11s. My brother did a lot of banking in HK for many years and as the wealth from China started trickling, then flooding in, he was astounded at the sheer tonnage of ‘stuff’ that got bought: Maybachs, diamonds….my sil watched women buying Manolos like they were at Payless on BOGO Day. ;))

      We had that here, when the yen was so strong. Retailers were over the moon! Then it tanked…:((

      I have a feeling your kids are going to be just dandy!!! 😉 Keep up the good work!

      Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!

      xo >-)

      • hongkongmom says:

        aw thnx so much musette from ur mouth to G-ds ears!..happy holidays to you too! BTW is ur graff guy a diamond graff guy? COOL :-)wink emoticon