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BellaGaia PRO 1:30am, 18 December 2006
See u in 2007 xoxoxo


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sunshinecity 11 years ago
oh you are soooo right! I've seen sh*t bounce of the walls in a lot less than that!
Hahaha

I've been blessed in 2007 for all the new friendships I've made, that's one thing for sure!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hi Bella. Just stopping in for a quick peek.

Your Thanksgiving celebrations sound just wonderful.

Sending big hugs your way {:->
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
November 28

Took an impromptu field trip today while stuck in traffic to visit the Watt's Towers they are collection of 17 structures that were built by Simon Rodia over 30 years from 1920 to 1950's. There's not a lot that people come to see in Watts, but this is one of very few folk art pieces in the nation that are identified as National Landmarks.

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BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
November 29

palms at dusk

"Pink Time" .... Jade used to declare while looking up at the sky at this time of day
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
November 30

deaden the pain
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 1

Flying down the 134 at 80 past ABC studios....

for the record, not on aforementioned percocet....

freeway going 80
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Wow, I can't believe I've never been to see the Watts Towers...I need to arrange my own field trip there!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Bella - long time huh? Will be coming around to check in more detail this weekend...been outta town.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
CG -- very long time -- I miss you :-) .... truth is I've missed everybody -- taking me a minute to get back to posting regularly. And reading..... well, I'm hopelessly behind......

Emil -- I can't believe you haven't either -- when you come, be sure it's on a day when the site is open -- otherwise you have to view from outside the fence.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Watts Towers - very interesting.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Bella- is Watts Tower only in one location? And that's South Central LA? I guess that is why not very many people go see it...

In the 90s, I went over there to pick up some Deaf kids so they could go adventuring in the mountains at the Deaf camp I worked at for a few summers as the backpacking expedition leader....

I found myself at an apartment complex next to Watts tower.. it was awesome looking. and me not being from California, I was pretty ignorant about the area I was in.

All my California friends I told about the tower later on, were all OMG!!! You went there??!!! That's such a DANGEROUS area!! There was a big riot there, right?

Oh well.. I'm glad I got to see it.. it was really cool. I'll admit to feeling really out of place in the area though.

So glad to see you back Bella :) x0x0
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Those riots were in 1968! People always associate danger ever after, don't they?
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I love "Pink Time"... wish the sky could always be pink! The clouds make me think of cotton candy!!

And the Watt's Tpwers mkae me think of a scene from Mad Max!
ragged division [deleted] 11 years ago
Love this last one, and 26, 29 also ;-)
I like the movement-pictures, really great!

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157602168105031/page...
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
The reality about Watts is that it is probably not someplace you'd want to wander around at night, but during the day driving around should not be a problem. It's a poor area, but it's not like you're entering into a warzone.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 2

It's early, but I've already started my holiday decorating -- I only decorate for Christmas and I have tons of stuff collected from over the years. I do various displays in my living room and my mantel is kind of whimsical annd fun with all kinds of little animals and christmas figures. last year my girlfriend said it looked like santa claus threw up in my living room....

decorating already
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 3

Our department administrator makes sure we keep it festive at work too...

tis the season.....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 4

poinsettia
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
December 5

Jade is home sick with some little bug -- Eventually, she gets around to watching her favorite show ---"The Jade Show"

this was from her first Christmas.... i don't know what's up with that funny little head band, but at the time it seemed cute...

jade's favorites movies ---- herself....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 6

restoring the famous Paul Williams LAX Airport Landmark
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 7

here kitty kitty
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Agreed about Watts tower. No big deal during day. wouldn't want to be lost in the area at night.

Dec 6th.. Uhhh looks so familiar.. its not the airport is it? No, looks too fresh... uhh

Meow.

Jade.. oh my, they grow too dang fast. So cute!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
JAllen -- Yep, it's the LAX Airport -- Architect, Paul Williams landmark restaurant -- it's so Jetson's isn't it? They're restoring the structure.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That certainly looks to be an interesting reconstruction project. And you do have a large collection of Christmas bric-á-brac on your mantel.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Speaking of Bric a Brac -- that was only the beginning!

December 8

I finished my decorating... had a tough time choosing which view to post for the daily photo, but i went with this one... the other view is in the stream next to this shot.

yay it's christmas and i get to put out all my stuff... i know -- it looks like santa threw up....
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Wow, now that's some serious decorating you got going on!!
So loving it!! All the colour snd shimmer and lights... I like

"last year my girlfriend said it looked like santa claus threw up in my living room...."
LMAO... I like the nutcracker-like snowman!!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oooo, now we're really cooking! Lights, baubles, action!
Simon-K 11 years ago
Wow and I thought I liked christmas decorations - that tree is fantastic!!!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
My Mom and wife both will resoundingly approve! You all could get along well. :) Ok ok ok I gotta take more pictures of our house... I been slacking off!

I like how your place looks both Victorian Christmas and modern at the same time!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
that's a cool way of putting it.. both Victorian Christmas and modern at the same time


ILIGHT 11 years ago
Looks wonderful...beautiful tree!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yo ! It is so tall it bends at the top !! Our little apartment is too small for such items - but we do decorate with our little things...Bella - just a note here as we end this year of experimentation...you are one of the pioneers in this project and my early days were spent with you over coffee in my morning - your late night. It has been fun and I hope that you are here in the new generation !! Best to you and happy holidays...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hey Bella... I did some shopping... curious to get your take on my latest acquisition!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
CG -- yeah, i had to sacrifice a tree topper for the height of the tree -- it's artificial -- (i have a distaste for sacrificing live trees to decorate my house for only a couple weeks) -- believe me I tried to shorten it but it has a steel core. Ditto about pioneers -- you are definitely one of my favorite contributors here. Looking forward to seeing where life carries you next year!

Glad you guys are enjoying my decorations -- you'll see more of them :-)!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 9

a little soup i literally threw together.....

a lil of this and a little of that
Seems delicious.beans, corn and green stuff yommieee

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157602168105031/page...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Colourful!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Pablo, you of all people I thought would recognize Jalapenos and green chiles! (underneath there is chunks of steak -- and yes it was delicious)

Thanks Rob!
aahhhh right!! there are jalapeños!!
I most say never expected them, and the green chiles dont look at all as they're regular state at all
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
LOL -- yes they are almost unrecognizable in the diced canned form.
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
December 10

Today I had an errand to run in the South Bay. I took a few shots
while I was sitting on top of the 105 and 110 Freeway enterchange in traffic -- we do a lot of that here.... Great views of the city.

What I realized is that I do a lot of my pictures while driving because you know that unfortunately, nobody walks in LA.... and we have the suckiest transit system to be so spread out.


snow capped LA mountains
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 11

just another self portrait
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oohh ooohh that looks sooooo YUM
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 12

do your homework!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 13

the sunrise was amazing this morning -- JRay caught it for his picture of the day too.

clouds at dawn
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
December 14

dusk
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Such an LA picture on Dec 10 - with snow on the mountains. Lovely to see you looking so bright and chirpy in front of your beautifully adorned Christmas tree. Just another SP indeed! Sunrise looking good.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
is that Jade on your laptop on dec 12th?
I never realised all those shots were taken from the car! Amazing!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
That's Jade's laptop Sunshine -- It's hot pink -- and that is indeed her on the sreen -- in her halloween bee costume.

That's Me Rob, Bright and Chirpy....hmmm.... I'll have to say that's the first time I think those adjectives have been used to describe me.
I liked dec 14, love the mix of nature-civil idea

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157602168105031/page...
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Heheh... Hot pink huh? Cute!!
I wanted my mac to be pink but i think they only make those os special order! LOL
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hahahahaha *laughing* at my timing...

Being on dialup, I sometimes let the page load while I'm away doing stuff, and then I come back and comment, and then wander off again.

My "yum" was supposed to be right after the food picture. But... nope, it came right after your yummy self portrait.

Lucky coincidence, and it applies to either picture. ;-)
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
That's awesome that we both shot the same sunrise - how often does that happen on this here photo blog?
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Hmmm.... I thought it was the snow capped mountains Jallen LOL.....

Hey, JRay -- that was cool, huh. I've had it happen a few times -- especially when there are full moons and eclipses...... the nerd side of me (which quiet as it is kept, is quite a substantial part of my personality) is all hyped at the idea of doing an analysis of the group entries to answer that question -- Minitab baby, yeah!....okay, I digress...) ah hem... yes, that was awesome ;-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I'm loving your new buddy icon Theresa!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
kinda Clockwork Orangish, isn't it?
Clockwork orange meets tango dancing
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Rakish!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
I love jalapenos....

Really lovely sunset!

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/7215...
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Yum mountains too... Its been many years since I last skiied.. and the San Bernardino mountains sure looks like a great place. I've only been there in the summers, but that was enough to give me an idea :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
ps: your new icon... wwwhew!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
indeed... yet somewhat sexier!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
i saw everybody else changin their icons and i realized i hadn't switched mine in forever....

The skiing is pretty decent, JAllen. But I think it's already mostly melted. So either we need some more cold weather or the ski resorts will be putting up a lot more man made snow.

Rakish -- I like that word....
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
New icon = smokin!

Nerd side of you = more smokin'!

:)
You are one hot lady and I have enjoyed meeting you through your diary. Have a wonderful solstice and all the other holidays that are happening.

Take good care of yourself!!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
It makes me happy to see the burst of activity here!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
me too me too ebil!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
The new Icon:
Chicago !
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
yikes, i fell behind again!

there would be more activity if i was more consistent! note to self..... get back in the habit of doing that in 2008.....

December 15

golden cherub
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
I took a few pix today -- didn't love any of them.....but what would christmas be without a visit to Santa.....

December 16

Hey Santa!
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 17

I love this neckace....

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I love that necklace too! gorgeous
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 18

One of those cold dreary afternoons that feel so much better when there's a cozy fire inside.....

mdpd december
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 19

What to do while waiting in car line for pickup..... take pix of course.....

tree abstract
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 20

I feel like all of my time is spent at work, home or in the car.....

hey that's me!
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 21

Welcome to the Jungle -- The City of Angels

City of Angels -- I prefer this crop....
sunshinecity 10 years ago
wow i really like the concrete jungle shot... gives an impressive idea of what LA is like!!
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
Good, I'm glad it conveys some of what real life here is like -- we spend it on the highway getting from place to place!
CollardGreens PRO 10 years ago
Yow - warm hearth, necklace of protection and a jungle of concrete...I like the santa visit too ! It made me look twice to be sure it was not a Lego set !! Good Stuff Bella !
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
We're on the home stretch here.... I'm grasping for whatever to get through the end of the year -- errands every day..... i should take photos of the lines i have to stand in.....
Яick Harris PRO 10 years ago
Bella: Merry Christmas to you and your family!
jrayfarm1980 10 years ago
Bella - Merry Christmas! May you be blessed this year!
sunshinecity 10 years ago
Ehh... the queue... a typical holiday manifestation!! Can't have holidays without those....

Hope you, Jade and your family had a great Christmas!
eelend PRO 10 years ago
merry christmas and a happy new year!!!

eelend's 2007
BellaGaia PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 10 years ago
Thanks Rick, Jray, Sunshine and Eeland! Yesterday was a LOOOONNGG day, I'm recovering... will post later today... Got up at 5:30 went to bed at about 11:30 and then i was up again at 2:30!!!! I couldn't sleep..... went back to sleep at about 6 in the morning for a couple hours.... geez.... i'm all discombobulated today.
sunshinecity 10 years ago
Ok, stay of the coffee Bella!!
Hhaha just kidding!
Hope you finally got some rest!
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
oh you know me too well, coffee was the last thing i drank last night about 11:00, but i topped it with a couple percocets... thought for sure, i'd be out for the night.
sunshinecity 10 years ago
Did it work?
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
not that night it didn't -- that was when i woke up all night long -- but tonite 12/26 ... I slept 11 hours!!!! that's gotta be a record for me..... I laid down right after i wrote that comment fell asleep about 10 minutes later and didn't wake up till 7 this morning WOW, I was tired.
Dragonhide 10 years ago
Especially liked the concrete jungle.. and that necklace is awesome.

Take it slow and easy, Bella, and don't stress so much about the photos, it's supposed to be FUN!!!!!!

Having said that.. chop chop get busy with the photos! always love a peek in the Bella world :-D
BellaGaia PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 10 years ago
i just dropped some in my stream.... I'll be updating in a second... I feel so REFRESHED today! By the way, back on page 16 of this diary, i told a story of a photo that i took in Kowloon of a street vendor that caused me to get smacked...... I finally located the photo and posted it here

better late than never.... i wonder what else i said I'd do this year that I have not yet done..... hmmmm 4 days left to tie up loose ends
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 22

crazy xmas lights
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
December 23

i heart xmas
For your christmas tree I give you my bleeding heart
Dragonhide 10 years ago
awww pablo, you're such a poet :)

very cool zoom into the tree, bella! (or out)

Cool! I remember the story about getting slapped.. ouch! thanks for sharing that, bella!
sunshinecity 10 years ago
i love the last two pics!! very cool!
BellaGaia PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 10 years ago
LOL -- I'm trying to finish big for the end of the year to make up for some of the lameness I put in just to make sure I posted something ;-)....
In the small glimpse of life that reveals itself in this space you seem to have called my attention by your own with images and words of a new world. Even so I write a few words a read a lot of yours, and just leave some from time to time to let you know I'm here.

Best wishes for the next year and hopefully you'll let me in again.
BellaGaia PRO 10 years ago
Pablo -- the door's always open -- you're welcome to come on in put your feet up and enjoy the scene :-)
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