Friday, September 30, 2011

One Last Visit

September 30, 2011
One Last Visit

My time here in Sherman Oaks has been filled with new friends, adventures and fun. Soon I will be leaving and going to another home visit.

Before leaving, Honeycrisp invited me to her home for a last chat. We talked again of all the new experiences I enjoyed. Honeycrisp presented me with a farewell gift. She asked me to try on the knit bonnet and shoulder bag.

It fit me perfectly and looks so nice with my travel outfit! Although it is still warm here in southern California, I know the knit set will be useful in the coming seasons. Honeycrisp wished me a safe journey.

Farewell Sherman Oaks.....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Another fun day at Home

Septembe 26, 2011
Another Fun Day at Home

Early this morning Hitty Grace and her friend Yvonne invited me to join them on an outing to Castle Lake. “We are going fishing”, they excitedly told me. Oh boy, what fun that will be.

We spent the morning on the edge of the lake getting acquainted.

Hitty Grace mentioned that she had been a travel doll when she was younger. She thought that my visits to homes across the USA were really special. Yvonne said that she had been to Oregon where her twin sister lives and on a road trip to the Pacific Northwest

Otis, a member of the Sherman Oaks Boys' Club, canoed over to where we were sitting. “Want to go for a canoe ride?” he asked. We thanked him, but declined.

Later on in the afternoon, Hittys Grace and Kate thought a game of croquet would be fun. Kate started to set up the game, but couldn't find the instructions. We had fun anyway. Grace and I practiced hitting the balls with our mallets.

Today was a pleasant relaxing day.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

September 22, 2011

Today Sunny Bunny and I went to visit the Leonis Adobe Museum and adjacent Calabasas Creek Park located in the southwest corner of the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas, located on what was El Camino Real, was known as one of the toughest and wildest spots in California. The roadway became the stagecoach route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Today the road is adjacent to the 101 Freeway which is the major coastal route up the west coast. What a wonderful adventure it turned out to be.

The adobe was originally built in about 1844. Miguel Leonis acquired the abandoned adobe in the late 1870's. Leonis, a French Basque, was an early settler of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. He was a shrewd businessman and became the “King of Calabasas”, eventually acquiring livestock and over 10,000 acres of land. More about the Adobe can be seen here

When Sunny Bunny (I call her SB) and I arrived we stopped for a photo

at the Plummer House which is the entrance of the museum.

This house was originally in West Hollywood and was known as the oldest house in Hollywood. The Leonis family and Plummers were acquainted. The house was moved to Adobe grounds in 1983 and restored by the Leonis Adobe Assn. In addition to the local historical significance, our Hitty friends would be interested to know that John Cornelius Plummer, who built the house sometime in the late 1870's, was a sea captain and was often gone 2-3 years at a time.

There is a sewing machine displayed in the living room. It is a true antique. This one is made by Howe who invented the sewing machine, but let his patent expire. Singer jumped in and...well, you know the rest of the story!

We then toured the grounds of the adobe which had been restored. First we went to the Laundry area. Items would be soaked, scrubbed on a board, rinsed, put through the ringer, and then according to local Indian custom, left out to dry three days.

Next we saw the water pump and were shown how it worked to bring the water from underground springs.

From there we climbed up to see what was the foreman's quarters.

It is raised from the ground and below a storage tank.

Next we walked around the adobe to see the livestock.

There were goats, sheep and Percheron (large work animals) horses.

There were also 3 Texas Longhorns. Wow! The horns on one of them had to each be over 6 feet. His name was Fred A-Steer :).

Continuing on we saw the hut with the Mexican style oven or horno

and all of the tools used to bake breads and other baked goods.

Nearby was a large chicken coop, SB and I thought. But, no! It had turkeys. Being both male, they were separated. One was named Lunch and one was named Dinner.

Uh oh, we thought....maybe SB was in trouble here. But, the names were just for fun. Sigh of Relief. Across from the turkeys was the real chicken coop.
We didn't get too close to the chickens or turkeys for fear of being pecked.

The wagon storage area was next.

There were wagons for work

and wagons for travel cross country and wagons for visiting friends.There were also water wagons.

We also were shown Mr. Leonis' personal horse drawn Buggy. We were allowed to sit in the Buggy.

And then we spied the pumpkin patch.

Many of the pumpkins are already the rich pumpkin color. We were told that by Halloween there will be pumpkins by the dozens all over the ground.

The Adobe itself was next. Adobe houses are built of bricks made up of the local dirt, straw and water. The mixture is put into a wooden frame and left out in the sun to dry for a month.

Leonis restored, improved and enlarged the adobe. In the 1920's a state of the art bathroom was installed by the then owner, Lester Agoure.

A short walk past the Sagebrush Cantina took us to the Calabasas Creek Park.

This was a delightful shady place to was 104 degrees! The creek runs year round and has been a water source for travelers and local Chumash Indians dating back hundreds of years. In 1776, the deAnza expedition stopped here on its way to San Francisco from Mexico. The Calabasas jail is now located in the park.

Originally the jail was located across the street.
SB and I agreed today's outing was a wonderful adventure.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

California Day 2

A Quiet Day at Home

Early this morning, Cheerful and Tulip came to get me. They brought special outfits for all of us to wear on our outing. They told me we were going to the Zen Garden. We found a perfet place to stop and have a photo taken.

In the afternoon, Becassine invited me to her kitchen for tea. What a surprise! Another travel doll was also there.

Sunny Bunny and I became fast friends. She told me this was her last stop before going to her Forever Home. We talked about many things and discovered we had both been to Missouri and had encountered Hetty the Horrid. We agreed that the Hittys there were most friendly and protective of us, their special guest.

Miss Hickory arrives in California

Monday, September 19, 2011

A quick journey from Tulsa, Oklahoma, brought me to my third stop. It was nice to finally arrive in the cool hills of Sherman Oaks. Most of my travels have been in warm places and Sunday night was no exception. I spent the night at the Santa Clarita Post Office where it was 97 degrees.

Today I was greeted by Honeycrisp Hickory and welcomed into her cozy home. She offered me tea and some delicious sweets.

Honeycrisp was very happy to meet me as I am her first Hickory guest. She then explained that because her home is so small, I would be staying with the Hittys. They have graciously prepared a lovely room for me.

Honeycrisp, Hickory Teen AmyLou and Tot Maizy took me to meet the Hittys and promised that I would see them again soon.

Before wishing me a pleasant evening, Hitty Cheerful made sure I was comfortable in the guest room.

Many activities have been planned for me.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Farewell to Tulsa

Dear Friends, I can hardly believe my visit here at the Vicarage is almost over. Kathleen received a lovely new tea set from her friend Sara and Isabelle served our farewell tea with it. I am so happy to have photos as mementos of my visit. Can't you just tell Isabelle and I are carve sisters? We are so comfortable in one another's company. I will be boarding the postal bus tomorrow and heading to Judy's. California here I come!

Bowling in T-Town

Dear Friends, What a fun weekend we've had. Myrtle Armeline is an avid bowler and she invited me to the lanes yesterday. I can't say we'll be winning any tournaments but we had a great time. Myrtle Armeline could barely believe that split. She handled it like a pro though. Imagine my surprise when on my very first ball I bowled a strike. Beginner's luck for sure. Best of all, Myrtle Armeline presented me with my very own bowling set so I can keep practicing.

While relaxing at Kathleen's one afternoon, I picked up her copy of Tulsa People magazine. They had an article about Tulsa's best burger places. I had such a taste for burgers after that, we just had to go out for dinner. These burgers are from Ron's, right around the corner from Kathleen's. They are considered some of the best burgers in Tulsa. Yummmmm.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tulsa has churches!

I'm just amazed at all the beautiful churches in Tulsa. Tulsa is famous for its Art Deco architecture and we visited the Boston Avenue Methodist Church. This church is known as an outstanding example of Art Deco design. Kathleen took my picture in front of the sculptures over the south doors of the church. These are statues of circuit riders, the Methodist preachers who traveled on horseback bringing the Word to small towns all over rural America. The other photo is an example of Art Deco design on the parking lot lights. I like Art Deco!

Miss Hickory and the Golden Driller

Dear Friends, I had no idea Tulsa was such an interesting place. Here I am posing with the Golden Driller. He is on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds and honors the oil drilling heritage of the region. He is the third largest free standing statue in the U.S. Kathleen tells me he has a brand new coat of paint and there are rumors they may dress him in a kilt for the Scottish Festival. Now that would be a lot of plaid!

Seeing the sites of Tulsa

Dear Friends, I've had such an interesting time visiting some of the sights around Tulsa. Kathleen lives very near Oral Roberts University. We stopped by there and took my picture in front of the largest praying hands statue in the world. The campus is lovely and we also took some pictures near the prayer tower. This very unique building has an eternal flame at it's top. That didn't show in the pictures but Kathleen did get a picture of me by some pretty fall flowers. I hope you enjoy seeing the sights as much as I did.