Dim Sum Sunday at the San Gabriel Mission and 1,000 posts

The Mister at the San Gabriel Mission:

IMG_0412Visitors to the Mission:


From whence the vineyards of California came:

IMG_0427As for the 1000th post… It’s just a number, but what it represents is our friendship and dialogue, and for that, treasured readers, thank you.

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  1. Heather in Arles
    October 13, 2013

    I think that we are few who can understand what a one thousand post means and yet as per usual, you handle it with grace, a good word, not often understood.
    Merci pour tout,

    • October 13, 2013

      Speaking of good words and good wishes, happy (belated) birthday to your beloved. xoxox, V

  2. October 13, 2013

    Happy 1000! Your blog is now a blog of a certain age and looking all the more fabulous! Can you believe it, I have never been to the San Gabriel Mission. I have been to the Mission Inn (My old playground in my late childhood… I know all the hidden places there.) and I have seen the parent Orange tree… but not the Mother of all grapevines. Happy 1000 again my dear… your blog is what gave birth to our friendship. The Mother Blog!

    • October 14, 2013

      Come see us and we’ll visit Father John at the Mission and then have a dim sum feast. Love, V

      • October 14, 2013

        Dim Sum…blech! Can’t we have Huevos Rancheros, Mexican Hot Chocolate and Mexican Pan De Labranza and Conchas? And then maybe go to the Ramona Pageant in Hemet?

      • October 15, 2013

        I know exactly where we’ll go, the best Mexican Hot Chocolate and they have everything you listed and duck breast burritos – so good!

      • October 15, 2013

        Oh boy!!!! Next visit for sure!

      • October 16, 2013

        I think I might have to go there very soon and see if it’s still up to standard 😉 .

  3. October 13, 2013

    The Mother Vine is magnificent. And we treasure you for your blog, and yourself, of course 🙂

    • October 14, 2013

      It’s like a tree trunk. And, you are very kind 🙂 .

      • October 14, 2013

        The choice of name ‘Ramona” was interesting. Ramona means something like wise protector; at least that is one interpretation I found.

      • October 15, 2013

        It’s also an area of San Diego, and the name of a book by Helen Hunt Jackson, credited as being the first novel about Southern California.

      • October 15, 2013

        OOOOH! My eyes widen. I love these sorts of connections. Have you read that book?

      • October 16, 2013

        I should, as it deals with immigration and the history of the region, I suspect in a highly romanticized way, but I still have to get to it.

      • October 16, 2013

        There is so much one has to get to. I am also remembering the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. Well, remembering having read them, but not the actual details of any of the stories!

  4. October 14, 2013

    Dearest Methusela
    1000… now that is a fine age for Hollywood, where no one must appear to be above 28!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • October 14, 2013

      Ohhhh! I’m chuckling! I am a fine age for Hollywood – almost twice times 28. Thank you, darling!

  5. October 14, 2013

    Congratulations on your 1000 post! Quite the achievement!

    • October 14, 2013

      Thank you, dare I ask how the atmosphere is near DC? Hugs, V

      • October 15, 2013

        Every morning I read the headlines in the New York Times, ouch…

  6. October 14, 2013

    1,000 posts?! Nice work! Your blog is always a treat to read.

    Also, lovely photo of that old vine. Beautiful!

  7. October 17, 2013


    happy ONE THOUSAND.

    that is delicious.

    (and we were Very Moved by the picture of your mama and other relatives – we *peered* into the screen with a “what were Their Lives Like?” sort of wonder. *sighs* Lovely).

    • October 17, 2013

      Thank you!

      As the moments ticked by yesterday, I just had to go political – oh goodness, I feel it coming over me again!

      • October 18, 2013

        we won the right to Vote.

        so we got the right to Speak.

        you go for it lady

  8. George Kaplan
    October 25, 2013

    Dearest Ms Lester,
    I haven’t been well but I could no longer resist scattering a few (doubtless “fascinating”!) comments around and most of all to offer you congratulations on 1000 + posts!
    Well done, O Beguiling Queen of Hollywood. Your weblog, your witty, intelligent, inspired writing and your Wonderful Self are all a blessing… LONG MAY YOU REIGN, QUEEN VICKIE! HIP HIP HOORAY!
    Many Hugs and Much Admiration, George

    • October 26, 2013

      Dearest Mr. Kaplan,
      I was wondering where you had gotten to! So glad you’re back and thank you most kindly. xox, V

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