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Saturday, December 28, 2002


Rose-pruning time again

Descanso Gardens

January 4, 2003

Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration

Rosarium Horticulturist Wen-Pihn Wang will demonstrate and explain how to prune modern and antique roses. Learn how the experts prune climbing roses and peg shrubs to form graceful fountains. With more than 3,000 roses to prune, Wen and the rosarium staff know the all the dos and donā??ts to keep roses thriving and looking beautiful.

Friday, December 27, 2002


Linksys Router Upgrades

Linksys has recently released a large number of firmware upgrades for all of their router products. If you are using a Linksys product, you should consider downloading and installing these updates.

If you need assistance with updating your Linksys router, contact me at help@welchwrite.com.

Thursday, December 26, 2002


Skirball Cultural Center/Maurice Sendak Exhibit

We have been meaning to go to the Skirball Center for years, but it was the Maurice Sendak exhibit and some friends who finally got us there. The permanent exhibits are well done and quite informative. The Sendak exhibit was designed with both children and adults in mind. There are displays of original artwork, handwritten manuscripts and recollections by the author. For the kids, there are tons of wonderful "hands-on" play activities. There is a "Night Kitchen" where children can pretend to cook, a bigger-than-life bowl of "Chicken and Rice Soup", Max's bedroom and, of course, lots of Wild Things! There is also an art area for making and decorating masks and decorating your own chef's hat for the kitchen.

The exhibit only runs until January 5, 2003, but there are still a few days to catch it. Do yourself and your kids a favor and stop by before it is gone.

Click on the picture for some additional photos from our visit.

Wednesday, December 25, 2002


Santa Monica Mountains Activity Guide

The quarterly activity guide for the Santa Monica Mountains is available online at the link above.

I highlight certain events that I particularly like in my WelchEvents mailing list, but you can find directions and the complete list of activities here.

Tuesday, December 24, 2002


Books, Books and More Books

The folks over at All Consuming have put together their list of the most mentioned books of 2002. They also have links to many other "end-of-year" book lists.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for all the links.

Monday, December 23, 2002


Dreaming of a White Christmas

Even if you aren't in a locale with snow (although tonight it is supossed to be below freezing here in Los Angeles), this web page can bring a little bit of it right into your own computer. Even better, you get to design the snowflakes.

Merry Christmas!


Frequently Asked Questions about Caffeine

Is your morning "pick-me-up" not working like it used to? Are you lying awake a night after drinking a 6-pack of Mountain Dew? Here is more information on caffeine and who has the most.

Best tips...Red Bull has more caffeine than Jolt Cola and drip coffee usually has more caffeine than espresso.


Exploratorium -- Science of Cooking

The Exploratorium of San Francisco opens up the world of food science to children and adults alike. Check out the weekly questions, information and even live webcasts.

Sunday, December 22, 2002


A Holiday Trip to Ojai

On a whim, we headed up to Ojai, California today. I figured that the weather was beautiful, but destined to get cold at night, the shopping crowds would be non-exisitent, and I needed to get away from the big city for at least a few hours. To our great luck, all my hopes came true. We arrived in mid-afternoon and easily browsed all the stores downtown Ojai has to offer. Throughout the day, I even had a few chances to capture some new photos, which are available from the link above.


Christmas Open House 2002

Yesterday was our annual Christmas Open House with 80-90 dozen of cookies and countless friends and family. Now in its 11th year, the Open House, is our big event of the year. Clicking on the thumbnail will take you to a small gallery of pictures. We are so busy talking with friends that we often only get a few pictures throughout the entire evening.