Los Angeles, California:  Lucy is doing very well. Eating, pooping and sleeping – what newborns do best. If you put Lucy down on her back, she rolls to her side to sleep! Leo is very gentle with Lucy, calls her “Baby Sister” and kisses her on the head often.

Lucy – six days old (on a blanket my Mom knitted for Lisa in 1981)

Leo is out of preschool all week with a school break, so Bubba and I are entertaining him. This gives Momma a little time to rest and gives Leo a bit of special attention. It hasn’t been a week, but I think Leo is reacting very well to having someone else in the house get a lot of attention.

Today, we took Leo to the Los Angeles Zoo.

Flamingos

Western Lowland Gorilla

Looking at Asian Elephants

Dave & Leo enjoying the giraffes

Gerenuk

Lion

Flowers & Art at the LA Zoo

The Aldabra Tortoise is only found on the coral islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean. They are the largest land tortoise and the longest living creature on earth – living up to 150 years. Starting their lives as (chicken-size) eggs, the tortoises take approximately 40 years to reach full-size. Males can grow to 55 inches and weigh 550 pounds. (Any of this information could be a future Jeopardy question.)

So much art on the zoo grounds

Someone had three rides on the carousel.

We had walked three miles, so took a break and had a little something to eat in a zoo cafe, then took Leo home for a nap.

It was a very nice day!

Our Girl is basically right back on-track. No one would imagine she delivered a baby six days ago. Lisa looks fantastic. Tonight Lisa decided to prepare a recipe from the Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook she received from Lenny on her birthday: Steak with Nibs and Peppercorns. The procedure requires blending multi-colored peppercorns with cocoa nibs and a little salt, then dry-rubbing the mixture into rib eye steaks (in this case grass-fed monsters Lisa bought at the farmers market yesterday). The steaks are grilled over a high heat.

But first, Lisa made fried squash blossoms because she found beautiful squash blossoms at the farmers market and Lenny just loves fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta.

We also had a lot of yellow heirloom tomatoes in the house, so Lisa made a blistered tomato sauce to serve with the squash blossoms. Simply delicious!

Lisa left me in charge of the steaks – and a Caprese Salad:

Not gonna lie – the four or us (Leo did not partake) could only finish one steak. (The steaks were over one pound EACH.) We loved the spicy peppercorn, but the cocoa was too light in flavor. (Recipe called for 6 tablespoons of mixed-colored peppercorns, 2 Tablespoons cocoa nibs and 1 Tablespoon sea salt to be rubbed over two steaks. We whirled the spices in a coffee bean grinder. Next time: 3 Tablespoons peppercorns + 3 Tablespoons Cocoa nibs + 1 Tablespoon sea salt.)

It was a very nice evening!

Until my next update, I remain, your zoological correspondent.

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