On Friday and Saturday night we had storms move through our area. Between the two nights we had 5 1/4 inches of rain in our rain gauge. On Saturday night the storm started about 9:30, with small wind damage in our area but parts of Kansas City had widespread wind damage and power outage. Some reports said the storms packed winds between 70-75 miles per hour with lightning, heavy rain and scattered hail. We had the rain, didn’t hear any hail. After the storm on Friday night we had lots of leaves in the pool so kind of think we had more wind then on Saturday night. Kansas city didn’t far so well with winds toppling trees, knocking down power lines and damaging homes and businesses. The severe weather canceled several events on Saturday night including Boulevardia, Funk Fest and a Willie Nelson concert. Kansas City Power & Light reported …
We have a male and female red birds that seem to have a nest in our front tree. They take turns coming for drinks. These Doves have been regular visitors to our fountain the last couple of weeks. The Robin couldn’t decide to take a bath or just sit on the water coming out of the top. Fun to watch all of them as they come and go.
We have had a lot of rain this spring with even more days of clouds than rain. Today it was about 65 and lots of sun. Hershey was enjoying being outside lying in the warm sun while he watched the cats who live behind us. With the warm weather, we have also been able to enjoy the fountain.  
As we entered Colonial/Wisteria Lane, most of us could identify the Desperate Housewives houses. But if you have watched TV shows and movies, you might recognize houses for other reasons. The houses were filmed as these family homes: Munster’s, Hardy Boys, The Burbs, Live It To Beaver, Nancy Drew, and the Matlock. Other shows/movies include: Harvey, The Little Rascals Save the Day, The House of the Seven Gables, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Save
After driving around looking at other mansions, we arrived at Greystone Mansion & Gardens. It was completed in 1928 for the son of an oil tycoon. The City of Beverly Hills purchased the property in 1965 and became a public park in 1971. The Mansion is now used for weddings, events and filming for TV and movies (Batman’s home). The view overlooking Beverly Hills was amazing. We could pick out different place we had been during the day and a totally different look of Universal Studios from this overlook.
We were driving around in Beverly Hills and decided it was time for lunch. We had seen several food trucks in the area. They were stopped by houses that were either being built or remodeled.  We stopped at the next one we saw and order a Mexican lunch. We then went to a very nice park, where there were picnic tables, playground and restrooms. It was a very nice lunch.
The 40-foot long Beverly Hills sign, located in the Beverly Gardens Park, is one of the most photographed spots in the city. The sign, today, is a replica of the 1907 sign and is surround by a lily pond. The park stretches for 22 blocks along Santa Monica Boulevard. It has a jogging path, hundred-year-old cypress and fucus trees, gardens, and public art. Beverly Hills is a 5.7 square mile city with 34,000 residents and a daytime population of more than 200,000.
The Spadena House, known as The Witch’s House, is a private home with a purposefully disrepair look with a pointy, lopsided roof, tiny windows and stucco with a distressed paint job. It is surrounded by an eccentric picket fence, made of wavy, warped wooden pickets.The house was built, in 1921, as a set for a few silent films, including Hansel and Gretel, and used as a studio office. It was not built to be lived in. In 1998 the house sold for $1.3 million 
In 2010, the Brody house, located at 360 S Mapleton, was sold for the first time, at just under $15 million. It was purchased by flippers, who then sold it to Ellen DeGeneres for $39,888 million. After a few months she sold it to Sean Parker, a tech billionaire, for $55 million. This is all we could see from the street.      
The mansions on Mapleton Drive, in the Homby Hills, are hidden behind high walls with large gates and higher hedges and are the most coveted addresses in Los Angles. With all the people driving by to get a glance of them and their houses, it is understandable that they would try to block views of the house. The Spelling house is located at the corner of S. Mapleton and club View Drive.  
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