I want to tell you a bit about my cousin Janice Lemann, an American hero, my friend, and an artist. And also give you a peek at her California Traditional Home in Redlands. Annie and Cindy are also sharing their favorites at the moment at the end of the post.
Redlands, California is a charming, historic town in Southern California. It’s worth visiting even though I wish I was here under better circumstances.
I flew out here to visit my cousin, Janice Lemann who had been heroically battling cancer for the last few years. She was in extreme pain and passed away in her sleep while I was in the air over the Midwest. I had mixed feelings about not getting to hold her hands one last time…but relieved to have her out of pain.
Linda, Mary Ann, Janice, and Teresa, hostesses of a family wedding engagement party in San Francisco.
Bill And Janice’s Traditional California Home
Bill and Janice’s home is in Redlands, California on a tiered estate with lovely views. The interiors are a mix of traditional antiques with fresh textiles.
You can see more of Janice’s kitchen here. The post is over 10 years old but the classic kitchen still looks great.
My Cousin, Janice: Hero, Sister/Friend, Artist
Many years ago, my cousin, Billy went to visit Dr. Janice for some dental work and fell head over heels in love with her while sitting in her chair.
Janice was a “detail” person with great focus. She studied hard and passed her exams for the Forensic Dentistry Board. In fact, she was one of the forensic dentists who identified bodies killed on 9/11.
I fell for Janice quickly too. She was reserved but offered solid advice. I could tell her anything with confidence. I loved how devoted she was to Billy (who was raised with us as a brother). So, it didn’t take long for me to love her like a sister.
Aunt Janice (on the right)
She helped throw our daughter, Alexandra’s Bridal Shower. Many don’t know this (because she was so humble) but she gifted both of Alexandra’s wedding dresses to her. The simple elegant one she wore in one of the oldest churches in Madrid and the fun, feminine one that she wore at her local reception in Santa Monica.
Janice Lemann, The Artist
The perfectionist in Janice created beautiful art in the Realism genre. I’ve shown the small painting she created of our apartment in Paris (in our dining room). Take a look at some other works of hers in their home here in Redlands.
She did the painting below of her husband as a baby with his father from the tiny old black and white photo.
Tomorrow is the remembrance service for Janice. I put together a slide show to run in the background. Pulling together all the old photos was sad but also comforting to me. So many people loved and admired her.
I also set tables around the garden with a local citrus theme.
If you are new here, each Sunday I share my favorite things with my friends, Cindy and Annie. It’s like our weekly “catch-up” phone call. If you would like to receive this series every week, please sign up HERE.
Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: