Posted on March 9th, 2014 No comments
Go out in the world and work like money doesn’t matter, Sing as if no one is listening, Love as if you have never been hurt, and Dance as if no one is watching – Victor Hugo
We worked around the house and in the garden most of the day. At 3:00 we decided it was time to rest and get cleeaned up for this evenings dinner-dance at Old Ranch!
We left right at 8:30 to go home and geat ready for the doctors tomorrow. We watched the end of the movie “Trouble With Tess” before crashing!
Posted on March 8th, 2014 No comments
My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view. ~H. Fred Dale
We spent most of the early part of the day in the garden beginning at 6:30am! The blueberries are moved, the side yard is 80% planted, and we are ready for serious roto-tilling of the back yard garden! At 12:30 we quit and got cleaned up so we could head to Cerritos to see West Side Story. It was a great production. We went with James and Linda, Tom and Bunny, Kathy and Ed, and Vicky and Del. We had dinner afterwords and then headed to Garden Grove and joined Leon and Marcia to dance to Jusstuss until about 10:30!
West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.
Posted on March 7th, 2014 No comments
One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of March thaw, is the Spring. – Aldo Leopold
After some happy hour we headed for Santa Ana Elks to dance to Sam Conte! The music was fantastic and we danced until almost 11:00. We were with the Zaitz and Roberts as the Kuhns and BRanders were in Palm Springs this evening
Posted on March 6th, 2014 No comments
Q: How do you fix a sliced tomato? A: Use tomato paste.
We worked around the house and then headed to Rogers’ Gardens to visit Tomato- Mania! The Rogers folks have a private company come by with 150 different types of tomatoes. We only got twenty-six this trip as that will take a few days to plant. We stopped by Panda Palace and had a drink or two before going home and two hours of roto-tilling! That means we have to go to the dance tonight to loosen up!
After getting home, we headed to Thursday Evening dancing! The Zaitz, Roberts, Kuhns, Lebovitz’s, and others joined us for the evening!
We headed for home about 11:00 just in time to cras and get ready for tomorrow!
Q. How do you get rid of unproductive tomatoes?
A. Can them.
Q: Does Santa like to grow tomatoes?
A: YES — he gets to hoe, hoe, hoe!
Q: What is red and goes up and down?
A: A tomato in an elevator.
Posted on March 5th, 2014 No comments
Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to. – Alfred A. Montapert
We played golf with Miss Charlotte and the day was quite amazing. We were surrounded by animals including a surprise visit by a turtle and pelicans. Join the fun!
After golf and happy hour, we headed for home to watch movies while Sue does the treadmill! Tomorrow is a gardening day! Must rest!
Posted on March 4th, 2014 No comments
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. – Billy Graham
We did eighteen holes with James and Bunnaford and Charlotte joined us on the back nine. We had a great time attempting to hit the little white ball! We ended the afternoon with Happy Hour!
We headed for home and watched a movie and caught back with NCIS!
Posted on March 3rd, 2014 No comments
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust
We have been dancing with Al and Margie for years but usually we only get to visit at the dance… and they can be noisy! We decided to go to Cafe Santorini in Old Town Pasadena and share and afternoon! The food and ambiance was outstanding! Please join the fun!
When we got home, Flower wanted to know where the “To Go Bag” was? We had to break the news that we ate everything! We made her a little snack to make up for it!
We decided go to the Boathouse and have some wine and listen so some music before settling in for the evening! The sunset was amazing! We thought at first the sunset would be grey but all of a sudden the oranges and reds burst forth and lit up the inside of the restaurant!
After getting home, Sue hit the treadmill and Paul operated the remote control! We are now almost caught up with our various series! Tomorrow if golf! Yeah!
Posted on March 2nd, 2014 No comments
Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy. – Benjamin Franklin
We had a great day starting out with wine tasting at the Garden Grove Elks. Join the fun!
Posted on March 1st, 2014 No comments
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
The rain was off and on today so we decided to do some chores around the house, catch some more earthworms and then take care of business. Sue had her hair cut and then we headed to our favorite restaurant… The Himalayan Grill at Peter’s Landing. We tried some new dishes plus our regular ones and brough three more meals home in a bag. Great food.
After lunch, we did a few more chores before hitting the treadmill and then going out to dance at Garden Grove with Jerry Benton! Wonderful music… We danced until we were pooped out… We headed home at 10:30. This evening we were by ourselves. The Roberts and Kuhns stayed home, the Zaitz went to a movie, the Branders are fighting a cold, and Iris & Will were no place to be seen!
After we got home we finished off this afternoon movie before hitting the sack!
Posted on February 28th, 2014 No comments
Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest. – Mark Twain
For us today was a day of rest! The rain would come and go so we stayed home until heading out for the evenings activities.
Most of the morning was filled with doing the invitations and newsletters for the Starlighters and Topper’s dance clubs. Print, stuff, label, stamp, fold, and seal about 120 letters.
Paul went to the curb and caught several hundred earth worms that were about to go down the drain. They got transferred to you garden! Yeah! Sue did the treadmill and we watched two movies.
Our first stop today was at Old Ranch to meet some new members. We stayed there for a while before going to our bartender’s birthday party at the Phoenix Club. We stayed there an hour and met up with Jim and Jan Mongell.
We then decided to go to Garden Grove Elks and we danced until about 11:00 to the sounds of Street Corner Symphony. Music was good but the sound was way too loud. Several of our friends left the lodge as it was hurting their ears.
Posted on February 27th, 2014 No comments
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton
We headed to the Aquarium of the Pacific and enjoyed a super afternoon! Golf was an option but “cart paths only” is a pain! We did the “behind the scenes” tour of the aquarium and that was quite amazing. We then had a drink at Bubba Gumps before going on a 45 minute tour of the Long Beach Harbor which was interesting. Join the fun!
After the cruise, we went to Joe’s Crab Shack for a drink before heading for home and then out again to the Phoenix Club.
Posted on February 26th, 2014 No comments
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. – John Ruskin
We did lunch with James, Zack, and Robin today and it was cold and grey… Looked like rain! Zack and Robin discussed schooling using on-line techniques. We went to play and it was almost like God said, “Oh… OK” because the clouds went away, the temperature went up, and the day was great. No windbreaker until the 16th hole!
Bunnaford joined us for a full eighteen today. We played in three hours and forty minutes.
They were ready and put on quite a show for us! Honk Honk!
The wine ambulance saved us… We then went to the grocery store before coming home to catch up on all of our recorded NCIS and other series. Tomorrow is suppoed to be a rainy day!
Posted on February 25th, 2014 No comments
Dying is easy, it’s living that scares me to death. – Annie Lennox
We stayed at home and did some “pre-storm preparedness” before going to Old Ranch for a Celebration Of Life for Clara Cathey. James was also an only child and we understand when he said he felt alone after his mother’s passing. The celebration was quite nice and we did a little happy hour afterwords with James and his family plus the Burns.
Posted on February 24th, 2014 No comments
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir
It’s time for our annual snow trip but alas, no snow this year. We celebrated Carr’s and Greg’s birthday and took Hans and Kerstin along. It was a day of laughing and giggling! Join the fun!
We visited Monica at the local casino before going home to do some treadmill and watch a movie.
Posted on February 23rd, 2014 No comments
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. – Henri Nouwen
We celebrated Greg’s birthday with Irene at the Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens. Loads of giggling and fun all day! Join the fun!
We brought Irene home and then went to Old Ranch for a cocktail with Greg before heading for home and the treadmill! It was a special day with special people… This is what makes the world go around!
Posted on February 22nd, 2014 No comments
I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. – David Hobson
We worked around the house most of the day doing some planting and rototilling. The broccoli is doing well along with the peas and beets.
In the afternoon Sue did her treadmill and Paul watched a couple of “chick-flicks” with her. When the sun set it was beautiful over the neighbors rooftops.
We went to the Garden Grove Elks to dance for a few hours and Al and Margie were there so we got to visit. The Branders, Roberts and Zaitz also joined the party making it a fun evening! We headed for home around 11:00 and crashed after visiting with Princess Flower!
Posted on February 21st, 2014 No comments
Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. – Anton Chekhov
We did chores and went to the back doctors… Good news is no problem with hardware… Bad news is a bone bruise which takes months to get better.
We went to Happy Hour before going to the Toppers Dinner Dance. Join us!
Posted on February 20th, 2014 No comments
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. – Ingrid Bergman
We had breakfast at ORCC this morning so we could get an early tee time… There was a tournament planned at our normal start time. James was busy attending to his mother’s affairs and we really miss him! Tomorrow is Friday and gardening/doctors day and we wanted to play today for sure! We got 10:22 and it worked out fine… We played in about three and a half hours today!
On the fifth hole the fence between Old Ranch and the market was lit up like a Christmas tree. When you walked by the smells from the blossoms were almost over whelming! Beautiful Mother Nature!
We did the requisite Happy Hour… Two glasses of the vino and we were ready to go to work at home!
We went to the feed store and got 100 pounds of “Ultra Deluxe Duck Food”… Vitamin fortified scratch with full corn kernels! Our babies love the food!
We then went to the H&H Nursery and got strawberries, potatoes, basil, peas, tomatoes, and several other plants to put into the garden tomorrow. Our broccoli is ready to be harvested already!
While waiting for the bags of food a line of ducks came into the store and walked around quacking up a storm! So very funny to see these little guys waddle and quack and look up as if to say “You are a funny looking duck!”. They stopped to grab a snack before heading back out the door and we grabbed the camera.
We headed for home, did some gardening and other chores and then off to the Thursday evening dance!
We danced with the Zaitz, Nancy and Vince, Marianne and Craig and several other friends. We only had 65 here tonight so we must get busy getting folks to show up. About ten of the regulars were in Palm Springs.
We headed for home, watched one short show and then crashed for the evening. Tomorrow is a big gardening and work around the house day!
Posted on February 19th, 2014 No comments
Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five. – Paul Harvey
We did eighteen with James today and afterwords we had an extended Happy Hour with Zachary visiting us for awhile and then we joined Ernie’s table. The goosers were out twice today but we ran out of foodies for them on 18.
The game was pretty good…. Paul shot a 94 (first time he’s kept score in two years).
Zack delivered our new shotguns and ammo today. Sue has her 20 gauge and Paul has a 10 and 12 gauge Remington pump-action!
After Happy Hour we headed for home and watched some TV before hitting the sack!
Posted on February 18th, 2014 No comments
Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad. ~A.A. Milne
We played eighteen with James today and it got a little cool towards 3:30 so we decided “The Pit” was not in the cards today.
We came home and watched a movie and some of our series on TV before crashing.
Posted on February 17th, 2014 No comments
I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown tie. – Rodney Dangerfield
We began the day at home doing some chores before heading to the dentist at 10:30. We decided to stop at Panda Palace (a place we have been going for 30 years) and have some goodies and wine! It was soooooo very good! We came home with another two meals!
We worked in the garden and changed dog beds and did some cooking and it was time to go out on our Monday Happy Hour… We went to The Boathouse (used to be called McKenna’s On The Bay) and had some wine…. The one man band showed up, HUGO, and we were worried about too loud. Wow! He played 1950′s and 1960′s music and very danceable! We are going to recommend himt o several of our venues!
We watched two “chick-flix” movies and another of our series before hitting the sack at midnight. Tomorrow is another day!
Posted on February 16th, 2014 No comments
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. – Victor Hugo
We worked around the house before going to South Coast Repatory to see “Light In The Piazza”. Filled with sunshine, light as a summer breeze, this exhilarating musical follows the Italian travels of Margaret Johnson and her stunningly beautiful daughter, Clara. When a dashing young Italian captures Clara’s heart, Margaret is compelled to reveal the secret about her daughter. Even as she struggles with concern about Clara’s future, she must decide whether or not to release her hold—and bravely give the young lovers her blessing. Join the fun!
Posted on February 15th, 2014 No comments
I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown
We went to Seasons 52 for lunch and then went to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “The Wizard Of Oz”… A new musical that we have never seen before. Join the fun!
After the play, we scooted home, changed again and headed to the Garden Grove Elks for another Valentines Day dance!
Posted on February 14th, 2014 No comments
“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” – Peter T. Mcintyre
No golf… It’s Valentines Day! We stayed around the house until lunch and then went to our favorite restaurant… The Himalayian Grill in Sunset Beach! Please join the fun!
We then headed for Disneyland to enjoy the day and we asked Lisa and Fiona to join us for a while before going to Catal for hors d’oeurves and a drink! The ladies had dinner!
The girls went back to Disneyland and we headed home to visit with the baby, get changed and go to the Santa Ana Elks for their annual Valentines Day dance! A full day indeed!
Posted on February 13th, 2014 No comments
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. – Frank Morgan
We played eighteen today before heading out to the Phoenix Club for their Valentines Day Dance. Join the fun!
Posted on February 12th, 2014 No comments
“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” - Dr. Seuss
We went to our golf lesson and then to Old Ranch for lunch… Without James…. Something new! James lost his mother on Sunday and is taking care of business. Being an only child and loosing ones last parent is tough. Paul understands.
At the golf lesson, I (Paul) had ham and eggs while Sue warmed up and then ate again at noon. I was stuffed all afternoon!
We played at 12:30 and Charlotte joined us for the first nine holes.
We had a good Happy Hour and then headed to home for some movies and the treadmill before crashing! Tommor starts the Valentines Day celebrations… It lasts about four days!
Posted on February 11th, 2014 No comments
“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yeats
We played golf with James and it was a good day! We did some Happy Hour before heading for home and watching two Hulu movies. Yeah Apple TV!
DID YOU KNOW? – Hulu is a website and over-the-top (OTT) subscription service offering ad-supported on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from NBC, Fox, ABC, TBS, and many other networks and studios. Hulu videos are currently offered only to users in the United States, its overseas territories and Japan. Hulu Japan has a .jp website and log in and payment access is separate from U.S. access.
Posted on February 10th, 2014 No comments
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. – Martin Luther
We went with the Zaitz, O’Briens, and Duda’s and visited five wineries. We did lunch at Falkner’s Pinnacle restaurant which is always outstanding! Our daughter (Robin) and Bob are getting into the wine tasting activities. This is a good thing! Join the fun!
Posted on February 9th, 2014 No comments
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu
It was Donna and Bob’s anniversary so we decided to celebrate it at Old Ranch during the monthly dinner-dance! Join the fun!
Posted on February 8th, 2014 No comments
I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game: it’s called an eraser. ~Arnold Palmer
We worked around the house all day and then headed for the LAX Marriott to dine and dance with friends at the Nightlighters! Join the fun!
Posted on February 7th, 2014 No comments
It’s easy to see golf not as a game at all but as some whey-faced, nineteenth-century Presbyterian minister’s fever dream of exorcism achieved through ritual and self-mortification. ~Bruce McCall
What does the day have in store for us? Breakfast with Little-Lisa and James at 9:00am before going into the blizzard conditions and playing golf at 10:52. A high of 59 degrees… E Gad, what are we doing?
We had breakfast with James and Little-Lisa this morning at Old Ranch… Got to visit and catch up on the Porter side of the family! Golf was excellent and the rain made the little mushrooms (or toad stools) pop-up all over. Very pretty but probably not good for you!
The terms “mushroom” and “toadstool” go back centuries and were never precisely defined, nor was there consensus on application. The term “toadstool” was often, but not exclusively, applied to poisonous mushrooms or to those that have the classic umbrella-like cap-and-stem form. Between 1400 and 1600 AD, the terms tadstoles, frogstooles, frogge stoles, tadstooles, tode stoles, toodys hatte, paddockstool, puddockstool, paddocstol, toadstoole, and paddockstooles sometimes were used synonymously with mushrom, mushrum, muscheron, mousheroms, mussheron, or musserouns.
The goosers were on the lake and when they saw Sue they paddled like mad to get to her so they could have their snacks!
After eighteen holes, we headed for the patio to have some Happy Hour and we waited for a potential social member to drop by and visit with us.
Off to Santa Ana and a dance with Larry Fresch and as an added attraction, we got Bill Maloof on guitar. We had Will and Iris, the Zaitz, Mongells and the Branders at our table.
Posted on February 6th, 2014 No comments
Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde
We decided that it was time to go to the Farmers Market in Los Angeles for a French Lunch at Monsieur Marcels.
We went to the Phoenix Club and danced until 11:00!
Posted on February 5th, 2014 No comments
People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. – Thomas Sowell
We played eighteen with James and all went fairly well! The weather was nippy but enjoyable. The game was pretty good!
We went to the Starlighters Board Meeting in Newport Beach and then went to the Elks fort a drink!
Posted on February 4th, 2014 No comments
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. – Billy Graham
We played with James and it was a but cool.
We decided after Happy Hour to try the Boathouse (which replaced McKenn’s On The Bay). It was almost exactly alike and we enjoyed a drink and some sushi, The sunset was amazing.
Posted on February 4th, 2014 No comments
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
It was off to the doctor this morning for a checkup before returning home and working around the house! Sue cooked, did the bills, and changed the babies beds while Paul hit the garden! We went to H&H nursery and got strawberries, additional peas, cauliflower, and carrots! The planting was finished by 5pm so we took off to Joe’s Crab Shack for a cocktail!
Posted on February 2nd, 2014 No comments
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ? Lou Holtz
Off to Old Ranch we go with forty of our friends and family! Join the fun!
Posted on February 1st, 2014 No comments
I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. – Eleanor Roosevelt
We went to Seasons 52 with Bob, Donna, and Cyndy to celebrate Cyndy’s birthday! We all went across the street to the Performing Arts Center to see Chicago.
After the play we returned home and went to Garden Grove Elks to dance to the sounds of Jerry Benton, a one man band!
Posted on January 31st, 2014 No comments
“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” – Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat
We went to Old Ranch for breakfast with James. We also made final reservations for Super Bowl Sunday. We have 38 folks joining us for the day! Yeah! It will be a party! Golf was a little cold but it’s being outside and exercising that counts!!
After some Happy Hour with James and Charlotte we headed to the Garden Grove Elks for the Footnotes! Great dancing with friends!
We went home abbut 11:00 and hit the sack. The power was off when we got home so I started the generator… Then the power came back on… Go figure
Posted on January 30th, 2014 No comments
“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.” – Orhan Pamuk
We messed around the house before going to the Bower’s Museum and having lunch at Tangata which is inside the museum. The Bowers Museum is located in Santa Ana, California, USA in Orange County. The museum offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children’s art and music education programs, and other community events. The museum’s philosophy is to help people learn about other cultures through their arts, and offer a greater understanding of themselves and an appreciation of the world.
Before we left, Paul made a strawberry tart from one of the receipts he saw on the Cooking Channel… We took half of it next door to Vicky and Del.
Lunch at Tangata was, as expected, great! We then went into the galleries and walked for an hour or so seeing the new displays. Some of the Art Deco jewelry was quite amazing!
We headed for home to change and freshen up before going to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with friends. Sue did the treadmill and we watched a good movie about bears and kids. We then watched a cooking show!
We also celebrated Craig Goll’s retirement by bring cake for 70+ folks! Yeah to Marianne and Craig!
We landed home about 11:00 and took the baby to bed!
Posted on January 29th, 2014 No comments
If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. ~Dean Martin
We had lunch with Robin and James today at Old Ranch after our golf lesson! Great lunch… Lot’s of laughing and giggling! Golf was good and happy hour even better!
After Happy Hour we headed for home to try the Hulu out… Found another great movie we have never seen before… This is great! Thanks Apple TV!
Posted on January 28th, 2014 No comments
If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners. – Johnny Carson
Sue made breakfast using some habenaro pepper pasta so we got the day off to a hot start! We then took the car in to get smogged… What a racket! We headed to Old Ranch and played eighteen holes with James before doing a little Happy Hour.
We now have Apple TV so we tried out Hulu and Netflix and are enjoying them. On the way home we were treated to a great sunset so we stopped the car in our neighborhood and snapped a few shots.
Posted on January 27th, 2014 No comments
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford
We vegged out today! We had lunch with Irene before going to the dentist. We then headed for home, installed the new Apple TV and went to Joe’s Crab Shack in Seal Beach before coming homew to watch TV. An easy day!
Posted on January 26th, 2014 No comments
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”- Leonardo da Vinci
We are both fighting off colds so we just did chores around the house before heading tot Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see a tribute to Glenn Miller.
Hans and Kerstin, Bob and Donna, Leon and Marsha joined us for the performance and dinner!
We enjoyed the most popular music of the Swing era in this Tribute to Glenn Miller & The Vocal Groups, featuring the Tex Beneke Orchestra (In the Mood and Little Brown Jug) and Vocal Group Hall of Fame band Four Aces (Love Is a Many Splendored Thing and Stranger in Paradise). Also performing were The Ink Spots Generations (If I Didn’t Care and The Gypsy), Vocal Group Hall of Famer The Modernaires (Chatanooga Choo Choo), and The Pied Pipers (I’ll Never Smile Again and Dream).
We had dinner afterwords and it was a blast!
We returned home to do the treadmill and watch a movie on TV. Tomorrow… Another big day!
Posted on January 25th, 2014 No comments
“The world is moving so fast these days that the one who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” –Harry Emerson Fosdick
We began the day by tasting wine in Laguna with Donna, Hans, Kerstin, Ed, and Kathy! The Laguna Canyon Winery is excellent and we got some great information about how they do it from the co-owner. We then headed to the Pacific Coast Highway and the Mare Culinary Lounge… a fantastic place to dine! Join the fun!
After a fantastic meal, we headed for home to change into suit and dress to go to Montobello and celebrate Javier and Evelia’s 50th anniversary! We had a load of fun and met some new people. Javier and Paul are the same age… within six days of each other! We had lunch with them this past Monday!
When the party got going we departed as the music was a bit loud. We headed to Garden Grove and met up with the Branders and enjoyed an evening of dancing. By 10:30 we were slowing down and decided to head for home! Tomorrow is another big day!
Posted on January 24th, 2014 No comments
I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. – Rita Mae Brown.
We enjoyed a nice breakfast at Old Ranch and then met up with Kevin and Zack who were there to size up the job of doing Old Ranch’s audio/visual plan for Super Bown Sunday. It was good to see Kevin again!
We played eighteen holes and excellent golf and had fun! Sue got to feed here babies on six and ten so she was happy.
We did some Happy Hour afterwords and then headed to home to change and get ready to go to Santa Ana Elks to dance to Wayne Pulcini! Wayne was sick so we had to “suffer” with a stand in… Gene DeValle. Gene’s group tonight was just out of this world… The music was fantastic and we danced so much that we didn’t even take pictures. Bob was sick so no Zaitz tonight but we were with the Branders and Will & Iris plus two single ladies! Life is good!
Posted on January 23rd, 2014 No comments
“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ? Walt Whitman
We played eighteen by ourselves! James had chores he had to get done! It was a great day! We did some Happy Hour before going home to do some of our own chores.
We skipped Khoury’s this evening, Sue did the treadmill, and we watched some cooking channel programs. We then headed for the Phoenix Club so we could celebrate Sam’s 44th birthday!
Posted on January 22nd, 2014 No comments
Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears. ~Bobby Jones
We played eighteen with James today and it started out beautifully! By the time we reached the 16th hole, we could see the fog coming in and by the time we reached the 18th hole Sue had already departed for the clubhouse… It was in the low 60′s!
We headed for home after some Happy Hour with James, Bunny, Rocky and Bullwinkle (Wayne) so we could change and get ready to go to the play at SCR entitled “Trudy and Max In Love “. Greg joined us for a pre-play drink at the Westin before walking over to SCR. On rare occasions, you meet someone and everything clicks. But is love a choice? Or does it just happen? Trudy writes young adult fiction; Max is a novelist of celebrity status. And their attraction is anything but convenient. This very funny take on an unconventional romance is the latest from the multi-talented Zoe Kazan.
Posted on January 21st, 2014 No comments
Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad. ~A.A. Milne
We played eighteen with James and did fairly well. A little happy hour afterwords and then some TV before hitting the sack!
Posted on January 20th, 2014 No comments
A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way. - John Tudor
We had lunch with our friends of many years. Javier and Evella Gonzales met us the Olive Garden in Whittier. We had a great time and Javier and Paul did the “hot sauce thing”!
We reutnrd home and did chores and worked in the garden until 5:15 at which time we hit the car fro a short drive to Kobe Steak House and had dinner with Sue’s Junior High School friend Laurie. We laughed and giggled for hours!
Posted on January 19th, 2014 No comments
Television – a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done. – Ernie Kovacs
We went to breakfast at Old Ranch with Diane and Lisa before heading back to the yard and getting the winter garden in shape.
We then headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the Jam Session and the 70th birthday celebration for Ed Roberts! Fun for all!
Posted on January 18th, 2014 No comments
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. – Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)
We began by heading to Seasons 52 and having a wonderful meal and then going across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Beauty and the Beast”. What a fantastic production. Simply great!
We then headed for home to change and go to the Phoenix Club for the Starlighters Winter Casual Dance. Loads of fun! Join the fun!
Posted on January 17th, 2014 No comments
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill
We had breakfast at Old Ranch and then played 18 holes…. Nine with Charlotte and nine with Shaun! Great fun!
We then headed for home so we could get ready for Toppers. Join the fun!
Posted on January 16th, 2014 No comments
“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.” – Henry Ward Beecher
We woke up to the news reporting a large fire about 30 miles from our house. They were right!
A few times during play the sun would get behind the smoke and everything turned a yellow color.
We got done early and did some serious Happy Hour before heading for home to change.
It was 77 degrees at 7:00pm!
The band was in rare form tonight! We met Linda and her friend this evening as they were taking dance lessons!
The expressions and mannerisms of these two were uncanny! Easy to determine they were related.
Sue checked the thermometer and it was 78 degrees at 10:30!
Posted on January 15th, 2014 No comments
If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be called research, would it? ~ Albert Einstein
What a beautiful day! The temperature peaked at 89 around 3:00 so we were indeed warm. We did some happy hour and then went back to Downtown Disney to pick to a gift certificate from Catal. It’s tough when memories are short!
Posted on January 14th, 2014 No comments
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. – Honore de Balzac
We played eighteen holes with James but it was a tough day! After working in the garden, Paul’s back would not rotate very well so the balls did not go very straight. The bright side is he got visit the many animals who live in the bushes. We survived however and had a drink afterwords with James before leaving Old Ranch.
We headed for home to do a fast cleanup before doing a “surprise” birthday celebration with Alex, Charlie, Amy, and Joe at Catal. The surprise worked well! Amy looked surprised when we saw her at the top of the stairs!
Posted on January 13th, 2014 No comments
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan
We stayed home and worked in the garden and cooked. We brought in carrots, beets, and onions and Sue turned them into magic. The winter garden now exists in the back yard… We just have a front and side yard to go!
The black paper is a test to see if the paper mulch works! The straw is the actual mulch we use in the garden and this was left overs from the summer garden!
At the end of the day, we decided to celebrate (plus we were too tired to cook) so we went to Joe’s Crab Shack in Seal Beach and had a drink plus tried an appetizer. It was fun and kinda romantic just to go out by ourselves!
Upon coming home, Sue hit the treadmill and Paul pushed the remote buttons. We watch two movies before crashing!
Posted on January 12th, 2014 No comments
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. — Robert Frost
We decided to get the garden in shape. We hit the garden at 7:0 am after completing the Rondeliers Dance Club website. Sue cooked and pickled beets and Paul weeded and planted part of the winter garden. We picked and disposed of almost 150 gallons of weeds. It’s back breaking work but someone has to do it! The garden did not get tended this Christmas season since we were so busy! We planted cauliflower, beets, two kinds of peas, Swiss chard, onions, broccoli, strawberries, and many herbs! Lots of work but it will pay off!
We got cleaned up around 3:30 so we could head to Old Ranch by 5:00 for our monthly dinner dance. There was 24 of us tonight! Great music, great friends, great time!
After the dance, we visited some Old Ranchers and then got a text from Terri Ward saying…. Come on over. She and Shaun are on the way so we joined Bunnaford in a short by always pleasant visit.
When we got home, we crashed… Standing up cooking and planting/digging is tough on “old” people!
Posted on January 11th, 2014 No comments
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. – Albert Einstein
We worked in the garden for a little bit before going to lunch. It was daunting to see how much work laid ahead of us! As the saying goes, “The way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time”.
Lunch time means Preveza and enjoying our favorite,,, Saganaki!
We then headed to Cerritos to meet up with Ellen & Bill and Irene to see Man Of La Mancha. Man of La Mancha is a musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman’s non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s seventeenth century masterpiece Don Quixote. It tells the story of the “mad” knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition.
The original 1965 Broadway production ran for 2,328 performances and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The musical has been revived four times on Broadway, becoming one of the most enduring works of musical theatre.
After the play we had a drink with Irene and her friend Vi before heading home to check on Flower and then off to the Garden Grove Elks to dance to Jusstuss!
Posted on January 10th, 2014 No comments
You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think. – Milton Berle
We had breakfast with Vicky and Del at Old Ranch before playing eighteen holes. James was still having contractor issues so we missed him! Maryjo and Ron Mizer joined us so we had a great time! We did some Happy Hour on the 19th hole before heading home to get cleaned up.
The traffic was nil this evening… Our usual hour and fifteen minute trip was forty-five minutes! We do not mind going to Altadena on days like this! We were going to the Rondeliers Dance Club for the “Back & White On A Frost-Kissed Night” January dance! Join the fun!
Posted on January 9th, 2014 No comments
Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better. – Albert Camus
We played alone today as James was still taking care of Mom and some contractors around the house. The course was wide open and we played in three and a half hours. Even though it was a bit chilly (you know… 64 is down right freezing!) we had a great round!
We did a happy hour before going home to change and head for Khourys and then the Phoenix Club! The DJ was pretty good tonight at Khourys. We were surprised that the Khoury’s waitress, Vicky, left a gift basket for us! Wow, what nice friends! At the Phoenix Club, we had Nine Karat Gold so the dancing was super! Great evening!