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  • Sunday Was A Full Day!

    Posted on August 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up bright and early and met Amy and Joe at Old Ranch for a trip to Trump National for the annual Beer & Wine Festival!  We arrived about 9:45 am which was perfect for Joe to checkout the sushi table.  We arranged our table so Joe would not get tired getting his sushi!  Please join the fun!

    The day started well with bottomless champage glasses and a fantastic brunch!

    The day started well with bottomless champagne glasses and a fantastic brunch!

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    We then went to the VIP area followed by the larger tasting event

    After brunch, we tasted wine for a couple of hours and then departed for Old Ranch.  We spent another hour with Amy and Joe… They are our kids but they are so very nice to be around… Always pleasant and  never anything bad to say about anyone! Just delights!

    After our visit, we headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the monthly Jam Session and we danced until almost 9:00 PM when Paul pooped out.  We headed for home and watched Star Trek Discovery!  We are getting to know 7 of 9!

  • Party Time At Michele’s Plus Dancing!

    Posted on August 20th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s summer time and that means parties!  Michele invited us, the Duda’s and the Chartier’s over for an afternoon of fun and family.  Please join the fun!

    We played games and enjoyed all the super effort Michele put into a wonderful lunch.  The piece de resistance was the chocolate cake… It was out of this world.  Of course, we never saw the boys as Theo and Nick were off and  running!

    Fun with family!

    Fun with family!

    After the party, we returned home with the Duda’s as they rode over with us.  We took them into the back yard where we picked corn. They headed back home about 6:00 PM

    We got refreshed, put on our dancing shoes and headed to the Garden Grove Elks.  The band was a pooper (they were called  “Listen”) but the company was fantastic.  We stayed until 9:30 before returning home for the evening.

  • Doctors Day And Dancing

    Posted on August 19th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We were planning for a CT scan at 11:00 am but got notified that “insurance” turned us down.  Paul headed for the garden and Sue prepared a tomato salad for tomorrow.  While Sue was working in the kitchen, she kept calling the doctors office to see what was going on.  We decided that if insurance did NOT pay for the scan, we were going to do it anyway to see why the shortness of breath!

    Paul was pretty dirty already when we got a call from the scan center.  We decided to do the scan anyway so Paul did a quick shower and we were off to Sue’s hair parlor and then the scan center!

    We arrived at the scan center, checked in and met with the administrator.  She was VERY helpful and said we could just do the co-pay and the “insurance dance” would be completed later!  She was quite correct…  They got $100 co-pay and Paul got the scan!  Later in the evening, we got the call from the doctors office saying insurance was authorized!

    The administrator we met with had beautiful flowers on her desk!

    The administrator we met with had beautiful flowers on her desk!

    We had to stay after the scan was completed for about 20 minutes to make sure the images were quickly read and that there was no obvious blockages.  The answer cam in about 20 minutes later… No blockages.  We will get the detailed results on Wednesday!

    Back home and in the garden.  Paul worked until about 3:30 removing the old tomato plants and being exhausted, he napped for two hours before getting ready for the Garden Grove Elks!

    Off to Garden Grove for dancing and visiting with the gang!  Paul was looking for Jerry Benton’s announcement about retiring and we got a “friend request” from Cinda… Our bartender from Malarkeys.  She is apparently back in California!

    Cinda found us! We are glad to see her back!

    Cinda found us!

    Most of “The Gang” was there and Vicky was telling a great story. You can tell, her eyes light up!

    Vicky tells a story

    Vicky tells a story

    Our table started with ten and kept growing.  We missed Iris and Will but they were at Santa Ana entertaining a new member.

    The gang sat around til 10:30 dancing and chatting

    The gang sat around until 10:30 dancing and chatting

    We laughed and giggled for hours and made arrangements for the next meetings such as: GG Elks tomorrow, Trump Beer & Wine Sunday, and the Jam Session on Sunday!

    Leon was capturing all the chit-chat

    Leon was capturing all the chit-chat

    Donna and Sue always get together to exchange the latest.

    Donna and Sue

    Donna and Sue

    After departing the Elks, we went home to watch two more episodes of Star Trek Voyager…. We are at Season 3 number 27!  We hit the sack around 12:30.

  • Golf Day & The Phoenix Club

    Posted on August 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We had noticed that the sunflower leaves were being “attacked” by something but we knew not what!  While at the frig, Paul heard some fussing in the garden and low-and-behold there were little birds eating the sunflower leaves!

    Caught in the act!

    Caught in the act!

    After doing battle with the birds, we saddled up and headed to Old Ranch to do some golf!  Sue, of course, ran into Lilly and gave Lilly and gave her an afternoon snack!

    Lilly loves her afternoon snack

    Lilly loves her afternoon snack

    We did some Happy Hour at Old Ranch before running home to change and take off for the Phoenix Club to dance!

  • Golf Day

    Posted on August 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul is back to walking again after several weeks off due to shortness of breath.  The only change is he stays much closer to home doing multiple laps!

    Paul started back walking again! Calories must go!

    Paul started back walking again! Calories must go!

    The crepe myrtle (check it out) trees are beautiful this time of year.

    Summer brings out the colors

    Summer brings out the colors

    The reds seem to be very deep.

    40 minutes around our block twice is a good way to begin

    40 minutes around our block twice is a good way to begin

    After the walk and lunch, Paul checked on the corn and we have loads of it.  The corn is about ready to eat so tomorrow we will try it!

     

    We played seven holes with some new-to-us folks.  The weather was a bit warm but the breeze made it pleasant!

    We stopped at “That’s Amore” and visited the Owner and the Bartender.  Our purpose was to arrange the details of our Tequila Tasting event which is coming up soon.  When they mentioned the special, lamb chops, Paul “had” to order it but Sue, the wise one, suggested eating one here and taking the other three home!  It was a deal!

    We stopped in to arrange the Tequila Tasting event

    The bar was polished marble and we could read their sign above the bar in the bar top!

    The moon was full this evening.  Later that evening we could see shadows on things in our back yard it was so bright!

    On our way home

    On our way home

    We crashed!  We did find this little sign and hoped that Connor might see it.

    We thought of Connor

    We thought of Connor

  • Pageant of the Masters

    Posted on August 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house most of the day leaving for a short trip to the grocery store.

    We departed for Laguna Canyon at 2:45 to meet up with Bob and Donna at 4:00. We wanted to do some wine tasting at the Laguna Canyon Winery before dinner. After dinner we are off to see Pageant Of The Masters whose theme this year is “Partners”.  Please join us!

    Special thanks to Del and Vicky Kuhn who arranged for the tickets to this performance.

    First stop… The winery!

    Tasting at Laguna Canyon Winery

    Tasting at Laguna Canyon Winery

    We picked up a case of vino from the winery as we are club members and had some money saved up.

    Just us!

    Just us!

    The Lumberyard has excellent food and nice selection of wine.  Sue did the Rombauer Chardonny… She deserves it as she has to put up with Paul!

    Dining at The Lumberyard in Laguna

    Dining at The Lumberyard in Laguna

    To the theater which is about a three block walk from the Lumberyard.   The moon soon came up and it was bright!

    The moon was bright this evening

    The moon was bright this evening

    No camera allowed in the theater but we did find a couple of pictures on-line!

    Simply amazing!

    Simply amazing!

    Bob's idea worked

    Bob’s idea worked

    After the performance we sat in our seats letting those in a hurry clear out.  Good move… We ambled out, easy walk to an empty parking lot, and an easy drive to the freeway! The drive home was easier than expected but it was almost midnight so we did NOT watch Star Trek… We crashed!

    The performance was the best we had seen perhaps ever.  The mix of art, live performance, parades and surprises (the pirate) kept us on the edge of our seats.

     

  • Sunday Was Fairly Slow

    Posted on August 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    If Sunday is a day of rest, we accomplished that!Paul worked on the Nightlighter’s dance taking about six hours while Sue did some cooking and paid the bills.  We headed to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance with the gang!  It was fun and we got to visit with many people!  Tomorrow is “Doctor’s Day”.

    Some pictures just cannot be passed up!

    Some pictures just cannot be passed up!

  • The Good And The Bad

    Posted on August 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to Seasons 52 for lunch and then across the street to OC Performing Arts Center to see Cabaret.  Lunch was, as expected, excellent.  The trout is always delicious!

    We departed for the theater at 1:30 and Paul dropped Sue off at the front door.  The performance began…  It was not as we expected. At half-time we looked at each other and decided we had had enough… We went home! It just seemed like a bad production?

    We got freshened up, put on our formal wear and headed to Redondo Beach for the Nightlighters Dinner Dance with a Theme of “A Midsummer Night Dream”.  Great fun.  Join us! or Please enjoy the short  two minute movie!

    At 10:30 we headed south to get a good nights rest!

  • Friday And We Relaxed All Day

    Posted on August 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We kind of relaxed today!  Sue did some cooking while Paul removed some of the old tomato plants from the garden.  We also examined the corn and picked an ear but we are about three weeks early.  The cantaloupes are doing well and onions are coming on strong.  We have ghost chilies so it is almost time for Sue’s magic macaroni and cheese with sauteed peppers!

    The corn is doing wonderful! TWo weeks to corn!

    The corn is doing wonderful! Three weeks to corn! We tried one ear but is was not ready yet!  (Click the picture for full sized image)

    We went to Happy Hour about 4:00 PM and then off to the Garden Grove Elks to visit friends and dance the night away!  We had a table full at Garden Grove and we gave Michael his “marbles” back.  Long story but he enjoyed the joke.

    We had Irene, Mike and Bridgette, the Branders, Bob and Donna, Will and Iris, and little old us!  We laughed and giggled all night!  We departed about 10:00 as tomorrow is another big day!

     

  • Golf With The Girls! Then We Dance!

    Posted on August 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s Thursday and that means… golf!  We showed up with plans to play with Bunnaford and Mrs. Golf decided to join us.  Charlotte always makes the round special!

    Bam! Womp! Sue strikes a might blow to the poor little ball!

    Bam! Womp! Sue strikes a mighty blow to the poor little ball!

    We played seven holes as Charlotte already played eighteen and Paul was running out of breath!

    A might stroke... No luck needed!

    A mighty stroke… No luck needed! (Click the picture to see the captions)

    Bunny drew her club, walked slowly to the ball, and with one mighty stroke placed it up in a tree…. Near the green… All is not lost, just the ball!

    Oops!

    Oops! (Click the picture to see the captions)

    We went to the clubhouse after the seven holes and enjoyed some happy hour.  Paul had iced tea to quench his thirst…  Why thirsty? We were laughing for seven holes straight!  We departed happy hour and went to the Phoenix Club to go dancing.

    We were in the back room but that was OK

    We were in the back room but that was OK

    After returning home, we watched some more Star Trek before crashing!

  • Another Doctor Day! Turned Out Fine!

    Posted on August 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to Dr. Vannatta and then to the hand therapy session.  The doctor decided to do some additional testing on Friday so we will see him again on Monday!

    We went to hand therapy at 2:45 WITHOUT having lunch!  We then decided, as it was almost 4:00, that we needed food!

    The closest place was Gourmet Pie Company and we liked it the last time we were there.  We arrived at 4:00 and poof, they did NOT serve breakfast after 3:00.  Our favorites were not available.

    We had a glass of wine and Paul ate a happy hour hot dog as we felt guilty about occupying a booth and not ordering anything!

    We then headed to Maderas Steakhouse!  We knew it had vegetarian meals!  Yes!  They have a full vegetarian menu and it is pretty good! Yeah Baby!

    40 ounces of prime rib! Let me at it!

    40 ounces of prime rib! Let me at it! We are awaiting for Brian and Jan to return to the USA so we can go back and order a Tomahawk!

    Paul looked at Sue and saw the tomahawk… So, Paul ordered the bone-in pork chop!  It was wonderful!  He ate half of it and the rest went home.

    OK, time to get serious!  We went to Old Ranch and joined the Olympic Drinking Team headed by “The Bunmeister”!

    Bunny was there with some of “the gang” and she was on her third glass of water! We tease her about wine but she can nurse a glass of wine for hours and hours!

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    Captain, USA Drinking Team! (Not Really)

    The back-up captain is Miss Charlotte who is out of work for the next couple of months!  No dancing… NO little kids… Only golf!  Yeah!

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    Olympic champagne splits!

    Soon thereafter Dr. Dave, commonly knows as “Dave Oh”, joined us!  This made for a delightful group!

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    “Dr. Dave” or “Dave Oh” joins the fun!

    We need two more people…. Volia, Shaun and Teri show up, as if on queue!  The team is ready to compete!

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    Shaun and Teri… Heavyweights add strength to the team!

    Where is “the management”?  We be here!  Providing “Adult Supervision” of the Happy Hour Activities!

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    The Management Team at work!

    We departed Old Ranch and ran by home to “freshen up” before going to the Phoenix Club to dance the night away!  Great fun all day!

  • Golf Day!

    Posted on August 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores before heading to Old Ranch for a round of golf (for us it is nine holes).  The grand kids came over for Taco Tuesday and of course, Great Granddaughter Lilly was with them!   After a pretty good meal, we headed to the golf course to visit the other “Lilly”… That would be “Lilly the Swan”

    Lilly says hello to Lilly

    Lilly says hello to Lilly

    John told us we could take “the bus” so we did!

    Becca and Zachary loved being chauffeured!

    Becca and Zachary loved being chauffeured!

    After the ride and visit we went back to the clubhouse where Lilly had another taco.  That girl can put it away and she eats like an adult!  Amazing!

    Laughs and giggles are continuous!

    Laughs and giggles are continuous!

    We sat around and talked for two hours.  We love seeing the grandkids and of course, Miss Lilly…. Not the Swan.

    We decided Lilly will be a knockout because just look at her Mommy!  Rebecca is not only beautiful she is a level headed responsible young lady!  Zachary is a lucky man!

    A Beautiful Lady!

    A Beautiful Lady!

  • Lunch With Rene

    Posted on August 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did some gardening… Mostly watering as the corn goes nuts during this phase of its growth cycle. We have 120 plants in various stages of producing! Now it is watch and wait!

    Corn as tall as the elephants eye (and Paul's also)

    Corn as tall as the elephants eye (and Paul’s also)

    We went to Royal Khyber with Rene and his fiancee.  We had a great meal and talked for two+ hours!

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    First time visit for the kids… They seemed to have enjoyed it!

    Afterwords, we went home for a few minutes and then headed to Malarkey’s to for our Monday afternoon Happy Hour.  We relived Saturday with Irene and Greg.

    We watched the sun set into the sea and headed home

    We watched the sun set into the sea and headed home

    Upon getting home Sue did the treadmill and we watched an old movie.  We did some Star Trek before crashing at 12:30

  • Recovery From The Wine Train Adventure

    Posted on August 7th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul and Sue worked around the house in the morning.  When Paul checked the from garden, our next door neighbors grandson was out assisting Paul by watering everything.  We are growing two pumpkins for the kids!  We also planted two sun flowers for the boys and they are already almost as tall as the boys!

     

    Helping Uncle Paul take care of the garden

    Helping Uncle Paul take care of the garden

    We stayed pretty close to home only going to Old Ranch for Happy Hour for a while.  We returned so Sue could do the treadmill and we watched an old movie.

    Love the good old fashioned movies

    Love the good old fashioned movies

    We then watched some more Star Trek.

  • All Day On The Vino Train! Yeah!

    Posted on August 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went on our annual adventure via train to Santa Barbara via the Vino Train.  Please join the fun!

    Robin and “Gang” made it a special event!

    Lookout Santa Barbara... Robin is on her way!

    Lookout Santa Barbara… Robin is on her way!

    We have loads of pictures and a story to share so please visit the site.

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    Great fun was had by all!

    After geeting back at 8:00, we headed to the Garden Grove Elks to dance for a while before heading to home to crash!  We hit the sack around 11:30… We had a full day!

     

  • Doctor’s Day And Birthday’s At The Phoenix Club

    Posted on August 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    First thing in the morning we walk the garden meaning we look for weeds and any activity. Son of a gun if we did not see “corn being born”. The silks are out and are awaiting the biys (the tassels( to rain down and get the job gone.

    Corn Being Born

    Corn Being Born

    We played golf today and did fairly well.  Sue likes to get to the lake area so she can visit Lilly The Swan and feed her the vitamin fortified food from the feed store.

    Lilly swims over to Sue when Sue comes by the lake

    Lilly swims over to Sue when Sue comes by the lake

    It’s Thursday so we are off to the Phoenix Club and this evening we brought a cake to celebrate Donna and Irene’s birthdays!

    Lucky to be a girl and celebrate all month long!

    Lucky to be a girl and celebrate all month long!

    Turns out there were several August birthdays!

    What happened in November?

    What happened in November?

    We had a great time with the celebrations!

    Romantic devils!

    Romantic devils!

    Please enjoy the sort summary movie…

  • Cucina Enoteca And Starlighter’s Board Meeting

    Posted on August 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments
    Fun
  • Golf, Happy Hour And Treadmill

    Posted on August 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house.  Paul was inside the grapefruit tree cleaning out the dead branches.  It was a stretch (pardon the pun) but he filled up half a barrel with twings, branches, and some older grapefruit.  The tree is looking pretty good now.  The tangerine tree may be next!

    We played nine holes at 2:30 and it was pretty fast.  Sue ran into Lilly The Swan and treated her to our special food we get from the feed store.  We buy vitamin fortified duck food complete with corn kernels.

    Sue goes to the edge of the lake and puts food on the band for Lilly

    Sue goes to the edge of the lake and puts food on the bank for Lilly

    When she saw Sue, she paddled all the way across the lake to visit her.  She must have excellent vision!

    Lilly is a big girl!

    Lilly is a big girl!

    The day was beautiful.  It was in the 80’s but Old Ranch gets the ocean breeze in the afternoon keeping the course playable!

    Over the woods and through the trees...

    Over the river and through the woods…

    Today was Donna’s birthday so we texted her and got an immediate response!

    Bob and Donna were out to dinner

    Bob and Donna were out to dinner

    We did some Happy Hour at Old Ranch and then went across the street to Kobe Steakhouse where Paul did some sushi.  He had octopus carpaccio followed by eel sashimi!  The sushi/sashimi are low in calories so that is a good thing!  Depending on the type of fish, one piece of nigiri sushi ranges from 40 calories (squid, scallop) to 50 (salmon, yellowtail) or 65 calories (eel, sea urchin).

    We then headed for home where Sue hit the treadmill while we watched a movie and then we did three episodes of Star Trek.  We crashed at midnight.

  • Irene Celebrates Her Birthday!

    Posted on August 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s August 1st and the year is moving so very fast!  We worked around the house for a while and decided, due to Cabin Fever, we would go out before Happy Hour.  We went to the local Brewery and enjoyed a glass of wine and Paul had some mussels.  We sat outside under the tent and had a great view of the Long Beach Harbor.

    Lounging at the Brewery

    Lounging at the Brewery

    At 4:30 PM we headed to Malarkey’s to meet up with Irene.  Greg is in the desert with his dad enjoying a few days away from LA.  It is Irene’s birthday on the 3rd so we decided to celebrate a little earlier!

    Happy Birthday Irene

    Happy Birthday Irene

    We love to shop for Irene… We look for interesting (and edible) stuff.  Edible so it does not have to be stored for very long!

    Opening the presents

    Opening the presents

    A dessert showed up unannounced and we found out who was behind it… Jennifer is a very thoughtful young lady!  Malarkey’s is lucky to have such a great employee!

    Jennifer gave Irene a surprise!

    Jennifer gave Irene a surprise!

    We headed for home afterwords to watch a movie (that means, Sue did the treadmill).  We then watched three more episodes of Star Trek.  We decided sometimes the episodes get a “little goofy”.  We laughed and turned in at 12:30 AM.  Tomorrow is a gold day!

  • …An Easy Sunday

    Posted on July 31st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did some chores and then decided to go out for a while.  We went to “That’s Amore” in Sunset Beach and had a small meal and visited with folks.  The owner/chef was there so we talked a bit.  We then headed for home and watched more Star Trek reruns.  We are into the third season.

    Great food and service!

    Great food and service!

    Star Trek: Voyager ran for seven seasons, airing from January 16, 1995, to May 23, 2001, launching a new Paramount-owned television network UPN. It features Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway,[64] the first female commanding officer in a leading role of a Star Trek series, and Commander Chakotay, played by Robert Beltran.

    Too bad she is another Hollywood Flaming Liberal

    Too bad she is another Hollywood Flaming Liberal

    Voyager takes place at about the same time period as Deep Space Nine and the years following that show’s end (2371–2378). The premiere episode has the USS Voyager and its crew pursue a Maquis (Federation rebels) ship. Both ships become stranded in the Delta Quadrant about 70,000 light-years from Earth.[65] Faced with a 75-year voyage to Earth, the crew must learn to work together to overcome challenges on their long and perilous journey home while also seeking ways to shorten the voyage.

    Love watching the reruns! We were too bust working during those years

    Love watching the reruns! We were too bust working during those years

  • It’s Only Fair!

    Posted on July 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We departed for the OC Fair at 9:00 AM so we could get through the gates in a hurry.  We planned to meet the Duda’s there as it is our tradition during the fair.   We met with them about 10:30 AM and spend the rest of the day walking around seeing the sights.  Please join us!

    Fun Fun Fun

    Fun Fun Fun

    After the fair, we returned to Garden Grove to dance until almost 10:00 PM.  We returned home to watch Star Trek until we crashed.

  • Easy Day…

    Posted on July 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did some gardening and other chores around the house before going to the Himalayan Grille for lunch.  We were going to go to a movie but decided it would be better to rest up before we went ot the Garden Grove Elks to dance.

  • Golf Day & Phoenix Club

    Posted on July 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It is Colleen’s birthday so we called her and texted her a few “reminders”… Can’t believe she is forty-four already and a grandma!

    Happy Birthday Elderly One

    Happy Birthday Elderly One

    We played nine holes in the afternoon and then joined the gang for some Happy Hour before going to the Phoenix Club for dancing.  Ila joined us for a session of dancing.  She is a neighbor who shares an interest in gardening.

  • Today Was Different… Work, Doctors, & Fun!

    Posted on July 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul began the day by cleaning the garage which translates to moving storage boxes from the garage to the shed in the back yard.  Sue, after Paul went harvesting, prepared lunch.  We got cleaned up and then headed for the dermatologist.  Dr. Newman is a kick in the pants… He is in his 70’s and going like a bat out of hell.

    Just plain funny

    Just plain funny

    From there we dropped by Old Ranch to kill an hour before going to the hand therapy session.  Paul had a nice nap in their waiting room… For some reason, the internet does not work in that office?

    We did a couple of errands and ended up at Patty’s Place for a drink before going home.  We met up with Chuck and met some of our neighbors that we had NOT met before.  We had fun exchanging memories of Rossmoor in days gone bye!

    After arriving at home, Sue did the treadmill and then we watched some more Star Trek from the 2001-2006 series.

  • Golf Day! But Something Was Fishy!

    Posted on July 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul  walked this morning and he was gone about 30 minutes before returning home.  It was delightful to be walking again!

    Love our patriotic neighborhood

    Love our patriotic neighborhood

    We headed for Old Ranch about 1:00 PM to play nine holes and we teed off at 2:22 finishing about two hours later.  It was a good stretch!  We visited Lilly the Swan and several ducks.

    Another day another two miles!

    Another day another two miles!

    Happy Hour was not far behind.  We met up with the Mizer’s, Dave “O” and friend, Bunnaford, and others for an hour.  Iced tea really tasted excellent after walking the hot course.

    Bunnaford was heading for home and we did a “Shanghai Maneuver” and did some post happy hour at Kobe Steak House.  She had never sat at a sushi bar before (she had been there several times but for a sit-down dinner).  Paul had the chef make some special and most interesting things!

    Right across from Old Ranch

    Right across from Old Ranch

    The octopus was excellent and from there we went on to a specially made roll  containing shrimp!  We finished with a strawberry dessert that Sue could share with us.  We laughed and giggled for quite a while.  No sake tonight… Paul was the designated driver.

    Perhaps some octopus??

    Perhaps some octopus??

    Off to the market before going home… We were in need of some groceries.  We finally got home about 8:15 PM and watched Star Trek until about 12:30 AM when we crashed!

  • A Hot Walk In The Garden

    Posted on July 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It was destined to be a warm day but we went into the mouth of the dragon and visited The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens where it was a balmy 97 degrees.  Please join us!

    We we are there... Romance is in the air!

    We we are there… Romance is in the air!

    We had lunch at the Rose Tea Room on the premises and enjoyed their lite but filling buffet.

    We then walked for almost two hours through the herb garden the rose garden the Japanese Garden and finally the Chinese Garden.

    Deep in the bamboo forest!

    Deep in the bamboo forest!

    We skipped the desert and the lower gardens because of time (and heat).

    After the visit, we went VFR to Malarkey’s to meet up with Irene and Greg and catch up on things.  Joanna sent them a small bag of scones.  It was probably a reward for being smart and staying close to the ocean!

    Thank you Joanna! See you soon!

    Thank you Joanna! See you soon!

    We departed Malarkey’s at 7:00 and went home to the treadmill and Star Trek TV.  It was a busy day!

  • Waddya Mean “Never On Sunday”

    Posted on July 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    The morning and afternoon was filled with work around the house.  Sue paid the bills and Paul worked in the garden. He finally got a chance to clean out several of the dead tomatoes and transplant onions.  He filled another 100 gallon trash can with gardening remains.

    Mid afternoon, Paul took a nap and Sue continued doing chores.  We got ready to go dancing that evening at the 60th Anniversary of the Fullerton Elks Lodge with the Branders, Sandy and bob, and Will and Iris.  We head great seats right on the dance floor.  We danced to Justuss… Brad and Susie-Q.   The food was outstanding.

    High on a hill overlooking Fullerton

    High on a hill overlooking Fullerton

    Afterwords we headed for home to watch some Star Trek before crashing.

  • A Blur For Sure

    Posted on July 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to Sue’s hair appointment at 11:30 and then zipped down the freeway to Season’s 52 in Costa Mesa.  It is a wonderful place to dine because a) they are vegetarian friendly and b) the food is “low” in calories and c) tastes wonderful.  Paul had the rainbow trout (for the tenth time) and Sue had one of their great salads.

    We then went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Sound Of Music” which was outstanding.  We never get tired of seeing the Family Von Trapp.  The kids were spectacular in the play!

    After the musical, we dropped over the The Center Club and had a drink and visited with one of our favorite bartenders.

    Them as if this was NOT enough, we went to Garden Grove Elks and danced the night away!

  • Friday Was Different

    Posted on July 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We were going to play golf but we had two reasons for cancelling.  First, Paul got in to see the heart doctor at 3:00 and secondly, the temperature was 102 when were normally play golf!   We went to Old Ranch and did some Happy Hour before going to the Santa Ana Elks Lodge for dancing.  Jerry Benton was playing and he is always excellent!

    The Santa Ana Plumeria was in excellent condition despite the heat

    The Santa Ana Plumeria was in excellent condition despite the heat

    Inside it was cool and we go to celebrate Mike’s birthday again!

    Two nights in a row... Does this make him 100?

    Two nights in a row… Does this make him 100?

    When we came home, we watched three episodes of Star Trek before crashing.  Tomorrow is a big day!

  • The Day Was A Blur

    Posted on July 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We began the day with a visit to Sue’s hair dresser.  She was done at 11:30 and we hightailed it to Seasons 52 for lunch.  Paul did the trout AGAIN.. It is always so good!  Sue tried the veggie soup and it was outstanding.  Season’s 52 is a special place for us!

     

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  • Thursday Was Doctors Day

    Posted on July 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We headed to Dr. Asbill for a 10:00 AM blood withdrawal appointment.  All went well and we were back on our way home in just a few minutes!  We had lunch at home and then worked in the yard for a while.  Paul pulled some tomatoes and fertilized the corn.  It is growing like Topsy.  We made a stop by H&H and picked up tomatoes and squash for Vicky plus a sunflower and some beans for us.

    From there it was hand therapy and then to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour before going to the Phonix Club for an evening of dancing.  We joined Bunnaford and Dave “O” for a glass of wine before heading south.

    Mike had a birthday so it was time to kibitz.

    It was Mike's birthday... One must act up!

    It was Mike’s birthday… One must act up!

    Mary usually comes alone but this evening Fred joined he so Paul did not need to walk her out.

    Fred stole Paul's job... He walked his wife the the car!

    Fred stole Paul’s job… He walked his wife the the car!

    The band was excellent this evening… We danced until 10:30.

    We danced to "The Yachtsmen"

    We danced to “The Yachtsmen”

  • Golf! Yeah!

    Posted on July 20th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house and did some work in the garden before getting cleaned up and going to Old Ranch for a round of golf.  We did pretty good today.  On the ninth hole, Sue was “attacked” by the babies and their mommy.

    Grandma feeds the babies

    Grandma feeds the babies

    As we turned around, we saw Lilly the Swan was looking at us.  The lake is so low that she could not make it out so we put food on the bank and she gobbled it up!

    Lilly The Swan

    Lilly The Swan

    We did some Happy Hour at Old Ranch and then headed to Patty’s Place to see Chuck and find out about his birthday weekend.  Then to home for some Star Trek reruns.

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  • Old Guys And Jeanette?

    Posted on July 19th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We had lunch with “The Old Guys” who are a group of people Sue and Paul worked with… Mostly Sue.  Robin joined us today. We go to Taco Surf every other month and catch up on the latest events.

    What! No alcohol? That's OK, we don't drink

    What! No alcohol? That’s OK, we don’t drink

    The crowd ebbs and flows with some months heavily attended and others not so much.  This was about average although we miss Chuck Catania!  We called him and he had a house full of company!

    Yeah Yeah The Gang's All Here!

    Yeah Yeah The Gang’s All Here!

    After lunch, we went to H&H Nursery to get some replacement plants for the garden.  Then to the market for supplies before going to Irvine Spectrum to have dinner at Paul Martin’s The American Grille with Jeanette.

    Jeanette selected the restaurant and it was a good choice

    Jeanette selected the restaurant from the two we suggested and it was a good choice

    We caught up on family things and solved the problems of the world!  The Chili Rellenos were fantastic!  Paul had corn on the cob and it was also quite good.  Great evening all in all!

    Off to home for a restful evening.

  • Wine Is In Our Future!

    Posted on July 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Indeed. We went to Temecula with Donna and Cyndy. Bob had to work because at the last minute one of his employees had to leave town. Yup! It was terrible… Just Paul and the three ladies… It’s a tough life but someone must do it!  Join the fun!

    We picked up Cyndy at Old Ranch as it is right on the 405 Freeway and easier to get to than driving the maze of Rossmoor.

    We stopped at Falkner first to visit the wine tasting room and its staff. We had a wonderful lunch at Pinnacle and then departed for other wineries in the valley!

    First stop... Falkner!

    The Falkner Wine Tasting Room is like going home!  Great staff!  Thank you Betty!

    Paul was the designated driver so he had all sorts of time to kibitz around!  Without Bob, he had to entertain himself… This can always be a little dangerous!

    Donna was bust tasting so Paul took over her job!

    Donna was busy tasting so Paul took over her job!

    Paul, of course, is the adventurous diner and ordered the desert octopus!

    The octopus was excellent and the lentils were amazing

    The octopus was excellent and the lentils were amazing

    Cyndy dove into the salad with her Mom sharing the six and a half calories it contained!

    Cyndy attacks the salad carefully dividing the contents

    Cyndy attacks the salad carefully dividing the contents

    When it came time for dessert, the ladies of course said “no”… Paul, on the other hand, said “yes, yes and yes”!

    It was an amazing concoction!

    It was an amazing concoction of sangria ice cream with chocolate and cherries

    Sue did an on-the-spot analysis of dessert and we decided it was excellent also!

    Wine tasting AND dessert tasting in the same day

    Wine tasting AND dessert tasting in the same day

    We went up and down the valley tasting the wines.  We ended up at Thornton because they have great champagnes!  It was a delightful finish  to a delightful day!

    Champagne and red wine... Goodbye Temecula until September

    Champagne and red wine… Goodbye Temecula until September

    We drove back and there was zero traffic…. Back to Donna’s house in one hour!  We dropped Cyndy off at Old Ranch before going to Kobe Steak House for cocktails and then we went home for the evening.  We had to wave off Malarkey’s as we did not get back until 6:00 pm.

  • Brunch, Dancing And Disneyland!

    Posted on July 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We have brunch at Old Ranch with a dear friend so we could catch up on everything.  The brunch was excellent and the visit even better.  We departed Old Ranch about noon and headed for home to work in the garden for a bit before cleaning up and heading to Santa Ana Elks.

    The Jam Session was super and we stayed until 8:20 at which time we went to Disneyland (actually Downtown Disney).  Downtown Disney is about six miles from the Elks.  We went directly to Catal and enjoyed an evening of fireworks before heading for home!

    As seen from Downtown Disney

    As seen from Downtown Disney

    Home is only 9.8 miles from Catal so we made it quickly and then watched some Star Trek before hitting the sack.  Full day!

  • To The Fair And Starlighters

    Posted on July 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We began the day by going to the OC Fair right when they opened.  At 10:00 am it was not crowded at all and we had a load of fun!  We took the skyway top the other end of the fair and visited Centennial Farms furst.  We like seeing the garden and the animals.  The pigs were, as usual, amazing!  Please join us!

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    I am sooooo pretty!

    In the evening we went to Hawaii… Well, to a Hawaiian dance with the Starlighters.  It was in Fullerton at Howard Johnsons Convention Center and they have a great dance floor!  Join the fun!

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    We had 35 couples this evening! Great fun!

    We crashed about eleven and went home to watch Star Trek…

  • Work All Day – Dance All Night

    Posted on July 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul got up at 6:45 and went to Old Ranch to meet up with the Burns family.  Susie and Oden were in with Loki so we had a breakfast burritos and champagne from the snack shack!

    While returning home Paul spotted a LARGE crane lumbering down the street towards our house.  While working in the yard, the crane popped it head up and it was tall and on the next street.

    Sue went to the hand therapist and on the way home we tried to see what it was up to but the streets were blocked off.

    After working in the front yard for a while, curiosity got the better of Paul and he walked over to the next block!  Edison was replacing rotten power poles!  There were several large trucks assisting the effort.

    Southern California Edison (SCE) routinely inspects, repairs and upgrades almost 1.5 million utility poles and the thousands of electrical components on these distribution structures throughout its service territory. According to SCE: “Over the last few decades, more and more devices have been installed on poles with the various advances in technology and the way people now communicate,” said Trainor. “From phone lines to cable TV, to the Internet and now wireless service, some of the poles are carrying a heavier load so assessing, planning and remediating poles that do not meet today’s safety code is crucial.”

    It did block the street

    It did block the street

    Paul asked one of the workers several questions about the process and the answers were very interesting! Did you know there was a SoCal Joint Pole Committee?  The Joint Pole Committee is made up of a group of member representatives of utilities, communications, and municipalities in Southern California who hold joint equity interest in utility poles. Established by telephone, electricity and railroad companies, the Committee has existed since October 10, 1906. It was formed as a result of the need to limit the number of poles in the field and to create a uniform procedure for recording ownership of poles.

    It had quite a reach and the top had to be at leaset twice the height of a power pole plus the height of the house!

    It had quite a reach and the top had to be at least  the height of a power pole plus the height of the house!

    There was a definite bend on the crane as it took on various loads!  The crane operator was outstanding.  He put the hook in the hands of the lineman at 150 feet away!

    What a reach! Amazing!

    What a reach! Amazing!

    Paul continued working in the yard while Sue made homemade applesauce directly from our trees!  Delicious!

    We got cleaned up and headed to the Garden Grove Elks for an evening of dancing and dining!  Great fun!

  • Golf Again! Then The Phoenix Club!

    Posted on July 14th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We continued working in the garden.  This time of year many of the plants are done producing and they need to be pulled or at least cleaned up!  The corn needs attention as its requirement for water is daily!

    We went to Old Ranch at 1:00 for a 2:22 T-time.  The round was pretty fast! By 4:30 we were on the 9th hole and looked up only to be mooned!

    Of all the nerve!

    Of all the nerve!

    We went in for a short Happy Hour and then headed home to change so we could go to the Phoenix Club!  They are finally opened after being closed for a month! We met up with the Kuhns, Nancy and Vince, Bob and Donna and many others!  We were happy to be back dancing again at the Phoenix Club!

    Dancing the night away!

    Dancing the night away!

    By 10:30 we were on our way home to watch a little Star Trek before crashing!

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  • Golf Day With James

    Posted on July 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We worked in the garden for a while before getting ready to go to Old Ranch to play nine holes with James.  Gardening is pretty easy these days.  Each of the three raised beds you see below are four feet wide by 24 feet long and the walkways are 24 inches wide allowing for Paul and his wagon/trash cans to move easily.

    The walls are 24 inches tall… Perfect to sit on. We have power and water on every bed so no hose need be over 20 feet long!

    Looks small… Well, we have 60 corn stalks planed here plus 30 tomato plants, asparagus, beets, carrots, peppers, strawberries, onions, cucumbers, hweba, cantaloupe, and Swiss chard.

    Working in the garden to keep it looking good

    Working in the garden to keep it looking good
    (Click the picture to see the details!)

    Along the east facing wall we have additional tomatoes (for a total of forty in the front and back yards), eggplant, and onions.  The raised bed is eighty feet long and about three to four feet wide.  This bed gets morning shade and afternoon sun!

    The back-wall bed is eighty feet long!

    The back-wall bed is eighty feet long!

    We played nine with James and did pretty good for old folks! We had a great time and Linda came over to join us afterwords for Happy Hour.  Bunnaford joined us with Dave “O” also!  Great fun!

    We departed Old Ranch at 8:30 PM and Sue hit the treadmill at 9:00 PM.  We watched some old Hawaii Five-O series before crashing.

  • We Made Tomato Sauce Again! Third Time

    Posted on July 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We decided earlier that we would make another batch of tomatoe sauce as the garden is about done in terms of beefsteak-type tomatoes.

    Paul went harvesting about 8:30 and then we prepared the kitchen for the “mess”.  Actually, we are getting so good at it, there was no mess.  Just four quarts of VERY think tomato sauce at the end of several hours! Our first planting of tomatoes are about done and we may not do a second planting because we got so much out of the first!

    We have 120 corn plants underway and the two groups of 60 are about 4 weeks apart so we ought have corn for a long time.

    The two planters of corn are doing well. They are about four weeks apart.

    The two planters of corn are doing well. They are about four weeks apart.

    Paul did some serious gardening as he removed three tomato plants, transplanted four sets of onion plants, planted potatoes, trimmed the asparagus, and weeded the corn patch.

    All the hard work paid off as it revealed our asparagus plants in production!

    Several tomato plants were "ka-poot" so Paul removed them revealing asparagus!

    Several tomato plants were “ka-poot” so Paul removed them revealing asparagus!

    Every morning we get 2-4 spears which is perfect for us!

    We got cleaned up and took our “Chocolate Martini Kit” to That’s Amore to show the bartender and owner what a chocolate martini ought to taste like!

    They liked it!

    They liked it!

    We then headed for home and watched some Star Trek.

  • To The Sawdust Festival

    Posted on July 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    As tradition dictates, we went to Laguna Canyon and visited the displays of art including the Sawdust Festival and Art A Fair.  We had lunch at Tivoli Too and then took a three hour walkabout. Join the birthday fun!

    Wiine at Tivoli Too

    Wine at Tivoli Too

    Malarkey’s here we come! We met up with Irene and Greg for an afternoon of laughing and giggling!

    Happy Hour with Greg and Irene

    Happy Hour with Greg and Irene

    We headed home to watch some more of Star Trek… The season with Captain Janeway which ran 2001-2006.

  • Happy Birthday Sue

    Posted on July 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We are off to Catalina and then dinner dancing with friends at the monthly Old Ranch Dinner Dance.  We departed Long Beach at 10:00 am and did lunch at the Avalon Grille around 11:30 am.  We then caught a cab and went to the airport for a drink before returning to the boat for the trip home!

    Celebrations are underway

    Celebrations are underway

    Just a quick thought:

    Yup!

    Yup!

  • We Spent The Day At Patty’s Place

    Posted on July 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Not really!  We have a great visit the the Grahams at Patty’s Place for brunch!  We laughed and giggled all afternoon!

    No TV's needed... We have the fish!

    No TV’s needed… We have the fish!

    We returned home and did some chores around the house.  The Elks was having a County Western DJ so we decided not to go.  We returned to Patty’s place and visited with Chuck before going home and watched some TV.

     

  • Fun At Home; Fun While Out; We Have Fun

    Posted on July 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Friday Paul worked in the yard while Sue did her magic in the kitchen.  Paul picked and cleaned the peppers so Sue could stuff them with her wonderful stuffing.  We got cleaned up and headed to Altadena to dance with the Rondeliers at the annual Hawaiian themed dance.  Join the fun!

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    We were missing a lot of people – Must be Summer Time!

  • Thursday And It’s Golf Again!

    Posted on July 7th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house for a while and then Seekean (our travel agent) came by to drop off some things and see the garden.  She went harvesting and that was good!  We then headed for Old Ranch to meet up with James and Bunnaford for nine holes of golf!   We had a load of fun (We have not played with them for almost three months since Paul had the heart attack/bypass).

    Yesterday Paul had four pars on the front nine and Sue could not hit the three-wood!  Today you ask?  Sue pounded the three-wood straight down the fairway every time while Paul was becoming the divot-king on the front nine!  Why does one day make such a difference?  We know why we are not professional golfers!

    Our dear friend Jan who lost her husband a year and a half ago  was going to be alone tonight on what would have been his birthday!  Not for long!  We jumped in the car, went to her home, and took her to Catal in Downtown Disney to dine, drink, and watch the fireworks!  Jan met the staff and was amazed at how friendly they are!  We got to Disneyland about 7:30 PM and departed about 11:00 PM. Jan met the garlic fry bandit!

    Jan, Sue, and Paul visit Catal and enjoy visiting

    Jan, Sue, and Paul visit Catal and enjoy visiting

    After getting home about midnight, we crashed!  Tomorrow is a long day!

  • Wednesday Was Golf Day

    Posted on July 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did more chores around the house including taking down of 4th of July decorations.  Sue made a great breakfast and Paul again worked in the garden!  We got cleaned up and departed for Old Ranch at 1:00 so we could play nine holes at 2:00.  It was an interesting day and we cannot figure it out.  Paul had four pars and Sue could not use the three-wood at all!  Why? We cannot figure it out!

    Our home away from hone!

    Our home away from hone!

    We did some Happy Hour before going home and resting.

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  • It’s Tuesday… Time To Slow Down!

    Posted on July 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Old Ranch is closed today as they must clean-up after the 4th of July celebration.  We did chores around the house and Paul worked in the garden filling two 100 pound containers with garden remains!  In the afternoon, we went to the new restaurant called Ballast Point (where Khoury’s used to be).  For us it was a disaster.  If was full of millennials,  it was noisy, the food had to be ordered from a line at the bar – no waitstaff, and the place was sterile!  We stayed five minutes and got up and left!

    We walked down to Malarkey’s and had a nice leisurely glass of wine, visited with the wait staff, and watched the boats in the bay to the sounds of Frank Sinatra!  Malarkey’s is our kind of place.  Note that Malarkey’s does have its wild side but those are days where we do not show up!

    Off to home?  We think not!  We went to Seal Beach Main Street and drove up just to see what was happening.  MIRACLE TIME!  Two parking spaces in front of Cafe St. Germain were open!  Of course we stopped and went in.  The daily wine selections were on the chalk board so we tried one and it was wonderful.  We did two Tapas, both vegetarian, and they were fantastic!  We also ran into James Eaton who was sitting at the bar enjoying a quiet afternoon!

    A wonderful experience every time!

    A wonderful experience every time!

    While there, Paul went next door to the Apple Store (MacFusion) and bought a network extender.

    We then headed for home and watched some TV before crashing!

  • July 4th At Old Ranch!

    Posted on July 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We headed to Old Ranch for a party with fifty-four of our family and friends.  Great fun was had by all!  Join the fun!

    Bring on the fireworks!

    Bring on the fireworks!

    We dined, danced, watched the kids, visited, and watched fireworks…. Oh, did we say “dine”??

    After getting home at 9:45 we crashed… It was a hectic but delightful day!

  • Sunday Was “Big Bang On The Bay”!

    Posted on July 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Diane, Pat and Greg joined us for “Big Bang On The Bay”.  We went to Malarkey’s at 5:00 and drank/dined until 9:00 and then the excitement really began! Join the fun!

    Fun Fun Fun

    Fun Fun Fun

  • It’s Saturday And A Work Day

    Posted on July 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments
    Do I hear a big AMEN??

    Do I hear a big AMEN??

    Time for some cleanup in the front yard.  Our grapefruit tree went bonkers this year and produced hundreds of grapefruit.  Paul finally went up on the garage roof and cut the ones resting on the garage letting them roll to the ground ten feet below!

    While cleaning up the grapefruit, Paul also attacked the lemon tree as it was growing so tall it needed to be cut down to size.  He got most of it but at seventy plus years old, standing on the top of a twelve foot ladder is not a good idea so we will be calling some professionals.

    Sue picked pounds and pounds of small tomatoes and made several quarts of her famous pasta-tomato salad.  Vicky (next door) got some, the Chartier’s will get some, and we kept the remainder.

    We went to the market to for last minute “Porter Shopping” before coming home and awaiting time to go to the Garden Grove Elks.  Paul took a nap and Sue sorted out all the Cerritos Theater tickets.

    We went to the Elks and again danced until about 10:00 PM before going home and visiting with Pat and Diane.

  • OMG! July Is Here!

    Posted on July 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    How does it happen so fast? Half of the year is gone!  Well, we already had a plan!  We are doing a Long Beach Water Taxi adventure with Irene and Greg!

    We are off to Malarkey’s to await the arrival of the taxi! When it shows up we walk to the taxi, jump on board, and head to the Aquarium and then a short walk up Pine Street to George’s Greek Cafe for a great dining experience.

    Greek dining is always fun as we have saganaki and yell Opa! (It’s a long story).

    Coming home we stopped by the Queen Mary and the Russian Submarine, then to Belmont Pier, and finally back to Malarkey’s

    Join the fun!

    Great fun with great friends!

    Great fun with great friends!

    After going home and getting refreshed (and Paul putting on pants instead of shorts), we went to the Garden Grove Elks for dinner-dancing with the gang!

    We went home about ten and watched some NCIS before crashing.  We are expecting the Porter’s to drop by tomorrow and stay over the weekend!

  • Surprise Surprise!

    Posted on June 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did the standard pre departure chores including watering the corn seedlings.  Sue fixed breakfast and  we were off to hand therapy.  Afterwords she suggested we take a drive to Cucina Enoteca down on PCH.  It was a great idea and we had a drink and attacked some new menu items.  Paul had the octopus cerviche while Sue did the mushroom pizza!

    We then hatched a plan to visit Jan Mongell but she always fixes a banquet even if we stop by for ten minutes.  This evening we got her!  We drove to right by her house, went to the neighborhood restaurant/bakery and ordered extra crispy French Fries.  We then called her with the following message … “Hi Jan, we are coming to visit you.  Will be there in 90 seconds”.

    Jan was very surprised and we spent the next three hours dining on French fries and a bottle of Chardonnay!  Great times with friends!

    Listening to a friend!

    Listening to a friend!

    The evening was special!

     

  • On Wednesday…More Tomato Sauce And Golf

    Posted on June 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul got up a little early and picked 60 pounds of tomatoes and set a big pot of water to boil!  He arranged the kitchen into the “sauce configuration”  and a little later, when Sue got up, we began a marathon tomato sauce preparation activity.  We are getting good at this as we were done two hours later!  Then the sauce cooks down for about three plus hours.

    The sauce is done, we are off to Old Ranch to play nine holes.  Sue spotted her babies on nine and gave them a great lunch!

    Mommy and her teenage daughter enjoyed a meel

    Mommy and her teenage daughter enjoyed a meal

    We did Happy Hour and it got even happier when Robin came by for dinner.  She is now working in Seal Beach so she can stop by often and avoid that two plus hour drive from El Segundo to Corona!  Yeah!!  Joe called as he was a bachelor this evening but he had to read some reports so he could not join us for dinner, darn!

    We went home to the treadmill and watched several of the series we haven’t seen in a while.  Paul’s favorite is “The Good Witch” while Sue likes NCIS.  Well, we both like both!

  • Tuesday Was A Busy Day

    Posted on June 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We headed to H&H to pick up our corn that we ordered on Saturday.  After returning home, we quickly planted it in the ground that was previously prepared.  We ordered 30 white and 30 yellow corn babies!

    In the ground and mulched... 60 days to corn on the cob!

    In the ground and mulched… 60 days to corn on the cob!

    We have never before planted corn from seed so we thought we would try!  It seems to work as they are sticking their little heads out!

    We also planed corn seeds and they are just now showing themselves off!

    We also planed corn seeds and they are just now showing themselves off!

    We quickly changed and went to Old Ranch to play nine holes of golf. We did pretty good today!

    Sue is up to bat!

    Sue is up to bat!

    We walked the course in two hours and took our time!  The flowers hidden in the shade of some of the trees seem to be talking to us!

    The flowers are so pretty this time of year

    The flowers are so pretty this time of year

    Patty’s Place is  our destination as Paul wanted some grilled prawns for dinner!  Yummy!

    Paul @ Patty's Place

    Paul @ Patty’s Place

    We headed for home so Sue could do the treadmill and Paul could push the remote buttons!

  • Great Fun… The Dentist

    Posted on June 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house before leaving for the dentist in Huntington Beach.  Dr. Fleming is a funny guy and makes going to the dentist “enjoyable”.    He is indeed a painless-dentist!

    After leaving him, we went to Seal Beach and walked on the pier.  Last time we tried it was closed due to the fire! We took pictures of Ruby’s or what if remaining of the building.  So sad as we remember going there for almost thirty years.  Jonathan used to love Ruby’s.

    Burnt to the "ground"

    Burnt to the “ground”… Well, to the base of the pier!

    As we walked back to the car, we found the seal was decorated for the holidays!

    "July 4th, I am ready"

    “July 4th, I am ready”

    We departed for Malarkey’s at 4:30 to meet up with Greg.  Irene had a prior commitment today.  Afterwords, we went home and watched some TV.

     

  • Sunday… Time To Rest… NOT!

    Posted on June 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul spent hours in the garden cleaning out the dead leaves from the tomatoes, straightening up the  cages, watering the new seeds, and adding mulch into the garden for the future corn.   The raised beds make it so easy to work on the garden as the bricks are at sitting level and it is easy to reach anywhere!

    The raised beds were a great decision!

    The raised beds were a great decision!

    Tomatoes are everywhere!  When removing the dead material, we uncovered many more tomatoes hidden away.  We have decided we are making more tomato sauce this coming Wednesday!  We want to do that before the house cleaners show up and before Diane and Pat join us this weekend!

    The dead leaves get removed so the garden is "pretty again"

    The dead leaves get removed so the garden is “pretty again”

    Paul planted 60 corn seeds which should result in corn in about 65 days!  We shall see!  In the other bed, he prepared the ground to receive 60 corn plants…  We will be up to our fannies in corn in about two months.

    The soil was tilled and amendments added... Mulch, fertilizer, and calcium!

    The soil was tilled and amendments added… Mulch, fertilizer, and calcium!

    The straw keeps the ground relatively cool in the hot summer days!  Mulching is vital to keep the dirt below “cool” and not burn the roots!  We buy straw two bales at a time from the local feed store.  Straw needs to be aged which means wet it down and let it sit for a few months so the seeds will germinate and die.

    The seeds were planted 6x10 which provides plenty of room for fertilization

    The seeds were planted in an 6×10 configuration (six wide and 10 deep) which provides plenty of room for fertilization

    When Paul cleaned out the tomatoes, he spotted asparagus being born!  This is year number three for the asparagus but wait until next year!  The asparagus grows FAST so we will harvest then within the next two days!

    Did You Know? Asparagus has been used as a vegetable and medicine, owing to its delicate flavor, diuretic properties, and more. It is pictured as an offering on an Egyptian frieze dating to 3000 BC. In ancient times, it was also known in Syria and in Spain. Greeks and Romans ate it fresh when in season, and dried the vegetable for use in winter; Roman Epicureans even froze it high in the Alps, for the Feast of Epicurus. Emperor Augustus created the “Asparagus Fleet” for hauling the vegetable, and coined the expression “faster than cooking asparagus” for quick action.

    The spear will grow several inches a day so one must keep and eye on them or they become ferns!

    The spear (lower right-hand corner) will grow several inches a day so one must keep and eye on them or they become ferns!

    It was now 2:30 pm and what should we do?  Sue had a great idea… Orange Coast Winery!  We are off like a shot!  We took  a journey to wine country in the heart of Newport Beach. Experience full wine tastings, wine by the glass, or by the bottle in our family-owned, urban winery. Sample award-winning wines ranging from luscious sparkling, complex whites, to rich, bold reds. Whether you’re a novice or an aficionado, their highly trained staff will guide and educate you. Enjoy artisan cheese platters and gourmet flat bread creations made to pair perfectly with their wines.

    Do you recognize the reflection in the window? It's Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.

    Do you recognize the reflection in the window? It’s Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.

    We are members of the Wine Club so we get a cheese sampler along with the wine tasting.

    Decisions decisions

    Decisions decisions

    The cheeses are always interesting and some come with a covering of honey!

    Excellent choices!

    Excellent choices!

    The wine is gone.  Oh No!  What shall we do?  Sue had another brilliant idea!  Kobe Steakhouse near home was our new destination.  We called Crazy Greg to see if he wanted to join us and he did!  We all had great fun!

    Greg has a conversation with the fish!

    Greg has a conversation with the fish!

    Kobe is great fun when one goes to the sushi bar and challenges the chef!  Paul asked for something spicy and he got his wish!  The little guy had eyes of Jalapenos!

    We nickname him "The Alien"

    We nicknamed him “The Alien”

    “Oh dear!  What shall we try next?”  Sue has suggestions even though she cannot eat sushi!

    Discussing the finer points of sushi

    Discussing the finer points of sushi

    We headed home, watched some old NCIS episodes and crashed!

  • The Weekend Is Here… Time To Relax

    Posted on June 25th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Oops!  Relax?  No way Jose’.  We got up and Paul hit the garden again working in the front yard removing old string beans and cleaning up the Japanese grape plant.

    At 10:00 am, Paul had to stop as he is participating in a study aimed at avoiding placing a “ten pound limit” on lifting weight after a heart bypass operation.  The study leader came to visit us two weeks after the operation and again yesterday (nine weeks after the operation). In each session he measured the movement of the sternum when the arms are placed at various positions and when one stands/sits from a  chair.  Paul recorded the pain level  and a picture of the sternum is taken for further study.  Paul was patient number sixteen.  Results to date show there is no reason to artificially limit a post operative person to a ten pound limit!

    OK, that is done so at 11:00 we head to the hair dresser so Sue can get her hair cut!  The salon is close to ThaiLusion so we stopped to get some spicy lunch!

    Spicy Fish Salad!

    Spicy Fish Salad!

    It was full of octopus, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and other sea creatures served hot and laid across fresh lettuce.  Excellent!

    OK, it is 1:30 pm and time to go to H&H Nursery in Lakewood.  We were looking for corn but they sold out!  We ordered 60 plants to be delivered this coming Wednesday.  We got some bush beans and other goodies to place back into the garden!  Paul also bought some corn seeds and will try them!  What the hay?

    Hi there! My name is Corny!

    Hi there! My name is Corny!

    After working in the garden some more, we got ready to go to the Elks in Garden Grove to dine and dance!  It was zooed out and the band was one guy and he was not so good so we came home about 9:00 pm and watched some NCIS before crashing!

  • Friday Was A Work Day… Sort Of!

    Posted on June 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    As soon as we got up we set to boiling about ten gallons of water because it is time to make our first tomato sauce of the year!

    Paul got up early and worked in the garden! The new design is working out very well!  He can stand up and get to al the plants, toss the waste onto the ground to be swept up at a later date!

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    We harvested the remained of our corn today! We had 20+ ears!

    We also harvested about 50 pounds of tomatoes which will soon be tomato sauce a’ la Sue.  50 pounds boils down into three quarts!

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    The corn is on the left and the tomatoes are collected along the wall

    As we walked around the garden we spotted several cantaloupes!  They are about eight inches in diameter right now but growing like mad!  It’s going to be an excellent harvest!

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    They are hanging right now so it is time to tie them up with some netting

    One of the tomato plants died (probably because of to much shade form the corn). After clearning the remainder of the corn and removing the tomato plant we spotted out asparagus.  We have had several asparagus this year right form the plant.  Next year we are going to put smaller plants in front of the asparagus so they can get the full sun.

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    The ferns you see are actually asparagus heads that we DID NOT pick so they grew into ferns which is good as thet sends energy to the plant well below the ground!

    Meanwhile inside the cauldrons are bubbling making the most delicious tomato sauce known to man!  We have this down to a science.  We started at 8:00am and were done by 10:00am and the sauce kept on going until it was time to go to Happy Hour!!

    The cauldrons were churning giving the house that wonderful tomato sauce aroma!

    The cauldrons were churning giving the house that wonderful tomato sauce aroma!

    Our work is done here!  Now we are off to Old Ranch to have some Happy Hour before going to the Elks to dance the night away!

    We try to help Marianne with her phone... We all failed!

    We try to help Marianne with her phone… We all failed!

    Street Corner Symphony played and they did OK in the volume department but the singer was a bit screechy!  We danced until 10:00 and then headed home.  Paul was a good boy and only had half of his salmon being the other home.  He is really working on his diet.  He remains under 200 pounds!

  • Golf Day Hooray!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s Thursday so that means golf!  Paul worked in the garden in the morning as this time of year the garden requires a lot of work. Plants need to be harvested, dead materials need to be removed, everything needs to be watered, and removed plants need to be replaced.

    We played nine holes and that was just about right.  Nine holes walking is about two hours.  Sue got to visit Lilly the Swan but alas, we did NOT feed her as she was in the lake and could not get out of the water on hole number six.

    We turned on the GPS on the iPhone to see how much exercise we got.  We walked a mile and a half in two hours for a break-neck speed of 0.7 miles per hour!

    Perfect exercise... Not aerobic but exercise!

    Perfect exercise… Not aerobic but exercise!

    After some Happy Hour we went home and that “cabin fever look” was in Sue’s eyes!  Oh dear, what to do to fill up the time!  “Ah ha” Paul said to himself… “Let’s go to Patty’s Place!”   Paul got a smile of approval and we were off again in a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Patty!

    We had a glass of wine and then Chuck, the Bartender, suggested that if Paul was hungry but did NOT want something “heavy”, try the grilled prawns!  Wow!  They were delicious!

    Grilled to perfection!

    Grilled to perfection!

    Did You Know? In the United Kingdom, prawn is more common on menus than shrimp, while the opposite is the case in the United States. The term prawn also loosely describes any large shrimp, especially those at 15 (or fewer) to the pound.

    We headed for home and watched some additional episodes of NCIS before retiring and getting ready for “tomato sauce day”!

  • It’s Wednesday! Hump Day!

    Posted on June 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s downhill from this point! We spent the morning doing chores with Sue doing inside and Paul hitting the garden!

    Off to Sue’s hand therapy!

    We decided it was time to go to Disneyland and see the fireworks!  We headed there arriving about 6:00 PM

    We decided to see the parade and fireworks from the train station!

    We decided to see the parade and fireworks from the train station!

    Sue found a place to sit while we waited for the festivities to begin.

    Sue found a spot to rest while Paul guarded a view of the park form the rail!

    Sue found a spot to rest while Paul guarded a view of the park form the rail!

    What time is it?

    What time is it?

    A few bands provided entertainment before the parade

    A few bands provided entertainment before the parade

    "PAINT THE NIGHT" and it did!

    “PAINT THE NIGHT” and it did!

    Fireworks are ready to go!

    Fireworks are ready to go!

    Bam Boom The sky lit up like daylight!

    Bam Boom The sky lit up like daylight!

    Back to Catal!

    Back to Catal!

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