Another Day…

We worked around the house awaiting departure for the Santa Ana Elks for the monthly Jam Session.    On our way there, we got a text form Becca.  Miss Lilly HAD to try on her Halloween costume.  The results:

Just CUTE!! But, where is Andy?

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Saturday… Time To Rest, Oops!

We did errands and worked around the house today.  IN the afternoon we went to Nightlighters’ and had an “End Of Summer” dance at the LAX Marriott

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Friday The 13th… Who Else Was Unlucky?

We decided to go to Chapter One for lunch as it is right next to the Bowers Museum (OK, maybe two miles away). It’s a bit of an eclectic place but the food and  service was great! It is located in the “artists district” of downtown Santa Ana and pretty easy to get to as the public parking is right across the street!

Chapter One Santa Ana

Someone was quite happy with her meal and they had several selections for Sue to try!

Sue tried the Mexican breakfast dish

Paul loved the small iron skillet as everything stayed pretty warm!  The Kim-chi was excellent! Paul enjoys Korean food and at an upscale restaurant, so does Sue.  The Korean BBQ’s just do not have a lot to select from for a vegetarian!

Paul did the Korean Plate… Excellent!!

Paul went off-diet and shared a dessert with Sue… Just celebrating 211 pounds!  PAul is half-way to his goal! It’s a fight but he is going to win!

To The Bowers Museum we go.   We had not been there this year, amazing!  In our heads, we tnought we went every three months but in truth, it was almost 18 months since our last visit?

We heard about the latest exhibition dealing with pictures from the Schackelford Expedition or more correctly the “Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17)”.  As we began the read the diaries and see the pictures, it was chilling! It was a day when men were men, not the snowflakes of this time!

Did You Know: The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17), also known as the Endurance Expedition, is considered the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Conceived by Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition was an attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. After the conquest of the South Pole by Roald Amundsen in 1911, this crossing remained, in Shackleton’s words, the “one great main object of Antarctic journeyings”. The expedition failed to accomplish this objective, but became recognized instead as an epic feat of endurance.

Endurance became beset in the ice of the Weddell Sea before reaching Vahsel Bay, and drifted northward, held in the pack ice, throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915. Eventually the ship was crushed and sunk, stranding its 28-man complement on the ice. After months spent in makeshift camps as the ice continued its northwards drift, the party took to the lifeboats to reach the inhospitable, uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others then made an 800-mile (1,287 km) open-boat journey in the James Caird to reach South Georgia. From there, Shackleton was eventually able to mount a rescue of the men waiting on Elephant Island and bring them home without loss of life.

Can you imagine your ride getting crushed before your eyes? Ground up to dust!

We just read the “day by day” entries in the logs, saw the amazing pictures taken over 100 years ago and tried to image how these people felt isolated 800 miles from civilization for a year.  Then their last hope depended upon five people making an 800 mile trip across the violent antarctic ocean in an open life boat! OMG!

We departed Bowers and went to Old Ranch to meat up with friends for Happy Hour.  A glass of wine later and an hour of catching up, we headed home to”freshen up” and get ready to go dancing.

Hello Garden Grove Elks!  We met up with the Branders, Wil and Iris, Margot and Pat plus the Woolstons.  We danced for a while and shared “funnies”.  Bob and Donna were n ot here as Bob has a colonoscopy procedure on Saturday morning.  Paul, bless his little pointed head, sent Bob colonoscopy pictures every half-hour on the hour until it was time to go home.  It was the work of the devil!

Paul’s favorite this evening

After a nice meal, we headed home and watched the new Hawaii-5O plus two “Friends” and then crashed.  What a busy day!

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Thursday The Twelfth Is Here – Guess What Tomorrow Is?

Paul got up early and did some errands before working in the garden! The back yard is now all cleared out including the tomatoes so we are getting ready to plant.  The winter garden is going to be a tad sparse this year as we are not cooking at home as much as we were a few years ago so the need for veggies has slowed down.  This is an opportunity for some small compact trees perhaps!

We are going to do  root crops (carrots, beets, and onions), cole crops (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy), and salad greens (lettuces, mesclun, spinach, and chard).

In 90 days we will be dining on fresh veggies again!

We headed to The Phoenix Club to go dancing and visit with friends.  Donna and Bob joined us and we have a ball giggling the night away.

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Its Wednesday… Oh Dear, What To Do?

What shall we do?  Silly us… We have season passes to Disneyland!  We are off and running!

Leave it to the liberals!

Duh! Pumpkins everywhere!  We even have pumpkin trees!  After all, it is Disneyland.

Halloween at Disneyland

Rene and Nicole were there with Christopher… He is two months old now!  Actually, Rene was working and Nicole stopped by to say hello.  We got to visit!

Gues who we met! Christopher and his mommy

We decided to go to Disneyland today!  Great fun and we also decided to see the parade!

Just in time to see the parade

Main Street was loaded with decorations.

Everything was decorated

The parade was relly pretty good.  We had PERFECT seats.  We brought the wheelchair and parked in the street facing Tomorrowland.  The floats came right by us, we were just a few feet away!

Everybody loves a parade!

We needed to get home as we have a theater (South Coast Reperatory) engagement this evening! We stoped at Catal and had an appetizer (they happened to have potato-curry soup… vegetarian and fantastic).  We actually ordered some to take home with us!

Off to the theater with friend Greg who we haven’t seen in a coiuple of weeks.  He is our inside theater critic so we know when something is good and something is bad!  This play gets an A+ form Greg.

Greg tells a story!

Sue enjoyes the banter

Paul is captivated

We saw “Curve Of Departure”. Summary – On the night before Cyrus’ funeral, the family he left years ago gathers in a hotel room. Linda, his ex-wife. Felix, his grown son. Rudy, Cyrus’ ailing father. All steeling themselves for the burial of a man they may have loved but didn’t like. And then there’s Jackson, Felix’s new boyfriend. In the tight confines of the hotel room, it’s hard to keep secrets—especially when everyone is at a crossroads in their life. A warm and surprisingly funny family drama.

Afterwords, we headed home to crash.  It has been a full day!

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Tuesday And What Do We Do??

What to do?  Does the word “wine” ring a bell?  Indeed!  We be off to Temecula for the afternoon! We had some “pickups” to make so we did those but tried a new restaurant. Avensole Winery Restuarant was terrific.

We dined outside and it was perfect!!

Lunch at Avondale Winery! Vegetarian friendly

The weather was perfect!

Paul really enjoyed the meal

The meal was really excellent.  We brought some home for the Wednesday lunch!

Mushrooms and flatbread! Wow! Tasty!!

A great “new” winery – New to us

After lunch we stopped at Falkner, Maurice Carr’rie, and Europa before heading home. After getting home we again said, “What do we do” and Disneyland popped into our heads! We stopped at Catal for a quick drink and a visit with Santi.

We went but Disneyland was “closed” for the Halloween Party… We decided California Adventure would be juts fine!

California Adventure, here we come!

Carsland was really decorated.. We took the wheelchair so Paul did not use his camera very much!

Carsland was really decorated up!

Look at the top of the theater carefully… Witches and bats encircled the top!  The colors and soulds were also spooky!

The theater was surrounded by bats! Spooky!

We stopped by Catal on the way home but decided NOT to see the fireworks… We were tired.  We returned home and watched some TV before crashing!


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A New Week Begins…

Yummy Yummy

We stayed around the house today.  We saw there was a fire but it was so dark, we figured it must be something local.  The phone rang and Nita told us that the Branders were evacuated!  OMG!  It was 20 miles away. We turned on the TV an there it was!

On The TV

The big Canyon fire was moving quickly and we stayed by the phone just in case our friends in the area needed help.  Several of our friends were evacuated!

By mid afternoon the sky was yellow and it was raining ash all over the city!  We decided to go to Malarkeys and met up with Robin, Luisa, the Rodeckers, and Irene.  We had ourselves a little party!

The smoke came right over Seal Beach and Long Beach

The sunsets are normally pretty but tonight with all the ash and fumes in the air, WOW!

Magnificent sunset thanks to the fire

We headed home and watched the new NCIS and some Friends before crashing!


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It Going To A Great Day!

Paul kept working on the network issues but it was a no-win situation!  After a while, Paul headed outside to attack the garden!  He has to figure out how to get 40 bags of garden soil delivered and rototilled in… Sounds like a call to Zack might be needed!

Good Stuff!

By noon it was time to clean up and get ready for music, dinner, and dancing!  We went to the theater, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, at 2:00 PM for a 3:00 PM performance.  We saw “American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook “, a tribute to Gershwin.

Composers George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin pose for a portrait as they board a TWA plane bound for Hollywood at Newark Airport on August 10, 1936 in Newark, New Jersey.

Did You Know? George Gershwin died immediately following brain surgery on July 11, 1937, at the age 38.

We had an afternoon of iconic American music by one of the most indelible composers of the twentieth century, George Gershwin. Nearly a century after the songs were composed, Gershwin’s music remains as fresh and irresistible as it did during the Jazz Age. His poetic melodies and eclectic oeuvre of everything including Broadway, Hollywood, opera, and classic American standards have left a true legacy. The Gershwin Big Band, a seventeen piece band of world-class jazz musicians led by vocalist Michael Andrew, brings George Gershwin’s music to life. This show is produced and created by members of the George Gershwin family, and developed by Todd Gershwin.

We had front row seats along with the Zaitz, Roberts, and Kuhns.  We departed early as we needed to go to Old Ranch for the monthy dinner dance.  While leaving at the break, PAul spotted two little old ladies in the four-tier of the balcony seats.  Nose-bleed area.

After having a drink at intermission, Paul spotted the ladies and gave them our tickets to sit in the front row.  They were tickled to death.

Off to Old Ranch.  We have 24 here tonight and we  danced until 9:00 PM before going home!  We watched “Harvest Love” on the Hallmark Channel.

A widowed surgeon visits her family’s pear orchard in hopes of taking a break from her overbooked life and reconnecting with her distant son. She starts to fall for the farm manager, Will, who is growing a new hybrid pear and teaches her the importance of her heritage.

Time to crash!

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Saturday And Time For Paul To Explode!

Paul worked in the garden for a few hours, just doing cleanup and trimming.  In the afternoon he came into the house ready to attack the PC/Apple networking issue.

Like working in a spaghetti factory!

After three plus hours on the phone, Paul was left with a worse problem than when he started.

In the morning, the PC could talk to the iMac but after completing the phone calls, neither one can see each other!

Fortunately we had a fun evening ahead… we headed to Santa Ana Elks for “Italian Night” and listened to Wayne Pulcini.  Fantastic dance music.  We danced a few dances.  Sue, two night ago got up and tripped on the floor heater which resulted in a very very sore toe and foot.  We are taking care of it!

Especially on Italian Night

We departed a bit early tonight so we could get Sue’s foot up and resting!  We did watch some Friends before crashing!

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It Be Friday! The Weekend Begins!

What we did in our youth!

We worked around the house and Paul continued the gardening chores!  The garden is beginning to look like it is ready for winter plantings!  We can almost tasts the fresh broccoli, carrots, onions, kale, cauliflower and other freshly grown delights.

Getting ready for the winter garden!

It’s now late in the afternoon and time to get moving as we are gong to the Garden Grove Elks Lodge to dance to Street Corner Symphony…  Good band now that they found a volume control!

We danced with the gang.  Bob & Donna, Pat & Margo, Leon & Marcia, Kathy & Ed, plus Vicky & Del!  We had a great time!  At the break, Paul went ontp the patio and we were greeted by the moon!

Moon over the “Ham Shack”

Paul had the salmon and it was delicious!  Street Corner was pretty good tonight… We danced until about 9:30 PM and then headed home!

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