Posted on October 21st, 2014 No comments
Off to Oak Glen and apple picking… We have been doing this for a quarter of a century and this year is no exception. We also got six nice pumpkins for this years carving party! Join the fun!
Posted on October 20th, 2014 No comments
We are gathered together to start the official wine drinking holidays! Ed and Kathy Roberts, Brian and Jan Finch, Bob and Donna Zaitz, and us! We wonder if Temecula is ready for all this energy?? Let’s get underway! Join the fun!
Posted on October 18th, 2014 No comments
We went to Leroy’s retirement party over in Chino Hills! Great time and we met up with Luisa, Mitch, Zack, Lilly, and Becca! We stayed for two hours and then headed west to Garden Grove and catch up with the Finch’s. Zaitz, Branders, and Fentenberg’s!
Posted on October 17th, 2014 No comments
Our landscaping activities began this morning and we expect about three weeks of effort!
We went to Topper’s Dance Club at 5:00. Join the fun!
Posted on October 15th, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen today… Fourteen with Charlotte and nine with Bullwinkle (Wayne). More pelicans were on the lakes today!
We did some happy hour and then headed for home to do the treadmill!
Posted on October 14th, 2014 No comments
Sue and Paul played with Miss Charlotte today. It was not a great day for our collective golf game… We decided it was the weather change that got us confused! After golf we did happy hour with Rocky and Bullwinkle. Loads of laughs and giggles.
The cartoon is just about how things went today!
Posted on October 13th, 2014 No comments
We worked around the house getting ready for the back yard landscaping activities soon to start. Paul picked string beans and other veggies so Sue could cook them. At 4:00 we got cleaned up and headed to Malarkey’s at the beach where we met up with Don and Linda plus Irene and Greg! Brian and Jan also joined us making for a delightful evening!
Posted on October 12th, 2014 No comments
We did chores all day in preparation for an evening at Old Ranch with friends. Please join us!
Posted on October 11th, 2014 No comments
We played fourteen holes today because we wanted to try out Khoury’s dancing! We did but it was disappointing! The music was fine but soooo loud we could not stand it… We left and went to the Phoenix Club!
Posted on October 11th, 2014 No comments
We celebrated Luisa’s birthday at the Himalayan Grille in the afternoon and then did some chores before getting “gussied-up” for a formal dinner-dance with the Nightlighters at LAX.
Nepalese cuisine refers to the food eaten in Nepal. The country’s cultural and geographic diversity provides ample space for a variety of cuisines based on ethnicity and on soil and climate. Join the fun!
Time for a tuxedo and gown for Nightlighters. Join the fun!
Posted on October 10th, 2014 No comments
We began the day with some treadmill and visits to the garden before we went to Santa Ana for lunch at Chapter One”. We then went to the HArvest Festival at the convention center before dashing home for a few minutes. We returned to “The Garden Walk” to meet up with the Billquists (our friends from Montana) and the Duda’s. Then we headed for Santa Ana to dance the evening away!
Off to Santa Ana
Posted on October 9th, 2014 No comments
We played with James and had a great day! Any day under 100 is good! We did some Happy Hour with James and Bunny. We freshened up at home before going to Teri’s home for a “wrinkle creme” pitch. Then, off to the Phoenix Club to dance the night away.
Posted on October 7th, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen with James today and Bunnaford joined us on 4 through 14, After the game we went to Happy Hour meeting up with Greg and tried some of the Chicken Wings.
Actually it was pretty good! We came home and did the treadmill before hitting the sack around midnight.
Posted on October 6th, 2014 No comments
We decided to go to PF Chang’s at 1:30 for lunch and then go on a lazy-daze harbor cruise around the Long Beach Inner Harbor area. We are still celebrating Linda’s birthday!
We are going to have an adventure! However, with this group, no one knows what to expect! It was an adventure! Join the fun!
We then went to Malarkey’s for a drink before going home.
Posted on October 5th, 2014 No comments
It was new car show time and we went. Unfortunately the Toyota Avalon 2015 was not on display! We did see some interesting things
We went to Bevmo in Orange after the car show to pick up the last living bottles of Hazelnut flavored Baileys and then we return to Downtown Disney for a visit with the Catal folks!
When we got home Sue did the treadmill and we watched a Hallmark movie,
Posted on October 4th, 2014 No comments
We stuck around the house in the morning doing chores, gardening, and cooking. Sue did the treadmill and paid the bills! We went to see Sha Na Na does Grease at Cerrtios Performing Arts Center with Leon and Marcia after having dinner at The Arte Cafe! Great show…. Our toes were tapping for an hour after the performance!
Sha Na Na is an American rock and roll group. The name is taken from a part of the long series of nonsense syllables in the doo-wop hit song “Get a Job”, originally recorded in 1957 by the Silhouettes.
Billing themselves as “from the streets of New York” and outfitted in gold lamé, leather jackets, and pompadour and ducktail hairdos, Sha Na Na performs a song and dance repertoire of classic fifties rock and roll, simultaneously reviving and sending up the music and 1950s New York street culture.
Posted on October 3rd, 2014 No comments
We had breakfast at Old Ranch with James before joining up with Charlotte and playing eighteen holes. By the time we were on the 16th hole, the temperature reached 101! Thank goodness for the great breezes across the fairways! We then did some Happy Hour and headed for the Garden Grove Elks for some dancing.
Posted on October 2nd, 2014 No comments
Yes… We played eighteen holes this fine day! It was a tad war but we survived!
We did some Happy Hour and then went dancing until about 10:30 at the Phoenix Club!
Posted on October 1st, 2014 No comments
We stayed home and did some chores and visited the doctor before heading to our favorite Korean Restaurant… The Corean Kalbi in Costa Mesa!
We then went to Rogers Gardens and got a preview of Christmas and saw the Halloween displays! We got in early as a “preferred customer”.
Before going to the market we stopped at Mararkeys to spend some time to assure our cleaning people were gone!
The to the Starlighters Board meeting at the Baileys! Then to the treadmill and some of our series and cooking shows!
Posted on September 30th, 2014 No comments
It was Linda Cathey’s birthday so James stayed home and celebrated! We played golf by ourselves and then celebrated by having Taco Tuesday by ourselves… Everyone else was busy this evening, That was OK… we had fun!
Posted on September 29th, 2014 No comments
Working around the house is always fun! Getting the garden in shapre, cooking, cleaning the garage, treadmill… All the “standard stuff:. But when the sun went down, we headed to the wards for a wild evening! Join the fun!
Posted on September 28th, 2014 No comments
We worked around the house and then headed to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see Jay Leno! Irene went with us and we met up with Iris and Will. Jay had us in stitches the whole time! We then headed to Old Ranch to enjoy time with James and Linda Cathey!
Funnyman Jay Leno opens the 2014-2015 Season at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in an evening of laughs and stand-up comedy. With the acclaimed entertainer at its helm, “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” dominated late-night television, garnering an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” Leno is a best-selling author and speaker and a recipient of a People’s Choice Award. He was recently inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. The a capella Doo-Wop ensemble Street Corner Renaissance opens the show.
Posted on September 27th, 2014 No comments
OK… They were 24, 15, and 8 but that is still 47! We celebrated at Old Ranch and had an “extended lunch”! Join the fun!
Of course, we went dancing that night! We went to hear Gene DeValle and it was great!
Posted on September 26th, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen holes… From this distance it looked like a mushroom cloud. The clouds were at least 75 miles away over the desert area south of Los Angeles.
Then we headed for Santa Ana Elks where Gene conjured up some fantastic music!!!
Posted on September 25th, 2014 No comments
What a job… Cleaning the garage… Firing up the emergency generator… Treadmill… Swimming… Going through old clothes! It was a long day but we needed to keep busy since Old Ranch had a “smoker” planned!
The day ended well as we went to The Phoenix Club for dancing.
Posted on September 24th, 2014 No comments
It has been warm so I water the garden a little bit each day and the basil loves it!
Did You Know: The word basil comes from the Greek ???????? (basileus), meaning “king”, as it has come to be associated with the Feast of the Cross commemorating the finding of the True Cross by St Helena mother of the emperor St. Constantine. Alternatively the herbalist John Gerard noted of basil that those stung by scorpions would feel no pain if they ate of basil. and Nicholas Culpeper notes of basil that it is “a herb of Mars and under the Scorpion, and therefore called Basilicon”, relating it to basilisk. The Oxford English Dictionary quotes speculations that basil may have been used in “some royal unguent, bath, or medicine”. Basil is still considered the “king of herbs” by many cookery authors.
We played eighteen with James and then was met with a nice surprise… Linda joined us for the happy hour activities. One of the “Bag Men” asked if Paul walked the course. He is about 23 and mentioned he tried to walk nine and gave up! James and Paul walk eighteen three times a week for a total of 16.5 miles!
We headed for home to watch TV and do the treadmill!
Posted on September 23rd, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen at Old Ranch before heading in to Happy Hour. It is also Taco Tuesday so life was just beginning. We have had a lot of flies recently because of the humidity and we asked Allison for a “Allison Fly Swatter”. We got one! Little Lisa, Robin and Greg joined us for dinner. We ate Sirloin and Spam sliders!
We then headed for home and the treadmill!
Posted on September 22nd, 2014 No comments
We worked in the garden today planting new goodies to eventually cook. We planted two tomatoes, dozens of red and white onions and additional salad mix.
We dropped off the big iMac as it developed a graphics card problem. We then headed for Malarkeys for our weekly visit the Greg and happy hour!
Posted on September 21st, 2014 No comments
We began at Seasons 52 for lunch followed by seeing Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at South Coast Repertory.
Summary: Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan, who (with his young daughter, Miranda) was put to sea on “a rotten carcass of a butt (boat)” to die by his usurping brother, Antonio, twelve years before the play begins. Prospero and Miranda survived, and found exile on a small island. He has learned sorcery from books secretly given to him (referred to as his “Art” in the play), and uses it while on the island to protect Miranda and control the other characters. On the island, he becomes master of the monster Caliban (the son of Sycorax, a malevolent witch) and forces Caliban into submission by torturing him with magic if he does not obey him, and Ariel, an elemental who is beholden to Prospero after he is freed from his prison inside a tree.
However, at the end of the play, Prospero intends to drown his book and renounce magic. In the view of the audience, this may have been required to make the ending unambiguously happy, as magic smacked too much of diabolical works; he will drown his books for the same reason that Doctor Faust, in an earlier play by Christopher Marlowe, promised in vain to burn his books.
We then headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the Jam Session! What a day!
Posted on September 20th, 2014 No comments
We worked around the house and then headed to Laguna for the Laguna Canyon private wine blending evening with the Adams and Roberts. Great evening! Join the fun!
Posted on September 19th, 2014 No comments
We had breakfast with James before playing golf. We had a good game and were greeted by Linda and Bunnaford at the end of the round.
We headed home a little early to get ready for the Topper’s Dance Club at the Petroleum Club. We went to Toppers.
Posted on September 18th, 2014 No comments
We played with Charlotte and James and then to Happy Hour with Linda. We went dancing at the Phoenix Club
Posted on September 17th, 2014 No comments
There was a “Smoker” at Old Ranch so we decided to see the Aquarium and go on a tour of Long Beach Harbor. We went with Nancy, Charlotte, Greg and Carri. Join the fun!
Posted on September 16th, 2014 No comments
We played golf with James and then on the back nine with Charlotte and Bunnaford! The weather was warm but we have a bit of a breeze at Old Ranch! We had Happy Hour and Paul got to hold Lilly for the first time… She is three months old and Paul was finally not scared! Great Grandma Sue had lots of “Lilly time” this afternoon!
When Charlotte joined us Paul said “Only mad dogs and Englishmen: would play in this weather! Charlotte responded with “Only mad dos, Englishmen, and GREAT DANES”. Great amounts of laughter occurred instantly!
We did Taco Tuesday and had Zack, Becca, and Lilliana visit us!
We headed for home and watched movies wile Sue did the treadmill!
Posted on September 15th, 2014 No comments
We had lunch with dear friends Javier and Evelia Gonzales. Javier and Paul were born eight days apart about 70 years ago. We met and Disneyland and have been friends for years!
We headed for home, rested and then went to Malarkeys with Greg!
Posted on September 14th, 2014 No comments
We went to the “Concours d’Elegance” at Trump National and had a great afternoon with friends and old cars. Join the fun!
After the car show we went to Old Ranch for the monthly dinner dance and gab fest!
Posted on September 13th, 2014 No comments
We stayed home most of the day and did our chores around the house. We then headed for the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate a birthday and enjoy Italian night! Join the fun!
Posted on September 12th, 2014 No comments
We played a five-some with James, Bunny, and Angie!
We did a short happy hour before going home and heading to Altadena Country Club for a dance. Join the fun
Posted on September 11th, 2014 No comments
What a day! Sue cooked for six hours making some wonderful Indian food from our vegetables! We again had lunch from our garden! The fresh salad and fantasic home-made dressing was simply magnificent. While Sue was inside, Paul worked in the garden doing some prep work for the redesign we are planning! Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched a movie for an hour in order to rest up for the evening at the Phoenix Club!
Posted on September 10th, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen with James today and it was a good day! Afterwords we met James and Linda for Happy Hour before being joined by Bunnaford and gang.
Posted on September 9th, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen holes with James before going to Taco Tuesday. Paul was surrounded by beautiful ladies because we had Robin, Lisa, Fiona, Etbgurl (from Denmark), Charlotte, and Sue!
Posted on September 8th, 2014 No comments
We headed east for a day with wine and family! Join the fun!
We went VFR to Malarkey’s and enjoyed the sunset! No Greg today… He and his dad headed to Laughlin for a few days!
Posted on September 7th, 2014 No comments
We decided to go to the Himalayan Grille for lunch and then back home to do some gardening. Sue decided to swim and Paul did some serious weedig. The weather was “strange” as a hurricane is heading up the coast from Mexico. We captured a shot of the clouds about 100 miles away and they were billowing covering the entire sky.
After a while we headed to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour with James and Linda! We had two hours of laughing and giggling! James tried the burger & spam sliders… They were excellent!
When we arrived home Sue hit the treadmill and Paul ran the TV. We watched a movie and then one of our series. Great relaxing day!
Posted on September 6th, 2014 No comments
We worked around the house with Sue cooking and Paul in the garden! We did some treadmill and watched two good movies before cleaning up and heading to Santa Ana Elks! Join the fun!
Posted on September 5th, 2014 No comments
We played golf with James, did some Happy Hour and then went dancing at Garden Grove!
Posted on September 4th, 2014 No comments
I can remember us as little kids and wow… Here we are… seventy years later! Join the fun!
Posted on September 3rd, 2014 No comments
We spent the day in the car going to Saratoga to visit with the Porters! We spend the evening with them and went to the Elephant Bar for dinner. Tomorrow we are going to celebrate a birthday with Tom and Aunt Kaye!
Did You Know – Saratoga is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, directly west of San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 29,926 at the 2010 census.
Located on the Western edge of the Silicon Valley, Saratoga is known locally for its suburban small-town feel, wineries, and high-end boutiques. In 2008 CNN/Money ranked Saratoga number 4 in its listing of top-earning towns. Saratoga also was ranked by Forbes in 2009 as one of America’s top 20 most-educated small towns.
In 2010 Bloomberg Businessweek named Saratoga the most expensive suburb in California.[Bloomberg Businessweek also named Saratoga’s zip code 95070 the 18th richest zip code in America in 2011. Major attractions of Saratoga include Villa Montalvo, Hakone Gardens, and the Mountain Winery. The 2013 Home Listing Report listed Saratoga as the 3rd most expensive housing market in the United States.
Posted on September 2nd, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen with James and then joined the Taco Tuesday activities with Greg who came over to join us!
Posted on September 1st, 2014 No comments
It was a day to do our chores! We did and celebrated at the end with a trip to Malarkeys to visit with Greg!
Posted on August 31st, 2014 No comments
Our tenth year of going to the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Tea Dance! Join the fun!
A tea dance, or thé dansant (French: literally dancing tea) is a summer or autumn afternoon or early-evening dance from four to seven, sometimes preceded in the English countryside by a garden party. The function evolved from the concept of the afternoon tea, and J. Pettigrew traces its origin to the French colonization of Morocco.
Books on Victorian Era etiquette such as Party-giving on Every Scale (London, n.d. ), included detailed instructions for hosting such gatherings. By 1880 it was noted “Afternoon dances are seldom given in London, but are a popular form of entertainment in the suburbs, in garrison-towns, watering-places, etc.” Tea dances were given by Royal Navy officers aboard ships at various naval stations, the expenses shared by the captain and officers, as they were shared by colonels and officers at barrack dances in mess rooms ashore.
The usual refreshments in 1880 were tea and coffee, ices, champagne-cup and claret-cup, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits. Even after the introduction of the phonograph the expected feature was a live orchestra – often referred to as a palm court orchestra – or a small band playing light classical music. The types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes, Tangos and, by the late 1920s, The Charleston.
Posted on August 30th, 2014 No comments
We had lunch at Seasons 52 which is always a delight. We then went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see a musical before heading for home, changing and going to the Queen Mary for the tenth annual Art Deco Ball! Join the fun!
Posted on August 29th, 2014 No comments
We started the day with breakfast with James and “Little Lisa”
We played golf with Charlotte and James and it was a good golf day!
We stayed a couple of hours for Happy Hour before going home to freshen up and head to the Garden Grove Elks to dance to JussTuss!
Posted on August 28th, 2014 No comments
We worked around the house today and had our middle bedroom sliding glass door replaced. We also met with a contractor to redesign the back yard. We thought about going to Seal Beach and see the large hurricane generated waves but devided not to.
As the above image shows, a 25-30-foot section of the east breakwater protecting Anaheim Bay was partially washed away by yesterday’s extreme wave action, and the navigation aid at the end of that breakwater was destroyed.
Little Lisa came over and stayed the evening with us even though we went to the Phoenix Club to go dancing. We stayed up until midnight chatting with her.
Posted on August 26th, 2014 No comments
We played with James and had a fairly good day! At Taco Tuesday Robin joined us making for a perfect day!
Posted on August 25th, 2014 No comments
We stayed home today and did chores and recovered from the Beer and Wine Festival at Trump. At 4:30 we headed to Malarkeys to meet with Carri, Greg, and Don and Linda for a get together!
We then headed to Newport Beach to surprise Bob Z for his birthday dinner! at Provenance which is a restaurant/garden! Delightful food and better company! Join the fun!
Posted on August 24th, 2014 No comments
One of our favorite events of the year is the Trump Beer and Wine Festival. We get the VIP package so we can get great parking and then the fantastic brunch. We then go into a private area and drink premium wines before going to the festival grounds! We went with the Thedens and Zaitz this year… The Roberts had a pre-planned family event and Cyndy getting ready for school and we really missed them. Please join the fun!
Posted on August 23rd, 2014 No comments
We did some chores today and dined at Preveza, our favorite local restaurant. After returning home, we did some garden work and swimming before getting ready to go to Al’s 84th birthday party! Join the fun!
Posted on August 22nd, 2014 No comments
Old Ranch was closed for a tournament so we did not play. We went to Patty’s Place with Diane and Charlotte. We did some chores and then headed to Santa Ana Elks to celebrated three birthdays. Bob, Brenda, and Leon all have August birthdays. Join the fun!
Posted on August 21st, 2014 No comments
We played golf and did some happy hour before heading to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing!
Posted on August 20th, 2014 No comments
Just us again today! We played eighteen holes and did some happy hour with Bunnaford! We really missed James and will be happy to have him get over the bug and get back to work on the course! The ducks were missing him this afternoon! What a magnificent day! It was a bit moist out but the wind keep everything cool!
After our short happy hour at Old Ranch we went to Cafe St. Germain in Seal Beach and had a great dinner. Their dinner selections were outstanding… Difficult to make up our minds! The presentations were super so we took pictures!
We headed for home at watched a movie called “Loving Leah” on the Hallmark Channel! Loving Leah is a television movie that aired on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on January 25, 2009. The film is directed by Jeff Bleckner and stars Adam Kaufman as an unobservant Jewish bachelor who feels compelled to marry his observant rabbi brother’s widow, Leah (Lauren Ambrose) to honor him via the ancient Jewish custom of yibbum (levirate marriage).