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  • To The Nutcracker And Santa Ana Elks Christmas Ball

    Posted on December 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We are off to  Long Beach to have lunch with friends at the Rock Bottom Brewery before walking down the street to the Terrace Theater to see the Nutcracker. Join the fun!

    A wonderful afternoon with friends

    A wonderful afternoon with friends

  • We Played Golf, Did Some Happy Hour And Danced

    Posted on December 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We (James and Sue) played golf and after the 4th hole Paul walked.  Prior to that Paul was supervising some serious tree trimming around the house.  We did Happy Hour with the Walkers and Bunnaford. Join the fun!

    HAppy Hour is happy time

    Happy Hour is happy time

    Golf at Old Ranch And HAppy Hour 12/19/2014

    Big smiles

    Golf at Old Ranch And HAppy Hour 12/19/2014

    The sun is setting and is it cooling off

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    On 15 and coming home

    We then headed to the Garden Grove Elks to dance!   Join the fun!

    Dance time

    Dance time

  • An Easy Day… We Needed It

    Posted on December 18th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Joyce Burks retirement party at the Claim Jumper in Seal Beach.  We went home and hit the treadmill before going to Khoury’s to dance.

  • Knott’s Berry Farm and Old Ranch

    Posted on December 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    As tradition dictates, we headed for the Knott’s Art & Crafts Fair to see what the latest craze is.  Join the fun!

    Time for a wine

    Time for a wine

    Santa without suit... NOTE: Needs no padding

    Santa without suit… NOTE: Needs no padding

    After Knott’s we went to Old Ranch to meet up with the Graham’s and Walkers and we laughed and giggled for quite a while.  Karen made Paul two tuxedo vests (from scratch) and they are perfect for Christmas!

  • Paul Be Seventy… Older Than Dirt… But Able To Walk

    Posted on December 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Can you believe I got this ugly in 70 years?  Spooky!  We are going out with a few friends for the birthday dinner at Preveza and then go on the annual Naples Walk to see the lights.

    1945 was a good year....

    1945 was a good year….

    Loads of fun!

    Loads of fun!

    After dinner we headed for Naples to walk the canal and see the lights. Join the fun!

    Time for a walk with friends and family

    Time for a walk with friends and family

     

  • Monday The 15th… Sloooow Down

    Posted on December 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Today was doctors day… We went to see about a new cast and get a prediction on the busted thumb recovery time.  It worked out fine!  The thumb cast comes off on the 29th so Paul will be beautiful for New Years!  Beautiful???  Will have to revisit that!

    Off comes OL' Pinky

    Off comes Ol’ Pinky The Cast – Never tease a doctor with a sense of humor

    Looks pretty good... Doc says another two weeks

    Looks pretty good… Doc says another two weeks… Everything moves

    After the doc, we headed to the Airport Marriott to finalize seating for the New Years Eve dance.  We had names and all went well.  We will have 30+ people joining us at the dance.

    We then went to “The El Dorado” for a drink to see the remodel.  Wow what a menu!  We headed home to freshened up and then to Malarkey’s for our Monday evening drink!

    Cavorting at Khoury's

    Cavorting at Khoury’s

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    Gabbing up a storm

    Just Us

    Just Us

    Always a giggle

    Always a giggle

    We headed home and watched Christmas movies.

  • Seasons 52, The Grinch, And Old Ranch… Another Full Day

    Posted on December 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Seasons 52 before the play. The four of us had a great time!  Join the fun!

    At Seasons 52 with Brian and Jan

    At Seasons 52 with Brian and Jan

    Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Originally conceived by the three time Tony Award-winning director, Jack O’Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production.

    Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos.

    The Grinch Begins

    The Grinch Begins

    We then went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance.  A great evening with friends

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    Time to dance and warm up

    Then a surprise… Paul got an “early birthday cake”!  Although Sue, who always takes care of Paul, has great plans for Tuesday we ended this evening with a cupcake cake!  Great idea!

    HAppy Birthday Paul

    Happy Birthday Paul

    We had twenty this evening and Steve had Christmas music going all evening.

    Enjoying the day

    Enjoying the day

    Golf presents!  Paul found out that with his game, he should always carry 1) a compass, 2) a weed-whacker, 3) snorkel equipment, and 4) a first aid kit!

    Golf rules... A medal for drinking!

    Golf rules… A medal for drinking!

  • The Christmas Play

    Posted on December 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had a great time with 90 of our family and friends in attendance.  The site is still Under Construction and will be for a few more days.  Lilly stole the show!  Zack is very attentive and Lilly seems to like the guys a lot! Join the fun!

    Daddt Zack with Lilly

    Daddy Zack with Lilly

    Lilly goes into Mrs. Santa’s lap just twenty-four years after Zachary was held by the same Mrs Claus.

    Lilly comes to visit Mrs. Clause

    Lilly comes to visit Mrs. Clause

    If memory serves us right, Zack was zonked but Lilly on the otherhand was enjoying all the attention!

    Hamming it up!

    Hamming it up!

    We took the bus back home and then stayed at Old Ranch for a drink before heading to Garden Grove Elks to go dancing with Irene and the Branders.

  • Pre-Coordination Day And The Mistletoe Ball

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We ate at Panda Inn in order to verify our reservation for Christmas.  We then headed to Toppers for the Mistletoe Ball.  Loads of fun!  Join us!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Odds & Ends

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did “Christmas Chores” today.  We stopped by the El Dorado Golf Course and dropped off a card to Tim.   Then we headed to Bevmo to select a special wine for Valerie at Catal.   We then stopped at Preveza for a Saganaki and to buy some Greek wine for Irene’s party in January.

    Preveza For Pre-Birthday Coordination

    Preveza For Pre-Birthday Coordination

    We returned home and Sue did her treadmill for 90 minutes. Off to Khoury’s for dancing.  It is going to be a stormy night so many of the regulars stayed home.

    The rainstorm is coming for sure

    The rainstorm is coming for sure

    The bay was beautiful this evening

    The bay was beautiful this evening

    At Khoury's For Dancing

    At Khoury’s For Dancing

    While at Khoury’s we got a super picture of Nick decorating the Duda Tree!

    Nick Trims The Tree

    Nick Trims The Tree

    We came home at watched a Christmas movie before crashing.

  • We Played Golf And Did Some Happy Hour

    Posted on December 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    James and Sue played golf.  Wayne (Bullwinkle) joined us on the front nine.  Paul walked the front nine and part of the back nine.   It got cold so we skipped 15-17 and came in on 18.

    We found some miniature umbrellas on the course today.

    We found some miniature umbrellas on the course today.

    It was getting dark

    It was getting dark

  • Half Of Us Played Golf

    Posted on December 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Paul busted hand won’t allow golf for another month but we played with James and Wayne anyway.  Paul walked the front nine getting in three miles of walking.  Join the fun!

    The ducks were happy to see Sue again!

    The ducks were happy to see Sue again!

    We did some happy hour before heading for home.

    Santa! I am a good girl!

    Charlotte says “Santa! I am a good girl!”

  • Fun At The Huntington Library

    Posted on December 8th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We headed for the Huntington with Brian and Jan Finch and CArri and Greg.  We had an afternoon of fun and capped if off with a visit to Mararkey’s.  Join the fun!

    Just Us

    Just Us

    Formal Tea lessons provided by Brian and Jan

    Formal Tea lessons provided by Brian and Jan

  • Santa Brunch And Home Tour

    Posted on December 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with The Vallari’s and Joe & Amy’s kids (Joe and Amy did a quick trip to see the Ducks game).  Great time was had by all!  Join the fun!

    Charlie and Alex had a great time!

    Charlie and Alex had a great time!

  • Busy Day Indeed

    Posted on December 6th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began the day with lunch with family and friends at Seasons 52 prior to going to see “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Reperatory Theater. Join the fun!

    Traditions are essential to keep

    Traditions are essential to keep

    Just us

    Just us

    A Christmas 2014  Carol Luncheon At Seaons 52

    Tummies are getting full

    After the play we raced home to change and drive to LAX to join the Nightlighters in the themed dance “Dacing Home For The Holidays” Join the fun.

    Dancing the night away

    Dancing the night away

    We got home a little after midnight.

  • Robin’s Birthday & An Irish Christmas

    Posted on December 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We headed to Disneyland to celebrate Robin’s birthday… It’s tradition. Join the fun!

    Great fun with family

    Great fun with family

    Welcome

    Welcome

    These ladies were kind enough to take our annual Christmas picture under the Disneyland tree.   Thank you very much!

    These beautiful ladies took our annual picture for us!

    These beautiful ladies took our annual picture for us!

    Yeah Christmas

    Yeah Christmas

  • Inspite Of The Rain, We Were Busy

    Posted on December 3rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We decided to so see “Interstellar” in the late morning.  Pretty much a disappointment.  The movie dragged on and ended in an unbelievable set of events.  Summary: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

    The stop at Kabuki made the movie tolerable.

    We stopped by Kaboki for a glass of wine before the movie... Our favorite bartender was promoted to management

    We stopped by Kabuki for a glass of wine before the movie… Our favorite bartender was promoted to management

    After the movie we decided to stop by Old Ranch for a drink before going home to get ready for the In-And-Out Board.

    The entire place was beautifully decorated

    The entire place was beautifully decorated

    It was indeed wet as we departed Old Ranch

    It was indeed wet as we departed Old Ranch

    We went home and “rested” a few minutes before heading to the yearly In-And-Out Board meeting.  It was held at the home of the Zaitz and it was great fun!  We missed the Roberts who are sailing the bounding main on a Mexican cruise.

    We went to the annual "In And Out Board" meeting where the old officers pass their secrets to the new board membets

    We went to the annual “In And Out Board” meeting where the old officers pass their secrets to the new board members

    We dined after the board meeting on Chinese.  Excellent

    We dined after the board meeting on Chinese. Excellent

    Serious business being accomplished

    Serious business being accomplished

    We came home and watched NCIS New Orleans before crashing!

  • Rain In California?

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    It was a wet day so we stayed home until “Cabin Fever” grabbed us.  We went to Old Ranch to join the Taco Tuesday replacement activity… Chili night.  We joined James and Linda for a great Happy Hour.  The club was nicely decorated.

    Toasty inside... Cold and rainy outsideQ

    Toasty inside… Cold and rainy outside

    We went home and saw several Christmas Movies.

  • Good News & Celebration

    Posted on December 1st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Trani’s for lunch before going to the doctor.  Excellent vittles!  The hand doctor was right down the street.  When we arrived he took the new kind of x-ray (we think it is new fluoroscope) because the images are digital and instant!  His findings were the ones have NOT moved with respect to each other so NO SURGERY!  Paul gets a new cast in two weeks (a red one this time) and then three additional weeks and voila, all cured!

    We then headed to the Apple store and AT&T to get some adjustment to the new iPhones.

    Then to Malarkey’s for an Irene and Greg Happy Hour!

    It was trying to be a rainy day... No sunset to see!

    It was trying to be a rainy day… No sunset to see!

    When darkness fell the bay was all lit up

    When darkness fell the bay was all lit up

    Decorated for Christmas

    Decorated for Christmas

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    Nice tree in Malarkey's lkobby

    Nice tree in Malarkey’s lkobby

    Irene and Greg

    Irene and Greg

     

  • Newport Harbor Elks Here We Come

    Posted on November 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Brian enjoys the Newport Harbor Elks as it reminds him of the pubs back “home”.  We met up with the Finchs and Thedens about 1:00 and danced until 5:00,  It was a rainy day in California.

    Our new car got wet

    Our new car got wet

    It was supposed to rain fairly hard but alas... It fizzled

    It was supposed to rain fairly hard but alas… It fizzled

    Just us... Learning how to lead with an elbow

    Just us… Learning how to lead with an elbow

    Brian and Jan

    Brian and Jan

    Kerstin and Hans

    Kerstin and Hans

    Someone did homework all afternoon -- Keeping her A+ average!

    Someone did homework all afternoon — Keeping her A+ average!

    We wanted to check out reservations for the 16th so we stopped by Preveza and had some saganaki and a glass of wine.

    Saganaki

    Saganaki

    We did the treadmill and watched new Christmas movies.

  • Quiet Day Until The Evening Arrived

    Posted on November 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We relaxed all day and ended up at the Garden Grove Elks for dancing with the gang.  Brian showed up but notice no wine!

    What happened last night?

    What happened last night?

    Fun
  • Come To The Feuerzangenbowle

    Posted on November 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to our annual Feuerzangenbowle st the home of the Thedens.  We had a wonderful time with friends and sharing the joy of the season.

    Great times with dear friends

    Great times with dear friends

    We departed with everybody else but made a short stop at the Garden Grove Elks lodge to do some dancing with the Branders and Kuhns.

  • Thanksgiving Was Super

    Posted on November 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We celebrated with family and friends at Old Ranch Country Club.  Join our celebration

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    After dinner we visited Amy and Joe and family where Paul dove into a chocolate pie head first.  We then went to Luisa’s for a visit and more dessert with Luisa, Mitch and the boys. Becca and Lilly made it a great end to this year’s Thanksgiving.

     

  • Pre-Thanksgiving Visit To Disneyland

    Posted on November 26th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Downtown Disney and Disneyland today to make final arrangements for Christmas.  As usual, we started and ended up at Catal to have a drink and visit the staff.

    Great place to dine

    Great place to dine

    We got our tickets

    We got our tickets

    Yup! It's Christmas at Disneyland

    Yup! It’s Christmas at Disneyland

    Relaxing after taking care of business

    Relaxing after taking care of business

  • Busy Day… Worked At Home

    Posted on November 25th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We took care of the Topper’s Dance Club invitations (about thee hours) and got them mailed.   We missed seeing Greg at Monday Night’s Malarkey’s rendezvous so we asked Greg to join us at Old Ranch where we did an informal Happy Hour.  We then headed for home and did the treadmill.

  • Great Day For Odd Activities

    Posted on November 24th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We placed our order for Disneyland’s Holiday Tour for Christmas Eve.  We then headed to the hand surgeon to get a new cast and an update.   We rushed to Malarkey’s for an abbreviated Happy Hour with Irene before going to the Olive Garden to celebrate James’ 74th birthday!

    Happy Hour with Irene before the birthday

    Happy Hour with Irene before the birthday.  View from Malarkey’s dining area

    James and Linda at the Olive Garden

    James and Linda at the Olive Garden

  • We Went To Newport Harbor To Get Our Wine

    Posted on November 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We picked up our wine and did some dancing.  Will and Iris joined us and helped us load the wine into the cat (thumb is still busted).

  • GG Elks… We Are Taking It Easy

    Posted on November 22nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    The hand is still a little tender so we just went dancing as our daily entertainment.

  • Slow Friday

    Posted on November 21st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to the hand surgeon and it was determined that if the thumb bones do not move anymore relative to one another we can avoid surgery and let it knot with a cast.  Keeping our fingers cross.

    We wen to Toppers and Paul led with his elbow this evening. Welcome to Toppers!  Join the fun!

    Join the fun

    Join the fun

  • To The Car Dealer

    Posted on November 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Our Odssey was creamed… We loved that car… Only 60,000 miles on it and without a scratch!  We went to the Honfa dealer at 3:00 pm and drove out with a new Odssey Touring Elite at 5:00 pm.  The salesman drove home with us to pick u our check.  Great salesman!

    New car with loads of technology!!

    New car with loads of technology!!

    Irene brought an interesting wrap... Sue tried it on!

    Bridgett made a wrap for Sue… Beautiful… Both!

  • Broke!

    Posted on November 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    The thumb was not doing good so we went to the Doctor…  Thumb is crushed and broken.  We went to the orthopedic surgeon and he said after looking at the x-rays, you need a hand surgeon!

    Broke and crished

    Broke and crished

  • Out Of Boeing; Out Of Business

    Posted on November 18th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had a great retirement luncheon with Cathy Garcia!  It was great to see many of the people we worked with for years.

    She is out!!

    She is out!!

     

    Then Paul had an accident.  Paul went to Old Ranch to look for some keys in a golf bag and managed to destroy the van while breaking a thumb.  No typing for a while.  Surgery next week and 5-6 weeks of recovery.

    Guess we are getting a new van!

    Guess we are getting a new van!

     

    Fun
  • Busy Is As Busy Does

    Posted on November 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began the day with lunch at PF Changs with Hannah at Fashion Island.  We got the annual Christmas shirts and visited the Apple store.

    Lunch with Hannah

    Lunch with Hannah

    From there we went to Disneyland and met up with Colleen, Jackie, and Cassie at Downtown Disney.

    Jacquie

    Jacquie

    Colleen & Cassie

    Colleen & Cassie

    From there we went VFR to Malarkeys for cocktails with Irene and Greg.

    To Malarkey's

    To Malarkey’s

  • Birthdays & Jam Session

    Posted on November 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We celebrated Bob Duda’s and Mitch’s  49th birthdays at Old Ranch with family.  we then headed for home and freshened up to go to the Santa Ana Elks Jam Session!

  • Seasons 52; Pippin; Starlighters – A Full Day

    Posted on November 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Seasons 52 for lunch and then across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see Pippin.  The musical was interesting but lacked a storyline that was easy to follow. Summary:  Pippin is a Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses the premise of a mysterious performance troupe, led by a Leading Player, to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince on his search for meaning and significance.

    We headed for home to get into our formal attire and head for the Yorba Linda Country Club to dance with the Starlighters. Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Another Day Of Golf And It’s Off To The Rondeliers

    Posted on November 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf with Charlotte, did a small Happy Hour and then headed to Altadena for a great evening of dancing. Join the fun!

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  • Garden Is Complete And Christmas Day Is A Go

    Posted on November 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house for a while today before doing some chores and having some fun!  The workers finished off the redesign of the garden today!

    We can hardly wait to do some planting

    We can hardly wait to do some planting

    We first went to The Olive Garden and had lunch with Connor, our nineteen year old Grandson.  It was a fun time and we will do it again!

    From there we went in search of a Chinese Restaurant where we can celebrate Christmas Day with the Christmas Story and we found the Panda Inn local to us! We met with the General Manager and the Maitre’de and arranged for our first of many annual visits.  Yes, we watch the movie “Christmas Story” at the local Chinese restaurant with other “empty nesters”…  People who’s kids are doing their own thing with their families!

    A delightdul place to dine or have a drink!

    A delightful place to dine or have a drink!

    Nice bar area with big screen TV's

    Nice bar area with big screen TV’s

    From there we went to the Apple Store and got Sue’s new iPhone 6 regular  (Paul’s is still on order).

    From there we decided to have a drink at Spagatini’s near our home.  We downed a wine and a martini before going home and doing the treadmill.  Great day all in all!

  • Golf, Friends, And Treadmill.. All Good Things

    Posted on November 11th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen holes with James and Paul shot an 87.  Winter is here! It never got above 68 degrees.  We are going to adjust our tee times about 15 minutes earlier for the next couple of months!

    The sky presented up an interesting view while we came in on 18

    The sky presented up an interesting view while we came in on 18

    We did some Happy Hour with friends before heading for home.

    Everyone was here this evening... Loads of laughs and giggles

    Everyone was here this evening… Loads of laughs and giggles

    We returned home and did some treadmill and watch our recorded series before crashing.

  • Chores Day… Monday

    Posted on November 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had a busy morning with a new load of dirt arriving and our front gate getting welded by Ed Roberts.  Logan came over to see what was going on.

    Logan and Del came to find out what all the noise was about!

    Logan and Del came to find out what all the noise was about!

    The latch on top of the gate broke off (old age) and Ed volunteered to fix it with his new welding outfit.  It is fixed and the latch will still be there after the gate is gone!

    Ed was welding up a storm

    Ed was welding up a storm

    The landscape firm was finishing up their job so we decided to do some errands.  We went to the shopping center to get our eyeglasses adjusted and we found a new TFI Friday’s. We could not resist a short visit.

    Upscale and quite nice

    Upscale and quite nice

    We then headed for Malarkey’s for our Monday Night visit with Irene and Greg (Greg was out of town this week)

    The fog bank was on its way in and Catalina disappeared

    The fog bank was on its way in and Catalina disappeared

    The sunset was beautiful

    The sunset was beautiful

    Even more beautiful was Sue!

    Even more beautiful was Sue!

    We then headed home to watch a movie and do tghe gtreadmill.

  • Easy Day

    Posted on November 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house and then went to Cerritos to see a Pet Show.  Then off to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance.

  • A Very Busy Day Indeed

    Posted on November 8th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began with lunch at Seasons 52 and then over the South Coast Repertory Theater to see Zealot .  Summary: Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The British consul pours tea for the American undersecretary of state, avoiding her questions—with answers to ones she hasn’t even asked. (Diplomacy at work.) In the street below, a group of women sets in motion a carefully planned protest. The results are devastating enough to ignite a battle of wills and wits—now that a life hangs in the balance.

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    We then ran back to La Mirada and the Elephant Bar to have dinner with Amy, Joe, and Amy’s folks!  Then to the La Mirada Theater to see “Late Night Catacism – Los Vegas”.  Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas: Sister Rolls the Dice is the latest class in the sinfully funny Catechism series. The church needs a new roof, so Father Murphy has decided that Sister, with her extensive gambling experience running the Church Bingo for the last 25 years, will organize a Las Vegas night! Sister will tackle topics ranging from magicians to showgirls. Don’t forget: “What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas,” but God sees everything!

    Funny with a capital Fun

    Funny with a capital Fun

  • The Full Weekend Begins

    Posted on November 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and Charlotte although at #6 Paul went home to check on the pouring of the concrete.  We did some happy hour after golf with Bunnaford, James, the Walkers, Angie, and the Wards.  Load of fun!  We had to depart a bit early becuase it was theater (musical) night.  Off to Cerritos for a Big Band Broadway Musical.

    The pathways were poured and going to dry over the weekend

    The pathways were poured and going to dry over the weekend

    A proud papa... We put our name in the concrete

    A proud papa… We put our name in the concrete

    We went to the Arte Cafe and met with the Branders and Roberts for a delightful pre-show dinner!

    Broadway Swings is a musical salute to the best of Broadway and Jazz! Featuring top Cabaret singers and a live Big Band performing the songs of icons Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Fats Walker, and many more, the show has included timeless tunes such as I Got Rhythm, Stormy Weather, Don’t Rain on My Parade, and People Will Say We’re in Love.

    Off to Cerritos Performing Arts Center

    The Cerritos Performing Arts Center is close to home and they have great shows

    Champagne is a requirement

    Champagne is a requirement while we wait for the arrival of the Branders

    It was a super show.  We were in the third row and saw everything!  After the show, it was time for a cocktail!

    Sue said, after the show, "Let's go to Spagatini's and get a drink"

    Sue said, after the show, “Let’s go to Spagatini’s and get a drink”

    We didn’t even sit at the computer… We went home and crashed.  Spagatini is about six “long” blocks from our house so it was an easy drive.

  • Golf And Dancing Dancing

    Posted on November 6th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We took a status picture when the sun was finally up.  The individual beds are now quite visible.  We are hoping for a concrete pour tomorrow and by Monday we should be able to walk on the concrete.

    Progress is being made!

    Progress is being made!

    We played eighteen with James today and it was good.  The weather was perfect if not a little warm (in November?).  We did a quick Happy Hour with James, Bunnaford and Angie before running home to freshen up and do dancing,

    Did You Know? – A Full Moon is nine times brighter than a half or quart moon. A full moon is ten times brighter than a half moon.When full, the sun’s light is reflected more directly at the Earth, while at the quarters, much of the light that hits the Moon is reflected away – and only a small portion is scattered toward the Earth.

    Neat chart of the moons brightness versus time

    Neat chart of the moons brightness versus time

    The moon has a rocky surface that shines only by reflected sunlight. The face is so deeply scarred and cratered that, as viewed from Earth, much of its surface is in shadow. Light reflected to our eyes is maximized when sunlight shines directly down on the center of the moon’s face —the only portion of the spherical surface that “looks” straight to us.

    During a half moon, only a poorly illuminated periphery of the face is seen. The view of the moon’s face is best during a full moon, when the moon is in such a position in its orbit that the sun is behind us and the moon appears in the opposite side of the sky. That’s when sunlight best illuminates the moon’s deepest features and reduces shadows.

    It was a full moon and it was bright

    It was a full moon and it was bright

    Stop #1 was Khoury’s… A usual good music but way too loud, not sure if we are going back!  We met up with Bernie and Donnis for a while.  We could not stand the noise so we went to the Phoenix Club were the music is soft and our ears don’t get killed!

  • Relaxing On Wednesday

    Posted on November 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house today and did some chores.  Went to the market and stocked up on “stuff”… By that we mean anything but food!  It is amazing how much we make at home right from the garden!  We departed home about noon to go shopping for trees.

    It is definitely Fall in our area of the world

    It is definitely Fall in our area of the world

    To prepare for planting, we went shopping for an avocado, fig, and grafted apple tree but to no avail.  The ones they had were poopy at best.  The nurseries said you must wait until January or February for the new supply to come in!  We went to H&H in Lakewood and then down to Corona Del Mar.  At least we got to visit the Christmas decorations again!

    Looking for our Haas

    Looking for our Haas.., Not a lot of selections this time of year

    While we were in Corona Del Mar we stopped at Roger’s Gardens to visit. They were decorated for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Roger's Gardens was in full regelia

    Roger’s Gardens was in full regelia

    We decided to drive up to the Newport Beach Elks Lodge and have a drink and visit with friends (i.e. Whoever was around as that is a very friendly Lodge).

    View from the bar at the Elks

    View from the bar at the Elks… Boats going back and forth in the channel

    The Moon was rising so it was time to go

    The Moon was rising so it was time to go

    We decided to take PCH back home as it is a short and generally scenic drive… Not to mention romantic.

    PCH had some traffic... Not bad... Just traffic

    PCH had some traffic… Not bad… Just traffic

    Magnificent sunset along PCH and Huntington Beach

    Magnificent sunset along PCH and Huntington Beach

    We came home and did the treadmill and hit the sack a bit early in preparation for tomorrow!  We checked on the progress of the back yard… We are moving in the right direction!

    The walls are coming along quite well

    The walls are coming along quite well

  • Golf Day! Yeah!

    Posted on November 4th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James today and it was the first time without Daylight Saving Time…    Bunny joined us on the back nine. The shadows were getting long about four o’clock on the 17th hole!  The moon came out to greet us and hurry us along!

    It was a good day as Paul shot an 87 and walked for 5.5 miles.  Life is good!

    We felt ten feet tall

    We felt ten feet tall

    We are hurrying.. We can smell the wine on the patio from here!

    We are hurrying.. We can smell the wine on the patio from here!

    Greg joined us with Rocky and Bullwinkle plus Bunny and James Eaton for some Happy Hour before we headed for home!

    Sue did her treadmill and Paul kept the TV active.

  • Golf And Dancing

    Posted on November 4th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with Charlotte and then did some happy hour before heading to Altavista for our Rondeliers Dinner Dance.  Join the fun!

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  • Work And Play… It’s A Good Life

    Posted on November 3rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed home today to recover from a very busy weekend.  Paul picked; Sue cooked!  We picked potatoes and Swiss chard and Sue worked her magic in the kitchen. The backyard continues to make slow progress but there was a load of work involved.

    When it is done, Paul will be able to walk on concrete between the four 4×30 foot gardens for a smashing 500 square feet of accessible area!  Yeah!  Paul’s back is already feeling better!

    You can begin to see the garden and walkways take form!

    You can begin to see the garden and walkways take form!

    We stopped about 3:30 to clean up and get ready for our Malarkey’s visit the Irene and Greg.  Margaritas were flowing and the sun was setting.

    The sun was setting as we arrived

    The sun was setting as we arrived

    We are encouraging Greg to learn to dance... He was demonstrating his "Nightclub Two Step"

    We are encouraging Greg to learn to dance… He was demonstrating his “Nightclub Two Step”

    After cocktails we headed for home and Sue did the treadmill and we watch “The Good Witch” and some of our series.

  • Sunrise-Sunset… Sort Of

    Posted on November 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began the day with “wine tasting” so it can’t all be bad!  We went to the Garden Grove Elks with Donna and Bob which even made it better.  We stayed about an hour before zooming out to the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts!

     

    We wine together just right!

    We wine together just right!

    We arrived just in time to see the New Cristie Minstrals and what a show they put on.  The New Christy Minstrels are an American folk music group founded by Randy Sparks in 1961.[1] They recorded over 20 albums and had several hits, including “Green, Green”, “Saturday Night” and “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” (two different songs), “Today”, “Denver”, and “This Land Is Your Land”.[2] Their 1962 debut album, Presenting The New Christy Minstrels won a Grammy Award and sat in the Billboard charts for two years.

    The group sold millions of records and were in demand at concerts and on television shows.They also launched the musical careers of several musicians, including Kenny Rogers, Larry Ramos, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes, and Barry McGuire.

    Two hours of guitars, singing and comedy.  Excellent!  We met up with Leon and Marcia and had great seats right down front!  When the show was over at 5:15 we taxied out to the runway and headed south to go to the Seniors Prom!

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    We are ready for an afternoon of great music!

    We met the rest of the gang at the Seniors Prom!  It was held at the Irvine Marriott and had at least 400 people in attendance.  Johnny Vanna’s big band was there… Every member of this big band played with one or another of the original big bands.  Great sounds and fun!

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    No kids… Behave! You can share the paper fans!

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    “I have the prettiest fan,,, right?”

  • Train Trip!

    Posted on November 1st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We are going on a train trip in vintage rail cars to see Santa Barbara and the Art Deco Post Office. We have done that trip before so Angie, Sue, and Paul just had a leisurely day in paradise. Please enjoy

    A great adventure

    A great adventure

    Upon returning we went to the GG Elks to dance!

  • Elks Dance

    Posted on October 31st, 2014 Paul No comments

    Time to dance with dear friends at the Santa Ana Elks Lodge! Please enjoy

    Great fun with our friends!

    Great fun with our friends!

  • Golf And Spooky Things!

    Posted on October 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and wow is the weather beginning to change!  It was almost cool by the time we got in!!  We did an abbreviated Happy Hour because we were expecting Amy and Joe and the kids for a 5:00 Old Ranch Halloween Party!

    Very interesting clouds today

    Very interesting clouds today

    We went to the party in a clever manner… We stayed in the dining room where it was quiet!  Join the fun!

    Here they come

    Here they come… The Ninja is armed and ready to go!

    Brave Mario... Eating green Mac & Cheese

    Brave Mario… Eating green Mac & Cheese

    Mario and the Ninja

    Mario and the Ninja

    Decorated for the holiday

    Decorated for the holiday

    When the party wound down, we headed for the Phoenix Club to go dancing!  We met a new person who was by herself so we invited her to our table.

    Ed and KAthy Roberts were out dancing the night away

    Ed and Kathy Roberts were out dancing the night away

    The band was magnificent this evening!

    The band was magnificent this evening!

    Donna and Bob joined the fun

    Donna and Bob joined the fun

  • Golf With Just Us

    Posted on October 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had another day out on the fairways but this time it was just us!  James was taking care of Linda and visiting his son.  The yard is still under construction and will be for two more weeks. You can see it in progress.

    The 24" walkways between the new beds are beginning to take shape

    The 24″ walkways between the new beds are beginning to take shape

  • Just A Golf Day

    Posted on October 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James, Bunny, and Angie.  James departed a little early and Bunny joined us at the turn.  We saw our first goose of the season and we were treated to fly-bys on the back nine!

    Our first goose of the season and he recognized the sound of the food container

    Our first goose of the season and he recognized the sound of the food container

    We were treated to several touch and goes by this silver/blue streamlined jet

    We were treated to several touch and goes by this silver/blue streamlined jet

    Circling the chuck wagon

    Circling the chuck wagon

    When the ducks see Sue they begin to fly to her

    When the ducks see Sue they begin to fly to her

    Great sunset on the way home

    Great sunset on the way home

    We headed for home and watched Hocus Pocus and some of our favorite recorded series!

  • An Easy Day… We Need These

    Posted on October 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did our chores today.  Ed Roberts came over to assist Paul in fixing our lock on our fence.  The planter rollers arrived from Amazon so we put the blueberries on their new rollers!  Sue did the bills and cooked a great breakfast while Paul cleaned the garage.

    Paul ordered a new iPhone 6+ finally!  Expect delivery in a couple of weeks.

    We headed to Malarkey’s at 4:30 and met with Irene, Greg, Wally  and Ghislaine!

    Wally and Ghislaine joined us making for a great evening!

    Wally and Ghislaine joined us making for a great evening!

  • Busy Day – Pre-Halloween With Family!

    Posted on October 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Our annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving activity was today.  We begin with lunch with the “Cut Ups” and this year we selected the Hmalayan Grille in Sunset Beach! Join us at lunch!

    Great fun with family and friends

    Great fun with family and friends

    We then went home and began the pumpkin carving is seriousness! Join the “Cut Ups”

    Sixteen pumpkins metg their demise with this pumpkin hungary group!

    Sixteen pumpkins metg their demise with this pumpkin hungry group!

    After the carving and everybody headed for home, we did the treadmill and watch some Halloween movies!  It was a great day!

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  • Simple Day… Chores And A Non-Dance Dance

    Posted on October 25th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did some chores around the house and in the afternoon we went to Old Ranch for a drink and met up with Bunnaford and Charlotte.  We then went to the Garden Grove Elks for a “dinner dance”.  It was a great dance and neat costume party but we departed early and actually did not dance.  We went because we did not get to visit with the Branders on the night before.

  • Golf, Happy Hour, and Dancing

    Posted on October 24th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with Miss Charlotte and then enjoyed some Happy Hour time!  We then headed for home and spruced up before going to the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate Will’s birthday. Join the fun!

    Fun for all!

    Fun for all!

  • Life Day Seventeen

    Posted on October 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    Wow! It has been seventeen years since cancer struck and we bless every year that goes by and leaves us healthy.  As with the past seventeen years, we go to Disneyland to celebrate Life Day.  For years and years, Robin and Bob plus Nick have joined us to celebrate.  This year was no different. Join the celebration

    Celebrating Life Day Seventeen At Disneyland

    Celebrating Life Day Seventeen At Disneyland

  • Another Full Day

    Posted on October 22nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We got our first delivery of material for the backyard reconstruction.  It’s now underway!

    The materials for delivered

    The materials for delivered

    We played golf with Dave and Charlotte.  Dave is Ernie & John’s son-in-law.  We had some happy hour with them after the game and it was special because James showed up! Glad to see him up and looking so happy.

    Dave and Diane at HAppy Hour

    Dave and Diane at Happy Hour

    JAmes joined us for a drink and some visiting

    James joined us for a drink and some visiting

    We then headed home for a quick change before going to the  theater with Greg to see Venus In Fur.

    Synopsis: Auditions are over for the day, and Thomas still hasn’t found the perfect actress for his adaptation of a 19th century erotic novel. [Thunderclap!]  Vanda stumbles into the bare rehearsal studio, soaking wet and hours late.  Before he can stop her, Vanda strips down to saucy lingerie, wiggles into a white period dress, and mysteriously—hilariously—becomes the elusive leading lady.  But the battle for sexual dominance that follows is not limited to the script in what The New York Times called “90 minutes of good, kinky fun.”

    Venus In Fur

    Venus In Fur

    We joined Greg for a cocktail at the hotel near the playhouse

    We joined Greg for a cocktail at the hotel near the playhouse

  • Apples Apples Apples

    Posted on October 21st, 2014 Paul 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!

    Pick me!  Pick me!

    Pick me! Pick me!

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