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  • One Wild Friday!

    Posted on April 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf after a rain storm  which passed us about 9:00 am. We played anyway and did not see a drop all day!

    The day began with a short rain store

    The day began with a short rain store

    On the 10th hole we saw a bunch of baby ducks with their Mommy and Daddy.

    Nine little babies

    Nine little babies

    On 17, Charlotte fed the “lone duck”.  No  Mommy or Daddy around!

    The "Lone Duck" gets fed!

    The “Lone Duck” gets fed!

    We did some Happy Hour with Charlotte, James, and Cathy “Burns”.

    Happy Hour

    Happy Hour

    Off to the Elks in Garden Grove dancing to Silk!  We celebrated Ed and Kathy’s 45th Anniversary a day early…

    The "Cut Ups"

    The “Cut Ups”

    A beautiful cake was served…

    Celebration cake

    Celebration cake

    Our dear friends….  Just delightful people!

    Forty-five years of bliss

    Forty-five years of bliss

    We headed for home at 10:45 and crashed… tomorrow is a big day!

  • No Golf… Gardening… Doctors… Dancing!

    Posted on April 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul took a walk before leaving for the doctors office.  The broken thumb just doesn’t like the treadmill!  He did 40 minutes at 3.7 mph.  Enough to get the heart moving! The neighborhood is in bloom and Mother Nature is making everything beautiful.

    Only Mother Nature can do this!

    Only Mother Nature can do this!

    A gleaming white

    A gleaming white

    Simply beautiful

    Simply beautiful

    Purple (the only word where there is no word that rhymes)

    Purple (the only word where there is no word that rhymes)

    Paul worked in the garden for a while this morning before we headed to Sue’s annual cancer checkup.  as expected, cancer free for 18 years!  Like is good!  We went home and ate from the garden and did some additional gardening.  The green beans are going wild.  They have climbed to the top of their six foot cages and are still reaching skyward! The raised beds sure make things easier.

    We did the treadmill and watched a movie on TV before going to the Phoenix Club to dance until 10:30.

    Dancing in the Phoenix Club Ball Room

    Dancing in the Phoenix Club Ball Room

    We crashed after getting home as this weekend is going to be a blur!

  • Golf, Happy Hour, And A Visit

    Posted on April 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    In the morning we did some vegetable gardening which this time of year means keeping the tomatoes inside their little cages!

    We played golf even though it was cool.  OK, in California 66 is cool!

    We did happy hour for about two hours before going to Patty’s Place and meeting up with Geoff and his lady!  We had a drink with them and provided them a gift certificate for dinner!  We had a great time.

    Thought for the day!

    Thought for the day!

    We got home about 8:00 and then headed to the treadmill and watched a movie.

  • Slow Day… Great Happy Hour

    Posted on April 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and then headed to Happy Hour.  We called Zachary and Becca and they brought Lilly to the dinner.  We had a good chance to talk to them as no one else was around.   We then headed for home and gthe treadmill!

    Giggle Time

    Giggle Time

     

  • It’s Monday… Time For Work And Play

    Posted on April 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began the day with working in the garden while Sue did some cooking. The string beans (bush and pole) have to be checked every morning becuase the beans grow so very fast that if you miss one, they get “strings”.

    We went to the market and did some shopping before getting dressed to go to the chiropractor.

    How my garden grows

    How my garden grows

    After the chiropractor we headed to Malarkeys to meet up with Irene and Greg and we shared some drinks before going home.

    Malarkeys

    Malarkeys

    After we arrived at home Connor joined us for dinner at Preveza. We got the latest job report and family updates.

  • A Sad Day…

    Posted on April 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house for a while before cleaning up and going to a “Celebration Of Life” for our friend Jim Mongell!  There were 200 people at the celebration held at the Phoenix Club.  He had a good run and we will certainly miss him!  On many occasions during the event I looked to the corner where Jim always hung out to visit him.

    His daughter talked and mentioned thatshe and her dad went to make the final arrangements as Jim was sure his time was short.  They knocked on the door and she expected “Lurch” to answer.  Jim says to the gentlemen “Bet this is the first time you had a walk-in customer?”  That was indeed Jim!  The entire audience cracked up… We knew Jim well!

    Jim would have enjoyed this celebration

    Jim would have enjoyed this celebration

    Hans and Kerstin made it for the memorial

    Hans and Kerstin made it for the memorial

    We headed for the Elks about 5:45 to meet up with friends for an evening of dancing and visiting.

    The Band Played On

    The Band Played On

    Santa Ana Elks Jam Session

    Santa Ana Elks Jam Session

    Iris the "Wild One"

    Iris the “Wild One”

  • Work And Play… That’s OK

    Posted on April 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to Seasons 52 for lunch followed by a visit to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Guys and Dolls”.  Great show!  Standing ovation!

    We then went to Laguna to have a drink before going to the Laguna Canyon Winery for a wine blending activity. Join the fun!

    Loads of fun with Kathy, Donna, and Bob!

    Loads of fun with Kathy, Donna, and Bob!

    We got home around 11:00 and simply crashed!  Big day also tomorrow…

  • Golf And Dancing!

    Posted on April 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to ORCC for breakfast and on the way we dropped off some squash blossoms at Terri’s house.  About two hours later we got a text with the picture below attached! She stuffed them with cheeses, jalapeno’s, siracha, and chicken!  We are still hungry!

    Terri has been working

    Terri has been working

    We played golf with James and Charlotte.

    We were attacked by a vicious wild animal on the 15th hole!

    We were attacked by a vicious wild animal on the 15th hole!

    OK… Maybe no “vicious”…

    James in normal pose with the babies

    James in normal pose with the babies

    We did some Happy Hour before going to Toppers to dance the night away…Join the fun!

    Fun at Toppers

    Fun at Toppers

     

  • Fertilizer Day? That Sounds Odd!

    Posted on April 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did some work around the house including starting the vegetable garden fertilization process before going to the chiropractor at 10:00.  Upon returning, Sue made lunch while Paul continued the gardening work.  Fertilizing 34 tomatoes plus all the peppers, onions, beans, carrots, beets and squash is a job.

    3-6-4 is a great mix for tomatoes that are beginning to bloom!

    3-4-6 is a great mix for tomatoes that are beginning to bloom!

    In order to fertilize the plants you have to go to the bottom of the plant and put in 3-4 tablespoons of fertilized about 4 inches from the stem and work it into the dirt then water deeply.  It took about four hours to do our back yard.

    Mr. Cabbage is ready to be picked

    Mr. Cauliflower is ready to be picked

    You can see the 8-10 diameter ring around the tomato.  Paul had to to this about 80 times and then work the fertilizer into the ground very carefully without hurting the roots.  Loads of work but it will pay off in a few days!

    Digging around the bottom of the plants without hurting them is a job

    Digging around the bottom of the plants without hurting them is a job

    After working all day we headed to Patty’s for a drink before going to the Phoenix Club.  Patty’s is in Seal Beach and a great place to dine.  Paul did the New Zealand Lamb Chops!

    We almost ordered a side of ham for grandson Jon (inside joke)

    We almost ordered a side of ham for grandson Jon (inside joke)

    Patty's Place... A great neighborhood restaurant

    Patty’s Place… A great neighborhood restaurant

    At 6:30 we headed East to the Phoenix Club for an evening with the Zaitz, Adamsons, and Roberts.  Marianne and Craig also joined us!

    Heading to the Phoenix Club

    Heading to the Phoenix Club

    By the time we got home we just crashed!

  • Golf With The Babies

    Posted on April 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We check our email and sometimes Facebook and who was there this morning?  Lilly was playing with her Easter toys!  Great way to wake up!

    Great Granddaughter Lilly

    Great Granddaughter Lilly

    She is not yet sure what Easter is but she does seem to like it a lot!

    Ears on!

    Ears on!

    Paul went for a quick morning walk since today is golf lesson day and we have to heave at 9:00 am!  About 40 minutes at 4 MPH was just fine to get the old heart started.  Paul did not take a load of pictures but just had to get a few shots in.  Our neighbors have beautiful plants in their yards.

    Colors were just amazing

    Colors were just amazing

    Neighbors roses were fantastic

    Neighbors roses were fantastic

    We he got back, we had to take a picture of “The Lone Flower”… The only non-edible thing in your front or back yard.

    Our own garden has one flower and it is pretty

    Our own garden has one flower and it is pretty

    We headed to El Dorado to get our golf lesson in before going to ORCC for lunch with James and Robin!  We then headed for the course and played eighteen.  On 15 we ran into Mr. & Mrs. Duck who were showing off their three little ones.  The babies came right up to us and quacked “Hello”.  The guys ahead of us gave them crackers so we stomped them into the groud and gave the family some of our special blended vitamen fortified duck food we get form the local pet store.  Only the best for the babies!

    Daddy and mommy duck were watching the kids

    Daddy and mommy duck were watching the kids

    The baby came right up to us

    The baby came right up to us

    The springtime flowers were in full swing on the course some of which are quite stunning against the green backdrops

    Flowers on the golf course were magnificent

    Flowers on the golf course were magnificent

    We then did some Happy Hour before going home and hitting the treadmill!

  • Golf And The Treadmill

    Posted on April 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Easy day… Golf with James and Bullwinkle and then we headed home.  We did some Happy Hour with James and after he went home Charlotte and the Mizer’s joined us at the pit.  Great fun with friends!

    Finally Paul got the new tomato cages from Texas (called Texas Tomato Cages)  and put them in place before it got dark!  Our tomatoes were growing without cages and they tend to go wild! Saved the tomatoes!

    The new cages are in but still need some time to assure the tomatoes are happy

    The new cages are in but still need some time to assure the tomatoes are happy

    The cauliflower are ready to be picked... All we need is time!

    The cauliflower are ready to be picked… All we need is time!

  • Picked, Cooked, Doctors, and Malarkeys… A Full Day

    Posted on April 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did some picking from the garden adding new green beans and squash to the kitchen.  Sue spent the entire morning cooking up a storm!  While it might seem odd to have all these veggies for breakfast/brunch we cannot tell you how delicious they were when they are so very fresh!

    Radish salad using Sue's Secret Sauce

    Radish salad using Sue’s Secret Sauce

    Roasted squash which only needs salt, pepper, and some olive oil

    Roasted squash which only needs salt, pepper, and some olive oil

    Fresh salad... All the greens were right out of the garden!

    Fresh salad… All the greens were right out of the garden!

    Swiss chard was magnificent!  Paul picked and cleaned them

    Swiss chard was magnificent! Paul picked and cleaned them

    Green beans directly form out bush beans... Minutes old

    Green beans directly from out bush beans… Minutes old

    In the afternoon Paul had a dentists appointment at 1:30 and it went so well that we had an hour before the chiropractor so we stopped at Mario’s Mexican Restaurant in Huntington Beach for a couple of drinks before going to the chiropractor at 3:30.

    Mario's for cocktails!

    Mario’s for cocktails!

    We headed out for Malarkey’s in Long Beach to meet up with Greg and Irene!  We shared a flatbread and emptied the place of their margaritas!

    The Duffy Boats were ready for service

    The Duffy Boats were ready for service

    We had a magnificent sunset

    We had a magnificent sunset

    We then headed home for the treadmill and some TV.

  • Indian Lunch, A Play, And Dinner-Dancing

    Posted on April 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to Royal Khyber for lunch and it was great!  Paul found a new appetizer that might become a favorite.  We then went across the street to South Coast Reperatory Theater for an afternoon of laughs and tears!  Long story.

    It was “Of Good Stock” Of Good Stock directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Legendary novelist Mick Stockton left his three daughters a house in Cape Cod, control over his books, and a whole lot of issues. Years later, the men in their lives struggle to be part of this elusive family’s legacy. It’s not always easy keeping up with the whip smart and very funny Stockton Sisters, especially during a weekend filled with dramatic confrontations and surprising confessions. But good scotch helps. And, in the end, what matters most is family in this new play by the writer whose work Time Out New York called “zesty, muscular and quick-witted.”

    Great dining experience

    Great dining experience

    The ambiance is quite nice

    The ambiance is quite nice

    Decisions decisions

    Decisions decisions

    Simply yummy!

    Simply yummy!

    Food is delicious!

    Food is delicious!

    Then off to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance.

    22 of our friends joined us for a great evening of dining and dancing at Old Ranch Conuntry Club

    22 of our friends joined us for a great evening of dining and dancing at Old Ranch Conuntry Club

     

  • Long But Fascinating Day

    Posted on April 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began with a trip to Temecula to go wine blending with Bob and Donna! Join the fun!

    Let the blending begin!

    Let the blending begin!

    Another great adventure

     

    We headed for home from Temecula at 4:00 dropping Bob and Donna off before changing into formal wear and going to Redondo Beach for the Nightlighters Dance Club dinner dance.  Join the fun!

    We have a great time with our friends

    We have a great time with our friends

  • No Golf… Doctor, Chores, And Dancing

    Posted on April 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We visited the garden and went picking.  This morning was squash and green beans plus some radishes.  We went to the chiropractor around 10:00 and then headed back to the house to do chores and treadmill!

    We visited the garden and did some picking

    We visited the garden and did some picking

    Paul worked with all of the tomatoes as they are growing so fast they attempt to leave their cages!  We put the little varmints back in jail!   The onions are coming along quite well.  We pulled the remaining back-yard radishes and put in more carrots.

    The onions are "bulbing" meaning the bottoms are getting large

    The onions are “bulbing” meaning the bottoms are getting large

    The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. In the autumn the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage.

    The cauliflower heads are forming deep inside the plant

    The cauliflower heads are forming deep inside the plant

    Bush beans are producing well

    Bush beans are producing well

    We watched an old Goldie Hawn movie and Sue made Deviled Eggs for a snack before we headed to the Phoenix Club to dance the evening away.

  • Golf… It’s Wednesday!

    Posted on April 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul started the day with “the morning walk”.  Having the camera in hand as he walked seems to work… Rossmoor has many beautiful amazingly landscaped homes!   Mother Nature is simply fantastic!

    Beautiful flowers after last nights rainstorm

    Beautiful flowers after last nights rainstorm

    The roses were beautiful

    The roses were beautiful

    Charlotte's flowers were magnificent with the rain drops on the leaves

    Charlotte’s flowers were magnificent with the rain drops on the leaves

    We had lunch with James and Bullwinkle at 11:15 at Old Ranch.  Charlotte joined us for lunch and then played nine holes with us.  Bullwinkle dropped out and met with his pool man to make sure the pumps were OK.

    We did Happy Hour with James and later on Charlotte re-joined us for some additional Happy Hour!  We were joined by John and Jim (a new member).

    We went home and Sue did the treadmill while we watched “Runaway Bride” and “Identity Game”.

  • Easy Day… We Like These

    Posted on April 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began the day with some work in the garden and got it prepared for the expected rain! We were supposed to have 1/2 inch by noon and ended up with 0.2 inches at 9:00 pm!  Oh well… It’s LA!

    Paul went for a 3.5 mile walk and then we headed to Old Ranch to have a round of golf with Angie and James.  Rocky and Bullwinkle were behind us.

    We got to see the first baby duck of the 2015 Old Ranch season!  The baby was cute and not afraid of us at all.  Sue walked right up and fed the little guy!  Mommy and daddy duck knew Grandma Sue from many feedings.

    Hey!  I am the first baby of the season and I am hungry

    Hey! I am the first baby of the season and I am hungry

    We got a text from Marianne and Craig who were visiting Lake Tahoe!  They were in the middle of a big snowstorm!

    In the snow!

    In the snow!

    The weather was interesting as it started out with sunshine and ended up cold and threatening!  We had Happy Hour with the Walkers and Angie.  After Angie departed at 5:20, we moved inside with the Walkers and enjoyed the soup and salad special!  We went home and watched a movie (The American President) and Sue did the treadmill.  About 9:00 the rain came in and gave us 0.2 inches at best!

    Rain rain please stay!  We need all we can get!

    Rain rain please stay! We need all we can get!  Our vegetable garden lapped it all up!

    We got a text from James (in Seal Beach) reporting a lot of rain!  Looks like a cloud burst!

    James had a load of rain!

    James had a load of rain!

    We watched NCIS and then crashed as we have golf tomorrow.

  • Easy Day – Doc’s and Malarkey’s

    Posted on April 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did the doctor thing today.  We both went to the eye doctor and while Sue got a new prescription Paul was declared to have excellent eyes!  We then went to the chiropractor and did some other errands before going home and getting ready for Malarkey’s.  Irene joined us as Greg was in Laughlin today.

    The sub be setting

    The sun be setting

    Sad... We had to say goodbye to the Finch's as they are heading to the UK

    Sad… We had to say goodbye to the Finch’s as they are heading to the UK

    We headed for home at watched some TV before going to bed!

  • Easter Sunday Was Easy…

    Posted on April 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did some chores around the house before getting ready to go to Disneyland.  We stopped by Old Ranch and delivered some birthday cards and then off to Disneyland.  We stayed about two hours before going to Catal to meet up with the Finch’s, Zaitz, and Duda’s!  Great fun with family and friends!

    Brian and Bob

    Brian and Bob

    Jan and Donna

    Jan and Donna

    Bob and Robin

    Bob and Robin

    Just Us

    Just Us

    Nick and Bob

    Nick and Bob

  • Busy Day Pre-Easter Activities

    Posted on April 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began the day in the garden and then headed to the Himalayan Grill Sunset Beach for brunch with family and friends. We had the Adams, Duda’s Mitch, Luisa, and Lihana plus Greg!  Quite a time!  Join the fun!

    Powering up for egg coloring

    Powering up for egg coloring

    After lunch we headed to our home to join up with Becca, Zack, and Lilly to do eggs! We missed Connor but he had some other work he had to get done.  Join the fun!

    Eggs everywhere

    Eggs everywhere

    When everyone headed for home, we cleaned up and then headed to Garden Grove Elks to dance for a few hours returning home about 11:00!

  • Golf And Dancing!

    Posted on April 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast with Del and Vicky plus James at Old Ranch!  It was a super day on the course with the weather being just right!

    Angie and Bunny have a new friend...

    Angie and Bunny have a new friend…

    We did some happy hour before going home and heading to Garden Grove Elks for dinner and dancing!

    The roses by the ledge were beautiful

    The roses by the ledge were beautiful

    We danced with the gang to a new band called “Daze Of Blues” and they were pretty good!  Leon spoted the name Liles on the wall and it was a lady from 1985-86 who headed the Emblem Club.

    Ms. Liles

    Ms. Liles

    Fun with the gang

    Fun with the gang

    We finally departed and headed home thinking we might get up at 3:30 to watch the moon but alas, our lights went out!  Big day tomorrow!

  • Garden, Doctor, Cooking, and Dancing… Oh My

    Posted on April 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked in the garden for a while before going to the chiropractor. Upon our return, Sue hit the kitchen and Paul hit the yard.  The onions were pulled so Paul can sautee them.  We picked squash blossoms and Sue went to work!

    Fresh onions anyone?

    Fresh onions anyone?

    Sue took the squash blossoms and made stuffed squash blossoms!  See them in process.

    Afternoon snacks!

    Afternoon snacks!

    Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched the movie with her.  We then headed for the Phoenix Club for a great evening of dancing with friends

    Doing the Bunny Hop at the Phoenix Club

    Doing the Bunny Hop at the Phoenix Club

    Now it’s time to go home and crash for the day!

  • What Day Is It??

    Posted on April 1st, 2015 Paul No comments
    April Fools Day

    April Fools Day

    April Fools’ Day (sometimes called April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on the first day of April as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as “April fools”. Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and explained on subsequent days. Popular since the 19th century, the day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States.

    The earliest recorded association between 1 April and foolishness can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1392). Some writers suggest that the restoration of 1 January as New Year’s Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.

    It’s a golf day but before the game, Paul took a short stroll through the garden. The siatic nerve kept him from walking today and limited golf to nine holes.

    Take a walk in our garden so you get an idea of how easy it is to pick the weeds. The raised beds and new soil really worked! Join us!

    Take a stroll through our back yard vegetable garden

    Take a stroll through our back yard and front yard vegetable gardens

    We did some Happy Hour before going home and getting ready for the Starlighters Board meeting.  The meeting went well and we went to the Newport Harbor Elks for a drink after the meeting then to home to watch a little TV before crashing for the night!

  • Easy Day… Walk, Golf, Happy Hour, Doctor, Happy Hour

    Posted on April 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    Before going for a walk, Paul worked in the garden for about 30 minutes doing the morning weeding and watering plus putting up the blueberry shield (plastic netting so the neighborhood birds won’t eat the blueberries).

    We planted a new apple tree and two new fig trees!

    We planted a new apple tree and two new fig trees!

    This lttle tree has FOUR different apples grafted onto it!  Amazing!

    This lttle tree has FOUR different apples grafted onto it! Amazing!

    Paul headed out the door at 9:00 and made the 3.5 mile journey in just under one hour.  The sun was playing hide and seek in the clouds so no great outdoor pictures today!  After returning home, we picked some strawberries and squash plus additional radishes!  Nothing better than goodies right out of the garden.

    We then headed to Old Ranch to do eighteen with James.  It was a reasonably good day!  We made all eighteen holes and played in 3:30!

    Sue fed her geese on the 11th hole!  They are indeed funny animals!

    Sue fed her geese on the 11th hole! They are indeed funny animals!

    We did a short Happy Hour and then went to the chiropractor in Huntington Beach.  The visit was quick so we decided to return back to Old Ranch and continue on from whence we left.  By the time we got back we had both James and Linda, Bullwinkle and Rockey, Bunnaford, and James Eaton surrounding “the pit”.

    Story telling was well underway

    Story telling was well underway

    Linda told us about her “driving adventures” starting with being stopped for going 105 mph in her Prius at 5:00 in the morning on the 105 Freeway (we where happy that she was not on the 605!).  The officer asked her why she was going so fast and when she replied she was a couty employee and wanted to get to work early, the officer ticketed her for 70 mph and asked her not to drive when the officer was on duty!

    Then there was the highway patrol incident where she was tagged by a remote vehicle for going 90 mph but Linda wrote the judge telling him that another car EXACTLY like hers was ahead of her so the officer must have tagged the other car…. It worked… Another ticket for 70 mph!

    We giggled until it hurt!  We continued Happy Hour until 7:15 at which time we headed home for the treadmill and movies!

  • Celebrations (Anniversary and Retirement)

    Posted on March 30th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to Disneyland today to celebrate our wedding anniversary (which was on the 24th but we were in Catalina)  and retirement anniversary (eight years) with Robin, Bob, and Nick.

    A drink at Catal started the adventure

    A drink at Catal started the adventure

    Ferris wheel at California adventure

    Ferris wheel at California adventure

    We did several rides and ended up ay the Cathay Circle Restaurant for a drink before talking to the turtles… Yes…We talked to the turtles.

    We needed our 3-D glasses to see "It's A Bugs Life"

    We needed our 3-D glasses to see “It’s A Bugs Life”

    Sue got Paul in the ferris wheel again!  She works magic!

    Sue got Paul in the ferris wheel again! She works magic!

    Zooming through the air with the greatest of ease

    Zooming through the air with the greatest of ease

    We ended up the day at Catal where we met up with Greg.  Paul enjoyed peppers, octopus, and sea bass but decided to hide the scale for a few days!

    Returning home, we watched NCIS and then crashed!

  • The Day Began With A Springtime Walk

    Posted on March 29th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul took a walk and took a bunch of pictures.  The walk was 6,917 steps for a distance of 3.068 miles and it took 01:08:27… Felt good! Join the walk!

    Walking is excellent exercise

    Walking is excellent exercise

    We had lunch with Connor and Marissa at Cucina in Newport Beach before going to Roger’s Gardens to look at new trees.  The kids got pizza’s while Paul tried the Kale Caesar salad, roasted cauliflower, octopus, squash blossoms, and dabbled in the mason jar delights!

    Cucina Enatica in Newport Fashion Island

    Cucina Enoteca in Newport Fashion Island

    Our Grandson Connor

    Our Grandson Connor

    Love is in the air

    Love is in the air… The smooch heard around the world!

    We found nothing of interest at Roger’s so we went home passing by the market on our way.  We got a text from James and we zipped off to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour(s) before going home to the treadmill!

    Bullwinkle, Bunny, and Rocky

    Bullwinkle, Bunny, and Rocky

    In addition we had the Greg, the Cathey’s and the Ward’s with Kim plus Charlotte joined us after nine homes!  Then, off to the movie machine and the treadmill!

  • Busy Is Good; Fun Is Better

    Posted on March 28th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul began the day with an hour walk around the neighborhood taking a few snapshots of springtime.  Sue had some chores to do.

    PAul got a visit by a bunny on the walk... OK, it wasn't real!

    Paul got a visit by a bunny on the walk… OK, it wasn’t real!

    Springtime was in evidence everywhere.  The trees and flowers we beautiful!  Mother nature knows her colors!

    Blossoms clear up to the sky

    Blossoms clear up to the sky

    Breakfast was ready when Paul returned.  Sue had been busy creating in the kitchen.  Paul picked some radishes earlier and had no idea what to do wit them. Sue made a “radish salad”… It was fantastic!  So much so that Paul got some more seeds and planted them that afternoon.

    We went to Sue’s hair dresser at 11:00.

    We went to H&H Nursery and got fig trees and some more veggies.  We got green beans, some herbs, beet and radish seeds and other goodies.  Sue did the treadmill while Paul labored in the front forty after planting the figs!

    We got cleaned up and met up with the Branders for a great evening with the Bee Gee’s at Cerritos… Toe tappin’ music!

    Wonderful evening at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

    Wonderful evening at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

    Even though Paul missed the 60's, he did remember much of the music

    Even though Paul missed the 60’s, he did remember much of the music

    On the was out of the theater Sue said Paul’s favorite words… “Let’s get a drink!”.  We headed for Patty’s Place in Seal Beach and did a martini or two before going home.  Chuck was tending bar so we felt quite welcome!

    We love Patty's Place

    We love Patty’s Place

    We sent out a couple of texts with the following picture…  Just so family and friends knew we were not thirsty!

    The pounded copper bar is quite interesting.... The martini was great!

    The pounded copper bar is quite interesting…. The martini was great!

    We headed for home about 11:30 and crashed… Busy day tomorrow!

  • Golf And Dancing…. Life Is Good

    Posted on March 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Sue went picking before we headed to play golf.  With the new garden design, she can pick most everything herself

    From farm to table has a new meaning!

    From farm to table has a new meaning!

    "Who needs Paul... I can pick them directly!"

    “Who needs Paul… I can pick them directly!”

    We played eighteen with Charlotte.  James was still feeling under the weather…  We did a great Happy Hour before going home and heading for the Garden Grove Elks.  We had many people joining us to say “Hi!” to Brian and Jan!.

  • To The Doc And Then The Aquarium

    Posted on March 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did a doctors visit before returning home to work in the garden for a while.  We got cleaned up and headed to PF Changes for dinner and then a walk to the Aquarium’s first Prom Night.  Join the fun!

    Great times with friends

    Great times with friends

  • Golf And A Play

    Posted on March 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with Charlotte today as James was out sick!  Charlotte had a great day shooting a perfect 72!

    We got new divot repair storage units on the course

    We got new divot repair storage units on the course

    After a short happy hour, we went home and changed and headed to South Coast Rep! We saw Toyko Fish Story: Koji is a Sushi Master with an undying love for his art. But his restaurant is declining while the new place down the street keeps packing them in. Takashi represents the younger generation—a brilliant protégé, but too respectful to display his talent, despite the urgings of Nobu, his hip-hop assistant,and punked out Ama, who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world. Generations, gender and tradition collide in this quiet play with a big heart, a touch of poetry, a hint of mystery—and just the right amount of enticing comedy.  Plus, a sushi-making ritual that will amaze.

    We arrived in the daylight and departed by moonlight

    We arrived in the daylight and departed by moonlight

    The play was quite unique

    The play was quite unique

    It was 69 degrees when we departed and the moon was greeting us!

    Leaving the play we saw the moon on a warm evening

    Leaving the play we saw the moon on a warm evening

    We watched a little TV before crashing!

  • Our Anniversary And Time To Go To Catalina With Brian And Jan

    Posted on March 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We decided to go to Catalina to celebrate our anniversary as well as get ready for the Avalon Ball. Jan and Brian joined us making a full day of fun! We dined at The Bluewater Grille where Brian had his first gumbo and artichoke! We finalized the hotel reservations but could not do the Bluewater Grille as no management was on duty.

    We took a four hour back-country tour and saw Two-Harbors and several other sights.  We even saw a buffalo!  Great fun!   Off  we go!

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    A day of fun on the island!

  • We Be Back On The Go

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began at Huntington Gardens with dear friends the Finch’s.  They returned from the UK and are finally ready to go out.  The time change is tough! Join the fun!

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  • Slow Day For Us

    Posted on March 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house.  Sue did the treadmill while Paul hit the front yard.  Keeping up with the vegetables is a full time job!  We got cleaned up mid-afternoon and headed for Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Count Basie Orchestra.  The Count Basie Orchestra, “more than any other, was the epitome of swing, of jazz that moved with a built-in flowing intensity,” raves The New York Times. The Grammy-winning band’s hits include April in Paris, One O’Clock Jump, and Shiny Stockings. Discovered by Count Basie, Jazz powerhouse Carmen Bradford has been cited by the Los Angeles Times for her “control of mood and dynamics.” Her albums include Finally Yours, With Respect, and Home With You. Comedian Robert Lee hosts the show.    We asked Marianne and Craig to be our guests and we met up with the Gunnersons.

    Count Basie Orchestra with Ethel Waters in 1943

    Count Basie Orchestra with Ethel Waters in 1943

    We all ended up at Old Ranch meeting up with Linda (James was under the weather).  We had a great time and then went home to complete the treadmill and watch a movie.

  • Choices And Fun

    Posted on March 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had a conflict this evening.  We decided to give our tickets to “Catch A Wave” at Cerritos to James and Linda as it included a pre musical reception, silent auction and other goodies.  We decided to go to Starlighters and dance.  About 11:00 we got a text from James saying “It just cost us $227 to go to the free concert. They “won” two nights to Miracle Springs Resort& Spa in the desert”.  We laughed all the way home.

    Starlighters was at the Yorba Linda Country Club with MPG at the helm.  The formal evening was super!  Join the activities!

    Just Us

    Just Us

    We had eighty people for the dance

    We had eighty people for the dance

    We stayed until 11:00 and then headed home!  What a great evening!

  • Sad Day – Busy Day

    Posted on March 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast at Old Ranch with James and Little Lisa.  We played fourteen holes as the games was slow!  We walked in from fifteen.  During the walk in, Paul called Jan  to check up on her and found out that Jim had passed at 11:30 peacefully at home.

    Jim had just turned nintety... He will be missed

    Jim had just turned ninety… He will be missed

    We did a short Happy Hour before going home to get ready for Topper’s.  Since we are on the Board of Directors we had to be at the Petroleum Club by 5:30 so we were hustling!

    Toppers, as usual, was great! Jim Gilman had the room moving!  Join the fun!

    Great fun with friends

    Great fun with friends

    We departed at 10:30 and crashed as the weekend was pretty full of activities.

  • Semi-Slow Day!

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to visit Dr. Olson, doctor of Chiropractic in Huntington Beach!  We took the beach home as it was a delightful day!  We worked in the yard before getting cleaned up to go to the Phoenix Club!  It was an odd evening as Jim Mongell was not there but Jan was.  It just didn’t seem right

  • Golf, Dining Out, And A Musical!

    Posted on March 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and did a very short happy hour as we had to be at Seasons 52 at 5:30 to have dinner and meet up with the Kuhn’s and Roberts.  Great dinner of course!

    We went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Nice Work If You Can Get It’.

    Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

    Funny as it gets

    Funny as it gets

  • We Wore Green All Day! St Patricks Day

    Posted on March 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    What a day!  We played golf with James and then did some Happy Hour before heading to Malarkeys for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  We met up with Carri, Nancy and  Greg for bagpipes, clogging, and sharing of the drink! Join the fun!

    Fun with friends!

    Fun with friends!

    After Malarkeys, we headed to Patty’s Place for a few drinks and meet up with some of the locals!  Great fun!

    At Patty's place in Seal Beach

    At Patty’s {;ace in Seal BEach

  • Pre-St. Patricks Day!

    Posted on March 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked all day… Sue in the kitchen making a fantastic meal and Paul in the yard planting and digging.  Greg joined us for dinner!

    The raised garden beds seem to do what we wanted.  Plenty of room and easy to work on!

    The garden is beginning to fill up with veggies

    The garden is beginning to fill up with veggies

    The tomato cages are up and ready to support all the fruit.

    The raised beds are working just fine

    The raised beds are working just fine

    The entire east wall has tomatoes, approximately 17 different kinds.  Most of them are Sue’s collection of interesting cherry tomatoes including white ones, blue ones, tiny ones and a repunzel tomato.

    Sue's cherry tomatoes are now in and beginning to make their presence known

    Sue’s cherry tomatoes are now in and beginning to make their presence known

    Bush beans, also called snap beans because they “snap” when ripe, are by far the most popular homegrown beans.

    They’re easy to plant, they don’t need any time consuming staking, trellising, or poling because they grow on compact, sturdy plants, they grow well even in poor soil, and have ready-to-eat pods in only seven or eight weeks.

    They used to be called “string” beans because of the fibrous string that ran the length of the pods, but now with improved varieties, they are really “stringless ” beans!

    The reason most gardeners prefer growing bush beans to pole beans is because although they take up more space, they require less work planting, staking, weeding and watering, and bush beans produce most of their crop all at once.

    This makes harvesting very fast and convenient because by getting all your beans at once it’s helpful for freezing or canning. Also, by staggering planting times by a few weeks you can have continuous bean production all summer long.

    So, because green beans are the fourth most popular summer vegetable grown by home gardeners (tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers beating them out).

    Bush beans are beginning to grow

    Bush beans are beginning to grow

    We cleaned up and got ready for Greg to join us for dinner.

    Greg attacks the goodies

    Greg attacks the goodies

    Two different types of corned beef... Yummy!

    Two different types of corned beef… Yummy!

    Potsatoes from the store and from our garden

    Potsatoes from the store and from our garden

    Dinner time

    Dinner time

  • Lazy Day! Treadmill, Magic Show, and Jam Session

    Posted on March 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    After ten hours in the heat yesterday, we kinda took the day off.  Sue did the treadmill and we both watched an Adam Sandler movie called the Cobbler.

    Very interesting movie!

    Very interesting movie!

    Summary: Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

    We then went to Cerritos again to see the Magic Show. In an all-new version of the longest-running magic production in the country, It’s Magic! brings to the stage the biggest stars in magic and variety. The 59th annual edition features the award-winning duo Mark Kalin and Jinger, world champion comedian-juggler Dan Raspyni, award-winning magician Danny Cole, illusionist David Zirbel, comedy magician Matt Marcy, and the lady magician Mystina.

    It was magic

    It was magic

    We have to admit that we stayed for the first half as we wanted to dance this evening at the Santa Ana Elks so we headed south to be there by 5:00.  The magic show was fun and we have our seats to a nice younf couple who were sitting in the nose-bleed area….. We were in the third row!

    Dancing, as usual, was great…. Mike and Sandy joined us along with the normal cast of characters!

     

  • A Day In The Garden Followed By DooWop

    Posted on March 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Another day of planting and working in the garden!  Sue did the treadmill and Paul planted another mess of veggies!  The garden is starting to look full!  33 kids of tomatoes so far this year and we have not done the front yard yet!

    We cleaned up and headed for the Arte Cafe in Cerritos.  It’s a well hidden but delightful place to go!  It’s great when the wait staff know you and has your wine ready as you arrive!!

    We had the Gunnersons, Zaitz, Kuhns and Branders with us this evening.... Great group!

    We had the Gunnersons, Zaitz, Kuhns and Branders with us this evening…. Great group!

    Entering Cerritos Performing Arts Center

    Entering Cerritos Performing Arts Center

    It’s The Best of Doo-Wop Vol. II when the genre’s icons unite. Jam with Jay Siegel’s Tokens (Tonight I Fell in Love and The Lion Sleeps Tonight); Eugene Pit, original singer of The Jive 5 (My True Story); and Cleveland Still & The Dubs (Could This Be Magic, Don’t Ask Me to Be Lonely, and Chapel of Dreams). Also featured in the evening’s lineup are Lenny Dell’s Dimensions (Over the Rainbow and My Foolish Heart) and The Mystics (Hushabye and Don’t Take the Stars).

    Doo Wop... The greatest music ever!

    Doo Wop… The greatest music ever!

    We didn’t get home until 11:00 so we just crashed… Sunday is also fun filled!

  • Golf And The Rondeliers

    Posted on March 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with Angie, James, and Charlotte having a great time.We a bit of Happy Hour but had to get gussied up to go out to a formal dance with the Rondeliers! Join the fun!

    Wyall has us all dancing!

    Wyall has us all dancing!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    We danced the whole evening and really enjoyed the company!

    Great fun with the club!

    Great fun with the club!

  • Busy Day!

    Posted on March 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We decided to go to the Bowers Museum and see the China Exhibit before it closes.  It was a neat exhibit involving a group/society of Chinese that appears to be isolated from the rest of the country circa 1000 BC

    A visit to the Bowers and lunch at Tangata

    A visit to the Bowers and lunch at Tangata

    We love eating at Tangata where the selections are interesting and the quality and service is outstanding.

    Great food and service inside the museum

    Great food and service inside the museum

    The presentation is always impressive - Asparagus with fried egg

    The presentation is always impressive – Asparagus with fried egg

    The Santa Ana winds were in full gear and the temperature was in the 80’s.

    We had a Santa Ana going on... It was 85 outside and windy

    We had a Santa Ana going on… It was 85 outside and windy

    We made a stop at Rogers Gardens to pick up some vegetables to plant but there were kind of sparse.  We then headed to Bristol Farms which was an outstanding selection of Saint Patrick’s Day goodies.  Corned beef and cabbage were we come!

    We went to Bristol Farms to get our St Patrick's Day food

    We went to Bristol Farms to get our St Patrick’s Day food

    On the way home we stopped at Cucina and had a drink or two.  Sue enjoyed their Chardonnay while Paul got schooled in “infustion”  We tried their margarita with jalapeno infused vodka…. Spicy!

    A stop at Cucina is always a necessity.  We found out about infusion!

    A stop at Cucina is always a necessity. We found out about infusion!

    Ater some planting we headed to the Phoenix Club and danced until 10:30.

    Dancing at the Phoenix Club

    Dancing at the Phoenix Club

    We hit the sack early as tomorrow is another big day!

  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did our golf class with Tim at 10:00 and then to Old Ranch for lunch with James and Robin!

    We played eighteen with James today and then did some Happy Hour before going home.

    Sue recreates the moview "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"

    Sue recreates the moview “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”

    Happy Hour gets underway

    Happy Hour gets underway

    A magnificent sunset

    A magnificent sunset

    We got home at seven after visiting with others.  We watched a movie and then crashed

  • Golf And Dinner With The “Golf Gang”

    Posted on March 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played nine holes of golf with James and then did some Happy Hour before doing our chores… To the market!  After returning home and freshening up, we went to A’roma Ristorante  for dinner with the Cathey’s, Walkers, Angie and Bunnaford.

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    The wine begins to flow

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    James and Paul were hidden to protect the innocent

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    We laughed and giggled all night

     

  • Doctors Day Plus Happy Hour

    Posted on March 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We visited two of our doctors but in between visits we had lunch with Robin at the Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach.  Great news from the heart doctor… All is better than well!  Yeah!

    Lunch at the Yucatan Grill!

    Lunch at the Yucatan Grill!

    We then headed for the pain management doctor but to no avail. We stopped by the Newport Harbor Elks for a drink or two before going to Happy Hour.

    We ended up in Long Beach at Malarkey’s and had a  great visit with Greg, Irene and Nancy!  We yucked it up for an hour or so!  It’s so much fun to be with friends!

    Irene, Nancy, and Paul

    Irene, Nancy, and Paul

    Sue and Greg

    Sue and Greg

    Chocolate courtesy of Nancy

    Chocolate courtesy of Nancy

    The sun be setting

    The sun be setting

     

  • Jon Departs Today But Not Without Activities

    Posted on March 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We messed around the house in the morning before heading to Cerritos to see “The Rat Pack”.  Jon was old enought to know the guys and many of their songs.  We went with the Roberts and Branders.  Immediately after the show, we went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner-dance.  Jon had a BIG meal as he had to catch the limo at 7:00 to head for home (i.e. New Hampshire).  We missed him 30 seconds after he was gone!

  • Breakfast, Musical, and A Birthday Party

    Posted on March 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to breakfast with the Kuhn’s and Jon at Patty’s Place in Seal Beach.  Great start to a great day!

    We then headed to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see The Buddy Holly Story! FANTASTIC!!

    Buddy Holly circa 1959

    Buddy Holly circa 1959

    A sensation worldwide, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a Rock ‘n’ Roll musical about Buddy Holly and his short-yet-spectacular career. The program features Holly’s classic hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Not Fade Away, and Oh Boy. The performance also includes La Bamba by Ritchie Valens and Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper, both of whom died with Holly in a 1959 plane crash, a tragedy known as “The Day the Music Died.”

    We then went to a birthday party in Yorba Linda and danced until we were silly!  Happy Birthday Shirley!

    We had a ball at Shirely's 70th birthday party!

    We had a ball at Shirely’s 70th birthday party!

    We got home about 11:00 and crashed.  Jon came home around three.

  • Full Day: Disneyland, Family Dinner, Phoenix Club

    Posted on March 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We headed for Disneyland at 9:00 am.  First stop was The Rainforest Cafe!  Good groceries and good fun!

    Jon does "Pie Of The Viper" at Rainforest Cafe

    Jon does “Pie Of The Viper” at Rainforest Cafe

    Disneyland was “empty”. We walked on every ride we wanted to see.  The weather was perfect.  We did the Jungle Cruise Ride, Indiana Jones, Pirates, River Boat Cruise, Thunder Mountain, Submarines, and  Star Tours with very little “waiting”.

    We arrive

    We arrive

    Perfect weather in Disneyland

    Perfect weather in Disneyland

    Jon and Grandma

    Jon and Grandma

    Jon and his little Grandpa

    Jon and his little Grandpa

    At 3:15 we decided it was time to have a drink and rest up a bit! destination you ask? Catal!  we got to meet the new GM, Jason.

    Afternoon cocktail at the Uva Bar

    Afternoon cocktail at the Uva Bar

    It is after 3:00 so Jon did a margarita, Paul did a gin martini, and Sue… Chardonnay!

    Resting before we go to dinner

    Resting before we go to dinner

    We departed Disneyland at 4:00 and headed to Whitter for a family get together! We had Connor and Marrisa, Joe and Amy with Alex and Charlie, Robin and Bib with Nick, Jon, Little Lisa, Zack and Becca with Lilly, and us. We celebrated Connor’s birthday while we were at it.  We had a lot of people and a long table so we missed visiting with the other end but enjoyed Amy and Robin and Little Lisa with Zack and Becca!  Please join the fun!

    The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.

    Fun with the family

    Fun with the family

    Daddy and Lilly discovering a mirror

    Daddy and Lilly discovering a mirror

    After dinner we headed to the Phoenix Club.  We danced until about 10:00 before heading for home.  Jon had a beer and we did our usual, wine!  Jon got to meet our friends…. Bob and Donna, Nancy, Mike and several others.

    At the Phoenix Club

    At the Phoenix Club

    We got home and watched a little TV before crashing for the evening…. It’s “Tomatomania” tomorrow!

  • Golf Day!

    Posted on March 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and Jon!  We did pretty well considering!  The weather was great!  After golf we did some happy hour and then had dinner from the bar menu!

    The sunset was dazzling

    The sunset was dazzling

    Jon was having a load of fun!

    Jon was having a load of fun!

    We headed for home and do the tradmill and watch some old movies!  Disneyland tomorrow!

  • Temecula Here We Come

    Posted on March 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    Jon and Connor joined us for a day in Temecula.  We arrived at Falknew and had lunch at Pinnacle of course.

    Pinnacle... Best place to dine in Temecula

    Pinnacle… Best place to dine in Temecula

    Jon and Grandma Sue went wine tasting while Connor and Paul strolled the grounds!  We then dropped the boys off to visit with their great-grandmother who lives in the area (Paul’s ex-mother-in-law).  We believe it is important for the family to see each other and especially see the elders.

    Someone enjoying the champagne

    Someone trying to decide

    While tasting wine, Grandpa Paul and Connor "talked"

    While tasting wine, Grandpa Paul and Connor “talked”

    We went to Thornton Winery to pick up some champagne. After a while we got a text to “come and get us”.  They had a good visit.  We then headed to Irvine to drop off Connor.

    On our way home, we decided to stop in at Old Ranch and feed Jon again!  The weekly buffet was in operation so Jon and Grandpa Paul tried some salad and several sliders! Jon had a couple of beers and was ready to hit the sack! He was off to bed by 9:00 pm!

    Finally we arrive at home and fpund a good movie so Grandma Sue could hit the treadmill.  We finally crashed about 12:30.

  • Work, Doctors, Lunch, Dentist, Malarkeys

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had a full day! We worked around the house for a while before going to the doctors in the rain!  We then had saganaki at Preveza… our favorite local restaurant.

    Saganaki be served

    Saganaki be served

    Just a little more congac

    Just a little more congac

    Ready to go!  The pan is HIT!

    Ready to go! The pan is HOT!

    First dibs

    First dibs

    The rain cleared out and the back yard looked pretty good!

    Working in the yard

    Working in the yard

    We dropped by home and then headed to Huntington Beach to see our dentist!  Wow, Huntington Beach got several inches of “snow”… actually, very small hail!

    "Snow" in Huntington Beach

    “Snow” in Huntington Beach

    We went to Malarkeys with Jon, Lisa, Greg, and Irene.

    Beautiful clouds at sunset

    Beautiful clouds at sunset

    Finally we headed for home and crashed.

  • Wine And Dancing On A Sunday!

    Posted on March 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house.  Paul put in another 100 Quarts of perlite in the side yard.  We then got cleaned up and headed for the Garden Grove Elks for the wine tasting party. Join the fun!

     

    Wine tasting with family and friends

    Wine tasting with family and friends

    Ladies... Start your engines

    Ladies… Start your engines

    Trying to keep up with the girls

    Trying to keep up with the girls

    After the tasting was over, we decided to go out to eat and we selected il garage in Stanton.

    Veggies galore

    Veggies galore

  • No Rain… The Weatherman Ought To Be Ashamed!

    Posted on March 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul hit the garden early today walking around and inspecting all the plants!  The raised garden is such a great idea!.

    View of the new beds from the south end of the yard

    View of the new beds from the south end of the yard

    Up close and personal

    Up close and personal

  • Himalayan Grille And A Dinner Party

    Posted on February 28th, 2015 Paul 1 comment

    We finally got up after staying up all night.  Jon and Paul took a nice long walk to loosen up.  We then headed to Irvine to pick up Connor so he could join us at the Himalayan Grille for lunch with Pete, Jon, Mitch and Luisa. Connor had not had any Himalayan food previously (he has done Indian at Kamal Palace)  so he was a bit wary of the tandori chicken (because it was red).  He did seem to enjoy some of the other items.

    Pete, Jon and Connor

    Pete (our son), Jon and Connor (two of our nine grandsoms)

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Luisa and Mitch were in a seat with the glare from the sidewalk behind them meaning… the pictures were terrible so….

    We worked around the house for a while meaning Paul was digging in the garden spreading the perlite in the final area. We then headed to Kyle and Tiffany’s home in Long Beach to have dinner.  We really enjoyed seeing them as normally they are with a group and we just get to say “hi” and “bye”.  We had three hours of sharing and laughing and catching up on everything!

    Fantastic view from the 11th floor

    Fantastic view from the 11th floor looking toward downtown Los Angeles

    The sun was setting

    The sun was setting over Palos Verdes.  It looked like it was on fire!

    The moon was coming out

    The moon was coming out and it looked like we might get some rain but alas, no rain!

    Kyle and Tiffany and Buddy

    Kyle and Tiffany and Buddy

    We decided to go home and crash and recover from our “all nighter” the evening/morning Jon flew in!

  • Yeah! Golf With Everybody!

    Posted on February 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did breakfast at Old Ranch with James at 9:00 and then met up with Angie and Bunnaford for a rousing 14 holes of golf… Yes, fourteen!  It got cold out on the links so we folded and came in for a drink!

    Results from the first nine holes

    Results from the first nine holes

    It was cold so we stopped at fourteen

    It was cold so we stopped at fourteen

    Rocky, Angie, and Bunnaford

    Rocky, Angie, and Bunnaford

    We went home and changed to go dancing and returned to Old Ranch and the whole gang began to show up…. Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Wards, Tom, Miss Charlotte, the Catheys… We had a table full of folks!

    We departed and went to Garden Grove and danced until about 10:30 before going home and awaiting the arrival of our grandson from New Hampshire!  Zack picked him up at 1:15 and at 2:00 the place was invaded with Zack and Becca plus their married friends and Jon.  We stayed up and talked to them for an hour before crashing for the night.

    Jon liked our weather forecast!

    Jon liked our weather forecast!

    Late... But 2:00 am?

    Late… But 2:00 am?

  • Another Day At Home

    Posted on February 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed home again to avoid the cough that will not go away!  We worked in the garden and then Nancy Adamson came by and we went to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing!

  • Stayed Home And Nursed The Cough

    Posted on February 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul got a “cold” about a month ago and the dang cough doesn’t want to go away so we decided to take it easy and stay home and rest.  It seemed to work as the coughing is subsiding! However, rest for us is not sitting still! In the morning/early afternoon we worked around the house.  Paul hit the garden and did some transplanting of onions.

    Continuing work in the garden

    Continuing work in the garden… Love the raised beds!

    We decided it was time to eat and since the cleaning staff was coming today, we went to Seal Beach.  We did not tell each other where we wanted to go but at the last minute we both said “Cafe Saint Germain”.  Fantastic!  We just think alike!

    What used to be a wine bar is now a full scale French restaurant!  Crepes for everyone!

    What used to be a wine bar is now a full scale French restaurant! Crepes for everyone!

    Departing is such sweet sorrow but we be full!!

    Departing is such sweet sorrow but we be full!!

    We headed for H&H nursery to see what vegetables we may want to plant.  We got a load of new ones which we will plant Thursday morning!  After dropping them off at our home, we decided to get a drink before setting in for the evening.  We headed to Old Ranch and met up with Bunny Burns and hung around until about 7:00 before doing the treadmill and watching some TV.

    Getting to be time to go home

    Getting to be time to go home

  • Golf And Birthdays

    Posted on February 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Fourteen with James before celebrating Greg’s birthday at il garage in Stanton.

    The weather was magnificent

    The weather was magnificent

    KAthy had a birthday

    Kathy had a birthday

    KAthy and Charlotte

    KAthy and Charlotte

    It was Greg and Carri’s birthdays but Carri had to work so we were three.  We went to il garage and it was a delightful evening.  Join the fun!

    Fun fun fun

    Fun fun fun

  • Off To Temecula

    Posted on February 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    The Zaitz and Roberts went to Temecula for the weekend and we planned to join them for lunch and tasting on Monday!  We joined them at Faulkner Winery for lunch and then did several tastings at the local wineries.  Bob had to work on Monday so we missed him and he was really missed! Join us!

    Fun with wine and friends

    Fun with wine and friends

    We got home about seven and watched a Hallmark movie before crashing!

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