We Made The Day Busy!

First things first… Time for a walk!  Paul did about 45 minutes as the ol’ back was acting up again!  The summer flowers are in full swing.  Join the walk!

Beautiful!

After getting home, Paul pulled the last of the first crop of corn out and chopped them up for the trash!  We tried to save about five cobs and Paul blanched them, chopped off the kernals, and put them in freezer bags… Perhaps soup in the future???

Sue organized the tickets from Cerritos putting  them into envelopes and getting them ready for tonight’s dance.  Paul took a nap during this time so he would be ready to dance tonight!

Dancing it was… Howard Crosson’s band was terrific!  Great dance music and the Santa Ana Elks Steak Fry was pretty good.  we stayed until about 10:00 PM and packed it in the the evening.

Yeah! Yeah! The gang’s all here!

Off we go to home and it was late so we watched three episode of Frasier… So funny, we nearly fell out of our seats!

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No Phoenix Club This Evening

Dang High School kids booked everything around for their graduation events. Us poor ol’ folks were kicked out!  So, what did we do you ask?  The played nine holes of golf and went to dinner with Irene and Mike at Kobe Steakhouse.

We walked for almost two hours enjoying the great weather

The grounds are looking pretty good!

Mr. Cactus is still doing well from the wet spell we had

All the succulents are still “fat” from the rain!

Fat and also blue-green

We played seven holes and were going pretty well but we cut it short because a) it was sloooooow today and b) we were expecting Mike and Irene to join us in the clubhouse.

Hot rod Sue

We stayed at Old Ranch for about 45 minutes before going to Kobe Steakhouse which is just around the corner.

Sei created something special for us!

Mike seemed to enjoy the evening

After dinner, we all split for home.  We watched a movie and them a little Frasier before crashing!

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Mid Week And What Do We Do?

Old Ranch is closed for a tournament and it is going to be hot… Oh, what to do?  Ah ha!  To Long Beach for a cruise of the harbor!  Excellent idea thanks to Sue!

We headed to Long Beach and soon found it the weatherman was wrong again.  He forecasted 86 degrees in Long Beach and it was 72 degrees when we arrived.  We bought out tickets and then went to Bubba Gumps for a cocktail before boarding!

Past the lighthouse… We are on our way!

It was a 45 minute cruise so we just enjoyed the COOL weather.  Apparently, we were not the only ones enjoying the day.  The harbor seals were resting on the buoy! We heard one of them say “Buoy oh buoy, what a beautiful day!”

Lazy bones

After the cruise we stopped at Gladstones for another cocktail and took in all the music and activities.  Paul went to get the car and bring it around to the front of the restaurant.

We decided on the way home it was too early to go home so we went to Patty’s Place.   We wanted to visit with Chuck but, alas, he took the day off as he worked Fathers Day!  We talked the the rest of the gang before heading home!

Who has the copper bar?

We went home and watched a TV Hallmark move and some Frasier before crashing.  Interesting day!

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Summer Be Here!

OMG… Starting tomorrow, the days will be getting shorter every day until December 21st! Where is the year going? Remember, it is only 187 days until Christmas!  We are half way there!

Did You Know: The precise moment of the solstice occurs when the sun is directly above the Tropic of Cancer, which will happen at 9:24 p.m. PDST on June 20. The Tropic of Cancer, which is located at 23.5 degrees latitude North, runs through Mexico, the Bahamas, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India and southern China.

We started the day by getting tickets to the Trump Beer and Wine Festival… Too many tickets… Long story but as you can suspect, it involves computers!  So we now have 8 tickets worth about $1600 and we have only four going so far!  Ouch!  It will work it’s way out!

After that excitement, we headed to Irvince Spectrum to visit with Rene and Nicole Alcala, good friends from Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney.  We have known Rene for ten years and he recently married and Nicole is expecting.  We all went to Javier’s and had a terrific lunch!

Rene and Sue

Did Paul say steak… OMG!  Any larger and it would have walked out on its own!  The steak was beyond tender… Simply magnificent!  The term carne asada literally translates to “grilled meat” and this one was done perfectly! The menu states “New York Steak #1 prime center cut 12oz grilled and served with a grilled pasilla chile stuffed with cotija and Monterey Jack cheese. Served with refried black beans.”

Paul ordered the Carne Asada 12 oz steak and he shared it with Rene

We visited for a couple of hours and then headed out.  They look so happy and the due date is just around the corner… July 20th!

The kids are off to put together a crib… Oh oh!

So it is 3:00 PM and what should we do? Home! Indeed, to rest until the next outing at 5:00 PM!  So were are we going… You guess it, Taco Tuesday at Old Ranch with the Linds… Zack, Becca, and Lilly!  We asked Noah and Laura to join us plus, as an added bonus, we had Mike Anderson join the fray!  Just what Paul needs… More Mexican food!

Lilly… Always the little helper!

We called a cab… Thank you John!

Back of the bus!

Time to visit the wildlife

Baby ducks are a quack-up!

Great Grandma Sue assists Lilly in feeding Lilly?

After the visit to the course, we returned to the clubhouse and gabbed for another half-hour before heading for home!

We watched Blue Bloods and Frazier and then crashed about 11:00 PM.

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Doctors and Dining!

We did some chores around the house until 1:30 PM and then we headed to our eye doctor for our yearly checkup. The chores involved the laundry and the garden… We work as a team to get everyting done so we can get moving on our daily activities.

Our eyes are in great condition for the age we are… Paul’s eyes were both 20/20 meaning seeing what an average person should see at 20 feet from the object…. At 20 feet, a human eye with that performance is able to separate contours that are approximately 1.75 mm apart.  Yes, indeed, that’s all it means…. Not too scientific.  Paul was surprised to find that in Europe, your eyes are good if they are 6/6…  Metric, natch!

A typical Snellen chart that is frequently used for visual acuity testing.

We went VFR to Malarkey’s after 90 minutes in the eye doctors office.  We awaited the arrival of Greg and he was right on time with his father, David.

We had a ring-side seat right on the water

David is amazing.  He is 93 years old and ate an entire filet mignon, mashed potatoes, green salad and two martinis!

David knows his beef!

Just getting started

The man is a walking miracle!  We laughed and giggled for a couple of hours.   We enjoyed the boats going back and forth and began to plan our next trip of the Water Taxi.

Long Beach anyone?

We texted with Jon and Sarah while everything was going on.  It is hot (78+), rainy, and 80% humidity in New Hampshire… Good place to be from!

We headed home and watched Columbo and Blue Bloods plus some Frazier before crashing for the evening.

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It’s Fathers Day – Time To Be With Family

Sue always finds something special to do on this day

Our family joined together at Catal, Downtown Disney, for brunch.  Great fun with family and friends.   After brunch, the Duda’s and us went to California Adventure and Disneyland.   Please join us.

Fathers Day 2017 at Catal with the Duda’s, Zaitz, Cyndy, Mike , and us!

Say it isn’t so… Yes, we danced at the Santa Ana Elks until about 9:00 PM at which time we headed for home and watch a TV movie before crashing about 11:30 PM

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Saturday Morning And Garden Time

Paul spent a couple of hours doing gardening chores.  It is always so peaceful in the garden listening to the corn grow! Actually, you can hear (in a very quiet field) the microscopic breaking of cells as the plant skyrockets, at 2 inches per day, toward the sky!

This little guy will be dessert at lunch time today! Corn is so sweet when freshly picked!

Yes… You can hear corn grow

“Hey there fat boy!”…  We thought someone was looking over the fence at Paul but it was Vicky admiring the tomatoes!

The “maters” are gettin’ big

Batch number two of the corn this year is well underway!  The tassels are appeared (the male part of the plant) and the girls, being a bit shy, are about to appear in the next two weeks!

Our second batch of corn is getting ready to…. mate?!

The cucumbers are getting ready to be sacrificed again.  We made refrigerator pickels out of them because a) it is so easy, and b) they taste so good!

Did You Know? The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. In the U.S. and Canada, and sometimes Australia and New Zealand, the word pickle alone almost always refers to a pickled cucumber, except when it is used figuratively.

Pack the pickles into the jars. Trim the ends if they stand more than 1/2 inch below the top of the jar. Pack them in as tightly as you can without smashing the cucumbers. Bring the pickling brine to a boil: Combine the vinegar, water, and salt in a small sauce pan over high heat. Add pickling spices, peppercorns, onions, and garlic!  Wait! Refrigerated dills are cucumbers marinated for 1 day to 1 week in a salt and spice brine (in the fridge) and then stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months. No canning is required!

More refrigerator pickets are on their way!

No… The plant and tomatoes are normal.  When the plant starts to produce, many of the lower leaves will turn brown It’s natural as the season progresses for lower leaves to yellow and brown and even fall off. This is particularly true if you’ve had temperatures higher than normal, which creates stress in plants. Furthermore, as summer progresses, plants are working to both survive and produce enough fruit to ensure their species survival in perpetuity (that is, seeds!).

This is an Indigo Rose tomato. This tomato is ready to harvest when the color of the fruit changes from a shiny blue-purple cast to a dull purple-brown

No! They are not bad… They are supposed to be this color

They made a great addition to a mixed salad!

So after working in the garden, we went to the grocery store to get the essentials… No food, just other “stuff”.

On our way to Torrance we got a text from Gary, Lilly’s grandpa.  He took her out to lunch and got “the stink eye”.  We laughed ourselves silly!

Gary must have tried to sneak a french fry!

We then headed north toward Torrance where Charlie is playing in the baseball championship today.  After the game, we are going to celebrate Fathe’r Day at Santino’s Italian Restaurant on Torrance Blvd… Tomorrow Joe’s family will be at three baseball games and we will be at Disneyland.

We met up with Michele and Tony (Amy’s parents) along with John (Tony’s son) and the Liles’.  John had his twins with him and of course Charlie and Alex were there and in rare form!  Great fun with family!

Daddy Paul made the fatal mistake of telling Joe that “eating ice cream with chopsticks and it automatically reduces calories to zero”… Joe immediately got two knives  and tried it… Amy and Sue were cracking up!

They say Joe and Paul look just alike… Poor Amy and Sue!

OK… It is 7:00 PM and time go to dancing at Garden Grove.  We high-tailed it down the 405 freeway for 35 minutes and arrived to enjoy an hours worth of dancing.  We met up with the Branders, the Woolstons, and Norma & Jerry.  Great fun with friends… The DJ was not so good tonight although in all fairness, we did not make any requests.

We went home to crash! We watch a Hallmark mystery movie and then some Frazier before call it a day!

Side Note: We are blessed with friends and family!  So nice to have dinner with Joe and his family!  His lovelu bride Amy and her family are A#1.

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Yeah! The Weekend Is Here!

We did some chores around the house including a run to the hardware store yo get supplies… Wood glue, 25′ un-kinkable-hose,  some concrete drill bits, and other vitals.  Paul asked, “Wanna go out for lunch?”

Sue gave out a resounding “Yes!”.   But there is always the question, “Where?”!  Sue knew exactly what she wanted… Panda Inn in La Palma!  It is a super place to dine as the service is outstanding and we are kinda regulars!  (That’s the place we go every Christmas Day).

Located in La Palma right next to the 5 Freeway

Now you know why Sue likes it so much… She often wonders why can’t she just order two bowls of fortune cookies?

Their fortune cookies are dipped in white chocolate and wrapped in foil!

After lunch we went back home for a while and then got ready to go to Garden Grove to dance but first we stopped by Old Ranch for a cocktail.  As soon as we sat down, Joe (our Son) called and wanted to adjust Father’s Day around a but first things first.  He was calling from Lego Land  and there was a display of the White House and many people out front.  Our Grandsons wanted us to pick out President Trump!  It was easy!  We cropped the picture and sent it back to them via text-message!  They love our President as well they should.

God Bless Our President!

We ran into John Schulte (who just lost his wife, Ernie, a day ago).  We sat with him for quite a while and visited until the family showed up… John was in no mood to pick out flowers and Ernie’s daughter, Diane, did the heavy lifting… She is a very nice lady!

From Old Ranch to Garden Grove is about a nine minute run.  We met up with Donna & Bob, Iris & Will, and Pat.  The Brander’s were going to a graduation so they would not be there tonight!  We had dinner there,,,, Well, Paul did.  We know so many people there that there is always birthday cake floating around… We got ours tonight!  Yummy!

We are going to tell Marsha and Leon that it was chocolate!

After dancing untio about 10:00 PM, we headed to for home to crash!

 

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Work… Golf… Dance… Repeat

Paul got up bright and early and hit the yard taking care of many neglected tasks… He said it felt pretty good!  We continued to work until about 11:00 AM. Sue made a great lunch and we got ready to play golf.

We got a text at 10:05 AM that Ernie had passed… We were pretty upset about that as she was always the life of the party!  We will remember her with fondness!

Ernie at her home September 4th 2013

We tried to play golf but at the 5th hole we gave up… Our minds were not on the game!  We came back and did some happy hour with Bunnaford and new members, Darrick and Leslie plus Derrick’s mom, Donna.

We then went home, got ready to dance and headed to Patty’s Place for a glass of wine and a bowl of soup!  Delightful!

On to the Phoenix Club where we had a load of friends this evening.  Connor joined us and we think he likes hearing the “old folks”… Everybody talks to Connor and enjoys his joining us!  Next step, we will get him dancing other than country western!

10:00 PM and time to hit the road for home.  We watched some TV and crashed about 11:15 PM.  Another day goes into the history books

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Hard Work And Play… A Good Thing!

Paul started out the morning at 7:oo AM in the back yard filling two 100 gallon trashcans with garden trimmings.  He pulled the corn stalks that were finished for the season, cleared out the brown tomato leaves, and did some serious watering as it is supposed to be hot for the next few days.

Sue fixed lunch and we were off to play golf… It’s taken Paul almost ten years but now golf is enjoyable.  We do not keep score, most of the balls go down the center of the fairway, and we are presented with the great out of doors plus we get to see the wild life!  This is good!

The weather was perfect today… 74 degrees and a slight breeze… Hardley a cloud in the sky!

That ball will never know what hit it!

Old Ranch has some interesting plants…  These pods seem to be oversized for the plant but we shall see when they finally bloom.

Interesting wild life

The ball is winging its way to the hole on #16, a three par!  Sue does not hit it far but she is right down the center every time.  When she asked Paul “Where did my ball go”, Paul laughs and says “Right down the center dear!”

Smash!  It’s gone!

Lilly spotted Grandma Sue and paddled as fast as she could to get her afternoon surprise!  We only feed her premium swan food we get from the local feed store… Vitamin fortified!

Here comes Lilly the Swan

Did You Know:

The swan mates for life
Swan Upping – the swan census – Swan Upping is a yearly ceremony in Britain in which mute swans on the River Thames are rounded up, caught, marked, and then released during the third week of July
The historic ceremony of Swan Upping dates from the 12th century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. Traditionally, the UK King or Queen owns all unmarked mute swans on the River Thames
Swan meat was once regarded as a delicacy in England especially during the reigns of the Tudors when they featured in great banquets
The collective name for a group is a bevy, or lamentation
Males are called cob
Females are called pen
The names given to babies are signets (cygnets)

 

Grandma Sue provides meals on wheels for Lilly

She was happy to see Sue.  We did happy hour on the patio.  Bunnaford was still on the patio so we had a glass of wine with her.  Tom was going to pick her up at 5:00 PM so Paul walked her out of the club to the parking lot.

Paul decided to have a veggie burger and Sue got some Old Ranch chips!

We were going to leave and then Dave O and Teri show up so we stayed a little longer.  At 7:00 PM we headed for home so Sue could do the treadmill.  We had a great evening crashing about 11:30 PM.

We had not heard anything about Ernie so Paul checked the iPhone messages before turning out the lights.  Nothing about Ernie but we did get a text from our daughter Robin  asking about Father’s Day and we told her we had no plans so she invited us to go to Disneyland.  Made Paul feel pretty good that someone wanted to celebrate the day.

Bob, Nick, and Robin

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Slow Day… Sad Day…

First things first… Off to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to buy this years tickets for their performances.  $9,000 and we were done.  Now we wait until late July to get the tickets and distribute to our friends.

While returning home, we called the GG Elks to assure our associate membership was renewed and it was not!  We headed to GG to visit the office and take care of that issue.  While we were there we had lunch at the Elks.  Sue did their Cream of Potato soup while Paul did “The Californian” beef dip sandwich!  Excellent food and good friends.

Our favorite waitress at the GG Elks…

After returning home Paul worked in the garden getting the old corn back into shape and picking some tomatoes.

Around 4:45 PM we headed to Old Ranch to await the grand kids arrival but alas, they got busy with life! We stayed until about 5:45 PM and then went to Kobe for some sushi surprises.  Many, the sushi chef, knows Paul well and fixes him SMALL portions of the sashimi/sushi.  That way Paul can try many things and not get stuffed.

Many surprises Paul with delicious small portions

At 6:00 PM we returned to Old Ranch to make sure our friends were OK.

We are going to loose Ernie in the next few days as her Pulmonary Fibrosis had taken over the lung and she cannot breath anymore.  She was tired of living that way.  The plug will be pulled tomorrow morning with the family in attendance and Bunny, Dave O, Terri,  among others, were pretty sad. RIP Ernie (1936-2017), you had a good run!

Did You Know: Pulmonary fibrosis occurs when lung tissue becomes scarred or damaged. The stiff, thickened tissue obstructs the free passage of oxygen through the walls of the lungs’ tiny air sacs (alveoli) into the bloodstream. As the disease progresses, patients with pulmonary fibrosis feel more short of breath over time. After an early diagnosis, it is generally fatal in 3-5 years.

Ernestine Schulte RIP (1936-2017)

We returned home, watched a little TV and Sue turned in about 9:30 PM, it was an emotional day.  Paul worked on the computer for another couple of hours and then crashed.

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We Went To Wine Land… Temecula!

The weather should be mild for today’s adventure into the wild grape country! Bob had to work, he was irreplaceable today, so Donna will be riding with us! Great fun. The girls can taste and Paul can relax, watch the fun, and take pictures of the evidence left behind!  Join the fun!

Temecula June 2017

We got home with little traffic from Donna’s house and then watched TV before crashing at 11:00 PM… Yes, 11:00 PM.  We were tired!

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Off To The Apple Doc + Old Ranch

Paul fiddled with the old iMac for a while and finally disconnected it and hauled it to see the Doc at the Apple Store.  Verdict?  The hard drive was going south!  Paul learned that putting the machine to sleep still meant the disk was spinning so that means it had been spinning for four years!  The doc said “It will be 3-5 days in recovery and $200. The old iMac should be back in excellent health again!”

Poor baby needed some TLC

We rested for a while and then headed to Old Ranch for the monthly dinner dance.  We had 40 people in attendance!  Everyone had a great time.  Tomorrow, Temecula… Got to keep on the go!

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Turn Back The Clock

We had an uneventful day.  Paul worked in the garden for a while and Sue prepared lunch.  About 3:00 PM we got ready to hit the road for San Clemente, a 45 minute trip from here.  We went to the annual San Clemente Rotary USO dance at the community center… Great fun… Join us!

We are gathered together

We danced a lot tonight as the music was swing swing swing and upbeat… You just had to move!

Resting between dances

The band took a break so the old folks could sit down!

Great music of the times

We departed about 9:45 PM for home and it was a perfect drive… The moon was quite amazing this evening.  We watched some Frazier and then crashed.  Tomorrow the ol’ trusty Apple must go in for a procedure… It has become possessed!

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Friday Has Arrived

We rested today after going to the hair salon.  We had a great lunch at home followed by corn on the cob (fresh from our garden) for dessert.  There is nothing better than grabbing the corn, shucking it on the spot, wrapping it in wax paper, and microwaving it for two minutes… Instant meal!

Did You Know?  In the 1930s, before the machines were available, a farmer could harvest an average of 100 bushels of corn by hand in a nine-hour day. Today’s combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour—or 100 bushels of corn in under 7 minutes!

An average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows.
There is one piece of silk for each kernel.
A bushel of corn contains about 27,000 kernels.
Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
Corn is an ingredient in more than 3,500 grocery products.
One bushel of corn can make 33 pounds of sweetener, 32 pounds of starch, or 2 1/2 gallons of ethanol fuel.
• Corn is the 3rd most important food crop of the world measured by production volume, behind wheat and rice. In terms of acreage planted, it is second only to wheat.

Later on we went to Old Ranch to visit friends and then off to Garden Grove Elks to dance.

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Time To Rest…. Sort Of…

We were going to play golf, celebrate Alex’s birthday, and then go dancing but time got in our way!  We passed on golf and decided to rest instead… Good choice.  Paul took an hour walk with pictures as June Gloom is in full force here.

June Gloom at the Seal Beach Pier

Did You Know?  June Gloom is a southern California term for a weather pattern that results in cloudy, overcast skies with cool temperatures during the late spring and early summer. While it is most common in the month of June, it can occur in surrounding months, giving rise to other colloquialisms, such as “May Gray”, “No Sky July”, and, rarely, “Fogust”.

Low-altitude stratus clouds form over the cool water of the California Current, and spread overnight into the coastal regions of Southern California. The overcast skies often are accompanied by fog and drizzle, though usually not rain. June Gloom usually clears up between mid-morning and early afternoon, depending on the strength of the marine layer, and gives way to sunny skies. On a strong June Gloom day, the clouds and fog may extend inland to the valleys and Inland Empire and may persist into the mid-afternoon or evening.

A combination of atmospheric and oceanic conditions must be just right in order for June Gloom to form, and these conditions usually align only around May and June of each year.

We got ready and went to celebrate Alex’s birthday with Charlie, Joe, Amy, Michele, and Tony.  We had a great time visiting and catching up on things!

Our grandson is growing up!

After dinner we went VFR to the Phoenix Club and danced until closing… Around 10:30 PM.  When we arrived at home, we watched Frazier before crashing.  Tomorrow is another day!

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Off To The San Diego Fair

We started the day with a picture from New Hampshire.  Logann is having some difficulties and had to be moved to another hospital specializing in infants.  We know all is going to be well.

Cassie and Logann

We are off and running on this cold gloomy day to Del Mar and a visit to the San Diego Fair.  We arrived at 11:00 AM and the place was packed… We found out that it was “Free Ride Day”!

We began the day with a nice glass of wine followed by super grilled cheese sandwiches.  Paul bought five new aloha shirts to add to his collection.

The “bankie” was a life-saver

Miss Lisa was working this morning but she got off at 2:00 PM and joined us.  Her work was just around the corner so she walked!

A glass of wine gets the afternoon started

We passed the garden display and immediately thought of Zack and Logan the pooch!

Logan (the dog) needs one of these

Message to Joe… Let’s build some trains!

Super train setup

Lisa joined us about 3:00 PM and we jointly walked all of the hobbies and arts displays.  Great fun!  We stopped and visited the flower displays before heading out.  It was dinner time so we had Lisa join us for dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Del Mar.

Dinner time

Yummy and spicey!

Great dining!

Sue was under the heater so she was OK!  Riding in the wheelchair is good for speed but it does not allow her to build up any body heat… Paul on the other hand was toasty!

Happy visiting time

On the way home we decided to go to Patty’s Place so we did and stayed until about 10:30 PM.  Great time with friends!  When we got home we watched Frazier and then crashed!

Did You Know? Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004.  The series was created as a spin-off of Cheers, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life. Frasier stars Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin.

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Golf Time

We played nine holes today and then went to Taco Tuesday with Bunnaford and Greg.  Great fun with friends!

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Off To School, Cucina Enoteca, Malarkeys

We flitted all around town today but first, we got a Lilly-Gram from Mommy showing Lilly  going to school! She looked pretty excited!

First day of school… She is ready!

We went for a quick doctors checkout and then had lunch at Cucina Enoteca in Newport Beach.  Great fun and delicious food.  The wines are quite nice there and the fare is Mediterranean with French overtunes.  After a glass of wine, we headed home for a few minutes before taking off again!

Great dining at Cucina Enoteca

Next stop?  My Italian Kitchen on Main Street in Seal Beach! We had a glass of wine only because we took two hours at Cucina Enteca and were still stuffed! 5:00 PM, must go!

We then went to Malarkey’s and Irene and Luisa joined us. The four of us laughed and gabbed for a couple of hours.

Irene and Luisa

Paul had the proper shirt for the occasion

We then headed home and did the treadmill and watched some TV.  We are now watching “Frasier” which is pretty funny!

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Just Rested!

We rested today as next week promises to be busy.  About 5:00 PM, we decided to go to Old Ranch for a drink before rerturning home to watch TV and do the treadmill!

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Someone Has A Birthday

Our oldest great granddaughter turned three this week and mommy and daddy threw a party!  Cake, BBQ, bounce house… The works.  Great fun!  Join us at the party.

Enjoying all the fun

After the party, we headed for the GG Elks to dance until about 10:30 PM with the Branders and a new band which was pretty good!

 

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Walking – Disneyland – Dancing

What a great day!  Paul took his morning walk around the “hood”.  Join the walk today and see the pictures.

All sorts of strange animals appear in a normal days walk

Later on we went to Garden Grove Elks and danced to the Footnotes, great band!  We visited our friends and it was a load of fun!

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A Big Day For Nick!

Paul did the morning walk even though the June gloom was in full swing! Join the walk!

5,000 steps is an OK start before 10:00 AM!

Paul is a little worried about being too healthy!  He is reconsidering what to have for breakfast!

Oops!

Our grandson Nick is graduating from High School today and we will be there for a family lunch before going to the High School for the ceremonies!  Robin and Bob selected BJ’s because it has a little but of everything! We had great fun from 2-5:30 PM.  Join the celebration.

BJ’s for lunch with the family!

At the side of BJ’s is a water tower (you know, it’s a brewery) and four years ago Nick was goofing off and Bob snapped a picture.  Ratchet forward four years and little Nick becomes big Nick!  How time flies!

Four years apart!

To Santiago High School!  The day was perfect but as the sun dropped, so did the temperature!

Nick and 1400 of his closest friends graduating

After the ceremony, we returned to BJ’s with Robin and Bob for additional required celebration!

Nick has a beer to celebrate (root)

At 10:30 PM we headed for home but we had another tradition first, rootbeer floats.  We finally got home about 11:50 PM.  We missed the Phoenix Club but how often does your grandson graduate high school!

We watch a little bit of TV and then crashed!

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Where Is The Year Going?

Mr. Duck came to visit

The plants were magnificent

Love the burple plants

Kangaroo feet

Neat cactus

We played golf this fine day and we were happy to see the “Gray May”  leave us… Now it is the “June Gloom”!  We did a short Happy Hour before going home, changing, and heading to the OC Performing Arts Center.  We parked at the Center Club and went in to have a glass of wine before the show.  Our bartender knows us fairly well and he ordered a cheese/chicken flatbread for us.  Sue was able to have some of the crust while Paul devoured the flatbread.  It was terrific!

A super musical!

The show tonight was a musical based on the movie “The Bodyguard”.  Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You”.

Grammy® Award-nominated and multi-platinum R&B/pop recording artist and film/TV actress Deborah Cox* stars in this stunning musical based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar®-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award®-winner Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards.

“It started with a gunshot and kept us on the edge of our seats from the outset. Exciting, thrilling, uplifting, moving – The Bodyguard is a truly exceptional show!” – Southern Daily Echo

Recommended for ages 13 and up. The Bodyguard contains some adult language, mature situations and brief simulated violence and gun shots.

After getting home we watched Hawaii 5-0 and the last Cheers!  Oh dear, what do we do tomorrow?

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Tuesday And Golf Day

We decided to play golf today and it was a perfect day!  The weather was “cool” but refreshing!

Two hours goes pretty fast when you are having fun!

We actually played in two hours, Paul forgot to stop the timer when we went upstairs.

We played the front nine

3,299 steps was all we did… We think the soft grass may not register on the accelerometer in the phone.

Of course, the ducks do not go hungry when grandma Sue is around!

Grandma Sue feeds the babies

Did You Know? Male ducks have an eclipse plumage similar to females that they wear after the breeding season for about a month as their new feathers grow. During that month, they are completely flightless and more vulnerable to predators. At this time, many male ducks stay in isolated, remote areas or flock together for protection in numbers.

We heard noise and when we look over the small golf cart bridge we saw the teens at play. Mommy duck was near by.

The teenagers were playing by the bridge

Did You Know? Most male ducks are silent and very few ducks actually “quack.” Instead, their calls may include squeaks, grunts, groans, chirps, whistles, brays and growls. Females can also make a wide range of different noises, and they are usually more vocal than males.

We did some happy hour after playing nine.

Maryjo tries on the blues

Bunnaford joins us after nine

We went to Katella Deli to order a cake and had to stop in the bar and order their onion rings!  Best we have ever had!

Katella deli onion rings are the best

OK, time to go home!

Oh… We called Lilly to sing Happy Birthday to her but she was at Disneyland.

Calabrating at Disneyland

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Memorial Day 2017

We stayed home today except for Paul’s quick trip to the market to get some ingredients for our refrigerator pickles! We remembered our departed heroes at Malarkey’s with a toast from Irene, Ghislaine, Wally, Sue and Paul!

Remembering those who gave their lives for us

Paul went for a walk in the morning.

Time for a walk

An amazing flower

Of course it is Monday which means Seal Beach and friends!  We stopped at My Italian Kitchen for a snack and a glass of wine before going to Malarkey’s.

Enjoying the day

We returned home to hit the treadmill and watch two Hallmark romantic movies.  We finished up with Cheers before hitting thr hay!

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Season’s 52 and South Coast Reperatory

It’s Sunday and we headed to Season’s 52 for a great lunch and then across the street to South Coast Repertory to see “Monster Builder”.

 

Paul loves the trout!

Summary:  Rita and Dieter are thrilled to meet Gregor, the world’s most celebrated architect. His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. So why has he taken on the remodel of a decaying boathouse, a project that was supposed to go to Rita and Dieter? They’re ready for a confrontation, but nothing prepares them for the heart-stopping truth about their idol. Another outrageous comedy from the author of The Beard of Avon.

Annie Abrams (Tamsin) and Danny Scheie (Gregor)

After the play we dropped by Old Ranch but we decided not to stay… We went to Kobe Steakhouse and had wine and saki with a little bit of sushi before going home.

Eel and avocado

Octopus carpaccio

We have several Hallmark Channel movies recorded and we watched two of those plus “The Good Witch” with Catherine Bell.  We finished off with two Cheers and crashed!

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More Gardening…

It’s Saturday so Paul hit the garden again!  This time we did some transplanting… moving beets and onions to different spots in the garden.  The garden is looking pretty good for this time of year.  Paul pulled the green beans as we like bush beans a lot more!  Paul pulled several nice looking cucumbers so we can make pickles this week!

Refrigerator pickles stay good for several weeks

Did You Know? The term pickle is derived from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. In the United States and Canada, the word pickle alone almost always refers to a pickled cucumber (other types of pickles will be described as “pickled onion”, “pickled beets”, etc.). In the UK pickle generally refers to ploughman’s pickle, such as Branston pickle, traditionally served with a ploughman’s lunch.

After working all day, we headed for Garden Grove to dance to the sounds of a new band and they were pretty good.  We had another great evening with our friends making the evening go rapidly.

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Friday And We Kinda Took It Easy

Paul spent most of the day in the garden putting the tomatoes back into their cages and ingivorating all the veggies with a dose of epsom salts. Epsom salt takes its name from a bitter saline spring in Epsom in Surrey, England where the salt was produced from the springs that arise where the porous chalk of the North Downs meets non-porous London clay. Paul dug in 14 pounds of salts in the back yard alone!  He had to buy anther 14 pounds for the front yard.

Did You Know: In gardening and other agriculture, magnesium sulfate is used to correct a magnesium or sulfur deficiency in soil; magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule, and sulfur is another important micronutrient.  It is most commonly applied to potted plants, or to magnesium-hungry crops, such as potatoes, roses, tomatoes, lemon trees, carrots, and peppers. The advantage of magnesium sulfate over other magnesium soil amendments (such as dolomitic lime) is its high solubility, which also allows the option of foliar feeding. Solutions of magnesium sulfate are also nearly neutral, compared with alkaline salts of magnesium as found in limestone; therefore, the use of magnesium sulfate as a magnesium source for soil does not significantly change the soil pH.

After cleaning up, we headed to the Garden Grove Elks to listed and dance to Street Corner Symphony.  We danced until 10:30 PM and finally headed home for a little TV before crashing!

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Today Was Going To Be Golf Day But Alas

Sue is wise said “No golf… Staying home”. We did!  All good!  Paul spent most of the day with a bag of ice on his knee.  In the late afternoon, we went to Patty’s Place for a salad and a drink and then headed to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing!

We do it all!

We departed with the band and headed home for an evening of NCIS and Cheers.

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To The Doctor…

We saw Paul’s GP and she said “bursitis” in the left knee. It was bad enough that we stayed home and did not walk. Sue called the doctor and we got in about 2:20 PM.  The doctor knew pretty quickly… Bursitis!

Under the kneecap (suprapatellar) bursa got inflamed!

Paul kept ice on it and stayed still until about 4:00 PM when the ol’ cabin fever took over and we went to Old Ranch and then Kobe Steakhouse.

Did You Know? – Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae (small sacs) of synovial fluid in the body. They are lined with a synovial membrane that secretes a lubricating synovial fluid. There are more than 150 bursae in the human body. The bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, such as muscles and tendons, slide across bone. Healthy bursae create a smooth, almost frictionless functional gliding surface making normal movement painless. When bursitis occurs, however, movement relying on the inflamed bursa becomes difficult and painful. Moreover, movement of tendons and muscles over the inflamed bursa aggravates its inflammation, perpetuating the problem.

We went home and watched TV keeping the knee cool!

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Ouch!

Paul woke up about 4:00 Am with the knee hurting pretty bad.  Four Advil seemed to reduce the pain somewhat!  we stayed home and kept it still.  Late in the afternoon we decided that a doctors appointment was needed!

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R&R… Much Needed

Sue did the laundry while Paul worked in the garden until it was mid afternoon and time to go to “My Italian Kitchen” for lunch.  Paul loves the kids spaghetti with cheese and a glass of the vino.

Simple… No sauce!

At 4:50 PM we went ot Malarkey’s and met up with Luisa and Irene and swapped stories for a couple of hours!  Great fun!

After sitting a while and watching TV, Paul noticed his knee was very sore.  We did not think anything about it and went to bed normally.

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Home We Go And Then More Dancing

We had breakfast and then departed for the mainland at 11:45 AM.  We ate lite since we were going to Patty’s Place for lunch!

Breakfast of little bitty champions

We then headed for home, unloaded our suit cases and then went VFR to Santa Ana Elks to dance at the Jam Session until about 8:00 PM when Paul needed to rest!

We came home to watch TV and crash!

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First Things First… Golf… Then Dancing

We started the day at the Sandtrap dining establishment.  Not fancy but good grub! We played golf with the Henches, Zaitz, Rodeckers, and Grays.  One heck of a good time was had by all! Join us for golf.

Breakfast with friends

Just down the hill from the first tee is the sandtraps…  Real and dining!

The World Famous Sand Trap

After golf we headed to the patio for some serious drinking… water, coke, and one wine…  Others of us visited the library, went shopping, dined out, or just walked!  Join us on the roof.

On the patio May 20th 2017 – We are ready to go!

We changed into our finer attire and then head downstairs to the Ristorente Villa Portofino for a great dinner. Join us at dinner.

Dinner at Ristorente Villa Portofino May 20th 2017

It is now bewitching time… We walk to the 1930’s located high atop the casino in Avalon!  Join the fun.

In the casino ballroom dancing to the sounds of the 1920’s and 1930’s

At 10:30 PM, we walked back to the Ristorente Villa Portofino and had nightcaps with Italian desserts… It’s OK, we are old… It’s allowed! Join the fun.

Post Avalon Ball Nightcap May 20th 2017 with Sharlene

Great thing about this… Out hotel room was one flight up and 50 feet away!  Night night… Tomorrow we return to the 21st century!

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We Are Off And Running – Avalon Ball!

It’s that time of the year… Avalon Ball Time… We went with about 40 of our dear friends and talked, laughed, ate, drank, and most importantly… danced the weekend away! See the weekened overview!

On our way…

Now the details! We departed Long Beach at noon arriving at 1:00 PM. Join the fun!

Paul promised to behave! Yeah! Right!

As soon as we arrive, it’s off to Von’s and return to the rooftop patio for an afternoon of fun!  Join us!

What happens on the patio stays on the patio

Now it is off to dinner at the Bluewater Grill. Join us!

Dining at the Bluewater Grill and then movies and nightcaps!

Now it is time to crash!  Big day tomorrow!

 

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Getting Ready For An Adventure

We did errands today.  Sue stayed home and got clothes ready while Paul went and got batteries, picked up his shoes, gassed the car… Just errands!  We watered the garden as it is supposed to be warm this weekend. We are a team!

Out security system is amazing.  Paul got a buzz while out and it was the neighborhood cat taking a stroll in out back yard.  The images are so clear and very fast!

Late in the afternoon, we went to Kobe for a glass of wine before going to the Phoenix Club to dance!  We danced until 10:15 PM and then headed home.  Long day but fun.  The adventure is coming.

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Golf Day… Yeah!

We have not played golf in a while so Old Ranch, here we come!  It was a perfect day, right at 71 degrees with a little breeze!

Sue smashes the ball

It’s Spring and the wildlife are wild!  The ol’ crane stood there so still it was hard to see him.  He wad something in his eyesight!

Awaiting for a surprise attack

This tree had an interesting pattern on the bark. It may have been the lighting in late afternoon but it was unique.

Strange patterns can be found several places on a golf course during a round of golf

We did some happy hour and then headed home for the evening.  We  are going on an adventure soon and we had things to do to get ready to go.

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Off We Go… Temecula, You Are Warned!

It’s that time again!  Temecula, here we come.  We had lunch at Falkner’s Pinnacle restaurant and, as usual, it was perfect!  The weather was cool but the wine was fine!

The post-Mother’s Day flowers were still fresh!

Oh what to eat said Sue and then she had an idea… Make the hamburger vegetarian and healthy,

Sue did the hamburger without the burget… Extra cheese and mushrooms

The special was pork chop!  It was really really good!

Did You Know? A pork chop, like other meat chops, is a cut taken perpendicularly to the spine of the pig and usually containing a rib or part of a vertebra, served as an individual portion.  As pork is often cooked more thoroughly than beef, thus running the risk of drying out the meat, pork chops can be brined to maintain moistness. One could also wrap their pork chops in bacon to add further moistness during the cooking process.

Paul had the special… The pork chop was huge

We stopped and tasted champagne on the way out of the valley.  Thornton has excellent champagnes.

While we where making the rounds, we picked up Donna and Bob’s wines which were waiting.  We had the entire back seat of the van loaded with cases and bags of wine!

…and of course, wine!

We decided it was too early to go home so we stopped at Kobe which is six long blocks from out home!  Manny made Paul a  special spicy tuna carpaccio.  Those jalapeno’s were HOT.

So very pretty – Almost to pretty to eat!

Arriving at home we watched a Hallmark Channel romantic movie, some NCIS, and Cheers and then crashed!

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Quiet Needed After The Weekend

We stayed around the house, working in the garden and just relaxing.  In the afternoon we went to “My Little Italian Kitchen” for a glass of wine and a snack before heading to Malarkey’s for our weekly meeting with whomever.  Today, it was just Irene and that was nice… We got to visit!

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Mother’s Day Means Disneyland

We went to Downtown Disney at 11:00 AM to meet up with the family and we talked (yacked) for four hours!  Great fun and lots of memories. Join us!

Fun and more fun!

After the brunch, we went to California Adventure and rode “Soarin’ Over The World’ but it took us 90 minutes so we decided no more, time for Catal again!  On our way out Miss Lilly met is… What a surprise!  Becca and Zack met us!  We decided we needed dinner and a drink so we VFR’ed to Catal and had a great meal and yacked for another two ours!  Great fun with family!

We were finally tired so we went home and crashed!

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Slow Day Until Afternoon!

We worked around the house mostly watering in preparation for our next adventure!  At 4:00 PM we headed for Bob and Donna’s to enjoy some pre-wine-tasting champagne tasting.

Enjoying all the hubbub

We tasted, chatted, drank, repeat!

Ph oh… Almost dry!

It was a literary experience!

Something to read between tastings

Time to dance and see the gang!

Our Gang at the Garden Grove Elks

Heading home were were at 10:00 PM right after the 11:00 PM Toast!

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Two Days In A Car! Time To Walk!

Paul hit the pavement early this morning… Well, early for Paul!  At 9:30 he took off with Rush Limbaugh in his ear and a camera in his hand!  Passing by one of the large trees Paul noticed someone put up a “back-up” aid in the tree.  Not a bad idea since there were high bushes right by the driveway! So, without hesitation, he took a kinda “selfie” using the mirror!  Please join the walk!

Mirror mirror on the tree…

We went to the market for the first time in about three weeks and we were out of everything.  Although, as we went through the list Paul noted that several things we did NOT need since he did some emergency shopping or ordered things on Amazon!  We both had a good laugh!

Sue’s hands often get cold so Paul bought a combination hand-warmer and reserve battery pack from Amazon.  We tried it and wow… It indeed works well.  Amazingly enough we bought it on line from Amazon this morning and it was delivered at 6:00 PM!

This little puppy really gets warm!

We went to Patty’s Place to give our bartender another load of grapefruit but alas, he was on vacation so we left them for the staff.  We had a glass of wine and then headed to the Phoenix Club to dance.

Great fun dancing and visiting with all of our friends.  We departed about 10:15 PM for home where we watched some TV and a little bit of Cheers before crashing.

 

 

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Home And Time To Get Back To Normal

We attacked the garden giving it plenty to drink!

The corn is coming along just fine!

We rested up and headed to the Phoenix Club to go dancing.

 

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Wednesday Morning And Time To Drive To Stockton

We are off like a flash to Stockton.  We called Tom and asked him to meet us at Strings Italian Cafe in Lodi.  It’s the place we always go to visit and dine with Kaye and Tom.  Great food and wonderful service.

Time to visit

At 2:00 PM we headed down Highway 99 and we were home about 9:30 PM after having a glass of wine and a salad at the Black Bear Cafe near Grapevine.  We made pretty good time and our mileage was 28 MPG, not bad considering our average speed was 66 MPH.

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Zooming! 424 Miles Home To Saratoga

Time for a visit to the north!  We departed this morning at 9:00 AM for Saratoga to visit the Porters and then Wednesday we headed to Stockton to visit Aunt Kaye and Tom!  900+ miles in two days!

At Gaviota Pass Rest Station

Where for lunch? Duh!  Andersen’s Split Pea Soup!  This restaurant is simply great.  A wide selection of good food and split pea soup!

Andersen’s Restaurant

Oh… and time for lunch and a glass of wine!

Andersen’s Split Pea Soup for lunch

Did You Know? The “Original” Split Pea Soup is Fat Free, 100% Vegetarian and a good source of protein and iron. Andersen’s canned soups are the next best thing to being here and having it fresh. There are 12 cans in a case which saves you $4.50 per case. We keep a case or two around for “the big one”.

There is Haa-P and Pee-We

PAul really enjoys their food.  Today Paul had a patty melt and it was fantastic.  Oh, he also had a bowl of soup!

Having a great lunch!

We lined up all the glasses… water glasses, wine glasses and diet coke glasses for this picture.

We lined up all the glasses

After arriving in Saratoga, Lisa told us she made reservation at the Fondue Restaurant called “La Fondue”  Yeah!  time to dine… again!

Fondue this evening

Off to Diane’s where we visited until about 10:30 PM when the working people crashed.  We stayed up for a while having a glass of wine before crashing.  Tomorrow, we are off to Stockton!

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Rain Is Gone… Time To Walk Again

Paul did another walk this morning which felt good since he was indoors for two days due to the threat of rain.

We worked in the garden and then did some errands as the Avalon Ball is coming up and we  had to make sure all was ready for the trip.

About 3:00 PM, we went to Seal Beach main street to “My Italian Kitchen” and had a lite dinner before going to Malarkey’s where it was “Party On”.

The Duda’s  joined us plus Lisa and Luisa along with Joel.  To top things off, the Rodecker’s joined the frey!  Irene and us has a ball gabbling for hours!

Bob and Joel knew several people in the music business

We have so much fun just talking about things and catching up on the previous weeks activities.

Having fun

Luisa provided us her itinerary for the Irish trip!

Luisa enjoys her wine

Wally and Ghislaine joined us making our group ten for this evening.

Wall (and Ghislaine) make the party more fun!

…all the way from Corona!

Robin and Bob

We had a pretty good view and the bar was fairly quiet this evening.

We sat in the main room since we had ten this evening

Back home and getting ready for Tuesday’s adventure.  What adventure?

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What Rain? Then Rain!

Paul decided to not walk as it was supposed to rain and the clouds looked a little threatening.

We did have success at catching a brown rat, also referred to as common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, Norwegian rat, or wharf rat (Rattus norvegicus).  We call them Fruit Rats as they go after our citrus leaving them hollowed out and sometimes on the tree.  The trap on the fence adjacent to the tree worked well!

It’s mid afternoon and dark clouds began to form and finally came they came over the house and released a downpour!  This is a good thing for our garden!

Mid-afternoon, the rain finally came!

Late in the afternoon cabin fever caught up with up so we went to Kobe Steakhouse for dinner and a drink! When we departed it began hailing.  Loads of small white hail stones pelted the driveway and windshield.

Time to dine! The octopus carpaccio was outstanding.

Octopus and Jalapeno’s

While we were dining, we kept feeling like someone was watching!

Why is he watching us?

Sei, the other sushi chef, made Paul a special meal. It was called a “stack”  by Sei.  It was quite delicious.

S special provided by the chef

Paul requested BBQ Eel sashimi.  It was a beautiful presentation.

BBQ eel sashimi

To cap off the evening, Paul requested salmon eggs or roe. Roe  or hard roe is the fully ripe internal egg masses in the ovaries, or the released external egg masses of fish and certain marine animals, such as shrimp, scallop and sea urchins. As a seafood, roe is used both as a cooked ingredient in many dishes and as a raw ingredient. The roe of marine animals, such as the roe of lumpsucker, hake and salmon, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Roe from a sturgeon or sometimes other fishes is the raw base product from which caviar is made.

Salmon eggs (roe)

We headed for home about 7:30 PM and when we walked outside, the sky was afire!  We thought about going to the ocean to see it but we did not have enough time!

A magnificent sunset!

Home safe and sound!  We watched some TV and Cheers and then crashed about 11:40 PM.

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Gardening And More Gardening

We stayed home today as it was supposed to rain but alas, no water today!  The back yard has about 600 square feet of raised garden beds.  Being raised makes it so easy to do the gardening chores. This picture was taken from the roof of our home. Visit our May garden

Easy maintenance gardening

Paul worked two hours on our lemon tree which needed to be cleaned out and trimmed.  Paul got about 50 lemons off the tree (and tossed about 100).  It looks pretty good now!

We picked six artichokes today and will cook them tomorrow.  We like them both hot and cold.  We wondered how artichokes were processed commercially.  Wikipedia provided us the answer:

Did You Know? Artichokes are harvested by hand, one at a time and placed in baskets, which are shipped to an auction house. An artichoke auction is then conducted in the Dutch Style, whereby the price starts very high and is lowered until the first packer makes a bid. Once the artichokes are sold, they are taken to a processing plant and move up a conveyor where they are sorted by size. Next, the artichokes are blanched in hot water. The hearts are inserted by hand into a peeling machine where the lower portion of the stem and the top part of the head are cut off and the tough outer leaves are removed. The hearts are then placed in cans, which are filled with hot water and a small amount of citric acid. The cans are cooled and stored for several weeks of incubation to assure the product has been properly processed.

We headed to Garden Grove to go dining and dancing.  The salmon was especially good this evening.  The band was country but it was pretty good all in all.

After getting home we watched TV and crashed.  About 1:00 AM the weatherman was made honest… It poured rain for about an hour.  It came down in buckets!

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Guess What Day It Is?

We really miss our babies when we see pictures like this!

Time To Celebrate The American Made “Mexican” Holiday

Paul went for his morning walk and you are invited to see the sights.

We decided to go out to lunch and the Himalayan Grill was our choice.  It is great food and service plus we can eat at home three times on the quantity we take home.  Paul tried the lobster and the plate was wonderful but the lobster its self was overdone… rubbery?

Paul took pictures of the May Garden to share with others.

After working in the garden, Paul took a nap since we will be out and about tonight.  At 5:30 PM we went to Old Ranch and had a drink before going to Garden Grove.  The band tonight was called “The Hilltop Band” and they were amazing… They actually had a volume control, no… really!  Great singer and great music!

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Thursday Was Great – Golf Again!

Paul went for a walk at 9:00 AM but only made it about 50 minutes as we had a failure at home.  The PC’s mouse died, so sad.  New batteries were needed and Paul failed at explaining how to change them over the phone with Sue.  But, 50 minutes is quite OK! Join the short walk!

..and at this house we saw a duck… E I E I Oh

Paul did some watering in the garden and put out the trash a day early… Always good!  We had lunch at home and then we headed to Old Ranch to play nine holes with Bunnaford and James!

Sue did outstanding… So well, in fact, that Paul forgot to take pictures!  The weather was amazing and the game pretty good after being gone for a month!

We did some happy hour and then we headed home to freshen up and head for the Phoenix Club in Anaheim for an evening of dancing.  We stopped by the cake store and picked up a small cake for Nancy Adamson who turned 84 tonight!  Connor was with us so that was special!

Home again home again!  We watched some NCIS and Cheers before crasing about midnight!  Good day!

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The Long Walk… On A Short Pier? Oh Dear!

Nothing major going on today so Paul worked in the garden for a while planting the rest of the herbs and spreading out the redwood bark.  We planted water melon and hope we get some good plants this year!

Sue fixed a great lunch and we decided to walk on the pier at Seal Beach today while the cleaning folks were here. We walked for an hour and then headed to Cafe St. Germain just two blocks up Main Street.

Beautiful day for a walk!

Paul was a little hungry and ordered their Ham and Cheese on Custard Bread thinking it would be small… No way!  It was huge and Paul managed to get it down along with a glass of wine! Does the word stuffed mean anything to you?

Come on in!

We then headed towards home and did an errand, we visited Ganault Lumber to pick up three rat traps.  Them little buggers are on the roof and eating our tangerines.   After tomorrow there will be zero.  Peanut butter in the rat trap and ZOT, they are history.

It was only 4:30 PM so we decided to go to Old Ranch and have a glass of wine before going home!  We visited with friends and watched the world go by!  We departed about 6:00 PM and went home.  We watched a Columbo, Monk the Detective, an NCIS New Orleans and then a Cheers before crashing!

Did You Know: Adrian Monk (Emmy®-winner Tony Shalhoub) was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, legendary for using unconventional means to solve the department’s most baffling cases. But after the tragic and still-unsolved murder of his wife, Trudy, the devastated Monk becomes obsessive-compulsive.

His psychological disorder has caused him to develop an abnormal fear of virtually everything: germs, heights, crowds… even milk. Monk’s condition costs him his job, but he’s back as a police consultant despite the unique challenges he encounters in his everyday life.

These challenges lead Monk to hire a personal nurse, Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram), who is always there to offer her assistance, even with the simplest of tasks (like organizing his sock drawer). Her less-than-subtle prodding keeps the “defective detective” on track in his investigations, as well as in his efforts to convince Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) to allow him to return to the force. Starring Tony Shalhoub and Bitty Schram.

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Gardening And Lillies!

Tuesday Paul went for a walk which was quite enjoyable. Join the walk.

Artichokes are going to be lunch in the next few days

After getting home, Paul worked in the garden watering and trimming the fruit trees. We decided we needed to ho to H&H Nursery to get some redwood bark and some herbs plus a few other veggies.

Did You Know? A common cause of root rot is lack of oxygen exposure, which can occur if the mulch is spread too close to the citrus tree’s trunk. To help eliminate the threat of root rot, spread the organic mulch at least six to 12 inches away from the citrus tree’s trunk. This prevents excessive moisture retention around the roots and allows for proper air circulation.

We has a huge selection of items to pick from although we did not find a single cantelope.  We did get two watermelons which ought ot be fun!

H&H Nursery

Paul’s trusty sidekick, Miss Sue, drove the cart and provide sage advice (Pun intended, we got two kids of sage). We bought Purpurascens and Tricolor sage for our garden.

Did You Know: In Britain, sage has for generations been listed as one of the essential herbs, along with parsley, rosemary and thyme (as in the folk song “Scarborough Fair”). It has a savory, slightly peppery flavor. It appears in many European cuisines, notably Italian, Balkan and Middle Eastern cookery. In Italian cuisine, it is an essential condiment for saltimbocca and other dishes, favored with fish. In British and American cooking, it is traditionally served as sage and onion stuffing, an accompaniment to roast turkey or chicken at Christmas or Thanksgiving Day. Other dishes include pork casserole, Sage Derby cheese and Lincolnshire sausages. Despite the common use of traditional and available herbs in French cuisine, sage never found favor there.

Sue pushes the cart

Paul asked Zack if he and his family would like to join us on Taco Tuesday and we had a ball. Laura and Noah joined in plus Marqueta and the grandkids and of course, Miss Lilly the great grandkid!

Miss Lilly #1 at Taco Tuesday

Laura told us the great news!  We are very happy!

Laura tells us the great news!

Kicking back after a large Mexican meal…  Paul, as usual, stuffed himself and has to walk twice as far as usual.

Laughing with the grand kids

Becca, Miss Lilly #1, and Paul went for a cart ride on the back nine!  We were looking for baby ducks but it was cool so they were huddled with their mommies in the bushes.  We did see six geese and of course Miss Lilly #2

Miss Lilly #2

After dinner, we headed home and watched some NCIS and Cheers before crashing.  Sue is doing a lot better and, in fact, we are planning a three-hole golf outing tomorrow late afternoon to get ready for playing golf on Thursday!

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My Italian Kitchen And Malarkey’s

Another day on the garden.  This time we had to water the back yard well as it has been warmer than usual.  Everything is growing like mad.  Paul transplanted some beets and onions which are always a challenge.

Paul stands around for hours being outstanding

To get Sue out of the house as cabin fever has been terrible, we went to “My Italian Kitchen” about 3:00 PM ahead of our visit to Malarkeys.  Paul did the chicken putanesca with angle hair pasta and chicken (we put the chicken on the side so we could share the leftovers later in the week).  It was delicious.

Delicious Angel Hair Puttanesca

A wonderful place to dine

We go in and the waitstaff know us so well our wine gets poured by the time we hit the table!

Like being at home

At 4:55 PM we departed and went to Malarkey’s meeting up with Irene, David and Greg.  We talked and visited for two and a half hours with David and Paul both having fish stew.

Always a beautiful sunset (unless it is foggy)

We away to home so we can rest up for another exciting day!

 

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Roosters And Raw Fish?

We went to the Roosters Charity at Old Ranch with Donn, Bob, Cyndy, Mike, and the Roberts.  Since it was a charity, Paul bid on, and won, three dinners at three different Greek restaurants.  Sounds exciting and we plan to bring Miss Irene to give us the ow0down on the food!

Great fun with friends

Then to Kobe for “dinner”. Paul had several dishes and Manny served up an oyster sushi special!

Delicious dining

After dinner we went home but Paul crashed early.  Too much sushi after wine tasting all afternoon!

 

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A Full Day

We departed the house for Seasons 52 and enjoyed a nice meal before going to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “An American In Paris”.  While Sue enjoyed the performance, Paul thought it was too much ballet… We departed half-way through.

Did You Know? An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris, and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner. The music is by George Gershwin, with lyrics by his brother Ira, with additional music by Saul Chaplin, the music director.

The story of the film is interspersed with dance numbers choreographed by Gene Kelly and set to Gershwin’s music. Songs and music include “I Got Rhythm”, “I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise”, “?’S Wonderful”, and “Love is Here to Stay”. The climax of the film is “The American in Paris” ballet, a 17-minute dance featuring Kelly and Caron set to Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The ballet alone cost almost half a million dollars.

We picked up Jan Mongel and went to the Fullerton Elks to celebrate Kathy’s 70th birthday.  Join the fun.

Great fun

We headed home about 10:00 PM to crash!

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We Be Recovering!

We did nothing but rest up today so Sue could go to Garden Grove for the weekly dinner dance.

We did go to the doctor and Sue was given a “clean bill of health” meaning, she is recovering and needs to take it easy for a few more days.  After the doctor, we went to “That’s Amore” for lunch before returning home to rest!

Do not worry… I am doing better now!

We went to GG but did not dance.  We had fun visiting everyone.

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Progress Is Being Made

Sue felt a little better today but we decided to stay at home and not go out.  Paul went for his morning  walk.  Join the exercise!

It breaks our heart… Our neighbors do not pick their artichokes

Paul fixed another gourmet meal for Sue…  Assorted left-overs placed lovingly in the microwave!  Paul worked in the garden and checked on Sue every few minutes to assure she was OK.  By afternoon, she was feeling better so Paul went to the nursery and got some strawberries, more corn, tomatillos, and several new herbs.   Paul planted and worked in the garden until about 5:00 PM.

Did You Know? The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era.

Sue’s level of “cabin fever” was extreme so Paul agreed to take he to the Phoenix Club just to visit and listen to the music.  Connor joined us and that is always nice.  We stayed quite a while, actually, longer than expected.

When we got home, we watched some TV before crashing for the evening.  Tomorrow, we see the doctor again!

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Getting Better

The doctor said it would take several days to get to feeling better and she was right!  We stayed close to home with Sue sleeping on and off.  Paul took care of business… Medicines, meals, etc.  Paul fixed a gourmet meal for Sue, half a bagel with cream cheese.  Since Sue was not eating, neither was Paul and the scales revealed a nice weight loss!   Sue stayed quiet and rested all day!

Paul attempts to reassure Sue that she will be fine!

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To The Doctor

At 8:59, Paul called the local doctor’s office and got a 10:00 AM appointment to see the nurse practitioner (who we really like).   It was odd… No temperature but severe nausia!  The “obvious” test was performed and it was pronounced that she had a serious kidney infection.  She got a shot immediately and then we started a regimen of Cipro and an anti-nausia medicine.

Did You Know: Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections.  This includes bone and joint infections, intra abdominal infections, certain type of infectious diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, skin infections, typhoid fever, and urinary tract infections, among others.  For some infections it is used in addition to other antibiotics.It can be taken by mouth or used intravenously.

Ciprofloxacin was introduced in 1987. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. It is available as a generic medication and not very expensive.  The wholesale cost in the developing world is between 0.03 and 0.13 USD a dose. In the United States it is sold for about 0.40 USD per dose.

The “shot” kick started the process.  We went home and just stayed there with Paul taking care of Sue’s needs.

Doctor Paul… At your service

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