OMG! Something Is Wrong, The Calendar Is Empty

The calendar was a mathematical progression with arbitrary surprises.

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The Week Done Started

Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.

OMG, the Sun is out an the grey has disappeared! It’s going to be a super day! We had our morning champagne and laid out the day, which by the way, never turns out as one expects!

The truth hurts!

We got gussied up and ready to go out before lunch as Sue has a CT Scan at 11:30 AM.   While putting out of the driveway, the kumquat tree caught our eye.  It is time to call Lisa Chartier for a picking trip.  She makes amazing things from kumquats.  The tree is loaded this year!


The small tree in the foreground is alive and well and is a miniature nectarine tree that provides loads of fruit every year!

We thought, if we get to the imaging center a little early, we could get in early thus get our early thus eat early.  No such luck occurred!  The CT scan was a good hour late but on the bright side, the scan took all of 60 seconds!  The machine was brand new and amazingly fast compared to CT machines of the past!

OK, CT is done and we have the CD’s so it is time to eat.  To make a long story short, Sunday evening the Zaitz/Kuhn’s went to Cerritos and decided to have dinner at Shenandoah, a local restaurant.  One hour later, we got a text from Rebecca asking about Shenandoah as she wants to host a baby shower and this restaurant came up in the searches she made on the Internet.

I texted back to Rebecca AND Vicky asking Vicky to take pictures.  By the next morning, Monday, Rebecca had a lot of photos of the place.

OK, on our way back Monday afternoon from the CT scan we passed by Shenandoah and we decided to stop and have lunch there.  It was our first time in ten years but we thought dining and taking more pictures would be OK.

Wow, were we surprised!  The pistachio encrusted sea bass with jalapeno infusion was simply outstanding.  The mashed potatoes were also jalapeno flavored and out of this world!

Best pistachio encrusted sea bass I have ever had, melt in your mouth delicious!

To make things even better, they had Cakebread Cellars chardonnay in the wine list and we lowered their bottle count by one bottle!

Enjoying an excellent

We took many pictures and forwarded them to Rebecca and then she replayed saying she was getting off early and would come by and see the place.  She joined us and we had a delightful meeting in the restaurant.  She met the staff, walked the premises, and got a catering brochure to boot!  We love it when a plan comes together!

The restaurant doubled in size since we were last there!

OK, it’s 3:00 PM and time to go home.  Oh, was it time to go home as I drank 80% of the wine because Sue is taking the pain pills that say “No Alcohol”.  I performed a mightly swan-dive into the bed just barely managing to ask Alexa to set the alarm for 4:30 PM.  It was supposed to be a beauty sleep but, alas, I looked the same when I awoke except for the slightly messed up hair!

Why 4:30 PM you ask? Duh, it is Monday and that means a) Sunday was yesterday, and b) Melanie’s awaits the arrival of their three regulars for sunset cocktails! As usual, we laughed and giggled and shared the previous week’s events.  Friday night I am going to go dancing with Irene at Garden Grove for a couple of hours and she agreed to reteach me if needed.  Robin is going to stay with Sue Friday until I get home around 9:00 PM, blessed by our daughter!

We missed the actual sunset by two minutes (Sunset was at 5:18 and we arrived at 5:20)

We chatted with the staff asking about their Christmas PArty last week,  Apparently, everything went off without a hitch than I sprang it upon them!  I mentioned that I was asked to jump out of the cake and singe jingle bells but at the last minute it was determined that the cake was too small! They were saved by a cake pan!

Would you like to see this jump out of a cake? In a Santa Costume! With speedo shorts?

OK, time to go.  We all had a drink and I had two itsy-bitsy G&T’s before aiming home for the evening.

Good night Melanie’s, see you in a week!

Home again due to the great bravery of “The Silver Ghost”.  The Odessey plied the night like she knew what she was doing. Careening around corners and two wheels (the left-front and the steering), we made it home safely.  We love our security system because as we approach the house, the front yard lights go on, the house lights turn on, the heater gets automatically set for 75 degrees, and finally the garage door opens!

I shall leave you with but a single thought!

That’s my story and I am sticking to it!!


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The Sun Was In Hiding All Day!

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

It’s time for the Silver Ghost and me to make a “wine run”, or in today’s case, a champagne run! Yes, the cabinet was almost bare with no spare champagne. OMG, what if we had an earthquake and went to the cupboard and found it empty of champagne. That would be a real disaster.

So, up the 605, the Silver Ghost and I flew, leaving more ordinary passenger vehicles looking in awe as we cut through the air like a sharp knife.  Me in my crash helmet, leather ear-flaps waving in the wind, and airplane goggles, I could hear the sound barrier breaking behind us.  The excitement was short-lived as Total Wine, and our house is three miles door to door.

We opted out of going to dinner with the Kuhn’s and Zaitz as Sue’s back pain is so intense it was not a right choice.  I stayed in with Sue.  When I delivered the message to Vicky (also our next-door neighbor), I also brought the latest Pug cartoon (Vicky has a baby Pug).  Too cute!

What happened to the Sun? Today started grey, continued to be grey, and finished up grey!  I used some of the time to straighten up the workshop and I put in a 20′ x 27″ rubber runner on Sue’s side of the car as I was tired of the small rugs moving about.

It stays put when stepped on!

We watched some TV and headed to the rack about 11:30 PM as Monday unfolds with an early morning trip to the CT machine near Long Beach Airport.

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Saturday Has Arrived And We Are Ready!

There comes a time in our lives when the idea of going out on a Saturday night seems more trouble than it is worth.

Yesterday I trimmed the southside trees, and this morning I examined my handy-word only to find a lot of fig stains on the beautiful grey wall. The blots were from fruit that ripened on the tree, and I did not see or could not get too. The”fig guts” oozed onto the wall and turned into black streaks.

Getting the right color paint to cover the mess is a job for “Paint Lady!” This attractive middle-aged lady has been in the paint department at the local hardware for approximately 100 years. When I need help, I look for her! Today was no different. I scraped some paint chips into a small plastic bag, and like a cat presenting a dead mouse, I gave the paint chips to her. Her only question was the quality of paint desired. The contractor grade was $30, intermediate was $50, and premium was $70 per gallon. I thought to myself $70/gallon for pain on a wall that I seldom see, duh! I opted for intermediate.

She slid over to her magic cauldron, stoked the fire with another bone from the adjacent bone-pile, read several incantations out-loud, and proceeded to press eleven buttons on the mixing machine. I heard squirts, sprays, spurts, splatters, discharges, and an occasional gush as the ingredients for the proper color entered what was a can of white paint.

She sealed the can with great pomp and circumstance, making sure it would not “blow its top” as she placed the concoction into what appeared to be a Medieval torture device slightly updated by Thomas Edison. As she set a timer and flipped a switch, the store’s lights flickered and dimmed, and the staff looked in our direction! The “Paint Lady” was at it again!

I bought an intermediate brush, a whopping $2.50, along with the paint, and headed out the door for home!

The over-ripe figs left “fig-juice” on the wall!

Same wall two hours later, thanks to the great eyes of “The Paint Lady.”

Dang, “The Paint Lady” did another perfect match. The fig remains are gone, and the wall was returned to new. It took me about 30 minutes to cover the places where the fig’s made a mess.

So I got to thinking about working around the house, and a memory popped into my grey matter!

Dear Dad,

I am sitting here at my office desk looking at the location where I removed a tree yesterday and could not help but think of you and the step-van and the tree!  As I recall, it was a beautiful Saturday morning, and you decided to remove the tree in the parkway.  That tree had paper bark and stickers as leaves.  Melaleuca nodosa, commonly known as the prickly-leaved paperbark, is a plant in the myrtle family. You and Mom never liked it. It was ugly and not great for us kids playing in the yard.

You and I worked digging around the base of that tree for hours.  That tree was probably 18″ in diameter.  I was about nine or ten, as I remember.  You decided if we dug around the tree and soaked the hole in water overnight, the tree would come out easier.

Now it is Sunday, we had our he-man breakfast, and we headed, with confidence, to the front yard.  I recall that you got into the old step-van company truck and backed it up to the tree.  You hit the tree carefully, and it did move.  We tied a large chain to the bumper of the step-van and around the tree.

Our neighbors came out of their little houses to watch the show! In retrospect, I should have sold tickets!

With the greatest of care, you slowly moved forward, the chain got tight, and the tree moved very slightly.  Then you must have had a brilliant idea! You yelled, and Mom and I (and the neighbors) to “STAND BACK.”  You backed the truck against the tree, leaving about 5 feet of chain between the bumper and the tree lying on the ground.

You got out of the truck, moved the chain into the proper position, inspected the situation, and exchanged a few words with Mom.  I remember Mom, who was pretty smart, saying: “Paul! What in the hell are you going to do?”

Into the truck, you bounced with confidence, the safety belt g fastened, your crash helmet was adjusted, dark glasses in position, and you smashed the accelerator to the floor!  I remember well the rear wheels squealing,  a burnt rubber smell wafting in the fresh Sunday air, fire exploded from the exhaust pipes, and the mighty truck lurched forward.  We expected the tree to jump out of the ground.

Alas, the tree stayed where it was, the chain got tight, and the bumper came flying off the truck as the truck sped down the street with you hanging onto the steering wheel for dear life yelling some choice words (which I, fortunately, have now forgotten).

After the “Great Bumper Event”  took place, I vaguely recall us spending almost a week every evening after work,  digging around the base of that damned tree to loosen from the ground.  We finally got it out of the earth a week later by digging it up using brut force!  I often thought the step-van, which you drove back and forth to work, was parking watching us digging and laughing under its breath.

Mom saw you and the chain going toward the tree the evening we got it out out of the ground and headed inside the house, shaking her head.  This time, you tied the tree trunk to the step-van, and we carefully hauled it down the street, never going over 2 miles per hour and into a vacant lot where it eventually was hauled away when the property.

We did NOT go into the tree removal business

Those were the days, and they indeed formed terrific memories!

Love You, Dad!

So Logann was reading my blog, where I included the sound from the dinosaur that scratched Great Grand-Pop-Pop’s face.  Take a look at her reaction to the post:

In the afternoon, I listened to the computer guy on KFI, and then Sue listened to the Fork Report on the same station. I worked in the garage, making some adjustments and planning on the next big event, which is drywalling the garage and insulating it since I spend a lot of time out there these days.

When it began getting dark, I headed inside toward the warmth, and we made some Bat Phone calls.   We talked to Colleen for an hour. I am sharing stories of me growing up! Great fun!  Robin called, and she and Bob enjoyed Crystal Gail last night!

After that, we headed to the Hallmark Channel, which always has lovely entertainment.

Did You Know? The Hallmark Channel is an American pay television cable channel owned by Crown Media Holdings, Inc., which in turn is owned by Hallmark Cards, Inc. The channel’s programming is primarily targeted at families, and features a mix of television movies and miniseries, original and acquired television series and lifestyle programs.

As of February 2015, Hallmark Channel is available to approximately 85,439,000 pay television households (73.4% of households with television) in the United States.

Despite mainly being an apolitical brand, Hallmark Channel has garnered a following among politically conservative viewers in suburban and rural areas who, according to Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s Steven Malanga in a Los Angeles Times op-ed, feel the network and its original programming feed their desire to “express traditional family values and also to steer away from political themes and stories that denigrate religion.

We stayed home again and did not go dancing as getting into and out of the car is painful right now.  We watched a Hallmark 2019 movie and our series before finally called it a night and crashing at about 11:00 PM. I stayed up another 45 minutes to do the Daily Diary and go over some financial records. Tomorrow is another day!

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Whoa!!! I hear Sounds

A people without knowledge of their history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey

I was up early and read the news, and a test caught my eye!  The advertisement asked, “Do you know history?” I took the challenge! The test was 100 questions asking me to select between two or more possible answers to a question and showing pictures of the potential solutions.  When the test was completed, I was pleased because the four errors were caused by my fat thumbs or not read the question correctly.

While admiring the results, I heard the darned trash truck coming down the street. The transman usually gets here after lunch. You should have seen all the neighbors in their jammies taking out the trash cans; it was pretty funny. I was already dressed and had been up in the fig tree pruning the top (before Sue gets up to yell at me for being high in a tree).

My trash cans were out except for the kitchen trash, which I took care of with six minutes to spare!

Ain’t it the truth!!

The gardener came, and the young man saw me trying to cut a 2″ branch and motioned me out of the way.  He cut through that like it was butter and proceeded to keep trimming and cleaned up the entire mess!  I found a $20 bill and told him to have a good lunch!  He was happy, and so was I!  While I was outside, I did about six grape plants that are down our driveway!

After Sue got up, I headed to CVS, where I was shocked.  $250 for two prescriptions, but then I remembered it is January, and the $500 deductible kicked in  I felt better after figuring this out.  The lady at the drive-thru, who knows me pretty well, said she would be glad to pack the two little prescriptions in a large box and fill it with packing materials if I would feel better.  We both laughed, and I drove off in a cloud of dust!

Returning home, we had lunch and swigged down a glass of wine or two before cleaning up and heading to the plastic surgeon.  I finally got the stitches out (which were caused by a huge dinosaur or so Logann thinks).

On the way home, I had to stop and pull over three times because I was making CT and Ortho appointments, and everyone decided to call right after I departed the doctor’s office.

Back home, I got hit by the grapefruit for the last time.  When I walk into the house from the garage, my head would always hit the grapefruit.   The tree is soo loaded that the fruit hangs down a little too far. I got out the clippers and took care of the problem.  These silly grapefruits have been bopping me for a month, but no more!

The poor tree has about 200 grapefruit right now, so I am going to be delivering them around the hood over the weekend!

We used to drink grapefruit juice all the time, but our doctor warned us against drinking it every day.  She told us once in a while is fine, but every day could affect our “statin” drugs.

Grapefruit juice can have a significant effect on the potency of various medications, and can even cause an overdose when taking prescribed doses. Grapefruit juice decreases the production of a particular enzyme in the intestines that is involved in the metabolizing of about 1/3 of all drugs. Drinking grapefruit juice can increase the concentration of many drugs in the bloodstream to 3 or 4 times the average level.  Botanically grapefruit is a berry.

I called Cerritos Performing Arts Center and arranged Robin and Bob to go to the performance this evening.  Row five orchestra center.  I got a text from Robin about 10:45 PM saying it was an excellent show!

Sue and I watched TV and did not go to Garden Grove.  With the new pain medicine, I didn’t want to leave her alone.

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Go Go Go It’s Thursday!

Some people call it Thursday, I like to call it Friday Eve.

The day began rather slow with a phone call to the UK, and a check-in with Brian and Jan. Jan told us that Brian’s COPD, the same thing I have, was acting up, and he was taking some new meds for the situation.  As soon as they figure out what is going on, they are coming back!

The chart says it all; Yuck!

After the phone call, we got cleaned up meaning, we hit the showers and got ready for lunch with Robin.  Lunch today was at CPK, table #40, Rossmoor Shopping Center, 11:00 AM sharp.  No longer do we even tell the folks inside what we want, they know us, and we are sat there even if the section is not yet open!

It was horrible; I pigged out with the Jambalaya!  It’s a must-have since it is only 1000 calories, and it contained shrimp and hot spicy sausage! Robin joined us as she had a local doctor’s office appointment.

Jambalaya is a Creole dish brought by the Spanish to New Orleans in the late 18th century.

Jamon is Spanish for ham (French is jambon), and this rice dish is a version of the Spanish paella.  It is seasoned with cayenne pepper instead of saffron, and initially contained only ham, but Creole cooks soon added shrimp.

Today’s Jambalaya does not always contain ham, but usually has shrimp and crab meat, and may contain chicken, sausage, peppers, oysters, tomatoes, and other ingredients.


Nummy nummy!

I tried out a new piece of iPhone software called iFocus while waiting and, I must say, it made the camera work overtime. This software, somehow through magic, allows me to control the f-stop this having full depth-of-field control!

The new software, at my direction, closed down the f-stop giving us a nice blurred background

After lunch, we popped back home for an hour before going to the ortho doctor in Long Beach to find out what’s going on with the back. He was an hour behind, so we did not get out until almost 5:00 PM.  His take was that the sacroiliac joint would probably need to be fused.  Before we do anything, a full CT scan is necessary, which I am going to schedule tomorrow at LAMC.

Both the right and left sides must be done

It was dark when we finally arrived home because the CVS drive-thru was busy.  First, we called Colleen and checked in to see how her doctor’s appointment went, and then we talked to the great-grandkids.  Then we chatted with Robin and offered her our tickets to Tony Orlando and Crystal Gayle at Cerritos.  We have great seats in the theater and were going with the Brander’s, but with the back the way it is, we are staying home.  We shall arrange for her to pick up the tickets at the box office tomorrow.

A change of clothes and we are off to the TV room to see how Harm and the gang are doing today!

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Wednesday Is Here And We Are Ready For Action!

Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Today was beautiful as we did nothing but fiddle around the house.  The first thing was to talk to our great-granddaughter, who finds herself in New Hampshire.

Today Logann asked about my stitches above my eye, and of course, I must tell the truth, so I explained how the dinosaur jumped out of the bushes and scratched me.  She wanted to know what happened to the dinosaur, and I told her that I bit him in the tail, and he cried all the way home.  The last I saw of him was him running down the street, holding his tail!

Logann wanted to know what it Sounded like so I played her the recording from my iPhone:

Logann was worried about the dinosaur!

I think Logann’s grandma and great-grandma told her that it was a little Chihuahua that attacked Great Grand-PopPop!

Grandma Colleen set the story straight! (I thought my story was better)

We talked to Colleen for a while before I had to split and run to the market.  We talked about some people, and I thought this sign hit the nail on the head!

Sue’s RN was due at 10:00 AM, and we always have coffee going, but when I reached for the coffee container, it was empty, only a single spoonful remained.  Quick, like a flash, I jumped in the Silver Ghost as zoomed to the market only to find out  I left my wallet at home.  Arriving back home, and crashed through the door, grabbed my brains, and was back at Ralph’s within six minutes!  I got the coffee and also some Bok Choy and some veggie chili.

Bok choi has a sweet, mustard-like, mild flavor, and crunchy texture. It can be consumed raw (in the form of salads) or used for the preparation of stews, soups, spring rolls, and stir-fries. It can be combined with cabbage, onion, garlic, ginger, rice, meat, poultry, and seafood.
Bok choi is an integral part of Asian cuisine. Bok choi contains only 13 calories per 100 g. It is suitable for persons that wish to lose weight because it stimulates the burning of calories.  Compounds isolated from bok choi can prevent the development of certain types of cancer and reduce blood cholesterol level.

By 11:00 AM, our cleaning staff arrived, and we stayed around (usually we leave).  After they did the bedroom, Sue rested for a while, and I went to the back yard when I finished the work in the garden.

Wiring supports now have turnbuckles and is quite taunt! We re ready for the Spring growth to begin!

I spent about three hours in the back yard, and tomorrow the plan of attack is the fig trees that need pruning. I also plan to trim the avocado as it is just not quite right, and in fact, it may have to come out.

After the cleaning folks left and Sue got up, we decided to have Mexican for lunch.  I went and did a “take-out flyby”!  The management and staff were shocked to see me there without Sue, but I explained the back issues, and they understood.  I brought home enough for three days!

Simply delicious!

While there, I ordered two dozen veggie tamales, which I will pick up Friday at lunchtime.  These are terrific because if you get the “snackies” taking one veggie tamale and nuking it makes an excellent snack, plus it is healthy!

Tomorrow we go to a spine doctor standing in for our regular spine doctor to see if we can’t get into the hospital for another CT guided shot to reduce the pain in the sacroiliac joints. So today, we rested.

All the pressure/weight of the upper torso pass through the two sacroiliac joints!

We talked to our son Joe on his way home from work.  He is planning to stop by so I can give him a box of tangerines as our tree has been working overtime producing fruit.

We called Colleen and Robin on the Bat Phone and talked to them for a while before heading to the TV room and our TV shows.  “Last Man Standing” was hilarious this evening, a real belly laffer! Mike: “Mandy, college is important. Without college, there would be no college football.”

Just before crashing, I check the email and voila, we got a Carlson-o-Gram containing a snap of Sue and me at the last Old Ranch dinner dance where I demonstrated the proper way to play the Egyptian Bongo Drum!

Paul plays a romantic  Egyptian Bongo Drum solo for Sue, making her very happy!
(Happy that it was finally over that is)

Good night all!

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Lousy Weather Day

It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to promise Splinter-Free Toilet Paper. Ouch!

Must have my coffee, it helps to get my heart started!

The day was grey, and it stayed grey all day!  The temperature topped out at 65, and it was moist with some drizzle on occasion.  I got busy trimming the berry garden, and thanks to my welding gloves, I escaped with most of my skin still attached to the bone!  Cleaning out last year’s growth must be done carefully to maximize growth this year.

Lots of trimming required to clean out the beds. Most of the plants were up to the top of the poles before I got started!

Blackberries need pruning each year, so they don’t become unmanageable. Pruning helps maintain tangle-free blackberry bushes and keeps them confined to their space. Keeping blackberry well-pruned also helps the plants send up new shoots, keeps plants healthy, and creates stronger, more productive canes, which increases the fruit yield.  By cutting the plants, next year, I will be getting another abundant harvest.

Last year, Summer of 2019, we had berries for three months!

After lunch, I got good news in the mail that I passed the first two classes in my Ph.D. program receiving passing in  “Organizational Theory And Design”  and  “The Dynamics Of Group And Team Leadership.”  Only 44 more credits are now required.  The eight weeks of on-line activity paid off! It’s not as easy as I thought, but I always wanted to be called Doctor!

I spent almost three hours on the phone with Apple attempting to get some login/coordination issues resolved.  It seems my original iMac changed how it operated after Catalina was installed?  The other two iMacs, the MacBookPro, the three iPhones, and the iPad, are working fine.  We finally got it resolved, but it was not easy!!

We chatted with Colleen for a few minutes on the Bat Phone before heading to the TV room for or evening soiree with “ER,” “Boston Legal” and the other regulars.

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Hey! We Made It Through Another Wild Weekend!

Money talks … but all mine ever says is good-bye.

OK, it is going to be a great week! All will be well with the world!  Now that is out of my system, let’s see how it goes.

While awaiting the clock to strike eleven, we got a call from Rebecca, and she wanted to drop over for a visit.  It is MLK Day, and the kids and she were out of school for the holiday. Yeah!

Rebecca brought Sue a new “battery-powered” Makita jacket.  Zack found it and could not resist.  We are charging up the batteries now! Thanks, kids, for being so thoughtful!

Now we can call Sue the  “Electric Grandma”!

Miss Lilly and I did some serious fruit picking the front yard.  We got tangerines, oranges, blood oranges, and grapefruit filling an entire Ralpbh’s shopping bag.  Silly Lilly could hardly lift the bag when we were finished!

We visited for an hour before they headed out to lunch and over to Becca’s folk’s house

After they departed, I headed to the yard for an hour to dig weeds and prepare for the spring planting frenzy expected in the next thirty days!

The ground is now ready! The bag of potatoes has sprouted so they will be planted, and we will have spuds in about70 days!

The pomegranate tree was quite prolific this past season, and I need to trim the sucker.  I usually go to YouTube and watch a video on cutting before I begin because I can’t remember year to year.

When I get done, it will be significantly smaller! The fence is six feet, so I have about six feet to cut off!

We had lunch with the pizza making it’s finally landing on our plates.  I scrambled up three eggs and microwaved some bacon to add to min.  We also shared a can of soup!  Good groceries.

After lunch, I worked on the Starlighter’s website from the dance on Saturday before going to the back yard and attacking the garden.

The grapes got a significant haircut. I threw the cuttings onto the ground and will have our gardner clean everything up this Friday. I’m getting too old to do that kind of work, haha!

We have about 700 square feet in cultivation in the back yard, so I completed about 200 square feet today.  I did the most comfortable first as I am just getting started in the garden and plan to sneak up on it!

Each of the beds surrounded by brick is four feet wide and twenty-five feet long or one hundred square feet. You see two of the four in the back yard.

The hand shovel is all I need, and I can sit on the small walls and work (that was a birthday present to myself a few years ago!).

By 3:00 PM, I was tired, and Shaun Hannity was off-the-air, so I went in to watch a little TV with my bride before cleaning up for the Monday ritual!

We got in under the wire as Melanie’s closed at 5:30 PM since they were having their Christmas Party a little late.

We shared a pizza with Irene and then headed home to watch some TV.  I finished the Starlighter’s website about 1:30 AM and then crashed hard!

The poor guy below was having gopher problems, and he discovered a new way to deal with them!  He apparently poured a gallon or so of gasoline into the gopher It’s pretty funny!  I sent the video to Zack and Jon in case they had any ideas!


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We Saw Rudy Vallee’s Son,Frankie Valli; Maybe?

There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh? (You can email/text me for the answer!)

The day was cool but not cold, and even the brass monkey could stay outside.  We used the Bat Phone with Lisa and Pete before I headed out to attack the garden again.  The first thing was to pick another 20 oranges and make juice!  Then I did about 5% of the pomegranate tree because it was in my way to weed the front inside the vegetable bed.

The vegetable bed had a mess of weeds, but due to tot he recent rains and years of mulching, I could pull out those pesky critters with little trouble.  Weeds begone, and within 30 minutes, a 24″ by 50′ bed was clean as a whistle and ready for planting.  I shall wait until February to decide what to plant, but it is likely to be tomatoes.

Decisions decisions!

After lunch, which was excellent by the way because all leftovers have now disappeared, we watched two episodes of “Last Man Standing,” and then I began checking for light-leaks in my eyelids!  I am happy to report, no leaks were found after an hour of keeping them shut.

We were supposed to go to dinner with the gang, but the late morning lunch did us in.  We stayed home until 6:00 PM and then headed to Cerritos for a meeting with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Before departing for the theater, we chatted with Colleen on the Bat Phone, and she remembers the Four Seasons songs, but the name Frankie Valli did not ring a bell, kids!

We were with Leon & Marsha, Donna & Bob, Vicky & Del, and Vicky’s sister and daughter.  The Robert’s were supposed to be joining us, but Kathy was feeling pretty lousy, so Vicky brought her sister and daughter to the show!

We were in the fourth row, and it was a pretty good show!

Did You Know? A true American icon, Frankie Valli  (Valli was born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio) has bedazzled generations of fans and critics with a legendary string of hits, including My Eyes Adored You, Grease, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. As The Four Seasons’ frontman, Valli’s distinctive falsetto, led the band to the top of the music charts with Sherry, Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Rag Doll. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

During one of the songs, we were asked to use the iPhone flashlights… It was like a mess of fireflies with all the waving going on! Fun!

Did I say we were upfront?  Sue and I get our choice of seats, and we always try to get row five center.  Tonight we were right in the center as we had six seats either side of the central aisle!

We were right there to see it all!

We waited until the mad throng (not thong) departed so we could quickly get to the wheelchair and leave without standing in a long line.  Waiting 6-8 minutes makes all the difference in the world!

There were 11 pieces in the band, including four brass instruments making for a delightful sound all evening!

We pulled out about 9:00 PM getting home at 9:14 PM, so we watched some TV before crashing.

The Silver Ghost got us home safely

Oops, perhaps they were not related!  Hubert Prior “Rudy” Vallée was an American singer, actor, and radio host. He was popular in the 1930’s about the time Frankie Valli was born. Rudy was one of the first modern pop stars of the teen idol type.

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