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  • Wine And Dancing On A Sunday!

    Posted on March 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house.  PAul put in another 100 Quarts of perlite in the side yard.  We then got cleaned up and headed for the Garden Grove EWlks for the wine tasitng party.

     

    Wine tasting with family and friends

    Wine tasting with family and friends

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

  • No Rain… The Weatherman Ought To Be Ashamed!

    Posted on March 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

    Up close and personal

    Up close and personal

  • Himalayan Grille And A Dinner Party

    Posted on February 28th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Pete, Jon and Connor

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

    Just us!

    Just us!

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

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

    Fantastic view from the 11th floor

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

    The sun was setting

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

    The moon was coming out

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

    Kyle and Tiffany and Buddy

    Kyle and Tiffany and Buddy

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

  • Yeah! Golf With Everybody!

    Posted on February 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Results from the first nine holes

    Results from the first nine holes

    It was cold so we stopped at fourteen

    It was cold so we stopped at fourteen

    Rocky, Angie, and Bunnaford

    Rocky, Angie, and Bunnaford

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

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

    Jon liked our weather forecast!

    Jon liked our weather forecast!

    Late... But 2:00 am?

    Late… But 2:00 am?

  • Another Day At Home

    Posted on February 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

  • Stayed Home And Nursed The Cough

    Posted on February 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Continuing work in the garden

    Continuing work in the garden… Love the raised beds!

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

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

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

    Departing is such sweet sorrow but we be full!!

    Departing is such sweet sorrow but we be full!!

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

    Getting to be time to go home

    Getting to be time to go home

  • Golf And Birthdays

    Posted on February 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    The weather was magnificent

    The weather was magnificent

    KAthy had a birthday

    Kathy had a birthday

    KAthy and Charlotte

    KAthy and Charlotte

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

    Fun fun fun

    Fun fun fun

  • Off To Temecula

    Posted on February 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Fun with wine and friends

    Fun with wine and friends

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

  • Big Band Day!

    Posted on February 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed home early in the day and worked on various projects.  We had tickets for the Tex Beneke tribute to Glenn Miller at Cerritos and decided to call Nancy to see if she wanted to join us!  She did… We did… fun for all!

    Nancy got some CD's

    Nancy got some CD’s

    We dropped Nancy off and then headed to Old Ranch to await the rain!  We did and the rains came for a few minutes.  We visited with the Sous Chef for about an hour… Interesting!

    It was raining pretty hard

    It was raining pretty hard

    We talked to Weasel several times and had a drink before going home and watching a movie.

    Sue enjoying her chardonney!

    Sue enjoying her chardonney!

     

  • The Engagement Party And Dancing

    Posted on February 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We celebrated the engagement of Rebecca Parsons and Zachary Lind at Old Ranch Country Club.   Join the celebration.

    Time to celebrate

    Time to celebrate

    Afterwords we went tothe  Garden Grove Elks and danced until 10:30 to Justuss.

  • Golf And Dancing

    Posted on February 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and it was a good day!  Bunnaford joined us on the back nine.  Sue feed the babies and it was funny to watch the geese grab the coots and sling them into the water when they tried to eat the goose goodies!

    Feeding the goosers!

    Feeding the goosers!

    The geese did not take kindly to the coots taking their food!

    The geese did not take kindly to the coots taking their food!

    We did a short happy hour with the Walkers, Angie and Linda as we had to get home and get dressed for the Toppers Valentines Dance in Long Beach! Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    Just us!

    Just us!

    It was a great dance and we headed for home and watched an NCIS before going to bed!

  • Normal Day Except For The Doctor!

    Posted on February 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul had a tough morning with the incessant coughing.  We headed for the golf course but alas, Paul decided to stay in the bar (always a dangerous choice) and rest.  Sue played nine holes with James and Bullwinkle.

    Sue arranged for a doctor’s appointment at 4:00 and off we went.  Excellent choice as Paul had bronchitis.

    Bronchitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi (the larger and medium-sized airways that carry airflow from the trachea into the more distal parts of the lung parenchyma). Bronchitis can be divided into two categories: acute and chronic.  Paul was chronic!

    Chronic bronchitis, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is characterized by the presence of a productive cough that lasts for three months or more per year for at least two years. Chronic bronchitis usually develops due to recurrent injury to the airways caused by inhaled irritants. Cigarette smoking is the most common cause, followed by exposure to air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide or nitrogen dioxide, produced by vehicle exhausts  and occupational exposure to respiratory irritants.  Individuals exposed to cigarette smoke, chemical lung irritants, or who are immunocompromised have an increased risk of developing bronchitis.

    Our doctor is really fantastic... We have known her for eighteen years!

    Our doctor is really fantastic… We have known her for eighteen years!

    We came back to Old Ranch after the appointment to a) do the necessary happy hour and b) wait for the pharmacy to prepare the wonderful concoction!  Happy Hour was fun as we again brought out the bill (from last night) and gave it to Bunny telling her she has to split as she was part of the Monday activity.

  • Tuesday And Golf

    Posted on February 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen holes with James today.  Paul still has that post-cold cough and it is driving him bonkers.    We stayed for an extended happy hour as Bunny and the Walkers joined us!  We had a load of fun!

    We were told about Monday when they all came to play and after the game the bar was closed.  Being resourceful, Bunny had wine in the car and Bullwinkle had a couple of beers. They went behind the bar and got some chips.  They all laughed that they hoped the security camera was off.

    Paul got up after the story, found a waiter and got a b lank bill and wrote up the “charges”.  He had one of the waiters come out after a while and show it to Bullwinkle!  He bought into the joke and we all had a good laugh!

    Fun was had by all!

    Fun was had by all!

    We departed and headed to the treadmill and watch a couple of old movies.

  • Time To Relax!

    Posted on February 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We just worked around the house today!  Paul worked in the garden and Sue paid bills and cooked the most delicious carrots ever… Fresh from our garden.  Roasting vegetables is the way to go!

    We then headed to Malarkey’s and we brought Nancy along with us!  Greg was soon to follow making it a great evening full to laughs and giggles. Irene joined us about 6:00 which was fantastic! Always makes for an enjoyable time!

    Wonderful sunset at about 5:303

    Wonderful sunset at about 5:30

    Sue, Nancy and Gregor

    Sue, Nancy and Gregor sat across from Irene and PAul

    We headed home and Sue did the treadmill and we watched two Hallmark movies! We are getting ready for golf tomorrow!

  • A Repeat Performance!

    Posted on February 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to lunch but this time at the Royal Khyber which is a wonderful Indian restaurant in South Coast Plaza Village.  Connor was supposed to join us but alas, his ride could not make it.  We would have gone and picked him up but we had theater tickets for a show and the Segestrom Center.  Join us!

    Wonderful dining experience!

    Wonderful dining experience!

    Speaking about the play, yuck!  The writeup sounded different and it was!  We left at half time! It was, our humble opinion, junk!  No story that we could tell, music was less than so so, loud, weird costumes, simply not up to the standards we expect from South Coast Repertory. We understand the concept of “Avant-garde” but this was not something we wold waste time on!

    We went to Santa Ana Elks early and visited with friends before the Jam Session got underway.  Much better use of our time!

    We were serenaded!

    We were serenaded!

    Always a pleasure to go to the Elks

    Always a pleasure to go to the Elks

    We headed for home and crashed…. It’s been a busy weekend!

  • Yeah Valentines Day!

    Posted on February 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We dined at Seasons 52 with Hannah and Lisa before going across the street to see Dirty Dancing…  Excellent production!  We then headed for home to spruce up and return to the Phoenix Club all decked our for a great dinner dance with friends! Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Gold And Dancing

    Posted on February 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast with Hannah and Lisa this morning at Old Ranch (along with the Cathey’s who were at the next table).  We then played eighteen and it was a magnificent day… In the upper 80’s approaching 90 around 2:00 pm.

    Magnificent Day

    Magnificent Day

    We then did an “Extended Happy Hour” or EHH for short with Rocki and Bullwinkle, Bunnaford, Angie, James and us!  We had loads of giggling going on!  The hour (or so) at the end of the day really makes life worth living!

    We headed for home to freshen up and go to the Garden Grove Elks for a dance session with Jerry Benton! Best dance music in town!  We met up with the Branders and got a history making picture… The Branders at the bar!  It was “accidental” but it worked.  When we arrived, there was no room inside so we were on the patio…. Very quiet and no music.  After a few minutes, a lodge officer found us an inside table but it was next to the speaker… Goodbye ears.   Sue saw there was four seats at the bar so we headed there.  Great seats, close to the wine (for Sue and Paul) and we were sitting high and could see everything!~  We got lots of hugs when our many friends departed.  Er did the 11:00 taost about 10:30 and we departed.  Great evening.

    Branders at the bar... "Fill up the water please!"

    Branders at the bar… “Fill up the water please!”

  • Valentines Weekend Begins

    Posted on February 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to Laguna to visit our Financial Adviser with happy results… We are not broke yet!  Marshall has a new office and it is great! He joined us for lunch at “The Lumberyard” which was quite nice. Join the fun

    Wonderful day in Laguna

    Wonderful day in Laguna

    We stopped at the Laguna Canyon Winery on the way home to visit and do some tasting.  We bought a case of wine and determined there will be wine.

    We purchases some wine from our favorite local winery!

    We purchases some wine from our favorite local winery!

    On the way home, Sue suggested that based upon the weather we might want to go to Long Beach and do the harbor excursion.  Great idea!  We did and it was beautiful.  Forty-five minutes to visiting the harbor and seeing all the ships!

    It was 86 degrees in Long Beach when we departed the dock!

    It was 86 degrees in Long Beach when we departed the dock!

    After the “cruise” we went to Gladstones and had a drink before heading home to get ready for the Phoenix Club!  We met up with John, the owner of Gladstones, and talked with home for a few minutes!

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    We danced until 10:30 and then headed home!

     

     

  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on February 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James after the Ladies College Tournament meaning we could not start until 12:45.  They had colleges represented from all over the US including Hawaii.

    The Cathey’s, Walker’s, and Burns (and friends of the Burns)  joined us for Happy Hour!  We stayed happy until almost 7:45 at which time we departed for home to do the treadmill and watch some TV.

    The ball had no idea what was coming

    The ball had no idea what was coming

    James waves "Hello" to Jon!

  • Easy Day

    Posted on February 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We Worked around the house and did some chores before going to Malarkey’s for our Monday Evening Happy Hour.

    Greg gots the giggles after telling his own joke

    Greg gots the giggles

    We then headed to home to do the treadmill and watch some TV.

  • Almost A Zoom Zoom Day

    Posted on February 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had the morning off before leaving to pick up a Birthday/Anniversary cake for Bob & Donna and Cyndy!  We will enjoy it later this evening at Old Ranch!  We dropped the cake off at Old Ranch and then headed north back to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see “The Midtown Men”.  As original cast members of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, they took the world by storm. Now Tony winner Christian Hoff, Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria, and Daniel Reichard are back! The four bring to life their favorite ’60s hits from The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, and The Four Seasons, including Can’t Buy Me Love, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Bye Bye Baby.

    The Midtown Men

    The Midtown Men

    We then departed for Old Ranch to do our monthly Dinner-Dance event with twenty-four of our friends!

  • A Busy Day Of Up’s And Down’s

    Posted on February 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We started the day at a “Celebration Of Life” at the Newport Harbor Elks.  We lost a dear friend, Bob Fielder, in December of last year.  Today we had a formal Elks memorial service which was very well executed.  Members of the US Army were represented and played Taps. After the service we went downstairs and enjoyed a buffet and swapped stories and tall tales about Bob.  Sandy Smith was there and we are happy to see her moving forward.

    We will miss Bob and we still look up whenever we are at the Garden Grove or Newport Harbor Elks when someone enters the room… We expect to see Bob and Sandy march in and join our table!

    Sharing stories

    Sharing stories

    Our entire "dance gang" was in attendance

    Our entire “dance gang” was in attendance

    Four generations of "Fiedlers",,, Sandy counts!

    Four generations of “Fiedlers”,,, Sandy counts!

    We raced out about 1:00 so we could be in Cerritos at the Performing Arts Center at 2:00 for a wonderful performance of Momma Mia!  What a show… Sold out!  We had the Branders and Cathey’s with us which made for a delightful afternoon!  We were still humming the tunes later that evening!

    We dropped by home to freshen up and pick up Lorraine so she could get out of the house!  He headed for Garden Grove to danced to Dave Ambrose!  We danced and talked with the Branders, Neal and Nita, and Lorraine!  We visited several other people who we know!  It was a nice evening.

    The we went home and watched NCIS before crashing at midnight!

  • Stayed Home For The Day

    Posted on February 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Between Sue’s back and Paul’s cold we decided to stay home until around 7:00 pm at which time we went to the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate Sam’s birthday. He and Brenda are a cute couple!

    Sam turns 45 years young!

    Sam turns 45 years young!

    Go away calories!

    Go away calories!

    We came home a little early and watched NCIS.

  • We Went To The Top Of The Mountain

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. It was opened in September 1963 as a way of getting from the floor of the Coachella Valley to near the top of San Jacinto Peak and was constructed in rugged Chino Canyon. Before its construction, the only way to the top of the mountain was to hike for several hours from Idyllwild

    The eight-and-a-half-minute ride begins at the Valley Station at 2,643 ft (806 m) and passes up North America’s sheerest mountain face through several life zones on its way to the Mountain Station at 8,516 ft (2,596 m) above mean sea level. Join the fun!f

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    We had a great day at the top of the world!

    After we departed the mountain, we drove through Palm Strings and took 74 over the mountain and ended up at the Phoenix Club to dance until the band quit!

    Bob tries on Nancy's purse... Looks pretty good actually!

    Bob tries on Nancy’s purse… Looks pretty good actually!

    Jan and Sue are enjoying the fashion show

    Jan and Sue are enjoying the fashion show

  • Golf With James And Angie

    Posted on February 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Fun on the fairways!  Paul was nursing a cold and just played the front nine!  We went to our Starlighters Board Meeting at 7:00 and then returned home, after a very efficient meeting, to watch a movie and one of our serials.

  • Golf

    Posted on February 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf and did a Happy Hour.  Linda joined us because it was “Soup & Chili Night”.  Rockey and Bullwinkle were there along with Angie and Bunny.  Several indulged themselves with soup and chili.

  • Monday’s Are Usually Easy… It Was

    Posted on February 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had lunch with Connor and Marissa at the Olive Garden.  We found out Marissa is going to college and taking several classes including Italian!  Nice young woman!  Connor has several irons in the fire about full-time employment.

    Marissa and Conor

    Marissa and Conor

    Lunch was fun!

    Lunch was fun!

    Cute couple

    Cute couple

     

    We went home and did a couple of hours of gardening before going to Malarkey’s for Happy Hour.

    The sunset was beautiful

    The sunset was beautiful

    It was 7:00 when we departed and we had the moon to guide us home

    It was 7:00 when we departed and we had the moon to guide us home

    We watched a movie and then crashed… Gold tomorrow!

  • Super Bowl Sunday

    Posted on February 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did our annual Super Bowl party at Old Ranch Country Club with forty of our friends and family members joining us! Please join the fun!

    Fun with family and friends

    Fun with family and friends

  • Lunch and Dancing

    Posted on January 31st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had lunch with Luisa and Mitch… Getting an update on the latest activities.  We went to the Himalayan Grille which is one of our favorite places to eat… Great food and service!

    We then went home and Sue did the treadmill while Paul worked in the yard… Getting ready for planting in March!

    Then… Off to Garden Grove to dance the evening away!

  • Golf And Garden Grove

    Posted on January 30th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with Charlotte and James on a cool winter day.  We only saw a couple of pelicans today… The others must be hiding in the bushes!  We had a great happy hour as the sun presented an amazing close to the evening.

    An amazing display of colors

    An amazing display of colors

    We departed the ranch for home to do a “quick change” and then off to Garden Grove for an evening of dancing with friends!

  • The Garden Is Coming Around

    Posted on January 29th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We redesigned our back yard garden this year and it is getting ready to plan… Another month and we will fill the beds!  Each finger is 24ft by 4ft so we will have plenty of room!

    It's going to MUCH easier to take care of now!

    It’s going to MUCH easier to take care of now!

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  • Golf And Happy Hour!

    Posted on January 28th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with James today but Paul dropped out after nine because of his back.  Sue and James came in after fourteen as the golf cart was running out of energy!  New carts next month!  Yeah!!

    No?  Yes, it says "No"

    No? Yes, it says “No”

    James was a perfect target but the background was kind of interesting

    James was a perfect target but the background was kind of interesting

    After golf we hit the pit

    After golf we hit the pit

  • Two Easy Days In A Row?

    Posted on January 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house until it was time to visit Ernie and see how she was doing.  She looked excellent!

    We then headed for another doctor!  This time it was a back checkup!  We stopped by Old Ranch and then decided to have Jan and Brian meet us there to save some time!  We did some Happy Hour with Rocky and Bullwinkle before heading to Patty’s Place for a steak dinner.

    Did we say steak?  Brian and Paul finished off their 28 oz steaks and obviously passed on dessert!  We were stuffed!  We were saying goodbye to Jan and Brian for they are heading east for a while!  They better be back soon as we miss their company!

  • Easy Day…

    Posted on January 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

    It was time for Paul’s annual physical so we relaxed and did the treadmill before leaving to see the doctor.  The report: all is well for an old man!  In fact, all was fantastic for an old man… Need to lose ten pounds but that was all!

    We headed home and Sue fixed us up with Greek food from Irene’s… Dining was fantastic!  We then headed to the market because we wanted it to begin raining… It did!

    It began raining when we left the market... Nautrally!

    It began raining when we left the market… Naturally!

    After putting away the groceries, we went down to Malarkey’s to connect up with Greg and Irene… Irene dropped out this evening so it was the three of us!

    We went to Malarkey's and the reflection in the "sunset window" were interesting

    We went to Malarkey’s and the reflection in the “sunset window” were interesting

    We enjoyed a couple of martini's before going home

    We enjoyed a couple of martini’s before going home

    Greg and Sue were enjoying our visit

    Greg and Sue were enjoying our visit

    After getting home we watched a Hallmark movie and one of our series before crashing.

    We got a text from our daughter and son-in-law who live in New Hampshire…  They got some serious snow!

    Picture out Colleen's window in New Hampshire... Snow drift are 24" and climbing!

    Picture out Colleen’s window in New Hampshire… Snow drift are 24″ and climbing!

    We asked if they would send us some water but alas, the transportation costs were over-the-top!

  • Just A Fun Day!

    Posted on January 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house for a while until we departed for the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  What is it you ask? We did not have a clue!  We asked Brian and Jan to go with us so they could translate!  Great fun! Join us!

    Great fun and loads of giggles

    Great fun and loads of giggles

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) is a musical ensemble featuring ukuleles in different registers. They play and sing music from a variety of different genres, all on the ukulele.

    We went across the way to the Arte Cafe and had a wonderful dinner spending more time to enjoy each others company!

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  • Golf And A Birthday!

    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with Charlotte and James… It was a great day to be outdoors!

    James decided to go over and see what the ducks were doing!

    James decided to go over and see what the ducks were doing!

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    Sue blasts the ball down number six…

    We headed to the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate Ed’s 71st birthday!  The gang was all hear and the fun lasted well into the evening.  Please join us!

    An evening to celebrate "The Ancient One"

    An evening to celebrate “The Ancient One”

    Seventy-One Years Young

    Seventy-One Years Young

  • Leisurely Day With Friends And Then Dancing

    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We met up with Brian and Jan at the Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar. Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains.  We had lunch at Cafe Jardin before walking the gardens.  Join the fun!

    The octopus was fantastic!

    The octopus was fantastic!

    A wonderful day in the gardens

    A wonderful day in the gardens

    We then headed to Newport Center and tipped a drink at the Irish Pub (Muldoon’s) before walking next door to see “The American Sniper”… What a powerful movie!

    Jan and Brian departed to see their  tax person and we stopped at Cucina’s Restaurant for a quick drink before going to the Phoenix Club.   We sat at the bar and looked at their menu and what popped out? Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms
    Herb ricotta + purple basil pesto + cured lemon aioli!  Must have… now!  We did and it was fantastic.  We found several other great dishes with vegetarian emphasis!  We will be going back!

    Off to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with  friends!

    We danced until 10:30 before going home

    We danced until 10:30 before going home

  • Golf And The Theater

    Posted on January 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with James today. The weather was perfect! We did some happy hou before heading for home and the play!

    The sun was setting as we left Old Ranch

    The sun was setting as we left Old Ranch

    We went to Southcoast Repertory to see”The Whipping Man”.

    We go to the Westin for a drink before the play as it is right across from the theater

    We go to the Westin for a drink before the play as it is right across from the theater

    Greg gets the obligatory tookie for the performance

    Greg gets the obligatory tookie for the performance

    During the break, we find our next-door neighbors also attending the performance

    During the break, we find our next-door neighbors also attending the performance

    The Civil War has ended, leaving destruction in its wake.  As a raging storm illuminates what’s left of a once majestic plantation home, three Jewish men prepare for Passover—the owner’s son and his family’s former slaves.  Only one of them, Simon, remains strong in his faith, but it is threatened by truths about what happened in this house—and in their lives—during its antebellum days.  Stage and television star Charlie Robinson plays Simon in this compelling drama that ran away with New York’s Obie, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards.

    After returning home, we watched a little TV before crashing!

  • Just Golf

    Posted on January 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played fourteen holes with James.  James had an Eagle on #4 from 150 yards out (i.e. he scored two on a four par hole making the second shot into the hole from 150 yards!)  We were enjoying the game but it got cold!  It was 61 degrees when we quite mostly because the wind was coming up and it was getting dark and the fog was heading in!

    B-r-r-r-r-r

    B-r-r-r-r-r

    We stayed for an extended happy hour and enjoyed the soup, chili, and salad.  The SOTU came on and we had to leave our table because of a liberal puke that had the volume up.  Seeing obama is bad enough but to have to listen to the lying and deceit just spoils dinner.  JR and Karen and us moved into the bar.

    We came home and watched a movie and some of our favorite series before crashing.

  • Another Wonderful Day

    Posted on January 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did the treadmill early and then we got cleaned up and headed to Irene’s home for a great Greek lunch!  Irene invited the Kuhn’s, Robert’s and Liles’ over for lunch as a “thank you” for the tent-raising we did a few months back!  We ate and sipped wine for almost three hours!  Great times! Join the fun!

    Irene has been cooking up a storm all week!

    Irene has been cooking up a storm all week!

    We then headed to Malarkey’s around 5:00 to meet up with Greg, Irene and the Sebern’s for our “happy hour”.  More fun times with friends!  A fantastic sunset was this day’s finale!

    Super sunset... The sun sets and we drink margaritas

    Super sunset… The sun sets and we drink margaritas

    Back to home and Sue did her treadmill while we both watched the Hallmark Channel.

  • Busy Day

    Posted on January 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    When we woke up, the sky was ablaze.

    It was an amazing sight!

    It was an amazing sight!

    A magnificent view from our kitchen window

    A magnificent view from our kitchen window

    We began the day at the theater to see the Frankie Avalon at Cerritos Performing Arts Center!  We then headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the monthly Jam Session!

  • Lunch With Our Neighbors And Dancing

    Posted on January 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Our dear friends and next-door neighbors are becoming as busy as us so we do not see them like we used to so….. We called them for a luncheon engagement at PAtty’s Place in Seal Beach!  Just like the old days, we spend two hours caring and sharing and catching up!

     

    We then headed tothe Phoenix Club for an evening with the Starlighters!  Join the fun!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Who Was There?

    Who Was There?

  • Chores And Dancing

    Posted on January 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did some chores in the morning and then headed to the Petroleum to dance with the Toppers. Join the fun!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Who was here?

    Who was here?

     

  • Golf And Dancing

    Posted on January 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen holes today.  It was simply delightful!

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    We sent this picture to Colleen and told her we have snow also… 25 miles away and 6,000 feet up!

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    The pelicans were visiting again today

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    We did some happy hour before heading to the Phoenix Club

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    We were happy that Teri came over to join us!

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    Great fun at the Phoenix Club… We had almost 60 people this evening!

     

  • Golf Today

    Posted on January 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James today and had a load of fun!

    We had seventeen plicans by the lake

    We had seventeen pelicans by the lake (Click to see the panoramic shot)

    We could drive right up to the pelicans

    We could drive right up to the pelicans

    Sunset was beautiful

    Sunset was beautiful

    We headed home and watched two excellent Hallmark movies.

  • Golf And Pary Time

    Posted on January 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Time to get together.  Michele and Tony joined us to celebrate their daughter’s special birthday. We met at the Panda Inn and spent a couple of hours laughing and giggling! Great fun with great folks! Join the fun….

    Fun with family

    Fun with family

  • Typical Monday! Chores And Malarkeys

    Posted on January 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Dang yearly physicals!  Paul had to visit the vampire at the doctors office!  We then ate breakfast at home before completing the engagement invitations (we needed stickers).  We then headed to the market and finally to the ultimate destination… Malarkey’s.

    At Malarkey’s we saw the sunset, opened our “scratch-off” Malarkey’s Christmas Card and won a free pizza… It was excellent!  Greg called us to check in since he was in Laughlin, Nevada.  Irene joined us making it a great evening,

    Irene and Paul

    Irene and Paul

    We went home and watched two Hallmark movies!

  • The Theater And Dinner Dancing

    Posted on January 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We saw a terrific show at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center today along with the Branders, Roberts, Zaitz and Irene.

    Terrific show

    Terrific show

    Tribute to the Hollywood Icons brings together talented performers honoring the biggest entertainment legends of all time. Get ready to be entertained by impersonators paying tribute to Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, the Andrews Sisters, and Sonny & Cher. The Hollywood Icons Orchestra is featured in the show.

    Cast:
    Bill Johnson as Bob Hope <—VERY GOOD
    Jim Malmberg as Johnny Carson <— EXCELLENT
    Andy DiMino as Dean Martin <— EXCELLENT
    Raymond Michael as Elvis Presley <—OK
    Susan Griffiths as Marilyn Monroe <—VERY GOOD
    Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra <— VERY GOOD
    Tom Mullica as Red Skelton <—OK
    The Lindy Sisters as The Andrews Sisters <—EXCELLENT
    Gary Olinger and Heidi Thompson as Sonny & Cher <—VERY GOOD

    We then headed to Old Ranch to go dinner dancing and enjoyed the evening with friends.

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    Greg joined us this evening

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    The rack of lamb was fantastic…

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    What?? Marcia tries the sambuca!

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    Friends

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    Panorama of the evening

     

     

  • A Full Day

    Posted on January 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did chores and treadmill in the morning and then went to Cerritos Performing Center to see the play Camelot. It was a great performance and we really enjoyed it. We went back home for a few minutes before heading to the Garden Grove Elks.

    Colleen called with this weather report!

    Our daughter lives near Dover, N.H. and she called with this report

    Our daughter lives near Dover, N.H. and she called with this report

    We danced with the Brander’s until Garden Grove closed around 10:30 to the sound of Justuss.  Brad and Susie-Q had us moving the entire evening.

    We danced to this great duo

    We danced to this great duo

    It was raining when we departed for home but all is well, we were on auto-pilot! The new van looks like the cockpit of a 747.

    On the way home

    On the way home

  • Time For Golf And Time To Dance

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and Charlotte.  Paul got hot on the back nine and shot five parts and a birdie!  Do NOT ask about the other holes!

    It was a beautiful day to play!

    It was a beautiful day to play!

    James and Paul are cloud watchers

    James and Paul are cloud watchers

    The pelicans were visiting today

    The pelicans were visiting today

    Happy hour with Miss Charlotte

    Happy hour with Miss Charlotte

    We ran home… Got prettied up and headed to Altadena Country Club for a formal dinner dance… The yearly Black and White Formal. Join the fun!

    In gorgeous Black & White

    In gorgeous Black & White

  • No Golf; Wild Animals

    Posted on January 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did not play golf today!  We went to the LA Farmer’s Market for lunch and then to the LA Zoo to see the new baby hippo!  Join the fun!

    Visiting the Hippo's

    Visiting the Hippo’s

  • Golf And A Surprise Party

    Posted on January 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played a second day in a row and made it to eighteen!  It was a beautiful day and  a “wow” sunset!

    Another wonderful sunset

    Another wonderful sunset

    We went home and quickly freshened up before heading for a “We are bringing to party to your house” surprise for Jan and Jim Mongell!

    Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Click for the panorama

    Click for the panorama

  • Golf… It Had To Happen

    Posted on January 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    First time Paul played golf in almost two months!  It was OK although the hand began to swell after fourteen holes!  We played with James and the Walker-Bunnaford threesome was behind us.  We did a great happy hour!  BTW, it was 82 degrees when we played!

    It was a beautiful day!

    It was a beautiful day!

    Magnificent sunset

    Magnificent sunset

  • Reality Sets In

    Posted on January 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We spent the morning with the plumber!  Our tankless water heater decided to act up after ten years.  We had it serviced, de-scaled, etc. and it is back to perfection!  Yeah!

    We went to Disneyland to renew our annual passes.

    A drink (or two) at Catal is mandatory

    A drink (or two) at Catal is mandatory

    A busy day at Disneyland

    A busy day at Disneyland

    After leaving Disneyland we had just enough time to get to Malarkey’s for our Monday afternoon cocktails and visit with friends.

    We made it there in time for the sunset!

    We made it there in time for the sunset!

    Just us plus Irene and Greg and the Sebern's!  Great time was had by all!

    Just us plus Irene and Greg and the Sebern’s! Great time was had by all!

    We headed for home to do the treadmill and a movie.

  • Time To Party

    Posted on January 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house most of the day and then after Irene and Greg joined us we headed to the Finch’s mountain top retreat to party with the gang! Please join us!

    The Germans, French, and English have made a truce

    The Germans, French, and English have made a truce

  • Up And At ‘Em… It’s The Second Already

    Posted on January 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had the Thedens and Finch’s join us along with Irene for a day at the Rose Parade Floats!  We walked for two hours up and down Sierra Madre seeing the floats up close and personal.  Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    After the walk we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Cafe Santorini in Old Town Pasadena. Join the fun!

    Great food and great times!

    Great food and great times!

    We got home about 4:30 and of course we could not stand still so wen went dancing at the Garden Grove Elks!

    With the Branders, Zaitz, and Finch's... A great evening of dancing and visiting.

    With the Branders, Zaitz, and Finch’s… A great evening of dancing and visiting.

  • Laid Back And Enjoying New Years Day

    Posted on January 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    It’s New Years 2015 and we were all celebrating at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel!  Join the fun!

    The celebration was well underway

    The celebration was well underway

    We had breakfast at the hotel with the gang after a wild night of cavorting… OK, not so wild! Join the fun.

    New Years Day breakfast at the Marriott

    Enjoying friends at breakfast

     

    We headed for home for a few minutes and then met up with family at Old Ranch for lunch and visiting.  We were with the Lind’s.  Star of the show you ask?  Lilly!

    I am the star of the shoW

    I am the star of the shoW

  • Airport Marriott Long Beach Here We Come

    Posted on December 31st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house until it was time to celebrate the new year.  We, along with 28 of our friends coagulated at the Long Beach Marriott Hotel for dinner dancing with Tracy Wells.  Join the fun!

    At the ball... Having a ball!

    At the ball… Having a ball!

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    We are ready for the year to come in!

     

  • Another Easy Day With Golf

    Posted on December 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    It was cold outside but we decided to play nine holes with James.  By the time we got to the turn we were all cold!  Paul walked and James and Sue played.  We headed to the clubhouse.

     

    Robin heads to Lost Wages with Bob abd Nick... It's cold!

    Robin heads to Lost Wages with Bob and Nick… It’s cold!

    we were expecting rain

    we were expecting rain

    Fearless Sue not afraid of water

    Fearless Sue not afraid of water

    It was getting dark

    It was getting dark

    We did Happy Hour with the Cathey’s, Walker’s, Angie and Bunnaford.  Greg joined us and we had a great time!

  • Easy Day… Getting Ready For The 31st

    Posted on December 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house and then to the doctor to get the cast removed. All the joints were sore from not being moved and the thumb is still swollen up but it will get better!

    HAd no idea what to exp3ect after 7 weeks under wraps

    Had no idea what to exp3ect after 7 weeks under wraps

    We then dropped by the Long Beach Marriott Hotel and finalized the arrangemet for New Years Eve.  Our 32 people will all be sitting right next to each other!  Yeah!

    Then off to Malarkey’s for our Monday night Happy Hour with Greg.  We missed Irene but she will be home soon!

    Sue and Greg just enjoying life

    Sue and Greg just enjoying life

    click to see the panoramic view of the bay

    click to see the panoramic view of the bay

    We headed for home at watch the last of our Christmas movies before crashing!

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