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  • Sunday… Time To Rest… NOT!

    Posted on June 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul spent hours in the garden cleaning out the dead leaves from the tomatoes, straighting up the  cages, watering, and adding mulch into the garden for the future corn.   The raised beds make it so easy to work on the garden as the bricks are at sitting level and it is easy to reach anywhere!

    The raised beds were a great decision!

    The raised beds were a great decision!

    Tomatoes are everywhere!  When removing the dead material, we uncovered many more tomatoes.  We have decided we are making more tomato sauce this coming Friday!

    The dead leaves get removed so the garden is "pretty again"

    The dead leaves get removed so the garden is “pretty again”

    Paul planted 60 corn seeds which should result in corn in about 65 days!  We shall see!  In the other bed, he prepared the ground to receive 60 corn plants…  We will be up to our fannies in corn on about two months.

    The soil was tilled and amendments added... Mulch, fertilizer, and calcium!

    The soil was tilled and amendments added… Mulch, fertilizer, and calcium!

    The straw keeps the ground relatively cool in the hot summer days!

    The seeds were planted 6x10 which provides plenty of room for fertilization

    The seeds were planted 6×10 which provides plenty of room for fertilization

    When Paul cleaned out the tomatoes, we spotted asparagus being born!  This is year number three for the asparagus but wait until next year!

    The spear will grow several inches a day so one must keep and eye on them or they become ferns!

    The spear (lower right-hand corner) will grow several inches a day so one must keep and eye on them or they become ferns!

    It was now 2:30 pm and what should we do?  Sue had a great idea… Orange Coast Winery!  We are off like a shot!

    Do you recognize the reflection in the window? It's Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.

    Do you recognize the reflection in the window? It’s Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar.

    We are members of the Wine Club so we get a cheese sampler along with the wine tasting.

    Decisions decisions

    Decisions decisions

    The cheeses are always interesting and some come with a covering of honey!

    Excellent choices!

    Excellent choices!

    The wine is gone.  Oh No!  What shall we do?  Sue has another brilliant idea!  Kobe Steakhouse near home.  We called Crazy Greg to see if he wanted to join us and he did!

    Greg has a conversation with the fish!

    Greg has a conversation with the fish!

    Kobe is great fun when one goes to the sushi bar and challenges the chef!  Paul asked for something spicy and he got his wish!  The little guy had eyes of Jalapenos!

    We nickname him "The Alien"

    We nickname him “The Alien”

    “Oh dear!  What shall we try next?”  Sue has suggestions even though she cannot eat sushi!

    Discussing the finer points of sushi

    Discussing the finer points of sushi

    We headed home, watched some old NCIS episodes and crashed!

  • The Weekend Is Here… Time To Relax

    Posted on June 25th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Oops!  Relax?  No way Jose’.  We got up and Paul hit the garden again working in the front yard removing old string beans and cleaning up the Japanese grape plant.

    At 10:00 am, Paul had to stop as he is participating in a study aimed at avoiding placing a “ten pound limit” on lifting weight after a heart bypass operation.  The study leader came to visit us two weeks after the operation and again yesterday (nine weeks after the operation). In each session he measured the movement of the sternum when the arms are placed at various positions and when one stands/sits from a  chair.  Paul recorded the pain level  and a picture of the sternum is taken for further study.  Paul was patient number sixteen.  Results to date show there is no reason to artificially limit a post operative person to a ten pound limit!

    OK, that is done so at 11:00 we head to the hair dresser so Sue can get her hair cut!  The salon is close to ThaiLusion so we stopped to get some spicy lunch!

    Spicy Fish Salad!

    Spicy Fish Salad!

    It was full of octopus, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and other sea creatures served hot and laid across fresh lettuce.  Excellent!

    OK, it is 1:30 pm and time to go to H&H Nursery in Lakewood.  We were looking for corn but they sold out!  We ordered 60 plants to be delivered this coming Wednesday.  We got some bush beans and other goodies to place back into the garden!  Paul also bought some corn seeds and will try them!  What the hay?

    Hi there! My name is Corny!

    Hi there! My name is Corny!

    After working in the garden some more, we got ready to go to the Elks in Garden Grove to dine and dance!  It was zooed out and the band was one guy and he was not so good so we came home about 9:00 pm and watched some NCIS before crashing!

  • Friday Was A Work Day… Sort Of!

    Posted on June 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    As soon as we got up we set to boiling about ten gallons of water because it is time to make our first tomato sauce of the year!

    Paul got up early and worked in the garden! The new design is working out very well!  He can stand up and get to al the plants, toss the waste onto the ground to be swept up at a later date!

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    We harvested the remained of our corn today! We had 20+ ears!

    We also harvested about 50 pounds of tomatoes which will soon be tomato sauce a’ la Sue.  50 pounds boils down into three quarts!

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    The corn is on the left and the tomatoes are collected along the wall

    As we walked around the garden we spotted several cantaloupes!  They are about eight inches in diameter right now but growing like mad!  It’s going to be an excellent harvest!

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    They are hanging right now so it is time to tie them up with some netting

    One of the tomato plants died (probably because of to much shade form the corn). After clearning the remainder of the corn and removing the tomato plant we spotted out asparagus.  We have had several asparagus this year right form the plant.  Next year we are going to put smaller plants in front of the asparagus so they can get the full sun.

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    The ferns you see are actually asparagus heads that we DID NOT pick so they grew into ferns which is good as thet sends energy to the plant well below the ground!

    Meanwhile inside the cauldrons are bubbling making the most delicious tomato sauce known to man!  We have this down to a science.  We started at 8:00am and were done by 10:00am and the sauce kept on going until it was time to go to Happy Hour!!

    The cauldrons were churning giving the house that wonderful tomato sauce aroma!

    The cauldrons were churning giving the house that wonderful tomato sauce aroma!

    Our work is done here!  Now we are off to Old Ranch to have some Happy Hour before going to the Elks to dance the night away!

    We try to help Marianne with her phone... We all failed!

    We try to help Marianne with her phone… We all failed!

    Street Corner Symphony played and they did OK in the volume department but the singer was a bit screechy!  We danced until 10:00 and then headed home.  Paul was a good boy and only had half of his salmon being the other home.  He is really working on his diet.  He remains under 200 pounds!

  • Golf Day Hooray!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s Thursday so that means golf!  Paul worked in the garden in the morning as this time of year the garden requires a lot of work. Plants need to be harvested, dead materials need to be removed, everything needs to be watered, and removed plants need to be replaced.

    We played nine holes and that was just about right.  Nine holes walking is about two hours.  Sue got to visit Lilly the Swan but alas, we did NOT feed her as she was in the lake and could not get out of the water on hole number six.

    We turned on the GPS on the iPhone to see how much exercise we got.  We walked a mile and a half in two hours for a break-neck speed of 0.7 miles per hour!

    Perfect exercise... Not aerobic but exercise!

    Perfect exercise… Not aerobic but exercise!

    After some Happy Hour we went home and that “cabin fever look” was in Sue’s eyes!  Oh dear, what to do to fill up the time!  “Ah ha” Paul said to himself… “Let’s go to Patty’s Place!”   Paul got a smile of approval and we were off again in a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Patty!

    We had a glass of wine and then Chuck, the Bartender, suggested that if Paul was hungry but did NOT want something “heavy”, try the grilled prawns!  Wow!  They were delicious!

    Grilled to perfection!

    Grilled to perfection!

    Did You Know? In the United Kingdom, prawn is more common on menus than shrimp, while the opposite is the case in the United States. The term prawn also loosely describes any large shrimp, especially those at 15 (or fewer) to the pound.

    We headed for home and watched some additional episodes of NCIS before retiring and getting ready for “tomato sauce day”!

  • It’s Wednesday! Hump Day!

    Posted on June 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s downhill from this point! We spent the morning doing chores with Sue doing inside and Paul hitting the garden!

    Off to Sue’s hand therapy!

    We decided it was time to go to Disneyland and see the fireworks!  We headed there arriving about 6:00 PM

    We decided to see the parade and fireworks from the train station!

    We decided to see the parade and fireworks from the train station!

    Sue found a place to sit while we waited for the festivities to begin.

    Sue found a spot to rest while Paul guarded a view of the park form the rail!

    Sue found a spot to rest while Paul guarded a view of the park form the rail!

    What time is it?

    What time is it?

    A few bands provided entertainment before the parade

    A few bands provided entertainment before the parade

    "PAINT THE NIGHT" and it did!

    “PAINT THE NIGHT” and it did!

    Fireworks are ready to go!

    Fireworks are ready to go!

    Bam Boom The sky lit up like daylight!

    Bam Boom The sky lit up like daylight!

    Back to Catal!

    Back to Catal!

  • Tuesday Means Golf…. Time For Exercise!

    Posted on June 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    Sue requested Paul to get a collection of tomatoes from the garden so on our way to Old Ranch, we could drop them off to the Chef at That’s Amore.  As we arrived, the Chef greeted us at the door having a suspicion that the bags contained the promised veggies.  As he looked in the bag he was amazed at the size and colors of the tomatoes but really got excited about the Spoon Tomatoes!

    Little guys! Very tasty!

    Little guys! Very tasty!

    We enjoyed a drink there before heading to Old Ranch!  We walked the front nine and met up with Lilly the Swan on the sixth hole!

    Meet Lilly the Swan (NOT related to Lilly the Great Granddaughter)

    Meet Lilly the Swan (NOT related to Lilly the Great Granddaughter)

    Our phone keeps track of where we go!  We averaged one mile and hour…. Just about right!

    Paul walked the course again!

    Paul walked the course again!

    Playing nine is quite OK and we will do that for a while until we start playing eighteen again!

    We did the front nine

    We did the front nine

    After Taco Tuesday in the Clubhouse, we took a ride around the course in the golf cart so Lilly could see Lilly closeup!  Thank goodness Daddy was on duty as Lilly wanted to jump in and see Lilly up really close!

    Lilly meets Lilly!

    Lilly meets Lilly!

    After returning to the clubhouse, Lilly wanted to take Great Grandma Sue for another ride!  She did pretty good.  Lilly released the brake and was about to hit the gas when Daddy reached over and got the keys!  We could see it now…. Lilly and Great Grandma Sue heading across the 18th hole at 60 miles per hour laughing and giggling all the way!

    Hang on Great Grandma.... Here we go!

    Hang on Great Grandma…. Here we go!

    Sue was not too worried!

    "I promise to keep it under 65!"

    “I promise to keep it under 65!”

    We departed the ranch about 8:00 and headed home which is about 2 miles northwest of the clubhouse!  Tonight we watched more NCIS reruns.

  • Monday Monday…

    Posted on June 20th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It was hot so we became home-bodies today.  Inside we were 78 and outside it was in the high 90’s.  The ol’ air conditioner worked well.  When we were leaving we heard a strange sound in the back yard vegetable garden!

    Dang! We hate t when that happens!

    Dang! We hate it when that happens!

    Sue had a prescription for new glasses so we headed to LensCrafters in the mall to get the glasses and perhaps visit TGIFriday!  While minding our own business, Sue discovered an entry in the menu that caught her eye.  She knew Paul likes root beer floats (along with our grandson Nick).  But an “Adult Float”??

    An "ADULT FLOAT"... Had to be investigated!

    An “ADULT FLOAT”… Had to be investigated!

    Holy Mackerel Andy…  The float from heaven!  Actually it was pretty good but the alcoholic content was minimal.  The main ingredient was “Not You Father’s Root Beer” which as 6% alcohol or 12 proof! It was a mild drink but refreshing!

    Sue tried it and like it!

    Sue tried it and like it!

    Paul enjoyed the adventure!  It was quite delightful and worth a good story or two!

    Slurp Burp Good groceries

    Slurp Burp…. Good groceries

    Mid afternoon, we got ready to go to Malarkey’s and meet up with Greg and Irene for our sunset cocktails!  It was only 7:00 when we departed and after getting home Sue had Cabin Fever again…

    We headed to the local Japanese restaurant called Kobe Steakhouse  for a snack!  Nothing like sushi before bed time!

    Sashimi special!

    Sashimi special!

    The Sypder (Spider) Roll was delicious and it used soft-shelled crab as legs!

    Spyder Roll

    Spyder Roll

    Now we headed for home and will stay!

    Departing for home! Goodbye fish!

    Departing for home! Goodbye fish!

    We crashed!

  • Father’s Day Was Busy!

    Posted on June 19th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to Patty’s Place with David and Greg to celebrate Father’s Day.  Joe’s fantastic Mother-In-Law, Michelle, took us out last week for an early Father’s Day since they were going to be out of town!

    We returned home and then headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the Jam Session.  Robin and Nick joined us there to celebrate.   Robin and Paul did their annual dance together and they looked pretty good!

    Thank you Robin (and Nick, behind the camera)

    Thank you Robin (and Nick, behind the camera)

    Michele emailed a nice message, Colleen sent a text and several cards, but Paul did not hear from one daughter.  On the ex-son-in-law front, Paul batted 500!  Thanks Pete for the gorilla card (It’s a real old tradition!!) Oh well… Batting 800 is not too bad!

  • Fairly Slow Day…

    Posted on June 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chore around the house and then headed to the Acosta’s for a great BBQ and get together.  Join the fun!

    Enjoying kife

    Enjoying kife

    We went to the GG Elks in the evening and danced with the gang.

    Dancing with the gang!

    Dancing with the gang!

  • It’s Friday! Yeah!

    Posted on June 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house.  While Sue did laundry, Paul worked in the garden!

    We then headed to Old Ranch to play nine holes of Golf!  Paul walked the course taking two hours.  The weather was fantastic!

    We did the front nine

    We did the front nine

    We did Happy Hour with the Walker’s and Cathey’s before they headed to the local “Band In The Park”,

    We returned home and went to the GG Elks for some visiting and dancing.

  • Away We Go 100 Miles South

    Posted on June 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We are off and running to the San Diego Fair in Del Mar.  We had a good visit and we found our restaurant which is off the back of the track adjacent to the fairgrounds.

    It was a "Mad House"

    It was a “Mad House”

    We left the fair about 4:30 and went to the Outback Steakhouse and met up with Pete and Lisa.  We celebrated their 12th anniversary and caught up on all the family activities.

    We got home about 8:45 and watched more NCIS.

  • Busy Day, What Else?

    Posted on June 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul got up at 5:30 to see his dermatologist.  He got a clean bill of health and needs to come back in five weeks after all the healing is done!

    We asked Greg to join us at Maderas Steakhouse in Los Alamitos.  Their vegetarian menu is wonderful.  Sue and Paul  had veggie food in the steakhouse except Greg had chicken tortilla soup!.

    After going home, we freshened up and headed to Old Ranch to await Bob  Duda and then went to Boeing to pick up Robin before going to Cal State University at Long Beach for a tour which was given by Little Lisa.  Lisa just graduated a couple of weeks and and Nick will be coming in a year!  Sue, her dad, her sister, and our daughter all graduated from CSULB.

    Time seems to pass so fast... We knew these kids when they were weeks old!

    Time seems to pass so fast… We knew these kids when they were weeks old!

    We departed CSULB and went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner! Always a good place to go!

    We headed for home and watched more of the old NCIS episodes!  Does anyone remember the Farting Hippo?

  • A New Record… Of Sorts

    Posted on June 14th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to the market before lunch which was a good idea.  After lunch, we went to Old Ranch where Paul played the entire front nine pushing his own cart.  Although he shot a 54, it was not too bad since it was the first time he had played in over two months!  Today was exactly two months since Paul’s triple-bypass surgery!

    Walked the entire front nine!

    Walked the entire front nine!

    Almost two hours walking 1.5 miles pushing the golf-cart!

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    Almost two hours without a “stop”

    The course is always pretty but today was special as we saw seeds beginning to form on some of the plants

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    The pods will soon drop and we will have a new generation

    The plants are drought tolerant and that is a good thing!

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    Sue wacks the ball on four and sends it sailing down the fairway

    We nail this one with both of us one over par!

    On the next hole, Lilly was awaiting her afternoon meal!

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    Sue got “bipped” by Lilly since she did not get the food out fast enough

    She has no teeth but can leave a mark when she tries!

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    The bottomless pit at work!

    She can nip but no teeth!

    Attention... I is about to bite you!

    “Attention… I is about to bite you!”

    We went to Happy Hour for a while before going home and watching old NCIS episodes!

     

  • Interesting Day…

    Posted on June 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    First things first… Sue did all the calculations from our friends selections at Cerritos Performing Arts Center and we ordered $12,000 + worth of tickets!  We like getting in early!  We should get the tickets mid-summer and then the folks will repay us for the expenses..

    We then went home and awaiting Sears to deliver our new refrigerator.  The old one held up three days and kept everything cool but made a load of noise!  They showed up and did a great job swapping the hardware out!  We now have a new frig that ought to last until we are gone!

    Now?  Malarkey’s for cocktails but even that was interesting.  About 90 minutes into our very serious conversations with Greg and Irene, the power went out.  We were near the door and had cool air so we stayed a while but then as the sun was bout to set, we headed home!

    Sun goes down the room gets dark!

    Sun goes down the room gets dark!

    Home sweet home… Time for NCIS!

     

  • Father’s Day Early! A Little Dinner Dancing!

    Posted on June 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Joe and his in-laws are going to Northern California over Father’s Day this year so they decided to celebrate a little early at “Tap’s” in Brea.  Michele and Tony invited us to attend and it was a delightful brunch!  Please join us!

    He be a handsome devil... Just like his Daddy!

    He be a handsome devil… Just like his Daddy!

    Tony and Paul enjoying our families

    Tony and Paul enjoying our families

    Amy (with the Amy-Look) and Sue

    Amy (with the Amy-Look) and Sue

     

    We went home, did a fast-change, and headed to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance!

  • It Was A Slow Day

    Posted on June 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up a bit early and headed for Bell California to meet up with Evelia and Javier at the La Casina Mexicana… Really great dining!  Interesting menu with real Mexican dishes!  We ate and chatted for a couple of hours before returning home!

    Great friends for years...

    Great friends for years…

    Paul’s face was pretty bad and the pain was not subsiding so we decided to stay close to home.  We went to Patty’s Place and met with Chuck and some of the locals.

    Back home and to the NCIS early episodes.

  • Dr. Newman Here Paul Comes

    Posted on June 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    The pre-cancer treatment Paul was taking is finally over and we are back to see the doctor and try to get some relief from the pain.  He helped by providing an ointment and some anti-inflammatory pills!  Only time will tell!

    After having lunch we packed up and headed for Old Ranch for a game of golf…  Well, nine holes of chipping and putting!  We did some Happy hour for sure.

    The flowers were beautiful on the course this time of year

    The flowers were beautiful on the course this time of year

    We “played” and had a load of fun for two hours just chipping and putting from 100 yards out!

    Sue spots Lilly the Swan or is it the other way around?

    Sue spots Lilly the Swan or is it the other way around?

    Lilly now knows the sound of the rattling food Sue keeps in the quart container!

    Yjey get to talk on the 6th hole!

    They get to talk on the 6th hole!

    She really enjoys the corn and it is good for her as it contains special vitamins and minerals just for ducks, geese and swans!

    Flowers are everywhere

    Flowers are everywhere

    Off to Garden Grove Elks where Paul dived into their salmon which is always excellent.  Jerry Benton was in rare form tonight so we danced many dances!

    At GG Elks

    At GG Elks

    The Roberts and Zaitz were absent…  We missed them!

    We danced to the music of Jerry Benton!

    We danced to the music of Jerry Benton!

    Sue is happy but Paul has a hard time smiling with all the activity on his face.

    We headed home about 10PM and watched some TV.

  • Doctors Day And Make A Donation

    Posted on June 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up with our 20 year old refrigerator’s compressor  playing “Flight Of The Bumble Bee”. We called Sears but as the technician walked in he said “Time for a new one”.  The cost of the new compressor alone was $800 + install so we decided to get a new one!

    He gave us twenty great years!

    He gave us twenty great years!

    We went to Paul’s GP for the annual physical and all is well with the lab work being perfect but still 15 pounds too heavy!  We have known him for 30 years and every year he says the same thing!

    We went home to change for the Phoenix Club and on the way to the Phoenix Club we stopped by Sears and got a new frig!  It will be here Monday!

     

  • Busy Day – Golf And Celebration!

    Posted on June 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did some chores around the house and worked in the garden.  Greg came over to help in the garden and we asked him to join us for lunch!  We departed for Old Ranch to chip and putt nine holes!  We will soon be back at the full set of clubs and 18 holes!

    The ducks lie in waiting for Sue to show up and feed them!  Today we had Lilly the Swan visit us and she was really interested in the corn!

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    Lilly the Swan came right up to Grandma Sue

    Amy and Joe asked if we would like to join them at Disneyland to celebrate Alex’s seventh birthday and our answer was, duh!  We departed Old Ranch and went VFR to Downtown Disney and celebrated at Catal

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    Santi was on duty this evening!  We had an Angry Balls drink… It is Fireball with some Angry Orchard Cider

    Amy, Joe and the kids were first to arrive.  We visited with the staff for a while before going to our table!

    Looking good!!

    Looking good!!

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    The varmints are celebrating! OK, let’s see the heads up!

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    Big brother gets some cake also!

    Big deep breath before blowing it out!

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    “It says HAPPY BIRTHDAY”

    The old “kids” are watching carefully!

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    Mom and Dad are having a great time!

    Love those smiles… It tells all!

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    All smiles

    Tony and Michele (Any’s parents) were with us but the camera doesn’t take pictures into the bright backgrounds very well!  Same for us BUT we got the important people!

    We went home, watched some old NCIS, and crashed!

  • It Finally Arrives!

    Posted on June 7th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up a bit early and did some finalization for the arrival of our new bed.  Paul now has to find a new location for the shotguns, we cleaned the drawers of the night stands, and we are looking for more room to store our suede winter jackets!

    The bed arrives and the delivery guys were amazing! They were in and out in an hour and had six additional deliveries to make today!  It was refreshing to see two young men so personable!  They walked right up and shook our hands, introduced themselves and even stayed around a while to make sure us old folks could manage the remote controls!

    We upgraded from the basic model!

    We upgraded from the basic model!

    We dined at home for lunch and did some chores before going to Old Ranch to meet up with Little Lisa and Robin.  The Walker’s were there along with Miss Bunnaford.  We stayed around until almost 7:30.  Lisa and Robin had to leave earlier with Lisa taking Jeffrey to the Dog Park and Robin heading home to Corona!

    Rocky models James' hat!

    Rocky models James’ hat!

    The hat looks pretty good on Rocky!  James may NOT get it back!

    The sunset was dramatic!

    The sunset was dramatic!

    It was hard to figure out what caused these lines!

    The lines smoothed out over time

    The lines smoothed out over time

  • Wazz Up Doc?

    Posted on June 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did some chores around the house and prepared for the arrival of our new Sleep Number bed tomorrow.  After a small lunch, we headed to our eye doctor, Dr. Manzi.  We have been seeing him for almost 30 years!  We passed with flying colors and Paul’s eyes were 20-25 and 20-30.  Sue also passed and she got an updated prescription for glasses.

    Paul found an additional use for his glasses

    Paul found an additional use for his glasses

    From his office we went to Westminister Mall and Sue did some shopping for hard-to-find cosmetics.  We did a short walk around the mall.  Paul picked to more chemo cream on the way home!

    We sent VFR to Malarkeys and met with Greg and Irene.

  • Slow Sunday

    Posted on June 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did our walk mid morning and took a load of pictures.  Walking is refreshing and we get to meet some of our neighbors.  On the way back home we retrieved the Avalon which was parked at Bunny’s house… Long story!

    Flower and plants are so very diverse!  Below is a purple cactus.  Opuntia macrocentra, the long-spined purplish prickly pear or purple pricklypear, is a cactus found in the lower Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. A member of the prickly pear genus, this species of Opuntia is most notable as one of a few cacti that produce a purple pigmentation in the stem. Other common names for this plant include black-spined pricklypear, long-spine prickly pear, purple pricklypear, and redeye prickly pear.

    Opuntia macrocentra is an upright spreading shrub consisting of several joined segments called pads. This cactus produces large colorful yellow and red blooms and dark red edible fruits

    Reminded Paul of a song about a purple cow!

    Reminded Paul of a song about a purple cow!

    We had lunch and Paul took a nap after working in the garden a bit.

    At 4:00, we decided to go to Old Ranch to have a drink and lo and behold, the gang was there.  We did some serious Happy Hour.  Paul drank so much iced tea he had to go to the car and retrieve his jacket on a 75 degree afternoon!

    Back to NCIS for the evening before going home.

  • An Odd Day!

    Posted on June 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did chores and worked in the garden for a while until we needed to go somewhere to avoid cabin fever!

    We avoided serious complications be going to a drive

    We avoided serious complications be going to a drive

    We ended up at Cucina Enotica in Newport Center. Great place for a drink. While enjoying each others company we got a text from Robin and Bob. They were at Disneyland and asked where we were. We looked at each other and texted back “Be there in 30 minutes”. We got reservations at Catal and enjoyed a great dinner and a load of sharing!

    No pictures!  It was exciting to see Bob and Robin and we were catching up so much that both Bob abd Paul forgot to snap a photo!  We got some good news… Looks like Robin will be returning to Seal Beach which will take and hour plus off here daily one-way driving time!

    Paul had Paella.  It was delicious!

    Excellent!

    Tastes simply wonderful!

    We then headed home to hit NCIS again!

  • Walk; Golf; Dance

    Posted on June 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We walked around Rossmoor this morning.  Join the walk!. As usual we found many things to photograph.

    The flowers were simply beautiful

    The flowers were simply beautiful

    We then changed clothes and headed to Old Ranch to chip and putt nine holes.  That’s is an additional third of a mile of walking (Paul rode some of the time).

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    Oops… Golf ball flew right through the cactus!

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    The cactus didn’t care… He smiled right back!

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    They spotted Grandma Sue and made their way quickly to visit her

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    Mommy duck brought the babies right up on the grass!

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    Mommy keep and eye out for dancer wile the babies eat!

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    Chomp! Chomp!

    We played in just under two hours and that was good because it was starting to get cool… We get the evening on-shore breeze right off the ocean!

    Indeed!

    Indeed!

    We did a great Happy Hour catching up with the gang.

    We went to Garden Grove Elks and danced to Dave Ambrose…  Great singer and plays a little of everything!

    Finally… Home for NCIS early episodes.

     

  • More Doctors… Good Food…Dancing!

    Posted on June 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Bright and early we headed to Paul’s generalist.  He has been seeing Paul since Paul first became an “Executive” with the Rockwell Company and that was in 1982 or over 34 years ago.  Executives had to have an annual physical and when Paul retired he thought that to be a good tradition to carry on.   Since the doctor has known him for thirty years plus, we keep going!  Anyway, today was “blood work” in preparation for the physical next week!

    Sue gets the news first!

    Sue gets the news first!

    Sue had a GREAT idea for lunch… We went to a little restaurant called “Gourmet Cafe and Pie Company” on Katella!  It’s an amazing little place and the reasons Sue decided Thursday was the day is because on weekends the line forms all the way around the building!

    Paul, listening to his doctors advice post hear surgery, ordered a chili-size with a veggie burger.  It was terrific… One of the best he ever tried.  Sue had an amazing salad enough to fill three people!

    Just plain yummy!

    Just plain yummy!

    We went home and rested a bit.  Paul was supposed to walk but alas a nap took precedence!  We departed the house for Sue’s hand therapy session at 2:00 and we are happy she is getting back to that effort!  That was the place where Paul realized we has having his heart attack.  The office staff knew it also and were all excited to see Sue and see Paul walking around!

    We went VFR to Old Ranch afterwords to have a drink before going home when all of a sudden were were surrounded by friends who just came off the links!  We put tables together and talked for two hours!  Paul was so filled with iced tea he squished when he walked!  A lot of the conversation today was about dogs… Between James and Bunnaford, they have five dogs!  Paul decided to tell them about the new app for their iPhones!

    The babies will really like this app!

    The babies will really like this app!

    We departed Old Ranch in just enough time to change and head for the Phoenix Club where we danced for several hours.  We met up with Connor, our grandson, there and heard about his new promotion at the real estate loan company!  It was a good evening.

    We tried to watch NCIS but we both were half asleep to we decided to limit it to two episodes and then crashed at midnight!

  • Walking And A Board Meeting

    Posted on June 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We messed around the house most of the morning and fixed lunch for Greg as he comes over on Wednesday’s to help Paul with the garden!  After lunch we decided to go for our walk and we did so in Seal Beach.  We walked up and down Main Street which was about 55 minutes seeing the little shops up front and personal.

    Chugging on down the avenue

    Chugging on down the avenue

    Nice hour walk!

    Nice hour walk!

    We stopped at “Thai On Main” and had a glass of wine and studied their menu!  Next time we are in the area, we have several things we want to try!

    Great Thai dining on Main Street Seal Beach

    Great Thai dining on Main Street Seal Beach

    We headed for home and Paul took a short nap to rst up before driving to the Starlighter’s Board meeting.  The meeting ran for an hour and a half and we are planned for a couple of months.

    After returning home we watched some old NCIS before crashing at midnight!

  • Another Birthday!

    Posted on May 31st, 2016 Paul No comments

    Calhan turns one!  We miss seeing him but he and Mommy and Grandma live in New Hampshire so we visit through Facebook!

    One - What a fantastic age!

    One – What a fantastic age!

    We mostly rested today doing some gardening chores and errands.

    Yes… We watch NCIS old episodes!

  • Lilly Gots A Birfday! Number Two!

    Posted on May 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did a couple of errands including the market before going to Becca and Zacks for Lilly’s second birthday party!  Great fun.  Join the activities.

    Zachary is a real Daddy! We ar so very proud of him!

    Zachary is a real Daddy! We ar so very proud of him!

    "I gots a scooter! Call me speedy!"

    “I gots a scooter! Call me speedy!”

    It was also Memorial Day do we dressed up in patriotic attire.

    Afterwords, we went to Old Ranch to get a glass of wine before going to Malarkey’s and meeting up with Brad and Susie-Q plus Irene.  Greg stayed close to home as he and David celebrated a little too much!

    We had a load of fun at Malarkey’s learning more about Brad and Susie-Q.  Great friends; great people!

  • Sunday Was A Buzz

    Posted on May 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

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    We have a full day planned today, duh!  What else? First things first… Lunch at Royal Khyber in South Coast Plaza.  We got there at 11:30 and enjoyed a pre-lunch drink.  The owner met and served us today and we determined that we have been going to Royal Khyber and have known him for thirty years!  Bob and Donna joined us at noon as they are going to South Coast Repertory with us at 2:00 to see Amadeus.

    Great dining

    Great dining with great friends

    We headed for South Coast Repertory so we could enjoy a glass of champagne while waiting for the play to start.

    A great performance

    A great performance awaited us

    After the three hour play, we all went to Letherby’s for a drink.  We laughed and giggled for an hour!

    Fun with Bob and Donna

    Fun with Bob and Donna

    We then headed for home so we could continue our watching of old NCIS episodes.  We went to bed early… 11:00!

     

     

  • Saturday Was A Restful Day

    Posted on May 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul decided to take it easy today.  Greg came over and did some gardening.  Sue went for a hair cut and Paul waited in the car researching white powdery mildew.

    We fixed lunch for Greg and we had our first corn on the cob from the garden!  We picked some corn and had it for lunch… Delicious!  A few weeks ago it was tall grass and now the corn is in production!  We nuked five cob’s at one time for five minutes on high and it was perfect!

    From stalk to mouth in eight minutes (Including cooling time)

    From stalk to mouth in eight minutes (Including cooling time)

    It’s wonderful to see the corn grow from a baby to a producer!  We are going to do another planting of corn this year as soon as these are done… About two weeks!

    Amazing! From garden to mouth

    Amazing! From garden to mouth

    Paul took a nap to rest up for this evening and Sue did some chores and caught up on her emails.  We went to Patty’s Place after doing some errands getting envelopes at Staples and the post office.  Chuck was there so we caught up on the latest!

    We headed home to change and go to Garden Grove to meet up with everyone.  We danced until about 10:00 and then headed home to watch another old episode of NCIS before crashing for the night!

  • South Coast Plaza Visit Again…

    Posted on May 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We wanted to walk again and we decided the other side of South Coast Plaza was an excellent destination.  We started at Nordstroms and ended up back there but three floors up… We had an excellent lunch!

    We walked for an hour

    We walked for an hour

    Back and forth on every floor!

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    We walked from the parking lot to the inside and then walked each floor from stem to stern

    The stores were all immaculate and had interesting windows!  The wire artwork was captivating!

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    Some one is quite talented!

    The white orchids were everywhere… They looked so real but alas, they were a high quality plastic!

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    Paul thought they were real!

    We love to see Old Glory on display especially where the kids rides are located!

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    Long may she wave! God Bless America!

    We stopped for lunch at Marché Moderne. It is driven by a passion for market-inspired ingredients and classic French cooking techniques, Florent and Amelia Marneau have created a truly modern French bistro in the heart of Orange County.

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    Decisions decisions?!

    Paul had the white sea bass special.  It was outstanding!!

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    The cucumber and asparagus were pealed and very fresh!

    Sue tried the beet salad!  It was not only pretty but delicious!

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    Magnificent presentation

    The desert you ask?  Macaroon’s with pistachio ice cream!  Wow!

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    It tasted even better than it looked!

    We went home and Paul took a two hour nap as we planned to go to the Garden Grove Elks to dance.  The gang was there se we visited and danced until about 10;00.

    We watched on episode of NCIS before crashing!

  • Walking At Southcoast Plaza… Meeting Robin And Greg

    Posted on May 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Time to walk but where?  The weather is cool so walking outside requires too many coats!  Sue suggested Southcoast Plaza plus we wanted to see William-Sonoma as we are in the market for a “tomato processor”.   We just walked the “Home Store Wing” and visited several stores including the Apple Store!

    The West Elm stores had a wall of live plants to demonstrated one of their products.  Interesting!

    Great stores to visit

    Great stores to visit

    The weather outside was pretty but 64 degrees!  Gad we are inside and comfortable!

    It was a pretty day outside

    It was a pretty day outside

    At the end of our walk we had accumulated almost 80 minutes… Not too bad!

    Nice long walk

    Nice long walk

    We began our walk on the ground floor and did the entire floor before heading up a level!

    We walked back and forth on all three floors

    We walked back and forth on all three floors

    On the way home we decided to stop for a drink before going to Old Ranch.  We stopped at Patty’s Place in Seal Beach and visited the “locals”.  At 4:15, we went to Old Ranch and hooked up with Greg and Robin.

    The visit was excellent… We caught up on everything!  Daughter Robin is working in Seal Beach two days a week now… Since she lives in Corona, working in Seal Beach is better than El Segundo!!

    Afterwords we went home and continued our watching of early episodes of NCIS.

  • Wednesday Was Great

    Posted on May 25th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We began the day by going to La Habra and watching Grandson Alex graduate kindergarden.  It was a fun ceremony and he ws so grown up!  Congrats Alex!  USC next week!

    Graduation moment

    Graduation moment

    After getting home, Sue suggested we walk at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  It was an excellent idea and we did it!  Since we go there in the  “late afternoon” the school kids were mostly gone…. A good thing!  Join our walk!

    It was a good exercise!

    It was a good exercise!

    We walked all around the aquarium both inside and out!

    The "Back And Forth" was inside the aquarium

    The “Back And Forth” was inside the aquarium

    We returned home and got a call that Zack and Becca (and of course Lilly) were going to come by for a visit.  The kids are doing well and are a lot of fun to be around!

    After they departed we watched some NCIS early episodes.  We finally crashed at 11:30.

  • Temecula Here We Come!

    Posted on May 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We decided it was time to see if Paul could do a “road trip” so we decided to go to Temecula.  At least if he could not make it back the refreshments would be good.  Darn the luck, we made the trip without a hitch and we visited four wineries after having a great lunch.  Join the fun!

    We started at Falkner Winery as we love their wines.  The we walked across the parking lot to Pinnacle Restaurant

    surrounded by wine

    Surrounded by wine… A horrible situation

    Over to Pinnacle we go and wow, what a treat.  Paul had the Octopus which was magnificent.

    Octopus was delicious

    Octopus was delicious

    Sue tried the stir-fried Brussel Sprouts with sliced-almonds, chopped dried cherries, goat cheese crumbles and a fried egg on top!  It was fantastic.

    Fried Brussel Sprouts with Eggs

    Fried Brussel Sprouts with Eggs topped with Hibiscus Sauce

    We went to three more wineries to get our pickups and procure champagne.  The weather was simply fantastic.

    Beautiful day in Temecula

    Beautiful day in Temecula

    We headed for home about 4:00 and did not run into too much traffic… We were smart and got off the 91 as soon as we could.

  • What’s Up Doc?

    Posted on May 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul had an early morning appointment with the dermatologist which is always interesting as Dr.Newman is quite a character!

    When Paul got home, breakfast was waiting and then we headed to Sue’s doctor.  By 11:00 were were free from the MD’s.  We did chores around the house, paid the bills, went to the market, and then got ready to go to Malarkey’s for our Monday evening visit with Irene and Greg.  No Greg this evening…  He was taking care of David, his step-Dad.

    After returning home we watched more of the first season of NCIS again.  It’s been years!

  • Here We Go Again… Zoom Zoom!

    Posted on May 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We visited with Irene and the Porter’s before heading to South Coast Plaza to see Walt Disney’s “Newsies” which was about the newspaper boys strike on 1899.

    We first stopped at Season’s 52 so Paul could have his trout!  As usual, fantastic!

    While the dancing was excellent, it was not for us as it was hard to hear the “dialogue” which was buried in the live music.  We need to stick to musicals like “Oklahoma”.

    Great dancing... Singing not to much (unless you have excellent hearing)

    Great dancing… Singing not to much (unless you have excellent hearing)

    After the musical was over we went to the Center Club for a drink and stalled until 6:00 at which time we headed for Mile Square Park and the Starlighter’s Semi-Formal Memorial Day Dance.

    A few steps from the OC Performing Arts Center

    A few steps from the OC Performing Arts Center

    The Starlighter’s dance was super..  We stayed until 9:30 before heading for home.

    Here we are... We danced several times before Paul pooped out1

    Here we are… We danced several times before Paul pooped out!

    We really missed Holly and Bill Henche after spending the weekend around them at the Avalon Ball!

    We watched a little bit old first-season NCIS before turning out the lights…

  • Busy Day… Duh!

    Posted on May 20th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up early… It’s a challenge!

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    We went to Old Ranch with Diane, Pat, Lisa, Hannah, and Josie. Lisa needed her Strawberry French Toast before going through commencement! Lisa needed to leave at 11:30 to go to CSULB so she could graduate… Yeah!! We went to CSULB at 1:00pm for the 2:00 graduation. She graduated about 4:00.

    We went home a few minutes early so we could get into our formal wear and head to Toppers Dance Club in Long Beach. It was the annual Memorial Day Dinner Dance which means tuxedos and gowns!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    We had a house full of members and guests this evening!

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    Great fun with great friends

    We departed a little early after taking pictures of the dance. We got home and visited with Irene for a while before going to bed!

  • Many Firsts!

    Posted on May 19th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We planned to go to San Juan Capistrano to have lunch with Pete and Lisa plus Eddie and his two boys (who we have never seen).  We went to the Sun Dried Tomato Cafe which is always good. The “first” first was that this was the longest drive Paul has done since the surgery!

    Good Grub! Great Atmosphere!

    Good Grub! Great Atmosphere!

    We came home and Paul did a two hour nap!  After getting up and changing, we headed for the Phoenix Club to dance and another first!  Paul danced!  We had fun visiting with everyone.  Another first… Paul has one glass of wine!

    When we got home, Diane and Pat were there with Irene.  Diane and Pat are going to see Lisa graduate CSULB on Friday afternoon before going back to northern California on Saturday!

  • Getting Back To Normal

    Posted on May 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s Wednesday and we have recovered from Catalina so we are sort of back to normal.  A Medicare broker came to our house to get Sue signed up for Medicare.  She was quite delightful and got us on our way.  Irene is joining us at our hose for a few days as her home is getting new insulation in the roof and things are going to be chaotic at best.  This will be fun!

    We went to Old Ranch and played “modified” golf again which was actually enjoyable.  Paul got Sue’s pitching wedge by accident and could not figure out why he could not hit the ball.  Finally Sue said “That’s not your club silly!”.  The games got better all of a sudden!

    Irene came over to Old Ranch and we have a lite dinner before going home.

    We all knew that DiNozzo was leaving NCIS and that we wanted to find out why.  Well, when we started to play his final show we also found out it was the last of a three-part series.  We bundled up, went to the living room, fired up the 70″ TV, and watched three hours of NCIS.  It was worth it.  We wish him well… And we kinda hope the MI-5 Englishman takes his spot.

  • Visiting And Golf… Golf??

    Posted on May 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to lunch with “The Old Guys” at Taco Surf in Sunset Beach.  These are folks Sue and Paul worked with ten years ago and once every two months we get together and talk about those things that never happened!  Great fun!

    We then headed for Old Ranch and played nine holes of “modified golf”. We both just chipped and putted but it was excellent exercise and allowed Paul to walk and get his strength back!  Great fun!

    We stayed around for Taco Tuesday.  Our GREAT Granddaughter joined us for dinner… Oh, she brought her mommy and daddy along also!  We have a super visit!  Becca and Zack are a special couple!

    Miss Lilly joined us for Taco Tuesday

    Miss Lilly joined us for Taco Tuesday

    We departed Old Ranch and headed home to watch the original season of NCIS!  It’s been a decade since we watched it and it was fun to see the characters develop!

  • Day to Rest… Sort Of!

    Posted on May 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up and had a nice breakfast before walking for an hour!  We spent some time walking in the garden and then the market.  Join us.

    We did an hour!

    We did an hour!

    In the afternoon, we headed to Malarkey’s for our weekly dose of Irish beverages and fun with Irene and Greg.

  • Going Home

    Posted on May 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Across the bounding main we go!  Returning to “civilization”… Bummer!  Enjoy the ride back!

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    Our ship arrives

    Our ship arrives

    We celebrate with more birthday cake!

    We never stop eating

    We never stop eating

    Upon returning home, we went to “That’s Amore” for a quick bite to eat and to regain in the memories of the weekend!

  • We Are In Catalina Getting Remarried And Dancing To The Sound Of Yesteryear!

    Posted on May 14th, 2016 Paul No comments

    What a great day…  we all had brunch and then headed to the chapel (OK, the patio) around 2:30 pm to prepare for the ceremony.  We were a dazzling group of stow-pis-ta-cated couples awaiting Minister Donna to arrive on scene.  On a serious note, Donna did an outstanding job renewing our vows… Kerstin and Paul cried enough for the entire group! Join the fun!

    We are gather together

    We are gathered together… Renewal of vows… or, ReUp!

    The champagne flowed!

    Kerstin got her diamond!

    Kerstin got her diamond!

    She was all smiles… Hans, you little devil you!

    Sue and Paul got their wish... For everyone to have a great time!

    Sue and Paul got their wish… For everyone to have a great time!

    We celebrated with champagne and visited until 4:30 pm at which time we headed for the Ristorente Villa Portofino for dinner!

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    Off to the dance! Must work off the calories! Happy Birthday Tom!

    Turn back the clock… We are in the 1930’s!  Join the fun!

    We send our representatives out to do the Conga... and did they do it!

    We sent our representatives out to do the Conga… and did they do it!

    The dance is over and the clock swing back to the current century but alas, we know the cure!  Nightcap at Ristorente Villa Portofino!  Join the fun!

    We enjoyed and after dinner drink and lots of good calories

    We enjoyed and after dinner drink and lots of good calories

    Time for beddy-bye!  See you in the morning!

  • We Are On Our Way To The Avalon Ball

    Posted on May 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Say what? Yes, we are on our way to Santa Catalina Island for our 14th annual Avalon Art Deco Ball. We departed home about 8:45 am arriving at the terminal in Long Beach at 9:30 am… Right on time for a 10:30 am departure on the Catalina Express. We had twenty-six other couples going with us so we partied all the way over.

    The Captain avoided the dangerous sea serpents

    The Captain avoided the dangerous sea serpents

    Upon arrival, our dear friends took our bags and Sue and Paul took a taxi to the hotel! Hans headed the annual “Von’s Run” as Bob Zaitz was coming a little later and Paul was not up to a “Von’s Run”.

    Check out the Avalon Art Deco Ball site for details!

    We took it very easy today making sure we did not overdo it.  We went to Maggie’s Blue Rose which is downstairs from Steve’s Steakhouse.  We ran into the Slaters, Berg’s and Robert’s.  good food and good times.

    Great Mexican Food

    Great Mexican Food

    After lunch we went around the corner to Vons Express and got some champagne and white wine for later on that day.

    Everyone collected on the patio until 5:30 at which time we headed to the Bluewater Grille!

    At 5:15, we headed across the street to go to the Bluewater Grille for dinner.  They had no problem handling us as we made arrangements for forty people much earlier!  John Thomas and Chris joined us for dinner and that was a nice surprise.

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    Right on the water…

    We went back to our room while everyone else kept themselves busy around Avalon. We went to the Ristorente Villa Portofino around 9:30 for a nightcap and to confirm our reservations for Saturday night. Time to crash!  It was sixteen steps and about 15 feet from out bedroom to the table!  We visited with Russ, the owner of the establishment and confirmed Saturday’s visit for our group of forty.

    Time to crash!

  • Great News!!

    Posted on May 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We were up and at them early this morning and prepared for a “day of doctors”.  The cardiologist gave Paul thumbs up! Pretty much unrestricted except for driving the golf club!  We went home and ate and then off to Lakewood to see the surgeon.  That was another great set of news… He was extremely happy with the progress.

    We were so excited we went to Old Ranch to celebrate.  We ran into the Walker’s and spend time visiting with them!

    In the afternoon we packed for our weekend adventure.

  • Wednesday Was Another Busy Day

    Posted on May 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul slept late which is a miracle in itself.  By the time he was out of the shower, Irene and Greg were busy gardening… watering… pulling weeds… harvesting!  Great to have such wonderful friends!  We are indeed blessed!

    After all the medical ninsense of the past couple of weeks we are surprised our garden does not look like this!

    After all the medical nonsense of the past couple of weeks we are surprised our garden does not look like this!

    About noon we headed to Cafe Picareli in Long Beach and enjoyed an Italian meal.  Paul did the Pasta Fruiti del Mari (Cioppino by any other name).  Not bad at all but he left a lot of pasta behind!

    Greg and Irene departed from the restaurant to return to their homes so we decided to go to Costo to walk… We did 45+ minutes just walking around looking at all the goodies.  Guess that would be “inside window shopping”.

    Adriana, our cleaning lady, was scheduled today so we left Costo and went to Old Ranch!  We decided to go to Old Ranch to spend some time before going home.  Sue had a great idea so we grabbed a golf cart, filled up our quart container with the vitamin fortified duck food, and drove most of the course visiting the ducks, geese, swan, and the baby ducks!  We get the food from a local livery which specializes in outstanding food for farm animals.

    On hole three we spotted the geese.  They looked up and recognized Sue and hurried over honking up a storm!  We are seriously thinking about talking a course in “Conversational Goose” at the local junior college!

    No kidding... These geese knew Sue.... They came right up to her and honked!

    No kidding… These geese knew Sue…. They came right up to her and honked!

    They seemed to enjoy their meal and we are sure they honked “Thank You” as we departed.

    Spoiled rotten... They are dining on vitamin fortified duck/goose food

    Spoiled rotten… They are dining on vitamin fortified duck/goose food

    On the fifteenth hole we spotted the babies!  Mommy had seven little ones with her. She and daddy were watching the babies carefully.  When Sue shook the quart of food, mommy knew who it was and urged her babies to come right at us!  It’s amazing!

    Sue spotted the babies... Awe!

    Sue spotted the babies… Awe!

    Daddy did what daddy’s do…  He kept and eye out for threats while his little family dined!  He is a good father!

    Mommy and the babies loved their afternoon snack!

    Mommy and the babies loved their afternoon snack!

    On hole nineteen we spotted Lilly the Swan who is a rescue Swan.  She cannot fly but can swim and walk around.  Rumor has it that we (ORCC) will be receiving two more black swans in the near future.  Everyone is excited about the addition of the swan to the course!

    we finally saw our new Old Ranch addition... Lilly the swan! Beautiful.

    We finally saw our new Old Ranch addition… Lilly the swan! Beautiful.

    Obviously Lilly and Sue have yet to “meet” so Sue was extremely careful not to frighten Lilly.  We did introduce her to the sound of the food rattling in the quart container.  A couple of ducks came over to dine as they knew the sound.

    Sue tried but she was a little leery yet!

    Sue tried but she was a little leery yet!

    We headed into the clubhouse and met with James and Bullwinkle (Wayne) for a drink.  James E and Charlotte joined us for a while before Paul got tired and had to go home.  Paul does not understand why just sitting makes one tired but upon arriving home, Paul went horizontal for two hours!

    We watched some TV before crashing for the night!

  • A Wonderful Day

    Posted on May 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Every day seems to be better than the last!  We were up and going this morning by 8:00 am with Sue doing her exercises and Paul putting on the finishing touches on the Catalina trip!

    We departed for our morning walk and did a little over an hour counting the walking around the back yard surveying the crops!  Join the walk!

    The "North Forty" is doing well

    The “North Forty” is doing well

    We rested for a bit and then got cleaned up so we could do some simple errands plus to go Old Ranch and do a Happy Hour.  We joined the Walkers, Bunnaford, Charlotte, and James.  Paul tried half of a turkey deli-sandwich… Excellent!

    We returned home to watch some “Madam Secretayr” before crashing.

     

  • Monday Was A Better Day

    Posted on May 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up early… Probably because we hit the hay early last night.  Sue fixed Paul a great breakfast and then we were off to walking.  We enjoyed the many sights and sounds of Rossmoor during out travels.  When we looked up, we had been out and about for over and hour!  Paul was doing fine which will make the old heart doctors happy.

    We did see some wonderful flowers on the walk to please join the walk.

    The animals sometimes talk to us!

    The animals sometimes talk to us!

    We did a quick lunch, got cleaned up and readied ourselves for the Monday night Happy Hour at Malarkey’s.  We met Irene and Greg there and sat around telling stories until the Karaoke started… That is our signal to leave!

    We went home and watched Madam Secretary as we completed all 156 episodes of The West Wing!  We crashed before midnight.

     

  • Mommy’s Day Yeah!

    Posted on May 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to Downtown Disney for Mother’s Day brunch.

    We miss you Georgia and Rita!

    We miss you Georgia and Rita!

    Catal is our favorite place to go! It’s tradition.  We had the Duda’s, The Adams, Irene and Greg plus Little Lisa and Donna and Bob.  It was a delightful brunch with the food being amazing.

    Grandsons Theo and Nick... Best buds!

    Grandsons Theo and Nick… Best buds!

    After sitting for several hours, Paul was tired and ready to go home.  We pretty much stayed around the house until late afternoon and went to Patty’s Place as we had not seen it for nearly a month.  We were welcomed in and told our tale of magic!  We then headed for home and the West Wing.

  • Whadda Day!

    Posted on May 7th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We slept late…. For us… 7:00am!  We saw Vicky come to the front door and she was delivering Ed Robert’s thumb drive chip containing the  pictures on it from the last Topper’s Dance on April 15th  Vicky came in and we talked for an hour catching up on things (Vicky is our dear next-door neighbor).

    Sue fixed a great breakfast and she got cleaned up and we were off.  Our Greens-Keeper (Greg) was over to assist on the garden while we went to Park Nursery to get a few more plants.

    We decided to walk for a half-hour to get our exercise in and we saw things we never knew were there before.

    Dear me, we visited friends

    Dear me, we visited friends

    The flower arrangements for Mother’s Day were brilliant!

    Bright enough?

    Bright enough?

    Sue found a Variegated (Variegated (adj.): Marked With or Containing Patches of Different Colors) Fig!  She was so excited we bought it with no idea where to put it!

    Pink inside as very very tasty!

    Pink inside as very very tasty!

    Greg, Sue, and Paul went to CPK for lunch and had a great time.  Sue and Greg found two “new” soups while Paul stayed with the Chinese Chicken Salad! We then went back home for another hour of gardening.  Greg loosened up the dirt in Vicky’s front yard adjacent to our Avacado tree because we plan to put a pumpkin there for her grand babies!  The pumpkins will grow 25 feet long and have 5-7 pumpkins if we trim them properly.

    A days work provided several meals

    A days work provided several meals

    Senior Greens Keeper at work

    Senior Greens Keeper at work

    Then came the call… From Los Alamitos Emergency Room asking Sue to come into the ER to talk about her blood test of last Saturday!  We did and it turned about to be nothing critical.

    We then went to Old Ranch for a drink before heading home for dinner and the West Wing.  We crashed at 10:00!

  • A Full Day!

    Posted on May 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We did the normal breakfast thing and watched some rain dribble out of the clouds. After taking our showers, we decided to kill two rocks with a single bird.  We went to the local shopping center and walked to avoid the rain!  We stopped at Sleep Number Beds and made an investment!  We will get the bed in about a month.

    While the Sleep Number people did their calculations we went to TGI Fridays and had a light lunch.  Paul did the Shrimp Cocktail.

    Their menu was extensive and we found a lite lunch to spend some time

    Their menu was extensive and we found a lite lunch to spend some time

    We walked about 45 minutes and then headed for home in just enough time to clean up and go to Old Ranch for the big party.  Poof! No one showed so we had a single drink.

    We decided to go to Patty’s Place to see Chuck and Patty!  As usual, we struck up a conversation with another patron and enjoyed a visit.  She was from the UK and we talked about dear Brian and Jan.

    Patty, the owner of Patty's Place

    Patty, the owner of Patty’s Place

    We headed home and watched three more episode’s of The West Wing.

  • Sinko De Mayo

    Posted on May 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Sue got up earlier than Paul this morning! Paul was enjoying an extra long sleep. We had breakfast and then Greg came over the water.Yes… It is here. TIME magazine reports that “Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano Movement.” The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day and began to promote it. It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Jose.

    We went to the market and Paul got in 50 minutes of walking around the store.  Ralphs Market was wonderful about assisting us out.  Paul has never asked for assistance but today, he said OK.  The Ralph’s people made each of the bags quite small so it was easy to lift!  We got a “20 can case” of Sprite for Mitch’s cocktails and the checkers busted up the case into four five-can plastic bags!

    Now that there is a lot of Bull

    Now that there is a lot of Bull

    We negotiated a peace so the Bull and all of us could site at the table.  Linda and James were there and Jame E and Dave O popped in and out during the evening.

    Irene popped by on her way to The Phoenix Club which made the day perfect!

    Bunny and Sue celebrating

    Bunny and Sue celebrating

    These two make everyone have fun as their laughing is infectious!

    On the front counter greeting guests

    On the front counter greeting guests

    We went home and watched three episodes of The West Wing before crashing.

  • We Are Moving Like There Was No Tomorrow!

    Posted on May 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up to watch the fight of the century!  The fight, we think, was all about the squirrel being too close the the birds next so mommy and daddy bird was dive bombing the squirrel!

    Sqwalk Sqwalk Sqwalk! Flap Flap Flip!

    Squawk Squawk Squawk! Flap Flap Flip! The fight was on!

    We had breakfast and then planned to go out for a walk

    We had to leave on our walk because Adrianne, our house cleaner and friend, was due in today!  Of course we had to clean up the house for the house cleaners…  Everyone does it!

    Off for the walk.. We walked for SEVENTY minutes and Paul did not have any shortness of breath.  Sue remembered why she does NOT take dancing shoes for long walks.  Sue, as amazing as she is, makes for an excellent task manager.  Every time he slowed down he could hear the whip crack!

    After the walk we were hungry and decided to go to the Panda Inn in Cerritos.  Paul popped a champagne-split and Sue did her chardonnay.

    "I am hungry!"

    “I am hungry!”

    We had plenty leftover meaning Chinese is in our future!  We also made reservations for Christmas Day (many of us get together and watch “The Christmas Story”).

    The Momma Panda kept her eyes on us the entire time!

    The Mommy Panda kept her eyes on us the entire time!

    The cleaning folks had not texted us after lunch so we decided to go to Old Ranch where we met up with Robin, our oldest daughter.  She was half-way home (it had already taken 90 minutes), LAX to Corona is a long ride!

     Great to get out of the house and see a panoramic view of nature

    Great to get out of the house and see a panoramic view of nature

    We visited for a half and hour and sent her on her way for the next segment of her two and a half hour journey home!  Bob is out if town on a gig playing  in Arizona and somewhere in the Palm Springs Dessert area!

    Home here we come as Paul was tired.  Paul laid down for a few minutes before our Grounds-Keeper dropped by for a short visit.  Greg and us just talked and laughed for over two hours. We swapped stories, learned about coal, and laughed some more! Great visit with friend Greg!

    Sue decided we needed a little dessert so she  whipped up a bowl of FRESHLY PICKED BLUE BERRIES topped  by s scoop of sangia-berry sorbet!  Wow!

    Ours had blue berries all over the sorbet

    Ours had blue berries all over the sorbet

    We continued to watch the West Wing before crashing about 11:30!

  • Busy Day, Good News Day

    Posted on May 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We had a good night’s sleep and was ready to go!  Sue fixed breakfast, we cleaned up, and we were off and running.  First to the hair parlor, then the bank, and then to  the cleaners.  Lunch was at the Yucutan Grille in Seal Beach.

    Good Grub!

    Good Grub!

    Now time for the truth!  Off to the Cardiac Doctor for the first post-op visit.  He was amazed that we were doing 45 minute walks already.  He said no need for cardiac re-hab!  Just keep walking.  He adjusted the “meds” a bit.  Paul has a small amount of “water” on the lungs which the lasix ought control!  We are going to see him next Thursday before Catalina.

    We returned home and Paul did some picking and Sue did some cooking.

    Fava Beans about to be opened up

    Fava Beans about to be opened up

    Shelling is pretty easy as long as you have a sharp knife.

    Amazingly sweat

    Amazingly sweat

    Like eating a bowl of sugar!

    Squash? Tastes like butter

    Squash? Tastes like butter

    The one in front was a little too big…  We love the baby squash!

    Pick the bean away from the waxie cover

    Pick the bean away from the waxie cover

    Cooked but need to have the bean extracted from the cover.  Pretty easy to do IF you have small fingers.

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    Dinner is served

     

    We watched three episodes of The West Wing before crashing around 22:00.

  • A Beautiful Day Is Ahead Of Us

    Posted on May 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    It was a great day.  We ate breakfast and then headed out for a 52 minute walk!  We walked the neighborhood and even waived at our local “Raggamuffin” (commonly known as Bunnaford).  Join the walk!

    Walking time inreases every day

    Walking time increases every day

    We add a half a block every time we go out.

    Roses were magnificent

    Roses were magnificent

    We then took showers, paid the bills, and finally got ready to go to Malarkey’s for a Happy Hour with Greg and Irene.  No Greg this evening, he had a household emergency.

    Fun
  • Excitement? Yes!

    Posted on May 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We decided to crash about 10:30 last night but at 1:30 Paul heard Sue having problems.  Sue had a temperature most of the day and no appetite at all.  Paul got up and tried to assist her in returning to bed but could not do it.  She was so weak she could not walk.

    She collapsed to the floor and Paul called 911.  The guys were out in about five minutes and took her to the Los Al Hospital Emergency Room for a checkout.  Her temperature was almost 103 and she was listless with zero body strength.  Paul followed in the van bringing the purse and cane.

    Our night time nurse was terrific evening bringing warm blankets for Paul who was freezing.

    She has a bladder infection which was running rampant

    Sue had a bladder infection which was running rampant

    After receiving the drugs plus a dose of Excedrin, Sue was able to go to sleep.

    IV with appropriate drugs and she was out

    The IV with appropriate drugs and she was out like a light!

    Went she woke up the doctor filled he in on the problem, ordered medications from the local CVS, and she had regained her strength including the ability to walk from the car to the house.

    We got home about 8:00 am after a harrowing evening in the ER.

    Paul had breakfast and watched Sue like a hawk!  Paul took pictures of the May garden and then walked about 44 minutes just around the local block!

    We watch “The West Wing” before crashing about 11:30.  We both slept until about 2:00 am and then again until 7:30 am!

     

     

  • Gardening, Marketing, Dining, Done!

    Posted on April 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Good night’s sleep… In two halves. From 11 – 1 all was well until the lasix kicked in… Had to make great water. Paul stayed up from 1-3 am and then tried to crash and it worked. 7:30 am never looked so good… 4 and 1/2 hours solid as a rock! Thanks to Sue’s little afgan.

    Definitely Paul!

    Definitely Paul!

    We had a good breakfast and awaiting the arrival of Greg and the Duda’s who joined us at 10:00 for some additional gardening! Greg and Bob are learning a lot and keeping Paul’s garden looking like something out of Sunset Magazine!

    Wallking the wall

    Walking the wall

    Meanwhile, where is Greg?

    He was easy to find!

    He was easy to find!

    Robin decides to provide some adult supervision before going to the market1

    Weed inspection? Wow! She is a tough old broad!

    Weed inspection? Wow! She is a tough old broad!

    Robin,, Sue and Paul went to the market and Paul got 45 minutes of walking plus Paul got to select some goodies for his recovery… like Lemonade, multi-flavored bagels, etc.

    Oh No! More pills!

    Oh No! More pills!

    When we got back, Greg and Bob were sitting on the back porch of the plantation admiring their work! Bob said the tomatoes and onion really smelled good!

    Bob made a little friend

    Bob made a little friend

    Robin and Bob had to go to Disneyland to pick up Nick so Greg, Sue and Paul went to “That’s Amore” for a late lunch/early dinner!

    Dino knows his Italian food well!

    Dino knows his Italian food well!

    Having grand kids is a wonderful thing!  Zack dropped by to take the Avalon out of his house (the car cover) and take it out for a spin.  It’s been in the cover for several weeks!

    Having family is so important!

    Fun
  • Weird Day

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul went to bed early (midnight) and forgot his nighttime pills meaning he  was up at 4:00 am!  Paul signed up for a medical study, at the hospital,  to aid future patience about what to do about the broken sternum.

    The only complaints Paul has had has been the chest where the sternum was repairs and his butt!  Prior to this, Paul never sat still.  We were always on the go somewhere!

    The sternum is sawed through to access to the heart!

    The sternum is sawed through to access to the heart!

    The sternum or breastbone is a long flat bone shaped like a necktie located in the center of the chest. It connects to the ribs via cartilage, forming the front of the rib cage, and thus helps to protect the heart, lungs,and major blood vessels from injury. The sternum consists of three regions: the manubrium, the body, and the xiphoid process.

    The word sternum originates from the Greek  meaning  chest.

    Paul had the plates plus the normal wires to close up the sternum after the operation

    Paul had the plates plus the normal wires to close up the sternum after the operation

    When one leaves the hospital they doctors tell  you not life more than ten pounds, do NOT raise your arms, do not pull  up withe the arms, etc. The study is being done by a CSULB Professor and he is measuring the pain levels on hundreds of post operative people  doing exactly what the doctors saw not to do!.  It is done within two weeks of the surgery and again after ten weeks.  Using a sonogram, he measures the deformation of the sternum during these “to be avoided” maneuvers.  His research is pointing to NOT telling people to stop moving their arms after a surgery and in fact do so to encourage healing! He showed up at 11:00 and was done by noon.

    Bob Zaitz dropped by to get the Starlighters envelopes/invitations and to visit with us!

    After that we net James at Old Ranch for a drink.  Paul was hungry so we ordered a half-turkey deli sandwich!  It was outstanding!

    We returned home and crashed!  Sue hit the sack about 10:00 and Paul about 30 minutes later!

  • Up And At It…

    Posted on April 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Wow!  Had a solid six hours sleep!  Woke up a little “wet”… Perhaps moist is a better word!  Paul just covered up with another blanket and out-waited the clock until almost 6:00 am.  We had a great breakfast and then Paul donned his running outfit for a 40 minute walk around the neighborhood. Join the walk.

    Looking good for an old man!

    Paul in his running attire

    Paul in his running attire

    We went to lunch with the Finch’s… To our favorite steakhouse! Maderas in Los Alamitos!  The finch’s had a Maderas special hamburger (they thought it was the best hamburger in the world)  while Paul enjoyed a veggie taco and Sue did the veggie enchilada!

    Brian and Jan came home with us to get a closeup look at our summer vegetable garden.  After they departed we went to Old Ranch and met with Marianne and Craig.  We headed for home and are in the evening.

     

  • Restful Day… We Took It Easy

    Posted on April 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We got up around 7:00 and Sue did her hand exercises while Paul worked on the website.  (The website is over 10,000 pages and requires updates as technology moves forward so he does a little at a time!)

    Breakfast was super and then we were off and walking.  We did 33+ minutes this morning without a problem… Except for the occasional periods where the clouds got in the way of the sun and it got cold, we had a fine walk.  Join the walk!!

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    Paul dood it… Four weeks ahead of the suggested recovery schedule!

    We came home to meet up with Crazy Greg who spend two hours watering/weeding in the garden.  Paul even went outside and snipped off the grape vine (if you don’t they produce more green and less grapes.

    We had a quick lunch and departed the house for a few hours so our house cleaning staff could do their thing! We went to Old Ranch where many people came by to wish Paul well and check up on Sue.

    We had dinner (stuffed peppers) and then headed for The West Wing for another three episodes!

    We crashed at 11:30 and Paul slept through the night not waling up until after 5:30 am… Whoopee!  It was amazing!  Tomorrow will be a good day!

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