Posted on August 23rd, 2015 No comments
Twently four of us headed to Trump National to partake in the 7th Annual Beer & Wine Festival! Great fun! Please join us!
Posted on August 14th, 2015 No comments
We were on vacation for the last several days! Join the fun!
Posted on August 12th, 2015 No comments
We took the day off to return to normal as we have some really busy days ahead! The house cleaners came so we departed and headed to Phil Traani’s in Long Beach for a nice lunch! We did some chores and headed back home to relax!
Posted on August 11th, 2015 No comments
As we departed we had to say Hello to Mr. Sunflower!
We kept busy… As usual! Sue went to the hair parlor and then we went to lunch at Preveza. As usual, lunch was super! We came home for a bit before changing and heading to Laguna Beach for the Pageant of the Masters.
We did some wine tasting and wine pickup at Laguna Canyon Winery before parking our car at the Lumber Yard and walking to Mare Culinary Lounge on PCH for “appetizer” and a bottle of Cakebread Chardonny!
On our way to the grounds we stopped at The Lumber Yard to assist them in reducting the fire hazzard caused by having too much wine in the building!
We then walked back to the Pageant grounds and caught up with everyone! Vicjy, our next door neighbor, arranges for great seats for many of us! The 2015 Pageant of the Masters “The Pursuit of Happiness,” explored the many sources of happiness, both ancient and modern through our theatrical production of “living pictures.”
The show was fantastic this year! One of the better ones in many years!
We drove home along the coast getting home about 11:30!
Posted on August 10th, 2015 No comments
We were up and messed around the house before going to a new back doctor for Sue. He scheduled us for more CT scans to determine if all is well with the hardware. It was over two hours at his office so we missed going to Traini’s in Long Beach.
We always wanted to try some of the African food on the menu at the Eldorado Bar and Grill so we did! Wow! Good groceries! Sue has a veggie dish and Paul pigged out on spicy lamb curry over rice with a spicy South African sauce! Just plain good grub! The menu says “Durban Curry and Rice – South African style curry served steaming hot over rice with sambals and a pappadum.”
We then headed for Malarkeys to be with Irene and Greg. Before arriving we stopped to look at the dredging underway in the harbor. They were not working but looks like they have been! We see the barge being towed out to sea sometimes twice during happy hour!
We crashed after coming home! Tomorrow is a big day!
Posted on August 9th, 2015 No comments
We had a slow Sunday! We worked in the yard and did the treadmill before going to Old Ranch for the monthly dinner dance!
We are so very blessed with all of our friends… Every event is so much fun because we have all sorts of things to talk about! Never a dull moment!
Dancing was over and we went to Patty’s Place for a short visit before going home!
Posted on August 8th, 2015 No comments
Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard
Paul was off and running for an hour. Time to clear out the head and exercise the heart! Join the walk!
After the walk we got ready for the theater! Went to see “Phantom Of The Opera” and OC Performing Arts Center! Terrific show! We had to scurry home as we had to get in our formals and head to Redondo Beach for the Nightlighters “South Seas Soiree In The South Bay”. Join the fun!
Great fun! We were so tired that we did NOT stop at Patty’s Place on the way home! Tomorrow is a big garden day before the Old Ranch monthly dinner dance!
Posted on August 7th, 2015 No comments
We played golf with James and Charlotte again today. The weather was perfect! The ocean breeze actually felt a little cool and the humidity was within tolerance levels! We finished in a tad over 4 hours.
“As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan
As it shows below, we walked three and a half miles in four hours . The speed makes no sense as we walk, wait, stand etc. when playing golf.
We did a two hours of “Happy Hour” before going home to change and go to Santa Ana Elks for the Luau! We danced and visited until 10:00 and then we headed to Patty’s Place for a nightcap!
In ancient times, including ancient Hawaii, men and women ate their meals separately; also women and the rest of society were not allowed to eat foods that were not common or foods that were only served during special occasions. However, in 1819, King Kamehameha II removed all the religious laws that were practiced. King Kamehameha II performed a symbolic act by eating with the women, thus ending the Hawaiian religious taboos. This is when the luau parties were first created.
We got home around 11:30 and crashed as tomorrow is another big day!
Posted on August 6th, 2015 No comments
We did eighteen holes and Paul tried the new swing. Frustration was quite evident! The weather was amazing! It was windy and we had a few drops of rain when we started but by happy hour, the sky was clearing and we had magnificent clouds.
Amy took Alex and Charlie to Disneyland and when Paul checked the weather, he texted Amy with the following image! They got heavy rain for a few minutes but they we in a line under a cover!
On the sixth hole, one of Sue’s ducks spotted her and he made a wake trhying to catch up with her!
We did happy hour with Charlotte before heading to the Phoenix Club to dance!
Phoenix Club here we come!
Posted on August 5th, 2015 No comments
Paul started the day with a golf lesson! He is tired of 150 yard drives! It appears that he needs to learn how to shift his weight as he swings! With graceful Paul, he is liable to fall over!
Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart. ~Arthur Daley
We were rained out at the fair two weeks ago so we thought we would try again! We were NOT rained out this time, we were “heated out”… It was 90 degrees! We met up with Irene and Vie and had lunch at Baja Blues… Good grub! We then walked to the areas we did not see two weeks ago! We also revisited the pigs!
The piggies were putting on a show. The runt was so cute we just wanted to take him home with us! Unfortunately the little bugger would be 300 pounds in a year!
It was so warm, we decided to go to the Newport Harbor Elks (located right on the Newport Bay) and have a glass of wine before going to the Starlighters Board Meeting in Villa Park! It was pleasant on the water!
The board meeting was good. Bob Z. runs a tight ship! We call it the Leaking Lena! (Anyone remember the Leaking Lena?) … Always a lot of kibitzing going on!
After the meeting we stopped by Jan Mongel’s home and visited with her for a couple of hours and relieved her frig of a bottle of wine… We are good at doing that! We walked in the house and crashed!
Posted on August 4th, 2015 No comments
Paul did an hour walk around Rossmoor and learned about the “birds and the bees”. Join the walk to see the sights.
We met with Mitch and Luisa and had a great visit. Taco and salads disappeared magically… So did margaritas and wine!
We departed for home and did the treadmill!
Posted on August 3rd, 2015 No comments
Sue did some serious cooking with the last remains of our eggplant and tomatoes which made the house smell great. Paul finished off the web pages for the train trip! We went to Malarkeys to celebrate Irenes birthday and David joined us along with Wally and Ghislaine! We had a fun time. Sue came home and did the tread mill while Paul tweeked the Vino Train web pages and watched an old musical!
Posted on August 3rd, 2015 No comments
We stayed around the house most of the day watching old movies and fiddling in the garden. Around 4:30 we went to Old Ranch and had a nice leisurely dinner before returning home! Life is good!
Posted on August 1st, 2015 No comments
Forty-three of us went to Santa Barbara on the vino train! Join the fun!
We went dancing at the Garden Grove Elks afterwords and departed there about 10:30! Great day!
Posted on July 31st, 2015 No comments
We had breakfast at Old Ranch before playing eighteen with James and Charlotte. The weather was warm and humid but we did OK!
We did Happy Hour and then headed home so we could we could get ready for dancing to Jerry Benton at Garden Grove. Great fun!
We have a big day tomorrow…. The annual Vino Train!
Posted on July 30th, 2015 No comments
We decided not to play golf today so Paul went on an extended walk of about four miles in an hour and a half. Join the walk!
We had some shopping and chores to do! Sue got here her glasses adjusted and Paul bought a new pair of shoes as the old ones are beginning to wear out (after eight years). We went to Hi-Time Liquor to get some special goodies for a friend’s birthday! Then we decided to go to Cucina Enoteca for a drink!
The bartenders know us so Paul always orders two “infusions” and the bartenders enjoy mixing up some concoction!
We stayed there for about an hour and Lei, our favorite bartender, took our picture.
On the way home we took the Pacific Coast Highway! The construction in Huntington Beach was in full swing. They were pouring concrete on the third floor of one of the buildings. The concrete pumper liked like a gigantic bug!
As we drove home, the clouds began to look like the predicted rain might actually happen!
We went home and got ready to go dancing. We stopped at Patty’s Place for a drink and Paul got some lamb chops for dinner. We talked to some of the locals!
We drove to the Phoenix Club and it did NOT look like rain was going to happen! Paul walked outside and indeed, it was raining! Connor was with us and he had to run outside and roll up the windows on his car!
Meanwhile inside the dancing was underway!
We danced until 10:30 and then headed for home!
We checked our email and then crashed.
Posted on July 29th, 2015 No comments
It began with Paul doing his morning walk which was over four miles and an hour and a half. Join the walk!
We then headed to Old Ranch for 18 holes of golf and is was a good afternoon! Paul walked another three and a half before Happy Hour got underway! Seven miles a day is OK!
We did Happy Hour and watched some TV before crashing!
Posted on July 28th, 2015 No comments
Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.
Paul hit the streets today doing almost four miles before returning home. It was a beautiful morning and he decided to walk left then right then left and see where he ended up! Join the walk and see the sights!
After the walk, Sue decided to swim so Paul worked in the back yard moving the blueberries to a better “heat of the summer” location! Paul did some more pollination and he awaiting the results! At least he does not have to drive the mommy flower to the hospital!
We had a doctors appointment and after that we went to Old Ranch and watched the Taco Tuesday crowd! Paul is “watching his calories” and was able NOT to attack the taco bar this evening. Greg joined us so that helped!
We went home and watched a movie and did the tread mill! Golf tomorrow… All is OK!
Posted on July 27th, 2015 No comments
We stayed around the house working in the garden and Sue doing her exercises. The garden is beginning to look a little bare! Paul spent 45 minutes pollinating blossoms on the watermelons and cantaloupes. We had so many blossoms but they were not turning into fruit. The culprit seems to be a lack of bees! The internet suggested moving the pollen form the male blossoms to the female blossoms using a tiny art brush or physically rub the female blossoms with the male blossoms! Paul had no tiny art brushes so…. He said “I feel like a pervert!” Now we have to wait and see what happens!
We cleaned up and headed to Malarkey’s for the “Storytelling Finals” of which Greg was one of the finalists! Good fun with friends!
We headed for home and crashed (after watching a movie).
Posted on July 26th, 2015 No comments
“My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger” – Billy Connolly”
Paul took the morning walk and took some pictures. Join the walk!
At 2:00 we headed for Garden Grove Elks to find out about the famous Pizza Sunday!
Then at 5:00 we departed for the Bowers Museum for an Exclusive Evening “Into the Blue” with Dr. Ed Krupp. Join the fun!
Dr. Ed Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory, explored our fascination with the moon, the sky, and celestial ascent. Specifically, he described the profound experiences of the Apollo astronauts who traveled that far and places those groundbreaking expeditions in the broader context of mythic personifications, scientific exploration, and histories on imagined voyages to the moon. This exclusive evening began with an exhibition viewing of The 1968 Exhibit and an exquisite dinner buffet by Tangata restaurant in the enchanting Key Courtyard. Distinguished Lecture and moon viewing followed.
We ended the evening at Downtown Disney at Catal!
Posted on July 25th, 2015 No comments
Paul did his morning walk this morning finding new things around the neighborhood. Join the walk!
After the walk we worked around the house. Filled another 100 gallon trash container with old plants! Another couple of months and the winter garden goes in!
We went to Garden Grove and danced until about 10:00 and then headed to Patty’s Place for a night cap!
We got home and crashed! Big day tomorrow!
Posted on July 24th, 2015 No comments
We did breakfast at Old Ranch and were treated to breakfast by the General Manager! We then played golf although Paul quit after 14… It was not a good day for golf as his broken thumb was acting up… probably as a result of pulling plants out of the garden!
We did a large Happy Hour before heading for home and then to Santa Ana for a celebration of Donna and Vic’s birthdays!
After the birthday cakes were cut and served we decided to go to Garden Grove. The Santa Ana Lodge had a super band but the air conditioning was on the fritz and it was so hot we gave up!
We danced until about 10:30 before heading home! Great fun although we missed the gang!
Posted on July 23rd, 2015 No comments
We worked all morning. Sue took the last of the small tomatoes and made her world famous pasta-tomato-cheese salad… Just like eating summer! It is so nice to pick your own veggies, take them to the kitchen and have magic performed so within minutes you are eating what you just picked!
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens
Paul worked the garden for six hours cleaning out the tomato plants that were done, trimming back the pumpkins, and cleaning up! He filled two 100 gallon trash containers! Fun but a lot of work. We are getting ready for the fall planting! The asparagus is really looking good!
Bad day? We went to a Celebration Of Life for Cindy O held at Old Ranch. She was a friend for several years and we used to see her all the time in the afternoons at Old Ranch.
We departed Old Ranch for the Phoenix Club to go dancing. Connor joined us this evening. We all had a load of fun!
Posted on July 22nd, 2015 No comments
Paul did his walk after our morning tea. He walked for about an hour and a half. Paul walks by a passion fruit plant and it was loaded with fruit. Not knowing what they look like when they are ripe, he picked one and brought it home. It was indeed NOT ripe but the contents were edible and quite sour. He plans to keep his eyes on the plant every day now!
We then headed for the golf course and played nine holes because we planned to go to the adult movies in the afternoon…. We teed off at 12:30 and finished before 2:30. Just enough time to freshen up and have a drink! James went home to get Linda and we met at the adult movies.
Oops… The adults go to the movies. We saw “Minions” and while they are cute, the story was beyond dumb! James dozed off and Paul was fighting to stay awake. Normally the 3:30 show is pretty quiet but we had some noisy kids in the theater… Probably the only reason Paul stayed awake!
Right after the movie we met JR and Karen at Patty’s Place for dinner. Paul blew his diet with the biggest pork chop ever created. We laughed and giggled for a couple of hours before heading for home.
What a day… Fun and more fun… Wish tomorrow were going to be that good. We have to go to a memorial (Celebration Of Life) for an Old Ranch friend… We will miss her smiling face!
Posted on July 21st, 2015 No comments
Up and at ’em at 6:00 as Paul planned to take the Honda in for his 10,000 mile check-up at 7:15. All went well and the car was done in less than an hour. Paul got time to play with the watch! Paul walked for 30 minutes just to keep the walking going. The iWatch told Paul his “resting heart rate” was 62 making him “good” pusing “excellent” in health! He plans to keep on walking and get it to a solid excellent before the end of tghe year!
We played eighteen with James and it was hot out! The temperature was in the high 80’s but the humidity was right up there also! We finished all eighteen and then dried out over a cold glass of wine on the patio!
After Happy Hour, we headed home to do the treadmill and watch a movie. Life is good!
Posted on July 20th, 2015 No comments
We did lunch with Greg and Marybeth at Cucina Enoteca in Newport Fashion Island. Great fun!
We then went shopping… Image us, shopping? Paul got an Apple iWatch and we both went to the puppy store where we found Mickey.
We returned to Cucina Enoteca for cocktails before going to Malarkey’s to meet up with Irene and Greg! Great day!
Posted on July 19th, 2015 No comments
We headed to the Elks after a day of working in the yard and doing our exercises. Great fun but then the terrible phone call. A friend of our, Cindy, passed earlier that afternoon! Sort of put a damper on the evening.
We met the new bartender… He was fast and efficient!! Loved his spoon/fork decoration!
We danced until 9:00 and then headed home to finish off a movie we had started earlier.
Posted on July 18th, 2015 No comments
We left the house about 9:15 and arrived at 9:45. We were first in line at the Yellow Gate. It was an amazing day! We rode the skyway, had our cinnamon buns, saw the Centennial Gardens, walked the various arts and crafts and then got a phone call… “Papa, we are at the OC Fair and it is raining! Where are you?” It was Mitch and Luisa! We joined at the Baja Blues and visited for a couple of hours while the rain washed everything clean! Join the fun!
We got home about 4:30 and freshened up, got our Hawaiian duds on and headed for Mile Square Park to dance the evening away! Please join the fun!
Posted on July 17th, 2015 No comments
Sixty years ago today Paul and his family went to Disneyland on its first opening day! What a time to remember. Here it is 60 years later and we are doing it again but this time with kids and grandkids! Wow! Please enjoy!
Posted on July 16th, 2015 No comments
Paul began the day with the morning walk and then we headed to see our Lawyer to do some changes to our wills and estate documents. We were hungary so we stopped at the Fig & Olive Restaurant in Newport Center…. Delightful to say the least! Upon returning homw, via the beach, we worked in the garden and Sue did the treadmill! Then off to Patty’s Place for a drink or two before going to the Phoenix Club for our Thursday evening dance. We met up with the gang including Greg and Marry and enjoyed an evening of cavorting.
Posted on July 15th, 2015 No comments
Paul did a 45 minute walk before returning home to inspect the garden.
Upon retuning home we inspected the pumpkins and they are getting large!
We did our lesson at Eldorado before going to ORCC for lunch with James and playing eighteen!
We did some Happy Hour and then headed for home to do the treadmill and watch a movie.
Posted on July 14th, 2015 No comments
Remember: The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. – Sam Levenson
The day started off great with fresh corn on the cob right out of the garden!
We played eighteen holes with James and then did Taco Tuesday with Zack, Becca and Miss Lilly! Miss Charlotte joined us for some of the celebration! It is amazing to look at Lilly and think she is a Great Grandchild.
We went home afterwords and did the treadmill and watched a movie! We had to crash at midnight as tomorrow is another big day!
Posted on July 13th, 2015 No comments
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin
It was a delightful Monday and we were off to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens with Charlotte and Greg! Laughing and giggling all day… What a relaxing change from “the daily grind”. The peace and quiet and ability to hear the birds, bees and water falls was very refreshing. To do it with good friends, fantastic! Please join the fun!
After we got home, Greg and Irene joined us at Malarkey’s for our Monday evening happy hour! Greg and Paul attacked a half-rack of baby-backs but alas, we finished one rib a piece and the rest went to David! Great fun!
Posted on July 12th, 2015 No comments
We worked around the house. Sue did the treadmill and Paul hit the garden hard cleaning out several tomato plants, moving the onions around, searching for pumpkins and water melons! Late in the day we went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance!
Posted on July 11th, 2015 No comments
We did three quarts of tomato sauce using most of the remaining tomatoes in the garden. Great fun and the house smells wonderful. We also had some corn on the cobb with the corn directly from our garden! We then decided to go to the Garden Grove Elks and had fun with Street Corner Symphony.
Posted on July 10th, 2015 No comments
We departed for Avalon on the 10am boat and then decided the Bluewater Grill was of dining decision! We had a great lunch and then walked across the street to visit the hotel staff (who have become friends over the years). Then off to rent a golf cart for a tour of the island! We had a drink at the Avalon Grill before heading for home at 4:00. Join the fun!
We sot home only to get dressed up to drive to Altadena so we could dance the night away with the Rondelitrs. Great fun! Please join us!
Posted on July 9th, 2015 No comments
Paul did his walk before getting ready for Laguna Beach which is Sue’s birthday tradition! We park and visit Tivoli Too for some Mexican food before reviewing the art work at Art-A-Fair and the Sawdust Festival. We then go for a two mile walk down to the beach and back! This year we stopped at the Lumber Yard and ended up at Cucina Enoteca for an infusion! Join the fun!
After getting home we changed and headed to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with friends!
Posted on July 8th, 2015 No comments
We decided to rest today and did some chores around the house before going out and going to the phone store and eyeglasses store. After that, we had some time and sue said “Let’s go to Sherman Gardens”. Please enjoy.
On the way home we stopped by Patty’s Place for a drink before heading home to watch a little TV. Tomorrow the Sue Birthday Month continues
Posted on July 7th, 2015 No comments
We had planned to play golf but alas, we were both beat from the last few days. Paul worked in the garden and Sue rested inside. Around 5:00 we got a second wind and decided it was time to try the corn! Wow! It was so ready! Join the fun!
We were lazy today. Sue read a book most of the evening while Paul caught up on dance club invites and re-validated our ticket needs for the upcoming wine tasting event. We ended up crashing about midnight!
Posted on July 6th, 2015 No comments
It’s that time… We are off to Maibu to dine at Taverna Tony’s! We had the Rodecker’s with us plus Irene and Greg with Jon in our car. Car number two was Donna, Hans and Mike! Great fun! Please join the fun!
As soon as we got home it was off to Malarkey’s and then it happened… This mean person from the limo service stole Jon away and sent him home! We miss him!
Posted on July 5th, 2015 No comments
We headed for Temecula to share the grapes with Jon before he heads home! We went to Falkner for a taste and then dined at Pinnacle which is the rest restaurant in Temecula Wine Country. We then headed to Great Grandmother Feltz’ home so Jon could pay a visit, Sue and Paul went to the local winery about 1.5 miles from her home while Jon visited. We picked Jon up after about and hour and headed to Thornton Winery to pick up some wine and replenish our Champagne closet! Join the fun!
We called Greg and had him meet us at the Himalayan Grill for an abbreviated dinner! When we got home, sue headed for the treadmill and Jon headed for the sack! We wore him out! Sue and watched a movie and some of our serials! We crashed at midnight! Big day tomorrow.
Posted on July 4th, 2015 No comments
Happy Birthday America! Pete and Lisa joined uu mid afternoon and then all five of us headed for Old Ranch where we met up with 70 of our family and friends to celebrate the day! Join the fun!
Posted on July 3rd, 2015 No comments
It was a special day as Jon (our grandson) was with us all day! We tried to play golf at Old Ranch but alas, it was a zoo! We decided to have breakfast at Catal in Disneyland (champagne) and then visited our friend Dominic at Torilla Joe’s (margarita) !
Then a short stop at BevMo, the back and then off to Patty’s Place (martini). We went home for some gardening and a small nap before heading to Malarkey’s for July 3rd fireworks! Irene and Greg joined us for the fireworks and Donna and Bob were nearby so they stopped in and also visited! Yeah family and friends! Join the fun!
We wondered when the fireworks should start… Now we know more than we needed too!
We departed Malarkey’s about 10:00 when the traffic died down. Jon napped on the way home! We have a bigger day tomorrow!
Posted on July 2nd, 2015 No comments
Time for the Water Taxi! We departed Malarkey’s (after a little drinkie) and headed to Rainbow Harbor to have lunch at Gladstones (Jon;s favoorite). We then stopped at the remaining points along the way ending back up at Malarky’s for a little drink! We had Greg and his father, David, with us for the trip! To make things special, Nick, Bob, and Robin also joined the fray! Yeah! Laughs and giggles all afternoon!Loads of fun for all! Join the fun!
Afterwords, we headed to Old Ranch to meet up with family! Mitch and Luisa joined in along with Zack, Becca, and Miss Lilly! Fun for all! Join us!
Then off to dancing at the Phoenix Club with another large group of friends! Our table expanded to 25 people by the end of the evening! Jon knew many of them! Join us!
Posted on July 1st, 2015 No comments
Paul did the morning walk and it was quite humid!
Took a new route and discovered some other interesting things…
Posted on June 30th, 2015 No comments
It all started with a walk! This morning was a 50 minute walk as we had some things to do in preparation for our 26 year old grandson, Jon, to arrive tomorrow! He is a delightful young man who we dearly love!
Paul keeps his eyes our for “interesting stuff” during the walks so this morning we found bright little cacti and iron flamingos!
Paul worked a little in the garden upon returning from the walk and Sue made a great breakfast before heading to Old Ranch for Golf.
We played fourteen holes as the weather got cold and the “freak storm” was heading out direction. James played only nine as he had the annual bar-b-Que to attend at 5:00. We did happy hour and Bob came over to the invitations to the Starlighters so he could add the presidents letter before they get mailed.
We watched two old movies while Sue did the treadmill before crashing.
Posted on June 29th, 2015 No comments
We had to do the Starlighter’s invitations today so after printing them off Paul took a 45 minute walk. Upon return Sue did the bills and invitations while Paul worked in the front yard planting onions and doing some cleanup! Our asparagus plants seem to be doing well.
We went to the market and just had enough time to get ready for Malarkey’s. We met up with Greg and laughed and giggled for two hours! It’s amazing how time flies when you are with good friends.
Sue did the treadmill after we returned and we watched an old Adam Sandler movie which was quite funny.
Posted on June 28th, 2015 No comments
Paul hit the trail a little early today and did the walk around our local community. It took an hour and forty-five minutes and 10,500 steps but he made it! Good for the ticker! See some snapshots!
Upon return, we did some chores before heading to Newport Harbor Elks for an afternoon of wine tasting! The wine tasting is for charity, as most Elks events are. We bought a case of various wines and had a great time with Nita, Bob and Donna, and Will and Iris. Great fun, please join us!
Our kids were out and about also… Amy and son Joe and the little ones were at Disneyland. We got this text picture. Looking good!
At 4:30 we went over to the The Winery in Newport Beach and had a great dinner! Craig and Marianne joined our group for dinner. Paul tried the Organic Turner New Zealand Venison and it was outstanding! Donna, Bob, and Paul killed off two bottles of an excellent wine!
We headed home to do the treadmill and the sun gave us a nice surprise! It stayed beautiful for almost 15 minutes as we got off the freeway and made it home.
Posted on June 27th, 2015 No comments
We got cleaned up and get ready for lunch at Thailusion, our local Thai restaurant. Their food is quite delicious and we enjoy the restaurant and staff.
“What is Thai food? Every country in the world has its own food profile. It reflects its culture, environment, ingenuity and values. In the case of Thailand, these words come to mind: intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor.
We not only pay attention to how a dish tastes: we are also concerned about how it looks, how it smells, and how it fits in with the rest of the meal. We think of all parts of the meal as a whole – sum rap Thai (the way Thais eat), is the term we use for the unique components that make up a characteristically Thai meal.”
We ordered “Fireman’s Curry”. Green curry paste prepared with coconut milk and hot sesame oil, bell pepper, basil leaves, cilantro, carrots, button mushrooms, green peas, squash, and Thai chili. This delicious recipe was created by our own fireman and is served at the station during his cooking shift! “Kaeng Pa litterally means “Jungle Curry” or curry paste and whatever is available innature to add.
We came home and did chores and used the treadmill before cleaning up and heading for the Garden Grove Elks. When we arrived Paul saw several antennas set up… It was obviously Amateur Radio field day! Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.
The “ham shack” was open for business! Paul shared stories with the two operators between dances.
Jon Destry played this evening and as expected we were well entertained and the music was varied and great! We all had a good time. We were there with the Branders, Zaitz, and Nita.
Posted on June 26th, 2015 No comments
“Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50… but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.”- Phyllis Diller
We departed for Disneyland after the morning walk. We decided to do lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside California Adventure.
It was in the 80’s outside but in the 60’s inside… B-r-r-r-r-r
We made a special order and they came through! Sue’s meal was delicious with perfect vegetables!
Paul got the steak salad and was surprised to see the steak on the side!
We procured a bottle of wine for the lunch!
We walked over to Disneyland and rode the Pirates of the Carribbean as well as the Jungle Boats before proceeding to Catal and visiting everyone! After a couple of drinks we drove the 3.9 miles to the Garden GRove Elks and danced until 10:00 with friends.
When we got home, we had a small glass of wine and then crashed. The day is going to be busy… Duh!
Posted on June 25th, 2015 No comments
Paul took the morning walk and then we teamed up and did tomato sauce all day! Making the tomato sauce with your best friend is fantastic as well work so well together it seemed that time flew! We picked, boiled, cooled, peeled, seeded, squished, processed, and boiled for hours! Join the fun
After cleaning up and doing some treadmill and gardening we headed for Patty’s Place to have a bite before going to dance. Patty’s Place in Seal Beach is great as we are now getting to know the locals and we always meet someone new!
We departed Patty’s about 6:30 so we could get to the Phoenix Club at 7:00 and meet up with everyone! Greg joined us and the table expanded to about 16 people! Yeah friends!
Posted on June 24th, 2015 No comments
We played golf and finally got the tickets to Trump! What a chore that was! Thanks to David and Greg, we captured 12 on the spot and then ordered eight more on-line (finally after their website came up!)
Posted on June 23rd, 2015 No comments
This morning we departed San Jose at 9:00 and went to Lodi to meet up with Aunt Kaye and Cousin Tom at Strings Italian Restaurant. We spend two hours visiting and eating!
Lodi is a city located in San Joaquin County, California, in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. The population was 62,134 at the 2010 census. Its estimated population as of July 1, 2013 was 63,338. Lodi is best known for being a center of wine production (the “Zinfandel Capital of the World”), although its vintages have traditionally been less prestigious than those of Sonoma and Napa counties. However, in recent years, the Lodi Appellation has become increasingly respected for its Zinfandel wine and other eclectic varietals. National recognition came from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Lodi.” Nearby Woodbridge is the home of the well known winery, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Mondavi grew up in Lodi, and Mondavi Winery is considered[by whom?] one of the most influential in the American wine industry.
We departed about 1:30 and arrived home at 9:00. We took Highway 99 which was not too bad today. In Bakersfield it was 100 degrees! Inside the car was just fine!
Posted on June 22nd, 2015 No comments
We headed north to Alaska…. No just kidding… North to Saratoga to visit the Porters and have dinner. It’s always great to see them and catch up!
Saratoga is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, directly west of San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 29,926 at the 2010 census. Located on the Western edge of the Silicon Valley, Saratoga is known locally for its suburban small-town feel, wineries, and high-end boutiques. In 2008 CNN/Money ranked Saratoga number 4 in its listing of top-earning towns.[Saratoga also was ranked by Forbes in 2009 as one of America’s top 20 most-educated small towns. In 2010 Bloomberg Businessweek named Saratoga the most expensive suburb in California. Bloomberg Businessweek also named Saratoga’s zip code 95070 the 18th richest zip code in America in 2011.
In the early 1950s, animator and future Gumby creator Art Clokey produced stop motion commercials for Pea Soup Andersen’s. In 2012 it was noted that the restaurant sold 500 to 600 gallons of pea soup in a day.
We stopped by Andersens Split Pea Soup and Bu’ellton… Always good grub!
The original Andersen’s restaurant was founded in 1924 by Anton Andersen and his wife Juliette. Anton Andersen was born in Denmark and had received training in the restaurant business in Europe and New York City. Juliette was born in France. Anton and Juliette purchased property in the small town of Buellton, California, in Santa Barbara County. Buellton and neighboring Solvang were the focus of a Danish colony of Danish Americans and recent immigrants. They opened a small restaurant and named it “Andersen’s Electric Cafe” in honor of their proudest possession, a new electric stove.
Posted on June 21st, 2015 No comments
We were asked by Joe’s in-laws to join them for Father Day at Chomp. We had a great time catching up and planning for our upcoming escapades!
Paul had to replace the battery in the Avalon while Sue did the treadmill. We then headed for the Santa Ana Elks Lodge for the monthly Jam Session! Robin and Nick joined us at the Jam Session and we had a great time visiting… and dancing!
Posted on June 20th, 2015 No comments
We walked and did some chores before heading to Seasons 52 for lunch and a great lunch it was. We then went over to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Motown”. Fantastic performance.
Motown: The Musical is a Broadway jukebox musical. With a book by Berry Gordy, based on his 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, the musical is based on the story of Gordy’s founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The music and lyrics for the musical are taken from selections from the Motown catalog. The musical premiered on Broadway in April 2013.
We went to the Center Club for cocktails after the show and met up with Beverly, a dancing friend, before heading to the Garden GRove Elks and dancing until about 10:00 with “Full Spectrum”.
Posted on June 19th, 2015 No comments
We had breakfast with James before playing eighteen holes! It was a pretty good day!
A study done by Reebok showed that golfers who walk and carry burn approximately 55 percent more calories than those who ride in a cart. The amount of calories varies by distance walked and also the metabolic rate of the golfer. But fitness experts estimate you’ll burn roughly 1,500 calories during a four-hour round. You must burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound.
After the game and some Happy Hour, we headed home to freshen up and then to Newport Harbor Elks for an evening with Donna, Bob, and Gene DeValle! Great fun was had by all!
Heading for home because, guess what, tomorrow is a bog day!
Posted on June 18th, 2015 No comments
Paul did the morning walk and went to AAA to pickup some maps for an upcoming adventure! It took about one hour 20 minutes round trip!
Paul takes snapshots of interesting and beautiful things as he walks the neighborhood! Please enjoy!
After the walk it is back to work! Sue exercises and Paul gardens!
Now we are going to Patty’s Place for a drink before going dancing at the Phoenix Club! Greg joined us along with Connor and Marissa! Fun was had by all!
Posted on June 17th, 2015 No comments
We did our practice/lesson today with Tim and got the latest and greatest about the family. Had lunch at ORCC before doing 18 holes. Angie joined us on the back nine!
Miss Charlotte, who is visiting home in Denmark, send some new pictures. Please enjoy.
Posted on June 16th, 2015 No comments
It’s morning walk time and Paul always carries a camera of two. He decided to take picture of “interesting things” in peoples yards as he walks the area. Today was no exception!