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We played golf with James and then on the back nine with Charlotte and Bunnaford! The weather was warm but we have a bit of a breeze at Old Ranch! We had Happy Hour and Paul got to hold Lilly for the first time… She is three months old and Paul was finally not scared! Great Grandma Sue had lots of “Lilly time” this afternoon!
When Charlotte joined us Paul said “Only mad dogs and Englishmen: would play in this weather! Charlotte responded with “Only mad dos, Englishmen, and GREAT DANES”. Great amounts of laughter occurred instantly!
We did Taco Tuesday and had Zack, Becca, and Lilliana visit us!
We headed for home and watched movies wile Sue did the treadmill!
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We had lunch with dear friends Javier and Evelia Gonzales. Javier and Paul were born eight days apart about 70 years ago. We met and Disneyland and have been friends for years!
We headed for home, rested and then went to Malarkeys with Greg!
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We went to the “Concours d’Elegance” at Trump National and had a great afternoon with friends and old cars. Join the fun!
After the car show we went to Old Ranch for the monthly dinner dance and gab fest!
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We stayed home most of the day and did our chores around the house. We then headed for the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate a birthday and enjoy Italian night! Join the fun!
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We played a five-some with James, Bunny, and Angie!
We did a short happy hour before going home and heading to Altadena Country Club for a dance. Join the fun
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What a day! Sue cooked for six hours making some wonderful Indian food from our vegetables! We again had lunch from our garden! The fresh salad and fantasic home-made dressing was simply magnificent. While Sue was inside, Paul worked in the garden doing some prep work for the redesign we are planning! Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched a movie for an hour in order to rest up for the evening at the Phoenix Club!
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We played eighteen with James today and it was a good day! Afterwords we met James and Linda for Happy Hour before being joined by Bunnaford and gang.
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We played eighteen holes with James before going to Taco Tuesday. Paul was surrounded by beautiful ladies because we had Robin, Lisa, Fiona, Etbgurl (from Denmark), Charlotte, and Sue!
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We headed east for a day with wine and family! Join the fun!
We went VFR to Malarkey’s and enjoyed the sunset! No Greg today… He and his dad headed to Laughlin for a few days!
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We decided to go to the Himalayan Grille for lunch and then back home to do some gardening. Sue decided to swim and Paul did some serious weedig. The weather was “strange” as a hurricane is heading up the coast from Mexico. We captured a shot of the clouds about 100 miles away and they were billowing covering the entire sky.
After a while we headed to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour with James and Linda! We had two hours of laughing and giggling! James tried the burger & spam sliders… They were excellent!
When we arrived home Sue hit the treadmill and Paul ran the TV. We watched a movie and then one of our series. Great relaxing day!
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We worked around the house with Sue cooking and Paul in the garden! We did some treadmill and watched two good movies before cleaning up and heading to Santa Ana Elks! Join the fun!
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We played golf with James, did some Happy Hour and then went dancing at Garden Grove!
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I can remember us as little kids and wow… Here we are… seventy years later! Join the fun!
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We spent the day in the car going to Saratoga to visit with the Porters! We spend the evening with them and went to the Elephant Bar for dinner. Tomorrow we are going to celebrate a birthday with Tom and Aunt Kaye!
Did You Know – 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. Major attractions of Saratoga include Villa Montalvo, Hakone Gardens, and the Mountain Winery. The 2013 Home Listing Report listed Saratoga as the 3rd most expensive housing market in the United States.
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We played eighteen with James and then joined the Taco Tuesday activities with Greg who came over to join us!
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It was a day to do our chores! We did and celebrated at the end with a trip to Malarkeys to visit with Greg!
Posted on August 31st, 2014 No comments
Our tenth year of going to the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Tea Dance! Join the fun!
A tea dance, or thé dansant (French: literally dancing tea) is a summer or autumn afternoon or early-evening dance from four to seven, sometimes preceded in the English countryside by a garden party. The function evolved from the concept of the afternoon tea, and J. Pettigrew traces its origin to the French colonization of Morocco.
Books on Victorian Era etiquette such as Party-giving on Every Scale (London, n.d. ), included detailed instructions for hosting such gatherings. By 1880 it was noted “Afternoon dances are seldom given in London, but are a popular form of entertainment in the suburbs, in garrison-towns, watering-places, etc.” Tea dances were given by Royal Navy officers aboard ships at various naval stations, the expenses shared by the captain and officers, as they were shared by colonels and officers at barrack dances in mess rooms ashore.
The usual refreshments in 1880 were tea and coffee, ices, champagne-cup and claret-cup, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits. Even after the introduction of the phonograph the expected feature was a live orchestra – often referred to as a palm court orchestra – or a small band playing light classical music. The types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes, Tangos and, by the late 1920s, The Charleston.
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We had lunch at Seasons 52 which is always a delight. We then went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see a musical before heading for home, changing and going to the Queen Mary for the tenth annual Art Deco Ball! Join the fun!
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We started the day with breakfast with James and “Little Lisa”
We played golf with Charlotte and James and it was a good golf day!
We stayed a couple of hours for Happy Hour before going home to freshen up and head to the Garden Grove Elks to dance to JussTuss!
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We worked around the house today and had our middle bedroom sliding glass door replaced. We also met with a contractor to redesign the back yard. We thought about going to Seal Beach and see the large hurricane generated waves but devided not to.
As the above image shows, a 25-30-foot section of the east breakwater protecting Anaheim Bay was partially washed away by yesterday’s extreme wave action, and the navigation aid at the end of that breakwater was destroyed.
Little Lisa came over and stayed the evening with us even though we went to the Phoenix Club to go dancing. We stayed up until midnight chatting with her.
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We played with James and had a fairly good day! At Taco Tuesday Robin joined us making for a perfect day!
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We stayed home today and did chores and recovered from the Beer and Wine Festival at Trump. At 4:30 we headed to Malarkeys to meet with Carri, Greg, and Don and Linda for a get together!
We then headed to Newport Beach to surprise Bob Z for his birthday dinner! at Provenance which is a restaurant/garden! Delightful food and better company! Join the fun!
Posted on August 24th, 2014 No comments
One of our favorite events of the year is the Trump Beer and Wine Festival. We get the VIP package so we can get great parking and then the fantastic brunch. We then go into a private area and drink premium wines before going to the festival grounds! We went with the Thedens and Zaitz this year… The Roberts had a pre-planned family event and Cyndy getting ready for school and we really missed them. Please join the fun!
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We did some chores today and dined at Preveza, our favorite local restaurant. After returning home, we did some garden work and swimming before getting ready to go to Al’s 84th birthday party! Join the fun!
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Old Ranch was closed for a tournament so we did not play. We went to Patty’s Place with Diane and Charlotte. We did some chores and then headed to Santa Ana Elks to celebrated three birthdays. Bob, Brenda, and Leon all have August birthdays. Join the fun!
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We played golf and did some happy hour before heading to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing!
Posted on August 20th, 2014 No comments
Just us again today! We played eighteen holes and did some happy hour with Bunnaford! We really missed James and will be happy to have him get over the bug and get back to work on the course! The ducks were missing him this afternoon! What a magnificent day! It was a bit moist out but the wind keep everything cool!
After our short happy hour at Old Ranch we went to Cafe St. Germain in Seal Beach and had a great dinner. Their dinner selections were outstanding… Difficult to make up our minds! The presentations were super so we took pictures!
We headed for home at watched a movie called “Loving Leah” on the Hallmark Channel! Loving Leah is a television movie that aired on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on January 25, 2009. The film is directed by Jeff Bleckner and stars Adam Kaufman as an unobservant Jewish bachelor who feels compelled to marry his observant rabbi brother’s widow, Leah (Lauren Ambrose) to honor him via the ancient Jewish custom of yibbum (levirate marriage).
Posted on August 19th, 2014 No comments
Golf felt funny today without James. He picked up a bug from Linda and is out of commission! We played the first nine by ourselves and then on eleven James Eaton and Bunnaford joined us.
After golf we had a Lilliana visit which gave the kids time to have some Taco Tuesday. We enjoyed the visit! She is two months old now and healthy as can be!
We watch some TV before hitting the sack! It was a good day!
Posted on August 18th, 2014 No comments
We finished cleanup of the summer garden and planted the winter garden. We put in Cauilflower, beets (three kinds), carrots (three kinds) and additional Swiss chard! Sue pointed out a spider that captured one of the Japanese Beetles so we snapped a couple of pictures.
The beetle species Popillia japonica is commonly known as the Japanese beetle. It is about 15 millimetres (0.6 in) long and 10 millimetres (0.4 in) wide, with iridescent copper-colored elytra and green thorax and head. It is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural predators, but in North America it is a serious pest of about 200 species of plants, including rose bushes, grapes, hops, canna, crape myrtles, birch trees, linden trees and others.
We did our visit to Malarkey’s and Greg returned from his northern visit. We got to swap stories and had a good time. We missed Greg’s company last week!
Posted on August 17th, 2014 No comments
We worked in the front yard garden and did some cooking today. We finally got cleaned up at 4:30 and headed to the Santa Ana Elks for an evening of dancing! After getting home we watched a movie and then crashed…. Another busy day tomorrow!
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Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. ~Author Unknown
We worked around the house… Made the beds ready to plant more herbs for the winter cooking season! Sue in the kitchen and Paul in the yard! Always something to do around the house! Sue did the treadmill and swam for a while while Paul kept working on the website… A never ending activity!
We ended up at Garden Grove to dance to Dace Ambrose which is always great. Leon bought dessert this evening!
Posted on August 15th, 2014 No comments
We played eighteen with James and Charlotte and it was good. After several days of horrible scores Paul finally got back under 100 again! Golf is just not easy! We did some serious happy hour with James and Charlotte afterwords and then headed home to freshen up and go dancing at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge!
At the GG Elks… Fun with dear friends!
Posted on August 14th, 2014 No comments
We played with James, Bunny, and Charlotte today. The game was NOT GOOD today but it is probably because of the 88 Paul shot a week ago! Must get back in the saddle!
We went to the market and then watched a movie and did the treadmill!
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We went to Irene’s home and raised a car port for her new car. Ed Roberts, Del Kuhn, and us (Paul & Sue) enjoyed working together and raising the car port. It makes us feel great to be of service to dear friends! Join the raising!
After coming home we went to Cafe St. Germain in Seal Beach and enjoyed some wine and we shared baked goat cheese and vegetable soup! Fantastic food!
We came home, did the treadmill and watched a super movie.
Posted on August 12th, 2014 No comments
We played golf with James and on the back nine Bunnaford joined us!
We did a quick happy hour before driving to Laguna for the Pageant of the Masters.
We had a couple of drinks at the Lumber Yard, west of the festival grounds, before walking to the pageant.
The Pageant of the Masters is an annual festival held by the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. The event is known for its tableaux vivants or “living pictures” in which classical and contemporary works of art are recreated by real people who are made to look nearly identical to the originals through the clever application of costumes, makeup, headdresses, lighting, props, and backdrops.
Posted on August 10th, 2014 No comments
We did a quick visit to the OC Fair. We visited the piggies, had our ten pound buns, drank some wine, rode the skyway and ferris wheel and visit the “shirt man”. Great fun!
We headed for home, did the treadmill and worked in the garden before changing and going to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance! Join the fun!
Posted on August 9th, 2014 No comments
We worked in the garden for a while before going to Seasons 52 for lunch and then to the OC Performing Arts Center to see Ghost. The musical was great! The special effects were outstanding!
We then headed for home to do a fly-by and head to LAX for our Aloha Night with the Nightlighters. Join the fun!
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We played golf with James and Charlotte today and it was generally a good day!
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It was a beaut iful day on the course. The flowers were bright and wiggled in the cool breeze.
Mighty Casey at bat…. Oops, Mighty James with the club
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Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~Author Unknown
We finished the garden and Sue continued cooking. She made a delicious spaghetti squash casserole!
Paul finished trimming the grapes.
We went to Old Ranch for a drink and enjoyed Taco Tuesday with Bullwinkle and Rocky!
Posted on August 4th, 2014 No comments
Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison
Work! Eek! Yes… Eliminating the summer garden and getting ready for a redesign. Meanwhile inside Sue was making stuffed pepper from items directly in our garden. Visit the last of the garden for 2014
Posted on August 2nd, 2014 No comments
We went on the Vino Train which we have been doing for years. UHion Statino to Santa Barbara and back on vintage rail cars with 78 friends and family! Life is good. Please enjoy!
Posted on July 31st, 2014 No comments
“In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
We spent most of the day at Temecula at three wineries. We began at Falkner (which is where we picked up our wine club delivery) and then had lunch at Pinnacle Restaurant! We tne went to Maurice Carrie followed by Thornton! Wine tasting is a load of fun!
Our champagne and white wine supplies have been appropriately adjusted. Join the fun!
When we got home, we did a quick change and headed to the Phoenix Club to dance for a few hours!
Posted on July 29th, 2014 No comments
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
We played golf today (it was a “98” kinda day) with James and then Charlotte joined us on the back nine! After the game we headed for the OR Patio to have some Taco Tuesday with Zack and the Parsons! Great time with these folks…. After all they are the grandparents of Lilliana! Join the fun!
Posted on July 28th, 2014 No comments
Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
We had several people over to do/estimate work on our house today and between the visits we worked in the garden and cooked! We have a lot of fixes and upgrades planned. Stay tuned!
Paul pulled carrots, picked eggplants and tomatoes, trimmed back the grapes, and did general cleanup! It took all day for the front yeard. Need another day or so for the backyard.
Sue made eggplant casseroles and Paul assisted so we could get the HAppy Hour with Greg by 5:30!
After the work was done, we met with Greg at Malarkeys for drinks and appetizers.
Posted on July 27th, 2014 No comments
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
We had a generally light day. We went to the Newport Harbor Elks to dance between 1:00 and 4:30. We do a lot of dancing and laughing! Afterwords we went to Old Ranch to have a small Happy Hour with the Cathey’s and the Ward’s..
Posted on July 26th, 2014 No comments
Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedges
We had our first Logan visit this morning. Our dear friend Vicky just became a Grandmother so she came over with her new grandson!
Robin and Nick came over and we went to lunch at Michele and Franklyn’s home in West Los Angeles. We met up with the Chartier’s there and had a dellghtful afternoon! Join the fun!
After the party we headed to GG Elks and danced until about 11:00 with the Zaitz, Roberts, and Iris and Wil! Fun for all!
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There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. ~Orrin Hatch
We played golf and had a great time albeit very hot and muggy! Good way to loose some weight… All in water!
We did Happy Hour by ourselves then Connor joined us for his Old Ranch hamburger!
He just completed High School and is moving on in his life! He told us of his employment opportunities and that went very well. Two jobs were offered so he went from unemployed to sixty-hours a week in a flash! All good news! We are very happy to have Connor back in our lives!
Posted on July 22nd, 2014 No comments
The family is a haven in a heartless world. ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch
We met up with the Duda’s and spent the day at Sea World. Join the fun!
Posted on July 21st, 2014 No comments
My heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you touch my soul. ~A.C. Van Cherub, 2009
The started out with the dentist… That would be bad except we love our dentist! No cavities again! Life is good.
We headed south to San Diego after the dentist to stay overnight at Hotel Del Coronado before going to Sea World tomorrow with the Duda’s. Join the fun
Posted on July 20th, 2014 No comments
Forty-five years ago today, 500 million people around the world witnessed American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins as they embarked on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and six hours later Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon’s surface, delivering those iconic words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
We sent to lunch with Mitch and Luisa in Cerritos. We all enjoy Indian food and had a great time ordering new things!
After lunch and some treadmill, we headed to Santa Ana Elks for the monthly “Jam Session” which is great fun with friends.
Posted on July 19th, 2014 No comments
Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don’t understand. ~Robert Brault
Join in Laguna at the Winery and at lunch! Donna and Bob along with Ed and Kathy joined us for an afternoon of fun! We did wine tasting at 11:00 am at Laguna Canyon Winery and got to see wine in the process of being made. We then went to PCH and had a fabulous lunch at the Mare Culinary Lounge. Join us at the winery and lunch!
Off to Starllighters for a Hawaiian themed evening! Join the fun!
Posted on July 17th, 2014 No comments
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski
We played eighteen with James and it was a good golf day… Paul shot 92. That means tomorrow will be “difficult”. We celebrated Jim Mongell’s 90th birthday at the Phoenix Club!
Posted on July 16th, 2014 No comments
All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level. – Charlie Trotter
We played eighteen with James today and it was a good day…. Shot 92! We did a micro-happy hour and then headed out so we could meet with Karen and JR Graham for dinner at Il Garage in Stanton! Join the fun!
Posted on July 15th, 2014 No comments
Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedge
Once every few months Sue’s old workmates and us get together at Taco Surf to remember the “good times” and try to forget the bad!
We headed for home to do the treadmill before scampering off to Catal for a Birthday Dinner for Sue with Amy, Joe, Alex, and Charlie. We visited for two and a half hours before walking to Disneyland to see the fireworks.
After the fireworks, Amy and Joe headed for home to get the boys down and we headed for Catal for an extended Happy Hour with the Catal staff.
Posted on July 14th, 2014 No comments
Greg and Carri joined us for a day at the Huntington Library and Gardens. We walked the grounds for hours just seeing new things and enjoyed each others company. Join the fun!
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We went wine tasting at the Newport Ha
rbor Elks and then headed to Old Ranch for our monthy dinner dance with friends.
Posted on July 12th, 2014 No comments
We went to the OC Fair and met up with Robin and Nick! Join the fun!
After the Fair, we headed for the Garden Grove Elks and danced until about 10:30 with fiends.