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  • Golf And A Play

    Posted on March 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with Charlotte today as James was out sick!  Charlotte had a great day shooting a perfect 72!

    We got new divot repair storage units on the course

    We got new divot repair storage units on the course

    After a short happy hour, we went home and changed and headed to South Coast Rep! We saw Toyko Fish Story: Koji is a Sushi Master with an undying love for his art. But his restaurant is declining while the new place down the street keeps packing them in. Takashi represents the younger generation—a brilliant protégé, but too respectful to display his talent, despite the urgings of Nobu, his hip-hop assistant,and punked out Ama, who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world. Generations, gender and tradition collide in this quiet play with a big heart, a touch of poetry, a hint of mystery—and just the right amount of enticing comedy.  Plus, a sushi-making ritual that will amaze.

    We arrived in the daylight and departed by moonlight

    We arrived in the daylight and departed by moonlight

    The play was quite unique

    The play was quite unique

    It was 69 degrees when we departed and the moon was greeting us!

    Leaving the play we saw the moon on a warm evening

    Leaving the play we saw the moon on a warm evening

    We watched a little TV before crashing!

  • Our Anniversary And Time To Go To Catalina With Brian And Jan

    Posted on March 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We decided to go to Catalina to celebrate our anniversary as well as get ready for the Avalon Ball. Jan and Brian joined us making a full day of fun! We dined at The Bluewater Grille where Brian had his first gumbo and artichoke! We finalized the hotel reservations but could not do the Bluewater Grille as no management was on duty.

    We took a four hour back-country tour and saw Two-Harbors and several other sights.  We even saw a buffalo!  Great fun!   Off  we go!

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    A day of fun on the island!

  • We Be Back On The Go

    Posted on March 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began at Huntington Gardens with dear friends the Finch’s.  They returned from the UK and are finally ready to go out.  The time change is tough! Join the fun!

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  • Slow Day For Us

    Posted on March 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house.  Sue did the treadmill while Paul hit the front yard.  Keeping up with the vegetables is a full time job!  We got cleaned up mid-afternoon and headed for Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Count Basie Orchestra.  The Count Basie Orchestra, “more than any other, was the epitome of swing, of jazz that moved with a built-in flowing intensity,” raves The New York Times. The Grammy-winning band’s hits include April in Paris, One O’Clock Jump, and Shiny Stockings. Discovered by Count Basie, Jazz powerhouse Carmen Bradford has been cited by the Los Angeles Times for her “control of mood and dynamics.” Her albums include Finally Yours, With Respect, and Home With You. Comedian Robert Lee hosts the show.    We asked Marianne and Craig to be our guests and we met up with the Gunnersons.

    Count Basie Orchestra with Ethel Waters in 1943

    Count Basie Orchestra with Ethel Waters in 1943

    We all ended up at Old Ranch meeting up with Linda (James was under the weather).  We had a great time and then went home to complete the treadmill and watch a movie.

  • Choices And Fun

    Posted on March 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had a conflict this evening.  We decided to give our tickets to “Catch A Wave” at Cerritos to James and Linda as it included a pre musical reception, silent auction and other goodies.  We decided to go to Starlighters and dance.  About 11:00 we got a text from James saying “It just cost us $227 to go to the free concert. They “won” two nights to Miracle Springs Resort& Spa in the desert”.  We laughed all the way home.

    Starlighters was at the Yorba Linda Country Club with MPG at the helm.  The formal evening was super!  Join the activities!

    Just Us

    Just Us

    We had eighty people for the dance

    We had eighty people for the dance

    We stayed until 11:00 and then headed home!  What a great evening!

  • Sad Day – Busy Day

    Posted on March 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast at Old Ranch with James and Little Lisa.  We played fourteen holes as the games was slow!  We walked in from fifteen.  During the walk in, Paul called Jan  to check up on her and found out that Jim had passed at 11:30 peacefully at home.

    Jim had just turned nintety... He will be missed

    Jim had just turned ninety… He will be missed

    We did a short Happy Hour before going home to get ready for Topper’s.  Since we are on the Board of Directors we had to be at the Petroleum Club by 5:30 so we were hustling!

    Toppers, as usual, was great! Jim Gilman had the room moving!  Join the fun!

    Great fun with friends

    Great fun with friends

    We departed at 10:30 and crashed as the weekend was pretty full of activities.

  • Semi-Slow Day!

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to visit Dr. Olson, doctor of Chiropractic in Huntington Beach!  We took the beach home as it was a delightful day!  We worked in the yard before getting cleaned up to go to the Phoenix Club!  It was an odd evening as Jim Mongell was not there but Jan was.  It just didn’t seem right

  • Gold, Dining Out, And A Musical!

    Posted on March 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and did a very short happy hour as we had to be at Seasons 52 at 5:30 to have dinner and meet up with the Kuhn’s and Roberts.  Great dinner of course!

    We went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Nice Work If You Can Get It’.

    Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!

    Funny as it gets

    Funny as it gets

  • We Wore Green All Day! St Patricks Day

    Posted on March 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    What a day!  We played golf with James and then did some Happy Hour before heading to Malarkeys for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration!  We met up with Carri, Nancy and  Greg for bagpipes, clogging, and sharing of the drink! Join the fun!

    Fun with friends!

    Fun with friends!

    After Malarkeys, we headed to Patty’s Place for a few drinks and meet up with some of the locals!  Great fun!

    At Patty's place in Seal Beach

    At Patty’s {;ace in Seal BEach

  • Pre-St. Patricks Day!

    Posted on March 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked all day… Sue in the kitchen making a fantastic meal and Paul in the yard planting and digging.  Greg joined us for dinner!

    The raised garden beds seem to do what we wanted.  Plenty of room and easy to work on!

    The garden is beginning to fill up with veggies

    The garden is beginning to fill up with veggies

    The tomato cages are up and ready to support all the fruit.

    The raised beds are working just fine

    The raised beds are working just fine

    The entire east wall has tomatoes, approximately 17 different kinds.  Most of them are Sue’s collection of interesting cherry tomatoes including white ones, blue ones, tiny ones and a repunzel tomato.

    Sue's cherry tomatoes are now in and beginning to make their presence known

    Sue’s cherry tomatoes are now in and beginning to make their presence known

    Bush beans, also called snap beans because they “snap” when ripe, are by far the most popular homegrown beans.

    They’re easy to plant, they don’t need any time consuming staking, trellising, or poling because they grow on compact, sturdy plants, they grow well even in poor soil, and have ready-to-eat pods in only seven or eight weeks.

    They used to be called “string” beans because of the fibrous string that ran the length of the pods, but now with improved varieties, they are really “stringless ” beans!

    The reason most gardeners prefer growing bush beans to pole beans is because although they take up more space, they require less work planting, staking, weeding and watering, and bush beans produce most of their crop all at once.

    This makes harvesting very fast and convenient because by getting all your beans at once it’s helpful for freezing or canning. Also, by staggering planting times by a few weeks you can have continuous bean production all summer long.

    So, because green beans are the fourth most popular summer vegetable grown by home gardeners (tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers beating them out).

    Bush beans are beginning to grow

    Bush beans are beginning to grow

    We cleaned up and got ready for Greg to join us for dinner.

    Greg attacks the goodies

    Greg attacks the goodies

    Two different types of corned beef... Yummy!

    Two different types of corned beef… Yummy!

    Potsatoes from the store and from our garden

    Potsatoes from the store and from our garden

    Dinner time

    Dinner time

  • Lazy Day! Treadmill, Magic Show, and Jam Session

    Posted on March 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    After ten hours in the heat yesterday, we kinda took the day off.  Sue did the treadmill and we both watched an Adam Sandler movie called the Cobbler.

    Very interesting movie!

    Very interesting movie!

    Summary: Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.

    We then went to Cerritos again to see the Magic Show. In an all-new version of the longest-running magic production in the country, It’s Magic! brings to the stage the biggest stars in magic and variety. The 59th annual edition features the award-winning duo Mark Kalin and Jinger, world champion comedian-juggler Dan Raspyni, award-winning magician Danny Cole, illusionist David Zirbel, comedy magician Matt Marcy, and the lady magician Mystina.

    It was magic

    It was magic

    We have to admit that we stayed for the first half as we wanted to dance this evening at the Santa Ana Elks so we headed south to be there by 5:00.  The magic show was fun and we have our seats to a nice younf couple who were sitting in the nose-bleed area….. We were in the third row!

    Dancing, as usual, was great…. Mike and Sandy joined us along with the normal cast of characters!

     

  • A Day In The Garden Followed By DooWop

    Posted on March 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Another day of planting and working in the garden!  Sue did the treadmill and Paul planted another mess of veggies!  The garden is starting to look full!  33 kids of tomatoes so far this year and we have not done the front yard yet!

    We cleaned up and headed for the Arte Cafe in Cerritos.  It’s a well hidden but delightful place to go!  It’s great when the wait staff know you and has your wine ready as you arrive!!

    We had the Gunnersons, Zaitz, Kuhns and Branders with us this evening.... Great group!

    We had the Gunnersons, Zaitz, Kuhns and Branders with us this evening…. Great group!

    Entering Cerritos Performing Arts Center

    Entering Cerritos Performing Arts Center

    It’s The Best of Doo-Wop Vol. II when the genre’s icons unite. Jam with Jay Siegel’s Tokens (Tonight I Fell in Love and The Lion Sleeps Tonight); Eugene Pit, original singer of The Jive 5 (My True Story); and Cleveland Still & The Dubs (Could This Be Magic, Don’t Ask Me to Be Lonely, and Chapel of Dreams). Also featured in the evening’s lineup are Lenny Dell’s Dimensions (Over the Rainbow and My Foolish Heart) and The Mystics (Hushabye and Don’t Take the Stars).

    Doo Wop... The greatest music ever!

    Doo Wop… The greatest music ever!

    We didn’t get home until 11:00 so we just crashed… Sunday is also fun filled!

  • Golf And The Rondeliers

    Posted on March 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with Angie, James, and Charlotte having a great time.We a bit of Happy Hour but had to get gussied up to go out to a formal dance with the Rondeliers! Join the fun!

    Wyall has us all dancing!

    Wyall has us all dancing!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    We danced the whole evening and really enjoyed the company!

    Great fun with the club!

    Great fun with the club!

  • Busy Day!

    Posted on March 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We decided to go to the Bowers Museum and see the China Exhibit before it closes.  It was a neat exhibit involving a group/society of Chinese that appears to be isolated from the rest of the country circa 1000 BC

    A visit to the Bowers and lunch at Tangata

    A visit to the Bowers and lunch at Tangata

    We love eating at Tangata where the selections are interesting and the quality and service is outstanding.

    Great food and service inside the museum

    Great food and service inside the museum

    The presentation is always impressive - Asparagus with fried egg

    The presentation is always impressive – Asparagus with fried egg

    The Santa Ana winds were in full gear and the temperature was in the 80’s.

    We had a Santa Ana going on... It was 85 outside and windy

    We had a Santa Ana going on… It was 85 outside and windy

    We made a stop at Rogers Gardens to pick up some vegetables to plant but there were kind of sparse.  We then headed to Bristol Farms which was an outstanding selection of Saint Patrick’s Day goodies.  Corned beef and cabbage were we come!

    We went to Bristol Farms to get our St Patrick's Day food

    We went to Bristol Farms to get our St Patrick’s Day food

    On the way home we stopped at Cucina and had a drink or two.  Sue enjoyed their Chardonnay while Paul got schooled in “infustion”  We tried their margarita with jalapeno infused vodka…. Spicy!

    A stop at Cucina is always a necessity.  We found out about infusion!

    A stop at Cucina is always a necessity. We found out about infusion!

    Ater some planting we headed to the Phoenix Club and danced until 10:30.

    Dancing at the Phoenix Club

    Dancing at the Phoenix Club

    We hit the sack early as tomorrow is another big day!

  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did our golf class with Tim at 10:00 and then to Old Ranch for lunch with James and Robin!

    We played eighteen with James today and then did some Happy Hour before going home.

    Sue recreates the moview "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"

    Sue recreates the moview “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride”

    Happy Hour gets underway

    Happy Hour gets underway

    A magnificent sunset

    A magnificent sunset

    We got home at seven after visiting with others.  We watched a movie and then crashed

  • Golf And Dinner With The “Golf Gang”

    Posted on March 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played nine holes of golf with James and then did some Happy Hour before doing our chores… To the market!  After returning home and freshening up, we went to A’roma Ristorante  for dinner with the Cathey’s, Walkers, Angie and Bunnaford.

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    The wine begins to flow

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    James and Paul were hidden to protect the innocent

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    We laughed and giggled all night

     

  • Doctors Day Plus Happy Hour

    Posted on March 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We visited two of our doctors but in between visits we had lunch with Robin at the Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach.  Great news from the heart doctor… All is better than well!  Yeah!

    Lunch at the Yucatan Grill!

    Lunch at the Yucatan Grill!

    We then headed for the pain management doctor but to no avail. We stopped by the Newport Harbor Elks for a drink or two before going to Happy Hour.

    We ended up in Long Beach at Malarkey’s and had a  great visit with Greg, Irene and Nancy!  We yucked it up for an hour or so!  It’s so much fun to be with friends!

    Irene, Nancy, and Paul

    Irene, Nancy, and Paul

    Sue and Greg

    Sue and Greg

    Chocolate courtesy of Nancy

    Chocolate courtesy of Nancy

    The sun be setting

    The sun be setting

     

  • Jon Departs Today But Not Without Activities

    Posted on March 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We messed around the house in the morning before heading to Cerritos to see “The Rat Pack”.  Jon was old enought to know the guys and many of their songs.  We went with the Roberts and Branders.  Immediately after the show, we went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner-dance.  Jon had a BIG meal as he had to catch the limo at 7:00 to head for home (i.e. New Hampshire).  We missed him 30 seconds after he was gone!

  • Breakfast, Musical, and A Birthday Party

    Posted on March 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to breakfast with the Kuhn’s and Jon at Patty’s Place in Seal Beach.  Great start to a great day!

    We then headed to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see The Buddy Holly Story! FANTASTIC!!

    Buddy Holly circa 1959

    Buddy Holly circa 1959

    A sensation worldwide, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a Rock ‘n’ Roll musical about Buddy Holly and his short-yet-spectacular career. The program features Holly’s classic hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Not Fade Away, and Oh Boy. The performance also includes La Bamba by Ritchie Valens and Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper, both of whom died with Holly in a 1959 plane crash, a tragedy known as “The Day the Music Died.”

    We then went to a birthday party in Yorba Linda and danced until we were silly!  Happy Birthday Shirley!

    We had a ball at Shirely's 70th birthday party!

    We had a ball at Shirely’s 70th birthday party!

    We got home about 11:00 and crashed.  Jon came home around three.

  • Full Day: Disneyland, Family Dinner, Phoenix Club

    Posted on March 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We headed for Disneyland at 9:00 am.  First stop was The Rainforest Cafe!  Good groceries and good fun!

    Jon does "Pie Of The Viper" at Rainforest Cafe

    Jon does “Pie Of The Viper” at Rainforest Cafe

    Disneyland was “empty”. We walked on every ride we wanted to see.  The weather was perfect.  We did the Jungle Cruise Ride, Indiana Jones, Pirates, River Boat Cruise, Thunder Mountain, Submarines, and  Star Tours with very little “waiting”.

    We arrive

    We arrive

    Perfect weather in Disneyland

    Perfect weather in Disneyland

    Jon and Grandma

    Jon and Grandma

    Jon and his little Grandpa

    Jon and his little Grandpa

    At 3:15 we decided it was time to have a drink and rest up a bit! destination you ask? Catal!  we got to meet the new GM, Jason.

    Afternoon cocktail at the Uva Bar

    Afternoon cocktail at the Uva Bar

    It is after 3:00 so Jon did a margarita, Paul did a gin martini, and Sue… Chardonnay!

    Resting before we go to dinner

    Resting before we go to dinner

    We departed Disneyland at 4:00 and headed to Whitter for a family get together! We had Connor and Marrisa, Joe and Amy with Alex and Charlie, Robin and Bib with Nick, Jon, Little Lisa, Zack and Becca with Lilly, and us. We celebrated Connor’s birthday while we were at it.  We had a lot of people and a long table so we missed visiting with the other end but enjoyed Amy and Robin and Little Lisa with Zack and Becca!  Please join the fun!

    The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.

    Fun with the family

    Fun with the family

    Daddy and Lilly discovering a mirror

    Daddy and Lilly discovering a mirror

    After dinner we headed to the Phoenix Club.  We danced until about 10:00 before heading for home.  Jon had a beer and we did our usual, wine!  Jon got to meet our friends…. Bob and Donna, Nancy, Mike and several others.

    At the Phoenix Club

    At the Phoenix Club

    We got home and watched a little TV before crashing for the evening…. It’s “Tomatomania” tomorrow!

  • Golf Day!

    Posted on March 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and Jon!  We did pretty well considering!  The weather was great!  After golf we did some happy hour and then had dinner from the bar menu!

    The sunset was dazzling

    The sunset was dazzling

    Jon was having a load of fun!

    Jon was having a load of fun!

    We headed for home and do the tradmill and watch some old movies!  Disneyland tomorrow!

  • Temecula Here We Come

    Posted on March 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    Jon and Connor joined us for a day in Temecula.  We arrived at Falknew and had lunch at Pinnacle of course.

    Pinnacle... Best place to dine in Temecula

    Pinnacle… Best place to dine in Temecula

    Jon and Grandma Sue went wine tasting while Connor and Paul strolled the grounds!  We then dropped the boys off to visit with their great-grandmother who lives in the area (Paul’s ex-mother-in-law).  We believe it is important for the family to see each other and especially see the elders.

    Someone enjoying the champagne

    Someone trying to decide

    While tasting wine, Grandpa Paul and Connor "talked"

    While tasting wine, Grandpa Paul and Connor “talked”

    We went to Thornton Winery to pick up some champagne. After a while we got a text to “come and get us”.  They had a good visit.  We then headed to Irvine to drop off Connor.

    On our way home, we decided to stop in at Old Ranch and feed Jon again!  The weekly buffet was in operation so Jon and Grandpa Paul tried some salad and several sliders! Jon had a couple of beers and was ready to hit the sack! He was off to bed by 9:00 pm!

    Finally we arrive at home and fpund a good movie so Grandma Sue could hit the treadmill.  We finally crashed about 12:30.

  • Work, Doctors, Lunch, Dentist, Malarkeys

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had a full day! We worked around the house for a while before going to the doctors in the rain!  We then had saganaki at Preveza… our favorite local restaurant.

    Saganaki be served

    Saganaki be served

    Just a little more congac

    Just a little more congac

    Ready to go!  The pan is HIT!

    Ready to go! The pan is HOT!

    First dibs

    First dibs

    The rain cleared out and the back yard looked pretty good!

    Working in the yard

    Working in the yard

    We dropped by home and then headed to Huntington Beach to see our dentist!  Wow, Huntington Beach got several inches of “snow”… actually, very small hail!

    "Snow" in Huntington Beach

    “Snow” in Huntington Beach

    We went to Malarkeys with Jon, Lisa, Greg, and Irene.

    Beautiful clouds at sunset

    Beautiful clouds at sunset

    Finally we headed for home and crashed.

  • Wine And Dancing On A Sunday!

    Posted on March 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house.  Paul put in another 100 Quarts of perlite in the side yard.  We then got cleaned up and headed for the Garden Grove Elks for the wine tasting party. Join the fun!

     

    Wine tasting with family and friends

    Wine tasting with family and friends

    Ladies... Start your engines

    Ladies… Start your engines

    Trying to keep up with the girls

    Trying to keep up with the girls

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

    Veggies galore

    Veggies galore

  • No Rain… The Weatherman Ought To Be Ashamed!

    Posted on March 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

    Up close and personal

    Up close and personal

  • Himalayan Grille And A Dinner Party

    Posted on February 28th, 2015 Paul 1 comment

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

    Pete, Jon and Connor

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

    Just us!

    Just us!

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

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

    Fantastic view from the 11th floor

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

    The sun was setting

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

    The moon was coming out

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

    Kyle and Tiffany and Buddy

    Kyle and Tiffany and Buddy

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

  • Yeah! Golf With Everybody!

    Posted on February 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Results from the first nine holes

    Results from the first nine holes

    It was cold so we stopped at fourteen

    It was cold so we stopped at fourteen

    Rocky, Angie, and Bunnaford

    Rocky, Angie, and Bunnaford

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

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

    Jon liked our weather forecast!

    Jon liked our weather forecast!

    Late... But 2:00 am?

    Late… But 2:00 am?

  • Another Day At Home

    Posted on February 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

  • Stayed Home And Nursed The Cough

    Posted on February 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Continuing work in the garden

    Continuing work in the garden… Love the raised beds!

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

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

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

    Departing is such sweet sorrow but we be full!!

    Departing is such sweet sorrow but we be full!!

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

    Getting to be time to go home

    Getting to be time to go home

  • Golf And Birthdays

    Posted on February 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    The weather was magnificent

    The weather was magnificent

    KAthy had a birthday

    Kathy had a birthday

    KAthy and Charlotte

    KAthy and Charlotte

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

    Fun fun fun

    Fun fun fun

  • Off To Temecula

    Posted on February 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Fun with wine and friends

    Fun with wine and friends

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

  • Big Band Day!

    Posted on February 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Nancy got some CD's

    Nancy got some CD’s

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

    It was raining pretty hard

    It was raining pretty hard

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

    Sue enjoying her chardonney!

    Sue enjoying her chardonney!

     

  • The Engagement Party And Dancing

    Posted on February 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Time to celebrate

    Time to celebrate

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

  • Golf And Dancing

    Posted on February 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Feeding the goosers!

    Feeding the goosers!

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

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

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

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    Just us!

    Just us!

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

  • Normal Day Except For The Doctor!

    Posted on February 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tuesday And Golf

    Posted on February 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

    Fun was had by all!

    Fun was had by all!

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

  • Time To Relax!

    Posted on February 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

    Wonderful sunset at about 5:303

    Wonderful sunset at about 5:30

    Sue, Nancy and Gregor

    Sue, Nancy and Gregor sat across from Irene and PAul

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

  • A Repeat Performance!

    Posted on February 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Wonderful dining experience!

    Wonderful dining experience!

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

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

    We were serenaded!

    We were serenaded!

    Always a pleasure to go to the Elks

    Always a pleasure to go to the Elks

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

  • Yeah Valentines Day!

    Posted on February 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Gold And Dancing

    Posted on February 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Magnificent Day

    Magnificent Day

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

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

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

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

  • Valentines Weekend Begins

    Posted on February 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Wonderful day in Laguna

    Wonderful day in Laguna

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

    We purchases some wine from our favorite local winery!

    We purchases some wine from our favorite local winery!

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

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

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

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

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    We danced until 10:30 and then headed home!

     

     

  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on February 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

    The ball had no idea what was coming

    The ball had no idea what was coming

    James waves "Hello" to Jon!

  • Easy Day

    Posted on February 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Greg gots the giggles after telling his own joke

    Greg gots the giggles

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

  • Almost A Zoom Zoom Day

    Posted on February 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    The Midtown Men

    The Midtown Men

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

  • A Busy Day Of Up’s And Down’s

    Posted on February 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

    Sharing stories

    Sharing stories

    Our entire "dance gang" was in attendance

    Our entire “dance gang” was in attendance

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stayed Home For The Day

    Posted on February 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Sam turns 45 years young!

    Sam turns 45 years young!

    Go away calories!

    Go away calories!

    We came home a little early and watched NCIS.

  • We Went To The Top Of The Mountain

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jan and Sue are enjoying the fashion show

    Jan and Sue are enjoying the fashion show

  • Golf With James And Angie

    Posted on February 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

  • Golf

    Posted on February 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

  • Monday’s Are Usually Easy… It Was

    Posted on February 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Marissa and Conor

    Marissa and Conor

    Lunch was fun!

    Lunch was fun!

    Cute couple

    Cute couple

     

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

    The sunset was beautiful

    The sunset was beautiful

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

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

    We watched a movie and then crashed… Gold tomorrow!

  • Super Bowl Sunday

    Posted on February 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Fun with family and friends

    Fun with family and friends

  • Lunch and Dancing

    Posted on January 31st, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

  • Golf And Garden Grove

    Posted on January 30th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    An amazing display of colors

    An amazing display of colors

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

  • The Garden Is Coming Around

    Posted on January 29th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

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  • Golf And Happy Hour!

    Posted on January 28th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    No?  Yes, it says "No"

    No? Yes, it says “No”

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

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

    After golf we hit the pit

    After golf we hit the pit

  • Two Easy Days In A Row?

    Posted on January 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

  • Easy Day…

    Posted on January 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

    It began raining when we left the market… Naturally!

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

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

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

    We enjoyed a couple of martini's before going home

    We enjoyed a couple of martini’s before going home

    Greg and Sue were enjoying our visit

    Greg and Sue were enjoying our visit

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

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

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

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

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

  • Just A Fun Day!

    Posted on January 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    Great fun and loads of giggles

    Great fun and loads of giggles

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

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

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  • Golf And A Birthday!

    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

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

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

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    Sue blasts the ball down number six…

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

    An evening to celebrate "The Ancient One"

    An evening to celebrate “The Ancient One”

    Seventy-One Years Young

    Seventy-One Years Young

  • Leisurely Day With Friends And Then Dancing

    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

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

    The octopus was fantastic!

    The octopus was fantastic!

    A wonderful day in the gardens

    A wonderful day in the gardens

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

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

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

    We danced until 10:30 before going home

    We danced until 10:30 before going home

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