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  • Social Directors On Occasion

    Posted on February 26th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul went on a long walk this morning singing the song “Singing In The Rain” because we was walking and “singing” in the rain! Actually, it sounded more like howling!

    Not too bad for an “Old Man”

    The flowers are really enjoying all the water and are pretending it is spring time!

    Love the post rain flowers… So pretty and fresh looking!

    The cacti are growing right out of the rock!

    Right out of the rocks they pole their little heads!

    The colors… sensational!

    Love the vivid colors

    ,,,and Mr Frog and friends waved hello as Paul passed by.

    The frogs were celebrating the return of the rain!

    We got our on-line thermostat going (thanks to Mr. “Z”) and it is so easy to connect and adjust the home heater/air conditioning system from anywhere!  Love it!  Thank you Honeywell!

    Ring ring ring… Anyone home??

    We can turn on-off the heater and adjust the temperatures and fan settings!  So nice because on our way home from being out we can get the house nice and cozy for us!

    Last night we were at the GG Elks when Paul remembered the Petroleum Club dance and we invited most of the gang!

    Us… Social Directors? Yup!

    In the afternoon Sue did the treadmill and later on we went to Old Ranch to cure our cabin fever.  PAul has TWO bowls of their vegetarian black bean soup…  It was fantastic!  We finally returned home and watch Murphy’s Romance and crashed around 12:30 AM.

  • As My Dad Used To Say – “It’s Colder Than A Well Digger’s Butt”

    Posted on February 25th, 2017 Paul No comments

    OK, it is not as cold as back east but in late February it is 49 degrees?  There is something Paul used to remember saying… Something about a brass monkey but alas, and thank goodness, Paul failed to remember it!

    Truth! No, really… The truth!

    Paul went for a walk and returned to pull “weeds” in the font garden.  They are not really “weeds “but several places in the garden the remaining seeds that were protected inside the  bale we use for mulch started sprouting.  They young growth are really easy to pull, throw down on the ground and within days they dry up and become straw.

    We use about 4-5 bales of straw a year around the house to provide mulch for the various gardens we have.  Three to five inches of straw keeps the ground underneath quite cool and maintains the moisture level!

    Did You Know? Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire. Bales may be square, rectangular, or round, depending on the type of baler used.

    After returning home from the walk, Sue did the invitations and newsletter mailing preparations for the Starlighter’s and Topper’s.  We have this down to a science now. Paul does the computer work and research. It takes about three hours and Sue does the proofreading/corrections mailing preparations which also takes about three hours! Visit the Topper’s!

    Typical Topper’s Newsletter

    Late in the afternoon, we got freshened up and headed to the Garden Grove Elks Lodge and danced to Dave Ambrose… He is a little bit country but the music is very easy to dance to!  We met up with the Branders, Kuhn’s, and the  Z’s plus Irene joined us!

    After returning home, we watched a Hallmark Murder Mystery entitled “A Real Murder: Aurora Teagarden Mystery”  which was really good.

    Summary: Aurora finds a member of her crime buff group, the Real Murders Club, killed in a manner that eerily resembles the crime the club was about to discuss. As other brutal “copycat” killings follow, Aurora will have to uncover the person behind the terrifying game. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Lexa Doig, Robin Dunne and Marilu Henner.

    Ms. Aurora Teagarden solves the mystery with a little help from Paul & Sue

    Aurora was done at midnight but alas, we had to see one episode of Cheers before crashing.  It was 12:20 when we hit the sack.  No rain, yet! The rain is due a little later this morning.

  • Friday And A Change In “Normal” Plans!

    Posted on February 24th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul hit the pavement bright and early. Well, 9:00 AM, is still early!   Walking is just a fantastic feeling even though it was quite cool. It was in the low 50’s as Paul headed out the door!

    Paul hit the sidewalk for 52 minutes of quick exercise

    Today was a special day. Greg turns 65 years young so we had to party. We selected “My Italian Kitchen” in Seal Beach and Irene and David also joined us (David is Greg’s Dad who is about to turn 93). We laughed and giggled for a couple of hours!

    David does not look or act 93!  Sue suggested a party for his 93rd birthday!

    Irene ordered a super special dish!  A three-cheese stuffed meatball placed atop of bed of simple spaghetti with a little lemon, capers, and butter sauce… It was so good!  How do we know you might ask?  Paul was begging Irene and Irene succumbed to Paul’s good looks and let him have a bite!

    Yummy… Simple sauce-less… Delicious…

    Of course, a party required music and dancing.  The radio was playing and Irene showed us some of her Greek dance moves.  People on the sidewalk stopped and peered into the window to see the great movements!  Greg was humming the theme song to Zorba the Greek!

    A little Greek dancing is quite appropriate

    Our waitress got a great picture of the “wild folks”…  Super lunch with wonderful friends.  Life is indeed good!  Not to mention fattening!

    Happy Birthday Greg

    We went home and Sue did the treadmill while Paul pushed the remote buttons.  We watched another old Colombo which was great!  Peter Falk did an amazing job as the star and as the Executive Producer of the series.

    Time to depart from our normal routine… We found out that Gene Du Valle was going to be at Newport Harbor so we headed there for the evening.  The Street Corner Symphony was at Garden Grove and we really do not like them because they are way too loud! Gene’s music was wonderful, very danceable, and just the right level of loudness!

    Love Newport Harbor

    We were right next to the dance floor… Perfect location!  One bite… One dance… One bite… One dance!

    Donna, Bob, Bad Mike, and Bridgette made for a great time

    Jim and Sandy joined us this evening which was nice.  We got a chance to talk to them and they are such nice folks!

    Jim and Sandy joined us… Great fun!

    It be us! Paul had his serious-face on… Why? Who knows!  Checkout the shirt!  A retirement shirt for all occasions!

    Resting between dances at the Newport Harbor Elks

    We departed about 9:30-10:00 PM and went home to watch a little TV before crashing for the evening,

  • We Had A Great Day! Grandkids And Dancing!

    Posted on February 23rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul walked this morning as he is attempting to get back in the saddle again after all the COPD related activities. We got a text from “Z” (our grandson)  and he asked us to join him, Becca and Tiger Lilly for dinner.  We went to La Habra and ate at Applebee’s.  Not too bad.  They knew what they liked… Paul headed for the “Lighter Fare” and Sue searched for something without meat!  Sue ended up with a pretzel.  Applebee’s is not overly vegetarian friendly.

    When we arrived, Lilly saw grandma and broke out in a full run tackling grandma nearly knocking her over!  Funny sight to see!

    Tiger Lilly loves her great grandma!

    We got the latest update on Logan… All seems to be well!  We are very happy the baby is feeling better! (Logan is their dog who ended up with a twisted stomach and required an operation!)

    Fun time with the grand kids!

    Off to the Phoenix Club for dancing.  Ron and Nancy joined us to celebrate his retirement TODAY!  Next week, they are off to Japan for three months to study more about bonsai!

    Retired today!

    Paul could not resist a party so he went up front and tried to get a cake.  Alas, all gone!  After all it is the Phoenix Club so he ordered an full apple strudel and had whipped cream and candles added to it to celebrate the retirement!  Party time!  It was supposed to be a surprise but when Paul turned around, guess who was watching him order the cake and champagne…  Ron!

    Great luck in Japan!

    Out came the strudel and out came the smiles!  A bottle of champagne and we were all off and running!

    Did You Know? A strudel  is a type of layered pastry with a filling that is usually sweet. It became popular in the 18th century through the Habsburg Empire. Strudel is Austrian cuisine.

    The oldest strudel recipes (a Millirahmstrudel and a turnip strudel) are from 1696, in a handwritten cookbook at the Vienna City Library (formerly Wiener Stadtbibliothek).  The pastry descends from similar Near Eastern pastries (see baklava and Turkish cuisine). Strudel is an English loanword from German. The word derives from the German word Strudel, which in Middle High German literally means “whirlpool” or “eddy”.

    Happy retirement Ron!

    After the dance… We headed for home to watch a movie before crashing for the night!

  • Slow Day… We Needed It

    Posted on February 22nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    It was a sad day as Kat passed four years ago today.  We still miss her even though at the last she had “forgotten us”.  Makes us so happy we have each other and we are in good health! Below is Kat and us at the Santa Ana Zoo.  She loved visiting the animals and riding on the train!

    We took care of Kat the last several years of her life and miss her!

    Paul tipped the scale at 210.0 pounds this morning… It’s a good thing!  It was “too cold” to walk so we stayed inside.  About mid afternoon, the cabin fever broke and we had to go somewhere so we went to Bistro St. Germain’s in Seal Beach.  They had “Spicy Chili” on the blackboard so Paul could not resist!  It was really really good!

    Bistro St. Germain is located in the heart of Old Town Seal Beach on bustling Main Street.  They offer traditional French cuisine prepared with the freshest seasonal produce from local markets, paired with a large selection of Wines and Beers from around the world.

    Simply a quiet relaxing location with great food!

    We went home from there and did some chores but that old cabin fever jumped out at us again so we went to Patty’s Place where Chuck, the bar keep, force fed Paul to try the famous barley/beef soup….  Oh so good!  we called James to see if he wanted some delivered as he is still getting over his cold.

    Did You Know? Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), a member of the grass family, is a major cereal grain grown in temperate climates globally. It was one of the first cultivated grains, particularly in Eurasia as early as 13,000 years ago. Barley has been used as animal fodder, as a source of fermentable material for beer and certain distilled beverages, and as a component of various health foods. It is used in soups and stews, and in barley bread of various cultures. Barley grains are commonly made into malt in a traditional and ancient method of preparation.

    In 2014, barley was ranked fourth among grains in quantity produced (144 million tonnes) behind corn, rice and wheat.

    Beef Barley Soup at Patty’s Place

    It was so good that Paul fell off the wagon meaning he will not go to the scale in the morning.

    We got home and Sue did the treadmill.  We watched an old “Columbo”!  The just don’t make series like that anymore.

    Simply good TV.. No blood, guts, “sex”, or nasty language!

    Did You Know? Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department.  The character and show, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, popularized the inverted detective story format, which begins by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator; the series therefore has no “whodunit” element. The plot revolves around how a perpetrator whose identity is already known to the audience will finally be caught and exposed (which the show’s writers called a “howcatchem,” rather than a “whodunit”).

    Columbo is an unassuming, disheveled police detective of Italian descent, whose trademarks include wearing a rumpled, beige raincoat over his suit, and smoking a cigar. He is consistently underestimated by his suspects who, while initially reassured and distracted by his circumstantial speech, become increasingly annoyed by his pestering behavior. Despite his unassuming appearance and apparent absentmindedness, he is extremely intelligent and shrewdly solves all of his cases and secures all evidence needed for a conviction. His formidable eye for detail and relentlessly dedicated approach, often become clear to the killer (and even the viewer) only late in the story line.

    After Columbo we closed the evening with Cheers which is always a hoot!

  • Sinus Go Away

    Posted on February 21st, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue had been suffering from a sinus problem for several days so we avoided golf and pretty much stayed home watching TV and doing the treadmill.

    In the afternoon we went to Old Ranch for a cocktail and visit friends before going to Kobe to have dinner with Geoff.  Geoff is a waiter at Old Ranch and an all around good guy!  He has a teaching credential for K-12 for history but decided he makes more money and less hassle waiting tables.

    He loves the sushi and can put it away…. Wonderful! Paul worked it out so he gets a small bite of all sorts of interesting things!

    Eel sushi is so pretty!

    Afterwards we went home and watched another Hallmark Mystery Movie before crashing!  The Hallmark Mystery Channel is amazing!  We love watching it and trying to guess what is going to happen!

  • President’s Day… God Bless President Trump!

    Posted on February 20th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We decided to simply relax today!  We stayed at home until cabin fever got us!  We departed early and went to Main Street Seal Beach and visited “My Italian Kitchen”. It’s a tiny and cozy restaurant with super food and service!  We had a glass of wine and their goat cheese and arugula flat bread plus Paul had a bowl of soup.

    Great place to dine in Seal Beach

    Then we were off to Malarkeys to meet up with Irene and a good time we did have!  In the middle of our visit, we got a panic call from the grandkids… Their baby dog, Logan, was seriously ill.  She had a “twisted stomach” meaning she could not function and was going to die soon if something was not done.   Vets are pretty expensive but we told then “do want has to be done”… We will work out the details later!  We learned that Jeanette and Peanut also said “details later”…  They are both great mommy’s and grand mommy’s!

    Poor baby… She gots a boo boo and no fur in the dead of winter!

    After the operation, she needed to be cared for 24×7 for a few days!  She should be home by Thursday evening.

    We headed home and did our thing getting updates on Logan throughout the evening.  Doggies are just like kids. They are an important part of the family!

    The final report was about 11:00 PM!  We watched some NCIS before crashing for the evening.

  • Sunday Was A Busy Day! Theater And Dancing

    Posted on February 19th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We had tickets to see the Five Irish Tenors at Cerritos today and we had front-row-center seats!  Fantastic group.  With wit and charm, The Five Irish Tenors delivers beloved Irish tunes and Pop songs by performers such as The Beatles and Billy Joel in various combinations: tenor solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. The program includes Hey Jude,The Piano Man, the Irish favorite Danny Boy, W.B Yeats’ Down By the Sally Gardens, and many more.

    Great songs — Great sounds!

    When the show was done, we took off like a scalded cat!  To Santa Ana Elks we went to join the monthly “Jam Session” .  The session was amazing tonight as they had eleven musicians producing wonderful dance music for the next fou hours!

    The band was TERRIFIC tonight… The saxes were exceptional

    Sue and Paul danced until they stopped at 9:00 PM!

    All dance and we did!

    Our toes were tapping all the way home… You can’t beat the Jam Session… For $10.00 you get four hours of dancing plus two drinks!  The food is excellent and less than $10.00!  Life is good!

  • Gee! To The Movies With Bob And Donna

    Posted on February 18th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Saturday was cold so decided to do something different!  We went to Downtown Disney at 5:00 PM and joined Bob and Donna for dinner at Catal.  Yummy yummy!  We then simply walked down to the AMC 22 Theater and saw “La La Land” of which we had no expectations.  It was a great “feel good” movie but not worthy of an academy award.  Summary: A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

    Good feel good movie!

    After the movie, we returned to Catal watching the fireworks as we walked to Catal.  We just had a great evening.  Paul had a root beer float (sorry Nick!)

  • Rain Rain Rain

    Posted on February 17th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The storm hit about 2:30 PM and it came down in buckets… We even had a leak in the bathroom! Our roof is about 6 years old.  We assume that the fierce winds blew water into the roof at some weird angle and that caused the problem.

    We had a Topper’s Dance tonight and we still plan to go although we expect many to be no-shows!   The storm was pretty fierce and some of the folks have to travel in from Garden Grove, Anaheim and points south!   Join the fun!

    A Tribute For Who Braved The Storm!

    When we got home, the power was off…. Love it!  Paul fired up the 10KW generator we keep in the garage, ran an extension cord into the house, and we had heat and light plus radio!

    The generator was a little loud so we closed the garage door about 90% of the way and that made it tolerable.  We had plenty of power and could have run the house all night! We enjoyed a glass of wine and waited until about 11:30 when the power returned!

    Yes… We watched Cheers until about 12:15 and then crashed!  Go Generator!

    #212.1

  • Here, There, Everywhere!

    Posted on February 16th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s the day before the “big storm” and we did errands and went dancing at the Phoenix Club.  An intense winter storm is expected to dump the heaviest rains in 10 to 20 years over Los Angeles and neighboring areas from mid0day Friday to early Saturday. Flash flooding and mud slides are expected.

    We stayed home until about 1:00 PM as Paul was going to get a call from Grand Prairie Texas where the Nexx folks were troubleshooting a problem with the garage door remote.  The call came in and it was a miracle.  Paul had to go into the router and disable auto-rebooting of a specific MAC address.  So far, it has worked well.  When we got home from the Phoenix Club at 10:42 PM the garage door opened as we pulled in the driveway because it knew where we were!

    Did You Know? Each device is assigned a MAC address by its manufacturer. The original Xerox Ethernet addressing scheme is still used to assign MAC addresses. It allows MAC addresses to be 48-bits long. So, there are  281,474,976,710,656 possible MAC addresses.  A MAC address is mainly used by a switch to direct the data to the right place almost like an address. The IP is the road name and the MAC address is the door number.

    We did our errands with the initial destination being the bank and the shipping store.  Paul is cleaning out the old TV stand and he decided to send about 50+ Disney DVD movies to Colleen, our daughter!  Sue went to the bank which was right next door.  We then went to the cleaners and dropped by Old Ranch for some liquid encouragement.  The Sous Chef had prepared some vegetable soup which was indeed vegetarian so Paul tried it… Had to be good, Sue also approved. Excellent!

    At 5:00 PM, we departed for the local nursery as we wanted to get some blueberry fertilizer and fertilize the blueberries before the rain storm arrives.  We also picked up some shelling peas and some very early tomatoes… We could not resist.

    Flowering Cherry Tree was beautiful

    The peas and tomatoes are staying in the garage tomorrow as a super rain storm is due in and we do not want them to drown!

    So bright they almost jumped out of the pot!

    Where next? Patty’s Place where we had one drink and Paul tried their Corn Chowder which was wonderful!  Now, finally a real destination… The Phoenix Club where we met up with the gang plus Connor and Kayla!  We had a great evening.

    After coming home, we watched another murder mystery and it was full of twists and turns!

    #212.9

  • It’s Wednesday And Time For Golf!

    Posted on February 15th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The COPD medicines are working so well, Paul took an hour walk around the neighborhood before lunch and then played nine holes of golf!  The walk was super.  Paul’s back was hot when the Sun shined on it and his front was cool walking into the prevailing breeze.  Paul did not do the full hour as he had to get back for lunch and get ready for golf!

    Chugging down the avenue

    Seems like Spring as the flowers were beginning to come out all around the hood!  Even the roses are sticking their heads out… Perhaps awaiting the rain?  We are supposed to get two or three more inches on Friday!

    Mother Nature is strutting her stuff

    The flowering trees were spectacular up against the beautiful sky!  We have hundreds of these beauties all around the neighborhood!

    Magnificent sky!

    Did we say yellow?  They seemed like they were speaking right to the Sun saying “Bring it on baby!”

    The sun was quite warm… Almost like spring

    After lunch, we headed to Old Ranch to do nine holes.  The ground was still somewhat wet and two of the holes were “Cart Path Only” because of all the rain we have had!

    Friday we get two more inches of rain

    We are going to attempt to play Thursday also as long as it is not too cold!  Fridays forecast is predicting 3.26 inches of rain!  That will be a lot of rain in 24 hours here since the ground is already soaked through.

    Weather is coming!

    These lakes will overflow onto the fairways as Old Ranch cannot dump the water into the drainage ditches until the local retirement community agrees.  Without their consent, we might flood them!

    Time for golf… The water hazards are indeed that…  Quite mushy!

    After gold, we had a drink at Old Ranch and then went across the street to Kobe Steakhouse where we met up with Bunnaford.  After a while, our guest for the event, Arturo, joined us and we dined on sushi/sashimi  until we were stuffed!  Great fun!

    Home to the treadmill and we watched anothe Hallmark “Garage Mystery”…  We love the twists and turns!  What are “Garage Sale Mysteries” about?  Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) can always find a diamond in the rough – when it comes to garage sales, that is! Whether it’s a new antique to sell at her consignment shop, an Atari game for her son or a piece of furniture for her handy husband Jason (Rick Ravanello) to refurbish, she has made a career out of her treasure hunting prowess. But, when a string of burglaries hits her town, Jennifer must use her keen eye for detail and her natural problem solving instincts to help her piece together the clues and catch the criminal, before it’s to late!

    Working with Detective Adam Iverson (Andrew Dunbar), Jennifer puts together a theory that the perpetrators of the burglaries are fellow garage sale regulars. The case escalates to dangerous levels when Jennifer discovers the dead body of her friend. And, even though the vicitms husband, Ben Douglas (Cameron Bancroft), finds nothing missing in their house, and the police label the death as accidental, Jennifer suspects that the death may be related to the burglaries.

    So, with her treasure hunting skills and problem solving instincts, Jennifer finds and pieces together clues to the burglaries and her friend’s death. But as she gets closer to the truth, Jennifer learns that crime solving can be far more dangerous than any garage sale! Can she uncover the “Garage Sale Mystery” before it’s too late, or will her investigation create problems that not even Jennifer can solve.

    We ended up the evening with Cheers and crashed about 12:15!

    #213.3

  • It’s Romance Day!

    Posted on February 14th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Yes indeed… Valentine’s Day is here!  We have plans and most of them worked!  We went mid afternoon to the Elks Lodge in Newport Harbor where we had a great view of the water.  We stayed until about 5:30 at which time we went to Stanton to have dinner at Il Garage (the garden restaurant associated with the Park Avenue Steakhouse). Join the fun!

    Watching the boats floating back and forth

    We enjoyed Il Garage but it was a tad cool in the garage!  The portable heater kept getting turned down by the people right underneath it… Those of us off to the side froze!

    We were dressed for the situation!

    The plastic curtain did help significantly but when people went in and out of the curtains, the cool breeze followed them!

    The plastic curtains were a life saver

    We got a text message from Connor who we sent to Trump National for dinner with his lady friend.  Apparently all was fantastic at Trump!

  • Toof Day!

    Posted on February 13th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Yes… It is that time!  We must see the dentist every six months so he can count Paul’s teeth and see if they are all there!  We are lucky and have the greatest dentist every known.  Dr. Merl Fleming of Huntington Beach is simply fantastic!  We have gone there for 30 years and he hasn’t changed a bit.  He is a funny guy who loves Pontiac’s and is Paul’s age so we get along amazingly well!! He just turned 70 and is happy working!  Paul really enjoys going to the dentist as he gets a raft of new material!

    The truth be spoken!

    We departed the dentist about 3:00 PM and went to downtown Seal Beach for a snack!  Main Street has many quiet little places to go!  We have a favorite little Italian hideaway where Luigi (nope! That is his name) made us some soup and a great arugula and goat cheese flatbread!  We had a glass of wine and talked about life.  Our next “appointment” in not until 5:00 PM.

    Did we say 5:00 PM?  Malarkey’s here we come.  Right around the corner!  We had the Rodecker’s join us along with Luisa and Joel.  We had so much fun that we stayed past our 7:30 PM curfew and talked to Joel and Luisa until almost 9:30 PM before going home!

    Oh! Luisa is the ex-girl friend of our ex- son-in-law!  Long story but great friend!

    After Malarkey’s, we headed home to the boob tube to watch another mystery before crashing for the evening… Tomorrow is a big day!  Valentines Day!    We got a text with Miss Lilly and Mimmie from todays Disneyland adventure.

    Speaking of Valentine’s Day

    Our great granddaughter went to California Adventure and met with Miss Minnie!  We love seeing the memories being formed in their little minds!

  • Time to Dance At Old Ranch

    Posted on February 12th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue is still fighting the grunge so we stayed at home all day resting and getting ready for this evenings dinner dance at Old Ranch!  We watched a Hallmark Mystery Movie on the tube and just rested!

    Paul did NOT take pictures at the “ranch” this evening but spent his time enjoying our special friends!  The meals tonight were apparently specially good as several guests remarked how wonderful they were!  Paul did the veggie burger as he is fighting the battle of the bulge!

    Vicky came alone as Del was still movin’ slow but Vicky needed to escape as the Cabin Fever was kicking in!

    Did You Know? Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location, or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.[1] Cabin fever is also associated with boredom.

    A person may experience cabin fever in a situation such as being in a simple country vacation cottage. When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, to have a distrust of anyone they are with or to have an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. The phrase is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone.

    Friends – Special people in our lives

    After getting home, we fired up the space heater and again sat to watch a movie.  It was warm and comfy. Around 12:00 Am we declared victory over the day and hit the sack!

  • Preparing For The Evening

    Posted on February 11th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we got a great picture to go with the reminder!  Lilly-Gator!

    The Valentine’s Day Lilly Gator

    Indeed, Sue has the cold so we stayed close to home… We didn’t even go outside except for once when Paul went to the garden to get FRESH broccoli for lunch!  BTW, it was fantastic.

    Bravely hunting the perfect stalk!

    We watched a Hallmark Mystery and then got dressed to go out.  Sue was brave as we had theater tickets and just had to go!

    To the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see Manhattan Transfer and Take Six.  We first stopped at the Arte Cafe and had dinner with Bob and Donna at 6:00 PM.  It was pretty good but on show nights, the service is a little slow!

    A quick drive across the parking lot and we arrive at the theater.

    These two groups have been around for 40 years!

    With more than 20 Grammys collectively, Pop group The Manhattan Transfer and the a capella sextet Take 6 deliver an exciting evening of music that spans a diverse spectrum. Expect everything from Jazz to Swing, and Gospel and R&B. Manhattan Transfer’s hits included Boy From New York City, Until I Met You (Corner Pocket), and Sassy. Take 6 garnered Grammy’s for So Much 2 Say, Join the Band, and Brothers. The groups  performed together and separately.

    It was a mighty performance and they went straight through so we were done at 9:30.  We started to go to Patty’s Place but the cold caught up with Sue and we went home to watch a TV movie about …romance… After all it is the Valentines Day weekend.

    We got a text on the way home and surprise surprise… Robin and Nick drove to Las Vegas to see Bob perform and who was there??? Laurie!  Amazing!  Laurie drove in from Salt Lake City. Las Vegas is a large large city and they met up by accident!  They had a good visit!

    Nick, Laurie, Robin and Bob

    We watched a Valentine’s Day movie and finally crashed about 11:50 PM.

  • The Weekend Arrive… Seems The Same To Us!

    Posted on February 10th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We have been retired almost ten years so everyday is the weekend to us. We only watch out for their weekends because of planning our events not wanting to get into a crowded situation! On saturdays, we try to let the workers enjoy things like golf, etc.

    Paul is on the mend while it appears Sue is catching a cold!  We stayed home and watched movies most of the day! Paul took care of Sue.

    Paul’s speciality

    Around 4:30 PM we went to Old Ranch for a drink before going to Garden Grove.  While we were there it began to rain.  Just what we need more of! Paul took pictures of “Chop House Night” which is a new dinner event at Old Ranch. All you can eat for $40 but they had the best looking prime rib, steak, lamb chops, seafood that we have ever seen!  The place was jumping!

    Looked fantastic

    We then went to Garden Grove Elks and met up with the gang.  The Branders were there along with Pat and Margot plus Mike and Bridgette!

    We do not know how the subject got to sleep number beds but we all laughed until we hurt with wise cracks coming from all corners of the table.

    That’s the magic number

    It was Bob and Donna’s anniversary so we brought a card and danced and dined until about 10:00.  Great fun filled evening.

    After the dance, we went home (only about 14 miles away) and watched some TV before counting the sheep!

  • We Danced Tonight! The Meds Are Working!

    Posted on February 9th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We rested today waiting for the medications to take their course.  They appear to be working but why push it!  We did the treadmill and watch some of the Hallmark Mystery movies which are very very good!

    We watched “Three Bedrooms: One Corpse”.  Summary:  When Aurora pitches in to help her busy real estate mother, Aida, she quickly realizes she has again walked into a life or death situation. When a body is discovered at her first house showing and a second body is found in another house for sale, it becomes obvious that there is a very cool killer at large.

    Auroa Teagarden solves the mysteries

    Later in the afternoon we went to Old Ranch to meet up with Bunnaford and the gang.  Paul had the daily soup which was wonderful… and big!  We took most of it to go!

    Later we went to the Phoenix Club to dance.  Our grandson Connor was there with a friend, Kerick.  She was delightful and we had a nice time!

    We completed Han’s trip to Arizona where he got his birthday present… Riding on a B-17 Bomber!

  • Eat, Eat And Eat

    Posted on February 8th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Since the cleaning people are coming and we are not playing golf, we decided to go to the Himalayan Grill for lunch!  Wonderful!  The service and food was just outstanding!

    We always take home enough leftover for several days meals

    We went home and then decided to go to Old Ranch to meet up with Bunnaford.  We had a load of fun and had planned to leave early to go deliver Becca’s  birthday card to here…  We missed the mail! So we texted the kids to see if they wanted to go to dinner (we invited ourselves).  They thought it was a good idea, so we drove up to La Habra to El Cholo and had an amazing dinner with Becca, Zack and the Lilly-gator!

    We were a few minutes late because traffic on Valley View was horrible.

    The Lind’s are ready o eat.

    Lilly loves her soup!  She has a great appetite and is not afraid to trying new things.

    Lilly gets her favorite – Soup

    Becca turned 26 and is such a beautiful mature young lady and we are so proud of having her in our lives!

    Our birthday girl

    Lilly had to try on the sombrero!

    Did You Know? The concept of a broad-brimmed hat worn by a rider on horseback can be seen as far back as the Mongolian horsemen of the 13th century. In hot, sunny climates hats evolved to have wide brims, which provided shade. The Spanish developed a flat-topped sombrero, which they brought to Mexico.

    Senorita Lilly

    We went home and watched some TV before crashing.

  • The Good, The Not So Good, And The More Good

    Posted on February 7th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Hooray… The rain is down to a dull roar.  We walked thought the garden this morning after the rain had slowed down and some sunshine was coming through the clouds.  The veggies looked amazing with the sun reflections gleaming off the water droplets.

    The water droplets shined like diamonds

    We do grow strange veggies when we can find them… Thanks to Roger’s Gardens we do get some oddities at times!    This plant below is really a cauliflower named Romanesco from Italy.

    Magnificent color and really gleams in the sulight

    Did You Know? Romanesco broccoli, also known as Roman cauliflower, Broccolo Romanesco, Romanesque cauliflower or simply Romanesco, is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy, it is chartreuse in color. Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, its texture as a vegetable is far more crunchy, and its flavor is not as assertive, being delicate and nutty.

    The Romanesco stems share the same toxic substances as rhubarb leaves, including oxalic acid, which is a nephrotoxic (damaging or destructive to the kidneys) and corrosive acid that is present in many plants. It has been grown in Italy since the 16th Century.

    On the side of the house we visited the blueberries!  The blossoms are forming and it is time for one last addition of fertilizer so that’s Paul’s mission tomorrow morning should he choose to accept it!  They are quite pretty in the remaining water of last night rain.

    We can smell blueberries already

    Paul’s COPD apparently was having an “flare up”.  We went to the doctor at noon and the Doc was surprised to see us.  Two weeks ago he said “see you in three months…. unless something changes!”

    Something changed!  Paul was coughing terribly even having to leave two dances over the weekend early and curtailed his post-Superbowl activities.

    Indeed, he was having an “flare up” so we went through the exam and got three more medicines to try.  Hopefully this will reduce the coughing and get through this bout.  If not, we will be seeing him again on Friday.

    We went to Old Ranch after the visit to the doctor to see if a hot toddy might fix things up but alas, no bueno! We went home and Paul tried a nap but the coughing would not stop.

    At 6:00, Sue said “rise and shine big guy, lets go to Kobe”.  We did.  Paul was not himself so we only have one picture of his many selections and he did not even sent a picture to Joe!

    Seared tuna from Kobe

    Got to say, the meal was excellent and Sue even had their vegetable tempura (sans sweet potatoes).  She exclaimed about the tempura onion ring.  Done perfectly!  Paul tried the large hot sake rice wine but nothing seemed to stop the cough.

    Did You Know? Tempura is  light batter is made of cold water (sometimes sparkling water is used to keep the batter light) and soft wheat flour (cake, pastry or all-purpose flour). Eggs, baking soda or baking powder, starch, oil, and/or spices may also be added.

    Tempura batter is traditionally mixed in small batches using chopsticks for only a few seconds, leaving lumps in the mixture that, along with the cold batter temperature, result in the unique fluffy and crisp tempura structure when cooked.

    We headed home and watched a Hallmark Mystery Movie which was delightful.  We finished off the evening with another mystery so we crashed about 12:30.

    Paul tried Alka-Selzer at 8:00 PM,  Robotussin at 10:00 PM, and cough syrup with codine at midnight and finally got a good night sleep!  Knocked out until 7:30 AM the next morning!

  • Monday…. Time To Slow Down

    Posted on February 6th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The grunge really got to Paul today, so we called the doctor and got in at noon tomorrow.  The inhaler seemed to work in terms of being able to breathe but the bronchitis is still hanging in there…. Makes for a miserable time because of the coughing!

    We went to Malarkey’s but no dramatic view today…. Only rain clouds! Luisa and Irene joined us… Luisa and Paul shared their swordfish and sand dabs.  Luisa took a lot home.

    Did You Know? The Pacific sanddab  is a species of flatfish. It is by far the most common sanddab, and it shares its habitat with the longfin sanddab and the speckled sanddab. It is a medium-sized flatfish, with a light brown color mottled brown or black, occasionally with white or orange spots.

    The Pacific sanddab is endemic to the northern Pacific Ocean, from the Sea of Japan to the coast of California. They are most commonly found at depths of 50 to 150 m (160 to 490 ft), though the young inhabit shallower waters, occasionally moving into tide pools. It is an opportunistic predator, feeding on a variety of crustaceans, as well as smaller fish, squid, and octopuses.

    It is a popular game fish in northern California, found on menus in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco area, though more difficult to find in southern California restaurants and markets. Usually sold frozen, some regard it as a delicacy, but it is very affordable and quite delicious. It is also popular along the coasts of Oregon and Washington, where it can be found more readily.

    Just sitting around awaiting a meal to come by

    We laughed and giggled a lot before going home about 7:30 PM to watch a movie and some TV.  Sue did the treadmill.  Tomorrow also appears to be an easy day and it is scheduled to rain most of the day!

  • It’s Superbowl Sunday!

    Posted on February 5th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We were smart today.  We decided to have a healthy lunch before facing the onslaught of “super bowl food”.   We went over a little early to make sure Zack was OK.  He worked last night until about 9:00 PM and was back at the ranch at 7:00 AM.

    Near as he can tell, someone tried to splice into the main Direct-TV cable going from the antenna to the A/V room.  If this is not done by a professional, all hell breaks loose and it did.  Zack ran a new untouched cable between the antennas on the roof and the A/V closet… Houston, we have signal!

    The room with Zack’s overhead lights looked fantastic!

    It is indeed hard to believe that we saw him a few minutes after he was born 26 years ago and now he is a successful family man doing such a great job with his customers. Oh, did we mention he is smart and handsome too!

    Our hero!

    Come join the Superbowl fun. We had forty-four friends and family join us today to watch the game and dine on various delicacies.  Great fun!

    Paul dressed to support either team!

    We got home about 9:30 PM as we stayed to be with Zack and Becca as they packed up all the equipment!   Great Grandma Sue and Lilly visited while the equipment was being put away. It was a super day!

  • Off And Running… A “Busy Day” Ahead

    Posted on February 4th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We were up and at it by 8:00 AM planning the remainder of the day!  We had a little bit of rain so naturally it was time an emergency run to the market.  No big deal AND the market was empty making for a fast trip!

    Returning home, we checked our emails and then got ready to go the Seasons 52 for lunch.  It was magic…  Sue spotted paella on the menu, we had not seen it there before.  A miracle then occurred, Paul did paella instead of the standard tried and proven trout!  Sue had her beet salad and it was not only beautiful but very tasty!

    Paul started with the Roasted Brussel Sprouts.  Made with crispy bacon, 15-year aged balsamic (260 calories).

    Roasted Brussel Sprouts wrapped in bacon

    The beet salad was wonderful according to Sue. Made of Laura Chenel goat cheese, toasted pistachios, micro basil (190 calories).

    Roasted Beet Salad

    The paella was outstanding.  It was made up of sea scallops, Maine lobster tail, mussels, Chilean sea bass, chorizo (670 calories).

    Chunky Paella had a small amount of rice

    Sue tried the vegetarian tasting which was wood-grilled kohlrabi steak, vegan paella, asparagus, fennel-roasted onion (480 cal).  She also found it outstanding!

    The presentation was pretty spectacular

    We then went to South Coast Repertory to see Moby Dick which was quite interesting.  Sue thought it was average but Paul thought they did a good job.

    Did You Know? Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel by American writer Herman Melville, published in 1851 during the period of the American Renaissance. Sailor Ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler the Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off Ahab’s leg at the knee. The novel was a commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author’s death in 1891, but during the 20th century, its reputation as a Great American Novel was established. William Faulkner confessed he wished he had written it himself, and D. H. Lawrence called it “one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world”, and “the greatest book of the sea ever written”.”Call me Ishmael” is among world literature’s most famous opening sentences.

    The product of a year and a half of writing, the book draws on Melville’s experience at sea, on his reading in whaling literature, and on literary inspirations such as Shakespeare and the Bible. The white whale is modeled on the notoriously hard to catch actual albino whale Mocha Dick, and the ending is based on the sinking of the whaler Essex by a whale. 

    An interesting stage layout!

    After the play, we dropped by Old Ranch for a drink and to coordinate with one of our invited guests!  Guess who was there?  Zack!  He was repairing their TV system needs to be working for tomorrow’s Superbowl.  They had lost the High Definition capability.  We have faith… All will be ready for tomorrow’s Superbowl!

    After a very brief stop at home we went to the Garden Grove Elks to dance but ended up not staying very long as Paul’s cough was driving him wild!  We departed about 9:00 and crashed around 11:30 PM.

  • Rain Rain Make Up Your Mind

    Posted on February 3rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Lazy day and the rain could not make up its mind!  In rained in the morning and then later on in the afternoon.  We decided NOT to go to ORCC but to go to the Elks for dinner and come home a little early.  That damned cough has come back for Paul and he took cough meds all day!The swordfish dinner was outstanding and the lemon-butter sauce was simply simple.  The swordfish was so juicy and tender, it was amazing!The meal was just excellent!  Garden Grove Elks do an amazing job!

    We danced until about 9:00 PM and then headed for home as the bronchitis did Paul in and he had to crash!

    So juicy and the lemon-butter-sauce was extraordinary!

    We got caught up on NCIS episodes and that is always a good thing!  We crashed about midnight for tomorrow is always a big day!

  • We Wanted To Play Golf But…. Tournament Was Underway

    Posted on February 2nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue invited Paul out to lunch at Cucina Enoteca in Newport and it was excellent.  Paul had the “children’s pasta” just with butter sauce and then followed that up with a  grilled three-cheese sandwich.  Great food – Great time!  We then headed to Laguna Canyon Winery on  Laguna Canyon Road and did some wine tasting plus, we got a case of wine!

    A mile and a half up the canyon

    We stayed about 45 minutes and talked to some nice people who were also tasting.  We ordered a case of white wine.

    Excellent wines!

    We then departed for Old Ranch to see Bunnaford for a drink before going to Cerritos to see Bernadette Peters.

    Bernadette Peters (born Bernadette Lazzara; February 28, 1948) is an American actress, singer and children’s book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, as well as performing in solo concerts and recordings. She is one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two (plus an honorary award), and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards.

    Bernadette Petters circa 2008

    The performance was excellent and we headed for home about 9:30 PM where we watched some NCIS and Cheers.  We crashed at midnight!

  • On No… No Arturo

    Posted on February 1st, 2017 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house with Paul attempting to get the remote garage door opener working.  We had lunch, cleaned up, and headed to ORCC for a round of golf… Well, nine holes.  It was a good day for golf!

    Working on the  garage door proximity detector

    We met up with Bunnaford after the game and had a drink before going to dinner at Kobe.

    Last week while at ORCC, we asked Arturo (one of our favorite waiters/bartenders) if he liked sushi and he said yes!  So we told him about Manny, the Mexican sushi chef at Kobe and how wonderful he was.  Arturo sounded excited so we invited him to join us today!

    Did You Know? Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi, has become popular throughout the world. As of 2011, Japan overtook France in number of Michelin-starred restaurants and has maintained the title since.

    We found out that Arturo missed work yesterday and was feeling poorly.  So, we checked the messages and there it was…. We got a wave off!  We asked what happened and apparently he drove his mom down to Mexico and made the mistake of drinking the water in Mexico…  Yep! Montezuma’s Revenge.

    Did You Know? Traveler’s diarrhea (TD) is a stomach and intestinal infection. TD is defined as the passage of unformed stool (one or more by some definitions, three or more by others) while traveling.[It may be accompanied by abdominal cramps, nausea, fever, and bloating. Occasionally bloody diarrhea may occur. Most travelers recover within four days with little or no treatment. About 10% of people may have symptoms for a week.

    Kobe is about one miles from ORCC

    So, we rescheduled.  Arturo mentioned that bottled water is his new best friend!  We did take pictures of the food and sent it to him… Probably not a great idea since he was sick! But, Paul did it anyway!

    The Roll was wonderful

    Manny always whips up something special for Paul… Below is a picture of  a rolled up zucchini with snow crab and Manny’s Special Sauce on the inside!

    A “Manny Special”

    Paul had to have octopus… The seven legged variety.

    The seven legged octopus stikes again!

    Then it happened, we thought of Little Lilly and…

    Great Grandpa is in trouble now!

    We headed for home, missing Arturo, but planning for another visit next week!

  • Cyndy’s Birthday, ORCC, and Kobe

    Posted on January 31st, 2017 Paul No comments

    Another year gone and Cyndy puts another notch on the wall!  We texted first thing and sent something cute!  Paul walked again with no problems so we are declaring victory!

    The roses were pretty even  in the dead of winter

    Dead of winter in California means it might be 50 degrees.  Paul called Colleen and it was 24 degrees and snowing there!  E-Gad, 24 degrees!

    Over and hour without a stop!

    After the walk, Sue did the treadmill and Paul operated the TV!  Paul also finished up the last part of the hall closet cleanup which made him feel pretty good.  Now, he is going to go after the TV console.  It had about ten “component” electronic devices in it plus our 30 year old 28″ diameter CRT TV.  The TV works great as we turn in on every couple of months but it look ridiculous setting next to the 80 inch flat screen!  Also going bye bye are about 100 tapes of Disneyland movies and other stuff.  Don’t need that as we have iTunes, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Apple TV for the 2 hours a day we “watch” TV.

    Now we will have more room in the upper living room!

    Fun
  • Another Week… This Year Is Moving Quickly!

    Posted on January 30th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s only been thirty days and it is almost February?  When does the clock slow down?  Well, we made progress after ten years of retirement!  The hall closet got cleaned!  Paul worked all morning sorting through the “junk”.  It is amazing how many gift bags we had in the closet… Probably 200+  They are now organized and loaded into three tight containers!

    We went to Malarkey’s where Paul did the Cioppino (Fish Soup) which is high in nutrients and low in calories! Cioppino is a classic San Francisco dish that is believed to have been invented by the fishermen in North Beach in the late 1800s, a fish stew that’s the equivalent of the French bouillabaisse or the Italian Cacciucco.

    Fish Stew for Pal

    The sun was setting just before Irene arrived on scene.

    The sun was beginning to set

    Tee sunset was pretty spectacular just before ut hit the water.

    The sky exploded with sunlight

    We then headed home and hit the treadmill and watched some TV.

  • Easy Sunday!

    Posted on January 29th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The weather turned nice so Paul hit the sidewalk and walked an hour!  After returning home, we did lunch and then Paul worked in the garden continuing to trim the pomegranate tree, weeding, trimming back the grapes, trimming the blood orange tree, and moving the Christmas storage boxes back to their rightful spot!  The yard is returning to normal after all the rain!

    Indeed Indeed!

    We then did the treadmill while binging on Cheers for 90 minutes!  Soon after, off to Old Ranch where Paul pigged out on soup and tacos.

    The soup was five-onion vegetarian onion soup and Paul did three taco’s… Shrimp and veggies!  We stayed a couple of hours before going home!

    Paul is getting excited about the Nexx Garage Door remote.  Nexx Garage integrates with your 2.4Ghz WiFi network and your existing Garage Door opener and transforms it into a smart device that can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world – the lifting and lowering down of the garage door is still performed by your garage door opener but the trigger to open and close the door is controlled by Nexx Garage Controller. Many time in the night, Paul will have to get up and check the door.  Now, a peek at the iPhone does the trick.

    Oh Dear! Might need a twelve year old to figure it out!

    Back home we went to watch a bit of TV but tonight, we crashed early… 11:30 PM!

  • Dining Day! Out Darned Calories, Out!

    Posted on January 28th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul headed out the door at 8:45 and did an hour and a quarter without a single problem! This is looking good!  We got cleaned up and departed at 11:00 AM for Javiers where we had lunch with Renee and Nicole!

    Did You Know? A goal of 10,000 steps per day was created as a promotion by a pedometer company in Japan in the 1960s and it became popular as it was adopted by walking clubs. It wasn’t based on research, it just sounded good.

    Once the goal of 10,000 steps per day was established, researchers played catch-up and found it was a good indicator you were getting somewhere near the recommended amount of physical activity during that day to reduce health risks. Now many activity monitors and pedometer apps use it as a standard goal.

    We do 10,000 per day all the time between dancing, walking, and the treadmill!

    Bopping on down the avenue

    Valentines Day must be close as several houses had their decorations up.  Paul is sure there is more to come!

    Decorations are already out and about

    To Irvine Spectrum to go dining at Javier’s.  The food and service were outstanding and the company very special!  Nicole and Rene are going to have a baby and they called us saying they would be a little late… The baby was not cooperating!  (i.e. Morning Sickness).  Side Note: They are very responsible and polite people texting us so we would not be worried!

    So we hd a great lunch, laughed and giggle and Paul surprised Nicole with a cold glass of milk with pickles!  We watched, she did NOT drink it!  The waiter thought Paul was a bit “loco en la cabeza”.  Paul thought that was a kn own fact!

    Nicole gets a surprise from Paul

    We went home for a while before getting ready for meal number two of the day!

    Our grand kids brought Miss Lilly for Italian at That’s Amore and they asked us to join them!  More fun… More food!  Sue saved the day by getting the to-go boxes delivered early and hiding the food from Paul!

    Come on in!

    We had Frank Sinatra Jr. singing tonight.  There is a young man with a great voice who sings on Friday and Saturday evenings.  He walks around, like in a supper club, greeting the folks and singing to them.  Miss Lilly got a kick out of it!

    That’s Amore

    Another pleasant meal with great kids… It seems funny that here we are having dinner with the person we held in our arms 27 years ago! He is a GREAT daddy and married to a delightful responsible and funny young lady with his own little pile of joy!  Sue and Paul decided we are getting old… But, not too old yet!

    Dining with the Grand Kids and Great Grandkids!

    After Italian we headed to the Garden Grove Elks and again had a great time dancing.  Paul was able to avoid ordering dinner for fear that this week’s work trying to loose weight would go away!  Tomorrow morning will tell.  We are shooting for 214 pounds!  We danced until past 10:00 and then headed home to the TV and some more “Dick Van Dyke” reruns!

    So… You thought you knew it all huh!  Not quite so fast there pardner!  Did you know:

    A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

    A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

    A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

    A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

    A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

    A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/ 100th of a second.

    A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

    A snail can sleep for three years.

    Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

    All 50 states are listed across the top of the  Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

    Almonds are a member of the peach family.

    An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

    Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the ch ild reaches 2 to 6 years of age!

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

    “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.

    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

    In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

    If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end  because of the rate of reproduction.

    If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

    It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

    Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

    No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

    Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

    Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

    “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand and “lollipop” with your right.

    The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

    The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

    The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

    The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.

    The winter of 1932 was so cold that  Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

    The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

    There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

    There are more chickens than people in the world.

    There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”:  tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

    There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order:  “abstemious” and “facetious.”

    There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

    Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

    Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;  otherwise it will digest itself.
    Now you know everything

  • Yeah! It’s Friday! Huh? We Are Retired!

    Posted on January 27th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul did the walk this morning.  An hour plus and zero problems breathing! Things are looking up! Life is good!

    We went to Sue’s hair appointment and she got her ears lowered.  From there, we went home and had a great lunch.  Paul did some much needed chores. The fruit trees are going wild and, since gravity is with us, we have fruit on the ground!  Paul picked up all the fruit and took the trash out to the sidewalk!  He also trimmed the pomegranate tree which was getting huge!

    When at the nursery last month, Paul picked up a fast growing “berry tree” called a goji or wolfberry.  It is supposed to grow about six feet tall and is very prolific in terms of the fruit.  The fruit matures in the summer months and is loaded with antioxidants!

    Extremely prolific and also pretty!

    We did some treadmill and watched several episodes of the “Dick Van Dyke” show. The Dick Van Dyke Show is an American television sitcom that initially aired on CBS from October 3, 1961 to June 1, 1966, with a total of 158 half-hour episodes spanning over five seasons. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Mathews, and Mary Tyler Moore. It centered on the work and home life of television comedy writer Rob Petrie (Van Dyke).

    Did You Know?  The delivery boy, who showed up in many of the episodes was Jamie Farr who was the cross-dressing corporal in Mash!

    Loads of fun! Even in Black and White

    Looking back reminds us of “those good ol’ days” where one had to reach into a box of ice-water to get a glass bottle of coke.

    Before aluminum cans were invented

    At 5:00 PM we went to Old Ranch and it was loaded… It was the first “Chop House Night”!

    We then departed for the Garden Grove Elks but we were afraid the the band… Their name was “Whisky Hayride”.  We were prepared to leave and go to Fullerton but surprise surprise, their music was totally dance friendly and we enjoyed the evening.  The Branders, Zaitz, Mike and Bridgette, and Marianne and Craig joined us this evening.

    The Elks sell tickets at the dance and part of the proceeds go to charity and part go to the buyer of the winning ticket!  Paul won this evening, over $230!  The evening was a success as we danced several dances in a row without breathing problems.  Apparently the grunge over the holidays affected Paul’s lungs a lot more that we thought!

    The Elks is a terrific organization

    Off to home at 10:00 and a little more “Dick Van Dyke” before crashing. Tomorrow is another big day!

    How about those lost words and lost phrases?

    • Heavens to Murgatroyd! (Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word murgatroyd? )
    • Heavens to Betsy!
    • ?Gee whillikers!
    • Jumping Jehoshaphat!
    • ?Holy moley!
    • We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
    • Not for all the tea in China!
    • Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell?
    • Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers.
    • ?Oh, my aching back.  Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
    • We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!  Or, This is a fine kettle of fish!Where have all those phrases gone?
    • Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it.  Hey!  It’s your nickel.
    • Don’t forget to pull the chain.  Knee high to a grasshopper.
    • Well, Fiddlesticks!
    • ?Going like sixty.
    • ?I’ll see you in the funny papers.
    • Don’t take any wooden nickels.
    • See ya later, alligator!
  • Dumb and Dumber!

    Posted on January 26th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Before going on his walk, Sue asked Paul to check her email as it has a nasty habit of changing its own password!  Go figure!

    He did check and voila, looked like the password was automatically changed again!  Paul went through the changing of the password and then tried to get  into Sue’s email… Well, no bueno!

    Paul fiddled and farted around for an hour and then finally it dawned on him that Sue’s machine was NOT connected to the internet!  Apparently the cleaning folks must have moved the tower around and a cable lost contact.  Jiggling the cables to/from the modem fixed the problem… Problem was, it was too late to walk!

    Sometimes it just happens

    We went to the doctor and excellent news, Paul does have COPD but at this time no medication is warranted.  Paul is supposed to take notes if the breathing get labored and come back  to the doctor in about two months.  Very happy!

    We departed Long Beach and drove along the shore to go to Sunset Beach and have a drink at “That’s Amore” but alas, they are no longer opened in the afternoon!  So, we went to the old tried and true… Old Ranch.  Bunnaford and then Dave O met us there for a drink before we headed home.

    We picked up our dancing shoes and went to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing.  Connor joined us and we had a ball!

    Dancing to the Big Band sounds

    We headed home to watch a little TV before crashing!

  • Let’s Walk… Then Market… Then Old Ranch

    Posted on January 25th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul went out for a walk this morning to checkout how his breathing was doing.  All was well and after 45 minutes of walking in the 40 degree weather, he returned home in great shape.  He was not out of breath, just cold!  Well, for as great a shape as he is in.

    It was too cold to keep on walking…. Paul’s nose was freezing

    It is amazing that for two years, Paul has walked the same street and all of a sudden this little guy shows up.  It looked like he had been there for a while.  He is about to blossom so we are going to keep out eyes on him! He is about eight inches tall so unless you see it, it is easy to miss!

    Smile! You are on candid camera

    The rains cleaned all the leaves from the trees!  The trees were bare from top to bottom!  There were a lot of limbs and branches on the ground from the heavy rains and winds.  Everything that should have fallen free was on the ground so it felt pretty safe to walk under the trees this morning.  Based upon all the wood on the ground, Paul plans NOT to walk under those trees while a storm is underway!

    Amazing to see some trees totally green and others naked as a J-Bird

    We decided to go to the Bowers Museum and see the exhibit on “The Lady Of Guadalupe” before it closed.  We ate at Tangata but Paul had a problem.  In keeping with his desire to lose weight, he ordered a salad (Prawns,Tomato, cucumber, chile and lime sea salt, avocado yogurt) even though he really wanted the special burger of the month!

    After eating the salad and feeling like he had just eaten a hand full of grass, he broke down and ordered the burger!  Amazing!  The meat was beef, pork, lamb, and something else.  It was so big he had to eat the burger with a  knife and fork!

    Delicious… Paul at it with Chop Sticks so there were no calories

    The museum exhibit was OK but not wonderful for us.  Perhaps Catholic visitors got the meaning behind it.  To us, it was boring.  It was funny to see signs in the museum asking people not to drop off “offerings” in the display room.

    Interesting…

    Did You Know? Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe), is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The basilica is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world’s third most-visited sacred site.

    Historically the devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe did not lack clerical opponents within Mexico, especially in the early years, and in more recent times some Catholic scholars, and even a former abbot of the basilica, Monsignor Guillermo Schulenburg, have openly doubted the historical existence of Juan Diego, referring to the devotion as merely symbolic, propagated by a sensational cult.

    A feathered cherubic angel with outstretched arms carries the robe on her exposed feet which is uncolored.

    We headed home stopping by Old Ranch and meeting up with James Eaton and Bunnaford for a couple if hours of laughing and giggling.

    We also finalized the arrangements for the Superbowl gig.  We are supplying a large projector/screen to be placed in the dining room.  Our wonderful grandson, Zachary, arranged for the screen as Old Ranch just planned a couple of 8×8 foot screens and a home projector system.

    Thinking about technology, Sue and Paul were so lucky to have grown up without all the bells and whistles of today.  Even though we are now “old”, we can enjoy those devices but it did not ruin our childhood like it is doing to kids today!  We played outside (yes, in the great out-of-doors) and came inside with the porch light went on.

    We remember it well!

    We departed Old Ranch and thought about going to Patty’s Place but decided the treadmill would be a better destination.  We watched the first six episodes of Frasier before crashing! We crashed early… 11:30!

  • Yeah! Dry Day… Sort Of!

    Posted on January 24th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house today as it was cold outside.  Paul checked the garden and it is doing well, in fact, it is salad time!  After doing the treadmill and watching some TV, we got cleaned up and escaped the cabin!  On our way out, Paul picked grapefruit and tangerines for our bartender!  From one of the vantage points on the way to Old Ranch, we could see downtown the mountains and snow… wow!

    The following is NOT our picture but if we could drive the freeway to LA, this would be the view!

    We had a lot of rain and snow in the mountains

    First stop… Old Ranch.  We met up with Bunnaford and had a drink sharing our innermost secrets… That took about three seconds!   We made arrangements for Chuck to use Old Ranch for his birthday celebration in August.  We talked to Arturo and found out he likes sushi!  We told him we knew a Mexican Sushi Chef and he did not believe us so next Wednesday we are taking him to Kobe Steakhouse to meet up with Manny!

    The Ranch was flooded!

    After that, we continued on to Patty’s Place to see Chuck and “the gang”.  We had a Hot Toddy and a glass of wine.  Hot Toddy’s are excellent for cold evenings.  Chuck loved the gift bag of fruit and was happy for the Old Ranch arrangements!

    Did You Know? A “hot toddy”, also “hot to trot totty” and “hot tottie” as well as “hot whiskey” in Ireland and Scotland, is typically a mixed drink made of liquor and water with honey (or, in some recipes, sugar), herbs (such as tea) and spices, and served hot.  Hot toddy recipes vary and are traditionally drunk before retiring for the night, or in wet or cold weather. Some believe the drink relieves the symptoms of the cold and flu — in How to Drink, Victoria Moore describes the drink as “the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb.”

    After our Patty’s fix, we headed to Kobe Steakhouse for some saké and sushi plus Sue’s glass of wine.  We visited Manny (Manuel) and made sure he was ready to tease Arturo next week!

    Enjoying the fishies! Manny adds jalapeño to some of Paul’s selections!

    Home again we are and we watched some TV before crashing at midnight.

    Puns Intended… Groaners Included

    1.  Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married.  The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

    2.  A jumper cable walks into a bar.  The bartender says, “I’ll serve you, but don’t start anything.”

    3.  Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

    4.  A dyslexic man walked into a bra.

    5.  A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: “A beer please, and one for the road.”

    6.  Two cannibals are eating a clown.  One says to the other: “Does this taste funny to you?”

    7.  “Doc, I can’t stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home.”
    “That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.”
    “Is it common?”
    “Well, It’s Not Unusual.”

    8.  Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.
    Daisy says to Dolly, “I was artificially inseminated this morning.”
    “I don’t believe you,” says Dolly.
    “It’s true; no bull!” exclaims Daisy..

    9.  An invisible man marries an invisible woman.  The kids were nothing to look at either.

    10.  Deja Moo: The feeling that you’ve heard this bull before

    11.  I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn’t find any.

    12.  A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident.
    He shouted, “Doctor, doctor, I can’t feel my legs!”
    The doctor replied, “I know, I amputated your arms!”

    13.  I went to a seafood disco last week …  and pulled a mussel.

    14.  What do you call a fish with no eyes?  A fsh.

    15.  Two fish swim into a concrete wall.  The one turns to the other and says, “Dam!”

    16.  Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.  Not surprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

    17.  A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.  After about an hour, the manager came out of the office, and asked them to disperse.
    “But why,” they asked, as they moved off..
    “Because,” he said.  “I can’t stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer.”

    18.  A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption.  One of them goes to a family in Egypt, and is named ‘Ahmal.’ The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him ‘Juan.’ Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother.  Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal.  Her husband responds, “They’re twins!  If you’ve seen Juan, you’ve seen Ahmal.”

    19.  Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet.  He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath.  This made him (oh, man, this is so bad, it’s good) …  a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

    20.  A dwarf, who was a mystic, escaped from jail.  The call went out that there was a small medium at large.

    21.  And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least half of the puns would make them laugh.  No pun in ten did.

  • Down To The Sea

    Posted on January 23rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    We stuck close to the house today except for a visit to the market.  We met up with Luisa at Malarkey’s so we could get a chance to visit and enjoy an easy early dinner.  Malarkey’s is our “hangout of choice” on Monday nights.

    We went to the market and from the Ralph’s parking lot we could see Old Ranch was flooded!

    The Ranch, she was flooded

    At Malarkey’s we watched the storm clouds roll by.  They made for a rather dramatic sunset.

    Amazing sunset even with the clouds

    As the sun set, the clouds had a momentary breakup and the brilliance of Ol’ Sol showed right through!

    Brilliant sun

    Alas, Sol is gone for the day leaving behind a fiery sunset!

    Going to get dark

    Luisa made for a great evening as we got caught up on everything!

    Hey Girl!

    Because of Luisa, Paul indulged.  Yummy!

    Dessert… Best part of our meal!

    Irene joined us making for a delightful passing of time!

    Irene and Luisa

    We headed home.  After getting email from friends it appeared to be new material for Paul…  Read it and weep!

    • Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

    • How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.

    • England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool

    • I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

    • They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.

    • I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

    • Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

    • I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

    • I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

    • This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

    • When chemists die, they barium.

    • I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

    • I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

    • Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

    • I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

    • Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

    • When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

    • Broken pencils are pointless.

    • What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

    • I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

    • I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

    • Velcro – what a rip off!

    • Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.

  • Staying Home Until Cabin Feaver Drove Us Wild

    Posted on January 22nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Rain rain and more rain… It rained the entire day.  We got about three inches of rain as the pool was lowered three inches and by the end of the evening it was overflowing!  We watched a silly movie when Sue did the treadmill and finally we got “cabin fever” so bad we had to leave.

    Did You Know? Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location, or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.  Cabin fever is also associated with boredom.

    A person may experience cabin fever in a situation such as being in a simple country vacation cottage. When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, to have a distrust of anyone they are with or to have an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. The phrase is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone.

    We got cleaned up and headed for Old Ranch.  When we got there it was empty so we ordered soup and a sandwich and all of a sudden the Long Beach State Soccer Team showed up and it got noisy. We escaped to the fireplace and continued our glass of wine.

    Driving over to the Ranch, the street had many “Flooded” signs up and there was a load of water in the streets.

  • Awaiting The Rain After The Theater And Starlighters

    Posted on January 21st, 2017 Paul No comments

    We departed for Seasons 52 at 10:30 AM and arrived right on time.  The Seasons is just a great place to go.  We were met by the General Manager and he escorted us to our regular table and had already ordered our bottle of wine.  The service was just great and food fantastic.  Paul did the cup of chorizo and kale soup… It sounded  weird but it was amazing.  Paul also did his trout… Seasons has the best in town… Prepared simply with a squeeze of lemon.

    Simple is best

    We drove across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center and saw Matilda.  The musical’s narrative centers on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.

    The show was delightful

    We walked across the court yard to The Center Club and had a drink before going to the Starlighter’s Winter Casual at Howard Johnson’s in Fullerton.  We got to visit with both of our favorite bartenders while we waited.

    We love being members

    To Fullerton via every freeway possible!  Seriously!  South on the 405, north on the 55, west on the 5, east on the 57, west on the 91 and getting off at Lemon Street in Fullerton. Join the fun!

    Join the fun!

    It’s 11:00 and we are on our way home!  No rain until 3:00 AM!  We dodged a bullet!

  • A Wonderful Day Indeed

    Posted on January 20th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Finally… The liberals are gone!  We did have high hopes that Obama would be a middle of the road don’t rock the boat guy but alas, we was indeed a socialist liberal lying dufus.  So happy he is gone.

    While Trump is not perfect… He is honest and wants to return our country to greatness.

    The best thing… Obama is gone.  Now we need to rid ourselves of the remaining democrats and RINO republicans.  Throw them out… Drain the swamp!

    We capped off this wonderful day with a Topper’s Dance! Join us!

    Great fun with friends

    At 10:30 PM we headed for home!

  • Rain Rain Go Away… It Did!

    Posted on January 19th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The forecast stated “rain all day”… We waited and nada… zip… zero!  Paul decided to go for a walk mid morning as the clouds did not look threatening!

    Before the walk, we took pictures of the orchid plant that Jennifer McC gave us.  It is just beautiful!  Thank you Jennifer!

    Our Orchids are blooming again!

    Paul walked for an hour with no breathing problems.  A good thing.  The drainage ditches often gets full when we have heavy rains but this morning is was flowing nicely and all the leaves and dirt were gone to the sea!

    The water was flowing clear

    It had rained about 4:00 AM so the flowers were still wet.  When the sun came out between the clouds, the flowers were beautiful.

    The red flowers were magnificent in the morning dew

    One of Paul’s favorite yards was swamped with water! We needed today to dry out and soak up the standing water.

    The ground was pretty well saturated

    Sue did the treadmill and watched a movie before cleaning up and heading to Patty’s Place for a pre-dance nibble!  The “steak soup” is a weekly special and it was just wonderful!  Check fixed Paul a “hot toddy” and it seemed to work to get the cough under control!

    With Paul’s cough, this came to mind

    Off to the Phoenix Club where we danced in the Pavillion so thank goodness there was no rain!  Connor called us on the way and was home sick… He sounded horrible!

    Lilly visited Disneyland!

    We danced until the place closed and went home to watch TV before crashing.

  • Getting Prepared!

    Posted on January 18th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Yes indeedy doo!

    We woke up this morning and the house was 66 degrees.  We are happy Paul took the brass monkey into the garage last night!  It was 46 degrees outside and the forecast looks wet for the next several days!

    Three storms coming this way

    Thursday thru Monday should be wet… Good for the garden!

    Fun
  • Easy Day

    Posted on January 17th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Today was “Old Timers Day” meaning we went to the local Taco Surf location and met up with the folks Sue used to work with ten years ago.  We have been gone now about 9 years and 9 months so when someone new comes up, we know the face but the names begin to escape is.  Linda Lane joined us today.  Too bad Robin was on the east coast!

    Can’t miss Taco Surf… Under the Water Tower

    Afterwords, we went home and did some chores around the house including getting ready for the three incoming rainstorms heading this direction.  Later in the afternoon, we stopped by Old Ranch  and met up with Bunnaford.

    Home away home for an evening at the treadmill!

  • Busy Monday!

    Posted on January 16th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Bob and Donna had the day off so we took advantage of the situation and went to Temecula.  Join the fun!  We went to a different set of wineries this time as none of us had anything to pick up since we went on October 18th and got everything!

    Great fun!

    When these two get together….

    Had to giggle about that!

    We visited several new baby dogs, had a nice lunch, and tasted most of the afternoon.  After heading home, we stopped by Kobe Steakhouse for a lite meal before going home to watch the TV.

    Sashimi Salad

    Did You Know? Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat or fish (such as beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna), thinly sliced or pounded thin and served mainly as an appetizer. It was invented in 1950 by Giuseppe Cipriani from Harry’s Bar in Venice and popularized during the second half of the twentieth century.

    It was named after Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio. The beef was served with lemon, olive oil, and white truffle or Parmesan cheese. Later, the term was extended to dishes containing other raw meats or fish, thinly sliced and served with lemon or vinegar, olive oil, salt and ground pepper.

    Octopus Carpaccio

    Our meal was super!  The sake and wine was perfect! We watched some TV and then hit the sack!

  • Work Day Then Fun!

    Posted on January 15th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We did chores today in preparation for dancing this evening.  Sue did the treadmill and paid the bills while Paul spread a bail of straw beneath the front year and side yard fruit trees.  The straw does such a great job as mulch and actually looks pretty good also!

    Late in the afternoon, we got cleaned up and headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the Jam Session!  It was a good dance.  We sat with the Branders and Donna and Bob so there was banter back and forth all evening.

  • Rested, Dined, Listened

    Posted on January 14th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We spent most of the morning resting for the events of the day!  Paul worked in the garden spreading another bail of straw under the fruit trees and Sue made some magic in the kitchen.

    After the treadmill, we got cleaned up and headed to the Arte Cafe for dinner with Bob and Donna.  We are off to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to heard Doo Wop III.

    Very affordable and excellent dining

    The program read: Enjoy The Best of Doo-Wop Vol. III when the genre’s icons unite! Jam with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Legendary Teenagers (Why Do Fools Fall in Love), The Fleetwoods (Come Softly to Me), and Cleveland Still & The Dubs (Could This Be Magic). The lineup also includes Brian Hyland (Sealed With a Kiss), Jimmy Charles (A Million to One), The Olympics (Western Movies), and The Dukes of Doo-Wop.

    Afterwords we went home and watched some “Last Man Standing” before crasing.

    Did You Know? February 2017 calendar structure will not occur again in your life time; unless you’re related to Methuselah (the progeny of Adam and Eve, who lived to 969 years old).  February 2017 has:

    4 — Sundays,
    4 — Mondays,
    4 — Tuesdays,
    4 — Wednesdays,
    4 — Thursdays,
    4 — Fridays &
    4 — Saturdays.

    This happens once every 823 years.

  • Happy Birthday Amy

    Posted on January 13th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We did lunch with Robin at the Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach.  It was great to see her and catch up on all the latest!  She has about 18 months until she can retire and perhaps move into another field of endeavor.

    Today was also Amy’s birthday and she is out with the girls to celebrate.  We sent her a text and a couple of notes.

    Amy gots a birthday today

    Amy is our daughter-in-law and we are so very happy to have her in the family.  Happy Birthday!

    Amy is just beautiful young lady inside and out!

    Robin met us for lunch and we exchanged the latest.  We had not been to the Yucatan for several weeks and the “shrimp diablo” was outstanding.  The habanero sauce warmed up everything!

    Super to visit with Robin

    After lunch, we went home to do treadmill and then got ready to go to the Elks Lodge to dance the night away!.  Brad and Susie-Q, Justus, was on duty this evening and the music was outstanding!

    Dance lessons in the back of the Elks Lodge

    By 10:00 we were ready to crash.  We went home and watched a little bit of TV before crashing.

  • Slow Wet Day!

    Posted on January 12th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It rained most of the day with a few dry periods lasting 30 minutes at a time.   It was dry enough to plant a new set of shelling peas.  We stayed inside and watched TV and worked on the website for the most part.

    We just enjoyed each others company!

    Late afternoon, we got cleaned up and headed out to Old Ranch for a quick drink before going to the Phoenix Club for dancing.  The rain got fierce about 6:30 coming down in sheer buckets.

    We had Connor join us at the Phoenix Club and that was nice.  It appears as though he is going to be moving to Florida for his work and escape the California tax structure… Can’t blame him although we warned him about the weather in Florida!

    We have had a reserved table for 15 years

    The band was great this evening

    Connor gave us the latest info on his side of the family

    We hung around the Phoenix Club until the band went home.  We watched a little bit of the telly before crashing!

     

  • Sweet Goodbyes And Cough Meds From Patty’s Place

    Posted on January 11th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul took the CD’s over to Dr Gomez first thing this morning.  After returning home, Brian and Jan called and we decided to go to Cucina Enoteca in Newport for our “Goodbye Lunch”…

    They are off to the UK one more time!  We are hoping the damned Obummer Care will go away so people like them can get their insurance reinstated and doctor back meaning the Finch’s will stay in the USA instead of flying back and forth.  After the Obummer Care, their insurance was cancelled and to buy the same thing they had was four times the cost plus a super large deductible!

    Our meal at Cucina Entoeca, as always, was excellent!  Brain and Paul shared a super combination of a Hero Sub with Beef Noodles.  The girls did pizza.  We are sad to see them go but they will be back, hopefully by St. Patrick’s Day!

    Cucina Enoteca… An excellent restaurant in Newport

    The flavored hummus are quite interesting!

    Did You Know? Hummus  is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.  Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can be found in most grocery stores in North America.

    Love having the toasted bread with various flavors of hummus

    While at the restaurant, Dr. Gomez called and confirmed his diagnosis of COPD.

    Did You Know? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a type of obstructive lung disease characterized by long-term poor airflow. The main symptoms include shortness of breath and cough with sputum production. COPD typically worsens over time. Eventually walking up stairs or carrying things will be difficult.

    Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are older terms used for different types of COPD. The term “chronic bronchitis” is still used to define a productive cough that is present for at least three months each year for two years.

    Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of COPD, with a number of other factors such as air pollution and genetics playing a smaller role.

    We are going to visit the doctor again and we plan to take Connor with us!  Our grandson is 20 and is still smoking!  Gonna kick his TLB (Tiny Little Butt) unless he stops smoking now!

    We drove down the beach (PCH) going home and the weather was clearing up after this mornings rain.  The clouds were interesting.

    The clouds were amazing on the way home

    We stopped at Patty’s Place to deliver Chuck a bag of tangerines and Grapefruits.  We stayed for about an hour.  Paul had a cough and Chuck mixed up a “cough syrup” which worked quite well.  It was hot, full of lemon’s and mint and some mild alcoloh!

    Leaving Patty’s Place about 7:30

    We headed home and did the treadmill while watching “Last Man Standing”, “Cheers”, and “NCIS Los Angeles”.  We crashed at midnight.

     

  • Doctor & Sushi, Huh?

    Posted on January 10th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We started off the day with rain and that was OK as it was pretty mild.  We got ready to go out and see the new pulmonary doctor, Dr. Gomez.  Really a neat guy!  We came prepared with the complete story of the breathing issues and he was amazed we were so prepared.  It did not take him long to understand a) we were engineers and b) we were a well oiled team!

    NOTE FROM PAUL – I am so happy that we are both so interested in each other so much we go to each other’s doctor and listen, participate, prepare and inquire as to what is said.  Being alone, when you are a little nervous already,  often leaves to missing critical questions, getting off track, not being able to recall what the other one knows…  I am blessed with a wonderful partner in life!

    He suggested a complete breathing test which had a fancy name.  It took an hour and Paul never breathed so many ways in his life.  Suck in, blow out… Stop-Start, slow-fast… He was literally seeing stars at the end of the test.  The results was not seen by the doctor but the technician, a beautiful and talented young lady, gave Paul the “thumbs up” meaning nothing appeared to be serious.  She said the bronchial tubes seemed to be  “blocked”… perhaps inflamed… Whatever that means.  The question is, acute or long term?

    Paul’s lung capacity, even after thirty years of smoking (Grandson Connor, listen to this) he was at 87% of normal for a 72 year old.  However, smoking can have a long term effect on the bronchial tubes leaving the ability to fill and exhale significantly reduced.

    The blue main tubes (main bronchial) in the center of the image are “blocked” meaning not allowing full air flow to the lungs.

    We spent about two hours at the office and then ran home to pick up the CAT scan CD’s from the scanning facility (Total Care).  We will drive them over to the doctor tomorrow morning.

    After returning home, we headed to Kobe Steakhouse for dinner.  Paul did the sushi thing and ordered hot saké (rice wine) for Sue to hold in her hands… Works better than gloves.

    DID YOU KNOW – Sake, also spelled saké in English, is a Japanese rice wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. Unlike wine, in which alcohol (ethanol) is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes, sake is produced by a brewing process more like that of beer, where the starch is converted into sugars before being converted to alcohol.

    The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer in that, for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. Like other rice wines, when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously. Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV, while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).

    Paul was horrible, as usual, and texted these pictures over to Joe, our son, who just loves sushi!

    A rare find – Seven legged octopus?

    The sushi chef, who really likes us, made a little special things called a “wecyou”.  He said it was cream cheese, and shrimp wrapped in butter lettuce.  Looked like we were being watched.   That’s we called it a “We See You”.

    We felt like we were being watched

    Bunnaford dropped by to say hello as she was going to Old Ranch and to text us back and say where she was going would take longer than just dropping by!  That was great as we bought her a good glass of vino and she could only finish half of it…  Guess where the remaining part went?  Yup!  Mixed well with the saké!

    We headed home which is about six winding blocks away and hit the treadmill and watched “Last Man Standing”, “Cheers” and an “NCIS New Orleans” mixed in so we could get our violence fix.  We finally crashed at midnight listening to the pounding rain!  Looks like another wet one tomorrow.

    It was a pretty good day… Blood Panel was perfect, prednisone started, breathing test complete… Just waiting for the results!

  • Visiting The Doctors… Sort Of!

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We are up and at it since Paul  had a 11:15 AM appointment with Dr. Asbill and then off to the dentist for both of us.  The appointment with Dr. Asbill was to verify Paul needed another prescription extension for a heart medicine and it turns out Paul did  not need it… Another pesky pill bites the dust!

    While with Dr. Asbill, we opened up a discussion on the seven month battle with breathing, pneumonia and bronchitis.  He strongly suggested a pulmonary doctor look at all the data.  We followed his suggestion and made arrangements to see Dr. Gomez tomorrow at 2:20 PM.

    Dr. Asbill suggested prednisone immediately followed by a complete blood panel.  His observations was that after listening to Paul’s lungs, he said “Your lungs do not seem happy at all”.

    Dr. Asbill sometimes understates things but he is excellent as he does not jump to conclusions.  He stated “Fighting pneumonia and bronchitis for months without a fever just doesn’t add up!”.  He is very thorough.

    By the time we departed his office, Paul’s coughing was so bad that going to the dentist for a cleaning would have resulted in biting our dentist and we really like Dr. Flemming.  We cancelled out on him and just went home and rested, got the medicine, and stayed home until it was happy hour time.

    To Malarkey’s and beyond!  Irene joined us with Wally and Ghislain.  We will not have Greg for several month’s as he has signed up for an extended AA course called “Big AA”.  Please read about AA in Wikipedia.

    We dined in the bar for a change as the TV’s were turned down pretty low!

    The day was slightly rainy but it had cleared up so the sunset was subdued but interesting.  The many inside lights reflected against the glass giving us an eerie view of the sunset.  We all laughed and giggled and heard about the latest goings on in Paris from Wally and Ghislain’s month long stay in France over the holidays.  The Muslim infestation was pretty bad and people are considering mass deportations.

    The view out the window with the reflections was interesting

    After dinner we headed home and again attacked the treadmill and watched TV until about midnight.  It’s going to be a big day tomorrow with the new doctor and perhaps some answers.

  • Between The Rains!

    Posted on January 8th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Dang… It’s wet and wonderful these days!  Every other day we get rain and it looks and feels so very good! We have been gardening for years and winter time in California is perfect. We have broccoli, lettuce, onions, beets, peas, strawberries, cauliflower, and asparagus in the back yard.

    The front yard is loaded with grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, limes, and apples.  See our mid-January garden.

    Well, it might not be quite that cold!

    We went to our monthly Old Ranch Dinner Dance and had a load of fun.  PAul was still coughing and he didn’t take many pictures.

    We returned home to do the treadmill and watch some TV before crashing.

  • Did We Say Busy Day?

    Posted on January 7th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Lunch at Seasons 52, OC Performing Arts Center, Downtown Disney with Amy and Joe to celebrate Amy’s birthday, and finally to the Garden Grove Elks for dancing.  Yes, we be on the go!

    Seasons 52 was excellent as always!  Paul had the trout which was cooked to perfection!

    Golden Beet Salad at Seasons 52

    The stuff mushrooms we done perfectly.  The stuffing was crab and spinach!

    Escargot was so hot Sue used the plate as a hand warmer

    We headed across the street to the musical “Rent”.  Not for us… It was horrible.  NO story line and the music was classless.  We walked out at the first intermission.  For the life of us, we cannot understand what anyone saw in this  production other than noise.

    We went to Disneyland a little early!

    Brave souls – They went to Small World!

    The kids (Amy and Joe) went alone… Alex and Charlie stayed with Grandma Michele!

    Looked like a scene from “The Birds” at the entrance

    We dined with Amy and Joe at Catal and, as usual, it was excellent! Amy’s birthday is really in another week but we got to celebrate with her early!

    Great fun with family!

    After dinner we went to the Garden Grove Elks to dance to the Grumps of Orange County!  We danced until about 10:00 PM when Paul’s cough began to act up.

    We finished the evening laughing to “Last Man Standing”.

  • Friday… Dance Day

    Posted on January 6th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We decided to go to the Himalayan Grill for lunch and it was terrific.  Love those spices!

    Thukpa finds its origins in the Eastern part of Tibet.

    Afterwords,  we came home and did the treadmill plus watched some TV before going to Old Ranch for a pre-dance cocktail.  We were then off to Garden Grove for an evening with the gang.  Paul’s breathing issue also raised it’s ugly head so we only danced a few before going home about 10:45.

  • Back To “Normal”

    Posted on January 5th, 2017 Paul No comments

    During the day we watched TV and Sue hit the treadmill.  Later on, we cleaned up and went to Old Ranch before going to The Phoenix Club to dance to the Nine Carat Gold  big band.

    Dancing at the Phoenix Club

    We closed the place down departing ay 10:30 for home.  We watched some TV and crashed at 11:35 PM.

  • Bronchitis Go Away

    Posted on January 4th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Damn germs won’t die.  Paul was hacking his head off and we decided to simply take it easy and rest!  The cleaning folks are coming so we had to escape for  few hours.  We had not seen a movie at a theater in a long time, so we went to see “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”. J. K. Rawling’s is a prolific writer!

    We had a glass of vino  at the Japanese restaurant next to the theater prior to the show starting.  We know the bartender fairly well and she said she has been missing us!

    Summary:  The movie was about the adventures of writer Newt Scamander and the New York secret community of witches and wizards.  The movie takes place seventy years before Harry Potter reads the book in school.

    Great movie with lots on entertainment!

    Pretty good movie!  Midway through the movie, the doctor called and put Paul on more antibiotics plus cough medicine with codeine… Perhaps success this time?  After the movie, we dropped by the pharmacy to get the meds and then to home for a few minutes to take the meds!

    Off to Patty’s Place where Paul did a half order of prawn appetizer… Perfect 300 calories!  Sue enjoyed her wine while Paul did orange juice (codeine + driving = no-alcohol).  The prawns were perfectly cooked and the lemons were so very juicy!  Paul was glad he had the chef put the other half of the prawns in a “takeout” box or they would have disappeared!

    Patty’s Place Prawn Appetizer just hit the spot!

    Home away home we departed quite happy!  Sue hit the treadmill while Paul pushed the TV remote and manipulated through the wilds of Netflix.  We watched and laughed to “Last Man Standing”!  It is so funny Sue had to stop the treadmill a couple of times and regain her composure.

    The iPhone vibrated and it was an incoming message… Becca and Lilly had gone to Knott’s and Lilly became “Tiger Lilly”!

    Our own Tiger Lilly

    We crashed with a big smiles on our faces!  Tiger Lilly was the perfect end to a perfect evening!

  • Pasadena Here We Come!

    Posted on January 3rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul started the day with another CT chest scan to try and figure out the bronchitis issue going on!  Paul and the CT Scan Technician are worried that people will talk… We know each other quite well these days!  She says “You again?” and Paul undresses (i.e. takes off his watch and puts away the iPhone). He was done by 8:50 AM and immediately headed for home so the days adventure could begin!

    We are off to Pasadena to see the Rose Parade floats… Our first “journey” of the year.   This year Joanna joined us making it special.  Joanna is employed by the Rose Garden TeaRoom in at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens and has served us for several years.  She is well known by Irene and Greg (both of which stayed home today and did not brave the cold!)

    We departed at 9:00 AM and arrived just before 10:00 AM which was perfect as Joanna joined us within two minutes!  Joanna is a Pasadena local.

    It was indeed a cold Winter morning… In the low 50’s

    The crowds were minimal early on so the walking was pretty easy.  All in all the walking was easy and certainly no dust on the ground as it had rained a couple of days earlier.

    Joanna was hearing things (Click to visit the parade pictures)

    After walking for several hours, we went to Old Town Pasadena and dined at Cafe Santorini which always is a wonderful experience.  The Greek dining experience was outstanding.

    Great fun and time to visit! (Click the picture and visit us)

    After a delightful meal and a super visit with Joanna, we went home and on the way decided to stop at Patty’s Place.  We visited the locals, exchanged serious words with Chuck, and then home for the evening.

    Sue did the treadmill and we watched reruns  of Cheers and Last Man Standing on TV.  Netflix is such an outstanding deal…  No  commercials and bing watching is so very easy!

  • Zip Nada

    Posted on January 1st, 2017 Paul No comments

    The grunge has got us (we both are coughing now) so we stayed inside and did nothing except watch some TV.  At 5:00 PM we went to Old Ranch for Happy Hour and stayed to visit with our friends the MIzer’s. Time to rest and try to get rid of the bronchitus!

    Even though it was an uneventful day, we had a lot to celebrate!  The fourth stooge will soon be gone!  We are often amazed at how such a complete looser could be voted into office.  Even though we did NOT vote for him, we had high hopes he would be OK but his constant lying, socialist leanings, and complete inability was simply horrible.

    The fourth stooge is leaving… YES!

    We returned to Netflix reruns which get our minds off the daily treadmill of life!

  • Finally… 2016 Bites The Dust!

    Posted on December 31st, 2016 Paul No comments

    2017 looks so very good for our battered country… Finally an adult in the leadership role! Even though Paul was “sick” with the bronchitis, we went out to celebrate 2017!

    Only a few more days with the children in charge… Something to be happy about!

    Go Trump

    We rested most of the day and then headed to Santa Ana Elks Lodge to spend a couple of hours celebrating with the gang.  Paul had a hard time breathing so we did not last to midnight at the Elks.   10:30 PM was about it for this New Years!

    The dance band was Nine Carat Gold…. Simply wonderful! Join the fun!

    New Years Eve 2017 at the Santa Ana Elks (Click the picture to join in on the fun)

    We had a wonderful dinner before departing at 10:30 PM.

    The lobster was so juicy you could tear off chunks and eat it with your hands.  It was the best lobster Paul had ever had… ever!  The steak was so tender that a knife was not necessary and we are talking and inch-and-a-half think bacon wrapped delight!

    We managed a smile at New Years Eve 2017 at the Santa Ana Elks (Click the picture  and join us)

    The gang sent us a photo at midnight and we got it as we watched the “rerun” of the ball dropping in New York.  We missed being there but it was better to be resting at home.

    Thoughtful friends wished us Happy New Year in a photo at midnight (Click the picture and join us)

    Everyone had a load of fun including the band who thought dinner was the best they had at any venue in recent history!

    We crashed about 12:30 PM and got ready for another recovery day!

  • Why Us? Paul Catches The Crud!

    Posted on December 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul was not feeling 100% during our quick trip north but after getting home the breathing became more labored… He decided to go to the doctor!  Looks like bronchitis again!

    More pills and rest.  We had to cancel out our traditional trip to the Mission Inn with the Dudas which was very disappointing. Now we are going to miss a dear friends birthday party this evening.

    Think Healthy

    We planned on staying inside and quiet so we can perhaps go to New Years Event at the Elks!  While Paul was not 100%, it was mostly the bronchitis and a cold combined.   We watched the boob tube and rested!

    Being old is not for the faint of heart!  Paul is fortunate to have his best friend by his side making sure he was headed down the road to recovery!

  • Today Was Cleanup Day!

    Posted on December 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Our 1,000 mile trip to the great north was completed and the Porter’s and Hale’s were visited!  Today, we spent the day cleaning up from Christmas.  We wrote our thank-you notes, put away the Christmas clothes and Santa hats, and went to the market to stock up for the weekend.

    In the late afternoon we went to Old Ranch for Happy hour and then we went to Kobe Steakhouse for some sushi and time to rest!

    Of course Paul texted Joe with pictures of the sushi and Joe sent back pictures of their desert campsite.  When Joe was a little guy, we would head to the desert every time we could.

    Brings back memories!

    We know who the smart family member of this family is…  Amy was back at camp in the cozy warm trailer curled up next to the fireplace with a good book.

    Joe, Alex, and Charlie hit the road

    They look pretty good in their desert garb!  Joe (left), Alex (center) and Charlie (right).  They are excellent riders with the flags flying.  By the way, the flags are so other riders can see them as they move through the hilly terrain.

    Everyone had a super time staying for several days enjoying the cool desert and great riding.  No dust on this trip!

    Paul had a little more sushi and some sake before going home and settling in for the evening.

  • Returning The Next Day Via Stockton

    Posted on December 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We departed Diane’s at about 10:00 am and after a few miles on the freeway, the iPhone rings!  Oh dear… Paul left the cosmetic bag at Diane’s so we did a one-eighty and headed back!  That was OK as Tom had a doctors appointment near lunch time.

    We visited Aunt Kaye and Cousin Tom in Stockton.  We met them at Strings Italian Restaurant in Lodi and had a great lunch! See the pictures.

    Retracing our steps… Kind of! (Click to see pictures)

    The trip home was uneventful although there was a fair amount of traffic.  It got as low as 37 degrees on the Grapevine but without rain we had no snow.  It was late at night as we came into the LA area so if there was snow on the ground, we missed it.

    We meandered across the city via side streets in Pasadena (courtesy of Paul talking and not paying attention to GPS).  We got home around 10:30 PM and after a drink, we crashed for the evening.

    Almost 1,000 mils in 38 hours plus visiting… We ere both too pooped to pop!

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