Posted on April 24th, 2015 No comments
We played golf after a rain storm which passed us about 9:00 am. We played anyway and did not see a drop all day!
On the 10th hole we saw a bunch of baby ducks with their Mommy and Daddy.
On 17, Charlotte fed the “lone duck”. No Mommy or Daddy around!
We did some Happy Hour with Charlotte, James, and Cathy “Burns”.
Off to the Elks in Garden Grove dancing to Silk! We celebrated Ed and Kathy’s 45th Anniversary a day early…
A beautiful cake was served…
Our dear friends…. Just delightful people!
We headed for home at 10:45 and crashed… tomorrow is a big day!
Posted on April 23rd, 2015 No comments
Paul took a walk before leaving for the doctors office. The broken thumb just doesn’t like the treadmill! He did 40 minutes at 3.7 mph. Enough to get the heart moving! The neighborhood is in bloom and Mother Nature is making everything beautiful.
Paul worked in the garden for a while this morning before we headed to Sue’s annual cancer checkup. as expected, cancer free for 18 years! Like is good! We went home and ate from the garden and did some additional gardening. The green beans are going wild. They have climbed to the top of their six foot cages and are still reaching skyward! The raised beds sure make things easier.
We did the treadmill and watched a movie on TV before going to the Phoenix Club to dance until 10:30.
We crashed after getting home as this weekend is going to be a blur!
Posted on April 22nd, 2015 No comments
In the morning we did some vegetable gardening which this time of year means keeping the tomatoes inside their little cages!
We played golf even though it was cool. OK, in California 66 is cool!
We did happy hour for about two hours before going to Patty’s Place and meeting up with Geoff and his lady! We had a drink with them and provided them a gift certificate for dinner! We had a great time.
We got home about 8:00 and then headed to the treadmill and watched a movie.
Posted on April 21st, 2015 No comments
We played golf with James and then headed to Happy Hour. We called Zachary and Becca and they brought Lilly to the dinner. We had a good chance to talk to them as no one else was around. We then headed for home and gthe treadmill!
Posted on April 20th, 2015 No comments
We began the day with working in the garden while Sue did some cooking. The string beans (bush and pole) have to be checked every morning becuase the beans grow so very fast that if you miss one, they get “strings”.
We went to the market and did some shopping before getting dressed to go to the chiropractor.
After the chiropractor we headed to Malarkeys to meet up with Irene and Greg and we shared some drinks before going home.
After we arrived at home Connor joined us for dinner at Preveza. We got the latest job report and family updates.
Posted on April 19th, 2015 No comments
We did chores around the house for a while before cleaning up and going to a “Celebration Of Life” for our friend Jim Mongell! There were 200 people at the celebration held at the Phoenix Club. He had a good run and we will certainly miss him! On many occasions during the event I looked to the corner where Jim always hung out to visit him.
His daughter talked and mentioned thatshe and her dad went to make the final arrangements as Jim was sure his time was short. They knocked on the door and she expected “Lurch” to answer. Jim says to the gentlemen “Bet this is the first time you had a walk-in customer?” That was indeed Jim! The entire audience cracked up… We knew Jim well!
We headed for the Elks about 5:45 to meet up with friends for an evening of dancing and visiting.
Posted on April 18th, 2015 No comments
We went to Seasons 52 for lunch followed by a visit to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Guys and Dolls”. Great show! Standing ovation!
We then went to Laguna to have a drink before going to the Laguna Canyon Winery for a wine blending activity. Join the fun!
We got home around 11:00 and simply crashed! Big day also tomorrow…
Posted on April 17th, 2015 No comments
We went to ORCC for breakfast and on the way we dropped off some squash blossoms at Terri’s house. About two hours later we got a text with the picture below attached! She stuffed them with cheeses, jalapeno’s, siracha, and chicken! We are still hungry!
We played golf with James and Charlotte.
OK… Maybe no “vicious”…
We did some Happy Hour before going to Toppers to dance the night away…Join the fun!
Posted on April 16th, 2015 No comments
We did some work around the house including starting the vegetable garden fertilization process before going to the chiropractor at 10:00. Upon returning, Sue made lunch while Paul continued the gardening work. Fertilizing 34 tomatoes plus all the peppers, onions, beans, carrots, beets and squash is a job.
In order to fertilize the plants you have to go to the bottom of the plant and put in 3-4 tablespoons of fertilized about 4 inches from the stem and work it into the dirt then water deeply. It took about four hours to do our back yard.
You can see the 8-10 diameter ring around the tomato. Paul had to to this about 80 times and then work the fertilizer into the ground very carefully without hurting the roots. Loads of work but it will pay off in a few days!
After working all day we headed to Patty’s for a drink before going to the Phoenix Club. Patty’s is in Seal Beach and a great place to dine. Paul did the New Zealand Lamb Chops!
At 6:30 we headed East to the Phoenix Club for an evening with the Zaitz, Adamsons, and Roberts. Marianne and Craig also joined us!
By the time we got home we just crashed!
Posted on April 15th, 2015 No comments
We check our email and sometimes Facebook and who was there this morning? Lilly was playing with her Easter toys! Great way to wake up!
She is not yet sure what Easter is but she does seem to like it a lot!
Paul went for a quick morning walk since today is golf lesson day and we have to heave at 9:00 am! About 40 minutes at 4 MPH was just fine to get the old heart started. Paul did not take a load of pictures but just had to get a few shots in. Our neighbors have beautiful plants in their yards.
We he got back, we had to take a picture of “The Lone Flower”… The only non-edible thing in your front or back yard.
We headed to El Dorado to get our golf lesson in before going to ORCC for lunch with James and Robin! We then headed for the course and played eighteen. On 15 we ran into Mr. & Mrs. Duck who were showing off their three little ones. The babies came right up to us and quacked “Hello”. The guys ahead of us gave them crackers so we stomped them into the groud and gave the family some of our special blended vitamen fortified duck food we get form the local pet store. Only the best for the babies!
The springtime flowers were in full swing on the course some of which are quite stunning against the green backdrops
We then did some Happy Hour before going home and hitting the treadmill!
Posted on April 14th, 2015 No comments
Easy day… Golf with James and Bullwinkle and then we headed home. We did some Happy Hour with James and after he went home Charlotte and the Mizer’s joined us at the pit. Great fun with friends!
Finally Paul got the new tomato cages from Texas (called Texas Tomato Cages) and put them in place before it got dark! Our tomatoes were growing without cages and they tend to go wild! Saved the tomatoes!
Posted on April 13th, 2015 No comments
Paul did some picking from the garden adding new green beans and squash to the kitchen. Sue spent the entire morning cooking up a storm! While it might seem odd to have all these veggies for breakfast/brunch we cannot tell you how delicious they were when they are so very fresh!
In the afternoon Paul had a dentists appointment at 1:30 and it went so well that we had an hour before the chiropractor so we stopped at Mario’s Mexican Restaurant in Huntington Beach for a couple of drinks before going to the chiropractor at 3:30.
We headed out for Malarkey’s in Long Beach to meet up with Greg and Irene! We shared a flatbread and emptied the place of their margaritas!
We then headed home for the treadmill and some TV.
Posted on April 12th, 2015 No comments
We went to Royal Khyber for lunch and it was great! Paul found a new appetizer that might become a favorite. We then went across the street to South Coast Reperatory Theater for an afternoon of laughs and tears! Long story.
It was “Of Good Stock” Of Good Stock directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch. Legendary novelist Mick Stockton left his three daughters a house in Cape Cod, control over his books, and a whole lot of issues. Years later, the men in their lives struggle to be part of this elusive family’s legacy. It’s not always easy keeping up with the whip smart and very funny Stockton Sisters, especially during a weekend filled with dramatic confrontations and surprising confessions. But good scotch helps. And, in the end, what matters most is family in this new play by the writer whose work Time Out New York called “zesty, muscular and quick-witted.”
Then off to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance.
Posted on April 11th, 2015 No comments
We began with a trip to Temecula to go wine blending with Bob and Donna! Join the fun!
We headed for home from Temecula at 4:00 dropping Bob and Donna off before changing into formal wear and going to Redondo Beach for the Nightlighters Dance Club dinner dance. Join the fun!
Posted on April 9th, 2015 No comments
We visited the garden and went picking. This morning was squash and green beans plus some radishes. We went to the chiropractor around 10:00 and then headed back to the house to do chores and treadmill!
Paul worked with all of the tomatoes as they are growing so fast they attempt to leave their cages! We put the little varmints back in jail! The onions are coming along quite well. We pulled the remaining back-yard radishes and put in more carrots.
The onion plant has a fan of hollow, bluish-green leaves and the bulb at the base of the plant begins to swell when a certain day-length is reached. In the autumn the foliage dies down and the outer layers of the bulb become dry and brittle. The crop is harvested and dried and the onions are ready for use or storage.
We watched an old Goldie Hawn movie and Sue made Deviled Eggs for a snack before we headed to the Phoenix Club to dance the evening away.
Posted on April 8th, 2015 No comments
Paul started the day with “the morning walk”. Having the camera in hand as he walked seems to work… Rossmoor has many beautiful amazingly landscaped homes! Mother Nature is simply fantastic!
We had lunch with James and Bullwinkle at 11:15 at Old Ranch. Charlotte joined us for lunch and then played nine holes with us. Bullwinkle dropped out and met with his pool man to make sure the pumps were OK.
We did Happy Hour with James and later on Charlotte re-joined us for some additional Happy Hour! We were joined by John and Jim (a new member).
We went home and Sue did the treadmill while we watched “Runaway Bride” and “Identity Game”.
Posted on April 7th, 2015 No comments
We began the day with some work in the garden and got it prepared for the expected rain! We were supposed to have 1/2 inch by noon and ended up with 0.2 inches at 9:00 pm! Oh well… It’s LA!
Paul went for a 3.5 mile walk and then we headed to Old Ranch to have a round of golf with Angie and James. Rocky and Bullwinkle were behind us.
We got to see the first baby duck of the 2015 Old Ranch season! The baby was cute and not afraid of us at all. Sue walked right up and fed the little guy! Mommy and daddy duck knew Grandma Sue from many feedings.
We got a text from Marianne and Craig who were visiting Lake Tahoe! They were in the middle of a big snowstorm!
The weather was interesting as it started out with sunshine and ended up cold and threatening! We had Happy Hour with the Walkers and Angie. After Angie departed at 5:20, we moved inside with the Walkers and enjoyed the soup and salad special! We went home and watched a movie (The American President) and Sue did the treadmill. About 9:00 the rain came in and gave us 0.2 inches at best!
We got a text from James (in Seal Beach) reporting a lot of rain! Looks like a cloud burst!
We watched NCIS and then crashed as we have golf tomorrow.
Posted on April 6th, 2015 No comments
We did the doctor thing today. We both went to the eye doctor and while Sue got a new prescription Paul was declared to have excellent eyes! We then went to the chiropractor and did some other errands before going home and getting ready for Malarkey’s. Irene joined us as Greg was in Laughlin today.
We headed for home at watched some TV before going to bed!
Posted on April 5th, 2015 No comments
We did some chores around the house before getting ready to go to Disneyland. We stopped by Old Ranch and delivered some birthday cards and then off to Disneyland. We stayed about two hours before going to Catal to meet up with the Finch’s, Zaitz, and Duda’s! Great fun with family and friends!
Posted on April 4th, 2015 No comments
We began the day in the garden and then headed to the Himalayan Grill Sunset Beach for brunch with family and friends. We had the Adams, Duda’s Mitch, Luisa, and Lihana plus Greg! Quite a time! Join the fun!
After lunch we headed to our home to join up with Becca, Zack, and Lilly to do eggs! We missed Connor but he had some other work he had to get done. Join the fun!
When everyone headed for home, we cleaned up and then headed to Garden Grove Elks to dance for a few hours returning home about 11:00!
Posted on April 3rd, 2015 No comments
We had breakfast with Del and Vicky plus James at Old Ranch! It was a super day on the course with the weather being just right!
We did some happy hour before going home and heading to Garden Grove Elks for dinner and dancing!
We danced with the gang to a new band called “Daze Of Blues” and they were pretty good! Leon spoted the name Liles on the wall and it was a lady from 1985-86 who headed the Emblem Club.
We finally departed and headed home thinking we might get up at 3:30 to watch the moon but alas, our lights went out! Big day tomorrow!
Posted on April 2nd, 2015 No comments
We worked in the garden for a while before going to the chiropractor. Upon our return, Sue hit the kitchen and Paul hit the yard. The onions were pulled so Paul can sautee them. We picked squash blossoms and Sue went to work!
Sue took the squash blossoms and made stuffed squash blossoms! See them in process.
Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched the movie with her. We then headed for the Phoenix Club for a great evening of dancing with friends
Now it’s time to go home and crash for the day!
Posted on April 1st, 2015 No comments
April Fools’ Day (sometimes called April Fool’s Day or All Fools’ Day) is celebrated every year on the first day of April as a day when people play practical jokes and hoaxes on each other. The jokes and their victims are known as “April fools”. Hoax stories may be reported by the press and other media on this day and explained on subsequent days. Popular since the 19th century, the day is not a national holiday in any country, but it is well known in Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil and the United States.
The earliest recorded association between 1 April and foolishness can be found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1392). Some writers suggest that the restoration of 1 January as New Year’s Day in the 16th century was responsible for the creation of the holiday, but this theory does not explain earlier references.
It’s a golf day but before the game, Paul took a short stroll through the garden. The siatic nerve kept him from walking today and limited golf to nine holes.
Take a walk in our garden so you get an idea of how easy it is to pick the weeds. The raised beds and new soil really worked! Join us!
We did some Happy Hour before going home and getting ready for the Starlighters Board meeting. The meeting went well and we went to the Newport Harbor Elks for a drink after the meeting then to home to watch a little TV before crashing for the night!
Posted on April 1st, 2015 No comments
Before going for a walk, Paul worked in the garden for about 30 minutes doing the morning weeding and watering plus putting up the blueberry shield (plastic netting so the neighborhood birds won’t eat the blueberries).
Paul headed out the door at 9:00 and made the 3.5 mile journey in just under one hour. The sun was playing hide and seek in the clouds so no great outdoor pictures today! After returning home, we picked some strawberries and squash plus additional radishes! Nothing better than goodies right out of the garden.
We then headed to Old Ranch to do eighteen with James. It was a reasonably good day! We made all eighteen holes and played in 3:30!
We did a short Happy Hour and then went to the chiropractor in Huntington Beach. The visit was quick so we decided to return back to Old Ranch and continue on from whence we left. By the time we got back we had both James and Linda, Bullwinkle and Rockey, Bunnaford, and James Eaton surrounding “the pit”.
Linda told us about her “driving adventures” starting with being stopped for going 105 mph in her Prius at 5:00 in the morning on the 105 Freeway (we where happy that she was not on the 605!). The officer asked her why she was going so fast and when she replied she was a couty employee and wanted to get to work early, the officer ticketed her for 70 mph and asked her not to drive when the officer was on duty!
Then there was the highway patrol incident where she was tagged by a remote vehicle for going 90 mph but Linda wrote the judge telling him that another car EXACTLY like hers was ahead of her so the officer must have tagged the other car…. It worked… Another ticket for 70 mph!
We giggled until it hurt! We continued Happy Hour until 7:15 at which time we headed home for the treadmill and movies!
Posted on March 30th, 2015 No comments
We went to Disneyland today to celebrate our wedding anniversary (which was on the 24th but we were in Catalina) and retirement anniversary (eight years) with Robin, Bob, and Nick.
We did several rides and ended up ay the Cathay Circle Restaurant for a drink before talking to the turtles… Yes…We talked to the turtles.
We ended up the day at Catal where we met up with Greg. Paul enjoyed peppers, octopus, and sea bass but decided to hide the scale for a few days!
Returning home, we watched NCIS and then crashed!
Posted on March 29th, 2015 No comments
Paul took a walk and took a bunch of pictures. The walk was 6,917 steps for a distance of 3.068 miles and it took 01:08:27… Felt good! Join the walk!
We had lunch with Connor and Marissa at Cucina in Newport Beach before going to Roger’s Gardens to look at new trees. The kids got pizza’s while Paul tried the Kale Caesar salad, roasted cauliflower, octopus, squash blossoms, and dabbled in the mason jar delights!
We found nothing of interest at Roger’s so we went home passing by the market on our way. We got a text from James and we zipped off to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour(s) before going home to the treadmill!
In addition we had the Greg, the Cathey’s and the Ward’s with Kim plus Charlotte joined us after nine homes! Then, off to the movie machine and the treadmill!
Posted on March 28th, 2015 No comments
Paul began the day with an hour walk around the neighborhood taking a few snapshots of springtime. Sue had some chores to do.
Springtime was in evidence everywhere. The trees and flowers we beautiful! Mother nature knows her colors!
Breakfast was ready when Paul returned. Sue had been busy creating in the kitchen. Paul picked some radishes earlier and had no idea what to do wit them. Sue made a “radish salad”… It was fantastic! So much so that Paul got some more seeds and planted them that afternoon.
We went to Sue’s hair dresser at 11:00.
We went to H&H Nursery and got fig trees and some more veggies. We got green beans, some herbs, beet and radish seeds and other goodies. Sue did the treadmill while Paul labored in the front forty after planting the figs!
We got cleaned up and met up with the Branders for a great evening with the Bee Gee’s at Cerritos… Toe tappin’ music!
On the was out of the theater Sue said Paul’s favorite words… “Let’s get a drink!”. We headed for Patty’s Place in Seal Beach and did a martini or two before going home. Chuck was tending bar so we felt quite welcome!
We sent out a couple of texts with the following picture… Just so family and friends knew we were not thirsty!
We headed for home about 11:30 and crashed… Busy day tomorrow!
Posted on March 27th, 2015 No comments
Sue went picking before we headed to play golf. With the new garden design, she can pick most everything herself
We played eighteen with Charlotte. James was still feeling under the weather… We did a great Happy Hour before going home and heading for the Garden Grove Elks. We had many people joining us to say “Hi!” to Brian and Jan!.
Posted on March 26th, 2015 No comments
We did a doctors visit before returning home to work in the garden for a while. We got cleaned up and headed to PF Changes for dinner and then a walk to the Aquarium’s first Prom Night. Join the fun!
Posted on March 25th, 2015 No comments
We played with Charlotte today as James was out sick! Charlotte had a great day shooting a perfect 72!
After a short happy hour, we went home and changed and headed to South Coast Rep! We saw Toyko Fish Story: Koji is a Sushi Master with an undying love for his art. But his restaurant is declining while the new place down the street keeps packing them in. Takashi represents the younger generation—a brilliant protégé, but too respectful to display his talent, despite the urgings of Nobu, his hip-hop assistant,and punked out Ama, who’s trying to make her way in a man’s world. Generations, gender and tradition collide in this quiet play with a big heart, a touch of poetry, a hint of mystery—and just the right amount of enticing comedy. Plus, a sushi-making ritual that will amaze.
It was 69 degrees when we departed and the moon was greeting us!
We watched a little TV before crashing!
Posted on March 24th, 2015 No comments
We decided to go to Catalina to celebrate our anniversary as well as get ready for the Avalon Ball. Jan and Brian joined us making a full day of fun! We dined at The Bluewater Grille where Brian had his first gumbo and artichoke! We finalized the hotel reservations but could not do the Bluewater Grille as no management was on duty.
We took a four hour back-country tour and saw Two-Harbors and several other sights. We even saw a buffalo! Great fun! Off we go!
Posted on March 23rd, 2015 No comments
We began at Huntington Gardens with dear friends the Finch’s. They returned from the UK and are finally ready to go out. The time change is tough! Join the fun!
Posted on March 22nd, 2015 No comments
We worked around the house. Sue did the treadmill while Paul hit the front yard. Keeping up with the vegetables is a full time job! We got cleaned up mid-afternoon and headed for Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Count Basie Orchestra. The Count Basie Orchestra, “more than any other, was the epitome of swing, of jazz that moved with a built-in flowing intensity,” raves The New York Times. The Grammy-winning band’s hits include April in Paris, One O’Clock Jump, and Shiny Stockings. Discovered by Count Basie, Jazz powerhouse Carmen Bradford has been cited by the Los Angeles Times for her “control of mood and dynamics.” Her albums include Finally Yours, With Respect, and Home With You. Comedian Robert Lee hosts the show. We asked Marianne and Craig to be our guests and we met up with the Gunnersons.
We all ended up at Old Ranch meeting up with Linda (James was under the weather). We had a great time and then went home to complete the treadmill and watch a movie.
Posted on March 21st, 2015 No comments
We had a conflict this evening. We decided to give our tickets to “Catch A Wave” at Cerritos to James and Linda as it included a pre musical reception, silent auction and other goodies. We decided to go to Starlighters and dance. About 11:00 we got a text from James saying “It just cost us $227 to go to the free concert. They “won” two nights to Miracle Springs Resort& Spa in the desert”. We laughed all the way home.
Starlighters was at the Yorba Linda Country Club with MPG at the helm. The formal evening was super! Join the activities!
We stayed until 11:00 and then headed home! What a great evening!
Posted on March 20th, 2015 No comments
We had breakfast at Old Ranch with James and Little Lisa. We played fourteen holes as the games was slow! We walked in from fifteen. During the walk in, Paul called Jan to check up on her and found out that Jim had passed at 11:30 peacefully at home.
We did a short Happy Hour before going home to get ready for Topper’s. Since we are on the Board of Directors we had to be at the Petroleum Club by 5:30 so we were hustling!
Toppers, as usual, was great! Jim Gilman had the room moving! Join the fun!
We departed at 10:30 and crashed as the weekend was pretty full of activities.
Posted on March 19th, 2015 No comments
We went to visit Dr. Olson, doctor of Chiropractic in Huntington Beach! We took the beach home as it was a delightful day! We worked in the yard before getting cleaned up to go to the Phoenix Club! It was an odd evening as Jim Mongell was not there but Jan was. It just didn’t seem right
Posted on March 18th, 2015 No comments
We played golf with James and did a very short happy hour as we had to be at Seasons 52 at 5:30 to have dinner and meet up with the Kuhn’s and Roberts. Great dinner of course!
We went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Nice Work If You Can Get It’.
Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” Featuring a cast of larger-than-life ensemble characters, NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!
Posted on March 17th, 2015 No comments
What a day! We played golf with James and then did some Happy Hour before heading to Malarkeys for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration! We met up with Carri, Nancy and Greg for bagpipes, clogging, and sharing of the drink! Join the fun!
After Malarkeys, we headed to Patty’s Place for a few drinks and meet up with some of the locals! Great fun!
Posted on March 16th, 2015 No comments
We worked all day… Sue in the kitchen making a fantastic meal and Paul in the yard planting and digging. Greg joined us for dinner!
The raised garden beds seem to do what we wanted. Plenty of room and easy to work on!
The tomato cages are up and ready to support all the fruit.
The entire east wall has tomatoes, approximately 17 different kinds. Most of them are Sue’s collection of interesting cherry tomatoes including white ones, blue ones, tiny ones and a repunzel tomato.
Bush beans, also called snap beans because they “snap” when ripe, are by far the most popular homegrown beans.
They’re easy to plant, they don’t need any time consuming staking, trellising, or poling because they grow on compact, sturdy plants, they grow well even in poor soil, and have ready-to-eat pods in only seven or eight weeks.
They used to be called “string” beans because of the fibrous string that ran the length of the pods, but now with improved varieties, they are really “stringless ” beans!
The reason most gardeners prefer growing bush beans to pole beans is because although they take up more space, they require less work planting, staking, weeding and watering, and bush beans produce most of their crop all at once.
This makes harvesting very fast and convenient because by getting all your beans at once it’s helpful for freezing or canning. Also, by staggering planting times by a few weeks you can have continuous bean production all summer long.
So, because green beans are the fourth most popular summer vegetable grown by home gardeners (tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers beating them out).
We cleaned up and got ready for Greg to join us for dinner.
Posted on March 15th, 2015 No comments
After ten hours in the heat yesterday, we kinda took the day off. Sue did the treadmill and we both watched an Adam Sandler movie called the Cobbler.
Summary: Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.
We then went to Cerritos again to see the Magic Show. In an all-new version of the longest-running magic production in the country, It’s Magic! brings to the stage the biggest stars in magic and variety. The 59th annual edition features the award-winning duo Mark Kalin and Jinger, world champion comedian-juggler Dan Raspyni, award-winning magician Danny Cole, illusionist David Zirbel, comedy magician Matt Marcy, and the lady magician Mystina.
We have to admit that we stayed for the first half as we wanted to dance this evening at the Santa Ana Elks so we headed south to be there by 5:00. The magic show was fun and we have our seats to a nice younf couple who were sitting in the nose-bleed area….. We were in the third row!
Dancing, as usual, was great…. Mike and Sandy joined us along with the normal cast of characters!
Posted on March 14th, 2015 No comments
Another day of planting and working in the garden! Sue did the treadmill and Paul planted another mess of veggies! The garden is starting to look full! 33 kids of tomatoes so far this year and we have not done the front yard yet!
We cleaned up and headed for the Arte Cafe in Cerritos. It’s a well hidden but delightful place to go! It’s great when the wait staff know you and has your wine ready as you arrive!!
It’s The Best of Doo-Wop Vol. II when the genre’s icons unite. Jam with Jay Siegel’s Tokens (Tonight I Fell in Love and The Lion Sleeps Tonight); Eugene Pit, original singer of The Jive 5 (My True Story); and Cleveland Still & The Dubs (Could This Be Magic, Don’t Ask Me to Be Lonely, and Chapel of Dreams). Also featured in the evening’s lineup are Lenny Dell’s Dimensions (Over the Rainbow and My Foolish Heart) and The Mystics (Hushabye and Don’t Take the Stars).
We didn’t get home until 11:00 so we just crashed… Sunday is also fun filled!
Posted on March 13th, 2015 No comments
We played with Angie, James, and Charlotte having a great time.We a bit of Happy Hour but had to get gussied up to go out to a formal dance with the Rondeliers! Join the fun!
We danced the whole evening and really enjoyed the company!
Posted on March 12th, 2015 No comments
We decided to go to the Bowers Museum and see the China Exhibit before it closes. It was a neat exhibit involving a group/society of Chinese that appears to be isolated from the rest of the country circa 1000 BC
We love eating at Tangata where the selections are interesting and the quality and service is outstanding.
The Santa Ana winds were in full gear and the temperature was in the 80’s.
We made a stop at Rogers Gardens to pick up some vegetables to plant but there were kind of sparse. We then headed to Bristol Farms which was an outstanding selection of Saint Patrick’s Day goodies. Corned beef and cabbage were we come!
On the way home we stopped at Cucina and had a drink or two. Sue enjoyed their Chardonnay while Paul got schooled in “infustion” We tried their margarita with jalapeno infused vodka…. Spicy!
Ater some planting we headed to the Phoenix Club and danced until 10:30.
We hit the sack early as tomorrow is another big day!
Posted on March 11th, 2015 No comments
We did our golf class with Tim at 10:00 and then to Old Ranch for lunch with James and Robin!
We played eighteen with James today and then did some Happy Hour before going home.
We got home at seven after visiting with others. We watched a movie and then crashed
Posted on March 10th, 2015 No comments
We played nine holes of golf with James and then did some Happy Hour before doing our chores… To the market! After returning home and freshening up, we went to A’roma Ristorante for dinner with the Cathey’s, Walkers, Angie and Bunnaford.
Posted on March 9th, 2015 No comments
We visited two of our doctors but in between visits we had lunch with Robin at the Yucatan Grill in Seal Beach. Great news from the heart doctor… All is better than well! Yeah!
We then headed for the pain management doctor but to no avail. We stopped by the Newport Harbor Elks for a drink or two before going to Happy Hour.
We ended up in Long Beach at Malarkey’s and had a great visit with Greg, Irene and Nancy! We yucked it up for an hour or so! It’s so much fun to be with friends!
Posted on March 8th, 2015 No comments
We messed around the house in the morning before heading to Cerritos to see “The Rat Pack”. Jon was old enought to know the guys and many of their songs. We went with the Roberts and Branders. Immediately after the show, we went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner-dance. Jon had a BIG meal as he had to catch the limo at 7:00 to head for home (i.e. New Hampshire). We missed him 30 seconds after he was gone!
Posted on March 7th, 2015 No comments
We went to breakfast with the Kuhn’s and Jon at Patty’s Place in Seal Beach. Great start to a great day!
We then headed to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see The Buddy Holly Story! FANTASTIC!!
A sensation worldwide, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is a Rock ‘n’ Roll musical about Buddy Holly and his short-yet-spectacular career. The program features Holly’s classic hits such as Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Not Fade Away, and Oh Boy. The performance also includes La Bamba by Ritchie Valens and Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper, both of whom died with Holly in a 1959 plane crash, a tragedy known as “The Day the Music Died.”
We then went to a birthday party in Yorba Linda and danced until we were silly! Happy Birthday Shirley!
We got home about 11:00 and crashed. Jon came home around three.
Posted on March 5th, 2015 No comments
We headed for Disneyland at 9:00 am. First stop was The Rainforest Cafe! Good groceries and good fun!
Disneyland was “empty”. We walked on every ride we wanted to see. The weather was perfect. We did the Jungle Cruise Ride, Indiana Jones, Pirates, River Boat Cruise, Thunder Mountain, Submarines, and Star Tours with very little “waiting”.
At 3:15 we decided it was time to have a drink and rest up a bit! destination you ask? Catal! we got to meet the new GM, Jason.
It is after 3:00 so Jon did a margarita, Paul did a gin martini, and Sue… Chardonnay!
We departed Disneyland at 4:00 and headed to Whitter for a family get together! We had Connor and Marrisa, Joe and Amy with Alex and Charlie, Robin and Bib with Nick, Jon, Little Lisa, Zack and Becca with Lilly, and us. We celebrated Connor’s birthday while we were at it. We had a lot of people and a long table so we missed visiting with the other end but enjoyed Amy and Robin and Little Lisa with Zack and Becca! Please join the fun!
The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.
After dinner we headed to the Phoenix Club. We danced until about 10:00 before heading for home. Jon had a beer and we did our usual, wine! Jon got to meet our friends…. Bob and Donna, Nancy, Mike and several others.
We got home and watched a little TV before crashing for the evening…. It’s “Tomatomania” tomorrow!
Posted on March 4th, 2015 No comments
We played eighteen with James and Jon! We did pretty well considering! The weather was great! After golf we did some happy hour and then had dinner from the bar menu!
We headed for home and do the tradmill and watch some old movies! Disneyland tomorrow!
Posted on March 3rd, 2015 No comments
Jon and Connor joined us for a day in Temecula. We arrived at Falknew and had lunch at Pinnacle of course.
Jon and Grandma Sue went wine tasting while Connor and Paul strolled the grounds! We then dropped the boys off to visit with their great-grandmother who lives in the area (Paul’s ex-mother-in-law). We believe it is important for the family to see each other and especially see the elders.
We went to Thornton Winery to pick up some champagne. After a while we got a text to “come and get us”. They had a good visit. We then headed to Irvine to drop off Connor.
On our way home, we decided to stop in at Old Ranch and feed Jon again! The weekly buffet was in operation so Jon and Grandpa Paul tried some salad and several sliders! Jon had a couple of beers and was ready to hit the sack! He was off to bed by 9:00 pm!
Finally we arrive at home and fpund a good movie so Grandma Sue could hit the treadmill. We finally crashed about 12:30.
Posted on March 2nd, 2015 No comments
We had a full day! We worked around the house for a while before going to the doctors in the rain! We then had saganaki at Preveza… our favorite local restaurant.
The rain cleared out and the back yard looked pretty good!
We dropped by home and then headed to Huntington Beach to see our dentist! Wow, Huntington Beach got several inches of “snow”… actually, very small hail!
We went to Malarkeys with Jon, Lisa, Greg, and Irene.
Finally we headed for home and crashed.
Posted on March 1st, 2015 No comments
We worked around the house. Paul put in another 100 Quarts of perlite in the side yard. We then got cleaned up and headed for the Garden Grove Elks for the wine tasting party. Join the fun!
After the tasting was over, we decided to go out to eat and we selected il garage in Stanton.
Posted on March 1st, 2015 No comments
Paul hit the garden early today walking around and inspecting all the plants! The raised garden is such a great idea!.
Posted on February 28th, 2015 1 comment
We finally got up after staying up all night. Jon and Paul took a nice long walk to loosen up. We then headed to Irvine to pick up Connor so he could join us at the Himalayan Grille for lunch with Pete, Jon, Mitch and Luisa. Connor had not had any Himalayan food previously (he has done Indian at Kamal Palace) so he was a bit wary of the tandori chicken (because it was red). He did seem to enjoy some of the other items.
Luisa and Mitch were in a seat with the glare from the sidewalk behind them meaning… the pictures were terrible so….
We worked around the house for a while meaning Paul was digging in the garden spreading the perlite in the final area. We then headed to Kyle and Tiffany’s home in Long Beach to have dinner. We really enjoyed seeing them as normally they are with a group and we just get to say “hi” and “bye”. We had three hours of sharing and laughing and catching up on everything!
We decided to go home and crash and recover from our “all nighter” the evening/morning Jon flew in!
Posted on February 27th, 2015 No comments
We did breakfast at Old Ranch with James at 9:00 and then met up with Angie and Bunnaford for a rousing 14 holes of golf… Yes, fourteen! It got cold out on the links so we folded and came in for a drink!
We went home and changed to go dancing and returned to Old Ranch and the whole gang began to show up…. Rocky and Bullwinkle, the Wards, Tom, Miss Charlotte, the Catheys… We had a table full of folks!
We departed and went to Garden Grove and danced until about 10:30 before going home and awaiting the arrival of our grandson from New Hampshire! Zack picked him up at 1:15 and at 2:00 the place was invaded with Zack and Becca plus their married friends and Jon. We stayed up and talked to them for an hour before crashing for the night.
Posted on February 26th, 2015 No comments
We stayed home again to avoid the cough that will not go away! We worked in the garden and then Nancy Adamson came by and we went to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing!
Posted on February 25th, 2015 No comments
Paul got a “cold” about a month ago and the dang cough doesn’t want to go away so we decided to take it easy and stay home and rest. It seemed to work as the coughing is subsiding! However, rest for us is not sitting still! In the morning/early afternoon we worked around the house. Paul hit the garden and did some transplanting of onions.
We decided it was time to eat and since the cleaning staff was coming today, we went to Seal Beach. We did not tell each other where we wanted to go but at the last minute we both said “Cafe Saint Germain”. Fantastic! We just think alike!
We headed for H&H nursery to see what vegetables we may want to plant. We got a load of new ones which we will plant Thursday morning! After dropping them off at our home, we decided to get a drink before setting in for the evening. We headed to Old Ranch and met up with Bunny Burns and hung around until about 7:00 before doing the treadmill and watching some TV.
Posted on February 24th, 2015 No comments
Fourteen with James before celebrating Greg’s birthday at il garage in Stanton.
It was Greg and Carri’s birthdays but Carri had to work so we were three. We went to il garage and it was a delightful evening. Join the fun!
Posted on February 23rd, 2015 No comments
The Zaitz and Roberts went to Temecula for the weekend and we planned to join them for lunch and tasting on Monday! We joined them at Faulkner Winery for lunch and then did several tastings at the local wineries. Bob had to work on Monday so we missed him and he was really missed! Join us!
We got home about seven and watched a Hallmark movie before crashing!