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  • We Worked Today… Ugh! Then Celebrated!

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown

    We had several people over to do/estimate work on our house today and between the visits we worked in the garden and cooked!  We have a lot of fixes and upgrades planned. Stay tuned!

    Paul pulled carrots, picked eggplants and tomatoes, trimmed back the grapes, and did general cleanup!  It took all day for the front yeard.  Need another day or so for the backyard.

    Sue made eggplant casseroles and Paul assisted so we could get the HAppy Hour with Greg by 5:30!

    After the work was done, we met with Greg at Malarkeys for drinks and appetizers.

    Sue and Greg

    Sue and Greg

    We had an ocean view seating arrangement

    We had an ocean view seating arrangement

  • Dancing and Treadmmll…

    Posted on July 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    And I’m proud to be an American,
    where at least I know I’m free.
    And I won’t forget the men who died,
    who gave that right to me.
    ~Lee Greenwood
    We had a generally light day.  We went to the Newport Harbor Elks to dance between 1:00 and 4:30.  We do a lot of dancing and laughing!  Afterwords we went to Old Ranch to have a small Happy Hour with the Cathey’s and the Ward’s..

    Laughed and giggled all afternon

    Laughed and giggled all afternon

  • A Visit, Celebration, And Dance

    Posted on July 26th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had our first Logan visit this morning. Our dear friend Vicky just became a Grandmother so she came over with her new grandson!

    A week old and great grandmother Sue is tickled to see him!

    A week old and great grandmother Sue is tickled to see him!

    Robin and Nick came over and we went to lunch at Michele and Franklyn’s home in West Los Angeles. We met up with the Chartier’s there and had a dellghtful afternoon! Join the fun!

    Fun with family

    Fun with family

    After the party we headed to GG Elks and danced until about 11:00 with the Zaitz, Roberts, and Iris and Wil!  Fun for all!

  • Golf & Dancing

    Posted on July 26th, 2014 Paul No comments
    Fun
  • Yeah Today

    Posted on July 24th, 2014 Paul No comments
    YEAH!

    YEAH!

  • Golf And Connor Visit

    Posted on July 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.”  Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. ~Orrin Hatch

    We played golf and had a great time albeit very hot and muggy!  Good way to loose some weight… All in water!

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    Then it happened... The moron showed up for his latest "fundraiser"... Gag me!

    Then it happened… The moron showed up for his latest “fundraiser”… Gag me!

    We did Happy Hour by ourselves then Connor joined us for his Old Ranch hamburger!

    He just completed High School and is moving on in his life!  He told us of his employment opportunities and that went very well.  Two jobs were offered so he went from unemployed to sixty-hours a week in a flash!  All good news!  We are very happy to have Connor back in our lives!

  • Sea World Here We Come

    Posted on July 22nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    The family is a haven in a heartless world. ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch

    We met up with the Duda’s and spent the day at Sea World. Join the fun!

    A day of fun with family!

    A day of fun with family!

  • Day Trip – Hotel Del Coronado In San Diego

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 Paul No comments

    My heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you touch my soul. ~A.C. Van Cherub, 2009

    The started out with the dentist… That would be bad except we love our dentist!  No cavities again! Life is good.

    We headed south to San Diego after the dentist to stay overnight at Hotel Del Coronado before going to Sea World tomorrow with the Duda’s. Join the fun

    What A Night!  Champagne and S'Mores!

    What A Night! Champagne and S’Mores!

     

  • Not Just Another Day

    Posted on July 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Forty-five years ago today, 500 million people around the world witnessed American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins as they embarked on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.  Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and six hours later Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon’s surface, delivering those iconic words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    We sent to lunch with Mitch and Luisa in Cerritos.  We all enjoy Indian food and had a great time ordering new things!

    Indian food here we come

    Indian food here we come

    Lunch with Mitch and Luisa

    Lunch with Mitch and Luisa

    After lunch and some treadmill, we headed to Santa Ana Elks for the monthly “Jam Session” which is great fun with friends.

    The Jam Session at the Elks in Santa Ana

    The Jam Session at the Elks in Santa Ana

  • Laguna Canyon and Starlighters… It was a Busy Day!

    Posted on July 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Join in Laguna at the Winery and at lunch!  Donna and Bob along with Ed and Kathy joined us for an afternoon of fun!  We did wine tasting at 11:00 am at Laguna Canyon Winery and got to see wine in the process of being made.  We then went to PCH and had a fabulous lunch at the Mare Culinary Lounge.  Join us at the winery and lunch!

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    Fun fun fun!

    Off to Starllighters for a Hawaiian themed evening! Join the fun!

    What an evening!

    What an evening!

  • Golf And Dancing… All The Exercise One Needs

    Posted on July 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

    We played eighteen with James and it was a good golf day… Paul shot 92.  That means tomorrow will be “difficult”.   We celebrated Jim Mongell’s 90th birthday at the Phoenix Club!

    Great sounds this evening!

    Great sounds this evening!

    We danced all night

    We danced all night

    90 years young!

    90 years young!

  • Golf And Dinner In The Garden

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level. – Charlie Trotter

    We played eighteen with James today and it was a good day…. Shot 92!  We did a micro-happy hour and then headed out  so we could meet with Karen and JR Graham for dinner at Il Garage in Stanton! Join the fun!

    Laughs and giggles all night long!

    Laughs and giggles all night long!

  • Old Timers & Disneyland With Amy & Joe

    Posted on July 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedge

    Once every few months Sue’s old workmates and us get together at Taco Surf to remember the “good times” and try to forget the bad!

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    Sharing memories

    We headed for home to do the treadmill before scampering off to Catal for a Birthday Dinner for Sue with Amy, Joe, Alex, and Charlie.  We visited for two and a half hours before walking to Disneyland to see the fireworks.

    Charlie and Alex being Charlie and Alex

    Charlie and Alex being Charlie and Alex

    Sue and Amy

    Sue and Amy

    Lighting up the sky

    Lighting up the sky

    After the fireworks, Amy and Joe headed for home to get the boys down and we headed for Catal for an extended Happy Hour with the Catal staff.

  • Time For The Huntington Library

    Posted on July 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Greg and Carri joined us for a day at the Huntington Library and Gardens.  We walked the grounds for hours just seeing new things and enjoyed each others company. Join the fun!

    We met a friend

    We met a friend

    Surprised birthday cake from Joanne

    Surprised birthday cake from Joanne

    The fearsome foursome

    The fearsome foursome

  • Wine Tasting & Dancing

    Posted on July 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went wine tasting at the Newport Ha

    We tasted great wine and nice (albeit loud) music!

    We tasted great wine and nice (albeit loud) music!

    rbor Elks and then headed to Old Ranch for our monthy dinner dance with friends.

     

  • To The OC Fair & Dancing!

    Posted on July 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to the OC Fair and met up with Robin and Nick!  Join the fun!

    More fun than a barrel of monkeys

    More fun than a barrel of monkeys

    Enjoying life

    Enjoying life

    After the Fair, we headed for the Garden Grove Elks and danced until about 10:30 with fiends.

  • Golf And Dancing…. Great!

    Posted on July 11th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast at Old Ranch and then played eighteen with James.  We did some Happy Hour with James and Linda before heading to Altadena for our Rondeliers Dance Club annual Summer Casual…. Tropiccal Sunset.  Please join us!

    Dancing the night away

    Dancing the night away

    Just enjoying life!

    Just enjoying life!

  • The Birthday Girl Goes To Catalina

    Posted on July 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We are off to celebrate Sue’s birthday.  We saw many wild animals and especially thee buffalo. Join the fun

    Celebrating another successful year

    Celebrating another successful year

    We were in great shape returning home!

    Great fun

    Great fun

    After getting home, Sue opened her birthday gift form Aunt Kay!  We had it for two weeks but wanted to wait until the 10th.

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  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on July 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James after he completed his meeting with his stockbroker.

    This is what happens on the fairway!

    This is what happens on the fairway!

    We had happy hour before heading for home!

  • Golf And Happy Hour With Connor

    Posted on July 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Golf is like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun; if you do take it seriously, it breaks your heart. ~Arthur Daley

    We played eighteen holes with James and it was a rough day for all.  But the day was brightened up because we met with Connor for Taco Tuesday!  Connor is our grandson! How nice that he is growing up and has a plan for the future.  We hope he can stay in our circle and join our group.  Rocky and Bullwinkle (Wayne) joined us for the HAppy Hour.

    The babies get their num nums

    The babies get their num nums

    We headed for home about 7:00 and then watched a movie, did the treadmill, and hit the sack!

  • Birthday Month – Laguna Canyon Here We Come

    Posted on July 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.Abraham Lincoln 

    Birthday month? Yep! At our age, we celebrate for a month instead of a day!. We went to Laguna Canyon for a day amongst the arts and a long walk to the beach!  Please join the fun.

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    Simply a great afternoon!

    We went to Tantaluns for a drink with Gregor before heading for home and the treadmill/movies.

    Tantalums in Seal Beach

    Tantalums in Seal Beach

    Greg joins the fray

    Greg joins the fray

    Ah... Wine!

    Ah… Wine!

    A great day!

  • Slow Day – Adult Movies And Happy Hour

    Posted on July 6th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. – Doug Larson

    We worked in the garden an put Irene to work making tomato sauce.  We got four quarts from today’s efforts.

    Between the tomato and Irene we did good

    Between the tomato and Irene we did good

    We  freshened up and went to Old Ranch for cocktails with the gang.  The Cathey’s, Ward’s, Bunnaford, Irene and us sat around the laughed and giggled for a couple of hours.  Irene and Paul dined from the bar menu.  Great ribs!  We then went home and watched an old movie.

  • Irene Came To Stay So… We Went Dancing

    Posted on July 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go. – Margaret Walker

    Irene came to stay with us for a couple of days. We went to lunch at Patty’s Place and had another great breakfast there! The Cathey’s joined us and we had Irene staying with us! We then went to the adult movies (Oops! The ADULTS went to the movies). We say “Training Your Dragon II” and it was excellent!

    Simply fun with friends

    Simply fun with friends

    After the movie we stopped at Old Ranch for a drink before getting gussied up and headed for the Garden Grove Elks for an evening of dancing.

    Just chillin'

    Just chillin’

    We were also saying goodbye to Brian and Jan who were returning to the UK for a short while.   Join the fun!

     

  • Tomato Sauce And A Bad-Good Story

    Posted on July 3rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We made tomato sauce today and had a load of fun doing it! Please visit us!

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    We then went to our every year event at the Boathouse in Seal Beach!  All went well until the manager asked us to leave the table we had reserved a year ago and put us in a terrible location.  We were lied to and treated pretty poorly.  We left.  Sorry Boathouse… Customers for years spending a lot of money there.  You are history!

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    So we went home, changed clothes and went dancing at the Phoenix Club with our friends.

     

  • Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on July 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and then joined Linda for some serious Happy Hours!!

  • Golf And Family Get Together

    Posted on July 1st, 2014 Paul No comments

    Collen joined us for a round of golf with James and we had a load of fun!

    Killer at work!

    Killer at work!

    We invited everyone over for Taco Tuesday and say goodbye to Colleen, Cassie, and Jackie as they are leaving tomorrow for New Hampshire.  Join the fun!

    Great to get the family together with our special friends

    Great to get the family together with our special friends

  • We Cooked And Went To The Boathouse!

    Posted on June 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Relaxing day!  To the eye doctor and then we dined at Preveza!  We then came home to pick vegetables and cook!  We went to the Boathouse with the Finch’s and Greg.  Upon returning home we watch an old movie, did the treadmill, and crashed!

    Ain't it the truth!

    Ain’t it the truth!

  • Newport Harbor

    Posted on June 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    A  conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

    We went to the Newport Harbor Elks for an afternoon of dancing and giggling! Please join us!

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    A great afternoon with friends

    Wonder if there is good money in it??

    Wonder if there is good money in it??

  • Great Day With Dining, Play, Visits, And The Gang

    Posted on June 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “What is that unforgettable line?” -  Samuel Beckett

    Typical for us… On the go!  We began at 10:30 with Sue’s hair appointment and then went VFR to Seasons 52 where we had a fantastic meal!  The entrees are all less than 475 calories so we are safe.  Perhaps the desserts and wine may have upped the caloric intake a bit?  We drove across the street to the OCPAC to see “Jersey Boys”.

    Sue checks out the menu

    Sue checks out the menu

    The roasted corn was fabulous!!

    The roasted corn was fabulous!!

    Paul needed a coffee before the play

    Paul needed a coffee before the play

    Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is presented in a documentary-style format that dramatizes the formation, success and eventual break-up of the 1960s rock ‘n roll group The Four Seasons. The musical is structured as four “seasons”, each narrated by a different member of the band who gives his own perspective on its history and music. Songs include “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry”, “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Stay”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, “Working My Way Back to You” and “Rag Doll”, among others. The title refers to the fact that the members of The Four Seasons are from New Jersey.

    Great music... Great fun... Great story

    Great music… Great fun… Great story

    We then headed to Downtown Disney to visit Catal and have a couple of drinks plus pick up some “Disney Dollars” for an upcoming birthday.

    Then back to Garden Grove Elks for hours of dancing to Marge Kell! Join us!

    Saturday evening at the Garden Grove Elks with Marge Kell 6/28/2014

     

  • To The San Diego Fair

    Posted on June 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We drove 80 minutes to San Diego’s Del Mar Racetrack to join the San Diego Fair.  We had a ball seeing the sights, eating the food, and sampling the wine! Please join us!

    Fun and more fun!

    Fun and more fun!

    We went VFR to Garden Grove and danced with the gang until about 11:00!  Then time to crash! Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    Home by 11:00 and time to crash!

  • Another Day… Another Million Dollars

    Posted on June 25th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “A million miles from nowhere, is better than going nowhere, a million times.” ? Anthony Liccione

    Just a golf day after lunch with James!  We met up with Angie and Bunnaford on the pation and enjoyed a glass of wine or so.

    We watched the original “Brewsters Millions” .  Brewster’s Millions (1945) is one of a number of adaptations of the novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. In the original Brewster’s Millions, the hero was a stockbroker; in this 1945 version, Brewster is a returning GI. The seventh and most recent adaptation of Brewster’s Millions in 1985 starred Richard Pryor as a minor league baseball player.

    Great movie!!!

    Great movie!!!

    We crashed… It was a long day!

  • Easy Day And Graduation Day

    Posted on June 24th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.” – Alice Cooper

    We played 18 holes with James and then went to Happy Hour with Rocky and Bullwinkle.  Robin made it a special Happy Hour as she brightens up the day!

    Connor graduated from High School today.  We got the pictures through mutual friends.

    Graduated!

    Graduated!

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming’s novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film’s script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its songs by the Sherman Brothers It stars Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts and Sally Ann Howes as Truly Scrumptious.

    A very enjoyable movie

    A very enjoyable movie

  • Wow! No Time To Recover!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began the day with the heart doctor where all news was good!  We departed quickly and headed to South Coast Plaza to have lunch with Greg and Maryjo at Seasons 52.

    The afternoon was for chores and the treadmill and then off to dinner with xon Joe and daughter Colleen and their families! Join the fun!

     

    Enjoying a family dinner

    Enjoying a family dinner

  • To The North Young Man

    Posted on June 21st, 2014 Paul No comments

    And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. – Abraham Lincoln

    We drove to the north to visit Aunt Kaye and Tom on Saturday afternoon and stay at Diane’s overnight for Pat’s 60th birthday party.

    At the Greek restaurant

    At the Greek restaurant

    That evening we did a two hour ride to Saratoga California  to prepare for the birthday party on Sunday afternoon the 22nd. Join the fun!

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  • Golf, Wine Tasting, And Dancing

    Posted on June 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” ? John Keats

    We played eighteen holes with James and for Paul it was a terrible day. Tuesday he could drive the ball 200 years and toyal, total disaster! We cannot figure it out except to say “It is golf!”

    Wine tasting in the Olive Garden

    Wine tasting in the Olive Garden

    Well, the music was excellent at the Elks so we danced until we dropped. Tomorrow is a big day!

    Dancing at Santa Ana Elks

    Dancing at Santa Ana Elks

  • Golf, Wine Tasting, And Santa Ana Elks

    Posted on June 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen holes with James and for Paul it was a terrible day. Tuesday he could drive the ball 200 years and toyal, total disaster! We cannot figure it out except to say “It is golf!”

    Wine tasting in the Olive Garden

    Wine tasting in the Olive Garden

    Well, the music was excellent at the Elks so we danced until we dropped.  Tomorrow is a big day!

    Dancing at Santa Ana Elks

    Dancing at Santa Ana Elks

  • Chores & Dancing

    Posted on June 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We danced at the Phoenix Club this evening.

    The Birthday Girl

    The Birthday Girl

  • A Simple Day… Yeah!

    Posted on June 18th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “Wine is bottled poetry.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

    We stayed at home and did not go to our golf lesson.  We picked strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries from the yard and had a fantastic brunch!  We then headed to Old Ranch for a round of golf before Happy Hour.  Greg Leach joined us and regaled us about his two week trip to London where we saw two theater productions each day!

    We headed for home and did the treadmill before hitting the sack!  We did watch a terrible move with Rodney Dangerfield dealing with the mob.  It was so bad it was almost funny.

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  • Time For Golf And A Visit With Lilliana

    Posted on June 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    I play with my grandchildren. I tend to my garden, which I love. Of course, I love to read, and family is really what it’s all about. – Julie Andrews

    We played eighteen with James and nine with Bunnaford!  John Passanissi joined for a few holes on the back nine. Good day and the weather was perfect!  We headed to Taco Tuesday where we had a great visit with our great granddaughter, Lilliana.

    Daddy Zack

    Daddy Zack

    Sue and Lilliana while Becca gets a rest

    Sue and Lilliana while Becca gets a rest

    Sound to sleep!

    Sound to sleep!

    We then headed for home and a treadmill run!

  • Taverna Tony And Malibu Winery Here We Come

    Posted on June 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world. – Archimedes

    It’s time to go north young people!  Off we go to Malibu for a great Greek meal under the guidance of Irene Kosmetatos! Taverna Tony is best Greek restaurant this side of Athens! Join the fun!

    Up the coast for a delightful afternoon with friends

    Up the coast for a delightful afternoon with friends

    After a great meal we headed farther north and inland to get to Malibu Winery!  Great fun! Join us!

    Time to drink!

    Time to drink!

    We returned home and went to The Boathouse for cocktails before returning home and watching some TV.

  • Father Day Was A Full Day

    Posted on June 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began with brunch with Joe, Amy, Alex and Charllie with Michele and Tony Villari.  We ate too much and laughed ourselves silly,

    We then headed south to Newport Harbor Elks and danced from 1:30 – 4:30 with Hans and Kerstin.

     

    To complete the day we joined up with Robin and Bob and the Mongels and Zaitz at the Santa Ana Jam Session

  • Work And Fun… Good Mix

    Posted on June 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”Voltaire

    We worked around the house completing some of this weeks chores including an outside security light and replacement of the toilet innards!  By afternoon it was time to relax a little before heading to LAX for a Nightlighter’s Dance entitled “Cruizin’ Into Summer”.  Join the fun!

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  • Gold, Wine Tasting, And Dancing… Yes

    Posted on June 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    You can always tell a real friend: when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job. ~Laurence J. Peter

    We had a great day and played nine holes with James and then Angie & Bunny joined us for the last nine!  We did a short Happy Hour but had to leave to go freshen up before returning to Old Ranch for the Summer Wine Tasting event which was super.

    The Old Ranch flowers were perfect

    The Old Ranch flowers were perfect

    The babies had to be fed and Sue was in-charge.  We think she is naming all of them now!

    Sue made sure the babies got fed

    Sue made sure the babies got fed

    Bunnaford was sporting her new glasses at Happy Hour

    Bunnaford was sporting her new glasses at Happy Hour

    They said "heavy hore' deuvers" and tghey were right

    They said “heavy hors’deuvers” and they were right

    In  our official wine costumes

    In our official wine costumes

    The lodge was so full we had to sit outside and the music was so loud we decided to go home.  Street Corner Symphony is just not out cup of tea!

    What happens at the Elks stays at the Elks

    What happens at the Elks stays at the Elks

    We headed for home early and watched some TV before crashing.

  • Chores & Dancing… That’s OK!

    Posted on June 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home…. I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby. ~Nancie J. Carmody

    It’s Thursday and JAmes wanted to stay home so we decided to do the same.  We took the Avalon in to get the air conditioning repaired and worked in the garden, cooked, went to the grocery store and the hardware store and worked on “projects” such as outside lights and ugh… toilets!  We finally decided to go dancing and headed to the Phoenix Club!  We had a full house with the Kuhn’s, Roberts, Zaitz, Marianne & Craig, the Adamson’s and the Sebern’s!   The more the merrier!

    Leaving the Phoenix Club!

    Leaving the Phoenix Club!

  • Golf And Happy Hour… A Slow Day!

    Posted on June 11th, 2014 Paul No comments

    The real problem of leisure time is how to keep others from using yours.  ~Arthur Lacey

    We had a nice leisurely day! We did our golf lesson at El Dorado and then had lunch at Old Ranch.

    We played eighteen with James before going to happy hour. The ducks were out and about today showing off their broods. We saw four groups of babies from new-borns to teens.

    The bird keeps and eye on James

    The bird keeps and eye on James

    Mommy duck and her four teens

    Mommy duck and her four teens

    A new mommy takes the little ones for a swim!

    A new mommy takes the little ones for a swim!

  • Great Day In Nature

    Posted on June 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” -?Aristotle

    We had a another great day!  We visited the garden,  played golf with James, did Taco Tuesday before going home to watch a movie and some NCIS!  We crashed around midnight.

    Before we departed for golf, we visited the garden and Sue snapped a picture of Paul next to the little sun flowers!  If Paul is six feet, how tall are they??

    Can you find Paul??

    Can you find Paul??

    On the 18th hole we saw the evening fog begin to roll in.  It’s like magic!  The fog below, the blue sky and the clouds of the day!

    Rolling right along!

    Rolling right along!

    We headed for home after visiting with Rocky and Bullwinkle and we got a free dinner!  Thanks R & B!  We watched a movie and then some NCIS before crashing for the evening.

     

  • Chores And Gardening

    Posted on June 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done. ~Author Unknown

    We pretty much stayed at home after doing some errands early in the day.

    First things first, we went to pick up Flower and bring her home to be with the rest of the babies.  That was difficult for us but she is with us now. We miss that baby so very much!  It’s difficult to be without a dog since we have had one for the last 20+ years!

    We then headed for Cerritos Performing Arts Center and placed our $7,000 order for this seasons tickets!  We have a gaggle of folks joining us this year!  Yeah!

    Cerritos Tickets... We are first in line!

    Cerritos Tickets… We are first in line!

    When we got home Paul picked apples, carrots, squash, and blueberries.  We had a late breakfast before doing some serious cooking. We made apple sauce, roasted the squash and carrots, cooked the string beans that we had picked yesterday, and Sue did some other magic tricks in the kitchen.  See the garden grow.

    Twelve feet and rising

    Twelve feet and rising

    After all that work we headed to the Boathouse for a cocktail before going home and crashing.  The “June Gloom: was busy so no nice sunset!  We watched “Auntie Mame”… Great movie!

  • Working Around The House And Dinner Dancing

    Posted on June 8th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown

    We stayed home today and did some chores.  This time of the year the garden requires a lot of attention!  We picked green beans, squash, and some tomatoes.  Sue did the treadmill and we both watched “Ghostbusters”…  Loads of relaxing!

    We got the latest picture of Lillianna, our great granddaughter.

    Already knows how to work Dad, Granddad, and Great Granddad

    Already knows how to work Dad, Granddad, and Great Granddad

    At 4:00 we got all cleaned up and headed to Old Ranch to do dinner dancing with many of our friends.  Fun for all! Join the fun!

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    An evening of fun and friends…. Life is good!

    We headed home afterwords and watched a movie to get ready for Monday!

  • One Full Day!

    Posted on June 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Babies are such a nice way to start people. ~Don Herrold

    We began the day at our neighbors baby shower at the Newport Country Club.  They are expecting in July and are getting prepared!

    Partying with friends

    Partying with friends

    We then headed to Los Alamitos Race Track to watch the Belmont Stakes race and hoped fro a California Chrome win… Alas, we came in fourth.  However, the guys all came in first place!  We be hansom devils!

    A Day at the races

    A Day at the races

    The weather was magnificent and the wine was cold… What else can one ask for?

    Long way down to place a bet!

    Long way down to place a bet!

    We watched for the private club called Vessels and the O’s arranged for great seats at the top of the enclosed stands.  The only thing bad… It was a journey to place a bet!

    A good glass of wine made the race loss go down

    A good glass of wine made the race loss go down

    Watching intently

    Watching intently

    Linda won!  Well, she bet on everything!

    The gang was there

    The gang was there

    We then headed to the Garden Grove Elks to complete the day and dancing with the Zaitz and Branders!.

    Enjoying the dance

    Enjoying the dance… NO, not with each other!

    We were pooped this evening and hit the sack around 11:00…. Early by our standards!

  • Normal Day – Golf, Happy Hour, And Dancing

    Posted on June 6th, 2014 Paul No comments

    If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt. ~Dean Martin

    We had breakfast with James and that’s where the day starts giggling.  We had a fairly good day with golf and the weather was fantastic.  The temperature was mid-seventies and a slight breeze. We played in three hours forty-five minutes.

    The ducks can sense Grandma Sue is coming their direction

    The ducks can sense Grandma Sue is coming their direction

    Mommy Duck shows off her brood and they get special treats

    Mommy Duck shows off her brood and they get special treats

    We did some happy hour with several folks.  Rocky and Bullwinkle joined us which always livens up the party!

    We then headed for the Garden Grove Elks where Donna is still enjoying here picture of the teeth!

    Marcia is her first victum

    Marcia is her first victim

    Donna checks out  the teeth herself

    Donna checks out the teeth herself

    The Woolston's have identical smiles

    The Woolston’s have identical smiles

    We headed for home about 10:30 and crashed!  Ready for another busy day tomorrow!

  • Work And Fun… A Nice Mix

    Posted on June 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Gardening requires lots of water — most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

    We stayed at home today and worked around the house.  Plenty of gardening today and garage cleanup!  We picked fresh potatoes, some tomatoes, odles of strawberries and blueberries.  Sue did the treadmill and we both ended up in the spa before going dancing at the Phoenix Club!

    Nine Carat Gold played a wonderful mix of dance music this evening

    Nine Carat Gold played a wonderful mix of dance music this evening

    Jan attemepted to lead the band!

    Jan attempted to lead the band!

  • A Graduation And An Adventure

    Posted on June 4th, 2014 Paul No comments

    There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.”  Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. ~Orrin Hatch

    Another full day for us.  We began by joining our family with a kindergarten graduation!  Charlie has now made it to the first grade!

    He has his diploma!

    He has his diploma!

    Proud Mom and Dad and Brother

    Proud Mom and Dad and Brother

    Proud Grandparents!

    Proud Grandparents!

    After the graduation we went to the Himalayan Grille for lunch but sadly found out that Panda Palace is closed!  So sad!  The lunch was great and we then dropped by home to put away the “left-overs”.  Then off to the adventure!  We decided to try the Long Beach Water Taxi… It was a blast. Join the fun!

    We had an hour ride and stopped three different places

    We had an hour ride and stopped three different places

    The Belmont Brewery was a pleasent surprise

    The Belmont Brewery was a pleasant surprise

    After getting home we got freshened up and headed to our Starlighters Board Meeting.

    Bob runs a tight meeting!

    Bob runs a tight meeting!

    A view from the patio at Millie's beautiful home

    A view from the patio at Millie’s beautiful home

    We returned home to watch TV for a few minutes before crashing!

  • Golf & Celebrations

    Posted on June 3rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played with James today and it was magnificent!  Charlotte joined us on the back nine!

    The little guys are growing up

    The little guys are growing up

    We went to dinner with our neighbors as it was their 36th anniversary!  We went to Patty’s Place in Seal Beach!

    Del found Frogs LEgs for dinner

    Del found Frogs LEgs for dinner

    HAppy Anniversary dear friends!

    HAppy Anniversary dear friends!

    We got the news that Lilliana was heading for her new home!  Yeah!

    Hey! I am going home!

    Hey! I am going home!

    I am dressed for the journey... Let's go home!

    I am dressed for the journey… Let’s go home!

  • Lookout Temecula, Here We Come

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun. – Charles R. Swindoll

    We spent the day in Temecula with the Zaitz, the Duda’s and Cyndy!  We had a great time! Join the fun!

    A full day of laughing and giggling

    A full day of laughing and giggling

    We returned home and watched a TV Movie and then crashed.

  • Visiting, A Play, And Happy Hour!

    Posted on June 1st, 2014 Paul No comments

    Having a baby is one of the most wonderful things in your life, as well as the hardest thing in your life. – Nuno Bettencourt

    We stopped by the hospital for a visit with Becca, Zack and Lilliana. All are doing well!

    Daddy takes care of Lilliana

    Daddy takes care of Lilliana

    Zack is a natural stepping right up to the situation!

    Great Grandma Sue holds the baby for quite a while

    Great Grandma Sue holds the baby for quite a while

    Sue and Lilliana had a long conversation about the meaning of life and other topics!

    Proud Great GRandparents

    Proud Great Grandparents

    Great Grandpa Paul took the opportunity to do some serious feet tickling!  We then headed for Seasons 52 for lunch before the play!

    Lunch at Seasons 52

    Lunch at Seasons 52

    Great flatbreads!  Great way to start lunch!

    Nummy nummy

    Nummy nummy

    We get to select our own dessert!

    IOur favorite restaurant

    Our favorite restaurant

    We went to South Coast Repertory to see Tartuffe.  Molière wrote Tartuffe in 1664. Almost immediately following its first performance that same year at the Versailles fêtes, it was censored by King Louis XIV, probably due to the influence of the archbishop of Paris, Paul Philippe Hardouin de Beaumont de Péréfixe, who was the King’s confessor and had been his tutor.[1] While the king had little personal interest in suppressing the play, he did so because, as stated in the official account of the fête:

    “…although it was found to be extremely diverting, the king recognized so much conformity between those that a true devotion leads on the path to heaven and those that a vain ostentation of some good works does not prevent from committing some bad ones, that his extreme delicacy to religious matters can not suffer this resemblance of vice to virtue, which could be mistaken for each other; although one does not doubt the good intentions of the author, even so he forbids it in public, and deprived himself of this pleasure, in order not to allow it to be abused by others, less capable of making a just discernment of it.”

    As a result of Molière’s play, contemporary French and English both use the word “tartuffe” to designate a hypocrite who ostensibly and exaggeratedly feigns virtue, especially religious virtue. The play is written entirely in 1,962 twelve-syllable lines (alexandrines) of rhyming couplets

    Kames at HAppy Hour at Old Ranch

    James at Happy Hour at Old Ranch

    We headed for home and the treadmill!

  • Hospital Visit & Dancing

    Posted on May 31st, 2014 Paul No comments

    People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. ~Leo J. Burke

    We popped by the hospital  to visit Lilliana before going to San Clemente. She was doing well and told us to dance up a storm! We did!!

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    In her radiant glory!

    Then off to San Clemente for a USO dance! A great evening with friends dancing to the music of the 1930′s and 1940′s… Join the fun!

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  • Golf And Great Grandparents Day!

    Posted on May 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    A child needs a great grandparent, anybodies great grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world. Author: Charles and Ann Morse

    We started the day with breakfast and a round of golf. We knew that the first baby takes longer! We even had some Happy Hour before the call to be at the hospital at 7:00 PM

    To the hospital at 7:00

    To the hospital at 7:00

    Great hospital… Sue had the back surgery here many years ago. When we arrived, we had just delivered so we went into the hallway to see Zack and Lilliana go by!

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    Welcome to the world!

    The hospital was pretty smart… Having the baby viewing area OUTSIDE meant there was no limit to the viewers. We had many visitors all watching the baby’s first bath!

    Someone was happy

    Someone was happy

    Happy great grandma! Baby and Becca are safe and sound… Zack is in recovery.

    Hey! I am Lilliana Elizabeth Lind and I am about 45 minutes old!

    Hey! I am Lilliana Elizabeth Lind and I am about 45 minutes old!

    Zack gets his finger held.

    "Like holding your hand Dad!"

    “Like holding your hand Dad!”

    Can’t believe our grandson is a daddy! Wow! Time sure moves right along.

    Our grandson is a Dad!

    Our grandson is a Dad!

    All smiles!

    We departed about 9:00 for the Elks

    We departed about 9:00 for the Elks

    We went to the Garden Grove Elks and visited the the gang.. and shared pictures of course!

  • Golf Day

    Posted on May 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Golf is a good walk spoiled. – Mark Twain

    We played golf today so we could get in our five and half mile walk!

    Great weather today!

    Great weather today!

     

    Fresh berries... Great way to start the day

    Fresh berries… Great way to start the day

    We caught them watering the green!

    We caught them watering the green!

    The babies were hungry

    The babies were hungry

    The little guys know no fear

    The little guys know no fear

    James got his soft-frfeeze

    James got his soft-frfeeze

    Happy 43rd anniversary

    Happy 43rd anniversary

    Sancing the night away

    Sancing the night away

  • A Relaxing Day With Emotions

    Posted on May 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” – Vicki Harrison

    We had a great breakfast this morning and a special dessert!  We picked fresh blueberries and strawberries and then Sue added the “Hans Thedens Special Sauce” plus a splash of champagne!  Voila… The way to start the day!

    This is the way to start the day!

    This is the way to start the day!

    We then got ready to go to the doctors office and we collected much of the babies bedding and dishes so we could give them to the Seal Beach Animal Shelter.  We had large trash bags filled with quilts, baby blankets, and other blankets.  Of course we kept several items like their baby dishes and the blankets they came home in.  Very sad and emotional.

    We decided to go to the Boathouse and have a drink or two to wind down.

    Going full speed down the bay

    Going full speed down the bay

    We both keep staring at the cell phone for the message to head to the hospital

    We both keep staring at the cell phone for the message to head to the hospital

    We returned home about 5:00 and headed to the treadmill and an evening in front of the boob tube!

  • Golf, Taco Tuesday And Almost?

    Posted on May 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Grandchildren don’t stay young forever, which is good because Pop-pops have only so many horsey rides in them. ~Gene Perret

    We played golf today with James and then met up with Robin, Gregor, Becca, and Zack afterwords for Taco Tuesday.  Rocky and Bullwinkle also joined us!

    It’s amazing but we are going to be Great Grandparents to Lillianne Elizabeth Lind within the next few days!  Wow!

    Mom and Dad

    Mom and Dad

    To young to be a Great Grand Aunt

    To young to be a Great Grand Aunt

    Sue, Zack, Becca, Paul & Greg!

    Sue, Zack, Becca, Paul & Greg!

    Working on it now

    Working on it now

    We headed for home to watch an old black and white movie… Great Grandparents??? Wow!

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