Day Two Of Week Twenty Five!

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

Week twenty five (week 25 is from Monday, June 17, 2019 until (and including) Sunday, June 23, 2019.) …OMG, that means the year is half gone…obliterated from future calendar entries…Oh dear!

Heading out the door I reminded Sue that I could be back early if the leg doesn’t hold up…sure enough, after 45 minutes here I can dragging my butt up the walkway…the legs would not hold up.

We had lunch and then I began working in the garage…always something to do there!

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Monday! We Start Again!

Candy is natures way of making up for Mondays.

We awoke, had our “champagne”, worked on the current puzzle for a bit, and headed to the garden for a five plus hour planning/trimming effort!

We called England first and talked to Brian and Jan…they are heading “home” on Wednesday so we will see them Friday night at the Elks.  We plan to buy a “Welcome Home Cake” to celebrate!

With extreme bravery I headed to the garden where there are many wild animals lurking. While planting the new corn, I heard something… sounded dangerous… I raised my machete in preparation for an eminent attack. Mourning Doves came to visit me! They were so close I could have touched them…they must have been hungry. Ah ha! I finally figured it out… I was NOT wearing my scarecrow costume!  Placing the machete down but still close should they decide to attack, the iPhone became my weapon of choice!

They flew right next to me, looked up and said :Got any worms Mister?”

Little do they know how hard I worked to get the garden full or worms… my soil is a worms fantasy land.  These two critters wanted to take the little worms away!

They stayed for quite a while and they did find some worms!  Finally they flew off into the sunset together…perhaps they will visit again tomorrow?  Maybe they will bring the worms back, one never knows!

They had no fear…me on the other hand, scared to death

Did You Know? The mourning dove (Zenaida macroura) is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. The bird is also known as the American mourning dove or the rain dove, and erroneously as the turtle dove, and was once known as the Carolina pigeon or Carolina turtledove.

t is one of the most abundant and widespread of all North American birds. It is also a leading gamebird, with more than 20 million birds (up to 70 million in some years) shot annually in the U.S., both for sport and for meat. Its ability to sustain its population under such pressure is due to its prolific breeding; in warm areas, one pair may raise up to six broods of two young each in a single year.

The wings make an unusual whistling sound upon take-off and landing, a form of sonation. The bird is a strong flier, capable of speeds up to 88 km/h (55 mph).  It is the national bird of the British Virgin Islands.

I planted 48 corn plants and in about 60 days we should be back in the corn business. We had corn for lunch today. We timed it…11 minutes from cutting the corn off the plant to serving it and three minutes of that was in the microwave…we be talking fresh! I picked two unicorns today!

I trimmed the pumpkins and black berries almost filling an 80 gallon can!  The pumpkin vines are so prolific, they tried to breach the neighbors wall in three places but with my gardening skills, and the trusty machete, I beat them back!

We had lunch and then it was back to the garden where I worked until a little past 3:00 PM…by then the ol’ back was TIRED! Hello aspirin! Hello nap! The work was worth the effort as evidenced below:

We had two unicorns… Is that a Duelacorn?

After all the pulling and planting I washed down the garden and things are looking pretty good!  The yard is made up of  a large pool and the rest is vegetable gardens.  We love working in the garden and the arrangement of the brick seating is perfect.  I can sit and plan plants, pull weeds, and water.

Each of the beds is 4′ by 30′ and the one along the wall is 3′ by 75 feet

The center “finger” was where I did most of the work today moving several pepper plants out and replacing them with cantaloupe, tomatoes, and corn pictured below

The corn is planted in furrows so as it grows I can back fill the furrow with dirt to help support the cord as it grows

The straw is “aged straw” and forms the mulch keeping the roots cool and the soil moist. I added magnesium to the soil this morning to help with the growth..

The the back corner of the garden is where the current corn crop resides. There are about 40 plants so there are about 80 ears of corn yet to devour…we see corn chowder in our near future. As the corn gets removed, I take the remaining materials and either trash them or run it through the composter and add it back into the ground.

Tomatoes to the left; grapes and squash in the back; corn on the right.

The garden Gnomes belonged to Sue’s Mom and are 30+ years old…a little worse for wear but still manage to chase away the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, Dimetrodon, Diplodocus, Iguanodon, Pteranodon, Protoceratons and others. 

The garden on the south side is doing well. We are going to have a load of figs and probably 10 pumpkins.  Apples and even some avocado’s this year!

They are in hiding but pretty quick they will be too big to hide

The fig tree is getting quite loaded with fruit and it seems they all become ripe within a few days of each other meaning…get the fig receipts out and ready to go!

Figs by the hundreds!

After a short nap, we arose from the dead, cleaned up and headed to Melanies to meet up with Irene and solve the problems of the world! The sunset was not spectacular because of the overcast but we got a couple of good shots.

Not too much color this evening!

I went off my diet and had a chili-size…damn, it was good! Washing it down with a gin and tonic was an excellent idea.

Did You Know? The researchers showed that during weight loss, 84 percent of the fat that is lost turns into carbon dioxide and leaves the body through the lungs, whereas the remaining 16 percent becomes water, according medical researchers.

When you lose weight, where does the lost body fat go? … This causes your fat cells to shrink. These metabolic activities also generate heat, which helps maintain your body temperature, and waste products. These waste products — water and carbon dioxide — are excreted in your urine and sweat or exhaled from your lungs.

Returning home, we lit up the oven, stoked the fire, and watched TV until about 11:30 PM.  Tookies were excellent this evening. If all goes well, we plan to drive south and have lunch with Pete and Lisa to celebrate their anniversary tomorrow!

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Father’s Day Has Arriven! I Shall Be Pamperd!

When I was born my father spent three weeks trying to find a loophole in my birth certificate.

It’s that day…time to celebrate…and we did! Our son, Joe, was the first to call…at 6:30 AM. He was already at the baseball field with Alex and Charlie. We kinda decided that we would celebrate with him next week as baseball seized the day! Robin, our oldest daughter, and Joe had already talked as we had plans to all be together. So, we went out with the Duda’s today! Sure glad our kids talk…makes life easier for us.

Seems the phone was busy all day as we got calls from New Hampshire including Colleen, Mark, Jon, Sarah, Cassie, and Jackie. On the west coast we got calls from Robin, Amy, Zachary, Becca, Michele, Franklyn, Mitch, Lisa, Pete, and several friends where I am considered “Dad!”.

Grandson Zack and Remy!

Weasel is still in the hospital but doing better. We we will know tomorrow about the additional surgery plans…if any! He is having second thoughts about his contracting profession and that is likely a good thing.

The Weasel called from his hospital bed!

10:30 AM and we are off like a shot the P.F. Changs in Long Beach Rainbow Harbor for lunch with Robin, Bob, and Nick! The Silver Ghost was ready, willing, and able. Transitioning to warp speed is easier now that we learned what to do at Disneyland this past week!

We had the table full of food today!

After pigging out on Chinese, we went to the pier and jumped on the 45 minute harbor tour. Great fun watching all the ships.

Thank you dearest daughter for putting this on today!

After the cruise, we headed to Old Ranch to have one more drink before going home. Arriving at home, we watched some TV and then crashed…tookies of course. It was a great Father’s Day!

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The Weekend Arriveth!

Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up.

How did it happen…it’s Wednesday and then POOF! The calendar says Saturday! Guess we will have to deal with it. We worked on the new puzzle for a while but we plan to get a card table as the dining room table is just not large (or movable) enough.

I went to the garage and vacuumed…love the new toy!

The shop is now always “clean”

But…at 8:00 AM disaster struck…somewhere! The lights went out so I went back inside. My new toy, being battery powered, had no issues art all! The cell phone worked so I dialed into SCE and reported the outage. Internet was down but cell service was having no issues!

Finally the power was restored and we made lunch. We had corn again and it was decided, …with a new found burst of energy me and the Silver Ghost shot from the garage like a rocket! Away we went in a cloud of dust and burning rubber. To H&H Nursery in Long Beach. More corn and some water melons and pumpkins were in the sights!

H&H is located on Lakewood under the high tension power lines. We used to go there to walk when Sue was recovering from back surgery…easily an hour stroll around the grounds

After returning from the secret mission to H&H, Sue decided to read and I hit the front yard planting watermelons and pumpkins for the neighbors grandsons. Vicky and Del get a kick out of watching the grandkids watch the plants grow!

Ready to plant!

Vicky saw me planting and knew what I was up to so her and her boys went shopping and brought me a surprise.

No calories IF you eat the pie with chopsticks

We rested a few minutes and then got ready or the Santa Ana Elks Inaugural Ball…the new lodge is now open for business! Yeah!

To the closet and voila…I did not have to pull out three suits and go to the window toi see what color they were! Love the new closet!

So nice and light!

We got gussied up and headed to the new lodge in Santa Ana…had to help the Silver Ghost and she didn’t know exactly where it was but now it is committed to memory!

We reserved a table and it was absolutely perfect! It was NOT in the main room but in the doorway between the members lounge and the main room so a) we were away form the loud music, b) close to a bar, c) adjacent to the buffet, and d) we had our own dance floor.

Well..Part of the whole gang anyway!

For the first big event, we had over 400+ people, they did very very well. Our dinner was about 45 minutes late but the food was pretty good. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were spot on…just a tad late…but, we had the appetizers to munch on so we did not go hungry.

The music was an issue…while it was not terribly bad the volume made cracks in the ceiling. Perhaps they believe we are all old deaf people…we departed early because I was getting a head ache.

We had excellent view!

We got our own entertainment…Bob was trying to make Sandy disappear!

Bob tired over and over but she never disappeared!

We stayed until dinner was served. We left so fast the wine carrier was left behind but the Zaitz rescued it for us! We do have a backup carrier so life is good!

Marianne came to visit

When we got home we sat and listened to silence for a while before turning on the tookie machine and watching Gilmore Girls and Grey’s Anatomy.

Tomorrow is a big day…Father’s Day…The Duda’s are taking us to P.F.Chang’s and then on a boat tour of the harbor.

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Thank Goodness Its Friday (TGIF)

Cousins are those childhood playmates who grow up to be forever friends.

OK!  It’s Friday and time to rest up for a wild weekend.  I missed  my 8:00 AM call to Lisa because may ugly carcass was NOT up at 8:00 AM…stayed up too late working on the Disneyland website. On the way to bed, my eyes were alerted to the fact it was 2:00 AM.

After Sue and I sat for a while and talked, I headed to the garage to checkout my new Makita Vacuum System and while out there, I went through some old photos.  This one is seventy  years old and in pretty good shape. 

Old Photos
1948 Was A Good Year,,,Paul & Tom riding the range keeping the neighborhood safe!

Old Photo Time:    There we are…riding the range in my backyard on Comey Avenue in Los Angeles,  The other handsome guy is Tom Hale who left us two years ago.  Sue and I miss him every day!  Tom and I were great cousins and shared good times together. 

In this picture, he is sitting on my Merry-Go-Round…yes, I had a Merry-Go-Round in my back yard!  Directly behind us is my Mom’s parakeet and canary “cage”…it held 100+ birds and Mom took care of them for years.  I had a Hopalong Cassidy Cap Pistol which I used to protect the neighborhood from the bad guys!

We rode the range  in that yard and had super times…Often these images come to mind and I wonder what happened the the intervening time…guess it is called life!

Tom and I went to Hoppy Land, courtesy of Mom and Dad, which was a kids amusement park down near the beach in Venice. We went there many times and always wanted to ride the most scary roller coaster in the world…I’ll bet the thing was not over 20′ tall!

Los Angeles Examiner (1903-1962) is certainly dated!

Did You Know?   Charles Lorman instead announced plans in May 1947 for a $2.5 million park to be built on a 80 acre tract at Dell Avenue and Washington Street. He obtained a ten year lease. His Ocean View Amusement Park would include the 30 acre Lake Los Angeles (location of the present Marina del Rey harbor) to be developed as an aquatic sports center. The park would have an elaborate midway, roller coaster, merry-go-round, children’s rides, bowling alley and skating rink. A shortage of building materials prevented them from immediately starting construction. Lorman was soon replaced by Earle Charleton who scaled down the project significantly.

Eventually Earle Charleton’s Venice Amusement Park, Inc. developed Venice Lake Park on the site in 1950 with 15 acres devoted to amusement rides. The kiddie park featured a 35 foot high Philadelphia Toboggan Company Junior roller coaster called the Little Dipper, John Kissane’s two train, mile long miniature railroad that circled the park, several pony tracks, a lagoon boat ride in motor-driven boats, Zeppelin and Whirlwind aerial rides, a Tilt-a-whirl, Octopus and Skooter rides. The lake featured a water skiing show with a legless skier. Free evening dancing centered around the large turn-of-the-century merry-go-round on the main midway, The Venice Wrangler’s furnished western style music.

In 1951, William Boyd, better known as Hoppalong Cassidy, was brought in as a business partner, and it required only a $55,000 investment to retheme the park. Hopalong Cassidy, the white-haired paragon of Western Virtues had parlayed a 66-film screen career into the role of America’s first true TV hero. Children adored him, watched his western TV show every week, and ofen bought Hoppy black-colored western wear, and cap pistols..

The new and improved 80 acre park opened as Hoppyland on May 26, 1951 and included picnic grounds, baseball diamonds, horseshoe pitching lanes, and a lake for swimming and boating in addition to nearly twenty thrill rides. There was a special kiddie land area featuring a miniature merry-go-round, Ferris wheel, sleigh ride, airplane, pony cart and auto rides. Velare’s Double Ferris Wheel, previously on the Ocean Park Pier, was added to the adult lineup.

Andy Clyde (as California) with William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy)

We dined on left-overs which were over running the frig…we had to do something. We checked carefully and non had become a science project…yet! The light bulb went off and mine legs scampered into the back yard and with a mighty “wack” two ears of corn fell from the sky directly into my hands…what could I do except carry them into the house. Carefully they were undressed, I think it is called shucking. Wrapped up in two layers of wax paper, the magic of microwaves did the rest of the work!

Two minutes later and we were doing the typewriter things on fantastic (and certainly fresh) corn. Butter was used at a minimum because the corn was so sweet!

I checked it before bringing it into the house!

Note to self: Go to H&H tomorrow and get some additional corn!

After the corn meal, certainly a play play on words, it was back to the back yard and a mess of blackberries (a mess is a group of blackberries) suddenly ended up in my hands. Blackberries, meet your new best friend…CoolWhip dessert.

Did You Know?  Cool Whip was introduced in 1966 by the Birds Eye division of General Foods, now part of Kraft Heinz. Within two years of introduction, it became the largest and most profitable product in the Birds Eye line of products. Cool Whip is now the most consumed brand of whipped topping in the U.S.

Cool Whip is a brand of imitation whipped cream, referred to as a whipped topping by its manufacturer, Kraft Heinz. It is used in North America as a topping for desserts, and in some no-bake pie recipes as a convenience food or ingredient that does not require physical whipping and can maintain its texture without melting over time.

Cool Whip is sold frozen and must be defrosted in the refrigerator before being used.[citation needed] It has a longer shelf life than cream while frozen. On the other hand, it does not have the same flavor and texture as whipped cream, and there is nearly a 50% added cost.

 

Being a sucker for signs and while looking through our upcoming Amazon deliveries, this sign popped up and became a mandatory purchase. It is properly mounted and drawing some questions from the neighbors. Yes, I have our security system making sounds like an octopus when the gate is opened! The sign is aluminum and is painted to look weathered…out to last for years!

The neighbors are careful now when they enter our yard!

Tonight is Garden Grove Elks where we put on a dancing display for the audience…they all like a good laugh!! We had a table of twenty just for our group! We were proud to be Elks when we drove up and saw the lodge!

Magnificent!

We were so happy to see Ed and Kathy out and about. Kathy has a rare form of brain cancer and is undergoing treatment but she is fighter and it is always great to see her and Ed.

Rockin’ and rollin’

The gang talks and dances and then dances and talks…everyone else is on the floor dancing! We love our friends!

Vicky, Donna, Kathy, and Irene (in fornt)
Del, Ed, and Bob (in back)

We are so blessed to have such great friends…it’s a built in support group! Tomorrow we will see others in our group at the Santa Ana Elks.

Catching our breath between dances!

9:30 PM and we are done…time to head the Silver Ghost up the freeway to our home. The Ghost knows the way be heart…or whatever organ it uses? We just turn on the GPS to have something to watch. Fourteen minutes and we will be sitting at home!

GPS shows the way!

We are home and the oven instantly snaps to attention setting itself to 350 degrees and expecting to be fed tookie dough. We did not disappoint Mr. Oven.By 11:00 PM we had our cookies and was ready for one more episode of Gilmore Girls.

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We Are Off To The Stars…Again

“From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

We are up early and getting ready for blast-off in the Silver Ghost…Today we meet the Duda’s for another adventure! Robin and Bob made reservations including for us to see Star Wards; Galaxy’s Edge today! So thoughtful. We are blessed with super kids! Thank you again Joe and Amy and Robin and Bob!

We departed, on the Silver Ghost, as planned and arrived at Catal where we had the best breakfast ever. Their breakfast sandwich was so big I ate it with a knife and fork! The eggs were beyond fluffy…just amazing! A drink and a breakfast sandwich…terrific! Outter Space, he were come!

Notice my outer space shirt…always dressed for the occasion!

The Catal breakfast sandwich is pictured below…an alligator could not get that his his mouth…the only way was knife and fork! Potatoes were perfect!

The Catal breakfast sandwich was out of this world!

We began to walk to the front gates of Disneyland but first had to stop by the Lost & Found…I misplaced my keys on Tuesday! We hope they are there as the key fabs are expensive!

No luck… perhaps they will show up later one?

We walked around and on our way to the new land, we ran into Mrs. Duck and her brood also just walking around the part like they owned the place…maybe she does…could be related to Donald?

Hey… were you guys going?
Our ride was awaiting us!

The Falcon was ready to go… Nick could hardly control himself! He was the dunner and Carol drove the ship! Of course, so we were all over the place.

Awaiting our spot in the cockpit

We rocketed off into the wild dark yonder screeming and yelling and having a wonderful time. This time Sue knew what to expect and her back made it through in fine shape!

We came through in one piece!

Sue and I departed for Catal again while the rest stayed for a while…reportedly Nick did the ride four more times! He is young and a gluten for punishment!

We stayed at Catal for about an hour visiting. We got a call from Jonathan, he is back in the hospital with severe pain and temperature. Apparently the surgery caused an abscess and they will have to fo a CT guided maneuver to put a drain in it or back for surgery again!

Did You Know? An internal abscess is more difficult to identify, but signs include pain in the affected area, a high temperature, and generally feeling unwell. Internal abscesses rarely heal themselves, so prompt medical attention is indicated if such an abscess is suspected. An abscess can potentially be fatal depending on where it is located.

We got home and again crashed. We walked about 3.5 miles again today…good for body…n ot easy on the kegs!

TV, tookies, and a solid nights sleep was welcomed!

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Transition Day

Which hot drinks space people like? Gravi-tea!

Gravi-tea? That’s poor even by my lower standards but alas, it must do. We are between planets right now. Tomorrow we go back to Disneyland as the Star Wars experts. This time it is with the Duda’s. Amy & Joe, thanks you so much for a great day!

It was time to walk so I headed out but alas, after 45 minutes I had to return home. The ol’ legs just weren’t up to it…walking five miles yesterday and pushing the wheelchair did me in. Being smart, I rested!

Too short but a smart move

The June Gloom is not gone…it is lurking off the coast as evidence by this picture:

Click for full size image..See the gray clouds down low…that’s tomorrows June Gloom returning!

Even though it was a short walk, I enjoyed the beautiful flowers:

Since I got home a little early, we decided to go tot Gourmet Pies for breakfast..an excellent choice although the we carne asada burrito was way too much food! Sue was smart and brought hers home in a box!

It was 11 Am so I did a Gin & Tonic hopping that would help the leg muscles!

We, of course, went to Cold Stone Creamery after breakfast/lunch and that was fine…I managed to order the smallest cup! The waitress, who also knows us quite well, asked if I was feeling OK?

We returned home and met up with the cleaning staff. I took the boss out to the back yard with a bag and she picked a mess of berries and string beans and got excited about the tomatillos. We told Domilita to take all she wanted as long as she brought us back one of her creations.

Domi (Domilita) grew up in Mexico and went to work at age twelve on a farm as there was no more schooling in her part of the country nor in her town. She is so happy being here seeing her kids get the education she did not. She is a very bright lady and we like her a lot!

I took a 90 minute nap to prepare for tomorrow and upon waking up we jumped in the Silver Ghost as went to Villa Park where we are on the Board Of Directors of the Starlighters Dance Club. As we pulled out of the driveway Sue noticed the moon and when I stopped the car to turn off the water, I noticed an airplane passing right over the moon! The picture is admittedly fuzzy as I shot from the iPhone zoomed out but you get the idea.

The plane flies over the moon!

Arriving at the Bailey house in Villa Park we began the bi-monthly board meeting…kinda like old friends meeting as we all have been on the board for years and years! Everyone wants to join a club…no one (except us) wants to do the work required. Just the way life is!

After two and a half hours, we were done…need sanity check…home Silver Ghost, Away! We watched some TYV and crashed as tomorrow we are going into space again with Robin, Bob and Nick!

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To Infinity And Beyond!

Why should the Sun get into a school? To get brighter!

We are excited…we get to see Star Wars Land AND we get to spend the day with Amy, Joe, Charlie and Alex! We were up at dawn…well, perhaps not dawn exactly but we did leave our place at 10:00 AM. Disneyland is 9.6 miles down Katella from our place to it was an easy drive.

We parked close to Downtown Disney and entered heading for Catal where we had a drink, and appetizer, and then visited with the staff. We needed to be at The Blue Bayou at 11:40 AM so we skedaddled at 11:00 AM sharp! Perfect timing!

Amy & Joe take us to see Star Wars Land – Joe made reservations at the Bayou last week! Good thinking!

We enjoyed a leisurely meal with lots of giggles going on. It was so nice to sit with the family and think about the next couple of hours where we will be transported 500 years into the future.

I did the Jambalaya which was spicy and excellent. Amy found a gooseberry amongst her surprises. She looked a little wary but was a sport and bit into it!

Someone got to eat a gooseberry!

Did You Know? The Gooseberry is native to Europe, the Caucasus and northern Africa. The species is also sparingly naturalized in scattered locations in North America. Gooseberry bushes produce an edible fruit and are grown on both a commercial and domestic basis. Its native distribution is unclear, since it may have escaped from cultivation and become naturalized.

After lunch we made our way to the “round moving building” in Tomorrow Land which is the check-in point for Star Wars Land. We got our wrist bands and awaited further instruction! After perusing the museum/displays we decided to head for our targeted adventure!

Wrist bands are attacked…Now we head for Bear Country Restaurant!

We had 45 minutes to kill so we walked slowly…Amy and Joe were going to take the train but it turned out it was filled to capacity. They caught up with us while we watched the band play in fro=nt of the Golden Horseshoe Dance Hall.

They must be hot in those uniforms…The music was hot for sure!

We decided to stand in line and see what happened. We got in right on time and walked for quite a while transitioning from the Frontierland to a space port in the year 2400…subtle!

Come on and join the fun! Our website captured the events of the day!

We walked 600 years in a few minutes!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge takes place on a new remote planet called Batuu. This planet is rough and tumble, themed to an outer frontier trading post in the Outer Rim Territories just before Wild Space. Although this planet is not specifically mentioned in the movies, it is said to have existed for thousands of years.

Smuggler’s Run attraction pulls together six guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon. Each guests is assigned to one of three roles: pilot, engineer, or gunner. We had a lot of time to see the innards of the spaceport and the boys like all the crazy sounds and announcements.

The boys take Mom first…. Sue, Joe, and I hang back! We are older and wiser!

We are going on the Millennium Falcon to deliver supplies to the forces of good! The ride is exciting and not good if you have a bad back (we found out). In and out of light speed, chased by space ships, careening around corders and break-neck speed…all in a days work. Poor Alex, he got to the pilot today!

Our son (Captain Joe) is ready to go! We like his space helmet!

We arrive at the ship and we get in for the ride of a lifetime! We were all over space going into warp speed many times! Joe is in the Co-Pilot’s seat…he will be sorry later!

Amy & Joe join us for an amazing ride…Alex is the captain today! Oh oh!

We went into warp speed several times. Amy is an expert and warp speed as evidenced below:

We were all warped this afternoon

Joe was feeling just super after the ride…don’t know if he was praying or getting sick…it was quite an experience!

Alex is quite the pilot… Dad is not so sure!!

After the ride and making adjustments (putting out teeth back in, straightening our attire, etc,) we walked around for quite a while…Alex and Charlie got their picture taken with Chewy.

It was 87 degrees outside… How hot was Chewy on the inside?

After seeing Star Wars land the kids when on to visit Disneyland and we headed back to Catal (the ol’ folks Disneyland). We had a drink and then headed for home. What a disappointment…I hit the hyper-drive button on the Silver Ghost at least ten times and ZIP, NADA, we did not jump. we did get some strange looks as Sue yelled “To Infinity and Beyond”…Note to self, close the windows on the way home next time. We were pooped because the heat and humidity just took its toll!

We managed tookies but hit the sack about 10:45 PM!

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Do You Remember The Studebaker???

If you had friends like mine, you’d be the luckiest guy in the world!

What happened? My sorry butt did not get up until almost 8:30 AM! Unheard of…usually I am up at 6:00 AM ready to go! Of course, after determining the time, I jumped up and headed for the kitchen to visit my bride and I passed a mirror. Big mistake! The ol’ eyes seemed not to be working yet…the older I get, the longer it takes in the morning for them to focus. Intentional, I think so! Then I remembered:

This is a good thing!

While I was looking at Facebook this morning (I needed my family fix) I saw the following advertisement. Wow… talk about memories! Our neighbors, when I was growing us, was a Studebaker person. Harry Gillick only owned Studebakers and would fight with the other neighbors to convince them this was the only brand to buy! They had four that I remember of starting with the “three-titter” and ending with an Avanti. Listen to the smooth advertisement.

Did You Know? Studebaker  was an American automobile manufacturer based in South Bend, Indiana. Founded in 1852 and incorporated in 1868[1] as the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, the firm was originally a producer of wagons for farmers, miners, and the military.

Studebaker entered the automotive business in 1902 with electric vehicles and in 1904 with gasoline vehicles, all sold under the name “Studebaker Automobile Company”. Until 1911, its automotive division operated in partnership with the Garford Company of Elyria, Ohio, and after 1909 with the E-M-F Company. The first gasoline automobiles to be fully manufactured by Studebaker were marketed in August 1912.  Over the next 50 years, the company established a reputation for good quality and reliability. 

After years of financial problems, the company merged in 1954 with luxury carmaker Packard to form the Studebaker-Packard Corporation. However, Studebaker’s financial problems were worse than the Packard executives had thought. The Packard marque was phased out, and the company returned to the Studebaker Corporation name in 1962. The South Bend plant ceased production on December 20, 1963, and the last Studebaker automobile rolled off the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, assembly line on March 17, 1966.

Studebaker Commercial (1950s)

Studebaker Commercial (1950s)

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Studebaker was a good care…ahead of its time in many cases

Time to walk and walk I did. Off to Staples to for some shopping and getting exercise at the same time! I did wear my black sweats and I was sorry as it was HOT…got into the 90’s my mid afternoon! I was not the only one!

Felt good to be out and about!

As usual, the finger was trigger happy and I collected several shots as the walk progressed.

We had lunch after returning home and at dessert time, I got a smile on my face and headed outside to get fresh blackberries! OMG, that bush is so full!!! Added to Cool Whip, I have a dessert I can live with!

So good and so many!

After lunch I complete the Old Ranch Website and then headed to Long Beach Town Center in the Toyota Avalon…damn, I love that care. 135.000+ miles and it runs like a top and so easy to drive. I swear I am going to buy another one in December for my 75th birthday even though this one is perfect…it is a 2006!

Fun with friends!

Of course after arriving at the shopping center the Lowe’s Sirens beckoned my to enter the tool department and being weak of mind and body, I succumbed and entered. I had to buy an electronic laser measuring device (to add to my collection), a set of picks, and a 1/4″ socket set…I mean, what can a man do?

Three doors down was Wine & More…the real purpose of the visit. Leaving Wine & More I stacked my shopping spree into the roomy back seat and sped off down the 605 anxious to get home and be with my bride!

Sue does the Rose and Chard… I do the Cab…We both like the Brut
(She always tells me “You’re such a BRUT”)

Sue and I sat and had a glass of wine and talked for an hour about nothing! We just enjoy each others company so we do that a lot. Finally it was time to clean up and get ready for dinner. We are dining with Amy & Joe and the kids plus Mark (Colleen’s husband) who is in town.

Panda Inn here we come. We sat and yammered for a couple of hours and enjoyed ourselves with tales of yesteryear all while dining of excellent Chinese food.

Charlie, Amy, Joe, Alex, Paul, Sue, and Mark

So wonderful that our family gets along and enjoys each others company. Joe, Mark and I just cracked up the whole evening while Amy and Sue just shook their heads! Of course, at the end, the traditional picture must be taken!

Rabbit ears for all!

Mark headed back to San Diego for another few days of work and perhaps we will see hime again but this week is extraordinarily busy for us as we are going to Disneyland twice (Tuesday & Thursday) to see Star Wars Land!

The girls managed to squeeze in a few words edgewise between the Mark, Paul and Joe wise-cracks!

After dinner we headed for home and remarked about the beautiful sky. It was well past 8:00 PM and the sky was awash in a pallet of pink and blue pastels…magnificent!

We settled in after the delightful visit still chortling at the “funnies” provided by Joe, Mark, and yours truly. We went to bed a little early as we must be Disneyland in the morning to meet Amy, Joe, Charlie, and Alex at the Blue Bayou for lunch prior to our four-hour reserved visit to Star Wars Land.

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It Is Sun Day…Finally!

Among retirees what is considered formal attire?   Tied shoes.

The sun is out…OMG, June Gloom is gone today! We be amazerated! Quick, to the yard and console the veggies, let them know they were not transplanted overnight…they are still safe in their beds!

We have a dance tonight so we are resting meaning piddling around doing stuff. I fixed our closet mirrored doors which over the years began to not open easily. 30 minutes, a few tools and a little WD-40 and it is not a happily adjusted door.

I worked in the shop and listened to Leo LaPort, “The Computer Geek”…good information. When the news comes on i turn the radio down but one time I was on the ladder and could not get to the volume control. I heard the dimocrats saying the deal with Mexico was bad…Geeez…Mexico does more for the security of the US than the damned Congress.

After the radio incident, I did take a 45 minute nap before betting ready to go to Old Ranch.

Selfie time

Join us for an evening of fun at the ranch! We sponsor the dance and today we had thirty-one folks join us for dinner and dancing!

Dancing with friends at the Old Ranch Country Club monthly dinner dance

We headed home and did our tookie/TV thing until about 12:30 PM finally crashing after a great day!

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