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  • Saturday Was An All Day Affair

    Posted on February 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We started at 11:00 with Sue’s haircut and then off to Seasons 52 for a great lunch.

    We drove over to the OC PErforming Arts Center and saw “The Illusionists”… Seven individual magicians doing their thing!  Wow!

    We stoppped at the Center Club for a while to beat the traffic and pass some time.

    Then off to the GG Elks to visit… We are not dancing yet!

  • Friday Was A little Better

    Posted on February 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went ot he back surgeon at 9:30 and they are going to order some MRI’s of the spinal column to find out about the leakage.  They also took a DNA sample and are going to run it through a program that tells us what pain killers are easiest for Sue to take!  Interesting.

    We tried to go to That’s Amore (where Panda Palace used to be) but they are only serving dinner now!  We ended up having lunch at Cafe St. Germain in Seal Beach.  We swapped pictures with Colleen!  See the difference?

    Later we went to OR and sat with Bunnaford and Terri for a while before going to the GG Elks for dinner and watching others dance.

  • Thursday Was Bad!

    Posted on February 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Sue tried the pain killers and they did NOT agree with her.  We cancelled a doctors appointment. cancelled dinner with Jeanette, and did NOT go to the Phoenix Club!  We watched a couple of Netflix movies on the laptop and crashed early!

  • Where Does One Go To Get Happy? Disneyland!

    Posted on February 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We decided out outing for the day would be Disneyland.  We made it to Downtown Disney before deciding  that was enough!  We stopped at Catal and had a little lunch around 2:30 .  We stayed until four so we cold see some of the crew on their way in to work.

    Happy at Catal... Great afternoon and the staff came by to visit

    Happy at Catal… Great afternoon and the staff came by to visit

    We then called Bunnaford and decided to go to Old Ranch.  We arrive about 5:15 and stayed until 8:00 before going home and heading for the TV.  We did not last very long.  Ten PM and we were out like a lite.  Feeling bad and a caregiver giving wears us out!

    Tomorrow is the back surgeon so we hope we get some good news?

  • Zip Nada Today

    Posted on February 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Because of the pain with the hand, we stayed home most of the day and rested.  We finally got out of the house around 5:00 to go to Old ranch for a visit.    We did tell ORCC that were were going to have forty-four people at the Superbowl Sunday celebration.  We ran into Bunnaford and then invited Greg to join us for a glass of wine.

    Time to feed our faces for three hours

    Time to feed our faces for three hours

    After Old Ranch, we went home and watched two Valentine’s Day movies on the Hallmark Channel.  We crashed before 11;00.

  • Monday… Let’s Find A Doctor

    Posted on February 1st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We began making calls and finally ended up at Greater Long Beach Orthopedic Surgery Center (about six blocks away form us).  Dr. Kidd was excellent.  He recommended no surgery but a cast was mandatory for 3-6 weeks!

    The splint hid the facts.  We were both surprised when the hand was unwrapped.

    With split removed we saw the results of the fall

    With split removed we saw the results of the fall

    It’s time for a cast!  Sue selected black thinking that would not show dirt.

    Castaway? No, cast away!

    Castaway? No, cast away!

    The cast went on in about five minutes but alas, the coat should have come off first.  We had to cut one of the seams about eight inches so the coat could come off with the cast on.

    In style... As usual!

    In style… As usual!

    It took three hours at the doctor so we decided to stop at Hoff’s Hut for a quick lunch before going home and getting ready for Malarkey’s.

    Hand is hurting, time to go home!

    Hand is hurting, time to go home!

    Fun
  • Sunday We Tried To Relax …. And Keep Sue Busy

    Posted on January 31st, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul wanted to make Sue happy so we decided to go to the Himalayan Grille for lunch!  That’s always happy food for us1

    KJ Chardonnay helped immediately

    KJ Chardonnay helped immediately

    Thukpa is a Tibetan noodle soup. It originated in the eastern part of Tibet. Amdo Thukpa (especially Thenthuk) is a famous variant among Tibetan. The dish became popular in Nepal, Bhutan, and the states of Sikkim, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. It is also popular in the Ladakh region and the state of Himachal Pradesh. The food is widely available in these regions.

    The veggie thumka wasfantastic

    The veggie thukpa was fantastic

    Set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, the people of Nepal have many different backgrounds and ethnicities, and this multitude of influences is reflected within the country’s cuisine. Nepalese dishes are generally healthier than most other South Asian gastronomies, as they rely less on the extensive use of fats and more on chunky vegetables, lean meats, pickled dishes and salads. Whilst Nepal does take heavy influences from its closest geographical companions such as India, China and Tibet, this mountainous paradise only opened up its borders to outsiders in the 1950s. It is for this reason, in addition to problems with exports and imports caused by Nepal’s geographical setting, that there is a particular focus on using locally grown produce.

    Himalayan food is delicious1

    Himalayan food is delicious1

    Cauliflower with potato  and peas cooked with herbs and spices. Wonderful especially on a cold winter day!

    Potatoes and peas

    Potatoes and peas

    After dining we headed home for a while and then decided Patty’s Place was needed before we went home for the evening.

    We came home and watched some TV before crashing!

  • Yeah! We Have Rain!!

    Posted on January 31st, 2016 Paul No comments
    Fun
  • Duh! We Stayed Home… For A While!

    Posted on January 30th, 2016 Paul No comments

    After staying up until 3:00 am, we slept for quite a while!  Paul worked on the computer and Sue took it very easy and then took a nice nap!  Broken hands are really a pain in many ways.

    The hand is a marvelously complex part of the human anatomy. Every year, however, millions of people experience broken bones within their hands. Because we are so dependent on our hands, even a small loss of function can result in a lifelong disability.

    We decided to go to the Elks tonight just to avoid cabin fever.  No dancing this evening!  Paul gad a burger and brought home a tack of ribs! What is cabin fever?

    Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated or shut in a small space with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.  The phrase is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone.

  • Good And Bad….

    Posted on January 29th, 2016 Paul No comments

    The day started off pretty well with Paul doing his morning walk traversing the neighborhood for an hour!  We then had a great salad right out of our garden (it does not get better than that!).   In the afternoon we went to Cafe St Germain for a short visit before getting ready to see the Celtic Nights performance at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.   We met Donna at Old Ranch as Bob had to work that night. Leaving the parking lot was beautiful

    The evening was beautiful when me met Donna

    The evening was beautiful when me met Donna

    We dined at the Arte Cafe which was good on food but lacked service attention we normally receive.  Paul droped off Donna and Sue at the entrance and went to park the car,

    Walking into the theater

    Walking into the theater

    We were ready for a great show!

    We were ready for a great show!

    Celtic Nights – Spirit of Freedom showcases the story of Irish independence, beginning 100 years ago with the 1916 Easter Rising. In an evening of music, song, dance, and storytelling, the show highlights the rich Irish heritage by turning the spotlight on the struggles of a people fighting to gain freedom, independence, and true democracy.

    We headed for the theater just in time to have a champagne and head to our fantastic seats.  Before going in, Sue headed for the ladies room by herself.  On our way in we saw a medical technician taking care of someone and it was Sue.  She fell down.  We got a bandage for a cut finger and went on into the theater.

    First indication something was wrong

    First indication something was wrong

    Half way through the first performance the fall was taking its toll.  We left at half-time and went home.  Paul decided we were going back to the emergency room as it looked pretty bad.

    We go there at 10:00 and after x-rays we found that Sue had broken two fingers in her left hand!

    Heart Breaker... Wedding ring had never been off

    Heart Breaker… Wedding ring had never been off

    The ring had to come off and the nurse worked magic in not having to cut it off!

    The comparison made it so obvious

    The comparison made it so obvious

    The hand was throbbing in pain!  X-Ray show ring finger was broken by the knuckle and there was another fracture just up from the index finger!

    The split is not pretty but it is functional

    The split is not pretty but it is functional

    We finally hit the sack about 3:00 am after a painful experience.

  • Easy Day

    Posted on January 28th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Sue decided today was cooking day!  We stayed around the house doing a few errands before going to the Phoenix Club and dancing.

    As always,  great fun!

    As always, great fun!

  • Wednesday Was Great

    Posted on January 27th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and Charlotte today!  Nine holes was just about right.  The high was 68 and we had overcast keeping us cool but not cold! Sue got to feed the ducks and they were very happy to see her!  We did happy hour with Charlotte as James joined Bunny and Rocky/Bullwinkle on the front nine again!

    We went home and at 5:00 we decided to go to Patty’s Place for a cocktail.  Paul did the Lamb Chops with a great salad.  One drink was perfect with A super coffee chaser… Drinking and driving do not match!

    The bar is a nice warm place

    The bar is a nice warm place

    Patty’s Place has a cozy bar! Fabulous dining experience!! (Inside or outside) Great appetizers and drinks!! Frog legs are a delicacy–try them! Varied menu for all tastes. The owner Patty is a delightful lady who always comes to visit your table AND she makes all the fabulous desserts. The Key Lime Pie is my favorite!! Best to make reservations. You will not be disappointed!

    We headed for home and watched a movie and a couple of our series before crashing.

    Tomorrow is a big cooking day!  We are going to visit the garden and see what is usable! Visit our Winter garden!

    It does not get fresher than this1

    It does not get fresher than this!

    We then headed for home and Sue did the treadmill while Paul worked on the website.

  • Doctor Day…. The Golf… Then Happy Hour

    Posted on January 26th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We went to the local Urgent Care around the corner from us to have them check Sue’s goose egg and they said it might take a month or so for the swelling to go down! Great!  It’s now a race between her back and her head as to which will improve the fastest!

    Off to Old Ranch!  It was a 75 degree day so Paul immediately sent this picture to Colleen and Jon!  We go some interesting replies!

    A truly magnificent day !

    A truly magnificent day !

    Golf was super as we played nine holes with no body hardly around! Then came Happy Hour!

    Bunny was showing off her socks when James said he would like to try them on!

    Bunny was showing off her socks when James said he would like to try them on!

    James looked pretty good in the little socks!

    Just smashing!

    Just smashing!

    We were all waiting for the socks to hiss!  Just then, Jay joined the party!

    Our friend Jay said he would join us at the next dance!

    Our friend Jay said he would join us at the next dance!

    We departed for home and watched a movie before crashing.  Sue hit the treadmill!

  • Monday Was Another Easy Day

    Posted on January 25th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We decided to stay around the house Monday and let Sue’s head get a rest.  We finally had enough of this rest stuff and decided to head to Malarkey’s for our Monday evening happy hour and sunset watch!  As usual, Greg and Irene joined us!

    It look like the sun was exploding as it sets into the sea

    It look like the sun was exploding as it sets into the sea

    The view changes every few seconds as the sun makes transit across the sky and into the Pacific Ocean!

    Then the amazing colors cover the sky!

    Then the amazing colors cover the sky!

    We had the Rodecker’s with us this evening.  Ghislaine and Wally always add humor to the conversation.

    Storytelling is started up again so we stayed with Greg to watch the show for a while.  Quite creative are these story tellers!  Paul was full by the time we left because we sat for three hours and he was full of iced tea and diet coke! Just as we were about to depart, Greg ordered a flat bread!

  • Relaxing Day With Birthdays For Amy And Franklyn

    Posted on January 24th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Happy birthday you all!  We went to Panda Inn and celebrated Amy and Franklyn’s birthday!  We had a great time with the Chartier’s joining us along with Greg!  Join the fun!

    Greg got the seat of honor between Amy and Franklyn

    Greg got the seat of honor between Amy and Franklyn

    We headed for home and  then went over to the country club to have a snack before coming home and watching a movie before crashing!

  • Ramping Back Up To Full Steam!

    Posted on January 23rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Sue was getting to feel a little better so we did a “full day”.  We departed the house about 11:00 for our lunch reservations at Seasons’s 52.    We did stop at Home Depot to picl up our multi-purpose bar-b-que and beet cooler!

     

    Clever design

    Clever design

    Lunch as fantastic at Seasons 52.  Sue decided “no salads today” so she tried both of the veggie soups and they were fantastic!

    We learned our favorite seats are 202-204, NOT 205!

    We learned our favorite seats are 202-204, NOT 205!

    We then went to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “If/Then”.  It was an interesting musical with outstanding performers!

    Interesting

    Interesting

    F/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today—and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning creators of Next to Normal, this “fascinating, ambitious, and original new musical” (New York Post) simultaneously follows one woman’s two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.

    We dropped over to the Center Club for a drink and some delicious munchies before going to the Elks in Santa Ana to hear and dance to Jerry Benton.

    The Center Club is on the ground floor of the twenty story office building

    The Center Club is on the ground floor of the twenty story office building

    As usual, Jerry did a fabulous job playing great dance music!

    It was a full moon and the sky was amazing!

    It was a full moon and the sky was amazing!

  • Friday Was Another Easy Day

    Posted on January 22nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed close to home today but finally went out to the Topper’s Dance Club.  We had tickets to see “Under The Street Corner Lamp”, a doo-wop fifties performance but since Bob and Donna were joining us we did not use the tickets.  We have the tickets to Greg and he met Marsha and Leon there.  Join the fun!

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    Great fun with dear friends

  • We Kept A Low Profile

    Posted on January 21st, 2016 Paul No comments

    We decided that if we rested all day, we might be able to go to the Phoenix Club so we did and we did!  Connor joined us at the club with Josie and we danced a few dances before heading home.  Sue was, as usual, brave!  Paul is always amazed at how confident Sue is as most people would hide in a closet until the bruises go away…  Not miss Sue, she is out and about!

    We danced the night away!

    We danced the night away!

  • When All Is Going Well Then All Hell Breaks Loose

    Posted on January 20th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James. Nine great holes and then we did some happy hour!

    We finished on nine!

    We finished on nine!  It was a beautiful golf day!

    The Old Man of Old Ranch was dressed to kill!

    Ready to go!

    Ready to go!

    All of a sudden fog… Five minutes later it was gone!  We looked for the birds!

    It was a beautiful day and then fog for a few minutes?

    It was a beautiful day and then fog for a few minutes?

    Happy hour was great!  Then we departed for home!

    Happy hour!

    Happy hour!

    We went home and were hurrying to change so we could go to South Coast Repertory.  I was in the front of the house when heard a scream.  Running into the bathroom, I found Sue face down on the floor and in serious pain.  She had apparently tripped on the rug and went face first.

    Painful and looked pretty bad!

    Painful and looked pretty bad!

    We ran to the Emergency Hospital and waited about three hours to see a doctor.  Good news: nothing broken; bad-news: looks like she was in a bar fight!

    We got home late and watched some TV for the pain meds would kick in… We crashed about 1:00 am!

  • Stuffed Is The Word

    Posted on January 19th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We departed the house about 11:00 to meet with the Old Timers, Sue’s folks she worked with at Boeing.  We try to do this about every 60 days!  Taco Surf in Sunset Beach was our target and Paul had to try the Carne Asada Burrito.  Danged thing was huge!

    Taco Surf in Sunset Beach

    Taco Surf in Sunset Beach is right across from the Himalayan Grill!

    We were missing several today but busy retirement schedules have that effect on all of us!

    The gang (minus three)

    The gang (minus three)

    We then returned home to to the treadmill and mess around on the garden for a while before going to Patty’s Place to meet up with Robin.

    Salad soon!

    Salad soon!

    Strawberries, salad, cauliflower, and shelling peas are growing daily!  The lettuce leaves get picked a few at a time and become the world freshest salad under the careful supervision of Miss Sue!

    Broccolini is coming inside in a few hours

    Broccolini is coming inside in a few hours

    We looked on-line to see how to harvest these little beauties!  The stalk is edible (unlike regular broccoli) so we get quite a bit of edible food in each harvest.  Done correctly, the plant will reproduce additional flower shoots which can be harvested agin (…sometimes up to three times!).

    We headed for Patty’s Place to meet up with Robin!

    Robin (inside dark  restaurant sans flash)

    Robin (inside dark restaurant sans flash)

    Paul stuffed himself again with Frogs Legs and Lamb Chops!  Oh, Robin and Paul had dessert.. A chocolate Sunday!

    Perfect dessert after Forgs Legs and Lamb Chops!

    Perfect dessert after Frogs Legs and Lamb Chops!

    We then went to Old Ranch for a glass of wine before going home.  We met up with Arturo and had a good conversation with him.  He is a bright and talented young man for being twenty-five years old!

    Then to home and we watched two Hallmark movies.  God Bless Hallmark for producing good movies.  Much better than anything Hollywierd has to offer!  Thank you Hallmark!!

  • Monday Was Relaxing

    Posted on January 18th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house most of the day.  Sue make an amazing brunch from the Starlighter’s vegetarian selection from Saturday evening.  Amazing how she can add this and that to a fairly bland meal and make it fantastic!

    Paul worked in the garden while Sue did the treadmill.  The garden is looking pretty good. The strawberries are beginning to have blossoms and the lettuce is getting ready for harvesting.  The broccolini is ready for harvesting.

    Broccolini  is a green vegetable similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and longer, thin stalks. Often misidentified as young broccoli, it is a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan, both cultivar groups of Brassica oleracea. It was originally developed by the Sakata Seed Company of Yokohama, Japan, in 1993 as “aspabroc”.

    The entire vegetable is consumable, including the occasional yellow flower. Common cooking methods include sauteeing, steaming, boiling, and stir frying. Its flavor is sweet, with notes of both broccoli and asparagus,[1] although it is not closely related to the latter. Nutritionally, it is high in vitamin C and contains vitamin A, calcium, folate, and iron.

    Sue will make magic happen using our brocallini

    Sue will make magic happen using our broccolini

     

    Another magnificent Malarkey's sunset!

    Another magnificent Malarkey’s sunset!

    We watched “An Affair To Remember”…  What a great movie!  We then got ready to go out and end up at Malarkey’s for our Monday evening soiree with Greg and Irene.

  • Sunday Was Another End-To-End Activities Day

    Posted on January 17th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We were lazy in the morning so we could be busy in the evening!  Sue did the treadmill and Paul did some odd jobs around the house.  We went to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts and saw “Champagne Music Makers” at 3:00.

    It’s a reunion of The Lawrence Welk alumni club! The all-star show features the iconic variety television show’s regulars, including Ralna English, who thrilled fans with duet partner Guy Hovis. The lineup also includes tap dancer Arthur Duncan, dance team Bobby and Elaine, singer-dancer Mary Lou Metzger, and singer-songwriter Gail Farrell. The Champagne Music Makers Orchestra provides musical accompaniment.

    Fantastic walk down memory lane!

    Fantastic walk down memory lane!

    As soon as it was over, we raced to Santa Ana Elks and joined in on the Jam Session dancing until about 10:00 before coming home and watching a bit of the telly before crashing.

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    Time for an old fashioned Jam session

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    Good friends sharing

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    Bob and Jan sharing a good laugh

     

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    No! This belongs to Paul the bartender

  • A Full Day Ahead Of Us

    Posted on January 16th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul went walking. Almost all of Christmas is now down and in their little boxes for a year.  We are staring to see Valentines Day flags and decorations.  Join the parade!

    The flags are out for Valentines Day

    The flags are out for Valentines Day

    We stayed around the house after doing some chores.  We departed for Fullerton at 5:30 to attend the Starlighters Winter Casual dance at the Howard Johnson hotel on Union street.  Great to see everybody. Join the dance!

    Starlighters Winter Casual

    Starlighters Winter Casual

    We got some bad news.  Bob Kegel passed away 12/12/2015.  Bob and Paul went to the same Junior High School, albeit 15 years apart, and compared notes and we had many of the same teachers!  We also found out that the Bailey’s two precious little baby dogs were killed by coyotes.  The coyotes tore out a steel cage moving it two feet from their home and attacked/killed the babies.

    We also had to tell many members that Al Callo also passed.  Al left us on Tuesday the 12th of January after a bout with cancer.

    So, not to be slackers, we stayed at the dance until 7:45 and then high-tailed it to Cerritos and caught the Cerritos Performing Arts Center presentation of Doo Wop!  Great show! The Best of Doo-Wop Vol. II when the genre’s icons unite! Jam with the Vocal Group Hall of Fame band The Duprees (Have You Heard, My Own True Love, and You Belong to Me). The lineup also includes Jimmy Clanton (Just a Dream, A Letter to an Angel, and Venus in Blue Jeans); Milton Love, the original lead singer of the Solitaires (Walking Along); and Tony Middleton, original singer of the Willows (Church Bells May Ring and My Dear Dearest Darling). Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon (Tallahassee Lassie and Palisades Park) also performs.

    Simply great music!

    Simply great music!

    We were not tired yet so we then went to Patty’s Place and closed it down getting home about 12:30!

  • Slow Day… By Our Standards

    Posted on January 15th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house most of the day.  Sue paid bills and did the treadmill while Paul worked in the garden getting the last of the winter garden planted and working in about thirty cubic feet of compost into the ground.

    We went to the Garden Grove Elks and danced with the gang until about ten o’clock and then headed for home!

  • Golf Day

    Posted on January 14th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We played nine holes with James today.  Fast game of nine holes and the weather was cool! We did happy hour with Linda, Bunnaford and Rocky & Bullwinkle!

    Afterwords, we went home to freshen up and headed to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing,  Connor joined us this evening.

    We found out this evening that we have lost another friend.  Al Calo passed with complication with cancer two days ago.  We say our prayers for Violet Felix, his  friend for the last many years.

    Goodbye Al...  We will indeed meet again!

    Goodbye Al… We will indeed meet again!

  • Wednesday We Kept Busy

    Posted on January 13th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Our cleaning folks come on Wednesdays so we had to be gone for a a few hours so we decided to go see a movie.  We saw “Daddy’s Home” which was pretty much a bust!  Some funny parts but in general a disappointment.

    We departed the movie early so Paul could go to the dentist and get a crown re-glued in!  Off to Patty’s Place for a bite to eat and some great wines.  Lamb chops were terrific!

    Leaving Huntington Beach the sun decided to set

    Leaving Huntington Beach the sun decided to set a it gave us a great show!

    We drove from the dentist to Patty’s Place along PCH for a distance of 7.6 miles and the sunset views were amazing.

    Magnificent colors

    Magnificent colors which changed all the time

    While not visible in the photos, the oil rigs had the brightest while lights one could imagine.

    The palm trees stood out against the right background

    The palm trees stood out against the light background

    We came home for Sue to do the treadmill and watch “On The Town” which is a 1949 musical.  We followed that by an old “Blue Bloods” before crashing!

  • Time For Fun

    Posted on January 12th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James today… nine holes was perfect.  It almost got to 70 degrees and the course was going pretty fast!

    Seventy degrees was super1

    Seventy degrees was super1

    We teed off at 12:30 and the course was just fine!

    Off we go

    Off we go

    Sue rode in the cart and putted each hole.  Taking care of her back was essential!

    James and Sue head out on #1

    James and Sue head out on #1

    After nine holes we went into the club house and had a drink with James.  After James departed Maryjo and Randy joined us for drinks and a little snack!

    Maryjo joined us for a drink and some dinner

    Maryjo joined us for a drink and some dinner

    Randy and Paul shared some more memories

    Randy and Paul shared some more memories

    We headed home and watched TV for a while.

  • Work And Play Makes For A Great Day!

    Posted on January 11th, 2016 Paul No comments

    While Sue did the treadmill, Paul headed for H&H and came back with ten bags of mulch and a tray of veggies!  After digging in ten bags of mulch, it was time to rest!  We went to Malarkey’s and met up with Irene.  Greg was in Lauglin.  We had the best sunset ever!

    The initial sunset was OK and then...

    The initial sunset was OK and then…

    As we crossed the bridge all of a sudden the sunset dramatically changed form drab grays to brilliant reds and oranges.

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    The Sun set and the sky lighted up

    When the sun lowered the sky turned red, pink and blue.

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    The lower the sun went, the colors changed dramatically

    When the sun was gone, the bright reds came out.  The horizon was brilliant!

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    Amazing

    We headed home to watch a movie and crash!

     

  • Easy Day And A Dinner Dance At Old Ranch

    Posted on January 10th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We took it easy today and messed around the house.  Sue did the treadmill and Paul worked in the garden!  About 3:30 we got cleaned up and headed to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner-dance with the gang!  Join the fun!

    Great time with great friends!

    Great time with great friends!

    We had a great time enjoying each others company.  We headed for home at watched  a TV movie before crashing.

  • Relaxing Day

    Posted on January 9th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We hung around the house until about  2:00 when we went Old World to look for a gift to bring to the Thedens later this day.  We stopped by El Torito to checkout the changes we had head about and the changes were good!

    Leaving Old World in Huntington Beach

    Leaving Old World in Huntington Beach the skies were threatening

    OMG... I thought it was a small bowl!

    OMG… I thought it was a small bowl! plenty of food for a small army!

    Excellent!

    Excellent!

    We departed home for the Thedens and hit traffic on the 91.  It was OK, we turned up the radio and waded through the traffic.  Great fun at their home doing our second   Join the fun!

    Great fun with friends

    Great fun with friends

    We laughed and giggled for hours.  It was a small “UN” with the Americans, British, and Germans participating.  Good to be with friends!

  • Time For The Rondeliers!

    Posted on January 8th, 2016 Paul No comments

    We messed around the house today and then headed for Altadena to go dancing with the Rondeliers!  Loads of fun dancing to the music of the 1920’s! Join the fun!

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    Great fun with great friends

  • Hello! World! Off To The Bowers

    Posted on January 6th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul was on the computer when all of a sudden the Earth moved.

    Earthquake 6:42 AM 1/6/2016

    Earthquake 6:42 AM 1/6/2016

    The USGS had the details on their website within a few minutes of the event!

    Widely felt even for a 4.2

    Widely felt even for a 4.2

    We had planned to go to Tangata and The Bowers and we did despite the rain!  We had a great time visiting with son Joe and Greg.  Join the fun!

    It poured outside!

    It poured outside!

    We dined at Tangata and then walked through the museum.  At the end we decided to go to Bistro St. Germain’s in Seal Beach for a glass of wine and some French onion soup before going home!

    It rained pretty hard and now it is midnight and there are thunderstorms passing right over our heads!

     

  • Rain Rain Please Do NOT Go Away!

    Posted on January 5th, 2016 Paul No comments

    It’s been a long time since we have seen rain like today… Keep coming… We need all you have!  We did chores… Sue paid the bills and Paul messed around the computer room!

    We stayed at home until 3:00 and then we needed to escape the cabin!  We went to Cucina Enotica at Fashion Island (Newport Center).

    Magnificent place to dine!

    Magnificent place to dine!

    The Cucina family of restaurants is one of Southern California’s first retail wine shop and restaurant in one concept. The affordable menus showcase the flavors of Italy with the organic freshness of California, allowing local bounty to take the culinary lead. Come visit one of our locations and experience Cucina for yourself.

    Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli oversees the Cucina culinary activities. He and his talented troop of chef de cuisines and executive sous chefs are dedicated to creating inventive, seasonal dishes as well as running an ambitious in-house effort the house made cheeses, charcuterie and sausage, artisan breads and pastas made from scratch.

    Cucina ’s wine shops comprise of over 250 familiar names and rare, small-batch gems from the Americas and Europe, with an emphasis on Italian varietals. Each location has an experienced in-house sommelier, making shopping for the perfect bottle a breeze.

    The Cucina is known for its “infusions” and Paul always tries two before coffee… We do NOT drink and drive!

    Jalapeno Margarita!

    Jalapeno Margarita!

    The favorite “One Big Meat Ball” is served.  With the chili flakes on them, it keeps the tummy warm for hours on end!

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    One bigga meata ball! Excellent!!

    The lighting is unique…. Everyone is different and interesting to study!

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    The lighting has character!

    In the parking lot of Newport Center looking south-west was a magnificent sky!  We headed to Old Ranch afterwords to meet up with Greg and have a nightcap!

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    As we departed the rain began pouring down!

    PCH was busy with traffic but we were in no hurry!

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    We had some traffic on the way home!

    PCH opened up and the traffic improved… So did the skyline!

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    The sky was amazing!

    As we pulled in to the Old Ranch parking lot the sun was lighting up the bottom of the storm clouds making them look ominous… Glad it is not Halloween!

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    As we pulled in to Old Ranch the sky was fabulous

    Upon arriving at home we watched a movie and the NCIS.  Crashed as tomorrow is another big wet day!

  • Time To Walk Again!

    Posted on January 4th, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul is back to walking again!  45 minutes and it felt good!  We saw the last of some Christmas friends as they are on their way to the garage for the next eleven months!

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    It’s a start!

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    A simple walk… Trying to avoid the rain!

    The snowman was out and about wishing everyone would turn down the heat!

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    Turn up the cold!

    We heard him say…” I am too tired to jump up on the roof so please come to the front door. please!”

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    “Sorry! Late delivery”

    Now its a day of chores and Malarkey’s this evening.  Jan and Brian joined us along with Irene, Grag, and Connor!  Gtrat fun!  We went home and did the treadmill!

  • Stay At Home Until Five

    Posted on January 3rd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Paul walked for the first time sine Thanksgiving.  Good to be back to the exercise activities!

    We just did chores around the house.  Zack brought us over some stand-up speakers for the big TV and what a difference they made!  We did some clean up, washed Christmas clothes, and prepared for the proposed rain!

    At five, cabin fever hit and we are off to Patty’s Place where Paul did in his New Years Resolution.  The 12 oz steak being served to the gentleman next to me looked so good Paul had to try it.  Out of this world delicious.

    A wonderful piece of steak!

    A wonderful piece of steak!

     

    We watched some movies and then crashed!

  • Off To See The Rose Parade Floats

    Posted on January 2nd, 2016 Paul No comments

    Craig, Marianne, Irene, and Greg joined us to see the Rose Parade floats in Pasadena.  Great fun was had by all!  Join us!

    He could bearly drive

    He could bearly drive

     

    Just us!

    Just us!

    We had lunch at Cafe Santorini in Old Town Pasadema!

  • New Years Eve Here We Come

    Posted on December 31st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We are off to the Marriott Airport Hotel in Long Beach to celebrate the New Year! More fun than you can shake a stick at. Join the fun!

    The fun begins!

    The fun begins!

  • What To Do! Ah Ha… Go To LA

    Posted on December 30th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to the Farmers Market in LA and dined at Monsieur Marcel’s which translates to FONDUE!  It was fantastic on a cold winter day!  Paul selected the escargots as an appetizer.  The garlic butter sauce was wonderful!

    Paul got the escargots

    Paul got the escargots

    We shared the ratatouille which was simply fantastic!

    We shared the rattatouie

    We shared the ratatouille

    We had five different kinds of cheese in the fondue and various items to dip into the fondue!  The apples were not our favorite but the potatoes made a real hit!

    We had fondue and used bread and beautiful potatoes to dip into the cheese

    We had fondue and used bread and beautiful potatoes to dip into the cheese

    We drove the six blocks to the Petersen Automotive Museum and spend two hours walking around and seeing the display!  Paul really wants a Duesenberg but alas, it was more than $1,000!

    Bye Bye Farmers Market... See you soon!

    Bye Bye Farmers Market… See you soon!

    After dining, we went to the Petersen Car Museum as it is now opened again after an extensive remodel!  It was fun to meander around and visit all the oldies!

    We went home and freshened up and then went to The Claim Jumper to meet up with Amy, Joe and the boys!  They took us out to celebrate Paul’s birthday and the 16th hits right in the middle of preparing for Christmas and everyone was busy!  We, as usual, had a great time.

    Amy and Joe shared their desert camping experience and we got to hear about Charlie and Alex’s quad adventures. Joe and Paul shared many memories going back almost 40 years when we used to go ride the dune buggies all over the desert!

    Great fun and great memories.  We are fortunate to have very caring and wonderful kids  including Robin, Michele, Jeanette, and Colleen!

    On our way home we decided to go by Patty’s Place and have a nightcap nefore going home.  We wanted to wish Patty and the staff a Happy New Year as we will be in another location tomorrow and will not see them!

  • Yes… We Be Crazy!

    Posted on December 29th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to Old Ranch to play a round of golf and managed only 5 1/2 holes before we froze up and decided to go indoors and visit a bottle of wine.  We were also encouraged to go in because the groups ahead of us were slower that molasses on a winter day!

    Saved by Robin.... Sue rode with us and wore her new banky!

    Saved by Robin…. Sue rode with us and wore her new banky!

    James went home as Linda requested his presence but Bunnaford joined us for a glass!  Bob Z dropped by to pick up the Starlighters mailings for the next dance!  That crazy noise Paul had been gearing all day finally stopped as we sat by the Old Ranch fireplace.  Turned out it was Sue’s teeth chattering!

    Warm finally!!  The fire was so ery nice!

    Warm finally!! The fire was so very nice!

    We headed for home and watched a Christmas movie before crashing!

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  • Off To The Huntington And Malarkeys

    Posted on December 28th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We headed for the Huntington to have High Tea and walk the grounds before heading back to the beach and doing on Monday afternoon Happy Hour! Join the fun!

    High Tea with High Friends

    High Tea with High Friends

    To the beach and Happy Hour!

    Surrounded by "Hunks"

    Surrounded by “Hunks”

    A pair to draw too!

    A pair to draw too!

  • Watching “The Christmas Story” And Dining At The Panda Inn

    Posted on December 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    For many years now the “Empty Nester’s” and others join us for Christmas Dinner at the local Chinese Restaurant and watch “A Christmas Story“.  We have a load of fun sharing stories and watching the movie for the ump-teenth time!  This time was special for us as Amy and Joe and the grandsons Charlie and Alex joined the festivities!  Joe took the pictures and this year Sue and I will appear in them!

     

    After the dinner we headed to Luisa’s house to visit everyone!  We got to sing the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas song with Paul doing the “seven golden rings” part….  Confusing everyone!

     

  • We Did Our Christmas Eve Tradition

    Posted on December 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    This was  Sue’s fifty-second consecutive year visiting Disneyland on Christmas Eve. We went to Disneyland on the morning of the 24th to  begin our celebration with the Duda’s and Craig and Marianne.  We had breakfast at the Rainforest Cafe, visited Disneyland (taking the Holiday Tour), and then going to dinner at Catal .

    The Finch’s and Dr. Leach joined the group for dinner.

    Before we departed Catal, Lilly brought her family for a visit!  Great amounts of celebration were had by all!  Please join us!

    We did the Holiday Tour, then we saw the Holiday Paradeand then Dinner at Catal!

    Great fun at the "Happiest Place On earth"

    Great fun at the “Happiest Place On earth”

    Christmas Eve Holiday Tour 2015

    Christmas Eve Holiday Tour 2015

    After dinner, we decided to stay for the fireworks but alas, the wind did not cooperate!

     

     

  • Time To Rest Today As Christmas Eve Is Coming!

    Posted on December 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We rested today and chose to go out to the movies to see Star Wars.  We stopped by Kabuki for a drink and Paul has some sushi!  Then to the theater to watch the movie.  Good movie but the 40 minutes of trailers plus the two-hour and a bit movie made for a fully filled blater.  We shot out of the movie like a cannon shell!  Upon getting out we texted Greg and Bunnaford to meet us at Old Ranch!  Join the fun!

    We were! Bunny, Teri and Greg!

    We were! Bunny, Teri and Greg!

  • Rain Rain Stay A While

    Posted on December 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house most of the day before going to Old Ranch for dinner with the Lind’s (love to say that now that Becca and Zack are married)!  Carol, Lilly, and Greg made the party even more fun! Join the fun!

    Lilly and Great Grandpa look for the "Night Ducks"

    Lilly and Great Grandpa look for the “Night Ducks”

    Great Grandpa told Miss Lilly that there were no such thing as “Night Ducks”.  He learned never to question a great granddaughter!

    We are real you silly Great Grandpa!

    We are real you silly Great Grandpa!

    We headed for home and started another Christmas movie!  Loved visiting with the Lind’s…. Zack and Becca make such wonderful parents!  Lilly be lucky!

     

  • Temecula & Mission Inn Here We Come

    Posted on December 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We went to pick up Brian and Jan and then headed to Temecula to meet up with the Duda’s and Jeanette plus Connor joined us!  Great meal at Pinnacle! Join the fun!

    Love is in the air!

    Love is in the air!

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    Laughs and giggles

    After lunch we headed to Riverside to the Mission Inn for dinner (Yes, dinner three hours later!).  We rode the horse carriages and had a drink at the Presidential Lounge inside the Mission Inn.  Join the fun!

  • Fun With Friends

    Posted on December 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had lunch at Season’s 52 with Marianne and Craig before going across the street to see The Nutcracker.  After the show, we went to the Center Club for a few drinks and then headed for home to pick up Lorraine.  She had forgotten the plan for the evening so we turned around and headed to the Garden Grove Elks were we danced with the Branders and Finch’s.  Lee joined us about 8:15 and we stayed until our ears could not take any more noise form the band!  Street Corner is no longer on our list!

    It was OK but not the best we have seen!

    It was OK but not the best we have seen!

  • Time To Dance

    Posted on December 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We rested up today before getting ready to go to the Topper’s Mistletoe Ball at the Petroleum Club in Long Beach.  Join the fun!

    Just us dressed to dance

    Just us dressed to dance

    We had eighty people joining us this evening.  Great fun!

    Loads of fun with friends

    Loads of fun with friends

    After getting home we were so wound up having fun that we stayed up and watched NCIS!

     

  • Slow Day… Resting Up!

    Posted on December 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house until about noon and then went to Sue’s back doctor.  He says another several weeks before extreme exercise.  She can do the treadmill and can putt!

    After the doctor, we went to Old Ranch and met up with James & Linda plus Rocky & Bullwinkle for a night cap!  Then home and we saw White Christmas and Christmas With The Kranks.

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    Wish they made good movies like this instead of the junk foisted upon us by Hollywierd

  • Birthday Day

    Posted on December 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We celebrated at Knott’s Berry Farm, Preveza, and Naples.  Great fun with family and friends!  First to Knott’s to see the Christmas goodies and then to lunch in old town.

    It's tradition!

    It’s tradition!

    We then headed for Preveza to have an early dinner and the walk through Naples to see the lights!

    Time to celebrate

    Time to celebrate

    Naples was beautiful even though it was cold out (55 degrees).

    Waling Naples

    Walking Naples

    After the walk, we went to Old Ranch and had a nightcap (some of us had hot chocolate or coffee) before heading for home!

     

  • Out And About

    Posted on December 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed near home until late in the day and then decided to go to Seal Beach Main Street and have a wine at Cafe Saint Germain.

    Dining in Seal BEach

    Dining in Seal Beach at Cafe Saint Germain

    The wine was great and we shared an appetizer.

    Relaxing

    Relaxing

    We like the signage around the bar.  The Eiffel Tower was beautiful!

    Great wine selection

    Great wine selection

    Goodbye for now and A Joyeux Noel!

    Off to Patty's Place

    Off to Patty’s Place

    We headed to Patty’s Place for a cocktail and see who was around this evening.

    Karen was there... Memories were recollected

    Karen was there… Memories were recollected

    The sun is going down

    The sun is going down

    The sun was setting as we headed for home.

  • Malarkey’s For Happy Hour

    Posted on December 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Time to partee with Irene, Greg and the Finch’s!  We had a load of fun!

    A magnificent sunset to celebrate

    A magnificent sunset to celebrate

  • Dinner At Old Ranch

    Posted on December 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Time to dine and dance!

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  • The Christmas Play! We Wait All Year For This!

    Posted on December 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We are off to Claremont to do the annual Christmas Play  We have 98 family and friends joining us for the day! .  Join the fun!

    It's A Wonderful Life!

    It’s A Wonderful Life!

    After we got back to Old Ranch, we had a drink with Bunny and Tom plus Shaun and Teri before departing for Garden Grove Elks and dancing the night away with the Branders and Finch’s! Join the fun!

    Ready To Dance

    Ready To Dance

     

  • Big Day

    Posted on December 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed close to home today as the weather was cold and windy.  Our poor little plants needed supports because of the wind!  We went to Old Ranch to get our Egg Nog fix before going to the Garden Grove Elks.

    Everyone arrived about 7:00 as the freeways were jammed because of a big accident.  We danced until 9:30 before heading home to watch some TV before crashing.

  • More Work? This Must Stop!

    Posted on December 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed home and Paul hit the garden bright and early adding another six bags of compost to the soil and planting cabbage, carrots, cauliflower,onions, strawberries, winter squash, kale, beets, and peas!

    The Garden Is Decorated!

    The Garden Is Decorated!

    All of the winter garden we are going to have is now planted… We have additional room but it can lie fallow!

    We headed to Old Ranch and met up with Connor ad then home for more movies!

  • E Gad… Working While Retired?

    Posted on December 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul hit the garden and mulched in 10 bags of mulch and planted half the garden!

    We decided to reward our selves and go to Old Ranch!

    Celebrating at Old Ranch

    Celebrating at Old Ranch

    Yes… It’s Christmas time so we watched some more old Christmas movies!

  • Nervous Day!

    Posted on December 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul had to go for the drivers license renewal and it has been years and years since the last one.  He studied and the more he studied, the worst the sample tests became!  So he headed off at 10am for an 11am appointment and returned home at 11:45 grinning like a Cheshire Cat!  He aced the test and no longer needs to wear glasses (he has not for past ten years!).  Good news!

    In the afternoon, while Sue rested, Paul went to H&H Nursery to get some goodies for the winter garden!

    We celebrated by going to Old Ranch for cocktails and the returning home for another dose of sappy Christmas movies!

  • Slow Day… We Needed It

    Posted on December 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house until it was time for Malarkey’s to see the sunset and tip a couple with Greg and Irene.  The sunset was quite magnificent!

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    We headed for home and watched Christmas movies!

  • Another Full Day

    Posted on December 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did the Santa Brunch at Old Ranch with Amy & Joe with Michele & Tony.  Alex and Charlie had a ball.

    They are ready for Santa to come!

    They are ready for Santa to come!

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    After the brunch we went to three homes as part of the Rossmoor Ladies Club.  We headed for home and got freshened up before meeting Michael and the Branders at the Arte Cafe for dinner.  We then went to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Ten Tenors.

  • Saturday Was Busy And Fun

    Posted on December 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did our annual visit to South Coast Repertory Theater to see “Scrooge”.  It was their 36th annual performance and our 28th year of seeing the play!  With family including the Adams, the Duda’s, Greg and Little Lisa.  We dined at Season’s 52 before the play.

    Happy birthday Robin!

    The play was wonderful!  Theo giggled so loud that the audience around him got tickled and began laughing with him!  Nick was his wonderful self!  We are so happy our family gets along with each other!

    Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge.

    Traditions are essential

    Traditions are essential

    We headed for home to drop off Greg and then decided to go to Patty’s Place for an early nightcap.  Who walks into Patty’s but Greg and his dad, David.  We giggled some more! Met some intersting people and waived at “Old Rancher’s” who dropped by!

    Fun
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