Posted on October 8th, 2015 No comments
Sue went to the surgeon for the follow-up and to have the staples removed. All went well! She can go back to golf in about two weeks! Yeah!
To celebrate, we called the Finch’s and said come to Cucina Enoteca for lunch! Join the fun! We dined and then headed to Roger’s to visit Christmas and Halloween. Afterwords we went to Newport Harbor Elks and tipped a few before going home and getting ready for the Phoenix Club!
We danced until about 10:00 at the Phoenix Club before going home!
Posted on October 7th, 2015 No comments
What time is it? It’s time for wine and that means Temecula! We picked up Brian and Jan and then headed south! Great fun! We did lunch at Pinnacle before visiting three other wineries. We picked those that specialized in red wines. Join the fun!
After we got home, Sue and Paul headed to Downtown Disney and closed down Catal after a few drinks and meeting with our favorite staff!
Posted on October 6th, 2015 No comments
We picked up Brian and Jan and headed to Oak Glen to visit the apple farms! Join the fun!
We introduced “chili size” to Brian and Jan! It was a real hit!
After driving home, Sue and Paul went to Patty’s Place for a cocktail before heading home!
Posted on October 5th, 2015 No comments
Paul took a nice long walk this morning visiting many Halloween decorations. Join the fun!
Upon returning we had a small lunch and then headed to our dentist! We have had Dr. Fleming for over 30 years so it is like visiting family only the pain is in the mouth… not the butt!
We then went to O’Malleys on Main Street in Seal beach to kill time and have a glass of wine… or two! This was our pre-Happy Hour activity!
Posted on October 4th, 2015 No comments
We worked around the house most of the morning. We departed for the theater at 11:00 We headed to Season’s 52 in Costa Mesa to have lunch with Bob and Donna… That means loads of giggles. We have 12:00 reservations so we had plenty of time to laugh!
We crossed the street to South Coast Repertory (SCR) to see “One Man, Two Guvnors”.
Summary: Gleeful critics have cheered from London (“deliriously daft and diabolically joke-stuffed”— Independent) to New York (“splendidly silly”—The New York Times) over this delicious farce set in swinging ’60s Brighton. Francis, a failed washboard player with an insatiable appetite, finds himself in the employ of both Roscoe, who is really his own twin sister (in disguise), and Stanley, a well-bred twit (who actually killed the real Roscoe). And that’s only the beginning! In this adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters, food flies, pants drop and madness abounds, to the tunes of a live band (minus its washboard).
After the play we all went to Leatherby’s for a drink and appetizers. They… Homeward to do to treadmill!
Posted on October 3rd, 2015 No comments
Paul did a short walk and then we got ready to depart at 10:00 for Claremont to visit the Candlelight Dinner Theater to see Sentimental Journey. Brian and Jan joined us for the adventure. The Candlelight Pavilion opened its doors in October 1985 with its premiere Jubilee. Now, 30 years later, we were invited to attend the 30th Anniversary Celebration: A Sentimental Journey. We dressed to the nines (perhaps 7 and 3/4) and danced the afternoon away to the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s as the Candlelight Pavilion was transformed into a ballroom complete with a live orchestra; reminiscent of the Big Band era supper clubs.
After the show we headed home and then to Whittier to celebrate Frank’s 83th birthday! Loads of fun at the Klix household! Then… of course, dancing at the GG Elks with the gang!
Posted on October 2nd, 2015 No comments
We stayed around the house in the morning. Sue got a haircut and then did the treadmill while Paul worked in the yard! We had brunch, did the treadmill, and got ready to go to dinner and the aquarium with Brian and Jan! At 4:30 we headed tp PF Chang’s in Long Beach for dinner. Join the fun!
After an exciting dinner where Brian used chopsticks and had sushi for the first time we headed to the aquarium!
After the aquarium we returned to PF Chang’s for cocktails!
Posted on October 1st, 2015 No comments
Paul went walking and was on the lookout for spooky things! Join the walk!
We did chores around the house and Sue did the treadmill! Around 4:00 we started getting cleaned up so we could join the Ward’s in celebrating Shaun’s birthday! Great fun! We departed the party a little early as we had to meet up with everyone at the Phoenix Club!
Posted on September 30th, 2015 No comments
The Finch’s joined us for a day trip to Los Angeles.
We went to Los Angeles Farmer’s Market and dined at Monsieur Marceau Restaurant. The Farmers Market was not too busy today and it was easy to wlak around and see the sights.
After a super meal we made the trek to Griffith Park and the Griffith Observatory!
After leaving we went VFR to Old Ranch and enjoyed a couple of drinks on the patio. After Brian and Jan departed, Sue headed for the treadmill and ran for two hours!
Posted on September 29th, 2015 No comments
Paul went for a walk this morning which is excellent exercise. Then we headed to San Marino to enjoy the special event at the Huntington Library. Join the fun!
After the event, we went to Patty’s Place for a nightcap! We are party animals!
Posted on September 29th, 2015 No comments
We worked around the house. Sue did invitations to one of our dance clubs and then bills! Paul hit the yards cleaning up the back yard and the attacking the kumquat tree out front! At 70+ years old he ought to know better but the tree needed trimming so…. In the afternoon we watched a movie while the Energizer Bunny did 90 minutes on the treadmill!
Then time for fun! Off to Malarkey’s to visit with Irene, Greg and we were surprised by Wally and Ghislaine! Brian and Jan also joined us for and evening of giggles!
Posted on September 27th, 2015 No comments
We did a few chores around the house and then headed to Old Ranch to enjoy a great celebration for Del’s 90th birthday! Fun was had by all! After the party we headed to the members area and kept the happy hour going until it was dark out! Join the fun!
Posted on September 26th, 2015 No comments
We began the day by preparing for the Family Birthday at Old Ranch! We had five birthdays to celebrate! Join the fun.
There was twenty-four of us just having a great time sharing special times together! Lilly was there (our great granddaughter) along with the regular suspects. We had a special visit by Hannah who had come down to see Jeffrey the Wonder Dog!
After birthday #1 we headed over to Trani’s in Long Beach to attend Erie’s birthday celebration for John! We stayed there for a while before running by home to change and go…. Yes… Dancing! We went to the Garden Grove Elks to see Jusstus (Brad and Susie-Q).
We went home and crashed about midnight!
Posted on September 25th, 2015 No comments
We kept busy today. We started out by going to Sherman Gardens for lunch at Cafe’ Jardin! Good grub and a beautiful view. Paul had the octopus and Sue settled for a more traditional meal! Today the gardens had been “Yarn Bombed”.
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
We walked for an hour seeing all the great flowers and trees with perfect weather! Join the fun!
We then headed a couple of miles away to go to Roger’s Gardens. They had Halloween out and were already busy (behind the curtains) putting Christmas up! Enjoy the fun!
After going to Roger’s Sue took Paul for an “infusion” at Cucina Emptica in Newport Center! Tamera was the bartender and she made Paul two drinks. The first was tequila based with jalapenos and the second was a whiskey infused with burnt tree bark! Fun!
We then returned home and rested before going to the Santa Ana Elks lodge for a dinner dance with the gang!
Posted on September 24th, 2015 No comments
Paul stayed around the house for a while getting it ready for the cleaning staff and Sue’s arrival.
Paul arrived at about 11:00 to take Sue home but there was a delay… Our doctor was again called to do an emergency assistance so we did not get out until about 3:00 but that was OK. Irene came to visit and we swapped stories and made sure Sue was really ready to go.
When we departed, where did we go? Home? Nope! Cafe St. Germain on Main Street in Seal Beach. We had a glass of fine wine (Irene enjoyed something red) and a light dinner before going home.
We headed for home and had a glass of wine and watched some TV before crashing. Oh! We returned about ten phone calls of non-texters!
Posted on September 22nd, 2015 No comments
As many know, Sue has been having severe pains in the back for a year and other doctors/specialists could not determine the reason. We went to out cardio doctor and asked for a suggested new back specialist. Doctor Yuan was suggested and after a CT scan he saw a good reason for the pain… Several of the screws in the upper back were loose and poking into the spinal column and hitting the spinal cord! Those screws had to go! A week later we scheduled surgery!
We departed the house at 6:00 to get to Long Beach Memorial at 6:30.
Check-in was pretty easy but parking was “interesting” at best. A few minutes after arriving the text messages began to come in with best wishes. Greg showed up and sat with Paul for a while. Soon after Irene joined us. Sue was called into the pre-op and all went well but then the doctor was asked to “assist” with an emergency so we were an hour late getting started.
The operation began at 9:00 and was over by 10:30.
It’s wonderful to have friends and family that care!
The camera is always around!
The doctor came out and we all jumped up! He said he removed seven screws and some of them could by pulled out by hand! Sue went through everything like a trooper and would soon be in recovery! She was in recovery for several hours awaiting a room!
Greg had departed to help David and Jan and Brian needed to miss the late afternoon traffic!
Sue got to the room about 5:00 and Irene and Paul visited.
She was a but groggy… Duh!… So Paul headed for home about 6:00 and returned at 8:00 and stayed until about 10:00… By then we were all tired!
When Paul got home he knew our dear friends and neighbors Vicky and Del had been there because we had a blue candle in our walkway… Prayers for Sue and the Doctor and his staff!
Posted on September 21st, 2015 No comments
We had to do a load of chores not knowing how long Sue might be in the hospital. We assume she will NOT have to stay but there is a remote chance she could stay a bit so we did chores and errands including the market!
Then the fun begins… Malarkey’s with Jan and Brian plus Irene and Greg.
We headed for home and watched some TV mixing that in with pre operation prep’s… We crashed at midnight as we have to be up at 4:30 for a 6:30 arrival at the surgery entrance. The phone rang off the hook last night with friends and family calling with wishes for a speedy and successful surgery! Life is indeed good!
Posted on September 20th, 2015 No comments
We went to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see Neil Sedaka with the Zaitz, Branders and Irene. When we arrived it was 101 degrees!
Wow, it was quite a show! We then headed to Santa Ana Elks for the monthly Jam Session. More friends and more fun!
So the Jam Session was over at 9:00 but we weren’t. Sue said “Let’s go to Disneyland” and we did! We went to Catal and watched the fireworks form the balcony and tipped a few drinks before heading home around midlight!
Posted on September 19th, 2015 No comments
We stayed around the house today and did some simple chores. We have the Starlighter’s Dance this evening so we prepared and headed to Howard Johnson in Fullerton. It was quite nice! Join the fun!
Posted on September 18th, 2015 No comments
We had breakfast at Old Ranch with James before heading out to the links.
We played eighteen with James today and it was a great day!
Then we headed for Long Beach after a bit of happy hour for our first Topper’s dance of the new dance season. Join the fun!
Posted on September 17th, 2015 No comments
Paul walked again this morning and it seemed to be fun… At least the pictures were interesting!
Paul cleaned out the “tomato from hell” in the front yard. It filled a 100 gallon trash can and Paul had to get it out of the orange tree where it reached almost 25 feet! After that, Paul moved the asparagus plants to a sunnier spot in the front yard.
We then decided to go to the Orange Coast Winery in Corona Del Mar to pickup some wine, enjoy some cheese and relax before dancing at the Phoenix Club! We brought home a case of course!
Posted on September 16th, 2015 No comments
Paul did his morning walk. Please join the fun!
After the walk we did some chores and then headed to the Olive Garden in Montebello to meet up with dear old friends Javier and Evelia. We have been friends for years and we try to have lunch once or twice a year and then we go to the Christmas Play together.
After the lunch we hopped over to Old Ranch to finalize the information about the family birthday party that is coming up soon! We then went to the heart doctor so Sue could have her heart ultra-sound in preparation for the back surgery on Tuesday… She passed with flying colors!
Sue had a GREAT suggestion… To Patty’s Place for a drink! We did… It was! The GOP debates were going on so the place was pretty empty.
We headed for home and the sky was beautiful. The moon was setting and so were we!
We watched a Hallmark movie before crashing for the night!
Posted on September 15th, 2015 No comments
The rains finally came! We got close to two inches of water and Old Ranch was too wet to play until mid afternoon!
Fire officials say nearly 2 inches of rain has fallen in the Modjeska Canyon area in the past 24 hours. Elsewhere, Seal Beach received nearly an inch and a half of rain, and further north, rainfall easily blew past previous records. By 8 a.m., a whopping 2.6 inches of rain had fallen in downtown Los Angeles and 2.26 in Culver City, said National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe from his monitoring station in Oxnard, adding that forecasters had been expecting lower totals. The downtown total was a record for a September 15 and more rain than has fallen in the region all year.
We decided to go to a movie… Yes, after a two year lapse. We saw “War Room” which was OUTSTANDING.
Summary: Filled with heart, humor, and wit, WAR ROOM follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a couple who seemingly have it all-great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, their marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With guidance from Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them. As the power of prayer and Elizabeth’s newly energized faith transform her life, will Tony join the fight and become the man he knows he needs to be? Together, their real enemy doesn’t have a prayer.
We headed for Old Ranch to meet up with Robin and had a great visit. Now that she works in El Segundo we do not see her as often as we used to.
We headed for home and watched a movie while Sue did part of the treadmill…. Paul feel asleep… Two movies in a day may be too much!
Posted on September 14th, 2015 No comments
We started off at the heart doctor (for a 10:30 appointment) to get clearance for the operation next week. By the time we departed, we were starving so we went to Kamal Palace for some great Indian dining.
After lunch Sue said she wanted Coldstone Creamery so we went to Main Street Seal Beach and got our dessert! PAul tried to be brave but the peanut better chocolate doo-hickey was too much to pass up!
We went home and Paul took a nap before heading to Malarkeys to meet up with Irene and Greg.
We visit and share stories between the four of us for two hours on Mondays! Must recap the weekend!
We are regaled about the story of Bernie’s birthday party and the alcoholic virgin Blood Mary!
We returned home so Sue could hit the treadmill and get ready for golf tomorrow!
Posted on September 13th, 2015 No comments
Paul started out on a nice long and warm walk! Join the fun!
We did some chores around the house including the treadmill before heading to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance. Join the fun!
Posted on September 12th, 2015 No comments
We stayed around the house today. Sue did chores and Paul cleaned out the summer garden filling another 100 gallon trash can with leftovers. All we have left growing is watermelons, onions, beets, and Swiss chard, and asparagus! Next Paul will add about 100 cubic feet of soil amendment/mulch and till it in with some fertilizer. We will be the winter planting in late October or early November!
We watched two movies while Sue did the treadmill! “Back to the Future I” and “The Perfect Man” were good to see again!
Finally around six we got cleaned up and headed to Garden Grove Elks to meet up with Brian and Jan plus the gang! Great fun was had by all! We danced until 10:00 then came home and watched a rerun of “Blue Bloods”
Posted on September 11th, 2015 No comments
We were off to the doctors today to get clearance for the upcoming surgery. All seems to be OK. We needed to do some chores so we picked up our dress clothes for this evenings dance, went to Katella Deli to order birthday cakes and then off to Old Ranch for a cocktail and a cake-coordination meeting with the wait-staff.
We then headed for home and got ready to go to Altadena for the Rondeliers Dance Club themed dance entitled “September Rendezvous”. Join the fun!
We danced until 10:30 and headed for home! It is a 45 minute drive!
Posted on September 10th, 2015 No comments
It was 87 degrees when Paul took off for an “hour or so walk”! Paul was back in 45 minutes dripping wet! Just took it easy and did 1.8 miles in 45 minutes!
We had an appointment with the back doctor. He turned on his TV and we got to see all the hardware in Sue’s back! An amazing shot! Technology changes so rapidly!
We got a text from Charlotte who is in Hawaii and of course we replied with the last picture of us in Hawaii. Always good for a giggle or two!
After the doctor and a visit to the hospital for pre-op we decided to go to Cafe St. Germain on Main Street in Seal Beach! They had their air conditioning on and it was perfect. Normally the windows are wide open but today the heat was too much!
A nice lady next to us took our picture!
Cafe St. Germain has excellent wines and a varied menu with several vegetarian selections. Paul did the “filet of lamb” which was outstanding. Sue did the cauliflower soup and half a sandwich!
We loved the decor and we were able to tell Jason, the waiter, about the fact this building was a Rexall Drug Store and a Chinese restaurant once upon a time. It’s good being old!
They have interesting wines and also beers! We are going to have to get Hans and Kerstin down here one of these days!
We went home via the cleaners to pick up our formal wear for tomorrow. We freshened up and then went to Katella Deli to order two cakes for the upcoming birthdays! We then decided to go to Old Ranch for a short Happy Hour before heading south! Re wan into Miguel and had a good visit with him!
On our way to the Phoenix Club the sun was setting. We could see it in the rear-view mirror so since traffic was light and the car has warning sounds should you change lanes, Paul snapped this picture of the sun going down over Palos Verdes while going 70 miles per hour in the opposite direction! The sky was interesting!
Connor joined us this evening and that was great! We got a chance to talk a bit and share. He is growing up! He and Marianne had a talk!
While at the bar, Paul got tapped on the shoulder and who was it? Frank! Luisa’s dad! We invited him to join us and visit. We had a good time! It was a nice surprise. Frank and Greg chatted for a while!
We danced until about 10:30 before heading for home! We crashed as we have another full day ahead of us!
Posted on September 9th, 2015 No comments
We do not mind the heat. Paul will probably lose five pounds in water! We played 14 holes yesterday and are going to try again today!
We decided to play only nine holes after checking the temperature at the turn. We could see a lot of “weather activity” over the high desert as evidenced by the large cloud formations over the mountains to the north of Old Ranch.
We spotted an odd looking duck on the sixth hole. James figured out it was an Egyptian Goose. The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.
Common sense took over at the turn (9th hole) and after examining the GPS and determining we had walked 1.7 miles in the heat, we went into the clubhouse to cool off!
Paul went to the parking lot to put the golf bags in the car and he noticed a definite change in wind direction and speed. Trees were moving quite a bit and there was dark clouds to the east of Old Ranch. Looked pretty stormy.
Within a few minutes it felt like rain! What was odd was the temperature went back up and pass the century mark! Storm weather!
We stayed inside for 90 minutes drinking ice water and diet cokes! We texted Lisa to see if she and the “fleabag”, Jeffery, wanted to come over and get out of the heat. She did and we had a good visit.
We decided to freshen up at home and go to Patty’s Place in Seal Beach for a cocktail and perhaps a bite to eat! Paul, being on his diet, only had a ribeye steak and he shared the potatoes with Sue. Lisa was at our house so we brought her a steak and two desserts! She is a growing girl!
Patty’s Place was decorated for Fall (and Halloween). Looked great!
Curious, we checked our weather on the iPhone and the radar indicated there was rain over our location. What? No! We went to the door and looked outside. It was raining! Never doubt the radar.
The car was getting a bath so we ducked back in for a few more minutes until the cell had passed over us. Well…. At least we did not have the car recently washed!
We headed home to feed Lisa and then we watched two movies. Jeffery liked all the attention! Sue did the treadmill! We all crashed!
Posted on September 8th, 2015 No comments
Paul walked another hour this morning and took some silly pictures! Join the walk!
We played golf with James and Bunny (for only seven holes). We checked the temperature on #15 and decided it was tome to go inside. The Seal Beach weather station was reporting 100 degrees. We did Happy Hour but inside, not on our table on the patio. Paul did a small Taco Tuesday having a taco salad and several glasses of iced tea!
During Happy Hour, Lisa called and asked if she could join us in the air conditioning!
As we departed, the sky was magnificent!
Lisa and Jeffrey joined us and the four of us watched a movie! Great fun!
Posted on September 7th, 2015 No comments
Our watermelons were ripe so we brought one in carved it up. It was delicious. When I looked over at Sue, she was carving hers into itty bitty pieces. I questioned her about it and she said “Oh Flower is not here is she”! We both had a good laugh!
At lunch time we went to the local Chinese restaurant and had lunch with Joe and Amy and the boys. It was good to see them.
Around four we decided to go to Old Ranch and have a drink before heading to our Monday Happy Hour at Malarkeys!
Posted on September 6th, 2015 No comments
The day began with an hour long walk through the neighborhood. Join the trek.
We had lunch and then headed back to the Queen Mary for the “Tea Dance”. For the first time, Paul did NOT bring any camera equipment including the cell phone! The picture below is from last year.
We dance with the Adamson’s, Kuhn’s and Roberts until about 5:30 and then we went upstairs to Sir Winston’s to complete the evening! Great fun. We sat with Jon Thomas and Chris so giggles were in full bloom!
Posted on September 5th, 2015 No comments
We rested most of the day! Sue had her hair cut and we went to our local Thai restaurant for lunch! Penny called and she was at Katella Deli so we met up and talked for a couple of hours!
We got home, rested a bit and then changed for the evening on the Queen Mary Art Deco Ball. We did NOT take a load of pictures because it was our 11th year of going and we always look the same… Sort of!
Sue suggested we stop by Patty’s Place for a nightcap… Excellent idea!
Posted on September 4th, 2015 No comments
We had an “open day” so we thought we would go to the happiest place on Earth… Disneyland! Sue decided to have breakfast at Catal… Excellent choice! After Disneyland we also ended up at Catal… It’s a good habit! Join us!
After we got home we did a 180 and headed to Garden Grove for an evening of dancnig with the gang!
Posted on September 3rd, 2015 No comments
We decided to take the water taxi to Long Beach and go dining at George’s Greek Cafe! Marianne, Craig, and Nancy joined us for the adventure. Join the fun!
After sailing the bounding main, we ran home, changed clothes and went to the Phoenix Club and danced until about 10:30! Full day!
Posted on September 2nd, 2015 No comments
Old Ranch was full today and we do know know why! We decided to play anyway. It took four and a half hours… Unheard of for Old Ranch! We had fun anyway and walked three miles plus! Being outdoors exercising with friends is good!
As James always says “Be glad we are not doing this for a living!”
On the way our we ran into Karen and JR. We sat down with them and jabbered until almost eight o’clock! They are always so much fun to be with!
Posted on September 1st, 2015 No comments
We played fifteen holes with James. We began on hole #4 as part of a shotgun and decided it was time to come in after the 18th hole. We did some Happy Hour before heading home! It was too warm for Taco Tuesday so we just drank our dinner….
Posted on August 31st, 2015 No comments
We spent the day in Temecula today! Great fun with Ed, Kathy, Donna, Colleen, and Pablo! Join the fun!
Posted on August 30th, 2015 No comments
Paul did another hour walk this morning. Join the fun and see the latest pictures!
Sue decided to swim and Paul dug the last of the winter garden up (except for the watermelons). We called James to see if he wanted a drink at Old Ranch so we could hear about his European Adventure.
We capture his story about “the nice man” in the Frankfort Airport! Join the fun!
Posted on August 29th, 2015 No comments
Paul departed early and went for an hour stroll through the neighborhood.
We stayed around the house today and visited with Jeffery and Lisa for a while.
Paul worked in the garden and then came inside when it got hot! Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched a movie with her. We went to the GG Elks and listened and danced to Jerry Benton… Great sounds!
We celebrated Bob’s 69th and Leon’s 77th birthdays with ooey gooey chocolate cake!
Posted on August 28th, 2015 No comments
We went to the back doctor today to get a reading on the CT Scan. Good news and bad news. We decided to go to Newport Center and have lunch at Cucina Enoteca, one of our most favorite restaurants! Our waiter was named Abdul and he was quite personable.
Paul challenged him to bring his (Abdul’s) favorite entree (without telling us what it was). Best short ribs Paul has ever had! We had a bottle of Cake Bread and a couple of infusions before heading for home!
We rested a bit and then got ready to go to the Garden Grove Elks to hear the Footnotes! Great music. The gang was there and ready to dance. We poured ourselves out about 10:15 and crashed. Tomorrow is invitation day!
Posted on August 25th, 2015 No comments
Paul hit the sidewalks early to try and catch back from the vacation time! Join the walk!
We played nine holes today as it was hot and muggy! We did some chores before going out to dinner to celebrate BZ’s birthday! Join the celebration!
Posted on August 23rd, 2015 No comments
Twently four of us headed to Trump National to partake in the 7th Annual Beer & Wine Festival! Great fun! Please join us!
Posted on August 14th, 2015 No comments
We were on vacation for the last several days! We went up the California coast and through Oregon as far as Astoria before turning inland and going through Oregon Wine Country! Great fun and we used the power of the iPhone to make all of our reservations and find out about dining and local activities. The internet is truly amazing! A high point was visiting my cousin (Jen is in her mid-80’s) and my second cousin, Dave, who is 61 and I have noot seen since he was probably 5 years old! Wow! Great meeting in Florence Oregon! Join the fun!
Posted on August 12th, 2015 No comments
We took the day off to return to normal as we have some really busy days ahead! The house cleaners came so we departed and headed to Phil Traani’s in Long Beach for a nice lunch! We did some chores and headed back home to relax!
Posted on August 11th, 2015 No comments
As we departed we had to say Hello to Mr. Sunflower!
We kept busy… As usual! Sue went to the hair parlor and then we went to lunch at Preveza. As usual, lunch was super! We came home for a bit before changing and heading to Laguna Beach for the Pageant of the Masters.
We did some wine tasting and wine pickup at Laguna Canyon Winery before parking our car at the Lumber Yard and walking to Mare Culinary Lounge on PCH for “appetizer” and a bottle of Cakebread Chardonny!
On our way to the grounds we stopped at The Lumber Yard to assist them in reducting the fire hazzard caused by having too much wine in the building!
We then walked back to the Pageant grounds and caught up with everyone! Vicjy, our next door neighbor, arranges for great seats for many of us! The 2015 Pageant of the Masters “The Pursuit of Happiness,” explored the many sources of happiness, both ancient and modern through our theatrical production of “living pictures.”
The show was fantastic this year! One of the better ones in many years!
We drove home along the coast getting home about 11:30!
Posted on August 10th, 2015 No comments
We were up and messed around the house before going to a new back doctor for Sue. He scheduled us for more CT scans to determine if all is well with the hardware. It was over two hours at his office so we missed going to Traini’s in Long Beach.
We always wanted to try some of the African food on the menu at the Eldorado Bar and Grill so we did! Wow! Good groceries! Sue has a veggie dish and Paul pigged out on spicy lamb curry over rice with a spicy South African sauce! Just plain good grub! The menu says “Durban Curry and Rice – South African style curry served steaming hot over rice with sambals and a pappadum.”
We then headed for Malarkeys to be with Irene and Greg. Before arriving we stopped to look at the dredging underway in the harbor. They were not working but looks like they have been! We see the barge being towed out to sea sometimes twice during happy hour!
We crashed after coming home! Tomorrow is a big day!
Posted on August 9th, 2015 No comments
We had a slow Sunday! We worked in the yard and did the treadmill before going to Old Ranch for the monthly dinner dance!
We are so very blessed with all of our friends… Every event is so much fun because we have all sorts of things to talk about! Never a dull moment!
Dancing was over and we went to Patty’s Place for a short visit before going home!
Posted on August 8th, 2015 No comments
Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird. ~Jules Renard
Paul was off and running for an hour. Time to clear out the head and exercise the heart! Join the walk!
After the walk we got ready for the theater! Went to see “Phantom Of The Opera” and OC Performing Arts Center! Terrific show! We had to scurry home as we had to get in our formals and head to Redondo Beach for the Nightlighters “South Seas Soiree In The South Bay”. Join the fun!
Great fun! We were so tired that we did NOT stop at Patty’s Place on the way home! Tomorrow is a big garden day before the Old Ranch monthly dinner dance!
Posted on August 7th, 2015 No comments
We played golf with James and Charlotte again today. The weather was perfect! The ocean breeze actually felt a little cool and the humidity was within tolerance levels! We finished in a tad over 4 hours.
“As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan
As it shows below, we walked three and a half miles in four hours . The speed makes no sense as we walk, wait, stand etc. when playing golf.
We did a two hours of “Happy Hour” before going home to change and go to Santa Ana Elks for the Luau! We danced and visited until 10:00 and then we headed to Patty’s Place for a nightcap!
In ancient times, including ancient Hawaii, men and women ate their meals separately; also women and the rest of society were not allowed to eat foods that were not common or foods that were only served during special occasions. However, in 1819, King Kamehameha II removed all the religious laws that were practiced. King Kamehameha II performed a symbolic act by eating with the women, thus ending the Hawaiian religious taboos. This is when the luau parties were first created.
We got home around 11:30 and crashed as tomorrow is another big day!
Posted on August 6th, 2015 No comments
We did eighteen holes and Paul tried the new swing. Frustration was quite evident! The weather was amazing! It was windy and we had a few drops of rain when we started but by happy hour, the sky was clearing and we had magnificent clouds.
Amy took Alex and Charlie to Disneyland and when Paul checked the weather, he texted Amy with the following image! They got heavy rain for a few minutes but they we in a line under a cover!
On the sixth hole, one of Sue’s ducks spotted her and he made a wake trhying to catch up with her!
We did happy hour with Charlotte before heading to the Phoenix Club to dance!
Phoenix Club here we come!
Posted on August 5th, 2015 No comments
Paul started the day with a golf lesson! He is tired of 150 yard drives! It appears that he needs to learn how to shift his weight as he swings! With graceful Paul, he is liable to fall over!
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 were rained out at the fair two weeks ago so we thought we would try again! We were NOT rained out this time, we were “heated out”… It was 90 degrees! We met up with Irene and Vie and had lunch at Baja Blues… Good grub! We then walked to the areas we did not see two weeks ago! We also revisited the pigs!
The piggies were putting on a show. The runt was so cute we just wanted to take him home with us! Unfortunately the little bugger would be 300 pounds in a year!
It was so warm, we decided to go to the Newport Harbor Elks (located right on the Newport Bay) and have a glass of wine before going to the Starlighters Board Meeting in Villa Park! It was pleasant on the water!
The board meeting was good. Bob Z. runs a tight ship! We call it the Leaking Lena! (Anyone remember the Leaking Lena?) … Always a lot of kibitzing going on!
After the meeting we stopped by Jan Mongel’s home and visited with her for a couple of hours and relieved her frig of a bottle of wine… We are good at doing that! We walked in the house and crashed!
Posted on August 4th, 2015 No comments
Paul did an hour walk around Rossmoor and learned about the “birds and the bees”. Join the walk to see the sights.
We met with Mitch and Luisa and had a great visit. Taco and salads disappeared magically… So did margaritas and wine!
We departed for home and did the treadmill!
Posted on August 3rd, 2015 No comments
Sue did some serious cooking with the last remains of our eggplant and tomatoes which made the house smell great. Paul finished off the web pages for the train trip! We went to Malarkeys to celebrate Irenes birthday and David joined us along with Wally and Ghislaine! We had a fun time. Sue came home and did the tread mill while Paul tweeked the Vino Train web pages and watched an old musical!
Posted on August 3rd, 2015 No comments
We stayed around the house most of the day watching old movies and fiddling in the garden. Around 4:30 we went to Old Ranch and had a nice leisurely dinner before returning home! Life is good!
Posted on August 1st, 2015 No comments
Forty-three of us went to Santa Barbara on the vino train! Join the fun!
We went dancing at the Garden Grove Elks afterwords and departed there about 10:30! Great day!
Posted on July 31st, 2015 No comments
We had breakfast at Old Ranch before playing eighteen with James and Charlotte. The weather was warm and humid but we did OK!
We did Happy Hour and then headed home so we could we could get ready for dancing to Jerry Benton at Garden Grove. Great fun!
We have a big day tomorrow…. The annual Vino Train!
Posted on July 30th, 2015 No comments
We decided not to play golf today so Paul went on an extended walk of about four miles in an hour and a half. Join the walk!
We had some shopping and chores to do! Sue got here her glasses adjusted and Paul bought a new pair of shoes as the old ones are beginning to wear out (after eight years). We went to Hi-Time Liquor to get some special goodies for a friend’s birthday! Then we decided to go to Cucina Enoteca for a drink!
The bartenders know us so Paul always orders two “infusions” and the bartenders enjoy mixing up some concoction!
We stayed there for about an hour and Lei, our favorite bartender, took our picture.
On the way home we took the Pacific Coast Highway! The construction in Huntington Beach was in full swing. They were pouring concrete on the third floor of one of the buildings. The concrete pumper liked like a gigantic bug!
As we drove home, the clouds began to look like the predicted rain might actually happen!
We went home and got ready to go dancing. We stopped at Patty’s Place for a drink and Paul got some lamb chops for dinner. We talked to some of the locals!
We drove to the Phoenix Club and it did NOT look like rain was going to happen! Paul walked outside and indeed, it was raining! Connor was with us and he had to run outside and roll up the windows on his car!
Meanwhile inside the dancing was underway!
We danced until 10:30 and then headed for home!
We checked our email and then crashed.
Posted on July 29th, 2015 No comments
It began with Paul doing his morning walk which was over four miles and an hour and a half. Join the walk!
We then headed to Old Ranch for 18 holes of golf and is was a good afternoon! Paul walked another three and a half before Happy Hour got underway! Seven miles a day is OK!
We did Happy Hour and watched some TV before crashing!
Posted on July 28th, 2015 No comments
Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.
Paul hit the streets today doing almost four miles before returning home. It was a beautiful morning and he decided to walk left then right then left and see where he ended up! Join the walk and see the sights!
After the walk, Sue decided to swim so Paul worked in the back yard moving the blueberries to a better “heat of the summer” location! Paul did some more pollination and he awaiting the results! At least he does not have to drive the mommy flower to the hospital!
We had a doctors appointment and after that we went to Old Ranch and watched the Taco Tuesday crowd! Paul is “watching his calories” and was able NOT to attack the taco bar this evening. Greg joined us so that helped!
We went home and watched a movie and did the tread mill! Golf tomorrow… All is OK!