A Sloooow Day, It Was Needed!

Today was again laid back! We went to our son Joe’s house, where he is rebuilding a sand rail. We watched him to the front suspension before we departed back home.

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The Week She Is Done! Friday Had Arrived!

We plan to go furniture shopping n the near future!

We headed to the yard after getting up and worked for a couple of hours. Mary fastened down the cover over the gazebo table while I pulled weeds! A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.

This week, we had to tie the table cover down for the second time!

At 2:00 PM, n n we decided it was nap time! We wanted to stay up during this evening theater visit; we will see Frozen at the Segerstrom Theater. I always say, “If beer, coffee, or a nap can’t cure it, you’ve got a serious problem.”

We arrived at 5:00 PM and walked from the parking lot to the restaurant via the back door. I prefer this because we see the tall buildings and a restroom halfway to the end.

It was a full moon tonight, and it was already quite bright in the easter sky. Leatherby’s is about a quarter of a mile walk, which gets the appetite in gear!

Between the theaters, we saw the moon peeking at us!

The restaurant is quite modern and is located adjacent to the main OC theaters.

Mary and I ordered a boggle of wine since we had two hours until the show started. Donna and Bob came in about twenty minutes after we arrived. The menu was quite eclectic.

Bon and Donna arrive at Leatherby’s.

Mary did the Australian lamb chops served with roasted eggplant, harissa, benne sauce, marcona almonds, cherry olive jus, and mint salad. I decided it was steak night and selected the Nebraska filet mignon served with boulangère potatoes, chantarelle mushrooms, and red wine sauce. Mary and I shared our entrees, so we got the best of both worlds.

The lamb chops were fantastic!

Donna went for the salmon, and Bob did the steak with me.

Donna finally got what she wanted.

We giggled and laughed for two hours before hitting the road for the theaters. We were going to see Frozen and the Z’s were going to see The Little Foxes. Summary: Alabama, 1900. Ben and Oscar Hubbard stand to earn millions by funding an industrialized cotton mill. But first, they’ll need their calculating sister, Regina, to secure the seed money from her dying husband. When he refuses, the siblings stop at nothing to satisfy their ambitions and keep the wealth in the family. It is Regina, however, with razor-sharp intellect and diabolical gentility, who is the most ruthless. Ferocious and funny, this celebrated classic takes an absorbing look at all sides of the American Dream.

Just little ol’ us!

We got into the theater just in the nick of time. We were in the orchestra row five, center section. The seats were perfect. The only issue is that our hearing needs a boost. We got 60% of the dialog and could figure the rest out by the actors’ actions.

All the world’s a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.

The show is about to begin!

Did You Know? Frozen took 70 years to make! Yes, you read that right! Walt Disney had wanted to make this film since the 1930s! The story never felt quite right, and it was put aside until the 90s when Disney tried again to get the project off the ground and again in 2000. It wasn’t until 2008 that the story finally started coming together, and Frozen was born. Was it worth waiting 70 years for? We think so!

Also, Frozen made Disney over 1,000,000,000 dollars! Yup, Frozen is one of Disney’s most successful films ever, making over a billion dollars worldwide! On top of that, its sequel, Frozen II, is currently the second most successful animated movie ever (After The Lion King) and also smashed box office records with its billion-dollar takings. What’s more, both films are some of the most successful of all time to have been directed by a woman!

We were out by 10:00 PM, and on the way home, we stopped at Aces Bar and Grill for a glass of wine before going home. Wine is the answer, but I can’t remember the question.

The owner was there and served us a humongous glass of wine! One drink is all we needed. We hijacked the jukebox, played good music, and departed to get home just before 11:00 PM.

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Out And About!

It was a glorious day in California; the weather was perfect! We had our morning coffee and got ready to go to the Elks for lunch and meet with the gang. Chuck and Lisa worked to prepare their taxes as they see their tax guy at lunchtime.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood.

The sun was out and warmed things up! Before leaving for the Elks, we sat outside and discussed what needed to be done in the garden over the next few weeks. The sun was so warm someone took a cat nap! So the natural question is, “If a child refuses a nap are they resisting arrest?”

The only thing in school I ever was good at was nap time in kindergarten……I got straight Z’s.

Sawing logs!

We went to the Elks at about 11:45 am and bought four additional tickets for the Valentine’s Day celebrations. Now we have the Z’s, Robin and Bob, Irene and Dr. Bill, Chuck and Lisa, and Michele and Franklyn going with us. We may have to work on the table arrangements!

Bob wore the shirt!

There was a meeting of the local patriotic veterans, and Bill Capps made an introduction of Mary to the group. She got an invite to join the group, duh!

Mary outranked every one of them; she was a captain in the US Army!

Lunch was great, and we shared with our group for a good 90 minutes!


After lunch, we went to Jan’s and brought her lunch. We decided not to ask her to join us at the Elks for lunch anymore, but we will likely still bring lunch once in a while.

Chuck and Lisa came in at about 5:30 pm, and we decided to go to the Orange traffic Circle and done at Vanattas Italian diner. The food was excellent. We got home around 7:30 pm and talked for a while before crashing. I must be up and out by 7:00 am to see the dermatologist.

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Chuckie Comes To Town!

Today we went to Mary’s PT, and things are getting better all the time! We are pleased with the progress, so we expect another month before she returns to “normal.” We will have to figure out what “normal” is!

Our PT facility is in Tustin!

After PT, I offered to go to Rockwells, but Mary thought we could eat at home. Then I mentioned the egg white omelet, and she gave in. We went to Rockwell’s in Villa Park, a wonderful bakery and a super place to dine!

We are “regulars” there, so everyone said, “Howdy.”

Mary had hot tea, and I made iced tea because I knew my food would be hot. Mary did her omelet, and I attacked a ham and egg omelet with a side of bacon! Dang, it was good.

I did ask Mary, “Why do the French make omelets with only one egg?” Well, I had to tell her, “Because in France one egg is un oeuf.”

Then I remembered when Mary and I first got together. When my wife made her first omelet, I was egging her on.

The meal was excellent!

That smile gives Rockwell an AAA rating!

We returned home and worked in the yard, fertilizing the new trees, planting bulbs, and pulling weeds—and other stuff. At 2:00 PM, we came in, and I checked my BP, thinking it would be high! It was 120/80, my normal??

At 2:45 PM, we headed to the JW Airport to pick up Chuck and Lisa, friends staying with us for two weeks. We have been friends for years, so we had a great visit.

When we got home, our cleaning folks were still there, and we were expecting ten people for the bi-monthly Starlighter Dance Club board meeting. We managed to get everything together due to the teamwork Mary and I established. She lays on the couch eating bonbons and points to what I must do next!

The members showed up at 6:30 PM, and the meeting was done by about 8:30 PM; Bob runs a tight ship!

Bob leads the meeting.

It is wonderful having friends for 20+ years; we can say anything!

Mary keeps us moving!

We had a lot of fun since we have known each other for years and years!

Post meeting banter

We have all the information on a spreadsheet, but no one can figure it out! Cheese, wine, and a friend must be old to be good.

The guys are still trying to figure out the spreadsheet

After the meeting, we crashed to get ready for tomorrow.

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It’s Tuesday Already?

Today was abnormal; we just worked around the house getting ready for Chuck and Lisa tomorrow. Those odd jobs we put on the “someday list” were accomplished today. We worked hard, but another to show for it.

It was a beautiful, excellent day to stay home and work around the house!

Colleen is safe at home, and we begin talking on the bat-phone. We saw her post on Facebook. she wants to be tall, and I say, be short and amazing like you are!

Dad passed in 1970, three years before Colleen was born. My dad would have loved this little girl as she was feisty and loving. My dad made me, and I thank him for being the best dad ever. Wise, caring, and thoughtful, even with a 10th-grade education!

Clockwise: Cousin Tom and I noarding a train; Diane, Olivia, and me on Comey Avenue; Dad and me at dinner; Mom dressed me as a bum for Halloween; Dad and I on vacation in the mountains.

We crashed early because tomorrow the day is BUSY!!

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It’s Monday! That Means A Memory!

Adventures In Baloney Creek While growing up, Baloney Creek was at the end of our dead end street! I remember it looking to be 200 feet deep but in reality, it was not! Maybe 20 or 25 at most.

As a boy, I would tie a rope to my bicycle and lower it down the side into the cement bottom… then use the maintenance ladder to get to the bottom! We would ride for what seemed miles.

The creek turned into a real creek about two miles down, and the MGM backlots were adjacent to the creek! We guys would hide our bikes and sneak into the backlots and watch them file Tarzan and some westerns. Sometimes we would go into the feeders to Baloney Creek! Flashlights were mandatory!

We could only ride the bikes after winter rains came along because many times of the year, the bottom of the creek had several inches of MUCK on it! Some of the muck was from Adohr Farms, a dairy that was on La Cienega Blvd between Pico and Venice.

Ballona Creek is the most significant storm drain in the Santa Monica Bay watershed.

I did now know until I was in my 50s that Mom would follow me down to the ladder and bring a chair and knit until she heard us coming back up the creek, and then she would go home and ask us,” Where have you been.”

If you ever watched the movie “Volcano,” the channel they directed the lava into fed Balona Creek! In the 1997 movie “Volcano,” the protagonists divert the flow of lava at Beverly Center by using explosives to dig a trench that takes it to Ballona Creek, which then leads to the ocean.

This day was reserved for errands/chores. First, we visit Mary’s PT facility, and her arm is getting better all the time. After that, we met with our interior decorator, who is going to reupholster and re-cane two chairs plus make a dust ruffle for the master bedroom.

After that, we headed for the hearing doctor as we are both losing some of our hearing ability. Amazingly enough, our symptoms match perfectly, and they are going to sell us first-class hearing aids for a mere $7600 each! They are wired to our iPhones, so we can make adjustments if need be.

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Colleen Heads Home!

We have had two weeks with Colleen, and they have been wonderful. We decided a family get-together was needed to send her off and back to the snow country, New Hampshire.

You can witness the get-together right on our website.

We went to the Elks’s celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The amazing trio!

She got to visit the Reagan Library and met Ron and Nancy!

The statues were lifesize; the other subjects were not!

She spent a lot of time with us!

Just us!

Colleen and Mary are joined at the hip!

Looking good!!!

Brother Joe and Amy are always fun to be around

She spent a lot of time with her brother Joe and sister-in-law Amy.

The boys are both taller than Colleen

She also had rime with her nephews (who promised to stop rowing)

We had a great afternoon!

All the girls together!

Daughter Robin and Bob drove her to the airport, and we visited Jan.

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Work Followed By Play!


We continued working on the house; there is ALWAYS something to do every day. Colleen went to see our grandson’s soccer match and planned to be home before 5:o00 PM when we departed for the Elks.

Mary and I did some shopping at the store for tomorrow’s get-together. At 4:00 PM, we got ready to depart for the Elks, the scholarship dance where we raise money for deserving young people! The theme tonight is the 1960s!

It brings back old memories!

Mary has a new 1960s-style dress, and she upgraded to include 1960s glasses! Colleen also got glasses and a headband of blue daisies.

Go see the entire dance in detail on our website.

Looking good!!!

Ronnie, the DJ, played for us this evening, meaning the entire dance was danceable!

We had a ball dancing to the music of the 1960s

Of course, the regulars were with us, including tBob & Donna, Vicky & Jim, and Iris & Will. Iris is 96 and going strong!

She was shaking a leg!

We departed at about 9:45 PM and headed home. Colleen drove; a good thing! We are going to miss her so much when she leaves tomorrow.



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Carlos To The Rescue!

The red coat was so nice; I ordered a green one for March! I will be a walking fashion statement. Just wait St. Patrick’s day, Mary and I will arrive in style!

Now I am ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Mary and I worked in the garden, starting bright and early, 8:00 am. She planted the new veggies and replaced some of the peas that did not make it. The garden works well as we do not have to bend over, and everything is handy!

We have additional broccoli and new peas!

I straightened up the large storage unit and made it ready to move the smaller one to this area.

Starting condition!

I moved one shed from the side of the yard back to the garden area. That required me to unload the entire cabinet into a wheelbarrow, and then with Colleen’s help, we rolled the shed to the backyard. Colleen moved it herself! I reloaded the shed after we got it set up.

Now, 85% of the gardening items are in one location!

I have had this cabinet for 15 years, and is still in good condition. The gardening supplies are right next to the garden.

They are organized by function.

It isn’t easy to see, but the apples are close up to our patio, and if we keep it trimmed to six feet, we can reach off the deck and grab fruit from our patio table!

The four apples are now in their new home.

What happened to the two apple trees that were planted together? They lived appley ever after.

My blood pressure seems to be wavering, so I called the doctor, and he gave me a new prescription which we will try.

Why did the skeptic suffer from high blood pressure? He was taking everything with a grain of salt.

We went to the store with Colleen to pick up some supplies for Sunday. The rest of the afternoon we spent working around the house. Mary reorganized her bathroom, and I finished arranging the garage so the cars could slide in all the way to the wall facing us, almost three feet of space behind the vehicles.

Colleen went to a soccer game, and we kept working on things that needed to be done. I popped over to CVS to get the new meds, and then Mary and I had dinner and watched a John Wayne movie.

Five years ago today, my garden looked like this:


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Out And About

Today we are adding to the garden. We wanted some fruit trees and found them at H&H Nursery in Long Beach. We took the van, and with Colleen’s help, we brought home three beauties.

Before we left, I tried on my new coat for Valentine’s Day! I can wear it as a tux jacket or regularlar suit/sports coat with black pants.

I must say I looked dashing!

Multi-grafting for a variety of fruit is a creative way to produce several fruits on the same tree. These are sometimes referred to as “fruit cocktail” trees. We got two stone fruit trees which were peach, nectarine, pear, and Santa Rosa plum We also picked up a 4-1 apple tree with a Dorset, Fuji, Ana, and Golden grafted onto the same tree trunk.

We just did stone fruit this time; perhaps citrus later on!

Colleen pushed the cart as it was getting heavy, and we found some other goodies we needed for the garden. We carefully put them into the van for a ride to the Elks and then home.

The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.

I did let Colleen push the cart! Hard work doesn’t harm anyone, but I do not want to take any chances.

Colleen hauled the loot!

I examined the trees closely and talked to the lady who runs the place; she gave me some hints about how to place them in the yard.

Mary told Colleen, “Why are husbands like lawnmowers? They are difficult to get started, emit foul smells, and don’t work half the time.”

Paying the bill (Mary beat me to it)

We were there for quite a while, and Mary was involved with every purchase. We have a 40-minute ride to the Elks, so nature called. Colleen took the picture; I am innocent (for once).

What do a missile silo and an Alaskan outhouse have in common? They both contain IC BMs.

You gotta do what you have to doo doo!

The plants are loaded, including a new blueberry bush, some additional veggies, and some flowers.

It was “Girls’ Night Out,” so the old trusty van was ready to go. We arrived at 11:45 AM, and our seats were ready. The lobby was decorated for Valentine’s Day.

Elks is ready for Valentine’s Day.

Colleen knows the entire gang, and they are always excited when she shows up; they have someone new to talk to. I overheard Colleen ask Bob, “What’s the difference between an outlaw and an in-law? Outlaws are wanted.”

Bob and Colleen hit it off.

We did our typical thing; show arrows at each other (in jest) and laughed and giggled through lunch. Bob did NOT wear his motorcycle shirt, but I pulled up a copy of it, and Bob nearly went crazy. Mary and I ordered one for him also, and it is coming to our home, so that we will give it to him next week.

The perfect gift for old motorcycle riders

They both still ride motorcycles when the weather is good.

The banter is priceless.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the table, Iris, Will, and I are cavorting and making arrangements for this weekend’s dancing activities.

Hi Iris!

Ronnie popped by to visit. He will be DJ’ing, so the music will be super for dancing.

Ronnie stopped by!

We went home at about 2:00 PM and unloaded the trees, taking them to their future homes in the backyard. Two trees will be put closer to the house, and the Santa Rosa Plum will be in the garden area.

Robin came by after work and visited. The three girls seem to be bolted at the hip! We decided to go to Aces Bar and Grill for dinner, which is always fun. The owner greeted us and was happy since we seemed to draw in people who return (the secret is we hijack the jukebox and play the 40s-60s music at a lower volume and most bars).

We stopped at Ace’s for dinner with Colleen and Robin

Mary and I enjoy the place and have met many friendly folks with families there.

Just us!

We chowed down on salads and jalapeno poppers, and I went for the steak! We complete plans for the family get-together on Sunday at noon. It is a Pierogi event with Bob being the head cook! Our son Joe and grandson Zack and their families will be joining us.

Great times!

Returning home, we visited for a few minutes before Robin had to depart for home; she is still a working girl.

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