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  • Two Easy Days In A Row?

    Posted on January 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house until it was time to visit Ernie and see how she was doing.  She looked excellent!

    We then headed for another doctor!  This time it was a back checkup!  We stopped by Old Ranch and then decided to have Jan and Brian meet us there to save some time!  We did some Happy Hour with Rocky and Bullwinkle before heading to Patty’s Place for a steak dinner.

    Did we say steak?  Brian and Paul finished off their 28 oz steaks and obviously passed on dessert!  We were stuffed!  We were saying goodbye to Jan and Brian for they are heading east for a while!  They better be back soon as we miss their company!

  • Easy Day…

    Posted on January 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

    It was time for Paul’s annual physical so we relaxed and did the treadmill before leaving to see the doctor.  The report: all is well for an old man!  In fact, all was fantastic for an old man… Need to lose ten pounds but that was all!

    We headed home and Sue fixed us up with Greek food from Irene’s… Dining was fantastic!  We then headed to the market because we wanted it to begin raining… It did!

    It began raining when we left the market... Nautrally!

    It began raining when we left the market… Naturally!

    After putting away the groceries, we went down to Malarkey’s to connect up with Greg and Irene… Irene dropped out this evening so it was the three of us!

    We went to Malarkey's and the reflection in the "sunset window" were interesting

    We went to Malarkey’s and the reflection in the “sunset window” were interesting

    We enjoyed a couple of martini's before going home

    We enjoyed a couple of martini’s before going home

    Greg and Sue were enjoying our visit

    Greg and Sue were enjoying our visit

    After getting home we watched a Hallmark movie and one of our series before crashing.

    We got a text from our daughter and son-in-law who live in New Hampshire…  They got some serious snow!

    Picture out Colleen's window in New Hampshire... Snow drift are 24" and climbing!

    Picture out Colleen’s window in New Hampshire… Snow drift are 24″ and climbing!

    We asked if they would send us some water but alas, the transportation costs were over-the-top!

  • Just A Fun Day!

    Posted on January 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house for a while until we departed for the Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  What is it you ask? We did not have a clue!  We asked Brian and Jan to go with us so they could translate!  Great fun! Join us!

    Great fun and loads of giggles

    Great fun and loads of giggles

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) is a musical ensemble featuring ukuleles in different registers. They play and sing music from a variety of different genres, all on the ukulele.

    We went across the way to the Arte Cafe and had a wonderful dinner spending more time to enjoy each others company!

    Fun
  • Golf And A Birthday!

    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with Charlotte and James… It was a great day to be outdoors!

    James decided to go over and see what the ducks were doing!

    James decided to go over and see what the ducks were doing!

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    Sue blasts the ball down number six…

    We headed to the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate Ed’s 71st birthday!  The gang was all hear and the fun lasted well into the evening.  Please join us!

    An evening to celebrate "The Ancient One"

    An evening to celebrate “The Ancient One”

    Seventy-One Years Young

    Seventy-One Years Young

  • Leisurely Day With Friends And Then Dancing

    Posted on January 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We met up with Brian and Jan at the Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar. Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat. The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains.  We had lunch at Cafe Jardin before walking the gardens.  Join the fun!

    The octopus was fantastic!

    The octopus was fantastic!

    A wonderful day in the gardens

    A wonderful day in the gardens

    We then headed to Newport Center and tipped a drink at the Irish Pub (Muldoon’s) before walking next door to see “The American Sniper”… What a powerful movie!

    Jan and Brian departed to see their  tax person and we stopped at Cucina’s Restaurant for a quick drink before going to the Phoenix Club.   We sat at the bar and looked at their menu and what popped out? Stuffed Fried Squash Blossoms
    Herb ricotta + purple basil pesto + cured lemon aioli!  Must have… now!  We did and it was fantastic.  We found several other great dishes with vegetarian emphasis!  We will be going back!

    Off to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with  friends!

    We danced until 10:30 before going home

    We danced until 10:30 before going home

  • Golf And The Theater

    Posted on January 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played with James today. The weather was perfect! We did some happy hou before heading for home and the play!

    The sun was setting as we left Old Ranch

    The sun was setting as we left Old Ranch

    We went to Southcoast Repertory to see”The Whipping Man”.

    We go to the Westin for a drink before the play as it is right across from the theater

    We go to the Westin for a drink before the play as it is right across from the theater

    Greg gets the obligatory tookie for the performance

    Greg gets the obligatory tookie for the performance

    During the break, we find our next-door neighbors also attending the performance

    During the break, we find our next-door neighbors also attending the performance

    The Civil War has ended, leaving destruction in its wake.  As a raging storm illuminates what’s left of a once majestic plantation home, three Jewish men prepare for Passover—the owner’s son and his family’s former slaves.  Only one of them, Simon, remains strong in his faith, but it is threatened by truths about what happened in this house—and in their lives—during its antebellum days.  Stage and television star Charlie Robinson plays Simon in this compelling drama that ran away with New York’s Obie, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards.

    After returning home, we watched a little TV before crashing!

  • Just Golf

    Posted on January 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played fourteen holes with James.  James had an Eagle on #4 from 150 yards out (i.e. he scored two on a four par hole making the second shot into the hole from 150 yards!)  We were enjoying the game but it got cold!  It was 61 degrees when we quite mostly because the wind was coming up and it was getting dark and the fog was heading in!

    B-r-r-r-r-r

    B-r-r-r-r-r

    We stayed for an extended happy hour and enjoyed the soup, chili, and salad.  The SOTU came on and we had to leave our table because of a liberal puke that had the volume up.  Seeing obama is bad enough but to have to listen to the lying and deceit just spoils dinner.  JR and Karen and us moved into the bar.

    We came home and watched a movie and some of our favorite series before crashing.

  • Another Wonderful Day

    Posted on January 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did the treadmill early and then we got cleaned up and headed to Irene’s home for a great Greek lunch!  Irene invited the Kuhn’s, Robert’s and Liles’ over for lunch as a “thank you” for the tent-raising we did a few months back!  We ate and sipped wine for almost three hours!  Great times! Join the fun!

    Irene has been cooking up a storm all week!

    Irene has been cooking up a storm all week!

    We then headed to Malarkey’s around 5:00 to meet up with Greg, Irene and the Sebern’s for our “happy hour”.  More fun times with friends!  A fantastic sunset was this day’s finale!

    Super sunset... The sun sets and we drink margaritas

    Super sunset… The sun sets and we drink margaritas

    Back to home and Sue did her treadmill while we both watched the Hallmark Channel.

  • Busy Day

    Posted on January 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    When we woke up, the sky was ablaze.

    It was an amazing sight!

    It was an amazing sight!

    A magnificent view from our kitchen window

    A magnificent view from our kitchen window

    We began the day at the theater to see the Frankie Avalon at Cerritos Performing Arts Center!  We then headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the monthly Jam Session!

  • Lunch With Our Neighbors And Dancing

    Posted on January 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Our dear friends and next-door neighbors are becoming as busy as us so we do not see them like we used to so….. We called them for a luncheon engagement at PAtty’s Place in Seal Beach!  Just like the old days, we spend two hours caring and sharing and catching up!

     

    We then headed tothe Phoenix Club for an evening with the Starlighters!  Join the fun!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Who Was There?

    Who Was There?

  • Chores And Dancing

    Posted on January 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did some chores in the morning and then headed to the Petroleum to dance with the Toppers. Join the fun!

    Just us!

    Just us!

    Who was here?

    Who was here?

     

  • Golf And Dancing

    Posted on January 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen holes today.  It was simply delightful!

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    We sent this picture to Colleen and told her we have snow also… 25 miles away and 6,000 feet up!

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    The pelicans were visiting again today

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    We did some happy hour before heading to the Phoenix Club

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    We were happy that Teri came over to join us!

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    Great fun at the Phoenix Club… We had almost 60 people this evening!

     

  • Golf Today

    Posted on January 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James today and had a load of fun!

    We had seventeen plicans by the lake

    We had seventeen pelicans by the lake (Click to see the panoramic shot)

    We could drive right up to the pelicans

    We could drive right up to the pelicans

    Sunset was beautiful

    Sunset was beautiful

    We headed home and watched two excellent Hallmark movies.

  • Golf And Pary Time

    Posted on January 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Time to get together.  Michele and Tony joined us to celebrate their daughter’s special birthday. We met at the Panda Inn and spent a couple of hours laughing and giggling! Great fun with great folks! Join the fun….

    Fun with family

    Fun with family

  • Typical Monday! Chores And Malarkeys

    Posted on January 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Dang yearly physicals!  Paul had to visit the vampire at the doctors office!  We then ate breakfast at home before completing the engagement invitations (we needed stickers).  We then headed to the market and finally to the ultimate destination… Malarkey’s.

    At Malarkey’s we saw the sunset, opened our “scratch-off” Malarkey’s Christmas Card and won a free pizza… It was excellent!  Greg called us to check in since he was in Laughlin, Nevada.  Irene joined us making it a great evening,

    Irene and Paul

    Irene and Paul

    We went home and watched two Hallmark movies!

  • The Theater And Dinner Dancing

    Posted on January 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We saw a terrific show at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center today along with the Branders, Roberts, Zaitz and Irene.

    Terrific show

    Terrific show

    Tribute to the Hollywood Icons brings together talented performers honoring the biggest entertainment legends of all time. Get ready to be entertained by impersonators paying tribute to Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, the Andrews Sisters, and Sonny & Cher. The Hollywood Icons Orchestra is featured in the show.

    Cast:
    Bill Johnson as Bob Hope <—VERY GOOD
    Jim Malmberg as Johnny Carson <— EXCELLENT
    Andy DiMino as Dean Martin <— EXCELLENT
    Raymond Michael as Elvis Presley <—OK
    Susan Griffiths as Marilyn Monroe <—VERY GOOD
    Sebastian Anzaldo as Frank Sinatra <— VERY GOOD
    Tom Mullica as Red Skelton <—OK
    The Lindy Sisters as The Andrews Sisters <—EXCELLENT
    Gary Olinger and Heidi Thompson as Sonny & Cher <—VERY GOOD

    We then headed to Old Ranch to go dinner dancing and enjoyed the evening with friends.

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    Greg joined us this evening

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    The rack of lamb was fantastic…

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    What?? Marcia tries the sambuca!

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    Friends

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    Panorama of the evening

     

     

  • A Full Day

    Posted on January 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did chores and treadmill in the morning and then went to Cerritos Performing Center to see the play Camelot. It was a great performance and we really enjoyed it. We went back home for a few minutes before heading to the Garden Grove Elks.

    Colleen called with this weather report!

    Our daughter lives near Dover, N.H. and she called with this report

    Our daughter lives near Dover, N.H. and she called with this report

    We danced with the Brander’s until Garden Grove closed around 10:30 to the sound of Justuss.  Brad and Susie-Q had us moving the entire evening.

    We danced to this great duo

    We danced to this great duo

    It was raining when we departed for home but all is well, we were on auto-pilot! The new van looks like the cockpit of a 747.

    On the way home

    On the way home

  • Time For Golf And Time To Dance

    Posted on January 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and Charlotte.  Paul got hot on the back nine and shot five parts and a birdie!  Do NOT ask about the other holes!

    It was a beautiful day to play!

    It was a beautiful day to play!

    James and Paul are cloud watchers

    James and Paul are cloud watchers

    The pelicans were visiting today

    The pelicans were visiting today

    Happy hour with Miss Charlotte

    Happy hour with Miss Charlotte

    We ran home… Got prettied up and headed to Altadena Country Club for a formal dinner dance… The yearly Black and White Formal. Join the fun!

    In gorgeous Black & White

    In gorgeous Black & White

  • No Golf; Wild Animals

    Posted on January 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did not play golf today!  We went to the LA Farmer’s Market for lunch and then to the LA Zoo to see the new baby hippo!  Join the fun!

    Visiting the Hippo's

    Visiting the Hippo’s

  • Golf And A Surprise Party

    Posted on January 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played a second day in a row and made it to eighteen!  It was a beautiful day and  a “wow” sunset!

    Another wonderful sunset

    Another wonderful sunset

    We went home and quickly freshened up before heading for a “We are bringing to party to your house” surprise for Jan and Jim Mongell!

    Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Click for the panorama

    Click for the panorama

  • Golf… It Had To Happen

    Posted on January 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    First time Paul played golf in almost two months!  It was OK although the hand began to swell after fourteen holes!  We played with James and the Walker-Bunnaford threesome was behind us.  We did a great happy hour!  BTW, it was 82 degrees when we played!

    It was a beautiful day!

    It was a beautiful day!

    Magnificent sunset

    Magnificent sunset

  • Reality Sets In

    Posted on January 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We spent the morning with the plumber!  Our tankless water heater decided to act up after ten years.  We had it serviced, de-scaled, etc. and it is back to perfection!  Yeah!

    We went to Disneyland to renew our annual passes.

    A drink (or two) at Catal is mandatory

    A drink (or two) at Catal is mandatory

    A busy day at Disneyland

    A busy day at Disneyland

    After leaving Disneyland we had just enough time to get to Malarkey’s for our Monday afternoon cocktails and visit with friends.

    We made it there in time for the sunset!

    We made it there in time for the sunset!

    Just us plus Irene and Greg and the Sebern's!  Great time was had by all!

    Just us plus Irene and Greg and the Sebern’s! Great time was had by all!

    We headed for home to do the treadmill and a movie.

  • Time To Party

    Posted on January 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house most of the day and then after Irene and Greg joined us we headed to the Finch’s mountain top retreat to party with the gang! Please join us!

    The Germans, French, and English have made a truce

    The Germans, French, and English have made a truce

  • Up And At ‘Em… It’s The Second Already

    Posted on January 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had the Thedens and Finch’s join us along with Irene for a day at the Rose Parade Floats!  We walked for two hours up and down Sierra Madre seeing the floats up close and personal.  Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    After the walk we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Cafe Santorini in Old Town Pasadena. Join the fun!

    Great food and great times!

    Great food and great times!

    We got home about 4:30 and of course we could not stand still so wen went dancing at the Garden Grove Elks!

    With the Branders, Zaitz, and Finch's... A great evening of dancing and visiting.

    With the Branders, Zaitz, and Finch’s… A great evening of dancing and visiting.

  • Laid Back And Enjoying New Years Day

    Posted on January 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    It’s New Years 2015 and we were all celebrating at the Long Beach Airport Marriott Hotel!  Join the fun!

    The celebration was well underway

    The celebration was well underway

    We had breakfast at the hotel with the gang after a wild night of cavorting… OK, not so wild! Join the fun.

    New Years Day breakfast at the Marriott

    Enjoying friends at breakfast

     

    We headed for home for a few minutes and then met up with family at Old Ranch for lunch and visiting.  We were with the Lind’s.  Star of the show you ask?  Lilly!

    I am the star of the shoW

    I am the star of the shoW

  • Airport Marriott Long Beach Here We Come

    Posted on December 31st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house until it was time to celebrate the new year.  We, along with 28 of our friends coagulated at the Long Beach Marriott Hotel for dinner dancing with Tracy Wells.  Join the fun!

    At the ball... Having a ball!

    At the ball… Having a ball!

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    We are ready for the year to come in!

     

  • Another Easy Day With Golf

    Posted on December 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    It was cold outside but we decided to play nine holes with James.  By the time we got to the turn we were all cold!  Paul walked and James and Sue played.  We headed to the clubhouse.

     

    Robin heads to Lost Wages with Bob abd Nick... It's cold!

    Robin heads to Lost Wages with Bob and Nick… It’s cold!

    we were expecting rain

    we were expecting rain

    Fearless Sue not afraid of water

    Fearless Sue not afraid of water

    It was getting dark

    It was getting dark

    We did Happy Hour with the Cathey’s, Walker’s, Angie and Bunnaford.  Greg joined us and we had a great time!

  • Easy Day… Getting Ready For The 31st

    Posted on December 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did chores around the house and then to the doctor to get the cast removed. All the joints were sore from not being moved and the thumb is still swollen up but it will get better!

    HAd no idea what to exp3ect after 7 weeks under wraps

    Had no idea what to exp3ect after 7 weeks under wraps

    We then dropped by the Long Beach Marriott Hotel and finalized the arrangemet for New Years Eve.  Our 32 people will all be sitting right next to each other!  Yeah!

    Then off to Malarkey’s for our Monday night Happy Hour with Greg.  We missed Irene but she will be home soon!

    Sue and Greg just enjoying life

    Sue and Greg just enjoying life

    click to see the panoramic view of the bay

    click to see the panoramic view of the bay

    We headed for home at watch the last of our Christmas movies before crashing!

  • Newport Harbor And ORCC

    Posted on December 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We celebrated Hans’ birthday at Newport Harbor!  Hans brought the cake and we brought the booze… A gallon of 190 proof Everclear!

    Across from the Elks

    Across from the Elks

    Brian and Jan... Always having fun!

    Brian and Jan… Always having fun!

    The 151 cake.... No smoking within  in 50 feet

    The 151 cake…. No smoking within in 50 feet

    Newport Harbor

    Newport Harbor panoramic view (Click and scroll)

    After Newport we decided to drop by Old Ranch and do some happy hour before going home.

    We needed heat!

    We needed heat!

    James was bundled up

    James was bundled up

    Toasty by the firepit

    Toasty by the firepit

    Just us@

    Just us@

  • Tradition: Zoom Zoom Saratoga & Stockton

    Posted on December 26th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did a 950 mile round trip to Saratoga and then to Stockton to visit the Porter’s and Hale’s.  Join the fun!

    We really enjoyed the visit

    We really enjoyed the visit

    Lunch at Strings... Best Italian food in the valley

    Lunch at Strings… Best Italian food in the valley

  • Traditions: Chinese Christmas Dinner And Visit To The Lind’s

    Posted on December 25th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Our celebration of Christmas Dinner at a Chinese restaurant is because we enjoy sharing special times with friends. The Panda Inn was very accommodating of our requests and did an outstanding job!  Join the fun!

    Celebrating the holiday with Family and Friends

    Celebrating the holiday with Family and Friends

    After dinner we headed to Luisa’s home to visit the “extended family”.  Join the fun

    Lilly was indeed incharge

    Lilly was indeed incharge

  • Tradition: Disneyland Christmas Eve

    Posted on December 24th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went with Brian and Jan and, of course, the Duda’s for our traditional visit. Join the fun!  The entire day was amazing.  We had a great day, rode in the Disneyland Railroad Private Car, had a great dinner, Greg joined us for dinner and then watched the fireworks.  Life is indeed good!

    Fifty-First Year for Sue

    Fifty-First Year for Sue

  • Time To Relax! Sort Of!

    Posted on December 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    Today we decided to take it easy as the next few days are busy….  Did we say busy?  See the day!

    In the morning we did chores… Sue did our dance club mailings and Paul did the last of the website plus minor chores.  We called our son Joe to come over and we gave his family our collection of LGB G-Scale trains as the grandkids, Charlie and Alex, would love them!

    Sue did the treadmill in the afternoon and we watched White Christmas in HD… Wow… Great movie!

    Simply a holiday tradition

    Simply a holiday tradition

    We then joined Amy and Joe and kids who invited us to go to the Panda Inn to celebrate Paul’s birthday! Two hours of laughing and giggling!

    FAther and Son

    Father and Son

    We went to Whitter and met up with Luisa and Mitch and had a great visit with them!  We see them on Christmas Day but that is usually a visit in full-panic-mode… Twenty people coming and going!  Paul goes for the dessert!

    We came home to a Christmas movie before crashing as Christmas Eve is a busy day!

    Fun
  • Travel Time – Temecula And Riverside

    Posted on December 22nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We, along with the Finch’s,  headed to Temecula to do some wine tasting and then to Riverside to see the Mission Inn.  Join the fun!

    Fun with friends and family

    Fun with friends and family

    We caught up with daughter Robin and family at the Mission Inn.  Great fun!

  • Sailing The Seven Seas

    Posted on December 21st, 2014 Paul No comments

    Today was the BAttle Sail in San Pedro Harbor with the Finch’s, Thedens, Schneider’s, and McGinty’s.  Join the fun!

    Fun on the water

    Fun on the water

  • To The Nutcracker And Santa Ana Elks Christmas Ball

    Posted on December 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We are off to  Long Beach to have lunch with friends at the Rock Bottom Brewery before walking down the street to the Terrace Theater to see the Nutcracker. Join the fun!

    A wonderful afternoon with friends

    A wonderful afternoon with friends

     

    After the Nutcracker we stopped by Old Ranch and had a drink with Charlotte and the Burns, Bunny and Tom.  We cut out as we had to go dancing at the Santa Ana Elks!  Join the fun!

    Let the party begin!

    Let the party begin!

    Great fun!

    Great fun!

  • We Played Golf, Did Some Happy Hour And Danced

    Posted on December 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We (James and Sue) played golf and after the 4th hole Paul walked.  Prior to that Paul was supervising some serious tree trimming around the house.  We did Happy Hour with the Walkers and Bunnaford. Join the fun!

    HAppy Hour is happy time

    Happy Hour is happy time

    Golf at Old Ranch And HAppy Hour 12/19/2014

    Big smiles

    Golf at Old Ranch And HAppy Hour 12/19/2014

    The sun is setting and is it cooling off

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    On 15 and coming home

    We then headed to the Garden Grove Elks to dance!   Join the fun!

    Dance time

    Dance time

  • An Easy Day… We Needed It

    Posted on December 18th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Joyce Burks retirement party at the Claim Jumper in Seal Beach.  We went home and hit the treadmill before going to Khoury’s to dance.

  • Knott’s Berry Farm and Old Ranch

    Posted on December 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    As tradition dictates, we headed for the Knott’s Art & Crafts Fair to see what the latest craze is.  Join the fun!

    Time for a wine

    Time for a wine

    Santa without suit... NOTE: Needs no padding

    Santa without suit… NOTE: Needs no padding

    After Knott’s we went to Old Ranch to meet up with the Graham’s and Walkers and we laughed and giggled for quite a while.  Karen made Paul two tuxedo vests (from scratch) and they are perfect for Christmas!

  • Paul Be Seventy… Older Than Dirt… But Able To Walk

    Posted on December 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Can you believe I got this ugly in 70 years?  Spooky!  We are going out with a few friends for the birthday dinner at Preveza and then go on the annual Naples Walk to see the lights.

    1945 was a good year....

    1945 was a good year….

    Loads of fun!

    Loads of fun!

    After dinner we headed for Naples to walk the canal and see the lights. Join the fun!

    Time for a walk with friends and family

    Time for a walk with friends and family

     

  • Monday The 15th… Sloooow Down

    Posted on December 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Today was doctors day… We went to see about a new cast and get a prediction on the busted thumb recovery time.  It worked out fine!  The thumb cast comes off on the 29th so Paul will be beautiful for New Years!  Beautiful???  Will have to revisit that!

    Off comes OL' Pinky

    Off comes Ol’ Pinky The Cast – Never tease a doctor with a sense of humor

    Looks pretty good... Doc says another two weeks

    Looks pretty good… Doc says another two weeks… Everything moves

    After the doc, we headed to the Airport Marriott to finalize seating for the New Years Eve dance.  We had names and all went well.  We will have 30+ people joining us at the dance.

    We then went to “The El Dorado” for a drink to see the remodel.  Wow what a menu!  We headed home to freshened up and then to Malarkey’s for our Monday evening drink!

    Cavorting at Khoury's

    Cavorting at Khoury’s

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    Gabbing up a storm

    Just Us

    Just Us

    Always a giggle

    Always a giggle

    We headed home and watched Christmas movies.

  • Seasons 52, The Grinch, And Old Ranch… Another Full Day

    Posted on December 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Seasons 52 before the play. The four of us had a great time!  Join the fun!

    At Seasons 52 with Brian and Jan

    At Seasons 52 with Brian and Jan

    Re-discover the magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage. Originally conceived by the three time Tony Award-winning director, Jack O’Brien, the whimsical world of Whoville is beautifully realized by an A-list creative team in this delightful musical production.

    Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday loving Whos.

    The Grinch Begins

    The Grinch Begins

    We then went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance.  A great evening with friends

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    Time to dance and warm up

    Then a surprise… Paul got an “early birthday cake”!  Although Sue, who always takes care of Paul, has great plans for Tuesday we ended this evening with a cupcake cake!  Great idea!

    HAppy Birthday Paul

    Happy Birthday Paul

    We had twenty this evening and Steve had Christmas music going all evening.

    Enjoying the day

    Enjoying the day

    Golf presents!  Paul found out that with his game, he should always carry 1) a compass, 2) a weed-whacker, 3) snorkel equipment, and 4) a first aid kit!

    Golf rules... A medal for drinking!

    Golf rules… A medal for drinking!

  • The Christmas Play

    Posted on December 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had a great time with 90 of our family and friends in attendance.  The site is still Under Construction and will be for a few more days.  Lilly stole the show!  Zack is very attentive and Lilly seems to like the guys a lot! Join the fun!

    Daddt Zack with Lilly

    Daddy Zack with Lilly

    Lilly goes into Mrs. Santa’s lap just twenty-four years after Zachary was held by the same Mrs Claus.

    Lilly comes to visit Mrs. Clause

    Lilly comes to visit Mrs. Clause

    If memory serves us right, Zack was zonked but Lilly on the otherhand was enjoying all the attention!

    Hamming it up!

    Hamming it up!

    We took the bus back home and then stayed at Old Ranch for a drink before heading to Garden Grove Elks to go dancing with Irene and the Branders.

  • Pre-Coordination Day And The Mistletoe Ball

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We ate at Panda Inn in order to verify our reservation for Christmas.  We then headed to Toppers for the Mistletoe Ball.  Loads of fun!  Join us!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Odds & Ends

    Posted on December 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did “Christmas Chores” today.  We stopped by the El Dorado Golf Course and dropped off a card to Tim.   Then we headed to Bevmo to select a special wine for Valerie at Catal.   We then stopped at Preveza for a Saganaki and to buy some Greek wine for Irene’s party in January.

    Preveza For Pre-Birthday Coordination

    Preveza For Pre-Birthday Coordination

    We returned home and Sue did her treadmill for 90 minutes. Off to Khoury’s for dancing.  It is going to be a stormy night so many of the regulars stayed home.

    The rainstorm is coming for sure

    The rainstorm is coming for sure

    The bay was beautiful this evening

    The bay was beautiful this evening

    At Khoury's For Dancing

    At Khoury’s For Dancing

    While at Khoury’s we got a super picture of Nick decorating the Duda Tree!

    Nick Trims The Tree

    Nick Trims The Tree

    We came home at watched a Christmas movie before crashing.

  • We Played Golf And Did Some Happy Hour

    Posted on December 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    James and Sue played golf.  Wayne (Bullwinkle) joined us on the front nine.  Paul walked the front nine and part of the back nine.   It got cold so we skipped 15-17 and came in on 18.

    We found some miniature umbrellas on the course today.

    We found some miniature umbrellas on the course today.

    It was getting dark

    It was getting dark

  • Half Of Us Played Golf

    Posted on December 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Paul busted hand won’t allow golf for another month but we played with James and Wayne anyway.  Paul walked the front nine getting in three miles of walking.  Join the fun!

    The ducks were happy to see Sue again!

    The ducks were happy to see Sue again!

    We did some happy hour before heading for home.

    Santa! I am a good girl!

    Charlotte says “Santa! I am a good girl!”

  • Fun At The Huntington Library

    Posted on December 8th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We headed for the Huntington with Brian and Jan Finch and CArri and Greg.  We had an afternoon of fun and capped if off with a visit to Mararkey’s.  Join the fun!

    Just Us

    Just Us

    Formal Tea lessons provided by Brian and Jan

    Formal Tea lessons provided by Brian and Jan

  • Santa Brunch And Home Tour

    Posted on December 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did the Old Ranch Santa Brunch with The Vallari’s and Joe & Amy’s kids (Joe and Amy did a quick trip to see the Ducks game).  Great time was had by all!  Join the fun!

    Charlie and Alex had a great time!

    Charlie and Alex had a great time!

  • Busy Day Indeed

    Posted on December 6th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We began the day with lunch with family and friends at Seasons 52 prior to going to see “A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Reperatory Theater. Join the fun!

    Traditions are essential to keep

    Traditions are essential to keep

    Just us

    Just us

    A Christmas 2014  Carol Luncheon At Seaons 52

    Tummies are getting full

    After the play we raced home to change and drive to LAX to join the Nightlighters in the themed dance “Dacing Home For The Holidays” Join the fun.

    Dancing the night away

    Dancing the night away

    We got home a little after midnight.

  • Robin’s Birthday & An Irish Christmas

    Posted on December 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We headed to Disneyland to celebrate Robin’s birthday… It’s tradition. Join the fun!

    Great fun with family

    Great fun with family

    Welcome

    Welcome

    These ladies were kind enough to take our annual Christmas picture under the Disneyland tree.   Thank you very much!

    These beautiful ladies took our annual picture for us!

    These beautiful ladies took our annual picture for us!

    Yeah Christmas

    Yeah Christmas

  • Inspite Of The Rain, We Were Busy

    Posted on December 3rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We decided to so see “Interstellar” in the late morning.  Pretty much a disappointment.  The movie dragged on and ended in an unbelievable set of events.  Summary: With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

    The stop at Kabuki made the movie tolerable.

    We stopped by Kaboki for a glass of wine before the movie... Our favorite bartender was promoted to management

    We stopped by Kabuki for a glass of wine before the movie… Our favorite bartender was promoted to management

    After the movie we decided to stop by Old Ranch for a drink before going home to get ready for the In-And-Out Board.

    The entire place was beautifully decorated

    The entire place was beautifully decorated

    It was indeed wet as we departed Old Ranch

    It was indeed wet as we departed Old Ranch

    We went home and “rested” a few minutes before heading to the yearly In-And-Out Board meeting.  It was held at the home of the Zaitz and it was great fun!  We missed the Roberts who are sailing the bounding main on a Mexican cruise.

    We went to the annual "In And Out Board" meeting where the old officers pass their secrets to the new board membets

    We went to the annual “In And Out Board” meeting where the old officers pass their secrets to the new board members

    We dined after the board meeting on Chinese.  Excellent

    We dined after the board meeting on Chinese. Excellent

    Serious business being accomplished

    Serious business being accomplished

    We came home and watched NCIS New Orleans before crashing!

  • Rain In California?

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    It was a wet day so we stayed home until “Cabin Fever” grabbed us.  We went to Old Ranch to join the Taco Tuesday replacement activity… Chili night.  We joined James and Linda for a great Happy Hour.  The club was nicely decorated.

    Toasty inside... Cold and rainy outsideQ

    Toasty inside… Cold and rainy outside

    We went home and saw several Christmas Movies.

  • Good News & Celebration

    Posted on December 1st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Trani’s for lunch before going to the doctor.  Excellent vittles!  The hand doctor was right down the street.  When we arrived he took the new kind of x-ray (we think it is new fluoroscope) because the images are digital and instant!  His findings were the ones have NOT moved with respect to each other so NO SURGERY!  Paul gets a new cast in two weeks (a red one this time) and then three additional weeks and voila, all cured!

    We then headed to the Apple store and AT&T to get some adjustment to the new iPhones.

    Then to Malarkey’s for an Irene and Greg Happy Hour!

    It was trying to be a rainy day... No sunset to see!

    It was trying to be a rainy day… No sunset to see!

    When darkness fell the bay was all lit up

    When darkness fell the bay was all lit up

    Decorated for Christmas

    Decorated for Christmas

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    Nice tree in Malarkey's lkobby

    Nice tree in Malarkey’s lkobby

    Irene and Greg

    Irene and Greg

     

  • Newport Harbor Elks Here We Come

    Posted on November 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Brian enjoys the Newport Harbor Elks as it reminds him of the pubs back “home”.  We met up with the Finchs and Thedens about 1:00 and danced until 5:00,  It was a rainy day in California.

    Our new car got wet

    Our new car got wet

    It was supposed to rain fairly hard but alas... It fizzled

    It was supposed to rain fairly hard but alas… It fizzled

    Just us... Learning how to lead with an elbow

    Just us… Learning how to lead with an elbow

    Brian and Jan

    Brian and Jan

    Kerstin and Hans

    Kerstin and Hans

    Someone did homework all afternoon -- Keeping her A+ average!

    Someone did homework all afternoon — Keeping her A+ average!

    We wanted to check out reservations for the 16th so we stopped by Preveza and had some saganaki and a glass of wine.

    Saganaki

    Saganaki

    We did the treadmill and watched new Christmas movies.

  • Quiet Day Until The Evening Arrived

    Posted on November 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We relaxed all day and ended up at the Garden Grove Elks for dancing with the gang.  Brian showed up but notice no wine!

    What happened last night?

    What happened last night?

    Fun
  • Come To The Feuerzangenbowle

    Posted on November 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to our annual Feuerzangenbowle st the home of the Thedens.  We had a wonderful time with friends and sharing the joy of the season.

    Great times with dear friends

    Great times with dear friends

    We departed with everybody else but made a short stop at the Garden Grove Elks lodge to do some dancing with the Branders and Kuhns.

  • Thanksgiving Was Super

    Posted on November 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We celebrated with family and friends at Old Ranch Country Club.  Join our celebration

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    After dinner we visited Amy and Joe and family where Paul dove into a chocolate pie head first.  We then went to Luisa’s for a visit and more dessert with Luisa, Mitch and the boys. Becca and Lilly made it a great end to this year’s Thanksgiving.

     

  • Pre-Thanksgiving Visit To Disneyland

    Posted on November 26th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Downtown Disney and Disneyland today to make final arrangements for Christmas.  As usual, we started and ended up at Catal to have a drink and visit the staff.

    Great place to dine

    Great place to dine

    We got our tickets

    We got our tickets

    Yup! It's Christmas at Disneyland

    Yup! It’s Christmas at Disneyland

    Relaxing after taking care of business

    Relaxing after taking care of business

  • Busy Day… Worked At Home

    Posted on November 25th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We took care of the Topper’s Dance Club invitations (about thee hours) and got them mailed.   We missed seeing Greg at Monday Night’s Malarkey’s rendezvous so we asked Greg to join us at Old Ranch where we did an informal Happy Hour.  We then headed for home and did the treadmill.

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