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  • Walking And Gardening Today!

    Posted on July 28th, 2015 Paul No comments
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  • Interesting Day

    Posted on July 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house working in the garden and Sue doing her exercises.  The garden is beginning to look a little bare!  Paul spent 45 minutes pollinating blossoms on the watermelons and cantaloupes.  We had so many blossoms but they were not turning into fruit.  The culprit seems to be a lack of bees!  The internet suggested moving the pollen form the male blossoms to the female blossoms using a tiny art brush or physically rub the female blossoms with the male blossoms!  Paul had no tiny art brushes so….  He said “I feel like a pervert!”  Now we have to wait and see what happens!

    Female watermelon blossoms... See the tiny watermelon that will form if she get pollinated

    Female watermelon blossoms… See the tiny watermelon that will form if she get pollinated

    The male blossom resides on a thin stem (no baby watermelon)

    The male blossom resides on a thin stem (no baby watermelon)

    Rub-a-dub-dub

    Rub-a-dub-dub

    We cleaned up and headed to Malarkey’s for the “Storytelling Finals” of which Greg was one of the finalists!  Good fun with friends!

    Charlotte came to see the performance!

    Charlotte came to see the performance!

    The sun is going down with an outstanding sunset

    The sun is going down with an outstanding sunset

    Good night Mr. Sun

    Good night Mr. Sun

    Catalina is 2o miles down the channel

    Catalina is 2o miles down the channel

    After the contest we sat with the organizer and her daughter for a while

    After the contest we sat with the organizer and her daughter for a while

     

  • Busy Day

    Posted on July 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

    “My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger” – Billy Connolly”

    Paul took the morning walk and took some pictures.  Join the walk!

    I met a new friend this morning!

    I met a new friend this morning!

    At 2:00 we headed for Garden Grove Elks to find out about the famous Pizza Sunday!

    Then at 5:00 we departed for the Bowers Museum for an Exclusive Evening “Into the Blue” with Dr. Ed Krupp.  Join the fun!

    An Amazing Exhibit

    An Amazing Exhibit

    Dr. Ed Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory, explored our fascination with the moon, the sky, and celestial ascent. Specifically, he described the profound experiences of the Apollo astronauts who traveled that far and places those groundbreaking expeditions in the broader context of mythic personifications, scientific exploration, and histories on imagined voyages to the moon. This exclusive evening began with an exhibition viewing of The 1968 Exhibit and an exquisite dinner buffet by Tangata restaurant in the enchanting Key Courtyard. Distinguished Lecture and moon viewing followed.

    We ended the evening at Downtown Disney at Catal!

  • Walking, Working, Dancing

    Posted on July 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did his morning walk this morning finding new things around the neighborhood.  Join the walk!

    Met Mr. Spider on the walk!  He was just finishing breakfast!

    Met Mr. Spider on the walk! He was just finishing breakfast!

    After the walk we worked around the house.  Filled another 100 gallon trash container with old plants!  Another couple of months and the winter garden goes in!

    We went to Garden Grove and danced until about 10:00 and then headed to Patty’s Place for a night cap!

    The moon was beautiful and the GG Elks Ham Radio antenna needed his picture taken

    The moon was beautiful and the GG Elks Ham Radio antenna needed his picture taken

    Playing with Paul's iWatch using the remote camera controls

    Playing with Paul’s iWatch using the remote camera controls

    Just a tiny night cap!

    Just a tiny night cap!

    We got home and crashed!  Big day tomorrow!

  • Breakfast, Golf, Celebrate, Dance

    Posted on July 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did breakfast at Old Ranch and were treated to breakfast by the General Manager!  We then played golf although Paul quit after 14… It was not a good day for golf as his broken thumb was acting up… probably as a result of pulling plants out of the garden!

    We did a large Happy Hour before heading for home and then to Santa Ana for a celebration of Donna and Vic’s birthdays!

    Sue and her fan club on hole six

    Sue and her fan club on hole six

    Santa Ana here we come

    Santa Ana here we come

    It was so hot inside that we went outside

    It was so hot inside that we went outside to cool off!

    After the birthday cakes were cut and served we decided to go to Garden Grove.  The Santa Ana Lodge had a super band but the air conditioning was on the fritz and it was so hot we gave up!

    Go Garden Grove

    Go Garden Grove

    We gave up and went to GArden Grove... Great music and it was cool!

    We gave up and went to Garden Grove… Great music and it was cool!

    We danced until about 10:30 before heading home!  Great fun although we missed the gang!

  • Good Day – Bad Day – Good Day

    Posted on July 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked all morning.  Sue took the last of the small tomatoes and made her world famous pasta-tomato-cheese salad… Just like eating summer!  It is so nice to pick your own veggies, take them to the kitchen and have magic performed so within minutes you are eating what you just picked!

    Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens

    Paul worked the garden for six hours cleaning out the  tomato plants that were done, trimming back the pumpkins, and cleaning up!  He filled two 100 gallon trash containers!  Fun but a lot of work.  We are getting ready for the fall planting!  The asparagus is really looking good!

    Bad day?  We went to a Celebration Of Life for Cindy O held at Old Ranch.  She was a friend for several years and we used to see her all the time in the afternoons at Old Ranch.

    We will miss you happy smile and nice words!  Rest In Peace!

    We will miss your happy smile and nice words! Rest In Peace!

    We departed Old Ranch for the Phoenix Club to go dancing.  Connor joined us this evening.  We all had a load of fun!

  • Busy Day… Of Course

    Posted on July 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did his walk after our morning tea.  He walked for about an hour and a half. Paul walks by a passion fruit plant and it was loaded with fruit.  Not knowing what they look like when they are ripe, he picked one and brought it home.  It was indeed NOT ripe but the contents were edible and quite sour.  He plans to keep his eyes on the plant every day now!

    We then headed for the golf course and played nine holes because we planned to go to the adult movies in the afternoon….  We teed off at 12:30 and finished before 2:30.  Just enough time to freshen up and have a drink!  James went home to get Linda and we met at the adult movies.

    Striking difference from the blue!

    Striking difference from the blue… The clouds were fantastic…  like large feather pillows

    James got fascinated with the yellow flowers

    James got fascinated with the yellow flowers

    Oops… The adults go to the movies.  We saw “Minions” and while they are cute, the story was beyond dumb!  James dozed off and Paul was fighting to stay awake.  Normally the 3:30 show is pretty quiet but we had some noisy kids in the theater… Probably the only reason Paul stayed awake!

    Minions... We were hoping for more!

    Minions… We were hoping for more!

    Right after the movie we met JR and Karen at Patty’s Place for dinner.  Paul blew his diet with the biggest pork chop ever created.  We laughed and giggled for a couple of hours before heading for home.

    JR and Karen joined us for dinner this evening at PAtty's Place

    JR and Karen joined us for dinner this evening at Patty’s Place

    What a day… Fun and more fun… Wish tomorrow were going to be that good.   We have to go to a memorial (Celebration Of Life)  for an Old Ranch friend… We will miss her smiling face!

  • Time For Exercise And Golf

    Posted on July 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    Up and at ’em at 6:00 as Paul planned to take the Honda in for his 10,000 mile check-up at 7:15.  All went well and the car was done in less than an hour.  Paul got time to play with the watch!  Paul walked for 30 minutes just to keep the walking going.  The iWatch told Paul his “resting heart rate” was 62 making him “good”  pusing “excellent” in health!  He plans to keep on walking and get it to a solid excellent before the end of tghe year!

    Resting Heart Rate Chart

    Resting Heart Rate Chart

    The waiting room at Norm Reeves in Cerritos is quite nice!

    The waiting room at Norm Reeves in Cerritos is quite nice!

    We played eighteen with James and it was hot out!  The temperature was in the high 80’s but the humidity was right up there also!  We finished all eighteen and then dried out over a cold glass of wine on the patio!

    The cacti enjoyed the recent rainstorm

    The cacti enjoyed the recent rainstorm

    Brilliant reds can be seen for several holes

    Brilliant reds can be seen for several holes

    The roses were wonderful

    The roses were wonderful

    After Happy Hour, we headed home to do the treadmill and watch a movie.  Life is good!

  • Lunch With Friends

    Posted on July 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did lunch with Greg and Marybeth at Cucina Enoteca in Newport Fashion Island.  Great fun!

    Lunch with the Hughes is always enjoyable

    Lunch with the Hughes is always enjoyable

    Our bartender was fantastic

    Our bartender was fantastic

    We then went shopping… Image us, shopping?  Paul got an Apple iWatch and we both went to the puppy store where we found Mickey.

    Paul gets a present during Sue's birthday month - Go figure!

    Paul gets a present during Sue’s birthday month – Go figure!

    Yes... There are indeed shoes

    Yes… There are indeed shoes

    Indeed

    Indeed

    We returned to Cucina Enoteca for cocktails before going to Malarkey’s to meet up with Irene and Greg!  Great day!

  • We Worked Around The House Before Going To The Jam Session

    Posted on July 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We headed to the Elks after a day of working in the yard and doing our exercises. Great fun but then the terrible phone call. A friend of our, Cindy, passed earlier that afternoon! Sort of put a damper on the evening.

    We danced for four hours!  Great fun with friends

    We danced for four hours! Great fun with friends

    At the monthly Santa Ana Elks Jam Session

    At the monthly Santa Ana Elks Jam Session

    We met the new bartender… He was fast and efficient!!  Loved his spoon/fork decoration!

    Paul (another one) was the bartender this evening!

    Paul (another one) was the bartender this evening!

    We danced until 9:00 and then headed home to finish off a movie we had started earlier.

    Just us

    Just us

  • What A Day! OC Fair In The Rain And Dancing Until 11 PM

    Posted on July 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We left the house about 9:15 and arrived at 9:45.  We were first in line at the Yellow Gate.  It was an amazing day!  We rode the skyway, had our cinnamon buns, saw the Centennial Gardens, walked the various arts and crafts and then got a phone call… “Papa, we are at the OC Fair and it is raining!  Where are you?”   It was Mitch and Luisa!  We joined at the Baja Blues and visited for a couple of hours while the rain washed everything clean!  Join the fun!

    Time for fun!

    Time for fun!

    Fun with family

    Fun with family

    We got home about 4:30 and freshened up, got our Hawaiian duds on and headed for Mile Square Park to dance the evening away!  Please join the fun!

    Dressed for the Hawaiian theme of the Starlighters dance

    Dressed for the Hawaiian theme of the Starlighters dance

     

  • Turning Back The Clock

    Posted on July 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Sixty years ago today Paul and his family went to Disneyland on its first opening day!  What a time to remember.  Here it is 60 years later and we are doing it again but this time with kids and grandkids!  Wow!  Please enjoy!

    Truly amazing to think it was 60 years ago today that Paul was first at Disneyland

    Truly amazing to think it was 60 years ago today that Paul was first at Disneyland

  • Chores & Fun… Good Combination!

    Posted on July 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul began the day with the morning walk and then we headed to see our Lawyer to do some changes to our wills and estate documents.  We were hungary so we stopped at the Fig & Olive Restaurant in Newport Center…. Delightful to say the least!  Upon returning homw, via the beach, we worked in the garden and Sue did the treadmill!  Then off to Patty’s Place for a drink or two before going to the Phoenix Club for our Thursday evening dance.  We met up with the gang including Greg and Marry and enjoyed an evening of cavorting.

    We had a wonderful lunch at Fig & Olive

    We had a wonderful lunch at Fig & Olive

    Great Grub!

    Great Grub!

    Mary and Sue at the Phoenix Club

    Mary and Sue at the Phoenix Club

  • Golf

    Posted on July 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did a 45 minute walk before returning home to inspect the garden.

    Rossmoor decorations are still out and about

    Rossmoor decorations are still out and about

    Upon retuning home we inspected the pumpkins and they are getting large!

    Our pumpkins are getting large already!

    Our pumpkins are getting large already!

    We did our lesson at Eldorado before going to ORCC for lunch with James and playing eighteen!

    The flowers along the wall at Old Ranch are beautiful

    The flowers along the wall at Old Ranch are beautiful

    We did some Happy Hour and then headed for home to do the treadmill and watch a movie.

  • Alert Alert – Golf Day

    Posted on July 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Remember: The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. – Sam Levenson

    The day started off great with fresh corn on the cob right out of the garden!

    We played eighteen holes with James and then did Taco Tuesday with Zack, Becca and Miss Lilly!   Miss Charlotte joined us for some of the celebration! It is amazing to look at Lilly and think she is a Great Grandchild.

    "I be cute!  I am awaiting my dinner - Daddy's is getting it!"

    “I be cute! I am awaiting my dinner – Daddy’s is getting it!”

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    “My Mommy is so cute… She takes after me!”

    "My Great Grandma is pretty cute also!"

    “My Great Grandma is pretty cute also!”

    We went home afterwords and did the treadmill and watched a movie! We had to crash at midnight as tomorrow is another big day!

  • Off Again! To The Huntington Library and Malarkey’s

    Posted on July 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. – Alfred Austin

    It was a delightful Monday and we were off to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens with Charlotte and Greg! Laughing and giggling all day… What a relaxing change from “the daily grind”.  The peace and quiet and ability to hear the birds, bees and water falls was very refreshing.   To do it with good friends, fantastic! Please join the fun!

    A great time was had by all!

    A great time was had by all!

    After we got home, Greg and Irene joined us at Malarkey’s for our Monday evening happy hour!  Greg and Paul attacked a half-rack of baby-backs but alas, we finished one rib a piece and the rest went to David! Great fun!

  • A “Restful” Day

    Posted on July 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house. Sue did the treadmill and Paul hit the garden hard cleaning out several tomato plants, moving the onions around, searching for pumpkins and water melons!  Late in the day we went to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance!

  • “Slow” Day – Tomato Sauce And Garden Grove Elks

    Posted on July 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did three quarts of tomato sauce using most of the remaining tomatoes in the garden.  Great fun and the house smells wonderful.  We also had some corn on the cobb with the corn directly from our garden!  We then decided to go to the Garden Grove Elks and had fun with Street Corner Symphony.

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  • Happy Birthday… Hang On To Your Hat Here We Go!

    Posted on July 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We departed for Avalon on the 10am boat and then decided the Bluewater Grill was of dining decision!  We had a great lunch and then walked across the street to visit the hotel staff (who have become friends over the years).  Then off to rent a golf cart for a tour of the island!  We had a drink at the Avalon Grill before heading for home at 4:00.  Join the fun!

    We had a great celebration

    We had a great celebration

    We sot home only to get dressed up to drive to Altadena so we could dance the night away with the Rondelitrs.  Great fun!  Please join us!

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    Great fun with friends

  • Birthday Month Gets Underway!

    Posted on July 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did his walk before getting ready for Laguna Beach which is Sue’s birthday tradition! We park and visit Tivoli Too for some Mexican food before reviewing the art work at Art-A-Fair and the Sawdust Festival.  We then go for a two mile walk down to the beach and back!  This year we stopped at the Lumber Yard and ended up at Cucina Enoteca for an infusion!  Join the fun!

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    We made it again!

    Just us enjoying lunch!

    Just us enjoying lunch!

    After getting home we changed and headed to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with friends!

  • Lazy Day

    Posted on July 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We decided to rest today and did some chores around the house before going out and going to the phone store and eyeglasses store.  After that, we had some time and sue said “Let’s go to Sherman Gardens”.  Please enjoy.

    We are transformed from the city to paradise!

    We are transformed from the city to paradise!

    On the way home we stopped by Patty’s Place for a drink before heading home to watch a little TV.  Tomorrow the Sue Birthday Month continues

  • We Vegged Out Today

    Posted on July 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had planned to play golf but alas, we were both beat from the last few days.  Paul worked in the garden and Sue rested inside.  Around 5:00 we got a second wind and decided it was time to try the corn!  Wow!  It was so ready!  Join the fun!

    Welcome to our house Mr. Corn

    Welcome to our house Mr. Corn

    We were lazy today.  Sue read a book most of the evening while Paul caught up on dance club invites and re-validated our ticket needs for the upcoming wine tasting event.  We ended up crashing about midnight!

  • Our Semi-Annual Greek Adventure Is Underway

    Posted on July 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    It’s that time… We are off to Maibu to dine at Taverna Tony’s!  We had the Rodecker’s with us plus Irene and Greg with Jon in our car.  Car number two was Donna, Hans and Mike! Great fun!  Please join the fun!

    Fun with friends and family

    Fun with friends and family

    As soon as we got home it was off to Malarkey’s and then it happened… This mean person from the limo service stole Jon away and sent him home!  We miss him!

  • Hello Temecula

    Posted on July 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We headed for Temecula to share the grapes with Jon before he heads home!  We went to Falkner for a taste and then dined at Pinnacle which is the rest restaurant in Temecula Wine Country.  We then headed to Great Grandmother Feltz’ home so Jon could pay a visit,  Sue and Paul went to the local winery about 1.5 miles from her home while Jon visited.  We picked Jon up after about and hour and headed to Thornton Winery to pick up some wine and replenish our Champagne closet!  Join the fun!

    We cam, we tasted, we departed!

    We cam, we tasted, we departed!

    We called Greg and had him meet us at the Himalayan Grill for an abbreviated dinner!  When we got home, sue headed for the treadmill and Jon headed for the sack!  We wore him out!  Sue and watched a movie and some of our serials!  We crashed at midnight!  Big day tomorrow.

     

  • Fun With Family And Friends

    Posted on July 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Happy Birthday America!  Pete and Lisa joined uu mid afternoon and then all five of us headed for Old Ranch where we met up with 70 of our family and friends to celebrate the day! Join the fun!

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    Y’all come!

    Great times with family and friends!

    Great times with family and friends!

  • Another Busy Day

    Posted on July 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    It was a special day as Jon (our grandson) was with us all day! We tried to play golf at Old Ranch but alas, it was a zoo!  We decided to have  breakfast at Catal in Disneyland (champagne) and then visited our friend Dominic at Torilla Joe’s (margarita) !

    Jon always makes the day special!!

    Jon, at Catal,  always makes the day special!!

    Then a short stop at BevMo, the back and then off to Patty’s Place (martini).  We went home for some gardening and a small nap before heading to Malarkey’s for July 3rd fireworks!  Irene and Greg joined us for the fireworks and Donna and Bob were nearby so they stopped in and also visited!  Yeah family and friends!  Join the fun!

    Fun with friends...

    Fun with friends…

    We wondered when the fireworks should start…  Now we know more than we needed too!

    Now we really know about sunset!

    Now we really know about sunset!

    We love our country

    We love our country

    We departed Malarkey’s about 10:00 when the traffic died down.  Jon napped on the way home!  We have a bigger day tomorrow!

  • Busy Day!

    Posted on July 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    Time for the Water Taxi! We departed Malarkey’s (after a little drinkie) and headed to Rainbow Harbor to have lunch at Gladstones (Jon;s favoorite).  We then stopped at the remaining points along the way ending back up at Malarky’s for a little drink!  We had Greg and his father, David, with us for the trip!  To make things special, Nick, Bob, and Robin also joined the fray!  Yeah!  Laughs and giggles all afternoon!Loads of fun for all!  Join the fun!

    Fun with family and friends

    Fun with family and friends

    Afterwords, we headed to Old Ranch to meet up with family! Mitch and Luisa joined in along with Zack, Becca, and Miss Lilly!  Fun for all! Join us!

    At Old Ranch With Family

    At Old Ranch With Family

    Then off to dancing at the Phoenix Club with another large group of friends! Our table expanded to 25 people by the end of the evening!  Jon knew many of them!  Join us!

    In all fairness, Jon had only had three hours sleep before we dragged him out for the entire day!

    In all fairness, Jon had only had three hours sleep before we dragged him out for the entire day!

  • Golf And Awaiting Jon

    Posted on July 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did the morning walk and it was quite humid!

    Night day for golf!

    Night day for golf!

    Took a new route and discovered some other interesting things…

    Religion is still alive in our part of town

    Religion is still alive in our part of town

    Simply magnificent

    Simply magnificent

  • It’s A Golf And Taco Tuesday Day!

    Posted on June 30th, 2015 Paul No comments

    It all started with a walk!  This morning was a  50 minute walk as we had some things to do in preparation for our 26 year old grandson, Jon, to arrive tomorrow!  He is a delightful young man who we dearly love!

    Paul walks so fast they had to put up a speed trap!

    Paul walks so fast they had to put up a speed trap!

    Paul keeps his eyes our for “interesting stuff” during the walks so this morning we found bright little cacti and iron flamingos!

    The cacti were beautiful

    The cacti were beautiful

    Iron flamingos?

    Iron flamingos?  Sounds like the name of a rock band!

    Paul worked a little in the garden upon returning from the walk and Sue made a great breakfast before heading to Old Ranch for Golf.

    We played fourteen holes as the weather got cold and the “freak storm” was heading out direction.  James played only nine as he had the annual bar-b-Que to attend at 5:00.  We did happy hour and Bob came over to the invitations to the Starlighters so he could add the presidents letter before they get mailed.

    Dressed for the holiday

    Dressed for the holiday

    The thunderstorm came west from OC and passed over us

    The thunderstorm came west from OC and passed over us

    James was wearing some interesting colors

    James was wearing some interesting colors

    Bob joined us for a while

    Bob joined us for a while

    We watched two old movies while Sue did the treadmill before crashing.

     

  • Chores And Malarkey’s… An Easy Day!

    Posted on June 29th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had to do the Starlighter’s invitations today so after printing them off Paul took a 45 minute walk.  Upon return Sue did the bills and invitations while Paul worked in the front yard planting onions and doing some cleanup!  Our asparagus plants seem to be doing well.

    We went to the market and just had enough time to get ready for Malarkey’s.  We met up with Greg and laughed and giggled for two hours!  It’s amazing how time flies when you are with good friends.

    One hell of an Irish Bar!

    One hell of an Irish Bar!

    Sue did the treadmill after we returned and we watched an old Adam Sandler movie which was quite funny.

  • Walked Five Miles, Tasted Wine, And Had Dinner With Friends!

    Posted on June 28th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul hit the trail a little early today and did the walk around our local community. It took an hour and forty-five minutes and 10,500 steps but he made it!  Good for the ticker! See some snapshots!

    This is what file miles looks like!

    This is what file miles looks like!

    Upon return, we did some chores before heading to Newport Harbor Elks for an afternoon of wine tasting!   The wine tasting is for charity, as most Elks events are.  We bought a case of various wines and had a great time with Nita, Bob and Donna, and Will and Iris.  Great fun, please join us!

    Fun fun fun

    Fun fun fun

    Newport Elks has a fabulous location right on the water!

    Newport Elks has a fabulous location right on the water!

    Sue is the professional taster!

    Sue is the professional taster!

    Our kids were out and about also… Amy and son Joe and the little ones were at Disneyland.  We got this text picture. Looking good!

    Joe and Amy at Disneyland doing "A Walk In Walt's Shoes" tour

    Joe and Amy at Disneyland doing “A Walk In Walt’s Shoes” tour

    At 4:30 we went over to the The Winery in Newport Beach and had a great dinner!  Craig and Marianne joined our group for dinner.  Paul tried the Organic Turner New Zealand Venison and it was outstanding!  Donna, Bob, and Paul killed off two bottles of an excellent wine!

    It was an elegant setting... We really had a great time

    It was an elegant setting… We really had a great time

    After all, it is called "The Winery"

    After all, it is called “The Winery”

    Donna 'splains the situation to us!

    Donna ‘splains the situation to us!

    We headed home to do the treadmill and the sun gave us a nice surprise!  It stayed beautiful for almost 15 minutes as we got off the freeway and made it home.

    It was a magnificent sunset!

    It was a magnificent sunset!

  • Lunch, Gardening-Treadmill, Dancing

    Posted on June 27th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul started out with a walk before returning home to work a bit in the garden.  Visit our garden.

    We got cleaned up and get ready for lunch at Thailusion, our local Thai restaurant.  Their food is quite delicious and we enjoy the restaurant and staff.

    “What is Thai food? Every country in the world has its own food profile. It reflects its culture, environment, ingenuity and values. In the case of Thailand, these words come to mind: intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor.
    We not only pay attention to how a dish tastes: we are also concerned about how it looks, how it smells, and how it fits in with the rest of the meal. We think of all parts of the meal as a whole – sum rap Thai (the way Thais eat), is the term we use for the unique components that make up a characteristically Thai meal.”

    We ordered “Fireman’s Curry”.  Green curry paste prepared with coconut milk and hot sesame oil, bell pepper, basil leaves, cilantro, carrots, button mushrooms, green peas, squash, and Thai chili. This delicious recipe was created by our own fireman and is served at the station during his cooking shift! “Kaeng Pa litterally means “Jungle Curry” or curry paste and whatever is available innature to add.

    Lunch at ThatTaion is always an adventure

    Lunch at Thatlusion is always an adventure

    We came home and did chores and used the treadmill before cleaning up and heading for the Garden Grove Elks.  When we arrived Paul saw several antennas set up… It was obviously Amateur Radio field day!    Field Day is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.

    In the Elks parking lot I saw a lot of antennas!

    In the Elks parking lot I saw a lot of antennas!

    The “ham shack” was open for business!  Paul shared stories with the two operators between dances.

    It was Amateur Radio Field Day

    It was Amateur Radio Field Day

    Jon Destry played this evening and as expected we were well entertained and the music was varied and great!  We all had a good time.  We were there with the Branders, Zaitz, and Nita.

    Jon Destry had us in stitches all evening!

    Jon Destry had us in stitches all evening!

  • Disneyland And Dancing

    Posted on June 26th, 2015 Paul No comments

    “Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50… but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.”- Phyllis Diller

    We departed for Disneyland after the morning walk.  We decided to do lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant inside California Adventure.

    A beautiful warm day to be inside!

    A beautiful warm day to be inside!

    It was in the 80’s outside but in the 60’s inside… B-r-r-r-r-r

    Carthey Circle Dining

    Carthay Circle Dining Room

    We made a special order and they came through!  Sue’s meal was delicious with perfect vegetables!

    Excellent veggie lunch!

    Excellent veggie lunch!

    Paul got the steak salad and was surprised to see the steak on the side!

    Steak salad, southern style

    Steak salad, southern style

    We procured a bottle of wine for the lunch!

    Mommy and daddy wine glasses

    Mommy and daddy wine glasses

    We walked over to Disneyland and rode the Pirates of the Carribbean as well as the Jungle Boats before proceeding to Catal and visiting everyone!  After a couple of drinks we drove the 3.9 miles to the Garden GRove Elks and danced until 10:00 with friends.

    Friends at Garden Grove Elks

    Friends at Garden Grove Elks

    When we got home, we had a small glass of wine and then crashed.  The day is going to be busy… Duh!

    Paul is so happy to have Sue around to keep him straight

    Paul is so happy to have Sue around to keep him straight

     

  • Tomato Day!

    Posted on June 25th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul took the morning walk and then we teamed up and did tomato sauce all day!  Making the tomato sauce with your best friend is fantastic as well work so well together it seemed that time flew!  We picked, boiled, cooled, peeled, seeded, squished, processed, and boiled for hours!   Join the fun

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    Love those tomatoes!

    After cleaning up and doing some treadmill and gardening we headed for Patty’s Place to have a bite before going to dance.  Patty’s Place in Seal Beach is great as we are now getting to know the locals and we always meet someone new!

    Patty's Place is our favorite watering hole

    Patty’s Place is our favorite watering hole

    We have the seat with the view!

    We have the seat with the view!

    We departed Patty’s about 6:30 so we could get to the Phoenix Club at 7:00 and meet up with everyone!  Greg joined us and the table expanded to about 16 people!  Yeah friends!

    Love those ties!

    Love those ties!

    The band was outstanding this evenig and we had some young ones

    The band was outstanding this evenig and we had some young ones

     

  • Wednesday… Time For Golf!

    Posted on June 24th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We played golf and finally got the tickets to Trump!  What a chore that was!  Thanks to David and Greg, we captured 12 on the spot and then ordered eight more on-line (finally after their website came up!)

    Beautiful day for golf

    Beautiful day for golf

    His face is back to normal....

    His face is back to normal….

    After doing a "Trump run for tickets", Paul joined us on the back nine!

    After doing a “Trump run for tickets”, Paul joined us on the back nine!

    A C-17 flew right over us

    A C-17 flew right over us

    Becca took Lilly for her first swimming lesson!

    Becca took Lilly for her first swimming lesson!

  • We Back!

    Posted on June 23rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    This morning we departed San Jose at 9:00 and went to Lodi to meet up with Aunt Kaye and Cousin Tom at Strings Italian Restaurant.  We spend two hours visiting and eating!

    Strings... Great dining and outstanding service

    Strings… Great dining and outstanding service

    Lodi is a city located in San Joaquin County, California, in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. The population was 62,134 at the 2010 census. Its estimated population as of July 1, 2013 was 63,338.  Lodi is best known for being a center of wine production (the “Zinfandel Capital of the World”),  although its vintages have traditionally been less prestigious than those of Sonoma and Napa counties. However, in recent years, the Lodi Appellation has become increasingly respected for its Zinfandel wine and other eclectic varietals. National recognition came from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Lodi.” Nearby Woodbridge is the home of the well known winery, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Mondavi grew up in Lodi, and Mondavi Winery is considered[by whom?] one of the most influential in the American wine industry.

    Aunt Kay and Cousin Tom

    Aunt Kay and Cousin Tom

    We departed about 1:30 and arrived home at 9:00.  We took Highway 99 which was not too bad today.  In Bakersfield it was 100 degrees!  Inside the car was just fine!

  • Off And Running

    Posted on June 22nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We headed north to Alaska…. No just kidding… North to Saratoga to visit the Porters and have dinner.  It’s always great to see them and catch up!

    Saratoga  is a city in Santa Clara County, California, USA. It is located on the west side of the Santa Clara Valley, directly west of San Jose, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population was 29,926 at the 2010 census. Located on the Western edge of the Silicon Valley, Saratoga is known locally for its suburban small-town feel, wineries, and high-end boutiques. In 2008 CNN/Money ranked Saratoga number 4 in its listing of top-earning towns.[Saratoga also was ranked by Forbes in 2009 as one of America’s top 20 most-educated small towns. In 2010 Bloomberg Businessweek named Saratoga the most expensive suburb in California. Bloomberg Businessweek also named Saratoga’s zip code 95070 the 18th richest zip code in America in 2011.

    In the early 1950s, animator and future Gumby creator Art Clokey produced stop motion commercials for Pea Soup Andersen’s. In 2012 it was noted that the restaurant sold 500 to 600 gallons of pea soup in a day.

    We stopped by Andersens Split Pea Soup and Bu’ellton… Always good grub!

    Good groceries

    Good groceries

    The original Andersen’s restaurant was founded in 1924 by Anton Andersen and his wife Juliette. Anton Andersen was born in Denmark and had received training in the restaurant business in Europe and New York City. Juliette was born in France. Anton and Juliette purchased property in the small town of Buellton, California, in Santa Barbara County. Buellton and neighboring Solvang were the focus of a Danish colony of Danish Americans and recent immigrants. They opened a small restaurant and named it “Andersen’s Electric Cafe” in honor of their proudest possession, a new electric stove.

  • Fathers Day… We Celebrated

    Posted on June 21st, 2015 Paul No comments

    We were asked by Joe’s in-laws to join them for Father Day at Chomp. We had a great time catching up and planning for our upcoming escapades!

    Joe offers Amy "Kiddie Chopsticks"

    Joe offers Amy “Kiddie Chopsticks”

    Paul had to replace the battery in the Avalon while Sue did the treadmill. We then headed for the Santa Ana Elks Lodge for the monthly Jam Session!  Robin and Nick joined us at the Jam Session and we had a great time visiting… and dancing!

  • Dine. Musical, Dance…. Yes!

    Posted on June 20th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We walked and did some chores before heading to Seasons 52 for lunch and a great lunch it was.  We then went over to the OC Performing Arts Center to  see “Motown”.  Fantastic performance.

    Motown: The Musical is a Broadway jukebox musical. With a book by Berry Gordy, based on his 1994 autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, the musical is based on the story of Gordy’s founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists such as Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Michael Jackson. The music and lyrics for the musical are taken from selections from the Motown catalog. The musical premiered on Broadway in April 2013.

    Motown... The feets were tapping!

    Motown… The feets were tapping!

    We went to the Center Club for cocktails after the show and met up with Beverly, a dancing friend, before heading to the Garden GRove Elks and dancing until about 10:00 with “Full Spectrum”.

  • Golf And Dancing Makes For A Great Day

    Posted on June 19th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast with James before playing eighteen holes!  It was a pretty good day!

    The course is so beautiful this time of year

    The course is so beautiful this time of year

    A study done by Reebok showed that golfers who walk and carry burn approximately 55 percent more calories than those who ride in a cart. The amount of calories varies by distance walked and also the metabolic rate of the golfer. But fitness experts estimate you’ll burn roughly 1,500 calories during a four-hour round. You must burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound.

    All the details you might want

    All the details you might want

    We walked the course

    We walked the course

    After the game and some Happy Hour, we headed home to freshen up and then to Newport Harbor Elks for an evening with Donna, Bob, and Gene DeValle!  Great fun was had by all!

    1935 Harley-Davison on display

    1935 Harley-Davison on display

    Gene DeValle played fantastic music all evening

    Gene DeValle played fantastic music all evening

    We must rent one of these and go dancing on the harbor

    We must rent one of these and go dancing on the harbor

    Enjoying our glass of vino

    Enjoying our glass of vino

    Great times with Donna and Bob

    Great times with Donna and Bob

    Heading for home because, guess what, tomorrow is a bog day!

  • Morning Walk, Chores and Dancing!

    Posted on June 18th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul did the morning walk and went to AAA to pickup some maps for an upcoming adventure!  It took about one hour 20 minutes round trip!

    Paul takes snapshots of interesting and beautiful things as he walks the neighborhood!  Please enjoy!

    Beauty is everywhere in our community

    Beauty is everywhere in our community

    Beautiful landscaping

    Beautiful landscaping

    After the walk it is back to work!  Sue exercises and Paul gardens!

    Garden is loaded with veggies!

    Garden is loaded with veggies!

    Almost as high as an elephants eye

    Almost as high as an elephants eye

    Now we are going to Patty’s Place for a drink before going dancing at the Phoenix Club!  Greg joined us along with Connor and Marissa!  Fun was had by all!

    OMG... Now I know why Paul & Sue always go to the Phoenix Club!

    OMG… Now I know why Paul & Sue always go to the Phoenix Club!

    Young love... Nothing beats it!

    Young love… Nothing beats it!

    Jan gives them some tips!

    Jan gives them some tips!

    Connor and Marissa learn what "Snowball Dance" is when they get asked

    Connor and Marissa learn what “Snowball Dance” is when they get asked

    Go guys!

    Go guys!

    Connor and Marissa learning to dance

    Connor and Marissa learning to dance

    Good night Mary and thanks for the dance lessons!  We had a load of fun!

    Good night Mary and thanks for the dance lessons! We had a load of fun!

  • Golf Day And A Visit To Denmark

    Posted on June 17th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We did our practice/lesson today with Tim and got the latest and greatest about the family. Had lunch at ORCC before doing 18 holes. Angie joined us on the back nine!

    No Blue Birds yet!

    No Blue Birds yet!

    Beauty on the course

    Beauty on the course

    Mommy and baby visit us

    Mommy and baby visit us

    Miss Charlotte, who is visiting home in Denmark, send some new pictures. Please enjoy.

    On the fairway in Denmark

    On the fairway in Denmark

  • Golf Day With James

    Posted on June 16th, 2015 Paul No comments

    It’s morning walk time and Paul always carries a camera of two. He decided to take picture of “interesting things” in peoples yards as he walks the area. Today was no exception!

    Talk about mushrooms!

    Talk about mushrooms!  These guys were so proud their little heads were straight up in the air

    Baby light my fire

    Baby light my fire!  What a super walkway light and driveway light!

     

    Aounrd and around we go!

    Around and around we go!

    Fun
  • Cooking Cooking And Cooking Plus Malarkey’s

    Posted on June 15th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul went on the morning walk earlier than normal to avoid all the traffic caused by the local schools. 90 minute walk felt good!  Upon arrival at home Sue hit the kitchen and Paul hit the garden.  We picked ingredients for Ratatouille.  Paul cleaned out the bush beans, planted some more beets, tomatoes, and onions!  Sue was getting behind in the kitchen so Paul assisted in chopping and dicing.  We love to work together in the kitchen!  See the details!

    Great fun in the garden and in the kitchen

    Great fun in the garden and in the kitchen

    We has a little help!

    We had a little help from Ratatouille himself

    After lunch we went to H&H Nursery to get some additional veggies to plant and then we dropped by Cerritos to buy a mess of tickets for this next season!  After dropping the veggies off at home, we went to Malarkey’s to meet up with Greg and enjoy watching the ocean, telling stories, and have a cocktail or two.

    The birds are aware of the boats cargo and they are hungry

    The birds are aware of the boats cargo and they are hungry

    Made from plastic retrieved form the sea floor...

    Made from plastic retrieved form the sea floor…

    We headed for home and the treadmill and a TV movie about a Prince In Norway!

     

  • Lazy Daze

    Posted on June 14th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We stayed around the house today (except for the morning walk) and watched TV until it was time to go to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner-dance.

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    Good walk this morning!

    Mike tries a new hat idea!

    Mike tries a new hat idea!

    Just us!

    Just us!

  • Hooray! It Is Wine Day!

    Posted on June 13th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We spent the day with Bob, Donna, and Cyndy laughing our way up the Newport Coast!  Two wineries, a delicious meal at Javaiar’s and more wine at Rogers Gardens!  Please join the fun!

    Great fun with wonderful friends

    Great fun with wonderful friends

    Afterwards we went to Garden Grove and danced for hours before heading home at 10:30!

    A day of vino tasting with B ob, Cyndy, and Donna ended with us going to the Elks

    A day of vino tasting with Bob, Cyndy, and Donna ended with us going to the Elks

  • Golf And Dancing!

    Posted on June 12th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We had breakfast at Old Ranch with James before playing eighteen with James and nine with Bunnaford.

    Grandma feeds the babies

    Grandma feeds the babies

    We did some serious Happy Hour with Greg joining us for cocktails!

    Jusstuss singing away!

    Jusstuss singing away!

    Sing sing sing

    Sing sing sing

    Riding in style!

    Riding in style!

  • To The San Diego Fair & Dancing!

    Posted on June 11th, 2015 Paul No comments

    It’s almost summer so we headed to the first of the “local” fairs in Del Mar called the San Diego Fair! Please join the fun!

    Wonderful day at the fair!

    Wonderful day at the fair!

    We headed for home around 5:00 so we could arrive at the Phoenix Club in time to meet with Connor and the gang.  Connor, our nineteen year old grandson, joined us for big bands this evening and he was FANTASTIC.  It was like he aged 40 years at the table meeting new people and remembering some!  We were so very proud of him!

  • Uneventful Golf Day

    Posted on June 10th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Another morning walk of about 90 minutes was super as the weather was cool enough that sweating with all the sores on the face (due to the pre-cancer treatment) was not a problem!  We dined from our garden and then headed to Old Ranch for eighteen holes!  We did some HAppy Hour before heading for home.  We now have a Norelco rotary shaver and Paul was not able to shave for a week and it was driving him crazy (a short drive we may add).

    Found a way to improve our scores!

    Found a way to improve our scores!

    Sue did the treadmill and we crashed about midnight.

  • Golf And Taco Tuesday

    Posted on June 9th, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul was up early and walked a few miles before breakfast!  HE takes a different route almost every time and is covering the neighborhood!

    Love the morning walks!

    Love the morning walks!

    Morning walks reveal all sorts of secrets

    Morning walks reveal all sorts of secrets

    We played with James today but had to give up on the 16th hole as we were about to get washed away in all the rain… OK, they were sprinkles!  We headed for the club house a little early and took our normal place at the fire pit.  Greg and Robin joined us making for a delightful evening.  James and Bunny stayed for a while.  After James departed, James Eaton’s sister, Linda, joined us!  Great evening! Taco Tuesday went well!

    It looked like rain but all we got was a few drops

    It looked like rain but all we got was a few drops

    Bunnaford has the seat of honor

    Bunnaford has the seat of honor

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    We then headed for home and crashed after a little TV.

  • Celebration Day!

    Posted on June 8th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We were officially retired 3,000 days!  We keep track of it on our front page! Paul worked in the garden tending the veggies while Sue worked magic in the kitchen.  She made French onion soup using our own onions and cooked squash.  While outside, Paul discovered a bunch of green beans that were “too big to eat” so we asked the internet what to do about that!  We found out that the beans can be taken out of their pods and boiled until soft and then sautee’ them with some onions, garlic, olive oils.  In the South they call it “shellies”.  We tried it and it was delicious!  Never again will Paul worry about not getting outside in time to pick!

    We then got ready for a trip to Malarkeys to meet up with Irene and Greg!

    Sue and Greg

    Sue and Greg

    Irene and "Burnt Face" Paul

    Irene and “Burnt Face” Paul

    The fog was coming in aas we departed!

    The fog was coming in was we departed!

    We went home so Sue could do the treadmill before crashing for the evening!

  • Talk About “On The Go”!

    Posted on June 7th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began the day pretty easy and then we were off and running! First to the first birthday of our great grand daughter! Lilly was in rare form. We got to see Patty Diaz, Penny and Mike, and all sorts of friends we know through Zack and Becca. It was a beautiful party!

    She is the cutest little girl!

    She is the cutest little girl!

    Mommy went all out for the party... It was a great party!

    Mommy went all out for the party… It was a great party!

    We departed Garden Grove and headed to Newport Beach as we had a function mid afternoon we had to attend. At 4:00 sharp, we headed to La Mirada for our grandson’s sixth birthday party!  Alex is becoming a handsome devil just like his dad and grand dads (Yes, Gary and Paul strike dashing figures).  That party was also fun because we got to see Amy’s folks who we really like and family and friends!

    Six short years!

    Six short years!

    We felt safe because Alex would protect us after all he is one of the supermen!

    We felt safe because Alex would protect us after all he is one of the supermen!

    After the party we went to Patty’s Place and Paul dove into the best lamb chops in town plus a gin martini!

    Plenty of supplies!

    Plenty of supplies!

    By the time we got home, we were pooped out!  We crashed early for tomorrow is a big cooking day!

     

  • Work And Dancing!

    Posted on June 6th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house doing some serious garden cleanup.  Had to take some plants out because of powdery mildew.

    We went to Sue’s hair dresser and then to a new Thai restaurant, Thailusion, in Los Alamitos!  The meals was outstanding and the service was great!!  We will definitely go again!

    Just the right size!

    Just the right size!

    Thai Fried Rice

    Thai Fried Rice

    Fireman's Curry

    Fireman’s Curry

    Sue did the treadmill and Paul rested.  The pre-cancer treatments are taking their toll!  We went to the Santa Ana Elks at 6:30 and it was a load of fun!  The music was simply outstanding so we danced until 10:30.

    Love is blink OR Donna gave Bob a ticket?

    Love is blink OR Donna gave Bob a ticket?

    The Howard Clauson Band was absolutely wonderful this evening!

    The Howard Clauson Band was absolutely wonderful this evening!

  • Golf And Dancing… Back To Normal

    Posted on June 5th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We began with breakfast and then played eighteen holes with Charlotte and sixteen with James…. James had to take his car to the car hospital!

    A beautiful morning to play golf

    A beautiful morning to play golf

    We heard the noise and all of a sudden the US Air Force buzzed us (OK, it took off from the Joint Forces Training Facility adjacent to the course)

    We were buzzed by the US Air Force

    We were buzzed by the US Air Force

    We were on 15 and all of a sudden Mommy Duck quacks to show us her brood.  Nine little fellers all having a lot of fun in the water.

    Mommy Duck has nine babies

    Mommy Duck has nine babies

    We finished golf and pulled the stats!  All that work and only 400 calories??

    We walked and walked!

    We walked and walked!

    The stats

    The stats

    To happy hour (click to see the whole picture).  Laughs and giggles for hours!

    Happy Hour was wild and wonderful

    Happy Hour was wild and wonderful

    We met up with the gang at GG Elks having a fun evening.  We headed for home about 10:30, watched some TV and then crashed!

    Dancing at GG

    Dancing at GG

  • Odds And Ends

    Posted on June 4th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We took the day off from golf and did errands and some chores until 6:30 when we went to the Phoenix Club for dancing.

  • Garden Day

    Posted on June 3rd, 2015 Paul No comments

    We departed our home for Trump National about 10:45 so we could have a nice leisurely lunch!  We did and it was super! We then hopped over the mountain to the South Coast Botanic Gardens for a few hours walking through nature.  Please join us!

    Fun with nature

    Fun with nature

    After the walk, we went to Terranea for a drink and to visit Sue’s Dad.  The restaurant was super and the waiter, Zack, was outstanding!  We then hit the freeway and went to Villa Park for a meeting with the Starlighter’s Board.  On a lark, we called Jan Mongell and dropped by her home for almost two hours of chatting and sampling wine!  Life is good!

  • Golf Day!

    Posted on June 2nd, 2015 Paul No comments

    Time for a walk…  Another 45 minutes at 3 miles per hour! Feels good.  The camera phone is ofter used when certain pictures just beed to be taken!

    The beauty jumps out at you

    The beauty jumps out at you

    The most amazing reds

    The most amazing reds

    We played 18 holes, 13 with James before he had to go home.  We did some Happy Hour and Taco Tuesday (No taco’s for Paul).  Then off to home to do the treadmill and watch the movie “Battleship”.   Great fun seeing the movie right after walking the Iowa.  We recognized several places we saw on the Iowa.

  • Visiting The USS Iowa Before Going To Malarkey’s

    Posted on June 1st, 2015 Paul No comments

    Paul started the day with the normal morning walk.  Must keep the ticker going!

    Gotta keep the old ticker in shape!

    Gotta keep the old ticker in shape!

    We went to see the USS Iowa in LA Harbor and it was a real treat. Several hours of walking up and down stairs!  Please join our visit!

    A fantastic engineering and history lesson!

    A fantastic engineering and history lesson!

    After the tour we stopped at Ports O’ Call for a drink and time to watch the ships sail in and out of the channel. Ports O’ Call Village, located along the Port of Los Angeles main channel in San Pedro, is a seaside plaza that features souvenir and gift shops, along with restaurants, sweet shops, fish markets and quick-bite eateries.  This New England-style seaside village encompasses 15 acres of shops, restaurants and attractions. A meandering promenade of cobblestone streets connects the specialty shops.

    We have been going there for over 50 years!

    We have been going there for over 50 years!

    Sailed right by as we had our wine

    Sailed right by as we had our wine

    Enjoying a drink and resting our legs

    Enjoying a drink and resting our legs

    Enjoying being with Sue

    Enjoying being with Sue

    After the visit we went to Malarkeys to meet up with Irene and Greg for happy hour.  Great fun was had by all!

    Great view from Malarkey's

    Great view from Malarkey’s

    Off to home to hit the treadmill!

     

  • Sad Day And A Happy Day All In One

    Posted on May 31st, 2015 Paul No comments

    Abelardo “Abbey” Lopez  Estacion, a long time friend from the Elks, passed on April 11th.    He was born in the Philippeans in 1933.  We went to his memorial service at the Santa Ana Elks from 1-4.  We were amongst 300 people paying their respects. The Branders, Zaitz, and Irene  joined us for the formal Elks ceremony and then the reception afterwords. He was a great friend!

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    Our friend Abbey

    We went home for a short period after the event and then decided to go to Old Ranch for a few minutes.  We had a small flat bread and a glass of wine when the news came in… We are Great Grandparents again with the Attival of Baby Calhan Joseph Chartier 8lbs 5oz. 19 inches.

    Good job Cassie...Welcome Calin

    Good job Cassie…Welcome Calhan

  • Turn Back The Clock!

    Posted on May 30th, 2015 Paul No comments

    We worked in the garden and cooked most of the day but around 3:30 be headed for San Clemente to attend the 23rd annual USO Swing Night Dance with the gang.  Join the fun!

    Great fun!

    Great fun!

    Just us!

    Just us!

     

    Gaving fun!

    Having fun with dear friends!

     

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