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  • Golf In 100 Degree Weather

    Posted on September 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and then on the back nine with Charlotte and Bunnaford!  The weather was warm but we have a bit of a breeze at Old Ranch!  We had Happy Hour and Paul got to hold Lilly for the first time… She is three months old and Paul was finally not scared!  Great Grandma Sue had lots of “Lilly time” this afternoon!

    When Charlotte joined us Paul said “Only mad dogs and Englishmen: would play in this weather!  Charlotte responded with “Only mad dos, Englishmen, and GREAT DANES”.  Great amounts of laughter occurred instantly!

     

    It hit 101 at 3PM right when we were at the 17th hole!

    It hit 101 at 3PM right when we were at the 17th hole!

    We did Taco Tuesday and had Zack, Becca, and Lilliana visit us!

    Zack and Great Grandma Sue

    Zack and Great Grandma Sue

    Becca and Lilliana enjoying the afternoon

    Becca and Lilliana enjoying the afternoon

    What a great daddy!

    What a great daddy!

    We headed for home and watched movies wile Sue did the treadmill!

  • Lunch With Dear Friends And Malarkeys

    Posted on September 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had lunch with dear friends Javier and Evelia Gonzales. Javier and Paul were born eight days apart about 70 years ago.  We met and Disneyland and have been friends for years!

    We headed for home, rested and then went to Malarkeys with Greg!

    Greg gets all the olives

    Greg gets all the olives

  • Concors d’Elegance Followed By ORCC Dinner Dance

    Posted on September 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to the “Concours d’Elegance” at Trump National and had a great afternoon with friends and old cars.  Join the fun!

    We were there

    We were there

    After the car show we went to Old Ranch for the monthly dinner dance and gab fest!

    Fun with our friends

    Fun with our friends

  • Time To Party

    Posted on September 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed home most of the day and did our chores around the house.  We then headed for the Santa Ana Elks to celebrate a birthday and enjoy Italian night! Join the fun!

    Fun the friends

    Fun the friends

  • Golf and Dancing

    Posted on September 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played a five-some with James, Bunny, and Angie!

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    We did a short happy hour before going home and heading to Altadena Country Club for a dance. Join the fun

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  • No Golf… Just Work… And Play

    Posted on September 11th, 2014 Paul No comments

    What a day!  Sue cooked for six hours making some wonderful Indian food from our vegetables!  We again had lunch from our garden!  The fresh salad and fantasic home-made dressing was simply magnificent.  While Sue was inside, Paul worked in the garden doing some prep work for the redesign we are planning!   Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched a movie for an hour in order to rest up for the evening at the Phoenix Club!

    We celebrated three birthdays!

    We celebrated three birthdays!

    The band played YMCA and Doaa/Bob demonstrated the proper way to perform the steps

    The band played YMCA and Doaa/Bob demonstrated the proper way to perform the steps

  • We Golfed And Did Happy Hour

    Posted on September 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James today and it was a good day! Afterwords we met James and Linda for Happy Hour before being joined by Bunnaford and gang.

    James and the ladies try out the new furnature

    James and the ladies try out the new furnature

    Paul, Bunnaford, and James...  A "Bunny Sandwich"

    Paul, Bunnaford, and James… A “Bunny Sandwich”

    James, Bunnaford, and Angie discuss the view from the new furnature

    James, Bunnaford, and Angie discuss the view from the new furnature

    James is doing well

    James is doing well

  • Golf And Taco Tuesday

    Posted on September 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen holes with James before going to Taco Tuesday.  Paul was surrounded by beautiful ladies because we had Robin, Lisa, Fiona, Etbgurl (from Denmark), Charlotte, and Sue!

    Taco's for all

    Taco’s for all

    Danish taco's???

    Danish taco’s???

  • Temecula For Birthday Celebrations!

    Posted on September 8th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We headed east for a day with wine and family! Join the fun!

    Temecula here we come

    Temecula here we come

    We went VFR to Malarkey’s and enjoyed the sunset!  No Greg today… He and his dad headed to Laughlin for a few days!

    An amazing sunset on a stormy day

    An amazing sunset on a stormy day

    Check the reflection in the glass on the door

    Check the reflection in the glass on the door

    The sky was magic

    The sky was magic

    Unbelievably pretty

    Unbelievably pretty

    We even had a vertical rainbow on the way home

    We even had a vertical rainbow on the way home

  • Great Relaxing Day!

    Posted on September 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We decided to go to the Himalayan Grille for lunch and then back home to do some gardening.  Sue decided to swim and Paul did some serious weedig.  The weather was “strange” as a hurricane is heading up the coast from Mexico.  We captured a shot of the clouds about 100 miles away and they were billowing covering the entire sky.

    Not a normal scene from the bridge over the 405

    Not a normal scene from the bridge over the 405

    After a while we headed to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour with James and Linda! We had two hours of laughing and giggling!  James tried the burger & spam sliders… They were excellent!

    The sky was magnificent

    The sky was magnificent

    When we arrived home Sue hit the treadmill and Paul ran the TV.  We watched a movie and then one of our series.  Great relaxing day!

  • Work And Fun… A Winning Combination!

    Posted on September 6th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house with Sue cooking and Paul in the garden!  We did some treadmill and watched two good movies before cleaning up and heading to Santa Ana Elks!  Join the fun!

    Fun at the Elks

    Fun at the Elks

  • Golf And Garden Grove

    Posted on September 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James, did some Happy Hour and then went dancing at Garden Grove!

    Sue's babies chase her down the course to get the afternoon snacks

    Sue’s babies chase her down the course to get the afternoon snacks

    Na New Na New... We all remembered!

    Na New Na New… We all remembered!

     

  • Happy Birthday Tom – 70 Years!

    Posted on September 4th, 2014 Paul No comments

    I can remember us as little kids and wow… Here we are… seventy years later! Join the fun!

    Many more!

    Many more!

    Tom, Aunt Kaye, Betty,  Paul & Sue

    Tom, Aunt Kaye, Betty, Paul & Sue

    Us in 1949

    Us in 1949

  • Travel Day To Saratoga

    Posted on September 3rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We spent the day in the car going to Saratoga to visit with the Porters!  We spend the evening with them and went to the Elephant Bar for dinner.  Tomorrow we are going to celebrate a birthday with Tom and Aunt Kaye!

    We dined at the Elephant Bar... Time to laugh and giggle!

    We dined at the Elephant Bar… Time to laugh and giggle!

    Did You Know – 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.[6] 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.  Major attractions of Saratoga include Villa Montalvo, Hakone Gardens, and the Mountain Winery. The 2013 Home Listing Report listed Saratoga as the 3rd most expensive housing market in the United States.

  • Golf And Taco Tuesday

    Posted on September 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and then joined the Taco Tuesday activities with Greg who came over to join us!

  • Chores And Malarkeys

    Posted on September 1st, 2014 Paul No comments

    It was a day to do our chores!  We did and celebrated at the end with a trip to Malarkeys to visit with Greg!

    Beautiful sunset on Alamitos Bay

    Beautiful sunset on Alamitos Bay

  • Tea Dance Time

    Posted on August 31st, 2014 Paul No comments

    Our tenth year of going to the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Tea Dance! Join the fun!

    A tea dance, or thé dansant (French: literally dancing tea) is a summer or autumn afternoon or early-evening dance from four to seven, sometimes preceded in the English countryside by a garden party.  The function evolved from the concept of the afternoon tea, and J. Pettigrew traces its origin to the French colonization of Morocco.

    Books on Victorian Era etiquette such as Party-giving on Every Scale (London, n.d. [1880]), included detailed instructions for hosting such gatherings. By 1880 it was noted “Afternoon dances are seldom given in London, but are a popular form of entertainment in the suburbs, in garrison-towns, watering-places, etc.”  Tea dances were given by Royal Navy officers aboard ships at various naval stations, the expenses shared by the captain and officers, as they were shared by colonels and officers at barrack dances in mess rooms ashore.

    The usual refreshments in 1880 were tea and coffee, ices, champagne-cup and claret-cup, fruit, sandwiches, cake and biscuits.  Even after the introduction of the phonograph the expected feature was a live orchestra – often referred to as a palm court orchestra – or a small band playing light classical music. The types of dances performed during tea dances included Waltzes, Tangos and, by the late 1920s, The Charleston.

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Another Full Day!

    Posted on August 30th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We had lunch at Seasons 52 which is always a delight.  We then went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see a musical before heading for home, changing and going to the Queen Mary for the tenth annual Art Deco Ball! Join the fun!

    OCPAC

    OCPAC

    Ready To Dance

    Ready To Dance

  • Golf, Happy Hour, And Dancing

    Posted on August 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We started the day with breakfast with James and “Little Lisa”

    We played golf with Charlotte and James and it was a good golf day!

    There it was over our heads

    There it was over our heads

    We stayed a couple of hours for Happy Hour before going home to freshen up and head to the Garden Grove Elks to dance to JussTuss!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

     

     

  • Working Around The House

    Posted on August 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house today and had our middle bedroom sliding glass door replaced.  We also met with a contractor to redesign the back yard.  We thought about going to Seal Beach and see the large hurricane generated waves but devided not to.

    Large waves damaged the breakwater

    Large waves damaged the breakwater

    As the above image shows, a 25-30-foot section of the east breakwater protecting Anaheim Bay was partially washed away by yesterday’s extreme wave action, and the navigation aid at the end of that breakwater was destroyed.

    Little Lisa came over and stayed the evening with us even though we went to the Phoenix Club to go dancing. We stayed up until midnight chatting with her.

  • Golf & Taco Tuesday

    Posted on August 26th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played with James and had a fairly good day!  At Taco Tuesday Robin joined us making for a perfect day!

  • Happy Hour & Bob’s Birthday

    Posted on August 25th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We stayed home today and did chores and recovered from the Beer and Wine Festival at Trump.  At 4:30 we headed to Malarkeys to meet with Carri, Greg, and Don and Linda for a get together!

    Long time friends

    Long time friends

    Carri gots the giggles

    Carri gots the giggles

    Just us!

    Just us!

     

    We then headed to Newport Beach to surprise Bob Z for his birthday dinner! at Provenance which is a restaurant/garden!  Delightful food and better company! Join the fun!

    Yet another celebration!

    Yet another celebration!

     

  • Trump National Beer & Wine Festival

    Posted on August 24th, 2014 Paul No comments

    One of our favorite events of the year is the Trump Beer and Wine Festival.  We get the VIP package so we can get great parking and then the fantastic brunch.  We then go into a private area and drink premium wines before going to the festival grounds!  We went with the Thedens and Zaitz this year… The Roberts had a pre-planned family event and Cyndy getting ready for school and we really missed them. Please join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

  • Celebration And Dancing

    Posted on August 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did some chores today and dined at Preveza, our favorite local restaurant.  After returning home, we did some garden work and swimming before getting ready to go to Al’s 84th birthday party! Join the fun!

    84 years young!

    84 years young!

  • No Golf Today! Lunch At Patty’s And Santa Ana Elks

    Posted on August 22nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    Old Ranch was closed for a tournament so we did not play.  We went to Patty’s Place with Diane and Charlotte.  We did some chores and then headed to Santa Ana Elks to celebrated three birthdays.  Bob, Brenda, and Leon all have August birthdays. Join the fun!

    Fun with the gang!

    Fun with the gang!

  • Golf And Phoenix Club

    Posted on August 21st, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf and did some happy hour before heading to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing!

  • Golf And Visitors

    Posted on August 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Just us again today!  We played eighteen holes and did some happy hour with Bunnaford!  We really missed James and will be happy to have him get over the bug and get back to work on the course!  The ducks were missing him this afternoon!  What a magnificent day!  It was a bit moist out but the wind keep everything cool!

    It was a magnificent day!

    It was a magnificent day!

    Sue's duckies were starved and came running to see her!

    Sue’s duckies were starved and came running to see her!… They were asking about James wanting to know where he was!

     

    They get "premium vitamin fortified duck food"... Only the best for the babies!

    They get “premium vitamin fortified duck food”… Only the best for the babies!

    After our short happy hour at Old Ranch we went to Cafe St. Germain in Seal Beach and had a great dinner.  Their dinner selections were outstanding… Difficult to make up our minds!  The presentations were super so we took pictures!

    Baked goat cheese... Wow!

    Paul & Sue shared the baked goat cheese… Wow!

    Gravlax were fantastic... Salmon cured in salt and sugar!

    Lisa had the Gravlax … Salmon cured in salt and sugar!

    Taco's were delightful

    Hannah went for the wraps and said they were delightful

    Shrimp risotto was fantastic

    Paul opted for the shrimp risotto which  was also fantastic

    The ladies seemed to enjoy dinner

    Hannah and Lisa seemed to enjoy dinner… Lisa and Paul shared dessert!

    We headed for home at watched a movie called “Loving Leah” on the Hallmark Channel! Loving Leah is a television movie that aired on CBS as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie on January 25, 2009. The film is directed by Jeff Bleckner and stars Adam Kaufman as an unobservant Jewish bachelor who feels compelled to marry his observant rabbi brother’s widow, Leah (Lauren Ambrose) to honor him via the ancient Jewish custom of yibbum (levirate marriage).

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  • Golf And Taco Tuesday

    Posted on August 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Golf felt funny today without James.  He picked up a bug from Linda and is out of commission!  We played the first nine by ourselves and then on eleven James Eaton and Bunnaford joined us.

    It was a warm and blustery day

    It was a warm and blustery day

    The clouds over the desert were amazing.  They are about 100 miles away

    The clouds over the desert were amazing. They are about 100 miles away

    After golf we had a Lilliana visit which gave the kids time to have some Taco Tuesday.  We enjoyed the visit!  She is two months old now and healthy as can be!

    Mommy is always close by!

    Mommy is always close by!

    She is a beauty

    She is a beauty

    Lilliana got Great Grandma time!

    Lilliana got Great Grandma time!

    They had extended conversations!

    They had extended conversations!

    Becca and Zack could dine in peace!

    Becca and Zack could dine in peace!

    It was getting dark so we headed for home

    It was getting dark so we headed for home

    We watch some TV before hitting the sack!  It was a good day!

  • A Day In The Garden

    Posted on August 18th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We finished cleanup of the summer garden and planted the winter garden.  We put in Cauilflower, beets (three kinds), carrots (three kinds) and additional Swiss chard!  Sue pointed out a spider that captured one of the Japanese Beetles so we snapped a couple of pictures.

    You could almost hear the spider working away

    You could almost hear the spider working away

    Interesting to see nature at work

    Interesting to see nature at work

    The beetle species Popillia japonica is commonly known as the Japanese beetle. It is about 15 millimetres (0.6 in) long and 10 millimetres (0.4 in) wide, with iridescent copper-colored elytra and green thorax and head. It is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural predators, but in North America it is a serious pest of about 200 species of plants, including rose bushes, grapes, hops, canna, crape myrtles, birch trees, linden trees and others.

    We did our visit to Malarkey’s and Greg returned from his northern visit.  We got to swap stories and had a good time.  We missed Greg’s company last week!

  • Work Work And Fun!

    Posted on August 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We worked in the front yard garden and did some cooking today.  We finally got cleaned up at 4:30 and headed to the Santa Ana Elks for an evening of dancing!  After getting home we watched a movie and then crashed…. Another busy day tomorrow!

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    We re planted the herb garden

    We re planted the herb garden

    We put in some additional strawberries

    We put in some additional strawberries

    More work to do here but soon it will be beets and carrots plus cauliflower

    More work to do here but soon it will be beets and carrots plus cauliflower

  • Work Around The House + Dancing

    Posted on August 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Our house is clean enough to be healthy, and dirty enough to be happy. ~Author Unknown

    We worked around the house… Made the beds ready to plant more herbs for the winter cooking season!  Sue in the kitchen and Paul in the yard!  Always something to do around the house!  Sue did the treadmill and swam for a while while Paul kept working on the website… A never ending activity!

    We ended up at Garden Grove to dance to Dace Ambrose which is always great.  Leon bought dessert this evening!

    Yummy

    Yummy

     

  • Golf With Charlotte And James + Dancing

    Posted on August 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played eighteen with James and Charlotte and it was good.  After several days of horrible scores Paul finally got back under 100 again!  Golf is just not easy!  We did some serious happy hour with James and Charlotte afterwords and then headed home to freshen up and go dancing at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge!

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    Do you see the moon??

    Fun at the Ranch!

    Fun at the Ranch!

    At the GG Elks… Fun with dear friends!

    Shoes are wore out... A lot of miles on these babies!

    Shoes are wore out… A lot of miles on these babies!

    Bob does some serious splainin'

    Bob does some serious splainin’

     

     

  • Simply Golf

    Posted on August 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played with James, Bunny, and Charlotte today.  The game was NOT GOOD today but it is probably because of the 88 Paul shot a week ago!  Must get back in the saddle!

    We went to the market and then watched a movie and did the treadmill!

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  • A Garage Raising

    Posted on August 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to Irene’s home and raised a car port for her new car.  Ed Roberts, Del Kuhn, and us (Paul & Sue) enjoyed working together and raising the car port.  It makes us feel great to be of service to dear friends! Join the raising!

    Fun with friends

    Fun with friends

    After coming home we went to Cafe St. Germain in Seal Beach and enjoyed some wine and we shared baked goat cheese and vegetable soup!  Fantastic food!

    We came home, did the treadmill and watched a super movie.

  • “Golf” And Pageant Of The Masters

    Posted on August 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and on the back nine Bunnaford joined us!

    We did a quick happy hour before driving to Laguna for the Pageant of the Masters.

    We had a couple of drinks at the Lumber Yard, west of the festival grounds, before walking to the pageant.

    Great evening with friends

    Great evening with friends

    The Pageant of the Masters is an annual festival held by the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. The event is known for its tableaux vivants or “living pictures” in which classical and contemporary works of art are recreated by real people who are made to look nearly identical to the originals through the clever application of costumes, makeup, headdresses, lighting, props, and backdrops.

  • OC Fair #2 And Dinner Dance At Old Ranch

    Posted on August 10th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We did a quick visit to the OC Fair.  We visited the piggies, had our ten pound buns, drank some wine, rode the skyway and ferris wheel and visit the “shirt man”.  Great fun!

    Pork Chop on a stick!

    Pork Chop on a stick!

    We headed for home, did the treadmill and worked in the garden before changing and going to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance! Join the fun!

    Loads of fun!

    Loads of fun!

  • Gardening, Ghost, And Nightlighters

    Posted on August 9th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We worked in the garden for a while before going to Seasons 52 for lunch and then to the OC Performing Arts Center to see Ghost. The musical was great! The special effects were outstanding!

    Fantastic performance

    Fantastic performance

    We then headed for home to do a fly-by and head to LAX for our Aloha Night with the Nightlighters. Join the fun!

    Fun at Nightlighters

    Fun at Nightlighters

  • Golf And Dancing

    Posted on August 8th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We played golf with James and Charlotte today and it was generally a good day!

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    We headed to the Garden Grove Elks about 6:30

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    The ladies really got into the sound this evening

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    PAul just had to join in!

  • Time For Golf

    Posted on August 7th, 2014 Paul No comments

    It was a beaut iful day on the course. The flowers were bright and wiggled in the cool breeze.

    NAture is beautiful

    Nature is beautiful

    Mighty Casey at bat…. Oops, Mighty James with the club

    JAmes slams a great one

    James slams a great one

    The blossoms are back

    The pampas grass plants are back in full force

    A new bounce house

    A new bounce house

    The Old Ranch bounce house

    The Old Ranch bounce house

  • Finished The Job

    Posted on August 5th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~Author Unknown

    We finished the garden and Sue continued cooking.  She made a delicious spaghetti squash casserole!

    Paul finished trimming the grapes.

    We went to Old Ranch for a drink and enjoyed Taco Tuesday with Bullwinkle and Rocky!

    Leaves need to provide a window to the sun!

    Leaves need to provide a window to the sun!

  • Work In The Garden, Cooking, And Cocktails With Greg

    Posted on August 4th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

    Work!  Eek!  Yes… Eliminating the summer garden and getting ready for a redesign.  Meanwhile inside Sue was making stuffed pepper from items directly in our garden.  Visit the last of the garden for 2014

    All gone!

    All gone!

  • Vino Train!

    Posted on August 2nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went on the Vino Train which we have been doing for years.  UHion Statino to Santa Barbara and back on vintage rail cars with 78 friends and family!  Life is good. Please enjoy!

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  • Temecula & Dancing

    Posted on July 31st, 2014 Paul No comments

     “In victory, you deserve Champagne. In defeat you need it.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

    We spent most of the day at Temecula at three wineries.  We began at Falkner (which is where we picked up our wine club delivery)  and then had lunch at Pinnacle Restaurant!  We tne went to Maurice Carrie followed by Thornton! Wine tasting is a load of fun!

    Our champagne and white wine supplies have been appropriately adjusted.  Join the fun!

    Enjoying a luncheon visit with the Saam's

    Enjoying a luncheon visit with the Saam’s

    When we got home, we did a quick change and headed to the Phoenix Club to dance for a few hours!

    Great music all evening

    Great music all evening

     

  • Golf And Visiting!

    Posted on July 29th, 2014 Paul No comments

    When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

    We played golf today (it was a “98” kinda day) with James and then Charlotte joined us on the back nine!  After the game we headed for the OR Patio to have some Taco Tuesday with Zack and the Parsons!  Great time with these folks…. After all they are the grandparents of Lilliana!  Join the fun!

    Taco Tuesday with the Varmint!

    Taco Tuesday with the Varmint!

     

  • We Worked Today… Ugh! Then Celebrated!

    Posted on July 28th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown

    We had several people over to do/estimate work on our house today and between the visits we worked in the garden and cooked!  We have a lot of fixes and upgrades planned. Stay tuned!

    Paul pulled carrots, picked eggplants and tomatoes, trimmed back the grapes, and did general cleanup!  It took all day for the front yeard.  Need another day or so for the backyard.

    Sue made eggplant casseroles and Paul assisted so we could get the HAppy Hour with Greg by 5:30!

    After the work was done, we met with Greg at Malarkeys for drinks and appetizers.

    Sue and Greg

    Sue and Greg

    We had an ocean view seating arrangement

    We had an ocean view seating arrangement

  • Dancing and Treadmmll…

    Posted on July 27th, 2014 Paul No comments

    And I’m proud to be an American,
    where at least I know I’m free.
    And I won’t forget the men who died,
    who gave that right to me.
    ~Lee Greenwood
    We had a generally light day.  We went to the Newport Harbor Elks to dance between 1:00 and 4:30.  We do a lot of dancing and laughing!  Afterwords we went to Old Ranch to have a small Happy Hour with the Cathey’s and the Ward’s..

    Laughed and giggled all afternon

    Laughed and giggled all afternon

  • A Visit, Celebration, And Dance

    Posted on July 26th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedges

    We had our first Logan visit this morning. Our dear friend Vicky just became a Grandmother so she came over with her new grandson!

    A week old and great grandmother Sue is tickled to see him!

    A week old and great grandmother Sue is tickled to see him!

    Robin and Nick came over and we went to lunch at Michele and Franklyn’s home in West Los Angeles. We met up with the Chartier’s there and had a dellghtful afternoon! Join the fun!

    Fun with family

    Fun with family

    After the party we headed to GG Elks and danced until about 11:00 with the Zaitz, Roberts, and Iris and Wil!  Fun for all!

  • Golf & Dancing

    Posted on July 26th, 2014 Paul No comments
    Fun
  • Yeah Today

    Posted on July 24th, 2014 Paul No comments
    YEAH!

    YEAH!

  • Golf And Connor Visit

    Posted on July 23rd, 2014 Paul No comments

    There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.”  Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning. ~Orrin Hatch

    We played golf and had a great time albeit very hot and muggy!  Good way to loose some weight… All in water!

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    Then it happened... The moron showed up for his latest "fundraiser"... Gag me!

    Then it happened… The moron showed up for his latest “fundraiser”… Gag me!

    We did Happy Hour by ourselves then Connor joined us for his Old Ranch hamburger!

    He just completed High School and is moving on in his life!  He told us of his employment opportunities and that went very well.  Two jobs were offered so he went from unemployed to sixty-hours a week in a flash!  All good news!  We are very happy to have Connor back in our lives!

  • Sea World Here We Come

    Posted on July 22nd, 2014 Paul No comments

    The family is a haven in a heartless world. ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch

    We met up with the Duda’s and spent the day at Sea World. Join the fun!

    A day of fun with family!

    A day of fun with family!

  • Day Trip – Hotel Del Coronado In San Diego

    Posted on July 21st, 2014 Paul No comments

    My heart beats faster as you take my hand, my love grows stronger as you touch my soul. ~A.C. Van Cherub, 2009

    The started out with the dentist… That would be bad except we love our dentist!  No cavities again! Life is good.

    We headed south to San Diego after the dentist to stay overnight at Hotel Del Coronado before going to Sea World tomorrow with the Duda’s. Join the fun

    What A Night!  Champagne and S'Mores!

    What A Night! Champagne and S’Mores!

     

  • Not Just Another Day

    Posted on July 20th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Forty-five years ago today, 500 million people around the world witnessed American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins as they embarked on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.  Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and six hours later Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon’s surface, delivering those iconic words: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    We sent to lunch with Mitch and Luisa in Cerritos.  We all enjoy Indian food and had a great time ordering new things!

    Indian food here we come

    Indian food here we come

    Lunch with Mitch and Luisa

    Lunch with Mitch and Luisa

    After lunch and some treadmill, we headed to Santa Ana Elks for the monthly “Jam Session” which is great fun with friends.

    The Jam Session at the Elks in Santa Ana

    The Jam Session at the Elks in Santa Ana

  • Laguna Canyon and Starlighters… It was a Busy Day!

    Posted on July 19th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Our most difficult task as a friend is to offer understanding when we don’t understand. ~Robert Brault

    Join in Laguna at the Winery and at lunch!  Donna and Bob along with Ed and Kathy joined us for an afternoon of fun!  We did wine tasting at 11:00 am at Laguna Canyon Winery and got to see wine in the process of being made.  We then went to PCH and had a fabulous lunch at the Mare Culinary Lounge.  Join us at the winery and lunch!

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    Fun fun fun!

    Off to Starllighters for a Hawaiian themed evening! Join the fun!

    What an evening!

    What an evening!

  • Golf And Dancing… All The Exercise One Needs

    Posted on July 17th, 2014 Paul No comments

    A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski

    We played eighteen with James and it was a good golf day… Paul shot 92.  That means tomorrow will be “difficult”.   We celebrated Jim Mongell’s 90th birthday at the Phoenix Club!

    Great sounds this evening!

    Great sounds this evening!

    We danced all night

    We danced all night

    90 years young!

    90 years young!

  • Golf And Dinner In The Garden

    Posted on July 16th, 2014 Paul No comments

    All four elements were happening in equal measure – the cuisine, the wine, the service, and the overall ambience. It taught me that dining could happen at a spiritual level. – Charlie Trotter

    We played eighteen with James today and it was a good day…. Shot 92!  We did a micro-happy hour and then headed out  so we could meet with Karen and JR Graham for dinner at Il Garage in Stanton! Join the fun!

    Laughs and giggles all night long!

    Laughs and giggles all night long!

  • Old Timers & Disneyland With Amy & Joe

    Posted on July 15th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedge

    Once every few months Sue’s old workmates and us get together at Taco Surf to remember the “good times” and try to forget the bad!

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    Sharing memories

    We headed for home to do the treadmill before scampering off to Catal for a Birthday Dinner for Sue with Amy, Joe, Alex, and Charlie.  We visited for two and a half hours before walking to Disneyland to see the fireworks.

    Charlie and Alex being Charlie and Alex

    Charlie and Alex being Charlie and Alex

    Sue and Amy

    Sue and Amy

    Lighting up the sky

    Lighting up the sky

    After the fireworks, Amy and Joe headed for home to get the boys down and we headed for Catal for an extended Happy Hour with the Catal staff.

  • Time For The Huntington Library

    Posted on July 14th, 2014 Paul No comments

    Greg and Carri joined us for a day at the Huntington Library and Gardens.  We walked the grounds for hours just seeing new things and enjoyed each others company. Join the fun!

    We met a friend

    We met a friend

    Surprised birthday cake from Joanne

    Surprised birthday cake from Joanne

    The fearsome foursome

    The fearsome foursome

  • Wine Tasting & Dancing

    Posted on July 13th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went wine tasting at the Newport Ha

    We tasted great wine and nice (albeit loud) music!

    We tasted great wine and nice (albeit loud) music!

    rbor Elks and then headed to Old Ranch for our monthy dinner dance with friends.

     

  • To The OC Fair & Dancing!

    Posted on July 12th, 2014 Paul No comments

    We went to the OC Fair and met up with Robin and Nick!  Join the fun!

    More fun than a barrel of monkeys

    More fun than a barrel of monkeys

    Enjoying life

    Enjoying life

    After the Fair, we headed for the Garden Grove Elks and danced until about 10:30 with fiends.

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