Tuesday Be Here, Errand Time

Paul headed for the hardware store to collect “goodies”  PAul is going to do some rewiring of the house and needed wallboard tools, some electrical supplies, and some gardening supplies.

He worked in the yard for quite a while before we got cleaned up and headed to Kobe for dinner and a drink.  After Kobe, we went to Old Ranch before going home around 8:30 PM.

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MMM! (Monday Means Malarkey’s)

We worked around the house today.  It was Cassie’s birthday this fine day.  She is 23 and proud Moma of two of our great grand kids!  We went to Dr. O;Neil, heart guy, for the regular checkup…  All is well!

We headed for Malarkey’s about 4:00 PM so we could see the sunset!  We were at first disappointed ut then the Sun came through and gave us an amazing display!

Getting ready for the show!

Just about at the peak!


Irene and her daughter, Maria joined us this evening.  David, Maria’s boyfriend was also with us.  We had dinner and jabbered for a couple of hours!  After dinner, we headed for home and enjoyed some TV before crashing!

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Time for a walk! 2.6 miles in an hour… Moving right along!

…but only 235 calories!

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Similarly named festival holidays occur in Germany and Japan. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States, and around the same part of the year in other places.

The Thanksgiving Early Warning System (TEWS) was working this morning… Flags were everywhere!  We can’t miss Thanksgiving this year!

The Mighty Leaf.. The leaf-blowers friend!

Fact or Fiction? The horn of plenty! Mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Kronus. In a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Amalthea (“Nourishing Goddess”), who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and in playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, which then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother had to the god.

There will be plenty to eat this Thanksgiving

Do not forget “Ol’ Tom”, the guest for the day… Well, at least part of the day!  He is looking good waiving on the breeze!

Gobble gobble… Looses a lot in translation!

We rested most of the afternoon and then got ready for the monthly Old Ranch Country Club dance!  Ghislaine ordered the cake and we stopped and picked it up so Wally would be surprised!  He was!

Wally celebrated 75 years with a great cake and loads of friends!

After dinner we went home and watched a movie plus some “Friends”.

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Busy Busy Day!

Paul started the day with a walk around the hood!

The trees are changing colors

OMG…  wild turkey was  on the sidewalk and he had a little friend with him!

Someone is quite clever!

Paul heard another little noise and it was his friend sitting on another rock watching people go by!

He is out and about and goes into hiding about the 20th to avoid “That Holiday”

The street are beginning to be coasted in the yearly bed of leaves and the homeowners have their mighty rakes and black bags at the ready! It’s a never ending battle for about 60 days and they the trees are bare for the coldest part of winter!

Wonder how many pounds of leaves are on a tree of this size?

After getting home Paul relaxed for a bit and then the day really gets started in earnest!  It’s a “Go-Go Day”.

We started at Seasons 52 in Costa Mesa because we are also going to Segestrom’s Center to see “Something’s Rotten”.  Lunch was great as Paul has his favorite, Rainbow Trout!

We laughed the whole time!

Summary: Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare  keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical!

After the show, we headed north on the 405 to Cerritos and went to dinner at The Arte Cafe.  We met up with Bob and Donna and had an hour or so of chitting and chatting and laughing.  We are now off to see the Kingston Trio at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center.

The Folk Reunion will feature a brand new lineup for The Kingston Trio. The Kingston Trio’s new members include Josh Reynolds, son of original member Nick Reynolds; Mike Marvin, cousin of Nick Reynolds; and Tim Gorelangton. They will deliver The Kingston Trio’s traditional hits (which include Where Have All the Flowers Gone and the No. One Billboard hit Tom Dooley) as well as new songs and stories. Singer-guitarist John Sebastian will round out The Folk Reunion show as a special guest.

Called“one of the foundation stones of the pop folk boom of the late 1950’s” by The New York Times, Grammy winner The Kingston Trio entertains with Where Have All the Flowers Gone and the No. One Billboard hit Tom Dooley. Singer-guitarist John Sebastian founded the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Lovin’ Spoonful, which stood out with the hits Do You Believe in Magic, Good Time Music, Daydream, and She Is Still a Mystery.

Great fun with friends

We departed a little early and headed home to watch Friends before crashing.

Power usage today: 15.15 Kwh!

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To The Honda Dealer And “Dancing”

Paul was up and out of the house at 6:15 am to get in line at the Honda dealer for servicing the van.  It was a 50,000 mile service but only took about 90 minutes including changing the cabin air filter.  Paul brought the laptop and studied drywall patching.  He was several modification around the house he wants to make. You Tube has everything.

The next project is a sub-panel inisde the house to control the circuits to the bedrooms and bathrooms.  The goal is to get the computers on a separate circuit complete with surge protection!  It will take a couple of days but it will be fun and it keeps Paul busy on cold winter days!

We took a nap in the afternoon to get ready for the Rondeliers Dance Club!  We got all dressed up in our formal wear, jumped on the 605 for an hour trip to Altadena, walked in and found out the dance was rescheduled for NEXT WEEK.  We felt pretty dumb until we found out the band was also there this evening and went home!  Duh!

Oops! Check the date!

We did not want to get on the freeway again so we “sweet talked” the restaurant manager into letting us stay for a drink and a lite dinner (it is a private country club).  She said OK and we enjoyed a “date night”.  We ordered two glassed of wine… Both were very expensive but who cares, we are celebrating each other.

When the bill came, the restaurant manager “comped” the drinks as she waned us to feel good after the hour long freeway drive.  We called he over and explain that we ordered the “expensive stuff”… She had no problem with that!  We will write a letter to the management!

Enjoying our wine

After departing Altadena, we went to Patty’s Place in Seal Beach and had a nightcap.  Actually, Sue had wine and Paul did Club Soda!  We departed there at 11:00 PM and headed home to watch Friends.

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OMG… It’s Thursday! Our Electric Bill Arrives!

Paul has been on a tirade about the electric bill as it is always $400+.  For the past month, he has been turning off all “unnecessary” things that use power and amazingly enough, our bill was $138.  First time it has been under $300 in years!  It’s amazing how much power is used by so many little things running 24/7!

We did some chores, got the road trip suitcases put away, and did some chores before cleaning up to go to the Phoenix Club.  Tonight was a tribute to our vetrans.

Our veterans came foreword to be recognized!

Bob is looking good in his Army Uniform! He did NOT look like Beetle Bailey but he said Paul looked like Sargent Snorkle!  Wonder why?

Well… It kinda looks like Paul

Cute couple… Donna and the Sarge!

Bob got his uniform “adjusted” and wore it tonight… Handsome devil he was and is!

We departed after the second set as the weekend is going to be a wild one!

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Heading Home After Lunch

We got ready, packed the car, and headed for Aunt Kaye’s place to pick jer up.  We went to Strings, of course. We love listening to the stories Aunt Kaye has to tell abut the years gone by!

After lunch, we popped by her house  and then zoomed all the way home!  We got 28.1 MPG on the trip which was 820 miles so that is about 29 gallons of gas at $3.00/gallon so about $90 for the visit.

We stopped by Old Ranch before going home and enjoyed a libation.  After arriving at home, we watched Friends and then crashed.

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On The Road Again… Excellent Title For A Song We Think!

It’s early in the morning (for us) and we are busy packing.  We have done this trip so many times that it is easy!  Paul cleans the car and leads it and we are off like a herd of turtles.  Highway 99 here we come! It was a great day for a drive!

We are off and running

We decided Highway 99 was the way to go so we could see the progress on the “bullet train”.. As expected, NO PROGRESS, just a big hole in the ground in which to our money!

It’s a long trip but we stop many times

We visited with Aunt Kaye for a couple of hours before going to Lodi and the Wine & Roses hotel/report.  The lounge always has live entertainment and tonight was no exception!

The bar at Wine & Roses always has excellent entertainment

After doing nothing but sitting all day, Paul was hungry!  (What’s new?)  The appetizer menu had a small bratwurst listed so PAul tried it and it was excellent!  Of courser, bratwurst means beer in German.  We send photos to Hans and Kerstin.

Paul was out of character and has two beers.. We did not have to drive anymore tonight

A perfect way to end the day!

Did Yiou Know? Bratwurst (German: [?b?a?tv???st] (About this sound listen)) is a type of German sausage made from veal, beef, or most commonly pork. The name is derived from the Old High German Brätwurst, from brät-, finely chopped meat, and Wurst, sausage, although in modern German it is often associated with the verb braten, to pan fry or roast.

Mini bratwurst was delicious

The grounds were decorated and the outside temperature was cold!

Wine & Roses was decorated

We headed to our room about 11:00 PM and crashed.  Paul tried to watch TV but alas, the God Of Beer took him away.  Tomorrow we visit, have lunch and drive another 400 miles home!

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A New Weak… What Should We Do?

We are ready for a new week to start.  Paul worked in the garden for a while making sure the mulch (straw) was covering everything as temperatures are starting to drop!

As lunch approached, we decided Panda Inn was a good choice for the day!  Off we go!

Panda Inn… Great food and friendly people!

We departed and headed back home for a small nap before going to Malarkey’s.  PAul worked on the website for a bit getting ready for the weekend and putting the finishing touches on the birthday party from Saturday evening.  Malarkey’s here we come!

It was date night as Irene was out of town so we were by ourselves.  Paul did the scampi and it was terrific!

Was just like it looks… Yummy!

We visited with everyone before going home and watching a little bit of TV.  Tomorrow we are heading north to Stockton to visit Aunt Kaye so we are crashing early!

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Time To Walk… Busy Day Ahead

Busy days require them to be started with a walk!!! Today we did a little over an hour but the weather was cool and the walk pleasant!  This is worrisome, Paul would have to walk three hours after eating a small hamburger.

It was a good walk!

The white flowers just popped their heads right into the yellow flowers.  Rude!

Where did they come from?

Rain was foretasted and about 1:30 AM the forecast came true… We got some of the nice wet stuff. The streets collected the run off and is slowly sending it to the sea!

It had rained a few hours ago!

We struck gold. Gold, also called golden, is one of a variety of yellow-orange color blends used to give the impression of the color of the element gold.

Golden as golden can be!

What? We are in the tropics?  Nope, but nearly!  These are plantains, a type of banana.  Another few weeks and they will be delicious eating!

Yes, we have no bananas

First of the expected Thanksgiving celebration decorations were out today!  Welcome friends!

Thanksgiving decoration #1 of the day!

The attack of the turkeys have begun!  We are getting ready ahead of time this year.  Paul has the goal of being below 210 pounds  before Thanksgiving!

Following suit!

We are off to a birthday party.

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