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  • Progress Is Being Made

    Posted on April 27th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue felt a little better today but we decided to stay at home and not go out.  Paul went for his morning  walk.  Join the exercise!

    It breaks our heart… Our neighbors do not pick their artichokes

    Paul fixed another gourmet meal for Sue…  Assorted left-overs placed lovingly in the microwave!  Paul worked in the garden and checked on Sue every few minutes to assure she was OK.  By afternoon, she was feeling better so Paul went to the nursery and got some strawberries, more corn, tomatillos, and several new herbs.   Paul planted and worked in the garden until about 5:00 PM.

    Did You Know? The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), also known as the Mexican husk tomato, is a plant of the nightshade family bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico and were cultivated in the pre-Columbian era.

    Sue’s level of “cabin fever” was extreme so Paul agreed to take he to the Phoenix Club just to visit and listen to the music.  Connor joined us and that is always nice.  We stayed quite a while, actually, longer than expected.

    When we got home, we watched some TV before crashing for the evening.  Tomorrow, we see the doctor again!

  • Getting Better

    Posted on April 26th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The doctor said it would take several days to get to feeling better and she was right!  We stayed close to home with Sue sleeping on and off.  Paul took care of business… Medicines, meals, etc.  Paul fixed a gourmet meal for Sue, half a bagel with cream cheese.  Since Sue was not eating, neither was Paul and the scales revealed a nice weight loss!   Sue stayed quiet and rested all day!

    Paul attempts to reassure Sue that she will be fine!

  • To The Doctor

    Posted on April 25th, 2017 Paul No comments

    At 8:59, Paul called the local doctor’s office and got a 10:00 AM appointment to see the nurse practitioner (who we really like).   It was odd… No temperature but severe nausia!  The “obvious” test was performed and it was pronounced that she had a serious kidney infection.  She got a shot immediately and then we started a regimen of Cipro and an anti-nausia medicine.

    Did You Know: Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections.  This includes bone and joint infections, intra abdominal infections, certain type of infectious diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, skin infections, typhoid fever, and urinary tract infections, among others.  For some infections it is used in addition to other antibiotics.It can be taken by mouth or used intravenously.

    Ciprofloxacin was introduced in 1987. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system. It is available as a generic medication and not very expensive.  The wholesale cost in the developing world is between 0.03 and 0.13 USD a dose. In the United States it is sold for about 0.40 USD per dose.

    The “shot” kick started the process.  We went home and just stayed there with Paul taking care of Sue’s needs.

    Doctor Paul… At your service

  • Monday… We Stayed Home

    Posted on April 24th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue’s illness was getting serious.  We didn’t do anything today and, in fact, cancelled our standing “meeting” with the gang at Malarkey’s!  Sue did not want to go to the doctor but in the evening, Paul almost took he to the emergency room.

  • Another Busy Day!

    Posted on April 23rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Up and facing the day! First things first, we are off to Royal Khyber Indian restaurant in South Coast Village. We have been going there for more than thirty years!

    Lunch is served

    Paul always tries something new and today it was Curried Goat! Curry goat is a curry dish originating in South Asia and has become very popular in Indo-Caribbean cuisine. This dish has spread throughout the English speaking Caribbean and also the Caribbean diaspora in North America and Great Britain.

    Paul’s Curried Goat was outstanding

    After a great lunch, we went to see “The Seigel” at South Coast Repertory. What a wonderful production. We laughed and giggled the entire 90 minutes of the performance!

    South Coast Repertory presents the world premiere of “The Siegel” by Michael Mitnick

    By the end of the play, Sue was felling pretty bad.  We had no idea what was happening so we went home and watched some TV.  She was quite sick!

  • Laguna Canyon Winery Here We Come

    Posted on April 22nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Although Sue was not feeling very well, we went to the Laguna Canyon Winery for a wine blending party with the Adams, Zaitz, Cyndy, and some of Bob and Donna’s friends.  Join the fun!

    It was a blast!

    The entire evening was super!  We ate, blended, ate, blended and on occasion, drank!

    Wine Blending with Michele and Franklyn

    Sue was feeling pretty rocky towards the end of the evening.  We headed for home to watch a little TV before crashing.  Paul only had a glass of wine as he was the designated driver this evening.

  • Friday And Time For Toppers Dance Club

    Posted on April 21st, 2017 Paul No comments

    We were busy around the house most of the day.  To make it easy for the Finch’s, we decided to meet them at Old Ranch at 4:00 PM and then leave from there to go to the Petroleum Club.  Join the fun!

    Fun with friends

    We had a great time!

    Back to dancing

    We headed for home about 10:30 PM and watched some TV before crashing.

  • Walking… A Good Thing To Do!

    Posted on April 20th, 2017 Paul No comments

    With Sue’s foot on the mend, it is time to walk as much as possible!  This morning, Paul was off like a shot strutting right on down the avenue.  Join the walk!

    Everything is pretty in the bright morning sunshine!

    Sue made a wonderful lunch.  How she can turn the take home from restaurants into such amazing meals is, indeed, amazing!  Now all of our Indian (Himalayan) food is gone!

    Then came WORK!  Eek!  That horrible word!  Sue and Paul hit the kitchen right after Paul went to the garden and picked a mess of shelling peas, loads and loads of Swiss chard, beets, and baby zucchini!  You might think… Easy Peazy… Not so much!  We cleaned, washed, prepped and cooked for four plus hours.

    At the end of the day we had containers full of the freshest veggies for tomorrows meals! Right out of the garden the Swiss chard is so fresh you have to slap it before you eat it!

    Paul understands the basics of cooking

    Sue all of a sudden is transformed while in the kitchen

    We got cleaned up and headed to Old Ranch for a glass of wine with Bunnaford before going to the Phoenix Club.

    Yesterday, Paul’s old Canon 60D crapped out… Well, the camera acted funny.  After hours of troubleshooting, he thought maybe the memory stick was intermittent.  We stopped at CVS Pharmacy and got a new 16GB SD Card and voila, like magic, the camera returned to life!

    We enjoyed Old Ranch for about 45 minutes and then off to the Phoenix Club for dancing.  The Finches, Roberts, Zaitz, and others joined us this evening for loads of fun! Join the group!

    Dancing at the Phoenix Club 4/20/2017

    Most importantly, Sue got to dance and she did wonderfully.  We danced about five dances as Paul wanted to take it easy her first time out!

    Time to head for home!  We watched a little NCIS New Orleans and then two episodes of Cheers.  We crashed at 1:00 AM!

    Our video surveillance and alarm system is working well.  We got notified of activity in the back yard and indeed there was!  The neighborhood pussycat was out and about!

  • Happy Birthday Bunnaford & David

    Posted on April 19th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house today knowing that we had loads of fun planned for this afternoon.  Speaking about afternoon, we went to the dentist and Paul got the filling restored.  It fell out about a month ago!  All is well.

    You ask why is the dentist fun!  Well, Dr. Flemming is the same age as Paul and when they are together they  scream, shout, yell, shriek, hoot, holler, vociferate, outcry, bellow, laugh and giggle like two school kids swapping stories about things that never really happened.  Plus, the doctor is painless!  He is a very nice person and quite funny!

    We stopped by Old Ranch to celebrate Bunnaford’s XXth birthday.  We do not know how old she is but the fire department was on standby in case she wanted a cake again this year.  Great fun. Good friend!  The wine flowed.  Well, not very much, as we had another birthday to celebrate and we are careful about driving!

    Bunny’s age is CLASSIFIED TOP SECRET

    After Old Ranch, we headed for Kobe (two blocks away) and joined Irene, Greg and David at the teppan table to celebrate David’s 93rd birthday!

    While Paul was armed with his old trusty Canon 60D, it died!  Paul could only use the iPhone and they lighting was not great!  What is wrong? We will soon fine out.

    The meal gets underway

    Flames say “Come and get it”.  We did and it was excellent plus a lot of fun.

    Fire in the hole!  The volcano of onions shoots fire  hundreds of millimeters into the air!

    The volcano made from onions is always enjoyable… Howls and squeals of delight come from everyone!

    Well, we know the food is cooked!

    Shrimp and scallops… Cooked perfectly!

    Paul and David enjoyed the fish as did Irene

    Happy Birthday David…. and many many more!

    David says “I am looking forward to by 100th birthday”

    We headed for home and rested as the rest of the week is going to be full to the brim with activities!

  • Time To Walk Again!

    Posted on April 18th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue’s foot is much better so Paul decided it was OK to take a walk.  He went one hour and twenty minutes and captured some great flower pictures.

    Walking the neighborhood April 18th 2017

    Paul watered the gardens and inspected the mulch making sure everything was covered!

    We stayed close to home until about 5:00 PM when we went to Patty’s Place for a drink and a bowl of tomato soup, which was excellent by the way!

  • Good News Great Day!

    Posted on April 17th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Time for Paul’s annual physical!  We have been going to Dr. Asbill for 30+ years so he knows us well… He was the doctor to the executives at Rockwell Downey beginning in the 1980’s.

    So, his prognosis for Paul was excellent.  All of Paul’s chemistry is right on and well for an old man.  Only recommendation is to quit shoving so much food in his mouth!  Paul was a mere 218 pounds this morning… Dr. Asbill says 180 pounds is a good weight for Paul. Drop 38 pounds? Geez!  That’s a 20 percent reduction!

    Sue immediately thought of acupuncture!  Paul didn’t think that was a great idea!

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    We returned home and Paul did some more chores around the house but at 3:00 we headed to Seal Beach and had a snack at “My Italian Kitchen” before doing to dinner at Malarkey’s.  Luisa joined us and Irene called saying she was entertaining her daughter and boyfriend so she was not coming this evening.  We had a great time.

    Always a smile

    We split the meal… Perfect for tw0 (Paul & Luisa).

    Fish soup… Yummy!

    Back home and we watched a movie, some NCIS, and two episode of Cheers crashing about 12:15 AM.
  • Easter Sunday Is Here… Where Has The Year Gone?

    Posted on April 16th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We got up a little late and had time for champagne before getting ready to go!  Go you say?  Yes, to Downtown Disney where we enjoyed the company of friends and family for an Easter Brunch at Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar. Join the fun!

    Easter Brunch at Catal in Downtown Disney 4/16/2017 (Left side – Zaitz, Dudas… Right Side – Marianne and Craig and the Finch’s)

    Bob and Donna always make it a special occasion!

    Easter Brunch at Catal in Downtown Disney 4/16/2017

    Enjoying life!

    Easter Brunch at Catal in Downtown Disney 4/16/2017

    After brunch, we went to California Adventure and did “Flying Over The World” plus the Ferris Wheel before returning to Catal for a drink.  We visit with the Catal folks and then headed for home to unwind!  Great day with family and friends.

    We realized after getting home we had not a single egg remaining!  No hard boiled egg for Paul tonight!


  • Saturday Before Easter… You Know What That Means!

    Posted on April 15th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s family time and egg coloring is in the near future!  As tradition dictates, we are off to the Himalayan Grill for lunch followed by a rousing afternoon of changing white eggs to a rainbow of delightful colors.

    Join us at the Himalayan Grill for lunch delights!  A great time as had by all!

    Pre-Easter Egg Coloring at the Himalayan Grill

    Tummies are full so it is time to color the eggs!  Everyone gets involved.  We head back to our house which is about 11 minutes away as the crow flies.  Join the fun!

    She knows it all!

    The coloring and kibitzing continues all afternoon!  See More!

    Busy at the “Adults Table”

    We had fun and laughed all afternoon! It is most pleasing to see our kids all get along so well and the grandkids were just delightful!  Franklyn was a good egg about everything!

    Coloring Easter Eggs with family and friends

    Tired? Us? Nope!  When the kids departed, we changed and drove to Yorba Linda for a 50th Wedding Anniversary for Brian and Shirley Skeggs!  While we could not dance because of Sue’s foot, Donna drug Paul out on the floor and we attempted a rhumba!

    Back home by 10:30  PM and time to watch TV before crashing!

  • Friday And All Is Well

    Posted on April 15th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul did some cleanup of the middle bedroom as it always gets “stuff” put in there.  He found many treasures and several items he had been looking for for a long tme.  Amazing how that happens!  Paul found some new software but got a rude surprise when he fired up the computer!

    No Kidding

    We took a few pictures of the garden to share with Susan Bernard, our property management person.

    The shelling peas are looking great

    Time to get these guys clipped and cooked to make room for more corn!

    Time for Swiss Chard soon

    There are probably one hundred apples on this little tree.

    The apple tree is going wild!

    We did chores around the house and then finally went to Old Ranch for a drink before going to Garden Grove Elks!  We did a Happy two hours with Tom and Bunnaford, James and Linda, and others who popped in and out at our table.

    6:15 PM and time for our next appointment!  We did not dance but we had a great time visiting our friends. Marianne started a conga line and the gang followed suit.

    Conga time!

    We make a good conga line!

    Tail wags the dog

    On our way home there was work in process and we got stalled for a few minutes.

    Can’t get away from traffic even at 10:00 PM

    Finally we are home!


  • Good News – Almost Back To Normal

    Posted on April 13th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul finished off the Nightlighter’s Dance Club website from the April dance.  Sue was wondering why he spends so much time on the computer.  She got a great idea!

    Might work? Who knows?

    We visited the doctor in the morning to see what progress has been made. She said Sue could resume normal activities in about a week.  Just take care of the ankle and do not re-injure it!  Excellent news!

    Robin was also at her doctor getting the results of the surgery looked at and that went well

    Robin, Bob and us went to Old Ranch for lunch and Paul devoured a veggie hamburger… They are pretty good these days!

    After returning home about 1:30 PM we did some chores, Sue took a nap, and Paul started to get things ready for the big day  tomorrow!  Easter egg coloring.

    Paul is finally going to give away the board games we have kept around for 25 years.  We thought we might use them with company but alas, we are never home and closet space is becoming premium!  We think they are headed to the Adams, Dudas or Liles’ households.  Many of the games are originals and never been out of their plastic wrappers!

    It’s Thursday and that means… Phoenix Club.  Tonight we are celebrating Brian’s birthday!  He turns 74 which is NOT OLD!  He is only 18 months older than Paul so, by definition, he is young!  Come and join the fun! 

    “We are having a blast!”

    We stayed until 10:00 PM but it was time to go home as this was Sue’s first time out without the wheelchair!

  • Wednesday And We Must Be Gone!

    Posted on April 12th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Rise and shine, or, at least, rise!  We worked around the house today until it was time to leave and let the cleaning folks do their job.  Adrianna has been doing our home for ten years and she is wonderful!  We drove to Huntington Beach as Paul had a dentist appointment.

    We got their early and decided to have a drink.  We drove down Main Street and looked for a likely hangout.  We parked at the dentists office and wheel chaired  around the corner discovering the MAin Street Wine Company! Good find!

    Come on in… The wine is fine!

    We talked to the owner, a retired Police Captain, and even bought three bottles of wine.  One bottle went to our dentists receptionist.  The doc, a WONDERFUL man, is Mormon so we will have to bring him Welch’s grape juice next time!

    Huntington Beach Wine Company – Sue scan’s the menu!

    Super selection of wines!  Paul did the Rombauer Flight which was outstanding!  We texted Marianne because of the Rombauer label… She loves their products.

    Huntington Beach Wine Company – Paul sized bottles on display

    We went to the dentist and he decided he could not fill the broken filling today as it will take almost 90 minutes, so, we have to come back… Darn the luck, will have to stop at the Main Street Wine Company again!

    From here we went VFR to Old Ranch.  The ladies “Nine and Wine” were just coming in so we sat in the dining room… Too much cackling in the lounge for us.  We had one glass of wine and then talked to the F&B Manager for a while.

    Off to the scene of the crime… Kobe Steakhouse which is a long block away!

    Manny greeted us asking how Sue is recovering from her fall. He fixed some special sushi plates for Paul.

    Manny knows Paul enjoys spicy so he whipped up a crab meat surprise!  The jalapeno’s were perfect!

    Special for Paul – See the jalapenos?

    From the belly of the beast… These pieces were amazingly tender!

    So smooth… Like dining on a piece of heaven

    Paul had never tried “The Kobe” roll so he selected it this evening.  It was quite amazing!

    The “Kobe” – Tiny shrimp and shallots over several rice rolls with cream cheese!

    The next selection was Red Snapper Carpaccio or “raw” red snapper.  Delightful change to the octopus carpaccio.

    Did You Know? Northern red snapper are a prized food fish, caught commercially, as well as recreationally. It is used in Vietnamese canh chua (“Sour soup”). Red snapper is the most commonly caught snapper in the continental USA (almost 50% of the total catch), with similar species being more common elsewhere. They eat almost anything, but prefer small fish and crustaceans. They can be caught on both live and cut bait, and also take artificial lures, but with less vigor. They are commonly caught up to 4.5 kg (10 lb) and 510 mm (20 in) in length.

    Dinner tonight

    Red Snapper carpaccio

    We headed home at 8:00 PM to watch a mystery, some Columbo, and a couple episodes of Cheers.

    Did You Know? Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by Richard Levinson and William Link, popularized the inverted detective story format, which begins by showing the commission of the crime and its perpetrator; the series therefore has no “whodunit” element. The plot revolves around how a perpetrator whose identity is already known to the audience will finally be caught and exposed (which the show’s writers called a “howcatchem,” rather than a “whodunit”).

  • Tuesday Time To Do Things Around The House

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue’s foot is still on the fritz so we decided to stay home.  Paul headed to the attic to find out where the other end of a 220 VAC outlet was going.  After seeing it in the attic, the old memory began to work.  Paul put a 220VAC connection in the garage 15 years ago when we were undergoing remodeling.  It was for the electric dryer.  It was disconnected so Paul pulled out the cable and rolled it up… Another dead circuit gone!

    Paul then headed to the hardware store to get supplies for other chores.  He put the remaining nets around our blueberries (the birds will not be happy).

    After lunch, Paul cleaned up the garden storage unit finding many lost treasures we had been looking for!  We then went for a 45 minute walk… Paul pushing the wheelchair.

    Upon arriving home, we freshened up and headed to Patty’s Place for dinner.  The place was slammed so we moved to the back room and had a full dinner… Well, Paul split his in half and took it home.

    Filet Mignon and Prawns

    The other half Paul took home was for lunch and the beef was still so tender he could cut it with a fork!

    Dessert of Key Lime Pie

    Home we go to watch some TV before crashing!

  • We Be Moving Again!

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s getting easier to get out and about as the foot is less painful every day.  First things first… To the heart doctor and the results were “A-OK”.  Amazing, Sue’s cholesterol was 46 – Yes, forty-six!

    We celebrated by going to the Gourmet Pie House on Katella.  Paul did the THE CHILI SIZE  (“Uncle Joe’s Famous Chili” smothering an open-faced burger and covered with cheese and onions)  and Sue did the LITTLE JOE’S SPECIAL (Two eggs scrambled with ground beef, chopped spinach, onions & cheese. Served with a bagel.) with the ground beef removed and extra mushrooms substituted.  Their menu is amazing and the food wonderful!  We have to go during the week as on the weekends, the lines go around the restaurant!

    Chili Size! Wonderful all purpose meal!

    Off to home but NOT to rest…

    Our Grandson Zachary dropped by and helped Paul with some chores that he could not do alone.  It is wonderful have such a fine young mad be part of our lives!  We are indeed blessed!  Zack told us to make a list as he would not mind coming over and helping us to the things we can’t do anymore (like going into the attic).

    Gotta love those ducks!

    Cabin fever is running rampant so Paul took Sue for a walk.  We did the 45 minute walk around the neighborhood.  No pictures today as Paul was busy with the wheel chair but Sue got to visit “the special sites” Paul mentions… Essential visits like to the “Cat with the busted nose” and “Gate that keeps ‘Yap Yap the Dog’ in the back yard”… We got a good laugh out of seeing the sites!

    At 4:30 PM our alarms go off as it is time to do Malarkeys.  Luisa joined us this evening along with Irene and we gabbed for almost three hours solving the problems of the world along with a lot of laughing! (When you see Luisa, ask her about her measurement cartoon!)

    Slurp Gurgle

    The sun is going down so we await the “big splash”… The splash sound  never occurred so we think it was because we were inside and could not hear it!

    Yummy Yummy

    Paul and Luisa split a bowl of Chiopino which was excellent this evening

    We had a major discussion on where does the sun rise and set during the year relative to the horizon…. So…

    Did You Know: Irrespective of where you are on the globe, the Sun will always rise exactly East and set exactly West on two days: March 21 and September 21 which are the two equinoxes. As to the second part, it is a little complicated:

    Consider an arbitrary location on Earth (to make matters simple, consider a place in the northern hemisphere). Now, the celestial north pole (where the star Polaris resides) will be at an angle above the horizon and the angle is exactly equal to the latitude of the place. Imagine yourself facing Polaris (so that you are facing north exactly). Then East will be to your right and West will be to your left. Now, draw a circle which passes through East and West and whose plane is exactly perpendicular to the line joining you and Polaris. This circle marks the path of the Sun from dawn to dusk on the two equinoxes.

    Now, draw a circle which is exactly parallel to the first circle, but which are separated from the first circle by 23.5 degrees at the zenith towards Polaris. This marks the path of the Sun during summer solstice and the place where this circle cuts the horizons will mark the place where the Sun will rise and set on the day of summer solstice. A similar circle which is separated from the first circle by 23.5 degrees at zenith towards south will mark the path of the Sun on winter solstice. Click here to see a diagram illustrating this. The diagram shows the path of the Sun on the equinoxes and solstices at a latitude of 40 degrees north (the image is from “The Cosmic Perspective” by Bennet et al.).

    Thus, the Sun will rise north of true East and set north of true West during summer whereas during winter, the Sun will rise south of true East and set south of true West.

    Going down

    The Sun is gone until tomorrow morning.  We hope next week that and of the four of us someone can explain the setting and rising sun locations!

    Tomorrow is a new day

    Home we go!  To the TV and some NCIS and Cheers before crashing!

  • Happy Birthday Joe + Dancing

    Posted on April 9th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Our son Joe turned 46 today!  He is approaching half a century as Paul is approaching three-quarters of a century!  Where does time go??

    Paul could NOT resist send this to Joe

    We stayed close to the house today as Sue is still recovering from the fall. Seems the foot is getting a little better each day and that is a good thing!

    We did our monthly Old Ranch Dinner Dance at 5:00 PM and had thirty-one folks join us for a great evening of dancing, dining, and visiting.

    Enjoying the day!

    We had a good sized group this evening!

    There were 31 of us and we still missed the Sebern’s and several others

    After the dance was over we stayed and gabbed for another hour and finally went home around 10:00 PM so we could watch Hallmark Channel before crashing.

  • Slow Start – Fast Finish!

    Posted on April 8th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The foot is getting better but slow!  Paul did some electrical mapping in the attic in preparation for the electrician who is replacing the power panel.  We stayed close to the house all day but finally got cleaned up and ent to the Petroleum Club to see “Good Rockin’ Daddy’.

    We had dinner at the Petroleum Club with Leon & Marica and it was pretty good. Marcia wanted the shrimp but was afraid of the budda (East Coast for butter).  Paul wanted the chicken salad but needed a little more.  Marcia and Paul teamed up.  She got the salad, Paul got the shrimp!  Marcia picked the pats of the shrimp scampi that was not in the butta and gave Paul some of her salad.  It was a meal made in heaven for both of us.

    Did You Know? Scampi includes various culinary preparations of certain crustaceans, commonly Nephrops norvegicus (the Norway lobster, also known as “Langoustine” or “Dublin Bay Prawns” and sometimes itself called “scampi”), or a similar lobster such as Metanephrops, as well as shrimp or prawns. Scampi preparation styles vary regionally. While the United Kingdom legally defines scampi specifically as Nephrops norvegicus other similar lobsters are considered scampi worldwide.

    Saving Marcia from the budda – Paul was her hero!

    We could not dance but our friends cut the rug quite well for us.

    We had Pat & Margo, Norma & Jerry, Leon & Marcia, Vicky & Del, plus Kathy & Ed!

    Watching all the activities

    We could not dance but Margot was brave enough to ask Paul to dance. Paul asked her a little later and she said “Yes”.  Paul must have not stepped on her feet too much!

    The band was excellent this evening!

    It was 10:00 PM and time to get Sue off the foot and sitting down!  When the foot is not iced every few hours, the pain is pretty bad.  We returned home and watched a little TV and crashed.



  • Foot No Better!

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue woke up with the foot still hurting so we headed to the doctors office.  They took an x-ray and nothing was broken… Just a severe sprain!  The doc said “Stay off the foot for a couple of weeks”.  Great!  We be dancers!

    OK, we headed home so Paul could fix Sue a gourmet lunch (Paul thought reheated pizza and left-over pasta was a gourmet meal).  We dined in style and sat most of the afternoon.

    The shopping list for the market was getting critical so Paul volunteered to go to the market, ALONE!  That was exciting!

    Paul learned his lesson – NEVER volunteer!

    After returning and explaining why Paul could not find anything, we got ready to go out! Yes!  Sue had cabin fever so bad we had to do something so we headed to the Garden Grove Elks via the wheelchair and back door!

    Obviously we did not dance although Paul did dance with a Philippino lady who we have known for years… It appeared to be fun but he came back looking for oxygen!

    What do we do if we do not dance… Share with friends!  We were there for four hours and not bored a bit.  With the Branders, Margot and Pat, the Zaitz,and the Finch’s were just laughed and giggled all night long!  We are indeed blessed.

    Sue & Brian carried on a long conversation!

    We stayed until about 10:15 PM and then headed home as the foot was throbbing.  On with the TV and we watched an NCIS and an episode of Cheers before crashing.

  • Slooooow Down!

    Posted on April 6th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Sue took a spill last night but we did not think anything of it until this morning when she could not walk! OUCH!  Paul went and got an ankle support device from RiteAid and we stayed home all day.  Her foot does not seem to be too swollen.

    Paul fixed lunch under the guidance of Sue.

    We stayed home tonight… No Phoenix Club… First time we have missed in months!

    Tomorrow will be better!

    We watched NCIS New Orleans but did not watch a movie as the foot was just too painful to move about.  We creashed at 10:30 PM.

  • Errand Day!

    Posted on April 5th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The iPhone 6 camera went south on us so we had to go to the Apple Store and have the wizard look at it.  Out appointment was at 11:45 AM so we decided to have lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen before the appointment (the CPK and Apple Store are about 900 feet apart).

    What did Paul have> Duh! Chinese Chicken Salad! Same things for twenty years!

    The wizard said “No problem, come back in two hours”.  Perfect, we were going to go to the dentist anyway but alas, the dentist cancelled on us.  So, what else to do?  We went VFR to Old Ranch for a drink!  After the drink, we return to the Apple Store and got the baby back… Works perfect and zero cost… Love those Apple guys!

    Return to Old Ranch and Happy Hour with James and Bunnaford.  At 5:15 PM, we headed for Kobe Steak House for dinner.

    The sushi was outstanding

    Almost too pretty to eat!

    Manny went out of his way to do somehting special

    One for the road…

    We met up with the Ward’s after dinner and had a drink with them

    Paul actually controlled himself this evening.  Only three sushi dishes!  He did NOT have to sleep in the dog house!

    Paul had to cancel his reservations because we was good at Kobe

    Upon leaving Kobe, and we joined the Ward’s on the way out, Sue took a tumble and hit the floor.  Although embarrassed, she got up and we went home to watch a movie or two.

    All was well until the next morning.

  • Oops! Senior Moment! Golf And Happy Hour

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Before going to bed last night Sue remembered that we did NOT do the mailing for the Topper’s Dance Club.  We are the Webmasters and some other office which means we do the club newsletter and mail out the invitations every month. We have done this for years now so we were both surprised about missing the deadline.

    Paul got up extra early this morning and generated the newsletter plus prepared the mailing labels and envelops.  When Sue got up, she proof read Paul’s efforts and then Paul made the necessary corrections  and started printing the fifty copies needed.

    Topper’s Dance Club Monthly Newsletter

    Paul took a nice hour walk while Sue folded the newsletters and stuffed them into the envelopes.  Paul ran down the street and hailed the letter carrier so they went right to the post office.

    Sue is very supportive of Paul’s walking activities and is already there ready to help!

    Paul met some interesting characters on the walk. In addition, he got some great pictures of Mother Nature’s spring time efforts to beautify the world!  Please Join the walk!

    Paul helped them become confused

    Upon arriving back home, Sue had prepared a great lunch so we polished that off before getting ready to go to Old Ranch for a round of golf (well, nine holes anyway).

    We get a lot of food from our social excursions but Sue, using her amazing culinary talents, turns average dishes into masterpieces.  Paul sometimes thinks Sue is a mad scientist in her kitchen laboratory as she adds  a dab of this, squirt of that, shake of this, and scoop of that… The result? Magic, pure magic!

    Golf, for Paul, was wonderful.  The balls went straight and long.  Sue had a less successful day.  But we both know that Thursday, it will likely turn around.  Golf is golf!  At least Paul got another couple of miles of walking in this afternoon!

    Grandma Sue fed the goosers

    Spring flowers on the course were pretty

    We did some Happy Hour with Bunnaford and Dave O  plus the Wards and that is always pleasant.

    It’s five o’clock and time for Patty’ Place in Seal Beach.  Paul got his St. Louis Steak Soup and a glass of wine so he would be prepared for the rest of the evening.  Paul kept thinking about our accountant’s conversation regarding our retirement situation!

    Homeward bound to catch an NCIS, a murder mystery, and an episode of Cheers.

    BTW, we have home security set up and our new indoor camera seemed to be acting up as we got two unexpected alerts.

    At 2:36 PM it alerted us someone was at the door!  At 2:37 PM FedEx notified us, via text, our package arrived.

    At 1:36 AM the inside camera alerted of activity. We watched the video and apparently the movement of the trees triggered our outside light to go on making the security system take notice.  Wow, it really works!

    They are so cute together!

  • Monday Was Relaxing Relatively Speaking

    Posted on April 3rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Slow day… We went to the shopping mall to get the iPhone fixed (bad camera) and do some shopping.  We had to make an appointment with a technician to get the iPhone fixed (or replaced)  this coming Wednesday.

    We went to the mailbox and got our tax paperwork…  Paul assisted this year…

    Sue dropped by her doctors office to get a blood test.  She passed it we are sure because she practiced for it during the last two weeks.

    Amy send over a picture of her three favorite guys watching a little TV.

    Son Joe with Grandsons Alex and Charlie (Courtesy of Amy)

    In the afternoon, we headed to Seal Beach and stopped at My Italian Kitchen for a glass of wine and Paul high-tailed it to the Apple Service Center on Main Street to see if they could fix the phone.  Alas, we must wait until Wednesday!

    To Malarkey’s and beyond.  We got a call from Gregor and his sister was sick so they did NOT go to the class tonight.  Greg joined our happy little group and that was wonderful.  The Rodecker’s joined us along with Luisa! The seven of us solve the problems of the world every Monday evening plus we get to laugh and exchange a lot of stories.

    Enjoying dinner and a drink!

    Afterwords, we hit the trail for home and Sue did the treadmill while Paul ran the remote controls!

  • Sunday, A Day To Rest… NOT!

    Posted on April 2nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Up and at it… We are having the main power panel replaced so Paul has been trying to figure out where all the circuitry is going! The garage is not figured out yet so he must kill power to the house for an hour or so to fix/replace some circuitry.

    It is time to get ready to go!  Go, who us?  Yep!  We headed to Garden Grove Elks for the Spring Wine Tasting event.  We got there right on time at 12:30 PM but the start was quite late.  At 1:45 PM they started the tasting and we had to be gone by 2:00 PM.


    Paul carefully positioned him self by the tasting table as the Pledge of Allegiance was being said. Immediately afterwords, Paul got a taste of Chardonnay and a sparkling wine returning to the table at 1:58 PM.  Two minutes remaining. Sue made good selections.  We tasted and procured!  We really did not need the wine but it was for charity so we got two cases, one of each!

    Zoom to Los Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the 3:00 PM performance of “Dance To The Movies”. We arrived at 2:45 PM, just in time!

    The guys did enjoy the costumes

    While we expected music and dancing of the 1930’s-1950’s, their movie selection was all over the place!  The performance was done in “modern dance” by members of the cast of “Dancing with the Star’s” and other TV shows we have never watched.  It was “interesting”, some of our group really enjoyed it while some of us are still asking ourselves, “what was that?”

    Did You Know: This high-octane production features celebrity pros from Dancing With the Stars and finalists from So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol. Dance to the Movies re-creates memorable moments from films such as West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain, and Moulin Rouge. Choreography to scores from Titanic, The Matrix, Willy Wonka, and Harry Potter will also be performed. The lineup features Dancing With the Star pros Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin; So You Think You Can Dance veterans Jonathan Platero, Legacy, and Randi Strong; American Idol’s Vonzell Solomon and Rayvon Owen; and special guest Lesley Ann Warren.

    We were supposed to meet Mike at the wine tasting but we were in and out so fast that we missed him!  He texted us and we apologized and told him to meet us at the Arte Cafe… He did and he filled out the group nicely!  We laughed and giggled to two hours and a half hours!

    What a great group! Left-to-right: Irene, Donna, Bob, Mike, Paul, Sue, Marcia, and Leon!

    After our “dinner party” we headed for home.  We arrived home at 8:05 PM which was just enough time for Sue to hit the treadmill!  We watched a murder mystery and then an NCIS and then Cheers before crashing.

  • April Fools Day But We Were Not Fooled!

    Posted on April 1st, 2017 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house this morning.  Paul did some rewiring in the garage removing some old circuitry that has been there for thirty years and was severely out of code!  Paul also planted some patty-pan and crook-neck squash.  Sue did the bills and other chores.  We got all gussied up and headed to Mimi’s Cafe in Cerritos at 5:00 PM to meet with the Rodecker’s for dinner before the show.

    Los Cerritos Performing Arts Center

    What show you ask?  We went to see Art Garfunkle and he was terrific.  Sue was transported back forty musical years and Paul just remembered the major hits. The show was terrific!

    Did You Know? Arthur Ira “Art” Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941) is an American singer, poet and actor. He is best known for his partnership in his earlier years with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel.

    Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.[1] In 1990, he and Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Funny… They did not have CD’s when he first performed!

    After the show we headed home and watched a movie and another episode of Cheers.

  • A Walk In The Gardens

    Posted on March 31st, 2017 Paul No comments

    Spring is here so it is time to go to the Huntington Gardens and visit the new babies just seeing the Sun for the first time. We dined at 1919 but it was not all we expected, next time… Rose Room!  We walked for about three hours and visited the Desert, Australia, Sub-Tropical, Japanese, and Chinese gardens!  Good exercise and delights to the eyes.  Join the fun!

    Time for a spring visit to the Huntington Library and Gardens

    The walk was amazing.  We took it easy as we went way down into the cactus garden and took the long but easy way back to the Japanese Gardens.

    Very polite cacti

    We zoomed home to freshen up and headed to the Garden Grove Elks to go dancing with the gang!

  • Golf & Dancing Makes For A Great Day

    Posted on March 30th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We are up and going this morning bright and early.  As Paul was walking the yard and cleaning the garage, our plumber dropped by saying he had a little more work to do.  The FAMILY PLUMBER just does it right.  He left a little work to do because it was getting dark, Paul didn’t even notice what it was!


    We had an electrician drop by and do and estimate on moving to a 200 amp box.  Our 100 amp box is just flat overloaded and certainly unbalanced.  He said about $3,000 which is pretty reasonable considering we are going to add 12 outlets in the “computer room”.  We have extension cords all over the place and they need to be gone!

    Depends upon your point of view

    Sue fixed lunch and we are off to Old Ranch for a half glass of wine before playing nine holes at 2:15 PM.  We finished in two hours and had a pretty good game considering all of our aches and pains!

    We went to the club house and who was there but Charlotte.  She was back from Denmark after three plus weeks so we visited with her for a while before flying home, changing, and heading to Patty’s Place.

    We stopped by the ‘ol watering hole, Patty’s Place,  so Paul could have a bowl of soup before going dancing.  Tonight it was cream of mushroom and it was like eating pudding it was so thick!  It was perfect!  The manager, Barry, is super and the bartender, Chuck, is just amazing.  Unfortunately, John Morris, who is associated with the place, is an absolute #$&#^$*# and a lying SOB! We do NOT have to see him thank goodness!

    Great place to hang!

    Now, into the magic chariot and off the the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with friends.

    We returned home by 11:00 PM and watched two episodes of Cheers before asking the Sandman to visit.

    Did You Know? Traditionally, he is a character in many children’s stories and books. In Scandinavian folklore he is said to sprinkle sand or dust on or into the eyes of the child at night to bring on dreams and sleep. The grit or “sleep” (rheum) in one’s eyes upon waking is supposed to be the result of the Sandman’s work the previous day.

  • We Had A “Full Day”

    Posted on March 29th, 2017 Paul No comments

    After getting up and having tea, we puttered around the house for two hours.  Paul rototilled around the base of the Lime and Kumquat trees so as to be able to put in fertilizer.

    After coming in, Sue had a lunch suggestion.  “How about the Himalayan Grill”  she said! Paul immediately agreed and we were off like a flash.  We had a great meal and it is funny as they know exactly what we want.  We sat down at the same time as some others and we got our wine and meal without anymore that a “hello, good to see you” to the staff.  We told the other table how often we come!

    We really enjoy their food as it is safe and tasty!

    We got to the restaurant at 12:15 PM but had to be on the road quickly in order to get to Downtown Disney by 3:15 PM as we are planning to see “Beauty and the Beast” in Downtown Disney with the Duda’s.  We dropped our left-overs by the house first as the leftovers will make two more complete meals for us!

    We did not speed as Disneyland to our home is 9.8 miles!  We arrived at Disneyland at 2:30 PM so we went to the theater and got the tickets and proceeded inside to reserve some seats.  Via text message, we were alerted of the arrival of the kids!  Great timing… Just enough to get a coke for the show.

    How about WOW!

    We discussed the changes in the movie from the animated version, and there were several. Belle’s mother, as the live-action movie explains that she died when Belle was very young. They go back in time and discover Belle’s mother died of the plague.

    The reveal occurs when the Beast shows Belle a magical book that lets them travel to anywhere in the world, and she wishes to see her childhood home in Paris with fresh eyes. The two then discover a beak-shaped plague mask, and Belle later reassures Maurice about the truth he was never able to discuss.

    Off to Catal for a drink and a snack.  Paul and Bob did the French dip (they split it) and we polished off a couple of wines before heading to the parade. Sue and Robin attacked their wine supply.

    We arrived in “The NICK of time”

    Off to the train station where we awaited the arrival of the parade!

    Thirty minutes of non-stop lights and music!

    Show is over and everyone (who works) must go home leaving us to go to Catal and visit the bar staff.

    We really enjoyed the event

    We went back to Catal and did another wine before heading for home. We watch Cheers after geeting home at 11:00 PM and stayed up until 1:30 AM laughing at the dialogue.

  • Super Tuesday!

    Posted on March 28th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Today was “T-Day”.  We had to go to the nice tax lady who we have had for a quarter of a century!  Sue is well organized, so we only spent 45 minutes there and about half of that sharing the last years activities.

    After returning home, Paul worked in the garden for a while and Sue did some chores.  Sue fixed a great lunch and then Paul headed to the garden again to do battle with the varmits.

    Paul was battling the sow bugs those pesky little critters! These guys have more names that a common criminal! The are called armadillo bug, boat-builder, butcher boy, cheeselog, cheesy bobs, chiggy pig, doodlebug, gramersow, granny grey, pill bug, potato bug, roll up bug, roly-poly, sow bug, slater, and wood bug.

    Paul resorted to “Bug-Bait” which he has used for years. It is safe around plants and animals and it gets rid of these little buggers quickly!  Normally Paul leaves them alone but they got into the strawberries and that was…. ready for this?… the last straw!

    Did You Know? A woodlouse (plural woodlice) is an isopod crustacean with a rigid, segmented, long exoskeleton and fourteen jointed limbs. Mostly they feed on dead plant material, and they are usually active at night. Woodlice form the suborder Oniscidea within the order Isopoda, with over 5,000 known species.

    Armadillum Vulgare (Common name: Strawberries I Eat Em)

    Woodlice in the genus Armadillidium and in the family Armadillidae can roll up into an almost perfect sphere as a defensive mechanism, hence some of the common names such as pill bug or roly-poly. Most woodlice, however, cannot do this.

    Although woodlice, like earthworms, are generally considered beneficial in gardens for their role in controlling pests, producing compost and overturning the soil, they have also been known to feed on cultivated plants, such as ripening strawberries and tender seedlings.

    After lunch, we got cleaned up and headed to Old Ranch arriving about 3:00 PM for a pre-dinner cocktail. We met up with Bunnaford and exchanged the latest.

    At 4:40 PM, we went across the street to Kobe Steakhouse where we have dinner with Joe, Jennifer and Lexi plus Irene and Greg.  Jennifer is our bartender at Malarkey’s and she has a nice family so we decided they needed to go to dinner with us.  Serendipity struck as tomorrow is Joe’s birthday so we had the staff sing to him (See the video).   Please join the party video!

    Jennifer and Joe

    Sue has the wait staff trained, they prepare her vegetable fried rice with extra egg in a separate pan in the kitchen!

    Enjoying our meal and wonderful company!

    After dinner, we headed for home to do the treadmill and we watched NCIS, Columbo and Cheers until about 12:30 AM before crashing!


  • Sad Day

    Posted on March 27th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We were notified today, via Facebook, that Sharon Leslie Finch passed this morning from a head injury suffered when she fell Sunday afternoon.  Her niece reported that she passed peacefully. While Paul has not seen her in perhaps 55 years, she was a memorable person in High School.  She still lived near the school and was good friends with Joel Prell.  Joel and Paul go back to 1948.


    She was a beautiful girl and was always nice even to the nerds like Paul!

    At the beach circa 1962

    Enough of the sad… We need to cheer up and keep her in our memories.

    Today you ask?  Chores around the house as that is a never ending story!  We went to Sue’s doctor  about 10:00 PM and then returned home for lunch and the treadmill. The doctor’s news was all good!  She is as healthy as a horse!

    We went to Seal Beach around 3:00 PM and went to the Temecula Oil Company and got some of their seasoned hot salt!  It is a  wonderful product.  We were going to stop by “My Italian Kitchen” but power was out and the doors were locked.  Edison was replacing termite eaten poles and several of the businesses had no power.  In fact, the Temecula Oil Company had all electric off so it was lucky that the sun was low in the sky so we could see around!

    OK, we had Plan-B in place.  To Malarkey’s a little early!  We met up with Luisa and Irene. The sunset was OK but the wine was better!  Malarkey’s is getting decorated for Easter and the flowers were pretty.

    The flowers were magnificent

    They looked so perfect that they could have been plastic… They were not!

    Dressed up the entire restaurant

    Luisa was looking at her wine and Paul said take the picture through the glass (Paul’s glass was already “dirty”)

    Wine In The Sun

    The sun went down as we enjoyed a nice meal.  Paul did the chipino (fish soup) and Luisa did the special

    Down went the sun

    Irene and Luisa have hit it off!  It’s nice to put people together!

    Friends Irene and Luisa

    About 7:30 PM we headed for home to do the treadmill and watch a Hallmark Mystery Movie before crashing.

  • Great Sunday

    Posted on March 26th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul hit the garden while Sue paid the bills.  The fruit trees needed a little bit of fertilizer so Paul got the rototiller out and dug around the base of the trees applying needed nutrients.  Ought to be a great harvest.

    Our plum tree is in the parkway and gets a lot of visitors!

    Plum on the street

    We had to plant another apple tree in the back yard as this one often gets picked clean!

    Apple on the street

    The rototiller did an excellent job of loosening the soil around the tree and allowing the fertilizer to be applied! Beats digging around the base by hand!

    Plum by the driveway

    We got cleaned up and then headed to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see the Tex Beneke tribute to The Glenn Miller Band.  What a terrific show!

    Did You Know? Gordon Lee “Tex” Beneke (February 12, 1914 – May 30, 2000) was an American saxophonist, singer, and bandleader. His career is a history of associations with bandleader Glenn Miller and former musicians and singers who worked with Miller. His band is also associated with the careers of Eydie Gorme, Henry Mancini and Ronnie Deauville. Beneke also solos on the recording the Glenn Miller Orchestra made of their popular song “In The Mood” and sings on another popular Glenn Miller recording, “Chattanooga Choo Choo”. Jazz critic Will Friedwald considers Beneke to be one of the major blues singers who sang with the big bands of the early 1940s.

    After the show, the Brander’s, Kuhn’s and Roberts joined us at the Arte Cafe for dinner.

    We then promptly headed for the Kobe Steakhouse the make reservations for Tuesday evening in the Teppan Room.  Celebrating friendship with friends and family is important to us.

    Planning for Tuesday dinner

    After dinner, we headed home and watched a murder mystery from Hallmark, followed by NCIS and then we crashed!

  • Saturday – Time To Relax – NOT

    Posted on March 25th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Rest is a four letter word in this household!  First things first… Gardening.  Paul finished off the spreading of the mulch in the driveway garden before heading for the shower and getting ready for Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza.

    We were welcomed with our booth reserved for us and our favorite bottle of wine chilled!  The Manager is just spectacular!  Thank You for making us feel special.

    Paul went back to his favorite but changed the carrots for English Peas…  Excellent substitution!

    Rainbow Trout… So Good!

    The snow peas were so crisp that crackled when bitten into!

    Snow Peas with Mushrooms

    Magnificent soup was perfectly prepared.

    Asparagus Soup!

    The main event of the day you say?  We saw “Finding Neverland” at the OC Performing Arts Center.  What a terrific production.  It was fantastic, simply fantastic.

    Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus and winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

    Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

    We departed the musical with a lilt in our step and a smile on our face!  A wonderful experience!

    Where next you ask?  To the City Club which is next to the theater. We had a drink with our favorite bartender and met a new lady who was extremely delightful!

    Great fun while awaiting departure time to the Elks

    Now to finish off the day, we went to the Garden Grove Elks and danced to Dave Ambrose until 10:00 PM before heading for home.

  • Our Anniversary Means Catalina

    Posted on March 24th, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s that day again so we celebrate by going to Catalina for the day.  We had fun but also conduct “business” meaning, we finalize the reservations for the Avalon Ball coming in May.  Join the fun!

    A Day In The Sun

    We are off and running! About on hour and we are whisked from Long Beach to Avalon on the Catalina Express.

    Visiting Catalina for pleasure and to finalize the Avalon Ball reservations

    On our ride over, the dolphins escorted us for several miles.  There were thousand’s of them all around the boat.  It was a spectacular show.  The boat slowed down and went to a stop for several minutes.

    The Dolphins Were Out In Force!

    We did our work and returned to the mainland at 7:00 PM at which time we went dancing at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge until about 10:00 PM.  We crashed when we got home!

  • A Planting We Will Go And Then Golf And Then Dancing!

    Posted on March 23rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Retirement is tough!  We work from sunrise to sunset and beyond.  This morning it was time to plant!  Select, dig, fertilize, place, water…. twenty-five times!  Sue did not think much of Paul’s sense of humor:

    He he he he!

    The garden is “a lot” of work, mostly time consuming!  The rewards justify the effort!

    We now have fresh peas every day!

    These little guys sticking out of the ground come from asparagus crowns that are four years old!

    Look carefully… The asparagus plants are sticking their little heads up!

    Did You Know? Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a member of the Lily family and is related to onions and garlic. The asparagus spears grow from a crown that is planted about a foot deep in sandy soils. The spears are usually not harvested until the 3rd or 4th year, to allow the crown to develop a strong root system. The plants will then produce spears for about 15 years. Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10″ in a 24-hour period. Each crown will send spears up for about 6-7 weeks during the spring and early summer. How often spears may be picked depends on the temperature. Early in the season, spears may be picked every 4 days or so, and later as the average temperature warms up, they may have to be picked every day!

    We have almost twenty strawberry plants of varying varieties meaning we get months of strawberries fresh every morning!

    Another week and fresh strawberries every morning!

    We had lunch and then headed to Old Ranch to play nine holes of golf!  Sue got to visit her friends, the geese.  They know her well and come right up and honk “hello”.

    Honk Honk! Here we come!

    After nine holes, we had a drink with the Cathey’s and got caught up on all the family activities.

    Off to the baseball game.  We went to La Mirada to see Charlie play baseball.  We met with Tony (Amy’s dad) and Joe, plus a surprise visitor, Mark! (OK, it was not a surprise).  Mark visited Joe and Amy and then Mark joineded us at the Phoenix Club.  We told Colleen we would have Mark up and dancing.  She said “No Way”. See below!

    Kathleen takes Mark out for a spin!

    Mark had to rest a bit after all those spins!

    “Hi Colleen… Mark did just fine!”

    Connor has had the pleasure of dancing with Kathleen.

    Kathleen and Connor have danced before

    It’s 10:15 PM and time to head for home.  We stopped and got gas as tomorrow we have to be up at oh-dark-thirty for our anniversary adventure!

    Miss Lilly says good night great grandpa and great grandma!



    Posted on March 22nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Yen years ago today we walked out of Boeing hand-in0hand after 75+ years of working there (NAA, Rockwell, and Boeing). We retired eatly but it was the best thing we ever did!

    We celebrated by going to H&H Nursery and getting bush beans, strawberries, and several other veggies to plant tomorrow.

    Indeed we are!

    We returned home to drop off the veggies before going to Old Ranch for a drink.  Then, returned back home to wait for Greg before going to South Coast Repertory to see “Orange”.  Summary:  World class “stinker”!  The three of us walked out 25 minutes into the production! No plot, no story, no connection with the audience, no connection with each other… Just blah!  Two other couples near us walked out before us!

    Dusk at the theater

    We stopped by the hotel before seeing the play.  After seeing part of it, we should have had three drinks and slept through it.

    Good place for a drink!

    We dropped Greg off at our home so he could get his car and we went to Patty’s Place for a bowl of soup and a glass of wine!  We met with the locals for a couple of hours and headed home at 10:00 PM to watch a movie and some Cheers.

  • Fix The Pipes And It Rains!

    Posted on March 21st, 2017 Paul No comments

    It was a very light rainy day. Good for working hard as it was quite cool. The water fall amount was probably 0.05 inches, just enough to wet the concrete but no enough to stop work!

    Rainy Day

    Paul departed for Long Beach to get a blood test about 9:30 AM returning at 10:30 AM at which time get got ready to go to lunch with Sue’s of group from Boeing.  At 4:30 PM this afternoon we will have been retired TEN YEARS!

    Retired and living the life

    We took a couple of shots of our front yard after the trimming was completed…  Excellent job and now we can count on the plumbs seeing sunlight!

    We got the lime and kumquat trees trimmed so the plum could see the sunshine!

    Paul is going to get a load of these oranges and turn them into fresh orange juice today!

    There is orange juice in our future!

    We returned home and worked for a while before going Disneyland where we got two passes updated.  Bunnaford went with us and we dropped he off at her home before we went to Kobe Steakhouse for dinner!  Paul pigged out on sushi!

    Manny is quite creative

    Twelve years and now he slices and dices with the best of them!

    Manny the Man… Sushi Chef par excellence!

    Now we head for home and a little TV before going to sleep!

  • Water Water Everywhere!

    Posted on March 20th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We got started on the re-plumbing of the front yard today.  We had a significant water leak for two months. Nothing we could see except on the bill at the end of the month!  The leak was slow and we could not find it.

    We called the Family Plumber of Los Alamitos and these guys are wonderful.  The showed up right on time and began the project Monday morning.  It took some serious digging to get the one inch copper pipe from the front parkway into the house as evidenced by these pictures.

    Actually no Rolls, two large vans!

    They started out front and found PVC in the ground which is not very strong when it comes to roots and things! The water pressure in Los Alamitos is about 90 pounds which is rather high so between the PVC joints and tree caused movement, the leak was born.

    It all started here when the meter kept running

    Under the sidewalk was “easy” with the hydraulic drill.  They used a bit tied to one-inch copper pipe and that was connected to a large hand held 90-degree drill via a device that allowed water, from a hose, to go into the pipe as it was turning! They had to dig five feet down because of the garden wall we have out front.

    We had to go five feet deep

    Once under the sidewalk, they had to go under the six-foot garden wall and drill down so the pipe would hit the bottom of the hole.

    Through the wall

    It was pretty easy to get under the walkway as the walkway was only three feet wide.  Now, they had to trench behind the fruit trees and that is where they found wet and mucky dirt about two feet down. The leak showed itself!  Note the standing water in the trench!

    Down by the back of the four fruit trees

    The work took two full days and by Tuesday evening the plumbing was done. We expect to be back to normal by Wednesday after the trenches are closed up and some serious washing down occurs!  No more water main pipe problems for another fifty years!

    Our son, Mitch, came over to help.  We decided it was too much work so we all went to lunch.

    The Seal Beach Italian Kitchen has great dining!

    Mitch is a wizard around the home so his advice and observations were appreciated!

    Mitch approves

    Spumoni… Tons of spumoni!  The calorie-meter went crazy when this was served1

    Nummy nummy dessert1

    We had to do some chores, pickup things at the pharmacy and then we retreated to Malarkey’s for dinner and drinks with Irene, Luisa, and Connor.  Connor is about to make a big decision in his life and Sue and Paul were so very happy he consulted us about it…. Made us feel very very special.  At Malarkey’s we discussed the decision and had Irene give her view ans the “elder statesman” and she indeed had a new take on the possibilities and considerations.  We are indeed lucky to have such friends!

    A typical Connor dinner

    After Malarkey’s we headed for home and some TV before crashing!

  • Fun Day Starting With Magic!

    Posted on March 19th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We had a great lunch dining on St. Patrick’s Day leftovers!  Paul loves the corned beef.  After lunch we headed to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see “Magic”.

    With a cast of award-winning performers from around the world, including Hollywood’s Magic Castle and Las Vegas, the It’s Magic! extravaganza leaves audiences speechless and spellbound with sleight-of-hand illusions, stage tricks, and comedy and variety acts. It’s “the best magic show in town!” cheers the Los Angeles Times.

    After the show (immediately after) we darted to the Santa Ana Elks for the monthly Jam Session!  Great fun with friends.  We danced until 9:00 PM and then returned home to watch a Columbo and a couple of Cheers!  The plumber comes tomorrow to fix the leak in the water main (between the street and the house).

  • Another Evening Of Dancing

    Posted on March 18th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul fixed the electronic air cleaner and then did some other minor chores while Sue paid the bills! We messed around the house until late in the afternoon when we had to get into our “Monkey Suits”…i.e. Formal Wear.  We headed to the Yorba Linda Country Club for the Starlighters Spring Formal.  Please join the fun!

    Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day 2017 with the Starlighter’s Dance Club at Yorba Linda Country Club

    We danced until 11:00 PM and just had a great time!

    Paul was a good buy!

    We got home about 11:30 PM and watched Cheers until 12:20 AM and then crashed!

  • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

    Posted on March 17th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We took it easy today knowing that the rest of the weekend will be wild!  Sue did the treadmill and Paul watched a movie in the afternoon.  Around 4:00 PM we began to get ready to go to Topper’s for the St. Patty’s Day celebration st Topper’s!  Join the fun!

    Great fun with friends

    We return home about 10:30 and watched some TV before crashing… Tomorrow is another big day!

  • We Got An Early Start On St Patrick’s Day

    Posted on March 16th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We worked yesterday preparing for today and today is now here.  Last minute activities are underway as we expect our guests at noon! We had so much food, we will be dining for days!  Join the fun!

    Great fun in the afternoon!

    After lunch we cleaned up the mess and then watched some TV while Sue did the treadmill.  About 5:00 PM we got ready to go to the Phoenix Club and made a pass by Old Ranch and visited Bunnaford for a while.

    Phoenix Club here we come.  Mike and Bridgette looked pretty good this evening.

    St Patrick’s Day a day early at the Phoenix Club

    We stayed until 10:30 PM and then headed for home where we watched two episodes of Cheers before crashing for the night.


  • Golf And Sushi… Great Combination!

    Posted on March 15th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We got up this morning and did some preparations for tomorrow’s luncheon celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  Then it was off to the showers to get ready to go over to Old Ranch, six minutes from our home.  We met Robin there which was delightful. We caught up on all the latest Boeing gossip plus family activities.

    We had a 1:30 PM tee time so out onto the course we go!  What a beautiful day!

    The temperature was about 73 degrees and 50 miles visibility

    The flowers all over the course seemed to be waking up and yelling “Look at me, I am beautiful”.

    Spring has sprung

    The blues were really blue today.  This is a form of ice plant.

    Even the blur plants were more blue

    Paul had a pretty good game in spite of the terrible first hole! Three pars and some excellent shots onto the green made for a nice golf day!

    We met up with Bunnaford at 3:30 PM, after nine holes, and sat with her until about 4:45 PM.  Good friends are those you can see every day and exchange thoughts and ideas and never get bored.  Bunnaford was going to her grandsons baseball game at Navy so she departed at 4:45 PM.  We finished a little later and then drove across the street to Kobe Steakhouse.

    Manny was awaiting our arrival as he knows Paul loves the double header salad… Cucumber and seaweed salad.  Then a surprise, he found a nice piece of Kobe beef and “sushied” it for Paul.  Is that a real word?  It was beautiful and the taste was magnificent!

    Kobe beef sushi

    Did You Know? Kobe beef (????? K?be b?fu?) (KO-BEH) refers to beef from the Tajima strain of Wagyu cattle, raised in Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture according to rules as set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association.

    The meat is a delicacy renowned for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture. Kobe beef can be prepared as steak, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, sashimi, and teppanyaki. Kobe beef is generally considered one of the three top brands (known as Sandai Wagyuu, “the three big beefs”), along with Matsusaka beef and ?mi beef or Yonezawa beef.

    Them Sue selected a tuna and avacado plate with spicy mayonnaise.  Also quite tasty.    Sue then suggested soft shelled crag on a bed of lettuce… Another morsel of delicious food!  What an evening!

    Avacado and tuna

    Bunnaford gave us a wad of two dollar bills to buy her dinner.  The last time she was here, she really enjoyed the “Kobe Kids Plate” which is several pieces of Kobe beef on brown fried rice with extra eggs.  We departed Kobe at 7:00 PM and performed a “Bunnaford fly-by” meaning we texted her on our way and she me us at the curb!  Easy to do as she is only three short blocks away from our house!

    As we departed the parking lot, we had to stop and snap this picture with the sun setting behind the trees!   The camera does not do it justice!

    On our way home

    Home again we are!  Time for the treadmill and a Hallmark mystery.  Tonight It was “Death Al Dente: A Gourmet Detective Mystery”.

    Summary” San Francisco homicide detective Maggie Price (Brooke Burns) and former, world-class chef Henry Ross (Dylan Neal) are on the case once again. The crime-solving odd couple investigates the murder of Henry’s friend, a well-known local chef found dead in his kitchen. As they begin to unravel an old family secret, Maggie has to stay one step ahead of a mysterious man in the shadows who appears to be stalking her, while her blossoming relationship with Henry is threatened by the arrival of an ex-love from Maggie’s past.

    That was not enough mystery for us so we also watched “Halley Dean Mystery –  Murder With Love”.

    Summary: Former prosecutor-turned-therapist Hailey Dean is a powerhouse, Mensa bright, and acutely observant. During a tragic week, one of her patients loses her parents to separate fatal accidents along with millions of dollars that has seemingly vanished into thin air. When the police begin to question Hailey’s patient, shes knows she is innocent. But who is the culprit? 

    To finish off the evening we turned to Netflix and watched  two episodes of Cheers so we went to bed laughing!

  • Work Work Work! Tote Them Bales

    Posted on March 14th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Thursday is our annual Saint Patrick’s Day lunch and we decided to do the cooking today.  Sue worked like a slave in the kitchen and Paul worked in the yard.  Paul came in to do  the “heavy lifting” meaning getting the corned beef in and out of the pot, filling large pots with water and pots moving to/from the stove, etc. We had a short break at lunch time but otherwise we worked hard.

    Paul brought in cabbage, Swiss Chard, and beets from the garden while planting 40 corn plants, four zucchini,  two cucumbers, an eggplant, six string beans,  and six additional strawberries.  Paul also spread out another half bale of straw.  We also saw the hints of new asparagus coming up through the mulch.

    Sue picked fresh herbs from the garden and after Sue trimmed the herbs and located the new plants, Paul planted the new herbs in the front garden.

    Hard to believe but these little suckers will be six feet tall in no time!

    The first batch of corn is planted

    The zucchini plants are four feet away form each other because they become huge and quite prolific.

    The zucchini will grow pretty fast

    We took some to the neighbors but these little beauties are going inside to become Thursday’s meal.  Besides, we need to the room.

    St. Patrick’s Day lunch is ready to go

    The Swiss chard just looked so good that Sue decided to add them to the St. Patrick’s Day “green meal”. They taste so good when freshly cooked and sprinkled with some lemon!

    We added Swiss chard to the St. Patrick’s Day menu

    At Roger’s Paul saw a “Carolina Reaper” pepper.

    Did You Know? Bred in a Rock Hill, South Carolina greenhouse by “Smokin” Ed Currie, proprietor of the PuckerButt Pepper Company in Fort Mill, the Carolina Reaper has been certified as the world’s hottest chili pepper by Guinness World Records since August 7, 2013. The original crossbreed was between a Ghost pepper (a former world record holder) and a red habanero and is named ‘Reaper’ due to the shape of its tail. The official Guinness World Record heat level is 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in South Carolina. The figure is an average for the tested batch; the hottest individual pepper was measured at 2.2 million SHU.

    See the Carolina Reaper (hottest chili in the world)

    Burn Baby Burn!

    We worked pretty hard until about 4:00 PM and then decided it was time to play.  We went to Patty’s Place for a cup of soup and a glass of wine!  we visited with Chuck and the locals.

    Upon returning home we watched a Hallmark channel mystery entitled “Death Al Dente: A Gourmet Detective Mystery” made in (2016).  Summary: When Henry Roth is hired to find the best Italian chef for a new high-end eatery, murder was not on the menu. As the body count climbs, Henry and Maggie find themselves at the heart of another mystery with deadly consequences.

    We finished off the evening with Madam Secretary and an old Columbo before putting out the lights.


  • A Shopping We Will Go…

    Posted on March 13th, 2017 Paul No comments

    The time has changed and its dark in the morning.  We had our morning coffee and  pills (getting old means lots of pills!).  Paul surveyed the garden as we plan to make a “Roger’s Run” right after lunch on our way to the market.

    Paul did a load of “coordination” regarding the Avalon Ball activities.  We reserved the boat rides over and back, sent out notes to everyone reminding them of the plans, updated the spreadsheet, and made calls to the restaurants regarding Friday and Saturday!  We plan months ahead of time!

    Time to get cleaned up and head for Roger’s and the market… At Roger’s we got some peppers, corn, strawberries, cucumbers, white and yellow corn, and herbs!  It was a beautiful day up on the hill overlooking the fog which was on it’s way in at 2:30 PM!

    Nice day to walk in the garden

    We talked to a lady who was trying to decide whether to buy blueberries or not.  We gave her all our knowledge about them! About an hour later, we met here in the market.

    The blueberries were looking good!

    Around the corner to the market. Not just ANY market but Bristol Farms!  It’s our annual trek to find St. Patricks Day lunch fixins.  We bought fourteen pounds of corned beef including a square cut, round cut, and wugu beef (whatever that is). Sue found a bag of multi-colored potatoes and carrots plus we got the soda bread and Irish butter!

    Some of the fixins

    We found the pot of gold!

    KerryGold Butter… The best!

    After getting home from shopping, we had just enough time to put things away and head for Malarkey’s where we met up with Luisa and the Rodecker’s. At our house, three miles away, it was in the 70’s and clear.  We drove the three miles down Seal Beach Blvd and ran into fog and the temperature dropped into the 50’s!

    I was NOT a normal sunset today! The fog was pretty think!

    This is what we were expecting…

    The normal sunset view

    We had a great meet and greet with Luisa, Wally and Ghislaine.  Paul and Luisa shared the fish soup and Luisa really liked it.  We also got a swordfish dinner to share but Luisa ended up taking it home!

    We then headed for home to watch a movie and some Cheers before crashing!

  • Layed Back Day!

    Posted on March 12th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We just relaxed this morning.  Paul finished up the Connor Birthday website site and got the garage door opener working again.

    In the afternoon we went to the Cerritos Performing Arts Center again to see “A Tribute To Benny Goodman”. The show was was fantastic.  We were in row C and the sounds were perfect.  We went with Wil and Iris, the Roberts, and the Zaitz.

    One great show with Peter Marshall, Terry Myers Orchestra, Nancy Osborne, and The Ink Spots

    Did You Know? Benny Goodman was at the height of his career in 1938 when he and his band performed at Carnegie Hall and redefined popular music. A re-creation of that iconic concert, this tribute show features Big Band, Swing, and Jazz hits (including One O’ Clock Jump, Don’t Be That Way, and I Got Rhythm). The lineup includes Peter Marshall, bandleader Terry Myers, vocalist Nancy Osborne (And the Angels Sing), and the timeless vocal group The Ink Spots (If I Didn’t Care, We Three, and The Gypsy). 

    We had to run out as soon as the performance was was over as we had to go to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance.  We dine and dance and carry on.  Tonight we had thirty of our friends.

    The Branders, Thedens, Zaitz, Kuhns, Roberts, Grays, Liles, Bob & Sandy, Conrad & Nita, Woolstons, Donnis & Bernie, Rodeckers, Irene, Seberns, Will & Iris… Cast of thousands!

    Steve Dudek played very good dance music all evening long!

    Dancing up a storm

    Miss Seal Beach was introduced by Steve and Bob made the remark that “Paul has lost some of his pull as she did not come by our table”.

    Paul asked our waiter, Arturo, to see if she would come over and visit with Bob… She did!  Bob retracted his “pull” remark!  We all had a good laugh.

    Nita talks to Miss Seal Beach

    Bob got his picture taken with Miss Seal Beach!

    Bob meets Miss Seal Beach

    While we all visited, Sue and Bob coordinate upcoming events.

    Sue and Bob

    The dance floor gets pretty busy after dinner!

    We dance for about three hours

    We headed for home and watched some TV before crashing.  We stayed up until 12:15  AM watching Cheers as some of their episodes are just to funny to turn off.

  • Connor Turns 21! Lookout World!

    Posted on March 11th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We worked around the house until about 2:00 PM when we departed for Fullerton to pick up a FedEx package that they could not deliver.  We apparently were never home when they came by? How does that happen?

    On the way home, we stopped by Joe’s house and dropped off some tickets and then to the Chinese Restaurant to pick up our Blue-Ray DVD Player.  We left it there Christmas day after playing the Christmas movie to out guests.

    Our forth oldest grandchild, Connor,  is an adult today… At least chronologically??  We only have five more to go!  Jackie is coming up pretty fast!We plan a family get together at the Kobe Steakhouse in the Teppan Room  as that was always Connor’s favorite growing up.  Join the fun!

    Great fun with family and friends

    After the dinner, we high tailed it to Cerritos Performing Arts Center  and caught the Paul Anka show.  Talk about WOW!  It was out of this world.  Pretty good for a 77 year old!  We laughed, giggled, sang, clapped, and tapped for two and a half hours.

    Summary: We joined the fun when Rockin’ at the Beach hits the shores of Cerritos! All-time favorite entertainer Frankie Avalon charmed generations of fans with a litany of hits, including Venus, Why, Bobby Sox, and DeDe Dinah.Inspired by the California surf culture, The Surfaris shot into international stardom with the catchy hit Wipe Out and continued to make a splash with Surfer Joe and Point Panic. 

    When we got home, we were pooped.  We tried to watch TV but at 12:15, we both woke up from our chairs and went to bed!  We will have to re-watch Columbo tomorrow as we could not remember exactly what was going on!

  • Friday… A Super Day!

    Posted on March 10th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul worked in the yard most of the day.  Sue paid the bills and did some laundry plus made a very nice lunch for us!  It was the last of the onion soup so we are now awaiting arrival of the next batch of onions!

    We call the England this morning and talked to Brian and Jan. We are anxious to have them back  in the US as they are just wonderful people!  We miss them when they are gone. They plan to return in the next 3-4 weeks.  Before the call, we got out our “British Cheat Sheet” so we could understand them 🙂

    It help!

    Our blueberries had to be moved so we could put a bird net around them or the birds would clean us out!  To do this, Paul had to move the very heavy yard swing.  He decided this was the last time he was going to “drag” the yard swing around.  Getting up in years Paul decided to invent the wheel!  Off to the hardware store and $60 later plus an hour of prep, the wheels are on!

    Casters make the moving of the yard swing easy!

    The swing normally goes where the fourteen barrels are located as shown below. After the blueberries are completed with their production, we move them to the south side of the house where they are protected from the intense rays of summer.  During Spring, we move the berries to the west side of the house to get morning sun and to enable us to put net over the crop!

    Fourteen barrels of blueberries

    There are hundreds and hundreds of blueberries on the bushes.  There are several kinds of blueberries and living together in harmony!  We can pick them from April through July having fresh blueberries every morning is a delight!

    Did You Know? Blueberries consist of 14% carbohydrates, 0.7% protein, 0.3% fat and 84% water (table). They contain only negligible amounts of micronutrients, with moderate levels (relative to respective Daily Values) (DV) of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber (table).[33] Generally, nutrient contents of blueberries are a low percentage of the DV (table). One serving provides a relatively low caloric value of 57 kcal per 100 g serving and glycemic load score of 6 out of 100 per day.

    The blueberries are doing well!

    Part of the secret to a good garden is mulch.  Mulch is a layer of something to protect the soil from the heat of the sun and keep moisture in the soil.  We have used straw for years!  Our neighbors wanted five bales of straw for their Halloween decorations but did not want to store them!  We arrived at a compromise.

    We bought the straw and they used the bales in their front yard Halloween decorations. After Halloween, we moved the bales to our house and use it in our garden!

    Straw needs to be left outside in the weather (hopefully with rain) so the seeds will germinate inside the bales and not grow when placed into the garden.  We get about 90% of the potential growth this way.

    Paul has spread three bales of straw into the garden

    The strawberries are coming alive as evidenced by the blossoms.  Another few weeks and we will have strawberries every morning.

    Come on strawberries… Plump up and get big!

    The apple tree actually has four different varieties on the same trunk.  The flowers come out at different times.  The apples are so crisp when picked they snap! We have an apple tree in the front yard but the passers-by seem to pick them faster than we can get them!

    The apple tree is doing wonderful!

    Mr. Nectarine is showing his stuff.  We will be loaded with nectarines this summer!

    The nectarine tree is showing life!

    After working most of the morning and early afternoon, Sue suggested a time to rest.  Paul managed the TV remotes and Sue did the treadmill.  We watched another Hallmark Channel mystery entitled: “Mystery Woman: Wild West Mystery”. Summery: When a traveling Wild West Show comes into town, Samantha gets involved in solving the murder of one of the cowboys. Stars Kellie Martin and Clarence Williams III.

    The movie was first shown in 2006 making ti ten years old

    We then got cleaned up and headed to Garden Grove to go dancing with the gang.  The Brander’s and Woolston’s were there plus Wil and Iris and Pat.  Paul did the salmon which Garden Grove Elks should be famous for… so tender and juicy! We had a good time leaving for home about 10:00 PM.

    We watched another movie and crashed at midnight.  Tomorrow is a big day as our fourth oldest grandchild, Connor, turns twenty-one!  He follows Jonathan, Zachary, and Cassie into adulthood!  After Connor, we have five more to go!

  • Work Work Work + Estimates + Dancing… All In A Days Work!

    Posted on March 9th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We have a water leak!  Our water bill has been sky high so Paul checked the meter and without any water being on,  the meter was indicating usage.  We called two plumbers out and now have to make a decision.

    While awaiting the plumbers, Paul worked in the front yard.  Working like a forty year old when you are seventy plus is “breathtaking”.  Paul filled two trash cans with fallen fruit and lemon tree clippings… The lemon tree is prolific. One major branch  was laying on the living room roof with 200 lemons on it.  Most of them were kinda green so we tossed them. We took about twenty into the house and Paul will use them up in a week!

    Lemons by the loads!

    In the afternoon, Sue did the treadmill and Paul managed the TV remote.  We watched a new Hallmark Mystery movie series and it was pretty good. Summary: While searching for a KGB double agent who was about to be exposed by another Russian spy-turned-successful author, mystery bookstore owner Samantha Kinsey and her secretive friend and store manager, Philby are thrust into the murderous world of international espionage. Stars Kellie Martin, Clarence Williams III, and Nina Siemaszko.

    Before heading to the Phoenix Club, we stopped by Kobe for a drink! The staff was shocked to see us at the bar instead at the sushi bar!

    Some libation before dancing

    What do you think she looks like form the other side of the glass???  Do we see the back of her head? Puzzling!  Paul had to get up, walk around, and look.  He would not reveal his findings.

    She kept an eye on us!

    Someone asked us if we text…. Guess they thought we were too old!  So, we gave them the following lesson in senior texting:

    Take that you silly keyboard!

    We headed for the Phoenix Club to dance but we made a short stop by Kobe Steakhouse for our own private Happy Hour.  We have the birthday dinner coordinated with Connor so all is well!  To the dance!


  • Time For Chores! Then The Fun Begins!

    Posted on March 8th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We took a gander at the garden and it is coming along just fine.  The last of the tomatoes will be placed in the front yard today and tomorrow.  The upper left hand plants are basil (to draw the bees) and potatoes.

    The baby tomatoes await planting

    This tomato is tiny now.  It is called “Enchantment”. Description: 70 days. Solanum lycopersicum. (F1) Early maturing plant produces high yields of 3 to 4 oz red plum shaped tomatoes. They are very flavorful. Perfect for salads and for making sauce. Also a good variety for drying and dehydrating. Excellent choice for home gardens. Disease Resistant. Indeterminate

    An enchanting Enchanted!

    The tomato cages are from Texas and fold up quite nicely.   There are eleven tomatoes in this little area. In a couple of months, they will fill the cages to the top and produce amazing fruit!

    The little tomatoes look so small but in 60 days they will be amazing

    Today is the 8th and on the 16th we are having our traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch for Greg, David, and Irene.  These little puppies will be fresh for lunch!

    Only a few more days and the cabbage will be on our plates for St Patrick’s Day

    After doing some planting, we had lunch and then we when to the shoe repair, the bank, market, and we also wanted to do the cleaners and post office.  We ran out of time!  We had a dinner date?  Well, dinner meeting!  We invited Henry, a member of the wait staff at Old Ranch, Bunnaford and Teri for dinner at Kobe Steakhouse.

    Henry could put it away!

    We sat there from 5:00 PM until about 8:00 PM feasting on delicious items from the sea. Manny, our sushi chef, was making up some new creations and we enjoyed it a lot.  The bathroom scale, however, will not be a happy camper tomorrow!

    We headed home… Stuffed to the gills and did the treadmill and watched some more Columbo, some NCIS, and finally some Cheers.

  • Chores/Golf/Happy Hour/Patty’s… Dang!

    Posted on March 7th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We just can’t stay still.  Paul visited and watered the newly planted tomatoes and also took a 45 minute walk (after yesterday’s Greek feast).  We decided to play golf sp we went to Old Ranch and played the front nine about 2:00 PM.  The weather was a bit cool but ideal for golf.

    Lilly gets an afternoon snack

    Lilly’s food is spread out in front of her.  She is quite good at stretching her neck to reach the goodies!

    Lilly is quite beautiful!

    We did some happy hour at Old Ranch with the gang and then we headed for Patty’s Place to have steak soup for dinner.  Sue had some bread.  We gabbed with the locals for an hour of so and then went home to do the treadmill and watch Columbo and Cheers.

  • A Wonderful Greek Lunch!

    Posted on March 6th, 2017 Paul No comments

    We took it easy in the morning watering our new tomato plants and doing “cleanup”. At noon, we headed to Irene’s home for an amazing Greek lunch.  Daughter Maria and Irene cooked for hours and it was obvious.  Great food!  Great company! The Kuhn’s and Roberts were there for the treat!  Please join us!

    What a wonderful afternoon!

    Always time to tease!  With this group friendly barbs are a way of life and we all get a kick out of it.  Del, who is in his 90’s, was recalling his life adventures and we all loved to hear the stories.  He is very proud of his motorcycle adventures through California without roads!  LA to Vegas cross country, wow!

    He he he!

    We departed Irene’s about 3:00 PM and went home to do some chores before heading for Malarkey’s for our Monday evening activity.  Irene did not join us as she and Maria were probably still cleaning up!   We had a glass of wine and watched the sun set into the ocean.  Business was a little slow so we got a chance to talk to Oscar and Jennifer.

    Simply magnificent… You could almost hear the “hiss” as the sun set

    We headed for home afterwards and Sue attacked the treadmill and Paul managed the TV remote! We watched an old Columbo and some Cheers before crashing!

    We figured out something this evening.  Beatrice “Bebe” Neuwirth, born in 1958, played in Cheers 1986-1993 and is now in Madam Secretary as Nadine Tolliver, Chief Of Staff to the Secretary of State.  Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane,  was the girlfriend and wife of Dr.Craine, aka Kelsey Grammer.

    Bebe Neuwirth, talented lady!

    It is a small world after all!


  • A Relaxing Sunday

    Posted on March 5th, 2017 Paul No comments

    After Friday and Saturday we were ready for a few minutes of relaxing.  Paul worked in the yard and got another twelve of the tomatoes planted in the back yard.  In addition, Paul moved twenty onion plants and put in eight pepper plants.  By noon, the rains came so it was time to go inside!

    It gets serious by late afternoon

    By the end of the afternoon, cabin fever hit and we had to go out for a while. We went to Old Ranch where Paul comsummed a veggie hamburger.  Afterwards we went home and watched some TV before we crashed.

  • It’s One Of Those Days!

    Posted on March 4th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Up and at ’em… Paul worked on the Rondelier’s website for a couple of hours. Join the fun!

    Loads of fun and plenty of visiting and story swapping

    Alas, it was time to go!  We are out of the house at 10:30 AM heading to our favorite restaurant, Seasons 52.  We love that place.  When we arrived, our table was not only ready but our wine was in its ice bucket!  The Manager really knows how to take care of his regulars.

    Sea Bass was wonderful served with black rice

    After a terrific meal, we drove across the street to the Orange County Performing Arts Center to see “Gentlemen’s Guide To Love And Murder”.  Even with a full tummy and two glasses of wine, Paul stayed wide awake and laughed through this wonderful musical. Getting away with murder can be so much fun, and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award!

    Fun fun fun

    The theater was decorated up to match the 1900’s.  The stage had a very LARGE  screen in back for special effects.  The backgrounds were quite amazing and even included an army of butterflies chasing one of the cast… Won’t tell you anymore, you must see it!

    The musical was set in 1909 London

    Summary: GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance and be done in time for tea.

    After the musical was done, which was about 4:30 PM, we high-tailed it to the Petroleum Club to meet the gang and dance until about 10:30 PM.  We dined in the red room and then walked across the hall into the ballroom and listened to “Good Rocking Daddy”.  It was pretty much swing music and a lot of West Coast Swing dancers were there.  We danced for a couple of hours.

    Time for fun!

    We had Mike and Bridgette, the Kuhns, Branders, Roberts, Iris and Will and us plus Irene came in about 9:00 Pm after returning from a long drive up north.  It was a good group!

    Del’s shirt and purse match


    Enjoying our friends

    We had a hard time finding our reserved table because of the spelling!

    We have gone to the Petroleum Club for twenty years and they did not spell of name right?

    So Paul sees this young man dancing up a storm with the ladies but after the dance, he drops their hand and walks back to the table.  Paul, being slightly goofy, goes over and asks the young man to talk for a minute.  Young, did we say young? He was only sixteen!  Anyway, Paul informs him that it is proper to escort his partner back to her table.

    His response was, “Wow… My grandparents just told me the same thing!”  Paul asked “Where are your grandparents” and he pointed to the table he was sitting at earlier.  Paul went over and introduced himself and told then the story of talking to their grandson.  They were very pleased and said “Perhaps that will reinforce our message to him… Coming from another older person”.  We laughed.  The young man came over and asked Irene to dance and he did take her back to the table!

    Irene finds the 16 year old!

    We departed about 10:30 PM and headed for home, after all, it was a full day! We watched some Cheers before crashing for the night!

  • Work And Play… That’s OK

    Posted on March 3rd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul worked in the garden getting about a third of the tomatoes in.  It was a slow process as he had to remove bunches of onions and then prepare the ground for the new seedlings!  There is something about gardening that’s rewarding. Getting tired and dirty then sitting back and seeing the fruits of you labor, or vegetables in this case, is wonderful.

    Lot of truth in that!

    Peaceful?  Is the garden a peaceful place? Let’s look under the microscope.

    On the microscopic level…

    We got cleaned up and headed to Altadena for the Rondeliers Dance Club.  The had Wyatt Haupt and the theme as “Return Of The Big Band Era”.  Wonderful music and dancing all night long! Join the fun!

    Wonderful evening with friends!

    After getting about about 11:30 we watched some Cheers and crashed about 1:00 AM.

  • Tomatomania! Yes!

    Posted on March 2nd, 2017 Paul No comments

    Once a year, Roger’s Gardens sponsors “Tomatomania”.  Tomato suppliers come in and show almost 300 different kinds of tomatoes!  We carefully go through the alphabetically sorted plants and select the ones we want.  This year we are going to get only 30 different kinds so we keep enough room for the corn!

    The weather was perfect 75 degrees.  Greg joined us and he went and found cacti to purchase while we were busy going through the tomatoes!

    Fun in the garden!

    We found more spoon tomatoes today.  Spoon tomatoes are very very small and you can actually fit 20+ tomatoes in a table spoon!  Great conversation items.

    Just a few of their favorites

    We filled our cart including getting tomatoes for Teri and James!  Now we must dine and where else but Cucina Enoteca!  Our waiter was Michael as he always looks for us.  Three of us laughed and giggled for another hour!

    Sue pushed the cart until we got to the bottom on the hill

    Paul hears this sweet voice saying… “Over here you big hunk… The cart need you!”

    The hill is directly ahead – Time for Super Paul

    Oh no!  All good things must come to an end!  The winter garden remnants must go and the new crop be put in which means the soil must be amended, fertilizer spread, and old plants tossed!  We saved 15 onion plants and Sue made French Onion Soup out of them!

    Now Paul goes to work removing the winter garden

    Paul worked until about 5:00 PM when it was time to cleanup and go to the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing with friends.   Nine Carat Gold was playing so Irene joined us for the evening.  Conner was also there making it a special evening.  Dancing after hard work is a good thing as the ol’ muscles get warmed up!

    We headed for home about 10:30 PM and watched a Columbo before crashing!

  • Oh Dear… Golf Again!

    Posted on March 1st, 2017 Paul No comments

    It’s a beautiful but cool day and guess what… No rain!  Paul took an hour walk and took no pictures!  Paul just enjoyed the outing and stretching his legs! We had a great lunch and then departed as the cleaning folks arrived.

    Where did we go?  Old Ranch and golf!  We have played very little lately but now that the weather is getting better perhaps more golf is in our future.

    We played nine holes (well, actually eight as number six was still pretty muddy).

    Mighty Sue is up to bat

    As we return on number nine, the old tree looked like it was taking a nap but in reality, it just fell over. It seems funny that a tree having been there for fifty years decides to fall over. Between the mushy ground caused by weeks of rain and the top being heavy with water, the roots just could not hang on anymore.

    Did You Know? The first root that comes from a plant is called the radicle. A root’s four major functions are:

    1) absorption of water and inorganic nutrients,

    2) anchoring of the plant body to the ground, and supporting it,

    3) storage of food and nutrients,

    4) vegetative reproduction and competition with other plants. In response to the concentration of nutrients, roots also synthesise cytokinin, which acts as a signal as to how fast the shoots can grow.

    Roots often function in storage of food and nutrients. The roots of most vascular plant species enter into symbiosis with certain fungi to form mycorrhizae, and a large range of other organisms including bacteria also closely associate with roots.

    Yes! The rain took care of 23 trees on the course!

    We looked up “Tree Roots” and this is what we saw…. Huh?

    Tree Roots by Van Gogh

    Did You Know? Van Gogh spent the last few months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town just north of Paris, after he left an asylum at Saint-Rémy in May 1890.  The painting is considered by some to be his last painting before his death late July 1890.

    After some Happy Hour with James and Bunnaford, we departed for Patty’s Place.  Paul ended up having beef-barley soup again and it was fantastic!  We talked to the locals for a couple of hours.  An old friend from Boeing  came in and we talked about Boeing for quite a while.  We have been retired almost ten years now!

    The moon was a sliver but still impressive as we departed Patty’s Place

    We got home and watched some TV and hit the sack early again!  Tomorrow is Tomato Mania day!

  • Wine Time… Temecula Here We Come!

    Posted on February 28th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Bright and early we headed to Temecula and today we will meet up with Robin and Bob!

    Bob is in town for a few days having escaped his Las Vegas gig.  Poor guy plays drums for a band and several different singers.  What is worse, you might ask? He is playing at the Hooter’s Hotel and he has to stay five nights a week at the Hooter’s Hotel,  It’s a rough life.

    Handsome and talented!

    We had a load of fun in Temecula. We dined at Falkner’s Pinnacle Restaurant and then went to South Coast Winery, Europa, and Thornton! We also did a Maurice Carrie “fly-by” meaning we stopped and bought two cases of champagne and did no tasting there.  We laughed and giggled all afternoon.  We picked up Bob and Donna’s deliveries as they had to work! Work..  What an evil word!

    Oh so true!

    We met at Falkner first and then dined in the Pinnacle Restaurant!

    We are gathered!

    All smiles… Life is good!

    The love of Paul’s life

    Robin just brightens up the room with positive energy and a $1,000,000 smile!

    Beauty is much more than skin deep!

    Being the “DD”, designated driver, Paul took tiny sips of wine leaving the remaining for Sue.  She enjoyed the tasting!

    While the sun was shining and it looked warm, when one left the heat of the car, it was cold!  The high was about 55 degrees and the wind was enough to make the air feel about 45 degrees!

    OK… It was not that cold but it was cold!

    We have been retired 3,632 days and are loving every second of it! ( 9 Years, 11 Months, and 11 Days ).  Another few days and it will be ten years!

    We returned home but stopped at Kobe Steakhouse to make reservations for the 11th… Connor’s 21st birthday!  Teppan Room here we come!

    Did You Know:  Teppanyaki (???? teppan-yaki?) is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which means iron plate, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.

    Modern teppanyaki grills are typically propane-heated flat surface grills and are widely used to cook food in front of guests at restaurants. Teppanyaki grills are commonly confused with the hibachi barbecue grill, which has a charcoal or gas flame and is made with an open grate design. With a solid griddle type cook surface, the teppanyaki is more suitable for smaller ingredients, such as rice, egg, and finely chopped vegetables.

    So, while at Kobe, we did dinner and Paul stuffed himself with sushi. Sue had to settle for fried rice with egg for protein.  Of course saki’ and chardonnay accompanied dinner.

    We got home about 9:00 PM and watched a Columbo before crashing “early”… 11:00 PM.  We were both tired as it had been a full day of being on the go!

  • Monday… A New Week Begins! An Interesting Day!

    Posted on February 27th, 2017 Paul No comments

    Paul did his morning walk which was about three miles!  The weather was a bit chilly but after ten minutes it was comfortable!

    Nice walk this morning

    Our apple tree is doing super.   It looks a little odd because it is actually three types of apples on one trunk so some of the branches are bare until it is their time to bloom.

    The blossoms are coming out quite nicely and it may be time to give him a feeding!  We are going to spray it this year to keep the worms away! The apple maggots form if the flies lay their eggs on the blossoms.  We hate using pesticides but alas, it is needed fore the apples!

    Our apple tree is getting full of flowers meaning the apples will be forming in the next few weeks

    As Paul turned the corner, he heard a deep voice of a baby dog!  Baby dog?  We think not!  He was standing up against a six foot block wall and peering over it announcing to the world that he was there and ready to be walked!

    Bark the wonder dog was creating quite a fuss!  Paul got within a few inches of him and “talked” to him… He paid attention!

    A little farther down the street,  a turtle pulled up next to Paul and wanted to race.  Paul got his license plate number as he hurled down the street in a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi Yo Turtle, Away”.  Speedy little guy!  He left Paul in the dust!  He did not, however, have a mask for an Indian sidekick, go figure.

    He was faster than Paul by about 50 miles per hour

    After getting home and having lunch, Sue did some treadmill.  Paul did some gardening in the light rain but came in when the rain started getting heavy!  We then headed to Malarkey’s for our Monday night get together.  Lusia was going to  join us but she had stepped on a board with a nail in it and it went into her foot which means tetanus shot, pain pills, off the feet and no driving!  Next week for sure!

    The day was dreary so we thought “No sunset tonight”… We were amazed!

    Spectacular sunset was getting underway!

    As the sun dropped, the clouds let the sun come through and we had an amazing sunset!  From grey to gold in a few seconds!  Irene just showed up as the sky began to change.  Even the wait staff had their phones out taking pictures of the event.

    Gold everywhere covering the entire horizon

    It was like God heard our thoughts and decided to spice things up a bit.  He turned on the lights and the  lights were golden covering half the sky!

    The sky lit up as the Sun made its way west

    As the sun set deeper into the ocean, the colors dramatically changed to blues and then purples! Ten minutes later, we were in the dark.

    Then it got purple!

    Irene, Sue, and Paul had a great evening.  We shared a little dinner, a glass of wine and recapped the last weeks activities and planned for the next weeks activities!

    We headed home to watch some TV and do some treadmill before crashing!

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