Posted on July 26th, 2016 No comments
Paul hit the sidewalk walking this morning and went for 30 minutes before returning home. It was delightful to be walking again!
We headed for Old Ranch about 1:00 to play nine holes and we teed off at 2:22 finishing about two hours later. It was a good stretch!
Happy Hour was not far behind. We met up with the Mizer’s, Dave “O” and friend, Bunnaford, and others for an hour. Iced tea really tasted excellent after walking the hot course.
Bunnaford was heading for home and we did a “Shanghai Maneuver” and did some post happy hour at Kobe Steak House. She had never sat at a sushi bar before (she had been there several times but for a sit-down dinner). Paul had the chef make some special and most interesting things!
The octopus was excellent and from there we went on to a specially made roll containing shrimp! We finished with a strawberry dessert that Sue could share with us. We laughed and giggled for quite a while. No sake tonight… Paul was the designated driver.
Off to the market before going home… We were in need of some groceries. We finally got home about 8:15 PM and watched Star Trek until about 12:30 when we crashed!
Posted on July 26th, 2016 No comments
It was destined to be a warm day but we went into the mouth of the dragon and visited The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens where it was a balmy 97 degrees. Please join us!
We had lunch at the Rose Tea Room on the premises and enjoyed their lite but filling buffet.
We then walked for almost two hours through the herb garden the rose garden the Japanese Garden and finally the Chinese Garden.
We skipped the desert and the lower gardens because of time (and heat).
After the visit, we went VFR to Malarkey’s to meet up with Irene and Greg and catch up on things. Joanna sent them a small bag of scones. It was probably a reward for being smart and staying close to the ocean!
We departed Malarkey’s at 7:00 and went home to the treadmill and Star Trek TV. It was a busy day!
Posted on July 24th, 2016 No comments
The morning and afternoon was filled with work around the house. Sue paid the bills and Paul worked in the garden. He finally got a chance to clean out several of the dead tomatoes and transplant onions. He filled another 100 gallon trash can with gardening remains.
Mid afternoon, Paul took a nap and Sue continued doing chores. We got ready to go dancing that evening at the 60th Anniversary of the Fullerton Elks Lodge with the Branders, Sandy and bob, and Will and Iris. We head great seats right on the dance floor. We danced to Justuss… Brad and Susie-Q. The food was outstanding.
Afterwords we headed for home to watch some Star Trek before crashing.
Posted on July 23rd, 2016 No comments
We went to Sue’s hair appointment at 11:30 and then zipped down the freeway to Season’s 52 in Costa Mesa. It is a wonderful place to dine because a) they are vegetarian friendly and b) the food is “low” in calories and c) tastes wonderful. Paul had the rainbow trout (for the tenth time) and Sue had one of their great salads.
We then went across the street to the OC Performing Arts Center to see “Sound Of Music” which was outstanding. We never get tired of seeing the Family Von Trapp. The kids were spectacular in the play!
After the musical, we dropped over the The Center Club and had a drink and visited with one of our favorite bartenders.
Them as if this was NOT enough, we went to Garden Grove Elks and danced the night away!
Posted on July 22nd, 2016 No comments
We were going to play golf but we had two reasons for cancelling. First, Paul got in to see the heart doctor at 3:00 and secondly, the temperature was 102 when were normally play golf! We went to Old Ranch and did some Happy Hour before going to the Santa Ana Elks Lodge for dancing. Jerry Benton was playing and he is always excellent!
Inside it was cool and we go to celebrate Mike’s birthday again!
When we came home, we watched three episodes of Star Trek before crashing. Tomorrow is a big day!
Posted on July 21st, 2016 No comments
We began the day with a visit to Sue’s hair dresser. She was done at 11:30 and we hightailed it to Seasons 52 for lunch. Paul did the trout AGAIN.. It is always so good! Sue tried the veggie soup and it was outstanding. Season’s 52 is a special place for us!
Posted on July 21st, 2016 No comments
We headed to Dr. Asbill for a 10:00 AM blood withdrawal appointment. All went well and we were back on our way home in just a few minutes! We had lunch at home and then worked in the yard for a while. Paul pulled some tomatoes and fertilized the corn. It is growing like Topsy. We made a stop by H&H and picked up tomatoes and squash for Vicky plus a sunflower and some beans for us.
From there it was hand therapy and then to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour before going to the Phonix Club for an evening of dancing. We joined Bunnaford and Dave “O” for a glass of wine before heading south.
Mike had a birthday so it was time to kibitz.
Mary usually comes alone but this evening Fred joined he so Paul did not need to walk her out.
The band was excellent this evening… We danced until 10:30.
Posted on July 20th, 2016 No comments
We did chores around the house and did some work in the garden before getting cleaned up and going to Old Ranch for a round of golf. We did pretty good today. On the ninth hole, Sue was “attacked” by the babies and their mommy.
As we turned around, we saw Lilly the Swan was looking at us. The lake is so low that she could not make it out so we put food on the bank and she gobbled it up!
We did some Happy Hour at Old Ranch and then headed to Patty’s Place to see Chuck and find out about his birthday weekend. Then to home for some Star Trek reruns.
Posted on July 19th, 2016 No comments
We had lunch with “The Old Guys” who are a group of people Sue and Paul worked with… Mostly Sue. Robin joined us today. We go to Taco Surf every other month and catch up on the latest events.
The crowd ebbs and flows with some months heavily attended and others not so much. This was about average although we miss Chuck Catania! We called him and he had a house full of company!
After lunch, we went to H&H Nursery to get some replacement plants for the garden. Then to the market for supplies before going to Irvine Spectrum to have dinner at Paul Martin’s The American Grille with Jeanette.
We caught up on family things and solved the problems of the world! The Chili Rellenos were fantastic! Paul had corn on the cob and it was also quite good. Great evening all in all!
Off to home for a restful evening.
Posted on July 18th, 2016 No comments
Indeed. We went to Temecula with Donna and Cyndy. Bob had to work because at the last minute one of his employees had to leave town. Yup! It was terrible… Just Paul and the three ladies… It’s a tough life but someone must do it! Join the fun!
We picked up Cyndy at Old Ranch as it is right on the 405 Freeway and easier to get to than driving the maze of Rossmoor.
We stopped at Falkner first to visit the wine tasting room and its staff. We had a wonderful lunch at Pinnacle and then departed for other wineries in the valley!
Paul was the designated driver so he had all sorts of time to kibitz around! Without Bob, he had to entertain himself… This can always be a little dangerous!
Paul, of course, is the adventurous diner and ordered the desert octopus!
Cyndy dove into the salad with her Mom sharing the six and a half calories it contained!
When it came time for dessert, the ladies of course said “no”… Paul, on the other hand, said “yes, yes and yes”!
Sue did an on-the-spot analysis of dessert and we decided it was excellent also!
We went up and down the valley tasting the wines. We ended up at Thornton because they have great champagnes! It was a delightful finish to a delightful day!
We drove back and there was zero traffic…. Back to Donna’s house in one hour! We dropped Cyndy off at Old Ranch before going to Kobe Steak House for cocktails and then we went home for the evening. We had to wave off Malarkey’s as we did not get back until 6:00 pm.
Posted on July 17th, 2016 No comments
We have brunch at Old Ranch with a dear friend so we could catch up on everything. The brunch was excellent and the visit even better. We departed Old Ranch about noon and headed for home to work in the garden for a bit before cleaning up and heading to Santa Ana Elks.
The Jam Session was super and we stayed until 8:20 at which time we went to Disneyland (actually Downtown Disney). Downtown Disney is about six miles from the Elks. We went directly to Catal and enjoyed an evening of fireworks before heading for home!
Home is only 9.8 miles from Catal so we made it quickly and then watched some Star Trek before hitting the sack. Full day!
Posted on July 16th, 2016 No comments
We began the day by going to the OC Fair right when they opened. At 10:00 am it was not crowded at all and we had a load of fun! We took the skyway top the other end of the fair and visited Centennial Farms furst. We like seeing the garden and the animals. The pigs were, as usual, amazing! Please join us!
In the evening we went to Hawaii… Well, to a Hawaiian dance with the Starlighters. It was in Fullerton at Howard Johnsons Convention Center and they have a great dance floor! Join the fun!
We crashed about eleven and went home to watch Star Trek…
Posted on July 15th, 2016 No comments
Paul got up at 6:45 and went to Old Ranch to meet up with the Burns family. Susie and Oden were in with Loki so we had a breakfast burritos and champagne from the snack shack!
While returning home Paul spotted a LARGE crane lumbering down the street towards our house. While working in the yard, the crane popped it head up and it was tall and on the next street.
Sue went to the hand therapist and on the way home we tried to see what it was up to but the streets were blocked off.
After working in the front yard for a while, curiosity got the better of Paul and he walked over to the next block! Edison was replacing rotten power poles! There were several large trucks assisting the effort.
Southern California Edison (SCE) routinely inspects, repairs and upgrades almost 1.5 million utility poles and the thousands of electrical components on these distribution structures throughout its service territory. According to SCE: “Over the last few decades, more and more devices have been installed on poles with the various advances in technology and the way people now communicate,” said Trainor. “From phone lines to cable TV, to the Internet and now wireless service, some of the poles are carrying a heavier load so assessing, planning and remediating poles that do not meet today’s safety code is crucial.”
Paul asked one of the workers several questions about the process and the answers were very interesting! Did you know there was a SoCal Joint Pole Committee? The Joint Pole Committee is made up of a group of member representatives of utilities, communications, and municipalities in Southern California who hold joint equity interest in utility poles. Established by telephone, electricity and railroad companies, the Committee has existed since October 10, 1906. It was formed as a result of the need to limit the number of poles in the field and to create a uniform procedure for recording ownership of poles.
There was a definite bend on the crane as it took on various loads! The crane operator was outstanding. He put the hook in the hands of the lineman at 150 feet away!
Paul continued working in the yard while Sue made homemade applesauce directly from our trees! Delicious!
We got cleaned up and headed to the Garden Grove Elks for an evening of dancing and dining! Great fun!
Posted on July 14th, 2016 No comments
We continued working in the garden. This time of year many of the plants are done producing and they need to be pulled or at least cleaned up! The corn needs attention as its requirement for water is daily!
We went to Old Ranch at 1:00 for a 2:22 T-time. The round was pretty fast! By 4:30 we were on the 9th hole and looked up only to be mooned!
We went in for a short Happy Hour and then headed home to change so we could go to the Phoenix Club! They are finally opened after being closed for a month! We met up with the Kuhns, Nancy and Vince, Bob and Donna and many others! We were happy to be back dancing again at the Phoenix Club!
By 10:30 we were on our way home to watch a little Star Trek before crashing!
Posted on July 13th, 2016 No comments
We worked in the garden for a while before getting ready to go to Old Ranch to play nine holes with James. Gardening is pretty easy these days. Each of the three raised beds you see below are four feet wide by 24 feet long and the walkways are 24 inches wide allowing for Paul and his wagon/trash cans to move easily.
The walls are 24 inches tall… Perfect to sit on. We have power and water on every bed so no hose need be over 20 feet long!
Looks small… Well, we have 60 corn stalks planed here plus 30 tomato plants, asparagus, beets, carrots, peppers, strawberries, onions, cucumbers, hweba, cantaloupe, and Swiss chard.
Along the east facing wall we have additional tomatoes (for a total of forty in the front and back yards), eggplant, and onions. The raised bed is eighty feet long and about three to four feet wide. This bed gets morning shade and afternoon sun!
We played nine with James and did pretty good for old folks! We had a great time and Linda came over to join us afterwords for Happy Hour. Bunnaford joined us with Dave “O” also! Great fun!
We departed Old Ranch at 8:30 PM and Sue hit the treadmill at 9:00 PM. We watched some old Hawaii Five-O series before crashing.
Posted on July 12th, 2016 No comments
We decided earlier that we would make another batch of tomatoe sauce as the garden is about done in terms of beefsteak-type tomatoes.
Paul went harvesting about 8:30 and then we prepared the kitchen for the “mess”. Actually, we are getting so good at it, there was no mess. Just four quarts of VERY think tomato sauce at the end of several hours! Our first planting of tomatoes are about done and we may not do a second planting because we got so much out of the first!
We have 120 corn plants underway and the two groups of 60 are about 4 weeks apart so we ought have corn for a long time.
Paul did some serious gardening as he removed three tomato plants, transplanted four sets of onion plants, planted potatoes, trimmed the asparagus, and weeded the corn patch.
All the hard work paid off as it revealed our asparagus plants in production!
Every morning we get 2-4 spears which is perfect for us!
We got cleaned up and took our “Chocolate Martini Kit” to That’s Amore to show the bartender and owner what a chocolate martini ought to taste like!
We then headed for home and watched some Star Trek.
Posted on July 11th, 2016 No comments
As tradition dictates, we went to Laguna Canyon and visited the displays of art including the Sawdust Festival and Art A Fair. We had lunch at Tivoli Too and then took a three hour walkabout. Join the birthday fun!
Malarkey’s here we come! We met up with Irene and Greg for an afternoon of laughing and giggling!
We headed home to watch some more of Star Trek… The season with Captain Janeway which ran 2001-2006.
Posted on July 10th, 2016 No comments
We are off to Catalina and then dinner dancing with friends at the monthly Old Ranch Dinner Dance. We departed Long Beach at 10:00 am and did lunch at the Avalon Grille around 11:30 am. We then caught a cab and went to the airport for a drink before returning to the boat for the trip home!
Just a quick thought:
Posted on July 9th, 2016 No comments
Not really! We have a great visit the the Grahams at Patty’s Place for brunch! We laughed and giggled all afternoon!
We returned home and did some chores around the house. The Elks was having a County Western DJ so we decided not to go. We returned to Patty’s place and visited with Chuck before going home and watched some TV.
Posted on July 8th, 2016 No comments
Friday Paul worked in the yard while Sue did her magic in the kitchen. Paul picked and cleaned the peppers so Sue could stuff them with her wonderful stuffing. We got cleaned up and headed to Altadena to dance with the Rondeliers at the annual Hawaiian themed dance. Join the fun!
Posted on July 7th, 2016 No comments
We worked around the house for a while and then Seekean (our travel agent) came by to drop off some things and see the garden. She went harvesting and that was good! We then headed for Old Ranch to meet up with James and Bunnaford for nine holes of golf! We had a load of fun (We have not played with them for almost three months since Paul had the heart attack/bypass).
Yesterday Paul had four pars on the front nine and Sue could not hit the three-wood! Today you ask? Sue pounded the three-wood straight down the fairway every time while Paul was becoming the divot-king on the front nine! Why does one day make such a difference? We know why we are not professional golfers!
Our dear friend Jan who lost her husband a year and a half ago was going to be alone tonight on what would have been his birthday! Not for long! We jumped in the car, went to her home, and took her to Catal in Downtown Disney to dine, drink, and watch the fireworks! Jan met the staff and was amazed at how friendly they are! We got to Disneyland about 7:30 PM and departed about 11:00 PM. Jan met the garlic fry bandit!
After getting home about midnight, we crashed! Tomorrow is a long day!
Posted on July 6th, 2016 No comments
We did more chores around the house including taking down of 4th of July decorations. Sue made a great breakfast and Paul again worked in the garden! We got cleaned up and departed for Old Ranch at 1:00 so we could play nine holes at 2:00. It was an interesting day and we cannot figure it out. Paul had four pars and Sue could not use the three-wood at all! Why? We cannot figure it out!
We did some Happy Hour before going home and resting.
Posted on July 5th, 2016 No comments
Old Ranch is closed today as they must clean-up after the 4th of July celebration. We did chores around the house and Paul worked in the garden filling two 100 pound containers with garden remains! In the afternoon, we went to the new restaurant called Ballast Point (where Khoury’s used to be). For us it was a disaster. If was full of millennials, it was noisy, the food had to be ordered from a line at the bar – no waitstaff, and the place was sterile! We stayed five minutes and got up and left!
We walked down to Malarkey’s and had a nice leisurely glass of wine, visited with the wait staff, and watched the boats in the bay to the sounds of Frank Sinatra! Malarkey’s is our kind of place. Note that Malarkey’s does have its wild side but those are days where we do not show up!
Off to home? We think not! We went to Seal Beach Main Street and drove up just to see what was happening. MIRACLE TIME! Two parking spaces in front of Cafe St. Germain were open! Of course we stopped and went in. The daily wine selections were on the chalk board so we tried one and it was wonderful. We did two Tapas, both vegetarian, and they were fantastic! We also ran into James Eaton who was sitting at the bar enjoying a quiet afternoon!
While there, Paul went next door to the Apple Store (MacFusion) and bought a network extender.
We then headed for home and watched some TV before crashing!
Posted on July 4th, 2016 No comments
We headed to Old Ranch for a party with fifty-four of our family and friends. Great fun was had by all! Join the fun!
We dined, danced, watched the kids, visited, and watched fireworks…. Oh, did we say “dine”??
After getting home at 9:45 we crashed… It was a hectic but delightful day!
Posted on July 3rd, 2016 No comments
Diane, Pat and Greg joined us for “Big Bang On The Bay”. We went to Malarkey’s at 5:00 and drank/dined until 9:00 and then the excitement really began! Join the fun!
Posted on July 2nd, 2016 No comments
Time for some cleanup in the front yard. Our grapefruit tree went bonkers this year and produced hundreds of grapefruit. Paul finally went up on the garage roof and cut the ones resting on the garage letting them roll to the ground ten feet below!
While cleaning up the grapefruit, Paul also attacked the lemon tree as it was growing so tall it needed to be cut down to size. He got most of it but at seventy plus years old, standing on the top of a twelve foot ladder is not a good idea so we will be calling some professionals.
Sue picked pounds and pounds of small tomatoes and made several quarts of her famous pasta-tomato salad. Vicky (next door) got some, the Chartier’s will get some, and we kept the remainder.
We went to the market to for last minute “Porter Shopping” before coming home and awaiting time to go to the Garden Grove Elks. Paul took a nap and Sue sorted out all the Cerritos Theater tickets.
We went to the Elks and again danced until about 10:00 PM before going home and visiting with Pat and Diane.
Posted on July 1st, 2016 No comments
How does it happen so fast? Half of the year is gone! Well, we already had a plan! We are doing a Long Beach Water Taxi adventure with Irene and Greg!
We are off to Malarkey’s to await the arrival of the taxi! When it shows up we walk to the taxi, jump on board, and head to the Aquarium and then a short walk up Pine Street to George’s Greek Cafe for a great dining experience.
Greek dining is always fun as we have saganaki and yell Opa! (It’s a long story).
Coming home we stopped by the Queen Mary and the Russian Submarine, then to Belmont Pier, and finally back to Malarkey’s
After going home and getting refreshed (and Paul putting on pants instead of shorts), we went to the Garden Grove Elks for dinner-dancing with the gang!
We went home about ten and watched some NCIS before crashing. We are expecting the Porter’s to drop by tomorrow and stay over the weekend!
Posted on June 30th, 2016 No comments
We did the standard pre departure chores including watering the corn seedlings. Sue fixed breakfast and we were off to hand therapy. Afterwords she suggested we take a drive to Cucina Enoteca down on PCH. It was a great idea and we had a drink and attacked some new menu items. Paul had the octopus cerviche while Sue did the mushroom pizza!
We then hatched a plan to visit Jan Mongell but she always fixes a banquet even if we stop by for ten minutes. This evening we got her! We drove to right by her house, went to the neighborhood restaurant/bakery and ordered extra crispy French Fries. We then called her with the following message … “Hi Jan, we are coming to visit you. Will be there in 90 seconds”.
Jan was very surprised and we spent the next three hours dining on French fries and a bottle of Chardonnay! Great times with friends!
The evening was special!
Posted on June 29th, 2016 No comments
Paul got up a little early and picked 60 pounds of tomatoes and set a big pot of water to boil! He arranged the kitchen into the “sauce configuration” and a little later, when Sue got up, we began a marathon tomato sauce preparation activity. We are getting good at this as we were done two hours later! Then the sauce cooks down for about three plus hours.
The sauce is done, we are off to Old Ranch to play nine holes. Sue spotted her babies on nine and gave them a great lunch!
We did Happy Hour and it got even happier when Robin came by for dinner. She is now working in Seal Beach so she can stop by often and avoid that two plus hour drive from El Segundo to Corona! Yeah!! Joe called as he was a bachelor this evening but he had to read some reports so he could not join us for dinner, darn!
We went home to the treadmill and watched several of the series we haven’t seen in a while. Paul’s favorite is “The Good Witch” while Sue likes NCIS. Well, we both like both!
Posted on June 28th, 2016 No comments
We headed to H&H to pick up our corn that we ordered on Saturday. After returning home, we quickly planted it in the ground that was previously prepared. We ordered 30 white and 30 yellow corn babies!
We have never before planted corn from seed so we thought we would try! It seems to work as they are sticking their little heads out!
We quickly changed and went to Old Ranch to play nine holes of golf. We did pretty good today!
We walked the course in two hours and took our time! The flowers hidden in the shade of some of the trees seem to be talking to us!
Patty’s Place is our destination as Paul wanted some grilled prawns for dinner! Yummy!
We headed for home so Sue could do the treadmill and Paul could push the remote buttons!
Posted on June 27th, 2016 No comments
We did chores around the house before leaving for the dentist in Huntington Beach. Dr. Fleming is a funny guy and makes going to the dentist “enjoyable”. He is indeed a painless-dentist!
After leaving him, we went to Seal Beach and walked on the pier. Last time we tried it was closed due to the fire! We took pictures of Ruby’s or what if remaining of the building. So sad as we remember going there for almost thirty years. Jonathan used to love Ruby’s.
As we walked back to the car, we found the seal was decorated for the holidays!
We departed for Malarkey’s at 4:30 to meet up with Greg. Irene had a prior commitment today. Afterwords, we went home and watched some TV.
Posted on June 26th, 2016 No comments
Paul spent hours in the garden cleaning out the dead leaves from the tomatoes, straightening up the cages, watering the new seeds, and adding mulch into the garden for the future corn. The raised beds make it so easy to work on the garden as the bricks are at sitting level and it is easy to reach anywhere!
Tomatoes are everywhere! When removing the dead material, we uncovered many more tomatoes hidden away. We have decided we are making more tomato sauce this coming Wednesday! We want to do that before the house cleaners show up and before Diane and Pat join us this weekend!
Paul planted 60 corn seeds which should result in corn in about 65 days! We shall see! In the other bed, he prepared the ground to receive 60 corn plants… We will be up to our fannies in corn in about two months.
The straw keeps the ground relatively cool in the hot summer days! Mulching is vital to keep the dirt below “cool” and not burn the roots! We buy straw two bales at a time from the local feed store. Straw needs to be aged which means wet it down and let it sit for a few months so the seeds will germinate and die.
When Paul cleaned out the tomatoes, he spotted asparagus being born! This is year number three for the asparagus but wait until next year! The asparagus grows FAST so we will harvest then within the next two days!
Did You Know? Asparagus has been used as a vegetable and medicine, owing to its delicate flavor, diuretic properties, and more. It is pictured as an offering on an Egyptian frieze dating to 3000 BC. In ancient times, it was also known in Syria and in Spain. Greeks and Romans ate it fresh when in season, and dried the vegetable for use in winter; Roman Epicureans even froze it high in the Alps, for the Feast of Epicurus. Emperor Augustus created the “Asparagus Fleet” for hauling the vegetable, and coined the expression “faster than cooking asparagus” for quick action.
It was now 2:30 pm and what should we do? Sue had a great idea… Orange Coast Winery! We are off like a shot! We took a journey to wine country in the heart of Newport Beach. Experience full wine tastings, wine by the glass, or by the bottle in our family-owned, urban winery. Sample award-winning wines ranging from luscious sparkling, complex whites, to rich, bold reds. Whether you’re a novice or an aficionado, their highly trained staff will guide and educate you. Enjoy artisan cheese platters and gourmet flat bread creations made to pair perfectly with their wines.
We are members of the Wine Club so we get a cheese sampler along with the wine tasting.
The cheeses are always interesting and some come with a covering of honey!
The wine is gone. Oh No! What shall we do? Sue had another brilliant idea! Kobe Steakhouse near home was our new destination. We called Crazy Greg to see if he wanted to join us and he did! We all had great fun!
Kobe is great fun when one goes to the sushi bar and challenges the chef! Paul asked for something spicy and he got his wish! The little guy had eyes of Jalapenos!
“Oh dear! What shall we try next?” Sue has suggestions even though she cannot eat sushi!
We headed home, watched some old NCIS episodes and crashed!
Posted on June 25th, 2016 No comments
Oops! Relax? No way Jose’. We got up and Paul hit the garden again working in the front yard removing old string beans and cleaning up the Japanese grape plant.
At 10:00 am, Paul had to stop as he is participating in a study aimed at avoiding placing a “ten pound limit” on lifting weight after a heart bypass operation. The study leader came to visit us two weeks after the operation and again yesterday (nine weeks after the operation). In each session he measured the movement of the sternum when the arms are placed at various positions and when one stands/sits from a chair. Paul recorded the pain level and a picture of the sternum is taken for further study. Paul was patient number sixteen. Results to date show there is no reason to artificially limit a post operative person to a ten pound limit!
OK, that is done so at 11:00 we head to the hair dresser so Sue can get her hair cut! The salon is close to ThaiLusion so we stopped to get some spicy lunch!
It was full of octopus, scallops, mussels, shrimp, and other sea creatures served hot and laid across fresh lettuce. Excellent!
OK, it is 1:30 pm and time to go to H&H Nursery in Lakewood. We were looking for corn but they sold out! We ordered 60 plants to be delivered this coming Wednesday. We got some bush beans and other goodies to place back into the garden! Paul also bought some corn seeds and will try them! What the hay?
After working in the garden some more, we got ready to go to the Elks in Garden Grove to dine and dance! It was zooed out and the band was one guy and he was not so good so we came home about 9:00 pm and watched some NCIS before crashing!
Posted on June 24th, 2016 No comments
As soon as we got up we set to boiling about ten gallons of water because it is time to make our first tomato sauce of the year!
Paul got up early and worked in the garden! The new design is working out very well! He can stand up and get to al the plants, toss the waste onto the ground to be swept up at a later date!
We also harvested about 50 pounds of tomatoes which will soon be tomato sauce a’ la Sue. 50 pounds boils down into three quarts!
As we walked around the garden we spotted several cantaloupes! They are about eight inches in diameter right now but growing like mad! It’s going to be an excellent harvest!
One of the tomato plants died (probably because of to much shade form the corn). After clearning the remainder of the corn and removing the tomato plant we spotted out asparagus. We have had several asparagus this year right form the plant. Next year we are going to put smaller plants in front of the asparagus so they can get the full sun.
Meanwhile inside the cauldrons are bubbling making the most delicious tomato sauce known to man! We have this down to a science. We started at 8:00am and were done by 10:00am and the sauce kept on going until it was time to go to Happy Hour!!
Our work is done here! Now we are off to Old Ranch to have some Happy Hour before going to the Elks to dance the night away!
Street Corner Symphony played and they did OK in the volume department but the singer was a bit screechy! We danced until 10:00 and then headed home. Paul was a good boy and only had half of his salmon being the other home. He is really working on his diet. He remains under 200 pounds!
Posted on June 23rd, 2016 No comments
It’s Thursday so that means golf! Paul worked in the garden in the morning as this time of year the garden requires a lot of work. Plants need to be harvested, dead materials need to be removed, everything needs to be watered, and removed plants need to be replaced.
We played nine holes and that was just about right. Nine holes walking is about two hours. Sue got to visit Lilly the Swan but alas, we did NOT feed her as she was in the lake and could not get out of the water on hole number six.
We turned on the GPS on the iPhone to see how much exercise we got. We walked a mile and a half in two hours for a break-neck speed of 0.7 miles per hour!
After some Happy Hour we went home and that “cabin fever look” was in Sue’s eyes! Oh dear, what to do to fill up the time! “Ah ha” Paul said to himself… “Let’s go to Patty’s Place!” Paul got a smile of approval and we were off again in a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Patty!
We had a glass of wine and then Chuck, the Bartender, suggested that if Paul was hungry but did NOT want something “heavy”, try the grilled prawns! Wow! They were delicious!
Did You Know? In the United Kingdom, prawn is more common on menus than shrimp, while the opposite is the case in the United States. The term prawn also loosely describes any large shrimp, especially those at 15 (or fewer) to the pound.
We headed for home and watched some additional episodes of NCIS before retiring and getting ready for “tomato sauce day”!
Posted on June 22nd, 2016 No comments
It’s downhill from this point! We spent the morning doing chores with Sue doing inside and Paul hitting the garden!
Off to Sue’s hand therapy!
We decided it was time to go to Disneyland and see the fireworks! We headed there arriving about 6:00 PM
Sue found a place to sit while we waited for the festivities to begin.
Posted on June 21st, 2016 No comments
Sue requested Paul to get a collection of tomatoes from the garden so on our way to Old Ranch, we could drop them off to the Chef at That’s Amore. As we arrived, the Chef greeted us at the door having a suspicion that the bags contained the promised veggies. As he looked in the bag he was amazed at the size and colors of the tomatoes but really got excited about the Spoon Tomatoes!
We enjoyed a drink there before heading to Old Ranch! We walked the front nine and met up with Lilly the Swan on the sixth hole!
Our phone keeps track of where we go! We averaged one mile and hour…. Just about right!
Playing nine is quite OK and we will do that for a while until we start playing eighteen again!
After Taco Tuesday in the Clubhouse, we took a ride around the course in the golf cart so Lilly could see Lilly closeup! Thank goodness Daddy was on duty as Lilly wanted to jump in and see Lilly up really close!
After returning to the clubhouse, Lilly wanted to take Great Grandma Sue for another ride! She did pretty good. Lilly released the brake and was about to hit the gas when Daddy reached over and got the keys! We could see it now…. Lilly and Great Grandma Sue heading across the 18th hole at 60 miles per hour laughing and giggling all the way!
Sue was not too worried!
We departed the ranch about 8:00 and headed home which is about 2 miles northwest of the clubhouse! Tonight we watched more NCIS reruns.
Posted on June 20th, 2016 No comments
It was hot so we became home-bodies today. Inside we were 78 and outside it was in the high 90’s. The ol’ air conditioner worked well. When we were leaving we heard a strange sound in the back yard vegetable garden!
Sue had a prescription for new glasses so we headed to LensCrafters in the mall to get the glasses and perhaps visit TGIFriday! While minding our own business, Sue discovered an entry in the menu that caught her eye. She knew Paul likes root beer floats (along with our grandson Nick). But an “Adult Float”??
Holy Mackerel Andy… The float from heaven! Actually it was pretty good but the alcoholic content was minimal. The main ingredient was “Not You Father’s Root Beer” which as 6% alcohol or 12 proof! It was a mild drink but refreshing!
Paul enjoyed the adventure! It was quite delightful and worth a good story or two!
Mid afternoon, we got ready to go to Malarkey’s and meet up with Greg and Irene for our sunset cocktails! It was only 7:00 when we departed and after getting home Sue had Cabin Fever again…
We headed to the local Japanese restaurant called Kobe Steakhouse for a snack! Nothing like sushi before bed time!
The Sypder (Spider) Roll was delicious and it used soft-shelled crab as legs!
Now we headed for home and will stay!
Posted on June 19th, 2016 No comments
We went to Patty’s Place with David and Greg to celebrate Father’s Day. Joe’s fantastic Mother-In-Law, Michelle, took us out last week for an early Father’s Day since they were going to be out of town!
We returned home and then headed to the Santa Ana Elks for the Jam Session. Robin and Nick joined us there to celebrate. Robin and Paul did their annual dance together and they looked pretty good!
Michele emailed a nice message, Colleen sent a text and several cards, but Paul did not hear from one daughter. On the ex-son-in-law front, Paul batted 500! Thanks Pete for the gorilla card (It’s a real old tradition!!) Oh well… Batting 800 is not too bad!
Posted on June 18th, 2016 No comments
We did chore around the house and then headed to the Acosta’s for a great BBQ and get together. Join the fun!
We went to the GG Elks in the evening and danced with the gang.
Posted on June 17th, 2016 No comments
We did chores around the house. While Sue did laundry, Paul worked in the garden!
We then headed to Old Ranch to play nine holes of Golf! Paul walked the course taking two hours. The weather was fantastic!
We did Happy Hour with the Walker’s and Cathey’s before they headed to the local “Band In The Park”,
We returned home and went to the GG Elks for some visiting and dancing.
Posted on June 16th, 2016 No comments
We are off and running to the San Diego Fair in Del Mar. We had a good visit and we found our restaurant which is off the back of the track adjacent to the fairgrounds.
We left the fair about 4:30 and went to the Outback Steakhouse and met up with Pete and Lisa. We celebrated their 12th anniversary and caught up on all the family activities.
We got home about 8:45 and watched more NCIS.
Posted on June 15th, 2016 No comments
Paul got up at 5:30 to see his dermatologist. He got a clean bill of health and needs to come back in five weeks after all the healing is done!
We asked Greg to join us at Maderas Steakhouse in Los Alamitos. Their vegetarian menu is wonderful. Sue and Paul had veggie food in the steakhouse except Greg had chicken tortilla soup!.
After going home, we freshened up and headed to Old Ranch to await Bob Duda and then went to Boeing to pick up Robin before going to Cal State University at Long Beach for a tour which was given by Little Lisa. Lisa just graduated a couple of weeks and and Nick will be coming in a year! Sue, her dad, her sister, and our daughter all graduated from CSULB.
We departed CSULB and went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner! Always a good place to go!
We headed for home and watched more of the old NCIS episodes! Does anyone remember the Farting Hippo?
Posted on June 14th, 2016 No comments
We went to the market before lunch which was a good idea. After lunch, we went to Old Ranch where Paul played the entire front nine pushing his own cart. Although he shot a 54, it was not too bad since it was the first time he had played in over two months! Today was exactly two months since Paul’s triple-bypass surgery!
Almost two hours walking 1.5 miles pushing the golf-cart!
The course is always pretty but today was special as we saw seeds beginning to form on some of the plants
The plants are drought tolerant and that is a good thing!
We nail this one with both of us one over par!
On the next hole, Lilly was awaiting her afternoon meal!
She has no teeth but can leave a mark when she tries!
She can nip but no teeth!
We went to Happy Hour for a while before going home and watching old NCIS episodes!
Posted on June 13th, 2016 No comments
First things first… Sue did all the calculations from our friends selections at Cerritos Performing Arts Center and we ordered $12,000 + worth of tickets! We like getting in early! We should get the tickets mid-summer and then the folks will repay us for the expenses..
We then went home and awaiting Sears to deliver our new refrigerator. The old one held up three days and kept everything cool but made a load of noise! They showed up and did a great job swapping the hardware out! We now have a new frig that ought to last until we are gone!
Now? Malarkey’s for cocktails but even that was interesting. About 90 minutes into our very serious conversations with Greg and Irene, the power went out. We were near the door and had cool air so we stayed a while but then as the sun was bout to set, we headed home!
Home sweet home… Time for NCIS!
Posted on June 12th, 2016 No comments
Joe and his in-laws are going to Northern California over Father’s Day this year so they decided to celebrate a little early at “Tap’s” in Brea. Michele and Tony invited us to attend and it was a delightful brunch! Please join us!
We went home, did a fast-change, and headed to Old Ranch for our monthly dinner dance!
Posted on June 11th, 2016 No comments
We got up a bit early and headed for Bell California to meet up with Evelia and Javier at the La Casina Mexicana… Really great dining! Interesting menu with real Mexican dishes! We ate and chatted for a couple of hours before returning home!
Paul’s face was pretty bad and the pain was not subsiding so we decided to stay close to home. We went to Patty’s Place and met with Chuck and some of the locals.
Back home and to the NCIS early episodes.
Posted on June 10th, 2016 No comments
The pre-cancer treatment Paul was taking is finally over and we are back to see the doctor and try to get some relief from the pain. He helped by providing an ointment and some anti-inflammatory pills! Only time will tell!
After having lunch we packed up and headed for Old Ranch for a game of golf… Well, nine holes of chipping and putting! We did some Happy hour for sure.
We “played” and had a load of fun for two hours just chipping and putting from 100 yards out!
Lilly now knows the sound of the rattling food Sue keeps in the quart container!
She really enjoys the corn and it is good for her as it contains special vitamins and minerals just for ducks, geese and swans!
Off to Garden Grove Elks where Paul dived into their salmon which is always excellent. Jerry Benton was in rare form tonight so we danced many dances!
The Roberts and Zaitz were absent… We missed them!
Sue is happy but Paul has a hard time smiling with all the activity on his face.
We headed home about 10PM and watched some TV.
Posted on June 9th, 2016 No comments
We got up with our 20 year old refrigerator’s compressor playing “Flight Of The Bumble Bee”. We called Sears but as the technician walked in he said “Time for a new one”. The cost of the new compressor alone was $800 + install so we decided to get a new one!
We went to Paul’s GP for the annual physical and all is well with the lab work being perfect but still 15 pounds too heavy! We have known him for 30 years and every year he says the same thing!
We went home to change for the Phoenix Club and on the way to the Phoenix Club we stopped by Sears and got a new frig! It will be here Monday!
Posted on June 8th, 2016 No comments
We did some chores around the house and worked in the garden. Greg came over to help in the garden and we asked him to join us for lunch! We departed for Old Ranch to chip and putt nine holes! We will soon be back at the full set of clubs and 18 holes!
The ducks lie in waiting for Sue to show up and feed them! Today we had Lilly the Swan visit us and she was really interested in the corn!
Amy and Joe asked if we would like to join them at Disneyland to celebrate Alex’s seventh birthday and our answer was, duh! We departed Old Ranch and went VFR to Downtown Disney and celebrated at Catal
Amy, Joe and the kids were first to arrive. We visited with the staff for a while before going to our table!
Big deep breath before blowing it out!
The old “kids” are watching carefully!
Love those smiles… It tells all!
Tony and Michele (Any’s parents) were with us but the camera doesn’t take pictures into the bright backgrounds very well! Same for us BUT we got the important people!
We went home, watched some old NCIS, and crashed!
Posted on June 7th, 2016 No comments
We got up a bit early and did some finalization for the arrival of our new bed. Paul now has to find a new location for the shotguns, we cleaned the drawers of the night stands, and we are looking for more room to store our suede winter jackets!
The bed arrives and the delivery guys were amazing! They were in and out in an hour and had six additional deliveries to make today! It was refreshing to see two young men so personable! They walked right up and shook our hands, introduced themselves and even stayed around a while to make sure us old folks could manage the remote controls!
We dined at home for lunch and did some chores before going to Old Ranch to meet up with Little Lisa and Robin. The Walker’s were there along with Miss Bunnaford. We stayed around until almost 7:30. Lisa and Robin had to leave earlier with Lisa taking Jeffrey to the Dog Park and Robin heading home to Corona!
The hat looks pretty good on Rocky! James may NOT get it back!
It was hard to figure out what caused these lines!
Posted on June 6th, 2016 No comments
We did some chores around the house and prepared for the arrival of our new Sleep Number bed tomorrow. After a small lunch, we headed to our eye doctor, Dr. Manzi. We have been seeing him for almost 30 years! We passed with flying colors and Paul’s eyes were 20-25 and 20-30. Sue also passed and she got an updated prescription for glasses.
From his office we went to Westminister Mall and Sue did some shopping for hard-to-find cosmetics. We did a short walk around the mall. Paul picked to more chemo cream on the way home!
We sent VFR to Malarkeys and met with Greg and Irene.
Posted on June 5th, 2016 No comments
We did our walk mid morning and took a load of pictures. Walking is refreshing and we get to meet some of our neighbors. On the way back home we retrieved the Avalon which was parked at Bunny’s house… Long story!
Flower and plants are so very diverse! Below is a purple cactus. Opuntia macrocentra, the long-spined purplish prickly pear or purple pricklypear, is a cactus found in the lower Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. A member of the prickly pear genus, this species of Opuntia is most notable as one of a few cacti that produce a purple pigmentation in the stem. Other common names for this plant include black-spined pricklypear, long-spine prickly pear, purple pricklypear, and redeye prickly pear.
Opuntia macrocentra is an upright spreading shrub consisting of several joined segments called pads. This cactus produces large colorful yellow and red blooms and dark red edible fruits
We had lunch and Paul took a nap after working in the garden a bit.
At 4:00, we decided to go to Old Ranch to have a drink and lo and behold, the gang was there. We did some serious Happy Hour. Paul drank so much iced tea he had to go to the car and retrieve his jacket on a 75 degree afternoon!
Back to NCIS for the evening before going home.
Posted on June 4th, 2016 No comments
We did chores and worked in the garden for a while until we needed to go somewhere to avoid cabin fever!
We ended up at Cucina Enotica in Newport Center. Great place for a drink. While enjoying each others company we got a text from Robin and Bob. They were at Disneyland and asked where we were. We looked at each other and texted back “Be there in 30 minutes”. We got reservations at Catal and enjoyed a great dinner and a load of sharing!
No pictures! It was exciting to see Bob and Robin and we were catching up so much that both Bob abd Paul forgot to snap a photo! We got some good news… Looks like Robin will be returning to Seal Beach which will take and hour plus off here daily one-way driving time!
Paul had Paella. It was delicious!
We then headed home to hit NCIS again!
Posted on June 3rd, 2016 No comments
We walked around Rossmoor this morning. Join the walk!. As usual we found many things to photograph.
We then changed clothes and headed to Old Ranch to chip and putt nine holes. That’s is an additional third of a mile of walking (Paul rode some of the time).
We played in just under two hours and that was good because it was starting to get cool… We get the evening on-shore breeze right off the ocean!
We did a great Happy Hour catching up with the gang.
We went to Garden Grove Elks and danced to Dave Ambrose… Great singer and plays a little of everything!
Finally… Home for NCIS early episodes.
Posted on June 2nd, 2016 No comments
Bright and early we headed to Paul’s generalist. He has been seeing Paul since Paul first became an “Executive” with the Rockwell Company and that was in 1982 or over 34 years ago. Executives had to have an annual physical and when Paul retired he thought that to be a good tradition to carry on. Since the doctor has known him for thirty years plus, we keep going! Anyway, today was “blood work” in preparation for the physical next week!
Sue had a GREAT idea for lunch… We went to a little restaurant called “Gourmet Cafe and Pie Company” on Katella! It’s an amazing little place and the reasons Sue decided Thursday was the day is because on weekends the line forms all the way around the building!
Paul, listening to his doctors advice post hear surgery, ordered a chili-size with a veggie burger. It was terrific… One of the best he ever tried. Sue had an amazing salad enough to fill three people!
We went home and rested a bit. Paul was supposed to walk but alas a nap took precedence! We departed the house for Sue’s hand therapy session at 2:00 and we are happy she is getting back to that effort! That was the place where Paul realized we has having his heart attack. The office staff knew it also and were all excited to see Sue and see Paul walking around!
We went VFR to Old Ranch afterwords to have a drink before going home when all of a sudden were were surrounded by friends who just came off the links! We put tables together and talked for two hours! Paul was so filled with iced tea he squished when he walked! A lot of the conversation today was about dogs… Between James and Bunnaford, they have five dogs! Paul decided to tell them about the new app for their iPhones!
We departed Old Ranch in just enough time to change and head for the Phoenix Club where we danced for several hours. We met up with Connor, our grandson, there and heard about his new promotion at the real estate loan company! It was a good evening.
We tried to watch NCIS but we both were half asleep to we decided to limit it to two episodes and then crashed at midnight!
Posted on June 1st, 2016 No comments
We messed around the house most of the morning and fixed lunch for Greg as he comes over on Wednesday’s to help Paul with the garden! After lunch we decided to go for our walk and we did so in Seal Beach. We walked up and down Main Street which was about 55 minutes seeing the little shops up front and personal.
We stopped at “Thai On Main” and had a glass of wine and studied their menu! Next time we are in the area, we have several things we want to try!
We headed for home and Paul took a short nap to rst up before driving to the Starlighter’s Board meeting. The meeting ran for an hour and a half and we are planned for a couple of months.
After returning home we watched some old NCIS before crashing at midnight!
Posted on May 31st, 2016 No comments
Calhan turns one! We miss seeing him but he and Mommy and Grandma live in New Hampshire so we visit through Facebook!
We mostly rested today doing some gardening chores and errands.
Yes… We watch NCIS old episodes!
Posted on May 30th, 2016 No comments
We did a couple of errands including the market before going to Becca and Zacks for Lilly’s second birthday party! Great fun. Join the activities.
It was also Memorial Day do we dressed up in patriotic attire.
Afterwords, we went to Old Ranch to get a glass of wine before going to Malarkey’s and meeting up with Brad and Susie-Q plus Irene. Greg stayed close to home as he and David celebrated a little too much!
We had a load of fun at Malarkey’s learning more about Brad and Susie-Q. Great friends; great people!
Posted on May 29th, 2016 No comments
We have a full day planned today, duh! What else? First things first… Lunch at Royal Khyber in South Coast Plaza. We got there at 11:30 and enjoyed a pre-lunch drink. The owner met and served us today and we determined that we have been going to Royal Khyber and have known him for thirty years! Bob and Donna joined us at noon as they are going to South Coast Repertory with us at 2:00 to see Amadeus.
We headed for South Coast Repertory so we could enjoy a glass of champagne while waiting for the play to start.
After the three hour play, we all went to Letherby’s for a drink. We laughed and giggled for an hour!
We then headed for home so we could continue our watching of old NCIS episodes. We went to bed early… 11:00!