Posted on October 20th, 2016 No comments
We stayed around the house today. Too hot to go outside. Paul, however, did the morning walk around the hood. Join the fun!
Paul walked about 9:00 am so it was a tad cooler then!
Posted on October 19th, 2016 No comments
We have had our home in Santa Monica rented for many years and our Property Management Executive is known as “Susan”. While knowing her on the phone, we had no idea who she was or what she looked like. We decided to remedy that! We asked her to lunch and we agreed on Himalayan food. It was amazing because we had dined at the same restaurant back in 2013 with Irene and her family.
Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine is about family. Serving authentic Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine, they invite you to experience a true taste of home.
They use mountain grown herbs and spices from Nepal and whenever possible, locally grown vegetables. The yak is Colorado raised.
All of their dishes use the finest ingredients, and are prepared with a light touch. Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine is the dream of Tara Gurung Black. Born in a tiny mountain village in Nepal, she started her training in Nepalese classical and cultural dance at age eight. This inspired Tara to theme the restaurant according to classical and cultural Nepalese tradition.
While Tara was performing one day in Los Angeles, she had an overwhelming desire to share her Nepali culture with the people of Los Angeles. That is how and why Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine came to be.
We got to the restaurant and cracked open a bottle on wine and studied the menu! Based upon our own local Himalayan Grille, we knew what to order. Paul, desiring a taste for something different, ordered the Yak Chili… It was outstanding!
The chili was very spicy and made Paul’s eyes water…. Outstanding!
The restaurant is on Venice Boulevard near Culver City which is a very busy street!
We were anxious to finally meet Susan and she came in right on schedule. It was a delightful meeting. We got to share stories and find out she is a dancer! Dang! We talked for quite a while!
After lunch we slowly went home (via the 405) and got ready to go to the South Coast Repertory Theater to see “District Merchants” by Aaron Posner inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
Gregor was with us so we stopped at the hotel lobby for some libation and something to drink! On the way in we noticed the Christmas Tree was being put together… They bring parts of trees in a large pile and trim/mount the branches so as to made a very tall but narrow tree!
After a glass of wine, we exited only to see the top quarter of the tree lit up.
To the playhouse! All we could say was “Wow!!!”. The play was outstanding… One of the best we have seen on second stage!
With audacious humor and bold inventiveness, Aaron Posner (SCR’s The Tempest) takes The Merchant of Venice from its Shakespearean setting to post-Civil War Washington, D.C., with hints at life in America today. In the complex and contradictory worlds of blacks, whites, Jews and Christians, money changes hands with dangerously high stakes, philanthropic acts mask blatant opportunism and would-be lovers hide—and then uncover—their differences. While love gets a chance, does hope remain for a just and kind tomorrow?
We headed for home to watch three Star Trek Enterprise episodes. We finally crashed at 12:45.
Episode 4: Enterprise encounters a new world much like Earth. A small crew stays on the surface overnight to continue researching the planet. During the night, a violently windy storm brews and forces the crew into a local cave. In the cave, however, the crew members believe they are not alone.
Episode 5: A ship feeding off Enterprise’s warp field is exposed after the crew ignites the plasma exhaust. Commander Tucker takes a trip to the ship to help them repair their warp drive. After his return to Enterprise, he learns that he is pseudo-pregnant.
Episode 6: Enterprise learns the fate of a human colony not heard from for 70 years. When the crew arrives, they discover unexplained radiation at the site of the colony. Understanding that radiation levels 70 years ago would have been lethal, however, they find people still there and living underground.
Posted on October 18th, 2016 No comments
We departed for Temecula bright and early so we could be there by 11:00. We had lunch at Falkner and then visited four other wineries in the valley. Join the fun!
After heading home, we decided to stop at Patty’s place.
After having a great shrimp scampi we headed for home to do the treadmill!. We saw the last episode of Star Trek Voyager… In this episode we found out that Voyager 23 years to get home and Admiral Janeway devises a plan to alter history. As the crew enter a final showdown with the Borg, the two Janeways implement a risky plan to take out one of the six Borg Transwarp Hubs in the galaxy and simultaneously cross the transwarp threshold to get home.
We now have watched 172 episodes. Gluttons for punishment we started Star Trek Enterprise! It originally aired from September 26, 2001 to May 13, 2005 on UPN, spanning 98 episodes across four seasons. Set in the 22nd century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the first Starfleet starship,
Tonight we watched two episodes: First (“Broken Arrow” , Enterprise (NX-01) is launched, and Captain Archer finds himself in the middle of a Temporal Cold War involving Klingons and Suliban. The second episode (“Fight or Flight”) Ensign Sato faces her fears on an alien ship whose crew was murdered, while Lieutenant Reed tries to upgrade the ship’s defense system.
Posted on October 17th, 2016 No comments
We did chores today… We made arrangement for the bus for our annual Christmas Play and then we went to the local deli (Katella Deli) and ordered a large cake for the 70th anniversary dance for Toppers!
With the chores done and a little work in the back yard, we headed to Malarkey’s for Monday Night Happy Hour. While looking through my text messages I got a nasty surprise!
It’s that time of year that the sun goes down early enough for us to be able to see the sunset before we leave for home!
While chatting with Greg and Irene, we got a text from our Becca ourGranddaughter. They were at Mickey Trick or Treat Night at Disneyland and what we saw was amazing!
We finally headed for home and watched some more Star Trek Discovery.
Posted on October 16th, 2016 No comments
For some reason, the pneumonia seems to be coming back so we rested most of the day. In the afternoon we went to the market and admired the weather on our way!
We readied ourselves for the Jam Session and we were off like a rocket!
The band leader was missing but his replacement did a great job.
We danced for about four hours.
After getting home, we helped Captain Janeway. In the first episode tonight the doctor writes a holo-novel to be published in the Alpha Quadrant, featuring characters who closely resemble – but do not flatter – the crew.
In our second episode tonight the crew is sent on its first mission by Starfleet in nearly seven years: to find a lost probe sent by Earth in the 21st century that has ended up in the Delta Quadrant.
We stayed up to watch Seven and Chakotay who were stranded on a planet with primitive humanoids.
Posted on October 15th, 2016 No comments
We went to Bell to meet up with our friends Javier and Evelia and dined on Gage at Casita! Really excellent food!
The meat inside was ground beef and the “seeds’ added just the right amount of sweetness to the cheese sauce. Outstanding!
Sue got scrambled eggs on the side which she added to the chiliquillas.
Evelia may also be praying that the “two boys” don’t try to out do each other with the habanero chili sauce!
After a great lunch with super friends we headed home to rest a bit and get ready to go dancing at the Petroleum Club. We met up and Donna and Bob for dinner making for a delightful evening. Vince & Nancy and Bernie & Alice joined us for the dance. Irene arrived at 9:30 PM
We drove Bernie and Alice home and then returned to stay with Irene who showed up after visiting GG Elks!
We are also kibtizing when Bob is around!
After the dance, we went to Patty’s Place and saw our favorite bartender. Then we went home and assisted Captain Janeway for a couple of episodes before going home!
Posted on October 14th, 2016 No comments
Paul took his usual walk capturing the souls of the local goblins and ghouls with the camera. Join the walk!
While Paul was gone, Sue prepared French Onion Soup form our onions.
We did some chores around the house and finally headed to Old Ranch for some Happy Hour.
We then headed to the Garden Grove Elks to dance with Breakaway and meet up with the gang!
Posted on October 13th, 2016 No comments
Instead of the morning walk, Paul decided it was gardening time. He tilled about 200 square feel of vegetable beds, cleaned out the last of the peppers and laid down a bale of straw.
Straw is an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed. Straw makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops such as barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat. It has many uses, including fuel, livestock bedding and fodder, thatching and basket-making. It is usually gathered and stored in a straw bale, which is a bundle of straw tightly bound with twine or wire.
We like to “age” the straw by leaving it outside and watering the bales so as to force any remaining seeds to germinate.
We had lunch around noon and cleaned up to go play golf! We did nine holes in about two hours.
We never had to wait a significant time for anyone in front of us.
We did an abbreviated Happy Hour and then headed home to change so we could go dancing at the Phoenix Club. We stayed until the bitter end!
Upon coming home, we again offered our services to Captain Janeway and we find out that the the Voyager crew were brainwashed into taking new jobs on an industrialized planet that has a severe labor shortage, leaving only Chakotay, Kim and Neelix (who were on an away mission) and the Doctor (who, in the absence of the crew, has become the Emergency Command Hologram) to save them.
We have to wait until tomorrow to find out what happened as the episode was in two parts and we needed our sleep!
Posted on October 12th, 2016 No comments
The day started with another walk in the hood. The hour brisk walk covers almost three miles and Paul takes a different path every day! Join the fun!
After getting home and eating lunch we cleaned up and headed to the Fullerton Elks where we requested membership as “Associate Members” since we are going there more often!
We then headed to the Irvine Museum to see the new displays and found out we were three days too early… It was closed. One of the employees saw us at the door and did validate our parking so that was nice.
Now it was off to Irvine Spectrum where we enjoyed a little Happy Hour and then we had dinner with Jeanette at the Cheesecake Factory.
We needed to unwind after that so we went to Patty’s Place to visit the “locals”. We were quite surprised to see one of the locals who just had open heart surgery two months ago and he thanked us for the information and encouragement we gave him ahead of his operation!
Finally we are back home and assisting Captain Janeway. Tonight the Voyager encounters an ancient Klingon battlecruiser. The Klingons aboard it had set out long ago to find their savior, and they believe it to be Tom and B’Elanna’s unborn child. 45 minutes later, if that weren’t bad enough, Voyager is pulled into a void, where the ships that have become trapped attack each other for food and resources.
Posted on October 11th, 2016 No comments
Paul began the day with an hour long walk around the hood. Every day gets scarier and scarier! Paul tip toed down the street so as not to irritate a ghost or goblin lurking in the bushes! Join today’s scary walk!
After coming home and having a great lunch we headed to Old Ranch for nine holes of golf. What a great afternoon. It was about 72 degrees and a nice breeze… Perhaps even on the cool side.
We were a little worried about playing because our arms were sore from the flu and pneumonia shots we got yesterday.
Right down the center of the fairway
Off to see Lilly the Swan.
The Clubhouse was looking festive!
Mitch and Luisa joined us for Taco Tuesday. We had a nice visit and spent a couple of hours talking and catching up on things. Luisa seems to be doing OK after the loss of her father and our friend!
Then to home to do the treadmill while watching Cheers and finally we visited Captain Janeway. We watched three episodes
- Season 7 Number 11: Voyager is fractured into several time periods by an accident, and only Chakotay is able to move between them, in the process meeting old friends and old foes from the previous six seasons
- Season 7 Number 12: Now married to Tom Paris, B’Elanna Torres discovers she is pregnant. The Doctor tells her to expect a daughter; but B’Elanna’s unresolved fear of the childhood traumas, which she suffered as a part-Klingon girl growing up among humans, makes her determined to remove her child’s Klingon DNA.
- Season 7 Number 13: Prisoners are brought onto Voyager from a damaged alien vessel, and the crew must deliver them to their destination – for execution.
We both woke up with the cold sweats and we determined it was from the flu and pneumonia shots we got day before yesterday!
Posted on October 10th, 2016 No comments
We had a doctor’s appointment so we did not walk this morning. After waiting, and getting great news, we decided to celebrate by going to Panda Inn in La Palma to enjoy a leisurely Chinese lunch!. It was and we did!
This is the place where we take folks for Christmas Dinner to celebrate and watch the “Christmas Story”.
Afterword, we went to the market and then headed to Malarkey’s for a light snack and some wine before going home.
We have a table around the corner from the bar so we can avoid the loud noise from the football game! It is perfect for us!
The sky was simply beautiful this evening.
100 mile long streaks of fire decorate the sky!
Ghislain and Wally joined us this evening.
We went home and did the treadmill while watching Cheers. We joined Captain Janeway and watched Voyager’s hologram technology, which Janeway had previously donated to the Hirogen, has been modified to make the holographic “prey” more cunning, enabling the hologram characters to rebel against their new masters.
Posted on October 9th, 2016 No comments
Off Paul goes on the morning walk! Join the fun and see the Halloween decorations!
Creepy Clowns anyone? We have our share in the hood.
After Paul returned home, we just did some chores round the house before going to Old Ranch Country Club for our monthly dinner dance where we celebrated Ellen’s 60th birthday Please join the fun!
After the dance we came home and watched some Star Trek before crashing.
Posted on October 8th, 2016 No comments
Saturday was filled with activity. We did a few chores around the house and then set sail for Seasons 52 for lunch! Love the trout!
After lunch, we went across to the Orange Country Performing Arts Center to see “Beautiful”.
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
After the musical we went to The Center Club for a drink before going to the Fullerton Elks for the 60th birthday of good friend John Tielrooy. Join the 60th Birthday celebration.
We headed home around 10:30 and watched a little Star Trek. “Critical Care” is where the Doctor’s program is stolen and he is forced to work in an alien hospital, where he skillfully manipulates the system to provide ethical medical care.
Posted on October 7th, 2016 No comments
Sue had a hair appointment which got us out of the house by 10:45. Paul worked on the “computer systems” and cleaned up the calendars making sure the iMacs, iPad, iPhones and Laptops were all using the same iCloud calendar names and had similar colors on all the displays.
We ate at home and then worked on some of the upcoming webpages. We finished off Hans and Kerstin’s European Vacation pages. Around 4:00 we went to Happy Hour at Old Ranch to meet up with the Cathey’s, Bunnaford, the Schulte’s and a few others.
Afterwords, we went to Garden Grove Elks. We had made reservations for six and asked for a table of eight. The gang was split last night with several going to Santa Ana. We dined with the Finch’s and Mike and Bridgette. Bob and Donna joined us a little later. After an hour, many of the Santa Ana folks showed up including Pat/Margo, and Marianne/Craig/Linda (Marianne’s friend). Seems we made a good choice as the band (Street Corner Symphony) was their typical way to loud selves. Our table for six now had eleven people!
We danced until 10:15 and then headed for home where we watched two more Star Trek Discovery episodes.
We are in season seven and watched episodes three and four. We watched “Repression” in which Ex-Maquis crew members are attacked after a data stream arrives from Starfleet and “Critical Care” where the Doctor’s program is stolen and he is forced to work in an alien hospital, where he skillfully manipulates the system to provide ethical medical care.
We crashed about 12:30! Big day tomorrow.
Posted on October 6th, 2016 No comments
Paul went for a walk. Please join him!
We played golf but Paul had to stop after seven as the old back was giving him fits. It was just as well as the course was backed up on the eight hole!
We did some Happy Hour with Bunnaford, Dave O. Teri, and the Cathey’s before going home to quickly change and head for the Phoenix Club for an evening of dancing and visiting with friends.
After returning home we watched Star Trek. Season Seven Epsode Fifteen: Janeway, B’Elanna and Tuvok are assimilated by the Borg while attempting to save the group of drones who have developed individuality. It occurred on Star Date 54014.4.
Posted on October 5th, 2016 No comments
We enjoyed a leisurely lunch at Cucina Enoteca in the Newport Shopping Center before going to Roger’s Gardens to preview the Christmas Winter Wonderland. A pale palette of snowy silvers and whites transport you into an ice-palace where twenty themed Christmas trees are adorned with glass ornaments. Join us at the preview.
We went home to freshen up before going to Cerritos Performing Arts Center to see Carol Burnett in “An Evening Of Laughter and Reflection”. We were in the first row near the center and really enjoyed her presentation. Too bad we do not have good clean comedy anymore.
Legend Carol Burnett took questions from the audience and shared video clips from the Emmy-winning The Carol Burnett Show, where her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to ask the comedienne questions and receive spontaneous answers. Named by TIME magazine as one of “100 Best Television Shows of All Time,” the series ran for 11 years, garnering 25 Emmys.
We finished the evening with a nightcap at Patty’s Place. We visited Chuck and found a new friend, John.
Posted on October 4th, 2016 No comments
Paul went for the morning walk. Join the fun!
We played nine holes at Old Ranch with James and Bunnaford and then went to Happy Hour where we met up with Linda and Robin. Great time swapping stories and laughing hard! Its is so nice to have Robin back in Seal Beach so we can see her often! Paul pigged out on Taco Tuesday food!
We went home to do the treadmill before we watched Captain Janeway.
Posted on October 3rd, 2016 No comments
We just rested and did a few chores. Paul found the Halloween decorations and Sue whipped up an Asian Cucumber Salad for a recipe Paul found.
We went to the market and finally got home to get ready to go to Malarkey’s for our weekly Happy Hour.
Irene and Greg always have funny stories to tell and excellent provide company!
We went home tired from laughing so much. Sue did the treadmill and Paul ran the TV. We then retired to the dining room table and contacted Captain Janeway to see if she needed some assistance this evening.
Posted on October 2nd, 2016 No comments
The day got started with a walk around the hood. The Halloween decorations are starting to show up now. Join the walk.
We met up with the Zaitz and Roberts at the Fullerton Elks for an afternoon of wine tasting. We enjoyed the wine and especially the friendship.
Kathy always makes for a great visit. Here she is attempting to levitate the wine glass and almost achieves the goal!
We departed early and went by Becca and Zack’s new home to see it in the daylight. Becca and Lily were out doing some shopping and we saw Mitch and Zack working on installing TV wiring.
We departed Zack’s to go to Del’s 91st birthday party in Villa Park. Great fun!
After getting home, we decided to go to “That’s Amore” and coordinate the upcoming Scotch Tasting event!
We went home and watched Season 5 episode 14-15 where Janeway plans to steal a transwarp coil from a disabled Borg ship to shorten their journey home. Seven of Nine experiences memories of her past just before she and her parents are assimilated and plans to re-join the Borg collective.
Posted on October 1st, 2016 No comments
Paul began the walking activities in earnest after being “sidelined” for several months. Join the October 1st walk!
After the walk, we did chores before going to Orange Coast Winery to do some wine tasting. About 7:00 PM we headed to Garden Grove to listen and dance to “Justuss”… Brad and Susie-Q were right on spot tonight and most of the gang was there!
We departed the Elks about 10:30 and headed to outer space, delta quadrant to give advice and aid to Captain Janeway.
Posted on September 30th, 2016 No comments
Paul did chores around the house.
He straightened up the garage and took down the giant sunflowers. Did we say giant?
Sue worked magic in the kitchen with apples, pears, fig jam, and other magic ingredients. The dessert was out of this world!
We are waiting patiently as we believe Zack and Becca are going to call and we will meet them at their new home!
In the afternoon, we went to Old Ranch for Happy Hour and celebrated Linda’s birthday. We then made our way to the Garden Grove Elks for an evening of dancing.
Zachary called and he got the keys to their new home! We of course departed the dance and headed to La Habra stopping at the liquor store to get a bottle of champagne!
They have a beautiful home. They had friends over so we only stayed about an hour and got the grand tour! It is perfect for a young family!
We returned home to Captain Janeway where we offered our advice on the latest Star Trek adventure.
Posted on September 29th, 2016 No comments
Yesterday was pretty intense having left out house at 9:00 AM and returning about 10:30 PM. We decided to take it easy today so we played nine holes of golf in the 86 degree weather! We walked 1.7 miles and perspired about 5 gallons of water! Quick! Get on the scale says Paul!
We did some Happy Hour and then headed home to get changed for dancing. At Happy Hour we were interviewed by a screen writer who is doing the history of Old Ranch and that was a load of fun!
We danced until about 10:15 and decided Captain Janeway might need us. We forgot to bring our “sub waveband univeral communicator” so we had to get to a phone.
Posted on September 28th, 2016 No comments
Time for an adventure! We took a train ride on the Amtrak Surflinerwith the Finch’s to San Diego. From the train station to Little Italy is 0.5 miles and a 12 minute walk! We ate at Davanti Enoteca which was most enjoyable. Sue has a favorite dish there and we all had a glass of the vino.
After lunch, we did a 0.8 mile 20 minute walk back to the train station and on to the USS Midway. It is an amazing site to see this huge ship up close and personal. Join the fun!
We got home about 10:30 after a super train ride from San Diego to Fullerton station. Of course, we helped Captain Janeway for about 45 minutes before crashing.
Posted on September 27th, 2016 No comments
We played nine holes today and then went home to freshedn up before going to the Huntington Autumn Moon Festival. Enjoy the fun!
Posted on September 26th, 2016 No comments
We went to the doctors office for normal activities but it was so slow we decided to go to Gourmet Pies for lunch. We both had our favorite meals there. Paul loves the vegetatian chili size.
We went to the market where it was cool inside. The flower counter and displays were beautiful. We know it is fall!
We went home and rested a bit before going to Malarkey’s to meet up with Greg and Irene. Our waiter, Miguel, does an amazing job for us. Very attentive to our every need.
The sun was setting
Posted on September 25th, 2016 No comments
What a day… We had breakfast, checked our email and got ready for a whirlwind day. We began by having a delightful meal at Royal Khyber near the South Coast Shopping Center. We have gone to that restaurant for thirty years and it remains one of our favorites!
Time for dessert. In most Indian restaurants dessert is not exciting! Royal Khyber does it right! Not only was it delicious, it was also beautiful!
After a wonderful meal and a good glass of wine we drove over the South Coast Repertory and saw “All The Way”. It’s 1963. Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes us with him—flattering, backslapping, placating and bullying as he maneuvers to pass the groundbreaking Civil Rights Act. From Martin Luther King, Jr. to George Wallace, some of America’s most dynamic leaders stand beside him—or against him—during this tumultuous time, captured vividly in the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit.
When we departed the restaurant at 1:27 it was like an oven outside! So we leave the restaurant where it was 70 degrees, walk in 101 degree temperature to get to the car, attempt to cool the car down for the 2 minute trip to the theater, head to the theater where it is again 70 degrees!
We went inside immediately and had some cold iced tea before sitting through this three hour long production!
We called Jan Mongell to see if she was going to Catal with us this evening. Alas, she had the kids around so we just drove directly to Downtown Disney and visited our Catal friends.
Brian and Jan joined us for dinner and we had a great time! With Brian around, who needs a menu. He just needs the promise of a good burger!
Paul went for the halibut and it was so good! Like eating butter!
Then…. Right on time… We went to the veranda overlooking the Uva Bar and watched the fireworks. The couple next to us were celebrating their 5th anniversary so we procured a bottle of Schramsberg Champagne and shared with them…. Any excuse for champagne.
We were all like little kids watching the skies explode in front of us!
Jan was the “DD” tonight… Designated Driver so she had coffee.
Sue was happy… Glass of wine… Glass of champagne… and fireworks… What else could a girl want?
Everybody was busy watching the fireworks so Paul did a selfie… Dang near broke the camera!
It’s now 11:00 PM so we head for home and watch a little of Star Trek before crashing!
Posted on September 24th, 2016 No comments
Paul started the day with a hour long plus walk around” the hood”. You can see the September Walking Activity at our website. Just silly pictures but it keeps Paul busy… Not out of trouble, just busy!
After getting home Paul worked on the Starlighter’s website and Sue stuffed the Topper’s newsletter into their envelops and got them ready to go! By the time afternoon got around we needed to cure the cabin fever!
We went to Old Ranch for a drink before heading to the Persian restaurant called Caspian. We met up with Santiago Rose and his bride Myra We have known Santi for almost thirteen years as he is our bartender at Catal in Downtown Disney! The restaurant was in Irvine.
We are a handsome group! We had such a nice meal and time to talk and giggle all evening!
We had met Myra a couple of times at Catal but she usually had the kids with her and Santi was working. It was nice just to sit and visit and share.
Our tummies were full and it was 9:00 PM when we departed so we did not drop by the Garden Grove Elks as we had planned. Instead, we went directly home and then aided Captain Janeway is avoiding the Borg once more!
The Borg are a fictional alien race that appear as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek franchise. The Borg are a collection of species that have been turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones in a hive mind called “the Collective” or “the Hive”. The Borg use a process called to force other species into the Collective by injecting microscopic machines called nanoprobes, as well as with surgically adding cybernetic parts. Getting assimilated is not a good thing!
Posted on September 23rd, 2016 No comments
Paul worked around the house for about five hours doing little clean-ups, fixing things, washing the Avalon, etc. The “to do list” is now back under control! We worked on the Topper’s Newsletter so we can mail it out Monday.
We were getting a little bit of cabin fever so we decided to head to Newport Center and visit Cucina Enoteca, one of our favorite dining locations. Tucky was behind the bar and he fixed Paul a special drink. Tucky is a professional mixologist and is well known in the bartending arena.
He came out with a hunk of ice from the kitchen and it was without air bubbles. He put down a wooden board and went to work on the ice making sure it would fit in the Manhattan glass.
Tucky knows Paul likes special drinks but also likes to order two different drinks so he adjusts the content so there is smaller amounts of alcohol as we want to drive safely. We pay for his performance and don’t mind a smaller drink!
The drink was a form of a Manhattan with Tucky twists. The drink was aromatic and with the large ice cube, it took Paul 40 minutes to finish it!. Rule #1 – You can’t get another drink until the first glass is empty!
We ordered a couple of appetizers before heading north to the Fullerton Elks for a dinner dance with the gang!
At the Elks, the bar/dining area was fairly full and Gene Duval was already set up and going.
Our gang had a long table but the only chairs available to us were against the wall requiring a lot of squirming to get in and out. We opted for a table for six where Marianne and Craig plus Donna and Bob Z joined us.
The meals were great and inexpensive! After the appetizers, Paul had a bowl of soup and shared some french fries with Sue
The sound treatment made the room significantly quieter than most Elks venues. The band played loud but the sound that would have bounced against the ceiling and walls was attenuated by the sound panels.
We visited the purple pig on the way home. Elks drop their loose change into the purple pig and it is used for children’s charities and medical advancements. If every Elk dropped a dine a day into the pig, we would have $3.5 million a year. We feed the pig on a regular basis.
OK, it is now 10:30 and time to head for home! Captain Janeway may be on her own tonight!
Posted on September 22nd, 2016 No comments
It is with great sadness that we found out Frank, Luisa’s dad, suffered a pretty traumatic stroke and is not responding well. Frank joined our family get togethers and was always fun to be around. He loved the Himalayan Grill and Pumpkin Carving.
Paul is off for the morning walk. Join the fun.
An hour and a quarter gets the ‘ol body warmed up and juices flowing. Paul also meets several people who are out and about!
Remember: “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. ~G.M. Trevelyan”
After the walk, Sue made a great lunch and we got ready for the afternoon golf game. Nine holes seems to be just about right these days. We get to visit the wildlife and enjoy the great out of doors. Sue always feeds Lilly the Swan on the 9th hole.
To the Phoenix Club where we are i the test tonight as they are readying the ballroom for Octoberfest.
The band was raring to go and they sounded wonderful in the large open area! They kept the tempo up so we could stay warm.
After the walk Sue fixed lunch and we got ready to head for the golf course for nine holes.
Posted on September 21st, 2016 No comments
Paul went walking this morning and it was a good hour plus adventure. Today we had over four miles. Join the walk!
We keep track of the walking time whether it is neighborhood or golf.
There is some waiting with golf but it also has hills which add to the required effort!
After the round, Paul was famished! Paul had a veggie burger (which are very good). Our T-time was 2:46 so we did not finish until almost 5:00 PM.
We must stop on the 9th and feed Lilly the Swan!
We headed home and watched Cheers on TV and Star Trek on the computer.
Posted on September 21st, 2016 No comments
We began the day by getting ready to go to “The Old Guy’s Lunch” at Taco Surf in Sunset Beach. It was a small group today but that was OK. We meet every other month and see what the latest in retirement activities are plus catch up on the Boeing rumor mill!
After lunch, we called Colleen who was waiting for us and we met across the street at “That’s Amore” Italian restaurant. Colleen and Calhan ate while Sue and Paul downed a glass of wine!
Calhan was full of wee wee and vinegar so Great Grandpa Paul took Calhan for a run around Peter’s Landing. They were both worn out when they came back. Cathan and Paul stopped to play in the water at the fountain. Calhan learned a new game called get Great Grandpa wet!
With sadness in our heart, we said goodbye to them until next time! However, we talk on the phone and text on a regular basis so we are never too far away.
We went home to rest for a bit and then went to Patty’s Place to visit the regular’s. Paul Rusnock and his bride of eight years dropped in to celebrate their anniversary. Paul secretly organized the singing of “Happy Anniversary” to the Rusnock’s and we all had a great time. Paul dined on giant prawns which were fantastic.
We then headed for home to do the treadmill and watch some more of Cheers before getting the intergalactic message from Captain Janeway! We finally crashed at 11:30 PM.
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Paul walked this morning and took many picture of “stuff” around the neighborhood. Please join the walk
After returning home from the walk, we went to the market. Ralph’s is remodeling and it is always a chore to find out where everything is now!
We put away the groceries and got cleaned up so we could head to Malarkey’s to meet with Greg, Irene, and the Finch’s. We all used this opportunity to say good bye to Colleen and Calhan as they are heading back to the east coast Tuesday evening. Join the fun!
We stayed until about 8:00 PM laughing and giggling before going home and doing the treadmill. Then we watched Star Trek until 12:30 AM. Captain Janeway needed a lot of assistance this evening!
Posted on September 18th, 2016 No comments
Saddle up for a high-spirited, action-packed Western show with the Grammy-winning group Riders in the Sky, called one of “the most significant acts in the history of American music” by Billboard. The ensemble pays tribute to the movies, music, and memory of Roy Rogers, the “King of the Cowboys.”
We had front row center seats and they guys were fantastic. We laughed so hard just watching their facial expressions! They were having as much fun as us!
Paul was “King Of The Cowboys” on Comey Avenue in the late 1940’s! Paul’s Mom and Dad could not get him out of the Cowboy outfit! Yes, liberal friends, Paul had two six shooters complete with several rounds of caps AND a toy rifle! The bad guys never had a chance!
Right after the show, we skedaddled for the Santa Ana Elks Lodge to go dancing for several hours! Fortunately Cerritos Performing Arts Center and the Santa Ana Elks and just a half a block off the Freeway so we made it in about twelve minutes flat!
We headed home to just in time to get the intergalactic message to turn on the computer and watch Star Trek as we are often needed to assist Captain Janeway with her spaceship management chores!
Posted on September 17th, 2016 No comments
We celebrated Lisa’s, Pete’s, Zack’s, and Nick’s birthday at Old Ranch. Please join us!
We then rested for a while and headed to Starlighter’s at Mile Square Park.
Posted on September 16th, 2016 No comments
Paul walked for an hour, visited the neighbors and took pictures. Join the walk!
We departed for the Yucatan Grill where we met up with Colleen and Calhan and dined on spicy foods from Mexico. Calhan is quite the hot sauce hound!
We returned home and got ready for Topper’s. We departed a little early and stopped by Old Ranch for a drink. We had a load of fun at Topper’s and danced until 10:00 PM. Join the fun!
We had a nice turnout and enjoyed the entire evening!
Leroy is going in for knee replacement on Wednesday and we wish him a speedy recovery. God bless!
We headed home and arrived just in time to be called by Captain Janeway. That pesky Borg has been messing with Discovery again and the three of us had to chase them away!
Posted on September 15th, 2016 No comments
Sue woke up not feeling well so we stayed close to home. Paul when on an hour walk. Join the walk.
We decided to try the Phoenix Club just to get out of the house, Colleen is in her new place and beginning to relax.
Posted on September 14th, 2016 No comments
We went to the market and then got ready to go to the movies. We called Greg and he joined us there. We saw “Sully”. Wow, what a great movie but what else could we expect from Clint Eastwood?
We went to sushi with Greg after the show at Kobe Steakhouse across from Old Ranch. Our sushi chef was Manny (the only Mexican Sushi Chef we know). He is a great guy and really handy with the Japanese knifes. We ate sushi until it came out our ears!
We got a call from Colleen and she needed some time with us so Sue decided to drop the treadmill for today and visit Colleen. Calhan and Colleen came to Old Ranch and we had dinner (again).
We had a great evening and stayed around until almost 9:30 before heading for home!
Great Grandma Sue is a shoe thief (with a lot of help from Calhan)
We headed home at 9:30 PM and watched two hours of Star Trek before crashing. We think Colleen is going to leave where she is staying and come to our local hotel!
Posted on September 13th, 2016 No comments
Paul was able to walk without losing his breath for the first time in almost two months. The Pneumonia appears to have been eliminated! Join the walk!
Colleen was out for a visit from New Hampshire and she brought Great Grandson Calhan with her. He is such a happy little boy!
They really hit it off!
It’s Taco Tuesday and we stuff ourselves. Zack showed Calhan and Lilly a “new game” New? We have all played it with our parents at this age. It is so funny to watch them be surprised and giggle.
“Hey Calhan… There is a Swan named Lilly that lives on the lakes!”
Just having fun!
Aunt Robin gets a kick out of watching the babies share new adventures.
Calhan wants to know what all that fuzz is on his second cousins face.
As we exit, the moon is coming up. Great fun to visit with family!
We went home and Sue headed for the treadmill until Captain Janeway called and requested assistance with the Borg attack!
Posted on September 12th, 2016 No comments
We did Temecula
Dined at Falkner
We made it to Khoury’s just in time!
Posted on September 11th, 2016 No comments
Paul kept working in the garden and worked in the front yard trimming the pumpkins and spreading straw. We got dressed and headed to Old Ranch for the dinner dance and celebration of Bernie’s birthday! Join the fun!
We picked up the cake and got to ORCC early so it was time for a drink and visit others.
We had a great evening and came home to assist Captain Janeway keep 7 of 9 from rejoining the Borg!
Posted on September 10th, 2016 No comments
We did not have any big plans for the day so we hit the garden pretty hard. The corn is now gone, the asparagus is tied up, and we had a visitor. The corn was just about gone so out it went! We have the last six ears for lunch as dessert. Next year, we will be ready for more corn and will have our new tricks in hand!
When the corn was removed, we saw the asparagus in the light of day… No shading from the neighboring corn. It is a beautiful and dainty plant! When the green turns brown, we will chop off the plant at the ground level, cover it in munch and await spring! We can hardly wait… Asparagus from the garden just tastes so much better!
The elaborate raised beds are easy to see without the corn plants. The pumpkin is going wild in the third bed over. We “root” for them every morning to produce pumpkins by Halloween.
Our friend and Master Gardner, Seekhan, brought us a Dragon Fruit and two Pacay pods. Inga feuillei (named after Louis Feuillée), commonly known as pacay or ice-cream bean tree, is a tree in the Fabaceae family native to Andean valleys of northwestern South America. Pacay trees, as is the case with other trees in genus Inga, also produce pods that contain an edible white pulp and have nitrogen-fixing roots.
In English they have been called “ice-cream beans” due to the sweet flavor and smooth texture of the pulp. These trees are easy to establish, spread their shade quickly, and provide fruit for years. The fruits of the trees are quite edible and are often consumed by people of regions where this fruit grows. In Mexico, coffee-plantation workers can double their annual salary by selling the pods from the Inga trees used to shade the coffee plants. In Central America, the seeds are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. In Mexico, the seeds are roasted and sold outside theaters to moviegoers.
The white fibre is delicious and does taste like cotton-candy albeit a little moist.
Take a look at the video for a better description
We stopped by Old Ranch to kill a few minutes before going to Patty’s Place for dinner with Brian and Jan. Brian had a Patty Burger which made him a happy guy! We went home to did the treadmill before assisting Captain Janeway.
Posted on September 9th, 2016 No comments
We stayed around the house in the morning and Paul did some garden work filling the trash containers with the last of the summer tomatoes! They are gone now!
So what to do before dancing? How about Roger’s Gardens to see the Halloween display? Visit the fun!
We went back home and had only 30 minutes to transform from “grubbies” to gowns and tuxedos. We were off to the Altadena Country Club for an evening with the Rondeliers!
We are the photographers and web guys are the club so we have a lot of fun taking pictures. Come join the “Rondelier’s Meet Jack Frost” dance!
It’s was near midnight and we were off for home! It was an hour from our place to Altadena but only 40 minutes home… Got to love that rush hour traffic!
Captain Janeway was on her own toight… We crashed!
Posted on September 8th, 2016 No comments
We did chores until about 3:00 PM at which time we went to to see Paul’s doctor. He confirmed that Paul had had “walking pneumonia! or Atypical pneumonia.
The term was introduced in the 1930’s and was contrasted with the bacterial pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, at that time the best known and most commonly occurring form of pneumonia.
Good news…. Almost cured! Golf next week again!
Posted on September 7th, 2016 No comments
Yup! It’s been a couple of weeks so we invited Brian and Jan to join us at Catal for dinner. We got to Disneyland about 3:00 PM and went to Soaring Around The World! Wow! The graphics were amazing!
The new scenes include a flight over Switzerland’s Matterhorn, the Arctic Ocean with a leaping whale, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Germany’s Neuschwanstein castle, a herd of African elephants, the Great Wall of China, Egyptian pyramids, India’s Taj Mahal, hot air balloons in Monument Valley on the Arizona-Utah border, outrigger boats off Fiji, the Iguazu waterfalls on the Argentina-Brazil border and France’s Eiffel Tower. The Chinese version of the movie concludes with nighttime fireworks over Shanghai’s skyline, but the California version ends at Disneyland.
Gone are the artificial scents of lemon blossom, evergreen and sagebrush that used to simulate a hang-gliding flight over California. The new international scent effects include grass over Africa, an ocean breeze over the South Pacific and roses over India.
A new soundtrack performed by the London Studio Orchestra is based on the original Soarin’ score. Patrick Warburton, best known as Elaine’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Puddy on “Seinfeld,” returns as chief flight attendant and the host of Soarin’.
We had a great dinner at Catal with Paul trying the “Brick Chicken”… Why brink you ask, a brick (or sanitary substitute) is put in the chicken while it cooks!
What did we do next you might ask? We assisted 7 of 9 stay human in spite of a Borg device attempting to rejoin her into the collective…. It is tough work but someone has to do it!
Posted on September 6th, 2016 No comments
We did chores around the house and went to the market and then by mid afternoon it was time to think about dinner with Jeanette and Connor. We decided to leave early for Irvine Spectrum so we could see the movie “The Secret Life Of Pets”. It was pretty funny but a little corny at the same time.
We went to Paul Martins “American Grill” and enjoyed a nice leisurely dinner with Jeanette and Connor. Paul did the veggie burger and it was excellent! After dinner, we headed for home and again assisted Captain Janeway!
Posted on September 5th, 2016 No comments
We didn’t leave the house until about 4:30 PM to go to Malarkey’s for the Monday Night Happy Hour. Paul was a little hungry and tried the cioppino at Malarkey’s and it was fantastic! Mondays are special times to share and meet new friends while watching the sun set into the ocean!
There it goes making its journey around the world only to come back up tomorrow morning.
Jennifer brought her baby in and of course, she is so cute she is an instant “Grandma Magnet”! Irene and she played for several minutes!
OK, picture time. First we get “the serious look” and then we tease her so she will show her beautiful smile!
A beautiful young lady is hidden behind the “serious look”. Since Jennifer was promoted to Bartender, Kelsea drew the short straw and gets us on Monday evenings!
We are not sure we convinced Kelsea about the smile. What is that old saying?
So what next? Sue and Paul headed home so Sue could do the treadmill and we watched old reruns of Cheers. About 10 PM, we got a sub-space communication from Captain Janeway that we are needed on Voyager to clear up a crew problem.
We watched “Drone” is the 96th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the second episode of the fifth season.It is an important episode for the character “Seven”, as she showed that she is determined to stay with Voyager as opposed to rejoining the Borg Collective. The Doctor’s mobile emitter is damaged while beaming back from an away mission, merging with Seven of Nine’s Borg nanoprobes and the DNA of a male Ensign to create a 29th century Borg.
We also watched “Extreme Risk” which is the 97th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the third episode of the fifth season.B’Elanna purposely puts herself into increasingly more dangerous situations. Meanwhile the crew decides to build a new shuttlecraft, the Delta Flyer.
Posted on September 4th, 2016 No comments
Come join the Last Of Summer Party at the home of the Robert’s was indeed a hoot! The time together is always wonderful! We are blessed with great friends and family.
We headed home about 9:30 PM ro watch Star Trek Voyager. We are on Season Five now. It was produced for seven seasons, from 1995 to 2001, and is the first Star Trek TV series with a female captain, Kathryn Janeway (played by Kate Mulgrew), as the lead character.
Posted on September 3rd, 2016 No comments
We stuck close to the house today with Sue doing some cooking and Paul diddling in the back yard removing the last vestiges of this years tomato plants. We got cleaned up and headed to Patty’s Place for a while before going to Shaun’s birthday!
Sue loves doggies and of course Cody comes over and spent quite a while with her!
Back home we go to assist Captain Janeway! We crashed at 11:30!
Posted on September 2nd, 2016 No comments
We planed an adventure at sea for Friday. We do the water taxe several times a year as it is fun and let’s us escape to new dining experiences.
Brian and Jan, Greg, Irene, Nancy and Benjamin plus us departed at noon on Friday risking our lives far out at sea to reach the magical restaurant knows as George’s Greek Cafe. Please join the fun!
After getting back to Alamitos Bay, we stopped at Malarkey’s and had a small drink! Benjamin enjoyed a drink and he and Nancy scarfed a huge dessert!
Being gluttons for punishment, the Finch’s and us went to GG Elks and danced until after 10 PM. We must say that at the end of the evening Paul and Brian were looking a little worse for the wear.
The cake was indeed chocolate!
Happy birthday to two wonderful friends! May you have many many more!
We went home and continued our conscripted service to Star Trek Discovery whizzing our way through the Delta Quadrant!
Posted on September 1st, 2016 No comments
We did the doctors today. First a blood test in Long Beach (it’s OK, Paul practiced for several days and passed the test with flying colors) and then back to Los Alamitos to see the heart doctor (who cancelled out on us Tuesday).
We think we are onto something finally! The Doc said “double pneumonia” which is the term used by lay people, to denote pneumonia affecting both lungs. Duh, took a CT scan to undercover the problem. Paul is now on two antibiotics.
We went home happy about the diagnosis!
Paul took a few pictures in the garden since it is now September.
We have eaten, or given away about 60 ears of corn from the June planting. Paul pulled all but about six yesterday! He must now wait as it is fairly strenuous to “clean the plot”.
The late June planting, which we made from seed, still stands and has a load of corn it it! More cooking, eating, and sending it to friends. Note the asparagus plants against the wall! We have had asparagus for months this summer!
We planted three sunflowers. Two in the front yard for Vicky’s grandsons and one in the back yard for us! The plant is about ten feet tall and is smiling up a storm!
We departed the house after lunch and went to Old Ranch to pass some time. We met up with James and Bunnaford and did some Happy Hour! From there we doubled back to CVS Pharmacy to get the antibiotics for Paul.
As normal on a Thursday, we went to the Phoenix Club.
It is so nice to have our great neighbors because they all know what we are doing and they keep and eye on the house for us while we are gone. The sheriff across the street can watch TV and see our place all evening.
About three weeks ago, a fellow from the OC Register came and took a lot of pictures and he just wrote up an article about The Phoenix Club. We are now “stars”.
Ali and Nancy joined us this evening! It was fun to see them dance with some of the regulars!
We departed about 10:30 and headed for home to add our expertise in flying Discovery and helping Captain Janeway navigate the “Delta Quadrant”
Posted on August 31st, 2016 No comments
Paul always checks the garden and volia’, the Sunflower was just waking up this morning!
We played golf today but Paul did only seven holes as the breathing was not great. We sat outside for a while and celebrated Dave O’s 64th birthday. Great fun!
It was bright out but if you sit in the exact proper place, the shadows negate the need for sunglasses!
While minding his own business, Paul noticed images in the glasses… A photo-op if there ever was one!
We departed the party and went to the next party… The last day Patty owns Patty’s Place. We hope NOTHING CHANGES as it is a perfect place to go to unwind. Paul had a SMALL Patty Burger and ordered lamp chops to go!
We went home and watched Cheers and then we further assisted Janeway to get home. She does not know we have seen the future episodes!
Posted on August 30th, 2016 No comments
An opening thought for the day:
Let the day begin…
We went to the Market and waited around to go to the doctors appointment and then he called and cancelled. An emergence in the emergency room! We see him Thursday instead!
So… We had lunch and dined on macaroni and cheese a’ la’ Sue (plenty of hot peppers), corn chowder a’ la’ Sue (corn, potatoes, bell pepper, shallots and peppers right from the garden), and fresh corn on the cob picked ten minutes before eating! (one must let the corn cool off after being in the microwave)! Yeah Baby…. Eating high on the hog!
We then decided to go to Old Ranch and meet up with the “other gang”. We sat with Randy and MaryJo discussing the latest restaurants. They dined at Seasons 52 in Phildelphia two days ago! It was the same chain as ours in Costa Mesa!
We then headed across the street to the Japanese Steakhouse called Kobe. Sue had a glass of wine while Paul attacked the sushi bar with a vengeance
Sue assisted in the selections as she likes to see interesting items even though she cannot dine on them!
Then Paul tried the octopus… He had his hands full!
Did You Know? Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat or fish (such as beef, veal, venison, salmon or tuna), thinly sliced or pounded thin and served mainly as an appetizer. It was invented and popularized by Giuseppe Cipriani from Harry’s Bar in Venice during the second half of the twentieth century.
It was named after Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio. The beef was served with lemon, olive oil, and white truffle or Parmesan cheese. Later, the term was extended to dishes containing other raw meats or fish, thinly sliced and served with lemon or vinegar, olive oil, salt and ground pepper.
We wondered how the sushi is so fresh and then it occurred to us… There were three of these when we came in!
The sushi chef was Mexican and his name is Manny. He started in the kitchen thirteen years ago and is now a fully certified sushi chef… We love to hear stories about people working hard and moving forward in life. Here is to Manny!
Posted on August 29th, 2016 No comments
Twice a year we visit our Financial Advisor and today is one of those days. We headed to Laguna for an hour meeting. After hearing good news (we are not broke YET), we went to one of our favorite restaurants called Cucina Enoteca in Newport Center for a lazy lunch! The vegetable root soup was out of this world good! We asked for the receipt but alas, we walked out without it! The Hero Sandwich was also outstanding!
The soup of the day was root vegetable and potato! Paul had a cup and Sue had a bowl of the delicious concoction!
We went home for a while and then headed to Malarkey’s for the Monday afternoon Happy Hour with Greg and the Finch’s. Irene was “out of commission” this evening… We really missed her!
We watched the sun set into the sea before going home.
Sue told the group of one of her secrets in life… She is very wise!
We went home to do the treadmill and to further assist Captain Janeway to avoid the Borg!
Posted on August 28th, 2016 No comments
We just “relaxed” around the house today! We puttered here and puttered there. In the afternoon after paying bills, folding clothes, and working a little bit in the garden we went to That’s Amore to show the guys the pictures. We had a drink and met some new locals who frequent That’s Amore quite often. We dropped by Old Ranch and got home before 8:00 PM so Sue could hit the treadmill!
After the treadmill, we again assisted Captain Janeway to pilot the Discovery back to Quadrant “A” of our galaxy.
Posted on August 27th, 2016 No comments
We went to the local Italian restaurant called “That’s Amore” for lunch followed by tequila tasting… No, really! They have a nice menu and food is so fresh you have to slap it on occasion! Lunch was great so please join us!
After a delicious meal, our friend and bartender Mark took over and did an amazing presentation of tequilas! He told us about the varous tequila’s, where they were from and a load of interesting facts! Please join the fun!
We had an amazing time… Tequila will never be the same!
SERIOUS NOTE: While we all did tequila tasting it was about an ounce of alcohol total as the tastes were very small so we could try many different flavors! Our group does not “drink” and drive and we did have designated drivers at the ready!
Afterwards, we headed home to freshen up and headed to the Garden Grove Elks for an evening of dancing and visiting!
Posted on August 26th, 2016 No comments
We headed to Paul’s doctor to get a scan of his legs looking for clots… All normal (and the technician said he gad great looking legs!).
Upon coming home, Sue hit the kitchen with a vengeance cooking up two of Paul’s requests. Corn Chowder from the fresh corn in the garden and macaroni and cheese with habanero peppers! Great groceries. Paul and Sue worked together in the kitchen for quite a while. Paul continued the garden cleanup getting ready for the winter garden.
In the afternoon late we went to Old Ranch for HApphy Hour and ended up stayiong until almost 8:– because of visiting with JR and Karen! We finally made it to GG Elks where we danced for a while before going home.
Posted on August 25th, 2016 No comments
We played nine holes with Bunnaford and James. On the 9th hole, we stop to visit Lilly The Swan. She gets vitamin fortified fowl food for her afternoon snack! The water in the lake is low so we have to be creative about how to feed her!
The girls keep her company while she dines. Lilly asked for some red wine but she is not old enough!
After the nine holes, Linda came over. First time really out after the back surgery! We were happy to see her.
We then headed to the Phoenix Club so we could visit with Bob (who turned 70 today) and Brenda (whose age we will not reveal). We partied and had cake with the gang! Great fun! Join the fun!
Posted on August 24th, 2016 No comments
We wanted to get away so we went to LA Farmers Market for lunch! We dined at our favorite place there which happens to be French.
They had corn soup which was fantastic! We also had a small glass of wine with our meal.
Paul opted for the escargots (or, snails) and the lobster risotto… It was also excellent!
The risotto was simply outstanding!
Sue added the fried eggs for protein and the asparagus were perfect!
We both had soup… It was great! Made from vegetable stock and the corn was indeed fresh!
We were planning to go to the zoo but it got to be late. Funny how that goes when you are enjoying life with yor best friend. We headed home to avoid the traffic and make two stops… We needed to see the GG Elks because Paul forgot his credit car there Saturday night. We then did a flyby at Old Ranch after we called Bunnaford and she was also heading home after shopping. We visited for a half-a-drink and went home!
Upon getting home we decided it was time for fireworks! Downtown Disney, here we come!
The two young folks were next to us at Catal and we struck up a conversation! They are from Ontario and it was their first time at Catal!
It’s 9:30 and that means…. Fireworks! We went outside on the upstairs patio where we could see the fireworks and it was again not disappointing!
After the show stopped, the clouds of smoke lingered for several minutes while the wind cleared it out.
We went back inside and visited with the staff for another 45 minutes before going home. We enjoy the visit and we enjoy the parking lot being cleared even more!
Once home we helped Captain Janeway get Discovery closer to Quadrant “A” of the galaxy!
Posted on August 23rd, 2016 No comments
Paul hit the garden early and got rid of three more tomato plants that had “bit the dust”. While out in the garden he captures some ears of corn which we had for desert!
We brought the ears inside and cleaned them up. The microwave does three ears in three minutes and they are sooooooo sweet!
The corn is “slathered” with butter (really “You Can’t Tell Its Not Butter”) and get devoured instantly!
Posted on August 22nd, 2016 No comments
It’s Monday and we have to “rest”. Paul worked in the garden while Sue hit the books (i.e. paid the bills). Today is Brenda’s birthday… Big shout out!
We had seen damage to the leaves on the sunflower but had no ideas about what was causing it until we spotted them! Green breasted birdies and just nibbled away like it was a hamburger!
We got cleaned up and headed to Malarkey’s for our Monday ritual.
Paul tried a selfie… It seemed to work!
The sunset was beautiful as we departed Malarkey’s and headed towards home to do the treadmill and watch Star Trek!