The Week Done Started

Keep your face to the sun, and you will never see the shadows.

OMG, the Sun is out an the grey has disappeared! It’s going to be a super day! We had our morning champagne and laid out the day, which by the way, never turns out as one expects!

The truth hurts!

We got gussied up and ready to go out before lunch as Sue has a CT Scan at 11:30 AM.   While putting out of the driveway, the kumquat tree caught our eye.  It is time to call Lisa Chartier for a picking trip.  She makes amazing things from kumquats.  The tree is loaded this year!


The small tree in the foreground is alive and well and is a miniature nectarine tree that provides loads of fruit every year!

We thought, if we get to the imaging center a little early, we could get in early thus get our early thus eat early.  No such luck occurred!  The CT scan was a good hour late but on the bright side, the scan took all of 60 seconds!  The machine was brand new and amazingly fast compared to CT machines of the past!

OK, CT is done and we have the CD’s so it is time to eat.  To make a long story short, Sunday evening the Zaitz/Kuhn’s went to Cerritos and decided to have dinner at Shenandoah, a local restaurant.  One hour later, we got a text from Rebecca asking about Shenandoah as she wants to host a baby shower and this restaurant came up in the searches she made on the Internet.

I texted back to Rebecca AND Vicky asking Vicky to take pictures.  By the next morning, Monday, Rebecca had a lot of photos of the place.

OK, on our way back Monday afternoon from the CT scan we passed by Shenandoah and we decided to stop and have lunch there.  It was our first time in ten years but we thought dining and taking more pictures would be OK.

Wow, were we surprised!  The pistachio encrusted sea bass with jalapeno infusion was simply outstanding.  The mashed potatoes were also jalapeno flavored and out of this world!

Best pistachio encrusted sea bass I have ever had, melt in your mouth delicious!

To make things even better, they had Cakebread Cellars chardonnay in the wine list and we lowered their bottle count by one bottle!

Enjoying an excellent

We took many pictures and forwarded them to Rebecca and then she replayed saying she was getting off early and would come by and see the place.  She joined us and we had a delightful meeting in the restaurant.  She met the staff, walked the premises, and got a catering brochure to boot!  We love it when a plan comes together!

The restaurant doubled in size since we were last there!

OK, it’s 3:00 PM and time to go home.  Oh, was it time to go home as I drank 80% of the wine because Sue is taking the pain pills that say “No Alcohol”.  I performed a mightly swan-dive into the bed just barely managing to ask Alexa to set the alarm for 4:30 PM.  It was supposed to be a beauty sleep but, alas, I looked the same when I awoke except for the slightly messed up hair!

Why 4:30 PM you ask? Duh, it is Monday and that means a) Sunday was yesterday, and b) Melanie’s awaits the arrival of their three regulars for sunset cocktails! As usual, we laughed and giggled and shared the previous week’s events.  Friday night I am going to go dancing with Irene at Garden Grove for a couple of hours and she agreed to reteach me if needed.  Robin is going to stay with Sue Friday until I get home around 9:00 PM, blessed by our daughter!

We missed the actual sunset by two minutes (Sunset was at 5:18 and we arrived at 5:20)

We chatted with the staff asking about their Christmas PArty last week,  Apparently, everything went off without a hitch than I sprang it upon them!  I mentioned that I was asked to jump out of the cake and singe jingle bells but at the last minute it was determined that the cake was too small! They were saved by a cake pan!

Would you like to see this jump out of a cake? In a Santa Costume! With speedo shorts?

OK, time to go.  We all had a drink and I had two itsy-bitsy G&T’s before aiming home for the evening.

Good night Melanie’s, see you in a week!

Home again due to the great bravery of “The Silver Ghost”.  The Odessey plied the night like she knew what she was doing. Careening around corners and two wheels (the left-front and the steering), we made it home safely.  We love our security system because as we approach the house, the front yard lights go on, the house lights turn on, the heater gets automatically set for 75 degrees, and finally the garage door opens!

I shall leave you with but a single thought!

That’s my story and I am sticking to it!!


About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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