“You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.” – Old Chinese proverb
We had a busy social life with our golf friends, our dance friends, our work friends, and then family. She did not have a jealous bone in her body and welcomed people into our lives. The picture below is Irene, Sie, Kathy, and Vicky at our bi-yearly outing to a Greek restaurant north of Malibu. It is hard to think that Kathy and Sue passed within nine days of each other. It was devastating not only for Ed and me but “The Gang.” Thank you, Sweet Sue, for being you and giving me a beautiful life filled with family and friends!
There is an ongoing conspiracy between the Sun and my alarm clock! By 6:30 AM every morning, I am up and ready to go. The problem is, I don’t know where to go. This morning, however, I have a purpose. Robin is coming over at 2 PM, so that means the house has to be spotless before she arrives. We are doing a movie night so that means margarita fixings must be ready! It would be perfect if Collen were here to join in! Colleen is the firecracker that lights off the night!
Texting can be a lot of fun; I spent over an hour bantering back-and-forth with cousin Dave from Louisiana. We talked about 1950s cars, music of our era, family, and other stuff. Great fun!
I sent this link to Dave as we got to talking about 195o’s TV and movies!
By 8:30 AM, I was busy doing “stuff” around the house. I may try to paint the entrance into the house before Robin gets here.
It’s funny what you notice after seeing something for a month. This morning, I looked at the dining room wall, which is now yellow, and it had a peach-colored lamp next to it; I turned around and looked at the entrance-way wall, which has a peach wall, and it had a yellow light next to it. Needless to say, the lamps changed places with my assistance! Go figure! I used the iPhone to change the colors in their respective light bulbs and voila, everything matches,
Going through an old box of photos, I found two 8x10s of Sue from our world travels. I got two nice frames for them at the local store and placed them around the house.
While out shopping, I also got a unique picture frame for the amazing pictures drawn by the little girl down the street. The two images are now in one frame side by side.
I placed the works of art into a unique “floating frame” so I can see them every time I go down the hallway. It was nice to see that even a five-year-old could see the love Sue and I shared. We would walk by her house and visit with her and Mom when we saw them outside.
I also popped into the market and got some margarita mix, so Robin and I will not run out tonight. Now I am ready for Robin’s arrival! We will likely go to lunch first, then walk, and then have a guest! Charlotte may stop by for champagne! Yes!
I toured the front yard making mental notes of things that need to be done while awaiting Robin’s arrival. I noticed the blossoms on the pomegranate tree are coming on strong! This year I shall try some pomegranate-braised short ribs or pomegranate skirt-steak kebabs.
I then went out front and waited for Robin to arrive and admired the artichokes. It is time to go pick them and add them to tomorrow’s dinner meal!
I can see it now! Tomorrow afternoon as a pre-dinner appetizer with a nice glass of vino!
The smell of burnt rubber, the screeching of brakes, and a mighty gush of wind indicated that the rocket has arrived! Landing using VFR directly from Corona (the city, not the virus!), Robin made her entrance. When the three police cars came by, I told them a car fitting their description just passed by going very fast. Then I saw Robin’s head pop up behind the steering wheel, it was a close one!
We decided Taco Surf was in order today, so we called, placed the order, and drove up to get the meal. While we would normally dine in the park, we thought perhaps a margarita would be warranted so we went home. On the way home, I called Charlotte and said, “come on over, the champagne is flowing!”.
Domilita, my cleaning person, made hot sauce for me last week and I used it today. It was not “that hot” but it had a long-lasting flavor. ON a scale of 1-10, I give it a 9.5! Thank you, Domi!
We hurried as Charlotte was due over at 3:30 for a champagne afternoon.
Charlotte was right on time, and we sat with her on the patio for a good hour plus! We killed off a bottle of champagne and solved the problems of the world. Charlotte is a good friend!
Time for the walk! We did a little over two miles as my sciatica was acting up this afternoon. We stopped many times to look at the decorations and front yards of the neighbors. Lots of ideas came to mind! Tomorrow morning we will do this again and achieve the three-mile goal!
Robin likes all the yard work our neighbors put into their homes. Because of the water shortage, we have a lot of cacti and succulents in the hood.
When we got back, we called Colleen on the Bat Phone and talked for an hour, and as soon as we hung up, Lee called, so we spoke to her for another 45 minutes. We plan to visit Lee on Monday and hold an impromptu “staff-meeting” on her front porch in Lake Elsinore. We will be coming back from Temecula where we need to do some wine pickups.
We finally got to watched “The Hateful Eight,” and it was a little out of my comfort level, but I was interested and did watch it. At its core, Hateful Eight is a murder mystery wrapped in a Western focusing on a group of people with violent pasts being trapped together with disastrous outcomes. The Hateful Eight follows a group of travelers, including a bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prize (Jennifer Jason Leigh) into a stagecoach lodge called Minnie’s Haberdashery to wait out a blizzard.
It was 11:00 PM, and I was done! Time for bed.
I thought about Sue all day and I came upon an exceptional picture of us just moments after we were married in our front room. I have no idea what I said, but it is obvious Sue found it funny! She had such a magnificent smile and was a happy, loving person. She managed her wonderful smile even during the last few weeks of her life while being in constant pain. I feel blessed that I spent almost half my life with her.
Good night all!