Saturday And We Are Movin’ Early

A computer once beat me at chess. But it was no match for me at kickboxing.

The Sun showed himself at 6:24 AM this morning, and we returned the favor by taking our coffee in the swim spa.  I flashed him at 6:30 AM; he got hot!  We sat in the spa for a good hour as our fingers were pruning!  I looked like a Shar-Pei after an hour!  My wrinkles had wrinkles!

We talked a lot about the dance last night and how to “do it better” next time!  Staying at the Huntington and having High Tea is a good idea.

We danced and danced and danced!

Out of the pool and on to doing the mail! It’s a terrible job, but someone has to do it!  We got ready to go on the Flower Home Tour in Santa Ana, where Bob and Donna live.   We stopped by their house first and saw the garden after its most recent redux by Gardner Donna.

Donna’s garden is beautiful.

The “Fairy Garden” took a lot of work which Donna does every year.  Hours of labor pays off because it is magnificent.

The fairy garden is unique!

While the girls toured the backyard, the guys looked into a gas leak under the BBQ.  Ed knew how to fix the gas valve, which was probably the culprit.

The guys always have a project!

We walked over to Victoria street to see the homes, do a little shopping, and visit the Packard auto display!

Did You Know? Floral Park. Located in the northern tip of Santa Ana, the Floral Park neighborhood is a community of more than 600 vintage homes, most of which were built from the 1920s through the 1950s. Recognized as one of Orange County’s most established neighborhoods, Floral Park is representative of a bygone era—one of the gracious tree-shaded streets, abundant lawns and flowers, unique and stylish homes, and, most importantly, friendly neighbors! Once blanketed by orange, avocado, and walnut groves, the neighborhood features original farmhouses, and the sweet smell of orange blossoms still fills the air.

The Floral Park Neighborhood Association actively works to preserve the character and beauty of the neighborhood and to provide a sense of community and tradition to its residents. Over 200 homes in Floral Park are on the Santa Ana Register of Historic Properties.

Mary checks out the next destination, Casa Del Sol Mexican Restaurant in Irvine, while we wait to go into the house.

They are awaiting entry into a home.

The ladies are ready to go inside and see the home!


We walked down the street to the Packard display and saw many amazing vehicles from the 1920s through the 1950s.   Mary is a member of the Packard Club, so she knew several of the people.

Good looking group!

The homes were amazing and what’s more impressive is that the one below was built in 1928 for a total sum of $17,500.   The attic was a dormitory for the owner’s five kids when they were growing up!  Read here about the Russell House.

Homes from the 1920s were on review today!

The home was already decorated for the season.  Santa welcomed us to the house.

It was warm in that suit on this 90-degree day!

We departed the group and went back home (a ten-minute drive), so we could make sure Scout was OK before going to Irvine and having dinner with the gang!

The band sounded pretty good at Casa Del Sol in Irvine.

Great fun when these people get together; you can never tell wants going to happen!

The gang enjoyed the meal; thank you to Vicky!

We departed the restaurant and headed home.  We were both tired, and we walked about three miles in the heart of the day.

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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