Mary Is Retired; Day #1

Work hard and save your money and when you are old, you will be able to buy the things only the young can enjoy.

Can you believe it? The first day of retirement, and we are up at 6:00 AM heading for the hot tub!  We are still planning for Thanksgiving as the people count is about twenty family and friends.  The house is plenty big enough to handle twenty, and we get to test the new kitchen!

After getting out of the tub, I walked into the kitchen and started a serious conversation with my dear wife.

I got “the mommy look” in return!

My intelligence seems to be increasing at my ripe old age of 76 because I called our handyman to hang the Christmas lights on the house.  Part of the reason is if I get caught on a ladder, the doctor threatened to operate!  Tom is a super handyman, and we enjoy his company.  We got all the light hung save for some down the side of the house, but son Joe is bringing another box on Thanksgiving.

Tom got us a new garbage disposer which is QUIET.  The one that came with the house was new, but I believe it cost $19.95 at the local hardware store.  When you turn it on, the windows rattle, the dog howls, and every other time I faint.  I suspect the disposer was used in a movie to make scary sounds before it retired and was installed in our kitchen!

Ah-ha!  We heard big a truck, and it was Moon Nursery delivering our babies.  Well, our baby trees.   We got a Valencia Orange, a Ries Avacado, and a golden maple.  they arrived, and dirt started flying

The delivery truck has arrived!

We had our decorations up to greet the new arrivals; we wanted them to know they would have a good home!

We are decorated for Thanksgiving.

Mr. Avacado came first. The Reed Avacado s only available during the summer and fall months. It has a lighter, more subtle flavor and is about the size of a softball. As the Reed ripens, its skin remains the same green color, unlike other types.

Here comes the avocado tree.

Next was the golden maple, which we put right in the center of the front yard.  It looks small, but there are two big ones down the street approaching thirty feet tall!

The Golden Maple is next.

What do we use as fertilizer, Moon Juice, of course?  It is “Super Charged,” which means it is twice as expensive as other fertilizers,

Yes, it is called Moon Juice.

The Valencia Orange gets placed, so it will have plenty of space to grow into a fruit-producing powerhouse.   Now we will have oranges.  That made me remember when Mary and I went to the market to buy some oranges and apples, but they didn’t have any. It was a fruitless trip.

We already have two oranges.

The avocado has a place of honor planted deep in the backyard; it will provide shade and be nice to look at year-round.  I remember I tried to make guacamole with an unripe avocado. It was pit-iful.

OK, sit down; you knew this was coming.  Mary told me of the time she accidentally got some avocado in her eyes.  She was worried she might get guac-oma.  I apologize!

The avocado is already growing.

Meanwhile, in the front yard, the workers admire their planting.  The tree will lose its leaves and go formant, but what is impressive, the bark will turn bright red in its dormancy.

He admires his work.

While Tom was working, Mary and I went to the market to pick up some trays for Thanksgiving.  When we got home, we attempted to put them in the outside frig.  Well, the trays we so big the door would not close.  I gave the door a push, and we slapped duct tape on the door to keep it shut.  I hope everyone is hungry on Thursday!

His tummy was so full I had to tape the door shut!

The telephone rang, and it was Gary, our mason.  He is going to the Elks tonight to get reinstated based on our recommendation.  He invited us to go so we accepted.  We got cleaned up and headed to the Santa Ana Elks for Taco night.  We sat with him and Judy, his wife, and had a good time.  The tacos were super, and we chattered for almost an hour.

We decided not to go to the ceremony because the rest of the week will be busy.  We departed about 7:30 PM and headed home to crash.

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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