Mid-Week Already! Happy Birthday Irene!

Fact: Some in Britain still practice an ancient way of celebrating birthdays by placing thimbles and coins in the cake’s batter.  The person who will get the coin will be wealthy, and the one who receives the thimble will never marry.  The one that bites hard will break a tooth!

We decided to go to Sherman Gardens today, so we first stopped at the Cannon repair/service center and then another six miles to the gardens.  Mary and I are members, and we had a bunch of guess passes.

Come and join the fun at our website!

The flowers were magnificent, and Mary noted our front yard garden needs.

Hello there!

Did You Know? All dahlia flowers and tubers are edible. The flavours and textures can vary greatly depending on the soil and conditions in which they were grown. Flavours range from water chestnut through to a spicy apple or even carrot.


The restaurant was BUSY, so we put in our name and then strolled the garden for an hour.  The first stop was the cactus garden, and I got a picture of two thorns.  I know there’s something wrong with my cactus, but I just can’t put my finger on it.

I asked Mary if she had ever fit a porcupine with glasses.  I asked her if she had heard about what the porcupine said to the cactus.  “Hey there, good looking.”

The girls enjoy Sherman Gardens.

We wandered over to the actual library and spent 45 minutes looking through phone books for Los Angeles dating back to 1935.  I found my dad and neighbors.  An example is the Coolmer’ who lived across the street from me growing up!

Can you read it? John Coomler was a mechanic at Gree-Haldeman Chrystler in Los Angeles.  They love at 6047 Comey Avenue in LA.

The library was quite cool inside; it had good roof insulation!

We went to the library.

It was time to eat, so we headed to the restaurant and were seated immediately.  Mary did trout, I did quiche, and Colleen had a small steak!  The food was almost too pretty to eat, and we kept asking the waitstaff what the edibles were made from.

Quiche pronounced Quickie!

After lunch, we continued our walk and ran into a giant butterfly.

We tried to spray for it, but it followed us home!

We went into the hothouse to visit the rainforest creatures, and Mr. Turtle woke up and said hello.  It reminded me of what you get when you cross a porcupine with a tortoise—a slow poke.

Hey turtle, how’s it hanging?

It is hanging quite well, the bananas, of course.  That reminded me we did NOT have dessert.  I took a banana to the doctor yesterday because it wasn’t peeling well.

We ice cream and whipped cream, and dessert is served.

Hey there, good-looking!

In the garden.

On our way home, we stopped by Jan’s to drop off some wine and visit for a few minutes since Colleen is heading home Saturday.

Mary made another tomato pie; wow!!!

Irene’s birthday is today, so we called her, and she went over the perks of being over 80 with us!

1.  Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
2.  In a hostage situation, you will likely be released first.
3.  No one expects you to run–anywhere.
4.  People call at 8 PM and ask, “Did I wake you?”
5.  People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
6.  There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
7.  Things you buy now won’t wear out.
8.  You can eat supper at 5 PM.
9.  You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10.  Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

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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