Happy Birthday Donna!!

Fact:  The most common birth date in the United States, excluding leap years, is 22 May.

We adjusted our gym time because we celebrated with Donna and Bob in Laguna.  Colleen visited her mother and met us in Laguna, spending most of the day with us.

We opened presents at the winery! Mary had fun taking it apart; it was fun to watch everyone stuff it back in.

Unwrapping Donna’s gifts at Laguna Winery (One got away but we will set a trap!)

After tasting, we went to the Sawdust Festival and grabbed some foodies to tide us over until this evening.

It’s a bird; it’s a plane….

Donna told stories of being young and remembering.

Donna Remembers:

  • It took three minutes for the TV to warm up.
  • Nobody owned a purebred dog.
  • When a quarter was a decent allowance and made with real Silver!
  • You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.  Made with real copper!  Looking to see if it was a 1943 lead penny!
  • You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time.
    And you didn’t pay for air?
    And, you got trading stamps to boot.
  • Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes, or towels hidden inside the box.
    Not to mention Cracker Jacks!
  • It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.
  • They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!
  • When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car… to cruise, peel out, lay rubber, or watch submarine races, people went steady.
  • No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked.
  • Lying on your back in the grass with your friends and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’.
  • Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game.
  • Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
  • When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home.

And with all our progress, don’t you wish, just once, you could slip back in time, savor the slower pace, and share it with today’s children?

We loved the Sawdust buildings; each is unique and fun to see.

Yep!  It’s the Sawdust!

They were wandering up and down, looking for a treasure.

Ookie Ookie over there, a bobble with bling!

We all got into the van, headed to Laguna proper, and parked near the restaurant.   We had to walk through a maze to get to the restaurant and also right by several candy stores.

What do you call Chewbacca when he has chocolate stuck in his hair?  Chocolate Chip Wookiee.

I asked Donna if she knew what you call a lamb covered in chocolate.  I whispered to her, “A candy baaa.”

STOP!  I am dry! Bob and I sang thee chorsus of “How Dry I Am” and three people stopped and gave us money to stop! Note to self: Bring a metal cup next time and dark glasses.

Bob and I wanted to stop right here!

C’est La Vie was our destination, and we had an excellent seat on the patio overlooking Laguna Beach.  We could watch the sunset and the beachgoers from our perch.

Colleen had a ball as Donna and Bob made her feel like one of us; poor girl!

Just plain cute, like her daddy!

We had a super dinner.   I had Cajun Linguine – Tiger shrimp, sausage, and chicken sautéed with onions, peppers, and tomatoes in a very spicy Cajun sauce, all on top of fresh linguine.  All of the meals were quite good!

Time to dine!

Time for dessert, and since it was a bakery, there was a fantastic selection of goodies.

Decisions Decisions

We had a wonderful day with fantastic friends!

Great times with friends and family!

Did I enjoy my meal or what?

Yummy; good for the tummy!

Our table was perfect.

We could hear the h-i-s-s-s-s-s- as the sun dropped into the water

We dropped off Colleen at the Sawdust (she had our car) and then stopped at the Laguna Winery to transfer wines into Bob and Donna’s car.  I think next time I will keep the wine in the bottle instead of pouring it in the back seat!  Purple leather does loo neat in the dark!

Mary and I popped into the Swim Spa as soon as we got home, and I almost fell asleep in the water; I guess the heat and the walking did me in.  We walked 6,600 steps yesterday.


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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