Out And About

Today we are adding to the garden.  We wanted some fruit trees and found them at H&H Nursery in Long Beach.  We took the van, and with Colleen’s help, we brought home three beauties.

Before we left, I tried on my new coat for Valentine’s Day!  I can wear it as a tux jacket or regularlar suit/sports coat with black pants.

I must say I looked dashing!

Multi-grafting for a variety of fruit is a creative way to produce several fruits on the same tree.  These are sometimes referred to as “fruit cocktail” trees.  We got two stone fruit trees which were peach, nectarine, pear, and Santa Rosa plum  We also picked up a 4-1 apple tree with a Dorset, Fuji, Ana, and Golden grafted onto the same tree trunk.

We just did stone fruit this time; perhaps citrus later on!

Colleen pushed the cart as it was getting heavy, and we found some other goodies we needed for the garden.  We carefully put them into the van for a ride to the Elks and then home.

The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat and some old clothes.  And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.

I did let Colleen push the cart!  Hard work doesn’t harm anyone, but I do not want to take any chances.

Colleen hauled the loot!

I examined the trees closely and talked to the lady who runs the place; she gave me some hints about how to place them in the yard.

Mary told Colleen, “Why are husbands like lawnmowers?  They are difficult to get started, emit foul smells, and don’t work half the time.”    

Paying the bill (Mary beat me to it)

We were there for quite a while, and Mary was involved with every purchase.  We have a 40-minute ride to the Elks, so nature called.  Colleen took the picture; I am innocent (for once).

What do a missile silo and an Alaskan outhouse have in common?  They both contain IC BMs.

You gotta do what you have to doo doo!

The plants are loaded, including a new blueberry bush, some additional veggies, and some flowers.

It was “Girls’ Night Out,” so the old trusty van was ready to go.  We arrived at 11:45 AM, and our seats were ready.  The lobby was decorated for Valentine’s Day.

Elks is ready for Valentine’s Day.

Colleen knows the entire gang, and they are always excited when she shows up; they have someone new to talk to.  I overheard Colleen ask Bob, “What’s the difference between an outlaw and an in-law?  Outlaws are wanted.”

Bob and Colleen hit it off.

We did our typical thing; show arrows at each other (in jest) and laughed and giggled through lunch.  Bob did NOT wear his motorcycle shirt, but I pulled up a copy of it, and Bob nearly went crazy.  Mary and I ordered one for him also, and it is coming to our home, so that we will give it to him next week.

The perfect gift for old motorcycle riders

They both still ride motorcycles when the weather is good.

The banter is priceless.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the table, Iris, Will, and I are cavorting and making arrangements for this weekend’s dancing activities.

Hi Iris!

Ronnie popped by to visit.  He will be DJ’ing, so the music will be super for dancing.

Ronnie stopped by!

We went home at about 2:00 PM and unloaded the trees, taking them to their future homes in the backyard.  Two trees will be put closer to the house, and the Santa Rosa Plum will be in the garden area.

Robin came by after work and visited.  The three girls seem to be bolted at the hip!  We decided to go to Aces Bar and Grill for dinner, which is always fun.  The owner greeted us and was happy since we seemed to draw in people who return (the secret is we hijack the jukebox and play the 40s-60s music at a lower volume and most bars).

We stopped at Ace’s for dinner with Colleen and Robin

Mary and I enjoy the place and have met many friendly folks with families there.

Just us!

We chowed down on salads and jalapeno poppers, and I went for the steak!  We complete plans for the family get-together on Sunday at noon.  It is a Pierogi event with Bob being the head cook!  Our son Joe and grandson  Zack and their families will be joining us.

Great times!

Returning home, we visited for a few minutes before Robin had to depart for home; she is still a working girl.

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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