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Week #48 Begins! Christmas Is NOT Far Away!

Memories: The Train Station – I had a large American Flyer train setup in the backyard of my house. It covered an area of almost 400 square feet. My mom and I created the mountains using window screen wire and plaster of Paris. We had two trains running simultaneously.

During Christmas time, we used to celebrate at Dad’s boss’s house even though he was Jewish and his employees were not. This year, I found a big box under the tree with my name on it.   Of course I opened it up and was I surprised!  I was ten and of course gifts are always great My dad’s boss, Ralph David Leibowitx, was a generous and amazing man.  I got my middle name from Ralph’s middle name.  BTW, his daughter got her name, Paula, from my dad;s first name, Paul!   They were pretty close friends.

It was a talking American Flyer S-gauge train station!  It had a 4″ record that ran at 78 rpm and it announced trains departing and arriving at the station!  The building also lit up

I took it home at at 10 pm I was outside in the train room assembling the gift and placing it on the train layout.  I must had played the announcement 100 times that evening.

Looking back I was blessed with the most wonderful parents and amazing grown up friends.

This ought to work just fine!  His deliveries will be done by the first of February!

The phone woke me up at 5:45 am this morning.  As I am a little older, I am fortunate to have someone call and check on me daily.  The person who called me is from India and seems to be very concerned about my car warranty.

Mary woke up at 6:00 am, and we spent the morning in the office, completing our paperwork.  It was amazing; there was a wooden table beneath the paper!

After picking up Mary from the gym, we decided to go to Orange County Farm to purchase new soil mixtures and vegetables.

She was busy today

I can’t believe I forgot to go to the gym today.  That’s seven years in a row now.

During our journey, we took a break at Renada’s for lunch and enjoyed the view of people and cars passing by.  We were particularly impressed by a beautifully restored red vehicle.

It was quite an automobile.

The angel hair pasta and seafood looked beautiful, and I enjoyed it.  Mary did the Veal Piccata, and it was also excellent.

We talked to the kids today.  They said they wanted a cat for Christmas. We usually serve turkey, but, hey, if it will make them happy.

Lunch was amazing.

The soup contents were interesting.

Yummy… Creepie crawlies!

We drove down Chapman to the nursery and asked the owner what was the best amendment to add to our raised garden.  We bought eight bags for one and a half of our garden planters.  We will need about 24 more to complete the process.

Mary selected some veggies, and we were off and running.

We did a flyby at CVS, but the prescription was not ready.

We brought all the items to the backyard using our fleet of wheelbarrows and trucks.

Each bag was 100 pounds!

We loaded the bags onto the bricks at the top of the raised bed. Tomorrow, we will slice them open and fill the beds with 2-3 inches of soil amendment mix. Then we can plant new vegetables!

We got everything moved, and tomorrow we start!

During our visit to Candy Cane Lane, we participated in an auction and successfully bid on a basket of chocolates. We decided to give them to David, who can taste chocolate after his chemo treatments.

We drove to their place, which was about ten minutes away, and spent around thirty minutes visiting before returning home.

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

Off to David and Dianne’s!

I found a pry bar at home and used it to retrieve the mail from the mailbox. When we forget to check the mailbox for a day, it fills up quickly!

I went back to the office for a couple of hours and then watched a Christmas movie.

Good night all!

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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