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We Are Ready To Work!

I sprung into action before Mary and dashed out to the backyard to take care of some dead-leaf trimming like the responsible gardener that I am. Mary, my savior, brought me some much-needed coffee, and then we cozied up on the patio to strategize our day of conquering the world. Our grand adventure started with a thrilling expedition to Home Depot for supplies.

Jobs for today:

  1. Trim roses
  2. Hang garden tools inside the outdoor Rubbermaid shed.
  3. Build two additional cages to protect plants from the bunnies.
  4. Move the Mother-In-Law’s tongues to the base of the rubber tree and connect the watering system.
  5. Put oil on the outdoor planting benches and adjust the waterproof covers.
  6. Put up the bird eliminator on the left-hand side fence in the front yard.
  7. Rearrange HeShe and toss out unused liquids.
  8. Pick apples and make a dessert!

We planned to work until 3:00 p.m., get cleaned up, and go to Campus Jaz for a Linda Ronstadt performance with dinner and friends, the usual culprits (Vicky and Jim, Bob and Donna, Yoli and a friend, and little old us).

Mary checked on her roses, and they were thriving like never before! They must have had a good pep talk from the garden gnome.

Matching reds.

My favorite is the butter-colored Julia Child Rose. It looks like you could spread it on toast. The Rose has buttery, bold blooms and a licorice-clove fragrance, which its namesake would have loved in the kitchen.

The morning sun makes it bright.

While I worked on the tool shed, Mary picked for Vicky, whom we will see later today. The peppers look especially good.

The box was a cacophony of colors!

After two hours of walking back and forth to the garage and visiting Home Depot, the tool shed is now organized. The only thing remaining is alphabetically arranging the tools on the rack (just kidding).

We have wanted to do this for two years!

We are off to the Campus Jax theater at the Orange County Airport.

We got to Campus Jax early and sat while they did their sound checks. Ms. Ronstadt stopped by and visited with us for about ten minutes.  She looks like the real McCoy!

The real Linda!

In a career spanning over five decades, the legendary Linda Ronstadt captured everyone’s hearts with her enchanting voice and left an indelible mark on the landscape of popular music. Ronstadt Revival, featuring Shannon Rae, is the premier tribute to Linda Ronstadt. It features a full seven-piece band, including fiddle and pedal steel, to bring you the truly authentic sound of the Ronstadt catalog.

Real, raw, and 100% LIVE music. From Linda’s 1967 beginnings with The Stone Poneys to her extraordinary renditions in the ’70s of songs by beloved songwriters like Smokey Robinson, Warren Zevon, Lowell George, The Eagles, and The Rolling Stones, to her ’80s smash album Mad Love with its New Wave vibe. Shannon and her Ronstadt Revival band will take you on a timeless journey, weaving in stories of Linda’s fantastic life and musical career. We sang along to our favorite hits, including “You’re No Good,” “Blue Bayou,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Tracks of My Tears,” and many more!

This amazing tribute band travels far and wide, delivering fantastic concerts wherever they go.

She was quite talkative, but we would not expect any less with Vicky!

Mary and I had excellent seats. We sat at the end of the table, and when the show started, I moved across and sat next to her. We were bee-bopping all night long; a great name for a song.

Lucky me, I sit across from a beautiful lady all night long.

The show begins!

She and the band lit up the room;  it was like reliving the 1970s again!

She is quite the performer and she had the entire audience in the palm of her hand!

The entire audience was cheering and singing along!

We made a detour to Aces on our way home to enjoy a glass of wine, and guess who we spotted at the bar? Bartender Mary, with a mischievous glint in her eye. The next thing we knew, Mary had taken over the jukebox, and it was filled with her eclectic music choices. We couldn’t resist dancing some more, but now we were grooving to my Mary’s unique DJ skills.

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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