We Dood It!

How do vampires get around on Halloween? On blood vessels.

You know you must clean your house before the house cleaners come! 6:00 AM, and I am up and going!  I got caught up with the Daily Diary and progressed into the kitchen to straighten it up before the cleaners joined us today!

We are getting ready for Halloween!

We all split this morning, with Colleen visiting her Mom and taking her out to lunch.  I had to go to the Laser Care Skin Doctor to assess the latest cancer spot, which needed to be removed.  The doctor is in Long Beach, and I like him, so I will drive the twenty miles to stay with him.  That left Mary to watch the rain gutters be put on the house and do more decorating!

The house is looking like Halloween!

The Gutter Guys showed up at 9:55 AM, just before I departed, so I went over everything with them, which made it easier for Mary.

We all met back at the ranch about 1:00 PM when I met with the insulation contractor.  I am looking to have the entire attic re-insulated and drop the old R-13 in favor of the newest R38 batting; after all, Winter is on its way.

At 5:00 PM, the three of us were on the road again going to the Santa Ana Elks, where Colleen is being interviewed for membership into the Elks! While that was going on, Mary and I had an appetizer and a drink.  By the time Colleen was done, we had decided to dine at the Elks before walking Balboa Island and seeing the Halloween decorations! Our house cleaners showed up while I was taking a well-deserved snooze.

Dinner time at the Elks!

Mary tried the beef stroganoff while I did the chicken skewers.  We shared, and that was good! Mary, BTW, makes the best stroganoff ever! That way, we both get to have two items and learn what we like and dislike.

The lodge was busy this evening!

Colleen was interviewed in the big room, so we went into the lounge and hung out, deciding what to do next.  HAving Colleen with us is fun, so we want to pack everything in as soon as possible.

The lodge was busy this evening!

Dinner was done, and we headed to Newport and Balboa Island for a self-guided walking tour of the island decorations. We took the ferry to the island to see the sunset and enjoy the sea air.

We took the Balboa Ferry to the island!

Did You Know? In 1919 Joseph Allan Beek obtained the rights from the city of Newport Beach to provide a ferry service across the Newport Harbor between Balboa Island and the Balboa Peninsula. Before starting the ferry service, Beek owned The Ark. The Ark consisted of a giant rowboat with a small engine which Beek used as his first ferry vessel. The Ark carried oars in the event of engine failure. There was no regularly scheduled service, and customers telephoned Beek when they needed a ride across the harbor.

In 1919 Beek charged 5 cents per person. Three years after commencing operation, Beek built the Fat Ferry. This vessel held 20 passengers. Beek later built a small one-car barge which the Fat Ferry pushed across in front of it.

In the 1950s, Beek built three double-ended wooden boats for his ferry service: the Admiral, the Commodore, and the Captain. These three boats remain in service and have transported over two million persons. Each ferry holds three cars and 75 people. As of 2021, the Beek family charges $1.25 per adult, $2.25 per vehicle, $.50 for children ages 5–11, $1.50 for adults on bikes, $.75 for children on bikes, and $1.75 for motorcycles. Children under the age of 5 are free.

The ferry boats need constant maintenance, but this does not usually interrupt service. For two weeks in 2008, the ferry service shut down for an extended period, for the first time in 50 years, to rebuild the automobile ramp leading to the boats.

Currently, Beek’s three sons run the business, which has been in the family for nearly 100 years.

The sunset was fabulous! We hit the harbor at a perfect time.

Perfect time for photos!

The Pavillion was lit up and active.  Today was a far cry from the 1920s when it served as a dance hall for most southern California!

The beautiful Balboa Pavillion dance hall of the 1920s is still an imposing structure.

Colleen snapped a shot of us, and of course, the air was blowing, and hair was flying!  Mary and I usually do not have horns!

We are enjoying the ride!

Colleen and I got our picture taken by Miss Mary!

To the West, the ocean was on fire, and you could almost hear the hiss as the sun sets into the water!

The sunset was amazing.

We made it to the island and began our mile-long plus walk; it was disappointing based upon previous years, but we may be just too early; we will try again in a few weeks!

We were too early, OR COVID did in the decorating this year?

We stopped the walk early and returned to the car via the main street that crossed the island.  Ciao was open, so we decided to have a glass of wine, and we could not ever pass up dessert!  Mary and Colleen got the giggles, and they were infecting me!  We had a great time!

We stopped and had some wine and dessert before returning home.

We were home by 9:30 PM just in time to attempt to watch a movie for Halloween. Hocus Pocus was on for a while, and then either it went off, OR we fell asleep; we will never know! We took the side streets home, avoiding the freeways.

We are done for the day; say goodnight Gracie!

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Time To Decorate For Halloween!

For Halloween, we are dressing up as almonds. Everyone could tell we were nuts.

At 2:00 AM, the clouds opened up, and rain poured down.  It finally stopped at 4:30 AM and we had received a lot of water!

Mary retires in seven weeks and I have been retired 14 Years, 6 Months, and 16 Days!

We got into the Swim Spa at 5:30 AM after making sure the sky was free of clouds.  We had 1 1/2 inches of rain last night!  The sound of the rain needs no translation!

My math teacher said, “Pie Are Squared,” and I told him, “No silly, Pie Are Round!”

We both have decorations that will be deployed in the new house. Today is free, so we are going to decorate, and that means I must go up into the attic above the garage and pull out several boxes. I think this will require assistance from Colleen.

We already did our first Halloween event at Roger’s Gardens.  We are having loads of fun with the holiday seasons upon us!

The skeletons were scared of these two!  Why are skeletons so calm? Because nothing gets under their skin

Mary zoomed at 7:30 AM, and I finished the Daily Diary!  It was now 8:45 AM, and Colleen was off doing errands!  I found an ancient family tree at my aunt’s house many years ago.  I had it at Los Alamitos and wanted to put it up at Casa Valencia.

Colleen took the old document to Michaels, and they decided a $200+ frame and special glass was needed to preserve the writing.  It has my father’s and grandfather’s birth and death recorded, plus my three aunts on dad’s side of the family!

It is a treasure of family information!

First things first, we had to find all the decorations.  Remember, we are combining our stuff this year and putting them into a new home! That should be fun finding new locations!

Colleen and Mary decided to fly last year’s broom around the backyard while making a sharp turn to the right, and the engine exploded.  No one was hurt!

I needed to ask, “Why did the broom decide to go to bed?  He was getting sweepy”  That was pretty bad but I did outdo myself because I asked, “What is in a ghost’s nose? Boo-gers.”

The girls tried a test flight, and we had a problem! They called AAA.

I told the girls about the little broom who was curious!  Why was I booed and who threw the half-eaten cupcake?

Mommy broom and her child are walking outside.
Child: “Mom, how did you and dad make me?”
Mom: “Oh, we swept together.”

Meanwhile, I rolled in boxes of decorations!  Now we will go through the process of opening them up and seeing where we ought to put stuff.  Thank goodness Colleen is here; she is pretty talented!

Halloween is coming!  What is behind box number two?

Mary and Colleen began the process, and Colleen decided to refresh an old Halloween Pyramid which had been boxed up for years.  It is looking pretty good now!

Some of our combined decorations have been around for decades!  The Halloween Pyramid needed some serious work!

Christmas pyramids (German: Weihnachtspyramide) are Christmas decorations that have their roots in the folklore and customs of the Ore Mountain region of Germany but have become popular internationally. They comprise a decorated pyramidal outer frame with candle holders and a central carousel with a rotor at the top, driven by warm air from the lit candles.

The carousel was decorated with nativity scenes and other Christmas figures such as angels and wise men and worldly motifs such as mining folk and forest scenes.

Generally, Christmas pyramids are made of wood and based on four- to eight-sided platforms with a long pole in the middle serving as the axle. The entire apparatus tapers above and which supports any further platforms. Inside in a glass or ceramic support is a driveshaft onto which at least one platform is attached. The figures, which stand on the platforms are also traditionally made of wood.

Christmas pyramids take various forms from intricately carved miniature houses with pitched roofs to large multi-level structures that simply display the carved figures. In many cities in the Ore Mountains there are large Christmas pyramids on the Market Square at the Christmas Market or in other locations associated with Christmas hustle and bustle.

Most of the pyramids demonstrate nativity scenes. They include the story of the Christ child being born, of shepherds and wise men visiting the child, and of angels rejoicing in heaven. The nativity scene often is placed on the most extended shelf at the bottom of the pyramid, while a pine cone or a star would crown the top.

The girls had a plan; after work, we met Robin at the Outlets Of Orange.  We got there a little early and went to a restaurant to have a glass of wine.

The Tremendous Trio tries three tantalizing tidbits.

I saw a pretzel on the menu.  I figured out they were the size of the ones at Disneyland; wrong!  They were gigantic!  We ordered three, and Robin took one and a half home with her!

The pretzel that ate Detroit!

Off to the Outlets Of Orange, an open-air outlet mall in Orange, California, in central Orange County developed by The Mills Corporation and now owned by Simon Property Group.

I stayed outside and guarded the exit so they could not come out with too much stuff!

There were some interesting stores and restaurants there, but I was not up for anything after the little snack we had!  I should have known but I did not look at the price when I ordered them; fourteen dollars each!  We could have used them for boat anchors!

It smelled delicious as we passed the establishment!

We headed for home and continued decorating.  Around 8:00 PM, we three headed to the swim spa, the first time Colleen had used it.  We sat in there for 45 minutes and discussed today and the plans for tomorrow.

The house is coming along just fine!

I worked so hard today that I lost some more weight!  I mentioned to Mary that we should ask the skeleton for dinner because I love to hear him say, “BONE appetite.”  I find that that HUMERUS.

We all crashed before 10:00 PM; the swim spa worked its magic!

I am getting old!  I remember when Halloween was the scariest night of the year. Now, it’s Election night.

It’s was late, and tomorrow is a full day of doctors and contractors.  Good night all!

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An Interesting Day

Since it is Monday, you get to hear another of my favorite songs! The theme song from Moulin Rouge.  I found the lyrics daunting.

Moulin Rouge is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Huston, produced by John and James Woolf for their Romulus Films company, and released by United Artists. The film is set in Paris in the late 19th century, following artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the city’s bohemian subculture in and around the burlesque palace of the Moulin Rouge. The screenplay is by Huston, based on the 1950 novel by Pierre La Mure. The cinematography was by Oswald Morris. This film was screened at the 14th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Lion.

Mary went off to work today, leaving Colleen and I alone; oh oh, this could be not good.  However, Colleen went to get her nails done, and I finished the party website on Saturday.

We went to Cerritos and assisted Irene in getting a new computer!  The Apple store was crowded, but we had made reservations, so we got right in.

Irene gets the macine powered up by the Apple technician!

On the way, Mary called and was only working half-day, so we hatched a plan to get the computer and meet Miss Mary at The Fish Company.  It worked; the four of us had lunch.

We had a great seat and enjoyed our meals!

Colleen drove the Silver Fox, took some oysters to Vicky, and then dropped off Irene at her home in Long Beach.  Dr. Mary and I took Precious and went by Diane’s delivering clam chowder to her and David.

We decided to batten down the hatches for some reason since the weather forecast said it would rain later on in the week.    We called Jeff and visited him across the street. We had a good visit and then headed back home.

Walking home!

It started raining within an hour of us getting home.  Mary decided to walk in the rain and  I caught a quick picture of Dr. Marry doing her famous “water avoidance dance”.  Graceful is one word that should not be used!

…and she did not spill anything from the packages!

Within a few minutes, we heard a “boom”; here comes the rain and lightning! We all got home at the same time.

We took a load of videos, and here is one of interest!

 

Well, the weatherman was wrong again.  It came up a ferocious storm scaring poor Scout half to death.  He barked and howled at the lightning and thunder but to no avail, it kept on coming.  We sat on the patio and watched the display. It was raining cats and dogs, and I fell in a poodle.  I did ask Colleen and Mary, “Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?”

We finally crashed, thinking that sitting in a tub of water in a lightning storm would not be a wise thing to do!

At 2:00 AM, I heard the rain coming down in buckets, and we had almost 1.5 inches of rain in the middle of the night!  It was raining harder than a cow pissing on a flat rock. By 5:00 AM, it was all gone!

Good night all and to all a good night!

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Sunday And We Be Pooped!

Perseverance is the hard work you do after getting tired of doing the hard work you already did.

Our eyes did not open until after 8:00 AM since we were up past midnight.  We walked through the house and back yard and were amazed at what a great job Armstrong Productions did; the place was spotless.  We even had a cup of coffee on the patio with Colleen and admired our decision to have it catered!  Yeah us!

Spotless!

We moved in slow motion most of the day!  It was well worth it!

So true!

Since last Wednesday, the sprinkler systems have been off as we did not want a wet dance floor, so we hand-watered everything this morning.

Making sure we have plenty of water for the tiny flowers as it will be in the 90s again today.

We told folks NOT to bring gifts as we were already running out of room. They came bearing gifts anyway! Combining two households after living in our homes for three decades was a difficult task.

Gift list was complex!

Mary gets such a great look on her face when she is happy.  The gifts were eclectic and caused a lot of smiles!

“What could this be from Len!”

We examined every card, and several were hand-made by our artist friends; fantastic work and a joy to behold!

Mary checks the gift list.

Colleen gets down to work disassembling the centerpieces and removing the batteries until we use them next time.  We had fifty-plus batteries to put away!

Colleen disassembles the centerpieces.

Robin stayed over last night to help, and she stayed until 1:00 PM laughing and giggling with the girls.

Always a smile!

The three of us, Collen, Mary, and I, went to Charlie’s soccer game.  Son Joe is the coach (Charlie is right behind him).

Soccer in La Habra in 99-degree weather.

We got into the frig and found a load of delicious left-overs from last night, including the filet-mignon pieces and several sliders, plus we did more damage to the Chinese food from Friday!  We hit the sack early! We were done for by the time we got home.

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D-Day (D for Dance)!

Dance like no one is looking!

We were up early and doing last-minute panic things like checking the wiring, lining up the soft drinks, and going to the store for fire extinguishers!  If you want a peek ahead of time, look here, Mary & Paul’s Dancing Under The Stars.

My son came over and assisted with the lighting and pumps in the pool.  In the afternoon, my grandsons entered the scene, providing the much-needed muscle.  The girls flitted about making sure everything was perfect!

The day begins!

Dusk has arrived, and the dancers will be showing up early; they always do! We hope Donna and Bob are first so they can test the floor!

The sun begins to set, and guests will be arriving soon.

7:00 PM sharp, the orchestra fires up, and the brass sounds so very good!  The attendees are amazed at how dance music is so easy to listen to, and the horns add so much depth to the sound!

Nine Carat Gold sets up for the music!

Eighty people joined us this evening.  You can see the details on our website at Mary & Paul’s Dancing Under The Stars.

We heard out favorite start-up and raced to join the fun.  “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murry, circa 1980, is our favorite waltz!

We danced to “Could I Have This Dance (For The Rest Of Our Life).”

The video below is courtesy of YouTube, which happened to have the original recording of the song.

We had over eighty people join us tonight for the shindig.  Chuck Armstrong and his staff did a superb job of serving the hors-deouvers to the crowd.  The bar was busy all night, and many new friendships were formed!  The weather was remarkable; it was eighty degrees at 7:00 PM and stayed in the 70s past 10:30 PM!

Eighty plus family and friends joined the fun.

My girls got together for a quick shoot: two granddaughters and two daughters.  We were missing Michele, but she was out dancing with her husband.  The girls have taken to Dr. Mary, but was is not to love?

Rebecca (Granddaughter), Robin (Daughter, Mary, Kerrick (Granddaughter), and Colleen (Daughter)

Our daughters introduced us one more time, and Bob and Donna gave us a champagne toast!

Donna married us eight weeks ago (She and Bob have been our friends for many years!)

We cut the cake, and Mary did the honors with a surgical skill; duh!

Champagne toast always needs a small cake.

Mr. Scout was in his tuxedo this evening, and the little bugger went table to table introducing himself; it was amazing to watch!

Long-time friends Sam and Brenda meet Scout and Scout was happy to meet them!

Did we say dancers dance?  Bob, Vicky, Mike, and Linda in the first row do the Ten Step Polka.  Mike, Bridgette, and of course, Dr. Mary are right behind them!  All had great fun.

We then did the Cowboy ChaCha, and a lot of our non-dancing friends are all of a sudden interested in dancing!

The ten-step polka gets underway!

The evening was winding down, and papa found a seat and was soon surrounded by granddaughters.

A bevy of beauties surrounded me!

The place had cleared out by 10:30 PM, and we got a chance to relax.  Our catering staff, led by Dr. Armstrong, took care of everything, including washing all the dishes and making everything spotless!  It was a lovely evening.

A special thank you to Colleen, Robin, Bob (son-in-law), and Joe (son) for their help in making the evening a wild success.  We missed Pete and Lisa and of course Sydney, Jan, Marilyn, and Greg but we will do this again!

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T-1 And We Are Scrambling!

When you’re the most happening person at the party, it’s time to leave!

Today we get everything 90% ready!  Joe and Colleen assist with the lighting; dancing under the stars requires stars!

Remeasuring everything!

Strings are hung but are they high enough? Look,s to be OK!

We did not have to pull them any tighter!

After the lighting was done, Scout wanted some play time with his brother Joe,  They do kinda look alike!

Scout’s favorite game, playing “Dead Dog”

Joe will have to explain the strange smells to Apollo!

OK Joe, I am awake now. Can I chase you?

Robion does the centerpiece decorations meaning untangling all the wires!

She has patiennce!

Mary works on the party favors and does a surgically precision job!

She did however glue her hands together!

It was late and we were tired so I ordered Chinese takeout for three…dozen!

We could have fed an army.

Step right up we have a little of everything!

“You ordered for how many??”

We turned on the lights and waitred for the fuse to blow… We were lucky!  Thge lights stayed on!

Perfect for dancing

So far so good!

It is going to be pretty!

Love the blue roses

Needless to say be crashed; everyone worked hard to get ready!

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More Getting Ready!

I started with nothing, and I still have most of it.

Uo at the crack of dawn; we even got shushed by the local rooster!   Mary worked around the house, and Colleen and I went to Home Depot to get supplies, including a heater, bags of soil to hold down Joe’s lamp posts, electrical goodies, and some plants.  We made our lists, and we are sticking to it.s.

The pool looked inviting even at 6:00 AM!

Bright and early in the morning

The roses were still on from last night, so they must have been charged up!

The roses are blooming!

We worked until 10:00 AM and then got cleaned up to go to “Girls Night Out” at the Santa Ana Elks.  Colleen turned in her application, and Dr. Capps submitted it.  If all goes well, she will be initiated the next time she comes out.

We are entering the lodge.

We had a load of fun, and Iris even got her two dozen oysters!

At the Elks for Girls Night Out

The girls like wearing hats so last week they were told, “Wear a hat”!   It is close to Halloween, so…

Hat day

We had to leave early as the three of us had appointments with the hairdresser.  Yes, I go to a hairdresser, and she is outstanding.  I end up looking handsome and de-boner.

Mary found a friend.

We stop this enjoyable reading to bring you a flash.  Lisa just got married (a real wedding but not the formal one is coming up).  CONGRATS!!!!!

Happy wedding!

After I became beautiful, it was time for the girls to take their turn.  I went to Home Depot again to pick up some last minutes goodies like firelogs, etc.

Mary made us dinner from leftovers, and it was perfect!  She is a little creative at times!

Mary gets clever.

After dinner, we fired up the lights and arranged them following the seating chart. The yard is plenty bright enough, and tomorrow Joe is coming over, and we will light up the dance floor with overhead lights! We expect about 80 people, so we have eight tables for ten.

Light up the night.

We fired up the fire pit to see how much heat it would throw.  At 9:00 PM, it was still 72 degrees, so the fire will be for decoration.

Neat fire for our guests, a dry run!

Colleen puts the finishing touches on some lighting.

Colleen works all the time to help us.

We flipped on the pool lights, and voila, we are ready!

Time for a swim?

We crashed at 9:00 (Mary and I watched “Short Circuit,” a funny movie about a human robot).  Number 5 of a group of experimental robots in a lab is electrocuted, suddenly becomes intelligent, and escapes.

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Getting Ready!

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

Everything was normal this morning as we became vertical about 7:00 AM after a good long soak in the spa last night!  Mary and I hit the garden and replanted seven barrels surrounding the pool! Thanks to Colleen; she had been a lifesaver! We all had our to-do lists and checked them off.

Scout, The Wonder Dog, was also up early and helping for the party!  He had his hat on so he would not get sunburnt!  He is going to the beauty parlor tomorrow to look fabulous at the party, and he has a tuxedo to wear!

He is looking good!

Mary and I started in the garden making sure all was OK and doing some replanting.  Look carefully; we found another Praying Mantis.  His camouflage was terrific.  His head is triangular (just a hint).

“Careful there, fat boy, I am hungry this morning!”

The yard is ready, and Colleen is on duty as I have a doctor’s appointment in Los Alamitos. Mt Cardiologist wants to see me every six months (whether I need it or not).

The lights and wiring for the band are in the pavilion now, so they should be ready for the shindig.

While in the doctors’ office, we got a panic call from Colleen; the sprinklers came on.  They do not turn on until 6:00 AM, but I realized that we shut the power down to the house when the electrician was here, and that event reset the sprinklers.

Via the phone, Colleen found the sprinkler controller behind the garage freezer, turning it off.  Colleen is quite resourceful!

The truck arrived, and Colleen guided the guys to the backyard and gave them setup and unloading instructions.

Three guys and a lot of stuff!

They rolled the chairs and tables to the backyard, including the bar and buffet tables.  They also brought six 20′ floodlights to light up the backyard when the tables are set up!

The catering team will set there up three hours ahead of the party!

Meanwhile, after I arrived home, I prepared a GFI outlet that I will put under the eves tomorrow morning.  That way, I can split the load and keep all cables off the ground; we want no one tripping!

I love the shop; I have almost every took known to man (and if I do not have one, my sone Joe does).

We were not kidding about the party’s theme, Dancing Under The Stars with Mary and Paul. The guys kept busy as each panel probably weighs in at 75 pounds! The floor is 400 square feet, the size of an oversized two-car garage.

The floor has plastic under it to protect it from moisture.

Mary and Colleen were inside doing things to get ready.  Mary came out and said, “I Quit!”.

Robin came over after work and also helped out getting things ready!  We worked until dark and then decided we were too tired to cook, so off to Rockwell’s for dinner.  We are all getting to be regulars there.

The girls teased our waiter unmercifully, but he got a good tip!  We had a bottle of wine, and we ordered another one.  Well, when he came back, he brought a glass only.  We explained the issue, and ever so quick, Robin said, “That glass is on the house, right?” The manager was behind us and said, “Yes, and please do not come back!”

I reminded everyone, “When you wait for a server in a restaurant, doesn’t that make you the waiter?”

Having two daughters that are so close is a sight to behold. I love them both!  A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.

We discussed plans for the party, and I reminded them. “Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.”

I did remind the girls, “A cannibal is a person who walks into a restaurant and orders a waiter.”

What is this?  We get our picture taken together!  Tell me it isn’t so!  Dang, history is being made! Remember, “You and me make a wonderful WE.”

The best feeling is when I look at you, and you’re already staring.

I pulled out my favorite app and scanned the sky.  I could not see them but they are right above us probably awaiting an invitation!

Back home, I used my new apps to “see” what can’t be seen!

To make things colorful during the party, I bought a box of Cosmic Flame packets, which are chemicals one adds to a fire, and the flames get rather colorful!  Toss an unopened pouch into the fire to enjoy a brilliant display of colorful flames!

They are making pretty beautiful!

We turned on the lights and aimed them correctly. This will be perfect for the dining and drinking area! Colleen checks out the brightness.

We kept folks away from the pool so they would not “fall in!”

The pool lights and the lights in the container plants are perfect.  I think we are ready!

Hear no evil, speak no evil, and you won’t be invited to cocktail parties.

By 10:00 PM, we were all beat!  Robin headed home, and we crashed!

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Two Months And Loving It!

I bought a second hand time machine next Sunday. They don’t make them like they’re going to anymore.

Up at the crack of dawn and into the hot water!  We got out at sunrise so as not to scare the birds who often fly by the house.  We decided to walk Five Miles and off we went.  We did not get too far when I spotted a Mantis on the outdoor light.  I careful sneaked up on him and snapped a picture

We was looking right back at me!

Did You Know? The Praying mantis is a most interesting and enjoyable beneficial insect to have around the garden and farm. It is the only known insect that can turn its head and look over its shoulder. … Later they will eat larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and other pest insects.

A praying mantis loves to eat insects – so much so that it doesn’t seem to discriminate, eating both harmful and beneficial insects. In extreme cases when food supplies are low, they may even eat one another.

A young praying mantis eats soft-bodied creatures such as aphids, mosquitoes, and caterpillars. When more mature, it can eat beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and just about any type of problematic. The praying mantis even feeds on moths at night.

I had a to-do list about three miles long and I was off and running.  Colleen joined us for a piece of toast about 10:00 AM and then the girls got ready to go shopping.

Dianne, Mary, and Colleen took off in a cloud of dust leaving me stranded with File Miles.  I did most of the list and will finish it tomorrow.

We looked at the yard and it was ready to receive the items for the party but alas, seven of the barrels looked pretty bad so it’s off to Roger’s Gardens to fix that problem.

The annual display was in full swing!

We walked around and you can see a lot more on our Halloween Website.  It was fun to see all the “scary things”.  Heck, I was walking with two of them!

Remember this?

Shall we go in or not, that is the question.

Welcome to Roger’s Gardens!

They all look hungry!

No bones about it.

Now the skeletons are scared.  I would be to if I saw these two together!

Careful, they bite.

We departed the scary place and walked around looking for roses and flowers for the back yard for the party.

Want a Snapdragon little girl?”

After buying a bunch of stuff, the girls headed for The Farm House and I drove the car around to the back.  We had a bottle of wine and a cheese plate and kibitzed around for an hour.  Colleen spotted something in the bottom of the wine bottle and it looked like sugar.

Did You Know? Tartrate crystals  are a harmless, naturally occurring byproduct of winemaking; they might taste a little sour if you try eating them. They typically collect on the cork or at the bottom of a wine bottle. They are sometimes referred to as “wine diamonds,” a lovely way to try to convince people not to worry about them.Mary was wearing her new blouse the girls bought her at Disneyland the other day. I was not sure what it said so I took a closer look!  I should have known!

I kiss the princess; she kisses the frog!

Our cheese plate was pretty good and it disappeared quickly.

Dinner?  Nope, we have cherry pue at home.

We got a picture of us.

 

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Happy Anniversary; Two Months And Counting!

I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.

We hit the sack early and I could not sleep after 5:00 AM so I worked in the office and actually found the top of the desk.  I also had some quiet time so I paid some bills and changed the Home Directory on the new iMac.

We went into the swim spa at 6:00 AM and got out at sunrise which was 6:47 Am this morning.  Mary jumped into the shower as she, Dianne , and Colleen are going “shopping”.  I, on the other hand, will be working around the house to get ready for the shindig!

Colleen took a load to the hazardous waste dump and then doubled back by GoodWill; we do know know what we wold do without her help!

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