I Hurry Up And Waits!

All things come to him who waits – provided he knows what he is waiting for.

Mary is off to work and I am in the new place awaiting the arrival of the garage floor folks. They arrived right on time as I was moving the trash cans to the street.

The ground-up the floor making it porous and mentioned that the floor was in excellent condition, the best they had seen in a long time! The first coat was a sealer and a bonding agent.  The second coat was a “glue” and then they tossed their chips down.

Tossing the chips onto the wet and very sticky second coat.

Tossing the epoxy chips!

After it has set for a while to vacuum up any loose chips and it was ready for the final epoxy clear resin coat. The final steps went well and the floor looks fantastic.

They did say use a blower to clean things up and the epoxy doesn’t like water a  lot.  I plan to drywall the remaining non-drywalled areas and minimized the typical garage clutter.

The guys and I are going to removed the old garage lights, drywall the ceiling, and put in bright LEDs.  It’s going to be a fashion shop when I am done!

The floor looks great!

Meanwhile, Scout, The Wonder Dog, and I frolicked in the yard with me watering some brown spots and Scout keeping various spots in the grass warm.

Scouts favorite game, “Dead Dog”

The yard looks pretty good.

The new grass gets its first haircut.


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The Good Guys Finally Are Winning

“Show me a gracious loser, and I’ll show you a failure.”

Mary had to work this afternoon, and I headed to the new house to meet with Spectrum, two plumbers, the gardener, make calls to the epoxy guys and coordinate with Joe and Zack.

The Spectrum guys dug up the yard but did a good job of repairing the damage.  They arrived right in time and began a three hours adventure.

Find anything, guys?

They had to core underneath the sidewalk, and they had a neat, handy dandy machine with a right angle handle on it, and it just drove right through the sidewalk in two places and made a clean hole to pull the cable through.

My new yard! Easy when you have the right tools!

Fun in the afternoon!  We had a friend of Mary’s come by to visit. He is a plumber operating in the local area, so he will replace my water heater with a tankless system and add a recirculating hot water system to have instant hot water in the kitchen.

The Old Guys Rule!

While all of this was going on, I was trying to disassemble the huge cabinets in the garage because they have to be in the driveway tomorrow morning when the epoxy people show up.

Mary is quite bright as she observed the cabinets should come apart, something I never noticed. I thought we would have to move the cabinets as one big cabinet.

I called the guys, namely Zachary and Joseph, to join me to help roll these suckers out onto the driveway overnight. They plan to come by around 4:30 PM, and Dr. Mary will go by the El Pollo Loco food emporium and bring a family-style feast for us to go down on.  I hope she remembers to bring a beer or two.

On the move.

The Spectrum install guy left about 3:00 PM, and we now have Internet again… I can finally check my mail, and Alexa is back online, so we have music in the house! I have nine Alexa devices at the old place, which I hope to bring over tomorrow!

A neighbor stopped in whose name is Jeff. It was an amazing visit we have a lot in common: he is also an engineer, his wife passed one month ahead of Sue, he was a ham radio operator, he has had heart bypass surgery, he loves his woodworking shop, etc.  Mary and I were invited to a wine tasting event at his place Saturday, but we had to decline due to our commitment to dancing.

A beautiful way to spend the day listening to the kids and the birds and watching the pool!


By the time 3:30 PM rolls around, I was getting tired, so scout, the wonder dog, and I sit out by the pool and listen to the kids in the playground. Scout likes to walk the periphery of the property thinking he’s keeping the elephants away and, based upon the fact there are no elephants, he must be doing a great job.

When the “boys” got here, they went right to work!  OMG, they made it look so easy I was ashamed of myself.

The guy size of the job and stated, “no problem, papa.”

I was going to try to help, but once the old man gets down, and takes a crane to get me back in the vertical position.  I was very proud of my son and my grandson; they work together very well… It reminded me of the way I used to work with Zack’s daddy, Mitch.

Once I get down, it takes two of them to get me back up.

Having the right tools is also a plus. Between Joe Zack and myself, we probably have every tool known to man, and if we don’t have it, one of us will get it.

Do we look alike or what? Which one is which? Hint Papa is the handsome one!

Once we got the cabinets on, fasten from the wall, and on fashion from each other, it wasn’t too bad to wield them out on the dollies. I asked Joe if I could use his dolly, and he said no. In fact, he said, “nobody gets to play with my dolly.”  Mary took the pictures, and she was listening to the banter back-and-forth, and I couldn’t help but see her giggle several times.

Zack and Joe lifted those cabinets like they weighed 5 pounds… I was going to try it, but I needed a block and tackle.

Next time I have a picture with these guys, I’m gonna wear my high heels; I had a presence of mind enough to get up on my tippy toes, so I didn’t look like a shrimp compared to them.

The question before the house is, which one is Larry, which one is Moe, and which one is Curly Joe?

Please meet my heroes Zack on the left, Joe in the center, and me on the end (I’m standing on my tippy toes so I can be as tall as Joe; otherwise, he’s a couple of inches taller than your man)

I met two other neighbors who all very friendly; we feel welcome to the hood.

Joe came over to Mary’s for a quick visit, and so he could visualize what we are talking about.  It was dark went Joe returned home, and I was again too pooped to pop, so I took a shower and crashed.

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The Battle Begins!

Feeling lost? Take a dream and convert it into small goals, then start taking steps to hit those goals. – Dave Ramsey

Off to the new house as Spectrum is supposed to be there at 8:00 AM.  Well, they arrived at 8:30 and spent almost two hours deciding that the cable conduit went to Never Never Land.

Poof, another day of delay, but they will return tomorrow with the supervisor and some coring equipment.  They will go under the sidewalk, under the driveway, and down the side of the house.  The bright side of this mess is I get all new cable and interconnections, yeah!

Mary came over about 9:00 AM as she had her Zoom meeting at 7:00 AM.  Scout, The Wonder Dog, joined us, and we patrolled the perimeter of the backyard.  Scout was winded after two laps.  The yard is huge.

The locksmith popped by, and we rekeyed everything, so all is well.  On our way to my dentist, we stopped at Rockwell’s for lunch and then to Home Depot, where we got decorative keys made for Robin, Domi, Lew, and others in our lives.  We also got a lockbox so the gardener and pool folks could open the box and get the key to the locks, a pool safety requirement.

The dentist appointment went well. My next date with Annie is on the 26th of May, Mary’s birthday!

While waiting for the dentist, I made arrangements with the movers to come and pack me up one day and move me the next day.  There is no way we can do it ourselves at our age, especially after being in that home for 35 years!  I asked three people and said I would have everything labeled and ready to go (meaning I have to get the electronics moved, but I will get a had from Zack on that be).

A lot of truth to this picture!

Scout asked.”What is a moving day?” We tried to tell him, but alas, something was lost in translation!


We departed the dentist and went to the old house, where I loaded the van with essentials needed to keep me afloat for the next few days.

It was approaching dinner time, so we went to Patty’s Place and shared sliders and a glass of wine, yes, including a chip-shot.  We did not return o the new place but went to Mary’s as I was “too pooped to pop” after all the day’s activities!

Mary said I sat on the couch and fell asleep immediately for over three hours.

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Poof; No Cable TV/Internet

Depend on the rabbit’s foot, if you will, but remember, it didn’t work for the rabbit.

Mary had an appointment with her lawyer, and I had an appointment to load ten boxes of “stuff” and ake to the new house.  I decided to move my cable modem and zot, the Spectrum fellow, and I could not find where it went into the house.  The cable I did find was cut off inside the wall and went no place. What now?

I called Zack, and he was heading home anyway, so he would drop by and see if he can solve the riddle.  If not, Spectrum will have to dig up the front yard and install a conduit from the street to the side of the house.  Welcome to a new home! Zack stayed with us a good hour or so and looked at the house in detail, and we think he approves!

After unloading the boxes, I went to Mary’s, and she just returned from the lawyer with a whole chicken, and I whipped up some sauteed beet greens.

A recipe from an old Chinese lady who said sauté the tops in mayonnaise and soy sauce… delicious!

We headed to the new house, where we made notes of things we have to do and what order.  The first thing is to get some chairs!  We returned to Mary’s, watched some TV, and crashed.  This kind of thing takes a lot out of one emotionally!

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A Big Day In My Life!

So what if I don’t know what “Armageddon” means? It’s not the end of the world.

The day started like typical Mondays, Mary headed for work, and I worked around my house.  As soon as I sit down, the phone started ringing. It was various people tell me about the status of our home.  By noon it looks like the escrow would go through, so I had to panic and make sure I turned on the electric gas water cable.  I did not get off the phone until roughly 4 PM, at which time I got a call from Sydney, our realtor, and she said escrow is closed checking to dinner but let’s meet at the house and exchange keys.

I called Mary, who is just leaving work, and said, let’s meet at your place, and we’ll go together to the new house. When we got there, Sydney was waiting, and we went and looked around, and everything looked beautiful, but now we have six months of work ahead of us to turn it into a home.

Sydney said she would take us out to dinner any place we wanted to go, so we decided Rockwells was just around the corner, and it turned out to be perfect. We had steak, and we killed off a bottle of Cakebread wine; life is good.

We have the keys!

Now it is time to move in with our stuff!

Time to start planning for the swim spa, workshop, and veggie garden!

After dinner, we went to Jan’s house, which is now within walking distance from our new place.  Sydney got to meet Jan, and we had a swell time.

Tomorrow morning, I will go to Lowe’s and get some needed supplies, and then I am going home to load the first of many boxes.

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Mother’s Day 2021

Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a mother.

We celebrated Mother’s Day with our family at Old Ranch Country Club and it was a grand affaire.

Mary delivers flowers

Robin, Diane, Mary, and Donna

Me and the girls

Mary and grandkids.

Zaitz and Irene

Mary and family.

Zack and Becca

Jan and Mary

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Work And Play; That’s A Good Idea

If I got 50 cents for every failed math exam, I’d have $ 6.30 now.

We got up early, walked the baby, and then headed to Chateau Liles for a four-hour session of packing.  The master bedroom and bath are done, twelve boxes and a sprained back later!  I did a load of cleanout last year when I was alone so there was not too much “junk”.

Mary watered all the gardens and did some serious picking/harvesting in the vegetable garden and fruit trees.  On the way back home we dropped off many of the veggies to Dianne (and David).  She is a great cook and will enjoy the rest fruits and veggies.



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We All Worked Today!

I asked Mary if she ever fantasizes about me, she said yes – about me taking out the trash, mowing the lawn, and doing the dishes.

Mary went to the office while I stayed at home and packed part of the house. I filled up almost 7 medium-size packing boxes from the master bedroom and the master bathroom. I filled another two large packing boxes with “soft goods”; blankets and pillows and that kind of stuff. Starting Monday, I am going to pack the kitchen and get that ready to transfer.  The next hardest will be my office; everything else will be a piece of cake!

There is always sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you’re going is as good as where you’ve been.  There is a bright side; I will find things that have been lost for years.  The trash can outside the bedroom door was happy; I kept him busy all afternoon.

I bought ten packing boxes and will move them a little at a time, leaving the heavy boxes for the movers.

Starting in a couple of weeks, Mary will be moving, and that should be a hoot!

Time for Paul to be very, very quiet!

It appears as though the house will close probably by Wednesday of next week, so I will start moving in soon after that. I will hire a professional mover to move all the heavy stuff and the items out of the garage and backyard; I’m too old for that.  Mary called about 3:00 PM and said, “why don’t we go to the American Legion on Balboa Island because they have swordfish as their special tonight.” That took me about three seconds to make up my mind…I pI pick Mary up from her office at 4:30, and we headed down to the legion where we had dinner on the patio overlooking the bay.

The Masked Legionnaire strikes again!

On the way home, we decided we would see Jan and have a glass of wine with her, so we did. We talked to Vicky for almost an hour, checking up on things.  As we departed Jan’s, we saw rabbits across the street.  When I put the headlights on them, they froze.

Wascally Wabbits! Did you hear about the rabbit who refused to leave her house? She was having a bad hare day.

Mary and I got home about 10 o’clock.  I checked the email to see if I had any real estate news, and I did!  We had a request for payment for the new house, so Monday we’ll send a bag of money to escrow and by Wednesday it ought to be ours!

I alerted Mary; we prepared a small toast, at which time we crashed.

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I Can’t Go Any Faster

 I used to have a handle on life, but then it broke.

We walked the baby this morning, it rather, he walked us.  It was a beautiful day, a day that should have been restful but alas, we were on the go!

All morning I was on the phone with real estate folks, escrow folks, insurance folks, folk folks…I have a cauliflower ear.  I got the final call from the escrow lady telling me $$$ was on the way.  I wrote her boss a note about how great she was as she assisted me through this process.

Moving will start next week!

We stopped by the local smog station where Mary had her truck inspected.  She is going to sell the truck this week because the two of us do not need four cars.

Besides, we have a son and two grandsons with pickups!

Mary and I joined Bob Z. and George at “Lady’s Night Out” and we had a load of fun.  I was so busy I didn’t even take a picture.

Returning home I literally crashed; I slept for an hour on the couch while Mary went through paperwork.  We are both redoing our wills/trusts; another intensive procedure.

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It Closed; I Am Officially Homeless!

I think the homeless have it pretty good because 98% of deadly accidents happen inside the home.

Escrow closed today on my home, and I tease everyone that “I am homeless.”  Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. Dr. Mary makes sure I am OK and will house me until the new house clears escrow on Monday; then, she can throw me out on my ear.

I do get a little cold at night sleeping in the pup tent with the pup!  The cars drive by and point because the pup-tent is an old Girl Scout tent and is bright pink!  It must look odd with my size twelve feet hanging out the bottom and my little bald head hanging out the top. Until then, I have to be on my best behavior.

I had to chase the neighborhood dog out of my test!

Mary again worked in the garage, and she is making progress.  This week, the trash collector will bring in a crane to lift the trash cans.  Eighty gallons of paper is a lot of dead weight.

I went home this morning to write a check for my cleaning people and do some local errands.  I returned to find Mary working hard and making progress.

Tonight we went to dinner with Jim, The Bartender at the OC Mining Company; we have not seen Jim in a couple of months.

In the autumn of 1974, some ninety-odd years after the last appreciable silver was coaxed from these hills, The Orange County Mining Company opened its doors to the public.

We got there before Jim and imbibed in a glass of vino!

I love that smile!

Mary had the “Miners Filly,” a thick & flavorful 8oz, Filet Mignon, with Béarnaise and Sautéed Mushrooms.  I’m, and I did the 14oz Angus ribeye steak.

We had steak!!  I admired how Jim ate the steak with chopsticks!

We giggled and laughed for two hours.  Jim was our bartender at The Rib Trader, and since it closed, he has been vacationing.  We have missed him, but we decided to take a better aim next time.   It was great to see him again, and he is a neighbor our ours living near Chapman Avenue in Orange.

I told Jim, “A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.”

Of course, Jim replied, “I was going to write a joke about alcoholic midgets, but I don’t want to lower the bar.”

Having fun and harassing our waiter… my favorite pastime!

Yes indeed!!

The sun was setting.  “Every sunset is also a sunrise. It all depends on where you stand.” – Karl Schmidt.

Overlooking the city.

We went to Mary’s and retrieved some food to do our “meals on wheels” thing.  We sat and talked to Jan for another hour before going home.  We enjoy Jan’s company a lot, and we can be very open with her knowing that “what happens at Jan’s stays at Jan’s.”

It was almost 10:00 PM when we returned, so I watered the dog, and we crashed.  I remembered a quote from many years ago!  If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. —Mark Twain

My eyes just stared at the ceiling last night, thinking about being homeless and getting a new home next week and moving and….. overwhelming.  I am blessed to have Dr. Mary at my side and being surrounded by family and friends.

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