Happy Birthday Mary! You Are ##* Today!!

Patient: “Doctor, I get heartburn every time I eat birthday cake.” Doctor: “Next time, take off the candles.

* The answer is available to the highest bidder!

What a day! We should have been together, but alas, I was off like a shot, as you shall read about below!

Mary got her roses last night as I wanted them early in the morning for her birthday.  I think she liked them, duh!

I asked her about birthdays and how she remembers her age every year.  The response was, “It’s easier to remember your age if you don’t change it every year.”

Roses for the birthday girl!

OK, truth be known, I gave Mary a Heimlich maneuver. Proving once again I’m no good at birthday gifts.

I departed at 7:45 AM for the dentist and spent 8:30 to noon laying horizontal with two ladies poking and prodding me.  I am getting some work done on the teeth; did I say work?

Getting the teeth fixed!

I was brave most of the time, but there were a few ouches along the way.  Dr. Annie Nagel is an amazing dentist, and she is right up there with Dr Merle Flemming (who was my dentist for the past three decades, he retired).

Dang, that hurt!

As soon as the dentist was over, I headed to meet with my escrow officer. No people, NOT my PAROLE officer, escrow officer.  I am selling one property and buying another rental property, so there is a mile of paperwork to get things closed.  My escrow officer is amazing.

What Is Escrow? – Escrow is a legal concept describing a financial instrument whereby an asset or escrow money is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction. Escrow accounts might include escrow fees managed by agents who hold the funds or assets until receiving appropriate instructions or until the fulfillment of predetermined contractual obligations. Money, securities, funds, and other assets can all be held in escrow. It is often suggested as a replacement for a certified or cashier’s check.

After that meeting, I needed t go to Los Alamitos to get some things, and when I arrived, I was so hungry and got a McDonald’s 1/4-pounder; I was desperate for food, I guess.  Mary called while I was pulled over to gobble down my burger.  We had a water-pressure problem which we resolved.  She also mentioned that my kids, random grandkids, and friends had been calling her all day to wish her a happy birthday.   Crazy Greg won the prize for the most ingenious birthday wish!

Then the freeway flyer, also known as The Silver Fox, and I zipped down the 22-Freeway to Casa Valencia, where I met up with Miss Mary.  The software people had just departed, and they replaced our water pressure regulator with a new one.  Earlier in the day, the water pressure in the house was over 100 psi. Normal psi for a home pipe system is between 30 and 80 psi. While you don’t want the psi to be too low, it violates the code to be above 80. Instead, you should aim for a psi that’s between 60 and 70. All is now good!

We worked for an hour and then went up the hill to Mary’s place and got cleaned up as we are going to David and Dianne’s for dinner.  I had the best veal piccata I have ever had!  I should have known as Dianne is an amazing chef! Her use of lemons in the sauce was an eye-opener!

We sat around and grabbed for two hours, but as the clock approached 8:00 PM our eyes were closing so we departed for the five-mile journey home.

Dinner with Dianne and David

I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.  Mary said she watched some TV.  The problem is after seven hours, I am up and ready to go so at 3:00 AM sharp my systems were on full alert.

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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