Father’s Day; 2021!

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”

I was up early and headed to Casa Valencia to make sure the drip system was working, and it was; the veggies are happy.  Mary stayed at her home and worked on the exercise room, getting ready for the big move coming up.

I headed to her place around 10:30 AM to get cleaned up and ready for the Daddy’s Day adventures.  On the way, I told Mary, “I gave my father $100 and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother.”

“What could it be?”

Tony really liked his sweatshirt… We all thought it was exceptional.

Yes, indeed, we Old Guys rule.

Joe didn’t realize there was a mousetrap in the bottom of his little package… It scared him when it went “snap.”

Joe checks the gift bag!

Joe thought it was pretty funny, as you can tell by the expression on his face.


John got a nice sweatshirt, called “born to ride.”

John has a great shirt!

Mary fit right into this group like she had been here for years… She is a special lady!

Mary fits right into this amazing group of people.

We all had a great time filling our tummies to the brim. At 3:00 PM, we declared victory and started to leave, walking quite a bit slower than we entered the establishment.

My amazing som, Joe, and his bride, Amy.

We headed back home to take the dog for a walk and make sure he was fine. We turned The Silver Fox toward Disneyland and our prearranged meeting with Robin & Bob Nick plus as a bonus Donna and Bob. It was our first time at Catal in almost a year and a half, and the regulars were happy to see us.

Are we happy or what?

Robin & Bob found the perfect present for my new garage workshop. I plan to post it on the door entering the house in a very prominent location!

I know where this is going!!!

We had a great dinner and found several of the old-time Catal employees stopping by to visit. Right before we left, we did the “Robin pose.”

A trio to draw too!

At 8 o’clock, we headed for home, and the temperature had dropped many degrees, so we moved along rapidly so we could put a little body heat back in.

Just a note: The day was amazing for me, I had lunch with my son, dinner with my daughter, and all my kids emailed, texted, and otherwise communicated with me.  It feels good to be a dad on dad today; thank you, kids. I love you.  I wish my father could have been here to participate in the activities.

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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