Thursday, The Tooth of March Has Arriven!

Scout is an excellent doggie!  He loves EVERYONE but we were still surprised when we got home.

Hpw Scout got fired!!!

We walked the garden and discussed how many tomatoes to buy tomorrow at Tomatomania at Roger’s Gardens.   We plan to take the van, and our oldest daughter, Robin, making for a wonderful outing.

We prepared for Girls’ Night Out and dawned our St. Patrick’s Day bonnets.   We are a good match.  I was a good boy and had the spa salad, albeit with a nice flank steak.  Mary was also good and had the tortilla soup; we shared.

Mary was the target of my sick humor one more time! What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?  A rash of good luck.

That was not bad enough, so I tried another one! Why don’t you iron 4-Leaf clovers?
Because you don’t want to press your luck.

Mary started to reach for her shillelagh but decided it would leave marks!

Did You Know? A shillelagh is a wooden walking stick and club or cudgel, typically made from a stout knotty blackthorn stick with a large knob at the top.  The shillelagh was originally used as a gentleman’s weapon in duels and disagreements. Shillelagh fighting is much like sword fighting in that the wielder must skillfully parry and disarm their opponent. Shillelaghs used in modern sparring are split into short, medium, and lengths.

Hat day at the Elks!

Sydney and her family joined the happy crowd today.  We were delighted to see them!

Sydney and family joined us.

Sydney and her family joined us.

Welcome to the Elks, where a table and outstanding dining is always available!

The Elks are ready for St. Patrick’s Day.

Did You Know?

  • Saint Patrick was actually British.
  • His real name was Maewyn Succat.
  • March 17 is not Saint Patrick’s birthday.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade happened in America, not Ireland.
  • It used to be a dry holiday.

The front lobby of the Elks was set for St. Patrick’s Day, which is coming up very soon.   We are decorated except for the “tree,” which needs some attention, perhaps tomorrow.

Mary also arranged for a piano mover to come and bring Jan’s piano to our home next week.  We plan to put it in the ballroom upstairs.  Now when we entertain upstairs, any piano players will be welcome.

Off to the doctor!

Mary’s ortho doctor looked at the x-rays and pronounced she did not need to see him again; the bones are healed.  He will continue her PT after studying the PT report—no more visits to the UCI medical center (for this injury).

At the hospital, UCI in Orange.

On our way home we saw a beautiful sight, all the mountains were covered down to the bottom!  We have not seen that for thirty years.

The mountains were beautiful.

We were awaiting Robin’s arrival, and she popped in at 5:30 pm, and a vote was taken; we are doing Chinese.  We went to One Hung Lo, just around the corner from us and two blocks from Jan’s house.   We had a great meal and ordered Jan’s favorite since we were in the hood.  We called Jan to warn her we were on our way.

Just us at One Hung Los restaurant (courtesy of Robin).

We talked and shared pictures of the garden, including our new blossoms coming up.  Mary takes pictures of them, almost like showing baby pictures to everyone.

The four of us had an excellent visit keeping Jan in tears and laughing at us.

We were walking about older homes, and Jan mentioned her grandparents had kit homes.  She was surprised when I said my Aunt and Unclude had a Sears kit home in the early 1950s here in California.   I looked it up on the internet, and here is an advertisement for one circa 1935.

Aunt Opal and Uncle Jimmy had one of these.

When my cousin Kat came to stay with us before we moved her to an assisted care facility, I had to clean her home to prepare it for sale.  I ran across an IOU given to my father by Aunt Opal and Uncle Jimmy.  Dad loaned them money to buy their new home, a Sears unit.  The loan was for $2500 dollars!

It was something like this but more modern and a California ranch style.

We departed Jan’s and headed home, a short four-minute drive.  All of us were tired, so we crashed sans movies.

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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