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Mid Week Celebrations!

I woke up early and dropped Mary off at the gym.  Then, I returned home to start decorating for Thanksgiving.  Vicky wanted to take photos of the Starlighters members in their uniforms for the upcoming Veteran’s Day-themed dance.

Mary found her uniform that she had worn when she was 27 years old, but unfortunately, the closet mites had attacked the material and shrunk it down by one or two sizes.  As an alternative, Mary suggested taking a picture of her as a doctor.  We had a poster of her on the wall in our hallway.  I carefully adjusted the lighting, and voila, Captain Côté was now immortalized in an 8×10 photo!

The young doctor at work!

When I picked her up from the gym, she had an “intimates store” she wanted to visit, so I stayed in the car.  After twenty minutes, the message came through via text: “Proceed to El Torito post-haste; I will meet you there!”  This could get interesting!

I drove the car to the restaurant six stores away, found our favorite table, and proceeded to have a pre-noon glass of wine!

Soon after, Mary showed up bringing in a bag of goodies!  We decided to have lunch since we would not be eating until 6:00 p.m.  She had their featured salad, and I had my favorite spinach enchilada.

“Nice Bull!”

The lunch was fantastic, and today, the enchiladas were served with the usual white sauce.  Mary said she would go to the car as I paid the bill.  I heard the bull and Mary laughing and giggling loudly; they were having a ball!  I wondered what was going on?

Mary, you are making the bull smile!

We talked to Vicky on our way home, and she was so bubbly and happy about her new lease on life that we invited her to dinner with us at Patty’s Place.

Since we were heading toward Old Ranch, we decided to stop and do some putting.  After thirty minutes, Charlette showed up, and we asked her to join us for dinner.  The day is getting better all the time!

Putting begins!  I cannot complete with either of them!

Mary was going great guns, sinking the balls with ease.   I on the other hand seemed to miss the cup by inches every time.

She aimed for the hole farthest away!

Mary and I hit a bunch of balls toward what we thought was the hole, but when we got there, we realized that what we thought was the hole was a leaf turned sideways, and the sun was behind it, casting a shadow that looked like a hole.

Oops, it was a leaf…We felt pretty silly!

But wait!  We did not stop there; Mary sank another dozen balls, showing her outstanding golfing skills.


I was dressed in my golfing (and drinking) attire and could get close MANY times but never put a ball in the cup directly.  The iPhone rang in the middle of my last putt, and it was Irene returning our call from earlier.  We invited her to dinner but Maria, her daughter, was with her so we invited them both.

Not too bad after five years!

A bevy of beauties surrounded me.  We laughed and giggled all evening and enjoyed a delightful Patty’s Place meal.  I did their Swordfish, which, as expected, was beautiful.  We polished off a boggle of wine, a gaggle of steaks, and a load of appetizers!  Fun was had by all!

My harem!

I was crowned “King For The Day” by Miss Vicky!  Vicky was my neighbor in Los Alamitos for three decades, and she has become a close friend of Mary and me now!  Men walked by the table all evening, asking themselves, “What does he have that I don’t?”  I did NOT tell them; it’s our secret!

They looked confused, maybe even puzzled!

I know the secret!

The crown was a perfect fit and thanks to the superglue, it did not fall off all evening long.

I was crowned!

While no one was looking, we snuck a kiss of two!  It was not unexpected as we are in love!

Any chance I get!

We departed Patty’s around 8:00 p.m. and headed home to retrieve Scout from the backyard, where we held court with the birds and lizards.

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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