Serious Backyard Work Begins Today!

What do you get when you drain a hot tub full of clowns?  Several gallons of laughing stock.

Today we attack the kitchen, so we can begin to cook at home again.  At 8:00 AM sharp, the guys show up and begin tearing up the yard.  We are putting in two cement pads, one for a storage shed and one for the swim spa.

Digging up a storm

While we were at it, we added another pad for a 10×12 storage shed (Tuff Shed) adjacent to the other one we have. We will have plenty of room for “stuff.”

The pad for storage shed #2

The swim spa will be next to the office, and therefore we have a ready path from the spa to the house and the bathroom/shower in the office.

The spa will be right behind the office.

The work to prepare for Monday morning was done, and we are ready to play.  While I was getting ready, Scout the Wonder Dog and Dr. Mary took a stroll around the yard.

Mary and Scout go for a pre-dance stroll!

We went to the first Starlighters Dance in almost a year and a half.  It was at the Phoenix Club, and we had almost seven people in attendance.  Great fun, and we sat with Vicky making it even more fun!

At the Starlighters.

By 10:00 PM, I was too p[ooped to pop, so we headed home, only 11 miles away.

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Progress Was Made! It’s Beginning To Look Like A House!

The CEO of IKEA was elected Prime Minister in Sweden. He should have his cabinet together by the end of the weekend.

So I get up and look at the den/kitchen and go immediately back to bed.  Well, immediately was not fast as I had to wade through boxes to return to the bedroom; we have our work cut out for us!!

They have multiplied during the night!

I decided to attack the bedroom first since, at my age, middle-of-the-night urges need to be satisfied, and fighting a mountain of boxes does not fit the plan.  First, I changed light fixtures in the closet to see what I was doing! (Mary got home later and was astounded by the difference between the 40W light and the 150W equivalent LED lighting).

Bob my box, I returned them to the bedroom and unpacked.  All of Mary’s dresses (save the dance costumes) fit into the master closet.  I have 3.3″ so I hung up three T-shirts!

I can’t get from here to there!

Next was the office.  Our two new bookshelves are insufficient, so I ordered another one.  I have a new ponderism: Should it be called “the office” or “the library”?

We expect two matching desks this next week, and then the office/library will be complete.

One more bookshelf is now on order!

Next, I attacked the patio mainly because Mary’s plant will need water and some do not like the direct sun.  That took longer than expected, plus it was a wild 87 degrees, but we do have the gentle breeze.

The gazebo was a perfect fit for the back of the pool.  Loke carefully, and you will see Miss Robin tending the sunflowers.

Robin at the Gazebo!

Nick came with Robin, and we put him to work.  He moved a mountain of boxes, flattened ten or fifteen wardrobe boxes, and scrubbed the patio chairs,  Goodman, he is!

We put Nick to work.

After working for a couple of hours, we went to Rockwell’s for dinner.  We are getting to be regulars there.  We got the manager to let Nick inside, despite the posted sign,

They let him in any way!

Ah!  Mother and son, they sure look alike!

Robin and her frown up son,

We mentioned to the waitress about the upcoming event, and she surprised us with dessert.  It disappeared quickly.

A nice surprise from our waitress.

By the time we got home, we were done!  Kaput! We crashed before 8:00 PM.  Tomorrow is going to be a long day!

Before midnight, I woke up and worked on how to get my plug-in devices to attach to the wall.  The power supplies are big, and they chew up all the socket area.  I SAID TO MYSELF, “Paul, you need a small short extension cord.”  Amazon to the rescue.

Perfect solution; 9″ extension cords so the power supplies will not take up too much space!

Back to sleep, I went, with a loud thud!

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We Were Attacked By A Herd Of Boxes!

We had to get our vacuum cleaner exchanged. The previous one sucked.

We hit the floor working.  While we were supposed

I selfied myself!

Ray, a friend of Joe’s, came by at 1);00 AM with some of his workers to look at the cement job we have planned. We discussed it, marked the grass, and they will be starting Saturday at 8:00 AM.  With the foundation guides in place, they can pour concrete on Monday morning.

Monday, they will pour a 48″ wide walkway from the side of the house to the patio, the spa pad, which is 14′ x 16′, and a pad for the new shed, which arrives on Wednesday; lots of concrete is coming out way.

At 11:15 AM, we headed to the Elks Lodge for “Ladies Night Out” and met up with the regulars. Mary wore her glasses because of the contact incident last night,

Mary wore glasses because of last night’s incident!

Jeanie is going to join us Saturday night at Starlighters with her bow, Harold.  Sydney is also going to tag along!

Jeanie, Harold, and Sydney at the Elks!

We went back by Mary’s to do some measurements of the spa top affirm the measurements for the concrete. We modified our plans at home to account for the ladder and give us some room to walk around the spa when we get out.

Our new pad is coming this weekend!

Ray is also doing the electricity, so I took a picture of where the power enters the spa. While he is at it, he will run a one to the shed to have power out there in the future!

Electric some in the

The swim spa is going to be a nice addition to the place!  And we know it works when you are tired and weary.  The way it is placed, it is about six feet from the door that is in the back bathroom; perfect!

Stairway to heaven.

While we were out, we saw a sale going on at the outdoor store.  Mary spotted a combination BBQ and ice chest, and she fell in love with it.  I put it in the back of the car, brought it home, and promptly tried it out.

We ordered a BBQ-Ice Chest combo from Amazon!

We have never used the spa/hot tub in the pool, so I set the valves up, and within a few minutes, it was at a toasty 94 degrees.  The pool is set to 85 as it gets sun all day, so Mary slid over the wall from the hot tub to the pool and took a couple of laps.

Time for a swim!

By the time 8:00 PM rolled around, we were done! Time to crash.  MAr2y has to work tomorrow, and I have plenty of things to do around the house!

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A Day That Will Live In History!

Don’t spell part backward. It’s a trap.

Mary moved the last of her things to Casa Valencia today, and we had three trucks and eight guys working their tails off from 9:00 AM through 5:30 PM. The guys worked hard a; day and they were a very polite group which I would highly recommend if anyone ever wants to move.

The packers were at Mary’s yesterday, and all the guys had to do was move boxes, plants, BBQ, gazebo, TV’s and other goodies.   I was shocked when it filled up two trucks!

18 wheelers lined up as far as the eye could see!

We decided to take the gazebo because we could set it up at the far end of the pool, and it would be a nice place for private conversations, plus it provides some needed shade. The guys had it down and moved in a few minutes!

The gazebo is coming to Casa Valencia!

Bob Z came over and helped me with some things; he is a good friend.  We directed traffic ass the trucks unloaded, and it was like a three-ring circus!  Boxes were flying; hand cars were burning rubber as they careened around the yard.  It was a sight to admire.

We were so tired that we went to Mary’s and used the swim spa and then returned to Casa Valencia and walked around the pool before crashing. We only took one bottle of wine because we knew we had to drive.

After getting HOME, yes children, it is now our home; we wandered around the back forty and sat at the gazebo. The reflections were so pretty that I had to take a picture.

View from the gazebo’s new location!

Every room was stuffed with boxes!  It took an effort to find the bed.  We crashed and crashed hard!

I accidentally handed Mary  a glue stick instead of chapstick. She still isn’t talking to me

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OMG; Do Not Move Ever Again!

The man who invented automatic sliding doors definitely deserves a no-bell prize.

Tired should be a three-letter word! We woke up just before the packers showed up! The packers arrived at 9:00 AM, and we went to work.

MORE Boxes; these are kitchen!

My assignment was to meet with fix-it people,  The garage door guy came first, and he replaced the rollers on the door and aligned the sensors; everything works as it should.  I returned to Mary’s.  At 9:45 AM, I departed for Casda Valencia again to meet the electrician, and he finished at about11:30 PM. I became MAry bound to see what they had accomplished!

When it was lunchtime, I gave them money and said, “Please order something for us also, Mary’s with zero spices.”  They know a great Mexican deli down the road.  We had a super lunch!  I had a friend with me for lunch!

He never eats from the table, but he does show a lot of interest!

“Daddy!  Where are MY taco and burrito? Huh, Daddy??

I”ll give him a little HOT sauce; that should cure the problem!

I returned the Casa Valencia to get some tools to fix the air conditioning duct in the ceiling; it came loose, which was great as the attic was cool as a cucumber!

I had the guys pick up my frig at Casa Valencia for a bit of extra dinero and move it to Karen’s place, five-door down from Mary.  She needed a frig, and we did NOT need three plus a freezer!

We departed Mary’s about 5:00 PM and went to work at Casa Valencia with Mary cooking dinner and me assembling the second bookshelf.

Mary watered the veggies and her sunflower, which are doing great

Getting bigger every day!

Mary came running into the house all excited; she found two beautiful red ripe tomatoes and quickly found some cheese and some dipping sauce.  When she added an egg to the plate, we dined in style on our patio.

Before 8:00 PM, we declared victory and returned to MAry’s to sit in the swim spa for an hour.  I told Mary, “I had an “hourglass” figure, but then the sand shifted”

We were exhausted, so we actually drove home in our robes with our clothes in the back seat!  Kinky we are!

Only 1.1 miles from door to door, we got home in three minutes.

Needless to say, we crashed because we get everything from Mary’s delivered and we get a new refrigerator.

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Not Fair; Mary Got To Go To Work So She Could Rest!

I just won $1,000,000 from the lottery, and I’m donating a quarter to charity!  Not sure what I’m going to do with the left over $999,999.75 though.

Monday and that means Mary had to work and she worked all day.  Me, I just laid around, NOT!  I was busier than a mosquito on a nudist beach. I made two runs to Goodwill, cleaned out the garage, sawed up some lumber, and staged items for easier identification for the movers.

Mary got home about 6:00 PM, and I was so tired that I stopped by Albertsons and got us some TV dinners.  We had Marie Calendars beef and broccoli which was pretty good, except next time, I will add some additional beef to the meal.

It was not as good as the picture made it look!

Mary started in her office at 6:30 PM, and I laid down on the couch and watched a movie.  She declared victory at 11:00 PM. We decided the hot tub was necessary, so we went in about midnight and got out about 1:00 AM.   It worked; I slept like a baby until almost 7:00 AM.

We were perfect!

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Getting Casa Valencia Ready To Receive!

I didn’t think orthopedic shoes would help, but I stand corrected!

We were up and going early this morning since we had to be at Rockwell’s at 9:00 AM to meet with Robin and the crew.   9:00 AM sharp Robin appeared, and the three of us had a great breakfast.  By 9:45 AM, we were at Casa Valencia deciding what to do next.

Mary returned to her place and worked in the master bedroom.  Robin attacked the china cabinet doing the washing of the crystal and moving some furniture.  I spend four hours in the office getting ready to receive Mary’s

We have the master bedroom suite, the office, kitchen, and outside plants/tables/storage facilities to go!  If all goes well, we will be together in the Casa Valencia abode Wednesday evening. We will be pooped!  Mary’s house is looking pretty bare right now.

How very true!

We have a lot of work ahead of us getting the place ready for incoming visitors on or around the 28th!

We have ten security cameras around the house, so we have a history of the move!

Robin and Mary worked in the front of the house, and I got the office ready for Wednesday.  After a while, our handyman called and wanted to buy Mary’s extension ladder.  Well, she worked out a trade; if he would replace and install seven fire and CO2 sensors, he could have the ladder.  The deal was made, so Mary headed to her house to continue getting ready while the handyman did his thing.

At 5:00 PM, Robin and her sister departed, and I also headed to Mary’s (I had to, Mary had the car!).  We visited with Robin for a while.   After Robin headed home, we worked until past 8:00 PM, at which time the swim spa was our next destination.

Right before bed, I remembered a conversation I had with an old high school chum.  He grew tired of being a taxidermist after 15 years, and went to veterinarian school. His new business never got off the ground so he decided to operate both his taxidermy and vet business together to save money. His new slogan was: “No Matter What Happens – You Get Your Cat Back.”

We crashed immediately after getting out of the tub, and in fact, we didn’t even have dinner; we were so tired. Remember: A man who runs in front of a car gets tired,  A man who runs behind a car gets exhausted.

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No Rest For The Wicked!

I don’t want to brag, but I do speak a little Latin. I’m not fluent, but I’m sure I could get by if I ever went there.

Today would have been Sue’s 70th birthday.  Thanks to the many people who sent their wishes and memories to me today.  All is OK, and life is moving on. Sue would be very happy for me.

We woke up early, and I headed to Casa Valencia to meet with some cement contractors, friends of Joe,  who I hope can pour a foundation for the swim spa.  They will do the wiring, drain, and the 12×16 reinforced pad.  They will also do a slab for the new storage facility due to arrive on the 21st.

The tub dry weighs in at 2,200 pounds, and it well over 8,000 pounds when wet.

Mary stayed behind and worked in the attic removing the remaining items to a place where I could assist in getting them down the stairs.  The attic is now clear of things.

I made a Good Will donation run at 10:00 AM, and I stopped by In-N-Out and got us double cheeseburgers to tide us over until dinner.

Decisions decisions!

We worked hard until 11:00 AM when we had to get cleaned up for our beauty shop appointments; yes, we!  Mary does her hair, and I get my hair cut.  For me, it is twenty minutes, and Mary is about two-plus hours. The lady does a great job, and I feel better about myself, thanks to Mary’s insistence.

We went to a Star Wars-themed restaurant at Disneyland a few weeks back. The Wookie burgers are a little chewie.

After the hair experience, we went to Casa Valencia to get some needed tools and water the backyard pots.  Mary’s sunflowers are coming along quite nicely.  I reminded Mary of what Hellen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.”

Getting taller every day!

Did You Know? Like potatoes, tomatoes, and corn, the cheerful plants didn’t originate in Europe. They were cultivated in North America as far back as 3000 BCE when they were developed for food, medicine, dye, and oil. Then, they were exported to the rest of the world by Spanish conquistadors around 1500.

We returned to Mary’s to have a little dinner, but I was so tired, I crashed and watched a John Wayne movie, Big Jake.  She whipped up dinner while I was horizontal; I took my meds a little late today, and that may have been the cause of my collapse!

BTW, the zucchini came from our garden!

Dinner was great!

Mary worked upstairs on her clothes until 10:45 PM, and then we hit the hot tub.  She went through her drawers and thinning things out, making all sorts of donations to the Good Will and Salvation Army.

We are meeting Robin tomorrow morning for breakfast before we go to Casa Valencia for a day of unpacking and organizing.  We have to be ready to receive another large delivery from the House On The Hill (Mary’s Place) on Wednesday!

Monday Mary works, and Tuesday the packers come to finish off the house.  We have only four more days at Mary’s house before we are together at Casa Valencia. It will be great to live in one home again!  I have spent May, June, and almost two weeks in July between houses.

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Friday Is A Work Day

I was a terrible psychic. I got fired, and I never even saw it coming.

As of this morning, I have been retired 14 Years, 3 Months, and 19 Days!

Today is “paint day”; I have three appointments with folks coming to paint Mary’s home.  9, 11, and 1 o’clock have been spoken for.  I will, between those hours, work in the garage, and perhaps the storage containers align the side of the house.

I drove Mary to work since we planned to have dinner at Patty’s Place around 6:00 PM.  Robin and Vicky are joining us.  As Mary left the car, she said, “I don’t mind coming in to work. It’s the eight-hour wait to go home that gets to me.”

While cleaning up the computer, I ran into a great picture of Amy (daughter-in-law), Robin (daughter), and myself from the 2nd of July.

I feel lucky to be surrounded by love ones!

I worked in Mary’s garage and Bob Z. came to assist, thank goodness. She had several overhead racks that needed to be taken down, and we did.  I did ask Mary, “What was the first form of digital storage?” She was not aware, so I told her, “Gloves!”

We had a lot of work to do!

They were well screwed into the ceiling.  We took turns running the ratchet wrench!

The overheads are coming down.

Mary was done with work about 4:30 PM, so I jumped in The Silver Fox and headed to Huntington Beach to pick her up.  We are going to Pattys Place tonight to have dinner with our friends.

We had a super table for six inside the patio area. There was a heater available to us should we need it but it was quite comfortable all evening. Donna and Bob were there, plus daughter Robin and neighbor Vicky. We discussed the upcoming event on the 28th in detail.

Friends having dinner!

What can I say? I’m just a handsome devil…

Great times!

Mary and Nick, the owner of Patty’s Place, go over the details of a future menu. Nickel do anything we want, so we know the food is going to be outstanding.

Mary and Nick plan the details!

I tried my skills as a selfie photographer, then, by golly, it worked.

Just us!

Vicky is doing very well, and we’re so glad that she joins us to get out of the house.

Bob & Vicky

We reduce Vicky to a drink called a chip shot. We made sure the truck made it very, very mild because otherwise, it’s a pretty powerful drink.

Vicky tries the chipshot!

We headed for home, and by the time we got there, we watched a few minutes of TV and crashed. This weekend is going to be very busy with preparing for the next move on the 15th.

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Unpacking Begins; We Be Busy!

I put my grandma on speed dial. I call that Instagram.

We didn’t begin to move until 6:00 AM; Mary worked upstairs until her Zoom meeting, and I finished off the lights in the ceiling except that I bought 2700 degree K lights instead of 5000K.

Scout, The Wonder Dog, and I went to Casa Valencia for the morning while Mary worked at home.  “We”, Scout and I, decided to take our first walk around the block; we did well!

We can do two laps a day, yeah!

The camera was out for the walk; there will be more coming shortly!

More pictures to come!

I did move the important stuff.

Thirsty anyone???

About 11:00 AM, I returned, got cleaned up, and we went to the Santa Ana Elks for “Girls Night Out.”  We had a super time with the gang.

When we got home, Dianne assisted Mary in going through stuff while I went to Casa Valencia and did stuff.  So busy today, the camera didn’t leave my pocket except for the two flowers above!

We did “Girls Night Out” and had a load of fun with the gang, and it was good to see Mike again.

Mary and Dianne continued the closet mission, and Dru & Jimmy worked on cleaning the rooms, which are now empty.  I went to Casa Valencia, sat in the patio chair, and went promptly to sleep; I have never been so tired.

We did some additional work getting ready for moving before hitting the hot tub.  For dinner, I went to the market and got some Marie Calendars TV dinners… All of our kitchens are in disarray right now.

Tomorrow Mary works and I am staying at her house to get quotes on painting the place before the renters take over.

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