I Am Still Shaking!

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.

Today marks nine months that Mary and I have been seeing each other and a happy nine months it has been!

Well, I woke up this morning and realized that I bought a house.  I am moving into a new location at my age, but with a beautiful lady, I adore.  My nerves are settling down, and I have the “go-ahead” from my closest friends and family.

Mary had a dentist appointment at 9:00 AM, and then we had to go to the escrow company and change the wire instructions.  My financial advisor suggested I NOT pick up a check for that amount of money; it was safer to wire it into my account.  They were in Newport Beach.  We grabbed breakfast at a local Starbucks before heading back to Orange for additional chores.

Breakfast is served!

Somehow I munched my tow on the left foot, so Mary pulled some strings and got me in to see her friend, the podiatrist!  He took a look and pronounced it “badly bruised” and that I should stay horizontal and be fed bonbons for a couple of days! Well, that prescription was immediately tossed out by you-know-who!

Mary decided Borscht was on the menu for today.  It is wonderful to have a creative cook back in my life.

I asked Mary, “Why did the veggie band sound horrible? They were missing a beet.!”  With that one, I got a Boo and a Hissss!

We stopped at the market and got the ingredients before wandering over to the haircut parlor, OK, beauty parlor.  My hair was already such a disaster that the Red Cross wouldn’t give it coffee.  I was asked where I got my “hair products?”  What are hair products?  I get all my hair products at PetCo.

When we got home, Mary insisted I put my foot in ice water (it is usually in my mouth!).

Dr. Mary is a tough caregiver!

OK, time to cook up the borscht, but what is borscht?

Borscht is a Ukrainian beet soup common in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is typically made using a large amount of beets (normally sour beets), combining meat or bone stock with sautéed vegetables, which – along with a large amount of beetroots – may include cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes. Depending on the recipe, borscht may include meat/chicken/fish or be purely vegetarian; it may be served either hot or cold, and it may range from a hearty one-pot meal to a clear broth or a smooth drink.

As I have always done, I pitch in and become a pest!  Today Mary volunteered me to cut up the beets and use a grinder to get them into the proper size.  I first read up on how to get the stain off your hands because I tried a pair of Mary’s gloves on.  I got two fingers into one of the gloves before it slipped off and flew across the room with a loud “SPLAT.”  The doggie was petrified, and the UFO flying across his bed.

I was caught “red-handed” by Mary!

Mary found her hand grinder, which was excellent.  It chopped up those beets into tiny morsels with ease and just a little bit of juice.  Of course, I wore my apron.

Mary had to dig for the grinder, but now it will stay out because this soup was OUTSTANDING!

We worked for about two hours from start to finish, and it was well worth it.

In the final stage of preparations!

We watched a movie on TV with Charles Bronson while we stuffed ourselves. I had two LARGE cups of soup, and it was amazing. We are taking some to Jan in the morning.

We baked rolls to go along with the meal!

We watched part of another movie and then decided to call it quits because we were tired after running around and cooking.

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Tuesday Was Again A Busy Day

My mother used to make me walk the plank when I was younger, we couldn’t afford a dog.

We saw two more homes and bought the second one!  Yup, we did it!  We decided it was the right price, the proper layout, has great potential for growth, a super place for Scout, The Wonder Dog, and room for a large garden plus a workshop/art studio!  YEAH!  It is a mile from Mary’s home in a nice area of Orange County.

Orange is a city located in Orange County, California. It is approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) north of the county seat, Santa Ana. Orange is unusual in this region because many of its Old Town District homes were built before 1920. While many other cities in the region demolished such houses in the 1960s, Orange decided to preserve them. The city of Orange surrounds the small city of Villa Park. The population was 138,669 as of 2019.

All set up with solar!

OK, it has stairs, BUT it goes to a huge room we call “The Ballroom.”  Six to eight couples can dance up here, and it has its own air conditioning/heater system.  We will have to sneak in a wet bar, and all will be perfect!

I told Mary about the poor butterfly wasn’t allowed into the dance. It was a moth ball.

The flooring is perfect for dancing!

The kitchen is adjacent to the family room and has a view of the patio/backyard.  All brand new Samsung appliances, all we need is a frig.

I know where we will be eating!

We can cook, and we will move the TV to see it from the kitchen; hello Zachary!

Zack is the audiovisual wizard!

The kitchen is OK for us, maybe a little small, but there is growth potential!

…and the microwave is down low!

The office? Maybe a dining room?  We will live there for a while and then decide what we want to do!

The office is right off the entranceway!

A yard you say, yes, we have a YARD!  I know we can put in a large garden and still have room for a shop/art studio!  This will be fun!

Everything is solar-powered. There is plenty of room for a solar water heater!

The view from the entranceway through the family room to the backyard is interesting!

All brand new!

I will miss my home of 35 years, but alas, it is time to move on and start a new life in a new environment with room to enjoy and stay home and entertain our friends.  We are quite excited about the change in circumstances.

Sharing the rest of my life with Dr. Mary and in a new home will be an adventure, an adventure I am looking forward to.

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Monday Went Sooooooo Fast!

This was the mondayest Monday that ever mondayed.

Mary headed for work this morning, and I headed to Mary’s house because we’re going to meet at around noon and look at two other potential places.  Mary was right on time, and we departed for Fullerton, where we saw two houses and then back to North Tustin.  One of the houses was beautiful, but unfortunately, it came with a price tag of a little over $2 million, and it was 6000 ft.².  We decided that is probably more than we need!

Mary went back to work, and I drove her to Huntington Beach. I returned to my home and planned my attack approach for packing everything up.  After picking Mary up at 4:30, we decided to grab a bite to eat because today has been so busy.

I had a brilliant idea, “let’s go to Old Ranch Country Club for dinner”  It was a neat idea, but when we arrived at Old Ranch, I remembered they are closed on Mondays; I should’ve known after all these years!

When their seal Beach and hungry one should go to Pattys Place for dinner, we did that after calling Nick to make sure we could get a nice seat. I was so tired I didn’t even use my camera today. Trying to find a new home is hard!

We returned to Mary’s house at about 8 o’clock and watched TV for a while.  What a day this has been!  Scout was quite upset at us being gone all day.  We tried to tell him of the activities entailed in selling a house.  Alas, all I got was more woofing!

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STOP! No More, They Are All Looking Alike!

 I used to have a handle on life, but then it broke.

We started the day by Mary going into the garage and attacking her collection of stuff, you know, that stuff you accumulate over twenty-five years.  Well, we were into dumping the first box and the phone rings.  It was Sydney and she said, “Y’all come” we are going house shopping.

We got cleaned up and dressed for this evening’s dance.  First two stops were in Fullerton required.  The first was OK but the house was as old as me and I know what kind of maintenance and upkeep I need so I do not need a house in that condition!

The second stop was spectacular but a little over my price range. 6,000 square feet and all on a single floor.  If I were a few years younger I would grab it up but I want to leave some money available should I get sick.

We departed Villa Park for Chino in order to go dancing and both of us were ready for that.

A new place to dine and it was good!

We were hungry after driving around all afternoon  so we signed up at the steak house and walked down to PF Changs and had a drink and attempted to have an appetizer.  Well, the buzzer went off and we had to give our appetizer to some youngsters at the bar as we ran out and done the parking lot to the steak house.

Tummy full, can smile now!

Michael told us how much Bridget likes chocolate, especially dark chocolate. So mid week, Mary and I went to Trader Joe’s, and Mary left me alone for a few minutes. Big mistake! I came back with 10 or 15 dark chocolate bars which we loaded into a bag dropped on the table And Gabe to Mike.

We had dark chocolate for Bridgette!

 

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Our New Hampshire Real Estate Agent Is Right On Top Of Things

“I smile because you’re my daughter. I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Several times a day, we get a “Colleen-O-Gram” via text messages, and she has found many good possibilities.   We send the finds to Sydney, who arranges a visit.

Saturday morning MAry had a hair appointment, and I was in Los Alamitos to get the escrow instructions.  My home will sell in about a week, and I have to be somewhere in a month.  I must say, I am a little nervous.  I am so nervous; I could thread a sewing machine while it was running.

I met Mary at her place at 1:30 PM, and we went to “The Original Pancake House” and got brunch for Jan Mongel and then visited her.  We spend two hours with Jan talking about stuff.  She is a great friend.

Friends for many, many years!

We departed Jan’s and went to the market (Trader Joe’s) before coming home.  We then had a small dinner and watched TV until about 11:00 PM, a which time we crashed.

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One More House And I Will Live In A Tent Under The Freeway

I got camping insurance, but apparently, if someone steals my tent in the middle of the night, I’m no longer covered.

Mary went to work and came to my place at noon, and we were off and running for the next five and a half hours. We went hither and either and drove up one winding road to a hidden house which would have been a torture chamber for us, stairs everywhere!

On a lark, we looked at one more two-story place which has possibilities.  Upkeep is pretty simple as it does not have much of a yard… However, it has a second story, so we will have to get one of those little chairs that go up and down the staircase.   That’s a good size 3 car garage and has a view over the valley.

Nice driveway and room for a shop!

Great privacy!

Nestled in the Anaheim Hills.

After looking at all the various houses, we were too pooped to pop, so we stayed home the rest of the evening.  We watched a movie called “My Spy” which was absolutely hilarious.

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On The Search…

My house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.

The house inspectors are due today, and I am sure they will find a bunch of “stuff” as we lived there for 35 years.  I can deal with anything besides they may find stuff that really needs to be fixed???

I  helped Mary with the dishes, and I have got to say that was fun!

At first, I thought I had a wedgie!

We are still looking and have an appointment tomorrow.  The places are all beginning to look alike.

We walked the baby this morning and did well!

We are getting better and better every day!

Colleen has been assisting us in finding places, and the last two she found were great!  North Tustin is our next destination.

North Tustin has possibilities!

The house inspectors came to my place today, and they did not know I was listening in.  They found a crack in the ceiling, which has been there since 1985!  They said the drain was slightly plugged, but I had them roto-rooted a few months back.  I had to chuckle a few times, but their job is to find things wrong, and they will.

We headed to the Elks at 11:30 AM to join up with the  “Ladies Night Out” gang. We had Bill C, Bob Z, Ronnie, Sydney,  Mary and me.

Bill and Bob watching the stock market.

Just us!

Ronnie and Sydney

We departed the Elks, did a fly-by at Mary’s to get her things and the baby.  We returned to my place for a while.  When we got there, Robin was already awaiting us!

Mary did some watering and picked a few veggies.

Farmer Mary

We got to Patty’s Place at 5:30 on the dot and had a great dinner.  I did Sand Dabs for the first time, and they were amazing.

The Pacific sanddab is endemic to the northern Pacific Ocean, from the Sea of Japan to California. They are most commonly found at depths of 50 to 150 m (160 to 490 ft), though the young inhabit shallower waters, occasionally moving into tide pools.

It is an opportunistic predator, feeding on a variety of crustaceans and smaller fish, squid, and octopuses.

It is a popular game fish in northern California, found on menus in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco area, though more difficult to find in southern California restaurants and markets. Usually sold frozen, some regard it as a delicacy. It is also popular in restaurants and stores along the coasts of Oregon and Washington, where it can be found more readily.

Citharichthys sordidus ()sand dab)

After dinner, we went to the bar and met up with the locals having a chip shot or two before going home.  We visited for a while, and everyone crashed,

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Easy Come; Easy Go!

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

We got the call early; we have done been rebuked!  Someone beat us to the house, so we are looking again.  New places are coming online daily, so we will find something, and in another three weeks, I will have cash.

Mary is sorting through “stuff,” much like I did last year.  She is brave going through thirty years of her life.  I am glad to be here with her when I see tears forming up; I know well what she is feeling.  I was able to bring kleenex and a few hugs as we worked together; she is a special lady!

Do you know what would make house cleaning more fun? A maid.  Next time, instead of cleaning the garage, I will watch an episode of Hoarders and think, “well, my house looks great!

Do you remember Beany Babies?

We worked in the garage until almost 3 o’clock and then we decided to call it a day.

We talked to Colleen for almost 38 minutes on Alexa, and then we jabbered at Robin for a while.  By 6:30 PM, we were still not hungry, so we thought about the swim spa.  The weather was a little cool outside, but we went into the spa anyway.  We had a great time talking about all the real estate adventures been going through.

By the time we got out of the spa, it was almost 8 o’clock, so we watched a little TV and crashed because tomorrow will be another busy day.  When I got out of the spa, I noticed I had gained a little weight. Bob Z and Bad Mike also commented last week when I was enjoying a drink with Dr. Mary.

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Lightning Struck And Off We Go!

I get enough exercise, just pushing my luck.

We planned to go to my place and do some watering and move-planning. A great idea, I said to Mary, let’s have breakfast at old Ranch country club.  As we were being served, the phone rang. I picked it up, and it was Sydney. She said, “pop in the car and come to Anaheim Hills as soon as you can!” We made it to Anaheim Hills right at noon and visited the new possibility.

Before de departed Old Ranch, I ordered a red wine to go.  Scout, The Wonder Dog, likes red wine. He must be a bordeaux collie

“This is Sydney; I have such a deal for you!”

This house was perfect, all on one single level, almost 4000 ft.², no pool, and a three-car garage large enough for a workshop. Needless to say, we made an offer within about an hour of seeing it.

Just what we have been looking for!

What sort of cow helps with the gardening? A lawnmoo-er!

Perfect backyard for entertaining.

Welcome!

Connor is coming over this evening to have dinner with us and show us his brand new Audi automobile. It’s fascinating that a grandson in the mid-20s will take time out of his busy day to come to see the “old folks.”  Connor stayed for a couple of hours, and we had a great time.”  Children are the rainbow of life. Grandchildren are the pot of gold.

If I had known grandchildren were this much fun I would have had them first.

Getting ready for Connor to arrive and have diner with us!

We showed Connor the videophone and demonstrated it y calling Colleen and then Zack.  Connor will get his set up now.

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Monday Had Arrived And We Are Ready To Dance

Even the best weeks start with Monday!

Mary had no patients until 2:00 PM, so we stayed around her place before I drove her to work and waited in the parking garage listening to my “Gold Coast” book.  After she was finished we went to my place to do some watering before we departed for dancing at the Himalayan Grill.

Bill & Mary Capps making their selection.

Mary and Larry Walters saved a lady’s life a few years back.  She had a heart attack and Mary/Larry jumped to the rescue and stabilized her until the medics came.

Poetry in motion!

After the dance, we joined the Capps at Patty’s Place for after-dance drinks.  We stayed there until 10:00 PM before heading to Orange.  Great fun with friends.

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