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Ronn and I have been on a winning streak both personally and professionally in this past week. Starting with the Paul Newman event “Winning the race for charity” that we attended with Peter Beckett and Eden Ayers. Peter and Ronn performed at the Roosevelt Hotel along with members of “Little River Band” and “Toto.” Then we took off to Las Vegas with Peter and Eden to attend a private birthday party and got to see Winsor Harmon.

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It was a rare weekend for us to reflect and celebrate winning some personal issues that we have been battling for quite some time, as well as, winning that Emmy nomination as producers on our amazing series, “The Bay.” We were in such gratitude and on a natural high just being with friends and enjoying the awesome music Peter and Ronn participated in along with other great artists, such as Jeff “Skunk” Baxter of the “Doobie Brothers” and “Steely Dan.”

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When we arrived home it was time to celebrate with parties that were leading up to the Emmys. I was thrilled to see our long time Aussie friend, Fiona Horne and spend some quality time with her, while Ronn went to the festivities for Pop TV and got to see alot of his fellow soap stars. Since “The Bay” was put in the category of “New Approaches” and held with the creative Emmys on Friday, it was not televised. Apparently, Pop TV which is the former TV Guide network only wanted shows that were broadcast on television on the actual Emmys this year. We didn’t think that was fair considering it wasn’t that way last year, but nevertheless, it’s the same Emmy! Turns out “The Bay” beat out shows from Hulu and Youtube  and took home that Emmy!

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We couldn’t be more than thrilled for this amazing cast and crew! It is more than well deserved and TV Guide said, “The Bay blurred the lines between prime time and daytime television.” So I predict “The Bay” could find a home soon on primetime television and maybe be the first show to win both a daytime and primetime Emmy in the coming years.

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Ronn and I chose not to attend the awards and instead see John McCook’s daughter Molly’s show, “Cruel Intentions the Musical.” It was an awesome musical and we got to see Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Scott Clifton and Kim Matula there. By the time we arrived home to the news that we were now Emmy winning producers, it made our evening even more special.

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We then attended the Emmy gifting suite and ran into more B&B soap stars we hadn’t seen in quite a while such as, Jacob Young and Ali Mills. Ronn and I will both get our Emmy in the mail soon and look forward to shooting the new season of “The Bay” next month!

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After fighting major jet lag from our superb trip abroad, Ronn had to take yet another flight to NY for a Player concert. Personally, I don’t think he’s human and tell everyone he’s an alien because jet lag just never gets the best of him! He managed to have an awesome performance in gorgeous Chautauqua, NY with the “Sail Rock” tour. I had to pick him up from the airport to make it in time for a dinner party thrown by actress Allie Mills who plays Pam on B&B.

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Allie has been generously trying to gather a few cast and crew members together to celebrate both Ronn and Susan Flannery for their work and departure from B&B for nearly a year now! And due to everyone’s schedules this was no easy task! Turns out Allie lives on the beautiful canals of Venice Beach, so coming from Italy this was rather appropriate and much appreciated for us.

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We joined other cast members, John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang, Ian Buchanan, as well as, a few crew members for the best turkey burgers I’ve ever had! I must say Allie sets a gorgeous table and even though Ronn had just flown back from NY and I was still fighting jet lag, we couldn’t have had more fun. It was great to finally see Susan and catch up with friends that are really like family. It was such a beautiful dinner party and we wish we could do this much more often.

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It’s so apparent that both Ronn and Susan’s presence is not only missed by fans, but by their cast and crew. So raise your glasses to Allie and her wonderful husband Orson Bean for making this happen finally and a big kiss and thank you Allie for all your hard work in pulling it off!

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There was a mist in the air over the weekend. One that smelled of rain and gave us a breeziness that said fall was here finally. At least that’s what we thought? Ronn and I anxiously prepared for our love filled weekend.

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We were invited to Scott Clifton’s wedding, which promised less drama than one of Liam Spencer’s weddings. And then there was the annual charity event, “The Love Ride.”

But first we kicked off our weekend with Scott and his bride Nicole’s outdoor setting nestled in the woods with a babbling water fall. They recited their reasons why their love was perfect underneath a gigantic tree and tea lights. Their vows were filled with humor and adoration that told us all they were meant to be in so many ways.

We felt honored to be a part of it and it was lovely to see some of B&B’s cast such as, John McCook, Jacquline MacInnes Wood, Kim Matula, Don Diamont and Adam Gregory.  Scott and Nicole were in true wedding bliss as we dined on Prime Rib and Salmon in the indoor/outdoor setting.

I chatted most of the evening with Jackie aka Steffy who will be an upcoming guest on Ronn’s Garage. That girl is always amazing me and don’t let the good looks fool ya, she’s one smart cookie! Jackie loves, “Devin’s Kickass Cajun Seasoning” and can’t wait to cook something Cajun with me since one of her beaus is from Baton Rouge!

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Ronn and I had to get up early the next day for the annual, “Love Ride” and hop on his Harley hoping it wouldn’t rain. It seems there is this love/hate thing for rain. We wish for it in southern California, but only when we’re not driving in it, especially on a motorcycle! Lucky for us it was a very pleasant ride to the Harley dealership in Glendale where the ride takes place.

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More hunky B&B cast members were on hand like, Winsor Harmon, Lorenzo Lamas, and Antonio Sabato Jr all ready to ride. They joined Jay Leno onstage to kick off the event before a massive crowd as Lorenzo sang the Star Spangled Banner.

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Our pals Wally and Lori Crowder joined us as hundreds of bikes started their journey to the park where the event took place. The sun started to shine as we went back to typical sunny southern California weather and our hopes for fall fell back into a brief faded memory. But the love that filled our weekend will be memories that will last forever.

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Susan Flannery organized a beautiful wedding supper to celebrate our recent nuptials at the gorgeous Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. It was held in the private dining room off of the elaborate kitchen and guests included, John McCook and his lovely wife Laurette, Ian Buchanan, Katherine Kelly Lang and her husband Alex, Maria and Billy Bell and our gracious host Brad Bell and his wife Colleen. The menu was absolutely amazing and the private chef told us about each course before their presentation. We ended the evening wedding cake and more champagne. We have certainly had our share of that in the past few weeks, hahaha. Since this is Ronn’s second family, we were, needless to say, thrilled and grateful for this amazing opportunity to share our joy with them. Here is a clip of the evening.


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