Saturday, July 30, 2011

What’s Happenin’ ?

Not much...

Barbie writing here… let me get you up to date with what we have been doing since the last blog posting.

The day before Jeff’s birthday, Thursday, July 21, I “surprised” Jeff with a neat picnic lunch at Black Rock Mountain State Park in the Mountain City area of Georgia. It is only a 15 minute drive from our site at River Vista. The day was hot in Dillard but by the time we made it to the top of the mountain it was 7 degrees cooler, at 82 degrees. We had a beautiful view (check out the pictures below) and a wonderful lunch, according to Jeff.


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This was Kozmo’s first picnic and she even enjoyed it. I had made a four cheese pasta dish with chicken, peas, garlic, mozzarella cheese and olive oil with seasonings. We also had our first heirloom tomato from the plant that I have been cultivating out on our deck. It was delicious! I can’t believe I have the ability to plant something and actually keep it alive and produce something so good!!! LOL Anyway, we also had homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and a sangria jello for dessert. The time was relaxing and gorgeous. We met another couple from Gainesville, Georgia who were up for the day enjoying their picnic, also. We found out they have a Jayco fifth wheel and a Labrador retriever whom they adopted a few years back. Kozmo didn’t get too close to the pup because they were afraid their pup might do something to her. She was ready to give out kisses though. :-)

On to Friday, July 22, Jeff turned 59 years young. We celebrated by eating out at The Stockton House in Clayton. The food was fantastic! Jeff had chicken marsala and I had the trout almondine. No dessert for us since we had waiting for us at home a chocolate “wacky” cake with milk chocolate/peanut butter icing that I made for the birthday “boy.” It is a very easy cake with no eggs or butter in it. The Stockton House is a nice place but really needs to tend to its growth of foliage leading up the stairs to the entrance.

The rest of the weekend was devoted to cleaning, laundry, reading and computer “traveling”. I cooked some darn good meals over the past week, like crab cakes and a spinach salad, fresh creamed yellow squash with a ground beef tomato sauced pasta dish, and another spinach dish with roasted sweet potatoes, onions and walnuts with a mustard based dressing.  We also managed to eat at Mishima Express in Clayton with both of us getting hibachi chicken dinners. This is a great Japanese style cooking restaurant! We ate at the Valley Café for breakfast on Thursday, July 28 and took a walk through Fred’s discount store and didn’t see much of anything there. On Friday, July 29, we went to Oinkers for “lupper” and it was fantastic….again!

It has been hot up here, as it is probably in a lot of places. But the nights are not that bad. When I usually take Kozmo out at 11:00 P.M. it is warm but not stifling. By the way Kozmo has developed many “hobbies” lately. She loves taking golf cart rides with us looking for rabbits, walking down by the stream and watching the ground move because of the ground moles that have built their tunnels almost everywhere, and jumping back and forth inside the rig from Jeff to me when she sees hummingbirds on the window feeder on my side and doves and other birds in the bird feeder on Jeff’s side. I am constantly looking down at the ground now to make sure those ground moles don’t appear and bite us. We haven’t seen any since they come out at night. Kozmo is really fitting into the “Boldt Retirement Home” very nicely!

We have started seriously looking for campgrounds that we will be staying at when we head to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Selma, North Carolina area in September to visit family. We have decided not to head for the Indiana and Ohio areas since we don’t want to be on the road longer than 3 ½ to 4 weeks for this trip. Jeff is really getting into DJ’ing here at the park and we don’t want to miss out on all the Fall festivities around here. Speaking of DJing gigs, the owner of the campground confirmed with Jeff this afternoon another street dance to be held next Saturday here at River Vista. Dillard is hosting the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s Georgia State Championship Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival next Friday and Saturday. There is a near full house expected here at the campground. After folks get their fill of Bluegrass & Barbeque they can come back to River Vista and kick up their heels to some good old time rock and roll, country and dance favorites. It’ll be a good time, after all Big Daddy DJ will be playing the favorites!

THE Big Daddy DJ

Until next time…live for the moment!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Good Friends

We had a great time with our great friends Linda and Bill Forrest on July 11th and 12th.

IMG_0376They live in Auburndale, Florida. Barbie worked with Linda at Mann Middle School. She is still teaching 8th grade history there. They  became close friends and just love it when they get together. They had bought a Class A motorhome this past year and stopped to visit towing their utility trailer, which houses their Gold Wing motorcycle. They stayed for two nights here at River Vista. They were headed to West Virginia to pick up their son and his family and then travel to Maine to visit family and have a good time. We took them to Fatz Café in Franklin, NC, which is 20 minutes north on US 441, Monday night and had a fantastic meal! After eating breakfast out Tuesday morning at Kountry Vittles (which took 45 minutes to get the meal), Linda and Bill went for a motorcycle ride to South and North Carolina. The weather was nice and not hot so their ride was fantastic. Barbie and I went to Ingles for some grocery shopping for the barbeque that we were making for the night. When 6 PM came around, Linda and Bill came up and we ate grilled burgers, potato salad and pea salad and then topped off the evening with homemade blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. It was a great meal with great conversation. Linda brought some Reisling wine which made it even more entertaining. We went down to their rig at 9PM and they showed us their homemade laundry line made with PVC pipe which was attached to their ladder. That will be a project for me in the near future. We said our goodbyes Tuesday evening with the lightning bugs flashing in the night’s soft breeze.

Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15 were rainy type of days. We need the rain up here and we just sat around and read and cleaned up a bit. Our other great friends, Sandie and Pat Gregory and their two grandchildren, Kyle and Katherine, came by Friday to visit us.

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They live in Brandon, Florida, and have the grandkids for two weeks. They own an rv site in Franklin, North Carolina in a place called Great Outdoors RV Resort.


They have a beautiful rv site at the crest of a cleared off hilltop with long range mountain views. They also have a cabin site in another area of the resort which will be developed later on. They stayed for a couple of hours and the grandkids are getting big and are very well behaved. Kozmo mainly stayed in my lap the whole time they were here. But Kyle did give her a treat which she tenderly took from his hand. They brought us some great corn on the cob which they picked themselves in North Carolina along with some beautiful sunflowers. They were headed to Santa’s Land in Cherokee, NC, on Saturday followed with horseback riding on Sunday before departing for Stone Mountain, Georgia, on Monday. We don’t have the energy to keep up with all that they do. They always have a great time though. After they left Barbie fixed us a taco salad dinner, which was very good.

Barbie has been cooking a lot so we treated ourselves to Mishima Express late Saturday afternoon. Kozmo stayed in the truck with the windows down since the temperature was 73 degrees. The food is great! We both usually have the hibachi chicken which comes with brown rice, carrots, and mushrooms on the side. With two iced teas, the bill was only $16 and it is a filling meal. Their house “shrimp” sauce that you can top off the meat and rice is truly outstanding.

We took a ride to Clayton on Monday to pick up prescriptions at Walgreens and then went to Highlands, North Carolina via Warwoman Road and Highway 28. It is a very curvy ride with nothing really around to look at except some beautiful mountains.

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Our purpose was to make a deposit and get cash from the Bank of America, which has the closest branch for us in Highlands, NC. Highlands had temperatures of 73 degrees at 3:00 PM, the elevation being 4034 ft, and the place was very crowded. There wasn’t a place to park on the main drag so we decided to head back down to Dillard. You can really tell that the tourists are back when you head to Highlands on a Monday and see it so crowded.

Since my birthday is this Friday, Barbie has a surprise planned for me, so she says, on Thursday. She told me to pick a place to eat on Friday, which is what we usually do for our birthdays. She is hoping for great weather for the surprise Thursday, so my guess is a picnic up at Black Rock State Park??? She has been wanting to do that all summer. I’ll let you know.

‘Til next time…remember to live for the moment.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Late Night TV

I  probably should have written a blog about this topic long ago, but now is as good a time as any. We usually go to bed at 11:00pm  or earlier each night. Barbie and Kozmo will usually head to bed first and I will follow later, sometimes after I watch the 11:00 news. But, during the course of each weekday evening I’ll usually check the DirecTV guide to see which guests are on the late night talk shows. If there are some interesting guests I’ll DVR them so we can check them out the next day. At 11:30, it’s usually “The Late Show” with David Letterman. Every once in a while it may be “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. But at 12:35am, the ONLY show I’ve DVRed is “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson. I got hooked on Ferguson only about a year ago when my back was shot and I spent my nights sleeping in my recliner chair and couldn’t sleep well at all because of the meds or whatever. He is a Scottish–American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, and producer. He took over “The Late Late Show” from Craig Wilborn in January 2005. The guy is hilarious. He has no co-host, no band but he has a talking “skeleton” machine, Geoff Peterson.

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Geoff’s debut appearance was on Monday, April 5, 2010. Geoff Peterson was designed and built by Grant Imahara of the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters. He has neon blue eyes, a metal mohawk and wears an over-sized suit with his name scrawled on a contestant's name tag from The Price is Right. The robot is voiced by Josh Thompson, either live or as a set of pre-recorded phrases. Geoff makes comments regularly that contribute to the comedy of the show. There are “other” regulars such as “Secretariat”, a horse (2 humans in a horse costume) that dances out on stage for a brief appearance as Ferguson and the audience “dance” in the background. Occasionally, a white rabbit puppet manned by Ferguson, does the shows opening. Each guest’s segment ends one of 3 ways: 1) the guest may choose to play a “mouth organ”(harmonica) with Ferguson, 2) the guest my choose to have “an awkward pause” with Ferguson and most recently added, 3) the guest may choose to hold Ferguson’s “glittery ball”, which is a miniature mirrored disco ball. Needless to say, the show is filled with many sexual innuendos. I’m smiling or laughing the entire hour. If you’ve never checked it out, you really should…it is different.

What prompted this blog was that last night on Letterman’s Show he brought Regis Philbin to serve as his first ever co-host on “The Late Show.” The two of them together was hilarious. It was an awesome show. Ferguson followed with guest Julie Chen. I can tell you that we spent two great hours watching those show today.

Well, so much for late night tv.

‘Til next time……..

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It’s July

This past week has been a busy one-yet enjoyable for sure. Last Monday we had a nice three hour plus visit and dinner with one of my former guidance counselors, Donna, from Tampa, FL. Donna was traveling to visit another former guidance counselor we both worked with, Nancy, who with her husband retired to a cabin in Murphy, NC a couple of years ago. Donna had called and we made plans for her to stop by our site here in Dillard, chat for awhile and catch a bite to eat before she moved on to Murphy where she planned to spend a couple of days. It was great visiting with Donna and getting caught up with the people I used to work with. We got a bite to eat at Mountain Man Grill here in Dillard just about a half mile from the NC state line on US 441. After some great burgers, we headed back to the 5er and Donna headed into NC. We also made tentative plans for Donna to drive up and visit us at our site in Crystal River, FL during the winter season.

The middle of the week was filled with running errands and enjoying “The Good Life.” Saturday, we drove to Franklin, NC, to a small arts and crafts show. We left seeing some nice local crafts but we resisted the urge to purchase anything.

River Vista was about 95% full for the July 4th weekend. There were cookouts, the pool was full all weekend, there were games and movies for the kids as well. Saturday evening a local woman and her son, who happen to be related to one of the work campers here at River Vista, played some old bluegrass tunes. Sunday was the big day. There was a golf cart and bicycle parade through the campground that included about 25 golf carts and a dozen bicycles or so.

As usual, CLICK on any picture to increase the size for better viewing.

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The campground then hosted a hotdog cookout. For $1 you got a hotdog (with chili, sauerkraut, onions, relish, catsup, mustard, however you wanted it), a bag of potato chips and either iced tea or lemonade. They also had ice cream sundaes for 50 cents a scoop with toppings and there was also a watermelon seed spitting contest. All of those activities led up to the big “Street Dance” DJed  by yours truly at 7:00pm.

THE Big Daddy DJ THE “Big Daddy DJ”

There was a great turnout for the dance with young and old, weekenders and River Vista Falls View residents in attendance. We played outside in front of the Mountain Village Center and the dance floor was the street. It worked out great. The weather cooperated and folks used the rocking chairs from outside the Mountain Village Center, the adirondack chairs from the playground, their golf carts and their own collapsible lawn chairs to sit on.

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We played oldies, country, old time rock-n-roll and all type of dance favorites like: electric slide, polkas, conga, cha cha slide, Cupid shuffle, macarena, boot scootin’ boogie and more. It was a grand evening that we ended by playing an emotional “God Bless the USA.”

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Apparently it was well received as we had numerous positive comments. The best part is the developer of River Vista, Clark, wants to sit down with me and discuss doing some future events. I’ll keep you posted.

Monday was a pretty laid back day until the local fireworks in Dillard and up in Franklin, NC in the evening. I don’t know if it was just me or not, but I saw fireworks over River Vista, or did I dream it ? :-)

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‘Til next time……….