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.
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!
Until next time…live for the moment!