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Aug. 20, 2012 1:20 pm
Updated: Aug. 26, 2012 5:15 am
I've been busy. Not just busy - real busy. My summer flew by without any of the things on my to-do list getting done. At least not the things on my list that would classify as chores. I had plenty of fun. We just got back from our annual trip to Virginia
down by the Shenandoah National Park where we camp, hike and hit the wineries. Suzy the black lab usually goes along for the hiking and camping part, but this year she had a pulled muscle and the vet thought it best if she stayed home and rested so she'd
be ready for the hunting season. Suzy didn't really mind. She got to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house and play with "cousin" Dream, their black lab. She came home happy and spoiled.
We did get a pleasant surprise visitor for the last 4 days of our trip. Our daughter, Kristal, decided to drive down and spend some time with her mom and dad. It was fun to have her along. She enjoys visiting the wineries and doing the hiking as much as
we do. This year we found a few new wineries and they were great! The winery with the best and most unique room was like sitting in a jungle. The tables were scattered around a large greenhouse-like room where there were huge plants growing. There were
papaya, cocoa beans, bananas and all kinds of exotic flowers growing. We were lucky to be there the day the bananas were ripe and being picked. After the owner picked the bananas he gave one to each table to sample. It was a Sumatran banana and very tasty.
Who would have thought bananas would go so well with wine??!!
Another of the wineries had their tasting room right in the barrel room. That was really neat. And to get to another one of the wineries we had to drive six miles on a gravel road that was only one and a half lanes wide, up a mountain. We actually had to
put the truck in four-wheel drive at some places to make it up the hill! The view and the wine was well worth the trip, though.
I started back to work two weeks ago and today was the first day of school for the students. It has been quite hectic and I was ready for a fun, relaxing weekend this past Friday afternoon. Saturday morning Kristal called and said she saw where our local
winery was hosting a fund-raiser for the Search & Rescue Dog group. What better way to relax than sipping a nice glass of wine while watching search & rescue dogs demonstrate their skills. The possibility of winning a prize was there, too, since they had
baskets to raffle off. I called my parents and we all headed to the winery. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too chilly. We found ourselves a table and chose our wines. We also dropped a few tickets into several of the baskets being raffled
off. Kristal was a winner rather quickly! She scored a soft-sided animal carrier that was filled with all sorts of great goodies her cocker spaniel, Maggie, will love. She was quite pleased. A short time later the next round of basket winners were called.
I won! My basket had two red wine glasses with a lab head etched on each and some candles. I was quite pleased to have won this prize. Unfortunately my mom and dad did not win a basket. But they had a good time and were glad they came along.
After we left the winery we headed to the Mexican restaurant. Every Saturday we are having a DJ on the patio so we go for dinner and just hang out on the patio. This night was also Kristal's birthday, so we had a surprise cake to share with all our friends
and family that was there. Federico brought all the worker's out and had them sing happy birthday to her and presented her with a shot of tequila. It was a fun evening.
Yesterday we had Federico and his family over for a spaghetti dinner. Kristal and her husband came, too. She made a peach crisp from some of the peaches we picked in Virginia and it was delicious! Everyone enjoyed it, even the kids. Even after we had already
had several cupcakes each. I had made chocolate cupcakes and frosted them with white icing and then decorated them with Teddy Graham teddy bear crackers, a square of Hershey's chocolate, and a mini-marshmallow; making them sort of a s'more-type cupcake.
The kids loved them. Little Jocelyn, who is 5, asked for extra teddy bears. I gave her a small dish of them and she proceeded to decorate her cupcake with a whole gang of teddy bears. We got a good chuckle out of that. After her hard work of decorating
it she then picked each bear off the top and ate them with the icing stuck on their feet.
Today was an especially busy day at work. Tonight we are having fresh lake perch for dinner with asparagus and the last of the peaches I picked in Virginia. I think I'll go downstairs and find one of those bottles of wine I bought in Virginia to go with the
perch. Then if the rain holds off, a nice soak in the hot tub to finish off my evening before I go to bed.
Peach pickin' in Virginia!
The tasting room at one of the wineries
Kristal with the Sumatran banana
Enjoying banana with wine.