We enjoyed spending time with my kids and grand kids - and new grand-dog. They were perfect hosts and very generous, and they sure fed us well. We had a great time! In fact, in two weeks the whole family plus puppy are coming to Hot Springs to visit me and Katie for two days. They are bringing their tent and all their camping gear - it's going to be really fun.
I was able to get all my medical/dental/vision appointments completed, and everything is fine. Thank goodness it's all done until 2015!
When we first got back to Hot Springs, I was able to get a HUGE camping site area that has it's own driveway off the road and is surrounded by trees and bushes. It would be perfect for when the kids arrive, there's even a little "room" off to the side with it's own bushes surrounding it for privacy. Perfect for a tent. So we set up camp there on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, after being there for two days, I decided we had to move. For one thing, the entire floor of the campsite was covered with inches of fine dust. I couldn't walk outside The Palms without getting my feet covered and dirty. And the way Katie walks, with her nose to the ground sniffing everything, I figured she was sniffing in way too much dust. Also, very little Internet in that site. I was able to post one blog post, but was having trouble leaving comments. And then I tried to pay bills, and couldn't keep a connection long enough to pay more than one.
So yesterday morning I packed up and we drove around a little and found a site in a new area for us.
NOTE: Just got settled in another site - I seem to be chasing Internet signals. At first the last site was really good, now it's not. Oh, well. It's easy for me to move and there seem to be more sites opening up all the time. I'll keep moving until I find one that's level and nice and has good Internet. So far, so good on this one. It looks just like the photos above. :)
I have a few photos that I haven't posted yet of two meals I had in San Diego. I especially want to remember the first two. My son, Tom, is the best bar-b-quer there is. I'd put money on him any time against anyone. I love filet mignon and whenever I visit, he always cooks some up for me. He gets the best meat he can find, it used to be Costco but he said their quality wasn't as good as it used to be, so now he gets his meats at a local small seaside market. He also uses a special kind of coals or chips or something that he gets near where his dad lives, I think. Anyway, he has his own process and it sure works! Here are the filets on the grill:
This steak was more tender and delicious than any steak I've ever had. We also had large artichokes that he boiled until tender, then he cut them in half, seasoned them, and put them on the grill for a short time. Trish cooked up some cauliflower and mashed and seasoned it, and it was delicious - the whole dinner was super. I took my leftover steak home and made myself two French Dip sandwiches after I left San Diego. Yummm.
For anyone who hasn't been to a Five Guys yet, order the Small. It's enough of a meal for anyone, and if you order it with everything, they put on EVERYTHING - pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, lettuce and tomatoes. It was so juicy and delicious. They also have bins of peanuts in the shell you can scoop up and bring to your table. My grand kids had fun with the peanuts.
I don't know why, but I thought Five Guys was an Italian place, that just happened to have good hamburgers. I didn't realize it's a lot like IN-N-OUT Burgers. I love their hamburgers, too, but I think these were a little better because of the additional grilled mushrooms.
On our way back to Hot Springs, we passed a field of sheep, which we don't see often. I always grab the camera when I see sheep in the distance. Green, green fields, a flock of sheep, rows of palm trees and blue sky. It was such a pretty scene.
From me and Katie, have a great Saturday, everybody! :)