Sunday, November 28, 2010

Back in Georgia

We made it back to Georgia on November 15th. We are pretty much settled into our RV life at Holbrook Campground here on Ft. Stewart. Lots of familiar and friendly folks here at this time of the year. We had our Thanksgiving dinner with the men and women and their families of the 3rd Infantry Division in one of their brigade mess halls.

We're not doing a lot at the moment except for fishing and visiting with our neighbors.  We hope to carouse around Savannah a few times and make some day trips to see the Christmas decorations in the nearby small towns.  This is relax time for us and by the time we move out on January 24th, we should be really recharged.  Not sure where we are going from here, but it will assuredly be farther south.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Whistling Acres Hermit (a cookie) Recipe

This award winning recipe is posted in memory of its author Lois (Tutu) Brierley Bernier, grandmother to two of my beautiful daughters, Heather and Krystal.  Enjoy.

Whistling Acres Hermits

Preheat oven 375

1 1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
2 cup sugar

4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
4 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup raisins

Cream first four ingredients. Sift together dry ingredients (not raisins) and add to wet ingredients a little at a time until well mixed. Add raisins and mix. Make two cylindrical strips of dough down each cookie sheet. Sprinkle tops heavily with sugar and press into dough with bottom of wet glass. Bake 12-15 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove from sheet when cool enough to handle.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Almost Migration Time

Seems these past few months have dragged by. Since our last posted camping trip we have not done much other than work on this house trying to keep it up to sale standards. We did find time for another five day camping trip into the West Virginia mountains in early October. We stayed at the Trout Pond Recreation Area in the George Washington National Forest.  As with our previous trips we started after the weekend crowd had departed.  It was beautiful and refreshing with very few people.  We so enjoy these kind of secluded adventures.

I took another short excursion with my cousin Jim shortly after returning from West Virginia.  Jim's g-g-grandfather, like my g-g-grandfather, was a Civil War Confederate soldier assigned to the 9th Georgia Infantry Regiment.  Mine was assigned to the 22nd Georgia Infantry Regiment.  They both fought and were wounded on July 2, 1863 during the battle of Gettysburg.  Jim's g-g-grandfather survived.  Mine did not.  We toured the battlefield on the first day and on the second day we walked the route the 9th Georgia took as it made its attack on the Union lines.  This particular attack would be known as the Wheatfield, one of the bloodiest skirmishes during the  three day battle.  We both were awed by Gettysburg.  It is truly Hallowed Ground.

We entered the Corvette into two car shows bringing home a trophy from one of them. The O'Doodle boys went to the last one and had a great time. This was their first show.

Now that fall is firmly entrenched we have been getting ready for our annual migration to Georgia.  Our departure will be on November 14th.  Our destination this year will be Holbrook Pond Campground on Ft. Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia.  This is our favorite place to stay and it just so happens our friends, Lori and Dock, are the campground hosts.  Oh yeah!  Spinner is there, too.  You remember Spinner (see Dec. 19, 2009 post).  Guinness, Rosco and Spinner will have a ball.  Our plan is to stay at Holbrook until mid-January then move on to Charleston, SC for several weeks.  After that it is any body's guess.  Probably into Florida or Alabama.

Speaking of Rosco, he has fully adjusted to our family now.  It has only been in the past few months that he started to be completely comfortable here.  He and Guinness are totally inseparable.  They play and do everything together.  It is great to see them get along so well.  They both are very well mannered in public and we get a lot of complements about their demeanor.

Next post will be from Georgia.  Can't wait.