Celebrating July 4th

It was such a perfect holiday weekend filled with food, fun, friends and family.

Starting on the 4th we were lucky to be invited over to friends where we enjoyed deck time with appetizers, something to wet our whistles with 3 other couples followed by a yummy holiday meal of brisket, smashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, salad, pound cake and strawberries. A quick downpour couldn’t dampen a delightful evening with friends. Folks could still enjoy going to view the fireworks while we skedaddled home to make sure Balto was handling the firework noise okay.

The girls meet Dulce de Leche

Natureman’s youngest sister and family arrived late afternoon Friday after a Madison campus visit for his youngest niece. It’s been a good while since they have been in the End of the Rainbow Valley and a new dog and 2 new goat kids were added to the menagerie.

‘Lots to catch up on …

We even had a mini reunion as one of our niece’s camp friends and her Mom were also able to join us for a vegetarian dinner of grilled marinated salmon, nettle portabello lasagna, roasted peppers, dilly beans, olives, homemade challah and fruit dessert. (If you missed the watermelon cake story, scroll back one entry.)

The following am we were off to services for our new spiritual leader’s first Sabbath with us and also a special prayer for Natureman’s Mom while the camp buddies got to visit again. After services we returned home for a garden salad lunch and packing up for the Twin City crew and before they got back in the car, a walk down the road to enjoy the summer Valley. We hope they won’t wait so long to return!

With about an hour to spare before dinner, there was time to begin washing those bed linens before this week’s guests arrive. Summertime in the End of the Rainbow Valley is busy…




We had another special evening filled with an early dinner at the Ridge with friends and music. It turns out our July 4th hostess also went to the same high school as Natureman and they had an old school mate, Jon Garon, performing in town at Leo & Leona’s.

Natureman & Jon, high school

For a mere $5 cover we enjoyed Jon and friends Bill Kaiser on guitars / vocals with Julie Kaiser’s voice filling the old dance hall venue with a knock out voice. Doc Hildebrand arrived from another gig in time to complete the quartet on fiddle and they all entertained us with Blues, Jazz and Folk and Traditional American tunes.

And entertain us they did as they were terrific and even had us home in time for that jittery dog just as the fireworks really got started …

But the weekend wasn’t over yet as the next day we had an unveiling for our dear friend Marty who passed last summer. Then, we needed to return to town for a meet and greet for our new spiritual leader…

I told you it was a full Holiday weekend…

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