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Pizza and Piper . . .

Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!

Jan and I headed up to Katy about 10:30 to meet up with our granddaughter Piper where she was housesitting at her aunt Brandi’s while they were up in Oklahoma visiting Lowell’s parents.

After a short conversation, Jan and I drove over to the nearby Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, followed by Miss Piper in her car. We had been to this location several times before, nice because it’s only about 10 minutes from Brandi’s.

We started out with our usual, the Small House Salad, which is small in name only.

Gramaldi's Small Salad

And the ‘small’  salad was enough for all 3 of us with some left over that didn’t get eaten due to saving room for pizza.

Piper went the white pizza route with the Prosciutto Arugula Pizza, topped with thinly sliced prosciutto, shaved cheese blend and fresh arugula.


While Jan and I did the more traditional thing with The Don, topped with Italian Sausage, Meatballs and Pepperoni. To which we added Mushrooms, Bacon, and Jalapenos.

Grimaldi's Pizza Piper

Really, really good, and we all had some to bring home.


Another in our Where We Were 11 Years Ago Today series.

July 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, America!

Today is our country’s birthday, and where better to be, then the birth place of the writer of the Declaration of Independence,  Virginia and Thomas Jefferson.

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Birthday, America!

Tomorrow, we will visit the Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, but today we’re going to stay around the coach and enjoy the day.

We’re staying at the Small Country Campground in Louisa, VA, about 20 miles southeast of Charlottesville, VA.

Small Country Campground

This place is really out in the country, but our site is basically a large gravel parking lot.  This area is the only one left that will fit our rig, so we really can’t complain.

We’ll we can’t… but Mister can.  He doesn’t like it, at all.  The large chunks of gravel hurt his feet, and of course, there’s no where for him to roll around on the ground.  He’s not a happy camper.

We are having BBQ this 4th of July.  We have leftovers from our stopover at Famous Dave’s yesterday.  Ribs, pulled pork, baked beans, corn on the cob, fried apples, with peaches and ice cream for dessert.

Hmmm, Gooood!

We were happy to see the park was having a fireworks show, but weren’t expecting much.  Boy, were we surprised!

The show lasted over 30 minutes.  It didn’t have as much variety as some city/county shows we saw around Houston, but it made for it in quantity.

Everyone started setting up about 8 pm with the kids being given sparklers to play with.


Fireworks 1

And then about 9 pm the show began…

Fireworks 2

Fireworks 3

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Fireworks 8

Fireworks 9

We’re really enjoying the cool temperatures here.  It was 59 last night and will only get to about 69 tomorrow.  Of course, it is also supposed to rain, so we’ll see.

As I said, tomorrow we’re going to visit Monticello, and maybe, if we have time, Appomattox Courthouse, where the South surrendered at the end of the Civil War.

Thought For The Day:

Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. – President Dwight Eisenhower, 1957


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