Borrego Springs, CA

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Birthday happenings

When I got up this morning, I decided I wasn’t going to do anything I didn’t want to do today in honor of my birthday.  Birthdays really don’t mean that much to me, and I’m not sure why everyone celebrates them so, but it was a good excuse to indulge myself.  :)  That meant I could procrastinate for another day and not do those chores that are necessary, but mundane.  So, no laundry, vacuuming or defrosting the freezer.
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Shortly before noon, I took myself out to the Boondocks Restaurant for dinner.  What an excellent decision that turned out to be.  Boondocks is located about five miles off the main drag of US 20.  It is run and owned by a man that is not a cook, but a chef!  What an interesting menu this small establishment had.  You know I wasn’t expecting to find lobster here in Island Park, but I ordered the foot long shrimp (close enough).  I usually don’t talk about food much, but this meal was excellent.  Lightly breaded and spiced jumbo butterflied shrimp, skewered and grilled.  The salad was memorable, and there were also fries and a delicious home made roll.  I’m thinking I may stop here two more times before I leave for the sirloin steak smothered in mushrooms and onions, and the rainbow trout Almandine.  Most of the customers were local folks, and there was good natured bantering going on.  The menu remains the same all day long.  I appreciate that since I really like to have my main meal at noon.  There was an eclectic variety of music in the background…from classical, to ragtime, to Willy Nelson, and it didn’t hurt your ears!  All in all, an enjoyable birthday dinner.  :)

When I got back to the rig, I messed around on the computer for a while, and then Emma and I sat outside.
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Star, the Brittany Spaniel, is Emma’s best friend next door.  Star is 9 months old, and the two of them have similar levels of energy.
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They just go on and on, but it really helps drain their energy so they are both worn out at night.  :)  Emma’s head got chopped off in the right hand picture, but you can see that all eight paws are often off of the ground.  Wish I had that kind of energy.  :)
_MG_3061While the dogs were romping, Jackie, Jim, and June invited me over for some birthday cake.  What a thoughtful surprise that was!  I haven’t had a birthday cake in I don’t know how many years.  What great neighbors these folks are.  We had a great time sharing stories while enjoying the cake and ice cream.  They are Star’s owners.  You couldn’t ask for better folks to be parked next to for two months.

Thanks for all the birthday wishes from you folks out there.  They made my day.  It was another good day in the neighborhood.  :)   The winds are really beginning to howl tonight, as I write.  Maybe I’d better go stow my rocker….

Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later,  Judy


  1. Happy Birthday!! I suppose we celebrate birthdays because we can!!
    I am glad you found such a unique place to eat. Sounds like a good find.
    Yes, don't you wish we all had the energy of young pups!! They sure seemed to enjoy each other.

    Take care and hope that storm wasn't a bad one!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. I share your thoughts about remembering & celebrating Birthdays. Hard to remember them, let alone get excited about them anymore. But, having said that....'HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDY:))'

  3. Were State Park camping today, Rigg's loves his new spot, lot's of new smell's and his Buddy Duncan came by to play,leter in the morning he is going to the doggie park to run and swim. This is really a nice park, site's are big and widely seperated, lot's to do. we are enjoying life on vacaction. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna. Little Emma looks like she is enjoying her friend too.

  4. I too want to wish you a Happy Birthday! It sure is nice to have good neighbours, you are lucky. Have a great year.

  5. Happy belated Birthday greetings! I have been without wifi as we boogied north with one night stops to find cooler weather. We're now in Walker, MN and it's much nicer weather!!! Only I really don't have anything to blog about ~ yesterday was a "off day" so we could both destress!


  6. Thank goodness you didn't do anything like laundry or defrost the freezer! I'm glad you spent your birthday enjoying yourself! Here's to another good year.

  7. Happy Birthday, hope there are many more to come, especially if they are spent in wonderful places with nice people. That is the true gift.

  8. Happy Birthday Judy! You made a great day for yourself, you inspired me for next year.
    aka donna

  9. Happy Birthday Judy! Your meal sounds delicious. Looks like Star and Emma had a great time. It's nice for our dog family to have friends too. Nice of your neighbors to host a little cake party for you. 2 of the 3 don't look very happy, though. Are they usually smiley? Not so much here.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  10. Happy Birthday, Judy! That restaurant you went to sounds great - I'd love that steak smothered in mushrooms and onions! Very nice of your neighbours to invite you over for cake and ice cream too! You're right about Emma and her pup friend playing and getting tired for the night - that's always a bonus!

  11. Judy,

    Happy Natal Day. As usual, your blog is great.
    Got a question for you. Do you know how to look at blogger stats? It is a new feature available via our Dashboard, but I can't find it.

  12. Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Judy, your decision not to do anything (housework related) was perfect. How nice to find a wonderful restaurant and have a great meal.

  13. Judy - Happy Birthday !!!! You GO, Woman!! So glad you had a yummy dinner, a kicked-back day and surprise birthday cake to top it off! Enjoy, enjoy! Have a very, very pleasant evening.

  14. Happy belated birthday, Judy. Hope you have many more!!!

  15. Not doing chores is the best gift to yourself!
    We wish you a belated Happy Birthday! And we celebrate your birthday 'cause you're special!!

    No wifi for 2 days up near Halifax, Nova Scotia, I was going through withdrawls! lol
    Kathy and Grant

  16. Sending belated Birthday wishes your way. It's a good excuse to treat yourself. Glad you found that restaurant.

  17. Hey Judy--- HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! Sorry it's late but I am catching up on blogs here. We were camping without a signal over the weekend so I am wayyy behind.

    Sounds like you had a great birthday and the 8 paws in the air pic is just wonderful. Oh to be a dog... an RVing dog at that!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard