Summer is in full swing here, though we have not had a lot of hot, sunny days. Rain, rain, rain and more rain. All that moisture has made everything very green, which I love. We were also fortunate to have had a couple of days break from the rain with wonderfully warm weather this past weekend when we celebrated the 4th of July, Independence Day here in the U.S. It was perfect for the outdoor activities that we usually associate with the day.
Our 4th started off with the local parade. I’ve lived here for over 7 years and this is the first time I’ve been to the 4th of July parade; I’m not a big fan of getting up really early and heading curbside downtown to sit and wait for the parade to begin. This year, however, my daughter was marching with her dance team, so we all got up. It was fun to see her with her teammates having a great time.
The parade also included old fire engines, complete with crank sirens,
This young lady was really getting a workout!
My favorite entry in the parade, aside from our Lionettes of course, was from the local art school. They have classes for kids as well as doing birthday parties and such. I loved their most creative costumes! They really brought art alive.
It wasn’t a really long parade and we were home by about noon. That meant we had a chance to rest for a bit before friends came over for a cookout. I am always grateful when my days include a bit of downtime. We are quite busy around here!
At dinner time, we grilled the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers and sat around on my deck enjoying the food – and all the wonderful salads and sides that my friends brought to the meal – and each other’s company.
No picnic around were would be complete without a game of cornhole. In case you don’t know what that is, it is a bean bag toss game that is very popular in the U.S. midwest, especially in Ohio. The boards are set 15-20 feet apart and teams toss trying to land their bags either on the board or into the hole. It can get very competitive, depending on who is playing, but we had a couple of friendly games – the best kind!
The dog wasn’t thrilled when people started shooting off fireworks. There is a small display that we can see from our deck every year, so we put her safe in the house and the rest of us watched them and the kids did their sparklers. This was their first year with sparklers, I guess I’ve been lax about that!
All in all we had a great celebration.
Here’s hoping that you are enjoying your summer days, or winter days if you happen to be in the southern hemisphere. I hope to get another post in soon with some photos of the wildflowers that have appeared this year.
Until next time, be happy and live in joy!