Yesterday was a 4th of July to remember.
Of course, apart from what I write here and the few pictures I took, I probably won’t remember much about it by this time next year.
Here are the highlights.
- I slept late (until 8 a.m.),
- It rained – all day long. First good rain in weeks.
- The garden perked up.
- Momma Robin found worms for her new hatchings (they finally hatched after the rain began).
- My mom felt like putting up with us all at her house and let us come in and take over.
- Sliced into the watermelon and felt it “pop” open – that means it’s ripe. 🙂
- Hubby and Brother churned ice cream and talked.
- Brother, Sis-in-love, Niece, Daughter, Hubby, Mom and me – that’s who sat around the picnic table for the cookout and enjoyed home-churned ice cream.
- Saw Niece’s new hairstyle up close and personal – beautiful!
- Goofed with Sis-in-love.
- Talked about Dad and Sis-in-love’s Mom.
- Toasted JUMBO marshmallows on the grill before cooking burgers…just to make sure the grill was hot enough. Delicious! And, sticky. (on my lips, nose, fingers…in my hair)
- Licked ice cream from the churn dasher before washing it (one of the perks of working in the kitchen – yum!)
- We were able to eat on the patio, at the picnic table, even though it was raining.
- Mom’s potato salad and baked beans – m-m-m-m.
- The temperature at 4 pm was…68 degrees.
- After we ate ice cream, Mom, Niece and Sis-in-love donned jackets, hats and blankets – brr.
- We ate toasted marshmallows (again) to warm up after the ice cream chill.
- Fireworks began early in the day.
- An explosion two houses up the street from us – sounded like someone blew up their gas grill. Expletives followed.
- At this same house, as we sat to enjoy our ice cream dessert, we heard what we first took as crazy fireworks but then soon realized it was the sound of a tree falling. I ran to the 2nd house up the street and found 7 people shocked but okay. A huge tree had fallen on the garage they were celebrating in, crushing it but not injuring anyone.
- With dusk came a lull in rainfall and an increase in explosions as celebrants headed outdoors to shoot the fireworks they had purchased.
- A horrible explosion sounded across the street, then screams and yelling – (no one was injured) either a novice or idiot detonated something HUGE. I heard him say: “it incinerated my #@$& tools!” The ball of gray smoke lingered in his yard and then slipped down the street. My ears rang for some time.
- Fireworks, the Braves – these we watched on TV at Mom’s while we waited for the blasting to finish outside (across the street, in the street, up the street). It sounded like a war zone.
- Jumped when unexpectedly loud (and scary) explosions shook her house.
- After arriving home, watched a 2000 recording of the Pop Goes the 4th with Hubby and enjoyed fireworks set to music. (a tradition for us and since we don’t have cable or satellite TV now, Hubby pulled out our old VHS tape of it and surprised me)
I’m certain my highlights of yesterday’s events are not the same list others in attendance would produce. .
However, I think the downsides/low points would be the same for everyone present.
- Dad was not there.
- Sis-in-love’s mom was not there and her dad was unable to attend due to his health and the weather.
- Son and daughter-in-love were not there – he worked.
- Granddaughter (6 weeks old today!) was not able to come. Her mom kept her in and out of the cool rain.
- Niece’s significant other was visiting his family – his mom’s birthday.
Did you notice? The only downsides listed pertained to people absent from our number?
What were the highlights of your 4th of July celebration?