Highlights of the 4th on the 5th

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?

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Inspiration

Take a deep, cleansing breath. Hold it. Now, slowly release it.

Take another.  Hold it a little longer than before.  Slowly exhale.

Do it again.  Inhale.  Hold it.  Slowly exhale.

Did you feel your shoulder muscles relax? Did your mind respond to the increased oxygen level in your blood stream?  Do you feel more alert?

Inspiration does that for you.

Whether it’s breathing in new air or taking in new ideas, inspiration awakens us to new possibilities.

How often do you pause, take a deep cleansing breath and allow inspiration to fill you, heal you, propel you forward?

Where do you seek inspiration?

  • quiet walk
  • meditation
  • Scripture
  • online
  • pinterest
  • prayer
  • work
  • gardening
  • driving
  • exercise
  • hobbies
  • friends
  • books
  • family
  • nature
  • ?

We inspire so we don’t expire.

Once again, draw air deeply into your lungs – expand them as fully as possible.  Come on, you can take in a little more. No shallow inspiration allowed this time. We commonly use only a small portion of our lungs when we inspire – fill them deeply…expand them.

Hold it.

Now, exhale fully.

Did your fingertips tingle?

Imagine what inspiration does for your mind and your emotions.

Where will you seek inspiration today?

Me?  I’m heading outside to work in the garden.

My niece suggested I add beans and watermelons to our family garden – and mentioned Granddad sometimes planted giant sunflowers, too.  So, yesterday I added 6×20 feet to the garden. Today the soil will be prepared, rows created and (hopefully) before rain arrives seeds will be planted.

There will be ample time for inspiration – physical as well as mental – as I work my body, accomplish my task and open my mind to see, to hear, to understand…to be awakened by inspiration.

Out with the bad, in with the good.  Breathe deeply. Open yourself to possibilities. Relax. Draw in new thoughts, new ideas. Welcome the rejuvenation that inspiration brings.

Now, exhale…pass it on – go be an inspiration to someone else.