Monday, July 6, 2020

The holiday weekend

It was a nice weekend here despite the pandemic and everything else going on. I went swimming Saturday afternoon and it felt wonderful. Is there anything more refreshing than spending a few hours in a pool on a hot summer afternoon? I felt cooled-off and relaxed for the rest of the night. I got a slight sunburn on the tops of my shoulders, no big deal, and my face ended up a little pink too.

My friend's pretty pool!


Pink face.
Once I headed home, I fired up the grill and we had a nice supper. Afterwards there were gin and tonics with lots of ice and lime on the back porch. Although we heard lots and lots of fireworks, we didn't actually see very many like we did the night before. A family who lives behind us did set off a few, though. And did you see the full moon rising Saturday night? It was crazy big and bright.



Yesterday was another fun day. Gregg was off and we were pretty lazy. As the sun went down we finally got around to burning a bunch of tree limbs and branches that have been sitting in our back yard for months. We built a temporary fire pit to keep it all contained.

My husband playing with fire.

Ginger loves to go camping. Maybe she thought that's what we were doing, building a fire in the backyard. She stayed close to see what we were up to.
So that was my holiday weekend. Nothing too exciting, but pretty nice all the same. As I'm typing this (just before noon on Monday) a thunderstorm seems to be approaching. I'm going outside to watch it from the porch.

I hope that everyone who celebrates it had a nice Fourth, and I hope you all have a good week!

41 comments:

  1. Sounds like a pretty good weekend to me. How I would love to swim in that pool!

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    1. It was nice. It was also my first time visiting someone else's house since February.

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  2. cool, you went to the pool! the soft pink color is nice on your pretty face.

    and GREGG! you got yourself a real catch there.

    RTG and I did nothing; too hot up here.

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    1. It was pretty hot here too. I like a little bit of sun on my face, even though I know it's really not good for my skin.

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  3. I started off my week wonderfully- met all the grandkids and their mamas at the river. It rained on and off but we didn't care. So beautiful.

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    1. Your pictures from the river trip were so nice! I love your river!

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  4. That it was elegant temporary fire pit. So glad you enjoyed your weekend and even got a little rosy.

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    1. Those were blocks of stones we took up from around our crepe myrtle trees a few months ago. It was a pretty pointless flower bed.

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  5. That pool looks wonderful! I bet it did feel good. You look so relaxed and beautiful in your picture! I'm happy you and Gregg had a nice holiday. We had a good day at home and I enjoyed my watermelon! I guess when you get older it's the simple things. I wish we could burn sticks in our yard but it is not allowed in town. I'm always bagging up branchs and limbs. Enjoy your week!

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    1. We're just outside the city limits, so no problem with burning here. I wanted to buy a watermelon the other day but I can't come close to eating a whole one. Gregg doesn't like them.

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  6. Glad you had a good time! I had to laugh at the 'husband playing with fire' bit. It's a guy thing.

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  7. I bet that pool felt heavenly!!!!!! We too had a nice fire after the cook and once dark...and did sparklers for shits and giggles.

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    1. I was wishing for some sparklers the other night!

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  8. Sounds like the quiet holiday most of us had. Lovely pool visit.

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    1. It was very quiet, but good. It was so nice to see some of my book club friends at the pool, too.

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  9. Over here in Europe everyone seems to be ignoring the pandemic. They're bored with it, and are trying to pretend it never happened. The perfect way to get that second wave really going! My son will be playing with fire this evening; he's promised BIG STEAKS.

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    1. Our city just passed a mask ordinance because our numbers are so high. People are ignoring it here, too.

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  10. I can largely confirm what Cro says. People over here seem to think it's over, because they want it to be over.
    Love the moon picture, and of course your face is always pretty to see, pink or not!
    The people in the pool look fully clothed to me, rather puzzling. Were you wearing a cocktail dress and kitten heels for swimming? :-)

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    1. Haha. My friend's husband was wearing a t-shirt in the pool and a big hat. I think he's had some issues with skin cancer so he covers up more than others.

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  11. Oh my, that is a very pretty pool and yard. It must have felt wonderful to be in that water. That little pink on your face looks very good on you.

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  12. I would love to go swimming. I have not been swimming since I was in a pool in February when I stayed in Grand Rapids for work. The pools are closed here this year.

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    1. I'm lucky to have a good friend with a pool. Every summer she urges us to come swimming any afternoon we like. I'm happy to take her up on it!

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  13. Even reading your description of your swim makes me feel refreshed. Looks like a nice holiday all around.

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    1. My favorite part of the pool was floating on my back and watching two hawks circling in the air high above me.

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  14. I haven't been to a pool in ages. Though the pool in my neighborhood opened, I am still a bit skittish about going. Though Virginia hasn't had an uptick in cases, I don't want to take any chances. Glad you had a good 4th weekend! The pool description cooled me off just reading it!

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    1. I'd be afraid of a neighborhood pool in the best of times, much less during a pandemic. Stay safe, Michael!

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  15. Your weekend sounds and looks ideal. California's case counts go up and down like a yo-yo. I am staying close to home.

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    1. Our numbers are spiking so dramatically here that I have a feeling we're going to be on lockdown before too much longer. People just REFUSE to take the threat seriously!

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  16. I need to find a friend who'll let me use a nice pool. I'm not a good swimmer but I love paddling around.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I'm not a great swimmer, either. I don't take chances swimming in the ocean or in rivers for that very reason. Paddling around and floating in a pool is grand, though!

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  17. English people do not celebrate American Independence Day for obvious reasons. Instead, we look knowingly at Donald Trump on our TV screens, shake our heads and say, "We told you it would end in tears!" Mind you, you could always elect Kanye West instead!

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  18. That's an awesome fire! 🔥

    Looks like it was a fun time. 🙂

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