The Calm Before…

…the Fireworks! Was it just me or did you feel like the fireworks were more plentiful and louder this year ? Here’s what our calm and quiet fourth looked like at this old house…


It’s good to keep the celebrations going all year long.



Fourth of July Decorations4

Fourth of July Decorations5Got Flags?

Fourth of July Decorations3After a few days of hot hot weather here in the Seattle area the fourth was overcast and cool. We were hoping that the sun would break through the clouds before our 4:00 P.M. party time and it did.

Fourth of July Decorations2

Fourth of July Decorations1It makes decorating so much more fun if you enjoy it with friends and family.

Fourth FestivitiesFourth of July 2013 we had the traditional eight to celebrate.

Fourth Festivities1The signature drink for 2013 was shaken up by Dear and enjoyed. Steve and Lana brought a new red for the wine drinkers to enjoy.

Fourth Festivities2Dear smoked pork for pulled pork sandwiches and our guests all brought sides to share.

Fourth Festivities3My contribution was a trifle with strawberries and blueberries. We really do love our red, white, and blue!

Fourth Nikon 001IMGP0610

How did you celebrate the “Fourth” this year or do you have some summer celebrations you are looking forward to?

And for the record…I was in bed when the fireworks were in full force loudness.

Happy Independence Day!

I’m posting early because it’s already the 4th in Afghanistan!

We had a warm sunny day on Saturday and Katie, Dear and I worked together…

…and finally got our patio furniture down from the loft in the garage. We cleaned and arranged the furniture, then decorated for our 4th of July celebration. We are looking forward to a get-together with a few friends and family on Monday afternoon.

On Monday at the MGCC Blog the recipe for Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars will post at 4:00 A.M. Pacific Time.

The recipe for these delicious bars is the most visited post on my blog. To date I’ve had 48,250 visits to the post for this recipe alone.

Hope all my visitors from the U.S.A. will have time to celebrate our country’s independence and remember to pray for our great nation. I’m praying we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and I’m also praying for all those serving here and abroad to ensure our freedoms.

Thank you Andrew and to your unit serving in Afghanistan.

Thank you, too, to the sons, daughters, and other relatives of my bloggy friends who are serving their country. God, please continue to bless America and protect us from evil.

Lastly I wanted to share this photo I took of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team at the World Cup in Germany giving a salute to the military after they scored a goal against Columbia. I really appreciated this collaboration for their goal celebration!

Photobucket replaced all my photos with blurred out versions and photobucket stamped versions. They are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.