Happy 4th of July Weekend! If you are one of the lucky ones who have today off as part of the holiday – CONGRATULATIONS!! I am working, but only because I have to take Thursday off for that dreaded colonoscopy.
We had such a great weekend. I started off Friday evening with a thorough cleaning of everything on the main level except the kitchen and bathroom. Those are both rooms that I can only clean in the morning. Is that strange? I think I just need more energy to tackle those rooms. Meanwhile, Gary was making this mess in the backyard.
It’s a horrible picture through the screen, but what you are looking at is huge piles of brush that were stacked up around the firepit and are now stacked up in the yard ready to be burned.
While I was cleaning I also did a little subtle decorating for the Fourth of July.
We went downtown to the Farmers Market Saturday morning, then stopped at Menards for lawn fertilizer and weed spray. We also picked up some new tiki torches for the fire pit.
Gary is planning to sell his motorcycle, so Amy asked him to take her on a ride. They went out to lunch together and I made a sandwich and rested on the couch.
When they got home, the fun began.
We burned for about four hours and got every bit of it taken care of. Gary had also moved rocks from in front of the shed to replace the old edging we had around the outside of the fire pit.
We showered and I made an amazing pork loin with roasted carrots and asparagus. I’m not sure that it was really all that amazing but we were pretty hungry at this point!
We were completely out of milk and water so we ran to Target and then brought Scout to the new dog park in our neighborhood. It isn’t quite finished, but he had a great time with a one-year-old coonhound.
Once back home, we grabbed a couple of beverages and relaxed on the back porch.
We got up early Sunday morning, walked around our preserve a few times, and then went grocery shopping. I got laundry going, cut up some watermelon, and then ordered pizzas for lunch with Amanda, Ryan and Hayden. Caesar came along to hang out with Scout and they did so well together. Their training time with Jack is really paying off! We had a very relaxing afternoon visiting and enjoying the beautiful day. And we also enjoyed some root beer floats.
After the kids left Gary and I did a little more yard work and cleaned up the garage. It always seems like there are a million little things to do on Sunday evenings. We had to give Scout a bath because he had rolled in something in the preserve, finish and put away laundry, cook and eat dinner, cut Gary’s hair, and on and on. I also had to run to Target to pick up my prep supplies – cleansers, Jell-O, clear juice, Gatorade – yuck!
We are going to try to find a small town celebration tomorrow, maybe a street fair near a park with hiking. We want to get Scout around crowds on his leash, but nothing too big yet. We won’t stay up for fireworks because we have to get up so early for work. There were a few going off Sunday evening and they didn’t seem to bother him so I hope that holds true Tuesday night.
I’m hoping the week goes by quickly, and that all goes well with my test. Then it’s another wide open weekend that we hope to kick off with our first dinner on a patio with Scout Friday night!
Have a great week!