Happy Fourth of July!

It’s been a rainy Fourth of July morning and afternoon here but now the sun is shining brightly and trying to dry up all the rain puddles.  We had a small family celebration at my sister’s house and did what we do best…. eat!

This is the first Fourth of July that neither son came home (sniff-sniff) and their mother missed them!

Hope you all had a wonderful Fourth!!


My camera died before I got a picture of the dessert table. Darn.  My camera always rebels on holiday gatherings.


It’s just not the Fourth of July without these!


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Our Hydrangeas are always blooming on the fourth….. love them!


My father-in-law’s army boots

red white and blue carnations

patriotic kitties

My sweet boys three years ago when I hosted our fourth of July family barbecue- they were napping after a hard evening of partying!

Sleeping babies





Patriotic cross decoration


I love these patriotic bathing beauty gals!

patriotic welcome sign


yes, even the socks!

Yes, even the socks! My husband makes fun of my sister and me because we wear “decorative” socks for every holiday occasion.  He thinks we’re silly.  We are.


God Bless America!

Gail ♥

About Gail

I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, veterinarian, and wanna be writer. I love nature and animals of all kinds, music, cooking, and spending time with my family.
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17 Responses to Happy Fourth of July!

  1. Relax... says:

    Aw, looks like a sweet celebration over there.. good heavens, look at whatall your boys missed this year!! The be-flagged boots are incredibly unique — can you tell us sometime how they were painted? Happy Fourth!

    • Gail says:

      My in-laws did the boots and brought them for added decor when I hosted 3 years ago. I’ll have to ask how they painted them but hubby and I are both thinking they spray painted them. I think they would also look pretty with red white and blue flowers in them (along with the flags)! Hope you had a great day!

      • Relax... says:

        A most beautiful day, and rather quiet until evening. (I read poetry and wrote lines; hence, only wasted half the day, lol. Others canoed the river, here.) I’d like to know if they stuffed the boots, first (and with what), and yes, flowers would look nice there, too!

      • Gail says:

        I will find out more about the boots and get back with you. My in-laws used to be in charge of a hospitality room every year at Army Guard conferences (or maybe it was American Legion conferences- can’t remember) but anyway,my mother-in-law always had the prettiest patriotic decorations!

        Sounds like a lovely day. I don’t think reading poetry or writing is ever a waste…. glad you got to do that! You enjoy writing poetry don’t you?

      • Relax... says:

        Thank you for inquiring about the boot prep. I enjoy writing poetry, when I can make it come forth as the original blossom (or stinkweed) it was in my mind, yes. 🙂

      • Gail says:

        LOL! Sometimes I think I would like to take a class on poetry.

      • Relax... says:

        You have a great eye for seeing details, and so much life experience, and love, and respect. All you need now is a pen and some paper!

      • Gail says:

        I used to write poetry when I was a teenager. Now I go back and read some of what I wrote and I gag. I really am not very good at reading poetry… my comprehension of it is just not too good. But thanks for your sweet comments!

      • Gail says:

        I asked my mother-in-law about the boots. They just stuffed them with newspaper before they spray painted them.

      • Relax... says:

        Oh, ok, great — thank you!

  2. Relax... says:

    And good heavens, what are you feeling your hydrangea — bacon?? It’s so beautiful! We have only about 4 clusters of blooms on our fairly large hydrangea! And I haven’t seen a white milk-glass vase for decades. Oh, but those socks, Gail…. I dunno… 😉 (Sometime, I’ll show you the ones I have for St. Patrick’s Day, which almost compare!)

    • Gail says:

      I have shamrock socks too! LOL! My husband just rolls his eyes and says, “Aren’t you and your sister a little too old to be wearing socks like that?” I tell him apparently not, since they make them in our sizes!

      The milk vase glass was my mom’s and my mother-in-law had the EXACT same vase! Oh, how I love milk glass! It’s beautiful with hydrangeas in it too.

      Hydrangeas….. oh Lord help me. I finally broke down and got on google the other night to see if I could learn a little about them. I’ll just be honest in telling you I’m more confused than ever. Ours seem to have “off years.” One year they didn’t bloom at all but no one elses did either! This photo is from July 4, 2014 (you caught me, see)? Most of these photos are from 2014 with the exception of the first three and the sock photo which were today). 2014 was a good year for hydrangeas! Ours have several blooms this year but they just aren’t as pretty. It might be because they’ve been continuously pounded by hard rain since they bloomed and the fact that we’ve had lots of storms lately with heavy winds. They still have dead blooms from last year on them making them less than pleasing to look at. They started out very pretty this year and I thought we were in for another “good” year with them, but the blooms just started turning brown and getting puny. Hydrangeas usually love rain but I think they’re getting TOO much this year. I had heard that you aren’t supposed to cut the dead blooms off as it will keep them from blooming the next year. My father-in-law said his didn’t bloom this year and he had cut his dead blooms off. According to what I read, there are different kinds of hydrangea and some you can cut and some you can’t. I have no idea what “kind” of hydrangea we have. I did learn that acidic soil = blue flowers and alkaline soil = pink. You can add aluminum sulfate to the soil to change the pink flowers to blue or add garden lime to change blue to pink. You can’t however change the intensity of the color as I read that is due to the environment and the weather. But as to your question as to what are we feeding it? Nothing. We neglect them and they seem to do their own thing! It’s one bush that I will never understand (and reading about them only added to the confusion).

      • Relax... says:

        I hate when that happens, lol. Well, blooms are apparently a crap shoot, but I’ll tell you what — I am determined to get a real blue flower out of this bush (they’re purplish, now), so I will try to up the soil’s acidity. Thanks for passing that along!

      • Gail says:

        There is a family in our neighborhood who have the most gorgeous hydrangea bush in their front yard at the corner of their house. It’s huge and it has blue, purple and pink flowers! The blue is the most gorgeous dark blue. When I go for my walk and pass their house, I’m always tempted to ring their doorbell and ask them if they feed that hydrangea or how they get so many different colors on one bush??!!!!!

      • Relax... says:

        LOL, well, maybe you should — I’m sure they wouldn’t mind!

  3. Paula walker says:

    Love all the pictures! Your red white and blue carnations in the red vase look just like mine.

    • Gail says:

      I didn’t even get my patriotic decorations out this year…. most of these pics are from July 4, 2014! I just couldn’t get in the mood to drag all that stuff out this year.

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