It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week
with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.
It’s the first full week of July, and summer has settled in. Here are some of the best parts of the last week.
1. A long weekend. Everyone had Monday off, but Jim took Thursday and Friday off as well. He worked on some things he had wanted to, but spent the better part of Saturday fishing, something he hadn’t done in a long time.
2. Donuts. There’s a new independent donut shop nearby we stopped at, but they were closed. We heard they usually sell out before noon. Jim went back Saturday morning and got some donuts and fritters. Those things were huge, but so good. They were too big to eat a whole donut in one sitting, so we cut pieces off the next few days.
3. Independence Day. Though our country has serious problems, I still believe it’s the best place in the world to live. I’m thankful for the freedoms we enjoy. We celebrated the 4th all together after church on Sunday. One nice thing about celebrating with adult children is divvying up the meal. Jim grilled burgers and sausage, I made French fries, Jesse made a cheesy hash brown casserole and shucked corn on the cob for me. Mittu made a wonderful cheesecake. Jason and Mittu found the festive paper products to make clean-up easier.
Favorite picture of the day:
4. Fireworks are illegal in our county—but the law doesn’t seem to be enforced unless something gets out of hand. From our yard, we saw several large displays of fireworks from at least six different places. Jason caught this photo of one, but we saw many fuller and higher than this one. It was fun to see fireworks without leaving the yard.
We didn’t have fireworks, but Jason and Mittu brought over glowsticks, pop-its (these little things that make a popping sound when you throw them on the ground), and these other devices that have strings you pull on, and they release confetti.
5. Family meal at a restaurant. Jason and Mittu invited us over Monday afternoon, and talk turned to going somewhere for dinner. We ended up going to one of my favorite restaurants on a river. And I didn’t even ask—Jim suggested it. 🙂 We called to see if Jesse wanted to meet us there. It was the first time we had eaten all together in a restaurant since before the pandemic.
All in all, a good week. I hope yours was as well!
Hi Barbara – looks like you had an all around great Independence Day. I’m with you – even though our country has issues and problems, it is still a wonderful place and it is a blessing from God to live here. Hope you have another good weekend. Great pictures in this post. 🙂
How nice to all get together on the 4th (food sounded and looked delicious) and then to all be able to eat out together too. I suspect this weekend will be quieter!
That cheesecake looks incredible! Happy after-the-fourth to you!! –Ann
Your 4th looks and sounds wonderful! I love the photo of you with your son and grandson; wow, Timothy is looking so grown up these days! We had a nice gathering at our neighbors’ with some of the same types of fireworks in their drive. Good times 🙂
Your Independence Day and week sound absolutely wonderful!! What a fun picture of you and your son/grandson! I LOVE the paper plates (we had the same ones!!! plus napkins to match) and I even found red/white/blue organic cotton cloth napkins for the rest of the month. We use cloth napkins for everyday. I save paper ones for special holidays/themes. And like you, we have a law that says no fireworks but people do it anyways and 3 neighbors had displays so we didnt bother going down to the city to see them. Wasn’t that nice??!!
yay for going out to eat in a restaurant!!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
I love how all of this is about family! Your fourth sounds like ours–all the local family together, watching other people’s firework displays.
Eating together in a restaurant is a milestone this year, too.
Enjoy your weekend!
Firework is not allowed and that’s a pity because from my 4th floor I would have had a wonderful view ! Otherwise restrictions are getting better and I finally found a wonderful retirement home for Mr; G will show pictures next Friday. We will take him there on Thursday !
Looks like lots of fun for the 4th. Love Timothy in his flag shirt. Canada Day celebrations were cancelled again this year in our city though our province released most restrictions on that day. We went out for dinner at a restaurant with friends for the 1st time in almost a year. It was fun but a bit nerve wracking at the same time.