It was a grand three-day holiday weekend. Saturday, my family got together at the home of my brother in Connecticut for fun on the lake which included fireworks and a wonderful barbecue.
Sunday, was spent at Jean and Steve's place, in Massachusetts, which included dinner on the boat and a tremendous display of fireworks all around the waterfront homes as we were entertained by the Boston Pops from the boats entertainment center, which was playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" while the fireworks were going off with beautiful design and colors. The residents go all out decorating with lights, and wonderful colors, like Christmas. Some cover their entire boats revealing their shapes and we even saw an aquarium in the shape of colored fish. Their were lights in the shape of the American flag, and a piece sign. We could have slept on the comfortable white leather cushioned seats on such a perfectly warm night. Who wanted to go home. The fires roared from the beach fronts and as we docked, the candles were visible from the windows and a perfectly groomed yard welcomed us with lighting from the landing, which looked like an airport runway. It doesn't get any better than this.
Monday, we went to breakfast on Lake Lashaway in Brookfield, where a quaint "Trolley Stop" restaurant, which serves home-made breads, and has a wonderful breakfast menu, that provided an old-fashioned bit of atmosphere and fun. Later in the day, Steve and Jean fixed my computer as it has been malfunctioning for quite some time. John and I picked up more perennials at the garden shop and watered plants constantly because of the heat. We stopped at the local farm for zucchini and corn on the cob. Fresh strawberries and yogurt, and a few other ingredients made for a wonderful frappe. When its over ninety out, we sure appreciate our air-conditioned home, the Internet, and a good book, and an occasional nap. Stay cool, as it will continue for a bit.
Life doesn't get any better than this. I realize that I am truly spoiled and surrounded by wonderful family and friends living in a country which enjoys freedom. This holiday is possible because our founding father's, servicemen and women fought for it pure and simple. The celebration is to remember and celebrate them, their struggle and their courage.
We Americans will always stand up for what is right. We are willing to fight for it. That is what makes us different. And in this common bond, freedom will ring.
God bless and keep America.
So, who wasn't invited? Those darn mosquitoes. I've got bug bites everywhere. They were so hungry that they ignored the bug spray and bit right through our clothing.
There's always something isn't there? Living in New England has its ups and downs. But this green valley is heaven on earth. Now to plan for dinner...It won't be a favorite New England soup or stew. Maybe, cold salads, with chips and watermelon for dessert. And later, my favorite scoop of ice cream.
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