Monday, July 6, 2015

Fireworks and Symphony

 

 

 

We started our 4th of July holiday weekend on Friday, the 3rd with a date night at Salute to America at Greenfield Village, one of my favorite spots in the metro Detroit area. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays a concert right up to and during the fireworks display and it is just a lovely evening all around. We took a picnic with some yummy appetizers and snacks, along with a few cocktails and found the perfect spot on the hillside to watch fireworks and listen to the music. It was a sellout crowd, but that just added to the festive atmosphere.

 

 

The weather was just about perfect too; one of those Michigan nights with just a bit of chill in the air, requiring a sweater or a sweatshirt to be comfortable. There were patriotic songs from both the symphony and the U.S. Army Band and all current and former military members were saluted with the anthems from their individual branches. A favorite part is always the Wiliam Tell Overture, with real cannon fire at the climax. As the fireworks concluded for the night, we agreed it was the best performance in all the years we have been attending. The perfect way to kick off the 4th of July.

 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Daisies Are Blooming

 

 

 

Just like clockwork every year, at the end of June or the earliest days in July, my patch of daisies are blooming on the sunny side of my house. I inherited this patch when I moved in my home twenty years ago and it is well established and requires very little mantinence beyond cutting them back in the late summer.

 

 

 

Every day for the next month or so, there will be new blooms to enjoy. I go out with my gardening scissors, sometimes in the morning when the dew is still on the flowers and cut a few of these happy flowers.

 

 

There are vases scattered around the house; from my kitchen table to the bathroom counters to the bedrooms. They are simple arrangements with maybe just a flower or two in a small vase, but their very simplicity makes me smile. A sweet part of my summer year after year.

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Birthday Dinner

 

 

 

Yesterday was my birthday and and I looked forward all day to my birthday dinner. We went to our club and even though it was gloomy and cool, still were able to sit on the patio with the beautiful golf course in the background. I had received a call earlier in the day from Megan, so that made me happy too. Having Melissa here for my birthday dinner and being able to share a glass of wine with her, also made the evening special.

I try to look at birthdays now philosophically; they come every year and there is no stopping them, so one might as well be happy with the age they are at. There is a lot to look forward to in the years ahead and my life is good. Today is just like yesterday, even though I'm one year older. And it's so true; you are as young as you feel, and when I'm out walking with my puppy pulling me along at our usual brisk pace, I feel pretty young. And, that's a good place to be on your birthday.

Happy Wednesday!

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Patriotic Bunting

 

 

 

In anticipation of our 4th of July Weekend, I have placed a few patriotic touches here and there around my house. Not too much, but just a little red, white and blue to celebrate our country and Independence Day. I made this patriotic bunting two years ago and it is still the star. It is bright, vibrant and a bit unexpected with its polka dots and stripes.

This is a project that was so easy to make and with all the scrapbook paper available, is only limited by your imagination. As long as you keep to the red, white and blue theme, any pattern can be used. It looks great on my mantel, but would look perfect strung between two trees outside or on the front of a buffet table.

To make, simply cut a template for the shape of bunting you prefer, trace on scrapbook paper, cut out then string on red and white butcher's twine by folding down and gluing the top edge. For complete step by step instructions, look here. Simple as can be - my favorite kind of craft.

Happy Tuesday!

 

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