Monday, July 3, 2017

4th of July 2017...

We've been busy celebrating the July 4th holiday during this last weekend. Since there was no parade I was expecting to have the mountains here to ourselves.  Nope!  People everywhere.  The park is full.  I guess any place that's below 115 degrees is the place to be.

Our house is full with 11 people crammed in.  I'm jumpy as I'm not used to this. "Grammy" this and "Grammy" that.  "Where's Grandpa at?"  "What's for dinner?" from others.  It's fun really, just WOW!  The noise.  The grandkids are staying for another week so we've got to get things planned and hopping.

The holiday was the cue for another forest fire to start near us.  And THIS one is near us as it's about 10 miles away.  It's being called the Gentry fire and the smoke is not welcomed by us and all the visitors.  I did get some sunset pics through the smoke which did look amazing.


... about 6 at night and no fears of going blind
while looking at the sun...

... and at 7 the sun was a beautiful maroon...

Friday afternoon and the smoke was visible from our front door...

... one of the many firefighting helicopters going over the house...


First thing Saturday morning was to get the hens their food before the partying began.  They got a special "holiday" meal of their regular food AND the last quarter of my last pumpkin from last year (whew, a lot of "lasts" there).



Everyone then headed across the street to the park where the grandkids enjoyed the bouncy house and carnival food.  The youngest three are doing their best to jump without falling over.



Ziva went along for the ride and she was worn out quickly.  After all, how many new dogs can you meet and how much sun can one dog take?  She went to sleep while we ate lunch.

Back to the house in the afternoon and it was time to check the garden.



The pumpkins are outgrowing the butternuts and acorns for the time being, as I hope to replenish my now-depleted pumpkin larder in the Fall.  I'm glad to see them really growing now.  I was wondering how they'd do after their abysmal starts. 

Noticed a few cracks developing in the troughs, so we may be needing to replace these beds at some point.  Sad about that, as these were supposed to last for many years...

... farming... it's always SOMETHING...



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