Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Are you doing anything special for the holiday?

For me, the shop is closed. For George, he has to work, but at least it's dayturn, so we can still see the fireworks.

Actually, we'll be seeing them two nights. Last night, we went to beautiful Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV, where we also enjoyed hearing a concert by John Adams, a John Denver tribute artist. Of course, our favorite part of the concert was the final song - Take Me Home, Country Roads, our adopted state song here in Almost Heaven, West Virginia. (Click the Take Me Home link to see a you-tube video of John Denver singing it in concert.)

Our plan was for Brian to meet us there. Us being me & George, our favorite daughter Jessica (married to Brian), and our favorite son Kevin. (Since they are our ONLY daughter & son, it makes it easy for them to be our favorites!)

We were more than happy to accomodate the group as it grew!
Brian's mom.
His brother, sister-in-law & adorable baby girl who is learning to walk. So sweet!
Brian & Jessica's good friend.
Friends of that friend.
Another friend and her boyfriend who found us after the fireworks.

Despite storms all around us, the weather was great. The only problem of the evening? Trying to point everyone who joined our group to the right spot on the hillside where a few thousand other people were also sitting on blankets. Thank goodness for cell phones!

"OK, I can see you - look up the hill to the left - we're waving to you!"

"Look more to the left!"

"Now, come straight ahead!"

"Just look ahead and watch! We're waving!"

A wonderful evening!

We will be much fewer in number tonight, but the fireworks should be just as spectacular.

 We absolutely love the fireworks show at Heritage Port in Wheeling, WV. To see the Wheeling Symphony play, you have to get their several hours ahead of time, but it is well worth the wait, and we have done that from time to time. More often though, we just go up for the fireworks, which are very, very cool. They set them off from the Suspension Bridge, then during the finale, they set off fireworks which resemble a waterfall falling from the entire length of the bridge.

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Whatever you are doing for the holiday, we hope it is a good one for you.

May you always have watermelon to eat for the holiday, and may you enjoy it as much as our girls............

Truth disclosure: This is an old photo, taken around Memorial Day, not Independence Day. A current photo would show that there is no longer any grass in that spot. The chickens are much bigger now. And the one in the forefront - well - she is no longer a she. Not that she ever was. We just thought she was, till she became full grown and started crowing. Loudly.

Don't worry though, they did indeed have watermelon for the 4th of July.

And hey, in case you're wondering, our corn surpassed "knee-high by the 4th of July".
Try almost shoulder-high on for size!

Happy 4th to all!

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