Monday, July 22, 2013

July in the Ozarks

  Just a  ramble without any pictures for this entry.
  My Brother, Ernest passed away after  relatively short hospice care. I had already gone to see him and mourned his loss with him. He was my JoJo and I'll always have that.
   This is the busy time of year at work and it feels even busier than ever this year. Especially during Moonlight Madness and how short handed we are. The public is being kinda odd too- super busy on Saturday, not so much on Sunday. We all just seem to want to soldier through these next two weeks.
   The garden, in some ways, is on a slow track. The squash has been great, the cukes, not as fast to fruit as I hoped. Something is enjoying my brussel sprout leaves to the point of making lace that's actually pretty, if it weren't making it impossible for sprouts to grow.  My basil is not so patiently waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. Steve's corn is doing well this year.
  We've been a bit short of rain for awhile but a storm rolled through last night and is still lingering. if only I was painting parasols today and not working a register, I'd be able to make more back stock. Oh well.
   I don't get to make much art for myself during the summer when I work at an amusement park. I just have to look to January and Feb. for those private art times. I tried to be a member of the local guild, but my schedule at work is so messed up, I can't get to any of the meetings. Not the main ones or the art ones. I'm not sure if it was a good fit for me anyway. I may have to change my name to lone wolf quilter.
  

Friday, July 05, 2013

4th of July 2013

 The town's fireworks are on Saturday, but we had a little of our own on the 4th. We grilled/smoked a pork butt for pulled pork and added coleslaw, baked beans and chips (forgot to eat the watermelon).
Once everyone got off work, we all gathered for the preshow in the road. Maura brought Branson, Hailey came with Tyler and Brooke came over with Delaney. Steve chatted with the neighbors about fireworks in general and a lost dog in the neighborhood. With so many fireworks going on all evening, I knew it would be impossible to find them in all the woods we have around here.
 Sparklers are still a good time for kids of all ages.
 Moving to the backyard, we have the fountains that we all love.
See? He loves them too.
I didn't get pictures, but we had our annual showing of the movie, "Independence Day" but this time, once again, we showed it outside on the BIG SCREEN. Seating was funny- we started with chairs, but most everyone ended up laying on blankets. It was so special watching the movie and then looking up at the stars in the sky.
  Happy 4th Of July!