How I spent the Holiday

@ElicBxn (60016)
United States
July 5, 2012 1:41am CST
Sorry I haven't been around - we went to our friend "S's" - had a nice party - not too many people. Her daughter, who helped us last winter, "A" had some friends over and the "kids" stayed outside by the pool while we "old folks" sat in the cool living room eating and watching ID4 (Independence Day). "D" (who is totally blind) had "J", "S", "T" ("S's" husband) AND me describing the action and it got pretty funny sometimes when two of us would say things exactly the same way or pop the same joke at the same time. "S" furnished burgers and hot dogs as well as booze, chips and watermelon. I can't have hot dogs and didn't want to "waste" my beef on hamburgers so the roomie made some stuff she knew I could eat. The roomie put together Tuna Mac and homemade onion dip and we brought along hummus, chips and cookies. We brought some of the homemade stuff home, but left a container of Tuna Mac for "T" who fell in love with the stuff and dip for "S". We also left the chips, 1/3 of the cookies and all the leftover hummus. The roomie helped "S" get onions chopped and cooked some burgers on the stove. I sliced tomatoes for burgers ("S" is DEATHLY allergic to the nightshade plants and even touching the tomatoes could've made her sick.) We also helped her clean up a bit when folks started leaving. We were worried how "D" would behave - she gets a bit "odd" at times and we fully expected her to go off on somebody, but she did wonderfully. I wish you ALL could have been here, we had a great time. How did you spend the 4th?
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 12
Sounds like you had a great time. We didn't really get to do anything that great this year. My little chihuahua was due to have puppies and unfortunately she couldn't deliver. I had to take her to her vet..which is an awesome emergency vet as well..and she had to have a c-section. She won't be able to get pregnant again, she was apparently in labor for a while before we realized it. He said it wasn't uncommon that they acted pretty normal for a while during labor. Anyway..she is ok but we lost the puppy. We had a cookout to make up for it yesterday.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
6 Jul 12
It was expensive. I will be budgeting for a while now.
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@BarBaraPrz (16863)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Jul 12
I moved an old bathtub out of my garden into the back alley. Yes, all by myself. I am Woman! Being Canadian, my day of national celebration is the First. But I didn't do anything special this year, just worked on my garden.
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
5 Jul 12
one of those old cast iron things? THAT'S amazing!
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@BarBaraPrz (16863)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Jul 12
Not the antique type, just a regular steel bathtub, but it was heavy enough. I cartwheeled it out, end over end.
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
5 Jul 12
Sounds like you had a great time. We didn't do anything yesterday because the one location where we were going to watch the fireworks had cancelled due to the drought. There is another one tonight we are going to, they probably won't cancel since it is over a lake. But, in the community where I live, they had theirs last Saturday and we went to my neighbor's house where her backyard is across from the dam where they set off the fireworks. So we get there about 7:30, enjoyed the delicious and various food that was brought, went swimming and took the paddleboat out, and then we all sat down, front row seating, to watch the display...:)
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
That sounds like a pleasant way to watch fireworks... in Austin the only way to have a good view and the comfort is to rent a hotel room down on the river - and HOPE you have a river view...
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• United States
6 Jul 12
That would be lake view and yes, she is right on the lake and we had front row seats..:)
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
6 Jul 12
that is wonderful that you had such a great time, we have to enjoy the good times and make great memories to last a lifetime.
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
Part of why I write these things up is because my memory isn't what it used to be.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
6 Jul 12
Sounds like a fun time was had by all. That's great. The only ime i went anywhere yesterday was to the farmer's market. Got some wonderful veggies. Everything was pretty as a picture.Came on & fixed some of them for my supper. I did have quite afew phone calls & i was glad of that. Neighbor came over last night & visited quite awhile so that was nice to.
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I tried to go to the Wednesday farmer's market at the Triangle, but it apparently wasn't being held. I'll try again next week I guess....
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
5 Jul 12
Spent half the day in a very hot kitchen which is poorly ventilated and has no air conditioning! We are also going through a nice 90 degree plus heat wave! We have fans but when ya cook it gets even hotter! I thought I was drinking enough water and would make it through the week without becoming sick. Well I ened up on Wednesday getting dizzy! I almost fainted! I then went into Joe's office which is air conditionid. Joe is a supervisor. I had some gatorade and water. After about an hour I knew I was not going to get through the rest of the day at work! So I went home and sat in my apartment which has an air conditioner! I am feeling ok now but I am off to work. Hopefully everything will be better to day! One more thing,the heat wave is not over till this weekend! ugh!
@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
5 Jul 12
Down here we are a bit more aware of how to deal with the heat - but these days we don't have un-air conditioned kitchens if we can avoid them... every summer nearly we lose the sick and elderly to the heat if they can't afford ac.
• United States
5 Jul 12
Glad you guys had a nice time out. We went to the IL's for a late lunch bbq. We stayed there for a few hours. It was hotter the hades outside. We were in the car 5 min going home and the hershey bar's that were left over from making smores in the micro had melted. The a/c in the car could not keep up. So I made pancit for dinner and we skipped the fireworks due to the excessive heat. Which was a good thing anyway as a small grass fire stared and I'd hate to of gotten caught up in that traffic jam trying to get out of there and letting emergency vehicles in. We're in a drought why would they think this was a good idea!?!?!? It would be one think if it was a barge over a lake but this is over a field and small airport
@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
my mom and I were up visiting my sister one year and the grand finale misfired and ended up going off on the ground... Granted, the area had been isolated so nobody in the crowd was hurt, but as SOON as it started, I got up and told the others that we needed to leave NOW because everyone else would be too. However, we were literally around a slight bend in the Tennessee River from the fireworks, so by the time we got out of the parking area, those who were further out were ahead of us. We were passed going toward the scene by several fire engines! These fireworks have a concrete bunker for the person who sets these things off, generally at what is considered a "safe" distance. That would mean - safe under normal circumstances... because they had the area under the fireworks well watered, it didn't start a major fire, but they transported the man to the hospital. My sister told us later that he was released but seemed to have only lost some of his hearing from the incident....
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
5 Jul 12
here, the 4th was just another work day. you see, i am in Canada and our holiday was the 1st for which we went to a bbq and a fireworks display. last night, i watched the movie 'the best years of our lives' which showed the lives of 3 service men coming out of world war 2 and how they adjusted to civilian life. the movie was made in 1946.
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I understand that this isn't a holiday in most of the world, heck, it really isn't one for me either since home health care doesn't get holidays... but I'm glad to hear that on Canada Day you got to do all that stuff....
• United States
5 Jul 12
Hi Elic Glad to hear you had such a fun time! And, the food sounds delish, mmmm. The first thing I did on the 4th was to watch the parade that was right in front of my apartment. Although it was very hot (90s), my daughter gave me a small umbrella and that made a big difference. I think it lasted a bit too long (1 1/2 hours) though for such a hot day and people were leaving early. Then I went over my daughters house and she cooked out. We had cole slaw, hamburgers, hot dogs, and pasta salad. I love the food on a grill, I could eat that every day.
@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I like food from the grill, but I'm not willing to stand outside and do the grilling! I have never been THAT fond of the heat - so I'm happy enough if the food is just fixed FOR me. Before I left for work, I had gotten the eggs boiling and put the noodles on too - set the timer so that the roomie would know when they were done.
@dawnald (84129)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Jul 12
How nice. (just kidding) I went to see Spider Man with Dearra, did some packing and then went to a concert and fireworks with Tony. 80's stuff. Was fun...
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@ElicBxn (60016)
• United States
6 Jul 12
I haven't decided to go see the new Spidey movie yet... I only saw the first one of the previous ones... was it good? (I know the effects are great already)
@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
5 Jul 12
I just stayed at home since I worked in a American Company as a call center agent and since you have your holidays the company must take the holiday too. We went to our boss house and eat lunch.
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@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
9 Jul 12
For me it was quite simple, I had to work.