Monday, July 5, 2021

A Lovely Weekend From Start To Finish

Hello again dear readers (if there are any still out there :).
I'm coming out of my most recent blogging slump to share a bit about our Independence Day holiday weekend.
Although the holiday fell on Sunday, the festivities began Friday.

Friday morning began on a dark, dreary, rainy note.
While sipping my 2nd cup of coffee and trying to wake up, I received a phone call asking whether I was up for a bit of thrifting and lunch out.  My first thought was that I could be quite content staying home on such a day.  On the other hand getting out might be just the thing to put some purpose in the day so off I went.
We are a bit guilty of going to the same restaurants for lunch depending on the location.  This day we decided to try something new.  A French inspired cafe.  The cozy atmosphere complete with patriotic decor was especially welcome on this dull day.

The chicken salad croissant was tres magnifique!
The cafe is owned by a couple and the husband is the chef.  His croissants are so light and flaky.  His carrot cake was highly recommended by the waitress.  She said he takes two days to make it.  Although we were stuffed, it seemed like splitting a piece of that famous cake might be a nice way to begin the holiday weekend.

Later in the day the rain had cleared and it was time to hang the buntings and flags in preparation for the big day.
Those rocking chairs were soon to be prime parade viewing spots.

In our neighborhood the parade comes in the form of golf carts.
Since we don't own one, we are happy to wave to them as they all drive by.

Once the parade was over and we had chatted with the neighbors for awhile it was time to get to work.  I had volunteered to bring dessert to the party which was happening right next door at 6:00.

It sure is nice to be able to enjoy a parade from the front porch and a neighborly get together a few steps away.  No traffic to contend with.
After the party (and all of those desserts) we decided to take a walk.

Stepping out the front door we were greeted by a red, white and blue sky.  A fitting way to end this very American holiday.  The weather was so unusually delightful (no humidity and coolish temps).  We just walked and walked until it was completely dark.  With any luck some of the calories were burned up. ; ).

With Sunday being the true holiday, our son came over for burgers on the grill.  What a thrill to be able to pick this season's first tomato and slice it up for topping the burgers.  Corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and leftover dessert made for an easy dinner.

 Perhaps one of the contributing factors to the shaping of this wonderful weekend was that we could join together once again in celebration of our United States of America.  After being isolated by the pandemic and so much political division, it felt like a sigh of relief to join together in celebration of our country once again.



  1. Hi Kim, great to see a post from you again. You're not the only one that's been in a blogging slump. I haven't posted in two months, which is a record for me! Glad you had a lovely Fourth of July holiday. Your tomato is beautiful. Too soon for tomatoes here in IL. We went to a local farm stand today to get some tomatoes that they got from South Carolina.

  2. So nice to see a post from you. I was about to send you an email to see how you were. Sounds like a great weekend. We too had our son over for a BBQ. So nice to be able to do that now.
    Your tomato looks delicious.

  3. What a delightful weekend you had! I'm glad you didn't miss the chance to try that famous carrot cake ( I'm a big fan). I've heard how Americans celebrate July 4th in a big way. Of course we celebrate Canada Day but not as enthusiastically I think. Have a great week.

  4. Your neighborhood sounds so nice. I am glad that you grabbed the opportunities and enjoyed the weekend. And, I am sure that all the desserts were happily burned off. Perhaps that sky is God's way of saying that everything is going to be all right. It certainly has been a stressful time.

  5. Hello Kim,
    So glad you had a great July 4th celebration. Your desserts look delicious. How fun to go out to a new restaurant with a friend. Hope your week is going well.

  6. That table! Absolutely gorgeous! The golf carts look super fun! Take care, good Kim!


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