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Things Have Changed… But… We still Have Our Freedom!

Memory…

We always celebrated the 4th of July  by a picnic … later it became cookouts… We would pack a real wicker picnic basket with tasty homemade food… like fried chicken… macaroni salad… sliced tomatoes… baked beans… maybe some potato chips… and soft drinks put on ice in a big metal tub… cookies or a cake that was baked in the pan where it could be easily transported …later the menu became grilled hot dogs… hamburgerspotato salad… baked beans… some kind of pasta salad… chips/dip… slaw… and whatever new dessert someone wants to try…

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake I baked for cookout…

A Celebration cake to add to our festivities…

ice in a cooler and 2 liter soft drinks and “red solo cups” … A blanket or two thrown in for sitting on the grass … this was extra seating besides the wooden picnic tables found at every park and even along the roads at pullover points… Now we have a couple of those umbrella type chairs that we keep in the trunk in case we need them… that unfold and even have cup holders built-in… We had concrete porches  and yards to sit in… and now everyone has a deck… made of treated lumber… with umbrella tables and chairs  in bright colors… Pools were at High Schools or parks and now are in most backyards…

Things have changed… but, really not that much… and it seems even our younger generation knows why we celebrate Independence Day…or the 4th of July…

My grandson made a poster to decorate for the “cookout” and swim party his parents were having…

His idea… and my collaborationFireworks were bought with the knowledge that if it was too dry… they would be put on hold for another time… “That’s OK”, he said… with a wishful hope in his voice that they could be lit to brighten the sky when dark came… Goodies were fixed to take… the pool was ready… friends and family had been invited and many were coming…

Wickett…the grandkids puppy …sitting in my lap…

even the pets  were getting in on the action…Of course my poor baby… my cat, Jill… just runs and hides as soon as the fireworks … start popping… Too much for her!…

Don’t you love the Parrot made out of a tire…

We talk…we swim… we “oo and aah “over the little ones in the pool… we eat and drink… commenting on how everything tastes so good… We fight a few flys that are hungry and thirsty too it seems… we bask in the sun… and then later head for the air conditioning of the house where we used to just find a shady spot under a tree…

Son basking in sun even after grilling our hotdogs and hamburgers…

I hear a young man thanking my husband for his service in the military when he finds out he was in Vietnam… I thought that was such a nice gesture… and was a fitting way to end our 4th of July celebration…

My oldest Granddaughter squinting because sun is so bright and she always smiles so big…

Young and old mingled together and thankful for the freedom  of having a get together with friends and family… Hope you had a good one too!

My Version of the “Derby Fascinator”!

The Kentucky Derby will be on May 5, 2012 this year… It’s always the first Saturday in May… Living in Kentucky at this time is quite special!… There’s The Hot Air Balloon Race … The Steamboat Race on the Ohio River… a new boat “American Queen”  will be competing with our “Belle of Louisville” and the “Belle of Cincinnati”… The Pegasus Parade  … The Chow Wagon… The Run for the Rose’… Bedlam… Thunder Over Louisville  …and that’s just to name a very few of the activities and events

Today the YMCA that I belong to… had a Derby Luncheon… The cost is minimal… There were probably around 30 of us that attended… The lunch consisted of baked chicken, BBQ Pork , Green Beans, Mashed potatoes, 7-Layer Salad, Macaroni Salad and Hot Rolls… Delicious!… Tea, Coffee and Water to drink… Pecan  and Apple Pie + Chocolate Chip Brownies for dessert… Delicious!

There were guessing games about  facts of the Kentucky Derby … It’s funny how you go “blank” until you hear the answers and we all say, “Oh , Yeah!… I knew that!”… Each time someone got a right answer they were to take a Silk Red Rose  from vases on the tables… The one with the most Roses won… No, I didn’t win… but, I did get 1 Rose… We had Horse Racing… with Paper Horses colored by the YMCA Daycare… So cute!… I won this race … only to find out the winner was the one who came in last BUMMER!… but, cute idea… They received a Derby Cup with the names of the Last Place Finishers of each Derby

Later… I did have to compete with the runner-up of the race I had thought I won… and this time I did win and a Garland of Red Silk Roses was placed around my neck… Just like the winning Derby horse receives  … Although they get REAL Red Roses… a blanket to be exact… crafted by ladies… stitching on one rose at a time the night before the race…

Some of us participated by wearing Derby Hats fashioned any way we wanted… I made my sister-in-law’s and mine… similar to the “Fashionista” Hats  worn at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding  in England … They were actually called “Fascinators”… Basically a headband with feathers, a flower, ribbons and Derby symbols… They turned out quite cute… but, we didn’t win… another “Bummer”… because I felt we were deserving… Oh, well… I’ll just have to wear my little hat on Derby Day and hope it brings me luck in picking the winner  …

“The Winning Hat!”

“Another Creation!”

“More Pretty Ladies!”

“My Fascinator Derby Creation”…

 Myself with Sister-in-law…