"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Part the third of this the Fourth
















This is the second annual Fourth Of July 'P-------- Shin Dig' Softball Game!  It's intense.  From team selection to positioning every bit of the game is thoughtfully carried out.  Of course the half time dancing and the end of quarter posie picking is completely spontaneous.  What's that you say?  No half time or quarters in softball?  Ah well, maybe this isn't so serious after all.  

    


While the littles (and the little at heart) are out setting the side yard ablaze (and eating pie and ice cream) our musical guests are busy making a joyful noise inside.  Babies and dogs are in here too since they prefer this noise to the noise that is literally exploding around the town.






Last but not least, everyone moves their chairs around to the front to watch the annual torching of the rimrock.  No misfires this year.  Happily, the only flames we saw were elegant, dancing sky embers like these!  I think a few of our testosterone toting guests were disappointed, but seeing the foliage intact with no tell tale charcoal scars while traveling up the grade the next day was a welcome change in tradition.

So, that's really it.  I'm done posting about the fourth.  As I say, we're always ready to welcome more.  You don't have to call ahead.  Just show up with a side salad and a folding lawn chair...  Oh yes, and don't forget your softball glove!

Blessings, Debbie

21 comments:

  1. What a beautiful celebration Debbie, it looks like everyone had a wonderful time.
    Linda

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  2. Central Oregon? I think that might be more than a day trip from Northern West Virginia....sigh. I can't believe you got all of that done in one day! I love all the smiles and spontaneity. Happy Birthday, America!

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  3. I love the picture with clover gracing the baseball glove! That's beautiful!

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  4. Great shots of the fireworks..Looks like everyone had a grand time! xo

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  5. Love the clover bedecked glove - what fun and whimsy....

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  6. What a great view of fireworks. Looks like a fun time.

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  7. Memories that will last a lifetime, Debbie, Thanks for sharing this special time! Enjoy your weekend.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  8. Thanks for sharing your 4th of July with us. It looks like everyone was having lots of fun. Have a great weekend.

    JB

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  9. I'd probably be one of the ones inside listening (and singing along with) the musicians. (I couldn't play softball even when I was a young thing.)
    Weekend blessings...

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  10. Looks like you had a wonderful 4th of July. In Indiana it was too hot and dry. With temps reaching the low 100's and no rain for two months, we couldn't even have fireworks :-(

    Cindy Bee

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  11. Just getting a chance to read the fourth installation. It wraps it all up so wonderfully, and I'm trying not to envy your great time but to be inspired by it instead!

    My favorite picture is the one on the roof. That's just frame worthy to me.

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  12. Looks like you all had some major July 4th fun! I didn't get to see any fireworks this year. Can't remember ever NOT seeing fireworks on the 4th but oh well...I did have bbq and ice cream though!

    Speaking of ice cream, I'm giving away a gift card to Cold Stone Creamery. If you're interested in throwing your name in the hat, visit me before noon tomorrow at http://findingtheinspiring.blogspot.com

    Blessings!

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  13. I'm up for a trip to the Northwest :-)

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  14. Wow! What a terrific time you all had. And to have such a show right in your back yard! Thanks for sharing,

    Lisa

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  15. What a WONDERFUL way to celebrate! It looks like sooooooo much fun. I pray your summer is still lots of fun and you are getting some R&R.

    Miss you!
    Blessings and ((HUGS))my SSiC
    -Mary

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  16. Lots of fun perusing many of your posts fulled with fun times, sweet family and lots of love! :)

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  17. Thinking of you this evening...and missing you. Blessings to you, my friend. ♥

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  18. Hi Debbie! I want to tell you that I am leaving blogland. I've quit blogging two other times, but I just want of try living a simpler life without the computer. If I come back, I will be sure to pop in and tell you.
    But for now, I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your blog and how wonderful you and your family are. love,andrea

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  19. You may not know that I have a strict policy against doing what I am doing — butting it to other's blogging business — it's just that I suddenly woke up and realized that you have not been around. I hope that all is well with you and your family and that it is only happy, busy times that have kept you away.

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  20. Debbie, I don't know how else to get in touch with you. Wondering if you are OK...missing you.

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