9am: Garfield-approved breakfast al fresco. I adore dinner leftovers for breakfast.
10am: Enjoying a quick jaunt about the garden. There is magic in flowers and sunshine...
11am: Writing up the week's wish and to-do lists.
12pm: Violets and my favorite bauble sparkle in the sunshine.
1pm: Fourth of July Parade in beautiful Ralston, Nebraska. This is the parade I always loved. The biggest and best in the city. It is the quintessential midwest small-town homage to America. And I love it. Even if it was 104 degrees. Even if I got a scorching sunburn. From sitting in the shade.
2pm: The parade continues - Happy 100th Birthday Ralston.
3pm: Sometimes it's so hot you just have to sleep it off...
4pm: Simple summer caprese salad.
5pm: The table is set for an evening with friends and family.
6pm: I often marvel at the motley crew that ends up around my family's dinner table. When I was younger and angst-ridden, I remember thinking my parents were incredibly lame. They never went out. Never did anything. I couldn't have been more wrong. Their door is always open and their table is always waiting... friends are never far behind. It is the best kind of socializing.
7pm: Excellent white wine with a heavy splash of Sprite - a most refreshing spritzer on an incredibly hot day.
8pm: The remnants of a delightful berry trifle.
9pm: It ended with a bang. Fireworks make me so incredibly happy. Big, professional shows and neighborhood shenanigans alike - I love the smell, the sound, and the look of them. Such an impressive way to end the day.