Slice of Life early August

A quick slice of life post :)

I still want to keep on with a blogging break somewhat since I’ve not been sewing since the cat died ( on a reading binge though ) but thought to do a quick post and then get around to visiting people again :)

I am pleased to have harvested a few tomatoes ( enough for me and my family down the street ) and here are a few of the blooms around here right now…

It was not too long ago that I had posted about my middle son and family going away on vacation to the beach, and I had their dog Merle here.  Now the youngest son is away and I have Koopa, his pit bull.  I Googled something akin to “indestructible pit bull chew toys” and came up with this due to rave reviews on Amazon.

SO if any of you have a major chewer who can kill a Kong toy…I recommend this along with the others :)   GOUGHNUTS stick or ball ( I ordered the stick )

We throw it on the porch, out in the yard, and when I took him down to my sons  to play with Merle today while I was babysitting the kids, it survived tug of war and more.

Meanwhile I had my marching orders when I went down there. One of the twins ( 1st grade and still practicing her writing ) had left me a letter asking that I would make them pancakes. She had the box mix out, syrup, and even the measuring spoons. Hilarious! :)

And her mama is so organized. Here is a photo from the other day….their five and five more friends that she was babysitting that day off to see a movie at a local community event.

Later on, while 2 children went back to their parents, the rest showed up here, and we took their dog Merle and my youngest sons Koopa for a 5 block walk down to the fields behind the American Legion to run and play :)

And then for history: I think that this tweet by Trump this morning will match the Lester Holt interview so I want to record it :)

Trump on Twitter > “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics – and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!”

LOL no it is not legal and we all know that you DID know about it :)


Slice of Life : 4th of July Week

Melting on the 4th of July this year:)

It hit 98 degrees around 3:00 p.m. in my little borough south of Pittsburgh on the 4th of July.

As I indicated in a prior post many of us in older homes without central air face  challenges when we get a heat wave like this.

Meanwhile 10 minutes from here Canonsburg had their 4th of July Parade, still hailed as the 2nd largest in the State. ( Pennsylvania )

Up until about 2 years ago, people would put their chairs out a good week or more prior to the parade. This picture is one that I took in 2012 :

No one could navigate the sidewalks in some places, or you’d have chairs in a storm blowing across the street….so now this staking your spot has been limited to one or two days prior to the parade.

Even in this heat …..the parade starts at 10 :00 and the temperature at 10:30 was 85 degrees, thousands still attended the parade according to local news. I did not…too hot for me! :)  The above photo is taken from a different year where the weather was reasonable.

My favorite parade picture of all time is of my grandson Brent when he was two years old :)

Sometimes we’d gather here for lunch afterwards….

But this year I was going down the street to feed cats and fish at my son’s house and keeping Merle here ( whose favorite new toy is the Dollar Store Hot Dog :)

As THEY were enjoying the beach :)

Last but not least, the fireworks are usually viewed from the local high school stadium but this year the bleachers are being refurbished (sigh )

Melting in the heat and nowhere to sit for the fireworks? It might be a good year to watch some online rather than venturing out :)

From the news, I know that many of you are also melting in the heat…hope that you are faring as well as you can with it. I’ve given up on most yard work / house work etc. and just have a simple goal of surviving :)

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