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 :)

You might also enjoy : Tasha Noel Embroidery : July 4th Weekend Slow Stitching 


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9 Responses to Slice of Life : 4th of July Week

  1. Karen says:

    you were hotter than us – it hit 94 briefly then fell to a cool 92 where it still is at 6:30 PM — hanging out by ourselves this July 4th – Mike had a dental implant procedure done yesterday and was on soft food for 24 hours and finally felt like eating just a little more this evening – a quite day is good now and then – we are too far from town to see the fireworks but we do hear them off in the distance a little bit – not going to fight the crowds to see them – I hope your window units keep your house at least tolerable in the heat.

  2. Joyce says:

    I love the small town America vibe of your parade! Very nicely done – with darling Brent in attendance. But this year I would have stayed home too, in that heat!
    Two events in a row for me spoiled by excessive heat. Karen’s in-laws family reunion at their cottage last weekend where I just stayed inside instead of enjoy the deck or go for a boat ride. And yesterday, my youngest grandson’s first birthday (yep! July 4th baby!) where I wasn’t in a good mood to go outside and take pictures for them. Stayed in again, with the other “old ladies” because the humidity was awful!
    Glad your kiddoes are enjoying the lake! They look cool and happy!

  3. Eileen says:

    Hello, I hope your 4th of July was happy. The parade and picnic sounds like fun. The food looks yummy. Cute shots of Merle. I do enjoy spending too much time outside in this heart. Great photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  4. Kyle says:

    I grew up in a small town that always had a 4th of July parade. It brings back sweet memories.

  5. The word, melt, covers us up here as well. The ‘feel’ like temperature has been above 100 for about a week now. It has been miserable. The ac shuts off for about ten minutes and kicks right back on, even with shades down, etc. Great shot of the kids in Myrtle Beach. :-)

  6. I haven’t been to any form of parade in many years. Probably since my kids were little. I like that photo too!

  7. Wow, I can’t believe people would put their chairs out a week in advance, that’s so funny!! Hopefully this intense heat will break tonight, I can’t wait…my veggie garden is so full of weeds and I just can’t get any work done outside in this weather!

  8. Kim says:

    4th of July was hot, hot, hot here, too. We went to a neighbors barbecue and I had to dip in the pool and go over wet otherwise I really thought I might pass out. The heat has broken now, it’s only 90! ;)

  9. laurie says:

    as soon as I read ” sewing at the dining room table I knew I had to follow your blog lol,, thats where I sew too!! I just found you today from Welcome to Lavender Dreams blog,, I am going to enjoy reading your posts, past and future, its so nice to meet you!

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