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DUDE – it’s freaking cold!

We’re on day seven of 13 running days of below freezing temperatures. Our HIGHS are below freezing. The HIGH tomorrow is five degrees, the HIGH on Monday is six degrees. Our heater has been running nonstop. All I can think about is the dial on the gauge thingie outside our house just spinning out-of-control and dollar signs floating away and out of reach.

Gah.

I like cold weather but NOPE. This is too cold and it’s lasting too long.

To be fair, we haven’t had cold weather like this in … a long time. Our winters have been pretty mild the past few years so we’re honestly due for a rough winter. It looks like this might be it. We’re supposed to get 4 to 8 inches of snow starting tomorrow and into Monday, then another chance for snow on Wednesday – however – temps are expected to get above freezing by next weekend so hopefully, it will all melt away and we’ll have survived the “long, hard winter.”

All I need is a tight sweater, a green screen and a clicker to complete my weather woman persona.

We had freezing rain these past few days – I would rather have snow, thank you very much. And people were talking  on Friday about being worried making it into work on Monday, if it does what it says it’s going to do. And that’s the thing, Missouri is a finicky wench. Our poor weather people (I’ll be politically correct – this time) nearly always get it wrong, but it’s not their fault, we live in a triangular weather pattern, our weather literally changes with each new wind. So who knows if it even snows. We’ll know when we look out the window, I suppose. If it’s bad enough, Kevin will take me to work, he has an F250 diesel truck and that thing gets around in pretty much anything. I drive a Buick Encore, which is a mini SUV and though it’s high off the ground, the keyword is “mini.” I’m sure I can get around but I would get around better if Kevin took me. 🙂

People are talking about global warming, or cooling, or climate change, or whatever the buzzword is this week, but I looked it up. This cold snap is nothing new to our area.

This is a table of cold temperatures in my city going back to 1902.

Min °F Date Min °C
4 January 15, 2009 -16
3 December 22, 2008 -16
3 February 04, 2007 -16
5 December 08, 2006 -15
4 December 09, 2005 -16
3 January 06, 2004 -16
-7 January 17, 2003 -22
-2 March 04, 2002 -19
-6 January 02, 2001 -21
-10 December 22, 2000 -23
1 January 04, 1999 -17
4 December 22, 1998 -16
-10 January 12, 1997 -23
-8 February 04, 1996 -22
-5 December 10, 1995 -21
3 January 19, 1994 + -16
-6 February 18, 1993 -21
4 January 15, 1992 -16
7 November 08, 1991 -14
0 December 24, 1990 + -18
-16 December 23, 1989 -27
-7 January 08, 1988 -22
8 January 21, 1987 + -13
2 February 11, 1986 + -17
-13 January 20, 1985 -25
-13 January 19, 1984 -25
-10 December 30, 1983 + -23
-11 January 10, 1982 -24
-9 February 11, 1981 -23
-4 February 12, 1980 -20
-17 February 09, 1979 -27
-12 January 17, 1978 -24
-11 January 16, 1977 -24
-6 December 31, 1976 -21
3 February 09, 1975 -16
-5 January 01, 1974 -21
-5 January 12, 1973 -21
-3 January 15, 1972 -19
-10 February 08, 1971 -23
-6 January 08, 1970 -21
1 January 04, 1969 -17
-7 January 07, 1968 -22
3 January 18, 1967 -16
-8 December 24, 1966 -22
0 February 25, 1965 -18
-1 December 18, 1964 -18
-10 January 24, 1963 + -23
-8 January 20, 1962 + -22
1 January 28, 1961 + -17
-1 March 04, 1960 -18
-7 January 04, 1959 -22
-1 February 16, 1958 -18
2 January 16, 1957 -17
2 January 16, 1956 -17
0 February 11, 1955 -18
5 January 12, 1954 -15
5 December 23, 1953 -15
8 January 29, 1952 + -13
-11 February 02, 1951 -24
-4 December 07, 1950 -20
0 January 30, 1949 + -18
-4 January 28, 1948 -20
-1 January 04, 1947 + -18
4 December 30, 1946 -16
-5 December 19, 1945 -21
1 February 12, 1944 -17
-10 January 19, 1943 -23
-4 January 10, 1942 + -20
8 January 18, 1941 -13
-12 January 19, 1940 + -24
4 February 21, 1939 -16
3 January 31, 1938 -16
6 December 09, 1937 -14
-8 February 18, 1936 -22
-3 January 21, 1935 -19
0 February 27, 1934 -18
-13 February 08, 1933 -25
0 December 12, 1932 -18
5 January 14, 1931 -15
-17 January 18, 1930 -27
-3 February 10, 1929 + -19
-8 January 01, 1928 -22
-4 December 31, 1927 -20
1 January 23, 1926 -17
-1 December 28, 1925 -18
-11 January 05, 1924 -24
2 March 19, 1923 -17
7 January 24, 1922 -14
12 December 25, 1921 -11
1 March 07, 1920 -17
-6 January 03, 1919 -21
-19 January 12, 1918 -28
-10 February 02, 1917 -23
-8 January 13, 1916 -22
3 January 23, 1915 -16
-2 December 14, 1914 + -19
4 February 01, 1913 -16
-15 January 07, 1912 -26
-9 January 03, 1911 -23
-5 February 18, 1910 -21
-3 January 12, 1909 -19
4 February 02, 1908 -16
4 February 06, 1907 + -16
-3 February 05, 1906 -19
-22 February 13, 1905 -30
-8 January 26, 1904 -22
-3 February 17, 1903 -19
-3 February 04, 1902 -19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1902 people!

That’s not global warming, cooling, or climate change, that’s cyclical. Meaning, climate is cyclical. One year it’s high, the next year it’s low, it’s how averages are figured. GRR.

By the way, I got this information from Current Results. I don’t know what to say, numbers don’t lie.

Anyway, I hope we don’t get the snow they’re projecting but if it comes, it comes. I don’t understand how some people freak out over the threat of bad weather, but dude, we go through this every year. It’s called winter. It happens. I’m not sure what there is to freak out about. We’ll deal with it, whatever is dumped on us.

Kevin and I went grocery shopping last night, because we go every Friday night and stock up for the upcoming week, and people of course, were freaking out, buying carts full of food. The store was out of bread, eggs, creamer, (I guess everyone drinks lots of coffee whenever they can’t get out), but hey, at least there was some toilet paper. Progress! I just have to shake my head. Kevin said it best, I feel like people are in perpetual freak out mode nowadays. Fear is such a strong emotion and it compels people to do irrational things. Like buy an insane amount of food that will take months to eat through, let alone the few days it will take for the city to clear the roads and make travel easier. Or wear not one mask, but TWO masks to protect people from what amounts to a bad cold or a serious case of the flu. Or to simply go along to get along.

Kudos to Kevin last night, by the way. He actually walked around Wal-Mart without a mask on. I was too chicken to take mine off, though I did wear it under my nose (primarily because I wear glasses and I get so impatient with them fogging up). He has the balls to stand up and show people it’s possible to NOT be sheeple. I need to do the same. I feel like we’re never going to get out of this fear bubble that the government is so determined to keep us in if we don’t start putting our foot down and say, “enough is enough!”

Anyway. This next week is going to be rough, IF we get the weather they are predicting. But you know what? I would rather get 4 to 8 inches of snow than four inches of ice. I pray we never have another ice storm like we did back in 2007. That was nuts.

Actually, I’m pretty sure that was global cooling back then. *snicker*

We’re going to have to take out a loan to pay our electric bill this month. Oy.

Stay warm, friends!

(And thanks for reading – I appreciate you!)

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First Snow of 2021 – Also – Do You Like Winter?

I took this video outside our backdoor the other day. It has snowed a few times where I live. Thankfully, it hasn’t stuck around and melted off 24-hours later, my favorite snow. But I took this video because this was a Sunday. It was cozy, quiet and just peaceful. And I don’t know about you, but I think we all need a little peace in our lives right now.

But that got me to thinking – do I even like winter? I know when you ask people what their favorite season is, most people will say Summer or Fall and I can’t disagree. Fall is BY FAR my favorite season but I would have to say, Winter is a close second. I like snow, if I don’t have to drive in it. And I really wish ice wasn’t part of the winter equation, but I like winter overall because it’s cold, I actually enjoy the cold. I like wearing layers and feeling cozy. I feel alive. I enjoy breathing the almost painful crispness of frigid air. I feel rejuvenated and awake. I feel more alert.

There is something so relaxing and peaceful sitting in front of a fire. I LIVE for days where I can snuggle under a warm blanket and do nothing but stare into a fire and/or read. It is balm for my soul.

I love walking outside when it’s snowing. Snow transforms the world, covers ugly flaws and blankets everything around us in silence. It’s almost as if someone turned a knob on the world and muted reality for a short time. Snow is magical. Billions of tiny snow crystals wink and sparkle under street lights and turn everything a soft gray and blue. Beautiful ice crystals vie for attention on windows and struggle to encase us in an alternate universe.

I’ve always said I would rather live in the mountains than at the beach. There is something about a winter wonderland that softens my sharp edges. I relax. I smile. I breathe.

I really enjoy winter.

As long as I don’t have to drive in it.

What say you? What are your thoughts about winter?

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What Does Your Bedroom Say About You?

First of all, this video really doesn’t tell you squat about your bedroom, but hey, I thought you might be interested in my bedroom so here we go – let’s psychoanalyze me.

Yes. This is my bedroom. No. It’s not Kevin’s bedroom. Yes, you are correct, we are married and we do not share a bedroom.

Psychoanalyze away.

Actually, I’ll help you. We don’t share a bedroom because I’m a fish and he’s Darth Vader. Let me explain. I am constantly flipping/flopping around in my sleep. I don’t know if I’m dreaming or the bed is just uncomfortable. Probably both. Also, I snore. Yes. I just freely admitted that. And it’s not a cute little woman snore either. It’s a deep, chain saw snore and no one can sleep through that, let alone my poor husband. And yes, I know this for a fact because Kevin has recorded me snoring before. Because I INSISTED, for YEARS, I did not snore.

Alas, I snore.

Kevin is Darth Vader. Meaning, he uses a C-Pap machine at night. He has to. He has sleep apnea. He did a sleep study and they said he stopped breathing about 80 times that night. I actually MADE him do a sleep study because there would be nights he would stop breathing and I would nudge him just to kick start him again. It was scary enough I insisted he get tested.

And I was right. (Of course *snicker).

Now. He uses a C-Pap and he sleeps way better at night, however, he sounds like Darth Vader and I can’t handle it. In fact, there were nights I wanted to take a pillow and ……. well, never mind.

So we don’t sleep together. We can’t. Because we don’t sleep. And we wake up tired and cranky not only with each other, but at the world at large and that’s no way to start your day, every day. It got so bad, we were becoming zombies and we decided we had had enough – we couldn’t do it anymore. Now, I have my bedroom, Kevin has his bedroom, we get much better sleep and we’re both happier people.

(And we’re still married).

Anyway. This is where I sleep. Let’s analyze …

  1. See those clothes on the rocking chair? And the shoes/slippers next to the rocking chair? Yeah, those clothes are there every day. I don’t even bother putting them away and here’s why, because I’m just going to get them back out again and frankly, I just don’t care. The clothes that are on the chair are as follows: Sweatpants, t-shirt (2), sweatshirt, shorts, bras. I wear sweatpants, t-shirt and sweatshirt to bed and the second t-shirt and shorts after my showers in the morning because mama is hot and has to cool down before dressing for work. The bras are there because again, why put them away when I’m going to put it back on less than 12 hours later? The khaki capris on the back of the chair? Yeah, those have been there for a few months because I’m too lazy to put them away. But hey! They will be ready to wear when spring hits. Yes, I’m one of those lazy people who kick my shoes off and leave them where I kicked them. However, I HAVE gotten better about moving them out of the middle of the room because I’ve tripped over them before and nearly broke a tooth landing on something so … erhm, lesson learned.
  2. I bought a new comforter set for my bed but if you notice, the bedskirt does not match in any way. It’s because I keep forgetting to look for a brown bedskirt when I go shopping and frankly I don’t care enough to make an effort to remember. It’s a bedskirt, who cares. (Yes, those are scrub pants on the bed – I’ll hang them up! Sheesh)
  3. This is where I literally throw all my jewelry and scarves. (And yes, more clothes). Do I have a place for all of my jewelry? Actually, yes. On top of my vanity. That’s the place I have designated for my jewelry. Judge away.
  4. My dirty-ass fan. I have no idea where the front part of that fan is and I don’t care. It still runs though I’ve had it for about five years and I run it every night because it gives me white noise so I can sleep (I’m a super light sleeper and I need something in the background so I don’t jerk away at the slightest creak, groan, or damn dog). It’s also dirty. Judge away.

The master bathroom is off to the left and our dirty clothes hamper is off to the right. Not pictured, the treadmill is in front of the curtain on the right and Blake’s shorts and t-shirt is hanging off the treadmill because he often comes over during the day to watch the TV that is on a shelf on the wall in front of the treadmill. I have no idea why he hangs his clothes on the treadmill.

*ahem*

So according to the video, I’m a slob. Well, it doesn’t say that but I think we can all agree it’s true. Or, we could say I’m “bigger-picture oriented” as the video says and I would agree with that. Mama ain’t got time to put things away; I’m already thinking about what I need to do for the next day. And again, I’m just going to drag that stuff out again, why put it away? I like to conserve my energy, I seem to have less and less every day.

If I had to sum my bedroom up in three words? Self-contained organized chaos. (Hyphenated words count as one!)

What three words would you use to describe your bedroom?

Oh, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Waiting to Gather

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

What are you doing today?

Me? Just activating my Instagram account. I haven’t posted on it for about … five-ish (more?) years. Now that I have a decent phone with a pretty great camera, I’m thinking of starting it up again. I’ll post a link to it once I get some pictures up.

In addition, I printed off a January 2021 calendar and filled it with blog posts that I want to publish.

I also wrote down some video ideas.

Oh yeah, I’m going there. There won’t be a lot of videos, but I thought it would be fun to shake things up once in a while with a video. I’d like to take you on a tour of my office at work, vlogs, writing and reading videos as well.

And let’s not forget that I have a podcast and Kevin and I both have a podcast.

Yep. One of my goals for this upcoming year is to become more involved in social media. I’m not quite sure why I feel compelled to do this, but feel compelled I do. I think I’m just focused on leaving a bit of me behind before I disappear. Not that I plan on disappearing any time soon, (like decades!) but now is a good time to start. Quite frankly, I should have been doing this for the past decades … but there’s no sense in crying over laziness. (Because that’s what it boiled down to, let’s be honest).

I’m also making it a goal to try and post three pieces of fiction on my blog a month, too. Maybe more, but let’s start small and see where it goes. I’m thinking of maybe posting a weekly writing prompt, too. I did that way back when and maybe it will be helpful to you and your writing, whether that’s blogging, fiction, etc.

I’ve enabled comments, if you wish to throw in your two cents. They will be moderated though, so be nice. 🙂

I have a few more ideas for my blog this year, too.

But enough with the planning, let’s stop and enjoy the moment.

CHRISTMAS EVE!

Unfortunately, we’re not spending it with our families this year. For obvious reasons. I’m sure many people are in the same boat and I’m trying very hard not to be depressed about it. I know this has been hard on my mom as well. It’s been hard on Kevin’s folks, too. We went over to my parent’s house the other night to pick up some gifts and goodies and we were both close to tears and trying to be brave about our change of plans this year. I plan on calling mom though and Facetiming her – it’s not the same, but it’s something at least.

I’m scheduled to pick up a sandwich tray from Jimmie Johns today. We plan on having soup/sandwiches for lunch on Christmas day. Our boys are coming over tonight after Blake gets off work. They plan on spending the night which tickles me that they WANT to do that. I’ll take it. If, by some miracle, they get girlfriends/wives some day I’m sure that desire will change. (Or maybe it won’t!) We plan on having chicken bacon ranch sandwiches tonight, Jimmy Johns tomorrow and spicy broccoli chicken and rice for dinner Christmas night. We bought $20 worth of chicken and Kevin plans on grilling all of it later this afternoon when it gets warmer. (It’s currently 27 degrees right now).

I’m sure we’ll play games tonight. Our favorite games are Settlers of Catan and Lords of Waterdeep. HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you’re looking for fun family games. I think Kevin wants to get on the Playstation and race cars as we have about four steering wheels now. lol LeRoy will come over as well.

Tomorrow will be more of the same. Games and food.

I still can’t believe this is our Christmas this year. I was thoroughly convinced that this damn virus would be a thing of the past by now and we would all be sitting around laughing about it. But alas, that is not the case, is it.

I pray that 2021 is better. I pray that we can get past COVID and get back to normal and stop wearing masks everywhere. But I don’t know. If you listen to Biden, who may, or may not, be our next president depending on what Trump has up his sleeve, our darkest days are still ahead. But let’s not make this post about politics, there is PLENTY of time to talk politics in the coming months. Right now, we need God more than ever. We need to pray and have faith. We need to stop being sheeple and have the courage to stand up and say no to this madness.

I realize it’s easy to say and much harder to actually do anything about it.

At any rate. Let’s focus on the here and now. Right this moment. Don’t forget to reach out to your loved ones, especially your elders. This is especially hard on them and I’m sure they are feeling very isolated and alone.

From the bottom of my heart, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas and let’s pray for a happier new year.

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Pop-Up Bullet Journal

I’m off work today, (the clinic is closed – woohoo!) and you know what I’ve been doing?

Christmas shopping.

In fact, I’m done with the boys. Well, except for stocking stuffers. This may be the first year I finished Christmas shopping for them before December 1st. It feels really good to be DONE. Now, if I can wrap their gifts as they get here and be done with that part, I will really be cooking.

Kevin and I don’t buy gifts for each other. Our gifts to each other is vacations – going to Florida, cruising, if the CDC will ever deem them worthy of getting back to business.

Don’t get me started.

And that’s it. We really don’t buy anyone else Christmas gifts, unless we’re buying gag gifts for family parties and who knows if that happens this year.

Gads, can 2020 just be over with already?

Anyway, while shopping, I started watching Bullet Journal plan with me videos and I thought I would share this one. This creator does some really cute stuff and she has been posting pop-up bullet journal themes lately that have been so fun to watch. There is no way I will ever do anything like this, I’m not nearly talented enough nor have the patience to do anything like this, but I thought I would share it with any fellow bullet journal fans out there in case it inspires you to try something like this with your own journal.

Oh, and another creator I watch, Kay, with Planning with Kay, is having her annual Black Friday sale on her stickers, which are super cute, if you’re interested. I’ll likely buy some stickers for my journal as well.

I’m always on a mission to support small businesses and talented creators.

In the meantime, I’m typing my fingers to the bone trying to cross the NaNoWriMo finish line. I have about 9,000 words left to write in the next three days (Monday will be a wash because it’s back to work and a clinic day on top of that). My last reward to myself for participating in NaNoWriMo is earning the Winner shirt and I fully intend to make that happen.

For my fellow writers participating in NaNoWriMo – regardless of if you win or lose this challenge, be proud of whatever progress you made this month and I hope you learned something about your writing and your writing process.

That’s really what it’s all about, in my opinion.

I’ll post a few more short stories soon .. in the meantime, chin up! Twenty twenty-one is just around the corner and we’ll soon put 2020 in our rearview mirror. Thank God.

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Stuck at Home? (Aren’t We All?) Bored? This Might Bring a Smile to Your Face

What the heck, it’s been 11 days since I last posted? I SWEAR it feels like three days ago.

Anyone else losing track of time with the quarantine?

Missouri has been on city/state lock down for … three weeks now? Honestly, I’ve lost track. I believe Kansas City / St. Louis / Springfield were the only cities in the state that went on lock down, the state of Missouri followed suit … last week?

AARGH, time is hard!

I also feel like I’ve aged ten years since this nightmare started, too.

Fortunately, I’ve continued working so I haven’t really had time to be bored, but I know a lot of people are not as fortunate so I’m sharing a fun YouTube video of the Eh Bee Family. I was going through my subscriptions and when I saw their name, I thought, “what are they up to now?” And of course, they didn’t disappoint. They are a cute family that do cute family stuff together.

Anyhow, enjoy this video of fun things to do if you’re bored at home during this quarantine. I’m currently working on a podcast where I talk about all things COVID-19 and how it’s affecting me, my family, and my job as a healthcare worker.

Stay healthy, friends!

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Stop Playing Victim and Start Being Victor!

Wow. I have a girl crush on Candace Owens. This girl is ‘DA BOMB!

This conversation perfectly, PERFECTLY, defines what is wrong with our country.

It’s long, but well worth the watch. I dare you to take time out of your day to watch this.

Also, I spent 38 minutes watching this video:

FASCINATING conversation. And there is so much wisdom from the black conservatives in this round table. To be fair, I see what the liberal guy was saying but it comes around to being the victim, not the victor. And if you watch the faces of the liberal guests you can SEE the confusion.  They truly don’t know how to respond when faced with thoughtful, intelligent counterpoints.

I think this is indicative of America today. No one wants to think for themselves. It’s all about regurgitating talking points. I don’t think they even knew what they were saying, or arguing, half the time.

It’s time to stop being sheeple and start thinking for yourselves, people. Stop allowing the media to spoon feed you crap. Stop. Think. Digest.

I’m feeling hopeful after watching these videos. That’s how it starts, with thoughtful, intelligent conversation.

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Obsessed with These Daily Vlogs

I’ve mentioned the past that I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore. Nothing really interests me. Though I’m wondering if that changes once I get back on the treadmill and start watching shows to distract me from the fact THAT I’M DYING.

Still. I’ll make a vow right now – I will only watch TV on the treadmill.

There. Hold me accountable.

No. Instead of TV and reading, I’ve been OBSESSED with family vlogs. These two specifically:

And …

Ellie and Jared are the perfect parents. They are gentle, quiet, kind, patient and very loving to their boys. When I watched the Christmas Special, Part 2, I actually cried because the boys are just so sweet! I think it reminds me of when our boys were little and I MISS those days. I really do.

KKandBabyJ is a vlog I love because it’s a young, modern family that are simply DOING IT RIGHT. They are hip but they are clearly teaching their boys to be good  human beings. They have a great sense of humor and their boys are SO SWEET!! They are fun to watch and I pray if our boys ever get married, they live this kind of life.

I also feel envy when I watch these videos. Not for the family dynamics, though I do wish I had Ellie’s patience when the kids were little, but what a GREAT video diary of their lives to look back on when they get older. I WISH I had done something like this, either video, or blog format, just to look back on and reflect and appreciate those times. I have pictures, which is better than nothing, but there are no stories to go with those pictures and as time goes by, I am forgetting the little things surrounding those snapshots and that makes me sad.

I like to watch clean, wholesome videos like this because it just sort of “cleanses” my whole day. It makes me happy and I walk away feeling hopeful about people in general.

 

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What Do You See When You Hear This?

Isn’t this a fun video?? I love The Piano Guys – such a cool duo.

Watch it first because it’s cool.

Then push play, close your eyes and listen. Breathe. Take a moment. We’re all in such a rush nowadays. It’s nice to just slow down and EXIST.

What sort of images do you see when you hear this song?

I see a young couple in various stages of their relationship  – romantic, exciting, volatile, sweet, loving, fun, determined to make it work,  then older, sitting on their back porch, satisfied with life and with each other, and then finally reflecting back on their lives together, hands joined, small smiles creasing their faces.

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Breaking Tradition

We didn’t buy fireworks this year. I don’t know, we just weren’t into it this year. In years past, we bought fireworks at a place where Kevin’s parents knew the owners and we would get a really good deal. The owners would pack us a bag full of goodies (because let’s face it, fireworks look the same and you really don’t know what they are going to do, but the fireworks stand owners know and are a great resource if you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck. [pun intended]), and we would split the cost with Kevin’s parents.

We’ve gotten some REALLY good fireworks with that arrangement for the past several years.

We would then have a cookout at Kevin’s folks’ house then shoot off our awesome fireworks. Me, Kevin’s mom and dad would sit on their pergola and Kevin, Blake and Brandon would run their butts off and light the fireworks.

Then, when it was over, we would all go out with bags and pick up the aftermath.

Fun times.

We did this for two reasons: Kevin’s parents live outside of the city limits thereby giving us a venue to blow our money [pun intended] and it gave us a chance to spend the holiday with Kevin’s parents. Because for whatever reason, Kevin’s sisters have never included Kevin’s parents in their 4th of July festivities.

However, we broke tradition this year. Money is tight and having us over for a cookout is a lot of work for Kevin’s parents, who are getting up there in age. Everyone agreed with this plan except Blake – he was disappointed. I think 4th of July is his favorite holiday. He loves blowing things up.

(That desire has always sort of bothered me, to be honest).

This year, Kevin’s parents came over to Roy’s house (i.e. the rental house) and we, (i.e. Kevin) cooked hamburgers and curly hotdogs. Kevin, Roy and Blake swam and Kevin’s mom and I sat on the edge of the pool and chit-chatted. Kevin’s dad napped.

When it got dark, we drove over to the nursing school parking lot and mooched off the spectacular fireworks show at the country club.

I imagine that will be our 4th of July plans for many more years to come. Cheap and easy.

And now it’s way past my bedtime and my eyes are drooping. I have a lot of chores and studying to do tomorrow before the boys come over to swim and then have nachos with us.

Happy birthday, America. You’re not the same awesome country you were twenty years ago, but we still love you and haven’t given up on you. You’ll be great again someday …

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