Thursday, July 3, 2014

How do you celebrate?



Let’s Party!



Tuesday was Canada Day, a national holiday and a really good excuse to paint your face red and white if that’s your kind of thing.  There were the spectacular fireworks and a big turnout of people on Parliament Hill in our capital city.  With over a hundred thousand people up on 'the hill' for music and fireworks, we'll confess we're happier at home. 

Victoria took this shot in the nearby village of Osgoode!

The flags are still out in our neighborhood and people celebrate with barbecues, family gatherings and flags flapping from car windows.  Everything is closed in our community except for one drugstore.   
  

We're not crazy about the hats but we sure love the PARTY!

We like to celebrate with a family mid-day barbecue  We are heavy on little kids and small dogs and lots of  desserts. Sometimes I think these things define us, along with some flag waving.
July 1 has always been a special day in our family: it was my parents’ anniversary and there is emotional significance for my husband and me as well.  We’re sentimental types.




I treasure national holidays. They remind me to step away from the computer, relax and laugh and enjoy family and the outdoors.  Yesterday was a perfect day for us with family from my ninety-one year old mother in law to one month-old Ella, and the latest grand-dog, a tiny Yorkie called Money. 



I wish you all a wonderful day of celebrations tomorrow wherever you are.  I hope there are kids and dogs and food in your celebration, but most of all I hope you celebrate July 4th your way whether it’s with a party or with a good book.  Of course, we celebrated with a good book after our guests left!  

Happy happy!  I’d love to know what you have planned, my friends.

12 comments:

Mark Baker said...

Some friends have invited me over for a BBQ mid-afternoon. Other than that, it will probably be a quiet weekend at home reading.

mary kennedy said...

Hi MJ, love the photos of the patriotic pooches!! Having a lazy 4th here, with no plans. As many of you know, I'm married to a Brit, and I was rather taken aback when someone asked him if "they celebrate the 4th of July" in England. Er....no... I wonder if the meaning of the day had escaped her? Weird...

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That's sounds perfect to me, Mark! Food followed by reading? Perfect weekend.

Hugs.

MJ

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Isn't it strange how some people don't remember what the 4th of July really celebrates? I don't know what I will do. My son and family are busy, and I don't want to travel up RT 84 to Mass and my best friends house. The highway is just too busy for me on holidays now. So I guess I will cook something on the grill for myself. Maybe I will ask a friend or two over. My Parents were married on the Fourth of July, 81 years ago. Mom said it was so my Father wouldn't forget it. I was married on Labor Day in 63 and all I did was labor after that. ha ha. Of course it's not on Labor Day every year.
Have a Happy Independance Day everyone.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Mary, that it too funny! Perhaps they would celebrate by tossing tea into the Thames? Or ..? Enjoy the weekend. XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Enjoy your grill and your friend or two, Diane. There's something about an anniversary on a holiday that helps the hubsters remember it.

XO

Diane Vallere said...

I love the 4th of July. It's one my favorite holidays. Because I'm in sewing mode right now, I even made a special patriotic dress to celebrate the day!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What fun, Diane! I am jealous that you are in sewing mode. Happy 4th!

XO

Michelle F. said...

We're having hamburgers for the Fourth of July. Happy late Canada Day! I've been to Toronto twice and one of those times took a day trip to Niagara Falls. I live in N.W. Ohio so I'm only an hour away from Detroit/Windsor.

Heather said...

Friends and I went to "Rhythm & Booms," our city's big 4th of July event, last Saturday. Some area communities have fireworks tonight instead of the 4th to save on police OT costs. Friday there's a cookout, and we may go to fireworks of a nearby community that evening. I might get the rest of the cards I made out by end of *next* week. ☺

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You're practically here, Michelle! I've been to Ohio several times - lots of readers there. We had hamburgers on the grill (and smokies). That's my favorite thing for a family get together in the summer.

Have a great day tomorrow.

Hugs!

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Sounds like a really fun time, Heather! Keep on having fun.

XO