Monday, July 4, 2011

Red, White and Ol' Blue

We have all heard of our dear flag being referred to as Ol' Glory; today Ol' Blue is doing his part to help represent the color blue on behalf of "Ol' Glory"
We had a lovely Fourth of July Weekend.  We went on a picnic Sunday afternoon, with Ol' Blue as our Chauffeur.  Just a couple of miles down the road.  I took a few pics to share.  It was so pretty out.   You almost wouldn't know that we are having a terrible drought.  
This little creek is usually a river.... 

The water fall is no longer falling, but a little bit of water still remains at the bottom.

Look at that lovely sky.

Love this wonderful old gate.  It was a part of an old homestead... the only remaining relic of it in fact.
I think its a wonderful red. 
This is closest to  white I could find... got a pic of  him today at the parade.... he was enjoying a great cool off, and I could not resist him.
And Blue
Good ol' truck

The Pueblo West  Wet and Dry Parade..... We all agreed in our family that this is the funnest kind of parade of all.

 The streets are lined with cars and the people are prepared with Super soakers, water balloons water bazookas, and hoses of all calibers. 
 Close friends and all of our families relax in bathing suites or shorts and catch up with each other as we wait for the parade to begin.
 My Friend Roxy with our Luke with Steve and Barry in the background.
Roxy and her Hubby Danny and their son, daughter in law, and grandsons made everything great fun... especially since Barry (Roxy's son knows how to bring enough water to win the war.
 This is Roxy's Grandson... atop the water tank... ready for the big water fight.
The horses are so calm and easy going.

 Three cheers for our soldiers.... every one clapped and cheered as they went by.

 Amy, and little guys all loaded with their super soakers and hoses, just waiting for those fire trucks to come and start spraying everybody.
The wet part of the parade is about to begin.... everybody is ready.
 Here come the fire trucks... sirens are blarring.

I took these pictures at great risk of getting blasted... and put my camera up when the  really big trucks came through.
Some of the trucks had blow up pools with people sitting in them, spraying everyone as they went by.   There were trucks and trailers, Fire trucks, Police and Sheriff vehicles, people walking, huge bus's that had people in every window with super soakers and water coming from people in the parade and people on the sidelines.
What boy doesn't love a "Huge Water Fight".... although notice that you do not see Eddie in these   pictures... he would not get wet, nor let me get a good picture of him... So Barry and Luke had to hold him and drench him Ha.... I  didn't get my camera back out in time, but take my word for it, it was funny.  I had the privilege of getting Steve wet myself, he wasn't as eager as I was to get wet either... can't have that.  We all went home nicely cooled off.
And then along came this guy... He was hot.  His Mama didn't remember about the parade when she started on their walk this morning.  She got detoured and so did he.  He wanted somebody to spray him down and give him a drink.  No problem; he was certainly in the right place.

My country tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died!
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side,
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love.
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture fills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father's God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!

Happy Fourth of July Everyone
Have a blessed week

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thank You Trisha

I have had the hardest time getting back to blogging.  We had company arrive less than a week after we got home from our trip, and with so much to do to get ready for them,  it has been non stop.  My Mom and my niece Rachel came for a fast and furious visit.  It was great to have my Mom here again (in what I consider her home).  We had a great time, and hated to see them go.  Rachel and Luke cooked up a storm together; they both share a love for cooking, and inspired each other all week long.   They left at the beginning of the week and I miss them already.  All week I have said to myself... "just a few more things, and I will be caught up and can get back to blogging."   Well at last I am here...,  not necessarily caught up (I'm not sure that ever happens, yet one does try), but satisfied with having laundry done, an almost clean house and the garden a little more in order.  

I wanted to say a big Thank you"  to Trisha from, because; I am now the delighted recipient of a new cupcake cookbook that she sent to me.   I signed up to try to win her give away last month, and was amazed to find that I won it.  I have never won one before, so this is a "wonderful first" for me.  You all will enjoy her blog when you pop over and check it out. Now I am inspired to get creative.  Thanks again Trisha, I'm lovin it.
Don't you love the cover?

This sweet little note came with the book.

I am going to make this one  first.  Doesn't that tantalize you?  Do you want the recipe?

I miss having my Mom live next door... nice to have her for a visit though.

Cooking Cousins

What is everyone doing for the  Fourth of July?
Hope it is a great weekend for everyone.
Many Blessings,