Thursday, July 05, 2012
4th of July highlights
My office was closed yesterday for July 4th but I still "worked" most of the day anyway, just not on real estate. I cleaned off all the screened porch furniture and cushions, swept the porch, put all the furniture back in place, and gave the wrought iron patio set a fresh coat of white paint. While I was still hot and sweaty I went ahead and pulled some weeds from the flower beds and watered Spouse's fancy red hydrangeas (which haven't bloomed yet). Once inside the cool air conditioned house I put away lots of odds and ends, vacuumed the main level and cleaned the kitchen. All this in preparation for hosting a July 4th cook-out.
Around 4pm Steven & Thad, Joe P, one of the Bobs, Robin & Bill came over. I decided not to drive Big Ella in the Doo Dah parade because it was just too hot. I was afraid the extreme heat might cause her to overheat, so we all walked over to the parade route and watched parade instead. Then everyone can back to the house for the cook-out but we ate indoors. All that work to clean the porch and repaint the dining set and we ate inside! But the food was tasty and we had a good time. Later we rode down to the beach to watch the "volunteer" fireworks. These fireworks are not paid for or sponsored by the City; they are paid for and set off by private citizens or "volunteers" and they're great! For more than 90 minutes we were delighted and entertained by fireworks directly in front of us, to our left, to our right, and even across the bay. It was a fun display.