A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, United States of America!!!

A special Thank You to all of you in the Military, you Vets, and your supportive and loving families.

Rainy Day has been busy trying to finish a novel and get it polished for First Readers in the next month or so, and therefore, Gentle Reader, she lost track of the time – and the days.

Today is July Fourth, Independence Day, the natal day of Rainy Day's country. Rainy Day would say 'our' country, but in reading the stats for this blog, she has discovered people from all over the world read her blog.

So, today, there will be many gatherings of people for picnics with barbequed hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salads, pies, and whatever those folks like best for gatherings. People will play games – softball, volleyball, croquet, and with the hordes of youngsters, lots of tag and chase games. As the sky darkens, there will be fireworks.

In Rainy Day's town, we are lucky enough to have a large river, and the fireworks barge will be there, shooting the fireworks up and over the river, both for beauty's sake, and to lessen the danger of fires.

There will be lots of drinking of alcoholic beverages, and the hospital emergency rooms will see an upsurge in fight/shooting/stabbing victims this night. The local police will see a comparable upsurge in drunk drivers.

Rainy Day will stay in the safety of her home, and watch the fireworks on her television. She may or may not indulge in a glass of wine;-)

Rainy Day has pets, and she has neighbors, and some of the neighbors like to fire off their fireworks (great fun for their kidlets) but not so much for Rainy Day's pets. They tend to need the reassurance from their human that they are not in danger. And their human needs the reassurance that the garden hose is connected and ready – just in case any of those fireworks end up on her property.

So, today is the national celebration of the birth of our Nation.

Rainy day would love to have some comments from you, her Gentle Readers, especially you who are not from the USA, as to when and how you and your country celebrate your Independence Day.

Rainy Day received this photo in an email several months ago, with no attribution, and hesitates to use it here. However, it is such a great photo, she's going to use it. If anyone knows who took it, or where it's from, please let Rainy Day know so she can get permission to use it.
Rainy Day hopes to return from Ancient China in the next few days, and get back to her regularly scheduled life.

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