Hope everyone had a great weekend and all my friends in the states were able to stay out of the emergency room over the 4th of July. The weekend moved much faster than I did, so my grand images of me getting 3 weeks worth of work done in 3 days didn't exactly happen. But it worked out because other things got done and mostly spending time together simply took over - which is way better than tackling projects anyway. We had a nice and mellow 4th celebration. It was just me and M+L, I wasn't sure how our puppers Marla would handle fireworks, so we stayed close to home and kept our fireworks small and simple. Ironically, however, while Marla is afraid of shadows and garbage trucks and leaves and flies and trash cans and wind and sun and rain - she wasn't the least bit put off by the crackling and whistling and booming sounds of fireworks exploding all over the city. But it turned out to be just perfect, besides I wouldn't call myself an overly patriotic person, I definitely celebrate the 4th more as a welcoming of summer and sunshine and that we did. We went for a long walk in the blistering sun, dipped our toes in cold water from the hose and had the traditional fare of hot dogs/potato salad/watermelon/ice cream, of course ending it all with some fountains and sparklers and, my personal favorite, smoke bombs and snakes.