Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The long holiday...

Because it fell on Monday, the "4th of July" seemed to never end.

We started Friday with more time in the pool and lunch on the patio.

Begging for hotdogs. Full time job!
On Saturday, we shared neighborhood fireworks with wonderful friends at their house out in Piedmont.

 

Sunday we worked on the gardens around the house in the early morning and hid in the house from the relentless heat in the afternoon.


Yesterday we opened our home to more wonderful friends and shared food, laughter, and fireworks. 


We are seriously dry here in Oklahoma and many places banned the fireworks. But not in our neighborhood. We sat by the pool, some of us in the pool, and watched the sky explode all around us and prayed nothing strayed into the dry fields, or water starved lawns. 
Our neighbors mounted their show from the roof of their shed until something went terribly wrong. The result was a friend of those neighbors was taken by ambulance to the hospital for broken bones and 3rd degree burns. The fire was put out fairly rapidly, but was too close for comfort. As we watched the mayhem, Sophie asked, "Is this why we don't buy fireworks?" I answered, "Yes, this is why." 

Not the original fire.

8 comments:

That corgi :) said...

sounds like (almost) it was a nice weekend. I am never a fan of "private" citizens putting off firework displays; I say leave it to the professionals. Fireworks are usually continually always banned here in So. Calif unless a public display, but that doesn't stop people from going down into Mexico, a mere 10 miles away and sneaking them back across the border.

I hope your neighbor makes a complete recovery! Few days ago on the news they said here last year there were over 6300 visits to the ER around the Fourth of July for firework injuries.

betty

Angela said...

whoa - that is a little too close for comfort. We were shocked that Aubrey did not get called out one time over the weekend - no bbq fires, no firework fires, no people getting mad and catching others cars on fire :)

Besides the mishap, it sounds like a great weekend though. I hid inside too - way too hot outside!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Not to be confused with the accident you wrote about but there was at least 1 fireworks related fatality in Oklahoma over the weekend. A 19 year old young man lost his life on Sunday evening. So very sad. I certainly hope the person you wrote about is doing well.

Intense Guy said...

I think I would have been more than content to share the feast, swim in the pool, pat the Corgi's on the head, and hid from the heat...

Fireworks are just a nice plus when safely done.

Whosyergurl said...

How creative! Black and white photos until you get to the FIRE!

xo, Cheryl

LittleSilkDress said...

Thank you for the vacation suggestion! I think I will add North Carolina to my research list. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Pain Free...One Day said...

Sorry to hear about the injury, but glad that the fire was put out quickly and didn't get out of control. Overall it sounds like your weekend, while long, was enjoyable.

Mikko Tyllinen said...

wonderful pictures! Very beautiful and full of life and joy!