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Robert Frost

Monday, July 4, 2016

Summer's Here

Summer's here and it's already July! Where has the time gone? Hope you are all enjoying this wonderful time of year and getting out there and having a ball. With all the bad stuff that we hear about every day, I think we owe it to ourselves to enjoy life as much as we can! So whether it's reading a book in your hammock or kayaking down a river, I hope you are doing it!

It's been busy around here. Trying to catch up on all the gardening the house maintenance and all the rest seems to take longer with each passing year. I'm not saying I'm getting old but it does seem to take more time and effort on some of these projects!

I hope my Canadian friends all had a wonderful holiday, we in turn are celebrating our Independence Day here on the 4th of July.  We don't go out to the fireworks every year and this year we will skip because my husband has an early morning departure on business.  So it will be a quiet night in watching the celebratory events on television.

Below are some photos from last year. We go to a park next to the large Lake Minnetonka.  It's somewhat of an effort to get there. Parking is crazy and the closest you can usually get is about a two mile walk, dragging your lawn chairs. Once there we claim our spot and just hang out.

Here's the lake shot taken about 8:30 PM, it was a bit overcast but a bit of a pinkish sunset is visible. What you are seeing in the background is not the other side of the lake, but an island in the middle of the lake. Lake Minnetonka is really quite large.

The rest of the shots are of the fireworks display. They are always fabulous and last about 30 to 40 minutes.

 This last shot is the big finale! It's always impressive.

So that's the end of the fireworks. Hope you enjoyed them!

The first and the last images in this post are 
both vintage and in the public domain.

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, 
not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House 
in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw 
Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. 
You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. 
~Erma Bombeck

See you all soon! ~ Diane


  1. Beautiful photos and images, and I love your music and header! Happy Independence Day to you. Here in Canada we celebrated Canada Day on July 1st. Stay safe. :)

  2. Dear Diane such a lovely post. Your pics of the fireworks were spectacular. Like you hubby and I had to get up early too So we caught some lovely ones from our hillside on Sunday. Hope you have a super week. Seems hard to believe the fourth has come and gone:)!,

  3. Hello my sweet friend! What a gorgeous post, love the picture of the beautiful lake..stunning! and wonderful fireworks! Hope you had an amazing 4th of July!
    Wishing you a most magical summer!

  4. Happy summer Diane! Weather kept us from enjoying fireworks this year, and watching them on TV is just not the same. Love the idea of watching them over your lake, but that's quite a walk to get there when you are dragging chairs, etc. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us.

    1. Hi everyone! Thank you all for visiting! Hey Pam, we only make the hike when the weather is perfect... thus only every couple of years do we actually make it over there! One year they were doing construction to the sidewalks and street and we had to climb and hop over big piles of dirt and rubble to get there!! Not Fun!

  5. We had a low key celebration this year, too. Good food and the neighbors kept us entertained with all of their expensive fireworks! lol Next year I'd like to go to a parade or something just to make things special. Thanks for the fireworks show, dear Diane!

  6. We had a low key celebration this year, too. Good food and the neighbors kept us entertained with all of their expensive fireworks! lol Next year I'd like to go to a parade or something just to make things special. Thanks for the fireworks show, dear Diane!

  7. I hope you had a great 4th of July Diane! That area where you go to see the fireworks is gorgeous! I love your pictures! WOW! They came out great! We were quiet this year for July 1st. Had some ice-cream! LOL! Big Hugs to you and the fur babies!

  8. Hello Diane, I’m so sorry you are still having trouble with my blog posts. I’ve added a ‘follow by email’ box to the top right-hand side of the blog, hope that helps.

    I’m taking a blogging break while the sun shines, but it is always lovely to get a visit from you and to visit you.

    I know exactly what you mean about everything taking longer, I feel sure I must be slowing down, or perhaps I’m just doing a better job! ;-)

    I really like that last image and the words under it and wish every nation would celebrate in the same way. How I w could all get rid of the guns and enjoy more picnics.

    I hope you enjoyed the fireworks and had a great 4th of July. xxx

  9. That should say 'how I wish we could all get rid ...' xx

  10. Hope you had a lovely 4th! Love that Erma Bombeck quote!

  11. Love the pics! What a neat spot. Nothing like MN lakes.


Thank you for leaving a comment! I do read them all and will try to respond if I'm able. Please know that all comments are appreciated, I love to hear your thoughts on my posts! ~ Diane