July 4th 2024 Is Here!

Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Poet," Essays, Second Series, 1844

The Celebration Begins, God Bless The USA!

July 4th 2024 With Family

We did a quick tour of the garden to admire Poppy's Plum; Paul is patiently awaiting it to ripen!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Looking' good!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The garden is in great shape! We hope our guests go "shopping"!

July 4th 2024 With Family


We are ready!!

The party was so small, it felt like we outnumbered the guests! Only sixteen folks, but we're all such great friends that it is like a family get together!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Crazy Greg was right on time! There are stories to tell!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The munchies were out and Mary was fixing the hamburger fix in's!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Brenda checks for updates from her ill brother. We wish him well!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The almost Birthday Girl hits the table eating.

July 4th 2024 With Family
Coming to a location near you!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The tables were set and almost everyone was here!    The party was convivial.

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Three different dips from jalapeno to ranch!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Mary is quite a cut up; everything is from our garden!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Her surgical training is coming in handy!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Watch out for these two!

July 4th 2024 With Family
They make us dizzy!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
We have been bombed; correction, Bob'ed!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Stories are told and retold!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Shrimp?

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Come on Nick, show us your tooth!

July 4th 2024 With Family
All smiles!


They make everything else look black and white!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
She is hatching a plan!    Jim is reading her mind and is getting ready to run!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Bob went for his "fitting".... You will know on August the 3rd!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
BBQ corn; life does not get better!

Bob said to me: "Why did the corn file a police report? It was being 'stalked'!"

July 4th 2024 With Family
Grilled to perfection

Then he said: "In the corn maze, I felt like I was being stalked. It was earie!"

Needless to say, I went inside!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Oh my!


July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Pops, Dad, and Nick (Nick is on the right side!)

July 4th 2024 With Family
Nick's arms are so long, he doesn't need a selfie stick – he's a selfie pole all on his own!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
All the goodies are coming out as Chef Bob is completing his masterpieces.

July 4th 2024 With Family
Mary's famous potato salad!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Keep your eyes on it, it disappears rapidly.

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
"I need more heat Scottie, turn up the engines"

July 4th 2024 With Family
"Thats all she's got Captain Bob!"

July 4th 2024 With Family
Dang, we gonna party now!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
The chant of... "Oh Boy Oh Boy   Oh Boy   Oh Boy"  is heard through the house!
The burgers, courtesy of Chef Bob, were a big hit!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Irene arranges the goodies!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The jello has arrived, we can start!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Join hands and give thanks for friendship, country, and God!

July 4th 2024 With Family
I am here, I just have the camera!

July 4th 2024 With Family
We did well!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
The mad scurry begins; food is flying; silverware is clicking!

July 4th 2024 With Family
No one will go hungry today!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Jim goes back for his thirds!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Green jello is mandatory!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Jim gets is plate full with Vicky's assistance!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Now that the traffic has thinned out, ladies are welcome!

July 4th 2024 With Family
"Who, us?"

July 4th 2024 With Family
People can sit anywhere as everyone knows each other quite well!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Chomp!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Ready, set go! 1-2-3 1-2-3

July 4th 2024 With Family
"How about the Hokey Pokey?"

July 4th 2024 With Family
We have fun!

July 4th 2024 With Family
"Yes, those are my feet!"

July 4th 2024 With Family
When she is in my arms, the rest of the world disappears!

July 4th 2024 With Family
"See, I have legs also!"

July 4th 2024 With Family
Vicky's brain is active!

July 4th 2024 With Family
We almost caused Vicky to choke!

July 4th 2024 With Family
"Where are the anchovies for my burger?"

July 4th 2024 With Family
Bob! I saw an anchovy this big in the pool!

July 4th 2024 With Family
"Well, maybe NOT that big"

July 4th 2024 With Family
Mary finally gets to sit down!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Everywhere you look people were laughing and telling stories.

July 4th 2024 With Family
Donna and Mary, the patriotic duo!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Robin has been busy!

July 4th 2024 With Family
All we see are calories, BUT on July 4th, they magically disappear like a magician's assistant! Calories do not count on July 4th!

July 4th 2024 With Family
"Dianne, did you see a calorie around here?"

July 4th 2024 With Family
Telling stories

July 4th 2024 With Family
No one is shy around dessert time - it's the one time when even the quietest person suddenly becomes a dessert detective, scoping out the best treat on the table!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Nick pitches right in; he is a good man!

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
Now we get down to serious gossip!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Vicky is heading to Los Alamitos to watch fireworks.

July 4th 2024 With Family
We love Jim's new shirt!

July 4th 2024 With Family
A little rest before departing

July 4th 2024 With Family

July 4th 2024 With Family
We have a new spot this year, across the street in the darkest part of the road!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Tony and Michele got real close!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Up front and personal!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The fireworks were great and the Master Of Ceremonies was superb!

July 4th 2024 With Family
We were trying the catch the neighbors tree on fire.

July 4th 2024 With Family
They stayed there all night long except for a couple of fireworks that were over achievers!

July 4th 2024 With Family
Joe lit up the night!

July 4th 2024 With Family
The neighbors also overachieved!

July 4th 2024 With Family
These were NOT from a city event!

July 4th 2024 With Family
We had a wonderful time!

July 4th 2024 With Family

 

July 4th Has Arrived!