Hi Patriotic Palsy-walsies,
Linking up today with the ladies for Red, White, Blue and YOU or in my case, make that Red, White, Blue and ME! Sharing some 4th inspiration in the form of decorations, dessert and the patriotic outfit I will be sporting to our Triple A ball team’s 3rd of July game and fireworks display. Hope you will be sure to stop by the blogs of our patriotic hostesses, Andrea, Lisa, Chrissy, Kellyann, Shelly and Laura for their very FIRST linkup.
Here’s how I have splashed a little red, white and blue around our world.
Almost skipped decorating for the 4th. Positively unpatriotic, I know. But I had just put my summer decorations in place and wasn’t sure I had the energy to replace it with red, white and blue. I put on my big girl panties, though, and got out my stars and stripes. Here’s how that looks.
Red, white and blue wheelbarrow.
Have enjoyed watching my patriotic pinwheels blow in the breeze. On the front porch, went with a baseball theme for my Prince. He painted the palette a few years ago at I Painted That! Not sure if the C represents his beloved Cincinnati Reds or our last name!
I filled my lantern with old baseballs, added a Texas Rangers ball cap, one of PC’s gloves, along with another painting he made last year at Art in the (Ball) Park. There’s that C again!
Sprinkled stars and stripes here and there inside the house, as well. First on my 2 tier tray.
Hung a flag garland on my mantel and mixed baseballs with faux succulents in my coffee table bowl.
We are having such great results on Weight Watchers that we really don’t want to ‘blow’ it! Accidentally ate some crazy-high-calorie ice cream yesterday. Was not worth all of the guilt we felt the rest of the day. A spoonful would have been so much more satisfying than an over-indulgent bowlful. The kids were planning on coming down for a quick 24 hour trip on Wednesday and Thursday but something has come up keeping them in Albuquerque instead. Was going to make this apple pie so PC and I could enjoy a slice then send the rest home with the kids. Instead, mixed up this Weight Watcher’s friendly (red, white &) blueberry dessert. Going to add a few sliced strawberries and a dollop of lite whipped topping to make it red, white and blue.
We are going to a Chihuahuas Triple A baseball game on July 3rd, with fireworks afterward. Will probably grill something and spend time in the pool here at home on the 4th. Maybe Instapot ribs thrown on the grill for a few minutes before dinner.
Today was our 9th day of triple digit temps this year. Sounds hot but last year was hotter. By this time in 2018, we had had 25 days above 99*F. Dressing for the 4th, or 3rd when we go to the game, can be tricksy in El Paso. We are in the midst of our monsoon season – July and August are our wettest months. With the chance of rain pretty high, and the temperatures dropping quickly once the sun goes down, I might need a wardrobe change about time for the 7th inning stretch.
Here’s what I am planning to wear.
Old Navy tee, have always wanted one but in years past, they’ve sold out in record time at our outlet store. Snagged one a few weeks ago for $4. Loft Outlet raw hem white denim and red cardi. Target chambray flats. Bandanna bracelet. If it is just too toasty, I will switch out my white jeans for white denim shorts, and my flats for patriotic flip flops and ditch the cardi. Or carry it til the sun sets. The chihuahua ears are a must, either way.
Journaling in July
My friend Sue at Sizzling Toward Sixty & Beyond is hosting a Journaling in July series. I enjoy writing responses to prompts so will be adding this to my Morning Pages that I write during my quiet time most days. Sue reminds us that journal writing is a personal activity. There is no right response to any of these prompts. Your response to one prompt might be deeply personal. And just a simple sentence or two for one of the others. Here are the first week’s prompts. Enjoy!!
Day 1 – What makes me special?
Day 2 – Dreams & goals
Day 3 – What makes me feel happy?
Day 4 – Write about a special memory
Day 5 – What I did today
Day 6 – 3 things I’m grateful for
Day 7 – My favorite quote and why?
How are you sprinkling stars and stripes about in your life this week? If you celebrate the United States’ Independence Day, what will you be doing, wearing, eating? Inspire me with your plans in a comment below. And then be sure to visit some of the ladies hosting today’s link-up to be further inspired!
Thank you, ole chums, for spending a few moments here with me. Enjoy your first week of July!!
Hugs and kisses,