July 2, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Today, I'm thinking about...

...The Fourth of July! Because it is here! I love this holiday. It is like third place behind Christmas and Halloween. : ) I like it because it is simple. There is food and fireworks. That's it. We just enjoy. Our town has fireworks on the evening of the Third of July, so we celebrate with family and friends that day. The Fourth itself is always a quiet family day with food, sparklers and movie marathons. Whatever you and your people do this Fourth, I hope you have fun, stay safe, and make memories! Here is a peek at the week past in our country home.

We returned home from our cruise, and I resumed my daily coffee on the porch...

and making dinner, which both make me very happy. : )

Summer mornings...

and summer evenings. Off to the movies to see Inside Out. Which, by the way, got a thumbs up from this crew!

And despite the calendar saying it is July, it feels more like fall here is Pennsylvania. So what's a girl to do, but make pumpkin pie?

And finishing up with a few more cruise pics...

We made a wonderful friend in the ship's magician...
He visited our table every night and did the most amazing tricks...

this was my girl as she watched him! : )

Happy Weekend, my friends!
Happy Fourth of July!!!


  1. It will be a quiet weekend here. Our children all have activities, so Jim and I may grill a burger, watch the fireworks on our porch. We live close to the Tennessee River which is downtown and we can see the fireworks from there. Enjoyed seeing your pictures as always. Happy 4th!

  2. Have a Happy 4th!! Love the simple things like food and fireworks!

  3. Sounds idyllic, have a great time.

  4. My dad is putting his new smoker to good use so we will be eating all the meats this 4th of July. And there will be sparklers too!

  5. Love the 4th too Billie Jo! Nice and relaxing and all about fun with family & friends, some good food, and oohing and aahing over the fireworks. Hope it warms up more in your neck of the woods! I'm not ready to think Fall thoughts yet. ;)
    Love all the cruise pics too!
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend! xo

  6. I'm right there with you... 4th of July is neck in neck with Christmas for me! As much as I LOVE Christmas, I really don't like the cold! ;) Plus, like you said, I love the simplicity of Independence Day. Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Hope you guys have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

  8. Welcome home! Looks like you all had a wonderful time on your holiday! Happy fourth of July! xx

  9. We saw Inside Out last week as well and definitely, thumbs up all the way here too. Happy 4th! It sounds perfectly wonderful. Enjoy your family time.

  10. Happy July 4th, friend. Can you believe it, it is 45* here in western NY this morning. Thanks for sharing your photos, beautiful. Blessings

  11. Happy Happy fireworks day! And food. And family!

  12. COOL last picture! I have never been on a cruise! Looks like so much fun! Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

  13. Happy 4th! Enjoy your weekend and stay safe!

  14. The 4th of July is quickly becoming on of my favorites too! I hope you all enjoy, and have a great time!!

  15. Hi Billie Jo!

    I have so enjoyed going back and checking out your cruise pictures - looks like you had a wonderful time!

    I also love the 4th of July - I love it's simplicity. I haven't thought about a movie marathon, what a great idea!! Your pictures look so summery and serene, but, it all changes so quickly! Pretty soon, it will be ready for kids to go back to school, and then
    Christmas right around the corner!

    Have a great week!


    P.S. I also love pumpkin pie . . . any time of the year!!


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Billie Jo