4th of July memories …

I asked my Facebook friends today, “What are your favorite 4th of July memories from when you were younger?”  Feel free to answer the question and share your thoughts and memories in the comment section.  It’s fun to be nostalgic from time to time.

Food-related Memories: When I was a child, our traditional 4th of July dessert was Angel food cake with whip cream and strawberry frosting.  That particular cake was our family’s traditional birthday cake, and because my dad’s birthday was on July 7th, we celebrated his birthday early on the 4th as the entire extended family was together anyway. Yep, birthday cake on the 4th was my favorite tradition, food-wise. Other than that, I remembered we had an All-American feast of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, bbq chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, strawberry jello with sliced bananas, corn on the cob, watermelon, marinated cucumbers and onions, baked beans.  Yum.  I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.  🙂

We would eat dinner outside on the back porch at my grandparents house on Yarrow Point.  The porch was shaded and was close to the barbeque.  The rest of the day, we’d hang out by the water to stay cool. Lots of swimming, wading, splashing, floating on air mattresses.  Cold lemonade and sliced watermelon for snacks.  (The photo above is my grandparents’ front yard.)

Then in the evening we’d drive to Seattle and watch the fireworks over Green Lake. When our neighborhood all returned home from watching firework displays, the families gathered at the end of our little cul-de-sac and shot off our own fireworks. Mr Razor always had a welding torch handy for lighting the fireworks so we didn’t get to play with matches or lighters very often. lol

So how ’bout you?



Shaded Window Box

The new format of this blog is truly just a glimpse into my life.  So, here’s this week’s high adventure.

Someone who owned my home prior to me had the bright idea of putting a flower box on a window underneath the carport roof.  Never at any moment throughout the day (or even throughout the year) does that flower box get direct sunlight.

Over the years, I’ve tried to find ways to dress up the flower box.  Various holiday decorations worked temporarily.  I tried artificial flowers/plants, but they just looked … um … artificial. And who wants that?

One day, I was in the floral department of my local store and noticed the houseplants.  It dawned on me that houseplants often never get direct sunlight, so on a whim, I bought a collection of houseplants to put in my covered window box.

They actually survived year around … until I forgot to water them this past winter.  Poor little dried out plants.  I felt like a neglectful plant mama.  We rarely get hard freezes in the Seattle area, so they had survived the winter temps, but not the human-induced drought.

Well, this week, I restocked my covered flower box with house plants.  And I promised the dear little things that I would remember to water them throughout the year.  Fortunately, the flower box is right by my front step and I have to walk past it each time I go to my car.  So I should remember that they’re there and they need my care. But I can selectively see what I want — or don’t want — to see with great talent, so we’ll see.  😉

If you have a shaded window box, maybe try houseplants?

Here’s a photo of some of my new babies (and I noticed looking at this photo that I need to clean the wall and flower box front — so yes, this is a real glimpse into my real life, smudges and all):