Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Finally - Celebrating the 4th of July

We had a quiet morning after I got the trailer back in order and put away the clothes Kara had laundered for me. In an RV everything needs to be in its place or it gets messy really quick. That's where mine was when I woke up in the morning after our company.

Ted and Jay kept driving around the loops looking for firewood left by departing campers. We're waiting for Jay's neighbor to leave because he had a 1/2 cord delivered, then they left for a good part of the weekend and didn't use much. They were supposed to leave yesterday but didn't. The stalking continues as more campers leave today.

In the afternoon we were all invited to Kelly's. Jay & Stella wanted to stop at Best Buy and we had to stop at Hollywood Market so we drove separately. Kelly's yard and house looked very nice with all the flowers blooming. A friend John and his mother Ellen visiting from New York were there as well as Pat's parents Ed and Lou. We've known them for over 25 years. He is 87 and she is 82. They will be married 60 years in October and are planning a big party. It was a nice group.

Ted and I got to see the recording of Ally's dance recital. We were disappointed we didn't get to attend this year but the family reunion stood in the way. There was no video of her dancing at Disney. Jay and Stella were good sports and watched quietly with us. It was just snippets of several dances so it really didn't run on too long.

Patrick grilled chicken and we had potato salad, broccoli salad, fruit salad, Waldorf salad and deviled eggs. Kara made two apple pies and they were well received by the troops. Sam and Morgan were busy all day in the basement with the Wii.

We were still celebrating birthdays since the 4th is Allen's so there was singing and a few more exchanges of gifts. We had a good laugh over the card I gave Patrick last year. I bring cards with me when we travel and last year the only one I had left by 7/7 was a white kitten with pink flowers. Later he had asked Allen, "um, did you get sort of a strange birthday card from Mom this year?" I made sure he had an appropriate one this year!

When we arrived home Jay came right over and Ted walked away with him so I knew something was wrong. Jay has an auxiliary tank that holds 100 gallons of diesel fuel and it was leaking. He wanted to offload some to Ted to get the level below the leak. We took about 10 gallons but that wasn't enough. He approached another fellow who took another 10 gallons and that seemed to do it. (We both paid Jay for the fuel.) The sheriff came by because he had followed the leak into the park. They reported back to whomever that the source had been found and it was fixed. He gave them the name of a place in Rochester to take it to this morning. I hope they can get it fixed quickly. Watching $4 a gallon fuel flow out the tailgate is not a pretty sight.

We built a fire but there were no marshmallows for us grown-ups. Jay went home first and I came in second. Soon after Stella left and Ted came in. It's been a terrific 4th of July holiday for us because we were able to spend it with family and good friends. I hope everyone else had a great holiday too.

A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful.” ~ William Arthur Ward

1 comment:

Carol said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration. Now you can take some time to rest (but knowing you, that will be the last thing you will do!) Just have fun and enjoy your time with family and friends!