Now that the holiday is over, we are settling into real lake life. Most of the tourists and boats have left (at least for the week) and while there are still boats on the lake, it is quieter. Slow mornings, lovely afternoons, evenings with Scrabble or a movie after the sun goes down. We've had some rain and the temperature is cooling for a few days.While I am first to admit that July 4 isn't my favorite holiday, it certainly has its charms, especially at the lake. For Rick, it included a bike ride...
...and cottage maintenance.
For me, a bit of painting (I'll share later), reading, swimming and walking. I saw my first Monarch of the season, which is always an occasion for a big smile!
The annual boat parade was a bit of a dud this year. Only about four or five boats decorated this year, and most didn't go as "all out" as last year. Ah, well.
I think I am all over the fireworks. We have a ringside seat, as they shoot them off from the park directly across the lake. They were fine, and years ago I would have thought they were very good. And I do love the reflections on the lake, highlighting the boats that gather in front of the park to watch them.
But this year the only word I could come up with to describe them was "redundant." I told Rick it was like reading "The Goldfinch" -- It could have used about 300 pages (or 30 minutes) of editing. (And after they were over we didn't see Lizzie for a full day or so, as she maintained her shelter in the linen closet or under the bed till dinner!)It made me wish that instead of just having a long program, they made it about 20 minutes and all like the finale. Which, I'm told, is what the fireworks in Japan are like -- very expansive and not this dribbling in of one or two, maybe three at a time, until the end.
As for me, my favorite light show is the one we see most evenings when the sun goes down.
There has been one big wrinkle in the holiday fun. We spent yesterday at first the Urgent Care, then the ER with Rick who mastered the fetal position in pain and nausea. After six hours or so, it turns out to be a massive kidney stone. A urology appointment is scheduled today with surgery likely. We may head home early or possibly have it done here. No photos. That felt a little too cruel, insult to injury. It wasn't a good day.
But I leave you with a happy memory from the Party Animal's third birthday party. Molly sent this to me after my earlier post.
Now, that's something to smile about!