Happy Fourth of July!

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78 Responses to “Happy Fourth of July!”

  1. Kat
    7:52 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy Independence Day, America!
    And Happy Birthday to me me me!

  2. dawson
    8:25 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy birthday to America and to Kat.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:30 am on July 4th, 2015

    Good morning, Kat and early Dawson and for Kat:Whoo hoo, yodel, howl!
    Love the dog cloud, looks a bit like Blondie running.
    Have an independent 4th!
    P.S. BSD and Masquers, like y’all, we will have no city fireworks tonight but for the opposite reason…rain, Rain, RAIN. Fine by us 🙂

  4. Herd of Hounds
    8:47 am on July 4th, 2015

    Staff and Dawson, thank you for the moth article and video last night 🙂

  5. BearSpiritDog
    8:55 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy Birthday America & to Our Kat!!!

    Rain. Oh Dog, if only! Temps are Sweltering Here as far as the eye can see.

  6. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:05 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy Fourth of July to Everyone. Beautiful day here, sunny, quiet and will get to the lower 80s. We have had our walks, Barb is showered and ready for a piece of melon to start the day.

    We looked at the moth picture last night, and actually thought it was quite beautiful. I don’t think it will hurt you, Rio.

  7. bluecat
    9:10 am on July 4th, 2015

    The post picture reminds me of “O beautiful for spacious skies”. America. America.

    Happy 4th of July Everybody.

  8. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:13 am on July 4th, 2015

    Oh, and I love the clouds. It really does look like a running dog with its mouth open, and ear flapping in the wind.

  9. dawson
    9:19 am on July 4th, 2015

    Oh sure, Murphy.
    It doesn’t rain for a month and now it has to start?!

    Really, it is only sprinkling and hopefully will stop in the next hour. Otherwise I may take it as a sign that I better put all those books right back on the shelves where they belong.

  10. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:20 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy birthday to my Dear Niece Kat!

    Dawson, if you’re selling White Wings I’d like to buy it.

  11. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:54 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy Birthday Kat. Is this an honorary birthday, due to your independence?

  12. B.Stover
    9:57 am on July 4th, 2015

    Happy Fourth and I love that cloud.

    Good morning all.

  13. B.Stover
    9:57 am on July 4th, 2015

    And Happy Birthday Kat!

  14. Diane C.
    10:07 am on July 4th, 2015

    Good Morning to All, Happy Birthday USA and Kat.
    I also love the cloud, but am wondering about that black ramp that seems to drop off into nothingness. Can anyone tell me what it is?

  15. Staff
    10:08 am on July 4th, 2015

    M’Pop’s and Loulou’s Mom. I know for a fact that she will not sell White Wings. She just doesn’t swing that way. I am quite sure she has many more books in the house that are not being sold.

    In the middle of the night I thought of Rio’s friends new pet and wondered if it wasn’t a Praying Mantis? They eat their husbands you know. Snicker

  16. Staff
    10:09 am on July 4th, 2015

    Maybe I should say they eat their mates. Sounds better. And I don’t think they marry.


  17. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:22 am on July 4th, 2015

    Do you think the cloud picture has been tampered with a little? I mean, the dog even has an eye.

    Just finished The Other Woman and now starting The Wrong Girl, both by Hank P. Ryan, and recommended by W & T’s Dad. Good reading.

  18. Wose-the small and meek
    10:33 am on July 4th, 2015


    Happy Birthday to America, and to this here blog’s lovely redhead, Kat. Kat, I hope you get all the attention that you deserve, and that an ice cream cake is involved.

    Great day at Hyde Park yesterday! Grizz took some great pictures with his new cell phone. I will try to post some later.

    Not only do I love the cloud dog up above, I really love today’s GOOGLE doodle!

    Wishing youse all a fun, happy, and safe Fourth of July!

  19. Herd of Hounds
    10:36 am on July 4th, 2015

    Looks like this here blog isn’t the only place with corking otters!

  20. Kat
    11:54 am on July 4th, 2015

    I went to Jen & Jessie’s ice cream parlor with Momma and Dad last night, to celebrate. The rest of my pack had to stay home. 🙂
    Momma says my birthday was around now, so a Kat Independence Day sounded like the way to go. It was decided that my birthday would coincide with America’s birthday.

  21. Herd of Hounds
    11:56 am on July 4th, 2015

    Lucky Kat! Well, after all, you are red white and blue, aren’t you?

  22. dawson
    12:52 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Curse this illiterate town!

    1st customer: 75 cents
    2nd customer: (a couple): $15.00
    3rd customer: $1.50
    4th customer: (Mom and son) 00.00
    5th customer: bought all the Nancy Drew’s (10) for $2.50

    Total so far: $19.75
    Hardly worth getting up at 5 in the morning. I think I have to look at this as part of my exercise program. Lifting

    MP’s & LL’s Mom: Of course White Wings is not for sale. None of Dan Montague’s, Spencer Abraham’s or Alexander McCall Smith’s books are for sale.

  23. bluecat
    1:03 pm on July 4th, 2015

    MP’s & LL’s Mom – Alibris has copies of White Wings. Maybe you hoped for a signed one, though?

  24. Herd of Hounds
    1:06 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Mom wanted us to tell y’all that we had a visitor to the garden yesterday. Mom says she just stopped by to check on things.

  25. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    1:07 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Regarding the Ryan books I am reading, if you like Lisa Scottoline, you will like these.

    Dawson, Wouldn’t you be better off, money wise, to donate them and take a tax deduction?

  26. dawson
    1:13 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Barb, M&L: Looks like that is what I will be doing later on today.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    1:27 pm on July 4th, 2015

    OMD! Dawson! You Sold 10 Nancy Drew Books for…any price? sniff.

  28. Herd of Hounds
    1:32 pm on July 4th, 2015

    BSD, mom has #2-15 of the Nancy Drews (newer yellow copies). Let her know if you want.

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:53 pm on July 4th, 2015

    BANG!….BOOOOOM! BOOOOOO!!! BOOOM! – till 2 in the morning last night…yeeep!…Happy freakin’ fourth of July…grump!

  30. BooBear
    2:14 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Happy 4th and Happy Birthday, Kat.

    Mom continues to be a slug. So for this holiday weekend, she has read 2 books! She is hoping no one calls with an invite she can’t turn down. She already turned down 2 so she could just relax.

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:22 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Shopping!…My friend hates to shop and she especially hates to shop for sh-oes…sniff!….But her walking shoe-s are not comfortable anymore so she was desperate. Luckily, she went out to find new tennis sho-es right when the big ole parade was going on downtown and so there was NO ONE around. It was incredible because she found two pairs for the price of one and now will not have to shop for sh-oes again for at least 5 years….heh!heh!…Oh and she still wears grandma’s sh-oes to work. They look brand new after a touch of polish…snuffle!

  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:23 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Chrome!…I am once again attempting to download chrome…sniff!..How long does this take for pete’s sake?….grumble!

  33. Queen Tupper and Court Jester Gilly
    2:24 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Greetings all.
    Dawson – we understand. It is so hard to get rid of books, but there is just only so much room in any house.
    There are some series that we simply can’t part with – Agatha, Elizabeth Peters, Elliot Roosevelt and Spencer Quinn to name but a few. Other books we pick up at our local recycling center for free, or at Salvation Army. That way we can let them go.

    Mama has been working on a project all day. When it’s dry enough to move, she will take a picture.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    2:31 pm on July 4th, 2015


  35. Herd of Hounds
    2:50 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Rio, 2am? Wow, even the hillbillies here stopped at 1am. Tonight will be families in “the hood” since the cities have cancelled.

  36. Masquers
    2:55 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Not too many fireworks here last night because the fire danger is at high.

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:04 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Wimbledon!….snort!…Murray taking a injury break just like his opponent did earlier. Murray started losing after that break – so now he is taking a break in hopes of breaking the spell…chorkle!

  38. Herd of Hounds
    3:16 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Rio, taking a break to break the break? Did we get that correct?

  39. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:26 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Barb bought a “new” sofa at a resale shop the other day. Josh delivered it to the garage and it has been sitting there for 3 days, waiting to get moved into the house. Today two neighbors asked Barb is she did upholstery or if she was building a “woman cave” in the garage. LOL

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:33 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Barb!…I will sit with you in your garage on your old couch….snort!…But I can’t leave my yard especially on the Fourth of July…gruffle!

  41. BearSpiritDog
    4:06 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Hounds, Nana says Thanks for the Offer, but she suspects it would be too costly to send.
    And, the same goes thought goes out to the Awesome One.
    Nana says Yard Sales S***

  42. BearSpiritDog
    4:07 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Where is that Edit Button when you need it. Sigh.

  43. BearSpiritDog
    4:09 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Rio: As you know, we Here are watching Mr. Robot also. We especially Like the Lead Actor.

  44. Tupper's Mama
    4:26 pm on July 4th, 2015

    So – on a rainy day, we needed a project. While at the Smithsonian American Indian museum, we were intrigued by the beadwork of the Great Lakes area Nations. There was a t-shirt in the gift shop, but in miniature sizes.
    So, we wanted to see what we could do.

  45. BearSpiritDog
    4:35 pm on July 4th, 2015


  46. BearSpiritDog
    4:36 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Royal Mum: Are these For Sale?

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Rami!…Malek, the lead actor in Mr. Robot, was in a Gilmore Girls episode…heh!heh!….I am having a hard time imagining that…snort!

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Bear!…Have youse guys seen the 2nd episode yet?….wheeze!

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:51 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Golinka!….Very kool new project you have there! Yes indeedy!…snort!

  50. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:52 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Love the art work, T & G’s mama.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    4:58 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Rio: Which Episode of the Gilmore Girls? Do you remember>

  52. BearSpiritDog
    4:59 pm on July 4th, 2015

    We watched the 2nd Mr. Robot but may have to Watch Again.

  53. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:06 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Ending!…Did you see the ending? ….snort!snort!

  54. Herd of Hounds
    5:36 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Is this MG?

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:15 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Hot!…It is very hot out and we are now downstairs watching “Six Degrees of Separation”…heh!…I love this old movie with Will Smith, but have not seen it in years and years!…snort!…What a great movie.

  56. Queen Tupper and Court Jester Gilly
    6:41 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Thank you all for the positive comments on Mama’s little painting project. She is not planning to sell shirts like this – she spent hours and hours doing this, and since silk screened t-shirts are a dime-a-dozen at most shows, it wouldn’t be practical. But she just wanted to try it for fun.

    Speaking of movies, we have been watching the marathon running of Will Smith’s “Independence Day”. We love that movie. Everyone in it is just perfect.

  57. c.hobbit
    7:04 pm on July 4th, 2015

    No fireworks last night which was great considering Sadie is hard enough to deal with without adding three cats to the mix.

    Light rain today. I am grilling shis-ka-bobs, making potato salad and enjoying watermelon. A low key but happy forth.

    I have watched Robot but have not yet gotten hooked on it.

  58. dawson
    7:43 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: I love your painted blouse! The bright colours remind me of an embroidered Guatamalan blouse that Mom gave me years ago.

    I think I would like I, Robot, but I am not getting it on my tv. I am getting less and less enamored of the programming that I get and unwilling to spend another cent on crappy programs. Basically, the tv is off because there is nothing worth watching on.

    I took about 7 boxes of books back inside the house, sob, and about 20 boxes of books to the Historical Society, sob.

    Then I went to the library and they had a Donna Ball, Raine Stockton book for me, hooray!

  59. Staff
    8:16 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Good job on the books DAwson. I bet you have a lot more room in the house with all those books gone. Mr.Staff and I took down the 15 feet of bookcases in the ‘spare’ bedroom and boxed them up. We now have them on 6 feet of bookcases in the corner of the room. Along with some other items (spare sewing machines,yarn and much misc. It is amazing how much lighter it is in that room.

    Today was a travel day. I am visiting Dad overnight and then doing errands tomorrow and then going to the dentist and returning home on Monday. A whirlwind visit.

  60. Herd of Hounds
    8:24 pm on July 4th, 2015

    No city fireworks but the local yokels are starting up. We are hiding for a bit!

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on July 4th, 2015

    BBQ!…We were all enjoying the quiet evening out on the patio and then the neighbors started their BBQ fire pit…heh!heh!..It got so smokey all the mosquitos left, but we could not breath. So we came in and now I smell like a campfire…grunt!…My friend loves that smell so I do not fear a bath in my near future…snorkel!…She smells like one too!…chuffle!

  62. Staff
    8:46 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Smoke! I had to travel all day in smoke from the Canadian fires. The farm is full of it and so is Minnesota. It has been this way for over a week. It looks cloudy out and there is no sun but really it is just smoke filtering out the sun. We have been warned it is bad for our health. Grump.

    And our dryer conked out and a new one won’t be delivered util the then of July so we are hanging out our clothing in the smokey air. Grump again!

  63. Staff
    8:47 pm on July 4th, 2015

    The END of July. That was not autocorrect. That was just fumble fingers.

  64. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:51 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Safe travels, Staff. Hope your dad is in good spirits.

    We here are watching the History channel, Sons of Liberty.

  65. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:05 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Staffie, those fires are reaching us, but just in a haze in the air.

  66. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    9:15 pm on July 4th, 2015

    This is a great weekend. Sammie’s family went to the Berkshires. But yesterday their dryer broke so Sammie arrived with a load of wet wash. Tomorrow I drop off Sammie, Loulou and a basket of dry clothes at Sammie’s house (they’ll be home soon) and I go to my ski slope home for a Blood, Sweat and Tears concert.

  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Mollys-Maw!…Let me guess, you are an optimist, right?…heh!heh!….You always see the laundry basket half-full instead of empty?…snorkel!

  68. Herd of Hounds
    9:41 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Laundry basket half full is good but a BS&T concert is better. Is David Clayton Thomas still the lead singer?

  69. Herd of Hounds
    9:50 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Apparently he still is and M’pop&luLu’s mom is in for a wonderful evening!

  70. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:54 pm on July 4th, 2015

    I loved BS&T back in the day.

  71. dawson
    9:54 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Another category of books that has been untouched is the cookbooks. Hundreds of them. Sob. Such beautiful pictures of food in those books!

    Molly’s and Loulou’s Mom: Blood, Sweat and Tears? Enjoy the concert.

  72. BooBear
    10:16 pm on July 4th, 2015

    It appears the baby bird is gone. Don’t know what happened but no remains were found indicating the cats got him. The momma bird was out there this morning singing up a storm, but Mom didn’t check on the baby then. She didn’t want to get him all stirred up where he jumped out of the nest again. This evening she peeked in the basket when she was refilling the hummingbird feeders but he was not there. Sigh!

  73. Martha
    10:24 pm on July 4th, 2015

    I think Zoe has a number of the White Wings books. Do not buy any yet.
    Golinka, beautiful shirt. Is it just paint, or do I see some beading as well?
    My friend from Maryland, my nephew McKey, and I went to the big parade today. My older son was playing the drum for the Berkshire Highlanders. That was great but it was raining, so as soon as his group went by we went over and played with Hazel.

  74. Herd of Hounds
    10:27 pm on July 4th, 2015

    And isn’t Hazel Elizabeth a treat?

  75. Queen Tupper and Court Jester Gilly
    10:48 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Martha – the shirt is just paint. With some judicious placement of glitter and sparkle, in a hat tip to Belle Starr.
    Saw the clip of the pipe and drum on FB. Very wonderful.

    MPM – did Sammie’s family go to the Berkshires to see James Taylor by any chance. We know he performs at Tanglewood every July 4th.

    Thank goodness the local yahoos went away for the holiday weekend this year. So wherever they are, we hope they are enjoying blowing stuff up.
    We are enjoying the silence!

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on July 4th, 2015

    Silence!…No silence here…grump!..The BOOMING and BANGING and SHRIEKING is growing louder by the moment…snuffle!…There are a lot of interesting things down here under the big bed..yes, there are…guffle!!wheeze!…I think I am stuck!…gah!

  77. dawson
    12:06 am on July 5th, 2015
  78. c.hobbit
    12:27 am on July 5th, 2015

    Dawson: cool clouds!

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