We were cleaning out the garage this weekend and pulled out all the fishing gear to see what needs cleaning, what needs fixing, and what needs to be replaced. We are still planning out little fishing trip to Nickajack Lake in August, unless gas goes over $4 a gallon. We have cut back on a lot of things because the cost of gas has gotten so high, and I would be saddened to have to give up our summer camping trip, too.
So look who we caught in our net! Such a rascal!
Our neighbors have grandchildren who come to visit several times each year, and their favorite visit is on the Fourth of July. The children buy fireworks from the roadside vendors and bring them over to our neighbor’s house. After a barbeque for the whole family, the children set up viewing chairs on the front lawn and then go about setting off the collection of fireworks in the driveway.
We have a wonderful view from our front porch, as well as an occasional glimpse of the big fireworks display that is put on every year downtown. When the big downtown fireworks go high enough to clear the tree tops on our street, it is a very pretty sight for all of us. The best part is that others are paying for the fireworks and dealing with the mess. We just sit on the porch and reap the rewards from their efforts!
We used to go downtown and sit on the riverbanks to watch the show, but lately I haven’t felt up to dealing with the crowds. The city has grown so much these past 10 years or so, that the crowds are much larger for the downtown events. It means finding a convenient parking space is that much harder, we have to walk much farther to get to the river banks from the parking lot, and now they charge $10 for “special event” parking rates. Just 10 years ago there was all the free parking you could ever want. Now you have to pay at least $5 for every trip downtown. I don’t like that one bit!