A Picturesque Hodgepodge

Joyce asks the questions, and we provide the answers. See how others answered at From This Side of the Pond.

1. It's a big week in the US of A as we celebrate Independence Day. Do you have any special plans? How will you mark the day? BBQ? pool-lake-beach time? fireworks? homemade ice cream? If you're not an American you can tell us what's happening in your corner of the world on Thursday. 

I've got nothing planned at all. When the boys were small, we made sure they got their fireworks somewhere. That kind of fizzled out after we spent the holiday in DC. Once you see fireworks on the National Mall, you're ruined.

2. What's your favorite 'All-American' dessert? 

Ice Cream Sundae.

3. Does that patriotic feeling come easily to you, or are you having to work for it more these days? What's something that makes you proud to be a citizen of your country?  

It used to come really easy, but with everything that's going on, I'm feeling a little hopeless. Traveling the country and seeing how beautiful it is makes me proud to be an American. 

I felt pretty patriotic last year as we left Yellowstone and entered Grand Tetons National Park. I looked up and saw this:

4. Your favorite 'patriotic' movie? Favorite patriotic song? 

Independence Day is the first one that popped into my head. I'm sure I'll be slapping my forehead when I read everyone's answer to this question!  
America the Beautiful gets my eyes watering and my skin tingling. Especially this version (which I've played many times):
Carmen Dragon is the arranger. 1 of my brothers said Carmen is the father of "the Captain" of Captain & Tenille.

5. One simple pleasure on your July 'bucket list'? 

Visiting Holland, Michigan for the day. I know the tulips will be gone, but I've wanted to visit for a long time. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Last year on the 4th, CH & I embarked on what was to be our last adventure. I'm feeling a little melancholy; I really thought we'd have more adventures with Maeve Anne, but what memories CH gave me! I tried to get him to come home after we got to my sister's house in Missouri, but he insisted that we continue. I think he knew that would be our last trip together.
I think we took more selfies and had other people take our pictures on this trip than any other. And I'm so glad we did.
Cody, Wyoming
Devil's Tower, Wyoming
Yellowstone, Wyoming
Little Grand Canyon, Utah
Arches National Park, Utah
Montrose, Colorado
Turquoise Lake, Colorado


  1. So glad you have all those wonderful photos and memories of time spent together. I pray they are a comfort. I've never been to Michigan, but would like to see Traverse City and MacKinac Island someday. I don't know my Michigan geography...is Holland in that part of the state? Safe travels and enjoy the sites along the way!

  2. What a grand trip resulting in beautiful happy memories for you! I'm sure it's a great comfort. Holland MI is a place I'd really like to visit too, although I'm going to try to get there for tulips one year. Happy 4th!

  3. Wonderful selfies and precious memories. Happy 4th and happy July to you!

  4. I enjoyed your answers. Awww what memories of you and CH. Happy 4th

  5. It is a beautiful nation and so nice you have traveled to see so much!

  6. Yes, I would imagine that with the lights in DC. I've always wanted to see the ones in New York. I tape them but I haven't watched them yet. I agree with you, our country is a little hopeless right now. Yes, our parks are definitely worth seeing. I love Independence Day. I still watch it from time to time. ((HUGS)) I love the photos your shared from your trip CH. You are right, we need to take more selfies. We never do!!!


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