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Thankful

May we always have a reason for big smiles. If not, let’s remember the occasions where we did.

Independence Day

(I took this photograph years ago as part of a project that fell through. It’s colors are not as vibrant as they are during the month of July, but I still like it)

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably had a headache since January 20, 2017.  The POTUS Tweets and minute-to-minute commentary by the media has made me turn my TV off and close my social media accounts. And that is a GREAT thing. I’m shocked  by Americans who waste precious time writing their long rants on Facebook and fighting with strangers online. That helps NO ONE and, quite frankly, is embarrassing! What has happened to us? I’m not one who cares about appearances, but I often what other countries think of us. I do hope they realize not all of us are the same. Not all of us are disrespectful, ungrateful and greedy humans. Some of us are very thankful for our freedom (like the ability for me to used this platform to say whatever I feel like saying!) Read this article about a blogger arrested in Vietnam for expressing her opinion on the government:

Blogger Arrested

Lucky me! I can say what I want and not fear being arrested. Wow. Take a minute to digest that. And that is possible because lots of people before us were brave enough to fight for it whether on paper or in person. Thank YOU. THANK YOU!

 

Herbs & such 

Planned some of our holiday meals around the garden. Too bad our tomatoes were not ready yet..

And too bad basil isn’t blue or I’d have a patriotic treat!

 

Juniper Hill Cemetery

I have lived in this small town for 35 years and never have I been able to take the walking tour of Juniper Hill Cemetery until today. I have walked through it many, many times and was never really able to see it all (or know it all!) I was so delighted to hear about the rich history (of the residents and the TREES). Our tour guide  Chris Fletcher was very knowledgeable and a great guide. Bristol is so rich with history. One can never stop learning!