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July 6, 2015

Holiday Weekend Came and Went too Fast!

Ahh it was over too fast.

I got the table clean and cushions all put out.  Since we're alone so much we usually only put out a couple of cushions- this looks much better!  We had perfect mid to upper 70's weather, dry and no rain.

I wanted to share with you about this new votive candle ring for umbrellas that I discovered at Pier 1 Imports.  They carry it in brass at the store but it's also available in white from their web site.  I liked it a lot better and the gal ordered it from the store and I got free shipping!

It can be added or taken away so easily because of the hinge and latch assembly. Smart!

Our daughter was on her way up to visit on Friday morning.  I sent Dan off for a couple of extra groceries and to get some strawberries from a local farm stand.  Boy these were/are incredible!  I froze up 5 quarts and we ate one! The smell was amazing!

 I spent a little too much time in the kitchen but we had plenty of food to munch on so that was good!  I made potato salad, pasta salad, baked beans, a peach dump cake and apple pie!  Dan grilled, hot dogs, burgers and chicken.

It was good!  

We had an impromptu visit from the neighbors which was great!
 My daughter Chelsea on the left, her friend Britt on the right and boyfriend Matt.  Britt's father Tom in the white and hubby on the left in blue.  Britt's Mom and I sat in the other two chairs and caught up on stuff!

Our area is well known for it's tart cherry production and they have the National Cherry Festival each year around the July 4th holiday time.  The US Air Force Thunderbirds were part of the air show put on Saturday and Sunday.  What's real fun is when they fly off to return from one of their performances they go over our area several times.  It's very exciting to hear the loud thunderous sound they make!  Sweet cherries have just started coming in and they sell them by the cup full for people to enjoy while walking around.  

There was a antique car show on Sunday afternoon.  My daughter was invited to sit in the dark red one (above in the other collage) called the Mainline by Ford.  You can just see her sitting behind the steering wheel!

It came and went too fast.  
Teddy was thrilled because we had the windows opened.   The evenings cooled into the 60's and felt wonderful at night.

I feel fulfilled but sad that's it's over- I guess that's how it goes when you have a good time!

I hope you all had a good weekend too!

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  1. WOW. You did celebrate in full and amazing mode.
    So glad you enjoyed so much it was over before you noticed it.
    I bet your guests and party goers thought the same too as you have a delightful home and garden that invite to lounge and appreciate it.
    I love the candle ring. If out of the umbrella is a striking piece. Good for you to have purchased it.

  2. I have been to TC more times than I can count and love it, but have never gone during the Cherry Festival. I think I prefer the quieter TC without all the crowds - I do love the cherries though!

  3. Liz,
    You all did have a marvelous time, you captured it perfectly in your photos and oh your food looked so good!
    I so enjoy traditional outdoor cooking fare-this was an all American 4th of July celebration for sure.
    We kept it low key-not having a home and all(that sounds horrible doesn't it-hehehe!) Well, you know what I mean, so we took yet another picnic to the homesite and enjoyed it all.
    Happy Monday to you!

  4. Your deck and yard look like such an inviting place to pass the time with friends and family! Glad Teddy got a sniff of the fresh outdoors. Cute photo!

  5. Glad you had a wonderful time Liz! Love that Pier 1 find too! I just opened up my patio as well and I'm lovin' being outside!

  6. Oh wow, this sounds like a perfect holiday.

  7. Your food is making me HUNGRY!! We picked strawberries from a farm recently. My girls thought they did not like strawberries, but now they do if they are from a farm. I love your new candleholder. Your family and friend get together looks nice. We used to have a cat named Teddy also. Your Teddy is so cute. Joni

  8. Hi Liz, oh what a wonderful setting in your yard with friends and family. The strawberries look so delicious and the gorgeous plate of food has me hungry for sure. Love the dishes and the candle ring is really a treasure. You always inspire my friend. Hugs, cm

  9. Liz,
    Your patio looks amazing, dear friend!!!
    Your menu sounds delicious!!!
    I enjoy an Air Show and my men would love the Cars!!!
    Sounds like a memorable weekend, indeed!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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