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The Flavors of Summer

Cancelled Cookout Causes Crying Jag

Collage of fireworks and some of the gang seated around the table on the patio.
Fireworks and Chillin’ on the Patio

Don’t you just love the smell of food cooking on the grill? As soon as I catch a whiff of a fired up grill anywhere in the vicinity my mouth begins to water.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken, baked beans, grilled corn on the cob, and even grilled pound cake were only a few of the menu items at the cookout. There was a massive amount of excellent  food!!

My plans for yesterday, the 4th of July, were uncertain. According to our weather forecasters it was supposed to be a rather crappy day but then something pleasantly unexpected happened – it got nice, really nice.

The text said “pick you up at 3:30,” my text response “ok.”

Prior to getting this text I was having a little pity party. You see, two of my sons were working, the third son was MIA, I hadn’t connected with any of my friends, and I was bored to tears.

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I mean it was a holiday for crying out loud. It comes around the same time each, and every single year, for the past 54 years of my life but for some unknown reason this year it caught me off guard.

“Yes, yes, yes,” I break out into spontaneous singing and start dancing around, scaring Mollie in the process. “Ooh, ooh, what am I going to wear?” “Wait it’s a cookout, it’s hot, it’s gotta be shorts.”

Melon & White

I’m good with just about any color on the red spectrum. From a deep burgundy to lighter corals and oranges, I’ve always been drawn to these colors.

Melon & White

In the pictures included with today’s post I am wearing a sleeveless white small print top with melon shorts, hat, and black embellished sandals. Following are the descriptions:

  • Crepe Geo Print Pleat Neck Shell | Ann Taylor – Light, airy v-neck top with pleats at the neckline. As I mentioned above it is white with a delicate navy print.  I wore this top tucked into the shorts.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt Margo Twill Utility Shorts | Kohl’s – I mentioned these shorts (got them in several different colors) in my post, A Day In The Park. The twill fabric is lightweight and they come cuffed with a tab on the outer side of each leg. These particular shorts in the photos are melon colored.
  • Nike Hat (old) | Macy’s – The ball cap has the Nike swoosh and is also melon colored.
  • Bandolino Acherly Sandals (old) | 6pm.com – Flat black sandals with a hint of shimmering copper. The banded open toe has intricate beaded detailing that subtly sparkles when the light hits them just right. The back-zip ankle closure envelopes the foot in cozy comfort.
  • Straw Clutch (old) | DSW – Navy and natural striped clutch with a silver turnkey closure. This is a small bag but it’s big enough to carry my Galaxy Note 4, lip color and keys. It even has a silver chain for those times I want to carry it like a handbag or over my shoulder.
  • Accessories (very old) – These were kept simple. I wore silver drop earrings, chain and colored glass stone bracelet, and two stacked rings.

To Grill or Not to Grill

The day before my cousin, Charese, called to ask if I’d like to come to a cookout either on the 4th or the 5th depending on the weather. Because of the dire predictions for the 4th I woke up in the morning and wrote off the day as yet another wash and planned to catch up on some outstanding projects.

As luck would have it, as the morning progressed the sky started clearing, the sun began to peep through and it seemed like I was bit premature in my original assessment. So when I received the text at 1:30 I was thrilled.

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Wes, (Charese’s hubby) was manning the grill (a task he takes very seriously, I mean he timed the meat down to the nano second). But his dedication paid off because he did an absolutely superb job that resulted in pure ambrosia.

What I like most about cookouts is the relaxed atmosphere and camaraderie. A couple of neighboring good friends of Charese and Wes, their son, Chase and his buddy Josh rounded out the group.

Listening to Chase and Josh with some good music playing in the background proved to be excellent entertainment. Chase and Josh are magnificent storytellers who regaled us with tales of their experiences, and some antics, from their time in the service. In a word – hilarious!! I laughed so hard that later in the evening I was hoarse.

Not a word was mentioned about going to fireworks but there was no need to worry because the folks in the plan where Charese and Wes live put on a show that rivaled a few major fireworks. What made it even better was how they would fire them off from different areas within the plan.

What began as a gloomy, miserable day was not a good indicator for how the day would eventually end. We couldn’t have asked for a better 4th of July.

What did you do on the 4th?

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  ~Elmer Davis

3 thoughts on “The Flavors of Summer

  1. A great holiday! I love the scent of food grilling, too. Now, where’s some pound cake…

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