Monday, July 5, 2010

It's A Grand Old Fourth and "Research" Fun

Hope everyone enjoyed all the bing, bang, and boom of fireworks this past weekend. From what I’ve heard from various friends, outside picnic tables were groaning from all the food with lots of laughter and family fun.

My mom had a swimming/BBQ party on Saturday. My mom had 6 boys and 3 girls. All but three have children—at least two or more, except me, with one. My mom has eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Even a small family gathering, meaning not all her children, is a big thing. So we tend to do potluck and since we never know for sure who will bring friends—especially the younger generation—we tend to bring extra. We only had a small group; twenty but had enough food to have fed easily twice that amount. We Celts are big on family, food, music, and fun. We had all that as per usual. No fireworks, but plenty of everything else.

I had a ball in the pool with the littlest of our clan, my 7-month-old grandniece, Nikki, who thinks she’s part fish. *eyeroll. I spent most of the time trying to keep her face out of the water. Good luck with that. She wanted to do what big sissy, two and a half year old Joss was doing or she wanted to get to great grandma, or my son, Jake. Nikki watched him swim under water grab his aunt; Nikki’s grandmother and I saw that measuring look in her eyes. Ohhh no you don’t you little mer-baby. She wanted to though. Teach me to read aloud from Judi Fennell’s Mer books when she was a tiny thing.

My husband had planned to take our son and I to a big firework display, but my son opted to stay down with his cousins. They live within walking distance of Skyfire, one of the biggest firework shows in their county, held at the local airport. So we decided to stay home. Not that I missed out on fireworks. I may live in the middle of nowhere, or as I call it, out beyond the back forty, but I have neighbors within a mile radius that do some awesome fire power every year. All I have to do is go out in the yard, pull up a chair and watch the three pyro-neighbors try to outdo each other. At this rate, I’m going to start selling tickets, lol! My horses are not thrilled with all the noise, even as far away as the neighboring ranches are, and tend to stay up in the home pasture. Poor babies.

Writing? Pffft. Not this weekend, but I’m jumping into it the rest of the week.

  • So, how was your weekend? C’mon, share some stories. :-)

Help me ease my conscience so I can pass off all the activities, more than listed here, as research. Yeah, that’s what it was, a research weekend.

Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :-D

Thank you for the Award, Hawk!

  • This week: Will be announcing winners of Kathryne Kennedy's, Fire Lord's Lover.
See my Review of Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary.
  • I have a friend I'll be interviewing with regard promotion styled contests.

  • Friday, I have Debut erotic romance author, Kilt Kilpatrick. He should be fun.


Tonya Kappes said...

Sounds like you had a nice weekend. We went to the lake and took the boat out. They have fireworks on the dock every year and it's become a tradition.
You have some great guests coming up!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Tonya, I love fireworks on the water. Being on a boat and watching makes it feel like you're in your own special world. :-)

Lisa K. said...

Sounds like a nice weekend, Sia. I spent the bulk of Saturday puppy-sitting and swimming (two of my favorite things), and then spent the 4th with my brother and sister-in law eating homemade pizza and watching end-of-the-world movies. Okay, so not a traditional 4th, but we're not really traditional folks! And we did go down to the river to see the fireworks!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Bet they were grand to walk on the Hudson!

VA said...

Rollerblade of Doom. Went down midafternoon for a spin and forgot that the way-past-partying crowd would be totally smashed by that time. Needless to say I witnessed some cringe-worthy events that someone will be regretting today when they take at look at themselves.

Grilling and chatting with our widower friend while others partied at another BBQ. Overall, a lovely time.

Houston A.W. Knight said...

Hey Sweetie,

You're very welcome! I hope you had a great 4th of July!


Kat Sheridan said...

Sounds as if you had a grand time, Sia! I'm just hanging out in the pool, and living on traditonal summer foods--potato salad and watermelon! And not writing--I have no discipline at all when the sun is shining and the pool is 85 degrees!

~Sia McKye~ said...

I probably have little discipline either in those circumstances. ;-)