Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2nds

Today I started going through my old blog posts from last year and saw that I posted on the 4th then as well.  I had to chuckle in that, for the most part, I could have written it today.

(Last year's post, click here)

I'm still dealing with the crazy hunting dog who hates fireworks and we brought in the travel crate again last night to finally sequester him so he wouldn't hurt himself or our home.  He isn't one to be swaddled or put into a thunder jacket but this sure beat him trying to dig through our floors to get into his foxhole.  I cannot wait until my neighborhood, which started early this year with fireworks, works through its inventory and depletes it all!

But it's really cool to see that this is my year for some 2nds of things.

2nd 4th of July, probably ever since I was 18, with no alcohol
2nd 4th of July, with no kids.  :-(  Feeling a bit sad but that is normal.
2nd 4th of July, with no plans.  No BBQs, no beach, no crowds an no plans for drinking!

And I'm having that same feeling of "can't unwind" even though I have nothing planned.  Hubby and I are sort of wandering around lost.  I finally sent him off by himself which he is fine with.  Having him restless around the house is more annoying sometimes than being alone, lol!

I have lots to do.  About to go take a swim for exercise, need to pay bills, some laundry to do and I am in the middle of a good book.

I think next year I will plan something but this summer is a quiet one.  It's the first summer I really haven't had a true vacation of any sort planned for years.  I normally have at least 1 or 2 weeks of something and then we always go west to my hometown beach for a week.  We will still do the beach trip but the rest is quiet.  It's a good summer for reflection, for calm, and for self-care.

I've been working out regularly, watching my diet and experimenting on the cooking side.  I've spent a lot of quality time with the hubby since we are kid-less right now and that's been really nice but I think we are getting bored with each other - lol!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a terrific 4th.  If you are drinking, try not to drink too much, and if you don't want to drink, try to work through it.  You'll feel better for doing so, I promise! And...you can always drink tomorrow....BUT, if you live in the USA and get through something as momentous as today without drinking, you may just find that tomorrow you don't need to drink either after getting this holiday under your belt.....food for thought.

HD

8 comments:

  1. This is my first 4th of July with no plans at all. Mainly because I just recently stopped drinking and going anywhere would be hard, as all the family/friend parties involve alcohol. My husband and daughter both have to go to work tomorrow, I don't, so they stayed home with me. We made our own special foods and enjoyed the fireworks in our neighborhood, which as of 10pm are still going on...but I'm okay, as I didn't drink! Happy 4th to you HD.

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    1. I didn't drink either. Had a good craving about 5pm. Funny how that happens. I said "gosh I really want wine" out loud to the hubby. He steered me toward the Cadbury. I still don't like using chocolate as a crutch but it worked. Time to figure out the diet and sugar issue....

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  2. Happy 4th. Being an expat, I barely register the date anymore, but I did make a red and blue berry salad for dinner last night- small victories. Glad you made it through another one sober. Btw- what type of dog- we have a Vizsla puppy (3 months) and while she hasn't realized yet that she should be hunting something, she is crazy terrified of well..... everything. xx

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    1. Vizsla's are awesome. We have a Pointer who is supposed to be a gun dog and freaks about fireworks. Shook so much his travel crate was practically moving across the floor on its own. And a lab who just looked at the Pointer like he was an idiot. So glad last night is over, I'm pooped!

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  3. Glad you are going well. A god book is the best! Your poor dog with the fireworks, it really freaks them out doesn't it. Its good having the blog to read back on, to see how much has changed (or hasn't changed) :)

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    1. Yep, a bit telling to reread the blog. I just re-read my post from July 5th last year and it blew me away. So glad to have those points of reference. Still the same arguments going on in my head!

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  4. Sounds like a lovely relaxing time. We took our dog out on the boat, he was shocked into a panic by fireworks, and then we took him home and gave him his doggie xanax. Sounds a lot like your holiday.

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    1. Yep, poor things, gotta feel for them, they can't understand.

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