I suspect that I am like much of the nation in that I didn't get much sleep last night, and yet, off I go to work this morning. Right now, I feel O.K.--will I still say that by 3 or 4 this afternoon?
One reason why I didn't get much sleep was that we took a nap that lasted 2 and a half hours--so I wasn't tired at my normal bed time.
I went outside to see if I could see the fireworks at Hollywood Beach; I really couldn't. I stood outside anyway, since my spouse had gone up onto the roof to see what he could see. He had a better view, but I still enjoyed seeing occasional bursts of color through the palm frond shadows.
I came in and watched the very end of A Capitol Fourth; and then, happily, our PBS station showed it again. And then, at the end of that showing, at 11 p.m., I got interested in the next show on the history of the Mall in downtown D.C.--fascinating!
I didn't get to bed until midnight, and then I had trouble staying asleep. But any tiredness I feel today will be worth it--that's how good the show on the Mall was.
It was a relatively quiet holiday, and it's not as smoky outside as it sometimes is on July 5. We didn't have as much evening foot traffic as we have the past two years, but I enjoyed sitting on the porch, drinking some wine, wishing those who walked by a happy 4th. We got some work done, but never as much as we would have wished. I decided not to celebrate another holiday by pulling weeds, so it was great to spend time in the pool.
Yes, all in all, a great Independence Day. May there be many more to celebrate!
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