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Ways I Celebrate July 4th, Independence Day

One of my favorite songs in my fifth-grade music class in Center, Texas in the 1960’s was Yankee Doodle. Did you know that the song was meant to mock the American soldiers by the British? But the American soldiers proudly sang the song as an anthem back to the British during the American Revolution. I’ve been singing the song since I got up at 5:30 this morning to go to a 5K run with my husband and our friends.

Our friends, John and Karen, had planned to run the 5K at Brewster Park in Apple Valley. I had no intentions of running the 5K with John and Karen but went to support them. Went because my husband asked if I wanted to go. Went for the fun of it. Okay, I admit waking up at 5:30 a.m. is not what I consider fun. But today is July 4th. Independence Day. Just being able to run (or walk) and having the freedom to go support friends who are running in a 5K is reason to celebrate.

5K at Brewster Park

5K at Brewster Park

We arrived at the park, and I saw all the dedicated runners waiting to go on a 5K and a 10K. I can do this, I thought. I was wearing my good walking shoes. No way was I going to run, though. Then I heard the instructions to those participating, the runners – and the walkers. Yes, I could do this. And I did. I walked the 5K, my first one ever.

The first mile seemed easy. Then I heard someone’s electronic device that said “1.3 miles, 18 minutes.” I thought surely we had gone further already. I kept moving. I set a goal three times to jog to a certain landmark. I thought maybe that would help me speed up some. But the last mile on a dirt road in addition to the sun getting hotter was just too much. I walked the rest of the way – and made it. Meeting a gentleman named Ben who was walking and running with his beautiful four-year-old daughter, KK, made my last mile a pleasant walk. I was amazed at little KK braving the 5K.

5K Run at Brewster Park

5K Run at Brewster Park

 

So now I have added a 5K walk to my history of how to celebrate July 4th. How do you and your family celebrate this holiday? Here are some ways I’ve celebrated with family and friends through the years:

  1. Make homemade ice cream
  2. Have a picnic
  3. Fireworks (in Texas)
  4. Church camp meeting
  5. Grill hamburgers and hot dogs
  6. 5K walk

Add more to the list in the comments section below.

Any history buffs reading this? Did you know that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826–the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence?

Battle of the Bands at The Village Grind in Wrightwood

The Village Grind, Wrightwood, CA

The Village Grind hosted Battle of the Bands in Wrightwood Saturday, April 7th.

The Village Grind is an espresso bar and cafe and also serves wine in The Wine Cellar. Unique, cool art for sale  is displayed on the walls inside the cafe. READ MORE »

Shop Vintage on Route 66 at The Chic Boutique Recommended by High Desert Blogging

The Chic Boutique Vintage Shop in the High Desert's Old Town Victorville

Love vintage? Add The Chic Boutique on your vintage shopping list for your day trip to Route 66 in Old Town Victorville of So Cal. It’s filled with antiques, handcrafted furniture, and vintage accessories. Displayed in the storefront window is the gorgeous tree made out of coffee filters personally handcrafted by owner Mechelle.

Coffee Filter Tree at The Chic Boutique

The Chic Boutique has pretty book page roses available. You can even make your own. Sign up for one of Mechelle’s classes. This month’s class feature is the book page rose. The class only costs $25.00 and is offered for a limited time. There’s also limited seating, so hurry and sign up today.

Currently, this shop has very unique antique bedroom dresser and table set. The nightstand or table (first row, third photo; second row, first photo) has a door that opens to a little divided section (first row, fourth photo). According to owner Mechelle’s expertise on furniture, this unique antique set is very old. However old it is, I do know that it’s the most unique and beautiful set I’ve ever seen.

Also displayed in the photo collage below is the handcrafted mantle and fireplace beauty and the lovely baby buggy. A doll lover would have the feeling of walking into doll heaven with those precious antique dolls (second row, second photo).

This photo collage and other pictures you see here cover only a few of the wonderful treasures in The Chic Boutique. You’ll have to stop in to see the pretties there. Tell them you heard about them at High Desert Blogging.

The Chic Boutique, Victorville, CA

For more information on classes, contact Mechelle at The Chic Boutique Antiques, Vintage & Shabby Chic, 15492 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395, (760) 508-3173 or visit her Facebook page.

Thank you for visiting High Desert Blogging to see what’s new at The Chic Boutique.

 

 

Holiday Weekend and Fire

What a combination for travel on the I15 in the High Desert – holiday and fire! Due to the Oak Hills fire this afternoon the drive that we normally take up the 15 changed to the “back way” up through Crestline. It’s a terrible way to begin the Labor Day weekend or any day for people forced to evacuate their homes. Imagine not just sitting in traffic or driving the long way around but worrying about your family, pets, home, and personal belongings that you cherish. Then they have to find a place to stay, easy for some with nearby family and/or friends but difficult for others like the elderly or ones whose family don’t live close.

Need new tires? PEPBOYS has a special right now: buy three tires and get one free! At least this PEPBOYS does that my husband and I went to today in the High Desert.That’s what we’ve done on this Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Must one go out of town or go somewhere to enjoy a holiday? Sometimes it’s good to just stay home and recoup from a hectic week. To not have to go anywhere or do anything is a nice thing to enjoy on a holiday weekend.

I think the best fun on a holiday is to spend it with family and friends. When you don’t have family and friends nearby, call them.

 

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