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This Land Is My Land…

July 4th, 2015

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A post on the 4th of July? Sure, why not. I’ve already enjoyed a solid day off of work and the weekend has just begun. My full-time job, ye old YNT (not sure why I just started talking like a pirate), saw fit to give us the 3rd of July off since the 4th falls on a Saturday. And for the first time in my almost 15 years of employment, no one in my department had to pull holiday duty. You see, we don’t have a paper on major holidays so everyone gets the day off, well almost everyone. Those of us that actually assemble the paper and send it to press always have to work “on” the holiday in order to build the next days issue. Bummer right? Well not this holiday. No siree. Leave it to ‘Merica to solve that age old problem. I don’t have a paper to put together until Monday so bring on the holiday!

And speaking of that star-spangled holiday, you might be thinking that I forgot to decorate for it but you would be wrong. Full disclosure… I almost forgot to decorate, got it done just under the wire… like a whole week under the wire.

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I made a new chalkboard. I’m into song lyrics lately.

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And I changed out one of my old chalkboards…

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nothing too fancy compared to last year’s.

I also held back one of the patriotic wood signs that I made for my last Willow Station sale (that reminds me, I never did post any pictures from my last Willow Station sale… that needs to happen soon) and displayed it next to my trusty old typewriter…

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don’t you just love that big, red lantern? Kris brought me that from Ikea. They had such fun colors to choose from. She has one as well except hers has cute little felt toadstools growing inside. I haven’t figured out what to put in mine yet. I attempted to fill it with colorful pool balls. That didn’t work, the glass panels all popped out from the weight. Back to the drawing board on that one.

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Speaking of Kris, I stole one of my decorating ideas from her. Notice the red cans full of flags? Those were her idea. JoAnn had the cans for sale at Willow Station this past fall, they used to contain canned ham. I don’t remember eating a big cube of chopped ham back in the day but apparently they used to buy a can, cut off the top and schlooocckkk plop a giant, glistening block of ham would fall out. Sounds gross right? Well maybe, but the cans had really cool graphics on them. And thanks to our local town plumber, who’s father (the previous local town plumber) collected said cans for many, many years and used them to house all of his plumbing parts, bits and pieces, we had a giant crock full of “ham cans” for sale at Willow. Kris and I each snagged a couple and during our latest Texas trip I saw she had filled her cans with a bunch of little flags… what a great idea!

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I do, however, take full credit for the “peck” of cherries under glass. Is that little berry basket considered a “peck”? I’m not really sure but I know it’s not a bushel so it must be a “peck” and a hug around the neck! See, I told you I was into song lyrics lately.

They sell those cute little berry baskets at Hobby Lobby now so I of course have a stack of them. And nothing says summer like a berry basket full of cherries. Of course mine aren’t actually cherries, red gumballs, yep you read right, turns out the leftover red gumballs from my Valentine’s Day decor make great stand-ins for some ripe, red cherries. Who knew? Right?

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Croquet mallets. Croquet mallets also say summer to me. So why not make a bouquet of croquet mallets? Hey that rhymed!

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And finally, I made a new 4th of July printable that currently lives next to my all important T.V.,

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the T.V. that played the “Jaws”, “Jaws 2” and “Jaws 3” marathon all day long today. Because nothing says Happy 4th of July better than a giant, blood-thirsty shark instilling the fear of God and the fear of open water in the American public just in time for beach season. Happy 4th of July!

2 Responses to “This Land Is My Land…”

  1. Kathryn Goertzen Says:

    you. are. amazing.

  2. Kriso Says:

    I love your chalk board! Well I love both of them, but I really like the old brown one

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