For me the Fourth of July will always be a bit non-traditional.
My daughter, Stacy was born on July 4, 1976 in Kailua, Hawaii.
After a month in the hospital she joined our little family. She has struggled for her entire life for the independence we celebrate each year on her birthday. She has faced challenges each day, that most of us could not fathom. Auntie and I celebrated with Stacy a fun, low key day.
When Stacy first moved into her new house, I started a tradition of buying her a new rose bush each year for her birthday. She has loved her roses and taken great pride in their growth and stunning beauty.
This year I discovered a new nursery that propagates roses near where I am staying.
Not only did they sell their own roses but the grounds were filled with lush gardens that display roses in a beautiful setting which made it difficult to narrow down the choices.
I was able to find beauties in her favorite color, purple. But I also went crazy in the climbing roses and am also starting a new Project, The Fence of Many Colors. This project will take years to bring the vibrant colors to life in Stacy's yard.
Before spending the day with Stacy I was off to do the Laundry. Yes, I know.... what mundane drudgery!
Boy was I in for a nice surprise. The laundromat that my Auntie suggested was the best I have been in. Certainly a pleasant way to spend a hot morning.
|Milo and Carsen|
After planting the flowers for Stacy, we went to a Shopping Center and had an amazing shopping splurge at the Dollar Store. Bags and Bags of goodies later we headed for lunch at the Timber Creek Buffet.