Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a happy and safe long weekend and for my fellow Americans here and abroad, a happy Independence Day. Saturday: As planned, I got up and started the battle of the yard. By noon, I had mowed the entire lawn, weed wacked and was now tackling brush. By 12:30 I switched gears and started laying out the pyrotechnics by size, gluing them onto pallets and interlinking them with fuse. I finished two pallets of fireworks by 5:00pm. Ang and I went back to brush clean up, ate some dinner and went to bed exhausted. Sunday: I slept in a bit but not much. Ang started cleaning the house and I started setting up awnings, stereo gear, speakers, the grill, tables etc. I was done in record time at 1:30pm and was enjoying my first beer with my father-in-law. At 3:00pm, our guests started to arrive, and I was the grill master until everyone had their fill. We had a lot of good food that everyone contributed and lots of good conversation. At dusk, the small firecrackers were set off and the large pallets were placed into position. Then at 9:30pm I started the show. It went off great and lasted about a half an hour. By 10:30, we had the yard picked up, a bon fire going and the music off. By 11:00pm, we were in bed. INDEPENDENCE DAY: We slept in as we were tired. Two days of getting ready for our biggest party of the year is a lot of work. We don't do nearly as much work for other holidays. We rested then went out and picked up any remnants from the night before as well as patrolling neighbor yards picking up spent fireworks. I finished putting much of the items away then cooked some burgers and watched the end of Stranger Things season four. Other than some track plans I worked on, no real model railroading was done, but like I said, the 4th of July is our biggest holiday in my household. So how about you? What did you get done this weekend? Did you enjoy the holiday? Are you recovering from recent surgery well? Let us know what you accomplished this weekend. We'll be back on Friday, July 8th to start the process all over again. Until then, have a great week, be safe, stay healthy and as always... High Greens!