Weekending, Fourth of July style.

Friday (a long holiday weekend like this one starts on Friday)

  • Drove a woman to and from a doctor’s appointment so she could have her cast removed. Poor baby broke her ankle when she fell during a heavy rain.
  • Picked up everything I will need to run a booth on Saturday in a neighboring village to sell raffle tickets for the humane society.
  • Figured out how to get to the bank in said village to get change for the booth; the streets are blocked off in preparation for the weekend festival, but the blockages are not necessarily the way *I* would have done them, ahem.
  • Picked my favorite insulated coffee mug and a couple other things from the library, where I left them after the book sale last Sunday. Happily, my head was attached so I didn’t have to pick that up, too.
  • Used my electric stapler (I love office supplies) to staple books of raffle tickets.


  • Sold raffle tickets for the humane society at a nearby craft fair.
  • Weather = perfect.
  • Crowds = not as many people as I expected.
  • Reason = apparently the craft fair event was omitted from the flyer 😦
  • Vendor in the booth next to ours had a strong British accent and sounded exactly like a DJ on The Current.
  • I went over to chat with him and to determine whether he was that DJ.
  • Answer = no.
  • But in the course of the conversation he recommended Midsomer Mysteries on Netflix to me; somehow I had never gotten into that series when it was/is on PBS.
  • Happy: I had been looking for another series to watch on Netflix. Now I am set for months.
  • Smokey and I discovered that Milady has noise anxiety when she hid in the closet after hearing a neighbor (or three) set off fireworks  in the evening.
  • Happily, we still had some doggie Valium left over from two dogs ago.
  • Surprise! Milady turns into a lump of limp dogginess when dosed with doggie Valium.
  • Also happily, we had exactly two more tablets left after tonight. That will get Milady through the Fourth, after which we can get more from our vet.
  • We can hope that the firework setter-offers did NOT take four days off work so they could stay at their lake cabin all week.


  • Discovered that Milady associates going outside with hearing fireworks.
  • Milady still stubborn, but draggable.
  • Rode shotgun while Smokey drove a local candidate’s car in the parade, same village as craft fair.
  • Candidate’s car is a 1959 Chevy Biscayne in near-mint condition.
  • We both threw candy to the kids.
  • One adult male onlooker declined candy but requested that instead we throw him the car keys.
  • Sorry, Charley.
  • Walkers handed out candidate lit and put candidate stickers on children.
  • After the parade met with candidate’s bookkeeper to get all info needed for candidate’s 6/30 financial report to the state.
  • Went home, played with report.
  • I love working with spreadsheets.
  • Nerd here.
  • Watched the initial episode of Midsomer Mysteries. Pleased.
  • Dosed Milady again with doggie Valium.
  • Same limp lump of relaxed dogginess.


  • Two parades!
  • This time I drove the ’59 Chevy.
  • Threw candy in first parade, ran out about 1/3 of the way through.
  • Second parade theoretically did not allow candy; however, I saw a lot of it being thrown to children.
  • Whatever.
  • Took a metric ton of photos with an eye to a future blog post.
  • Stay tuned.
  • Watched a couple more episodes of Midsomer Mysteries. Still pleased.
  • Dosed Milady again with doggie Valium.
  • Same limp lump of relaxed dogginess.


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8 Responses to Weekending, Fourth of July style.

  1. kathy b says:

    Oh I love that you sold Raffle tickets for the Humane Society!!!! What were the prizes?

  2. Carole says:

    You do so much volunteer work, I’m truly impressed by your dedication.

  3. Kat with a K says:

    This is a weekend of incredible fun! Also, one thing we found that worked so amazingly well with several dogs that we had who had anxieties from loud and sudden noises – public radio. Really, talking, generally at that time of the night it was the BBC overnight – so perhaps a British accent did the trick! (although there was one dog for whom Blue Lake Public Radio was the only thing that worked, that classical music!)

  4. Helen says:

    Glad you found Midsommer Murders. We watch it on our PBS and the joke is how many people are murdered in this little county of England. The lead (Inspector Barneby) has said in a bio op that he would be afraid to live in that county.

  5. Bonny says:

    What an interesting weekend you had! I especially like that you get to drive/ride in parades. I would have great fun practicing my Queen wave while riding shotgun and having people wonder who the heck I was. Also, can you ask the poor broken ankle lady to tell a few jokes if you drive her again? I miss The Jokester.

  6. Soxanne says:

    Fun weekend all around 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    Glad you had some doggie relaxer. A friend of my is a behavioral vet and recommends exposing dog to recorded noises with treats and your full attention in say March or October since those are month when folks don’t usually set-off loud bang-y things. Might ask you vet about behavioral therapy if your interested.

  8. Jocelyn says:

    I have to go take a nap now. YOU DO SO MUCH I MUST NOW SLEEP ON YOUR BEHALF.

    You go throw more candy and such, lady. You blow my mind.

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