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Happy 239th Birthday, USA!!

By | Holidaze

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This year we celebrated the 4th of July the way we have for the past two years — by starting our day early at the Idaho Statesman’s Chalk Art Festival in Ann Morrison Park.

This was my third year as a Featured Artist and my goal was to be finished no later than 11:00 AM. (And not ever let them see me sweat!)

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After working on 8′ x 10′ tarpestries for a while now, the 6′ square piece of sidewalk didn’t seem all that big, so I spilled over into the next square with a fifth firework.

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Because it’s much more fun working in the hot sun with a friend by your side, I was happy to have Lauren Kistner be my sidewalk buddy again this time.

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She worked on another charming chicken — a charming, naughty chicken who’d gotten into the vegetable garden.

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Mike was a huge help as always. He dealt with the crazy parking, decorated the additional 5th firework with a nod to Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” fetched water, blended outlines and took a ton of photos.

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When I was almost finished, Mike picked Logan up so he could see this year’s chalk art. And get hugs from my sidewalk buddy.

(I think his t-shirt selection was spot on!)

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Not sure I’ll do this again next year — 3 times seems like a perfect number — but I have had a great time, every time!

I hope you have a great time this 4th of July as well.

Stay cool, have fun, and remember — chalk art fireworks won’t accidentally catch your Grand Pappy’s barn on fire and burn down half the county!

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Easter Egg Filled Empty Nest

By | Holidaze

In spite of Lina and Logan being grown and gone, and the desire to decorate for Easter being somewhat diminished as a result, I still manage to refill our empty nest with painted eggs and funny bunnys every year around this time.

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Painted wooden eggs apparently last forever. You can’t devil them, and they don’t make your teeth hurt like Cadbury’s Cream Eggs, but they sure are pretty.

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Bringing them out every year whether the kids are home or not, we go to church or not, we share a meal with family and friends or not, is one of my domestic rituals.

I see my life in circles, and bringing out the painted eggs and placing them this year in our empty nest…another circle is complete.

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