Schedules are irrelevant in the face of waning time.

Schedules are irrelevant in the face of waning time. – Andra Watkins

Happy Fourth of July to my US readers! What are you doing to celebrate?


I’m floating the Edisto River with Alice and MTM…and alligators and snakes and other crazies. I’m hanging on the back porch with Dad and listening to him regale everyone with his stories. I’m eating BBQ in my swimsuit and singing America the Beautiful. I’m blasting fireworks in a graveyard at sunset, because the dead like to celebrate holidays, too.

I’ve been following the same Fourth schedule for a decade or more. Every year, I can’t believe it’s happening already. When my toes sink into Edisto River goo, I think I was there five minutes ago.

Why do schedules go faster and faster?

The mid-point of a year is a good time to reflect. What’s working for you in 2016? What isn’t? Did you start the year keen to make a memory, yet it still languishes on your list of good intentions?

One of Dad’s favorite phrases is “It’s your knitting.”

So get to knitting the memories of your dreams!

If you missed my Friday post or my weekend e-newsletter, check it out HERE.

I was lucky to be included in a seriously cool summer reading list. To celebrate, we’re giving away a $225 Amazon gift card plus ELEVEN books. Multiple chances to enter through July 8, so follow the link and click to enter.



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We spend every Fourth of July in Denmark.

South Carolina.

Denmark, South Carolina.

Yes, there really is such a place. It’s between Finland and Norway, close to North. (If Bill Cosby couldn’t understand it, you won’t either, Dear Readers.)

We eat until we can’t walk and float with alligators and witness conversations like this………

Alice’s Father: I am sick of being President of the Board of the Country Club.

Me: Why?

AF: Too much damn politics.

Alice: Well, I want to know how that oak tree closest to the river got cut down.

AF: That’s what I’m talking about. Damn politics.

Alice: But you’re supposed to keep people from cutting down majestic trees, right?

AF: Exactly. And when that boy that owned the lot came with his stupid petition, saying damn acorns falling on the roof kept him up all night, we denied it.

Alice: So how—

AF: Wait. There’s more. So we denied it, and he started throwing things around the rec room. Chairs and stuff. Stormed outta the place, and we thought that was the end of it.

Alice: Only it wasn’t.

AF: Right. It wasn’t. He cut that tree down anyway, in the middle of the night. Place was all in a tizzy, everybody fussing about it, but guess who had to go over there and confront the jackass?

Me: Oh, I don’t—

AF: Me. That’s who. The President of the Board of Directors of the Country Club. By myself. So I walked over there. Knocked on the door, and when he opened it, I slapped him with a fine for cutting down a majestic tree without permission. And you know what he did? He went in the house and got his damn gun and challenged me to a duel. Right then and there, he wanted to settle the matter like gentlemen.

Me: By shooting each other?

AF: I can’t say I wasn’t tempted………

If you celebrate Independence Day, I hope your Fourth is filled with sparklers and sports and more food than you can eat. Enjoy your holiday!