I have lights on my house year round, just to perk us up during our sometimes-gloomy weather. I love it when we pull up in the dark of the night and our house is glowing with lights. Depending on the time of year, I add different color lights to my white lights. I use green lights for St. Patricks Day, red for Valentines Day, and of course, multi colors for Christmas, and for my favorite holiday, the 4th of July, red, white and blue lights. I have heard lots of folks want to dress our town up in lights for the 4th. I agree! I find lights at clearance sales, garage sales or just go buy them. Of course, I save them from year to year until they simply quit working. So, think about it! What fun, and a great idea. Let’s wrap our town in festive and heartening lights for the 4th. Perhaps it could be a new tradition?
Life is beginning in our community again. It may be a baby step at a time, but it sure feels good. Some of us are not quite ready to step out of our homes, but that’s okay. It will come in time.
I have another ‘Perks of Quarantine’ to share with you. Joanne and Mike Love are making good use of their isolation time. They had purchased a two-story dollhouse kit for their oldest great granddaughter last summer, so their project is to build, assemble and paint it. It has hundreds of pieces, but they are having a great time doing it. What fun and how cool. Be sure to e-mail your perks of quarantine to me. I absolutely love sharing them. Thanks Joanne and Mike! By the way, on our trip to Maui, we sat next to an old friend of yours. We do not remember his name, but he was a retired Judge. He was really nice. It helped our flight to just ‘fly’ by. Small world...
I’m saving the best for last. Rockaway Beach Volunteer Firefighter and Tillamook County EMT, Letty Buchanan’s daughter, Britney, was going to be spending her ninth birthday isolated at her home with close family, but something wonderful happened. Letty wanted to surprise her daughter with a fire truck drive by, one truck, because Britney’s future plans are to become a medic and firefighter. Well, the whole family was surprised! Fire personnel and trucks visited her from Rockaway Beach, Nehalem Bay, Garibaldi, Bay City, Tillamook, Netarts/Oceanside and the Tillamook County Sheriff. They turned on their sirens and drove by the birthday girls’ house and made her quarantine birthday one she will never ever forget. Now that has just got to tug on your heartstrings, just a little. It actually tugged on mine a lot. What a feel good story! Happy Birthday Britney.
”Even when we can’t control the situation around us, we always can choose where we’re directing our attention.” That’s Rockaway Beach, “Sugar Coated!”