Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day, celebrating with people you care for. While you're at it, send up some thanks that we do have Independence. Our freedom is something to be cherished.
Meanwhile, if you live where you can buy and use your own fireworks, please be careful!
While volunteering in town a couple of days ago I heard bottle rockets going off, and then soon heard the fire trucks responding.
After a long, cold, wet spring, summer arrived with a vengeance about 10 days ago. Our temperatures are now hovering in the high 90's and things have dried out quickly. A scary time to have fire dropping to the ground.
Keep your garden hoses out, and be alert - just in case a neighbor gets silly.
Oh, and please remember to keep your pets indoors. Animal rescues get more lost pet calls on the 5th of July than any other time of year. Who knows why dogs and cats are so terrified of fireworks - just as some of them are terrified of thunderstorms, but some are. And when these critters get scared, they run. And sometimes they run so hard and so far that they can't find their way home again.
If you have Feel Bach's "Thunder Storms," begin giving it in the morning. If you don't have any, use some Feel5ive to help ease the stress your pets may experience this 4th of July.
Best wishes for joy and safety - from the whole Feel Bach! team.