On the off chance that someone in the world with internet access does NOT know what the deal is with American Independence Day, here it is: It's a celebration of the day we told the British Empire we weren't gonna be a colony any more. It's kind of an arbitrary date, since the British Empire's response was something to the tune of "You bloody well are too," with troops sent. Then there was a lot of shooting and lighting things on fire and more shooting. But to Americans, this is the day we declared our independence (get it? We're real clever with names), so this is the day we celebrate it.
The preferred method of celebrating these days involves illegal fireworks (yes, I get the irony, but the people setting them off don't), and eating picnics and otherwise spending the day outside having fun. (It's summer here in the N hemisphere, remember.)
Between the current round of corruption from the Oval Office, and the continued horrible treatment of the military, I'm having a hard time summoning up much more than a snarl for the whole bloody idea. Everyone should be inside reading the Constitution and writing complaint letters to their congressmen, if you ask me.
When I was pregnant and we were stocking the nursery, we went out and bought a pack of cloth diapers to use as baby rags. You know, to wipe up spit and stuff. They did come in handy, and for much of the time we've had The Baby, that's what we've used them for. But, being a Baby, she's got other ideas what to use them for.
At first she just wore it over her head, like you'd expect a baby to do. But then I got into the act. Having studied the history of fashion for the last couple decades, I know a few ways to tie a cloth diaper around someone's head with style.
I feel like I should start now, accumulating things for the 'dress up box' she's going to want when she's a bit older. And I should come up with a pattern for felted armor. And maybe a felt sword. (A small one would work. And be safe. And cute.)
Something else to add to the list.
For those interested in the Hatshepsut thing, Discover Channel has a bunch of info here. They're going to do a documentary on the whole thing, July 15. Listings here.
Otherwise, it's been a typical day; knitting, reading, playing with the baby. The husbeast has been around, and we all went for a walk together. That's not bad; a family thing for the holiday.