Celebrating the Fourth of July


It’s time to celebrate our nation’s birthday. We all know the song “Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on the Fourth of July.”

We celebrate by putting out 50 flags, lining the sidewalks and driveway, and putting 13 flags in a cluster in the middle of our large yard to remember the 13 colonies of our country.

We like doing this as it reminds us of our freedoms because they cared enough to fight for it.

You’re welcome to drive by our home at 7500 Wilson Court in Westminster and take a look.

Our good neighbor, Pat Hendricks at 7445 Osceola St., really puts on a show as does her daughter, Jamie, at 7540 Osceola St.

Several neighbors also display the flag every day. I wish more folks would honor our country by flying the flag every day.

Iddle Bits

Imagine my big surprise at learning our former neighbor on Wolff Court from 50 years ago has opened a little shop at 3969 West 73rd Ave. (near Bradburn Boulevard) called “Iddle Bits of This and That.”

What I didn’t realize was how artistic and talented Bev Capra is. But I found out when I viewed a beautiful painting of a horse’s head.

It is just breathtaking, and I bought it for our granddaughter who has a horse and is a member of the Westernaires. The framing is exquisite also.

Bev’s little gem of a gift store is crammed full of mementos and paintings done by Bev and so reasonably priced you’ll definitely want one.

Bev has lots of lovely small antiques and a huge antique jewelry display. I could go on and on, but do stop in. She’s open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will be delighted to see all the paintings and other gift items.

Perennials Live On

The roses this year are spectacular, big beautiful blooms and lots of them. Unfortunately some creature is eating the smaller, tender buds and breaking off the younger shoots.

I’ve never had this problem in all the years I’ve had a rose garden.

The peonies were equally abundant. I get to enjoy the four large peony bushes across the street that our lovely neighbors Walt and Zelma, gone for many years, planted back in the early 1960s.

They are magnificent to this day 50 years later.

Time to Smell the Roses

Bob and I like to sit on the front porch in the evening, view the beautiful sunsets and wave to the neighbors. We are nearing the hotter month of July but we still enjoy the outside.

The miller moths have been scarce, and the mosquitoes are few and far between.

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”

A favorite saying from the father of one of my editors, Mikkel Kelly

Stay well, stay involved and stay tuned.

Vi June is past Democratic state representative for House District 35. She is a former mayor of Westminster and a former newspaper publisher. A Westminster resident for more than four decades, she and her husband, Bob, have five grown children and eight grandchildren.


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