Abby the Lab here, Mom chickened out and left the city so she didn't have to listen to fireworks for 3 solid days.
She was invited to visit her good friend, author Katie Andraski's house! Katie is a retired professor and is married and has lots of animals around.
The chickens had to check out the new ride in the yard.
This horse is known in it's country of origin as the "Norwegian Tractor". A Fjord horse they have been used for farming for generations. They just get spoiled and go for rides with the carriage here now though.
One of the chickens and Mom had a showdown. She thought the bird was going to chase her but then it noticed the red hair and backed down. Smart bird - Mom has a fry pan.
This is an old corn crib. The little farm she is on is only 20 acres but it's surrounded by thousands of acres of corn that other big farms have.
So it was REALLY quiet, just the birds in the trees for noise.
Mom's cozy room upstairs and a little stuffed dog to keep her company at night.
The view out her window.
One of two rescue cats in the house.
Mom doing "artsy fartsy" photos.
Built Fjord Tough!
The Chicken House
Lots of shade to keep cool in the evening.
I wish we had traffic jams like this in Chicago.
A view from the Porch.
A porch swing and some Peach Iced tea, a nice way to spend the afternoon.
Birdie - one of two Aussie shepherds in the house.
And his little sister who was a rescue dog.
Time for the small town parade. The anthem was sung.
The Veterans were honored.
There were a ton of fire trucks old and new!
The high school band!
Cool 66 Mustang (I think) with a grandmother who was "citizen of the year".
The parade Queen and her court. Grandpa was a Lion and was Secretary of his Branch for many years.
Mom loved the Shriner jets!
They were racing them around as well cherographed as the Blue Angels!
For Matilda's Mom Andrea - a little young Boxer.
The next door neighbor's farm.
And the view from the back yard.
God is good, and America is our home, for which I am glad.