I had a sad realization this weekend - I may never be in Gladstone for the Fourth of July again. No where does the Fourth like Gladstone. That being said, Jeremy and I had a pretty laid back Fourth this weekend. We got up, watched Serena and Venus in the Wimbledon finals, ate pancakes, and lounged around. In the afternoon we played disc golf in a park nearby. Usually there are a good number of others out playing, but since it was the Fourth, we ran into hardly anyone else so it was nice. We came back, grilled some salmon for dinner, and headed to the World's Fair Park downtown to watch the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the fireworks. The fireworks show was pretty disappointing - it only lasted 15 minutes. Knoxville has a huge fireworks show over Labor Day weekend so that might be why they don't go all out for the Fourth.
We also found out this weekend that we have a bunch of cardinals, of varying age, living somewhere around our house. When we came home from disc golf on Saturday, we saw one adult cardinal and an adolescent looking cardinal chasing each other around our roof and the nearby trees.
When we went to go inside, we saw a little bird sitting on our steps. It didn't move as we walked past to get inside so I thought it might be hurt. I came inside, and then went back out with my camera to take a picture but by the time I got back outside it was gone. Fast forward to Sunday afternoon - I was sitting on the couch when all of a sudden I heard something at the window. I looked over and it was the same little bird from the day before! I got all the way to the window and it didn't fly off. Here's a picture:
We think it's a baby cardinal, and obviously it has a lot to learn since it is in no way afraid of us.