…but that doesn’t mean we Americans don’t celebrate in style…multiple times!
On Wednesday (the 4th) Stephen and I met up with a few friends at the sauna. We drank some beer, grilled brats, and swam in the lake – just like home, except about 30 degrees cooler!!
On Friday, our friends Tom and Pam hosted a cookout, with burgers and hot dogs and red white and blue. I brought the garland I made (on Wednesday, and then forgot to take to the sauna) and strawberries dipped in whipped cream and blue sugar.
On Saturday, our friends Stephen and Nina hosted a backyard grill out, complete with games! We played Mölkky, which is a Finnish throwing game in which you throw a stick…at a bunch of sticks….
Actually, all kidding aside, it was a lot of fun – I call it a cross between billiards and bowling. There are twelve numbered sticks, lined up kind of like in a pool triangle. You throw a stick and knock the sticks down, and wherever they fall is where they get righted the next round. You get points based on the number on the stick you knock down (if you only knock one down, e.g. the stick with the number 11 on it will garner you 11 points) or the number of sticks you knock down (if you knock down more than one stick, e.g. you knock down 3 sticks, you get 3 points, regardless of the numbers on the sticks). You play to 50 (or whatever you want to play to), but you have to get that number exactly, or you get half your points deducted.
I foresee some Christmas gifts back home in the future…
Hope everyone had a happy and fun 4th!