So much has happened this past week. After a three year long campaign (or so it seems), the Democrats have picked their nominee, the embattled former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Yes, despite all of the issues surrounding her, she is their pick.
Of course, the Republicans can’t really say too much about that considering Trump.Every day seems to bring yet another highlight of why he is such a horrible choice for the Republicans, but they are jumping on board anyway. Serves them right.
Should be an interesting election with Clinton possibly under Federal indictment for her emails (never mind the Report on Benghazi) and Trump possibly under indictment for fraud. Whee!
But enough of that insanity. It is the weekend, and time for a break from all of that!
Saturday marks the final jewel in the Triple Crown with the ponies running at Belmont. The Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, will not be running at Belmont. He developed a fever shortly after the Preakness, so his owners decided to leave him be for the next jewel. The Preakness winner, Exaggerator, is expected to do well, of course, but you never know on any given day. Should be an exciting day regardless of the outcome!
While as of this writing that winner is yet to be decided, I can tell you about one winner. That would be eleven year old Olivia Bell, a very talented ballet dancer. Check out this beautiful dance she does to a song from the musical, “Hamilton” (h/t HuffPo):
I don’t know if she is a “hero,” but she is a lovely dancer and at such a young age. Here is a little more about her from HuffPo, including a photo from her Instagram account:
[…] Bell is, according to her Instagram, an 11-year-old dancer who’s participated in American Ballet Theater’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, The Alvin Ailey School’s Summer Intensive, and is an ambassador for Brown Girls Do Ballet. […] (Click here to see more.)
What an amazing young dancer. You can see more photos of her at her Instagram account
HERE. But there is no doubt that this young woman is already a winner…
On a personal note, I am excited to have one of my nieces and her three kids visiting this weekend. She is my middle brother’s daughter, and the youngest of five children. This will be her first trip to the Charleston area, and we are excited to show the city, and our beach, off to her and her kids. Saturday in particular will be jam packed beginning with a trip to the barn for her and her kids to meet Jordan and the other horses. After a quick stop at our new property, we will go into Charleston where we will go for a carriage ride around Historic Charleston (the company we use is one that has been around for a long time, and they go way beyond what is required in their treatment of the mules they use. Hence why we use them.). After that, lunch at a restaurant on the Charleston Harbor, then the SC Aquarium, and topped off with a Charleston Battery soccer match. Yep, it is going to be one full day. I cannot wait! Sunday will be a beach day – though they may be on their own for part of that. (While I love being at the beach, with my back/knee problems, playing in the ocean isn’t as easy as it used to be. I am not a lay-on-the-beach kind of person, so it is either in the water boogie boarding, or bust.) I am delighted to be able to spend some time with them. Fun!
On another personal note, my upcoming back surgery is 2 1/2 weeks away. And my last hurrah will be a week in Baton Rouge June 18 – 25 to spend time with old friends and our 5 yr old godson (a trip we have been trying to make for several years. Schedules finally were in sync so we decided to keep this trip in place and have the surgery after I come back). In my absence, both on vacation and during my recovery time, the blog will keep humming along thanks to the efforts of KenoshaMarge, Helenk3, and Pumaforever. I am grateful indeed to these three for their efforts and time to keep things going. It means a great deal to me. Thank you so much!
Okay, friends – that’s it for me. And because it is Summer, at least in my neck of the woods, and we are spending time at the beach this weekend, I’ll leave you with this beach music classic:
Hope whatever you ave on tap is fun, or restful, or interesting, whatever you need it to be! This is your Weekend Open Thread.
Tags: Belmont Stakes, Benghazi Report, Donald Trump, Email scandal, Hillary Clinton