Tonight, from my balcony, I'll get to see the fireworks; no buildings block my view right across to the lake, so I get a ringside seat as itwere.
Meanwhile I experimented with natural dyeing yesterday, and this morning I was very happy with the result. the photo isn't really accurate; in reality there's less violet and more pink.
I was blog-hopping when I came across a couple of blogs that talked about using avocado skins to get a pink shade. It made sense to me because I've often wondered about that spot of red that can appear in avocados sometimes -- it has to come from somewhere. There were no instructions except to boil the skins and soak the fabric for 1 - 2 days. So I boiled the skins until the water looked red (about 15 minutes) then took out the skins and put in the fabric, intending to leave it there for 24 hours. But at the 8-hour mark, I got the pink I wanted (pale, the only pink I like), and put the fabric out to dry.