Burning with elegance: Tiki

Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time to celebrate our military who have passed away but also enjoy friends and family entertaining outside on an exquisite spring/ summer evening. My own holiday weekend began on Friday, relaxing on my backyard deck surrounded by a new garden filled with geraniums, impatiens and a colorful of array of potted plants. But besides special conversation with guests, snacks and cool drinks, it was the new Tiki product that created an outdoor paradise.

The long lasting adjustable flame torch truly added to the party creating the perfect flame while repelling against mosquitoes. The easy-to-use knob control lets guests create the perfect flame height for every occasion and adjustable flame torches are available in five multi-use torch styles and four table torch styles.The citronella and cedar formula in this fuel provides proven mosquito repellent; working with all TIKI® Brand torches and table torches. It also comes in an easy pour bottle for fewer spills and less mess. One friend commented on how my Tiki torch really added to the atmosphere and worked to keep insects away. Burn time can last several hours.

For over 60 years, Tiki has provided outdoor torches to illuminate yards along with candles and molded glass table torches made in a variety of colors. Tiki continues to help create a beautiful, versatile design of style and decor in their products to suit any lawn, patio, garden or even a front porch.

Tiki can be purchased in packages such as a four pack of 57 inch Luan Bamboo torches or a three pack of 6 inch glass table torch packs of red, green and blue. You can purchase a Tiki Brand 3 pack pineapple paradise glass table torches.

But I think it was the next day of the weekend, I enjoyed my Tiki torch the most after everyone had gone. As the sunlight was diminishing, I lit the torch while finishing my final coffee, reading the last chapter in my book, and noticing some beginning to descend. It was then that I knew I would spend more summer evenings on my deck with a new flame by my side; keeping away uninvited guests. Tiki is the best!

Tiki products can be found at most major retailers, online on Amazon and at tikibrand.com.

July Fireworks

By CARYL CLEM:

Freedom flashes in blazing red, white, blue fireworks

Celebrating love of family and country

Just as important today as yesterday

Honoring our forefather’s efforts

Produces reverence, acceptance of citizen diversity.

 

All shades of spectators sharing this night in unity

Bound by the values of equality and opportunity.

 

The United States of America, a democratic endeavor

A promise of freedom to endure forever.

 

Star Spangled Banner, waving over the brave and the free

Fanning the desire to maintain our hard won liberty

Gives proof this July 4th night

How future hopes, are unleashed by a fireworks light.

 

Celebrating your independence

Looking back on my Fourth of July’s, the holiday was always consumed with fireworks of some kind and not the emotional ones either.

Fireworks that snapped, crackled, and popped from all locations, just like the famous cereal, and decorated the sky while everyone awed over the commotion each year.

There were celebrations on boats overlooking the Chicago skyline, there were celebrations at the racetrack that delivered piped in music, and there were local small town displays gathered with neighbors on the closest porch or nearest park.

But, wherever the fireworks were presented, it was the ultimate salute to our country’s accomplishment for becoming independent many years ago.

Probably the best memories of the Fourth of July were as children when we couldn’t wait to have Dad light those sparklers that we would carefully parade around the backyard with our family and friends. Dad’s eyes were as bright as the sparklers and we never tired of lighting one after another. We were young and the meaning of the 4th of July was not really about the country, but about us.

Somehow, we were celebrating our own independence, our own accomplishments for that day, month or year. Maybe we had received high marks at the end of the school year or maybe we spent a vacation with our family, not causing an argument with our siblings. Maybe the lilacs we had brought to our teacher in spring lasted longer than a day. Maybe we were just excited that our firefly collection was better than ever before.

Though I would skip the sparklers since they can cause pain and suffering if not properly handled, don’t skip this day to recognize yourself, the measures you have taken to shine, the skyrocketing moments in your life when because of your independent nature, you made a difference.

Maybe you took the first step to resolving a conflict with a co-worker and you developed a new level of respect from others as a result. Maybe you received 100% on your paper in class while working full-time, being a single parent and saying no when you would rather be going to lunch with your friends. Maybe you are still unemployed but sent out 100 resumes last week, courageously called one company after another while avoiding the temptation of the sofa.

The Fourth of July does not have to be just for the patriotic but a day to celebrate your own liberty; moving forward with pride and dignity in who you have become.