Sometimes there is pressure we put on ourselves for the holidays. We strive to make a holiday the best ever.

If you are like me, I love holidays and seeing people celebrating and eating together.

So much of our holiday planning depends on the weather. I have seen many fireworks, fairs and outdoor camping trips canceled because of rain.

I have seen many school ballgames canceled because of snow and ice.

This year on the Fourth of July, my friend Denny and I were invited to a TinCaps game for my grandson’s birthday.

I had never been to a TinCaps game so I was looking forward to it.

Denny had told me prior to the game, “It’s going to be super hot today. Are you sure you can stand the heat?”

“Oh, of course I can,” I said. I figured we could just walk up to the gate and get in. Wrong.

First of all, there were hardly any parking places. The closest one we found was in an upper tier of a parking garage.

Talk about walking in the heat. It seemed as if we walked miles and I said, “I can’t go any farther.” Huffing and puffing, I just stopped.

Denny in the meantime flagged down a guy on a golf cart and we piled in it.

When we arrived at the main gate, my daughter, Susie, was to meet us with our tickets.

We waited and we grew hotter by the minute. Denny happened to look down and guess what? He found two free tickets.

We used those and got into the concessions area where we waited and met my granddaughter. Then we headed to our birthday party table. It was in the lawn area and we were not done walking yet.

Meanwhile, we were dripping with sweat and very thirsty.

I was amazed at how many folks were at that ball game. I later learned that the ball park had a record-breaking crowd that day of over 9,000.

I just did not realize so many people would go to a ball game on the Fourth of July.

After greeting and hugging little Charley, who had turned 7, Denny got us some hot dogs and drinks.

I also gave Charley his gift and his name was announced over the speakers.

After spending about an hour at the Tin Caps game we were ready to go home.

We said our goodbyes and made the long trek back to the parking garage. Huffing and puffing, I made it to the upper tier and then Denny came and picked me up.

Denny then asked, “Well, where do you want to go? Do you want to go out and eat?” I firmly said, “I just want to go home.”

Well, we got back to my house and Denny went and got us some burgers and fries.

It sure felt good to be inside with the air conditioning.

We were in luck because we found the fireworks from New York on TV. They were spectacular.

So I lowered the lights and we both decided this was the way to spend the Fourth of July. Burgers, fries and fireworks, all inside.

Have you ever had your plans ruined by bad weather? Have you ever sat in a crowded ball game on a hot day? Let me know and I’ll give you a Penny for Your Thoughts.