Every year we put something on my Uncle's grave in memoriam of his service to our country in WWII. Going to Fort Snelling National Cemetery makes me cry every time. So many people looking down at the stones of their loved ones. So many people bending down to place the flowers. Some just staring, some crying. Walking slowly back to their cars and driving away. It's good to be there. It's good to remember. Thank you, Uncle Pete!
As the title of the post says, can it be? Can it be that this is Memorial Day? If I remember correctly, we said the same thing last year. Time is flying by (again). I hope you stay safe with whatever you have planned.
It's so beautiful outside now with all the trees, bushes, plantings, grasses, flowers........with all of that comes allergies and I think it's at an all-time high this year. On the really beautiful days I refuse to keep the windows closed, but boy do I pay for it!!! I didn't go as crazy this year on plantings as I did last year but I like what we have. Very simple and that's okay. : ) Here are a few photos:
Mosquito plant (although we haven't noticed that it works all that great! LOL).
I just tossed a bunch of flower seeds in (different kinds) and we're glad to see they're coming up. This year we have to put chicken wire around everything - the bunnies are in full force.
These planters hold our basil, green onions, radishes, tomato plants, and a variety of lettuce and spinach. This time the chicken wire is for keeping the squirrels out.
By the garage in the backyard.
Our backyard is getting so shady so I decided to put my herbs in pots and just set them on the front steps. From about noon till the sun goes down they get full sun here and they are thriving. I didn't realize my reflection was in the glass on the door! Sorry about that!!! The flowering plant is a dahlia that I received from my son and his wife - it's in constant bloom and I love it.
It's a warm and humid Memorial Day here in Minnesota and we're expecting severe weather towards the supper time hour into the evening so it's kind of a good indoors type of day. I have a few things going on such as stitching -
I have a LOT to do yet on this one but I'm just loving it. To say I'm hooked on cross stitch is an understatement! I stitch "in hand" without a hoop. It really is therapy for me. I have been finding free charts on the Pinker 'n Punkin Quilting blog site and this is just one of her designs. After watching many "Flosstubes" I'm beginning to learn the stitchy language - LOL. This is a WIP (work in progress) for me and every stitcher I've watched has multiple projects going on. But that's not me. I HAVE to finish one project before moving on to something else. I have, however, perused this blog site and have quite a few of her free patterns printed for future stitching - another patriotic one, a couple of fall ones, a Christmas one.........and then I still want to keep designing my own - especially sampler pieces. This particular piece is called Summer House and I'm stitching it on 14-count Aida using DMC floss. The fabric is called Ivory from Zweigart. What I've learned from others is that we need to stitch what we love. And there is something called stitching on linen instead of Aida and that's not for me - I need to keep it simple. And there are silk flosses rather than the DMC and that's not for me either especially when I'm a beginner at this. So this is a project that I'm going to pick up and work on today! : )
I'm trying to have summer reads on hand. I just finished Rainbow Cottage by Grace Livingston Hill:
A favorite. I always feel like I'm there - taking in the flowers and the smells of the food - looking out to sea in it's beauty and strength. I've ordered (and received) two more Grace Livingston Hill books to add to my collection - The Best Man (hearing how good it was from a friend!) and The Enchanted Barn - so that will keep me busy for a while. : ) Oh........right now I'm reading book number 8 in the Nancy Drew series. I have books 1 through 15 now and so many more to go!!!! It's wonderful to just go away to another place for a while, isn't it?
I don't have any new and exciting recipes for you at this time because I'm really using up leftovers from our meals. I'm still trying to make more from the original recipe to either have leftovers or freezing them for the times I don't feel like cooking. I did make my first rhubarb pie of the season:
Ready for the oven. It tasted SO good!!!! My rhubarb in the back didn't supply much so I did have to buy most of it from the store. I really need to buy two or three more plants so that I can count on just having it available. This is a rhubarb custard pie and I'm sure I've posted the recipe in the past - this with a little vanilla ice cream on the side? Yes. : )
There is a spot in our living room that I've always wanted to put a writing desk and we found one at a garage sale a couple of weeks ago. We normally don't go to garage sales anymore because I just don't want to bring anything more home as we are trying to let go of stuff! But......this caught our attention and we brought it back with us. It fits perfectly and I love it (mostly because it's old). I love looking out a window when I'm writing. Just like I put my sewing machine in front of a window because I love looking out while sewing too.
My brother wants me to write a book. I have NO idea what that looks like, but wouldn't it be something if this is the place that I write it? : ) One can dream, right?
I think that's about it for today. I just wanted to quickly write a bit of something. It's a quiet day and I'm in between loads of laundry - oh, speaking of laundry - we're getting a new washing machine tomorrow and I've never been more excited about a new washer before! I knew we needed a new one when our older one literally walked forward during the spin cycle. LOL And when it was on spin it made so much noise and now when it's done washing the clothes and I open it up to put things into the dryer or to hang up, the clothes are still sopping wet. So................before it quits on us completely...........we're getting another. Unfortunately, along with everything else, they've gone up in price but we have to do this. So today's laundry is the last time in this old clunker. : )
Well, NOW I think that's about it. I hope you are enjoying the day whether it's with family or friends or just on your own (which can be just as nice). Is there anything that YOU are working on, reading, cooking, doing, etc........I would love to hear from you.
God bless your day and the week ahead. Thank you for stopping by and visiting - I appreciate it!