Monday, May 25, 2020

Home Management Monday - May 25, 2020 - Happy Memorial Day!

Good Morning, Dear Ones! 💗

I trust that your week was good, that you and yours are enjoying a lovely holiday weekend, and that your Monday is off to a great start! Happy Memorial Day! 💓☆💙

Memorial Day Tribute
As I was growing up Memorial Day was always a special day! When I was real little my mom and dad and I would load up early in the morning and make the round of cemeteries to decorate the graves of loved ones that had passed on before us. At that time there were only a few graves to 
decorate, so the rest of the day would be spent with family. 
Usually, we would gather together for a day of fun...a game 
of horseshoes, homemade ice cream, and fun with the 
cousins as we would roll giggling down the grassy bank at
Grandpa and Grandma's house in the country. At the time that bank seemed so huge, but, looking at it as an adult, it was hardly anything.

In later years we continued to do the cemetery rounds, but, due to reasons unknown to me...finances, perhaps, or, maybe, a shift in parents stopped decorating the graves. Oftentimes, after a morning of visiting the cemeteries, we would end up at a place that was historically important, not only to those interested in local Civil War history, but, to us, personally, as a family...the Anderson House in Lexington, Missouri. We had family members that were caretakers there at one time and my grandmother had spent many delightful days there as a child. We would often end up there on family outings and she would share her memories, as well as the secrets of the old house, with me, as together, we would explore its every nook and cranny. You could do that back then, but not now.

The Anderson House
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As time went on and older generations passed away, our Memorial Day traditions changed and, for the most part, fell away. We stopped doing the cemetery rounds altogether and usually just settled for a cook-out at the folks house. When my mother passed away that pretty much stopped, too. 

Today, we usually get together with family at some point over
the weekend and Memorial Day itself becomes a day of much needed rest and relaxation. We spent yesterday at dd's and sil's enjoying a cookout and visiting with family and friends; today will be spent at home, cleaning house, and doing laundry...just like every other Monday.

In there, of course, we remember the many that have fought for (bled and died to give us) the freedoms that we have held so dear in this country and, unfortunately, are giving up and losing at an alarming rate. We pray for those that continue to serve our country today.

My Great-Uncle, Milton (Micky) Fox
World War II
How about you? How do you and yours celebrate Memorial Day? And what memories and symbolisms of it do you hold dear?

Let's get on into this week's post, shall we?

I awoke to...

... an early alarm and thoughts of the day.

What I'm thinking...

... about the week ahead, my long 'to-do' list, and that, with the impending deluge, my husband probably isn't going to get to work in his garden this week. 😞

What I'm thankful for...

... all the freedoms that we have enjoyed as citizens of the United States of America over the past 244 years. Those freedoms didn't come easy and they're slipping away fast. I pray that people will wake up before it's too late, realize what is happening, and do what is necessary to regain what we've already lost.

On the breakfast plate...

... Triple Zero vanilla yogurt and a blueberry Nutrigrain bar with hot tea

The weather...

The View From My Office Window @ 6:30 This Morning
... at the moment the sun is shining, but there is a bank of dark clouds moving in from the south and west. Rain is coming and should be here within the hour. The week ahead looks, quite likely, to be warm and very wet! 😞💧☔

This week's menu plan...

Monday - Hot roast beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes and gravy, with peas and carrots
Tuesday - Oven-roasted chicken breasts, baked sweet potatoes, and green beans
Wednesday - Supper at dd's
Thursday - Turkey burgers, sweet potato fries, and cottage cheese
Friday - Homemade pizza
Saturday - Dh's night to cook
Sunday - Leftovers

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Wildflowers on the Prairie
Spider Milkweed and Scurfy Pea
On my 'to do' list...

Monday - Complete this post, clean house, do laundry, wash bedding
Tuesday - Meet dil for breakfast, work in Van Gogh room (a.k.a. "my office") and get it ready for overnight company (make room for the roll-away bed)
Wednesday - Spend time with out-of-town company
Thursday - Catch up around the house
Friday - Work
Saturday - Work
Sunday - Church

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Prairie Roses
On my reading pile...

Bible Prayer by Kenneth E. Hagin (Bible Study Course) and Discover Nature 'Close to Home' by Elizabeth P. Lawlor

Discover Nature Close to Home: Things to Know and Things to Do by ...
Discover Nature Close To Home
by Elizabeth P. Lawlor
From the camera...

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Some Kind of Vireo, I Think - Not Sure Yet
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A Cute Picture of a Dickcissel That I Took This Week
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Barn Swallow
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Double-decker Dickcissels
Scripture verse...

Well, Friends, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a great week ahead! Stay close to the Lord and stay in His Word!

Until next time...

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  1. As always, I enjoyed reading your posts. My parents used to decorate the graves as well. I even think my mom often referred to this holiday as "decoration day." Sometimes they'd cook out though I don't remember it being a big family gathering type of day. That photo of the view outside your office, WOW! It looks like a scene I'd like to paint (if I had that talent but I don't LOL). And you know I love all those bird pictures. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks, Jean! My Grandma Viola referred to it as Decoration Day, too. It seems like it used to be called that on the calendars and what-not, too. Will have to look up the history of all that. I you discover that you've got talent after all, you're more than welcome to come down and paint my view anytime! LOL! Have a great week! And thanks for stopping in! :)


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