Memorial Day weekend is here

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Memorial Day weekend is here
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Fri, 05-23-2014 - 7:51pm

Its a 3 day weekend for many, how about you? I know that our Canadian members had your long weekend last week but since you're all retired isn't every weekend a long weekend?!Wink

What will you be doing this weekend (even if you don't get Monday off)? Any picnics or barbeques? Does your town have any activities for the holiday like a parade or flag ceremony?

We're going to a get-together on Sunday. The hosts live close to the beach so they're inviting people to join them on the beach at 3pm and sometime later return to their home for drinks and food. (no alcohol allowed on the beach) I don't care to do the beach part, I get enough UV exposure from other activities, so we'll just go for the dinner part. (also parking will be tough until the crowds start leaving the beach) Its semi-potluck with the host providing the protein and guests bringing the sides and dessert. I haven't decided yet what to take but I'm leaning towards coleslaw, I like the Paula Deen version called "The Lady's Coleslaw".

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 05-23-2014 - 8:03pm

  It is a 3 day weekend for us.   The only thing planned at this point it a BBQ at the veteran's center tomorrow..

   I do not know of any city events for the holiday.  The 4th of July is their big event. 

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 05-23-2014 - 9:14pm

Mostly prep for a small family party (hopefully pool; depends on rain) for ds's graduation (and dh's but he wants it to be about ds, not his).  So lots of little prep; will bbq 2 turkey breasts, but most of the rest is vegetarian as ds wants it that way (cheese, hummus, fruit salad, veggies/dip, lettuce salad, taco salad/dip).  There are 24 in the immedate family on dh's side, 21 live locally, and we know 10 probably won't come. DS is having one friend join.  It should be low key and fun. The 3 of us just got back from a Greek restaurant, which was a nice way to kick off the 3 day weekend - for ds he worked today and works the next 4, so hopefully he can relax a bit after work on Sunday for the party.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sat, 05-24-2014 - 7:06pm

We have been having some pretty nice weather lately, though Ray is wishing for more rain to fall to get our grass growing better (I think our lawn needs more than just rain...not sure why it's looking so poorly!).  Sometimes the weather report mentions a 'chance of a thundershower' but as it so often happens, the dark clouds carrying that shower sometimes drifts off to the north of us.  The weather pattern normally rolls in from the West of here and so we can see the clouds roll in, but so far those darker clouds have been drifting more north of here.  So maybe it will rain somewhere in Calgary, but so far not here.

The trees' leaves are all pushing out nicely now and many flowering trees are beginning to bloom.  Our decorative apple tree in the backyard has thousands of flower buds ready to burst forth into blooms.  It should happen tomorrow or Monday, I think.  That should look very pretty.  The Schubert chokecherry trees in ours and our neighbours' yards will be putting out some lovely white 'plumes' of flowers soon too.  They have a lovely scent - even if our apple tree's flowers don't seem to!  There's more gardening work to be done but I don't think I'll be able to do much of that now - don't have the ability to kneel comfortably - just don't seem to have the stamina to do a lot, anyway.

This computer room/office of mine is pretty much all done - though Ray has spent days on end sorting through the files from the old filing cabinet and deciding what to keep and what to toss out into recycling, and then putting what we need to keep into the new filing cabinet.  It's a tedious task that he's not been pleased to do but it's pretty much done now.  We just need to tidy up a few things in the room.  Ray gave me a bag of pens and pencils we found in one of the old desk drawers!  More pens and pencils than I will be able to use in a lifetime (what's left of it, that is!). LOL.  I guess I can sort through them, see what pens actually write and maybe distribute them to my children who might want a few?  

I want to find a new world map to hang on a wall - I like to look up places in the world, if need be!  I have a calendar to hang and well, not sure what else yet I'll hang up on the bare walls.  I'd love a  new modern desk lamp!  I might even invest in a new mouse pad! (If you saw the old one I'm using you'd say why didn't you get one sooner?).

I suppose the boys will be here for supper tomorrow.  Not sure Christine will come, as she doesn't always come every Sunday and some Sundays she is working.  Not all, but some. 

Anyway, that's the weekend so far.  No three day weekend, but as you said, Elspeth, one day runs into the next pretty much when you are retired.

Shirley

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sun, 05-25-2014 - 8:48pm

Yesterday, we went to New Buffalo, Michigan, wandered the shops & lakefront for a while, and then went to Goshen, Indiana, home of Amish & Mennonite communitites.  I was VERY good, and bought nothing.  Ed bought the wrought iron gate he was wanting, and since the farmer was willing to haggle, we got it for a good price.  The day was beautiful--warm but not hot, and breezy.  We enjoyed ourselves.

Today, I read a book and enjoyed the deck while Ed was golfing, and finally motivated myself to go to the grocery.  Brats are out on the grill as I type, and I made both a green and a taffy apple salad.

Tomorrow, I have some gardening to do.  Don't know if the kids will come over.  Will is trying to trade with another asst mgr for the day off.  If he gets it, they will go to the zoo, and do their own grilling, weather willing.  If not, Lolo & Bree will come for a while, and take food home for Will.  Anthony is doing some Memorial Day activities with his American Legion Riders group, but since it's supposed to be in the middle 80's, and rain, Rae & Layla will stay home.  They are supposed to go to a BBQ after the activities, but that will depend upon the weather, and how everyone is feeling by then.

For tomorrow, I already made guacamole, and am marinating chicken for fajitas.  I'll grill onions and peppers, & I have corn on the cob.  Should be good.

Rest of the week, we are waiting for some additional estimates for repair work on our roof and facia, which got beaten and torn off in a terrible thunder and hail storm we had last Tuesday.  Thank God none of the windows got broken.  Hail was dime to quarter size, and so heavy on the deck I could have shoveled it.

Shirley,you should look into a rolling garden seat.  They are available from a few different places on line.  This is what I want for my b-day this year.  My knees and back are not doing so well either, but stuff still needs to get done.  I've heard good things about these!

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Mon, 05-26-2014 - 9:03am

Did you eat in New Buffalo? (we go to Union Pier ever summer for a week - this will be the first year we don't; will be staying in Coloma at dh's brother's place but will definitely go down to Redamak's and maybe Brewster's!)

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 05-26-2014 - 11:20pm

No, we didn't.  Goshen was our main destination, so we didn't want to spend our time in New Buffalo sitting inside someplace.  We'd had breakfast before we left, and went to a Mexican place we know after we got back.  Had a few margaritas, some great food, and waddled home.