:: We had a fun holiday weekend with three days of sunshine in a row. This is something that hasn’t happened around here in six months. ‘Twas wonderful.
:: We went to a high school graduation party that was held at a cabin on a family farm. To get to the party we drove out-of-town into the countryside to a small road lined on both sides with cow pastures. From there our directions told us to look for the balloons and turn right. We did as instructed, driving on a rough path down the middle of a cow pasture, over a small hill, and arriving at a lovely party totally hidden from view when on the road. It was nice to be outside in a relaxed atmosphere– watching kids play games, talking to other guests, drinking beer, having fun.
:: We decided to go to the cemetery to see the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall. It was interesting and well-planned. The scale of the wall is smaller than the original, but it still manages to re-create some of the original’s ambiance. If nothing else, this exhibit gives an inkling of how amazing the real wall is– and perhaps encourages those who have never visited Washington, D. C., to do so.
:: While at the cemetery we walked around for a while. Wandering through the grassy areas we saw all sorts of unique tombstones and family markers. One said, “integer vitae.” Neither one of us knew what that meant so when we got home, I researched it. This is a phrase from a stanza from an ode written by Horace. “Integer vitae” is telling you to live a life of integrity so that you’ll be safe no matter where you go. Good idea, huh?
:: To decorate for Memorial Day I put red-white-blue stars-&-stripey pinwheels in the flower pots by our front door. And then I put two smallish flags in a flower-pot along the front walk. EZPZ, but stylish and inviting. However, except for one other family on our street who put out one big flag, no one else decorated for the holiday. Don’t know what to make of that. This neighborhood usually goes overboard for any and all holidays.
:: We finally had a cookout– our first of the season. Burgers and veggies cooked on the grill. Fresh berries on ice cream for dessert. Served with delightfully cold white wine spritzers. Simple and delicious. Just the way summer is meant to be.