A Patriotic Hodgepodge

 Head over to Joyce's to add your post and see how everyone else answered this week's questions.

1. We're approaching Memorial Day Weekend in the US of A...will you mark this in some way? If so tell us how. According to a list found here some things you might do in honor of Memorial Day would be-shop in a Veteran owned business, learn to play a patriotic song, watch the Memorial Day concert, take a virtual tour of the White House, write a letter to a soldier or a soldier's family, fly a flag, attend a Memorial Day parade, donate flowers for a soldier's grave, put together a care package for a soldier, and take a moment of silence at 3 PM (the National Moment of Remembrance)....of the ideas mentioned are there any you will try? 

Take a moment of silence at 3:00 PM. I don't know that there are any Memorial Day parades around here, which is really sad. After being a marching band member for high school & college, I don't love a parade!

2. What's something recently that made you 'come to attention?'

Oh, absolutely! I had an extremely rough end of the year; one that really made me think that it may be time to retire. But I'm still laughing, so maybe it's not time.

3. In what area of your life do you need to 'soldier on?'

See #2! 

4. As a long weekend approaches and summer draws near, what's a favorite food from your childhood you think about adding to the menu? 


5. Your favorite patriotic movie? 

The Patriot. Part of that movie was filmed in the SC town where we lived, and Mel Gibson (before he lost it) showed up to Mass one Sunday. However, CH saw him & didn't let me know so I didn't see him. I just have to take CH's word for it.

This may not be considered a patriotic movie, but The American President is one of my all-time favorite movies.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

CH & I had a lovely getaway weekend. We went camping at a State Park we haven't tried out. Watch for a post on Friday!

Here are a few pictures I snapped over the past few days:

A hawk sitting on the top of the church.
Who can resist sidewalk chalk? I caught this "senior" man (who is one of our former city commissioners) stop, pick up some chalk, and make a contribution to the sidewalk in the park where I walk Gurl Dogg.
Speaking of GD...I walked out of my home office and caught my guard dog napping.
This squirrel was perched on the knot of a tree for a long time. I thought his position was quite interesting.


  1. Enjoyed your pictures and yes, I am always amazed with squirrel antics and positions that seem to defy centrifugal force.

  2. So sorry the end of the year was rough for you. This whole last year as been so "wonky". Ugghh. Yay for watermelon. Looks like you had fun at the park. I love visiting new places

    1. Yes, it was just a very rough end to a very rough year!

  3. Looks like a few of us said The Patriot; it's a great movie!

  4. I love the picture of the older man with the chalk!!!

  5. The Patriot is so sad. I'm sure reflective of the times and how families lives were impacted by war, but I can hardly watch it. Hubs loves that one. There are watermelon in the stores now, but it feels early. I would love to know if they're ripe before I buy. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. I'm lazy...I buy watermelon already cut up! :)

  6. Mary,

    I was just thinking the other day it would be fun to go back to Charleston and then head up to Myrtle Beach or the other way around. We did that many years ago. It would be fun to do it again. We haven't seen the movie The Patriot...I don't think. We always liked Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon movies. I love a good watermelon! It's a hit and miss game when I buy them. They get picked way too soon is the biggest problem. My late FIL was a good melon picker outer. :)

  7. I had a long comment yesterday and then it disappeared as I went back to read you post. So I gave up. I think the moment of silence sounds like a beautiful plan. Watermelon was always fun at a picnic growing up. Sorry about the end of the school year issues. I love The American President. Love the pictures!!


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