Happy Memorial Day, 5-29-23

Since I can’t figure out how to post a very short video here on the blog, I’ll send you over to Instagram to hear a very short patriotic song. Anybody know what I’m doing wrong?

It’s a beautiful day on the porch and I’ve got a good book to read. Last night I watched The Son on Netflix with Hugh Jackman and I’m haunted by it yet this morning. If you have a teenager in your life I would recommend it.

I finished Season 2 of Firefly Lane on Netflix, too, and loved it! Today I’ll start something else to watch while I sit in the porch. I might have to clean a bit since I have company coming tomorrow.

Reader photos of assorted things we all love!

Yesterday one of the eggs hatched!
Cool, huh?
Hazel and I joined Becky on her porch yesterday.

Once again if I missed your photo, you need to tell me. Have fun today!

33 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day, 5-29-23

  1. Shirley Andersen Smith

    I love the photos. They look like everyday midwest. Miss it, the prairie, subsets and sunrises on the horizon. The picture of Becky and Hazel really brought home a memory….my dad a WWII veteran built a dog house for their dog Taffy with a deck all around so she could lounge on the deck. Only in the daytime, she slept in the hoyse at night. Wish I knew where the photo was.
    Have a memorable Memorial Day.
    Shirley from Oregon

  2. Jan Hebert

    Hazel looks like such an angel in this picture with Becky! Ha!! Sounds like a lovely day that you will have today on the porch. I vacuumed and washed floors yesterday but no company will be coming, sadly. Both our girls have plans. I’m a little blue today, I’ve told you that my sister had COPD as a result of smoking and hasn’t been doing well for a while now. Well, she passed away last week, she was 77. Her hero, her husband Kip, will be so lost without her. We will all miss her. She kept her sense of humor until the very end – when her nurse asked her if she had any pain, she paused and then pointed to her husband, lol. Rest in peace, Karen… Jan in MA

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Jan – oh my, how sad for you as well as her husband. I smoked for exactly 20 years, 1966-1986, and hope I don’t have any serious repercussions. I loved her sense of humor when she was asked if she had any pain. My sympathy – it would be hard to lose a sister. I know I would miss mine!

  3. Sharon G.

    Have a nice easy Memorial Day, Mary.
    I’ve worked for the last 3 days in my yard. Another week and it might actually look okay. LOL
    All the photos are great.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Marsha in MI

    All gave some. Some gave all. Thankful for those who bled & died so we can know freedom.

    The flowers are beautiful and the blue and white quilt! Wow!

    We have cardinals nesting in a bush at the end of our screen porch!

    Now to do some household chores and great up to pack the travel trailer for our June trip out west.

  5. Sara in Indiana

    Beautiful quilts and pets! Looking forward to seeing more pictures of the robin’s nest with the growing babies.

  6. Joy in NW Iowa

    Happy Memorial Day!
    Love all the pictures! Hazel looks so calm and clean….ha! The irises are so beautiful! As ar the quilts.
    The gnats are absolutely awful here. Smells like rain and drips a little every once in a while.
    Could use some rain!
    Enjoy what ever you do!

  7. Janet Easley

    Love the springtime photos!!

    Jan, prayers of comfort for you and your family at this time.

    Mary, your family of animals has seen its departure of loved critters in 2023. So sorry.

    To any for whom Memorial Day is a very personal connection, may this day remind you that many in this nation do take time today to remember those who gave their all for our freedom.


  8. Brenda Ks

    Emily P love your t-shirt quilt. That’s the way I like to make mine too. All the pictures are beautiful!!
    Happy Memorial Day everyone.

    1. Emily Pittenger

      Thank you, Brenda! There’s no formula – just a lot of luck (and swearing!).

      Emily P

  9. Jo in Wyoming

    Great post for a holiday.
    There is an iris farm in this neck of the woods that have the most fascinating irises. They get incredible color and perfume combinations. Those pictures remind me of it.
    Wonderful pictures of quilts, pets, and Becky.

    Jan, so very sorry for your loss. Your brother in law will be lost for a while.

  10. Joyce from NY

    Happy Memorial Day to all! Pictures are all wonderful, I love the Iris’s, such a pretty color. Still a lot of planting going on here, down the road from me I can hear the tractors. I believe they are planting sweet corn & maybe cabbage, they are a big vegetable farmer, sometimes pumpkins too. It is pretty dry here, no rain in sight for a few days! Enjoy your day!

  11. Marcia-Ohio

    My Irises are blooming like never before. Just a good spring in SW Ohio for them too. My poppy that has struggled and I have threatened to pull it out is just loaded w/ blooms this year. We need rain as we are dry. Our farmer planted soybeans in very dry soil. Praying for a good shower.
    Taking a break from a quilt. I have 2 blocks turned around so seam ripping is in my future later today. Ugggg!

  12. Rita

    Our Son was such a touching movie. Teens are experts at hiding their true feelings.

  13. Vicki Ibarra

    My Dad was in the Army Air Corps in WWII. Memorial Day was a special day for him and he participated in putting flags up in the cemetery and the actual Memorial Day ceremony. He didn’t talk much about the war, but he put his heart into Memorial Day.

    Love all the pictures. I have irises, but I have iris color envy for some of the colors in the pictures shared.

    Jan, this is a hard time for all who loved your sister. Hold your memories close to your heart and know your brother-in-law will be finding his way for a long time. Everyone grieves in their own way, but I have found that talking about the person we have lost has helped our family. My sons would regale me with stories of how Grandpa made the best buttered popcorn, and shared stories of walking to the creek with him. These were good memories, though sometimes we cried. You will, too. Love and hugs to you.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Ann – Hazel is 6-1/2. Telly turned 12 yesterday.

  14. Sandy McPherson

    Hi Mary, l went to the movies last night with my friend Maureen, book club in Italy, loved some of the costumes! Maureen gave me a slice of ginger crunch and I took a bite, it was covered in plastic wrap! The irises are beautiful, l think they would do well in the shady section of our garden. Take care everyone, best wishes from Sandy

  15. Mareen

    Oh I loved Firefly Lane Mary- and watched Champions last night – great movie!

  16. Mary H

    We just finished Firefly Lane. Also did Swedish Death Cleaning on Peacock-it was very insightful.
    Just finished reading Go as a River, I really liked it.
    Because it is so dry, the peonies are really nice and staying upright. Good year for iris as well.
    Not much sewing here as my knee recovers but I did manage to tidy my room. Why do I get so many things out??

  17. Sherrill

    I LOVE iris and had some real beauties this year! That blue and white quilt…WOW, so many 1/2 tri’s. Beautiful. And the best buddies are way too cute.

  18. Kathy in western NY

    I have been working on a tee shirt quilt and thought mine was looking way too busy compared to others I have saved pictures of. Now after seeing Emily’s here, I feel good knowing anything goes when making them. Some I saw were all symmetrical but when I cut the tee shirts apart nothing was the same size as the last one. I wanted to use them all as they had meaning and I am so happy Emily shared hers that reflects memories too.
    I feel bad for Jan losing a sibling as that’s hard. How to go on is always difficult.
    We are here for you Jan and all those needing support.

    1. Emily Pittenger

      Thank you, Kathy! There were 90 (NINETY!!!!!) different shirts incorporated! I call my process the slab technique! It’s not for the faint of heart or for those who like things to fit perfectly together!

  19. Sunflower from Michigan

    We started out our day at a veterans memorial program. Our sons kindergarten to high school best friend was killed in Afghanistan ten years ago. My husband and I never miss the twice yearly programs as our honor to him. We then went to brunch with his parents. Then to our sons house on the lake (where my daughters wedding will be in July). We had a bbq and played yard games after a pontoon ride. No gardening today!! But the yard is beautiful and flowers are growing nicely.
    Happy Memorial Day to everyone.
    I lost my sister two years ago and not a day goes by that I don’t think of her. I’m sure you’ll be the same, Jan. My heartfelt condolences.

  20. Jan Hebert

    So many beautiful comments about my sister passing. Thank you all for caring. I love this group so much. Yes, it will be hard for us and especially for her husband. We spoke on the phone Saturday and I loved hearing his stories about her, we laughed, and we cried. I do think that’s very healing. But it will take a while to really sink in. I loved reading all about everyone’s Memorial Day celebrations. Thank you again, everyone. Jan in MA

  21. patti

    jan, i’m sorry for your loss of karen. i have copd also and have made it my mission to be happy and tell jokes. so much better than being miserable. i’ve since learned that 50’% of those with copd had never smoked. unfortunately, i did. it was my stress relief. i am paying a huge price (as did karen whether she smoked or not). no one made me smoke and i am suing no one and only blaming myself. it happened. i will deal with it. probably a sad way to send condolences but i do wish you and her husband well. may the good memories sustain you. God bless. patti in florida

  22. Sue in Oregon

    Your last photo of Becky and Hazel is Adorable! Hazel seems to be listening to every word.
    Beautiful iris. Everything is just bursting around here too. We are having a cool late spring with quite a bit of wind, but the flowers, rhodys, azaleas, lilacs and even roses are just loving it.
    Are those robins’ eggs? I didn’t realize they are such a gorgeous shade of blue.
    Jan, I too am sorry for the loss of your sister. My mother died of COPD too. It has been about 24 years now and I still miss her so much. Take good care of yourself and God Bless you and your family.

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