IS a day worth such an observance. More about that later on...
Our Hoosierland weather for today sees a cessation in the rain for most of the day, with a small chance of a scattered light shower later.
|And get your FLAG out, people.|
*** First off of the flagpole is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
MAY 28 -
---it's National Coq Au Vin Day
---It's National Paperclip Day
---It's MEMORIAL DAY
*** Next, our weekend around the "Fortress" was a bit on the unusual side. Allow me to explain...
Grocery went normal, even though the store was more crowded than usual (holiday weekends do that stuff), and we got home without a problem. Wifey went up to the mall for her "nail job", No problem there.
|This guy's SMART - does it in the FALL! (note to self)|
|What a wonderful EXHAUST smell I discovered.|
Yep, in the garage, engine running, burning fuel. That's what I get for NOTsetting the timer I always use to give me a 15-minute window for doing this. A victim of my own chiding - called FOCUS.
But, we weren't finished yet.
I (somehow) felt this was not necessary, and was pretty much opposed to having her on the road on a VERY busy weekend and having to deal with Indy traffic with the race there and all.
Well, she left anyway, leaving me a worrying mess, and after about two hours into her "jaunt", I get a call from Wifey's aunt saying her dad had run out of SINUS MEDS and that was the cause of his discomfort and NOT a heart issue. I told her aunt to ring up Wifey to tell her. Wifey calls me back and I said come on back home...which she did, but not after driving the Interstate for FOUR hours (plus). There goes a half tank of fuel we bought earlier in the day, but she got home after 10 PM, more than a bit tired.
NOT have her out there this weekend, and told her my gut feeling was not to go in the first place. Point taken.
You don't always have to acquiesce to fate every time it knocks at the door.
Indy 500 was worth the watch. Great to see another 1st time winner (Takuma Sato - Japan). I always like the underdog in this race, and Sato came close in 2012 (but I did like Dario more - he's of Scottish lineage...sorry).
And Sato's win marks another win in the racing belt of the Andretti family...always good to see that. Helio came in second (damn).
As for what today brings us...we'll take it as it comes, and not before. As for dinner? Home made mac and cheese and hamburgers for today. Nothing fancy...just tasty. And maybe a Yuengling to wash it all down.
*** Next up, let's see what's been going on at "Kitten Corner"...
|"I haz...a dubble?"|
After Wifey left to drive to Vincennes, they stayed close by me until she came home.
Then, they hung around her. In between that, they took to watching outside, making sure everything was fine.
Funny thing, Wifey was playing with Violet using the laser pointer. I was coming in from doing some hedge trimming, and the cat had a head of steam going. I stopped in the family room...Violet didn't and wound up with a spread-eagle CLING to my camos, digging into both thighs. The look on my face must have been priceless, as was the picture itself (if anyone had a camera, that is)...LOL.
I can see the headline now:
|"Daddy told me he was okay".|
*** Next, let's spend some time with our "Tales Of Midnight"...
|Resting between rainstorms.|
Oh, and he's a very good "supervisor" when it comes to trimming foliage...guards the tools well enough and never takes his eyes off of you.
He also naps off the patio so soundly, that birds have a chance to come for seed ON the patio itself.
*** Last back to the garage...Memorial Day is a day with more importance attached to it than many people realize.
WHY behind their freedom.
One might say there's a blatant lack of respect shown by the people.
It's not all about sales at a store, or even a cookout, or fireworks...it's about a stoic resolve by those in uniform who served, fought, bled and died on battlefields both here and nations abroad that make those cookouts and sales possible.
My Dad was keen on letting me know this when I was young, and I have never forgotten it over six decades. All the parades we attended as I was growing up tend to leave a lasting impression.
OF those fallen. We remember what they did, the conditions in which they performed, and the sacrifices they made JUST so everyone else could sleep a little easier at night, and breathe a little freer each day.
To those who served, the securing and preservation of freedom was a "job that needed to be done", and one in which our armed services performed in an exemplary manner.
To every other John and Jane Doe across our nation, I would remind them that such valor and honor is an example that we can ALL learn from, even if a uniform is never worn. We must all rise to the occasion, and embrace our freedom, rather than exploit it or waste it upon frivolous pursuits.
Freedom is as precious gift as the time we are all allotted on this good earth. It's never guaranteed, and often must be fought for...and the price can be costly to bear.
GOD every day for His divine PROVIDENCE along these lines.
Do have yourselves a good Memorial Day.
Stay SAFE out there, America.