Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Most people (and I used to be one of them when I was younger), considered Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, as the unofficial start to summer. There is so much more to this important national holiday. It’s our country’s remembrance and tribute to our fallen heroes, the men and women who died defending our country. Because of these brave American Soldiers, we are able to live as a free nation. Good and bad, America is still the best country in the world, thanks to those who gave up their lives to defend its freedom.

On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The holidays included Washington's Birthday, now celebrated as Presidents' Day; Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971. Correction - Veterans Day was removed from this list of always-on-Monday holidays when it was moved back to its traditional date of November 11, by act of Congress in 1975, effective 1978. Thank you Heather at Pixie Dust for bringing this to my attention. Today, honoring soldiers on Memorial Day often takes the form of special ceremonies, speeches, and laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

The tradition of the red poppy has become a formality of Memorial Day which is often overlooked. Inspired by a poem entitled, In Flanders Fields, the poppy has become the flower symbol for the Memorial Day Holiday. From the poem, written by Canadian physician and soldier John McCrae, we develop a sense that the poppy represents the blood shed by soldiers during times of war. After World War I, many women began selling red poppies in honor of Memorial Day, to raise money for families affected by the war.

Thank you to all the Military men and women who have served and are serving our country, sacrificing their lives for our freedom. Thank you E for all you have sacrificed and keeping our country safe. I love you so very much!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Where I've Been...

Sorry I have been MIA. I have been spring cleaning and re-organizing our home, which involved a lot of rooms-especially my craft room. I always do a big cleaning twice a year. Unfortunately, the home that we live in on post is showing its age and constantly needs to be cleaned. You dust and vacuum and after 5 minutes you have to start all over again. LOL I really enjoy cleaning, doing laundry and cooking. Before, I met E I always focused on my career and I never thought that I would enjoy being a housewife. I love being a Household 6 and I so treasure being home for our fur babies. E told me he sees such a difference in Holly since he "retired" me. He says she seems happier and he loves seeing my little shadow follow me around the house even when he is home.

Another reason I have been so busy with the cleaning and re-organizing is that I will be working this Summer as a part-time teacher's aide/assistant for my sewing instructor Sue. She approached me and asked if I would be interested in helping her out. This program/camp for children is called Activ8 and they have all different types of classes that children can take. I am excited to learn from Sue how to teach sewing to others. I will be able to utilize this experience when we retire (down the road) up in the Adirondacks and there I will be able to teach sewing to Military Spouses, children, etc.

I will be blogging about my experience and will be able to accomplish a lot of other projects I would like to tackle this summer. Also, I will be starting to plan out what I will be making for the holidays this year (ie. gifts, home decor, etc.).

Have a wonderful evening!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Mother's Day.

Here is one of the presents I made my Mom (I love the fabric so much that I made the same one for myself :-) and a bracelet as well.

I also made my MIL a different tote bag. It has a beautiful blue and cream toile with the same blue liner inside. The pictures of the bracelet and my MIL's tote got deleted off my card :-( I am going to ask them to take pictures and send them to me.

Enjoy your special day everyone!!

All my best,

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!

May 7th is a very special day! It is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. 

Back in 1984, President Ronald Reagan created this special holiday just for us military spouses in recognition of the sacrifice that we make. We think military spouses should be thanked everyday because for without our “service” the United States Armed Forces wouldn’t be able to do what they do.
President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of the military spouse’s commitment to the readiness and Well-Being of servicemembers, and on May 23, 1984, he signed a proclamation that set aside the Friday before Mother’s Day each year as Military Spouse Day.

I wish all my fellow spouses a very special Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!!

All my best,

Monday, May 3, 2010

Blogger love from Pixie Dust

Heather at Pixie Dust was so sweet to give me this award. She has a wonderful, lovely blog and is so enjoyable to read. Please stop by and say "Hello."

I am to list 10 things (in no particular order) that make me happy and pass along to 10 lovely bloggers.

10 things I love:

1. My heart, my soul mate, my best friend...E

2. The weekend E came home from Iraq.

3. Our fur babies...Patch (our one-eyed wonder cat) and Holly (our loving, big-hearted lap dog).

4. Back home in Brooklyn, NY...where I grew up.

5. The city and place where I met and fell in love with E.

6. Our view of the lake where we will retire. We can't wait to build our home here.

7. Sewing

8. Crafting

9. Coffee

10. Horses

I'm passing this award to (in no particular order):

Have a wonderful evening.

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