1. The US of A celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday. Does your family have any military ties? If so, tell us about them.
Of recent years, both my nephews.
My dad served in WWII, husband, my uncles and several cousins served. Very proud of all of them willing to serve.
I think many people confuse Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day and Veterans' Day. Wikipedia says,
2. Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips, mac and cheese, macaroni salad...your favorite BBQ side? Potato salad. How many of these do you make from scratch vs. buying from the deli? Potato salad always and beans if it counts to use canned beans. I have made baked beans totally from scratch, but it’s quicker with canned beans.
3. I enjoyed asking this question back when the Hodgepodge was a regular thing...Lake Superior State University posts a list each year of words they think should be banished from the Queen's English for misuse, overuse, and/or general uselessness. The 2020 list includes-quid pro quo, artisanal, curated, influencer, literally, I mean, living my best life, mouthful (word used by foodies to describe texture of food in their mouth), chirp (basically an insult, you can read more on the website), jelly (short for jealous), totes (short for totally), vibe, and OK Boomer (internet response from millenial to older generation).
Of the words/phrases listed which would you most like to see 'banned'?
Literally. I am sick of hearing the word “literally!” It is soooooo overly misused. Funny, several on the list I’ve not heard used. And tired of hearing “quid pro quo!”
4. I'm sure next year's list will be filled with words springing out of this weird season we're all in currently. What word or phrase associated with the Corona would you be happy to hear less often?
It would be a toss-up between self-quarantine and deaths.
5. The month of May wraps up in just a few days. Bid her adieu in ten words or less.
Farewell, merry month of May. Don’t come again too soon.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
This was a very unusual Memorial Day weekend. Although I did go to church, I spent the rest of the weekend alone. It rained almost the entire weekend. I had a Zoom fellowship on Saturday evening and got to briefly say hello to a few people at church. There was a break in the weather so, after church on Sunday, I went to place a flag upon Jay‘s grave. There were flags everywhere at the cemetery.
My dilemma at this time is trying to settle on the wording for the gravestone. I have been pondering (pondering has now become obsessing) over this for the last five months. It has been so difficult for me trying to decide what I want to say (it is written in stone, after all). The size of the gravestone and the fact that it is a gravestone for both of us presents a problem because I am limited in the number of words that can be engraved. I need to make a decision as I cannot place flowers on the grave until the stone is there with the attached vase.
As a kid, I remember this time of year being called Decoration Day where my grandparents lived in Arkansas. Everyone would go out to the cemetery to decorate graves. My cousin sent a few photos to me of my Grandma and Grandpa's gravesite, along with others. She said they had been out to clean up all the gravesites and put flowers out.
And, I also seem to recall when we visited Israel being told that once a year graves were whitewashed so that no one might accidentally step on one and contaminate themselves. I found this on Bible Hub: "contact with a sepulchre brought with it ceremonial uncleanness, and all burial-places were accordingly white-washed once a year, on the 15th day of the month Adar--i.e., about the beginning of March--that passers-by might be warned by them, as they were of the approach of a leper by his cry, "Unclean, unclean!" And you remember that Jesus said Pharisees were like white-washed sepulchers--clean on the outside--dead on the inside. So, technically, maybe that's what started what we know as Decoration Day!!!
Green, Green, the grass is green … so much rain!
And the vitex in full bloom1