This day is coming to a close and I wanted to get my post in as I do every Memorial Day. I love that we have a holiday to honor our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have the freedoms in this country that we sometimes take for granted. I know many enjoy this long weekend. I sure do! Jack and I went to the cemetery on Saturday to put new decorations on his parent's graves and also to see the beautiful flags on all the graves of service men and women. I didn't have my camera so no pics of that,but today, as I usually do, I went to the parade downtown. The weather has been pretty warm for this time of year up here. In the 90's today and that's not Jack's cup of tea at all. He had been up with the chickens and did work on our garden before the heat kicked in but decided to pass on standing in the sun for the parade.
I love how hard many folks try to keep our downtown looking pretty and inviting. It's hard to have a thriving business community in these small towns. I remember when we moved here back in the 70's. The downtown had many stores and it was always busy. That was before Wal-Mart and malls and now we have the internet that also has hurt even the big malls and box stores. Cute cafes and antique stores seem to be the new downtown draw for tourists and locals. We do have a little of both. So as the day comes to a close I know Jack and I are both tired as we spent the rest of our day off planting our garden, painting, and getting all our deck furniture down from the garage loft. I hope everyone had a chance to thank a service man or woman and pay respects for this special day. I guess it's time to let Summer begin!