It’s Memorial Day Weekend

Why do we observe Memorial Day—Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. … Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. (

I love this photo and think I probably used it on another Memorial Day.  It was taken by John Novotny, a Big Timber resident.  This is the Big Timber, MT cemetery and each Memorial Day a ceremony is held at the cemetery honoring all those who died while serving in the US military.  Saturday the Cowboy and I paid a visit to the cemetery to search for his grandparents headstones–it took some sleuthing and walking but finally we were successful–

My father was a big believer in Memorial Day.  He and my mother would go to the cemeteries, neaten the graves of our deceased relatives and place flowers.

Thursday the Cowboy worked on the R-Pod all day.  We do indeed need new brakes in spite of being told the brakes were fine.  We had a couple water leaks which were quickly/easily repaired.  The furnace works as does the refrigerator, hot water heater and water pump.  As soon as the sun decides to shine again we just might head out on a little shake down cruise!  We joined a Facebook R-Pod group which has turned out to be a very, very active bunch of folks.  We’ve learned a lot and acquired some great ideas.  I finished the valances for the motorhome and remodeled the dining table chairs–they had this icky, dusty, dirty skirt around the bottom of the fabric cushions–not any more!

Friday was a town day–tons of errands, lunch at the Grand (my favorite place to eat in Big Timber) and finally home where I threw together a fruit salad and walked the pooch before heading up to Geoff and Nancy’s for dinner.  Claire and Robyn were also there and it was so good to see them again.  A very enjoyable evening as always!

While in town on Saturday we met up with friends Jon and Joan–Jon has a greenhouse north of town and it seems he had tomatoes ready.  Big, beautiful, tasty tomatoes–I brought home six pounds!!  This southern girl does like tomatoes!

Do you know that if you ship a USPS One Rate Box to a US military address in a foreign country the box will ship for the same one rate as if you were shipping in the US?  Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know 🙂 –the clerk in our Big Timber post office didn’t know it either but she quickly learned when I said I wasn’t paying $71 to ship a birthday present to our granddaughter in Germany!! 🙂 We had a good laugh/conversation while she clicked buttons on the computer and finally made it cooperate!  Success!

Saturday it stopped raining long enough for the Cowboy to work on the blasted motorhome again and for me to get the grass mowed.  Sunday the forecast is for lots of rain–I feel sorry for the folks trying to camp this weekend!



6 thoughts on “It’s Memorial Day Weekend

  1. Such a lovely tribute in your little town. Can’t believe that people lie about something as important as brakes!! You’re so fortunate the Cowboy can fix anything. Looking forward to seeing where you get to 🙂


    1. I consider us very fortunate to have the Cowboy’s skills! Brakes on that small a trailer pulling it with our big ole pickup aren’t a scary thing but it does help to have brakes!


  2. How sweet that your RV repairs are seemingly easy for the Cowboy.
    Do hope you will share pictures of the Motorhome when you finish
    with all the repairs and decorative work.
    Maybe with the rain Sunday you both get a day off.


    1. That’s funny you picked up on the “easy” part Linda! After reading the blog the Cowboy said about the plumbing repair, “I’m not so sure I agree with the “easy” or “quick” part of that statement! 🙂


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