Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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My family enjoys day trips to nearby large cities. On Memorial day weekend we like to visit Washington DC. Spending the day walking among the many memorials is a good way to remember the purpose of the Memorial Day holiday.

This trip we visited Jefferson Memorial and Robert Lee's home in Arlington Cemetery for the first time. I have a few photos posted below.

Jefferson Memorial view as we walked around the tidal basin

we walked under the famous cherry blossom trees

unfortunately no longer blooming in May

front of Robert E Lee's House
(sorry there isn't more in the photo-

I was admiring the huge front porch, columns, and the dental trim)

this is the view from Robert Lee's front porch
the building at the end of the bridge is Lincoln's Memorial

A great way to visit the city is to park at Arlington Cemetery and then walk across the bridge to the back of Lincoln's Memorial. Visit the memorial, sit on the front steps and enjoy the view for a little and then continue on-the Washington Mall is directly in front of you and hosts all the war memorials.

graves and flags at Arlington

flowers at the World War II Memorial

Monday we honored Memorial Day with a small town tribute and parade. I live in between 3 small country towns that make up our school district. I think the combined population is 17,000. Each memorial day one of those town takes turns hosting the parade and tribute. This year the town of Richland hosted the event.

It started with our high school band playing at the town's World War II memorial park where a wreath was placed. Then a small parade of veterans lead the band, the boy scouts and some fire trucks up Main Street to the town cemetery.

At the cemetery the crowd was addressed by a local pastor and a current officer in the military just back from Iraq. There was a 21 gun salute and taps and our band closed the ceremony.

here are some photos.

placing the wreath in the memorial park at the start of the parade

Here is our high school band.

They are awesome!!

parading down Main Street to the cemetary

arriving at the cemetary

helmet, gun, boots

tribute at the cemetary

How do you spend your weekend? I hope it was filled with family, friends, fun, good weather and food....and thoughts of appreciation for our military and their families!

Friday, May 23, 2008

topiary art

This pair of topiary tins is available on my ebay site. This morning I put them on sale at $16.50 for the pair - with an opening bid of $13.25..... I have a few sets left but then they are discontinued....
you can find them at too!
I hope everyone enjoys thier holiday weekend...ours is filled with soccer games, a local parade and hopefully a day trip to Washington DC. Its one of our favorite day trips - along with New York City and new to the list Philadelphia. We spent an afternoon walking around Philadelphia in April during a college visitation to Drexel University. The statues that are on display throughout the city and carved into the old buildings are amazing. Next time I will be sure to take my camera to share a few photos with you.
Reminder: The May Summer Fun Recipe Giveaway is in progress. Find the entry by scrolling down this page. Use the comments link at the bottom to post a favorite summer recipe and you are automatically entered in my drawing to win a decorative recipe book stand. valued at $30.00. My blog is very new with a small following so be sure to enter - you have a great chance of winning!!

Enjoy your weekend kicking off Summer 2008!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

White Porch Rocking Chair

This morning I am ordering a pair of white rocking chairs as part of our porch makeover.

I found this beautiful porch rocker ~ with good reviews and free shipping!!!

Next on the list .....perhaps a small rug for under the swing......

Monday, May 19, 2008

Win this Recipe Book Stand.....

Summer Fun Recipe Contest....
Have a favorite summer recipe you'd like to share....... Leave a comment with the recipe on this post and you will be entered in our drawing to win this awesome book stand. The stand will be a great decorative accent and useful as well.
(Regularly $30 at

Please enter by May 31 - drawing will be held beginning of June and winner to be announced by June 3rd.

any me at

Friday, May 9, 2008

Shelley B Fire Fly Jar

New firefly jar at Shelley B Home and Holiday.

Fun Summer Decor for patio or home.

Play the video to see the lightening bugs in action. Bug lights are on individual

cords and can be rearranged for different lighting pattern.

cost is $ 14.00 each

Powered by small watch batteries placed under the lid

First set of batteries is included, you will need to keep replacement batteries on hand.

The word summer is painted on one side of the jar, but can easily be removed with a razor blade. Jar is 6 inches tall and has a twist on metal lid. Its filled with plastic "pine needles, leaves, and grass", holes are punched in the jar lid!

This reminds me so much of summer fun in the back yard!!

Contact me at to order yours

or call Shelley B Home and Holiday at (717) 866 7493

I accept paypal and credit cards.