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Memorial Day – USA

Although the focus of Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day) is for our fallen war veterans (and rightly so), most of us also use this time to remember and honor our family and friends who have died as well. My routine is to take fresh flowers to the graves of my grandparents, Virgil Lee and Virginia Lea (Pulliam) Falconer, my dad, Stanley Lee Falconer, my great grandparents, Dallas and Hermia (Bowyer) Falconer, and Susan Emily Pulliam. Last year (2014) with Memorial Day a bit earlier and the extended cold winter, there were few flowers about and no roses at all. So I started looking for attractive greenery. These included eastern red cedar branches and wild grape vines stuck in with the few irises and peony blossoms made for what I thought was an attractive bouquet. Even tried some dusty miller, but it wilts too quickly.

Although it is cold again this year (2015) and Memorial Day is early, we have had an abundance of flowers for decorations.  I liked the greenery from last year, so I still included some this year.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

tauna

Memorial Day - 2014.   With fewer flowers available due to cold weather, greenery, such as cedar trees, grapevines, and other greens contributed to a lovely bouquet.
Memorial Day – 2014. With fewer flowers available due to cold weather, greenery, such as cedar trees, grapevines, and other greens contributed to a lovely bouquet.
More flowers available, including roses.  My grandma always enjoyed roses, so I put more roses in her vase.
More flowers available, including roses. My grandma always enjoyed roses, so I put more roses in her vase.
Linneus, MO dressing up for Memorial Weekend and Day.
Linneus, MO dressing up for Memorial Weekend and Day.

Trudging Through

There’s my feet– literally – today.

Oops!  focused on my tattered 100% wool trench coat.  It wasn't tattered when i picked up for $2 at a second hand shop some 4 years ago.  Probably 60 plus years old, but still good.  Have been shopping for a 'new' one since it's practically ruint from snagging on brush I'm clearing.
Oops! focused on my tattered 100% wool trench coat. It wasn’t tattered when i picked up for $2 at a second hand shop some 4 years ago. Probably 60 plus years old, but still good. Have been shopping for a ‘new’ one since it’s practically ruint from snagging on brush I’m clearing.

Cold, blowing, gusting northerly wind making it feel like 12F (-11C) at best- deep snow bottomed out by 2 inches of mud – i trudged/hiked nearly 3 1/2 miles (round trip) to shift my cows to a paddock with fresh stockpile which they would need to fill their bellies in advance of the bitterly cold temps to come this week.  Glancing up occasionally to verify my position resulted in shards of blowing snow to my eyeballs.  Goggles would have been a good choice today! Too muddy and snowy to drive in any closer. Glad i had a trusty hickory shepherd’s crook to steady my steps whilst slipping around in rutted, muddy Cotton road. Took me 1 hr 20 minutes to make that hike back to the pickup. My hips were burning so badly, i could barely lift my feet above the snow for the next step – but step i must – there was no other option.  Total time from leaving the pickup to arriving back – 2 1/2 hours.   I certainly had my alone time for the day.

Morris Chapel Cemetery - 1 Feb 15
Morris Chapel Cemetery – 1 Feb 15
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One of the small creeks (cricks) along the way back.
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Sheep don’t even know it’s cold!
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The road ahead!
Queen of the Log!
Queen of the Log!