* I always love Memorial Day weekend -- the unofficial kick-off to summer. An excuse to grill more, wear flip-flops, hit the swimming pool, enjoy outdoor concerts and festivals, and entertain with friends and neighbors. But I have to admit, I'm often guilty of forgetting the true meaning of the Holiday -- to recognize those who have given the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us can enjoy the aforementioned items. To all the men and women who put their lives at stake so we can enjoy our country's freedoms, thank you!!
* Here on the East Coast, the blossoms and greenery are astonishing right now. Roses, iris, clematis, peonies, and too many more to mention are in full bloom right now. Wow! Decorate your house all you want, but nothing beats the color show that Mother Nature offers. (See pictures below)
* A little bit of history -- Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? Seems appropriate given the show Mother Nature is giving us right now. After World War I people began referring to it as Memorial Day. Hard to believe, but it wasn't an official US Holiday until 1971.
* This spring has been one of the busiest and craziest seasons I can remember in some time. Lots of calls, lots of estimates, and lots of great projects. We're cranking out the work right now, and looking forward to more great projects in the pipeline.
* Despite the fact that I've been running myself ragged between project management, meetings, and estimates, this has to be by far my favorite time of year. Between now and early July, everybody just seems to be in a better mood. Everybody's looking forward to summer, the kids (and teachers) are looking forward to break, the weather is gorgeous, the bugs aren't horrendous yet, everything is in bloom, the days are getting longer, the evenings are nicely pleasant -- I could go on. Enjoy it everybody. Before we know it we'll be in the dog days.
* As of the time I'm writing this post, I have absolutely no idea what my weekend menu includes, but I know it will involve the grill. My top 5 grilling items, in no particular order: Pork ribs (dry rub with wet on the side -- I'll post my recipe sometime if you're lucky), Fish Tacos, Kabobs, slow cooked Pork Butt (same rub and sauce as the ribs), and medium rare ribeye steaks. All with a good IPA to wash it down. There's a lot more too, but you get the idea.
* "I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did". ~Benjamin Harrison
* Random horticultural thought -- Why are annuals called annuals? Perennials I get, they come up perennially. But annuals? They don't come up annually. They last one season and boom. They're done. And yes, you could argue that you have to plant them annually, but that seems like kind of a cop-out answer to me.
* Canoeing and fishing are also on the agenda for the weekend. The one drawback of doing what I do for a living is that I have very little free time in the spring to enjoy these two favorite pursuits of mine. It's happening this weekend. I'm psyched.
* Happy Memorial Day everybody. Stay safe, have fun, enjoy life, and be thankful for what we have!