Sunday, May 25, 2014

Between the rain

We have had a couple days of good weather between the rain...tomorrow brings thunderstorms which don't occur often up here in Maine. It was one of the first things my family noticed when we moved here nine years ago this very weekend. My, how time flies.

Friday our Military Appreciation Group from work was invited to participate in a memorial event;
(*you can read more about it here). 
We were honored to participate in one leg of this amazing memorial project. 
The rain held off until the afternoon.

Major David Cote developed this honorable memorial project; stones are engraved with the name and dates of every Maine Soldier that has given the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11/01 in the conflicts overseas. Patriot Riders transported the stones from Portland to Baxter State Park were hikers will take over 30 of those stones to the summit of Mt. Katahdin and back down. The stones are displayed at the MEPS in Portland and can be checked out by anyone.

          Semper Memento  ***  Remember You Always

Saturday morning we left the house at 6AM to meet up with friends on our way South to Augusta.The weather was much more pleasant this year as we placed flags at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The rain was a no show. :)

There was a wonderfully written article in the Bangor Daily News by Jim Evans. The following quote near the end of the story choked me up and overwhelmed me with tears.

 "Linwood Young, 84, of Smithfield, served 26 years in the Air Force 
and took his time walking through the cemetery.

“I figure I’ll be here someday,” he said. 
“This is nice to see the respect they give to the military.”"

 God Bless You, Linwood Young.
Thank you for your service.

After this moving memorial event we made our  in the other direction...headed North to The Forks to celebrate the union of some friends. They held a very sweet, simple ceremony on the deck of The Marshall's Inn. And later that evening the groom's band (he is the drummer) played a gig! It was a good ending to a great day. We made the drive back home and hit the bed around 1-ish.

Today was spent playing in the dirt sprucing up the flower beds, mowing, edging and prepping the garden.  I wanted to work in my flower beds early so I could plant my butt in my stitching seat....but after I showered from working in the yard I ended up taking my favorite type of nap...fresh from the shower, damp head on top of a made bed. It was a much needed cat nap.

I have been enjoying all of the patriotic patterns on everyone's posts so I went stash diving and pulled up a little kit given to me by one of my S-n-B sisters many moons ago.

I am enjoying the change in texture using the pearl cotton. 
I know, I got so many projects in the needle....

I was pleased to see that Chris from Tot Hill Farms enjoyed her give-away package. Here is a snap of my little finish and goodies she received.

Welcome to my newest followers; thank you for joining me. 

Wishing everyone a peaceful and relaxing remains to this memorial weekend.


KimM said...

Greetings. I found your blog and look forward to following you. Best wishes for a great Memorial Day.

Penny said...

I love reading about your Military Appreciation Group. A lovely quote from Linwood Young - brought tears to my eyes also. Love the little patriotic piece you are stitching! You put together a wonderful package for Chris! Glad you had a few days of good weather to enjoy - how odd that you don't get thunderstorms very often. :)

Anonymous said...

Wishing you a happy weekend as well.

I am glad to see that here in Florida that military members are getting more respect than in years past. More stories are on the news about their sacrifices and the difficulties the families face back at home.

It certainly wasn't that way after VietNam and those vets really had a hard time of it.

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's a nice little patriotic design.

Great package for Chris.

Barb said...

Thank you so much for what you are doing to honor our Vets.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Glad you did not let the rain put a damper on your Memorial Day plans.

Margaret said...

So lovely seeing all your Memorial Day commemorations. Also very interesting that thunderstorms don't happen often in Maine. Who knew? Love your stitching -- Chris' gift was wonderful!