Did you do anything special for Memorial Day? Do you make a distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
Technically Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives in the service of our country. It originally began with the honoring of soldiers who died during the Civil War. At that time, it was called Dedication Day. After WW I the name was changed to Memorial Day, recognized all who died in service to their country, and is celebrated on the last Monday in May.
Veterans Day is November 11 and began after WWI commemorating the signing of the Armistice that was on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. I think that is so cool. This holiday honors all who serve or have served in the military.
On both holidays we have parades, speeches, and picnics kind of like the 4th of July. Small towns seem to get into those celebrations more than urban locations. In my book THE THEATRE I have a lovely scene in the small town park with the characters celebrating, eating, and having fun.
We had our family (9 of us) at the lake. Grilled hot dogs (I used a sausage that I hope I can find again. It was yummy). Potato salad straight from Albertsons. It’s every bit as good as what I make myself and sooo much easier. 😊 Campbell’s Vegetarian Baked Beans. I cannot tell it doesn’t have real bacon in it. Great flavor. Lots of calories, so I eat a small spoonful. And wonderful watermelon and cantaloupe. Everyone’s favorite Cape Cod Potato Chips. We ate the whole bag!
Last but definitely not least the star of the meal: GF and EF Key Lime Pie made by our granddaughter Lilly. Oh, my this was even better than it looks. We’ve already put in a request for a repeat appearance for Father’s Day. 😊
Totally blew my calorie count for the day, but it was worth it.
I got to kayak for the first time in 2 years! (It’s so much easier down 30 lbs!) This was my first experience getting in the kayak with the lake so low. Surprisingly, it was actually easier. I so love kayaking. Sarah raced me. I almost beat her. 😊 The grands played on the Lilly pad and the kayaks. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. 88-94, but the wind was blowing a gale. Oddly, it didn’t ruffle the water or make waves. Usually we have waves when we have wind that strong, so it made for perfect kayaking and sitting around chatting.
L-Sarah & me. You’ll note she has good taste in color wearing a turquoise life vest.
C-All three grands paddling away Lilly in front, Sarah in middle, and Nelson (Lilly’s older brother) in rear.
R-Hazel, Sarah’s pup is watching her parents set out the Lilly pad. (Charley is not fond of Hazel. We’re hoping she’ll grow on him. She’s really a doll, and all puppy! A bit much for our almost 9 year-old.)
All in all, a super day of family, fun, and food. We talked whether any of us had lost anyone in a war. We had not. I’m sure my parents knew people who died in a war, but none of us did. Still, we expressed our thanks for their sacrifice that allows us to live in the country that is struggling to live up to its ideals. I believe that ultimately, we will.
The End! Finally, I got to the end of the story in Book 10, and even better I discovered the title. Just like with TAINTED, the title was in my blurb I wrote before I began writing, and it showed up in the first couple of pages. Can’t tell you how thrilled I am. I’ll share it later and get your take on it. It’s of course, not in stone at this point. 🙂
Of course, you guys who’ve been with me a while realize, writing “The End” doesn’t mean the book is done. Now the real work begins with all the rewrites and edits. After I finish my part and before I send it to my editor, I’ll ask for any of y’all who’d like to be a Beta Reader to volunteer. That means, I want you to look for story line flaws and timeline screw ups or where I’ve confused characters. (It’s actually pretty easy to do that in the heat of throwing up words on the screen.) 😊 Hopefully, I’ll find most of those myself, but I’m looking for you to tell me: This does not make sense. Or “What about XXXX?
But I’m not ready yet. I’ve got to read through to catch what I can and then do my search for overused words. That’s labor intensive and takes some time.
I’m planning on some sort of contest in my Newsletter for a chance to have your name in this book. The character is someone whose house the heroine is redecorating. Did I tell you the heroine is an interior designer with her own shop and teaching classes at the city college? Well, she is. She’s the sister of the heroine in COMPROMISE.
Hopefully, I can send Book 10 (I almost told the title then!) to the Beta Readers before we go on vacation mid-July. That’s the plan.
So, did you do anything special for Memorial Day? Do you make a distinction between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
Please continue to pray for the people of Uvalde and the Ukraine.
As always, I’d love to hear from you.