Memorial Day ~ Delaware downtown sunrise


Hope you have a fantastic parade,

family time, barbecue picnic ~

Happy Memorial Day!

The Delaware Gazette 

newspaper building is 

on the left side midway

down in this photograph.

I’m up on Lake Erie, one of the

Great Lakes, with my “shadow,” 

grandson, Micah Robert.

I will spend time with dear Mom,

my brothers Randy and Rich,

and amazing sister-in-law Susan.

What are you up to today?

πŸ‡±πŸ‡· πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ    πŸ—πŸ”πŸŒ­    πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡±πŸ‡·


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    • We had a marvelous time, Shehanne! xoxo
      Thank you very much. I have written serious Memorial Day messages before and decided to allow others to share their more somber thoughts today. πŸ’–

    • Derrick, thanks for letting me know you were helping out in gardening!
      I chose to be less serious today, a few times in past years have written about mental (PTSD) issues of one grandfather and one cousin (Viet Nam). Seemed like this would be the year of simply celebrating life and peace. xo

  1. One of the things that I valued most highly in the USA is that there is due deference shown to Veterans, wars past and those that suffered or gave their lives for Freedom. Xx

    • Yes, so true of a few past posts I have written in the past, Fiona. The two who gave their mental stability due to wars in my family have had their stories told.
      It seemed more pleasant to concentrate on hope and peace in small towns across the country. Micah and I went to a Memorial Day parade, as well as showed respect by listening to a veteran at a cemetery. Hugs xo

  2. Wishing you a very special day, Robin! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€How special to be surrounded by all your family. I’m en route to a special gardens which I hope to share everyone soon…we will lunch with the family there too. Hugs xx

    • It is such a warm blessing in troubled times to have three days off and spend family time together. I meant no disrespect towards servicemen and women, but have posted three Memorial Day stories of war and honor. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
      This photograph represents the hope and love of small towns across America for peace. Thanks for sharing about your family lunch in special gardens! Hope you had a lovely day! πŸ˜€ 🏡 🌻 🌸 xo

  3. Have a fabulous Memorial Day Robin! Love the early morning photo.
    You are so lucky to have a shadow like Micah!

    • Thank you so much, Sandhya! I really feel blessed with family and my sweet, patient shadow.
      I have posted at least three serious Memorial Day posts so decided to say I believe in small town parades and visiting a cemetery. Micah and I listened to a decorated veteran, my two family members who suffered from PTSD were my grandfather and cousin.
      Thank goodness for love, hope and peace. Wishing you a lovely week after this Memorial Day. πŸ’–πŸ’

  4. I love that photo. How many downtowns across the country look so similar? I treasure the sight of them. We’re having rain, rain, rain here in the Mohawk Valley. I don’t mind. Perhaps I could take a few grey pictures for my own blog post later today.

    • Hahaha, you silly but sweet young woman! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the smiles!
      I’m very happy with this photograph to share since it took three weeks for me to have enough light reflecting in Windows and less cars parked downtown.
      The food and company made the weekend! How did your Memorial Day weekend turn out?! xo

      • Aren’t you sweet, calling me young! If you’re trying to get on my sweet side, that is the way to do it. My weekend was not too bad. The rain actually made for a more interesting run on Monday.

  5. Lovely photo, Robin. It looks like a photo from the past–Main Street, America.
    I hope you have a wonderful day with your family. I’m off to the gym in a bit, and then writing, writing, writing. πŸ™‚

    • Merrill, exercise and writing sound very enthusiastic, productive and energetic! Hope it was a fantastic weekend. πŸ™‚
      We had a great weekend and I am reluctant to think about work tomorrow. . .

    • Thanks so much, Phil! I take this town I chose for granted but over the weekend, Micah (aged 8 grandson) and I listened to a veteran and saw a Memorial Day parade. We did have a conversation about how lucky it is to have hope and peace right now (tentative as it may be. . .)
      Hope you had a blast or family fun, enjoying time off. As well as showing respect to this around you who may have served or are being remembered. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  6. A lovely photo, Robin. Catching up on end of the year school work, working on the porch, and hoping to see an old WWII movie on TV, like The Longest Day. Enjoy your day.

    • Sounds like both productive time well spent and reflective time for Memorial Day weekend, Jennie. 🌻
      Thanks for calling the picture here, “lovely!” πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
      Micah and I watched a parade and listened to a decorated veteran. Last few years, I have posted a more serious story or poem.
      This weekend, two bbq picnics, and two beach times on Lake Erie. We took Mom out to see family at one picnic, watered plants and she loved baby goslings who waddled past us and into a small lake.🐀🐀

      • Sounds like a wonderful day, Robin. Some Memorial Day years need to be cheerful and some more somber. Like you, I just know what feels right each year. Thank you for telling me about your day! πŸ™‚πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    • Thank you, Sarah! It took me a few times to capture the early morning’s light, especially on the flags downtown Delaware, Ohio. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
      We actually were at Randy’s North Ridgeville, Ohio gallery and home, so the parade and cemetery we saw were there locally. (About three hours from this town in the picture and Micah’s and my homes.)

      Micah and I listened to a decorated veteran’s story about war. It was both fascinating and sad.
      Hope yours was relaxing and happy vacationing, dear Sarah and Paul! xo

      • We did have a good vacation – and Paul kept everyone and everything in order at home! I’m planning on getting back to commenting here sometime either today or tomorrow. I’m pretty caught up at home now, since getting back!

      • Oh, so glad you came home to things in order and caught up, Sarah. Taking a vacation is a great way to feel rejuvenated. πŸ™‚

    • Chris, so glad you liked this hometown I usually am in for past 30 years. Thank you for the compliment on the light. It took me a few early mornings to capture few cars and brighter lighting before work. πŸ™‚ Hope yours was peaceful and relaxing. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    • Sylvia, hope yours was special and peaceful. Micah and I saw a parade in the town my artist brother Randy lives in and we also saw a cemetery, listened to a decorated veteran’s story.
      Peace and blessings sent your way, dear. πŸ•Š ❀

    • I do so love the way old buildings in small towns look, too. ❀
      Hope you had a chance to relax and maybe have an ice cream cone to start the summer off. . . Your work with animals is such a special gift to them, takes time and patience. xo

    • So true, sweet Pauline! ❀ I had a chance to show your Siddy to my Mom over the weekend. He was looking dapper with his bandanna.
      We sat outside in the memory care garden, watching Micah fill up the watering can and making sure all the roses, azaleas and other plants were taken care of. We went to Rich and Susan’s as mentioned for a bbq picnic, but he had to wear a waterproof parka! It was storming that evening. Have a pleasant week ahead. xo

    • Luanne, thanks so much for the excitement over “green” on Thursday! I thought of you as we drove past free soyfields and then up in Cleveland, Rocky River Reservation area, cliffs and trees. You were in my prayers, too over your health issues. When I think of them, I take a moment. . . πŸ•Š
      Hugs to you, your husband and little gentle pets! xo

    • I hope you had special moments and will check up on you (must wait till tomorrow), hoping your expression of “feeling emotionally grateful” is not due to surviving a fall or anything else, dear friend. xo
      I am grateful to have you, today and my family around. Thanks, Colleen! I did have a wonderful weekend. πŸ™‚

      • Nothing to worry about on this end Robin. Just when I think of the reason we have some of these holidays, it makes me think of their stories, the loss, the loves waiting behind…I can really delve into the human stories. I’ve heard enough of them in my job history that I don’t have to imagine them.

  7. I hope you enjoyed your family time up at the lake with your mom, Robin. We took Tornado Boy to the parade in town and to a little traveling old-time circus – a fundraiser for the Lion’s Club. πŸ˜€

  8. What an adorable, almost “movie set” photo – cars all gone to make way for a parade honoring fallen soldiers.

    Tink & I spent most of the day outdoors before walking over to “Aunt Peggy’s” for quite a lengthy visit on her porch. We came home and went to bed “early” (for us) – so that we could get up and out to spend several hours with “Uncle Jason” at a beautiful park overlooking the Ohio River and the entire city.

    I’m sure it doesn’t sound like much of a celebration compared to many, but any day I don’t spend hours and hours in front of my computer is a holiday indeed! Like you, I did a serious Memorial Day post last year, but decided to go another way this year. I *really* needed the break.

    And to ALL our veterans and the families of the fallen: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

    • Your heart and soul are so warm and caring, Madelyn.
      I was happy to take a few photos in the morning during the week before I went north on Friday to Cleveland.
      I wanted to capture the town, as you pictured, before a parade. . .
      It’s been years since my grown children are now parents, so they realize Mom and siblings (plus sister in law) are my holiday “go to” folks.
      I take photos and send them via texts. They return with either a call or messages for those with me.
      I think your celebration sounds relaxing while mine sounds (and was) rather hectic. Two beach days with my brother Randy and grandson, Micah. Two morning visits with Mom, two evening ones. We doubled up on Sunday. Picnic with Rich and Susan’s grandchildren and then, a quiet meal out Sat night, picnic on Friday with Randy and “my shadow” boy. xo Driving home it was nice to have someone to talk to, though! Micah is fun at 8.

      • I’m worn out just reading about your holiday – lol – but I know you love seeing the grandchildren as well as the older family members.

        I love the name Micah, btw – and some day I hope to figure out how to take & send a photo from my phone. For some reason it never gets there (esp. when I send them to an email address – even my own).

      • This was nice of you to “feel my pain” and hope a little of my holiday joy. πŸ˜‰
        Micah is a book in the Bible, so it’s been around awhile.
        (We aren’t religious but I took my three children to church many years, as a single mom. πŸ™‚ I feel I have faith.) Thank you for liking my daughter’s choice of his name.
        I have basically “taken down” my email account. I weekly go and delete between 8,000 to 19,000 emails at the library since I think they take up too much room and data on my cellphone.
        When I take a photo on my phone, it gives me choices. It can be deleted, edited or there is a sideways < which I can send my photo to be posted on WordPress. Ask a person where you bought your phone, Madelyn. They should help you; you paid and still pay for their services.

      • I have no clue how to do some of the everyday stuff on my phone. πŸ™„ The Verizon woman who sold me my phone, literally “hides” when I enter the store. A nice, young man who found out we were both graduates (many years apart) of BGSU, Zach now helps me. I have returned his favors by buying a Moto phone for my 12 year old grandson and a tablet for Micah, his brother. Meanwhile, I cannot do a lot of the really easy processes because Zach says I need to delete some photos and blog posts.
        So sorry about your deterred transportation, Madelyn. I have to work (at a warehouse) since I took out about 60% of my teaching retirement money, trying to hold onto a dream house and marriage.
        Oh! Excited to tell you, Verizon has a troubleshooting team on their call center. Maybe, check out Apple who may “remote” connect to your phone and help you with the emails not receiving photos from your phone. xo

      • If Zach works on commission, you have more than paid for his time through your purchases. Win-win!

        My savings were depleted keeping a roof over my head during several years with PTSD and depression after I was gang-mugged & not really able to keep up with self-employment – so I’m right there with you. I doubt I would have retired in any case, but it would be nice not to worry that if I do not continue working I’ll be a bag lady.

        I’ll give the Apple Store a call to see if one of their Geniuses can talk me through it (not being sarcastic – that’s what they call them). πŸ™‚ FIRST, I have to find all my passwords (Verizon included). Tiered tasks make me crazy! You?

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