Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday and a federal holiday observed every year on the last Monday in May. It honors those who died serving the United States military. It is also seen as the start of the summer season.
Only one holiday honors fallen American veterans, is celebrated at family barbecues and marks the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day 2019 does just that!
All non-essential government offices are closed including schools, people usually have the day off work, and some local businesses may not be open as well.
Memorial Day Quotes:
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, it’s honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.”
“On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!”
Memorial Day 2019 Poem:
© Victor C. Kleinschmit
Someone’s child, left long ago,
A strange land,
Someone’s foe. An unmarked grave, fields of green,
Just eighteen. Winds of freedom, wash us now,
This I vow.
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Enjoy a safe and patriotic Memorial Day 2019!
Here are the travel secrets to packing for your next trip – packing light and packing tight!
Hey, guys…here’s a packing list that will be invaluable for many trips to come! It’s nice to be reminded of everything you need to take on a trip. Everyone has so many things to think about when getting ready to travel that a little help with the packing is very much appreciated!
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For everyone…here’s travel gear ideas that will make your trip easier to prepare for and more enjoyable.
Tip 1 – Keep an ongoing list of items on your phone of absolute essentials to pack for every trip (charger, cleanser, glasses, bathing suit, sunscreen, etc.) makes last-minute packing a lot less stressful because there’s always a personal checklist for reference.
Tip 2 – Have a small zippered pouch in your carry-on bag to stash all the things that you want to keep with you on a flight. This may include: headphones, earplugs, EmergenC, phone, wallet, etc. When you board, just pull that pouch out and toss it into the seat. You are now ready to place your carry-on in the overhead bin, quickly and efficiently.
Time for a trip? These travel tips will be a great help!
Buena Vista is a small community with big time attractions and lots of things to do.
Been There – Loved It!
* Best Fly Fishing in the state of Colorado, if not in the U.S. If you’re an experienced angler, you can set out on your own. However, beginners and those that want to improve their skills might want to hire a guide.
* Perfect Base Camp for activities in the Arkansas River Valley – Horseback riding, Jeep tours, Mine tours, Rafting – Watch out for the Hair Raising Rapids of Pine Creek. For those that like to zipline, you will not be disappointed!
* Access to the Monarch Crest Trail for biking – 11 miles all above 11,000 feet (Bring O2) – You can also access a lower altitude flatter trail in the area (No O2 required on this one).
* Collegiate Peaks mountain climbing – A Fourteen-er Location that will add to your Over 50 list of Fourteen-er accomplishments in Colorado.
* Quaint little home town feel to enjoy great shopping, art galleries and restaurants. There is also camping facilities in the area.
Buena Vista should be at the top of your “bucket list” of places to visit!
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Mothers Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed throughout the world. The American origin of Mothers Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.
While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May. It traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Anna Jarvis also began the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day. A colored carnation if your mother is living and white if she’s not. It was intended to be a simple, inexpensive symbol of love and respect for the person who loved you before you even knew how to spell the word.
Unfortunately, the story of Anna Jarvis has a bittersweet ending. At first, people observed Mother’s Day by attending church, writing letters to their mothers, and spending time together.
As the years passed though, more people began buying cards, presents, and flowers. Anna felt that Mother’s Day became much too commercialized. She was outraged when the price of carnations rose significantly and attacked florists as “profiteers.”
Jarvis filed a lawsuit to stop a 1923 Mother’s Day festival. She was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a war mothers’ convention where women were selling carnations to raise money. Said Anna: “This is not what I intended. I wanted a day of sentiment, not profit.”
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Thank You, Mother
Once upon a memory
Someone wiped away a tear
Held me close and loved me,
Thank you, Mother dear.
Happy Mothers Day from Colorado Springs Over 50!
Who doesn’t love Mothers Day Cookies?
So many of us associate cookies with our mothers baking cookies for special occasions and after-school treats. We have a few ideas for you that makes a plain sugar cookie into a “master piece.”
But first a little history about Mother’s Day…
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed throughout the world. The American origin of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
To make these Mothers Day cookies, use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then, decorate them as you see in the photos. This is a great time for your creativity to shine!
Mothers Day Cookies #1
Mothers Day Cookies #2
Mothers Day Cookies #3
A tip for decorating sugar cookies: Make icing with confectioners’ sugar and milk. Make it fairly thin and ‘paint’ the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off. For Cookies 2 & 3 above, you might want the frosting a little thicker.
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Breckenridge is a Great Place for a Summer or Winter Vacation!
We love this place!
* You will enjoy good food and accommodations with a mountain atmosphere
* Perks: Easy to get to with lots of winter & summer activities
* You’ll love the historic atmosphere of Breck – Founded in 1859 – the largest historic district in Colorado
* Breck has a rich and colorful history!
* Average daily summer temperature at 77 degrees
* Breckenridge Ski Resort is the 2nd most visited ski & snowboard destination in the U.S.
* The Nordic Center offers Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing; Also, dog sledding tours with Real Siberian dogs
* Mountain biking, hiking trails – Especially the Peaks Trail connecting Breckenridge and Frisco
* Quandary Peak (a Fourteen-er) is really close for spectacular hiking opportunities
* The AVA Colorado Zipline is close by in Idaho Springs
* The Pine Cove Campground and Peak One Campground are close by in Frisco
* The Silverthrone shopping outlet is only a few miles away off I-70!
* Boating activities on nearby Lake Dillon
* Boutique shops, food cuisine variety and over 30 bars located on Main Street alone
Petunias are a great Colorado summer flower. They are tolerant of heat so they require less water. However, we check ours every day to see if they need a drink.
Wave petunias are especially nice because they create gorgeous cascades of color in hanging baskets and decorative pots. However, it’s important that these vigorous flowers get their space. Don’t over pack them…just a few plants go a long way in a container. You want to encourage them to trail over the sides which they will do if they aren’t “fighting” for root space and nutrition.
Care of Petunias
When planting petunias in containers, be sure not to crowd your plants. Limit yourself to three per 12-inch pot. If they start to flag or grow leggy, cut them back and fertilize them. They should branch out with vigor.
Cut flowers for bouquets frequently to encourage new growth and remove dead flower heads as soon as they appear.Every few days, give them a long, slow drink.
Wetting the flowers and foliage can promote disease, so water either from below or close to the surface of the soil. In order to not waterlog the roots, make sure your container has very good drainage.
Petunias are heavy feeders. Apply a slow release fertilizer at the time of planting. Follow up with a liquid fertilizer every week or two throughout the season. Source…
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