A little Memorial Day (Decoration Day) history. A year after the Civil War had ended on April 25, 1866 four young women pay a visit to tend the graves and decorate with memorial garlands of flowers of lost loved ones in a cemetery where both Confederate and Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Shiloh were buried. After decorating the Confederate graves they walked over to a plot where 40 Union soldiers were buried and scattered magnolia blossoms on the graves. The news of this compassionate gesture spread. Soon in many small towns throughout the country people were gathering at Civil War cemeteries and holding "memorial day" services. Today Memorial Day is recognized as a day honoring all of those who have fought America's wars and is legally observed on the last Monday in May.
We take this day to not only honor the memory of those who so courageously fought for our freedoms but to honor the memories of all loved ones lost.
I've had quite a busy week this week so I'll try and keep this post to a minimum.
I'm so excited that I have a finish to share. This piece is headed to my framer tomorrow and I'll be sure to snap a photo of the frame I have picked out for it. This is Be Thankful by Country Cottage Needleworks. I stitched it on a 25 count piece of Lugana called Dense Fog over 1. I made some color changes so here are the details.
Called For Lorrie's Choice
CC Bamboo WDW Amber for the flower
WDW Whiskey for the pumpkin
CC Roasted Chestnut WDW Rust
CC Sunflower WDW Squash
CC Khaki Mocha WDW Tiger Eye
WDW Molasses DMC Alternate 3031
WDW Moss DMC Alternate 469
I'm very pleased with how this one turned out and think it will be lovely in my Fall vignettes.
Our guy was here on Thursday to do the pin striping on the Camaro - I just love the back striping and the new wheels arrived on Friday and were installed on Saturday - very shiny!
A few others things I've been up to over the week. I've worked on baby afghan and it is coming along quite nicely. I baked a batch of my chocolate chip cookies, a potato salad, and a meatloaf. I will put the recipes on A Stitcher's Snippets Cooking on Tuesday so check out that tab in the header in a day or two. I also found time to stop in at JoAnne's and buy a few patriotic decorations for my 4th of July vignettes as well as this lovely new yarn. It feels just like a soft old t-shirt and can't wait to make a shawl out of it.
I also started reading 2 new books after finally finishing The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. I usually love her books but this one did not become enjoyable until 1/2 way through and then felt like not enough was written about that part of the character's lives.
I started reading Stephen King's 11/22/63 and it had me hooked before the end of the first chapter. This book is about 850 pages long and I'm already 160+ pages into it as it is hard to put down. I also started Dan Brown's Inferno and again was hooked within the first few pages of this book. I do love a real page turner!
I am pleased to welcome Brigitte to my blog and look forward to checking out her blog as well. It is so nice to share ideas with so many talented stitchers. I get some of my best inspiration by reading your blogs.
Well I think that pretty well wraps up my week. Expecting another short sleep night tonight as we have been experiencing thunderstorms through the wee hours of the morning here the past couple of nights and are expecting same tonight.