Just in Time…

…for the Major League Soccer season opener in Seattle my flagpole was ready to hoist it’s flags. We’re proud to wave the American flag and our Seattle Sounders flag, too. We also have our Marine Corp flag that will be waving proudly.


Dear mixed up the concrete base for the flagpole on Saturday. On Monday we were ready to set the telescoping flag pole in and to raise the flags. Josh and Dear did the honors. Long may they wave! We take them down at Sunset since we do not have a light to illuminate the Stars and Stripes.

Last night at the opening ceremonies they had representatives from all the Military Service Branches. They unrolled and held and waved huge flags on the pitch. The Few. The Proud. The Marines. They were the brightest and the best. They never flinched, slouched, or let go of the flag. I bumped into a few of them during halftime and complimented them. Of course they replied “Thank you Ma’am” , because they are very polite, too.


Our daughter is marrying a Marine and we are proud of him! OO-RAH!

The origin of OO-RAH ~

U.S. Marines were the word’s first proprietors, using it to express contentment or to set expectations. And although use-dependent, the word OO-RAH can take on a variety of meanings. Now after languishing in military jargon obscurity for decades, it has rapidly become much more commonly known as even civilians associate its use with Marines.

The spelling of the word has never been standardized, as is often the case with phonetic interpretations of a sound that can only be properly formed at the bottom of the lungs. Variant spellings include “OORAH,” “OOHRAH,” and “OOH-RAH.” However it is spelled, it is recognizable as distinctly Marine whether spoken or written, and it can easily be distinguished from the Army version, the venerable but significantly less motivating “HOO-AH.”

Hope your Wednesday is going well. I’m a wee bit tuckered out from all the partying and fun we’ve been having around here this week. I slept in and missed my Zumba class this morning. I’m enjoying a little sunshine but I hear it’s not suppose to last so for the time being I’ll bask in it. Tomorrow I’ll be making corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

These things I warmly wish to you-
Someone to love
Some work to do
A bit o’ sun
A bit o’ cheer
And a guardian angel always near.


Dance as if no one were watching,
Sing as if no one were listening,
And live every day as if it were your last.


May your home always be too small to hold all your friends.
God is good, but never dance in a small boat.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

9 thoughts on “Just in Time…

  1. Wow, Ellen – you guys are serious about your flags at your house!!! Love them.

    I always thought the Marines has the best looking uniform! When you go to DC, you might check out the National Marine Corp Museum if you have time.

  2. I like to see enthusiasm like this!! God bless America and all of our service men and women!

    ps my son and his family live in Snohomish. We visit once a year. They had a baby girl in January and Tula makes three…girls. (:

  3. “God is good, but never dance in a small boat.”~~~~LOL. I am in awe of the military and their families….what a life to live. Hope your week keeps a party going….you are so worth celebrating LONG and FUN!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday, Ellen! I read about your party at Judy’s and Annaliese’s blogs. So glad they were able to share that special time with you. Your children went all out! I am proud of them. It seems to me that you are much loved….what a blessing! Makes turning 60 okay, huh?

  5. I love seeing flags flying. We put our out everyday.
    Ask your sil to be if he ever heard of Marine Gen. Libutti. He is a dear friend of mine, we grew up together.

  6. We’re serious about flags here too! TGD flies many flags – if you come to our house on your birthday there’s a good chance your flag will fly from our flag pole. Right now we’re flying the Alberta flag in honour of our daughter who had a birthday this month.

  7. I am so glad you cleeared that up for me, I always thought it was boo-Rah!

    Love our American flag! My dad owns all the American flags as a volunteer flag history speaker. He hangs them all flat from hooks from the eaves of his house on holidays. People ring his door bell to ask about the collection; they get more information than they bargained for!

  8. Thank you so much for your tribute to the U S Marines and our flag. My husband retired from the Corps after spending twenty years in the Marine Corps and my son four years. We were blessed to have Marine Guards at my husbands funeral on the plains of Oklahoma. One of my daughters is a National Park Ranger and we were given an American Flag that flew over Independence Hall in his honor. The men and women of the Corps are always in my thoughts.

    Your daughter is blessed to marry a Marine. They are good men, husbands and fathers.

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