Some Gave All ~Memorial Day Hodgpodge

1. The US of A celebrated Memorial Day this past Monday. Does your family have any military ties? If so, tell us about them.

We do not have any family member who died in combat but we do have Veterans. Our daughter has educated us on the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Memorial Day is not a day to honor anyone who has served but it is for military members who have died in combat. Our son in law is a non-active Marine who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He saw some of his Marine buddies die. The collage above shows Marines who were serving the same time as Andrew and who died while serving. These are those who we honor on Memorial Day. My father in law served in World War II. My brother in law served in Viet Nam and it took a toll on his life. My father-in-law and brother-in-law are both buried at the same cemetery, Riverside National Cemetery in California. They were buried 30 years apart. 

2. Cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, potato chips, mac and cheese, macaroni salad…your favorite BBQ side? How many of these do you make from scratch vs. buying from the deli?

Does opening up a can or a box qualify as scratch? 🙂 I enjoy potato salad from scratch but I’ll go for Coleslaw from the deli. I have never made potato chips. I’ve doctored up a can of beans. 

3.  I enjoyed asking this question back when the Hodgepodge was a regular thing…Lake Superior State University posts a list each year of words they think should be banished from the Queen’s English for misuse, overuse, and/or general uselessness. The 2020 list includes-quid pro quo, artisanal, curated, influencer, literally, I mean, living my best life, mouthful (word used by foodies to describe texture of food in their mouth), chirp (basically an insult, you can read more on the website), jelly (short for jealous), totes (short for totally), vibe, and OK Boomer (internet response from millenial to older generation).

Of the words/phrases listed which would you most like to see ‘banned’?

Well I’m happy to say I haven’t heard most of these. Something about Living my best life doesn’t ring true to me. It seems like something that comes out of the mouth of health and wealth false teachers/charlatans.

4. I’m sure next year’s list will be filled with words springing out of this weird season we’re all in currently. What word or phrase associated with the Corona would you be happy to hear less often?

“Social Distancing” “Self Quarantine”

5.  The month of May wraps up in just a few days. Bid her adieu in ten words or less.

May, thank you for opening welcome doors back to normal. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Here in Northeastern Washington where the population is low and the COVID-19 numbers are low, too, we have some normalcy returning. Dear and I went to a local eatery on Sunday for a burger and it felt as if things were normal in the establishment except for a table here and there that they had a sign on that said “Governor’s Table”. Made us chuckle. Something that is not normal yet is my COVID-19 hair. Oye and ouch. My mop needs a lot of help!

Photo from Mother’s Day with some gifts from our kids.

Thank you to Joyce for asking the questions and managing Hodgepodge.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

10 thoughts on “Some Gave All ~Memorial Day Hodgpodge

  1. Hello, My father, uncles and brother and nephew were all in the service. I always wish for other options than wars, peace would be nice. I am thankful for our heroes. Great memories and post for Memorial Day. Take care and have a great day!

  2. Your hair looks pretty good. Mine, on the other hand. 😖 It stresses me out so much that I am in hiding. Glad that things are returning, however slowly, to some sense of normal.

    Love, Vee

  3. I’m glad things are easing for you. There are plans to ease things here in the UK but living in London the idea of being out and about and social distancing is a bit scary as it’s going to be difficult. My Covid hair is awful but I’m past worrying about it now. I may even take a leap and get it cut short when I can and go back to being grey!

  4. I was able to have my hair done yesterday. I was her first appointment and the shop had been closed two days prior so felt perfectly fine. Took my temp upon entry, hand sanitized, we both wore masks and it feels fabulous!! I wish I knew more about my dad’s many wartime experiences. His generation didn’t talk about things the way we do now.

  5. I know that about Memorial Day but everything I watched was also speaking about veterans so I couldn’t help but thank my son in law for his service. Enjoyed reading your answers. Governor’s table is pretty funny. Love the photo on Mother’s Day.

  6. We only had a few cases of the virus but now that some things are opening up we are getting more cases each day!
    I knew the difference between the two holidays also. Ken was in the Navy 20 years.
    Both his dad and mine and step dad as well as 6 uncles were all served.

  7. Ellen – I can see your hair has gotten a little longer, but you still look FABULOUS, darling! I once made the mistake of thanking current family members who have served on Memorial Day, and they politely informed me I should reserve that for those who have sacrificed their lives. Got it. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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