Holiday Weekend Preparation

Holiday time!  Time to get ready and did we get ready!  We have big plans for this holiday weekend and luckily (and rather unusually) Steve has a lot of time off so he was able to help us get ready!

We started yesterday with our annual strawberry picking and I can’t wait to make so many yummy, dairy free treats!

L picked her very own bucket without complaint while H, who skipped nap, stole my strawberries and declared them to be her own; weasel.

Last year I posted pictures of each year and while they have grown so much their sloppy strawberry eating has not!

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When we got home, I cut my peonies which are making a comeback.  We moved my plants two years ago and I didn’t think they were going to make it.  For years I would get anywhere from 250 blooms to 300 blooms.  We had peonies in every room!  The neighbors had peonies, my friends had peonies, if you stopped by you got a vase full of them.  Now I only get about 50 but I’ll take that over zero.

They are so beautiful but don’t last long so you have to enjoy them while they’re hot!  And just look at these beauties!

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While I was doing that the girls helped Steve mow the lawn and clean the lawnmower.

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Lastly, and my favorite part, was letting them decorate!

Oh my Lordy!  There is nothing better than what a child thinks is party ready!

The girls are super excited because Uncle Joe is coming to visit and he was in the Navy.  I explained to the girls all about Memorial Day and even though Uncle Joe (and Pop- our veterans) are still alive, they are still proud to show him their decorating!

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We have a weekend full of fun including beach time, bbq time, and my favorite, relaxing with some of my favorite people!

I can’t wait to visit all my favorite bloggers next week since I am taking a mini social media break in honor of our Men and Women.

What exciting plans do you have?

Little by Little

My Favorite Night in Salisbury

Our little red-neck Eastern Shore town has some well hidden jewels spread about.   Some things like The Acorn Market, best deli here, Specific Gravity, best pizza and beer, or The Cove Beach are all wonderful places that I treasure dearly and they actually keep me sane when I am beating my head with mild hatred towards this town.

Down town on The Plaza the road is brick and lined with beautiful trees that are always lite up with white lights.  There are store front shopping and restaurants on either side of the street, some amazing little boutiques, and restaurants, some are offices of lawyers and accountants and then many are vacant.  I’m not sure why this town can’t get it together because this would be an amazing place to wander on the weekends.

Every year the town does hold the Salisbury Festival.  There are bands, carnival games and rides, a beer garden, food vendors and the like however I will not go because it is home to the seediest of characters the world has ever encountered.

Now another hidden secret is the Third Friday events the town has been hosting every month for years now.  I just found out about it last year but only finally decided to go a few months ago at a friend’s urging.  She assured me it was nothing like the Salisbury Festival and she was right! 

The Third Friday is a fun gathering of all the local artists, there are bands, food, beer (really need a better beer garden- I just bring my own), bouncy houses, face painting and more.  I love it.  We go every month now and in fact I can’t wait for it to come around.  Once the weather gets too cool they move everything inside.

Once a month I feel like I am back home in a cool little town when everyone is out to have fun!  Last night was especially wonderful with the go-go guy playing music on his buckets.  The kids had a blast and I could have watched them all night enjoy his music and helping him play.

Of course because it is the month of Halloween my girls were dressed up but that made it all the more fun in my eyes!  These are photos from last night venture.

So excited to go!

My monthly dates!

The guys warming up. The played all night even while the kids were playing. he, in the hat- I guess it’s his show, was awesome!

Seriously? The kids were more excited about the book mobile than anything else!

the girls had a great time beating on the “drums”

 There is always room for more vendors, artists, bakers, causes so contact the town of Salisbury if you are interested in setting up shop!