Memorial Day Weekend

I honestly can’t say we did that much to observe the true meaning of this weekend holiday, though we still enjoyed it…


Saturday Justin and I went into D.C. to a place that had specials on Scotch Whisky among other things. I picked up a bottle of Ardbeg 10 year and Laphroaig 10 year, while Justin got a 12 year Talisker and a 12 year Dalvinnie. We spent a couple hours that afternoon sampling. Good times. We’ve decided to do a “Scotch day” or more like night, where we all contribute three bottles with which to do battle and sack out at the Phillipson’s. Justin and I were thinking June, but Robert will be in town after 2 July, so we will probably do it then…
That evening, Jean and I took the kids over to her parents’ and had a nice dinner and chit chat.
Sunday we had planned on doing yard work, but abruptly had a change of heart and decided to hit the memorial day sales around here and at the Leesburg outlets. Lucas enjoyed the playground, but not much else. We stopped by the Klemm’s, who have made their rear backyard into a picnic paradise – what with the kid’s playhouse, a flower and vegetable garden picnic table with bench, and an enormous elm tree to shade the whole affair. We enjoyed it immensely and Lucas got to play with the kids.
Last night we grilled out (using my new hardwood charcoal from Trader Joes!!!) flank steaks and Jean laid out a table cloth and flowers on the deck table. An excellent dinner in good weather with the kids.
Today was all about Mr. Knick-Knack down in Clifton (the first time I’ve gone) and having a picnic in Clifton Park. Shelly, Preston, and Greg were there too, so while we got adult-speak, the kids got to play on the playground. We enjoyed munching on various things, including fresh peaches and blueberries that Shelly brought.
This morning I was able to move nearly all the wood from the back yard down beside the brush pile. This afternoon, Jean is out returning various things and getting more stuff. Lucas and Merrill are asleep (and I want to nap – it’s that perfect time of day) so I can sneak out back and leave the door open to listen while moving the rest of the wood. We’re trying to get the yard ready for the bonfire…