But here we are anyway, with a big holiday weekend and no where to go. Since today is Three on Thursday, I thought I'd share three things we usually do and three things we'll be doing instead this year.
For those who don't really know what I'm talking about, usually every Memorial Day weekend, we go to my sister's house in WV, where most of the family and tons of friends gather on one of the days for a big picnic. It's one of the highlights of the year for everyone, and kicks off summer in a great way (even to me, not a summer fan).
1. Usually - we spend the couple of weeks prior to our weekend away collecting things we want to take with us (games, gifts, etc.) or, in the day or so before we would leave, baking cookies or some other treat to take along.
Instead - we have been deciding what we want to fix for ourselves, and if we want our "holiday" meal to be on the holiday itself (Monday) or one of the other weekend days. Not nearly as much fun, or quite as anticipatory.
2. Usually - we decide ahead of time which friends we would like to be sure to see while we're home and see if they will be at the picnic or if we'll get together separately, or both. A lot of people are only around one of the days of the weekend since they have other plans, so we have to try and get a chance to see them when it works for their schedule. We also decide what games we want to play at the picnic, and choose teams if appropriate (I still get chosen last. Some things never change!).
Instead - we have planned a "party" Zoom meeting on Sunday afternoon with most of the family. This way, at least we'll get to see the ones we most want to see and catch up a bit.
3. Usually - the menu includes so much variety, that you can easily spend the day trying everything there and not try it all. Everyone brings something, and all the family provides the basics. Even if you are a vegetarian as we are, there is an enormous choice of goodies. Hamlet, and Dug before him, think it's the best day of their lives because everyone is giving them food! Both of them have been known to park themselves in one place for most of the day - next to the grill! We also spend a large portion on the morning of the picnic decorating the yard and setting things up.
Instead - the choices will be much more limited, Hamlet will get a *doggie* treat, and we'll just eat in our own garden, ourselves. That's already set up.
So, it will be a nice weekend anyway. But a whole lot quieter, a whole lot calmer, and not quite as funny or noisy or silly.
On the plus side - DEFINITELY not as much clean-up.
Though I'd trade for that happily at this point. 😊
My niece Amanda sent me this photo yesterday, which is appropriate for today's post. Here is our sweet Dug the Doodle Dog, taking a break after "helping" us get my sister's yard ready and decorated the day of the big picnic. I love this photo so much, I decided to share.
Whatever you do, have a good holiday weekend - or regular weekend, for those of you elsewhere - and stay safe!