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What is Memorial Day All About?

Fireworks with flagMemorial Day is being celebrated in the high desert by many at the San Bernardino County Fair. This weekend holiday is a time for barbecues and partying as people gear up early for the summer. But what is the real meaning of Memorial Day?

Memorial Day originated on May 30, 1868 as an occasion to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers. Twenty years after that the name was changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day. On May 11, 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.

I wonder how many will unite in prayer tomorrow. A resolution  was passed by Congress on May 11, 1950 requesting a proclamation to be issued by the President for the people of the United States to unite in prayer during each Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, declared a federal holiday in 1971 by President Nixon, is now observed on the last Monday of May in honor of all who have died in wars.

Join with me in a moment of silence to honor men and women who died in wars so that you and I may be free and enjoy life.

Crazy For the Taste of Pumpkin

Oh, Pumpkin Patch!

The weather changed overnight.

I cruised by our largest commercial pumpkin farm in Apple Valley on Bear Valley Road near Deep Creek Road. And it’s getting close to that time when the gates are opened and families pour in to select their favorite future Jack O’Lantern.

A little crispness in the night air and I find myself sepatch 02arching through my boxes of  Halloween decorations.  Have you dug through your utensil drawer for that serrated carving tool that makes creating the scariest face a breeze?  Have you sipped the first pumpkin-flavored latte at your favorite coffee shop, even though it was nearly 100 degrees outside? Have you pulled out your favorite Pumpkin recipes? Have you secretly wished for frost?

I know you have!! I bet you even took a whiff of “pumpkin spice” from your kitchen spice rack.

While you’re excitement level is at an all-time high, since the doldrums of a humid summer, why not share your favorite Pumpkin recipe right here. Check out the new Pumpkin Recipe Contest. Go to the blog post for Sept 16th and select a bold text title from the last paragraph. (To make it easy, I’ve posted the titles here for you…) Yummy titles such as Pumpkin Delight, Pumpkin Bars, Pumpkin Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Cheesecake remind families that holidays are coming soon.

Post your favorite Pumpkin recipe and you just might be seen sipping a winner’s-grinning-smile of Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks!

Excuse me while I take some Pumpkin muffins  out of the oven … and eat every last one!

Rusty LaGrange

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Holiday Vintage Finds

Blogging about vintage finds is a fun hobby for many people to do in the High Desert. Three people within the last week have shared their vintage shopping finds or experiences with me. One collects baby items, and one couple loves to collect antique rustic vintage things. They all go yard saling, looking for that special antique or old vintage piece to add to their collections. The ideal early Saturday or Sunday morning for vintage shoppers is to head out early for yard sales and also stop for breakfast at one of the Molly’s or Rusty’s restaurants (I know there are others, but these are definitely two of my favorites) while out and about. You don’t have to be looking for anything in particular. However, it does help to have a cell phone with a Wi-Fi with you to look up vintage or antique items to check out prices.

When I went by Carriage House Antiques in Hesperia to pick up a layaway last weekend, I couldn’t resist walking around. It’s a relaxing place to shop and dream – and, of course, to buy that vintage item you really don’t want to go home without. One of my favorite vintage items I picked up that day happened to be an old vintage Bible. I opened it to see the price and saw that it said FREE. One thing I like about it is that it has a great concordance in the back. The vintage Bible has a new home now – mine.

The Holy Bible

A Day Spent with High Desert Authors, Writers, and Vintage Entrepreneurs

Saturday, December 10th, has been a fun and busy day meeting and visiting with High Desert writers, authors, and entrepreneurs. The morning began with the California Writers’ Club, High Desert Branch. Several authors, including a guest Vietnam veteran, presented their books for a group book signing today at the fast-growing club. Interested in learning how to write? This writers’ group has much to offer: critique groups, guest speakers, writers’ conferences, and the opportunity to  meet monthly with other High Desert writers and authors. It’s a wonderful group to be a part of.

After the writers’ meeting and Christmas luncheon this afternoon, I stopped by the Antique Station on Highway 18. It’s a place you can easily lose track of time in as there are many vendors’ spaces. It’s fun to shop there and not so easy to leave without making a purchase. Cookbooks seem to sparkle as I walk by them. There’s just something about them that makes resisting too much to deal with. So I stop and browse through the recipes as though I’ve never cooked before. I think I’m becoming like a friend described herself recently. She said she loves to read cookbooks from cover to cover. Collecting cookbooks is one of my hobbies, and I blog about cooking and everything to do with kitchens, too.

The purchase of my cookbook was made, and I made my way over to join a group of entrepreneurs at the quaint vintage shop near the Antique Station. The  vintage shop is owned by the friendly and lovely Linda Marie over on Route 66. I remember when Linda Marie had just opened the shop. In one year’s time, talented vendors began displaying their vintage items and handmade crafts. Now it looks like a little village and looked beautifully festive on this chilly evening with the Christmas lights. Hors deuvres, wine, hot apple cider, and coffee were available as the guests enjoyed mingling. New friends and entrepreneur connections were made, and like-minded individuals enjoyed an evening of simple, down-to-earth conversation – the kind of thing High Desert Blogging is all about.

Damaris and Family


Pictures taken at Linda Marie’s will continue today. Come back to see additional pictures.

Holiday Weekend and Fire

What a combination for travel on the I15 in the High Desert – holiday and fire! Due to the Oak Hills fire this afternoon the drive that we normally take up the 15 changed to the “back way” up through Crestline. It’s a terrible way to begin the Labor Day weekend or any day for people forced to evacuate their homes. Imagine not just sitting in traffic or driving the long way around but worrying about your family, pets, home, and personal belongings that you cherish. Then they have to find a place to stay, easy for some with nearby family and/or friends but difficult for others like the elderly or ones whose family don’t live close.

Need new tires? PEPBOYS has a special right now: buy three tires and get one free! At least this PEPBOYS does that my husband and I went to today in the High Desert.That’s what we’ve done on this Saturday of the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Must one go out of town or go somewhere to enjoy a holiday? Sometimes it’s good to just stay home and recoup from a hectic week. To not have to go anywhere or do anything is a nice thing to enjoy on a holiday weekend.

I think the best fun on a holiday is to spend it with family and friends. When you don’t have family and friends nearby, call them.


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