Celebrating, Donating and Spending Time With Friends and Family

This weekend has been bittersweet as we continue to think about all the victims from Hurricane Harvey and still try to celebrate with family and friends. Missing my cruise enabled me to stay here and attend church yesterday, learn about how I could contribute a small donation to UMCOR to provide relief kits or other materials to disaster relief efforts, attend a barbeque with old friends and see their house for the first time, and visit my brother and eat and swim at his house for the first time in many months!

The tiki bar and outdoor kitchen at our friends Billy & Lisa’s house

I invite you to click on the link for United Methodist Church on Relief to learn how to donate. 100% of your donation goes to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Every little bit helps whether you donate $1 or $1000, they need all the help they can get. In Port Aransas, they are asking for more clean up type items instead of clothing. There was a list on facebook of needed items but I have not been able to find it this morning. Go to their chamber of commerce page and ask if interested.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Labor Day! Thanks for your support, comments and visiting my little blog!


Day 36-Free Days-Reason to Celebrate


Ok, I found this flag pic on Pinterest and thought it represented my hope that you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend. 🇺🇸 It kind f reminds me of the old ads where the kid says, with arms out wide, “I love you this much!”

I “worked” a few hours this morning and spent the afternoon with friends, I say worked that way because my job isn’t like work at all, I’m simply helping someone out and we’ve created such a bond that it doesn’t feel like work at all.  Since the holiday is about   celebrating the achievements of American workers, I thought it appropriate to say I did work for a little bit today.

Labor Day is really a tribute to the American Labor force and what it took to improve work place conditions. On this day in 1882, several thousand workers took to the streets of New York to participate in possibly the first Labor Day parade ever. They took time off with no pay. It was important to get the message across and became so popular that other states soon passed legislation to make it a holiday as well.

The official holiday wasn’t approved until 1894 and while the founder of it is still in question, that doesn’t stop millions of people from observing it. So, I do hope you had fun in whatever way you chose to celebrate today, I know we did-alcohol free for me, but plenty of pool time and fun in the sun. We also ate bbq, a very popular thing to do. How do you celebrate Labor Day? Did you work or get the day off? Let me know in the comments and I’ll see you tomorrow, when hopefully I’ll have come up with a new theme for this week. 😉