Thursday, May 21, 2020

What to Do for a Memorial Day Staycation?



By: Jaymie Leighton Müller
Title: Cast Iron Alibi
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries
Author: Victoria Hamilton
Website: Victoria Hamilton Mysteries

So... I normally head up to Canada to visit my Grandma Leighton for the Memorial Day long weekend - last year Jocie, Jakob and I all made the trek and had a cookout with grandma - but I won't be doing that this year.

However... we live on a Christmas tree farm and have bought a chunk of land next to us that we plan on converting into a pumpkin patch and holiday store fun spot, so there is a lot of work to be done.

Our little family is definitely going to take time this long weekend, though, for some at home staycation fun. We'll be doing a cookout, a camp fire, and Jocie and I are going to redecorate the big treehouse... we're making it over into a treehouse teahouse. At Jacob's store, The Junk Stops Here, he has a box of mismatched china plates, teacups and saucers that will be perfect to use, and for crafting material.

But we'll also be taking some family time to read this weekend. Jakob (I've convinced him to read for fun, not just forestry manuals!) is reading a double header... he's in the middle of The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and I suggested Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, a based-on-a-true-story biography that I found interesting, though ultimately sad. As a companion, I suggested he read The Wild Truth, by Carine McCandless, sister of the subject of Into the Wild, Chris McCandless.

Jocie is going to start reading one of my childhood favorite series, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. It's a timeless adventure tale that holds up superbly, with the benefit of several books in the series once she's done Lion, and a wonderful series of films based on the books!

Some of my reading material for the weekend is... cookbooks! I'm finally getting serious about The Vintage Kitchen, my cookbook based on my grandma's recipes. Maybe I'll even try out a couple of the recipes this weekend. (Who am I kidding?? I'll also be reading some of my favorite Regency romance novels, and bugging my author friend Melody Heath about when her next one is coming out!)


So... what are your Staycation plans? Gardening? Cooking? Reading???  


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97 comments:

  1. I sadly have to work non Memorial Day this year. But when I get home my family and I will be having from burgers on the grille and watch some fireworks.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  2. I think some burgers on the grill. My daughter has to work so I may have to babysit,
    debby236@gmail.com

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  3. As I work from home, I will be spending the long weekend in the garden working or on my porch reading. So sad the Canadian border isn't going to open until June 20th.

    ryannaward71(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  4. My staycation involves working in the garden, reading more books, and more walks with my husband. Normally we go to the beach but this year we will be enjoying the sun at home.
    Thanks for the chance! Jess
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

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  5. With doctor appointments with specialist two hours away on both Friday and Tuesday, it will be nice to stay at home during the holiday weekend. It wouldn't be Memorial Day weekend without a cookout. With modern day ways, grilling is year round, but as a kid Memorial Day weekend was the start of grilling season just as July 4th was for watermelons and homemade ice cream. We will definitely be upholding this family traditions just haven't decided on what the meal in be just yet. That mainly depends on what is in the freezer or what we might be able to find at the store since meat seems to be limited in variety these days. With the weather being nice and temperatures nice and more springlike now, it will be a nice time to sit on the front porch either reading a good book or photographing the wide array of daily critter visitors we have. Love getting photos of the migrating birds since they are here for such a short time and are so colorful.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

    Please be safe, stay healthy and by all means read a good book for a little adventure.
    Kay Garrett
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  6. We'll still be hiding at home on Memorial Day, but I'm hoping to get some takeout from the BBQ place near here. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  7. This weekend is a biggie. My 50th wedding anniversary. A small family celebration. In the future a trip that would be memorable and special. Perhaps Canada as I am Canadian and miss being there or a beautiful beach where I can read and relax. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I'll be working. Because it is in a winery, we'll be making wine slushies. I hope there are some left over at the end of the day. cheers (at) marjimmanor (dot) com

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  9. I have been on vacation all week, just relaxing since I have been working a lot of overtime. Christina-ladytina66@msn.com

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  10. Not much on the schedule for this weekend. I usually plant my flowers, herbs, and veggies. Hopefully weather will cooperate. I would like to go on a picnic with hubby but that too depends on the elements. Thank you for the opportunity. lsum1258 (at) aol (dot) com

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  11. A beautiful, unforgettable holiday weekend filled with sunshine, long walks, picnics and fun outside. Our grandchildren who fill our lives with joy and give us great pleasure. Ellie. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. I plan on taking a day trip to Books A Million and the rest of my weekend will be spent lost in a book. Angela -- bookaunt at outlook dot come

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  13. I work Saturday and Sunday of Memorial weekend, but Monday it’s supposed to rain. This means that I will split my time puttering around the house and reading. Thank for for the opportunity of this drawing.

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  14. I've been on Administrative Leave from my full-time job. Still have my part-time telecommute job, plus we're taking care of our two grandsons. One plan is to make homemade pizza (my husband makes the pizza crusts from scratch, I do the sauce and toppings. The grandsons love the spinach/mozzarella/garlic pizza the best! teenlibn at hotmail dot com

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  15. Sunday is our son's birthday so we will be having a special meal and upon his request, a carrot cake. Monday we will visit my husband's parents grave site to plant flowers and spruce it up. Otherwise it is a quiet weekend, enjoying all our work so far in our gardens and watching our cats chase Miller moths. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. My staycation plans are to order a bunch of delicious barbecue from our favorite place (curbside pick up), watch a bunch of movies and make a blanket fort with my son (it's supposed to rain all weekend here)

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  17. That's Monday, right? That's clinic day. Most holidays falling on Mondays aren't holidays for me! What I would LIKE to do is have a bbq party with my family!

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  18. I'm tired of cooking, going to order take out burgers and fries from the Pub a few blocks away. Have a great weekend. Kathy cookielady924@hotmail.com

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  19. This year my birthday is on Memorial Day. I am getting Free Little Library, which we will be installing that day in our front yard. So, excited to be sharing this with our neighbors.

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  20. We have a Zoom wedding on Sunday, and following that, there will be a car parade driving by the house to congratulate the new couple. Other than that, no special plans for the weekend. Except reading, of course, and I should be getting Cast Iron Alibi in the mail today!
    Michelle meeshpsych@aol.com

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    1. I accidentally forgot to include my name and email. So sorry: Jeanne, jeanne2@uakron.edu

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  22. My grandson is visiting from the UK. I'll be spoiling him. cmori54(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I'll be working on Memorial Day, I'm a nurse, so my schedule is set and doesn't change (unless I ask for a day off here and there!) SInce I work nights, we will likely BBQ before and maybe have a few neighbors over! Judy, judy399rn@gmail.com

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  24. Working this weekend. I'll be sleeping Monday!
    Techols9472@bellsouth.net

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  25. Memorial Day is when (in my family) we remember those who are not only gone but served in our military. Like my cousin Arnie, a first gen American. His father came to the US in the late 18 - early 1900's from Jerusalem (Israel) and married my great aunt. Arnie signed up and ended up serving in the Oxi-Moron branch of the Army (military intelligence). He was liaison to the German underground, a camp breaker (he spoke multiple languages) a Town Marshal and was at the Neurenburg Trials to identify his contacts. He came home a 1st. Lt. and based out of Ft. Meade in Maryland. He fought in three wars and is buried with honor in a National Cemetery near Corning, NY Major Arnold J. Lapiner. His wife Golda is right next to him. First Lieutenant Golda Lapiner.

    My Father and Step Father both served, two uncles and multiple cousins. My adopted daughter is a Ft. Hood graduate and served in Iraq. This all goes back to my first ancestor who came from Portugal in 1693 to Newport R.I. and helped found the Turo Synagogue. Rabbi Moses Seixas... His grandson joined the NY Militia and fought in the Revolution..

    This is who we remember and honor...

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  26. I am always down with Gardening, Cooking and Reading! We are frying chicken this weekend and sharing with our next door neighbor. A quiet at home Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for the giveaway and I love your books.❤
    bcollin981(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Staying home as Pa remains on lockdown. I am one of those crazy ones who follow the rules. Thanks for the giveaway and stay safe. paulie39@comcast.net

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    1. Im in PA too. Near Pittsburgh. Stay safe!

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  28. Our manager still won't open the pool or Bbeques so we are staying in and getting KFC and a pizza for dad since he don't like chicken.
    Penney
    penneyw ATsbcglobal.net

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  29. Relaxing and reading. Ellen underscore worgan at yahoo dot com

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  30. A teahouse treehouse - I love it! Our staycation will be more reading, and watching the History channel, probably get hubby to grill something. Staying home is just fine, no rush here to be out and about. And yes, as a matter of fact I read Donna Lea Simpson first :-)! Happy staycation and thanks for the giveaway.
    Sally
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. Just a relaxing, reflecting day here with my two kids and sister, looking through photo albums of my dad and Aunt Betty who were both in WW2, and both have passed. I will be thinking of them and all the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom! As for eats...hot dogs, pasta salad and other picnic foods.

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  32. We will be cooking out and swimming as long as the weather holds up for us. My name is Anita and email knucklehead7619@yahoo.com

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  33. We will be playing in the new above ground pool we bought with our not going to camp this summer funds. And I will be glued to my e-reader! Smallesq@yahoo.com.

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    1. First name is Michelle. ��. And could you give us some more Merry Muffins books? ��

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    2. I'm working on it!!! Double or Muffin will be coming out later this year...

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  34. Reading and knitting - I want to finish another pair of socks this month!
    Thank you!

    teabird17 **at** yahoo dot com

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  35. I’m spending the time on my front porch, home alone, reading and (hopefully) enjoying some good weather. Stay safe everyone!

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  36. Someday I am going to order the books I am missing. I love Vintage Kitchen :) Thanks for the good moments in life reading your books :)
    lcw1271@gmail.com

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  37. I’m moving on Tues the 26th, so I’ll just be finishing packing. We may grill though. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  38. I'll probably be reading and relaxing, with the stay at home policy here in Chicago, but by the end of this month we are free to bust out to hair salons, thank goodness and outside restaurant eating and I can't wait. Thanks for this amazingly generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  39. A family pool party to celebrate my husband's birthday. rebarger(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  40. Since my little grandson lives in NYC, I doubt that we will be able to visit anytime soon. So, I will continue reading and sewing, and visiting using electronic devices (video chats).

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  41. Usually help my brother open his pool on Memorial weekend but he's going to have to do without me this year! Can't wait for things to get back to normal. tWarner419@aol.com

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  42. We're finishing up a bathroom remodel, painting and re-facing a cabinet, building raised beds for the garden and putting up deer fencing. In between those projects, we'll be walking the dog and I'll be reading Gigi Pandian's The Lost Gargoyle of Paris.

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  43. Just hanging around the house this weekend. Lynn Brown jlb12563@sbcglobal.net

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  44. My husband and I will be putting in new pavers in the yard. I'll also be gardening and reading.
    Rita

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. Just a normal weekend, so I'll do a lot of reading out on the patio.
    -Jana
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  46. No plans as my area is still on lockdown. Nothing will be open meaning beaches and such. If weather is good sit on my baloney and read.Lois , rainonlois@aol.com

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  47. If my veteran father was still alive we would have a cookout and watch movies he liked. He passed last year so it is all different. We will probably do a lot of nothing and just be happy and feel blessed that we are all together. Thank you for the chance to win. I love this series! kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  48. Sitting on the deck in the backyard reading a cozy mystery. My mom is elderly and has asthma so we will be celebrating at home.:-)

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  49. Just a quiet day in isolation.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  50. I'll be working. I don't normally get holidays off so it's kind of just another day for me. Not sure what I'll do afterwards. Some chores around the house probably.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  51. if the weather warms up sufficiently, I need to finish planting my garden. Otherwise, will just be a weekend at home, may be we will grill some hamburgers and bratwurst. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  52. We don’t have any plans for the weekend
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  53. We’ll be doing a staycation - grilling and reading. The weather calls for shattered showers. Email booksnpugs(at) gmail (dot) com

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  54. No plans except to watch war movies and put out our flag and pray for the soldiers.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  55. We are going to have a cookout (the 4 kiddos still living at home with us), work in the yard... maybe some bike riding & definitely reading for me- oh, copious amounts of games too! Have a Glorious weekend y'all!
    Cheers-
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  56. My oldest son's birthday is Monday, so hoping to Zoom with him sometime during this weekend since we're still sheltering in place. Gardening would be nice and of course reading. I just saw the new movie "Call of the Wild" and highly recommend to you all, though best to wait till your husband finishes the book just to make sure he actually reads it. :D Love the Treehouse Teahouse idea! phyllis(at)evanspr(dot)net

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  57. We still have a stay at home order in place, so I'll being home. Hopefully it won't be raining and I can enjoy reading outside.
    Dianne diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. Quiet day reading. Love the Lady Anne Addison Mysteries!
    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  59. Sharon GuagliardoMay 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    I am cooking and reading this weekend. Thank you. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  60. I plan on watching some new movies I purchased - Knives Out, The Snoop Sisters series, Miss Bradley Mysteries, and the complete seriesof Rosemary and Thyme. Have a happy Memorial Day weekend.

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  61. probably barbecue some steaks and relax with a good book. thanks for the chance to win!

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  62. It is supposed to rain all weekend, but on if it doesn't rain I will be in backyard in the pool, reading and floating. I'm the only one in house that has Monday off of work so I have tv to myself all day. Saamm7(at)msn(dot).com

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  63. Thanks foe the chance to win! We are awaiting parts for our grill, so jo cookout this weekens, but plenty of yardwork if the weather cooperates! Also want to read a bit and craft a bit!

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  64. Staying home and enjoying each other's company. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  65. Staying home and working on planting more herbs and veggies in my container garden on my balcony.
    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  66. I don't think we have any Memorial Day plans. We're probably just going to stay home and continue to watch various tv shows, which is what we've been doing the last 2 1/2 months.
    kvmatlock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I am planning a quiet weekend at home. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. weather was not that nice... maybe that was a blessing. We stayed home and did things around the house. ilona(at)davisbunch(dot)net

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  69. We are just looking forward to my husband being home an extra day. Probably a drive and some walks as we continue to social distance.
    Gloria: browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  70. Read and plant flowers and get some tomato plants to plant too. Walk my dog cut the grass. Thank you for the chance Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  72. After 6 days of rain I am hoping to be able to get my vegetable garden planted this holiday weekend. janestarcher(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. Well, the two of us, my husband and I , will be staying at the house with our 5 sweet furbabies. I'll be making slaw and potato salad. He will be barbecuing. We will watch the Memorial Day program on PBS with Gary Sinese and Joe Mantegna. Afterwards we will both snuggle up with a book a few furry friends.
    laurie(dot)anismom2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  74. Just found a Vintage Book 1920 on making traditional old fashioned puddings. Weather is a bit cooler and lots of rain so it's the perfect time to exchange BBQ with delicious pudding. There's even a carrot pudding. Not sure I'll try that one yet. Thanks for the chance. scoobyvicki57@gmail.com

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  75. Our community pool decided not to open this season, so we will probably spend the weekend reorganizing the garage and grill BBQ chicken.
    jjs121(at)verizon(dot)net

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  76. No exciting plans here. I will probably be reading. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  77. Rib eyes and corn on the cob on the grill and oldies on the stereo

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  78. This year staying home and reading.
    lindalou64 (@)live (dot)com

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  79. Not sure if we're grilling burgers or chicken. Older daughter & her family might join us, but not sure. I'll invite younger daughter but she will probably pick up a work shift at the hospital. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  80. I'm reworking the garden, so I will probably be playing in the dirt, lol. The hubby bought ribs today, so I think we're going to have those or hot dogs. Thanks for the giveaway! elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  81. I will be wishing my son and daughter-in-law a happy 5th anniversary from afar!! Linda lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  82. No plans, just a quiet time at home.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  83. Just sitting home watching TV and reading

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  84. Staying home and reading and watching TV.

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  85. Staying home working in the garden.
    Theresa Norris
    weceno at yahoo dot com

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  86. We will be staying at home, reading and stitching. Burgers on the grill.
    sheilarbales(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  87. If the weather holds, I will be gardening. But if not, I will likely read, wine and make soft tacos from leftover slow roasted pork shoulder.
    littlelamblst (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  88. Hmmm this weekend - Saturday: planting the rest of our veggies, reading, cooking. Sunday: it is supposed to rain real good, so will be going to church online, doing some projects around the house, hanging out with friends in the evening with Google Hangouts Monday: is supposed to rain even harder than Sunday so we have planned some projects in the house, reading, sewing and cooking for the freezer quilting (dash) lady (at) comcast (dot) net

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  89. Hubby will be planting my replacement tomatoes as the orginal ones got taken by frost I am also hoping he gets to clean out my rose garden which is dedicated to my wonderful grandma who was 101 when she tripped in a school yard on the way to McDonalds 7 years ago. I will be watching from my scooter and hoping that we don't get too much rain as predicted. peggy clayton ptclayton2 at aol.com

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  90. I will be staying home and reading and enjoying being away from my work computer. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. Two different family BBQ's this weekend. Enjoying the sunshine too!

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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  92. Hello all... thank you so much for the overwhelming response... I deeply appreciate it, and read every single message. I have chose the winner, and am emailing her now. Again, thank you!

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