Happy Labor Day, friends! Even though fall doesn’t officially start for another couple of weeks, this weekend always seems like the end of summer because school starts for us on Tuesday. The weather feels like fall, too.
However, I realized I never shared our recent flag story with you. This actually happened over July 4th, but since it’s not officially fall and it is another national holiday, I’m pretty sure I can share it with you. There aren’t any flag police, are there?
So – after almost 24 years of marriage, Brian decides he wants to fly a flag from our front porch for the holidays. Just like that. After never mentioning it once (like, “hey, what do you think…” or “I always wanted…”), it was like a flag fire was lit under him: there were only five days until the holiday, and we needed a flag.
OK, whatever. We added a wonderful porch, might as well fly a flag from it. We headed to Harbor Freight Tools (honestly, I can’t believe how cheap they sell things there compared to the big-box stores…) and purchased a flag for the holder Brian had found at a thrift store.
A holder from a thrift store? Apparently he had been thinking of it – without informing me. Harrumph.
We didn’t pay attention to the size, though it wasn’t like there was a lot of choice- there were folded flags and flags with poles. We grabbed a folded one. When we got it home, the 3×5′ flag was huge and half of it got tangled up in the hydrangea bush. Shrug. We’ll just take it back and get a 2×3′ size.
Wrong. Apparently, there are no flags made in 2×3′ – it’s either huge or little with no in between. This is the conclusion we came to after looking in five other stores.
Oh, scratch that – I do remember that we did find one that was 2×3′ but it was part of a kit with a holder so it was almost $30. We had a holder from the thrift store, darn it, and we were not going to purchase anything else.
But the 4th was now only a day away, so Brian picked this up to fit the holder:
From one ridiculous size to another.
I laughed at him, but he was happy to be patriotic for the holiday, no matter what the size. He’s since shortened the pole so it doesn’t look quite so silly, but it is still small.
So tell me – why do you think 2×3′ flags are so hard to come by?
We’re now really into our kitchen redo, so I’m trying to think simple with our menu – which of course I’ve been saying for a couple of weeks, but we actually haven’t gotten a lot done in the kitchen before this weekend. Sigh.
But with no counters, sink in and out, and dust and paint everywhere, we really, truly, honestly need quick and easy this week.
Monday– “Haystacks” (layered chips, beans, lettuce, cheese, & veggies) with fresh salsa, sauteed corn
Tuesday– Ravioli (frozen) with fresh tomato-sausage sauce, cut carrots & peppers with homemade Ranch dip
Wednesday– Baked chicken (finished on the grill), brown rice, Grilled Garden Vegetables
Saturday– Grilled burgers (which we’ve been having on whatever bread we have around, since making bread is hard – I do usually get a sourdough loaf made, just to keep my starter going…), chips and cut vegetables
Also- thanks to everyone who entered the Bon Ami Giveaway! The two winners were sent emails on Sunday: Jen W. and Wendy M. – congratulations girls!