Monday Musings ~ Memorial Day 2023

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Memorial DayToday may be the last Monday of the week (and month) but it’s also the day we celebrate Memorial Day in the U.S. (we encourage you to click on the link for historical background on how Memorial Day came into being). Today is also special for another reason around the Ranch.

Today is my youngest granddaughter’s birthday. It’s hard to believe this young, gifted woman turns 15 today. It seems like just yesterday when she was just a wee tyke who charmed everyone she encountered. Where did the time gone? Happy birthday, sweetie.  From a little cutie to a talented, incredibly caring and beautiful young woman, you continue to impress all who know you.  Love you, L.



The Head Ranch Wrangler will be leaving for Hawaii in a couple of days to celebrate the wedding of my oldest granddaughter to the love of her life so posts/comments may be sporadic but I will do my best to visit your websites as WiFi and time permits.

All of us at the Ranch wish each and everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day Monday and hope you spend a moment thanking those who paid the ultimate price so that you can remain free.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

58 thoughts on “Monday Musings ~ Memorial Day 2023

    1. Indeed…and that’s what it’s all about…celebrating life’s special moments.

    1. Many thanks for the kind message and wishes. We’re enjoying an incredible time so far. And yes, I could totally get used to this! 😊

  1. <3 Happy Meowmorial Day Miss Monika an Sweet Norman an Elsa <3
    Miss Monika concatulaionss on yore youngest GrandKit growin up; shee iss beeuteefull.
    An concatulationss on yore Eldest GrandKit gettin married….an inn Hawaii…..wee hope you take LOTSS of fotoss to show us how purrty it iss there…..
    Have fun! Bee Safe! An wee wait fore yore reetern payshuntlee……mostlee…..
    ***nose bopss*** BellaDharma an {{{huggiess}}} BellaSita Mum

    1. Thanks sweet kitty and Mum. Hope to have loads of good memories and photos to share. 💙

    1. Many thanks. Yes, loads of celebrations this week. All great family fun, too.

    1. Thank you. We’re hoping everything goes according to plan for the wedding. At least I’m all checked in now. 😉

  2. I wish your youngest granddaughter a most happy birthday and congratulations to the eldest! Wonderful bookends to a wonderful couple of weeks. Poor you, having to go out to Hawaii… I feel for you!

  3. What a great couple of weeks you have going on Monika. Birthdays and weddings to ring in the summer, nice!

    Here’s wishing your youngest granddaughter a very happy birthday and for your oldest granddaughter, the best of everything as she begins a new chapter.

    Have a great time.

    1. Many thanks, Marc. I couldn’t be happier for both of them. They make me very proud.

  4. Your grand was so cute then.

    I linked this post to Awww Mondays.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the pups, a smooch to Norman and a big hug to you. ♥

    1. Thanks Sandee, she’s quite the person, then and now. Thanks for linking us to your Monday post. You’re always so kind. Hugs and tail wags.

  5. Aren’t “grands” wonderful, when young ~ then watching them grow and blossom! Birthday wishes to yours … may the wedding be beautiful in every way … and safe and sound travels to you.

    1. Yes, they fill your heart with such joy, especially as they celebrate life moments like these.

    1. Thank you! Hailey graduated from high school and college on the Big Island and since all their friends still live there (she moved back to Denver a year and a half ago), they decided to marry there. So happy for them and it’ll be nice getting back there. It’s a quick trip, but if I’m still jet lagged and awake, I’ll likely post something. 😉

    1. Thank you very much for the kind wishes for both granddaughters. Haha, with no offense to anyone who lives in the Bronx, I’d have to agree. They lived there for over 8 years and all the friends are still on the Island so they thought it would be a great place to exchange vows. I cannot imagine trying to plan a wedding 1500 miles away from your venue!

            1. Luckily she has a LOT of contacts from when she lived on the island and knows a ton of people in the tourist industry. Plus she knows where to go for the best deals.

  6. Your granddaughter’s whole face lights up when she smiles. Happy birthday and wedding to each of them, respectively. Have a safe trip, and hey, don’t worry about the blogs. 🙂

    1. Thank you. She looks exactly (and I do mean exactly) like her mom. It’s scary. They sound alike too. The smiling pic is a rare one-she’s a typical teen when it comes to smiling for the camera. 😉

    1. Thanks so much! It’s a big week in our family and there should be loads of smiles, laughter and love from one end of the country to the other.

  7. awe, what a lovely tribute and girl. The world needs more like her, happy trip Monika

    1. Indeed it does, LeeAnna. She’s a beautiful soul inside and out. Happy Memorial Day to you, Drew and Milo.

    1. Yes, we love doing everything at once! LOL Happy Memorial Day to you and the Golden Girls.

  8. and it is the best moanday of this week.. a good start into summer and a good memorial day… and a wonderful time with your granddaughter…allt the best for the happy couple

    1. Many thanks! We’re big fans of everyday is a good day, some are just better than others, but this Monday is even more special. 😉

    2. Happy Belated Birthday to your dear granddaughter and Wow on going to Hawaii!!! Congrats to the Happy Couple!! Have an amazing time! ❤💛❤💛

      1. You’re too kind, Carolyn. Thank you! Enjoying the island big time. 😇 🏝️

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