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Patty Craig: A Slice of Time

During late spring, I have some things I’d like to make happen. I have three projects that need attention: Memorial Day tasks, yard work, and refinish a tabletop. I am hopeful that my late-spring list can be completed within the next two weeks.

First, for me, Memorial Day has become a time to remember family members who are no longer with us. This year, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 25. Traditionally, many people visit cemeteries, and American flags are often placed on soldiers’ graves. The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves has also become traditional. I want to place flowers at my late husband’s grave site and ensure that flowers are placed on my dad’s and grandparents’ graves.

Second, I believe yardwork began a little early this year at my house. I have worked in my yard – cleaning up limbs, cleaning leaves out of the fence line and mowing, but I still have more to do. I have dirt to enrich, plants to set, and bushes to trim. Of course, these tasks should be done quickly, perhaps within a week. Since I want tomatoes and squash, it’s time to get those plants in the ground. I believe yardwork is like housework – if you don’t do it, it multiplies exponentially.

Third, I want to refinish a tabletop. My husband and I bought an antique oak dining table around 1974. It has five pineapple legs, and many years ago, my husband made a leaf for the table to give us more seating room. Our family has used this table daily since we brought it home. It is truly an antique! The tabletop needs a new protective sealer. I have watched YouTube videos and purchased materials for the job. I need a few days of low-to-moderate humidity and high physical energy to get this job done. I’m reassuring myself that regardless of the outcome, it will look better than it does now (maybe).

I hope to use some of our late spring days for Memorial Day tasks, yard work, and to refinish a tabletop – God willing. Jim Rohn said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” ( So, if you see me porch sitting, you’ll know my work is done – at least for the day.


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