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This Week…Family, Heat, and Grilling

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This Week…Family, Heat, and Grilling


Currently, it’s 94 degrees in the afternoon. The “Real Feel” temp is 105 degrees. I was running an errand and the heat rising from the sidewalk felt as if I was standing in an oven. 

This is the day we pay homage to all those who didn't come home. This is not Veterans Day, it's not a celebration, it is a day of solemn contemplation over the cost of freedom.
Tamra Bolton

As of 4 pm (Friday), there are 547 active outages. That may seem small compared to the millions that lost power after the May 16 weather event but for those 547…that is still too many. 

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Ronald Reagan


This week represents the end of the school year for most of our students. We’re keeping Memorial Day simple with hot dogs on the grill and a handful of family members. 

We anticipate the fledging of our bluebird chicks at our home nestbox. It’s only going to get hotter so if they stop with this brood, we’d be happy. 

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of 

each soldier who died protecting it. Unknown

Enjoy your weekend but please remember why we’re observing this holiday!!!

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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Kathy. Have a very special holiday weekend.

May 25, 2024 05:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Roy Kelley Wishing you and Chef Dolores a special weekend as well. 

May 25, 2024 01:08 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. A gentle reminder that Memorial Day is much more than grilling and chilling. Enjoy your day.

May 25, 2024 05:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Wayne Martin I hope that people will remember. We need to. Seeing your family over the weekend?

May 25, 2024 01:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... you featured some of my favorite quotes. One thing that grates on me is when people wish a Happy Memorial Day. The word happy doesn't seem to fit given what we are observing.  

May 25, 2024 05:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I think more and more (or I hope) people are paying more attention to their words. 

May 25, 2024 01:10 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Since you will be grilling hot dogs, will there be some bratwurst on the grill as well?

May 25, 2024 05:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England no bratwurst although Larry loves it. We just had it recently!!! 

May 25, 2024 01:12 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Kathy, I love these quotes, thank you.   Too many confuse this holiday with Veterans Day.

May 25, 2024 06:03 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Michael Elliott Sadly many just think of this as a 3 day weekend. 

May 25, 2024 01:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

Like your low key event planned in observance of Memorial Day. Great quotes, many of my favorites! It's warm here too but so far no power outages. That is way too many to be having. They need to work on that!

May 25, 2024 06:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I agree!!!!  I understand that it's extremely expensive to go back and put older powerlines underground. They're doing it in new communites. However they could do a better job of removing trees and limbs near powerlines. 

May 25, 2024 01:14 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

Good Morning Kathy Streib You can keep your heat.  Going to be cooler and rainy here in Nebraska and Iowa.  Just so there are no more tornados.  Have a blessed weekend!

May 25, 2024 07:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker I don't mind hot weather but it's not even June yet!!!! I could hardly breathe when we checked on one of the birdboxes this afternoon. 

May 25, 2024 01:17 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

My boy and I are coming to Katy to see my mom. I saw on Monday it is going to have a feels like temp of 111....CRAZY

May 25, 2024 08:50 AM
Kathy Streib

Trust me Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty the feels-like temperature now is 106!!!  Enjoy your visit. 

May 25, 2024 01:18 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

OMG! Your temperature!

66 with real feel of 77 in NY today. (camping by the water with a beautiful breeze)

May 25, 2024 09:38 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara sounds ideal to me. Somehow the word "camping" and you don't seem to go together! LOL

May 25, 2024 01:19 PM
Sharon Tara

Kathy Streib  I'm not in a tent or anything crazy like that. We have a small house we pull around...equipped with all the luxury of home. Actually we don't have air conditioning at home, but we do in the RV. LOL

May 27, 2024 08:10 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

As people live their lives, they will recognize that nothing worth having is free. The freedom we enjoy comes at the highest price of all.

May 25, 2024 09:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Exactly Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 People have taken our freedoms for granted. They've never had to pay the price in any way. 

May 25, 2024 01:20 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Meaningful quotes Kathy for this Memorial Day weekend. Your temps are really getting up there!

May 25, 2024 12:21 PM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I'm from Houston but I don't remember it being this hot. 

May 25, 2024 01:21 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Grilling is the name of the game on Memorial Day Weekend.  I'm going to visit friends who are hosting.

May 25, 2024 02:48 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy keep those temperatures down there, we had a very comfortable 78 degrees today.

May 25, 2024 06:04 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Kathy Streib this week family heat and grilling for celebrating our heroes on Memorial Day. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

May 25, 2024 08:29 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your post and I am shocked now 105 degrees or feeling like it... I get uncomfortable when we reach 75% or a little higher.... on a side note loved your Ronald Regan quote. He was one of my favorite  Presidents... and some called him a B rate actor... he deserved an Oscar for every year he was President... just my two cents, Endre

May 25, 2024 09:17 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kathy, your quotes are real food for thought, especially President Reagan's which is sadly all too true.

May 26, 2024 08:11 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I think we all live a good cookout during the summer, don’t we happy Memorial Day?

May 26, 2024 08:30 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib  - Memorial Day weekend is a day of remembrance for those who gave up their lives to serve. Loved this quote because it left a visual image, now pasted in my mind. These words are a living testimony to soldiers who died for freedom.

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of 

each soldier who died protecting it. Unknown


May 27, 2024 03:30 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Mike and I went fishing yesterday and the temperature upon arrival was in the high 20's. We stopped to take a photo of a snowbank that had to be at least 13 feet tall!


Reagan is one of my favorite Presidents, Kathy, and this quote rings true!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

May 27, 2024 01:23 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We never forget the meaning of Memorial Day. My wife's Uncle fought in Vietnam. He did not return from his second tour.

May 28, 2024 09:30 AM