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» Monday, May 25, 2009

What I love about Summer - Parades!

Happy Memorial Day!

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 1

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 27

Today is Memorial Day, so I'll be out at a parade this morning, waiting for all three of my kids to march by with their school bands - one clarinet, one saxophone, one bass drum. In the meantime, my husband and I will enjoy civil war re-enactors, classic cars, horses, old-time bicycle riders, clowns, Irish dancers, patriotic floats, Boy and Girl Scouts, politicians throwing candy, the local DAR chapter, and the most important parade participants of all, our local veteran groups.

Parades are fun, but let's not forget to honor the reason for the holiday today - the men and women who gave their lives for our country.

A heartfelt thanks to all veterans, especially combat veterans and the families of our fallen heroes, who have made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

Don't forget to stop by my Virtual Booksigning at Night Owl Romance. Here's how it works: Buy A Little Light Magic, or any of my backlist books, between Monday May 25th and Sunday May 31, send the proof of purchase to Night Owl Romance (NOT to me) per the details on the NOR webite, and receive a signed bookplate and bookmarks from me! Comment on my May 26th guest blog at NOR for a second chance to win a prize direct from Night Owl Romance. Hope to "see" you at the signing:-)

This week's Countdown to Summer prizes:

Comment on any post from Sunday May 24 through Sunday May 31 to enter the contest for the following prizes:
  • Druids of Avalon series three book set: Celtic Fire, The Grail King, Deep Magic by Joy Nash
  • Lucy the Elephant tee-shirt, direct from Margate, New Jersey!
  • Angie Fox two book set: The Accidental Demonslayer and The Dangerous Book for Demonslayers
  • Angie Fox "Kiss My Asphalt" tee-shirt
Four winners will be chosen at random and posted on Monday June 1.

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger Debbie Kaufman said...

Hi Joy:
Just so you know, I saw your information on Barbara Vey's blog!

We aren't doing the parades today. Just a quiet day at home. However, still remembering those that paid the price for our freedom.

9:04 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

Hello Joy,

Have fun at the parade. Our community doesn't do much for this holiday. We will be staying home and resting up for tomorrow's work day.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Dina said...

I did too:
Just so you know, I saw your information on Barbara Vey's blog!

Great fun on your blog.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

Looks like we all read Barbara Vey's blog, but I'm also a subscriber to this blog, so I saw it twice!

I used to go to parades all of the time, but the kids are older and not as into it anymore, but I still think about our soldiers and veterans all the time. So, thanks for keeping us safe, everyone! You're a special breed.


11:38 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We want be going to any parades today! We are taking up our kitchen floor and putting a new one down. My hubby is off all week so we are going to be in a big mess!

12:12 PM  
Blogger Cathy M said...

I got the scoop from Barbara's blog too. Happy Memorial Day Joy.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

No parades here today. Had the ceremony at the Veterans' Hospital complex this morning. Then I took my veteran out to lunch. We stopped by the building centers and bought plants and landscaping stone. I've been weeding and planting my flower beds. The rain forced me inside - have a LOT of flower beds to go.
Will be keeping an eye out for A LITTLE LIGHT MAGIC.
Hope everyone has had a great Memorial Weekend.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Our small community doesn't do parades. They just put flags on all the veterans graves.

3:29 PM  
Blogger chey said...

Hope you had a goo time at the parade!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hope you had a great time at the parade!

8:34 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

Hope you had a great time today! I love art fairs, parade's and ball games during the summer along with swimming, reading, gardening and just generally everything outside!!! Love the prizes this week ...a tee shirt, would so rock!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

9:16 PM  
Blogger Caffey said...

Hi Joy! I wasn't on yesterday so missed you a day! We cooked out today and basically had a great lazy day! Yesterday visited with Father in Law. He loves when we all come to visit and he went to an event with his VFW today. I believe he was in World War II. Very humid day! Got hot here fast in the last few days!

10:08 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I love a parade, too, except I haven't been to one in a long time. I usually work Memorial Day & I miss out on all those parades. I think the last parade I saw was in Disney many years ago.


10:20 PM  
Blogger Sue A. said...

I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Kytaira said...

Just had a quite day at home with the kids. The hubby and I are both prior military and we both work at different military bases so the troops and their sacrifices are in our thoughts nearly daily.

1:29 AM  
Blogger Raonaid Luckwell said...

My family and I didn't do the parade thing today. Heck I didn't know when and where it would be.

I remember marching in the parade with the school's band. It's an experience.

2:22 AM  
Blogger Joy Nash said...

The parade was great! The rain that was forecasted went elsewhere. It was cute seeing the boy scouts (and their leaders) drop to the street and do 5 push-ups in front of every veteran watching the parade. (There were two WWII veterans seated near our spot)

For the rest of the weekend, I was in my garden, weeding and planting vegetables. My legs are sooooo sore now. It was better than a gym membership, I'm sure, although now I can't move without pain... but the veg garden is planted and the beds in the front yard are a lot less weedy than last week!

7:44 AM  
Blogger robynl said...

nothing done here either; I love parades.

12:51 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My town didn't have a parade this year and I was so disappointed.

9:34 AM  

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