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Dirt Road Adventures: Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend! This is where we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

Welcome to another week of Dirt Road Adventures! If you are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend, I hope you are having the best time.

After a super busy week, we are finally getting to relax for the holiday weekend. It started out a little rocky, and you’ll not believe what happened.

In addition to all the necessary things that have to be done around The Ponds before leaving for the beach, we had a super busy week.

Rudy and I both had hair appointments. I had a dentist’s appointment, and Brad and I both had eye appointments. We also had our tires rotated and our car inspected. I had to stand in line twice to get our license tags renewed. (long story) We bought a new refrigerator and donated our old one to Habitat Restore. It was a non-stop week!

We were packing and throwing things in the car so that we could rush to the beach as soon as all these appointments were over.

But guess what happened?

I left my bag with all my clothes! YES!!! Can you believe it??? I had my bathing suit and all my shoes, but I had no clothes. Fortunately, I left a few things at the cottage, but not enough.

I shared my dilemma with my friend, and she said her daughter and SIL were coming the next day. With a little help from my family and her SIL, I had my clothes by Friday night. Whew! For a minute, I thought I’d get to go shopping and purchase a whole new wardrobe! LOL

After all the drama, we are having a wonderful time with our beach family. Last night, we had a Memorial Day gathering, with everyone contributing tasty appetizers for a festive Celebration. We are sad that some of our friends are not able to be with us this weekend and are praying for renewed health and healing.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

While we are at the beach, it’s always fun to see how everyone decorates for the patriotic weekend. I’m always amazed at this glass house and the huge flag they display.

American Flag on Glass beach house to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.

In Case You Missed It

Outdoor tablescape. outdoor dining for two.

How To Set An Outdoor Dinner Table: Dinner For Two

If you are looking for ideas to set up a romantic and cozy outdoor dinner table, wait until you see our fun pier table. I’m sharing How to Set an Outdoor Dinner Table using some of my latest thrifted and vintage finds, as well as a DIY project from last spring.


Patriotic herb centerpiece. Herb centerpiece on potting bench.

How To Make Free Herb Centerpiece Ideas

Do you plant herbs in your garden? If so, here’s how you can make herbal centerpieces for free and then transplant the herb centerpiece in your garden after the event.


Memorial Day decorations, American flag, pillows, watermelon plates. Iron coffe table, porch swing.

30+ Patriotic Decor Ideas: Creative Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day

Get ready to celebrate Memorial Day in patriotic style with these easy and creative patriotic decor ideas. Begin budget-friendly patriotic decorating by just adding some red, white, and blue to your home.


BBQ Ribs served in outdoor kitchen. Bar-b-que ribs.

6 Best Outdoor B B Q Recipes and Menu


Today I want to take the guess work out of planning your next outdoor dinner party and therefore my Supper Club friend and I are sharing cookout recipes for the best Outdoor B B Q Recipes and Menu.


Easy Upcycled vases using napkins. Magnolia Market inspired vases.

Upcycle Thrifted Vases: Chic Style (With Napkins) (Magnolia Market Inspired)

Do you like checking out the latest seasonal product catalogs and home decor boutiques for inspiration? If so, you’ll love this tutorial for upcycling thrift store vases. With this easy napkin DIY, you can easily refresh your home decor with a chic Magnolia Market Vase style. Upcycling thrifted vases is a budget-friendly way to add a touch of the latest trending style to your home.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Thrifting Finds

Between appointments, I was able to stop by a few thrift stores and had some good luck.

First, I found these two vases, which I’ve already updated with the Magnolia Inspired Napkin Decoupage.

The other items will be put to good use soon. I love the Spode botanical plates and the leaf dish as they are. The botanical book has such great images, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet. Larger vase and the wooden candleholder will definitely get an update. The finials may stay as they are. You never know where they will end up. But stay tuned for possible ideas.

What’s In My Cart

I recently shared some of the updates we made to our beach cottage. Adding the rattan cane to the cabinet fronts made such an impact in the cottage bedroom. Y’all know that one thing leads to another, so I’m working on some more projects. Here are a few of the things I added to my cart. I can’t wait to share what I’ve done with them.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. If you are celebrating this Memorial Day Weekend, I hope you are enjoying good food and friends.


Tuesday 28th of May 2024

What a wild way to kick off the weekend, Rachel! I'm thankful that everyone rallied to get your clothes but totally agree with you that a new summer wardrobe would have been fun. I'd definitely pick up a few things just for making it through all the extra drama :) Thanks so much for sharing my vintage label idea. I really appreciate it. Big hugs and hope you have a relaxing week, CoCo


Wednesday 29th of May 2024

CoCo, I appreciate your comments.


Sunday 26th of May 2024

Sounds like a great week! I hope you have a fun memorial day weekend and thank you for sharing my foxgloves post!


Monday 27th of May 2024

Stacy, Thank you and you are welcome.


Sunday 26th of May 2024

Have a fun relaxing holiday weekend and enjoy the time.


Sunday 26th of May 2024

Diana, I really appreciate this. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Laura Ingalls Gunn

Sunday 26th of May 2024

Great round-up! I featured you on my Friday Favorites. :)


Sunday 26th of May 2024

Laura, Thank you for letting me now. I appreciate you.