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Dirt Road Adventures – Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend!

I hope you are enjoying your holiday weekend as we honor those who gave their lives to defend our country and preserve our freedom.

It’s been such a difficult week and words escape me to express the sorrow I feel for families affected by such horrific violence.

As we gather with family and friends let’s remember and pray those who have lost so much.

We are spending the weekend at the beach and finally getting to enjoy all the renovations we made to the tiny cottage over the past several months.

Would you like to avoid hiring an electrician?

I thought I’d share a couple of the things we added to make the cottage more functional without the expense of an electrician.

First, I love this hanging light at the cottage, however the design is flawed.

The on and off switch is located next the plug end of the rope. Therefore it’s almost impossible to turn the light off and on without getting behind the sofa.

The answer is the remote wireless control switch you see beside the window. I love how this switch easily allows us to turn the light off and on.

Another problem area was over the new bar in the remodeled beach cottage.

The area that was cut out for the bar doesn’t contain any electrical outlets therefore adding additional lighting over the bar was somewhat limited without hiring an electrician.

The solution was to add these punk lights with a remote control.

The 3 lights and the remote were attached using velcro. The lights provide just the right amount of light for dining and include a dimmer for more subtle lighting. You can see the remote beside the kitchen light switch.

I was so honored to be featured on this YouTube video by Linda at Life on Summerhill. The video features several Instagram porch ceiling ideas.

This photo was taken 2 years ago just when the DIY Greenhouse was first finished.

If you love a greenhouse or she shed and would like to see more, how about this Summer Tour!

My friend Wendy at WM Design House shared my 10 Best Herbs to Grow and Why post.

In addition, it was such an honor for my 17 Patriotic Memorial Day Ideas Post was featured on Cindy’s Farmhouse Friday Link Party.

Lynn – At Home In the Wild Wood also shared my Patriotic Greenhouse Tour on her blog.

And my sweet friend CoCo shared my Patriotic Picnic ideas.

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

Today as I look back over this past week, I realized that so much of what was shared is perfect for this weekend.

If your plans are already made for this weekend, save this post for the Fourth of July. That’s what I love about Low Country Boils and Patriotic Decor, it works all summer long.

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, 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

Jennifer made these sea glass bead rope from simple wood beads. I had been planning a similar DIY project but Jennifer’s idea is so much more creative and cost effective.

sea glass beaded rope in wood bowl

This simple DIY Post / Art Hanger shared by my friend Robyn.

I loved seeing Debra’s potting bench on her porch.

If you’ve been thinking about adding a potting bench, check out these 5 Reasons To Have a Potting Bench

See CoCo’s great DIY Gold Wall Calendar.

Don’t miss Mary’s Perfect Peach Pie Recipe.

Oh, what about this Watermelon Sangria Recipe Stacy shared? It’s perfect for the Memorial Day Weekend.

Renae’s Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe sounds so refreshing.

I’ve been wanting to try this oven cleaner method and Wendy has me convinced that I should.

You will love these Outdoor Dining Oasis that Ann shared last week. I was honored to have one of my outdoor tables featured.

Brendt shared How to Make a cute DIY Summer Wreath on this post.

Kristins Self Confidence, Self Talk and Standing Up Straight is a must read.

I’m re-sharing this article about Finding Peace In Difficult Situations that my friend CoCo shared.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful and blessed Memorial Day!


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

You are so sweet and kind to share my posts, Rachel, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. It's really hard to believe Summer is already here. I swear it seems like we were just celebrating Easter! I love all your electrical tips and tricks and all the posts from your crab boil series too. You come up with the most interesting ideas and I'm constantly inspired by you. Sending you lots of hugs and thank yous, CoCo

Jennifer Howard

Tuesday 31st of May 2022

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!! Thanks for sharing my beads!!


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Jennifer, Thanks and I hope your weekend was wonderful as well.

Donna Allen

Monday 30th of May 2022

Hi Rachel! Aren't those wireless remote control switches wonderful!! We recently added one to a pendant light fixture I made to go above an outdoor table! It's so handy! Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach! Thanks so much for sharing my potting bench post! Take care, Donna


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Donna, yes I love them. Hope you have a great week!


Monday 30th of May 2022

Thank you so much for the feature, my friend. I sure appreciate you. Happy Memorial Day! Hugs to you.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 29th of May 2022

Rachel, oh enjoy your time at the beach which sounds wonderful. So many great tips this week and new blogs to check out. Thanks for sharing my peach pie recipe. Just had the last piece today so it's time to make another! You are the best.


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thank you and I’ll have to try the pie. I have the biggest sweet tooth!