Views of the Neighborhood – Day Before Memorial Day

Since this is Memorial Day weekend, I thought it would be nice to have a leisurely time contemplating what Memorial day means. The day has been set aside to remember those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom that is an integral part of ours.

We are going to keep the brunch simple today in keeping with the spirit of the weekend. One of our freedoms is to choose food that will taste great but not be the best for us.  We are being catered by the Magnolia Pancake Haus in San Antonio, TX. Our guest is the late Marvin Gaye.

Omelets All served with potatoes or pancakes

BACON & CHEDDAR
Our Famous Applewood Smoked Bacon and Aged
Cheddar Cheese Make for The Perfect Breakfast

BODEGA BAY OMELET
A trip to the Sonoma Coast inspired this Haus original.
Wild baby arugula, applewood smoked bacon, and goat cheese fill this three-egg delight. Topped with a ribbon of crème Fraiche

OMELET MONTERREY
A Magnolia Original. Roasted Chicken and Jack Cheese Inside.
Topped with Our Haus-Made Mild Salsa Verde and Crème Fraiche

SARKI’S SPECIAL
Direct from Our Favorite Chicago Hole-In-The-Wall Breakfast Joint! Spinach, Kalamata Olives, Mushrooms, Onions and Feta Cheese,
Topped with A Dollop of Crème Fraiche

HAM & CHEESE
Pit-Smoked Ham and Your Choice of Cheese

SPINACH & MUSHROOM
Baby Spinach and Fresh Mushrooms with Your Choice of Cheese

JOE’S EGGS
The Original San Francisco Treat! Spinach, Italian Sausage, Onions, and Mushrooms, Prepared Fritatta Style. Topped with
Monterey Jack Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

SHRIMP & AVOCADO
Shrimp and Fresh-Sliced Avocado Fill This Three-Egg Treat.
It Is Topped with Jack Cheese and Served with Our Homemade Salsa

JAMBALAYA OMELET
A Steamer’s Café Classic and Mr. Pancake’s Favorite Breakfast!!
Chicken and Sausage Accented Creole Jambalaya with Jack Cheese in
a Fluffy Threeegger. Topped with Our Mild Creole Sauce

Picture of an old time school bus

So let’s go.

We have newborn deer in Lakeway, so there are reminders out to slow down.

A shot of some of the flags lining the major streets. The city has lines all the public roads with flags.

A peaceful waterfall to think about those who are gone.

A larger waterfall that reminds us of freedom’s price.

More of the flags honoring those who gave their lives.

Another shot of the flags. There are so many miles of flags that it is impossible to show them all.

The Spirit of Freedom has flags as well.

The flags are at half staff in remembrance of those murdered in San Jose.

Flag-lined walkway.

A reminder of what Memorial Day really means.

A private display of gratitude.

I hope you will all keep the spirit of Memorial Day alive. Here is Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem.

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  1. A salute to all those who laid their lives for us. Lest we forget !

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    1. An excellent comment, Rochaq. Thank you,

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      1. You are welcome ! 🙂

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  2. I love to see all of the flags. Thank you for this lovely tribute to those who gave up their lives for our freedom. Have a peaceful day, John.

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    1. Have a peaceful day as well Jill. 😁

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  3. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    “Freedom is not free” captures the day, doesn’t it. Thank you, John, for the photos, National Anthem, and remembrance. We all need to pause more and give thanks. 💜

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    1. I think so too, Gwen. When you think of all the lives cut short showing gratitude is the least anyone can do. 🌹

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  4. A fitting tribute for those who gave their lives for our freedom and way of life.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. 😊

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  5. Wonderful to see such a patriotic community, John! It gives me faith for the future.
    As far as brunch… once again you gave me too many choices – I have to think on it.

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    1. I keep doing that to you GP. Take all the time you need.

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      1. It’s on purpose, isn’t is?!! lol

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      2. Dang me. 😁

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  6. Thanks John. After that bacon & cheddar omelette, a contemplative walk was just what I needed. Time to reflect on what we have and what the cost was.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. I feel the same way. 😊

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  7. Marvin Gaye’s version of your national anthem is very moving. Have a meaningful Memorial Day.

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    1. I love the heart he puts into it. Thanks, Darlene.

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  8. I’ve often been thinking of putting signs out to make drivers slow down because there are fawns about, but I think it’s useless. They come down the hill from outside the city limits and are sometimes still going 50 when they pass our property, instead of the legal 30. And likewise they speed up way before they leave the city limits. Sometimes the local police catch one, but way too rarely. I wish we had speed traps here like in Germany.
    Have a great Sunday, John,
    Pit

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    1. I think at least the signs would give them a warning that there are deer in the area.

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      1. True, but would they heed the warnings? I doubt it.

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      2. The old saying works here. You can curse the darkness or light one candle.

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  9. We also have baby deer here in Indiana. We had one jump across the road in front of us yesterday. I love catching your neighborhood adventures. Your food list makes me hungry. Have a fantastic drive.

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    1. Thank you, Molly Shea. I used to live in Indiana so I know about the deer there.

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  10. Awesome collection.

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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  11. A fantastic ride through the heart of who we are and what it’s all about, Sheriff.

    Blessings, peace and gratitude to those who have served and are currently serving.

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    1. Thanks, Pilgrim. All of those to you as well.

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  12. Nice to see that people across the country have not forgotten what this weekend is all about. I wondered after the comments from our Pres and VP: “Have a nice weekend.”
    My gratitude to all who ever served.

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    1. Our Pres and VP are tone deaf on their own. Their handlers got out a quick Tweet that was more appropriate. Notice no criticism from the media.

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  13. “Never forget” seems an appropriate thought for Memorial Day. And Lakeway has certainly brought out a LOT of Flags! I can’t help grinning over the baby fawn sign though — wonder what Monkey would think if he saw a baby deer?!?

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    1. He would probably think it an excellent playmate

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  14. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Beautiful flag displays, John. Great waterfall to remember by. Thanks for the tour and great food!

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  15. Freedom is definitely not free and must be preserved. Love the flags…perhaps we should be proudly flying them every day.

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Karen.

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  16. Impressive stroll, dear John! It helps comprehending better the American spirit of freedom! hAve a wonderful Memorial Day! 🍸✨🎉🎉🎉

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    1. Thank you, Maria. I hope you have a super Monday too. 😁

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  17. Your town does it right, John. I much prefer seeing this kind of observance than a lot of people barbecuing. I hope you get to see one of the baby deer!

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    1. We have three fawns that go through our from yard every day. We see them in the morning and at night. 😊

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  18. Well done, John.

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  19. A beautiful tribute, John. Freedom is definitely not free.

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    1. Thank you, Dale. We all sould be grateful. 😁

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  20. Beautiful post, John. Thank you for this.

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    1. Thank you, Marie. 😁

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  21. Our little town is displaying flags. It’s touching to see. And it’s so true. Freedom isn’t free.

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    1. It’s nice they are doing that, Joan. You are right about freedom. 😊

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  22. The National Anthem never fails to deliver goose bumps and often reduces me to tears. One of a handful of songs that can do that time and again.

    Beautiful post, John.

    And I’ll have the spinach and mushroom omelette, thank you! 🙂

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    1. Marvin Gaye’s rendition makes me cry every time. Good choice on the omelette, Mae

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  23. A great post, John. It is fascinating to watch all the patriotism and support of the army you have in the USA. We barely have an army at all and there is very little patriotism here.

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  24. A moment of silence for all those who have fallen defending our country.

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  25. Yay for a new baby deer! The flag displays are beautiful – several in our neighborhood also.

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  26. It was lovely seeing how your neighborhood honored those who gave all and remembered what the week-end was all about.

    See you on the next bus! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Deborah.

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  27. What a lovely tribute for our fallen heroes, John. It’s not just a 3-day weekend. Thank you…

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    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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  28. Thank you for this poignant tour, John. In 1969 I was dating a boy … Nick Gonzales. We figured to get married when he returned from Vietnam. Only trouble was … he didn’t return. I quietly honour those who gave their lives in service to this country. I don’t display flags or shoot off fireworks, but in my own way I thank them all for making the ultimate sacrifice. Oh, and I’ll keep it simple with the bacon & cheddar omelet, por favor!

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    1. The day is meant to remember Nick and thank him. Thank you too for sharing your tender story, Jill. Your omelet is on it’s way.

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      1. Thanks, John. The omelet was yummy, by the way!

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  29. Heartening to see the community spirit thriving and showing such respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.. Lovely parade John thank you..hugsx

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    1. Thank you, Sally

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  30. […] Head over to enjoy the whole menu and the rest of the photographs from John’s tour of the neighbourhood:The day before Memorial Day – Tour with John Howell. […]

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    1. Thank you, Sally for sahring my post. Hugs 🤗

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  31. WilliamPriceKing · ·

    Thanks for the wonderful photos, the great menus, and the respect shown for those who gave their lives for our freedom. All the best to you, John.

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    1. Thank you for coming along, William.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, William.

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  33. Really nice, John. Thank you. 🇺🇸

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  34. Wonderful tribute to freedom and Marvin, John. I’ll have the BODEGA BAY omlette with potatoes please 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Debby. Here you are piping hot.

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      1. Thanks! Delish! 🙂

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  35. Thank you for the wonderful tour, John! xx Michael

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    1. Thnak you for going along, Michael. 😊

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      1. Thank you very much, John! Have a good weekend! Michael xx

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      2. You as well, Michael.

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  36. That’s lovely that the city lines the streets with flags, John. It’s a beautiful and solemn way to remind people of the cost of war as they go about their days. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes it is Diana. Thank you for the visit.

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