Sweet Escape: Holiday Weekend, Drive Bys & Shopping

Sweet Escape: Holiday Weekend, Drive Bys & Shopping

Phew, this has been a long week! Did it seem extra long to the rest of you? It all went by in a blur, but I was ready for the week to be over a few days ago. I’m ready!

Special thanks to all of you who enjoyed and commented on the Drive By! It is always so much fun to do my drive bys now because I can share them with you. Before it was just me stalking and gawking, all by myself. It is kind of sad, now that I think of life before blogging. LBF, that is what we should call it. LBF, it was just me, driving up and down streets and alleyways, enjoying all the loveliness with no one around that I could say “LOOK AT THIS, FRIENDS!!!” Being able to share things makes life more fun. You are such a great group of friends, I appreciate that you like to gaze at beautiful things, just like me.


I just had an idea. Let’s do something fun. We are overdo for some fun. If you do a drive by, and you link back to my drive bys, I’ll link to your drive bys. Then more people can enjoy DRIVE BYS all over the world! Let’s do it!

I think this will work. I’ll do a special DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD post linking back to all of your Drive Bys, once enough of you have posted about DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD on your blog. When you do your post, just link back to my Drive By post from this week. You can also email me link (address in sidebar). Then, I’ll gather up all of your posts and link back to you all in a special DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD post. YIPEE! This will be fun! Spread the word! I’ll announce this again later…

Will someone make me a button for this? I don’t know how. THANKS CRE8TIVA FOR VOLUNTEERING!

Ok, so, for those of you in the U.S., it is a holiday weekend! Woo Hoo!

There is nothing like a long holiday weekend for a Sweet Escape! I hope you all have wonderful plans for Memorial Day weekend. I might be heading to the BEACH HOUSE, in which case I will come back with photos! But, if they are refinishing the floors, I won’t be going for another week or so. It really is almost done. Almost. It better be, because we are planning to hold my daughter’s wedding reception there this summer!

Happy weekend! Blessings to you all. Be safe, brave and courageous when you do your Drive Bys.

Sweet Escape: Holiday Weekend, Drive Bys & Shopping


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Photo credit:

Chairs: Robert Stubbert Cottage Living online
Daisies: Melissa Michaels


  1. Are you kidding me?!?!

    Have you seen my pathetic patio I posted photos of? I NEED cushions and umbrellas!!!

  2. Oh yeah, love those drive bys and “dream-ons” I call them : )

    Have a most wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We are in San Antonio, TX for the week and weekend and are enjoying this beautiful, HOT, city very, very much!!



  3. Vee~A Haven for Vee says

    Oh boy! That does sound like fun. Let’s do it! I know that there is a button maker out there somewhere!

  4. Love the idea of linking to everyone’s drive-bys. I just did one on my blog yesterday of the Victorian Painted Ladies in Columbia Tusculum (oldest neighborhood in Cincinnati), so I edited the post to link to yours. Let me know if I did this right or if I was supposed to do something else?
    Can’t wait to see everybody else’s! -Julia :-)

  5. I did a drive-by in Providence yesterday. I will edit it to link back to you. Hopefully I will figure out how to do it!!

    Happy Memorial Day,


  6. Sounds fun!!!! Have a great weekend!

  7. love the idea of drive byes…i will make you a button…what kind and shape do you want…i have missed so much while i was distracted…hugs and blessings, rebecca

  8. Thanks, Melissa. I’m looking for new porch cushions. I’ll check this.

  9. Laura Ingalls Gunn says

    Hello Melissa,

    I think the “drive by’s” sound like fun. Wonder if anyone is interested in the cacti and rocks of Phoenix. :)

    I am having a give away on Monday, drop by.


  10. Jeannene says


    what a fabulous Idea…when do you we do this? I can’t guarantee, but sounds fun;-)) Thank you so much for your well wishes for me, and your kind and very generous compliments!! I appreciate you and your visits to my site..(any day!!)

    *Have a beautiful long Memorial Weekend!! Love the (daffodils, i hope i got that right?)!!


  11. Oh I LOVE your drive-by idea!! I am so up for this!! I live in a very new neighborhood and it’s all quite…. boring. But I’m doing it anyway! :o)

  12. Hey there! I am so glad you are excited to join in the fun…you can post your drive by when ever you want, in the next week or two would be great, and then as soon as I have a good number of links (not sure what a good number is, but a “bunch” would be good!) I’ll do the post linking to them all. It will be fun!

    Cre8tiva will make me a button so we can spread our drive bys to our friends, to have as many drive bys and gawkers as possible joining in, thank you, Cre8tiva!!! Thanks to everyone who will join in! :-)

    Happy weekend!

  13. I’ll see what I can do over the weekend, Melissa. This sounds like fun.

    We’re having family here on Sunday, but Monday we’ll have the day to do something like this. The traffic will be low in town. I know there are some nifty houses here in town and out in the country, that would make great photos for drivebys!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. And I thought I was the only drive-by(er) cause I’m always embarrassing my family when I say “slow down” to almost a crawl so I can leer at someone’s house or yard! Now I have a legitimate reason to drive by and take pics!

    I will get you some pictures just as soon as I can.



  15. what a great idea! I am going to try to do this…

  16. Have a nice holiday weekend Melissa:O)

  17. My Google reader suggested your blog to me—so I just had to stop by:) Your drive by sounds really fun–I am in:)

    I love the picture of the daisy’s.


  18. Need some beachhouse furnishing? Check out today’s (May 23rd) post.

  19. Hey Melissa…Just stopping to by to wish you a great weekend.Stay safe and be blessed and pray the weather will cooperate with any plans you may have.LOLIt’s supposed to be stormy all weekend including the possibility of thunderstrms I hear!!Love~Sharon in Salem

  20. but what about mr. linky?! :)

    love the drive-bys.
    have a wonderful weekend.
    we are doing the same thing we have been doing every memorial day for 10 years it seems….painting, cleaning, building, fixing, gardening,etc.
    i am thankful for a long weekend.
    have fun at the beach house!

  21. Oh I am so excited! I love drive bys! Now I’m going to have to go through my old vacation photos and see if I’ve got stuff that would count as a drive by from another country. Hmmm…

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend and thanks for the tip about the discount!

  22. Just back to say that I like the new photos on your sidebar!

  23. I enjoyed your drive_ bys and I also love the the idea of drive-bys.
    You always have new ideas,I’ll be their.;)

  24. Dianne Wood says

    Love love loving it. So beautiful. And the Drive Bys…Great Idea.

    Have a Fun and Safe Holiday,
    Hugs to you,

  25. My Lovely!! I LOOOVE the drive by idea!!!!! I just love it!! I mean sharing our own around the world avec vous!! I have misse dyou oooooodles!!! I agree aboutt his week, insanity I tell ya!! xoxoxo

  26. i would post something if i knew how to. for now i will just enjoy your work, which is a delight! thank you for this idea which i hope will produce lots of pictures. just LOVE this site, the info, the pix, the comfort of home viewing, and on and on. thank you thank you thank you- you get the idea. jkj

  27. I love the drive bys around the world idea!

  28. ha ha, love the driveby’s idea! I’m having a party, come visit! Rachael

  29. Love the outdoor chairs and cushions. Will have to make sure I keep my camera with me when I go out in case I see some great locations for a drive-by… great idea!

  30. Still not sure I’m brave enough to do any drive-bys, but I will enjoy looking at everyone else’s!!

  31. Oh wow! Drive-bys Around The World! Super idea!!!!


  32. Drive bys from around the world sounds great I am just wondering how i can fit these photos into my so called “Organising” blog??

  33. Dear Ms Melissa – I’ll have to do a walk by – one of the things in Hong Kong is that we don’t have a car!!

  34. We are sooooo glad summer is here! So much fun!

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

    smiles, kari & kijsa

  35. Come and see my drive-bys of colorful beach cottages on the Gulfcoast of Florida. A happy array of very fun colors…..


    I think you’ll love them!


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