Wednesday, May 15, 2019
As mentioned yesterday, I'd saved a magazine clipping with high hopes of putting together May baskets this year.
Let me rewind a bit and give some of my history with May Day. In my early 20's, I lived in an adorable older apartment building painted yellow now lovingly referred to as the yellow apartments. The old windows had lovely wide sills for flowers and candles. Their charm was one of my favorite things about living there, but I digress.
While living in the yellow apartments, I would collect old juice and vegetable cans early Spring and head to the local home store for a six pack or two of pansies. In Colorado, pansies are just coming out in time for May Day and they are the most cheerful flowers - they sort of became the May Day mascots to me!
Cans would be decorated with cute patterned papers and calico fabrics. Handles would be tied and tags handwritten. I'd think up a route and make my plan ahead of time and then get up very early, while still dark and still in my pj's, and deliver flowers and cheer to porches across town.
Over the years, I have sporadically maintained variations of my May Day deliveries though the success of pulling it off has dwindled as the years have passed. Knowing my Mom was going to be here and having a cute idea ready to go, I was determined and ready to make it happen again this year.
The last day of April was standardized testing for our kids, so my Mom and I stopped in the local grocery store for some floral supplies. I'm pretty sure that when we arrived home I was zero help with whatever chores were waiting - I only had eyes for making May baskets!
Tissue paper was layered in aqua berry baskets and Oui yogurt jars made a willing vessel for the base. Then the art of layering flowers began - it was a balm to my soul to do this beauty-making. Four little baskets were assembled and standing at the ready along the edge of the kitchen counter. Paper straws and washi tape became May poles tucked into flowers and twine and tags completed the gift.
Morning arrived and Mom and I were up early - she offered to chauffeur me on this joy-spreading mission and what fun we had! Tiptoeing up to friends porches in the dark, wearing my pj's, crossing the bridge at the most beautiful sunrise I think I've ever seen with sail boats silhouetted in the foreground.
We saw beautiful shades of color in the sky, reflections on the water, fog in the trees and more. We got stopped on the swing bridge on the way home and simultaneously suggested donuts for breakfast - it just felt like the right thing to do we both agreed!
Happiness bubbled in my heart at this spreading of joy and beauty! Such fun! Such wonder at the imaginings of friends stepping onto their porches and smiling at the unexpected surprise.
Before breakfast, our little mission was complete but it was such a joy to hear from those friends throughout the morning as they found their goodies and suspected how they arrived!
Oh, I really must keep this tradition going. It is such fun!
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
- host an all CC training for Directors in my area: check!
- my Mom was here for three weeks and we had a great time together!
- take a girls road trip to Florida for the Downton Exhibition: definitely a highlight of April!
- enjoy simple everyday beauty at home: yes, but things were much busier than I would've chosen! I want to improve upon this in May.
- continue logging my meals into My Fitness Pal: fail. I didn't do well with this at all. Busy means I don't succeed well with extras like this. I'm eager for summer so our schedule will slooow down a lot!
- make and deliver May baskets: this one is already complete! I had clipped a photo from a magazine last year and had it paper clipped to my calendar all year saving the idea for this year! It was a berry basket May Day arrangement and I am so happy we got to do this! I'll write a post about it because it was a very fun experience!
- finish school: also complete! we finished May 3rd and I am grateful to have another year of homeschool completed.
- host CC Practicum for our area: complete - we had this last week!
- complete all book edits and start picking out photos for my next book
- complete the Discern and Decide course from Emily P. Freeman
- lots of reading - I have a big stack of books I want to read this summer!
What are your May goals?
Monday, May 13, 2019
These jets flying closely together seem an appropriate indicator of how life has been lately - managing multiple things closely where a collision could happen at any moment, life things flying by faster than I can keep up and yet awe and wonder at how they are able to fly with such precision.
A Sunday afternoon found us at the local high school football stadium where we had the entire place to ourselves, avoided crowds and still got a great view of the air show in our area. The Blue Angels always impress with their flight skills and this was no different.
I'm not even sure where to begin here - how about a bit of a recap of what's been going on here lately. Consider these exhibits for why I've been absent! Ha!
In the past two weeks:
- Emily completed a Mock Trial with her CC class - what a great experience for those students!
- Samuel has had soccer games
- standardized testing for all three kids
- physicals for the girls
- orthodontist appointments - thanks Mom!
- finished our school year!
- went strawberry picking and for a hike at the beach
- hosted CC Practicum in our area
- celebrated my birthday
- girls had dress rehearsals and recital
- David's mom and her husband came for a visit
- girls choir sang at church followed by lunch and an outing
- put together May Day baskets and delivered
- we were rear-ended and had our car in the repair shop for a few days
I'm probably forgetting things and of course there are the daily things like laundry and food and basics! Bets are on that some of you have had similar things lately with end of school programs, end of season things and more.
While I'm catching up at home, my Mom and all of our kids are on a road trip together! I know they will create such fun new memories this summer!
Now, I'm ready for some Slow Summer how about you?!