Memorial Day Weekend

When I was a kid, Memorial Day signaled the end of the school year and summer awaited. It also meant our report cards would be coming out and the grade you were going into next would be posted on the top of the report. I grew up on a farm, so plans included pulling milk weeds from the corn in June, running through the sprinkler, lawn mowing, and weeding our many gardens. I also had my own babysitting business by age 12 and babysat for eight different families. Of course, there was biking, eating fresh strawberries and going to the county fair. Even with all of this fun summer activity, I didn’t forget the bigger meaning of Memorial Day. We would attend a parade that honored men and women in the service, with special attention being paid to those that lost their lives serving our country. I felt sad then, and I still feel sad now. Thank you to the many men and women who have served and lost their lives. And to the many men and women who continue to serve our country, both far and near.

This weekend we are putting the finishing touches on our container garden. I have planted two of my three David Austin roses, spinach, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender, petunias, geraniums, mandevilla, dahlias, peonies, impatiens, and bee balm. We are planning on seeing the new Downton Abbey movie in the theater and finishing our to-do list once and for all.

Have a safe Memorial Day weekend for those that celebrate it, and I’ll see you back here on Monday with a tour of my container garden.

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Hello May!

May Day is here. May Day is a European tradition that celebrates the historic struggles and gains made by workers during the labour movement. In France, on May 1st, they celebrate Fête du Travail (Labor Day), and almost every shop, restaurant, and tourist attraction is closed for the day. People in France give friends and family bouquets of muguet (lily of the valley). In America, from the 1800’s through the early 1900’s, May baskets were hung on friends, family, and often love interests’ doors on May 1st. Now in the U.S., not much if anything is done to celebrate this wonderful day anymore. I order a rosemary plant for close friends, and I also buy each of them a bar of Muguet soap off of Etsy. 

Friends, start planning your summer vacation now because things will move quickly from May 1st to Labor Day. We’re getting ready to go on our first trip in three years to France in late spring. Once we’re back home, I have my container garden, lots of hikes, lots of sunsets, writing, antiquing, and farmer’s markets to keep me busy.

Enjoy May,🐝safe &🐝well.