Pictures from the First Day of May ~
Mitten Strings for God: Chapter Eight

Themes & Plans for May

May brings flocks of pretty lambs, skipping by their fleecy dams ... Shepherd

It's no wonder it's called the merriest month of the year - there is just so much to love about May! And it's no surprise this post is a day or two late - the call of "the wild" gets stronger every day. :) I hardly ever find myself at my desk anymore - and boy, does my inbox show it!

So, what follows is just a sampling - of things to do, things to notice, and things to remember this month. I hope you might find something useful in my ...

~Themes & Plans for May~

Nature

  • Flowering trees at their peak.
  • Lilacs bloom around Mother's Day.
  • Tulips are up now.
  • Violets and wild pansies in the grass.
  • Warblers in the tops of the trees.
  • Orioles passing through.
  • Goldfinches are brilliant yellow.
  • Cool rainy days are possible ...
  • ... but so are 80 degree days!
  • The lawn might need mowing ...
  • ... but watch for toads in the yard!
  • The orchard is frothy and white.
  • Wood ducks are returning.
  • Nests spotted at the pond.
  • Tent caterpillars in the trees.
  • Morel mushrooms sprouting.
  • Spring butterflies are here.
  • Watch for hummingbirds.
  • Jack-in-the-pulpit in the woods.
  • Last frost occurs this month.
  • The Full Flower Moon rises on the 19th.

Folklore

  • Birthstone: emerald
  • Flower: lily-of-the-valley
  • "A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay ..."

Food

  • sweet onions
  • rhubarb
  • early strawberries
  • new potatoes
  • radishes
  • artichokes
  • asparagus
  • baby lettuces
  • morels
  • peas
  • spinach
  • mint juleps
  • pecan pies
  • edible flowers
  • spring herb soup
  • first barbecue of the year

Faith

  • May Devotion ~ The Blessed Mother
  • Ascension Thursday (1)
  • St. Joseph the Worker (1)
  • Pentecost Sunday (11)
  • Our Lady of Fatima (13)
  • St. Isidore the Farmer (15)
  • Trinity Sunday (18)
  • Corpus Christi (25)
  • The Visitation (31)

Household (& Garden)

  • Mow lawn; leave grass clippings down as mulch.
  • Clean and arrange deck/porch furniture.
  • Clean the grill; fill the propane tank.
  • Inventory/organize the kids' backyard toys.
  • Hang hummingbird window feeder.
  • Visit the family graves on Memorial Day ~
    • Tidy and add new flowers.
  • Purchase citronella candles or torches.
  • Famly physicals this month.
  • Launder spring linens and hang in the sun to dry.
  • Make travel plans for summer.
  • Clean car and organize for summer activities:
    • Beach
    • Picnic
    • Road trips
  • Plant garden on Memorial Day weekend.
  • Hang the American flag.

Life

  • American Bike Month
  • National Duckling Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • National Egg Month
  • National Wildflower Week (5-11)
  • National Nurses Week (6-12)
  • National Herb Week (7-10)
  • National Police Week (11-17)
  • National Transportation Week (11-18)
  • May Day (1)
  • Mother Goose Day (1)
  • The Kentucky Derby (3)
  • Masterpiece: Cranford (4, 11, 18)
  • Cinco de Mayo (5)
  • Midwives Day (5)
  • Percy Jackson #4 (6)
  • Speed Racer (9)
  • Letter Carrier Food Drive (10)
  • Mother's Day (11)
  • National Apron Day (12)
  • Leprechaun Day (13)
  • Tulip Day (13)
  • Mother Ocean Day
  • Chocolate Chip Day (15)
  • Hug Your Cat Day (15)
  • Prince Caspian (16)
  • Indiana Jones #4 (22)
  • Indianapolis 500 (25)
  • Memorial Day (26)
  • Rachel Carson's Birthday (27)

Book Basket

Field Trips & Outings

Crafts & Activities

  • Make homemade bread and butter
  • Decorate fresh butter with clover.
  • Look for 4-leaf clovers in the yard.
  • Plant a Mary Garden in a big cedar tub.
  • Celebrate Derby Day:
    • Read the papers and choose a horse to cheer for.
    • Make "Juleps" for Derby Day (herbal iced tea).
    • Wear big fancy hats while watching the race.
  • Make a pinata on Cinco de Mayo.
  • Decorate a canvas (field) bag with leaf prints.
  • Decorate a plain canvas apron (smock) on Apron Day.
  • Make nature playdough.
  • Collect and press wildflowers; begin a herbarium.
  • Plant a sunflower house or pole bean tepee.
  • Make a toad home.
  • Attract orioles passing through.
  • Spend an afternoon coudwatching.
  • Learn about waterfowl: ducks, geese, gulls.
  • Visit a duck pond and observe nesting behavior.
  • Play Duck, Duck, Goose!
  • Make a feather collage.
  • Make windchimes with terra cotta pots.
  • Go on a mushroom walk after a few damp days.
  • Make a catnip toy for the cats.
  • Plant a garden; reserve a Row for the Hungry.
  • Eat rhubarb stalks with dixie cups of sugar for dipping.
  • Paint and fill herb pots for Mother's Day gifts.
  • Mix up some herbal mosquito repellant.
  • Make a handloom; weave it with rainbow yarn.
  • Fill a box with food for the letter carrier on the 10th.
  • Work ahead on handcrafted Father's day gifts.

Whew! As posts go (and mine can go long) that was a big one! ;) Thanks for reading through, and thanks, as always, for stopping by. I hope you are enjoying this lovely new month and I hope you'll let me know what you love the most about May!

I'll see you all again very soon. :)

Now the bright Morning star, day’s harbinger,

Comes dancing from the East, and brings with her

The flowery May; who from her green lap throws

The yellow Cowslip and the pale prim-rose

Hail! flowery May that dost inspire

Mirth and youth and warm desire.

Woods and groves are of thy dressing

Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing

Thus we salute thee with our early song

And welcome thee and wish thee long.

       ("May Song" by Milton)

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