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May Day, A Forgotten Tradition?

As a child growing up in a small’ish rural community in Nebraska, I remember with fondness the fun and excitement that was “May Day”. I am astonished how many people have no idea what I’m talking about when I’ve brought this up in my adult years and I have to wonder, is this a lost tradition? Was it a tradition only known in certain areas of the nation? Both?

For those of you who don’t know, or who have forgotten after all these years, May Day presented an opportunity to share treats with the ones we love AND add a whole lotta fun in the mix. In the days leading up to May 1st we would spend time putting together May Day Baskets with little treats in them. They weren’t fancy or complex, usually a disposable cup of some sort filled with sweets or other inexpensive treasures. Then, when May Day arrived (on May 1st) the fun really began!

I always remember May Day landing during the week, which is obviously impossible, but that’s how the memory is stamped in my head. So, anyway, school would let out and we would race home to get the festivities started. Mom and Dad would load us up in the car and drive us around to the homes of our friends and family (unless they lived in our neighborhood, in which case, we set out on foot). They would drop us off and park just down the street. We would set the basket on the doorstep, ring the bell, and dash off. The recipient of the May Day Basket (if they were home) would race after us, and if caught, we were met with kisses, hugs or pinches — depending on who caught us. My grandmother handed out the sweetest hugs and kisses. I’m certain my cousins (who were all boys with exception of one) relished in pinching!

This would continue, one house after another, until all the baskets were delivered and then we would return home…usually to a wonderful pile of treats others had left for us on our doorstep while we were out. But, maybe the best part was when my grandmother brought one to me and I got to chase HER!

Every year when May 1st rolls around I remember this tradition and wish I had thought of it sooner so I could give life to it once again (or bring it to the area in which I now live, where people look at me as though I’m speaking a foreign language when I talk about “May Day”). I will have to set a reminder on my calendar for next year, so I can remind us all well in advance and we can get our ducks in a row and make May Day a ‘thing’ once again!

I promise if you have younger children, and you make this a tradition in the years to come, it will be one they won’t forget! Honestly, it’s right up there with Trick or Treating…maybe even better!

In honor of May Day, here is a treat for you from my garden. Spring bulbs make their appearance and warm my heart — I hope they will do the same for you.

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Happy May Day!
H


Spring 2017

Flowers

Spring is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. While I don’t appreciate the finicky weather that Colorado brings our way in the Spring (seriously, the forecast for today is sunny and eighty degrees and by Friday we are in the path of snow!), I do so love watching everything come back to life.

It renews my energy. It beckons me outdoors. The labors of love that leave me with sore muscles, perhaps the first sunburn of the season, and eventually evidence of the fruits of this labor when our kitchen is filled with delicious veggies from the garden and vases of freshly cut flowers begin to pop up all over the house.

Friends, it has been quite some time since a new post has hit my blog. Seems I write this same sort of post periodically – after I’ve gone MIA in the blog world. Here’s the ugly truth about why: allocation of too much time to things that don’t really matter. It’s a tough pill to swallow when one sits back and realizes that the best of them, both time and energy, has been given to an obligation; leaving little to nothing left over for the things that truly fuel their soul. When you fall into a rut with life…work, eat, sleep, repeat.

If you find yourself in this same situation, I encourage you to allow the newness of Spring to help you turn that around. Set better boundaries. Save some of what’s your best for whatever energizes your life and fuels your soul. I know I’m going to….

Hope to see you back here at the blog in the days that come as I share what’s going on in the garden and the kitchen, tidbits about my favorite things and stuff that blows my hair back with inspiration.

-H


Fall Planting

Each spring, as I’m cleaning out the garden and flower beds and preparing for all the new planting I vow, “this year, no excuses, I’m going to get Fall planting done”. Fall comes and goes — without any planting. I’m generally burned out and tired by the time Fall rolls around and haven’t the brain power to plan, let alone purchase and then plant bulbs for Spring flowering. And then, Spring returns and I’m disappointed that I let the opportunity for Fall planting pass me by.

This year I got way ahead of the game. I planned – and ordered – bulbs for Fall planting in August! I figured it would trick  force me into finally addressing this outstanding chore. There wouldn’t be any way I would spend the money, have the bulbs here ready for planting, and let the opportunity slip by. And, I was right!

Turns out I got a little crazy with the ordering. When the package showed up and I opened it to assess what I was really dealing with, 124 bulbs came spilling out into my life. Oh gosh! 124 bulbs really isn’t a lot when you consider the size and number of landscaped areas in my yard – but – oh gosh!

And then, when I went to pick up some mums to plant as well (because if you’re going to do Fall planting, DO Fall planting, right?) I had a momentary lapse in judgment and bought another package of tulips…because they were unique and like nothing else I had ordered…and because, well, I momentarily lost my mind!

Fall planting in Colorado can be tricky because the weather is super tricky. Temps are all over the place and it’s anyone’s guess what sort of precipitation will fall from the sky. In the past couple weeks we’ve had two torrential downpours, complete with thunder, lightening and hail! That’s right, in October. It is for this same reason that deciding what to wear in the morning is a total guessing game – and inevitably, you end up uncomfortable (either too warm or too cold) the majority of the day…but, I digress…

So, playing the weather and juggling work and other household responsibilities, completing this project played out over the course of several days. I am happy to report that it’s FINALLY done. I can’t wait until Spring 2016 rolls around and I can share with you all the splendor that only Spring can bring — with 130+ early season blooms — compliments of all this hard work in the Fall.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the pops of color in the Fall that mums are so famous for:

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Wishing you all an incredible week – do whatever you can to make it great!
H