May 2019 went by so fast. The word that comes to mind for this month is “garden delight” – because my time in the garden was especially sweet after the last two years of not having much garden time – long story – M-but this year – alive and fresh: hands in dirt – photographs – and more garden analogies unfolding.
Let’s start this monthly recap post with a photo of lavender and a Carpenter bee.
Carpenter bees like lavender (I like lavender too, but I think they like it WAY more).
Some readers know that I featured Emily Dickinson poems in May 2019 (MASTER POST HERE)
For the May roundup, I have two more poems – both about Fame and one connects to how “Fame is a bee” – ahhhh – just fit so well.
Speaking of bees – Author on the Edge, Tish Farrell, has some “gorging” bees – and one was upside down in the flower – so fun – HERE
Tish said, “Yesterday morning I found our front garden – the one that slopes down to the main road – positively heaving with small bumble bees. The orange verbascum flowers had reached just the right state of ripeness, and the bees were gorging on them.”
Care for more info on Bees? Go HERE
May 2019 had some SAD news.
An old friend, Cathy from Denver, is in her final days of hospice – cancer strikes again. Thoughts and prayers for her friends and family.
And there was a death this month.
Two days before Mother’s Day, my husband’s ex-wife took her own life. Such a tragedy and I will share more about it later- she was a terrible person – and that is putting it mildly (she lacked empathy as a high-narcissist with little accountability over the years) – but my heart still aches for that type of tragic ending and for the rippling impact it has on those that knew her. (Some folks suspect alcohol consumption combined with her latest bipolar meds Mae for a bad mix – ugh… and so yes – I will likely address this topic more later because a former student of mine, Kaitlyn D., also had a similar ending last Fall – similar drug and alcohol mix with use of a gun). So…. please keep both families in your thoughts and prayers as the summer unfolds. For some folks – summer 2019 will not happen.
This next plant ties in.
May also had Memorial Day here in the States.
THANK YOU for your service, dear Vets. “Don’t know you all, but we do owe you all…”
Did you know the first week of June (2-8) is National Garden Week? Info HERE
If you do not have a garden – and would like to have a few plants – start with a few small containers.
Not only will you have some enjoyment, but you help the earth. You might even get some new ideas to write about – 🙂
Want to start a small container garden?
Start with basil (something amazing about rubbing fresh basil between the fingers on a summer day). Maybe try some other herbs – oh – and peppers are easy to grow. Here is a soup I made with foraged garden items – it only took five minutes to prep for the small crock pot:
Speaking of Gardens – Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch, has a garden theme for the 99-word fiction challenge this week (HERE) – she invites us to “…write a story that includes strawberries and mint.”
Charli, and her husband (a decorated Vet – many thanks again) are also getting ready to “plant a new household” (after many setbacks and a powerful story of perseverance and grit) – If you want to sow some seeds of love by donating – there are two lists on Amazon: Household here and Roberts Street Writers here.
So how was your May?
Would you care to join in with Su Leslie’s Changing Season’s Challenge?
If so – go HERE
Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month. Version One (photographic): Post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month. Version Two (you choose the format): post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month.