Friday, May 02, 2014

May Day

Yesterday was May Day and it was a pretty stellar day despite the rain and gloom. I'm thankful for yesterday because the wheels fell off today pretty early and I've been riding the rims, showered in sparks, ever since. But that's a story for another day.  

My work sponsors a wee Farmers Market in the summer and the first one of the season was yesterday. There were baked goods, jams, jellies, honeys, wool, spring flowers and the early lettuce and spinach. One lady was selling berry boxes of wee cukes that she had grown in her greenhouse. Look! There's even a blossom still left on one! Oh. My. Dog. are they good! I sliced some last night to go with sandwiches.  Just the ticket. A little taste of FRESH green after a long, hard winter.



I had been thinking about May Day all day and remembering how we used to make tissue paper baskets and put candy and dandelions in them when we were kids. We'd hang them on someone's door, ring the bell and run. If they caught you, they got to kiss you.  (My tactic was to knock on the door and then sit right down 
and wait in the 'puckered up' position! )  

One of my sweetest memories of  Daddy was the year that I was home sick on May Day and didn't get to participate in the basket fun. Daddy put a dandelion in his old fishing creel and hung it on my door. Best May Basket I ever got! As I recall, he wasn't that hard to catch either!

My coworkers and I talked a bit about it at work; about how sad it was that that tradition had gone by.  Then when I got home from work, there was a May basket on our front door!!!



What a sweet surprise! At the end of our street there is a preschool and the kids had left it on their walk. They didn't leave them on all the doors. I think we got one because the kids like Ben. We always stop and say hi when we are walking by. I'm sure he barks to them when they walk by the house. I actually got tears in my eyes I was so touched! We'll have to think of a nice way to thank them. 


 This week has been a bear. We've been running ragged and it doesn't really slow down again until after the weekend. For 10 minutes or so at a time, before bed, I've been working on a Ben Kwok template for a spot of sanity and calm before trying to sleep. Notice I said 'trying' , Anyway, I finally finished it last night. It's not shaded because it is a test for a larger one I want to do. Just testing out the patterns. I like the fins, but not the body but I have another couple of ideas.

At any rate, that's all the news that's fit to print around here. I hope you all had as happy a May Day as I did!

2 comments:

Mum said...

That sure is a lot of fresh cukes for the money!
I really like the fish.

Anonymous said...

I too,love May Day. I would never have thought of using a plate. That gives you your hanger for the door knob. How clever is that! Nice to know the tradition is alive and well.
Lucky you, getting a basket.