This Year, May is Mine

May is redbud trees and flowering crabapples and weeping cherries.

May is planting petunias and lobelia and bee balm.

And tomatoes and cucumbers and green beans.

May is hummingbird feeders and songbird seed and trying to outsmart the squirrel.

May is thwarting thistle and decapitating dandelions.

May is losing myself in garden books and backyard landscape plans.

May is putting my college boys to work digging out dying shrubs and tilling new beds.

May is a whole month off between spring and summer semesters at college.

May is sunny days and having the heater off and the windows open.

May is pleasant nights and putting the electric blanket away.

May is eating right and trying new recipes.

May is lots of gym time, Pilates videos, and power walks in a shady park.

May is sewing curtains, painting the kitchen,

and actually seeing the surface of my desk again.

May is organizing the storage room, sorting through boxes and clearing out closets –

but only if I feel like it.

May is picnics and bike rides and playing with our granddaughter.

May is reading books, doing puzzles and having lunch with old friends.

This year, May is mine!

What will May be for you – a pressure cooker or a delight?

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10 Responses to This Year, May is Mine

  1. May is my favorite month of the year. My husband and I actually originally set our wedding date for May, but due to circumstances beyond our control had to push it back to September. Still, when May hits, I can’t help but think of it as our almost wedding month 🙂
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      That’s cool, Marcy. I always thought May would be a nicer wedding month that June. We, too, are September, though, which has its own gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. From my unschooled children and I, May is a few weeks into our travel season, but not yet at the height, when we seem to always either be getting ready to go somwehere or do something, going somewhere or doing something, or recovering from going somewhere or doing something.

    It’s soft days, warm but often not truly hot, with sweet breezes full of cut grasses, tree frogs, wandering walks, and digging in the dirt…

    Yours sounds lovely, and I hope you soak up every wonderful breath of it!
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Soft days – what a great phrase! I love the things that yours includes, and I understand well the three phases of going and doing. Today was lovely, especially when I took grocery shopping off my to-do list, and I spent a lot of time outside with the garden and inside with stories. Enjoy every breath of your May, too!

  3. Lynn Kelley says:

    What a beautiful post, Jennifer. So lyrical. I, too, love May. I love spring and summer. Your granddaughter is adorable.

    My daughter-in-law is due for a baby girl May 23rd. My daughter’s due June 8th, but having tons and tons of contractions and might not make it to June. Another baby girl. So this May might bring me two new granddaughters and all the joy that comes with new babies. That will make me grammy to four! I’m caregiver for my daughter’s babies. Best times evuh, despite the exhaution that comes with it! Have a wonderful May!
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Grammy to four? You’re not that old! Actually, I suppose anyone over 35 or 40 is technically old enough, but . . .

      Wishing you and your daughters all the best with the new babies. I cherish the time with mine, I just don’t see her enough!

  4. May is one of my favorite months, for a lot of the reasons you mention, Jennifer.

    This year it may be a bit of a pressure cooker though, because I’m hoping to launch a book toward the end of it (if I can get all the niggling little details done).

    Enjoy your break between school sessions! I know the feeling well. FREEDOM!!!
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    • Jennifer Jensen says:

      Thanks Kassandra, and good luck with your book launch! (and take some time to sit in the sunshine, even for just a bit)

  5. May is mellow, and getting out and about. A blend of bustle and ahhhhh…

    I am linking to this post in my Sunday Sampler mashup. It fits May and remewal perfectly! =)
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