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Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Day ~no need for help, just a Celebration~

~ *May Day* ~
May 1
Legend has it:
Traditionally, people believed that witches held Walpurgis Night celebrations on the summit of the Blocksberg, a mountain in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, on the night between April 30 and May 1.

People believed that it was dangerous to be outside on this night so they lit fires and danced wildly to deter the witches from coming too close to them or their homes.

These traditions lead to the custom of lighting fires and erecting maypoles still seen today.

This day has always held fascination for me, as a child I never knew where my parents family's came from, I mean, the heritage, if they all came from America, I would be a Native American, and that is clearly not the case, for my eyes are blue.

I remember the day I heard something about one of my parents being Polish, I thought to myself, why are they unhappy with being Polish, or it seemed that way to a child of 7.
Come to find out they may not be Polish at all, the father's parents came from Prussia, so states documents from the late 1800's, one of the father's parents on the same document was stated as being from Germany. Before Poland was even a country.
At the time of their arrival in the United States, Prussia, Russia, Germany and a few other countries were having a problem with what I would call property lines.

Oh, why the family history? May Day has always seemed like a day that should be celebrated.
If you think about it, it's kinda like all the holidays rolled into one.

The dancing ~ New Years
The candy ~ Valentine and Easter
The flowers ~ Mother's Day
The workers ~ Labor Day
The fire dances to keep witches away ~ Halloween
The leaving of a gift ~ Christmas

Guess there are a few left out, it will be ok, no worries.

Just an observation about the day.

Hope you enjoy the day.

til next time,



Monday, April 25, 2016

Gardening and other busy~ness

Pink Almond in bloom,
reminds me of small carnations,
I first loved this plant when I was young at my parents home,
they grew next to the house in the foundation, like they had been planted a long time ago
and finally made it to bloom.
I only noticed 1 year of bloom, but it was enough to carry with me the fondness I had for them.
The dutch boy and girl was a gift from my Hubby with some friendly persuasion,
 Farmers Market Garden Center in Decatur, IL.
She has all kinds of wonderful garden fun things.
The Garden
Tomatoes, Green peppers.
Tomatoes I started from seed,
green peppers, no such luck starting them,
to Farmer's Market I went.

Potato bed & turned soil.

Turned soil for green peppers.
New bird bath basin.

Brought from the front & added it to the backyard flower garden.

Alum almost in bloom.
I just couldn't wait to show off the new bird bath.
Seed plantings of herbs are still a bit small.
 but using planters for herbs of sage, rosemary, & thyme.
The sage, not to sure, we pulled it in the fall & hung upside down,
left to hang in the basement, thought I would take the sage for seasoning,
started working the leaves off the plant & they were still moist,
Took the plant, repotted & watered.
Time will tell.
Rosemary & Thyme I started as seed, only a couple even sprouted.
We'll see how that goes too.
Too, Lavender,
I lost my planted lavender a couple years ago,
trying a bit of seed this year.
All the garden goodnes I have for now.
Just wishing you the best of God"s Blessings
Have Faith.
Keep your Faith.
Look forward with Hope.
Trust in God.
Take it to the Lord in Prayer.
til next time,
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