What happened to May Day?
First, a little history. May Day is rooted in agriculture in Celtic countries (Scotland & Ireland), when you sow the fields and put the cows to pasture. It also marks halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice!
Louisa May Alcott wrote about May Basket Day in the late 1800s book, Jack and Jill. In the 1930's, schoolchildren gave Eleanor Roosevelt a May Basket filled with flowers.
An NPR start found a writing in the Humboldt, Iowa, Independent in May 1976, the local extension home economist reminisced:
"What a gallant occasion Mother made of May baskets. Lists were made and rewritten. It became almost as exciting as Christmas."
Her family used old milk cartons for containers and they made popcorn and Boston cremes for each basket. People in her community returned May baskets to their owners at Halloween.
But what about now? Like May flowers, the tradition of May Baskets has faded away. Maybe its a sign of the the innocence of the times fading away too. Or simple acts of kindness? I am not sure.
I do hope that May Day Baskets make a comeback. Its a great day to remind us all to be kind. See above for the May Basket the kiddos made for me yesterday.
This walk down memory lane has confirmed it. I am an old soul.
Here are my lessons learned about working from home FT with kids.
Have a great weekend peeps.
Yeah, me too.....what is the Swedish Death Cleaning? Or is that some crazy new band name? I was in the library yesterday and stumbled onto a book entitled "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning". My gut response was immediately, well if that is NOT hygge. But then I opened the cover and skimmed the table of contents. WRONG I was--its all about hygge. Making room of enjoying life by removing clutter and over abundance....but this time not just for me, but for those you leave behind and removing clutter for them when I am not around anymore. I was intrigued, I want to learn more. Yes, I checked it out.
As I continue to read, I have questions already:
1) how has her quality of life changed by removing the clutter that many times becomes overwhelming in life?
2) how has this value shift changed her purchasing habits as well (to maintain the uncluttered life)?
3) what do her decedents think about this?
Have a great weekend peeps!
If you are like me, you have phases in your life that trigger reflection on the life you are choosing to live. You have highs where you are overjoyed & lows when you are a muddle of mush. Sometimes I wish I could shave off those highs & lows, be more 'average', but then I remember, that is what makes me me.
And for those of you that know me, you know I love hard, which lends itself to my peaks & valleys.
In the rat race of the holiday & the ending of another university semester for break & as we march into a new decade, I have caught myself reflecting more than usual.
Is anyone else doing this as well?
From career, to family, to home, to my dreams, they have all been considered in the last 10 days.
I am thankful for (in no particular order)
Whatever drives you, feeds your soul, and makes you excited for each day.....reflection helps you remember what that is.
If you are like me, remember to refocus your view to keep your 'thankfuls' centered in the cross hairs of your lens of life.
Happy New Year's Day peeps.
Zwanziger Realty was fortunate enough to host a booth at the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Elkader this fall. We hosted a booth in collaboration with MSA Professional Services (civil engineering firm). And boy, did we have a blast!
Kids had 5 minutes to construct the tallest possible structure they could. 20 pieces of paper and their creativity were materials available (that is right, no take, staplers or scissors!). The winning structure was 42" tall.
Statistics for the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival in Elkader!
Below are a few comments from attendees;
Below is a link to the STEM festival report & a few pictures of our booth during the event.
Stay curious and keep exploring. Knowledge ROCKS!
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!