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.
SOOOO...what is your favorite thing about Spring Cleaning?
Where do you start? What do you do?
Is it only physical things you clean?
It depends on each person--on glorious days like today, cleaning included outside too. We trimmed fruit trees & cut down dead trees too.
But I am getting ahead of myself--make your plan of attack so you don't get overwhelmed.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, its a LIST you can use to spring clean.
I go by room or task. For example, this morning, I wiped down all ceiling fans & hanging light fixtures.
Tonight I am going to weed out the file cabinet (yes, sadly I still have one).
BUT HONESTLY, my FAVORITE part of spring cleaning? Being able to check it off my to do list. It makes the wine somehow taste better too.
BENEFITS of SPRING CLEANING
Have a great spring cleaning season peeps.
So....its December. IN IOWA. Are you ready? Is your car ready? Is your house ready? Lets check! Out west they already have 12"+ of snow (and yes, I am jealous....I love snow shoeing & snow removal, odd I know).
The lists below provide a reminder of what we should all be checking as we head into the winter season. There is one I would add to the HOME Checklist:
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS! Be preventive for those ice dams before the start! Or if you starting to feel like me, consider how close trees with needles or small leaves (like willow or locust trees) are to your home.
Finally for your car--I did pretty well on this list! I did however had to remember where I put my camping shovel from last year and put it back in my trunk. By favorite thing on the list--waxing your car. Its strangely soothing to do this, or maybe I just really like my car.
Have a great weekend and get ready for the first day of Winter to arrive (which is also the shortest day of the year!)--mark your calendars--December 21.
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!