“Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits upon a sapphire throne.”
Written by Barry Cornwall, English poet
There are a lot of celebrations this month of June!
Just heard on Russel Ray’s photography blog that June First
is: Butterfly Awareness Day!
Beautiful creature is the butterfly and the colors are so wonderful.
I will always love the shimmer and the iridescent quality to their
wings! Let June fly into your heart!
June 5th is World Environment Day. Try to do some ecological
and more environmentally correct things so this may start good
habits for the rest of the year! My Mom used to spray vinegar on
weeds. To prohibit bugs in the vegetable garden she planted and
surrounded them with (“smelly”) marigolds. This may keep the
bunnies and other animals at bay, not too sure about them!
Both my parents had a compost pile where we would take our
vegetable shavings and other decomposable materials. My brothers
and I would sift the compost pile and would use the worms for bait
On June 14th, we celebrate Flag Day so proudly post your flags and
make sure you put them in at dusk and during rainy days, too. This day
was initiated in 1777 by the Continental Congress. It also is the day
that the Army considers their anniversary date. (1775)
On June 16th, we celebrate Father’s Day. Of course, by letting uncles,
dads, grandpas and other nice men who have been good role models
for kids know how much we appreciate them! I have been so glad that
I had my two brothers who always showed up when asked to help or
go somewhere with my three children! They were my kids’ living monkey
bars, also bought them a great and long lasting wooden gym and swing
set. They were at the kids’ birthdays, holidays, zoo trips and Cedar Point,
too. We could “count on them!” The uncles and my father were wonderful!
Thanks so much and we love you!
On June 23rd, we will have a Full Strawberry Moon! I loved the bright
orange Flower Moon of May and hope there will be plenty of clear nights
to gaze at the moon in June.
Today, May 31st I had a basal cell carcinoma double patch on my left ear
lobe removed. I had the MOHS procedure where they take a slice, put it
on a slide and look to see if it is enough taken, I only had two layers taken
off before it came out “clear” of the bad cells. I then had to cross the hall
and have a patch taken off my neck and it was stitched up on my ear. It
was a simple procedure that took about four and a half hours altogether.
It makes you wonder how people tolerate worse health setbacks and I
realize I am so blessed to have only dealt with minor ones at that!
I have a couple of more thoughts having to do with my longing to be
a teacher facing a summer of not working, reading, relaxing and having
lots more fun!
My youngest daughter saw I was blue today and said,
“What you DO, does not define you.
It is not WHAT you are
(i.e.: job, profession, homemaker or disabled person)
But WHO you are that COUNTS!
(i.e.: inside and outward actions shown)”
She had me listen to a very motivating and inspiring graduation speech
given by Steve Jobs to Stanford University graduates. This includes three
examples of life-changing happenings that in their own self may have
not meant much but once connected “like connecting the dots” they became
life altering and impacted his career and life. The last one was getting
cancer and how he dealt with it. This was possibly spoken months before he
died. I am not sure of the time line. If you have an opportunity, check on this
Looking forward to those hazy, lazy days of summer and hopefully, you and I
will get to drift on a raft, swim in a pool or skim rocks across a creek. Maybe
we will get to a picnic or two, see the fireflies, shooting stars and the radiant
sun in the sky. Sunsets and sunrises, too.