The movie and musical, “Camelot” includes a song which brightens my spirits.
It is the classic, “The Lusty Month of May.” It has some light-hearted elements
of naughtiness included, with blaming Spring, flowers and aromas found in May
for some misbehavior.
There seems to be a significant number of songs with the words, “merry, merry
month of May” included on lists you find on the internet. You might enjoy finding
a favorite May image and quote for yourself to enjoy.
This is a monthly list of memorable activities and historical dates for your
entertainment and making it interactive by your adding noteworthy or significant
May dates in the comments section.
I would like this to continue as an international series for each month.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MAY, 2015 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
May’s Gemstone: Emerald
May’s Flower: Lily of the Valley
May First- “May Day”
According to Irish tradition, yellow primroses scattered on your threshold
will protect your home from “troublesome spirits.”
I enjoy memories of making baskets or bouquets of spring wildflowers to
place on neighbors’ porches, ringing the doorbell and running. As a mother,
I lived in a single story apartment building, so would help my children make
bouquets of tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinths wrapping them in wet
The kids loved knocking on doors of the apartments where we knew elderly
people lived. It they were not home, they would leave them tucked in their
screen doors to find.
As a preschool teacher, I think making braided placemats and colored paper
baskets were fun activities to celebrate May. We would use donations of simple
silk flowers which would not wilt nor fade after a few days, adding them in the
baskets. Parents liked the finished projects and sometimes remembered and
shared their own “May Day” memories.
Did your parents ever tell you about holding a long ribbon or rope and winding
it around a May pole? This seemed very intricate and must have been fun while
listening and dancing around the May pole.
The Kentucky Derby Race.
The race has 3 year old thoroughbreds “running for the roses,” as part of
the Triple Crown tournaments.
Mint juleps, anyone?
The new “Avengers: Age of Ultron” movie will be released today. I am proud
they use Cleveland, Ohio as a place to film downtown views, along with the
Plum Brook NASA facility, (Sandusky, Ohio.)
Full Flower Moon.
Until I was putting these monthly calendars together, I was unaware
the each month’s Full Moon had a Native American name, one which
Old Farmer’s Almanac also uses. Jules and I connected on this subject
and I am thankful for this connection. She has a few different blog sites.
Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
This was the date of the Battle of Puebla, where the country of Mexico
won against French control.
Get your festive colors out! Try on a Mexican sombrero and eat Mexican
food, introducing it to children and grandchildren. Enjoy this Internationally
Another choice for honoring Cinco de Mayo is to plant ‘Mexican Hat’
plants, (Ratibida columnifera). These lovely perennials are both easy
to grow and drought tolerant. The bright golden and scarlet Mexican Hat
flowers attracts birds, bumblebees, and butterflies.
On a serious note:
This is the 70th Anniversary of VE Day. Please fly your flags and give
respect for the servicemen who helped to end the European campaign
of WW II. We honor all those who serve in any war, skirmish or protecting
It is also “Truman Day” celebrated in Missouri.
On a lighter note:
I admire and enjoy these two older but brilliant actors, Diane Keaton
and Morgan Freeman, who will be an “AARP-approved” movie release
of, “5 Flights Up.” They portray a couple who have decided to move
out of their home and into an apartment, I believe.
Another AARP ‘news update,’ was that Twiggy, at age 65, will be the
“UK face” for L’Oreal Paris products. I like her looking so beautiful,
with a mid-length hair style. She will always be my ‘image’ for the Bob
hair style I enjoyed as a younger woman.
The Season Opening of Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio.
This is a higher costing place to take your family, but still a lot of ‘bang
for your buck’ in the atmosphere of going high above lush gardens on
the Sky Ride, looking out at the three sides of Lake Erie which this ‘point’
sticks out into. Along with a rich history, which I have written a whole
other post about, from when it began to entire renovation of the Hotel
Breakers. You also can ‘camp out’ if you get your reservations in for
their campgrounds. (I worked there for two different summers of my life,
one where I had just finished high school, 1974 and the bicentennial
where the Big Ships came into Lake Erie ports, 1976. I had a ‘blast!’)
Happy Mother’s Day to all those women who played a mother’s role
in young people’s lives.
Do you want to hear the total breakdown and estimates of last year’s
Mother’s Day purchases?
$3.65 billion spent on jewelry.
$2.35 billion spent on flowers.
$780 million spent on greeting cards.
If you have a favorite Mother’s Day memory, please share this with
all of us.
Haagen Daas ice cream parlors will be giving out free single scoop
cones of ice cream, gelato or sorbet. Yummy! Look up the closest place
and indulge in this treat.
Armed Forces Day.
This is a day to honor those who have served around the world, so
please fly your flags proudly.
Definitely not over the hill, Debra Winger celebrates her 60th birthday
today. She was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1955. I liked her in the
‘tear jerker’ 1983 movie with Shirley Maclaine in “Terms of Endearment”
and the romantic serious movie, “Urban Cowboy,” with John Travolta.
This is a little ditty or country expression:
“Eat leeks in March,
Garlic in May.
Then the rest of the year,
Doctor can play.”
On this date, May 18, Canada celebrates Victoria Day. I enjoyed reading
and writing about Queen Victoria on a post called, “A Flower Cart Vendor
and a Queen,” written on May 20, 2014.
Pete Townsend turns 70 today. Yet, Pete is still musically challenging himself.
We may enjoy and listen to a new orchestral version of the Who’s classic,
“Quadrophenia,” released next month in June, 2015.
This may be the night you DVR or stay up late. It will be the last David
Letterman Late Show. When he ‘signs off,’ there will be multitudes of
famous messages and guest stars. Wishing David L. a happy retirement!
National Maritime Day.
This just calls out to me, “Head towards large bodies of water!”
Enjoy boating or swimming. . . to celebrate. Find local sources of
water and learn something about how it contributed to historic
settlements nearby there.
May 23rd-World Turtle Day
Since 2000, people around the world have
celebrated this day for turtles. It started as
a ‘sounding the alarm’ to increase respect for
and knowledge about one of world’s oldest
The co-founder with Marshall Thompson, Susan
Tellem, of American Turtle Rescue (ATR) expresses
this in such an eloquent plea:
“These gentle animals have been around about 200
million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a
result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction
and the cruel pet trade.”
A fellow blogger, Barb, and her husband have been part
of this wonderful ‘saving turtles’ project. She posted about
this last year.
Here are some suggestions to consider:
~ Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases
demand from the wild.
~ Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they
are sick or injured.
~ If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place
it on the other side in the same direction it was headed.
~ Write legislators about keeping sensitive habitats preserved.
~ Report cruelty or illegal sales to a local animal control shelter.
~ Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise less than 4 inches long,
which is illegal throughout the U.S.
http://Tortoise.com or Facebook.com/AmericanTortoiseRescue
Pentecost which in some religions represents the 7th Sunday after
Easter where the Holy Spirit descended upon the Disciples.
Celebrities John C. Reilly and Rosanna Cash celebrate their
This is John C. Reilly’s 50th birthday. I felt John did an outstanding
performing and singing job in “Chicago” film version. He ‘blew me away,’
in this entertaining musical. He portrays a ‘fall guy’ taken advantage of,
by a young starlet. The song is called, “Mr. Cellophane.” The sense of
the song is how he feels invisible. John’s new project is a comedy movie,
performed with his friend, Will Ferrell in, “Border Guards.”
Prepare to laugh out loud.
This date is Rosanna Cash’s 60th birthday. I think if you have not listened
to her album and song, “The River and the Thread,” you may wish to do this
for her birthday. It was considered to be the “Most played ‘Americana record’
of 2014.” This fact was published in the May/June “AARP” magazine. My very
favorite song, which brings me to tears on this album is sung by a marvelous
collection of musicians, including John Prine and Kris Kristofferson .The song
is called, “When the Master Calls the Roll.”
Memorial Day Monday.
Hope most of you will have a three day weekend, since this
is Memorial Day weekend here in America. We celebrate by
having picnics, beach or pool parties, eating lots of barbecued
foods, potato salad, cole slaw, kale and cabbage salads and
delicious cold or frozen desserts.
Even though it runs from June 1- June 7th, this is the time to be
looking into weekly passes for what some simply call, “The Memorial.”
The 40th Memorial Golf Tournament’s pass is priced at $173.00. If
you are a golf fan, this is not that bad of a price to be able to be
among the leading golfers of the world for the entire week.
Hideki Matsuyama won the 2014 PGA Memorial Tournament.
I was only able to attend the Memorial golf classic once although it is
held very close by, in Dublin, Ohio. Jack Nicklaus, who brought this
event and helped to get the course made in Ohio said of Hideki, who
was only 22 when he won with a 3 under par of 69, that you will be
seeing this golfer for years to come in international golf tournaments.
May 31- Orthodox Pentecost.
This date is considered to be significant as the day the Holy Spirit
descended upon the Disciples.
Please include any special dates we need to remember in May.
Wishing you a bunch of flowery, happy May days, my friends.