May’s Month of Merriment and Awareness

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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.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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

paper towels.

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.

May 2-

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.)

May 3-

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.

http://julesgemstonepages.wordpress.com

May 5th-

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

celebrated day.

Margarita, anyone?

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.

May 8-

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

our world.

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.

May 9-

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!’)

May 10-

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.

May 12th-

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.

May 16-

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.

May 18-

New Moon.

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.

May 19-

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.

May 20th-

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!

May 22nd-

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

creatures.

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.

http://silverinthebarn.wordpress.com

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.

Check out:

http://Tortoise.com or Facebook.com/AmericanTortoiseRescue

May 24-

Whit Sunday.

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

birthdays today.

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.”

May 25th-

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.

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About reocochran

I am experiencing crazy and hapless adventures in dating that may interest people over fifty. I am now approaching 62 later this year and enjoy taking photographs, incorporating stories or poetry on my blog. I have many old posts which are informative and written like essays. I have several love stories collected from family and friends. Even strangers spill their stories, since I am a grown version of the girl next door. I have been trying to live a healthy lifestyle with better food selections and active hiking and walking. I have written four children's books and illustrated them. They are not published but a battered women's shelter used one about neglect and abuse for their children's program and a 4H group used my "Kissing a Bunny is like saying a Prayer" as a coloring book. Please comment or respond so I may get a chance to know you. Sincerely, Robin

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  1. Such a month, this May, Robin! Oh, how we grew up hearing the line “merry, merry month of May” on one hand. On the other hand, all those military movies and war scares we really had to live through had us hearing the alert “May Day! May Day!” that something awful was coming.

    Let’s go with the good hand, right? The Derby this weekend, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day … Time to stop and smell the flowers. Thanks, Robin, for your monthly reminder of just that. ❤

    • I am so glad you included both hands (or sides) of May! ha ha! It is a little like April, tricky in its weather predictions, rainy and cold sometimes and almost hot other times.

      Thankful for your summary of fun activities to keep in mind, Mark. Sending you a heart back, for the good feeling you give me. Hope you get a lot of chances to golf, Mark, in May! No soggy grounds either. Smiles, Robin

  2. You included some fun stuff here with your merry May facts. I looked up some current images of Twiggy. She still looks good.

    Debra Winger was good in “Terms of Endearment”, but I will always think of her from when I first became aware of her as an actress in her role in “An Officer and a Gentleman.

    My wife’s birthday is in May. That is the only May date I need to remember. 🙂 – Mike

    • You will have no problem keeping track of Florence’s birthday, Mike. I will say the photo of Twiggy looked beautiful, she has ‘aged well.’ Smiles!
      I also think it was a wonderful reminder about Debra Winger’s performance in “An Officer and a Gentleman!” How could I have forgotten to include this fine movie? How lucky to have you to help me fill in the gaps.
      So happy you found some ‘fun stuff’ to think about and hope you have a wonderful month of May, Mike!

    • Beth, you may already know most of these dates as you are so on top of everything! I loved your treasure hunt adventure as team Lost in Space. Also, the precious picture of the lizard which I wanted to call a Gila Monster, but was not sure? Smiles!

    • I love this fact and was wondering about midsummer’s night’s dream and its meaning of summer soltice explains it! Smiles and hugs. Enjoy perhaps a picnic or happy moments over Memorial Day weekend, dear!

  3. Hi Robin! What a good round-up of all that May entails. Well, I had my first mint juleps at a Kentucky Derby party the other night. All I can say is “margaritas, anyone?” Not my favorite! And I love that you remembered our turtle adventures. XXX

    • Your turtle adventure is one that is ongoing, since you and your husband amaze me with your volunteering and being a part of saving turtles’ lives, Barb! Wow!
      I do not like mint all that much, when given a York peppermint patty, even as a child at Halloween, I would pass it to my Dad. Smiles and wish I had checked back more faithfully on my May post. Hugs, Robin

    • I started this a couple of years ago, just wishing to include more people’s activities and spreading around advice, too. I have three different May’s as well as other months. I don’t ever look back to check what I said, either. Smiling at your loving May! My brother was born on 5/7/57 when I was only 18 months old. That and Cinco de Mayo are two of my favorite days of the month. Soon will be closing up and writing my June post. Take care and have a lovely Memorial Day weekend! ~ Robin

      • One of my granddaughters was born in May, but I always loved this month because all the trees have different color, and the leaves are so clean and shiny 🙂 Look forward to your June post. Have a nice weekend you too!

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