Archive for May, 2011
Well, as far I am concerned, summer is officially here! I saw my first lightening bug this evening! I was watering my plants when I noticed a flickering yellow glow. I realized it was a firefly! Unfortunately, I gave him an unwanted shower! What a welcome, the poor guy. I hope he was able to fly off once he dried.
I just love summer nights! I spend many nights out under our huge maple trees in my favorite Key West hammock chair! I stretch out and listen to the night sounds, what a chorus, and I watch the fireflies light up the dark. I often think I could just sleep out there but I always come in and crawl in my bed, peaceful from my nighttime rendezvous with nature.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
For me, it is a day to remember loved ones that are gone and to honor our servicemen past and present for the freedom we experience here in the United States. It’s also like an “extra Sunday” to me, which is a day for a cookout, then lounging in my favorite quilted hammock!
Today, I bought my first butterfly bush! I have admired them for years but just didn’t have one in my garden.Mine is a deep purple color. It is a shrub type of plant that resembles a miniature lilac, comes in many beautiful colors, smells heavenly, and, best of all, it attracts butterflies! It is easy to grow and is quick growing.
I placed mine near the edge of my patio and plan to let it grow large for extra privacy.It is only a few feet away from my hammock chair stand, where I spend time relaxing, reading, and sipping a refreshing drink after working in the garden while hanging in my hammock chair. I am looking forward to a new activity–watching butterflies!
This has been the rainiest spring on record in my part of the country. The pretty, sunny days are here and there, but not here enough! There have been so many times this past winter and this spring that I have been so thankful that I made a spot inside my house for a hammock and a hammock chair.
I was lucky I had a large room for both. However, I highly suggest this to everyone. Even if space is limited, usually we can find a way to make room in a corner to hang a hammock chair from the ceiling or place in a hammock chair stand. The benefits are wonderful! At least if I am stuck in the house, I am happy to be able to use my favorite relaxation pieces!
Now that Mother’s Day is passed, it is supposed to be safe to plant outside. For the annuals and tender perennials, it is always safer to wait and the danger of frost is supposed to be over by now. Some of the later tulips are still in full bloom but it is okay to plant some annuals around them. This way they can get an early start for a long summer of constant color.
The arc hammock stand can be a regal piece of furniture amongst the flowers in the yard. This is what some people refer to as a garden hammock. How enjoyable to take a little break after planting flowers to admire the beauty you added to your home!
I wish all of the mothers out there a beautiful and happy Mother’s Day doing whatever makes them happy. I hope you have some quality time with your children today.
Some of my favorite memories are actually quite simple times just reading to my boys, whether it was in our Brazilian hammock, or snuggled up in bed. These are some of the best times we’ve had and I hope I instilled a love for reading in them. Your children are never too young or too old to read to them!