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Thursday, May 28

almost June?!

How can it be almost June?

Time flies, they say, when you're having fun. And while this spring has been filled with ups & downs, we're thankful to have been together during the stay-at-home rules. 

I am so grateful for kids that enjoy being together, I LOVE the sound of laughter that rattles this old house, I love movie marathons, I love camping out in the family room watching British comedies and mysteries, I love Uno Attack, and I love Mario Kart races.

We've spent many sunny days doing yardwork, and while I'd really like to get the garden in...the tiller just went in for repairs. As did the mower...just when the grass is sprouting non-stop. And so it goes...planting and mowing will have to wait just a little bit longer.

In the meantime, it's a blessing to enjoy what's around us...

flowers blooming, 

flags flying, 

corn growing,

cats napping.

And this year, for the first time, we have Baltimore Orioles...such a pretty surprise! 

Oriole, Orange, Bird, Wildlife, Nature, Avian, Feathers
source (I couldn't get a picture quickly enough!)

I've been working on sprucing up the milkhouse...prepping to turn it into a farmers' market spot. If you've read about it in earlier posts, you know I was set to go 40's retro...colors like tomato soup red and turquoise, bright, cheery colors with a little musica in the background. 

But lately I've been thinking, as fun as that is, and I do love 40's music, it is, after all, a milkhouse. On a farm. Hmmm, maybe more prim and cozy is what it needs. I've been repairing the masonry, after all a milkhouse built in 1950 needs a little love, and as I work on it, I've found I don't want to smooth it all out...make it "perfect."  Isn't there enough striving for perfection as it is...why not enjoy all its little quirks, rough surfaces, chippy paint, and uneven floor. After all, the floor is purposefully uneven...there's a drain...it's a milkhouse!

So after chatting with friends, I'm thinking up another logo...it can still be Maizy & Mae, but at Sweet Meadow Dairy. I already have these signs tucked away that could be put inside...hmmm, what do you think?

Let me know your thoughts!

And so before we know it, it will be June...the earth is ready for summer. It's time for twinkling fireflies, strawberries, making bubbles (6 cups hot water, 1/2 cup corn syrup, 1 cup clear dishwashing liquid) and flying kites.

Create a fairy garden, or tuck a secret garden in a corner of the yard...it's all about magic. Remember June 21 is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, so enjoy it! Picnic in your back yard, sleep under the stars, play tag or hide & seek, light sparklers, hang a sheet at nightfall and show a movie.

Sweet memories in the making...

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day...

When we ponder that vast throng who have died honorably
defending home and hearth,
we contemplate those immortal words,
"Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends."

The feelings of heartfelt gratitude for the supreme sacrifice made by so many cannot be confined to a Memorial Day,
a military parade, or a decorated grave.

-Thomas S. Monson

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