“May is a pious fraud of the almanac.”

Today has me smiling. No, it is not from the weather as it is cloudy and chilly. Nope, today feels like spring has a hold and summer is pushing. My irrigation guy came today and turned on the lawn irrigation system and the outside shower. Yesterday the front garden was mulched and looks beautiful. All the lilacs have bloomed and some white and purple flowers have also bloomed. I don’t know what they are but they are delicate flowers which seem to bow their heads to the sun. The lilies of the valley have flowered and have spread along the rough side of my driveway and into my backyard. They originally came from my mother’s house so every spring I am thankful for their arrival. I need to buy flower pots, my herbs and veggies, but I’ll wait until next week, until after the hubbub of the long weekend. Lots to do every spring.

Yesterday was a busy day. I bought food for man and beast: for one woman, two cats, a dog and birds. I also bought a new spawn buster feeder. My big spawn buster is missing a critical part, the round, green closer which also acts as a perch. I have checked the entire yard and didn’t find it. I suspect the red spawn stole it and has hidden it. I called the company this morning, and they are sending one right along, no charge. Later today I’ll fill the remaining feeders and put out the new one. I miss my birds.

The flamingo and gnome are still here in their winter quarters. They will be brought out when the deck is summer ready. I’ll play some music and we’ll have a small parade befitting the occasion. I’ll deck the flamingo in her Hawaiian outfit. It will be perfect. The gnome is wearing blue.

We always got out of school for the summer early in June, earlier than the public schools. I think the nuns were ready to get rid of us. The last day was always a half day. The days before it were for final tests and cleaning. We were a free workforce, and I remember we emptied our desks and washed them inside and out. The blackboard got washed. Bulletin boards were stripped and left empty. By the last day, nothing much was left to do. We got our report cards, and we were all promoted to the next grade. When that final bell went off, chaos ensued. There were no more lines of students walking two by two. The nuns stayed put in the rooms. No way were they going to take their chances with the screaming hoard of students running out the door and down the streets.

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9 Comments on ““May is a pious fraud of the almanac.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Unusually hot here today, 82,4! But a strong wind make it feel slightly cooler. No walk after work though, the old boys just got too tired after the one yesterday and it was cooler then. The wind sort of works like a giant hair dryer so I need to water all pots I have out there.

    Much the same here the last week before summer vacation. But if the weather permitted we did spend lots of time outdoors playing brännboll, a swedish variety of softball or baseball. Or we went to the big park where they also have a small zoo and had fun there.

    I bought everything I need today instead of tomorrow, tomorrow I’ll buy other things instead like another koi carp for my big water barrels 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It stayed chilly all day. I even closed the windows. Tonight too will be chilly. I guess I can’t complain as the last couple of days have been lovely.

      We spent many days at the playground doing crafts and playing all sorts of games including tennis and horseshoes. It was right below the hill from where I loved.

      I may go on Monday, the holiday, when most people will probably have already shopped Saturday or Sunday.

      Enjoy your evening.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Summer arrived Sunday and went today. I enjoyed every sunbeam, mowed the lawn and bought lavender and a pink water lily. My sage is in full bloom, but the butterflies who love the color are sadly missed.
    Two elections next Sunday, european and municipal, but I went to the city hall and voted today. Nearly no election campaigns as always. I’m glad we don’t have your kind of campaigns, but this is really boring.

    • katry Says:

      The same thing happened today. Summer was gone in a whoosh. I’m back to wearing a sweatshirt.

      Local elections here are quiet and boring, unlike the national elections. The local candidates usually appear a couple of times at the dump, and there are signs on lawns. That’s about it.

      Hope summer comes back for both of us.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    When I was in Elementary school in Dallas the summer vacation began Memorial Day weekend because the temperatures were pushing 90 degrees and the schools were not air conditioned. The custodians would bring in huge fans on poles to help circulate the air in late May and early September as long as the big double hung windows were open. When I moved to NYC the school year went until the end of June and started again after Labor Day. It was cooler in June in New York than in Texas. We still attended school the same number of days but the kids in NYC go a week off at Easter as well as both George Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays off from school. Today the school year is only 180 days.

    Now that we have air conditioning I think we should have year round school. Families should be able to take any two weeks off for their vacation. The Chinese, Indians and others have school systems that produce educated kids who are ready for the high tech world of the 21st. century. We are still working on a 19th. century agrarian school calendar. We owe it to the future of our country to get our kids up to world class standards by increasing the school year calendar. The alternative is that the kids here will be working for Chinese and Indian bosses. Or, they will be filling those fast food restaurant jobs.

    • katry Says:

      Here the school year is based on hours rather than days, but they still try to keep it around 180 days despite a winter and spring vacation. Here on the cape it doesn’t get hot until late June or early July. The schools are not air-conditioned.

      The cape is an anomaly. There are very many wealthy people and very many low-income families. The summer is when kids can work as so many seasonal places open.

      • katry Says:


        It would cost far too much money to put air-conditioning in all the schools for those late July into September hot days. Making kids sit in hot classrooms all summer wouldn’t be conducive to learning. A longer day might help or even those private tutors the Japanese pay for so their kids can get ahead.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I planted more grass in the backyard today and, of course, the lawn guy came and mowed over the spot where I put grass seed before I could tell him not to and then it rained. So, I don’t know if there was any grass seed left to be washed away by the rain. Two weeks should tell one way or the other. 🙂

    After all this time, I don’t really remember much about the last day of school before summer vacation. I remember how it felt but no details about what we did. Probably we cleaned out our desks. Just like the last day before retirement. 🙂

    It’s cloudy and cool up here with the odd shower now and then. I heard a robin singing his happy after the rain song. I always felt they sang it because they knew the worms would be coming up to the surface and hunting would be easier.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I wouldn’t worry as there is still time if you need to reseed, but I bet some of that grass will poke their little shoots.

      The day I retired I threw away so much stuff from my desk, and I shredded files. I had some signs people wanted so I gave those away. By the time I was through, I had only a filled box of stuff.

      No rain yet but it’s coming according to the weatherman. It is cold and dreary right now. The birds here are quiet. They’re probably hunkered down somewhere warm.

      Have a great evening.

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