“May: the lilacs are in bloom. Forget yourself.”

Yesterday my irrigation guy came to turn on the lawn water and the outdoor shower. He told me I wouldn’t be taking a shower for a while. I was curious. He told me there was a giant nest in the shower and tons of pine cone pieces. A spawn of Satan daring to build a nest to reproduce was my first thought. I went this morning to check. It is a giant pile, but I didn’t see an opening indicating it might be a nest but I forgot to check the backside in case the spawn chewed through to make a door. I’ll do that later. If it is empty-the pile will be a memory. If there are spawn babies, I’ll wait.

I am announcing it is spring. I know it’s chilly during the day, but the nights only get as low as the 40’s. I even had my window opened all night.

Lately I have had a feeling of anticipation, a sense of something coming. I haven’t ordered anything, am not expecting visitors and no parade is being organized for my street. I’m at a loss so I’ll just have to be patient, not a strong point of mine.

The May procession was around this time. It was on a Sunday, and the whole school took part. The second graders wore their white first communion outfits. The rest of the boys had to wear white shirts and a tie. The colors of their pants didn’t matter. The girls had to wear dresses. The route was a square, not a circle. We started at the school and ended up at the grotto beside the church. The outside of the grotto was stone. A statue of Mary was in a high niche in the front. All the students stood circling the grotto and sang the songs we’d been practicing for weeks. “Mary, we greet thee with flowers today, Queen of the angels, Queen of the May.”I was in eight May processions so I still remember snatches of all the songs. Parents lined the streets to see the procession. Many of them had cameras, Brownie cameras. The pictures were in black and white. Somewhere in the house I have a few of the photos my parents took the year I crowned Mary. I had to walk up a ladder holding the crown of flowers and then placed the crown on the head of the statue. It was quite an honor. The only things I remember are stopping for photos on the route and having Father Smith help me up the ladder because I was wearing an old wedding gown which came to my ankles, and he was afraid I’d trip. That was the highlight of my elementary school years.

The sun is shining. There isn’t a breeze. It is a good day.


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  1. Richard Says:

    I’m taking a wild guess the irrigation guy didn’t hazard a guess as to what kind of nest it was and what kind of spawn could be logically expected to emerge from it … ? How long are you willing to not take a shower then becomes the logical question.

    You’re experiencing ‘pre-deja-vu’ … ? Dang.

    Our big event in grade school was May Day. That’s when everyone got on the bus and rode to Lafayette Square, where the bust of John McDonogh (he who provided the seed money for the Publick Skewels of New Orleans) was decorated. After the decoratin’ was done, we then had the tradition MayPole Dance. God, I hated that – but, it was a day off from classes, so it was all good in the end.

    Sunshiny-ness aboundeth here. Damn. It’ll be wet, grey, and rainy tomorrow, so there’s still hope.

    Since rain is in the offing for the morrow, there are Celebratory Feelings in abundance. So much so that, despite all the bright shiny-ness, heat, and high humidity to come in the pending Sommerzeit, the only appropriate song for the day is Joe Walsh’s ‘Life’s Been Good To Me (So Far)’ … and now, to begin:

    • katry Says:

      I’ve checked twice, and I think it is a food cache, winter storage for some of the spawns of Satan. I probably wouldn’t be taking an outdoor shower too soon. I think the air is still cold. It will have to be inside for a bit.

      Wow, you’re the first person I know who has had a Maypole. I have seen pictures. I too would have loved a day outside in May.

      It is 64˚ here and quite a nice day. I think there may be some rain this weekend, but that is only a guess.

      I should make this my anthem because I’m always saying that. I, however, don’t have accountants or a limo, but I still think life has been good to me.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Its Thursday right ? The days are flowing together and I am losing track. Radiohead are sending out strange signals amping up the idea that there could be a second album, you never know what they will do. Meanwhile the fitbit clicked along as I went round and around the building listening to LP9 from Radiohead…I like it a lot. I have a basket at amazon full of stuff but cant quite pull the trigger. Sort of frugal I guess (quiet im6) 47 days until I fly to CDG for the football, I am hating this Egyptian Air stuff. I might have a chance for a private showing at the Louvre of Delacroix including the hot chick waving the flag and stuff. I cant seperate my thoughts anymore it all just flows together.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,

      I’m with you when the days flow. I wake up trying to remember which day it is. That is new for me. Sometimes when I remember I am disappointed, other times content.

      I think the “chick” is mashing your thought together. You are also counting days, always a problem as they go slower while being counted.

      Does it matter about your thought?

  3. olof1 Says:

    Summer like again today but it will be gone by tomorrow 🙂 They keep promising the real heat will come in a day or two but it seems they say the same thing every day and still no heat 🙂 Lots of wasp queens flying around as soon as it gets warm so there’s always a down side to everything 🙂

    We never had anything like that in my school, well weren’t catholics but we never did anything like it anyway. I think we have way to little of things like that or parades in this country but we do have the Eurovision song contest 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      A sunny, coolish day here. It was a long sleeve day. I didn’t even need a sweatshirt. I had to go to Hyannis, the big “city” around here, for a doctor’s appointment. The traffic was light. It is still too early for the season to start.

      In high school, we had nothing like that procession. In fact, we had nothing at all except the usual sports and clubs.

      I’m sorry I missed the Eurovision song contest. I can hope it is on again next year!

      Have a wonderful evening1

  4. flyboybob Says:

    It’s another rainy day here in North Texas. May is usually the wettest month of the year. The past couple of days have been unusually cool with high temperatures in the upper 60s. Today we are back in the mid seventies. My better half has been having a difficult time with her asthma due to the very high pollen count. Last spring we moved back into the city were there are lots of mature trees which makes the springtime more miserable. Dallas is probably the allergy capital of North America. Of course no place is perfect. I had a colleague in Phoenix who suffered from a malady called “Valley Fever”. It’s a severe reaction to the flora found in the Valley of the Sun. Although he moved here, complications from the allergy contributed to his demise a couple of months ago.

    I’ve had a bad head cold the last few days and decided to use a sick day to try to recover. I have been taking decongestants and just staying in bed. Tomorrow I am planning to return to work.

    • katry Says:

      The worst is coming at the end of May when the pine pollen starts. It is a yellow-greenish pollen which covers everything: cars, decks and your house. You can’t leave your windows open or every surface will be covered with pollen. It gets me sneezing.

      We haven’t had much rain lately though I think we may have some this weekend. It’s okay with me. My lawn and flowers were really dry. Next week I need to buy some flowers for my front garden and some herbs. The much is sitting in the driveway waiting.

      Sorry about that cold. They are horrible to have this time of year. I hope you’re feeling better!

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