When I was a little girl we used to deliver paper Dixie cups with colorful pipe cleaner handles filled with treats like popcorn and candy to friends around my small hometown. It was always fun to receive these little May Day baskets. I miss the tradition. I wish it would make a comeback. I’d love a May Day basket, filled with flowers or treats.
Here’s my virtual May Day basket to all of you. Happy May Day!
— After writing this blog my doorbell rang and I received a welcome surprise! Yes, a May Day basket filled with goodies was on my doorstep delivered by the sweetest little neighbors. Most likely it’s for my little guy, but I enjoyed the old-fashioned gesture.
In celebration of Women’s History Month I am reading a fascinating book about four sisters who married powerful men during the 1200s and were active participants in the power struggles of the time. Their marriages and children seem to entwine all of Europe. They made quite an impact. The book is called Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe by Nancy Goldstone.
Marguerite – Queen of France (1234-1270); Married King Louis IX
Eleanor – Queen of England (1236-1272), Married Henry III
Sanchia – Queen of Germany, Married Richard, 1st Earl of Cornwall (elected King of Germany 1256)
Beatrice – Queen of Sicily, Married Charles I of Naples (crowned in January 1266)
I went to this presentation last year at the History Center of Olmsted County, Rochester, Minn. It was excellent. I encourage you to attend this year’s virtual presentation. You can enjoy from anywhere! It’s a wonderful love story. And true, discovered when the author began researching her family history and was given a bundle of letters the her grandfather and his first love exchanged. Incredibly sweet.
It’s tomorrow! 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets still available!
1. I’m very much enjoying this wonderful memoir:
World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatahil
It was the Barnes & Noble 2020 Book of the Year.
2. And last year I truly loved the 2019 Barnes & Noble Book of the Year:
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy
It makes me happy. I’ve read it several times.
3. And if you love a unique bookstore…
This book highlights unique, quirky and beautiful bookstores from around the world.
A few years ago Mayo Clinic’s Plummer Building brought back an old tradition – it’s Christmas Tree – much to the delight of Rochester, Minnesota residents. The above photo is from the Rochester Downtown Alliance.
Here’s a photo I took of this wonderful Christmas display while strolling through downtown Rochester on a December evening.
It’s Veterans Day. Remember. Honor. Be thankful for their service, their sacrifice, their bravery, their patriotism.
They protected and preserved our precious freedom and liberties. Some of them gave the ultimate sacrifice.
So proud. So humbled. So awed.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Photo: U.S. Department of Defense