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A horse, apple blossoms, green grass, and inspiration
May is one of my favorite months due to its longer, warm days, and its beautiful color scheme. The greens of spring are the absolute most beautiful. Our pasture is the prettiest during this time of year due to the lush grasses and blooming apple trees. The fragrant scents of the white blossoms fill the air. I love to watch my horse enjoy the scrumptious grass, rich and fragrant; a horse’s very favorite treat. Horses are some of the most mindful creatures. The practice of mindfulness has gotten a lot of focus lately and a good way to do so is to view a horse grazing in complete bliss, only focused on the moment of nibbling fresh grass stalks, not worrying about tomorrow or feeling guilt about yesterday; feeling the warm breeze blowing mane and tail and caressing her back, taking the last remnants of a winter coat into the wind. My family and I are looking forward to summer and being outside, enjoying farm life. I also feel invigorated and inspired by the arrival of the nicer weather. I’m finishing up my final editing review for a new nonfiction history book, which is planned to be released in the fall. And I started penning a new fiction novella, a romance with a twist of cozy mystery (something new for me) that is lighthearted and fun.
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.