middle of may

Mid-May views of my world

Approaching the Middle of May

It’s not quite the middle of the month, but this year’s May will bring forth flowers upon flowers; weeds upon weeds. Yes, I have happy geraniums; I also have clover that is pushing through asphalt!

While intermittent probing sun
Proveth indoor work undone,
Intermittent gentle rain
Bringeth [weeds] back again.
(Peg Bracken, The I Hate to Cook Almanack,  Page 111)

We had the furnace cranked on today – not much– just to take the edge off the chilly temperatures in the fifties! Of course, the reason why is simple. I switched out winter for summer gear, and the top quilt for a summer spread. So, a robe and socks complete my nighttime attire.

Grateful I am that I rarely see the whole outfit; the full-length mirror is on the side of a closet door that stays shut most days.

Doug’s not so lucky.

The cool snap means I have extra time to keep up knitting; today I met with friends. Our group continues; seasoned saints who enjoy stitching and chatting. One friend who grew up in Germany during World War II described  what it was like as a child being caught up in the fights between Russia and Germany.

She shared memories of the Berlin Airlift  that deepened  my admiration for teams who flew those missions. You might enjoy reading  Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot”by Michael O. Tunnell

Cool rainy days and good books go well together, don’t they?

I learned a new word this May*

Here’s a book that is keeping me engaged: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone.  I had no idea about  Elizebeth Smith Friedman and the gratitude I owe her.

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. ~Mortimer Adler

I hope all the people I like to quote really said what other people say they said. See The Never Said It.

*Bookish Buzz July 5, 2017

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