Guest Post: Spice up Your Life with the Beauty of Coloured Flowers!

Flowers are a staple gift of lovers worldwide! The delicate petals and serene beauty can express many feelings that words fail to replicate. Flowers are the best tools around to express love and adoration, and have been doing so since time immemorial. Imagine the sparkling light in the eyes of your lady when she receives a beautiful arrangement! Gifting and receiving flowers, whether planned or as a surprise, is a common routine of the love world that helps create and recollect the ...

Musings: What Is Your Mondegreen?

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” Ludwig van Beethoven What’s your mondegreen? A mixed bag of musical instruments A mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as a result of near-homophony, in a way that gives it a new meaning. It most commonly is applied to a line in a poem or a lyric in a song Wikipedia What is your mondegreen? Have you ever misinterpreted the lyrics of a favorite song? Do you remember anyone else who has? ...

Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)

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Weekly photo challenge – Hope

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Christmas Centerpieces ideas!

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7 Refreshing Hibiscus Drink Recipes

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Truth: Three Sides to A Story…

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Experience Meets Innocence: Are You The Tiger or The Lamb?

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Naked Musings

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Within A Child's Eyes

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May 31, 2012, 3:00 am

Musings: Memories Of May…

“Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.” William Shakespeare

Musings: Memories Of May… The Iris is May’s flower

Musings: Memories Of May…  The Iris is May’s flower.  White Japanese Iris

May Day
Cinco de Mayo
Iris Day
Lost Sock Memorial Day

May swept in on a cloudy Tuesday announcing its arrival on the eponymous May Day, during a New York Severe Weather Awareness Week. For the next 30 days, it offered plenty to do and celebrate during what I found to be a pretty hectic and challenging month. Had I known that in between some pretty heavy duty celebrations were some fun May holidays like Eat What You Want Day on the 11th, Dance Like a Chicken Day on the 14th, and National Macaroon Day today, the 31st, perhaps it might have felt a tad lighter. The Iris is May’s flower. Above and below are several holidays observed in May.  What memoriesdo you hold of this month? Did you celebrate any of them?

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” Edwin Way Teale

Musings: Memories of May … The Iris is May’s flower

11 Eat What You Want Day
11 Twilight Zone Day
13 Mother’s Day
14 Dance Like a Chicken Day

We anticipated Mother’s Day with great expectations and, for some, mixed emotions… Will the day go well? Will the flowers and gifts arrive DOA? As much as it’s a day of showing appreciation for moms around the world, all that advertising and the inevitable frenzied last minute buying and selling puts a dent on pockets and egos. Those who knew got to eat plenty of what they want on the 11th and more on the 13th. Perhaps the rest of us could have enjoyed dancing like chickens or spent a day watching reruns of the The Twilight Zone on the requisite May days…

Beneath the apple blossoms I go a wintry way, For love that smiled in April Is false to me in May.” Sara Teasdale,

Musings: Memories Of May…

23 Lucky Penny Day
26 International Jazz Day
28 Memorial Day

These three distinct holidays (above)  gave me something to think about. I love picking up lucky pennies on the street, so a day dedicated to the penny was great. Jazz gives me plenty of comfort and we needn’t have waited till the 26th to celebrate it. Memorial Day brought back memories of war an an appreciation for the sacrifice made by the brave men and women we lost in countless wars. Throughout the month, blog relationships ebbed and flowed; some blogging friends disappeared and a few others bid good bye to the process by terminating their blogs… May was full of finality; a clearing for June. More below…

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ” Confucius

Musings: Memories Of May… Iris

31 National Macaroon Day
31 Save Your Hearing Day
31 World No Tobacco Day

As we bid the month of May adieu, I invite you to gear up for the summer months which tend to be slow as friends and family make outdoor plans and set their eyes on distant climes. It is vacation season and its impact on our blogging life becomes quite pronounced as the months tick by… Don’t be alarmed, the traffic and stats will pick up again in September. In the meantime, pretend it’s still May and enjoy a macaroon or two. Get your hearing checked and keep the tobacco at bay. Have a wonderful month of June!

Stay Inspired! What are your thoughts? What do you know about May Day? What memories do you hold of this month? Did you celebrate any of the holidays? Did you weather any storms? Do share! Thank you.

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!

Positive Motivation Tip: Bid May adieu and welcome, with an open heart and mind, all that summer will bring.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Japanese irisBlue iris,Purple irisPink iris, via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

Elizabeth - Mirth and Motivation

Motivate. Elevate. Laugh. Live Positively… I am a mother of two, sister to many and a card-carrying certified optimist. My family and friends are golden because our love and trust is unequivocal. I've traveled, I've lived, I've had my share of happiness and hurt and I remain grateful for God's grace in my life...

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