“In these divine pleasures permitted to me of walks in the June night under moon and stars, I can put my life as a fact before me and stand aloof from its honor and shame.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals
I’m quite enjoying finding these quotes for my monthly updates and then matching my titles to them. And I love Emerson’s quotes …. they’re always so deep and expansive …
So how did May shape up for me? Well honestly, it was rather lots of fun. I spent tons of time gardening and planted I don’t know how many seeds and seedlings and shovelled yards and yards of dirt. I feel like I’m back in shape again. In my garden, I have kale, collard greens, potatoes, leeks, brussel sprouts, cabbage, beets, peas, cucumber, squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, carrots, bush beans and purple sprouting broccoli. I see prices rising for food in the store, so growing my own seems like a good idea. Plus it’s so enjoyable. Let’s hope I can say the same when the season is over; hopefully my “wins” will be more than my “fails”. I was sad to see very few bees out this spring which I’m not sure is due to the cooler than normal weather or the “murder hornets”, an invasive species that has lately come from Asia. On a positive note, I’ve had a little bird who has been following me around and is eating all the bugs that I’ve dug up in the garden. He’s a funny little guy and will come right up to me, although if I make a move towards him, he’ll fly a short ways away. Ah, the joys of spring!
This month was somewhat encouraging for reading, as well. I finished The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie as I continue my Christie challenge, I started The Golden Bough for a read-along suggested by Jean at Howling Frog Books, I finally found my copy of The Lord of the Flies for my Classic Club Spin and finished it in the allotted time, and I’m getting prepared to read The Mysteries of Udolpho for the read-along beginning this month. Otherwise I’ve actually been looking at my Books of Summer and planning, which is more than I usually do. Yay, me!
For June, I’m going to keep on gardening. I’m finding it very relaxing and satisfying to see those new shoots sprout up in the garden. I’m also going to be doing alot of cooking and discovering new recipes to share with friends. I really do need to get my food blog back up and running again; I’ve already tested so many recipes but there”s that precious commodity of time …. Does anyone know how to get more of it? 😂 I’m also going to try to get out for more walks and rides. It’s been inspiring to see all the people walking and riding during these COVID times and I need to join them more. And lastly, I’ll be going back to school, starting the first course to be a registered holistic nutritionist. I’m approaching it with excitement and trepidation, excited because I’ve been interested in food and nutrition for ages and already have quite a bit of knowledge, and apprehensive because ….. I don’t really know. It’s not like I’m not used to school because I’m often taking university or online courses here and there. Perhaps it’s because it’s a big commitment. In any case, I believe I’ll enjoy the challenge.
My reading for the month is pretty well planned with first and foremost our beginning of The Mysteries of Udolpho read-along. I should probably wait until next month to comment on it, but I’ve read a little already (today being June 3rd) and so far I’m loving it. Radcliffe sets the scene with flair and foreshadowings and I was very impressed with some of her descriptions. But you can feel the drama stirring within the words already and it will be fun when it truly begins.
Otherwise, I’ll still be struggling along with The Golden Bough, getting really immersed in The Last Chronicle of Barset, continuing with The Mill on The Floss and starting The Seven Dials Mystery. Can I fit another book in? If so, I think I’ll grab To Kill A Mockingbird as I’ve been itching to read it again.
So what does June and its divine pleasures hold for you? Any plans? Any books you’re looking forward to? Do tell!