For those of you poetically handicapped, like me, “hail bounteous May” is from John Milton’s poem Song on May Morning, which you can read here. And, yipes, it also reminds me that I really need to read more poetry, which in turn reminds me that I need to hop back on my Deal Me In Challenge which has been sadly neglected recently because of other interesting pursuits. Ah, such is life!
And speaking of life with its ups and downs and ins and outs, do you ever reach that place of happy contentment? Well, I’m there now. The sun is shining, the dogs are barking, the bees are humming and even if all is not right with the world, taking joy in the simple things in life is an excellent prescription.
April was just fun! I can’t remember any specific thing I did to make it that way but all in all, it was a rather harmonious month. I have little new information about my kitchen reno. The cabinets were completed, countertops went on and some plumbing work done here and there. More electrical needs to be done, tiling the backsplash and other little odds and ends. But it’s back functioning and I’m so excited! Now to start on the bathroom! 🙄 Otherwise, I’ve been planting some flowers, cooking some meals and enjoying life in general. I still need to get to tidying up my garden … hopefully soon!
Reading this year has been more frequent than last (although not nearly as frequent as I’d like) and enjoyable. I’m continuing my Agatha Christie challenge and finished both The Man in the Brown Suit and The Secret of Chimneys, both excellent in their own way. I finished Purgatorio and am moving on to Paradiso in The Divine Comedy, and am slowly making my way through my Classics Club Spin book, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides.
As for the rest of May, I’d love to walk on the beach, read some poetry, do some riding, and attempt some sketching. I have a wedding to go to and I’d also like to start working towards getting the food blog, Journey to the Garden, up and running again. My reading will continue with Agatha, I’d like to complete The Vindication of the Rights of Woman which I completely fell off the wagon for Ruth’s read-along, and finish my Spin book. But the big news is that I’m going to be hosting a read-along for C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves for the month of June so I’ll be preparing for that.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful May and may you all take joy in the simple things! Hail bounteous May!