DSC00289Winter went on waaaay longer than necessary around here, with absolutely vicious ice, but finally nice things are beginning to happen outdoors if you remove a compressed pollen season from the equation.

The very first Nice Thing of May occurred on May Day itself, when fifth graders from a nearby school tiptoed through the not-yet-flowering tulips to hang May baskets on selected doorknobs. I was thrilled to discover that our house was one of the favored ones!

As a measure of how desperately late the season is, flowers that usually show up in the May Baskets hadn’t begun to think about blooming yet, not even the dandelions, so this year’s May flowers were hand-crafted from paper. And wonderful they are to behold! The blossom in mine resembles a miniature hibiscus in a rich, dark pink that seems to glow from inside. Paper flowers might not be traditional, but the upside is that I’ll be able to enjoy this May Basket all month long. I might even put away for next year.

The spring weather also brought out the house-hunters, including the young couple below who seemed to be thinking about raising a family in our old sandbox.


Apparently a fixer-upper didn’t quite meet their needs; they waddled off after a few minutes and have not yet put in an offer.

This is probably for the best. There’s a gap in the fence along the back of our property through which an adolescent Labrador bounds now and then and I imagine this would be upsetting for a young mallard family, as would more sinister visits from area hawks, foxes, raccoons, and the coyote Younger Son saw down the street  as he was going to work early last Saturday.

To clarify: it was Younger Son who was going to work. I don’t know where the coyote was going. I’m just glad it wasn’t toward Younger Son because I don’t think his car insurance has an anvil rider. I must remember to suggest this if he encounters the coyote again.

© 2013 Anne Bingham and Making It Up as I Go

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14 Responses to Spring…FINALLY!

  1. judybridges says:

    That’s the best May basket, ever.


  2. Rebecca Glamm says:

    I like the ducks. They could nest in Fort Cheese.


    • Anne Bingham says:

      Archeologists are still searching for the foundations of Fort Cheese. There is little evidence it actually existed; it may have been more of a concept than an actual location.


  3. Marcia says:

    What a fantastic May basket! We live near an elementary school and have things hung on our door occasionally, but nothing quite THAT carefully made. What a day brightener.


  4. Vonna Carter says:

    What clever kids! Nobody remembers that old tradition around here anymore. too, bad; it’s a sweet one.


  5. Mirka Breen says:

    Welcome back, and just in time to spring into action.


  6. Leandra says:

    Aw, ducks! I love ducks- baby ducks best of all!


    • Anne Bingham says:

      While it appears this couple’s babies will be hatched elsewhere, the river’s only a few blocks away so I imagine I’ll see them one of these days even if I won’t be able to precisely identify them!


  7. Love the picture of the ducks looking for a nesting site. Reminded me of the book: Make Way For Ducklings 🙂


  8. Vijaya says:

    I think it’s time for a July basket! My kids used to make May baskets when they were in elem. school. They’re so jaded now … Love the ducks. And the new rabbit header. Make sure he doesn’t nibble your ms.


  9. MaryWitzl says:

    We made May baskets when we were little, and hung them on people’s doors, then rang the bell and scampered–I thought that custom had gone out of fashion! I wanted our kids to enjoy the fun of this custom, but decided against it. Now I’m thinking I should have pushed it, but had them not ring doorbells.

    Love the ducks in the sandbox!


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