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Marvelous May 2018: Mother Nature & Human Nature

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

My two favorite months are October with the flaming foliage of autumn and this month, May, with all the flowers and trees blooming. Because I was so focused on Earth Day Every Day in April and also National Poetry Month, I did not realize that May was already here.


Here is a Maypole surrounded by flowers. Perfect for my May Home Page!

For a brief history of the Maypole dance, go to:

I do have some ideas for what I am posting this month: 1) reviewing a book for Mothers’ Day
called Mothers Unite! by Prof. Jocelyn Crowley, 2) some spring recipes, 3)  information on mental health for National Mental Health Month, and 4) a profile of a single mom I met at the local indoor pool.  For now, though, since I am still processing these ideas,  I am posting some spring photos for my May Home Page (and Photo Gallery).

When I went for a walk in my neighborhood last week, I took photos of trees and flowers….and flamingoes!  Some of the flowers are planted in and around our condo by the company that does the landscaping. I call this Human Nature. Many of the trees in the photos have been here for decades and may have been part of the landscape before we chopped down some of the trees to make way for dwellings or businesses. (I call this Mother Nature, but of course, all the lovely plants are the original works of  Mother Nature.)


This tree has become lopsided because the telephone wires of Human Nature have forced Mother Nature to make compromises to the symmetry of her trees.


These flowers were planted by a gardener in neat, even rows.


This lovely magnolia tree is already losing its blossoms, but it is still a pretty
Human Nature tree in front of a house nearby.


These little lovelies (violets?) look wild, so maybe they are the work of Mother Nature.


This flowering cherry tree is in a neighbor’s yard, so I think it is
Human Nature’s handiwork.


This is the first azalea bush I have seen this spring. It is in someone’s yard,
and by its size,
 may have been planted several years ago by the owner.


These pastel hyacinths all lined up are one of Human Nature’s need for order!


I believe these daffodils are not in a garden, but planted to make the back area of the house less bare; yet they look like a work of Mother Nature in their “natural” surroundings.


These lawn ornaments are definitely out of sync with our winter climate from Mother Nature, but for some reason the home owner must like flamingoes!


Finally, one of the trees in our condo backyard fell over during a very bad winter storm with lots of wind. Yet, Mother Nature persists and the tree is blooming while the roots are exposed. Hopefully, the landscapers will set her upright and maybe it will come back to its full glory. Here are different views of this lovely tree that I hope can be saved by Mother Nature and Human Nature.



This is a photo of the top of the tree on its side where the blossoms are beginning to bloom.


Enjoy the lovely flowers and trees of Spring, whether in natural surroundings or planted by people who love Mother Nature’s gifts.


Nifty Shades of May

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Azaleas are blooming all around the neighborhoods in pinks,
purples and whites, a spring delight!

Spring has sprung! Saturday was unseasonably warm and today (Sunday) is breezy and cloudy. Since I think spring has these fluctuations in temperature (climate change or not), I finally feel spring has arrived.

May is actually one of my favorite months, second only to October with its vibrant colors and brisk air. May’s colors are a little less vibrant, but beautiful in their ‘newness.’ Think about the color of Granny Smith Apples; the new leaves are that shade of green, and many of the flowers are in pastel shades mixed in with more vibrant reds and yellows.

These tulips from our condo grounds are not quite so intense as the majority in our neighborhood. I like their soft colors as much as the bright ones.

May is all about renewal, I think, as this year’s trees and flowers come back for the pollinators (more on bees & butterflies in a future posting) as well as for our appreciation of the beauty of all living things.

These tulips are more intense and in the background is a greenhouse.
The entire property has a tulip border. Spectacular!

May is also busy with “human” events, such as May Day (May 1st), Cinco de Maya (May 5th) LINK:—celebration-recipes/cinco-de-mayo-recipes, Mother’s Day (May 14th) and Memorial Day (May 29th), as well as National Mental Health Month, an important topic in my family’s history. May 29th is also the 100th anniversary of Pres. John F. Kennedy’s birth, so I may do some research on this special topic from this link:

Date of birth : 1917-05-29 – Date of death : 1963-11-22



May 26th is Blueberry Cheesecake Day and I may attempt to make one, although I don’t know that I have ever made a “natural” cheesecake, so this
will be my May food challenge.





I also plan to post something on fresh foods in wraps and the second Spring Soup with Asparagus mentioned at the end of April, which is part of my Earth Day, Every Day series that I will continue throughout the year.



Here is a salad wrapped in Nori Seaweed, the same seaweed used in
making sushi. I also make these using
a wrap created from coconut.






So, stay tuned and tell your friends about Menupause. Send in your comments and let me know if you have health topics you would like explored. My desire to share  food, environmental & health information is still strong and your comments help. I promise to check my Facebook Page and Twitter more often in case you have comments there, as well.