May Days

In my four-season corner of the world, May is supposed to be the crowning glory of spring. April showers should drenched the earth to bring forth May flowers. Temperatures should be in the mid teens (Celcius – mid 50s Fahrenheit). Instead, I was shivering in a ran coat and gloves on May 1st, which is May Day in some parts of the world, and Mother’s Day in the UK.

May is a busy month in my family. We celebrate three birthdays (used to be five, two are with the Lord now), one wedding anniversary and Mother’s Day. We also have a long weekend in May. On the third Monday, we celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday – less because we have a sentimental fondness for the old monarch but because she has bestowed us with the tradition of a long three-day weekend. For Canadians, it is the unofficial launch of summer.

On the May long weekend, folks flock to garden centres and nurseries to buy plants and seedlings, or to stores like Home Depot and Canadian Tire to stock up for their DIY home projects, or to check out the newest patio furniture. By then, the weather gurus deem it safe to plant, because there’s no more chance of frost. Me, I think I may just hold off for a week or two – you never know…

I am one of a circle of five Christian women friends, and we always celebrate each other’s birthdays. (I truly believe that the 5 of us together form the Proverbs 31 woman). For my birthday, we got together last Sunday and enjoyed a scrumptious lunch, conversation, laughter and prayer. I am richly blessed with friends and family who are indeed the crowning glory of my life. Thank you, Lord!

Take a look at the Vegetable Layer Cake – an original creation by my ultra-creative graphic artist friend Karen. Does it not look too good to eat? Believe it or not, it DID taste as good as it looked!

Happy May Days, everyone!

Karen's Veggie Birthday Cake Supreme

Karen’s Veggie Birthday Cake Supreme


About verawrites

Progress not perfection - that's my goal. Live and learn - that's my motto. I like to share bits of wisdom and glimmers of insight gleaned on my life journey of 50+ years. My hope is to encourage, perhaps inspire, fellow journeyers. Each of us has something to share. Let's be generous, gracious and compassionate with one another. I am blessed to be a blessing... so are you!
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4 Responses to May Days

  1. bethbyrnes says:

    That vegetable layer cake is astonishing. I have never seen anything like it. Is that cream cheese on the outside? Very original, imho.

    Happy Birthday, Vera. May here is hot this year. We have been doing our gardening but without sufficient water, our yard looks a bit dry and brownish in spots. We are not allowed to use much water outside, so we have to be very creative and keep our fingers crossed.

    So many May events in your life. Curiously, no one has a May birthday in our world so it is a quiet month.

    Lovely post.



    • verawrites says:

      Actually, the frosting is avocado blended into sour cream. My friend Karen is a talented graphic artist but this is the first edible creation of hers that I have tried. It was delicious!

      Spring got off to a slow start but it’s here now. I hope you get some rain soon; it would be a shame for such gorgeous landscaping to wilt and wither. Thanks for the birthday wishes. May is a very celebratory month in my family – I love it but I’m glad when it’s over.

      I’m looking forward to delving into your lush post on Saturday, when I have time. It’s been madness at work this week. TGIF.

      Enjoy your weekend Beth 🙂


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