Monday Musings: It’s May, It’s May!

And if April showers do bring May flowers, our allergies ought to be out of control this month! But, really, I am ready for some nice Spring weather. It’s been gray and cloudy far too much so far, and Sunday was no exception. It started nice, but then the clouds rolled in, it rained a bit, and was chilly. We did manage to get one nice evening to sit out on the deck, eat dinner, and just enjoy. I hope we see more soon!

I did finally get my tomato and cucumber plants started. They have a good month to grow before I put them out in the deck planters. We have plans to add more planters in the next few years and expand the container vegetables we grow. The lettuce in the basement is growing up nicely, and the basil I had over the winter indoors is doing very well. I hope it grows as well as it did last year when I put it out on the deck. I also have some plans for more flowers. We got two nice, big railing boxes, one for the front and one for the deck. I have pansies, gerbera daisies, snapdragons, and red and white geraniums out front. Not sure what is going in the back yet. I want to wait for a bit more variety of plants to decide. And, of course, the hibiscus will go back out on the deck. It will be happier out there than in the living room, I am sure, although it did okay over the winter. It’s putting on more growth now, so I will set it out during the day when it is nice. I want to take the big container we have and layer bulbs in it when fall hits. Tulips, daffodils, and crocus, I think. That way, we will have some early color next year.

Prep for the upcoming New England Regional Chili Cook Off on May 6, in Somers, CT is going well, actually. We dug into the stuff in the garage, and got most of the stuff packed in the car already. I still have to wash up the pots and other actual cooking gear. It was packed in big plastic boxes but it hasn’t been used in something like four years, so I thought a wash was probably a good idea! We also got all of the meat cut, bagged, and frozen, as well as some roasted peppers. So, more peppers and tomatillos to roast, and spices to mix yet. Not bad at all.

We are making this a one day trip, even though it means leaving here oh-too-early on Saturday morning. But it’s only about an hour and a half, and means we only have to board Lambeau for one night.

Here’s hoping the weather turns Spring-like now that May is here. Maybe we can help/ Okay, everybody, sing along:

(One, two, three)

“Here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo)
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right”

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