Wednesday, May 01, 2013

May. No Updike Poem.


Today is the first of May
Hey. Hey. Hey.

I can't find the Updike May poem on the internet.  Bummer.

But yesterday was a poem.

The temps rose to 88┬║ and it was gloriously sunny and windy.
I clipped my rose-less rose bush and pulled out the dead tomato plants.
I pricked my finger and thought of a fairy tale.
Katie played baseball and informed me she got a 90% on her last science quiz.
(the one I was so worried about)
The birds have seeds to eat but have not come to the feeder yet.
It's time to fill up the hummingbird feeder
to try once again to attract those sweet critters to my yard.
I wrote an article for Ree in the afternoon and watched an episode of Larkrise to Candleford.
I'll let you know when Ree posts the article.  It should be before Mother's day.  hint. hint.

Thank you for the great Call the Midwife comments.
I forgot to mention how much I love the voice overs.  There was one episode about three weeks ago that I searched for the ending so I could share it and I did not find it, nor did I find the script.
Who knew I would spend so much time researching?  I spend a lot of time researching.
Many times to no avail.
I shall persevere.
This is, after all, important stuff.


Tra la!
It's May!

Encourage one another,


  1. "But yesterday was a poem." Oh, are the best.

    HAPPY MAY! Happy warm weather!


  2. Around here, the spring flowers are fading fast. Summer will bring others, but the spring ones are my favorites.

  3. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Here is the John Updike poem from the book "A Child's Calendar":
    Now children may
    Go out of doors,
    Without their coats,
    To candy stores.

    The apple branches
    And the pear
    May float their blossoms
    Through the air,

    And Daddy may
    Get out his hoe
    To plant tomatoes
    In a row,

    And, afterwards,
    May lazily
    Look at some baseball
    On TV.

    The rain is on it's way, but we have sunshine today! (I didn't mean for that to rhyme . . my own May poem, I guess :)

    --Krista in Missouri

    1. Anonymous11:24 AM

      Updike has such a sense of humor with all the ways he uses may in the May Poem. Love it!

  4. Thank you Krista!!! Do you have the book?

    1. Anonymous11:00 AM

      I do! It's a used copy that I found at a library sale, I think.

    2. Anonymous11:29 AM

      The illustrations in the book are by the artist Trina Schart Hyman and they really add to the poems.

  5. I love May,
    You might even say,

    That this month is mine,
    I'll hear my name all the time.

    My husband, you see
    the name of his family ...

    ... is May

    Honestly, I love having the last name May. I like how it sounds: "Susan May" :-) And it fits neatly in forms; my maiden name was Benjamin and that never fit very well :-)

    Donna, I'm so glad to read about your lovely day - it sounds perf.

    Glad you agree about the voice-overs - I felt a little funny bringing it up yesterday, but I do love Vanessa Redgrave, and what she says always adds so much meaning to the episode.

    1. Anonymous10:55 AM

      Happy May, Susan May!!

      Mary Z

    2. Anonymous11:02 AM

      I love the voice-overs, too! Vanessa Redgrave's voice is wonderful.


  6. Anonymous10:54 AM

    A QL reader come through in a pinch with the Updike poem!

    Your day yesterday sounds lovely. Congrats to Katie on the quiz score! It's nice to know that your worrying proved productive! :)

    Mary Z

  7. hahaha!~!! I love you mary!

  8. Anonymous11:33 AM

    I have not seen Call the Midwife, so could not comment yesterday, but enjoyed reading all the comments. Pretty May day here today, but tomorrow we are expecting an unusual for us cold front that may brake records for the month. Praying for beautiful May days for everyone here and fun baseball games. love and prayers, jep

    1. Hi jep, our May Day was really beautiful ... until about 30 minutes ago when the clouds rolled in and the showers began. I even hear thunder in the distance. Oh well!

      I thoroughly enjoyed the sun while it was out ... met a friend for coffee, drank outside al fresco, and actually was too warm but I refused to complain. And now, it's chilly out there.

      love and prayers from Susan MAY :-)

    2. Anonymous1:48 PM


  9. Anonymous12:11 PM

    It sounds like you had a lovely day yesterday. We were outside for most of the day soaking up the warm weather. I stayed up until 12:30 am last night watching episodes 2 and 3 of CTM. : )

    Happy May Day!
    Sarah P. from Iowa

    1. It's one of those shows that makes you want to just keep on going :-)

  10. Yesterday sounds like a dream.
    I hope today is the best too : )
    Sending love, love, LOVE to my favorite girl in Wisconsin.
    Shine bright.
    Love, Becky

  11. it is may... and we may get snow tonight. perhaps we can someday tell malachi that he arrived on a snowy day in may.

    1. Anonymous4:21 PM

      Keeping you each one in our prayers,
      love, jep

    2. Ditto :-) Praying

  12. wouldn't that be something?

  13. Happy May to Donna and all the QL readers!

  14. May Day! I am missing my sweet sis-in-law who now lives in Wausau. When she lived in Sacramento, we sneaked down early and hung flowers on her door for May Day. Wish I could do that for her again.

    We are actually having spring is so lovely. I am happy to enjoy the sun without the blazing heat.

    Praying for new baby Boucher...Rex's birthday is Friday, so I can vouch for May 3rd as a fine day for welcoming a baby boy!

    Mucho love,

    1. Di, surely Sharon in Wausau needs a visit from you. I know of a great Thursday morning women's Bible study just down the road from there! :) Actually, I'm leading worship for a retreat with Jill Briscoe in September just a bit north of there.... Sigh. Someday!!!

      Happy May. Breezy and beautiful!!

    2. May 4th is my Dad's birthday - he will be 88 - has walked with the Lord since age 21. He's my hero :-) I was with him on his special day last year.

      Steph, being in a worship/retreat setting with you *AND* Jill Briscoe with be a total delight and blessing. Add my sigh here.

  15. Sharon in Wausau DOES need a visit from me...I will just keep praying and one of these days the Lord will say, "Heck yeah!" Just waitin' for the Call from on High.



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