I got this simple but pretty, glass pitcher on 70% clearance at Target for $1.29. It pours well and is the right size for water on the table at meal times and great for when we start eating many meals outdoors. Gone is a grungy plastic pitcher. All weekend I kept it filled with ice water and lemon slices and enjoyed drinking water so much more. I've weeded out more items from my closet since the addition of my thrift store finds.
Despite our cold spell and the blustery snow Monday (none stayed on the ground and Tuesday was sunny, if a little chilly) the calendar says Minnesota is moving towards summer. I love summer in Minnesota, but trying not to rush the good things about spring. With that, some random pictures of my May.
The pond is pretty busy with life, though the new ducklings haven't emerged yet. It looks like we have at least three families.
I haven't a clue what this black bird with red wings/shoulders is called. There are a pair and they fly from the trees tot he bushes around the pond. As soon as I would get to close to capture their beautiful color, they would fly up and circle the pond, so I can't show you the color. They must have a nest nearby. If you know what the bird is, let me know.
I hope to take a picture a week of the lilacs that border the walking path. This is the first I can make out the flowers, and within a couple weeks, they will full on gorgeous.
My rhubarb has to be dug up and moved, if it will survive at all. Here is my neighbors, looking like she will get a good crop for pies and our favorite, strawberry rhubarb jam. They have a rain barrel to keep their tidy little garden hydrated.
My old next door neighbor and good friend was a terrific gardener and had a pretty bed of tulips and hostas at her curb and around her mail box. The new neighbor is not the outdoor type, let alone a garden. Still, these two tulips still emerged, defiant to their neglect. I'm no one to talk,as I can barely get hostas to come back, though fingers crossed, one plant group is fighting for survival, and if it lasts, I'll post a proud picture but I'm not tempting gardener fate.