In the Southeastern part of the U.S. where I live, the months of May and October are some of the most pleasant, with plenty of “Goldilocks” days that are not too hot and not too cold, when the mosquitoes haven’t arrived in the spring and are tapering off in the fall. During this May that just ended, it also was a joy for me because my older daughter was here for a long and stressless visit, because it was my birthday, because it was Mother’s day, and because my younger daughter finally returned home for the summer from college. Here are few May favs that still bring me June joy:
1. May Flowers from Trader Joe’s. These flowers, pictured above, were given to me by my younger daughter. Trader Joe’s has a great selection of flowers at very decent prices. I adore fresh flowers in my home, and I was pleased that these lasted for about two weeks.
2. Day at the Lake.
My younger daughter didn’t really have much money to spend for Mother’s Day, so she suggested that we have a picnic on beach towels out by the lake. I had not been to the lake with my daughter since she was in elementary school, and it was such a treat to hang with her for a few hours on that luxuriously lazy Sunday.
3. Love You to the Moon and Back Pendant Necklace.
I was completely taken with my friend’s striking pendant necklace…the “E” is for her daughter Elizabeth. So sweet and whimsical, don’t you think? You can find “To the Moon and Back” jewelry here, here and check out the oh-so-cute silver rabbit ring here.
4. Toddler Boot for the Tip
Where I live, May is the perfect time of year to eat outside on the patio. One of my friends and I recently enjoyed a Mexican late lunch outside, and were charmed when our waiter presented the check in this adorable toddler’s boot. A credit card was placed on the table next to the boot, but when the waiter returned, he solemnly placed the credit card inside the boot, and then ceremoniously picked up the boot with both hands. Our server then returned with the credit card, receipt, and a pen, all of which were, again, in the little boot. My friend and I were amused by this ingenious way to encourage restaurant patrons to take note and pay their server a handsome gratuity…
5. BHG Jacquard Print Towel.
My older daughter insisted on giving me a little something for my birthday, even though I discouraged her from spending her hard-earned money. When I opened the package from her and found this Thick and Plush Jacquard hand towel by Better Homes and Gardens, I was delighted! This jacquard print towel comes in different colors, and the entire set of towels and washcloths can be found at Walmart. The towel color shown is aquifer/costa brown. The same pattern in irongate soft silver/arctic white is pretty too!
6. Blue and White Cracked Paint Vase
In May and June, daylight lasts long into the evenings, and it’s then that I love to wander into artsy little shops downtown, and then maybe grab a cocktail later. On a recent downtown jaunt, I happened upon this unique blue and white ceramic vase with a cracked paint glaze. I bought this vase new, but it looks antique with all of its intentional imperfections. On the left, you’ll see some buds of my chive flowers that I placed in the vase, along with some ivy. There’s a plethora of blue and white vases out there to chose from; I really like this round herringbone vase from Williams Sonoma, for instance.
I hope that your May was full of favs and that your June will be filled with joys!
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