Tuesday, May 01, 2007

May Day


We had great fun delivering May baskets to our neighbors today. I had to drop off paperwork at the doctors for Brian's handicap sign, so we ducked into Walmart and picked up carnations. Dawn has this very simple idea of making paper doilies into cones sealed with a flower sticker, and so - finally - I got to make may baskets (sort of , at least). I've wanted to do this my whole life! I just think of it too late and never get the baskets made. This time, thanks to our killer frost earlier this month, I had a great basket idea, but no flowers! All that's blooming are about three jasmine blossoms, two wisteria on a new vine, and a few purple blossoms on some ivy-like plant that takes over the rosebed. And lots of white clover, of course. But the magnolia is budded and I saw one opening way at the top (my tree is huge, folks) the other day.

Totally tangent to the may day idea: I love this song - Buddy Jewel's "Sweet Southern Comfort". I had to get jasmine to go with my magnolia when I heard this song.

Misty sunrise in my hometown,
Rows of cotton bout knee high,
Mrs. Baker down the dirt road,
Still got clothes out on the line,

Erwin Nichols there with Judge Lee,
Playin checkers at the gin,
When I dream about the southland,
This is where it all begins

From Carolina down to Georgia,
Smell the jasmine and magnollia,
Sleepy Sweet home Alabama,
Roll tide roll,
Muddy water,Misssissippi,
Blessed Graceland whispers to me,
Carry on, Carry on,
Sweet Southern Comfort carry on,

Catchin catfish on the river,
Chasin fireflies by the creek,
Kissin Debbie Williams sister,
On the porch Homecommin week,

With rusty cars and weeping willows,
Keepin watch out in the yard,
Just a snapshot of downhome Dixie,
Could be anywhere you are,

In Carolina or in Georgia,
Open arms are waitin for ya,
Louisianna yellow rose of San Antone,
Arkansas, Mississippi,
Old man river whispers to me,
Carry on, Carry on,
Sweet Southern Comfort carry on,

As I sit here I'm surrounded,
By these priceless memories,
I don't have to think about it,
There's no place I'd rather be,

In Carolina or in Georgia,
Smell the jasmine and magnollia,
Sleepy Sweet home Alabama,
Roll tide roll,
Muddy water, Misssissippi,
Blessed Graceland whispers to me,
Carry on, Carry on,
Sweet Southern Comfort,
Carry on, Carry on,
Sweet Southern Comfort carry on

3 comments:

Dawn said...

I'm so glad you had fun with the May baskets! Please post a picture of your magnolia tree when it is blooming - they are so lovely! Mine is still tiny, but we have a dozen or so buds opening. :)

Jen said...

bless you

Hannah said...

So, I totally didn't make May baskets this year, but.... I did buy three bouquets of Mums and split them up into groups for each of my coworkers. It was soooo much fun!