Posted: 12:16 pm Thursday, May 4th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Ah May, glorious, glorious, May!
Stepping out my door, I’m delightfully assaulted by the scenes and scents of May. Daffodils, tulips, bluebells. Plum, apple, cherry, and pear blossoms. Twining grape, wisteria, passion, and clematis vine. Although Pacific Northwest skies are still more drizzle than dazzle, the buds and blooms don’t seem to take notice.
I hope you all survived the unrest that has come to define May Day in our country. Remember when it was all about construction paper cones filled with rhodie blooms? Knocking and running and watching as the neighbor found your surprise? I sure do.
That’s how we still celebrate on my program, where “April showers bring May flowers!” is still the chant. My grade school April’s were spent in training as to how to weave in and out and around a May pole, ribbons and skirts and pigtails and smiles flying. I would love to dance around a May pole again. Perhaps I shall! Remind me next April.
May is also the month of mothers. Mothers, mothers, everywhere! We all have moms, whether it’s the woman who bore you, the one(s) that raised you, those that nurtured you, encouraged you, were there when you needed a cup of coffee, a chocolate chip cookie, or just someone to listen.
If you are a woman, you have the spirit of a mother. It doesn’t matter if you have children of your own or not. You may be the aunt who remembers every birthday, favorite color, and whether or not they like tomatoes. You could be the neighbor that pays the kid next door way too much to mow your lawn and then gives them lemonade when they’ve finished, or the lady that lets the kids pick her strawberries because the smile of discovery is sweeter that the fruit.
Maybe you’re the one who lives on the beach, or the lake, or in the mountain and you really MEAN that corny “Welcome to …” sign, inviting every friend’s child and their buddy to come and experience nature. Perhaps you don’t have kids in your life at all, but you are passionate about leaving the world a better place. It’s the mother warrior in all of us.
Celebrate motherhood this month. You don’t have to do much. Treat yourself to a cup of tea and an afternoon nap. Take a neighbor some flowers from your garden, wash their car, make a card and attach a packet of seeds. No gesture or token is too small, just celebrate the women that make this world a little better place for you and I to be.
Be Prepared | SERVPRO®
I’m welcoming a new radio sponsor, SERVPRO®, with a lot of excitement and gratitude, as they’ve stepped up to sponsor my Fall 2017 Paint The Town!
Paint The Town events help restore a community’s vibrancy and spirit, with a lot of paint and prideful volunteerism. We’ll be announcing this year’s location soon – be looking for it!
SERVPRO® is a leader in the restoration industry and their professionals are “Faster to any size disaster,” available 24 hours/7 days a week and ready to restore or clean your property.
My new friends at SERVPRO® and I chatted about the importance of preparing for the worst. Even those of us who live in areas we think of as “safe zones” can be faced with the unthinkable, such as bizarre weather patterns that cause flooding, or high winds that bring down trees, events like fire, burst pipes, gas leaks, etc. All could force us to leave our homes in haste and require cleanup efforts to get things back to normal.
The professionals at SERVPRO® have provided information on how to prepare and what to do in the event of a fire or water damage. I’ve put it all in a Be Prepared blog at Delilah.com. Head on over for some well-prepared (see what I did there?) advice!
Don’t be scared; be prepared!
May Book Club | 5 Great Summer Reads!
I’m deviating from the norm a bit this month. Instead of highlighting just ONE book, I’m going to talk about five. A couple are book club picks from the past few months, today’s is a brand new one, and another two are up-coming.
Summer reading is just getting underway, and I want you to have a lot of choices. So get out your pad and pencils (or iPads, laptops, etc.) and take note!
Today’s highlight is Love What Matters, a large volume of pure inspiration. Short stories garnered from the LWM social media platforms and a few comments posted by other visitors on each, the Love What Matters stories will touch a chord with you.
Perhaps YOU’VE been through cancer treatments and know what it means to rally in the face of a feared demon, maybe not. Perhaps you’ve loved a child so fiercely, you thought you’d explode, or fell so head over heels in love, you’d drown in your own passion. Maybe you have a child with special needs or who looks different from other children and have endured their struggles and celebrated their triumphs along side them, maybe… you fill in the blank, because this book contains all those stories.
Love What Matters is a lot like the Delilah show. It celebrates the GOOD in life and inspires us to find joy in all the little moments that make up a day, a week, and all the years.
Throw it in your summer bag along with your water bottle, sunglasses and beach towel!
To purchase go HERE.
23andMe | Welcome to You
Ever been curious about your DNA family? I’ve got an opportunity for you to learn all sorts of interesting things! This month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, families, and YOU, I’m giving away a number of 23andMe DNA kits.
We all have our immediate, biological or adopted families…but did you know you could also share DNA with other 23andMe customers – your DNA Relatives?
With this unique (and anonymous) report, you can see how many DNA Relatives you have around the world – or here in the US! View all the places your DNA Relatives call home. And if you want to dig deeper, you can opt-into their DNA Relatives tool to find, connect and message those who share DNA with you.
Your DNA can tell you where your ancestors lived more than 500 years ago. See a percentage breakdown by region, including eastern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and more. 23andMe looks at 31 populations worldwide, and will continue to refine results as their database grows.
Find other 23andMe customers who share your DNA and ancestors. Explore matches that range from close family to distant relatives and make new connections. Shed new light on your family story by discovering a new relative nearby or somewhere else in the world. (You can choose to opt in or out of this tool.)
Trying to locate a birth parent or child? Curious about where in the world your family comes from? Trying to substantiate family lore? All this information is yours in trade for a simple saliva sample. (Say that 3x real fast!)
Write to me HERE and tell me a story about why you’d like your DNA analyzed and I might send you a 23andMe DNA kit.
In the mean-time visit 23andMe to find out more information about this fascinating service!
Let’s Eat | Fiddleheads
Years ago I learned that spring delivered up a delicacy available in my backyard, and probably in yours too; Fiddleheads.
The tightly curled new growth of a variety of ferns, fiddleheads, have been a staple of indigenous populations from time immemorial.
My friend and house helper, Kim, was born and raised in Korea. There, the new growth of the Fernbrake and Bracken fern (“Gosari”) is a diet staple, used as a side dish and in soup or stews. Fernbrake is called “the beef of the mountains” due to the high protein content. It is also very high in dietary fiber.
A caution however, never eat Bracken raw, because it contains thiaminase, which decomposes vitamin B1. There are also concerns about carcinogens, which Lady Fern does not have.
If you’re curious about trying these seasonal delicacies, do your research. Start with your state universities or county extension web sites. Let me know what you think!
I’m looking out the glass doors of my dining room and down the path littered with pink petals carelessly dropped by the bloom laden branches that drape themselves over the stones… I agree with Chaucer, cherry’s ARE the loveliest of trees.
I leave you with his thoughts and my hope that this May your most prevalent desire is to Love Someone!
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.