Our snow had only just melted by May 1! Needless to say, Spring was more than a month delayed. Cool weather continued and flowers were excruciatingly slow to appear. On the plus side, I was able to do a month’s worth of yard and garden work with no bugs and no sunburn! It was good to finally see soil and grass again:) Meanwhile, I was into birdwatching for a while – the only flashes of colour. None of our neighbours have feeders out, so we scored big!
At work, four months of collective bargaining concluded with an accepted offer. Negotiating a contract was an eye-opening experience. I enjoyed the teamwork and strategizing. I feel very lucky to work in a mostly collaborative union-management workplace.
Rom’s birthday is in May. I tried to do a combination of expected and surprise gifts. We went out for dinner at a nice Greek place (not the local Greek diner which we also like) and then down the street for cheesecake, a rare treat.
Two more family occasions in May: For Mother’s Day, my mom and the rest of my family were over for dinner, and although I don’t often bake, I was happy that my rhubarb upside-down cake turned out well. For my nephew’s birthday, we all got together again for Chinese food.
As usual, I got carried away by clothes shopping for my upcoming vacation! I’m bad that way – I skimp on everyday outfits and splurge on holiday clothes. It must be because when I’m travelling, I have more time to get ready for each day (compared to work days), I am less self-conscious about what strangers think of my appearance (so I try more new looks) and I know there will be lots of photos!
As you know, I never wear skirts or dresses at home but I am not opposed to them on vacation; I suppose I feel more like I can inhabit a role, and no one will comment or make a fuss. So I bought a sundress (after giving away my last one, which got exactly one wear) and I bought another skort (I have a bit of a weakness for those.) Since our trip would include 48 hours in Paris and I always try not to look like a tourist (!!), I bought a pair of flats and a pair of sandals, and didn’t bring any sneakers. But high heels are beyond me.
I’ve been composing this over a few days in the English countryside with no Internet access, and have just found a connection I can very briefly tap into, so I will reply to any comments when we get back into the city!