Bring on longer days!
How was your week?
Last night, I watched as the sun went down and dusk fell, realizing that it was eight o’clock, and I really needed to start thinking about getting ready for bed! I love this time of year, even if the pollen tries to make me die. May is upon us, and I am looking forward to what I call Best Month. To me, May means flowers, trees, and new beginnings. Everything becomes possible in May. Bring on longer days!
My friend and I have begun planning our Montreal trip in earnest! To us, this mainly means mapping out restaurants (especially poutine—I may need bypass surgery) and markets, but we’re also getting a lay of the neighborhoods and possible activities. Mostly, I just can’t wait to wander around someplace different and fumble in another language again.
My accumulated miles are burning a hole in my passport, and I’m also mulling solo adventures for autumn, depending of course on *waves arms around in direction of everything*. Stay tuned, and share any travel plans you have in the comments!
What are you reading? Any good novels?
I finally cracked Jennifer Egan’s Candy House yesterday morning, and I’m intrigued, mostly because the opening scenes involve a salon, not the hair kind, but the talking kind. This salon germinates an idea that makes today’s social media landscape look like child’s play. A good sign—I found it hard to put down to write this post!
This week, I put up a quick post about all of the anti-LGBTQ+ youth legislation cropping up in Republican states in the US and how detrimental it is to its targets and to society. I’ve called my senators to encourage them to keep fighting for the passage of the Equality Act (they’re both in favor), and I hope that if you’re in the US, you were able to do the same. There’s a link in the post to Glennon Doyle’s Together Rising initiative, which is helping to support children and families. If you can, please consider donating.
And, sadly, war crimes continue in Ukraine, and concern that the war will spread beyond Ukraine has increased. Putin has once again touted Russia’s nuclear weapons.
What can we do? On a grand scale, I can’t do much, and I am willing to bet that you options to influence geopolitics are likewise limited. We can and must help where we can and how we can. I’m still giving to World Central Kitchen, and encourage you to consider doing the same, if you’re able to do so.
Saturday is Vappuaatto, or May Day Eve in Finland. Last year I wrote about the delightful Finnish May Day celebration, and I can’t think of anything to top it, except updating the post and including new video.
Finns eat munkki, or donuts, on Vappu. I’ve promised myself that I will never learn to make donuts—some dishes were not meant for solo kitchens—but I did think that it would be fun to make munkki inspired muffins. I can justify donut muffins, right?
We’ll have a Sundry Wonders post, of course, on Monday. It’s been fun over the last couple of weeks to share more than just photos from my neighbor’s gardens. And, on Wednesday, we’ll have a new feature.
Until then, let’s catch up on the week’s posts below. You can get What a Wonderful Week delivered to your inbox each week, along with other goodies, by subscribing today! Enjoy the longer days!