๐ŸŽถ Hey June, Don’t Make It Bad / Take a Sad Song and Make it Better ๐ŸŽถ

I hope you don’t mind having a Beatles song stuck in your head for the next few days, but I thought their advice for Jude also worked really well for June. I’m hoping June can help us all figure out how to help each other through this difficult time. I’m here today to share some flowers and a few things that have brought me joy this week. I didn’t publish a post on Wednesday and feel like I really need to catch up with you all!

There’s a lot to share in this week’s flower report. This is just a smattering of the blooms (or almost blooms!) around the yard. I have to admit that I’m most excited about all of the blackberry blooms that are in the opening picture. And that’s just one little section of our blackberries! They still have a long way to go and depend on unpredictable rainy weather, so I’m trying not to count my chickens before they hatch. (but there are a LOT of flowers and I’m already tasting some wonderful blackberry custards!)

Matthew managed to get the tomatoes and basil that he started in the basement into the ground this week. Success! We’ve been picking radishes straight out of the garden, rinsing them with water from the rain barrel, and eating them in the yard while playing. We’ve picked a couple of our planted strawberries, but have been pleased with an abundance of wild strawberries (thanks to our illness, we’ve fallen behind on mowing which has allowed those little weeds to grow like mad).

A Few Exciting Things:

  • Ruth Ozeki was a clue in one of this week’s NY Times Mini Puzzles!
  • We finished our history curriculum for the year! I cried when we finished our big, fat history book. It felt like such an accomplishment and I learned so much! Farewell medieval history – see you again in another four years. We’re moving on to Late Renaissance and Early Modern History in August. Queen Elizabeth – here we come! (Here’s a link to the textbook we’ll be reading from | And here’s a link to next year’s curriculum) I get very excited about reading from these history books.
  • We’ve had some rainy and cool afternoons, which has meant a return of poetry teatimes. We do these more regularly during the colder months, but the outdoors is too enticing during the spring and summer. I was so happy to make us a pot of tea, pull out some poetry books, and spend the afternoon speaking in an English accent.
  • Do you get Emily P. Freeman’s emails? If so, did you read her recent one about spontaneously buying a house in the mountains? That beautiful brick house resting in the shade? (I’m sorry, I can’t link to it because it was an email and I don’t feel right about sharing her pictures.) The house is a delight and reminds me of Beatrix Potter. That email brought me so much joy and I’ve already read it 4-5 times! Subscribing to Emily’s emails are totally worthwhile even if you don’t necessarily subscribe to her belief system.
  • I was going to buy this Richard Scarry Busytown game for the kids at Christmas, but the price shot up to over $100. I saw that it dropped back to around $20 a couple of weeks ago and snapped it up (it’s now gone up to nearly $50. I am surprised to see the price fluctuate so much.). Bryce, Bronwyn, and I have all loved playing it! No one gets frustrated because it’s a game that promotes cooperation and teamwork, the board is big enough for even the clumsiest fingers to navigate, and there are no rules to make it harder to win. It’s just plain fun and has been wonderful for these rainy afternoons. I think it’s even worth the $50, given how much we’ve enjoyed it.

Today I want to leave you with a poem that we read several times during one of our teatimes. It’s from a book for children and I think it’s one we can all get something from. (And I’m sure you know about my love for snails.)

The Snail

The snail doesn’t know where he’s going
and he doesn’t especially care,
one place is as good as another
and here is no better than there.

The snail’s unconcerned with direction
but happily goes on his way
in search of specifically nothing
at two or three inches a day.
– Jack Prelutsky

I just love poetry that rhymes. I can’t help it! ๐ŸŒ

I hope you all have a weekend full of exactly what you need. Take good care.

25 thoughts on “๐ŸŽถ Hey June, Don’t Make It Bad / Take a Sad Song and Make it Better ๐ŸŽถ

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  1. “Hey Jude” is running through my mind. Fortunately, it’s a beautiful song. Your flowers are lovely, balm for the soul. Wonderful to read all that you and your children are studying!

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  2. I will welcome that earworm — one of my favorite songs!

    I completely forgot that I wanted to mention Ruth Ozeki appearing in the daily mini the other day. I was way too excited about that at 6 a.m. when I was doing the puzzle!

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  3. Love the Beatles and definitely perform the beginning of June! Such lovely flowers and such happiness in your post. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. I loved all your plants and flowers and you certainly have encouraged me this year with my gardening. Thanks! tried to find the post you mentioned about Emily Freeman and couldn’t find it. Will you please help me with that? Thanks.

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  5. Yes I now have Hey Jude running through my head but thatโ€™s ok because I like it. Our blackberries have bloomed and now have tiny red berries so it wonโ€™t be long before we have some yummy blackberry cobbler. All of your flowers are beautiful and I love the idea of teatime poetry. I also like rhyming poetry and when I was in seventh grade I memorized every word of The Walrus and The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll I can still recite most of it Ha! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Oh yay! You’re so close to picking blackberries – how exciting!! I think we have The Walrus and The Carpenter in one of our poetry books… I should look for it! How fun that you still have it memorized ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. My kids had that Busytown game – I think we still have it – and we all loved it so much. I really love the Richard Scarry books, and I still have my childhood copy of Busy Busy World, which has long been out of print.
    Gorgeous flowers! I planted my tomatoes and basil this week as well. Also, cute turtle.

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    1. It is SUCH a fun game…I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. And they even took it out themselves yesterday and played it all on their own. THAT was amazing. Yay for getting your tomatoes and basil into the ground – we can look forward to our first tomatoes together!

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  7. What a joy-filled post, Katie – thank you! How fun to pick and eat those radishes outside … I’ve never had one fresh from the ground and wonder if they’re sweeter? or just more intense “radish”?

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    1. I think it depends on when you pick the radishes! If you get them when they’re early and small: then they’re crunchy, slightly sweet, and slightly spicy. But if you leave them too long then they are SUPER spicy! We’ve gotten them early so far and they’ve been delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Beautiful flowers and fresh radishes!! We aren’t growing any this year and I miss them. And, we used to have a ton of blackberry bushes in our woods, but over the years they have disappeared. Boo-Hoo. Cute snail poem.

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  9. Ooh, I am jealous of all those blackberries! I’ve been working on a raspberry patch for a few years now, but it’s not growing enough to give me more than snacks as I walk by. Thanks for the email recommendation, I signed up!

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    1. That’s exactly how our raspberries and strawberries are. But it’s nice to have little snacks while we’re playing in the yard! I hope you enjoy Emily’s emails… she is wonderful to follow!

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    1. That’s so cool, Laila. It seems like a LOT of us have this game! They are really enjoying it and are able to play it independently now, which makes me VERY happy!

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