Rarely do I look back at a month and think ‘that was a great month’. Perhaps it’s because I don’t get out much and when I do I tackle my tasks as quickly as possible before returning to the safety of my home. That is the introvert life for you. But this year, I have decided to make changes in my life. So, in many ways, May was a transition month. Winter comes to an end and spring finally arrives. Embracing positivity, I thought I would share my May favorites. What I enjoyed this month will, hopefully, lead me to enjoy the rest of the year. It’s all about taking those small steps to make a big change in my life.
Black Currant & Quince Scented Candle
This was a gift from a friend. I wasn’t sure about the scent at first. I can safely say that I have never tasted nor smelled either of these before. But, I decided to throw caution to the wind and light the candle. Soon the room was filled with such a fantastic scent. This candle quickly made its way into my favorites. The only downside is that I enjoyed it so much that I used the entire thing over the course of the month. I am hoping that we will be able to track another one down because it smelled divine and I want to enjoy it again and again.
Our trip to Sudbury
We visit Sudbury quite often. In fact, we try to go there every summer. A big reason for this is Science North, the science center there. This is one of our favorite spots to visit because of how fun and interactive the place is. Our son especially loves the displays, and always looks forward to seeing what’s new in the front area. While some parts can feel repetitive, because the majority of it stays the same, it’s still a great place to spend the day. I always look forward to the latest documentary that they are showing.
One new spot we visited on this particular trip was the Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf. We have been talking about going there for the last few years but never found the time to go. But this year, we made it happen. The mini-golf course is filled with unique holes, many of them shaped like popular characters, like Pikachu. We really enjoyed this experience and the holes vary in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone there.
Of course, there was plenty of shopping as well. Whenever we visit a city, we take advantage of all the stores. Living in a small town means we have limited shopping, so we always make sure we have time set aside to do some shopping. The same thing goes for restaurants. Overall, this trip was great.
Watching Solo: A Star Wars Story
I will admit, I had some doubts about this one. Could a movie about Han without Harrison Ford in it be good? Much as I wanted to go into the movie with a positive attitude there were a few reservations. While I can’t say I absolutely loved it, I did think it was fairly good. Was it a necessary part of the Star Wars universe? Maybe. Even so, it was nice to sit down and watch the movie and of course, I am always keen to see more content coming into the Star Wars universe.
Starting this blog
Technically, I started in April. However, May was the month when I truly got the blog off the ground. It has been a labor of love putting all of these posts together. There were times when I questioned whether I should bother with it. Could I even keep up with this? What if my insecurities got in the way? It all seemed like a heck of a lot of work and I was getting very few views. But we all need to start somewhere and I knew that if I stuck with it, over time the blog would grow.
May is one of those months where winter can still show up on occasion. The weather has been steadily warming but you still want to wear a sweater or even sometimes a winter jacket to keep warm. Even so, it’s nice to get outside and enjoy those warmer temperatures. It’s the time of year when the plants are starting to come out of hibernation and the first hints of green can be seen. The first half of the month was fairly chilly, but as the month progressed it become more pleasant with each passing day.
Another added bonus to the arrival of the warmer weather, is we are one step closer to the gardening season. May isn’t typically a month where I plant the garden, as we can still get snow and below-freezing temperatures at night. However, it is the time when I double-check that I am happy with my garden plan for the year. Have I picked the right varieties that will thrive in our cooler temperatures? Will all the space be used to its full potential?
Making themed dinners
We are a family who loves Star Wars, so as part of celebrating May The Fourth, we decided to do an entire week of themed dinners. Some were inspired by the Star Wars cookbook, while others we made up ourselves. This was such a fun experience and allowed us to get really creative in the kitchen. I shared all these meals on Instagram and we are already planning on doing this again next year.
Discovering the show How Clean Is Your House?
I stumbled upon this show on YouTube while watching several decluttering and cleaning videos. I was intrigued by what it was about and then found myself watching episode after episode. This show is basically a British version of Hoarders: Buried Alive, but the difference is that the hosts tell it like it is instead of coddling the hoarder, which makes it more appealing. If you like shows about extremely dirty and cluttered homes and watching them transform into a liveable space, then this show may be for you!
Those were my May favorites. What did you enjoy this month?