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Summer. It is officially here (or pretending to be)! Summer means the pool is open and I get to entertain. I love having friends over for a BBQ and some pool time. It is also wedding season, and I'm blessed to be exhausted most nights when I get home!

I've been asked a few times why men don’t receive flowers regularly, so I thought I'd research to see why there is such a disparity. I know plenty of men who love flowers! They think they are beautiful and lots of them smell amazing. What's not to love? My grandfather babied his rose bushes like they were tiny hummingbird eggs.

With the beginning of this week starting with Memorial Day, I want to take a little break from writing about flowers and focus instead on the meaning and history of this day.

Memorial Day was created in memory of those servicemen and women who died while in service.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was created as a result of the Civil War. After the Civil War, people wanted to honor those who died in battle. On May 5, 1868, General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic*, issued an order that May 30 would be known as Decoration Day. May 30 was chosen because no battles had been fought that date.

Oklahoma has been under an absolute deluge of rain. Our lakes are overflowing, our rivers have fast currents, and streets have been impassable at times. Along with these severe thunderstorms, we have had tornadoes, as well. This time of year is always scary for me, so my husband and I had a flat storm shelter installed in our garage. It is a chore to get our sheltie and our 100+ pound Labrador/Pyrenees mix into the shelter, but the peace of mind is such a relief!  I hope everyone is staying safe (and dry!) during this season of inclement weather.

~~To all the mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, those of us in mothering roles, whether sisters, aunts, fathers working as both mommy and daddy, mothers whose children left this earth too soon, and those of us whose "children" have fur, feathers or scales: I hope you had an amazing and blessed Mother's Day! If you received flowers from Lilygrass, I hope we exceeded your expectations! Remember to give your flowers fresh water to keep them from wilting too soon.

May's official flower is lily of the valley. Today, I want to tell you more about these sweet little bell shaped flowers.

I hope you have all had a great weekend outside with those beautiful temps! I have a mild sunburn from running around all day Saturday. I had so much fun!

This week I want to talk about Mother's Day, which is this Sunday on the American calendar. Mother's Day is celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May. Anna Jarvis created Mother's Day in 1908, and it became an official holiday in 1914. Fact: Ms. Jarvis later became upset with the commercialization of the holiday and spent her last several years attempting to remove the holiday from the calendar.

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