High Hopes, I had High Hopes . . .

Have you ever noticed how real life sometimes creeps into the blogosphere?  After a fairly productive April, I was full-steam ahead ready for May, or so I thought.

Initally, I planned a short post on May Day, a holiday I actually grew up celebrating because of my elementary school’s annual May Day event.  Beginning in January, we spent every gym class for weeks learning intricate folk dances for May Day.  Finding an opposite sex partner and dancing together daily was—at the time—the most unappreciated part of my early education.  Year after year I was always the tallest girl in the class, and my partner was always Mike S, the tallest boy.  (We danced together for six years and recently re-connected on Facebook. Quite a hoot.)  May Day was a huge event.  Each grade dressed alike in costumes the mothers made, as in sewed.  The first graders usually did some sort of line dance, but as we grew older we learned more complicated square dances, quadrilles, and contra dances.  It was, however, only as sixth graders that we danced around the Maypole while the rest of the school, parents, and community watched. 

Four poles, each with a different color of streamers—pink, yellow, green, and blue—stood against the bright blue sky.  The girls wore dresses that matched the streamers, and the boys wore navy pants, white shirts, and ties to match the girls’ dresses.  The boys who had to wear pink ties were always a little bitter.  Nevertheless, it was kind of thrilling to stand on the asphalt, ribbon in hand, waiting for the needle to touch the vinyl disc that would send us in motion, ducking and weaving to braid the Maypole.  As our circle of dancers grew tighter, I glanced up to see if our pole was properly checkered, signifying that we had performed flawlessly.  It was, and later as we celebrated our skill, some of us also recognized that elementary school—one of the first chapters of our young lives—was drawing to a close. 

May Day 2011 slipped right by, without a Maypole or nosegay in sight.  Kind of sad.  Still I hoped to redeem myself by posting a funny little piece on Star Wars Day.

May the Fourth be with you!

Star Wars Day rolled right on by, but don’t worry because a Cinco de Mayo menu post would be just the thing to redeem my neglected blog.

After all, who wouldn’t like some Zesty Lime Chicken? Ole!

I missed that deadline, too.  Something about moving a boy home from college  .  .  .  .

So, here it is May 6.  Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby, “the most exciting two minutes in sports” and a really fun fashion parade, too.

I will not be posting about it, but I will be reading about it here at A Place to Dwell.

And, that brings us to Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day.  And with all the almost-posting I’ve done this past week, I’ll probably take the day off.

So, tell me, if you blog, how far ahead do you plan your posts, or do you write as the mood or inspiration strikes?


  1. Sometimes I plan my posts; other times I just get an idea and write. As of late my posts are rather few and not so interesting ;-) Come over and enter my giveaway! Happy Mother's Day!! XOXO

  2. I'm a total go as I think kind of blogger but I do plan with cookie posts because I need to take photos. I never participated in a May Pole dance and have never seen one. This tradition apparently did not hail from SoCal, unfortunately. Have a wonderful Mother's Day! xoxo

  3. Hello:
    How lovely all of this sounds. We do so hope that the tradition of dancing around the Maypole at your elementary school still exists. It is so good when these customs are kept alive from one generation to the next.

    In answer to your question, as fairly new bloggers we do not plan ahead but post, usually about every four to five days, as and when the mood takes and on any subject which comes to mind and which might be of interest.

    Have a happy day tomorrow!

  4. This was funny..and I think a post that resonates with each of us at some time or another (even for a newer blogger like myself.....I have found some weeks I felt so ahead of the game) but boy, this past week....felt like an "I love Lucy" episode with her working the assembly line gone bad.....just not able to keep up! It was a little crazy..but that was the theme for my week "crazy week" so no surprise there!
    I tend to get brainstorms and do them in clusters...will do a few posts at a time normally. But then lately there hasn't been much "normalcy" so I fill in when I can....in all honesty. Maybe you can cover National Pickle day? LOL......this post covered it all and you did a darn good job! Happy mothers day!

  5. I have thoughts swirling around in my head, but usually get up with a cup of coffee and write what is on my heart. That being said, I would like to be more organized. Oh wait, that's how I feel about my whole life!!! One step at a time, one breath at a time!
    Happy Mothers Day

  6. This is a wonderful post!

    I don't plan ahead most of the time. Once in awhile, I'll have two posts running through my head and do a couple of drafts.

    Since I began blogging in early 2007(I can't believe it's been over 4 years!), I write and photograph what strikes my fancy. A sort of fly by the seat of my pants style. I believe this has certainly been one reason why I haven't experienced blogger burnout.

    The "Back Porch" is my hobby and I like to keep it upbeat with very little serious "work" involved. Although there is lots of real work in putting together each and every post, my approach to keeping this little journal relaxed makes the work seem effortless.

    Long answer to your question.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

  7. I just see you as packing four or five posts into one! I get my ideas for great blogposts in the middle of the night or when driving to school or whenever I can't find a pencil to jot the idea down!!! Argh...

    Anyway, I was wondering if you were "pulling a Bevy" by not posting! ;)

  8. I really enjoyed your post. It covered a lot. lol
    I plan some posts and others as the spirit moves me. I try to do at least one a week. Here's hoping the "force is with you" and you have a lovely Mother's Day.

  9. Oh my dear, can I identify with this post! Between life on life's terms and seeminly no time for anything, a lot of my posts are in my head and never find their way to the blog-o-sphere. I a working on at least drafting a few posts at a time... So nice to know that I am not alone!

  10. Loved your reminiscing of the Maypole tradition and specifically the dancing lessons. I am always amazed at your stellar ability to recall the most specific details. Wonderful nostalgic piece. Appreciated by a fellow "tall" girl!

  11. I try to plan ahead, but sometimes the mood just strikes me to post. ;)


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