May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. It’s just a gorgeous, fragrant day I look forward to each year, and I look forward to checking out people’s creations. Even though my lei making abilities are nothing to brag about, and even though today’s weather was the polar opposite of Hawaii’s, I was determined to make a lei. So yeah, the one pictured above might not seem that special, but if you know the story behind it, it kind of makes it seem otherwise. Or at least relatively amusing…
I woke up today and it was a balmy 34 degrees out.
However, the lady whose place we are renting apparently planted a rhododendron tree in our front yard. It bloomed last week, and the insane wind we had conveniently blew off a bunch of blossoms.
There. I had some flowers I could use that I didn’t have to buy.
So, while Levi napped today, I put off work for a bit and I did the following:
Went outside, confirmed my neighborhood crazy lady status, and filled up a bag with as many of the aforementioned blown off rhododendron blooms…while wearing my slippers, tropical print leggings and aloha print raincoat.
Went inside, grabbed a cup of coffee, and put a little spoonful of coconut oil in it. A little coconut sugar too.
Went upstairs to our bedroom, and turned on my Slack Key guitar Pandora station.
Turned on the space heater in our bedroom. Full blast.
And made a lei.
…while it started to snow outside.
Big fluffy flakes. While stringing little purple flowers.
Happy Lei Day.
Rain, snow or shine, I say spread some aloha, and figure out a way to make one.