Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Sonnet 18)
William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion dimmed; And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st, Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade, When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st. So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
The now-familiar pattern of a dip in the jet stream brought unseasonable cold and rain on budding peonies. There is snow in Manitoba and rain, rain, rain in parts of Texas and Oklahoma that now face the threat of flash flooding. There are tornado outbreaks, too. Drought-stricken areas may decide to skip the fireworks for Memorial Day this year.
Whatever the weather, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer. The lease of perfect days begins. Never mind that more times than not the weather is less than ideal to commemorate the start of the outdoor living season. It is time, so the grills are fired up. Here, the true believers put on jackets and winter coats if need be.
Maybe, there are some wintery things you never pack away. I can remember some Memorial Days that felt more like November--cold, gray, rain. Nevertheless, the swimsuits were worn, the water was freezing, the sweatshirts were warm and welcome.
This year, warmer temperatures are expected to return over the Memorial Day weekend--highs in the 70's and 80's--summery heat and possible thunderstorms.
Here is the forecast from Tom Skilling for Memorial Day--
Summer's lease is short here. You can count the days in short-season tomatoes that can grow from seed to fruit in 90 days.
Let us hasten then, to make the most of them...
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