A busy May has come to an end
Graduation is over, the Twins are clawing their way out of last place and we’ve had enough rain to stave off a draught at least until mid-summer.
May was, and usually is, an extremely busy month. Yes, there are graduation ceremonies (as opposed to the 2020 awkward commencement) and some had the traditional graduation parties.
Graduates from Dodge County schools and Byron were featured in last week’s DCI. That project was a monumental task for our small staff. In fact, three of us were working on the final touches until 1:30 a.m., Saturday, May 22. (There are a few graduation sections available for those who did not receive one.)
Every spring I am focused on Spring Training and the start of the regular baseball season for our Minnesota Twins. Every year, the Twins get off to a slow start. In fact, this year they were occupying the basement in the American League’s Central Division.
I was fortunate enough to attend the May 15 game that pitted the Twins against the Oakland A’s. In the bottom of the eighth inning, slugger Miguel Sano’, came through with a three run home run into the right field seats. It gave the Twins the lead, and a 5-4 win. It was the one game we’ve attended this year and it was one of the few games the Twins have won.
A few of the Twins games have been postponed or rescheduled for a double-header later in the season due to the rains that fell last month.
Up until the last weeks of the month, some were fearful of drought conditions. Then the monsoonal flow from the Gulf of Mexico turned dry fields into fields with emerging green rows of corn that burst through the dirt when the sun reappeared.
Someone was willing to help out by mowing our lawn at home. He had scheduled a cutting on Friday, May 21, but it rained. He called to reschedule. It was no use for him to try to squeeze a mow time in between storm clouds that were moving through the region. He finally said he’d be at the house early one morning, which of course, was washed out with more rain. (Unless he had pontoons on this mower, it was a washout.)
Finally, Sunday evening, we got a break in the storm pattern. Dark moody clouds moved out and old man Sol showed up with a blanket of sunshine. It gave me enough time to fire up the mower and quickly cut the near hayfield tall grass in the front and back yards before the weather decided to change.
And, of course, we had summer-like 80s with high humidity through most of last week and then those winds off the polar ice cap came blasting out of Canada just in time to send us all a chilly reminder that it was still Minnesota in spring and old man winter was not going to yield to warmer gulf stream pushes quite yet.
One more thing: June is Dairy Month, a time when we traditionally search for Princess Kay of the Milky Way and gear up for a cool treat at local ice cream outlets. Whether it’s a trip to Clem’s Cups & Cones for a shake, cone or a drive thru stop at Dairy Queen for a Dilly Bar, it’s time to enjoy a treat from our dairy producers in Dodge County.