A beautiful Friday in May this second

The weather guy is calling for a record high on this Friday, May 8, predicting that it will reach 89ยบ F here in Syracuse, N.Y.

On “Today,” the stories from Al Roker and crew are of early tropical storms coming toward Myrtle Beach — first of the season, in particular, by the name of Anna — as well as tornadoes in Oklahoma and hail in Texas and blankets of pollen everywhere.

It sure looked pretty in the backyard of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood when I let Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle out at 7 a.m.

Dark and light.

Dark and light.

Shadows played over the shed and the grill, which I had uncovered last night while Karen and I lingered after she got home from her job at SMG.

Cool dog.

Cool dog.

Ellie B missed at her squirrel leap but was proud protecting the fence bordering Good Neighbor Time and Wonderful Wife Lorraine’s yard.

Trail to the moon.

Trail to the moon.

And the moon did not yet want to give up its morning sky vigil.

All of that awful stuff seemed so very far away this second week of May as I ran over my busy schedule. Decide which movie to see for review afternoon, check …

Are foreboding weather events hitting your area? What’s the worst you’ve seen in May? What do you have planned for this weekend?

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85 thoughts on “A beautiful Friday in May this second

  1. We’re having near record highs this week, too. In fact, we had to install the window AC in the living room yesterday – which is kind of silly because we’ll have to uninstall it Sunday night so that the new windows can be installed Monday morning.

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  2. Sounds perfect Mark. ๐Ÿ™‚ It snowed in Edmonton (3.5 hour drive north) yesterday and there’s a possibility that today’s rain in Calgary will turn into snow tonight. We have the weirdest weather…. โค
    Diana xo.

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  3. It’s unusually warm here, in the mid-80’s for a week plus, which I don’t care for, but I suppose is alright compared to -40..I do enjoy sitting outside in the cool of the evening.
    I think it has snowed here in May. I feel like that’s a thing, although I can’t remember when, or if someone told me that. I’ve seen it snow here quite a bit in April, and I think snow on tulips is quite pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
    This weekend promises guests. I’m making mini Monte Cristos. I suspect yard work. Pretty typical and happy ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Looks like beautiful days coming your way!
    We are in the middle of “Tornado Week.” My parents have been sending me photos of golf ball size hail and we have threats of tornadoes for the next three days. For anyone who doesn’t live here, I know it can be a bit scary. But, like most Kansans…I kinda like tornado season in a very odd, twisted way. I have some great photos to show for it! That said, it’s all fun and mystery until somebody gets hurts or a town is flattened – that’s a real possibility and we have gotten very accustomed to spending nights in the basement.
    Have a fantastic weekend, Mark!

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  5. Very timely questions for me. It’s this time of year when L.A. and NY weather seem to reverse, and I know you know all about the May Gray, so that’s what’s happening right now. Temps are hovering in the 60s with little or no clearing in the afternoon which is kind of depressing for us as we have a trip planned to Legoland for my daughter’s birthday. They have a lot of water rides, in case you didn’t know. I think my daughter plans on getting wet, hell or high water (literally) so as long as she has fun…

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    • And I would think that 60s is even worse when you’ve had the 80s and sun already, Marissa. Us, 60s is bliss after the 10s and 20s and 30s, as you know so well.

      I love your daughter’s water park Legoland spirit of adventure. May Gray be damned. Happy Birthday, Marissa’s child!!

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      • Yes, my blood has thinned since living in NY. Now 60s is long sleeved weather. I’m sure my daughter will be splashing around nonetheless and I will pass on your birthday wishes, thank you.

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  6. We are at a pretty high risk for tornados this weekend. My sister is gone for the weekend but I have the keys to her house with a basement so we may be spending tomorrow evening holed up there!

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    • Sorry, Susie, but it will look pretty! As long as it melts quickly. We had three inches that stuck here in Central New York on a Mother’s Day in the early ’90s. I won’t forget that day.

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  7. We just got the little one a 3 foot pool, and I can’t wait to get it set up and soak in it this summer. I am not sure who is more excited me or the little one! Try to stay cool Mark (That shouldn’t be hard for you ; 0 )

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  8. Great weather up your way Mark! We are looking at 80s and 90s for the next five days, a bit of rain on Sunday they say. I went to the island and sat on the beach for a bit yesterday. Other than some high surf, which makes me want to get my boogie board out, we won’t see too much from Anna here…I hope!

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  9. How nice for you to get a warm spell today! As you say, we may get rain, so I went out early with the push mower (to be kind and not awaken tired neighbors with the gas mower), and now my hands are calloused like a day laborer or my husband. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. It’s dumped down rain most of the day… but thankfully not before I could get the grass cut. May’s usually one of our peak months for thunderstorms, just a part of living in the Midwest.

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  11. as you know, I am still finding my way around your blog, but I find something so comforting about seeing your yard – the shed, the barbie, the fence, etc, – and well, there is just such a authentic no frills fluff as mess to it all and feels warm – and speaking of warm – I have been soaking up so much sunshine today that I had to come inside before i got sunburned – ahhhh so ready for summer yeah baby

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      • yes – home sweet own space – and maybe it also has a familiar western new york feel too – and now I am really very curious about what tree you end up getting. And I need to go back and share this on your other post about the tree, but in 2008 I had to replace a tree to the left of the driveway – and the one that did not get chosen was the weeping cherry – I will tell you what we did decide on instead – but my neighbor has a weeping cherry and it is a purdy little thing – she has a miniature one though – and maybe not the size you want.

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      • Thank you for the tree update. We may get one tomorrow, Y. We talked of it tonight sitting in our red chairs in home sweet own, in fact. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now a mini weeping cherry for the front instead has entered the contest. I know. That’s how we can roll. The next spring would come the tree for out back. One tree per year is our limit. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. We are having 85 here all weekend. Moms will be sweating it out for their special day. Ugh…give me back the 60’s and 70’s (the temp, not the decades). I love spring, but we so often go straight into summer. At least the nights are cool. Enjoy your weekend, Mark. โ˜บ Van

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  13. Liked your neighborly pictures, appears to be pleasant and harmonious surroundings.
    Here in Mildura Victoria Australia, we have very diverse weather patterns, extreme heat in Summer, into the high 40s, then winds and rains and frosts. Our last weather pattern change was two days ago when our city was covered in a dust storm, still no matter where we live, humans adapt to the variables of nature.
    Cheers.
    Aussie Ian aka Aussie Emu

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  14. Beautiful here on this Saturday afternoon. In spite of my small case of vertigo, I am enjoying hanging out with Mr. B and Daughter B! I can’t believe we could actually use some rain.

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    • Yes, it is too dry here, too, Mrs. B. My dear wife Karen and I did a several-hour stretch of needed shopping. Now, please, take care of the vertigo and then enjoy time with Mr. B and Daughter B!

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    • Just butting in here Chick. Talk to an Occupational Therapist about the vertigo. They can do a couple of sessions to realign the crystals that form in the middle ear and cure it without meds. Sometimes only one session will do it. Special training is needed, but my OT did 2 sessions and I haven’t had a relapse of it yet.

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  15. nice pics, mark. i like the moon and sky trail shot the best. i’ve seen it all in may, i think. today, we’re planning a family picnic in a park. happy mo’s day to karen )

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  17. Hey bro Mark, I was in the middle of leaving a reply here, after butting in above, when the fire alarm went off and I had to shut down and go to the stair well. Another false alarm, but with the construction you just don’t know these days.
    I don’t even remember what I was going to say after all the fun. This is about the weather, right? We’ve had a cooling period since last Friday, and we’re wearing long sleeves again. Big difference, and I love it. I’ll take this over the heat any time of year. You and Karen have a good week and weekend little bro.

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      • I am bro Mark. Heating up outside again this weekend and next week, so getting as much outside time as I can now while it’s nice. I can sleep in front of that sweet a/c unit when it heats up in a couple of days. And WE MADE THE FRONT PAGE yesterday brother! The man from Louisville lied thru his teeth, but HUD is now heavily involved, so he now has a list of questions he has to provide answers for. Trying to find contact info for the HUD guy now.

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      • Our paper isn’t worth the amount of cash they want for a subscription brother. Close to $300 a year, if not more by now, with 4 to 8 pages of actual news, if you can call it that, each day, and the rest ads. It just ain’t worth it to many people in this poverty ridden area. Most of the time one person gets the paper, we all contribute, and it is left out where we all can read it. Other people in the area depend on televised news.

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