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Deb Buckner checks on the progress of Tarn Nez’s birdhouse during a Home Depot visit to Payson Care Center for a birdhouse building project. The plan is to sell some of the houses, while others will be kept by residents to enjoy.

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May is amazing month

Here we are in the aMAYzing month. Sunny, warm days without the oppressive heat of midsummer. Nights cool, but no longer the danger of frost nipping those tender plants. Beautiful clouds beginning to build in the afternoon foretelling the coming monsoon season. I had a moment of nostalgia last week when making May baskets for the Senior Thrift Store’s First Friday celebration. My mind went back to childhood days — every May Day I would make a basket of woven colored construction paper, paste it together (no scotch tape or Elmer’s glue in those days) and fill it with wildflowers from the woods around our house. Yes, even as a young child I was allowed to roam the woods unaccompanied and somehow I never got lost or hurt in any way. I searched for what we called May flowers (hepatica) and arbutus, and when the basket was filled, I presented it to my Aunt Lou who lived down the shore from us. Of course she made a big deal of it and I felt quite special. Precious memories ...

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