I apologize for this post not appearing on June 1st.
(My excuse is we were traveling and seeing our family in our motorhome, I will provide stories and pictures soon.)
I have named this month Miss June, but really it could easily be a Mr. June!
You see, June is sorta laid back….anticipating the beginning of the warm Summer, lemonade, sweet tea and June brides with wispy veils blowing in the gentle breezes.
But don’t forget the very patriotic Flag Day, which is June 14th, followed by Father’s Day, which is celebrated on June 20th..
See the dilemma?
This is the 6th in my series of the months of the year. Others include the links below in case you missed them:
To see Miss January, click here,
To see Miss February, click here,
To see Mr. March, click here
To see Miss April, click here.
To see Miss May, click here.
I love this little poem by N.P. Willis (1807-67)
It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
Here are a few simple facts about Miss June:
June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women….so you see why June is a “she”!
And because the summer solstice lands on June 21…June is the month with the most daylight hours, which as most women know…there are not enough hours in the day to complete all on our agenda’s…whatever that may be. 🙂
Even the flower for Miss June can be many things, as most women are.
The flower is the rose….which in general indicates love or desire.
Red roses are the traditional symbol for love, romance, and will always be a way to say “I love you.”
Pink roses inspire words like admiration, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy and sweetness.
Yellow roses bring to mind bright, cheerful and joyful and create warm feelings by providing happiness.
White roses, the purist of colors, represent innocence, purity and charm and are used many times in weddings marking new beginnings.
BUT…..yes, there is another element of the beautiful feminine June rose.
It is the honeysuckle!
Yep, the month of June also shares the honeysuckle as it’s flower…..which is a bit masculine in my opinion.
Never-the-less, the honeysuckle denotes the bonds of love, or generous and devoted affection.
The birthstone is also a dual stone, because there are two stones as well, the pearl and the Alexandrite.
The feminine and masculine.
Think about this:
Alexandrite’s main characteristic is the ability to change color when exposed to a different light source. Alexandrite encourages romance and emphasis is placed on the purpose of life. For instance the stone is said to give hope to those who are in despair, while bringing strength. The changing of the colors from green to red (and other colors) is a reminder that life is more than what it appears to be.
Pretty masculine in my opinion.
Now, let us discuss Miss June and the beautiful pearl…
The birth of a pearl is a miraculous event.
Gemstones must be cut and polished to bring out their beauty, but pearls need no such treatment to reveal their loveliness. They are born from oysters below the surface of the sea and they are complete with a shimmering iridescence, luster and soft inner flow unlike any other gem on Earth.
I ask you….Is that not a description of a woman?
Tis true, the month of June holds Flag Day and Father’s Day and we honor both.
Yet, I will forever be the romantic. And I believe Miss June is romantic too.
I hope you enjoyed meeting her as much as you have enjoyed meeting Miss January, Miss February, Mr. March, Miss April and Miss May.
I am always interested in your thoughts about the feminine and masculine months of the year….and I always encourage your comments. I love to read them.
Next month, we will be discussing the traits of July. Masculine? Feminine?
Have a blessed day.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
So sorry to have missed when you were back in Kansas as I’m just across the state line on the East side in Parkville. I’m glad you had a great time visiting friends and relatives.
I do love your blogs on the months. I’m a June baby, and my favorite flower is the pink rose, and my birthstone is the pearl. You must’ve missed the Royals. LOL Maybe you can come back in the fall and see the Chiefs. Smiley face here. By the way how is your wrist?
Love you sweetie,
Rita, I really think seeing family and friends has been good for me. I am feeling good.
I have also enjoyed giving the months of the year a gender. LOL (must be the romantic in me)
You are looking great…loft living has agreed with you. I was concerned you would miss your lovely gardens. It can get so hot tending them during the summer months, but the rewards are great…..
Hugs my friend
Thanks Rita….I have been feeling so good and I think it helps seeing family and friends.
I really love giving the months a gender…guess that is the romantic in me. LOL
You, by the way are looking great! Loft living agrees with you. I was concerned you would miss your gardens. They can be a lot of work especially in the hot summer months.
I love hearing about all the traits of each month. June is special because it is my birthday month. Pearls are my favorite as they go with everything. June can be fickle, a lot like a woman and a Gemini. Glad to hear you have been traveling. Enjoy the rest of June. Hard to believe it is almost over.
I hear you Lynda…I feel like we missed a Spring and went straight to Summer. I have always loved pearls and wear pearl studs in my ears. I think one could call them “my signature” ear rings. LOL
So happy to read that you have been travelling and visiting family. Your new mode of transport must be a joy to travel in and has all your home comforts.
My honeysuckle has yet to blossom but at least it has the buds. I’m hoping our weather will warm up so I can sit out and enjoy it as its definitely puddle hopping weather here at the moment.
Warmest hugs and much love to you xx
Hello my sweet friend…the weather in Kansas was sooooo hot….it was 105 degrees in Salina and 78 degrees at home. Made me long for our hot, humid summer Florida days. LOL
I do love traveling in the motorhome and I have it packed with the same things I have in my Florida home….even made homemade bread (in a bread machine of course)
I owe you a long letter and I will hopefully get ii to you real soon.
Thx for stopping by.
Bonnie Morgan says
Kari, I am so glad you have been traveling and enjoying seeing your family.
The time is passing so quickly. June is almost over.
The traditional symbols of the month were interesting.
I did not know about the Alexandrite stone.
We have had a lot of rain from Tropical Storm Claudette and glad it has moved out.
Bonnie, I love traveling this way. I call it “glamping”. not camping. LOL (my way of roughing it.)
I was able to see so many friends and family…some I hadn’t seen in years and years. AND the Captain walked through several cemeteries helping me look for family gravesites. (I used to chide my Mother for doing that…and now I have become just like her) I just wanted to place a few flowers on the sites. So glad I went.
the Painted Apron says
Happy Travels Kari! I can see why you are on the fence about Miss or Mr. June, fun facts and trivia in your monthly posts! I am so happy you are able to be out and about again enjoying life!
Oh Jenna, thank you so much, it has been a blast enjoying life again. No matter what happens, I am truly blessed.
Everyday Living says
Kari, I am so glad you have been able to enjoy traveling and spending time with family. I love all the info you share about each month. Pearls are always perfect even with jeans. Happy Summer my friend!
Pam, Can you believe how fast the time is flying? Summer is here already and so many things to do and see. I just can’t get enough of all the sights, smells and happenings. I appreciate all that is out there that we most times take for granted.
I have to admit I have worn pearl stud ear rings for a long long time. Who doesn’t like pearls? I remember years ago (at the usual tourist spots) searching through clam shells hoping to find one. LOL
Thank you for stopping by my friend and for checking on me.
Hugs and Blessings.
“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
Everyday Living says
Love and hugs, my friend!
So interesting, Kari. I didn’t know this, particularly about an alexandrite stone. My mother=in-law left me a huge ring with this stone and it does change all sorts of colors. Unfortunately, I have very slim fingers and wearing this ring is impossible, but it is a very beautiful stone. I can see why my mother-in-law loved it and cherished it. Perhaps, she even knew about its meaning too. Enjoy your summer and your many travels. Good health to you and your family.
Marsha, what a wonderful legacy your mother-in-law left you with the alexandrite ring. Perhaps you could have it made into a pendant? Just a thought that would allow you to wear it.
Thank you for your well wishes and for stopping by.
Rita C. says
I am so happy to hear from you this weekend, Kari! Hoping you are feeling well in your travels, and that you are having a glorious time! June is my birth month, and I loved reading all about the yin/yang of its feminine and masculine traits.