This is my calendar for this year. If you click on the thumbnail you can see all the months, though still small. You can also see some of those paintings and a few more here. This artist’s website is rather annoying but I love the paintings and this is one of my favorite calendars ever.
Notice the change from February to March. It was wonderful to turn the page yesterday morning and see the new picture. February’s picture was appropriately snowy and cold looking. March is a delightful spring scene with kids flying kites. I never did get into flying kites. I tried once but never even got it high enough in the air to get caught in a tree. Anyway, those two pictures perfectly match our actual weather, except that March weather started in the middle of February right after the snow melted and temperatures on most days have been more like April or May.
And here’s another funny thing about calendars, or maybe it’s more something funny about me but I’m going to blame the calendar makers anyway. The funny thing is, I’m usually disappointed with the May calendar picture. My birthday is in May and that makes me feel that the May picture should be the best on the whole calendar but it’s usually not and, most notably, it is almost always less pretty than April. Take this calendar for example. April’s picture is of a lake and lovely multi-colored hills. May’s picture is of a woman hanging laundry. Come on! That’s not fair! May is a lovely month. It’s past any chance of cold weather but not yet so hot you don’t want to stay outside for more more than a few minutes. Why can’t we have calendar pictures that reflect the true awesomeness of May? Why does April always get all the glory?