April showers bring May flowers
.  True, but what do May showers bring?  June joy?  We sure hope so, since this has been one rainy month so far!

Eddie and I asked these Mystery Monday questions: Who originated this saying? What was the name of the collection of writing that contained this poem?

The answer? Thomas Tusser, in his book A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, written in 1557.  The website Quora explains the saying this way: “April showers bring May flowers is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed – in this case, an abundance of flowers in May. ‘April showers bring May flowers’ is a lesson in patience, and one that remains valid to this day.”

Congratulations to Rachel from Bellville, who answered correctly and wins a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley and the Pier House Coffee Shop.

Today’s word of the day is LARRUPING (LAR-up-ping), which is an adverb meaning very or exceedingly. Example: that was a larruping good meal!

Thanks for listening!