Easter Weekend

Our Easter weekend was quiet and pleasant. Attila does not get Easter Monday off work, so he headed out this morning. The weather over the weekend was cool, freezing at night, but sunny each day. It feels like spring.

Attila spent his days in the garden, waking things up for the coming season. He trimmed bushes, collected dead plant material for the compost, mended the fences, and planted seeds. We now have peas, spinach, beets, and Swiss Chard in the ground. The rhubarb is poking up out of the ground, and the celeriac is as well. He also cleaned out and placed the rain tank, as no below freezing temperatures are predicted for the next two weeks.

I enjoyed hanging my laundry out to dry on the back porch, for the first time this season. This is an activity that provides pleasure, satisfaction, economy, and lovely smelling laundry. It was even nice enough on the back porch to sit out in the sun, bundled up in a parka.

I’ve paused in my writing this morning, to stand at the window, holding the curtain aside as I watched a plague of grackles harass a single crow. The crow jumped from dead branch to dead branch, seeking shelter in a maze of small branches, to no avail. The grackles followed him, and adeptly dived into the maze to peck at him. Eventually he flew off, with the whole plague following him into the distance. Bird drama.

Back at the keyboard, I am contemplating what activities might be tackled today. I have a single ripe banana on the counter, perhaps I will make banana nut muffins, perhaps a banana smoothie, decisions, decisions. There is enough leftover pickle soup in the refrigerator for my lunch, so soup making can wait until tomorrow. The document sorting and purging has been accomplished at last, with a few remnants of currently important documents remaining on my desk until the issues around them are dealt with. The Greener Homes program files (aka the furnace fiasco), is one of them. It has been on my desk since May of 2021, so it holds almost two years of miserable administrative efforts. I am hoping to get this program sorted and out of my life by the summer, but that may be optimistic. I will certainly have a long long think before applying for any other government programs that are meant to help out low income home owners!

Oh yes, I’ve forgotten already, the apron project. I have the fabric cut out, that happened in February. The sewing machine and equipment are on my desk, that happened in February too. I am making a mock up apron first, using worn out sheets, to assess the fit before using better quality fabrics. I really must get to the sewing project before the canning season begins!



Updated on Mon, Apr 10, 11:55 AM
A few clouds
Wind 14 SW km/h
Humidity 53 %
Visibility 32 km
Sunrise 6:33 AM
Wind gust 20 km/h
Pressure 102.8 kPa
Ceiling 9100 m
Sunset 7:45 PM


“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1807 – 1882

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Joan Lansberry

“Summer” has arrived in Yuma, a little late. I turned the AC on yesterday. I too am gathering a bunch of sewing projects, waiting for the unburying of the sewing machine. I have a flannel shirt with sleeves to shorten, (all the prep work done, too late now for the colder weather), three nightgowns to alter (way too long), and other things. Someday…..


I think Spring has hit the Midwest. I opened the patio door and windows to air the place out. I’m just now starting to think about what flowers to grow this year. The Magnolia tree on the side of the building is starting to bud and we have more birdsong in the mornings. Yay Spring!!