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40 Year Old Easter Eggs

Monday, April 05, 2010

When I was a child, we had a tradition in our family of hand-painting Easter eggs. My mother started it with very intricately painted and personalized eggs for each of us, which she would place in our baskets with chocolate bunnies, peeps, and a little gift. The baskets were hidden and we would go looking for the baskets that Easter Bunny left.

As we got a little older, we would join her in egg painting, and made eggs for each other and for our parents, each one individualized with something representing the recipient of the egg. We also learned to batik the eggs Ukrainian style, although I believe the decorated Ukrainian eggs are a Christmas tradition.

New neighbors moved in with a girl the age of my younger sister, and 3 young boys. They spent a good deal of time at our house, and came to be part of the family. Mom made eggs for all of these children, as well as us.

One of the boys, Tommy - now a father of some pretty darling boys of his own, saved some of the eggs over all of these years. He just posted photos of them on his Facebook page. I was so surprised and pleased that he still has the eggs, and that he loved them enough to post them on his FB page! My sister and I thought that we were probably the only ones who had Mom's Easter eggs left after all of these years. What a pleasant surprise to discover that more are still loved and treasured!

















  
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SIRIRADHA 4/9/2010 5:19PM

    These are beautiful, but the part that I like the best is that he saved them and that you got to see them again!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/6/2010 4:15PM

    Wow what surprise! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful craftmenship.

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PENNYAN45 4/6/2010 1:33PM

    Your mom was obviously a talented woman. Those eggs are real treasures! I can understand your excitement of having them turn up again unexpectedly! Thanks for showing them to us.

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HOCKEYCREW 4/6/2010 11:06AM

    That's really very cool. Thanks for sharing!

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KATIEGLEN012 4/6/2010 12:48AM

    Aren't such surprises delightful?

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AQUAJANE 4/5/2010 11:48PM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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SILVERWITCH59 4/5/2010 10:13PM

    very cool :) When I was a kid there was a lady in the neighborhood that would decorate her yard she made a special egg for every kid in the hood we would have such fun searching her dogwoods looking for our egg. Wish there were still people like that :)

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LN7777 4/5/2010 8:14PM

    That is so cool that he still saved them. What memories.

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LN7777 4/5/2010 8:13PM

    That is so cool that he still saved them. What memories.

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0309COOKIE 4/5/2010 6:59PM

    What a nice surprise and trip down memory lane!

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LMB-ESQ 4/5/2010 5:01PM

    That's wonderful! What a treasure! They can last forever if you take care of them! I love the Ukrainian eggs, they are so beautiful!

My mother has an eggshell that she kept from her first date with my father, in 1941. They had been paired up together for a community scavenger hunt and one of the items they had to find was an egg and have it signed. She blew it out, packed it in cotton and kept it for all those years. You can barely read the signature anymore, but the shell is still in one piece, amazingly.

Happy Easter!

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MARYMAC45 4/5/2010 4:59PM

    What a great memory. Awesome that the neighbor child saved his & showed them off so many years later. GREAT! Thanks for posting!

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ROCKLAND2010 4/5/2010 4:54PM

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful memory. What a great family tradition.

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Report on the Day

Friday, April 02, 2010

Sorry if this is a boring blog. I actually have some more philosophical things I want to talk about, but I haven't wrapped my head around them enough to be articulate about them. So this evening, I am just checking in with a progress report.

It has been a glorious day, more summer-like than spring-ish. I enjoyed 3 long walks with Stella, enjoying the beauty of emerging blooms,



moss,



and even thistles.



I also got in a walk with my dear friend who underwent a double knee replacement almost a year ago. It was nice to be out walking with her again - she had had such a difficult time getting around before her surgery, then she needed to recover from the surgery before she could even begin being mobile. So it was wonderful for us to be able to take walks together again. Plus, I got in my 10,000 steps with my combined walks.

After a month of each of us being too busy to get together for practice sessions, my singing group got together for a jam session. It was so much fun! We played and sang and laughed for several hours.

Yesterday was my big strength training day, so today was my yoga day. I have also been enjoying my foam roller for adding balance challenges to my pilates routines, and for use as myofascial release - especially in my middle back.

The chicks have been keeping me busy. I am sad to report that one probably won't make it. It is one that the kindergarten teacher ordered as a day old chick. It had problems with pasting, and I have been keeping its little bottom clean with warm moist cotton balls, several time a day. But something has been amiss with him - he never grew like the other chicks, and today he is quite weak. I have given him more warmth, and his own food and water so the others can't push him away, but I think there has always been something that has impeded his development.

The other chicks seem lively and healthy. They are growing their wing and tail feathers now, and getting taller, while still looking like baby chicks. They are absolutely adorable!

I have been able to get some yard work done, as well as some household chores out of the way. I also got my yearly mammogram done. Oh, joy!

Next I need to pull together everything I need to do the taxes. Darn those taxes!

Well, THAT was an eclectic blog - my goodness!

Have a pleasant night and a good sleep my friends.

  
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MEOWMAMA3 4/5/2010 12:35PM

    A productive and pleasing day...well, most of it. Isn't it exciting to watch nature unfold and renew right before your eyes? I love Spring. I lived in Arizona for 8 years and mourned the loss of seasons changing. Stella is a great motivator as well as the world's most photogenic doggie!
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CALLANCA 4/2/2010 8:55PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Breakfast Drama

Thursday, April 01, 2010



Tex already ate his food, why he gotta eat mine???




Mo-o-o-m! Tex is eating my food!




What's in here? My favorite kibble, lamb and rice canned food...oh, man, that looks good!




Come on, Tex, can I have some too?




Mmmm, life is good! I emoticon my brother!

Have a happy April morning sharing what you love most with those closest to you.

~ Stella

  
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MEOWMAMA3 4/5/2010 12:25PM

    Just adorable! I used to watch the alleycats in my old neighborhood...they'd wait for the guard dogs, usually pit bulls, to fall asleep, then slink down the fence and gobble up their food. No scroungy strays in South Philly on that block! My 2 oldest cats were part of that pack and they are BIG kitties!

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PENNYAN45 4/4/2010 9:34PM

    This was SOOOO cute! Thanks for sharing it with us! A very enjoyable photo essay.



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KATIEGLEN012 4/2/2010 6:19AM

    I heard that...Mooooooom...do something! Don't you love that you had the time to SEE that??????

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HEALTHYDIANAMB 4/1/2010 11:44PM

    Too cute,loving,patient and kind hearted. Mr.Curly saw these pics. and said Stella, that is your food,I would have growled and told that putty tat to get out of my food. We have cats and we get along great,but nobody messes with my food! Well, he has spoken.LOL Stella is such a sweet heart. emoticon Diana emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 4/1/2010 8:28PM

    Stella, You are so lucky to have such a cool brother and such an awesome mom. Hope you all have a great Easter weekend and the whole rest of the family.
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SILVERWITCH59 4/1/2010 4:52PM

    LOL Our goofy cat does that too. Gotta love critters :)

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PINETREEGIRL 4/1/2010 2:21PM

    How fun--I especially love the second photo! Your poor poodle looked stumped!


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KBUCKMASH 4/1/2010 2:10PM

    Wouldn't it be nice if the world could take a lesson from these two and our other 4 legged family and friends?

Have a cat that we have had since a newborn and a dog that we have had now for about a year. They are both allowed to go outdoor when they want too and it is so cute when one is out and the one in, is telling us the other is ready to come in. However, have not gotten to the point of sharing the same food dish!
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0309COOKIE 4/1/2010 12:51PM

    This blog was so cute!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 4/1/2010 12:01PM

    emoticon I love how your critters resolved the situation and shared without conflict. Great photos!

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STARLASUE 4/1/2010 10:57AM

    Adorable!

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MRE1956 4/1/2010 10:34AM

    Awwwww...they're SO cute!

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GRNISHADE 4/1/2010 9:41AM

    How cute! My DH is always amazed when the 'indoor/outdoor' cat, who thinks he is a dog, is drinking side by side with one of the dogs! Critters are special, aren't they?

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FREELADY 4/1/2010 9:33AM

    Love those photos!

So fun to have a snapshot of that priceless moment. Your captions are perfect!

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Lessons From a Poodle

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One thing about having a very high energy dog is that it requires more than just letting the dog out. This is, of course, assuming that a poodle is a dog, and I am not quite so certain that that is the case. At any rate, my diva will go outside and stand there glaring at me until I am ready to go for an energetic walk through the field and woods with her, throw sticks, and play hide-and-seek. The drawback is that I don't always want to go for a frisky walk, and sometimes the weather is crumby. The benefit is that I don't always want to go for a frisky walk, and sometimes the weather is crumby, and I have to get out there in spite of myself.

It is a gorgeous day today (not even a little bit crumby), and there is a lot of yard work that has been beckoning me over the weeks when the weather was not conducive to tackling those tasks. I spent yesterday curled up with a book and sudoku, feeling bad about the people who are no longer sharing this life with me. I still felt sluggish today, but of course, Miss Stella needed her morning walk, so I grabbed my boots and my camera and off we went.

The sky is a bright blue today, the grass is positively verdant, a gentle but warm breeze is in the air, and spring flowers are blooming in the woods. With a poodle grinning ear to ear running circles around me, and the beauty of spring, it is hard to wallow too long in self pity.



Stella even reminded me that no matter what, it is important to stop and enjoy the beauty of nature, to look, to listen, and smell.

My walk set the tone and energy for the day. Yes, I am still sad, but there are so many things to be grateful for.

  
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STARLASUE 4/1/2010 11:01AM

    Ahh - Stella is your fitness angel. Nudging you to keep on track. Maggie loves to smell flowers too. She is always so gentle with them.

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MEOWMAMA3 4/1/2010 3:57AM

    Stella, the world's most photogenic doggie, to the rescue! Stella knew her mama needed some energizing! Glad you're feeling better and that you got out and enjoyed a springtime spin! Go Stella! emoticon

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ANNEYANDHANNAH 4/1/2010 1:42AM

    Nothing like the love of your pet! I have 3 of my own and have had dogs my entire life. I can't imagine my life without them. Really enjoyed reading your blog. Have a great day. Here is some sunshine for your next walk together.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 4/1/2010 1:23AM

    You know, I've always had and loved my poodles growing up and seeing your blogs about Stella brings back such good memories. I loved today's blog.

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HOPERISING 4/1/2010 12:16AM

    what an adorable picture! I don't know what I would do with out my animals... my kitties and my sister's dog which has adopted me since I moved in... glad you got out inspite of yourself.

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PENNYAN45 3/31/2010 11:12PM

    Good for Stella! She was your good friend today. She took you out of yourself and brought you to see the springtime beauty blossoming in your yard. Isn't she terrific?

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SUZBERRY 3/31/2010 8:47PM

    Ms. Stella is beautiful. I was dragging this morning myself and then realized that we were having an amazingly gorgeous day here in Central Ohio and so like you, out I went to enjoy the spring. The weather definitely dictates my mood. I love a baby blue sky and a perfect day.

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CLEVAGAL 3/31/2010 8:28PM

    truly beautiful blog today Chris and a lovely attitude to have. Cleva xxx emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 3/31/2010 6:02PM

    Love the blog and love the pic. Stella looks like she stopped to smell the daffodils! Glad you are feeling better. How is it our fur babies are so silly and yet, when we need it most, are soooo wise......
Be well.
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LMB-ESQ 3/31/2010 4:06PM

    She is so sweet. You know, I never liked poodles much. But Stella and your stories about her are changing my mind. Glad you're feeling better today!

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PINETREEGIRL 3/31/2010 3:48PM

    Nothing beats a companion animal - I love their unwavering need for affection, play, and the great outdoors. I find that animals have a great way of drawing us out, because they provide an inviting place to be.
Glad you had a good morning walk.
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IDAHOTRAILRIDER 3/31/2010 1:55PM

    They are so smart only if they could get us to listen better. I just want to be half as smart as my Harry emoticon It is great how they can keep us grounded! Great post my friend! emoticon Beautiful picture

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PSMITH3841 3/31/2010 1:33PM

    Our furry babies teach us a lot, don't they! emoticon

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Feeling Blue

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When I was a young child, my parents took in a teenage boy who was having trouble at home. He lived with us for several years and was like a big brother to me. Time passed, Kenny went on to join the Merchant Marines, then had a family of his own. Over the years, he stayed very close with my parents, who were more parents to him than his own every were, and my parents were like grandparents to his children.

I hadn't seen Kenny for many years, until my father was dying. At that point, Kenny made a point of coming over while I was visiting so we could have time together. He was big and strong, like I remembered him, covered with tattoos, a gruff but gentle giant. He brought over a favorite photo he had of us together when I was little and he was a teenager. We were huddled together, head to head, looking at a baby bird that I had found somewhere. The photo, black and white, was tattered and well loved, and he wanted me to have it.

When we had the memorial service for my parents, who died just weeks apart, Kenny was just out of the hospital for heart problems, and couldn't make it. He felt terrible about that... he had really wanted to be there.

Today I received a call from someone I didn't know, a man's voice saying, "Chris, is this Chris?" then hanging up. I hit redial to find out what the call was about. It was Kenny's son, who was calling to let me know that Kenny had just died. He had gone in for knee surgery, was released from the hospital, then had a fatal heart attack at home.

I called my brother to let him know. That was hard because my brother and Kenny were closer in age and, both still living in the same state, spent more time together as adults. We both feel like we have lost a brother.

I have been sad all day, and being glad that my parents didn't have to know about this, then missing my parents terribly as well. A walk helped a little bit, but mostly I've felt pretty lethargic and down. The memorial service is today, but it is 700 miles away, so I won't be going. My brother will be there, though.

  
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HEALTHYDIANAMB 4/1/2010 11:38PM

    Chris, I am so sorry for your loss,that is so sad. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and may time and prayers heal the pain and sadness you feel. May Good Friday be a beautiful day for you. Hugs, Diana emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 4/1/2010 3:55AM

    Oh Chris, what a sad story. I'm sorry for your loss. It's even harder when you can't get to the farewell service. Hang on to the memories of Kenny that make you smile. In time the pain will fade. Praying for your comfort, hugs too.

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WESTCOASTGIRL1 3/31/2010 6:57PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is so hard and I find it does always bring back previous loss. My heart is heavy for you. I know the loss of parents are heart wrenching and a sibling just adds to the pain that words can't express. I lost my sister first and then 2 years later my mom and shortly after my dad.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and if you need an ear. I am here.
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OLDERDANDRT 3/31/2010 11:59AM

    My dear friend,
I am so sincerely sorry for your losses. Please don't fret about not being there as he knows you loved him dearly in life and that is what counts. Take some more walks. He and your parents live on in your memory and though you miss them, the memories can be sweet.
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KATIEGLEN012 3/31/2010 7:56AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. Losing someone who has shared your history is so very hard. Take time to reflect and take care of yourself.

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SILVERWITCH59 3/31/2010 7:44AM

    OMG I am so sorry for your loss. I only have one brother and I know how special that is. I can not even imagine your pain emoticon

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AQUAJANE 3/31/2010 7:10AM

    My condolences as well, though I must also say that I'm glad you followed up on those hang-up calls.Somehow with all the new growth in the spring (and I love that photo of Stella eying the chicks) , the losses and emptiness get forgotten. I hope you have a copy of that childhood photo to keep. emoticon

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CLEVAGAL 3/31/2010 6:44AM

    Oh Chris, theres nothing I can say that hasnt been said by the others. I wish you didnt write so well sometimes! As I read your blog I could feel the quiet saddness you feel. Kenny is wherever you believe he is now. Love Cleva xxx

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TINYC887 3/31/2010 4:20AM

    I'm sorry about your loss. It's so hard to lose someone but hang on to the memories.

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KBUCKMASH 3/31/2010 1:43AM

    My condolences to you and your brother. You said you have been missing your parents. It is natural to miss those that have left us to be missed at the of another passing. You also said you were glad your parents didn't have to know about this, but I believe they knew before you. They were there to welcome him into their world. Be happy for all of them. Say a prayer and ask that the bond you and Kenny had when younger will continue. If you do not already have a guardian angel, am sure he would love to be yours.
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KRITTERKEEPERS 3/31/2010 1:18AM

    Chris, I am sorry for your loss. I recently lost a cousin who was more like a brother to me because he lived with us for a year when I was in the third grade. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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MARY1313 3/30/2010 11:53PM

    Oh sweet Chris! My heart just aches for you. I am like you, I guess, I now only have one brother left. Parents are gone too. I will keep you in my prayers my friend. I know there are no words I can say that will take your pain away, but just know you have lots of friends here that love you and look to see where you've been every day. I believe family takes place in the heart too, just like the other poster said.



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JJJ510 3/30/2010 11:35PM

    My condolences also... emoticon

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GRNISHADE 3/30/2010 11:10PM

    Family is in the heart, not the veins... How hard to lose your parents so close to each other, and now your brother, and yes, I do believe he is your brother. I wanted to share a quote that a very dear friend shared with me when my father passed:

"They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are"
~ St. John Chrysostom

You are in my prayers...

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BUNNYSPAL 3/30/2010 10:30PM

    Family doesn't always have the same blood. My only grandparent was my mom's stepmother and blood didn't matter. I am sorry for your loss. It was good that you did get to see him and share that picture. Keep him in your heart and hold on to your memories.


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LMB-ESQ 3/30/2010 10:20PM

    emoticon Chris, I am so sorry for your loss. I have no doubt that Kenny was as close to you as any blood brother could have been. Please accept my condolences.

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