"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter!

The radio reports that it's colder this Easter Day than it was on Christmas Day. We've certainly got more snow on the ground than we did on the 25th of December!

But inside our little church, it looked just like springtime!

We passed a quiet Easter Eve here at the Lodge. I sat in the sun room for a nice long while, reading an almost week-old Sunday Times from London and listening to my well-worn cd of Handel's Messiah on the Bose. I know, I know--it has a Christmas-y association. In fact, it was created and originally performed as an Easter oratorio. So there!

In the afternoon the Chap made a run to the Dump and returned via the video store with a couple of DVD's. I did some indoor gardening, messing about with trowels and potting soil, re-potting a few plants. He took the girls for a walk and muddied their paws, which he cleaned wonderfully well before bringing them back into the house.

In the late afternoon we settled down to watch Charlotte's Web. I was a puddle of tears the instant I saw that runty piglet Wilbur, and for much of the rest of the film. In addition to the beautifully trained animals, delightful celebrity voices, and indecipherable CGI work, the greatest magic of all was making Australia look so much like Maine--in every season of the year! A lovely treatment of one of my favourite children's stories.

After our pizza supper, the Chap made a nice big fire in the downstairs sitting room (is it really April?) and we watched Volver, also very enjoyable. (It didn't make me cry.)

This holy day is blustery, mostly grey, with the occasional flurry. We have plenty of Easter basket chocolate around to cheer us up, and some hot cross buns handed out at church. Also a pot of blooming daffodils, as seen in the photo above, because we donated to the Easter Flower Fund for altar decorations.

Tonight's dinner menu is predicated on the question, "What would Jesus eat?"

I'll be making Hummus Kawarmah: diced cooked lamb on hummus with pine nuts, accompanied by pita bread. Actually it's a Lebanese dish--geographically speaking, practically the same neighbourhood!

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