Spring to Easter

The topics this week are about getting out of the house since it is Spring, or to talk about Easter. Since this will be posting on Good Friday, I will go for both.

I am generally not an outdoorsy person but I do enjoy beautiful scenery. I always enjoyed going to the ocean, (or bay), when I lived near the Atlantic coast and I have always wanted to go to an island somewhere. I enjoyed walking among Indian ruins or interesting terrain when I visited Arizona a few times and when we lived in Colorado, we were always on the road into the mountains or to large lakes. I love a beautiful park anywhere.

This was not a harsh Winter here until the end and then it hit hard. I could not wait to see flowers this year and I have not been disappointed! We have a great number of blooming pear trees in the area and I have never seen a show of flowers on them like there is this year. The redbuds are just beginning to bloom; the dogwoods and crabapples will be next. Unfortunately, my big mimosas will not.

When I was a child in Northern Virginia the woman next door to us had a mimosa tree. It was very rare for the area. Of course, it is too cold out West for them, so when we moved into N. Central Kentucky 22 years ago and found a house with a large mimosa tree, I was very pleased.

That one died a few years later but mimosas put out an incredible amount of seeds and they love the soil here. We could have a forest of mimosas instead of a yard within a few years if we let them grow. We did let two more grow along the driveway and they made a beautiful canopy over it in the Summer. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds gathered to the flowers. The former neighbor with the mimosa tree also had a large honeysuckle vine growing over the fence that bordered our yards and I planted one over mine here.(Honeysuckles don’t grow out West, either.) On hot, humid nights, I smelled my childhood again.

Alas! The two previous harsh Winters knocked the mimosas out, one-two, and they need to come down. It is hard to see them go, but we have to get rid of the dead wood. The branches breaking and the trunks are damaged. They aren’t doing the birds, bees and butterflies any good…and they are dangerous. We’ll plant there, but probably not mimosas.

Isn’t that what Lent and Easter are all about, examining and cutting out our ‘dead wood’ and renewing our lives by replacing it with new growth?

Jokes always fly about Catholics and what they give up for Lent. What most don’t understand, (even some Catholics), is that it was not only meant as a sacrifice to join in Christ’s, but to bring a self-awareness of one’s life and habits, a chance to ‘cut dead wood’. Also, it is a chance to practice charity, as the money otherwise spent on chocolate, movies, nights out, (whatever was ‘given-up’), should be given to the poor.

In the past half century or so, more emphasis has been given to ‘taking on’ rather than ‘giving up’ for Lent, but that is not a new idea. Most Christian churches have always had extra services and devotions before and around Easter, none more than the Catholic church. It is truly a shame that devotions, service to one’s fellow man, or even sacrifice to self is on the decline among Catholics and all Christians.

I have been ‘cutting dead wood’ in making my house clearer so that all can bloom in it. I have been giving up on unused or idle projects and their equipment. The family is experiencing many changes and I will have to adjust to the ‘seasons’ of it myself, or go the way of my mimosas, which could not change.

And I do hope to get out of the house and into the yard a bit, if these old joints co-operate. My poor flowerbeds are completely overgrown. I need more order there, too.

I wish all of you a Happy Easter and a wonderful Spring!

For fun, here is a picture of my aunt holding me, with my sister and brother.My mother is to the right.Our apartment can be seen as the two second-floor windows on the right. This was taken in Maryland, outside of Washington, DC.[Never mind how many years ago this was!]Scan_20160324 (2)

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About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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11 Responses to Spring to Easter

  1. Lovely post, Tonette 🙂

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  2. Joselyn says:

    Love the picture! I wish more people at our church wore Easter dresses. I love the bright colors and it reminds me of the new life we are given. but since Easter tends to be rather chilly here, most people wear black or wintery clothes.

    Spring does bring on a cleaning/purging feeling too. Maybe it’s from being cooped up in the house all winter.

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    I’ve always loved mimosas. We didn’t have any in our own yard (south east Louisiana) but there were evidently several around somewhere, because I remember them. Honeysuckle is one of my earliest memories — when we lived in the parsonage at Vineville Baptist Church in Macon GA, there was a fence along the back of the property and that fence was covered with honeysuckle.
    Yes, this is a good time of year to take stock — spiritually, and in every other way — and begin the new spring with a rebirth of focus and effort.

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    • People thought I was crazy to go actually looking for a honeysuckle to dig up to plant in my yard, but I love the smell and I have taught two generations how to get the nectar!

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      • jeff7salter says:

        It was not long ago that I demonstrated that nectar extraction to one of the grandkids. It’s pretty labor intensive for the amount of liquid produced, and they didn’t seem interested.
        As a kid, I loved it and imagined I was consuming gallons!

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      • Wow.I am surprised at their lack of interest.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        eh… it’s kids these days. If it doesn’t have batteries and a movie logo, they can’t be bothered.

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  4. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Love the picture! I remember when Easter meant new dresses. It’s always cold here, so we’d get new dress coats (every other year) and a new hat.
    I’ve never belonged to a church that requires its members to give things up for Lent, so the idea of taking things on seems more in line with what I’ve been taught. We usually take on an extra cause or two and have specific items we’re asked to bring to the service, and we’re encouraged to invite others to our services as well as to our homes to celebrate the holiday.
    Happy Easter to you!

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  5. This is one of my favorite pictures although t is not flattering to either my mother or my aunt; they were both better-looking.(Good thing my uncle saved it before either could destroy it!)
    Nothing wrong with a new had and coat!

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