Sunday, April 26, 2009


Wonder how we spent our weekend????

Having a "SUPER SATURDAY!!!"

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wet Monday!

Well, I have to admit it was fun!
Wet Monday turned out to be exactly that...
I tried to stay dry.
But they were waiting and plotting.

CRAZY kids!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter time in Poland

This morning we were surprised by a knock at our
door at 7:30 am.

Standing there was our neighbor from
across the hall and

she was carrying this lovely
dish with hand-painted eggs.

We've never really known too much about
olish Easter
so I decided to do a little bit of research.

Of course since Poland is definitely Catholic----
Easter begins with Ash Wednesday and Lent.
Pussy willows are collected prior to Holy Week,
the week between Palm Sunday and Easter, and are
brought to the church for a blessing.
Some of the older

generation believe that it is
good luck to eat

one of the buds of the pussy willow.
On the Saturday preceding Easter,
people are seen

everywhere taking their decorated
baskets to the church for

another symbolic blessing. This time
they take a sampling

of foods, similar to the one seen here.
This food remains

untouched until Easter morning.
The egg symbolizes new life.

The flowers painted on the egg stand for love
and charity. The bread is symbolic
of Christ---
the bread of life,
and the sausage is representative

of the changes in the old law that occurred
at the advent of Christ.

Before the Easter breakfast, it is common
to cut wedges of
the hardboiled eggs and
share them with loved ones.

As you do so, you wish them health and

for the rest of the year.

Easter mass is celebrated on Sunday morning.
Today, the bells
pealed for 30 minutes and the priests and
congregation circled the church three times.
One of the most fun traditions is "Wet Monday".
This is the day following Easter when
everyone looks for a reason to sprinkle (or douse)
water on each other. I'm not sure where this
tradition started (or why), but I'll probably
be sure and stay home tomorrow. Some say that
you will have good luck if you are sprinkled,
but I think I'll take my chances.

Friday, April 10, 2009

You're Never Too Old

Last year I could only find brown eggs to dye for Easter.
They all turned out pretty much the same
color that they started.
This year I found some white eggs!
(I don't know where they hide those all year long.)

But I couldn't find any egg dye
to put on those lovely white eggs.

But they got decorated just the same.

Some traditions have to be kept...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Big Decision

After lengthy moments of
agonizing, twisting,
turning, preening,
analyzing, gazing,

and seeking the opinions of
total strangers.....
the decision was finally made.
These are the sunglasses for 2009!

We're just grateful there is enough
sunshine to require these gems!