Hello from Monday night, (which turned into a Tuesday morning post)

April 22, 2014

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When I was little, I would watch my aunt paint Easter eggs with her oils and tiny brushes. She’d have a small posy of some lovelies, usually violets and primroses, and she’d paint them on the eggs. That’s where I got the idea for the usual eggs I tend to paint, but this year, with R being here for Easter, newly painted eggs, (and more frequent posts), have kinda gone out the window. But I still wanted to commemorate Easter, and remembered that my grandmother and I would dye eggs naturally by boiling them with onion skins.

I looked in the fridge and I had only five white eggs, (the rest were brown), so decided to see what I could do with the five, thinking there really is very little point to dyeing brown eggs…well…brown.

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Whadaya think? I love them. Now we have five lovely hard boiled eggs, but they’re too pretty to eat. πŸ˜€

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Speaking of R, I wrote a list of things which need doing with his help. I called it The Master List. R said I should call it The Make Robbie A Slave List. πŸ™ But he actually is such a great help and encouraged me to get together a list of the jobs we need to do around here. Sometimes it’s hard living in two countries.

I remember seeing a documentary about Carol Shields and remember being so moved by her message. She said that, life to her, seems like a flight. A flight of a bird who comes form darkness and flies into a vast cathedral of bright lights and colours and stained glass reflections and magical things, and then, flies out into darkness again. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a bird fly beside you thru that experience?

Life is so much better for me when R and I are together in the same place at the same time.

Although we’re slowly getting thru The Slave/Master list, there is a second, personal list of things to achieve art wise before the art show, and R doesn’t even know the whole extent of that, and I’m allowing this second list to build up stress and worry…but I think I do this to myself…you know, impose deadlines and restrictions and expectations. I know that it keeps me motivated but at the price of what all that cortisol is doing. I must find a better way to manage my though processes.

But sometimes I have results…

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…and sometimes I make the dumbest mistakes…lol.

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Today, we spent a ridiculous amount of money on pressure treated lumber to replace some rotten planks in the front stairs and build a pergola on the east side of the garden.

Robbie replaced the planks and I dug pergola post holes. Morgan supervised as usual.

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Each evening, R and I look at The Master List, (which has not yet been renamed), and cross a thing of two off.

It’s such a good feeling. πŸ˜€

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Now, hopefully, if my service provider is behaving itself, as I hit publish, this post will actually publish. πŸ˜€

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  • Reply Heather April 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I love your Easter eggs! How did you get the leaves to stick on?

    • Reply Veronica April 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Well, short version: They usually are held on with cheesecloth and a bit of string, but since I was out of cheesecloth, I wrapped the eggs in a bit of paper towel and an elastic band. πŸ˜€ It worked!

  • Reply Molly April 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I’ve been hanging out here so long you published a new post since I started reading!
    We’ve done this by cutting an old nylon stocking into ‘tubes’ and knotting the eggs and leaves inside.
    I’ve only ever used brown eggs though (white are hard to come by here) so the contrast hasn’t been as good. Yours are gorgeous.

    • Reply Veronica April 23, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Lol, I’ve had the worst time of it lately with the provider and having to rewrite the darn thing three times. πŸ™ (They get overloaded or have an issue. Last one was a hacker.)

      Old nylons are a brilliant idea! And I tend to think that brown eggs are healthier than white ones, (white ones reminding me of battery cage hens), which of course is absolute nonsense; especially if they’re organic…but there you go, prejudices live on in me. πŸ˜€

  • Reply daryledelstein April 22, 2014 at 8:56 am

    once again i am coveting a ring … can i commission one????????????

    • Reply Veronica April 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

      Oh Daryl, I’m SUCH an amateur at this…lol. What kind of ring would you like? (I just spelled ring wring…lol…probably wringing my hands together in my mind’s eye even contemplating making a ring for you.) X

  • Reply Renee April 22, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Busy! The brown eggs are wonderful! I really like your ring too! R sounds like a very handy and helpful guy! Living in two countries must be very difficult!

    • Reply Veronica April 23, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Hi Renee, I’m trying to get as much family time for us as possible these days and, unfortunately, that leaves less time for other things. It’s not the easiest way to keep a relationship together πŸ™ But so far so good. popping on my way over to catch up with you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply mysoulfulhome April 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Have missed you! Glad u 2 r together… Love the bird & the bird idea. Here is to crossing off and getting on…xx

    • Reply Veronica April 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Aw, thank you so much Kelly. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Ida P. Krause April 23, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Sounds like you have weeks like mine where you seem so busy you barely have time to breath. Loved the bird ring. Morgan does an awesome job of supervising and your eggs were so pretty and elegant looking.

    • Reply Veronica April 24, 2014 at 5:34 am

      Thank you so much Ida. Oh boy, oh boy, some weeks are like that, aren’t they?

  • Reply Helen Vaughan April 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    i love how your eggs turned out!!! x x x

    • Reply Veronica April 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thank you so much Helen. πŸ˜€

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