I loved Easter baskets when I was a kid. I also enjoyed the tradition of getting decked out in a new outfit for church on Easter Sunday. That is what Easter meant to me for many years and it is probably what I passed on to my daughter.
Although I, in my own way, observe Lent, I'm not even sure I will attend church on Easter. Perhaps Maundy Thursday or Good Friday. I have been seriously struggling with my church relationship and spirituality. My little church has been involved in a sex abuse scandal for several years and there has been a sort of frantic attempt to close ranks that actually became a house divided. There are those who refuse to accept reality and those who are appalled that it was allowed to happen when there was clear evidence that an unhealthy situation existed. Local cases remain in the hands of authorities waiting for the local DA to determine if he wants a trial. Meanwhile, the perpetrator has been banished from the church in the area where he now lives and is getting older every day. I sometimes wonder if the local thinking is if we let it go long enough he will pass away and we don't have to bring the scandal home. I seldom go to church anymore.
So, no need to get new clothes for dressing up - not that I did that anyway as an adult. However! I think I will make myself an Easter basket. I may even dye eggs. I think there is a farm around here that sells the Martha Stewart colored eggs. Perhaps a collection of those?
Having learned recently that a neighbor of mine is raising chickens and having read so much about how wonderful a truly fresh egg can be, I've wondered about raising chickens. I wasn't looking for that information as I looked for a photo of the naturally colored eggs but I found this great blog that is all about chickens.
The photo above is from poultry blog since Google didn't cough up a legitimate photo of Martha's eggs. The kindness extended, though, to a full page of Martha Stewart links to decorating eggs like these:
Don't you like the edgy look of these? I wanted to say non-traditional.
Here's the link:
I think I will sign off since Blogger keeps telling my attempt to save has failed. I haven't tried until now. Let's see how that goes.
I hope you and those you love find all the best eggs.
HAVE A VERY HAPPY EASTER!