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The Week Flew By

Yesterday when I got home from a day-long seminar on Heirloom Feathers (a follow up to another one earlier in the week on making quilts from Heirloom linens), with Cindy Needham, well-known expert and instructor, (that’s Cindy giving us an extra demo during lunch on how to do beading embellishments while on an airplane)


I found a huge bouquet of flowers from my sister and her husband, who had been house guests this week. It’s one of those gorgeous days we have a few of in Spring, warm and sunny, not too hot, and oh, this bouquet looks like Spring. Arriving home and finding this gorgeous bouquet just made my heart laugh. Can you see the Easter Bunny? We had time to walk and talk, to laugh and share stories, and we were able to take them to Five Sisters. We hope they come back soon 🙂


We’ve had a busy week. AdventureMan is getting ready for the big Expo and garden sale in May, we expect our next set of house guests tomorrow morning, and meanwhile, we have our normal daily busy lives to follow. Tonight we meet up with friends we love, people who spend their lives doing good for others, and with whom we always have great conversations, and tomorrow, early, we pick up the house guests, get them settled in, and share an Easter banquet with them, and with our son, his wife, our sweet little grandson and her mother and her husband.

I found a wonderful new Spring salad recipe to share with you 🙂 Very easy, very good:

Spring Asparagus Salad

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons peanut oil

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 1/2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

1. Whisk together the rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, and mustard. Drizzle in the peanut oil and sesame oil while whisking vigorously to emulsify. Set aside.

2. Bring a pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. Add the asparagus to the water and cook 3 to 5 minutes until just tender, but still mostly firm. Remove and rinse under cold water to stop from cooking any further.

3. Place the asparagus in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the asparagus. Toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.

Tomorrow is our happiest of holidays, the day that sin and death are defeated and HOPE for all mankind is welcomed joyfully into the world. Happy Easter, my friends.

March 30, 2013 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cooking, Cultural, Easter, Family Issues, Florida, Food, Friends & Friendship, Gardens, Living Conditions, Pensacola


  1. Happy Easter to you and the family , I have always wondered if Easter is a memorial of death , then how can we say happy easter , but i can see why from the point of view of a christian ,from the last two lines of your post .

    Comment by Daggero | March 30, 2013 | Reply

  2. Daggero, it does get complicated, doesn’t it? I tell my Christian friends we have more in common with Moslems than with non-believers, but the death and resurrection of Jesus are a sticking point, aren’t they?

    We believe that God, knowing we are human, and flawed, knew we could never fully obey the law and never be holy enough to be in his presence. We believe he sent his son, who is a part of himself, to be with us, to show us what ‘holy’ looks like, and to be the one perfect man who would die, like a sacrificial lamb, for the sins of all mankind. That does not leave us unaccountable for our sins, but it means we have a friend at the right hand of God. Aha. It means we have the biggest wasta. There is no way we can deserve Paradise, but we have a friend we believe will get us in in spite of our unworthiness.

    It doesn’t have to make sense. That’s why it’s called faith 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 30, 2013 | Reply

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