Rainbows and Seedlings

April 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM 6 comments

I love almost everything weather-related. When I was little, I wanted to be a meteorologist. “Sebere” (aka severe) thunderstorm was one of my favorite phrases when I was a kid. Who am I kidding? It still is!

Last week, we experienced a number of short rain showers followed by beautiful sunshine. I love those springtime showers, even if the quick downpours are a bit pesky. Two of the rain shower days resulted in double rainbows right by our building. In fact, they actually ended in the street on either side of our building, so they basically arched over our building. I took pictures, but they’re through the screen window, which makes them kind of ugly. Speaking of photos, I’ve been lazy and haven’t updated my previous post with a photo of PW’s Apple Dumplings. I will do that soon. I really will.

In my defense, Sunday was a very busy day. We woke up relatively early and enjoyed a leisurely morning before getting ready for church. Before we left, we had an Easter “treat hunt” for Béni. I put 6 treats throughout the apartment and he ran around eating them. After the 3rd or 4th one, he realized that if he really tried to look around, he might find a prize, so he started sniffing under couch cushions and everything. It was super cute.

After we got ready, we attempted yet another on-post church for Easter Sunday. Unfortunately, we were disappointed. The people were friendly, but the service itself was uncomfortable and just kind of “meh.” In the opening prayer, the chaplain said “we salute you, Lord.” Talk about pulling me out of the moment! I didn’t follow the rest of the prayer, because all I could do was focus on that phrase. I’m constantly surrounded by military culture. Do I really need to hear “we salute you, Lord” at church? Oy. The order of the service was weird for me, and the sermon didn’t seem to have a main point. It also weirds me out when the chaplain asks if it’s anyone’s first time visiting the church. As a visitor or newcomer, who really wants to stand up in front of everyone and call attention to themselves? The people who did stand up were regular on-post church-goers who had brought guests and saw fit to introduce each one by name and relation to themselves.

After church, John and I made a late brunch of OJ, coffee, strawberries, cinnamon rolls and Scottish eggs. Scottish eggs were an Easter staple in my house growing up. They’re basically hardboiled eggs wrapped in sausage. Yum!

When we finished our Easter brunch, we headed outside to get to work on our raised vegetable and flower garden. I assisted and John did most of the “heavy lifting.” We built a 6.5 x 9 foot bed. Now we just need to get it positioned in the ground, get a garden cloth to cover the ground and fill it in with dirt. Our seedlings that we’re growing in a little greenhouse indoors are sprouting up like crazy, and we might even be able to get some of them in the ground before we go on leave. Otherwise, we’ll be looking for a plant sitter as well as a dog sitter!


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  • 1. Clare  |  April 6, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Wow, that service definitely sounds a little awkward.

    So funny that you grew up eating “Scottish eggs”. In England “Scotch” eggs are a staple for easter (they sell them year round but spring time is when I remember them most – picnics and such) – same thing. Hard boiled egg wrapped in pork/sausage meat and kind of breadcrumbed? I’ve only ever had store bought I think. Awesome that you were eating them in Texas, too!

    • 2. osarah  |  April 15, 2010 at 12:44 PM

      Wow! I’m so glad to know that. I will have ot pass that along to my mom – she’ll think it’s really cool that Scottsih/Scotch eggs are actually “something” in the UK!

  • 3. Satakieli  |  April 7, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Where are you putting your vegetable garden? I’d love to put one together but wasn’t sure if I’d be allowed to put it out the front of the apartments.

    • 4. osarah  |  April 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM

      We built the raised bed for them on the side of our building where we park the cars. Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I could have sworn I replied to this, but I guess I only replied in my imagination. Oops.

  • 5. Samantha  |  April 7, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    It sounds like you had a nice Easter, besides the church service. I’ve been to many on-base church services, and I never heard someone say “we salute you, Lord.” I’d be a little turned off, too.

    Your garden sounds wonferful! This being my first home, I’ve never really gardened before, and I’m trying to grow some herbs and onions, as well as a few flowers. We’ll see how it goes.

    Thank you for offering to share some recipes! I’d love to hear some good ones! It can be anything, we’re not real picky eaters (Well, I’m not. My husband can be sometimes, lol). E-mail me at change.of.pace@live.com when you get a chance!

    • 6. osarah  |  April 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM

      I’ll send you some receipes this evening. I just sent myself an email reminder. We’ll be backing for a week-long trip back to the States to see family, but I’m sure I can find some time to copy/paste some of our favorites. 🙂

      I’m glad to hear the “we salute you Lord” isn’t widespread in on-base/post chapels.

      Good luck with your garden!


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