Easter Egg Tree, Spring, and Allergies.
Good Wednesday, all. Achoo!

April meant I needed to change my Christmas tree to an Easter egg tree.

For the past few weeks folks around me have been sneezing, wiping their eyes, and blowing their noses. I am of the coughing crowd. Could these have anything to do with reactions?

Irises always make me ready for Easter!

Can you say Easter basket? Mine had colored eggs and lots of chocolate. Yes, I wore the ears in the basket most of the afternoon!

Easter ham is traditional in a lot of homes, but what about veggie kabobs? The ones below were yummy! Grilling for Easter seems like a good tradition, as long as the weather is warm enough. Sunday was shirt-sleeve weather.

We have had such warm weather many flowers have bloomed before their time. Have you ever tried to write a book and realized that book's time had not come? Were you stuck because you weren't ready to write that book?

I started one that I wasn't ready to finish. Actually, I have started plenty on a wild hare/hair (snicker). I later finished several of them after years and now need to work on a particular one.

One of the books I finished years after I started it was Haunting Refrain. When the time was right, I went back to it and wrote and cried a lot. My parents had both passed away within a year and I had separated from my husband of thirty-three years during that time. I needed to grieve, and I realized my characters had grieving to do, too. William, the hero, had so little experience with love that he couldn't risk losing the love of Sarah, his best friend, and her parents. I learned why his parents couldn't show him the love a little boy needed. He could heal then.

If you haven't read Haunting Refrain, make a comment and I'll give you a coupon code for it. This month the price will go back to 2.99, so here's your chance to save big!

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Did you do anything for Easter? Do you have Easter traditions that might seem odd? Have you started a book and realized the time wasn't right?


  1. Judy // April 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM  

    itchy eyes...that's how I react to Spring, but I love all the flowers, the grass, the tender green leaves. And no Easter is complete without a chocolate bunny of any size...

  2. Mary Marvella // April 11, 2012 at 1:41 PM  

    I agree, Judy! Need my flowers and need my chocolate bunnies!

  3. Mary Ricksen // April 11, 2012 at 4:15 PM  

    Easter egg tree, what a great idea! LOL I have no allergies, just cravings!

  4. Scarlet Pumpernickel // April 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM  

    MM, I have an Easter Egg tree at school, but this year I was so busy I forgot to pull it out. Come to think of it, I might have given it to one of my students last year. Easter was a beautiful day here in our neck of the woods. We grilled out. Didn't have a crowd, just the three of us, but it was nice. Yes, I've started several stories only to push them to the back burner. Some of them languished for nearly 10 years while I worked my way through my children's two wedding and then two divorces and the birth of a grandchild.Now I am trying to recover those projects and get to working finishing or polishing them.

  5. Mona Risk // April 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM  

    I am here, Mary. Wouldn't dare missing being here. For Easter, I cooked and cooked, colored eggs with the kids, went to Church, and received the family.

  6. Autumn Jordon // April 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

    An Easter Egg tree. How fun. Our Easter was nice as long as you were in the sun and the breeze stopped.

    Your pictures are pretty. I love Iris. Are those from this year?

    Congrats on the new release, lady. It's sounds like it's filled with emotion.

  7. Mary Marvella // April 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM  

    Hey, Mary! You should try the tree!

    I think I'll buy plastic eggs when they reach 75% off and use those next year. The egg lights were bought at 85% off.

  8. Mary Marvella // April 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM  

    Rescue those old stories and finish them, Scarlet!

  9. Mary Marvella // April 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM  

    Hi, Mona! I know your family had an eggstraordinary Easter! Being together was a good start.

  10. Mary Marvella // April 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM  

    Autumn, the photos of the irises were taken Easter. Yes that is an emotional story. I hope it speaks to you.

  11. Nightingale // April 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM  

    Beautiful photos. I spent Easter with my characters, but after your post, I think that perhaps their time isn't yet right. If anyone hasn't read Haunting Refrain I can recommend it as a powerful and sometimes amusing read.

  12. Beth Trissel // April 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM  

    Beautiful post, MM, and I'm gonna get your new title--sounds fantastic.

  13. Josie // April 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM  

    This is a great post and I love the idea of an Easter egg tree. Our weather in SC has been beautiful lately ,too.