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Sunday, April 4, 2021

As Evening Falls on Easter

I have not been around the blogosphere today yet. That is my treat for this evening! It has been very active at church, and I was there since Holy Saturday at 7 p.m., with a trip back home to check on husband and pets and shower and drink something since I got very dehydrated. I wanted to attend as many Masses as possible, the Easter Vigil, and the special Rosaries we were saying long after midnight. 

Outside the building, wisteria is beginning to bloom! Its unmistakable scent mingled with the incense last night at the bonfire, and so today I went looking for it after noon Mass. 

As to our bonfire, even though it was very scaled down due to the wind, we got terrified for our Bishop, although he seemed unaware of his danger. But our padres, our altar servers, and our deacons kept him safe, each one grabbing at his loose vestments as the wind whipped them around near the flames. At one point a bunch of sparks flew out and hit him right in the chest, and we all cried out, "Wooooooo," and "Ooooo" and "Noooo!" but he continued on, unperturbed. 

spring wisteria blooms in the desert southwest


The wisteria was around the side of the church, climbing on a screen built to shield the air conditioners from sight. There was a huge golden bumblebee trundling about on the wisteria. It made me think of children finding the golden egg at Easter egg hunts. This golden bee was guzzling nectar and maybe loading up on nature's golden treat, pollen. I was so pleased to find this fine, fat bee, and the reason is at the end of the post!

golden orange bumblebee wisteria

golden orange rusty bumblebee wisteria blooms


I hope everyone has had a peaceful Easter. As I get older, that is my favorite wish for others: Peace in their hearts. I like to sit in the church when it's dark, and just feel the peace wash over me. The banks of votive candles shimmer in the gloom, and the sanctuary lamp (red tabernacle candle) burns steadily. Our cathedral is the only one in the area still open 24/7, a point of joy for our priests. 

sunlit wisteria against a blue sky

A few days ago, one of the priests mentioned to me that he thought a yellow dress would suit me for Easter. I was very surprised, but tickled at his idea. Yellow, shall we say, does not suit everyone, and I wondered where in the world he got that idea, as his color sense seems to be zero. I looked in vain for a modest yellow dress, locally and then online. But I found a pretty yellow blouse and paired it with a black skirt, and felt it made me look like a bee, ready for spring!

Kind regards,

Olde Dame Holly 

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  1. It sounds like you had a very blessed Easter.
    I love your big fat bee. It looks like it has found the Mother Lode. Blessings, GM

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  2. Yellow is such a happy colour. I was a little perturbed at the sound of the Bishop nearly catching on fire at the ceremony!

    Your mention of the big yellow bumble bee has just made me look up the little chap we saw in the garden yesterday, feeding from the Primroses (we have many many wild plants here) - it was a furry chap with a long spike of a proboscis which it used to feed with and is apparently a Dark-Edged Bee Fly.

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    1. The only flies I like are those little imitators like your Dark-Edged Bee Fly and our Hoverfly here! I love the wild Primroses - I have lived only one place where they grew wild, Whidbey Island, Washington state. That whole area was like a fairyland of sea and flowers.

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  3. P.S. Happy Easter . . . should have said that first.

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  4. the shades of color in that Wisteria...are beautiful. The bumble bee must have thought so too. Peace, yes we are in a world which needs more. Yellow is a pretty color, bright and springy like the Forsythia's and Dafoldils.

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  5. Holly, I love that you have a desire to feel peace right now at your age. I do as well, and that is one of the reasons I moved to the peaceful mountains. The wisteria is so pretty, and even prettier with a big fat bumble bee landing on it. Your yellow blouse sounds wonderful. Many years ago, I found a bright yellow Spring blouse, and I only wear it in the Summer when it's hot. But Yes, yellow in fashion can be nice sometimes. It sounds like you had a peaceful Easter, Holly. And all the Rosaries that were being said is special, indeed.

    Have a beautiful week.

    ~Sheri

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    1. That's what I wondered too, Holly. If it was the same deer family that I saw the second time. It could have been a different family though, as I'm told they road all around in these woods. : )

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  6. What a pretty and descriptive Post Title!!!!!

    I was "Feeling Yellow" this morning. And then, a blogger told info, about yellow. And now, you got a yellow blouse. I am really surrounded by yellow this morning!!!!!

    πŸ”†πŸŒΌπŸ’›πŸŒΌπŸŒŸπŸ”†

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    1. It's such a spring-y color, the clear yellow. When it's darkened, it makes me think of the harvest.

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  7. This was a lovely narrative of your Easter. I felt like I was there.

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  8. You were truly blessed on Easter. Thank you for taking the time to stop my by place to say hello.

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  9. You got a lot of blessings at Easter, dear. SO very glad you shared this with us. I can almost smell the beauty of the wisteria. Such a lovely fragrance. I'm sure you didn't look like a bee, but I AM sure you were blessed. Hope your Easter was as peaceful as you said it was.

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  10. Dear Dame, check with your local utility company, they too may have a program such as the one we have here. Their interest in the electric lines. This dagone old tree can take out 4 or 5 houses in any direction and knock out the power lines. Check into it. What they do is they have a list of contractors who work with the electric company, they come out give an estimate. If you decide they spread it out for 3 years, and add it to the electric bill, no interest no $ up front.

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    1. Thank you, Faith! Although if it falls, it will not be able to knock down the power lines. Maybe they will work with me anyway! I will check it out definitely.

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  11. Wisteria are so pretty...but I cut mine down since I had a VERY invasive variety. Cool bee :)

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    1. I didn't know they would be invasive! But I have seen some huge ones. I will never plant trumpet vine again, as they also are invasive, even in the desert.

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  12. I think of all the places I find peace. Perhaps I can go again, soon. Thank you for writing of it and being it.

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  13. What a lovely post, in both words and pictures.

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