Well, Peep Saturday has been sort of a bust. Did you know that peeps don’t hold up well in pouring rain? Huh. Who would have thought. The other reason I wasn’t able to really put myself into peep art, heart and soul, was that I had a higher calling today.
You know how I’ve mentioned that this is a lovely historic neighborhood here, The Old Northeast area of St. Petersburg? We have a strong neighborhood association that insures architectural integrity and promotes all variety of fun and good works. A lot of energy goes into things like the Christmas candlelight tour and the garden stroll and then funds raised from those events are donated to causes like Family Village and Tampa Bay Watch. Recently we also used some of the proceeds from the Candlelight Tour to put up attractive “acorn” street lights that are in keeping with the age of the neighborhood. Today was the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Coffee Pot Bayou Park, sponsored by one of the local real estate companies and organized and run by the same group of women (this event in particular is the inspiration of Cynthia, one of the first women to befriend me a few years ago) who go to yoga together, garden together and help keep the neighborhood association on track. Back in Ann Arbor we had a neighborhood association that made me crazy with their constant busy body-ness and mountain out of molehill type behavior. This group here is a fun-loving lot who epitomize the very best attributes of volunteerism.
About a week ago some of us met to stuff well over a thousand eggs with goodies. This morning early, before the rain set in for the day, we met at the park and hid all those eggs plus as many other little treats and treasures around the park. About ten minutes before 10 am, families began to arrive and sat along the seawall until the children were given the signal to go. The signal was the arrival of the Easter Bunny himself and with that they were off and running. An effort of countless hours was done and over in less than ten minutes but I have to say, it was worth every second. Most of the children were dressed up in their Easter best and so many of them were little tots- it was just great.
The rain held off until just after the egg hunt and it’s been gray and steady rain ever since. It’s made for a relatively quiet afternoon and tomorrow we’ll have just a couple friends and Abby and Misha for Easter dinner. We ordered our ham from Honey Bear back in Chicago and they shipped it down in a cold pack for us. This is not the same as Honey Baked ham; that pales in comparison to this fine ham from a small specialty store near the old meat packing district. The rest of the meal will be Pommes Anna, spinach pie, golden pennies (do you have those sliced baby carrots for Easter?) and a baby lettuce salad from the earth boxes out back. Pineapple upside down cake for dessert.
Hopefully, the weather will be clear enough for us to walk down to the sunrise service at the bay early in the morning. I hope you have a wonderful day, sans rain or snow and with your loved ones. Happy Easter.