Thursday, April 2, 2015

We’re all ears!

Come on by and tell us if you have any Easter bunny traditions.  There’s something about this time of year when there’s the barest suggestion of color and growth in our part of the world. We're desperate for signs of life. For brightness. We need flowers. 

We need bunnies and, of course, we always need chocolate.

Naturally we’re hoping the bunny brings all of us lots. We hear chocolate has many, many health benefits.

These ones look like they're planning an escape. Good luck with that, rabbits!

Have we mentioned that we believe that the ears are the best part? Full of vitamins.

After that it’s all pretty much of a much.

It cheers us up to get the bunny ears out and to put some flowers around the place, even though the local tulips won’t be seen for another five or six weeks. As they say, fake it till you make it. 

Even the dogs are in on the act. 

Peachy always looks like she's auditioning for one of Shakespeare's tragedies. Don't be fooled.

No chocolate for them, but they will get some treats, unless they chase the Easter bunny out of the yard.  We don't advise you to try this with cats.

Daisy and Lily know there\s a treat coming. Well, there'd better be.

Oh yes, we do know we're being silly. But we just survived a five-day turnaround for our copy-edits of The Marsh Madness (our fourth book collector mystery) and that left us kind of punchy.  Now we need fun. It would be dangerous to try and stop us.

So be kind. And bring chocolate. 

And we wish you a 

Don’t forget to tell us what fun or lovely family (includes pets!) things you’re planning.


Unknown said...

No particular planned traditions to continue, and, your comments evoked a fond childhood memory. We would go to my father's parents late Easter morning to hunt for eggs outdoors and to display our Spring-Easter finery and bonnets. That was okay with me and a bit boring to be honest. I smiled through it all. Then, the best part: my grandmother had a nanny goat and on Easter Sunday, I was allowed to feed the kids with a bottle. That's where my smiles were genuine, and, the memory that was a "sugar rush" from your post. Thank you! Whatever your holiday, writer or reader, may it create great memories!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thank you, Zena! I love your memory about the feeding the 'kids'. I wish there had been kids in my childhood. We have them now in our village at the Saturday market and they are adorable.

Thanks for coming by. Happy Easter!

Karen in Ohio said...

Your pug looks more Playboy bunny than Easter bunny! Very vavavoom, with those black satin ears.

I'm the oldest of four, and since we were always off school for the week after Easter, I was often the babysitter while my mom worked. We had Easter egg hunts all day long, good preparation for having three kids!

My mother was not amused, though, when she found the source for an overwhelming odor--a forgotten egg under the couch. Oops.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

OMG, these are the cutest photos ever!!! Yes, Peachy does a look a bit "tragic" but Daisy and Lily are rockin' those rabbit ears!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

LOL, Karen, that was indeed the leftover Halloween costume (Playboy bunny). Vavavoom indeed. We may have been recycling. The doxies are authentic though. I love the story about the leftover egg, but am glad it didn't happen here.

Have a lovely Easter.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Mary! It's sometimes a wee bit silly around here. Do attempt with your strong-minded kitties.


Connie Correll said...

Nothing specific, however when our son came home from college with 3 of his friends the Easter Bunnie did come to the front yard. What a hoot watching these BIG kids run around looking for eggs!

Unknown said...

Being silly and having fun is what keeps us all young (well...younger, anyway). I remember a few years when we had rain on Easter, so my parents hid eggs around the house. Some years we asked my parents to re-hid eggs so we could hunt longer. But they made sure to count the number of eggs they hid (even when we did it outside) and no one was allowed to stop until EVERY ONE of those eggs were found.

Hope you all have a happy Easter - and give Peachy and girls hugs from me!

Grandma Cootie said...

Peachy is using the sympathy approach, rather than the defiant approach some Pugs we know use. Daisy and Lily look like actors - okay I did the shot, now give me the treat.

When my son was about 2 years old we stood in a long, long line at the mall to see the Easter Bunny. When we finally climbed the stairs to the platform, he took a sideways peek and walked across and down the stairs on the other side. Not having anything to do with that giant bunny.

Now that we have no little ones close we try hard to keep the candy basket very small - but you're right, the ears are the best.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We have soooo much in common, GC! Hugs and happy Easter.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Connie, I just LOVE this story about the big kids and the eggs. But who wouldn't want to do that?


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Lynda! I love that story. And there's nothing worse than the month old egg.


Anonymous said...

I agree that the ears taste best, but why? The chocolate is the same!

I can just hear the dialogue the dogs have with each other: "O.K., here comes Mom again with a silly costume." "Do we have to let her put them on us?" "At least you got sparkly ears instead of looking like a Playboy Bunny!" "Oh well, we'll get treats so just pose and get it over with." "They look goofy too so I guess it's fine." Cordella

Mary Jane Maffini said...

That's exactly what it sounds like around here, Cordella. Of course, the words are in 'dgo', but we speak that and I see you do too.

I don't understand why the ears taste best, but it is a fact.