Thursday was sunny and warm enough to open the windows for the cats. I was really hoping the weather would stablize for a little bit, but no, while Friday was about the same that night it got very windy and cold again, Still, it’s slowly getting better. It will be at least 60F/15.5C for Easter Sunday. I went to Trader Joe’s for some shopping and they had the cut daffodils for a dollar and a half a bunch they get in every spring. It’s about as un-envirinmental as you can get, bringing cut flowers from Ireland, but they are always unopened so they last for aweek or more, they are so affordable and so cheerful, I buy them anyway. I am tired of living surrounded by people who spray pesticide everywhere, smoke like chimneys, create mountains of garbage and are too ignorant to care about the quality of the air they breath or the water they drink. So I buy them. That jet would be flying from Ireland anyway and I need cheering up.
Charli was very put out when I shut her window perch last night but the furnace started racketing on tin the night and continued this morning. It will not get past the forties today. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. I didn’t have time to do much for Easter this year. Usually I at least color some eggs, since it’s easy fun and I lke hard boiled eggs and egg salad. But I had no chance to get out to the farm and I don’t like commercial eggs. I really had no time for dyeing either. I did pick up a bottle of sparkling wine so I could have it with Easter brunch. Even with no eggs I can still come up with something for a nice brunch.
Spring is when I start my regimen to shed winter pounds, so no chocolate, either. Besides, most American chocolate is lousy, it should be called sugar, not chocolate. I don’t eat that much chocolate anyway, so I usually get mine from Europe. I like Belgian chocolate. One I like is Neuhaus which has an interesting history. Neuhaus was invented over 150 years ago. Jean Neuhaus was an apothcary who started covering his medicines in chocolate in order to mask their unpleasant taste. In 1912, Neuhaus invented the praline, which has become one of the most popular forms of chocolate. Pralines consist of a hard chocolate shell with a softer filling. Today, you can still taste pralines made according to the original recipe but you have to go to the original 1857 store in Brussels. Now there’s an item for my bucket list!
One brand that is more easily available for me here in the United States is Guylian. They are best known for their sea shell shaped pralines. I first encountered them through a program called Project Seahorse. I was sent a message by a friend who knows I love seahorses (and ocean creatures in general) that if I bought a box of their chocolate seahorses a donation would go to the project. It was a win/win because the chocolate was very good. Guylian has continued to be their major sustaining sponsor of since 1999.
Project Seahorse is a non-profit devoted to saving the marine environment by focusing on seahorses as a bellweather species. In case you don’t know, bellwether species, also called indicator species, are seen as early warning signs of environmental damage and ecosystem change. So even if I had bought chocolate for Easter, there would not have been any chocolate bunnies. There would still have been no eggs. Instead I would have had Easter seahorses from Guylian and perhaps offset my un-environmental daffodils with a bit of help to the oceans of the world.
If you observe Easter, please celebrate with joy and if not, I hope you will enjoy your day nonetheless.