It was just a bit nippy out there! 😀
I posted a video, taken from the cat food area, on my Instagram showing some of the branches blown into our yard, though a few of them were there from a previous blustery day. I took another video from the deer feeding area that I posted previously.
That was the only time any of us stepped outside today!
The wind actually managed to knock over some of the insulating foam we’ve got around the base of our house.
I can see the one bin being blown over, as it was empty, but the other had stuff in it to weigh it down. Plus, there were bricks holding up the foam.
It was the only area I had to fix, though.
I was holding the containers of deer feed when I took this photo. You see those seeds on the bin and the step below it? That was blown out from them, in just the few seconds it took me to get out my phone and take the photo!
I ended up not having to refill the cats’ food at all; I just got some of the snow out of what was already there, then refilled their water. Only Rolando Moon braved the winds to say hello, and take a few bites…
… and give my finger a gentle chomp, immediately after this shot was taken! 😀
The deer feeding area had only quick visits with deer, including one I didn’t recognize that came by, but didn’t go near the feed. The area is just too exposed to the wind, I think, and they were very skittish.
I first saw what I thought was Barbecue, running away from the feed, across the garden area. I’m pretty sure I saw Hungry Girl already ahead of him.
It turned out they were chased off, by two more deer I’ve never seen before!
This one dared come to the feed for only a few quick mouthfuls. I noticed the mark on its neck and, once the photos were uploaded, confirmed that it was indeed a scar.
It looks like there are antler buds on this one, too.
The other deer didn’t even get that close…
This second one started towards the house, but only a bit. Then they both ran off.
It wasn’t until I uploaded the photo that I saw the red mark on its inner leg. It looks like a fairly fresh wound.
This one also seems to have antler buds starting to show.
Happily, Hungry Girl and Barbecue did come back later, but only for quick visits. The area, however, was just full of redpolls, today, in spite of the winds! Those little guys sure do move quick!
We humans, on the other hand, stayed warm inside. Normally, we would have gone to church for Palm Sunday, but if it’s this windy by our house, the roads would be far worse. Instead, my daughters baked some more bread, since we were going through the last batch so quickly. I started a list of what we’ll need for our Easter baskets and prepared some recipes. The girls requested I bake a special bread I used to do regularly, when opportunity allowed. It’s very similar to challah, and I enjoy making pretty shapes with it for our basket.
Our Easter basket is based on the traditional Polish Easter baskets of my family’s tradition, which means it will be full of symbolic foods, plus a few token chocolates, if we happen to pick them up. The bread is the centerpiece, and of course, there are lots of eggs. We make sure to have both peeled and unpeeled eggs (no unnecessary work is to be done on Easter Sunday, including peeling eggs, if it can be avoided). One very non-traditional way of doing eggs we’ve decided to do again is pink pickled eggs. Those require 2-3 days to pickle in, among other things, beet juice. Sometimes we like to do herb and olive oil marinated goat cheese, but those need about a week to marinade, so it’s too late to do that this year. The basket will also include ham, kielbasa, butter, cheese, salt, horseradish (we’ll be buying that in a jar, this year) and a few other things.
I had asked my mother again about the horseradish growing here, and this time she told me where she’d last transplanted them.
Under the spruce tree, next to the house.
I tried to get her to be more precise as to which spruce tree she meant, since there are quite a few by the house, but I never did get a clear answer. She seemed to assume I would know exactly which tree she meant! 😀
Ah, well. We’ll see where it comes up and will know for next year!
We make sure to have the basket ready by the end of Good Friday, so it can be assembled and taken for blessing on Saturday. The contents are then used for our Easter brunch. It’s one of our favorite traditions, and I’m really looking forward to it.
This tradition is huge in Polish culture (shared in Ukrainian culture, too). I recall when our Polish priest had to finally retire for health reasons, and we got a new and younger priest that was… I don’t know, actually. Just “not Polish.” 😀 When Easter came around, he announced that there would be no blessing of the baskets. I don’t remember the exact explanation, but basically, it wasn’t “Catholic”, so it wasn’t going to be done.
Boy, did he have a revolt on his hands!
By the time the uproar was done, he was doing the basket blessings.
That priest didn’t last long. He was a very bitter man. I don’t know how he was ever ordained in the first place.
As far as I know, no priest assigned to this parish has ever tried to end the tradition of blessing of the baskets!