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By Ida Lorraine, Wright , Bonnyville, Alberta
I was so happy to read Alfred Opp's letter about
seeding the grass for Easter baskets. Other than my
own family, I had not heard of anyone doing this.
My sister and I still do this, one time I got wheat
from an organic bakery and then I got a bunch of oats
from a farmer but I have never actually used grass
seed. I also always plant it too early so its gets
so long it lays down. My ancestors came from Tarutino
in Bessarabia. One time when I was about 5 and not
knowing what selfish meant I put out a big cardboard
box for Easter eggs --- to teach me a lesson I got
one egg. I remember finding a path of broken eggs
shells in the yard which was the Easter bunny tracks
leading to the fence and then disappearing.
My mother must have saved up shells all winter to
do this. For Easter Sunday church service we all had
to have new clothes. I know Mother used to do special
baking but I can't remember anymore what it looked
like. I do remember that she made a coating of bread
dough on the ham and baked it like that. That was
In regards to the mist, I can't remember my parents
talking about making heating logs (?) but I do remember
Mother telling me that they used to put a large container
in the middle of the pile of mist and the hot temperature
inside the pile would keep the water warm while they
dyed wool, yarn or cloth.
So nice to hear these memories.
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