Old Pipes and Easter

April 7, 2007

Most project-type crises around our place seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Not that any time is really a good time for a crisis, and not that we really have big plans for Easter, but it is a cooking holiday nonetheless. Determined not to call a plumber right off the bat, particularly on holiday weekend dollars, Willi and Cali are fast at work on the kitchen sink. Most projects we begin this way end up far larger than we bargained for, mainly because one problem generally leads to another due to the age of this house and its innards. I can relate since the house and me are about the same age.


Easter seems to be kind of a non-holiday these days. All of our kids are past the age for egg hunts and baskets, and we do not have any grandbabies. Back in the day it was a pretty big deal. What seemed like HUGE Easter baskets would sit on the mantel ready to be devoured when we got up. My mom was great at filling them. I especially remember those little wax pop bottles filled with some kind of juice, egg shaped malted milk candies, and lots and lots of chocolate. Oh, and there were Pez, too. My mom would put dinner in the oven before church so that it would be ready when we got home. The smell of dinner would knock our socks off when we walked through the door. Everyone went to church; even my dad. And we were all dressed to the nines. I don’t remember much about church really except that as I got older the connection between Jesus and candy didn’t seem to make much sense. It still doesn’t.

How’s this for a bag of mixed emotions? This blurry picture was taken Easter Sunday after church with Gram. My son has it down pretty good, but Sarah is not the least bit interested in the bunny or the picture either one. I love this picture. Usually Josh was unhappy and Sarah had the pretty smile, but not so here. Thankfully, I don’t often see that look in the eyes of the strong young woman she has grown up to be.

Easter reminds me of the story of the Velveteen Rabbit; one of my favorites. I also remember one of the little neighbor girls, Stacy, telling me all about her skeeter baggit. She went on and on. Much of what she said I could not understand, but she talked and I listened just the same. A few days later I saw her mom and told her all about our lovely conversation, which turned out to be about her Easter basket. I still giggle when I think of it. I saw her just a few weeks ago with her dad and her son. He is getting ready for kindergarten. Time sure does go by. It seems like yesterday that Willi’s daughter and I were making bunny cakes. Now she’s in high school!

It looks as though we will be seeing a plumber the first of the week. That’s ok. After giving it a valiant effort, Willi is smoking ribs and Sarah is bringing plastic plates for our pre-Easter dinner. Not having running water in the kitchen is kinda sorta like camping. Well it’s not that the water isn’t running…it just doesn’t have anyplace to go! Oh, well. A few years from now this will be one of those Easter rememberings! Hope your day is a good one.


15 Responses to “Old Pipes and Easter”

  1. daddy d Says:

    There never is a good time for stuff to break down. Such a problem is at once tried to be solved and then get big help if needed. Good plan. Happy Easter.

  2. mjd Says:

    I sorry that you have plumbing woes. Other than your plumbing troubles, this is an especially wonderful post with pictures of your children. Even though she is not smiling, Sarah looks like a princess in the photo. Although he is very tired, Luke’s Bugs Road Runny sits in a closet about five feet from my computer desk. Ah the memories and there are more memories to come.

  3. Tod Says:

    Happy Easter Gawilli! I enjoyed reading about your families Easter plans back in the day. I didn’t really grow up in that kind of familiy so I always find this stuff a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing!

  4. dilling Says:

    happy camping easter!!!! these old houses can test us, can’t they?

  5. mjd Says:

    Here you are. Your new blogging home is beautiful.

  6. Susan Says:

    How fun to read about your Easter memories. I hope you made it though the day without having to worry about your plumbing…ugh!

    Hey! Welcome to your new home, I guess I should have brought you a housewarming gift. šŸ™‚

  7. gawilli Says:

    Daddy D – It’s always hard to make that call though, isn’t it?

    Mjd – Our plumbing woes have not been quite so bad and by noon today they should be all gone!

    Tod – Our Easter is somewhat different these days, but some traditions remain.

    Dilling – With this house it has been the old pipes mostly. But when it rains, it pours!

    Mjd and Susan, Glad you came by to visit. There are some definite improvements in ease of use, but I am still finding my way around. I kind of like it though. Thanks for coming around!

  8. Patsy Ann Says:

    Well, I have finially made it to your new home! Hope your Easter turned out to be a grand day. And today you get all of your plumbing problems fixed. I always thought that Easter was all about making memories! You have some wonderful ones.

  9. her indoors Says:

    nice new site hope you are settling in well. Happy Easter sorry to hear you got plumbing problems, hope its soon running freely again!

  10. gawilli Says:

    Patsy Ann! Easter was great and you are right about the memories. We made some good ones this year, too.

    Her Indoors, Thanks for the good thoughts. I am settling in well. The biggest issue I see now is that my photos are hosted on Blogger for next to 100 posts, so in order to shut Blogger down I have to move over all of those pictures or lose them. I haven’t quite figured that one out yet, but I sure am open for suggestions.

    I am also happy to say that The Plumber was here today and we now have running water AND a drain. He routed out 15 feet of pipe to get to the clog. No wonder we couldn’t get it. Additionally, he did some needed work in the basement so we very happy. That ought to do us for awhile. I hope.

  11. Big John Says:

    Welcome to WordPress. I like it . I hope that you do too. šŸ™‚

  12. Tink Says:

    You have to admit. That bunny is a little creepy looking. šŸ˜‰

    Skeeter Baggit! That is adorable. I love the way little kids say things.

    Happy belated Easter.

  13. gawilli Says:

    Big John…I’m getting used to it, but so far…so good. You seem to be doing pretty good with it!

    Tink – skeeter baggit is a favorite for me, and the bunny did look creepy. Besides that, I think kids have a sixth sense about things we adults look past.

  14. graymama Says:

    Your bunny cakes reminded me of the bunny rolls my gramms used to make every Easter. We would all watch her twist the dough into little bunnies and wait anxiously to taste the finished product.

    I hope the plumber has taken care of your pipes šŸ™‚

  15. deb Says:

    Love the pictures and the stories. I hope you got your sink fixed. It’s such a familiar story. My sink likes to be out of order for Thanksgiving. I have spent many a Turkey day with a bucket, tossing old water out the backdoor. It’s those times that I realize how I take those seemingly simple things for granted.

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