VIEW FROM THE PORCH: Memories of Easter’s past

With spring comes Easter. Always looked forward to having all the candy possible after the long, candy-less Lent.

Hung out my first load of laundry.

Won’t dry all the way but will save minimum half hour in the dryer.

Always remember my mom, how particular she was with hanging out laundry.

Sheets together, towels together.

I had the job of putting dad’s woolen socks on thin metal forms to keep their shape, size.

We had a huge wrap around porch, dad put up clothes lines on a pulley for drying clothes in the winter.

With spring comes Easter.

Always looked forward to having all the candy possible after the long, candy-less Lent.

Good Friday mom would not allow the radio or television or any singing, dancing.

Easter Sunday my sister and I wore new dresses, new shoes, new coats, always a size too big to grow into.

My stepmother brought out her fox stole for Easter Sunday church.

I was fascinated and repelled by that little fox head and paws hanging around her shoulders.

One way to alienate a stepchild.

Attended both the Seniors Co-op Housing presentation and the Christian School Development information session.

After the co-op session a fellow asked me if I had a bird feeder.

Did I notice how the birds gathered?

They sit equidistant from each other, allowing each other space.

Not one on top of the other or wing to wing.

Someone from the Christian School neighbourhood commented he did not want low-income housing in his neighborhood.

The comment was met with silence.

Work to be done to sell both projects, neither one will be low-income.

As a senior on a fixed income, I have been making plans for my next step.

Searching for suitable, affordable housing when I can no longer manage my place.

Important to have a plan in place rather than wait for a crisis.

Deciding factor for me is affordable; as I am sure it is for many.

Both of these projects will certainly be a boon to this community.

Me, I will continue my search.

An older gentleman was economical in his breakfast preparations.

Setting out water and coffee in the percolator he placed two eggs in the water.

When his coffee was ready so was his breakfast.

Spring cleaning tip: to get rid of dust, dirt on slim blind slats, mix a solution of ¼ cup liquid fabric softener and ¾ cup water in a spray bottle.

Using a pair of cotton gloves, spritz them with the solution; swipe each slat, getting both sides.

Not only does this loosen dirt but the agent in fabric softener prevents dust from settling on the blinds.

Should be good until fall.

Don’t forget to take the survey for the Ice Arena plans on the Town of Smithers website.

A chance to be heard.

Closing with: I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honourable, to be compassionate.

It is, after all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all. Leo Rosten.