Tuesday, April 7, 2015

What a lovely Easter!

By Lizzie Turner from the Ashton Corners Book Club
                             Mysteries by Erika Chase

I love Easter. Could be the chocolate factor! But I gave up believing in the Easter Bunny, along with the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and all those parts of my childhood around the time my daddy passed. This year, the magic returned, thanks to a wonderful group of caring folks, my mama, that utterly adorable toddler, Wendy, and the love of my life, Mark Dreyfus
It started this past Saturday, when those residents at the Magnolia Manor who wanted to take part, were treated to a high maintenance day. I took the initiative and signed my mama up for such pampering as a hair shampoo and styling, facial, make-up, manicure and pedicure. By the look on her face, she thoroughly enjoyed it, along with all the other aging dolls who live in the assisted-living home.

Thanks to all the volunteer hairstylists, including my own Amanda from Scissors ‘n Snips, and others who cared enough to help make this a memorable day.  Although this was all a sweet treat, it turned out to be a tiring day and the highlight was scheduled for Sunday. That day, with hair and faces still aglow, the gals took part in an Easter Bonnet Parade.

I’ll bet it was the sound of Bing Crosby singing the well-known song, but mama was there, she reacted to the sounds, to the glam hat she wore, and to the exclamations of everyone around. What a gift for us both!

The day just continued to be good. After Mama tucked in for an afternoon nap, I headed to Molly Mathews and the Easter egg hunt planned for her backyard. Watching Wendy totter around, with help from her mama and Andie, squealing with the finding of each egg was exciting. I was that egg-hunter, right in the same backyard, many, many years ago. Trust Molly to make it a memorable day all over again.

My best treat came later that night when Mark led me to my bedroom where rose petals covered the duvet, along with a calorie-laden selection of dark chocolate truffles. Having been locked out of the room all afternoon, the cats were also delighted with the find and rose petals went flying everywhere. I did manage to save the truffles. And after sharing with Mark, I thanked him properly.

Best Easter Ever!

What are your happiest Easter memories?

BOOK FAIR AND FOUL, the 4th in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries 
is now available!

 Also available are COVER STORY, READ AND BURIED and, A KILLER READ,  (#2 on the Barnes and Noble Mystery Bestseller List and an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Mystery)   
  Look for book #5, LAW AND AUTHOR in Sept. 2015

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  1. My happiest Easter memories is searching for my Easter basket (which the Easter Bunny liked to hide every year). It was always fun time for my sister and I.

    1. Were you given clues, Jen? Sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. Easter dinner at my grandma's with all my aunts and uncles and cousins. And an afternoon spent hiding and finding Easter eggs. And going home and watching the good Sunday night shows on TV and eating chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. And one time my mom had us make Easter nests for our Easter treats with tall grass. That was so cool of her to do!