Peaceful Easter Weekend

My Easter weekend was relaxing and pleasant. The weather was nice, mostly, though Sunday and Monday were a bit cooler and a few (very few) drops of rain fell. That was good for walking with Curious Dog, because the hot weather of last week was already a bit too hot for longer walks in the full sunshine. People adhered to the social distancing rules and apart from a quick trip to the local backer’s on Saturday, I didn’t need to go shopping. It’s surreal how nice the weekend was for us, while in other places people are struggling so much. We are blessed.

Somebody wrote “Der Herr ist auferstanden” on the pavement in front of our driveway. “The Lord is risen” in English. A reminder of the reason for the lovely long weekend. I’m not particularly religious, but I didn’t mind the reminder. Wonder who it was, though. It was only in front of our driveway, nowhere else, so it must have been one of our neighbours. My guess is that it was the family with the two toddlers, as they have chalk (the kids did some other scribbles in our communal driveway). But it’s just a guess and anyway not important.

I meditated a lot. An hour in the mornings, at noon, and in the late afternoon on all four days of the long weekend. It made me mellow and good tempered and I even got a good deal of housework done without getting annoyed. I think this should be my new strategy. Meditation before housework. On Sunday morning I took about an hour to reorganize my spices. I had them in a cupboard above the cooker, but that was kind of awkward and it had got really messy. So now I’ve put some of the spices onto a little shelf in my kitchen and the rest into a different cupboard. Now it’s nice and tidy and I’ve got a good overview. For once I actually followed up on a plan.

I walked with Curious Dog each afternoon, while my partner did the morning walks. Currently Curious Dog is being weird about the noon walks. Half the time he doesn’t want to go, unless I take him, which I’m not doing. It’ll be enough for me when we are back in Bavaria. We hope to be able to go sometime end of April for a couple of weeks. A couple of weeks instead of just one week, as Mum wants to do some gardening. She really wanted to stay by herself for three weeks, but I’m not sure about it because of the Corona situation. There’s nobody to go shopping for her. I hope the small village shop hasn’t gone out of business. Although it shouldn’t have, since it’s a grocery.

Anyway, to get back to the Easter weekend, we also did a lot of cooking:

  • Potatoes with a yogurt-herb dip
    It’s a German tradition to have something green on that day Maundy Thursday. Hence the herbs.
  • Mushroom risotto cooked with white wine (on Good Friday)
  • Home-made pizza (on Saturday)
  • Clauliflower in a tomato-caper sauce with celeriac polenta (on Easter Sunday)
    This one sounds strange, but it’s very nice. The celeriac polenta is polenta with a bit of grated celeriac in it. The celeriac makes it very flavourful and the capers spice up the tomato sauce. My partner found the recipe on the Internet.
  • Potato salad in a yogurt-mustard sauce, with fried tofu (on Easter Monday)

A lovely vegan meal plan. Tasty and not too much work. I like cooking, but not if it’s too complicated and takes too much time in the kitchen. Although I have to admit that my partner did most of the cooking. Mum made the pizza dough and I made the soy-yogurt herb dip and the potato salad. The list will come in useful as a reminder if next year we can’t think of anything to cook. Although these dishes are staples that we cook quite often.

My mum also backed a traditional yeast raisin loaf on Thursday. On Saturday, I bought some cake at the bakery and Partner backed a lovely apple cake for Sunday and Monday (my contribution was the cashew cream that went on top of it).

We watched some films and serials: a few episodes of The Mandalorian on Disney+, the first two episodes of Doc Martin season 9 on DVD, The Spy Who Loved Me (James Bond, Roger Moore), Contagion. I also did a lot of reading, but not as much as I had planned, mostly because the meditation took up a good chunk of time. Nevertheless, I’m all caught up with my short stories and poetry reading, as well as with David Copperfield. I also started a new nonfiction book, Erebus (it’s about the voyages of the HMS Erebus and I got for my birthday from my partner). On Friday I also wrote up my review of Song of Solomon, but the rest of the weekend I didn’t get around to writing anything, what with all the other things I was doing.

My colleagues at work also seem to have had a relaxed weekend. Nobody on my team is sick, thankfully.

Keep safe, world.

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