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Happy Caffeinated Easter

April 15, 2022

Oh for God’s sake. It’s 2:00 a.m. and here I am up and typing instead of sleeping. You’d think I’d know better than to drink a latte at 4:00 p.m. The last time I did that was celebrating my birthday in Paris with my two best friends.

Carolyn, who wisely doesn’t drink coffee, promptly fell asleep when we got back to the hotel. Dawn and I sat up all night and talked, then around 4:00 a.m. we marveled at how late it was and how wide awake we were. We thought, it must have been the excitement of Paris and being together, then it hit us….it was the 4 p.m. latte! Duh. Some people never learn.

Mom’s Easter Lily beside my favorite Winston Churchill saying, “When you’re going through hell, keep going.”

I do want to say Happy Easter to you all. I’m throwing myself into a frenzy of Easter bread baking on Saturday (with the help of more caffeine) and will maybe make a rice (pastina) pie to appease the soul of my departed mom, who is never far from my heart. It was her custom to bake at least a dozen pastina pies at Easter and take them to the homes of her sisters and friends, trade her pie for one of theirs, then critique each pie that was given to her.

I even bought Mom an Easter lily, which I’m planning to take to the the mausoleum where she and my dad rest side by side. I’ll bring it because I remember all the years she’d berate my dad if he didn’t get her one. Hopefully this lily will buy Dad some peace this Easter.

I’m working on making a comeback this spring. I must admit, freezing, gray winter sucked the life out of me. I don’t mind the snow as much, but the gray is what kills you. That, plus not having the writing job of my dreams left me drained of all my usual energy. I haven’t even wanted to cook or bake, that’s how you know something’s up. All I wanted to do was watch English period dramas and tuck myself into the warm down comforter of my bed.

Thank God, flowers are sprouting and there isn’t much left to watch! I got through all five seasons of Poldark (again)Season two of Bridgerton, and just tonight finished watching The Other Boleyn Girl (again). This along with my perennial favorite, Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve probably watched at least twenty-five times, shows you the depth of my winter blues. But, in the immortal words of Loretta Castorini to Johnny Cammareri in Moonstruck, I’m telling myself, “Snap out of it!” And I will. But it’s been a little harder than I thought. I’m starting to understand the wisdom of a winter home in Florida.

Thankfully, I’ve had my friends, family and Uncle Richard to visit. On one of my last visits, I was whining about my lack of zeal for my current temp job duties. I was, again, filled with guilt because I know how lucky I am to even have a job and how hard my father and uncle worked in miserable conditions almost all the time.

My dad and my uncle worked in coke ovens, lining the inside with bricks. It was so hot in there they could only stay in for 15 minutes at a time and had to wear wooden blocks under their shoes to prevent their feet from burning. They even wore special wool pants so they didn’t get too hot. Uncle Richard still had his pants and showed them to me. He said he and my dad were always happy to get the coke oven jobs because they paid so well.

Look at that smile on his face holding those wool pants. And I dare say a word about a cushy office job as a temp in a gorgeous building working with people I love who make me laugh? My working class guilt haunts me daily.

Blossoms in Pittsburgh

But it’s spring and Easter and good things are coming, even if inflation is killing us and the world is too scary to fathom. I pray that peace and common sense will take hold soon. If not, I also pray for more English period dramas to keep us entertained. I wish you each a Happy Easter and a Happy Spring!

Thank you so much for always reading and, as always, if you’re not a follower of my blog, please take a moment to scroll up and click follow.

  • Reply
    Chas Madonio
    April 18, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Hey Fran, we are expecting 2-3 inches of snow here in NE Ohio by this afternoon and 80 degrees by the weekend! This has got to be the end of winter – I insist on it! Spring has to be around the corner, so enduring a couple more days shouldn’t be too bad. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and life keeps going faster, but every winter seems shorter. There’s an old saying that life is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

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      Fran Tunno
      May 11, 2022 at 4:03 pm

      Oh Chas, I love that saying, very funny and sadly rather true! Yes, thank God it’s spring because more winter truly would have killed me! I hope all is well with you and Nancy and the family. Thanks for always reading and taking the time to write! Hope your Easter was wonderful. Now it’s on to Memorial Day!

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    April 16, 2022 at 8:18 am

    Hi Fran, our Florida winter “cold fronts” have now passed, spring was brief and now it’s summer (80’s + humidity) every day but we do love our sunshine.
    We hope you, Uncle Richard ( I owe him a phone call) and the rest of our PA family have a blessed Easter.
    Love and many hugs, Jane and Duke
    ***loved Poldark too🥰…

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      Fran Tunno
      May 11, 2022 at 4:00 pm

      Jane!!!! So sorry, I missed the last two emails on my blog, and am not sure how since I have absolutely no life whatsoever. We had a wonderful Easter at Bernie’s. Enjoy the sunshine and thanks for reading and taking the time to write!xoxoxo

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    Pamela Ellis
    April 15, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    The blackberries are full of blossoms. You should come back to pick berries. We need some of your jam! Sorry that you had so many gray skies. That is why we put up with the nonsense in CA…..sunshine Baby! Love reading your posts. I hope that you have been working on your book.

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      Fran Tunno
      May 11, 2022 at 3:58 pm

      Pam! I saw this and thought I’d responded, then just realized I never did! So sorry. I would love to be in your backyard picking berries. The jam recipe is not hard, it’s on the Sure Jell box. You could totally do it! xoxo

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    April 15, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Idaho had a foot of snow dumped on it this morning (I am presently NOT missing Idaho), so we can rejoice in an eastern spring! Glendale is pleasant for the next few days, but will be dipping into the 80s within a week and YOU will still be enjoying a pleasant spring while the calendar says it is spring. I remind you to move on to “Desperate Romantics” for both your period drama and Aidan Turner fix—something old and something new to pull you out of the winter blues. AND… how can anyone not be thrilled to be alive just by seeing Uncle Richard’s smile? The world is indeed chaos, so WE must tick off our small blessings and rejoice. Happy Easter, Francesa! <3

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      Fran Tunno
      April 15, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      Desperate Romantics it is! Thanks Linda and I do love Uncle Richard’s smile, it lights up a room. He’ll be joining us for Easter, so that will be wonderful. Of course, he is bringing lamb because the man can’t not cook. Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy all the blessings in your life. I will do the same! xoxox

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    JoAnn Jones
    April 15, 2022 at 10:52 am

    I know what you mean , Fran, about cold, dreary days but yes Spring is here and hopefully more sunny & warmer days. Sending Good Friday & Easter wishes to you & your family. God bless , love you, JoAnn 🤗🤗🥰

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      Fran Tunno
      April 15, 2022 at 2:07 pm

      Thank you JoAnn for being one of my best readers and for always taking the time to comment. I heard you got to enjoy a great opening day. Have a wonderful Easter with your family! I am overjoyed to have some lovely weather for a change!

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    Nicol Z
    April 15, 2022 at 9:52 am

    This makes me want to spend Easter with you, eating all the baked goods and talking about life. Love you so much and sending you all of the Easter Blessings you deserve. Xoxox

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      Fran Tunno
      April 15, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      Oh Nicol, nothing would make me happier than having you at our Easter festivities! Happy Easter to you, Martin and your families. Miss you and love you to bits!

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    Ed McCann
    April 15, 2022 at 6:30 am

    Thank you, Fran—your energy and optimism always comes through in these posts. Reading them is almost as energizing as a 4PM latte!

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      Fran Tunno
      April 15, 2022 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Ed, I so appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment. You are the absolute best and I thank you for your sweet remarks. Happy Easter!

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