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Some of us know we are shy by nature and some of us who are shy have read up on the subject.  That's another thing that can be in one's nature, to read up on things.

Somewhere in one of the many writings I have perused, it said that shy people are not very successful in high conflict environments.  However, the same source claimed that in interpersonally peaceful and sustaining situations, shy people excel even beyond the accomplishments of their highly aggressive peers.  (Take that Donald.)

Maybe that's why the idea of simplicity has always been very inviting to me.

You see, I like the small wonders even better than I like the spectacular ones.  So maybe that's why when I tried out dyeing Easter eggs today with a variety of natural things and left the commercial preparation (with the tablets and crayons) in the cabinet I felt such pure joy at the results.

Have you ever tried it?  I managed to organize four trials.  One was turmeric, a favorite herb.  For once I was glad of the instant yellow stain you get from it.  My turmeric dyed eggs were beautifully golden.  The next was a mixture of black tea, my morning's coffee grounds and some paprika.  I ended up with a pleasing amber color though brown eggs are similar.  I used red cabbage for the teal and the midnight blue.  One batch I left in longer for the darker hue.  When I put the colored eggs together in one container it was so lovely that I wished I had sprung for a bag of spinach or some berries to try for green and plum.  Something for next year.

I have a lawn I refuse to spray with weed killer and in the places where the sun doesn't get through the trees overhead enough to keep a good thick growth, violets have taken over.  This time of year there are hundreds of little purple and purple and white blossoms like a carpet across the area.  Today I picked violets.  Haven't done that since I was a child.  I have a tiny vase that sets them off just right.  That little vase makes my heart move more than the requisite greenhouse lily I purchased at the grocery store.  (Even so I can say that those lilies can be planted in the ground and will bloom again.  I think that makes them more interesting).

Last year I tried making my own "peeps".  I had never tried making homemade marshmallow before.  I even colored the sugar.  They were funny and wonderful.

To close my first ever diary I wish everyone in this community, whatever their way of celebrating this season, many moments of blissful serenity and simplicity.

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