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it’s friday morning (8:50), i’m in bed, sipping my coffee, my side bedroom window is open (as it has been for a month now), birds are chirping and Lilian and Cailyn are still sleeping

there is no school today and the girls had a sleepover last night

it’s been a great, easy week

i painted a portrait almost every day since sunday and have sold art as well as kimonos

on sunday Lilian will be going to William’s and it always feels like our time apart is longer than our time together but hoping that will change with summer

happy friday friends!

ps- twenty three days until miami but who’s counting

it feels great to have a different approach to creating art. to just jump into it instead of giving it too much thought

i painted kristen mcmenamy, she commented on the finished piece and i just about died!!!

mother’s day is sunday. so many pretties in the shop


cookie passed away. we gave her a sweet burial. sad….this was Lilian’s first serious pet loss

these stunners that rebloomed through an air root

blooming in a pot on the back porch

oak island morning memory

it’s been so nice to finally be able to sleep with the windows open

Cailyn is our first official overnight guest and i was happy to see that the queen size blow up mattress fits well in the extra room

yesterday was a gorgeous day

night fluffy hair chronicles

around here. oak island

i spent most of this week in oak island with my old fox&beaux girls

it was its five year anniversary so Lauren rented a big ocean front house in oak island and invited me to come along

everyone had their own bedroom, there were delicious home cooked meals, cocktails, pool time, beach time, full pink moon walks…

it was the first time i have ever had a vacation with so many ladies and i loved every second of it

feeling so thankful to have been a part of it all

my bedroom view

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i can’t believe it is friday already

i feel like mine and Lilian’s time apart went by super slow

and that our time together this time around went by super fast

some weeks are just like that

we had a great week though

although sunny, we had a cold front come through dropping temperatures down to the 30s

and on a much warmer note, i booked our miami trip for june

we’ll be going for just a little over a week soon after Lilian is done with school and we are both so excited!

our last time there was spring break of 2019

too long…

bright sunny days. but cold. winter cold

a sweet breakfast treat

made a lot of art again

and sold some too

sunday’s colors

virtual learning queen

ice cream walking dates

and walks along the river

earth day. and a portugal memory from 2016

a hang out with her bestie

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it’s been a quiet week

Lilian has been with William, i volunteered all day on monday and for the most part have just been doing around the house and trying to get my painting inspiration back

spring is still springing and she is glorious!

so many trees with pink blooms still and now the azaleas are starting to add so much color to the ground as well

we’ve had some rainy days but for the most part, days have been sunny and in the sixties

Lilian will be coming on sunday and i cannot wait!

easter saturday

polaroids from an afternoon with a friend

sick with the second shot of moderna. it was bad you guys!

sibling day. ronda spain 2018. i miss my brother so much!

spring light

looking forward to having these two back

found inspiration yesterday

carolina beach. spring break

it’s sunday morning and i am in bed still recuperating from my second moderna dose taken on friday

this second dose has really kicked my butt

i began feeling the effects late in the afternoon on friday, that night was horrible

my body ached all through the night, i had hot chills, cold chills… for sure a fever

saturday morning i finally took some advil and it helped with the aches a little but i still had no energy

i got much better sleep last night and compared to yesterday morning i am feeling much better but still feeling run down so am just going to take it easy since i will be volunteering tomorrow all day

anyway, i usually don’t post on sunday but figured i might as well update this space since i have the down time

our little spring break in carolina beach with our friend Cailyn was wonderful!

our airbnb was at the quiet end of the beach, 1 row of houses back from the ocean, within walking distance to a small pier…making our stay effortless, relaxing and fun

it was the perfect getaway for the three of us

there were sunrises

early walks on the beach. for me. the girls slept in

plenty of morning and afternoon beach time and although the water was cold, we all got in it every day

there were balcony hangs. mostly for me. it’s where i had my coffee in the morning and my nap after morning beach time

there were pier hangs

there were late afternoon walks on the beach

there were sunsets

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what a great week we have had together

sunshine and longer days definitely helps

it’s almost 9am on friday and Lilian is still sleeping

today is a holiday and she is officially on spring break

on sunday we will be driving to carolina beach for a short ocean break

we are both so looking forward to it!

the last of that glorious march light

the beginning of april light

spring has been glorious!!!!

the shop is full of statement beauties

new favorite corner

rainy day indoor training

sunny day outdoor training

lazy no school friday morning

gloomy and rainy outside but pink inside

a 4 mile walk on the first day of april amongst what will hopefully be the last flurries of winter

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it’s been a while….

spring is here and it has made all the difference

days are longer, fuller, warmer, brighter…

i have been volunteering at ab tech’s vaccine center on the weeks when Lilian is not with me and although they are long and exhausting days, it feels rewarding to be able to help

i also got my first dose that way and will be getting my second on april 9th

in person learning has started which means an end to the pod

Lilian however has chosen to stay virtual and both William and i support her decision

there is so little school left

unlike all the previous years, spring break was only planned and booked this week, a week short of going

i almost booked miami but am so glad i didn’t with their recent early curfew due too many spring breakers and covid rules neglect

we will be going to carolina beach for several days and will go to miami in may since Lilian can do school from wherever

it’s been two years since we have been there and i miss it like crazy

more so now since our DD has moved back

anyhoo, here are some snippets of the past three weeks

ps- i really love that Lilian comes here on her own now. this space was created for her after-all

my orchids are all reblooming

this guy lives with me now

an end of pod celebration

with pod gone, i turned the school room into a hang out room and i love it so much

a doodle

a saturday with crepes and lake susan in black mountain. i love our girl dates

daffodils from our front yard

a lazy sunday morning. i love those too/two

long 3-5 mile walks with foxy

a two night stay in seabrook with a-ray. finally

a girls growing up strong session

a girls night out

make-up adventures

necklace adventures

an overnight visit to the ocean

two saturdays ago Lilian and i got in the car and drove four hours south to folly beach south carolina for an overnight visit to the ocean

it was a short 24 hours away but much needed

something we need to do more often because it had been since august

we caught the sunset at our favorite spot

i caught the sunrise

the best view to wake to

the ocean…. my oldest friend and a constant reset

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it was a Lilian and pod free week

one that i tried to fill with dog walks, errands and home tasks

i think the most important thing about this week is that after many years, i finally started therapy

i am curious and hopeful of how it will help me grow

happy friday friends

an overnight visit to the ocean

much welcomed sunshine this week

i changed the living room around this week. the tv had been on top of the mantel. it was way too high and it was uncomfortable watching tv that way

i turned this white tunic into a blush pink one by naturally dyeing it with avocado pits and skins

sunny dog walks in 64 degree weather

signs that spring is not that far away

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lots of emotional highs and lows this week

life these days is much harder than it ever was before

even on a good day, emotionally it’s harder

Lilian was with me this week and i decided to call off pod because i felt like i needed some alone time with her

we had a great week and in just a couple of hours we will get in the car and drive four hours to folly beach for an overnight stay

a much needed visit to the ocean

for both of us

happy weekend friends

a snowy view from the kitchen window

the weather was all over the place this past week. suiting to my emotions

valentine’s day by myself in a long, long, long time

blending in

mounted on wallpaper and framed

remote learning fashion

i’m tired of winter