according to my phone

around here

although sunny and beautiful, temperatures dropped this week and it was quite windy

as well as covid cases rising

making it perfect to just stay at home, paint, clean, reorganize, nest…

with the exception of a few outings, that’s exactly what i did

it felt like an extra long week without Lilian

but, it’s finally friday and she will be getting here before 4pm

happy weekend friends

home seen from the backyard

an afternoon walk with a favorite asheville friend

favorite color combo

food cravings

Sam and Kate

a sunny corner

a new couch

miami memories

around here

eleven!

she’s eleven…

and this is the last year in the school she has been in since kindergarten

middle school is next

it feels like a huge step

it’s all going so fast

and these days it feels like there is more time to be apart than time to be together

and that’s the hardest part…

eleven years ago

she had a great birthday party/sleepover with close girlfriends

biden/harris. the best present Lilian could have received

a mellow and tired sunday

early school morning snuggles

a common breakfast

a reblooming orchid

a tuesday doodle

me by Lilian

a no school pod day

winter is on its way and i am so not ready…

around here

it’s been a crazy election week

i early voted

for biden/harris of course

and now we wait as every vote is counted

because every vote counts

it’s heartbreaking how many red states there are

but i still have hope…

today is Lilian’s last day as a ten year old

she’s been with William all week and i miss her

tomorrow we will celebrate her with a little covid friendly party which will include a handful of friends

i cannot believe she is this grown already…

halloween 2020 was a great one

Lenore Osgood from Ratched

Lenore, Victoria and Frank n Furter

it was a quiet week without the pod and Lilian. and while the votes get counted, i kept busy at home cleaning and rearranging some things

the fuzzy chair is now in the “school” room. as well as a plant in the corner. i have struggled with this room the most but i am much happier with it now

with temperatures dropping into the thirties, i have also moved all the green babies indoors

this country feels more divided than ever…

trying to keep hopeful

when she turned four

one of her besties has severe food allergies. so this year, i ordered a vegan birthday cake as well as vegan cupcakes

was also a bit more social than usual this week. stepped out for dinner wednesday night with two girlfriends, lunch on thursday with three other girlfriends and dinner on thursday night with yet two other friends. felt great

around here

life

beautiful autumn days with the exception of tropical storm zeta passing through

it’s been a busy and long week

happy that it’s friday and that halloween is tomorrow but sad to not be with Lilian this coming week

bitter sweet friday

happy weekend friends

our voluntary tomato plant keeps on giving

this guy who is always super happy to see me

these two besties who don’t see nearly enough of each other

pod week

pod week art

while the girls pod upstairs, i pod downstairs

folley beach memories

los angeles bougainvillea memories

my brother turned forty

around here

it’s been the most beautiful autumn so far

chilly mornings, warm sunny days, pink dusk…

no complaints here

this autumn reminds me of the glorious one we had when we first moved here exactly five years ago

truly loving every day of it

just wish it wouldn’t turn into winter when it’s done…

did a little bit of this while in los angeles but need to get back to it

a favorite easy breakfast/brunch

before being apart for two weeks

the most beautiful card sent in the mail by a dear friend

her art

when mornings are chilly and gloomy and she doesn’t want to get out of bed

a saturday out and about in west asheville. our new neighborhood

a sunday apple and pumpkin picking out at grandad’s farm

a post school, pre dinner stroll

pink dusk

our pod. we are now three because one of them went out to colorado for skiing season

#mycaliforniadreamin2020trip

on october seventh i left asheville before six in the morning, drove an hour to greenville and flew out to los angeles

it had been three years since i had been out there

the last time i was there was for my birthday

this time around, i went for my dear Connie’s fiftieth birthday

it was a mellow covid/quarantine trip where we mostly just hung out at her house/yard/neighborhood

we went on a few drives, got to see and walk around griffith observatory, out to eat…

there was no shopping or a trip to go see the ocean like previous trips but i did get to go on long beautiful walks every morning

los angeles looked the worst i have ever seen it look

so many places still closed and boarded up, more homeless people living in tents and under tarps than i have ever seen anywhere else, people in corners completely out on drugs…. reminded me of nyc in the eighties before giuliani cleaned it up

it felt like the apocalypse

for the first time since moving to asheville, it felt good to return home from a trip somewhere

no desire to return any time too soon….

first lunch upon arrival. delicious mexican food

a beautiful california sunset with palm trees in the distance

first morning in silverlake

lots of morning walks

birthday party day

leftover birthday cake. probably the best i ever had

griffith observatory

until next time los angeles

around here

it’s the end of the week with my pod

which sadly also means that it’s the end of my week with Lilian

this is hard and something i don’t think i will ever really settle into

not having her with me all the time…

who would have thought

it’s not something i ever wanted

this time around we will actually be apart for two weeks

it will be the longest we will be apart since the day she was born

my heart hurts just as i type this

two weeks…

morning snuggles even on school days. i’d like to say we make the most of our time together

last year on our way to lake placid from vermont. what a great trip that was!

coffee tastes better with her around

pink flowers always brighten my day

and speaking of pink

autumn inspired meals

tomatoes from our voluntary plant in our front yard

i continue on going on walks and taking in the last of summer colors

i continue on doing a lot of drawing and stitching

we had some dark rainy days

but for the most part we have had glorious early autumn days

around here

i used to look forward to fridays

now i only look forward to the fridays she will return home to me

today she leaves to go stay with William for a week

we had a good busy week though

learning pod, ballet, walks, home cooked meals, skin wars, rupaul’s drag race…

looking forward to next friday

happy weekend friends

the weather is changing. and so is the light

it’s all about the eggs lately

we baked a double layer blue and pink funfetti cake just for fun

my two hibiscus trees have been blooming all day every day this week

lunch al fresco

ballet. every monday, wednesday and saturday morning

around here

Lilian will be coming home today after being at William’s since last friday

this is the second time she has been away for a full week since we moved into our casa azul and if i can say so myself, i handled things much better this time around

the first time around, it was too soon into our move

i felt betrayed, hurt, alone and cried for the first three days

this second time around, i chose to fill my time with house chores, walks, the making of rainbow makers, updating my etsy shop and dates with girlfriends

having her gone is not easy and i miss her like crazy but i think with time it will get easier

it has to right?

happy friday friends

i started a learning pod at our home every other week. these three girls were all in Lilian’s fourth grade class last year. some of them have been together since first grade. now, although not all of them are with the same teacher, they get to remote learn together every other week. it’s working out great!

the house is also coming along and feeling like home

the shop is full

some dressing up for fun girlfriend dates

power walks. learning new paths

#mamaandlilianfollybeachtrip2020

it’s saturday morning and i’m writing this post in bed while sipping coffee

it’s quiet

Lilian is at William’s for the week

this will be our second time sharing her this way since she and i moved into our casa azul

our life is different these days

the same in many ways but different

it’s been a while since i have come here to share anything other than project fifty two posts

and i am not sure if this morning is the time to share the emotions of going through a separation and having to start over again on my own

this morning i mostly just want to share pictures from our week at folly beach during the first week of back to school

summer was certainly different this year

for everyone i guess

i’m thankful that we were able to get some beach time

it had been since february since i/we had seen the ocean

the beach is still where i feel my best and where i feel we are our happiest

until next time. hopefully sooner than later