around here

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

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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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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

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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

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on thursday morning, as i was opening my living room curtains which face the busy street we live on, i saw a man trying to open the gate to get into our yard

i knocked on the glass window and motioned “NO” to him to not open the gate and come in but he continued to do so

he came into our front yard and walked right up to the window i was standing by and smiled at me freakishly

he was wearing no shoes

i could see right away that he was heavily drugged

he then walked onto the front porch, knocked on the door and wiggled the door knob trying to get into the house

at this point, foxy who thankfully is with me was barking his head off and i had called the police

he continued to stand on my front porch until the police came five minutes after i called

they talked to him, walked him outside of the yard and eventually an EMS truck came and took him to mission hospital to get the proper medical care

since moving to this house in august, this is the fourth homeless/drug situation i have had to deal with and the second time i had to call the police

not feeling safe where i am is an understatement

yesterday i spent the whole day on the phone and on the nextdoor app learning what is happening in asheville and trying to find out how we as a community can help and make a change

i learned that before he came to our house, he tried to get into another neighbor’s house while holding a knife

i learned that asheville has the highest crime rates in this country

i learned that this guy went to the hospital and then was released even though he has a file with the police department because due to covid, jails are not wanting to keep anyone in

i learned that since last may due to covid and funding, our police department is down 53 officers

i learned that even if he was tried in court, he would most likely go free because he was under the influence of drugs while committing a crime

i also learned that this is literally happening ALL over this country mostly in larger cities

it is a failed system all the way around and things need to change

and most likely i will need to move


thankful he is here with me

been trying to eat better

but sometimes there are cookies and rainbows for breakfast

and speaking of rainbows, so many of them in the SHOP

and necklaces too

received the greatest late birthday present from my talented friend Justin and i love it so much!

found the perfect frame and spot for it

a snowy sunday moment

but also many sunny ones

zoom ballet audition. proud of her and always miss her when not with her

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it’s been the coldest and windiest winter week yet

19 degrees for most of wednesday

i do believe this has been the snowiest and coldest winter i have had here since we moved to asheville five years ago

regardless of the cold, we had a good week

the pod was here

and most importantly, Lilian was here (and Foxy too!)

happy weekend friends

together is always better


freezing snowy mornings

foxy in the blue house

with foxy in the house, i moved the rug that was in the living room upstairs into my bedroom. i think it really suits the space actually! (i hate dog hair on rugs. i hate dog hair period)

a breakfast

necklace making. check the SHOP

3-4 mile walks with him. i’m the only one who does them with him

pod robot building adventures

a thursday hang out date with her bestie

miami memories

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some weeks apart go by quickly

some weeks apart feel like a month, a year, an eternity…

i just try to keep busy

so i don’t lose my mind

coffee view

a friday during pod without the pod

long sunny walks. also, the mermaid cottage. my favorite asheville house

a hover board date with her bestie

46 and sunny

last sunday we found lake julian. a new to us place which quickly became a favorite

a gloomy and rainy monday


a very productive thursday. the shop is full with all the necklaces and rainbows

around here

what a wonderful week filled with light, hope and change

a new president and the first female vice president

so happy i had pod this week and was able to share the inauguration with the girls

it was filled with female empowerment

everything feels shifted in the best of ways

on another note, i cooked a lot of new to me recipes this week

from half baked harvest i cooked:

healthy slow cooker chipotle bean chili

indian coconut butter cauliflower

healthier slow cooker creamy tortellini vegetable soup

from skinny taste i cooked:

garlic shrimp in coconut milk, tomatoes and cilantro (over pene pasta)

all delicious and easy

so happy i finally found food bloggers that help me cook healthy delicious meals without having to be in the kitchen for hours

i’m not a natural cook nor do i like to cook necessarily

but i do like good food

Lilian’s favorites were the garlic shrimp in coconut milk and the indian coconut butter cauliflower

happy weekend friends!

tonight we order in

because it’s friday….

new bedding



daily ritual

i have fifty three green babies now. not counting the orchids

a surprise snowfall

colorful flowers still brightening every winter morning

selfie moods

an outing with a friend on a snowy day

a long five mile walk

pod takes. it was mostly just two of them this week