Asheville

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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haven’t come here in a while to share what we have been up to lately

there have been creeks, swimming holes, pools, neighborhood quarantine hangs but most importantly, mine and Lily’s move into our new west asheville home

the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one is always bitter sweet and i am just trying to not get overwhelmed and just take everything one day at a time

Lily is being super helpful during this move/transition and although she seems on the upside of things, i know it has to be hard for her

both William and i have reached out to recommended child therapist in order to provide her with a neutral space to share her feelings and thoughts but have had no luck booking one because none of them are taking new patients at this covid time

in the meanwhile all we can do is move forward and keep an eye on her and talk about all that we are feeling/thinking

it feels like the most non-summer summer ever but, one day at a time right?

happy friday and happy weekend friends

portugal childhood beach memories

santa fe memories from last year

monument valley memories from last year

a day at a time… with coffee

all the pretty flowers

i now have three of these

post dinner family walks

helping with dinner prepping

she has painted some pretty awesome things

found out this week that school for her this year will start with 100% remote learning from home

midnight hole

homni creek with her bestie

homni creek with the neighborhood girls

i still prefer and miss the ocean but i am just trying to hang in there you guys…

four weeks of ballet intensive went by way too fast

move in day

#mamaandlilyashevillecasaazul

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i’ve been trying to not think about all the canceled summer travels we had planned for this summer as well as trying to not be too nostalgic about previous summer travels

instead, i’ve been trying to be present in the silver linings of the situation we are all in

this will be our longest asheville summer yet and we are trying to find our way through it

some days are easier

some days are harder…

happy friday friends

i started going on morning walks again and i can honestly say that flowers are my biggest motivation and inspiration to keep doing so

neighborhood hangs

what lunch looks like sometimes

what dinner looks like sometimes

i have re-potted all of my orchids

as well as re-corded and beaded some of my hanging planters

summer reading buddies

miami memories from ten years ago

miami memories from five years ago

portugal memories from four years ago

california memories from three years ago

west virginia memories from last year

inverness memories from three weeks ago

an afternoon spent downtown asheville

an afternoon spent at the arboretum to check out the lego exhibit

an afternoon swimming with friends. this will be most of what our summer will look like since we bought a swimming membership at a local pool

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today is the last day of school for Lily

the last day of fourth grade

we homeschooled for three months

at 10am she will be having a zoom toast party with her class

in a non covid19 world, she would be having an in the classroom celebration with her classmates and teacher

it’s all bittersweet isn’t it?

school is over and that’s always a happy kid feeling however, she is sad because next year she will have a new teacher and classmates and she won’t have a chance to physically be together as a classroom again with her fourth grade crew

there are tears at the end of every school year for Lily

today will probably be no different despite how different distance learning has been

it’s a strange world we are living in and i don’t want to give into this new normal

because it sucks

regardless of how well we are trying to make it work

anyway, we officially have a rising fifth grader

amazing how time flies….

happy friday friends

our garden has given us the most magnificent peony season. thankful for that

morning coffee with peonies is a new favorite

and so is coffee with banana bread. banana bread all day, every day

i had not caught a sunrise since Lily began homeschooling in march

there are quiet days when i get to enjoy this space. and some when i don’t

have made some new rainbow makers

i miss stitching faces but have not been inspired to paint any new ones

hi

she’s really wonderful about always keeping herself busy. and creative

three mile walks

a distance playdate with her bestie. it’s hard being apart

bitch stole my look

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we had quite the rainy week here

it rained nonstop from monday until thursday afternoon

and it was cold too

i guess we had ourselves a wintery week during spring

i think we made the most of it

we cooked, baked, and even had a whole day of homeschooling in bed

in a way, the rain was much needed and suited the quarantine mood

happy friday friends

thankful for all the flowers. outside. and inside

i have been propagating my established plants like crazy with the hope of having even more green babies

she only has five days of school left and she rocked this homeschooling life

we continue to eat all the home cooked meals. not complaining

costa del sol ocean treasures filled with the best of memories

after weeks of nonstop jackhammering, it was finally quiet this week and i enjoyed every quiet second of it