covid19

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

41/52. twenty twenty

“a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2020”

Lilian

it’s getting harder to keep this 52 project going with only being with Lilian every other week but i am trying my best to keep going

it’s important to me

and maybe some day it will be important to her too

this was our last picture together before we were apart for two weeks (it was painful)

she was in west virginia with William visiting family and i went to los angeles to visit Connie

thankfully we are together now for two weeks

40/52. twenty twenty

“a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2020”

Lilian

reading her “book” on a rainy afternoon

she’s only been gone for two days and i miss her like crazy already

ten more days until i see her face again

and fourteen more days until she comes to stay with me again

time cannot go by fast enough…

happy monday friends