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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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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’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

february

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

brunch

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

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for some reason this first week of this new year felt short

which i guess is not a bad thing

the girls kept busy with school work and because the weather cooperated, we managed to go to the park just about every day for recess

it’s friday and i’m sitting in bed sipping coffee, putting this post together while i watch it snow out the window

because we knew snow was coming, my pod girls opted to stay home today and i am letting Lilian sleep in

you know i’m not a big fan of winter or snow but, today it all feels quite nice

happy weekend friends

took my time getting out of bed on the first saturday of 2021

my obsession with pomegranates continues. and while many might find the task of deseeding them tiring, i find it relaxing and meditative

new year, new art adventures

speaking of art adventures, sold and shipped this one off to her new home this week

i invested in a calendar this year to remind myself that small achievements are better than no achievements

sunday’s coffee corner

a quick burst of sunshine on a gloomy day

a quick but comforting noodle bowl

pod days

a covid safe but very cold date with her bestie

birthday paper whites for my bedside

first selfie of 2021

this morning

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happy new year friends!

may 2021 be everything that 2020 was not

in the best of ways

sunny winter walks

west virginia. our holiday there was cut short due to unfortunate events that i choose to no longer talk about

a happy and sweet new year’s eve day moment before it turned into shitmas eve

we drove six hours through snow blizzards on christmas day to find asheville covered in a white blanket

on the 26th we gifted ourselves the christmas we deserved and the one we should have stayed in asheville for to begin with

William and Lilian gifted me some beautiful hanging planters

sister cousins 2020

the morning i turned 48 and had the loneliest and saddest birthday ever

10 month young me in luanda angola

celebrated my birthday the following day with a friend on her front porch with a burger and some white wine. perfect

last wednesday of 2020

took me a while to bounce back after the christmas trauma but a lot has to be said for what getting “dressed” does for the esteem

last morning of 2020

despite the many things that 2020 was (and was not), it was indeed my most creative year yet

new year’s eve. happy 2021!

first day of a new year with new art that i treated myself with for christmas/birthday

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i’m headed to west virginia for christmas so i thought i’d come here and round up the week

i can’t believe christmas is in two days, my birthday in five and new years in eight

unlike most previous years, i don’t have big plans for my birthday or new years

the thought of having no plans makes me a bit sad and nostalgic for previous years but under covid, i am too uninspired or motivated to plan or do anything

and the point is to remain safe anyway right?

happy holidays friends!

stay safe

my orchids have been reblooming just in time to make winter more bearable

thankful for pink flowers. and banana bread

a sunday outing

a painted jean jacket

december 21 2020. winter solstice. the shortest day of the longest fucking year of our lives

excited to go see and be with this girl again

distant miami memories. becoming more distant with every passing year

too late for 2020 but just in time for the holidays

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it’s felt like a long week filled with lots of school work

this is crunch time before christmas break

looking forward to a chill weekend with Lilian and another week together

happy friday friends

my orchids are transitioning

clyde

george michael

the shop is full

gifts for Lilian’s teachers

golden december afternoon light

early morning chats

last tripod week until the new year

she ain’t no hollaback girl

afternoon walk view

those holiday, end of the year, winter blues

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Lilian and i…

we have had a wonderful week

so thankful for a super short school week (only monday and tuesday)

with no school and no after school activities this week, we were able to really catch up, snuggle, hang in, watch movies, have sleepovers….

we needed this

it never feels like enough time in a week with everything going on

so thankful for this break

hope you all had a great thanksgiving

lots to be thankful for during these crazy times we are living in

happy weekend friends

last saturday out and about in matching jumpsuits

painted a jumpsuit as a commission project

my reblooming orchid babies

got an area rug. have been wanting one for so long

beautiful late autumn skies

pod pajama day on the last day before thanksgiving break

pre thanksgiving hangs

post thanksgiving day breakfast

post thanksgiving day lunch

thanksgiving morning

migas

thanksgiving. together. thankful

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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…