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december

the last month of this crazy pandemic twenty twenty year

my birthday month

i will be forty eight this month

forty eight

almost fifty

almost half a century

and holy shit if that’s not a mind fuck

not so much over the age as a number but age as time

more often than not, i don’t feel forty eight

i certainly never even thought about forty eight

there were plenty of times when i thought i wouldn’t make it to forty eight

either by careless living or self depressed doing

but here i am

constantly shedding layers and becoming who i am supposed to be

happy friday friends

a gloomy morning

a three color painting

the power of green. and sunshine

an afternoon walk

inspired by red lately

first day of december. first dusting of snow

lots of new goodies in the shop

a pigsgiving in my old neighborhood

a dressed moment for errands and a lunch date

memories of a 6 year old Lilian

excited to get her back today for two weeks

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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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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

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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…

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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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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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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