life

around here

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

around here

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

around here

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

again

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

around here

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

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

breakfasts

lunch

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

around here

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

around here

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

around here

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

around here

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…

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