quarantine

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

not much to say… it’s been a quiet week with Lilian at William’s and no pod

i have spent the week mostly at home

re-centering and nesting

looking forward to having Lilian back on sunday and enjoying monday as a holiday

happy weekend friends

one from last weekend when all was snowy

ballet saturday

sunday

1000 piece puzzle. i spent a lot of time working on it. was not about to give up

took many hours (and days) but i finished it and framed it

these colorful beauties have brightened my winter mornings every day

did a little repotting and turned my dumbcane into a pineapple

ended up having two separate outings with girlfriends. a dinner and a lunch

around here

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

around here

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

51/52. twenty twenty

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

Lilian

this past friday we finally heard from the number one choice private middle school Lilian applied to

she has been accepted and we are all so excited and proud of her

they are running such a different program over there and i’m so happy that she is going to be part of that

they only accept 24 girls per grade per year

what an honor!

so proud of her

happy monday friends

around here

i cannot believe christmas, my birthday and the end of this year are all around the corner

today is Lilian’s last day of school until monday january 4th of 2021

today she leaves with William to west virginia until the 26th

she’s excited to see family and snow

lots of snow (think they have gotten over thirty inches this week?)

i look forward to seeing her on the 23rd when i drive to west virginia to spend christmas there all together like we have for most of Lilian’s life

happy friday friends

dark and gloomy mornings

breakfast adventures

rainbow maker making. lots of them in the shop

my most productive year as far as my art is concerned

post nutcracker celebration

a recent purchase by a local artist. it really spoke to me

slow moving sundays. our favorites

cold but sunny mornings

december. my birthday month. the one that brings out the most feelings. always

ballet view from the kitchen

i miss swimming. i miss many things these days