Winter

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

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

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

around here

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

around here/social distancing

spring!

it is finally spring

despite everything that is going on in the world right now, yesterday was the first day of spring and it was a glorious one

i have been waiting for spring for so long….

i am happy she is finally here

this was Lily’s first week of homeschooling and we were mostly home with the exception of some walks in the neighborhood

she has math/reading packets to work on as well as planned lessons by her teacher online along with daily independent reading and journaling

once school work is done we occupy ourselves with artsy/crafty projects, cleaning, organizing, short dog walks….

so far we are ok

the social distancing comes somewhat naturally and is not the scary part

but let’s just stay indoors and take it one day at a time shall we?

with the windows open

because it’s finally spring!

hope you are all well friends

a dress day

she finally had her audition but because everything has been canceled we are not sure of the outcome

still a favorite family game

there have been a lot of dog walks

homeschooling day one

homeschooling day two

homeschooling day three

homeschooling day four

there have been lots of artsy projects