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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
  • Had such a great time chatting with Celine MacKay of @puregreenmag the other day. We discussed homesteading and writing and how I got to where I  am now and so very much more. Hop on over to @puregreenmag for the link to the interview, and if you aren't already doing so, follow them for gorgeous photos and tempting recipes and beyond!

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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Assorted & Sundry

Sarah at saipua tagged me for some randomness, so, here goes:

-Lately, I’ve been really feeling Carly Simon; I listened to “You’re So Vain” about 5 times on Sunday and then sang it in the shower, LOUDLY. Go on, do it; you know you want to. 
-I like to smell my cat’s and dog’s breath. Not so much the chicken’s. Definitely not the turtle’s.
-My inner hootchie is pretty strong; it evidences itself when watching youtube videos, ‘specially this one.
-I’ve talked to my dad every day on the phone, except Sundays, since I was five (Hi Pop!).
-The sound of knives being sharpened is excruciating for me. Reminds me of having worn braces, twice.
-I am the person who looks in people’s medicine cabinets. I feel no shame about this.
-Eventually, if we get close, I will nickname you; if we’re really close, you’ll get, like, 5 nicknames-terms of endearment, if you will.
O-kay, there you have it, complete and utter randomness. To do this next, list seven random things about yourself, that is, I tag:
Natasha at the Red Heart, Anna at Door Sixteen, Jenny at Wikstenmade, and Shari at the glass doorknob. Sorry ladies. I know you’re all busy and that I unabashedly lurk around your blogs everyday, but a tagged lady’s got to do what a tagged lady’s got to do. Call of duty, you know?

My Sarah Palin Moment



Turns out, when I have my hair done up exceptionally fancy and loads of make-up on, some folks think I look like S.P.. This is a comparison I don’t take lightly. 

While this is the dress I wore for my wedding, compliments of the lovely and amazing R. Brooke Priddy, my hair and face were considerably less chi-chi. I mean, I was married in a field and then danced lasciviously in a tent; there’s no place for precious hair there. 
These photos are from a photo shoot I did a few weeks ago with Audrey Goforth, who is working on her portfolio. The flowers were by Aria Floral. Turns out, some of the shots will be in “Weddings With Style.” Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be in such a publication. I find it hilarious. After the shoot, I came home, de-bobby pinned, scrubbed my face so hard it felt wind-burned, and went to see David Byrne, who soothes all wounds. 

Change Has Come


It’s a new day, America. It’s an historic time to be living in this country, participating in this experiment in democracy. We’ve got a long way to go, but at least it now seems like all hands are on deck. I’ve never seen so much awareness and participation in the shaping and formation of American government as I have in recent months. According to polls in numerous countries across the globe, this is the outcome that was hoped for. It’s an exciting time. 

Eggs & Gloves( & Voting!)



Originally uploaded by periphery…

Here it is! Evidence of the photo shoot that happened yesterday out here. This picture was captured by the lovely and amazing Nicole, the best friend and editor a gal could ever hope for. Lynne Harty and her intrepid assistant Daniel took some truly stunning pictures of chickens and eggs and their accoutrement in every assorted manner. I’m in a couple of them, too. And Fly and Dexter made a cameo! Chris, Lark‘s creative director extraordinaire, worked his magic later in the day. Glenn made a roasted veggie soup that is the stuff of dreams, which we wolfed down alongside equally rhapsodic egg-salad sandwiches and hard cider. The weather and chickens couldn’t have been more cooperative. All in all a wonderful day.


Only one more chapter to complete this week and then it’s just lots of little loose ends and short entries. Not that it’s done, far from it, but most of the real nitty-gritty tasks have been stared in the face.
Let’s hope today is just as magical as yesterday. Gobama!