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  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen

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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eco Winter Reads


Happy Friday, everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. This week I’m weighing in with a list of titles for suggested ecologically-minded winter reads. Many of them I’ve read, while others are on my list. All of them are chock full of fantastically inspiring information and ideas. And all of them will help temper (hopefully) winter angst and cabin fever!


May your weekend be grand, wherever it takes you. It’s supposed to be over 50 degrees F here tomorrow, which, compared to the temperatures we’ve been shivering through, will feel like an absolute heat wave. I’ve no doubt there will be folks out in town in shorts. People really like to milk the warmer winter days around here…

Be well, ya’ll!

*Thanks to Grace at Design Sponge for creating the amazing collages above with images via B&N.

Everything Is Amazing

So, this is what I’ve been thinking about lately, and talking about with Hubs. Comedian Louis K. encapsulates the sentiments we’ve been ruminating over perfectly-that everything is amazing and yet, no one is happy.

Watching the Edwardian & Victorian Farm videos is what really started bringing it home for me. If I want to go somewhere, I hop in my car and, a bit of time later, I’m there, with minimal expenditure of physical labor. Ditto for washing my dishes, or my clothes, or, heck, even my car if I so choose. My food is kept perpetually chilled, or frozen. Hot, luxurious water pours (cleanly!) from my bathtub spigot! I have indoor plumbing! There are strawberries available, for the taking, at my local grocer. In January.

Certainly, not everyone on Earth has access to such modern technologies. And, as I mentioned in the Edwardian & Victorian farm post, while these technologies bring their own host of other issues to contend with, they certainly offer a standard of living (not to mention type of life) never known in the history of humankind. And that, friends, is amazing.

I, for one, am quite happy.

*Apologies for the shoddy quality of the video. That’s the only form the internet seems to have it in…

Baby Love

Huxley had his first baby play date yesterday. He and Ms. Trumie Rose Roberts became fast friends, similarly grunting like goats, passing gas, overeating, and being generally adorable. The parents, meanwhile, feasted on a hearty brunch, swilled a good bit of coffee, and loafed away the afternoon, chatting about all things baby and beyond.


It was time well spent, that’s for certain.

Warmth From Within

My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. Today’s topic discusses two means of warming up from within-mustard baths and ginger & honey tea. I’m feeling a tickle in my throat this morning myself, so I’m about to fire up the kettle for a big ‘ole pot of healing tea. Hopefully it’s just some overnight sinus stuff (our house gets cold, drafty, and dry, even with the humidifier running) and will mosey along asap.


Two other friends of mine recently became moms themselves, one of which has invited us over for brunch tomorrow (I’m hoping to see the other soon-her little boy is named “Dutch”, how cute it that???). I’ve also joined a local momma-baby group, which has been an absolute godsend for this stay-at-home-writer/mom.

I’ve been feeling more and more comfortable trekking out with Huxley (who is now a whopping 11 pounds, 3 ounces as of Wednesday; he turns 3 months today, so, he’s still just a little guy, but he’s catching up!). He seems to really like it, as well. Yesterday we snuggled him into the Ergo and walked the length of our one-mile dirt road. Half-way there he was fast asleep!

If the weather permits, my mom (Huxley’s “Gigi”) will resume her Sunday visits. The snow and cold weather have prevented her from visiting since Christmas Eve. A massage therapist buddy of mine might pay us a home visit then to work on my crinkled, crumpled body, which twists into a multitude of positions overnight whilst nursing Huxley (we co-sleep, which makes sleeping SO much easier).

Be well, friends!

They’re Here!

That’s my kitchen table, and those are my advance copies of my two newest books.


I can’t share more now but, suffice to say, you’re gonna love ‘em. Big time.

Coming your way March 1st.