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  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • 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.

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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Water World & Baby Tears

Happy Friday, all! I’m back! After a week of some much-needed vacation and family time, we three Englishes returned home to our forest abode on Wednesday. I decided to make it a “real” vacation, fixing my compass squarely on my men, my family, and my need to step away from the laptop, hence my scarcity this past week.


My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. Being in Florida, enjoying the sun and sea, got me thinking about water conservation and advocacy. I adore bodies of water. If I had my druthers, we’d be living on a lake up here, or next to a craggy coast in Maine, or seaside in the western Scottish highlands, or on one of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. I’m happy to enjoy the three creeks on our property in the meantime. Water is such a precious resource and an increasingly scarce resource. Watching someone throw trash out of their car a few weeks ago, and knowing that most debris carelessly tossed like that ultimately finds its way to the sea, truly saddens me. Public bodies of water are habitats for so many creatures and it’s our role to protect them while we partake of their pleasures.

So, I successfully travelled on an airplane with an infant, twice! I’m pretty stoked by how seamlessly it all went. Thanks to all of you who offered up travel tips. I seriously took them to heart. Nursing seems to be the golden ticket when it comes to placating a wee one whilst airborne. Huxley did, however, decide to do his “business” mid-way through our 55 minute return flight, which I thought was hilarious. Taking care of that went off without a hitch, though, which was great as it was the one thing I kept worrying would happen. And then it did, and it was truly no big deal. The drop-down table in the rear lavatory was all we needed to manage things. He didn’t seem to mind the turbulence while we were in there and promptly fell asleep once we settled back into our seats. Lesson learned: pack the diaper bag well, and be prepared for the thing you worry about the most to be nowhere near as horrific or odious as you expect.

A few other things I learned about traveling with an infant:
1) They like their evening and morning routines, so do your best to recreate them. Huxley pretty much starts to melt around 7:45 p.m.. I’m used to socializing with family until we’re all on the verge of passing out. It was challenging to want to continue to chat everyone up and laugh merrily while knowing that my little guy really just wanted me to put him to sleep. He did great at both parent’s houses in the morning, though. We sang him “his” morning song (“Good morning, good morning, the nighttime is over, good morning!”; I don’t know-I made it up on a whim months ago), got him changed and he was happy as a clam while I drank my coffee and let the grandparents cuddle him.

2) Bring lots of outfit changes. Huxley is in the spitting-up stage. It gets on him, it gets on me, it gets on everything. Bring extra clothes or do some laundry mid-visit.

3) Keep babies out of the sun. Most sunscreens, even those intended for babies, are indicated for use only in infants 6 months or older. Younger babies should simply not be in the sun for extended periods of time, so, if you wanna soak up rays on the beach, get someone else to watch your tiny person while doing so.

4) It’s okay if they cry. I’m still learning this one. When Huxley cried on vacation, I felt either self-conscious to be “bothering” family with a crying baby, or “anxious” that he was hungry, scared, over-stimulated, what-have-you. Here’s the thing: he’s a baby. He’s 5 months old. He weighs a mere 15 pounds (I weighed him at Publix!). He’s going to cry. He can’t say, “Uh, mom, would you mind stripping off that, albeit adorable, too-hot outer layer long-sleeved onesie? We’re in Florida and it’s 85 outside.” So, he cries. That’s what babies do. And I’m getting better at being alright with that.

5) Allow your insecurities the space to surface, and then allow them to pass. I learned two things about myself on the trip. Firstly, I felt a mild twinge of panic as we left Asheville. It really surprised me, as I think of myself as a logical, grounded person. I felt afraid, fearful of leaving my familiar setting with this tiny creature for the first time. I fretted about how he’d do through airport security, how he’d handle the change in pressure on the plane, if he’d cry a lot, if my family would judge me for nursing him often (I’m simply following his cues) or for practicing bed-sharing. So, I looked at all of those fears, acknowledged them, and then let them pass over me. Secondly, I found myself mildly anxious whenever anyone else held him. What if they accidentally dropped him into the pool? What if they slipped on a wet floor? What if he puked on them? No matter how irrational, the thoughts happened. And then I let them go. I’m learning that parenthood is very much about letting things go. And once I did, I felt great.

Have a lovely weekend, wherever it takes you!

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

We’re headed out to Florida tomorrow. My Pop and his wife are in Tampa (more specifically, Valrico), while Hubs’ folks are in Sarasota (more specifically, Siesta Key). I can’t wait to have uncles and aunties and grandparents available to hold Huxley, listen to him giggle, and dip my feet (and his!) into the ocean.

Before I go, I thought I’d solicit travel advice from all you parents out there. Any tips you’d recommend for making travel with an almost 5 month-old (on Monday!!!) as seamless as possible? I’d love to hear them! Thank you in advance!

This Is How It’s Done

Bucket list item #368: Make donuts=Check.

Calendar Gift Bags

Happy Friday everyone. My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. This week offers up a tutorial on repurposing outdated calendars into unique gift bags.


We’ve got friends arriving any minute. They’ll be staying with us through Sunday, along with their almost one-year old, Awynn. I love it when they come; time creeps along super slowly while we chat, feast, laugh and opine. If only they lived closer (they’re in Decatur, GA at present), or, even better, on our land with us (which isn’t entirely out of the question, actually…)!

Have a lovely weekend. Sending lots of love and light to Japan today. They could certainly use it.

Big love to you all from we three Englishes.

And the Winners Are…

The three winners of copies of “Home Dairy” and “Keeping Bees” are (randomly chosen by the random number widget):

1) #27=Stephanie Matlock Allen
2) #62=Heather
3) #208=Thrift Queen
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone that entered. You people are truly amazing. Keep on at it. You’re making the world a better place.
To those of you who won, congratulations! I’ll be in touch privately to get your mailing information.