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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
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Cats & Books

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Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a restful weekend. Clearly, Harold (orange) and Maude (tortoiseshell) did. These two. SUCH rascals! I didn’t know that cats actually do, in fact, attempt to sharpen their claws on your curtains, until I got Harold. Or witnessed a cat try to swipe everything that moves by her, including dogs 28x’s their size, like Maude. It’s a good thing they’re so darn cute, I’m telling you.

I’m in that odd, liminal space I find myself in whenever I’m between books. Just submitted a last, final batch of edits for Handmade Gatherings last week, and will begin work on the new book later this week, after I complete several freelance jobs I’m working on. It’s odd, my relationship with writing books. Whenever I’m working on one, I’m completely focused on the deadline, on getting everything just right and just so and into my editor on time. And then, I turn in the manuscript, and I suddenly feel adrift, rudderless.

Writing books is something I adore, and yet it always feels, well, like work, too. And it should, it should feel that way, with all of the attendant challenges and frustrations and joys and thrills that come with working on a project. And, of course, whenever the weather turns cool, I can’t help but think about that bit of fiction writing I hope to one day get to, as well.

Devilish cats, book restlessness, and future fiction. That’s what’s capturing my attention at present. And you?

Here’s wishing the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours!

 

8 Responses to Cats & Books

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Such an inspiration you are! I’d love nothing more than to write a book, about something, anything, well not ANYTHING, but you get the idea..I don’t even know where to start!

  • jen says:

    Our cat was so lovely…decided to only sharpen his nails on cheap welcome mats and nothing else. I think we got lucky with that guy. :)
    Capturing my attention right now – growing this baby and finally feeling it kick inside and out. Still new that it catches me by surprise and I’m still loving it. I am told I will grow annoyed with the persistent kicks by the end, so for now I’m enjoying the newness and wonder of having a living being inside me!
    Congrats on finishing up the book! I can’t wait to get a copy when it comes out – any idea for a release date?

  • CINDYO says:

    Speaking of books…I am using your cheese book to guide me in making mozarella today! I am practicing for the Adult Ed class I will be teaching next week called, “Cooking From Scratch!” And, speaking of ‘gatherings’ we are building an outdoor wood-fired baking oven in our backyard, yes, in the middle of a Montana winter! I anticipate gatherings galore, to share community through delicious fire cooked food.

  • kimpeck says:

    i would love more nap time likes those lovely cats!
    what am i up to…photographing farms in the snow, getting marketing ready for the new Co-op in town, and making a new baked good every day. yum!

  • Georgette says:

    Getting ready for spring planting, making marmelades, practicing calligraphy, writing poetry and short stories … Cleaning out nest boxes almost ready for another nesting season…reading…practicing yoga…Thinking of romantic ways to express appreciation for my husband…stuff…

    I am very inspired by your weekly suggestions! I check all of them. Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to your latest book. Will certainly buy it for my library. Take care and have a happy week !! Here in the Bay Area we are waiting for that rain at the end of the week. Rain is precious to us.

  • Georgette says:

    Oh and your cats are very sweet. We enjoy the company of two felines in our little home. Jacques and Bodhi.

  • sarah says:

    your maude looks like our tortie bleecker, who also loves to swipe!

  • Alicia says:

    I love the picture of your felines. Brigit – no, I am not kidding; that was her given name by the staff at the local Humane Society – is just as devilish. She gets into some odd situations. I often call her Houdini Cat.