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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • 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.
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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.