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  • 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.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
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Check Your Head (Cold)

Hi friends! I hope your holiday weekend was filled with everyone and everything that you love. Ours certainly was. We stopped by our favorite children’s consignment store on Friday and picked up a few things for Huxley, including a wooden stove (with cabinets! for squirreling things away in!), a wooden rocking horse, a wooden tool box, a wooden puzzle, and some great clothes on clearance. Along with some fabulous gifts from my mother and grandmother, he was in heaven come Christmas day. 
For Hubs, I picked out a pair of these boots, to use as muck boots for when he’s in the chicken coop or working in the garden. I also bought him copies of these two books, good reads he’d been wanting to check out. Finally, I registered him for a beginning ceramic class, which runs 6 weeks and begins next Tuesday. Always a great gifter, he festooned me with a few pieces of jewelry from one of my favorite designers, a sturdy yet chic tote, a functional yet fashionable hoodie (with black toggle buttons, my favorite!) and a lamp I’d had my eye on. 
We had friends over for a feast of feasts, featuring all-natural N.C. ham, corn pudding, collards from our garden, double cheddar biscuits, our friend’s incredible rosemary roasted root vegetable puree, and my healthy spin on the southern classic fruit salad dish “ambrosia” (fresh pineapple, fresh apples, fresh clementines, toasted pecans, all-natural maraschino cherries, and organic sour cream). Dessert was homemade coconut custard pie with vanilla bean whipped cream topping, washed down with proseco. Like I said, an epic feast. 
Today, though, I’m holed up on the couch, in my flannel p.j.’s (yes, I prefer the color palette of men’s pajamas; no pink for this lady), nursing a head cold. Never one to take sickness easily, I’ve already been pounding pots of this tea, have gargled with warm salt water, taken several rounds of elderberry syrup, languished in a bath using my mustard powder blend, and rubbed this phenomenal vapor rub on my chest. I’m already feeling back in the saddle. 
What about you? What do you do when the yucks come ‘a knocking? I’d love to hear of your healing tips and go-to solutions. Otherwise, here’s wishing you and yours a week of wellness!

10 Responses to Check Your Head (Cold)

  • Anna says:

    Glad you had a nice weekend, I hope you feel better! I often suffer from sore throats and love making a tea of hot water, lemon juice, ginger and honey. The longer it steeps, the more gingery it tastes.

  • elaine says:

    SOunds like you had a lovely holiday! I definitely do the elderberry syrup when we are sick and even when we are not, just a spoonful or more in a cup of hot water makes a nice tea. Ginger, lemon, honey also makes a good tea and my tried and true remedy is a spoonful of crushed garlic slathered in honey! and lots of oranges. Hope you are feeling better soon!

  • Anonymous says:

    Oooh, Last Child in the Woods is an excellent read. I was lucky enough to read it a few years ago as an advanced copy before it was published, and it is thought provoking indeed. Sounds like you all had a merry Christmas indeed!

  • petoskystone says:

    I,also, have little use for pink…unless it's on a peony or a stalk of rhubarb!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    OK girl I think this is your second Beastie Boys play on words at least :)))) (love it!).

    In my world it's water-water-water to flush out the baddies, and for me I'm lucky to be able to work from home if I'm sick – seriously taking the day off the DAY you feel you're getting sick can prevent passing it to everyone you work with, and help you get better faster – nip in the bud!

    Also big fan of Lysine supplements along with vitamin C, esp for those nasty cold sores (one every 2 hrs the minute you feel a hint of one will usually keep it from becoming a full fledged 'face wound' haha)

  • Cat K. says:

    I was right there with you this time last week! This time we made hot toddies a couple of nights in a row for the sore throat–which was awesome. I've been a little wary of my neti pot since those stories about the people with the brain-eating amoebas, but I'll just have to get some distilled water and keep going. I am curious about Elaine's garlic and honey, though…

  • Jenny says:

    Like EcoGrrl wrote, your nod to The Beatie Boys is fantastic. The description of your epic feast had my tummy a rumblin'. Yummers! My husband and I have a fresh,organic juice bar in the River Arts District, so fresh juice is definitely our go to cure all. If you come in to Asheville in the near future, stop by. We would love to treat you. Cheers!

  • Molle says:

    So sorry you're sick! We had it last week. The two secret weapons I make when we're sick are elderberry syrup and an echinacea, pau d'arco, goldenseal tincture. And lots of rest.

    Hope you feel better soon :)

  • petoskystone says:

    Yea! The book 'Farm Anatomy' came in yesterday. Wonderful :)

  • kv barn says:

    homemade chicken noodle soup with lots of onion and garlic :) and also french onion soup! hope you are better already!