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  • 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
  • The cold never bothered me anyway ? Love exploring our woods in the winter.
  • Suckin' on icicles, out in the deep freeze. ??? Our fella sure does love his cold weather nature walks!
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Little Trip To the Big City

Happy weekend, friends! Hubs, Huxley and I hopped on two planes, one taxi, and one train yesterday to head up to N.J./NYC for s short work/vacation jaunt. I’m giving What I’m Digging a little break this week, as, in all honesty, I was too busy writing and cooking and packing and teaching a class and more all week in prep for our trip to really spend much time online. I’ll be back with my discoveries next week, though!

We’re off to a pumpkin patch in just a bit, to munch on apple cider doughnuts, sip hot apple cider, go on a hayride, and wade ankle-deep in pumpkins. I LOVE this kind of thing!

I’ll be back early next week, to give you the scoop on what we’re doing up here. I’ll tell you this much-I’m here on account of these folks and will be attending a very exciting dinner on Monday night here. Details to come!

Oh, before I go, I wanted to let you know I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge. I’m chatting about making a apple-stamp table runner. It’s incredibly easy to make and will give your space a whimsical, customize autumnal touch.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

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