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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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My Green Resolution

I’ve got a guest post up on Apartment Therapy‘s Re-Nest. Come find me over there as I discuss “My Green Resolution” for 2011.


*Image from the always fabulous Lynne Harty.

7 Responses to My Green Resolution

  • Anonymous says:

    Dear Ashley,
    Come to think of it, this might be part of my resolution: Instead of anonymously taking advantage of your creativity, your ideas and your way of life as you share it on your blog – which is what I do for quite some time now – I'd like to take the opportunity and thank you for providing this great source of inspiration. Your blog is a place I go to regularly: somehow it always makes me happy and helps me keep my faith in humanity (this sounds a bit pathetic, but I don't know how else to put it :-) Thank you!
    Eva
    PS: Sorry – I'm from Munich, Germany, and my English is so very far from perfect. But I just had to thank you today :-)

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I love how you put this. If you have time, would love to hear more in your future blogs about more of the specific things you're doing as a mom to be green and how much the waste is increasing and what you're doing – seems like there's always a new mom who could use your wisdom :) congratulations again on your new beautiful life and happy 2011!!

  • Darla says:

    Isn't it amazing how parenting changes your thoughts about EVERYTHING!? I was already pretty eco conscious but once I had my daughter I learned about cloth diapers, made my own wipes, started participating in baby clothes swaps (looking for all natural materials) and really took a very hard look at how I was eating and what I was putting on my body….Its amazing how deep the rabbit hole goes but in the end you are leading by example and I think that will go a long long way…People always think I'm nuts for spending the “extra” money on organic, actually all natural materials this that and the other thing. But I look at it as an investment on many levels. Our health, our future….its these “little” things that make a big difference…The hardest thing I find though, is how to let other people know this is the way you choose to live and its not that you don't appreciate the 100% polyester hat and glove set, the Dora the explorer t-shirts or the toxin laden plastic baby doll, but that you are trying to avoid these things… I still have no answer and maybe never will, but thats one of the hardest parts of choosing to live this way…But it is most certainly worth it!

  • What a lucky boy to have such a conscious Mama!
    Can't wait to read about all of your discoveries.

  • jen says:

    I've been lurking for a while, but wanted to say I love your Green Resolution! We're moving to the Asheville area next year, I'm so looking forward to being around like-minded people!

  • Eva-Thank you, so very much. Your comments warmed my heart in the deepest way.

    Aimee-Yes, I plan to detail those sorts of things as much as possible. I'd LOVE to do a book in my “Homemade Living” series on the topic, actually…

    Darla-EXACTLY!

    Floret-Thank you for your kind words.

    Jen-Welcome! Give me a shout out when you get here. I'd love to meet up!

  • Anna says:

    I'm not a mom yet, but I hope it be in the next few years… I am definitely interested in learning more about being green with babies. When the time comes, I will certainly head down the greenest path possible, but I'm always interested in learning more. Thanks for all of you information and inspiration