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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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What Goes Around Comes Around




The life of a full-time stay-at-home writer living in a forest 15 miles from town can get a bit lonely at times. I have my sweet husband, whom I adore, and a host of pets to keep me company. Sometimes, though, I miss the random, unexpected, spontaneous interactions and connections with strangers that characterized my previous career as a medical assistant, or when I managed a B&B, or worked retail at a natural foods store. I miss the homemade hummus someone would bring into the office to share, or the quirky Brit who was lodging with her 82 year-old brother, or spotting Weird Al Yankovic and Downtown Julie Brown at my place of employment. I know, right? Who wouldn’t miss THAT?


Imagine then, the untold delight I encounter meeting and connecting with new friends via this blog. Imagine what it feels like when those encounters become a bit closer; those encounters that are of the third kind where, you know, we make contact. So goes my connection to Cyn over at River Dog Prints. Cyn originally contacted me this past summer, to let me know she was cross-posting one of my Small Measure Can-Do contest giveaways. Though she didn’t win that contest, she did score big on a later one, for my Fig & Thyme Jam

True lady of graciousness and talent that she is, Cyn kicked up the gratitude volume full-blast and mailed me not just a lovingly written thank you note (and there’s no way she could know how much I like the color brown-she’s in Connecticut, I’m here in N.C.), but she crafted the most fantastic labels for adoring home-canned goods! Thank you so very much, Cyn! What a treat! And what a perfect segue into the holiday that is all about gratitude and thankfulness and connecting sincerely and mindfully with those in our lives. 

Have a wonderful holiday everyone! I’m thankful for each and every one of you. 

4 Responses to What Goes Around Comes Around

  • Anonymous says:

    What wonderful ideas. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  • Cyn says:

    Ashley's homemade creations are just THAT good! Thanks Ashley and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  • Jenna says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. Through my writing I have met some really truly amazing individuals, ranging from readers to blog buddies to a few who have become genuine friends. Being a city girl, it's allowed me to connect with people living lives so different from mine yet still seeing how similar we are. Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for your many contributions!