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What I’m Digging

Huxley Swing
Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Our little guy was working his way through a fever/cough/snotty nose something or other, so we’ve stayed close to home and kept things pretty chill. Just how I like it.

Huge thanks to Country Living magazine for giving some love to Handmade Gatherings, both online and in their April 2014 print issue. As a long, long subscriber, it was a thrill beyond description to see my book suggested as their “Recommended Reading” for the month. Woohoo!

My March column for Verve is live. This month, I’m sharing a bit about why I adore winter. Don’t get me wrong-I love spring peepers and tulips and daffodils and peanut butter eggs as much as the next lady. I just really love winter. Well, let me qualify that claim by clarifying that I love winter in western North Carolina. A Cancer, I’m really a homebody at heart. Staying near the wood stove, in comfy clothes, baking and cooking and sipping on hot beverages with my boys satisfies my soul.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*The sound of tree rings.

*Jewelry made from fruit and vegetable peelings=crazy awesome (thanks for the link, Eliza!).

*My friend Janell is hosting this incredible Whole Earth Summit next week. Best part? It’s FREE!

*Just discovered Local Milk and am seriously smitten.

*My great-grandmother Lena May Law (“Mamaw” to me, the one whose eyeglass frames I wear) suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Accordingly, I’m always looking for ways of preventing it (although, to date, neither my grandmother nor my mother have shown any signs of the illness). This roundup of brain-boosting foods is super helpful in working towards that goal.

*Our local food coop is now certified living wage. Great news!

*Huxley needed some new rain boots. Ordered this pair and am very impressed with their construction and appearance. Nicely made and good looking? I’m in.

*I’m crushing hard on this pair of Clarks in Dark Brown, size 8 (look how much they’ve been marked down!).

*My dear sister, Theo, sent me a copy of Alys Fowler’s The Edible Garden. Alys is my lady crush, and this book has got it going on!

*I got a totally unexpected, incredibly thoughtful care package from Sara, creator of Roost Books and who I’ve taken a notion to thinking of as my “heart sister”, this week. So, so fun. It was filled with wonderful things, including a bottle of hand lotion, a bottle of body lotion, a bar of soap, and a tube of lip balm, all from Pangea Organics. Pangea’s creator is a close friend of Sara’s. Not only are the products ecologically and ethically sourced and produced, their packaging is attractive, recyclable, and, in the case of the soap packaging, growable-water it and a spruce tree will sprout! Companies that attend to all aspects of their product’s creation, from sourcing, to packaging, to distribution, and “end of life” cycle are not just attractive to me, they’re the future of commodities in general.

Huxley’s teacher from Starseed is coming over for a house visit tomorrow. Just to hang out with him, not to inspect our house, or judge our parenting style, or anything like that. Just to chill with him, and get to know him better, in his space. How cool is that? Sunday my sweet lady friend Nicole, who is also the editor of the 5 books I penned for Lark, is coming over to nosh, sip, and catch up. Can’t wait to hug her pretty neck!

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

*I post a photo of Huxley in my “What I’m Digging” round-ups as, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. When I was away in Austin, Glenn took Huxley up to Burnsville for a visit with his “granny nannies” (my mom and grandmother). There’s an amazing playground in Burnsville adjacent to the Yancey County Public Library. Huxley was catching air in the image above, swinging, one of his favorite pursuits. 


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