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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Cheers to a splendid weekend. || New "What I'm Digging" round up over on small measure (link in my profile).

Happy Friday, friends! It is insanely lovely here today. Gentle breeze, blue skies, right around 80 degrees. Now, if the seasonal allergies I’ve been suffering from over the past two-ish weeks would just move on out, everything would be glorious. So much neti-potting, and grapefruit nasal spray, and Flonase, and Benadryl going on around here lately. I’ll take the hit, though. So worth it to have flowering plants and trees of every possible permutation on view!

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

*Need something for mom? Grace included my bath salts in her round-up of easy DIY gifts with mom in mind.

*Really loving the truthfulness and honesty of this post about how “quick and easy” photos are often anything but. The older I get, the more I appreciate candor and full disclosure. And humility, but that merits an entire post to itself. Oh humility, how I love thee so!!!!

*Been looking for a lightweight , organic cotton bath robe at a good price for, quite literally, years (I can take a profoundly long time to buy things). Thinking this might be the winner. Ignore the fella in it-it’s unisex.

*Starting a Feel Good Book Club soon with some lady friends. Our first read is The Language of Flowers. Looks immensely intriguing. Any of you read it?

*Ordered The Art of Hearing Heartbeats at the suggestion of a new friend. Summer reading is about to get all kinds of wonderful!

*I’ve become an increasingly devoted fan of Clarks shoes. They’re durable, have strong arch support (I have really high arches and get shin splints easily), and have a timeless look to them. I also like that they’re not really the least bit dainty, because, well, I like footwear that keeps up with my lifestyle, which is far from precious or delicate. There’s a new Clarks outlet store in Asheville and I picked up a pair of Faraway Charm in black and a pair of Gunn in black suede yesterday. About to order these Dusty Souls in black and then my shoe collection will be pretty much set for several years.

*Speaking of foot wear, Glenn and I both have a pair of Shoe-Ins that we keep outside of the chicken coop. If we’re not wearing our chicken/outdoor boots and need to go into the coop, we just slide these on over our shoes and head on in. They look like enormous clown shoes, but are actually quite easy to put on and to take off. Even better, Shoe-Ins are made here in the states by a worker-owned cooperative.

*University professor discovers the secret life of plants (ALSO-this kind of information jazzes me beyond description; should you ever encounter similar information/books/videos/etc., do feel free to send it my way).

Mother’s Day is a holiday filled with varying degrees of emotion, isn’t it? Excitement, dread, happiness, agony, elation, grief, disappointment. So much wrapped up in our mothers and how they mothered us, and how those of us that are mothers mother our own children. We all have our own expectations and ideas of what constitutes and defines a “mother.” Whatever your own approach, I wish you a lovely weekend, however it may manifest.

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 because, truly, he’s what Glenn and I dig the most. We headed to Biltmore last Saturday, to take in the massive display of azaleas in bloom. Our little monkey found this tree and immediately wanted to both climb and hug it. 

9 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Molly says:

    My book club read The Language of Flowers and we loved it. Interesting, sad, sweet, with a mostly happy ending. We loved the flower part. At book club, someone brought flower essences and we had fun with that.

  • Kim says:

    Loved the Language of Flowers, great book! Enjoy, and happy weekend.

  • Jen says:

    I didn’t realize there was a Clarks store at the new Outlet mall. Nice! I’m a huge fan of the brand – all my favorite pairs for the last 8 years have been Clarks. I really don’t know why I bother to buy anything else. :)

    Have you found your allergies to be worse this year than previous years? I’ve had a beast of a time with them this year and someone told me they get worse with age? NO!!!!

    Enjoy your weekend!

    • YES! Go! It’s awesome! They’re not carrying any of the current styles of Clarks (which is why I’m going to order the Dusty Souls), but their prices are really great.

      As for allergies, I haven’t noticed a worsening, per se, more like a “weirdening” (?) of my symptoms. I now get super nauseous, and really tired, and pain in my left eye, and sluggish limbs, and even tingling in my extremities if I don’t stay on top of the anti-histamines and herbs and neti pot. STRANGE!

  • amanda says:

    LOVED The Language of Flowers. I read it last year and it was definitely one of my standouts, along with The Snow Child and Evergreen. and others.

  • Am says:

    Hmm, be careful with Flonase, it can be habit-forming! And anticholinergics like Benadryl may be tied to Alzheimer’s. (I tried pretty much every single kind of med for my near-constant nasal drip and bad allergies but then I just went “eh” and gave up on everything since nothing worked without making me even MORE tired.) Have you tried local raw honey? I’ve heard it can help but haven’t tried it yet. Sometimes when my sinuses are really bad, saline works wonders.

    I read The Language of Flowers and mostly loved it, but found parts of it a little hard to believe/unrealistic. Couldn’t put it down though!