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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • 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!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We became new parents this week, of the feline kind! This summer, three of our (quite geriatric) cats crossed over the rainbow bridge (or, as we told Huxley, “went to the forest”, which is accurate, as that’s where they’re buried). The one that remained, Kali, was seeming a bit despondent, so it seemed that getting her some furry company was in order.

We went to the Kitten Madness event ($3 per kitten, which includes spaying/neutering and micro-chipping) last Friday at the Asheville Humane Society and promptly fell in love these sweet-faced buddies. We’ve christened them Harold (the tabby) and Maude (the tortoiseshell). They’re litter mates and it made sense to give 4 month-old kittens someone to play with other than an 18 year-old, crotchety (though sweet!) cat. They’re rascal-y and wily and goofy and so, so puuuuuuuuuurfect (it had to be said)! Best of all, they were “buy-one-get-one” so, for $3, we went for it. Huxley’s 2nd birthday is Sunday, so this is our gift to him (and, really, to ourselves, too). Ain’t no love like baby kitty love!

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

*Seasoning cast iron pans with beeswax.
*I’ve yet to meet a pot pie I don’t like.
*DIY Halloween decor.
*This Iceland diary seals the deal-we. must. go (via Camille).
*Fabulous gift idea for new parents.
*Vote for the dinner party.
*This blog makes me want to turn our lower field into a market garden.
*Someday, I’ll make it to Petersham Nurseries. And I’ll be very, very happy.
*Brown Sugar Roasted Fig Oatmeal

I’ll be busy all weekend long, prepping for the big party we’re throwing our little guy on Sunday. We’re dovetailing it with a pumpkin-themed event for the new book, and the weather, scenery, and eats promise to make it an occasion to remember.

Hubs is off to the annual Asheville Scrabble Club Tournament (think BIG WIN vibes for him!), and since he’ll be gone for the better part of Saturday and a good chunk of Sunday, my mom and grandmother are graciously coming over to spend all day tomorrow and Sunday with me and Huxley. They’re even spending the night, which, for my 86 year-old Nanny, is a big, big deal. I plan to make it worth their while, with a pizza & pajama party tomorrow evening and a yummy breakfast on Sunday (I’m thinking homemade biscuits and country ham).

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

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