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  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
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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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