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  • 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!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! Did any of you get snow? We didn’t. Glenn and I are kind of equally saddened and relieved. We’d love to have woken up to a snowy cove for Huxley to romp in, but said snowy cove can be quite tricky to navigate when it comes to possibly downed trees and snow-covered dirt roads. Oh, well. Maybe next time!

I’m heading out soon to my neighbor’s house. She’s a massage therapist and is giving me a massage in exchange for some cat-sitting I did for her and her husband back in October. This’ll be my first massage since I was pregnant and I’m over the moon thrilled, especially given my recent horrid sleep.

Thank you all for your advice on transitioning from bed-sharing to independent sleeping. Our bedroom is tiny, so we can’t upsize to a king, but if we could, we certainly would, believe me! Instead, last night, we moved Huxley’s basket of night time books up to his room. We all read a few books together, then I snuggled with him until he fell asleep. I then went to sleep in the guest room next to his.

Over the next 4-ish hours, he woke three times. The first two times, I was able to get him back to sleep right away by rubbing his back. The third time he said he wanted to go downstairs, so I carried him to bed with me in the guest room, where he went right to sleep. It wasn’t perfect, but it’s a start! And he’s already indicated being ready to sleep in his “big boy bed” again tonight. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Ira Glass on honing your chops.
*The season of grapefruit marmalade is upon us.
*Winter beekeeping tips.
*DIY pinecone firestarters.
*Aran’s winter squash risotto.
*Who needs drugs when you’ve got music?
*Crushing on this enamelware.
*Been feeling like my eyes needed a little sumpin’-sumpin’ and I think this is it.
*Chelsea’s guide for surviving winter.

We’re off to have dinner tonight at the home of some dear friends (I love dinner parties!). The theme is “India meets Southern Food” (think cardamom corn bread and pulled pork vindaloo-I. KNOW.). I’m making the Carrot Pie from my book, and serving it with cardamom whipped cream. Yes!

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

*I post a photo of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Here he is, from last night, in our very dark living room. I love that it’s kind of a “Where’s Huxley?”/Where’s Waldo-esque image! 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    Well I’ve never thought of making grapefruit marmalade before- great idea! I’m going to get on that!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    ps- i don’t think the marmalade recipe link is working properly.
    pps- i’m digging how tidy your living room is!

  • Annie says:

    The first thing my son did this morning was go outside with me to feed the cat and mourn the lack of snow. It was tragic, as we were planning a big snow day!

  • Gloria says:

    Ira Glass……WOW. How did you know I needed that today? Thanks for posting that Ashley.

  • chelsea says:

    Your barter sounds perfect!! Hope you have a lovely weekend and thank you for the link. Glad you enjoyed! xo

  • Sarah says:

    Re: the cosleeping bit…my theory was always that as long as they start out the night in their own beds, eventually they will sleep through and stay there. Ours always start the night in their own beds and then come in with us whenever they first wake up. At 4 my oldest just started sleeping in his own room and will regularly sleep through and stay there until the morning.

  • ddu says:

    One inch of crunchy precip in Winston-Salem, with just enough black ice to cancel schools. Our two little beloveds preferred their own rooms because Dad snored so loudly he rattled folks off the bed! Our favorite cuddle time was first thing in the morning, when they’d snooze in the bed with us while we had coffee and read the newspaper. Now I’m a bit nostalgic for footed sleepers and stuffed bears… Best wishes!