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  • 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.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! A nasty, sneaky sinus something-or-other has wreaked havoc and has me down for the count today. I’ve been feeling just on the verge of getting something the past few days with achy joints, general fatigue, and the like, and then last night it started to hurt when I swallowed. Woke up this morning with full-on nastiness. I’m attacking it with a vengeance, though, with elderberry & honey syrup, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, grapefruit seed extract, and more. I seldom get sick, and I don’t take it lightly. So, I see a day filled with rest, hot baths, healing essential oils, tea, and cuddles from a little dude (and a big one!).

In other news, I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing tips for crafting bath and massage oils, perfect for this time of year when those of us in the northern hemisphere begin to look less like our lovely selves and more like Leatherface.

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Amazing house in Nairobi.
*This orange loaf calls to me like a siren.
*Now that the craft/guest room is nearly done, I’m thinking we’ll decorate the walls with these, with various specimens gathered from the property.
*Win a copy of Crackers & Dips!
*Picked up this book the other day; excited by its prospects.

I’m hoping all of this clears on out by tomorrow. I’m attending a seed-starting class at Sow True Seed (you should come, if you’re in the area-it’s free, and bound to be informative!) in the morning, and then going to a 4 year-old’s birthday party in the afternoon. Head cold, sinus infection, or whatever it is, consider yourself given fair warning.

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. 

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    Feel better, sweetie! And that class is already full :( I put my name on the waiting list, so I am hoping they see the need for a 2nd class. So my stalker butt won’t be there tomorrow, you’re safe ;)

  • Shanda says:

    That house in Nairobi is amazing!

  • Kat says:

    Come visit in Oregon–I’ll take you lot swimming in Oneonta Gorge!

  • Georgette A. Howington says:

    Your son is an angelic cherub of a boy; those pink cheeks, sparkling eyes and smile are the pinnacle of happiness. The postings today are interesting. I especially like the book on Home Brewing. Recently I am interested in making soy yogurts. Don’t know if that is considered “brewing” however…in any event, I enjoyed seeing your postings as always! How do you find so many new and interesting things? Such a smart young woman. Thank you.

  • kimpeck says:

    feel better soon…happy to hear that you are taking care of yourself so well!!
    and have fun tomorrow at Sow True Seed – i LOVE them
    i always look forward to friday & your post!!

  • amanda (sweetpotatoclaire) says:

    hope you’re on the up and up. sinus infections are the worst, but it sounds like you’re on the way to knocking it out. that house in nairobi is AMAZING! really, the picture of the living room with the soft curved walls and that reading nook and fireplace had me swooning! and the warthog? oh my. I was gifted home brewing supplies for christmas and plan to put them to use soon~ fun stuff.