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What I’m Digging


Happy Friday, friends! It’s a grey, chilly day here in the cove. I’m sitting on a tiny chair, in the kitchen, at Huxley’s wooden play table, writing in front of the wood stove. While I can’t claim to be 100% better, I can say I’m improving. This cold totally knocked me out. I’m already planning for how to prevent a repeat next winter. I’m thinking of growing some herbs in my medicinal herb garden and then tincturing a blend of them for a winter wellness household-wide formula. That, coupled with more regular hot toddies (they’re medicinal, right? Right.) and frequent mustard baths might be the ticket to keeping this mess away. Fingers crossed. Winter 2014, take note. I’ve got you in my crosshairs, and I intend to take you down.

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

*So intrigued by By Hand (via Marisa).
*Five great reasons to raise chickens.
*Eleven surprising uses for eggshells.
*Long live folk schools!
*Seriously crushing on the black & white Maddy dress (I have GOT to hone up on my sewing skills, stat!!!).
*Watch this film!
*Three words: Chocolate. Chipotle. Caramel.
*Gorgeous hanging planter (locally made, too, and available at Small Terrain).
*The spring issue of Rhythm of the Home is getting me excited for the pending seasonal changes!
*Ordered this skirt (at 30% off the sale price!) with springtime in mind.

Our friends Jen & Jon, who own the yome down in our lower field, are hoping to come for a weekend visit from Atlanta. I love it when they’re down there. Feels like we’ve got a neighborhood. Sunday I’ll be teaching a “Backyard Chickens” class at Small Terrain. I think there are still spots open, so, if you’ve got a hankering to learn what-what’s when it comes to the world of fine, feathered friends, come on out!

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  dig the most. The image above shows the amazing turtle balloon hat he received at a friend’s birthday party last weekend. He then, however, learned that balloons make a loud, exciting popping sound when you step on them, and, well, all bets were off. 


6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • jen says:

    that skirt looks perfect for spring weather. i thought maybe it was on the way after such a lovely Wednesday. every year i forget that March is such a little prankster. getting our hopes up and then just as quickly turning gray and cold. :) stay warm and on the mend! happy friday.

  • EcoGrrl says:

    LOVE the dress! No sewing skills though :(

    Speaking of chooks, if any of your awesome readers here are interested, I’m giving away a couple of books on chickens, one on building a coop ( and another on hatching your own ( – please stop by!!!

  • kimpeck says:

    i love fridays…thank you for fabulous links! love the By Hand one!!

  • Elisa says:

    Your article in Taproot Issue 5 really spoke to my heart. Especially when you said, “My husband’s purposeful, focused perspective, coupled with my son’s simple, daily needs have tethered me to each new moment.” So beautiful. Though the factors are varied in my life, these past couple of years have created a similar enjoyment of the ‘slow life.’ It is wonderful to be free from the guilt of not getting done what I feel I should be doing! Thanks so much for sharing your perspective and your recipes. …It appears as though I will be purchasing some good whiskey and a lemon this evening :)

  • pat says:

    you could make that dress in a heartbeat….!