march miscellany

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

a few favorite moments from march:
+ my girls weekend south, laughter and love between friends and just the best "girls days" I can remember
+ that burger at fork and cork -- possibly the best of my life
+ Spring blooms on every little branch and tree.  life after winter is so wonderfully sweet.
+ irish fare and leftover green beer
+ making and sharing lemon curd and the infamous lemon coconut cake
+ lazy evenings at home, sharing our day over dinner and house of cards
+ being in my kitchen, windows open and making things with my hands, so good for my soul
+ Easter weekend with family; food and laughter and a full house
+ neighborhood walks with Lucy-- also the great shed of spring [so much furrrr]
+ playing at the park with my almost-4year old godson and pondering this crazy thing called time
+ forming all the best plans for this spring, the first grass mow of the year, and new sandals for the season


taking stock || march

Friday, March 25, 2016

Making: lemon curd for easter gifts and lemon coconut cake
Cooking: with healthy and fresh ingredients.  Feels so good after winter. 
Drinking: honey vanilla chamomile tea 
Reading: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn & When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Wanting: a day to dig in the dirt and plant herbs 
Looking: forward to our upcoming trip to Texas next week! Cowboy boots, texmex food, and back porch sitting with family
Playing: at the park with a best friend and her babes this week was such a highlight
Wasting: time watching the real housewives, but oh gosh I love it so
Wishing: my baby brother a happy{and safe} 21st birthday next week. Seen also as, making me feel old as dirt.
Enjoying: March Madness! these few weeks of nonstop games make me the happiest 
Waiting: to buy the cutest baby moccasains 
Liking: paper straws and lemon in my water--Making me feel fancy and so I drink more of it.  However shallow it is, it gets the job done.
Wondering: if anxiousness will ever go away 
Loving: lazy evening scenes; as much as dinner on the couch is a bad habit, we do it often, but most of the time we don't watch TV. We talk and laugh and relive our day to each other.  The after dinner routine is just as nice--dog snuggles and hot tea and off to bed early, because we're old and we don't care.  A peaceful and boring little life, just how we like it sometimes.  
Hoping: to visit the outer banks soon -- beach driving and camping and jimmy buffet on the radio
Marveling: at how suddenly and powerfully an emotion or memory can hit you; straight in the heart, springing tears to eyes, leaving you with feelings you didn't know you had.  Memories of my Dad are just so bittersweet.  
Needing: to get the A/C in my car fixed. asap.
Smelling: Springtime air and I think its the best.
Wearing: Essie's marshmallow on my nails--honoring the season of Easter properly
Following: highway 17 all the way down North Carolina to my island home-- country roads take me away
Noticing: birdsong and first blooms from cherry blossoms and lady banks roses--pops of color and greening tree tops. Spring is giving me all the feels this time around.
Knowing: and doing are two utterly and completely different things. 
Thinking: about dinner and the upcoming weekend. always always always. 
Feeling: determined
Bookmarking: vacation destinations
Opening: a fresh bottle of coffee creamer and how it is like the first dip into a jar peanut butter, aka heaven.  
Giggling: at Lucy and how she bosses me around and how I just take it like a champ. 
Feeling: happy

first bloom

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

and all of a sudden in a matter of days it seems, the hours are brighter and the earth is greener.  peering out windows and walking down sidewalks just to see and feel the world awakening with colors and life anew.
welcome welcome spring

also of note : parsley that survived me and winter! and my commandeered forsythia plant is blooming again! curbside plants lest not be forgotten, or so my parents have taught me.

happy spring my friends


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

a little housekeeping to be done, literally and figuratively.

it seems life lately is full of simple and lovely little things : of whisking widows open and sweet time in my kitchen -- making sunday supers and weekend breakfasts and homemade lemon curd. of flowers in mason jars and happy dirt on your knees. of later light and bare shoulders and toes with fun pops of springtime color. of talking and creating plans for that sweet season of summertime.  of blossom checks every time you leave the house--more anew every day.

this space is so sweet to me but sometimes I treat it like a task or hold it to rules, and that I'm learning is just plain silly.  and so a little more sharing of where I am personally.

peering out into the big beautiful unknown ocean from a tiny comfortable wading pool -- is a metaphorically nice description of how I'm feeling as of late.  splashing around in the known because its easy and comfortable but also itching for something new and knowing its time too.  diving head first is what's next, unnerving and exciting all in the same breath.

also lately, I've been learning and living and growing through situations out of our control.  starting our family with the unknown 'why's' and 'whens' of this time in our life is quite personal and rather difficult to open up and share through. sometimes knowing what to do gracefully, is hard.  just the daily 'up in the airiness' of the whole thing, is the hardest part I think.  but in a sweet sort of happenstance I've been hearing a lot of heart wrenching and gut hitting advice lately.  things to the tune of, "I've been there.  You think your life is supposed to follow this timeline, because everyone else's life seems to be. But it doesn't work like that. No one's life does. I had to let go of my own timeline and my expectations for it. I took care of the things that were in my control, and for the things that weren't, I just had to let my life be what it was going to be."  
So yes, yes to letting go of expectations and finding peace in where I am now.  Opening widows and closing doors and allowing new breezes of acceptance and opportunity float in.

sorry for all the puns, alliterations, and metaphors, they just flow so abundantly out of this lofty head of mine.  they're silly kinda and fun too.  which is all very much me.  



a Spring list.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

its almost here, spring that is! my heart is filling up every day as daffodils bloom and the winter weather fades.  I have made a list, dancing in-between 'must-be-done' and 'lets celebrate', with some of the best things I like to enjoy and hope to do this spring.

+ make lemon curd for Easter gifts
+ bake this lemon coconut cake for Easter lunch
+ find the best spring sandals
+ garage sale? if best, just sell/give away furniture
+ visit the zoo! or aquarium! or this exhibit at the Botanical Garden
+ patio plans-- new grill and cushions and a cookout to celebrate
+ plant herbs and vegetables in new redesigned garden box
+ try a few new restaurants around town: this place has been on my go-to list for a while! also this one for southern comfort food and cocktails and this farm to table brunch spot looks divine
+ run the shamrock 8k with Chris & enjoy Irish fare and refreshments
+ annual, post winter yard work day extravaganza!! rewarding ourselves with cold beer and burgers on the grill
+ trip to visit family in Texas, contemplate a boot purchase or a big cowgirl hat!
+ go to a strawberry patch, pick for jam and shortcake
+ take a picnic to the park or beach, unnecessary wicker basket included
+ make our way down highway 12 to the outer banks, drive on the beach and stay for the day or camp!

quite a few items on this list have rotated from seasons past which just goes to show :
1. I am a creature of habit and 2. celebrating is more fun than chores, and we are oh so good at it too

last years spring list



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

a weekend away to the port city, I have so many favorite places in north carolina but this one may top the list. exploring and relishing and adventuring with your best friends does help too. 

a girls weekend filled with all the right things: brunch at basics, morning mimosas with fresh berries, late nights spent talking sharing loving, afternoon coffee and shopping, sweets at the ready, homemade cocktails before dinner, and the best burger of my life at fork and cork.  

saying goodbye to them is always hard. our until-next-time's are getting longer in between, but such is life.  these women, they are my heart and soul -- I am ever grateful for their love and friendship, and I think we are lucky ladies to enjoy this life together.  

I read this last week, timing is such a funny thing isn't it?  I believe this to be so true, it ran through my head all weekend long -- 
Friendships between women are often the deepest and most profound love stories, but they are often discussed as if they are ancillary, 'bonus' relationships to the truly important ones. Women's friendships outlast jobs, parents, husbands, boyfriends, lovers, and sometimes children."
-The Triumph of the Platonic Rom-Com