I am trying to be outdoors more this season instead of starting my
hibernation too early. I would rather be inside with a cup of hot
chocolate and the whole first season of Downton Abbey instead of raking leaves.
Friendship. More specifically, the friendships I've developed through blogging. When I decided to start a blog years ago I had no idea how influential and important your friendship would be. And I had never met any of my blogging buddies in person until I met Colleen and now she is one of my dearest friends. She reminds me of Joseph Campbell because she's an amazing writer (now published!!!) and because she is a voracious learner. Sara always has spot-on book recommendations for me. And Tiffanyrecently reminded me I should be planting garlic NOW. And thanks to her I heard this beautiful song. (Yes, I know I must be the only person left on the planet who hadn't heard of them...)
My amazing Bean. I think I will always be afraid that my teenage daughter might turn into an alien at some point but right now I am so grateful to have the relationship we do. It amazes me sometimes how much love you can feel for one little being- a rumpled up combination of confidence and insecurity, interested in everything, deciding her fate, planning her life, charting her course. Bubble tea, sushi, sketchbooks, music. Kindness. Silliness. Her laughter drifting down the stairs.
are turning and it has been a beautiful autumn so far but I'm
disappointed that I haven't been out to take more pictures. I'm a
fair-weather photographer... We made crockpot applesauce again this year which is an all time favorite: apples and a couple cinnamon sticks on low for about 6 hours and you're good to go. I just core and quarter them leaving the skins on and then use an immersion blender at the end to incorporate them into the sauce later. It's easy and delicious and no sugar is needed.
Do you have pieces of advice, helpful tidbits or "rules" of life that you swear by? Do you swear up and down that you should never date a co-worker? (Wait, that's me. And wait, didn't I marry a co-worker?) Do you always bring your own car? (Doesn't everyone think this? You go to an event, you're there 5 minutes and realize it's lame but you let someone else drive so you're stuck there. Hence rule #8: always bring your own car.)
So thinking about my "life rules" also helps me draw something daily- a quick and easy drawing exercise and a way to get Beanie to think about what her own "rules" for life might be.
Make these now. Candied jalapenos. We are officially addicted to these babies and
literally put them on everything-- tacos, salads, veggie burgers and my new
favorite sandwich: blackened chicken (or tempeh) chipotle mayo and
candied jalapenos. I cry when eat because it's so hot but it's a good
kind of pain.
God knows with all the time on Pinterest I
could find some time to actually make something. The ten million things I do
during my week includes plenty of cleaning, cooking, laundry, my day
job, weeding, running errands...but not much creating going on there.
Sound familiar? Then my pal Pam of Yoborobo fame, says the following to me:
We spotted this beauty on the way home the other day and it reminded me of all of the photos like this one:
...that I have collected on Pinterest. And since I will never actually have room in my home for a rainbow library, I decided to make myself my very own rainbow bookshelf.
It's the little things, isn't it?
And do you want to know what else is making me smile these days? Having my daughter text me photos like this one from art class. You know how you think your kid is pretty talented at something and then they turn a corner and *POW* they are amazing?
Another year is winding down. And this post makes me appreciate all my friends in blog land- thanks to you I always have great ideas for projects at the click of a mouse. I have enjoyed seeing what you all have created, grown and cooked over the years. You help me keep the creative juices flowing- whether I need a good book suggestion or a a recipe- I always know where to go.