Friday, April 11, 2014


Big day! First asparagus peeking up in the vegetable garden. The truest harbinger of spring.

Monday, April 7, 2014


Already the buds are falling to make way for green leaves.

Friday, April 4, 2014


Blooming fothergilla: you're like a romanesco cauliflower, only tinier and with a name that sounds more like an undersea monster. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Amsonia pretends to be asparagus when it starts poking out from the ground.


Backyard redbud, ready to burst open.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


There used to be a blueberry bush here. It never grew very big. Last weekend it moved next door to Trine's front yard.

Now there is pineapple sage (and yes, it actually smells like a damn pineapple), purchased from Rob at the market last weekend. Soon to come: summertime lemon balm and pineapple sage sun tea. Under the mulch there are seeds for California poppy (orange, lanky) and cockscomb celosia (rainbow, brain-shaped). Hoping the weekend's rain and the coming week's sun helps them feel at home enough to grow.

Today Jamie and Sara and Kate came over for brunch. We had orange juice and blueberry muffins and kale salad and caramel bread pudding and a good old time. They helped me ease into trying out the new duvet I bought for my bed: linen, blue with beachy white stripes. This afternoon I laid on the new sheets with the window open in the breeze, reading. 

Friday, March 28, 2014


My neighbor stopped by yesterday to tell me that my beautiful plum tree has a fungus called 'smut' that I need to remove. Awkward.

Saturday, March 22, 2014


Dinner at Toast with Kate. They know her there. "Another kale sandwich?" I had cheese and pickled red onion and shitake and oyster mushrooms on mine. And a coca cola.

Also, had an adventure I've always wanted to try in Durham, taking the walk from Five Points to Fullsteam. How far is it, really? The answer: not so far, especially on a sunny day when everyone is outside drinking a beer and there's top-notch people-watching all around. 

Monday, March 17, 2014


Spicy red lentil soup for a rainy-sleety-haily Saint Patrick's Day.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I moved into my house in December 2012. Last spring, I studied the garden map and watched things grow, guessing what was what as they popped out of the dry ground. This year, I know what I'm looking for.

Pink muhly grass.

Green and gold.


Methley plum.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014


Last night, snow cream with surprise sprinkles: you cheered me up.

Today, self-care walk and signs of new growth in the woods.

Sunday, February 23, 2014



Now, off to weed the vegetable beds.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


There it is.

Friday, February 21, 2014


Will the first of you have opened by the time I get home from work?


A wren is chirping outside the open back door.

The snow is melted, the daffodils are getting ready to burst, and the blueberries have buds.

Last night we fried bacon (always the right things to do), chopped it up and put it back in the pan with kale and leftover potatoes and eggs. I love how frit

Sunday, February 9, 2014


 New self-care plan: more cooking at home.

Yesterday I roasted a butternut squash and sprinkled it with parmesan cheese, then mixed some quinoa with sliced carrots, watermelon radish, chickpeas,  shitake mushroom, lemon juice and olive oil, and ate on the front porch in the afternoon sun.

Monday, February 3, 2014


While cutting down dead, wintered-out plants, I uncovered these daffodils on the west side of the house, already forming flowers.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Sunday morning. Taking a walk with Jamie, then clearing out the winter debris from the yard. Then maybe starting vegetable seeds for the spring? But first, as always, coffee.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Another snow day.
I walked in the woods before the storm. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Woodfire in Elizabeth's backyard last night to celebrate Jamie's 27th birthday. This morning my scarf smells like smoke.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Still growing.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Some days this job is extra hard. Tomorrow, in our weekly therapist meeting, I will report to my colleagues that I took care of myself after work today by eating Ben and Jerry's on the couch in flannel pj's and a winter hat.
I took this photo last Friday after work. I like how it sparkles. A dry and dormant winter grass, it still looks alive.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Shortly after buying my house from Carol last December, she and I ceremoniously cut down the aster that winds up the front stoop post. However, this was only after I carried in unknown quantities of aster seed through the front door each time I entered, attached to my coat sleeves and my hair, not to mention the boatloads of seed tracked in on my furniture as the movers hauled it up the front step. Cutting the aster down changed the whole look of the front door, but kept my floors clear of aster seed tumbleweed.

The aster came right back in the spring, as expected. Despite being quite the hardy plant, it struggled this year. Some creature - a deer, I imagine - kept eating it to the ground as it tried to stretch its way up the post. The plant ended up much smaller than last year, and I decided to keep it up through the winter. The tiny seeds end up in the house, yes, and especially on a day like today when the warm winter sun insists that you leave the front door open and take a seat on the front porch to eat soup and bread and cheese, letting the aster seeds float in and take up residence in the corners of the front room as they wish.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Lucky me to start off the day with a morning visit to Hannah (and Ernie the beagle!) before she heads off to Colombia tomorrow. (Did you know that she's incredible?) Next, first visit to the farmer's market in weeks: carrots and beets from David Heeks, cabbage from Elyse, smoked farmer's cheese from the women of Chapel Hill Creamery, garlic from Farmer John. Then home to lunch of roasted cabbage and lentil soup with collards and Weaver Street lemon rosemary bread.

Friday, January 17, 2014


Weeds in the vegetable garden, your looks deceive you. One day soon, when the ground is damp, I will pull you out of the beds and start seeds in your place. The weeks until the last frost approach.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Sunshine illuminated the gray paint and white door exactly right this morning.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


Spent the morning at RDU waiting for three different flights to Philadelphia to take off. None of them did. So sad to miss Kim's wedding.

Walked in my front door to the sound of tornado sirens, followed by black skies and sudden downpour. Through the back windows I watched my neighbor's rainwater barrel flowing out at the seams.


Now the sidewalks are slick, the ground is heavy, and my weekend is unexpectedly, bizarrely, open.

Sunday, January 5, 2014


Early and slow Sunday morning. Writing New Year's Cards - yes, still. Coffee and oatmeal. Folk Alley. Gray day with plans for an afternoon walk, raining or not.

Saturday, January 4, 2014


A brain-soothing woods walk after working on a Saturday.
Sometimes the pine needles drop into place like Christmas ornaments. Sometimes they scatter into a jumbled mess.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Daffodils, is it still too early for you to be peeking out of the ground? Or are you just happy because I weeded the small corner of yard at the front of the path where you grow? I'm so glad to see you, and I hope you stick around a while.


For the New Year: Collards cooked in bacon fat, cast iron cornbread, and a mug of tension tamer tea.