These Words – No.1

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“to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face,
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.” — Ellen Bass

these-words-no1-2 These words — by Ellen Bass / first spotted here. Photography by me.

The Return of Blackberry Season

blackberry-summer-2Around here we eagerly await the arrival of blackberry season; watching for signs of ripening fruit like it’s a competitive sport. Today the neighborhood brambles yielded their first berries, and we are positively giddy thinking about all the recipes that we will soon be sinking our teeth into. I think we’ll be starting things of with some of the recipes shared in The Ultimate Blackberry Recipe Roundup that I put together last year! There are 75 recipes to choose from…we cannot wait!blackberry-summer-1 blackberry-summer-3

And This is Why I’ll Never Do Laundry Again

never-doing-laundry-againOn laundry day last week, I headed out to my garage (aka laundry room), and began dutifully stuffing things into the washing machine. Suddenly I caught a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was either my imagination or a mouse…both of which I can deal with. But to my horror as I turned my head to get a clearer look, I saw that it was not a mouse, or my usual paranoia…but a snake! A SNAKE! In my garage, no more than 2 feet from where I was standing! Worse yet, I’m pretty sure that it slithered out from under the washer (probably when it heard me open the garage door). I’m now certain that it lives under there with a nest-full of slithering baby snakes, and comes out to feed on unsuspecting toes, ankles, and the occasional fingertip or two. Obviously, I’m not up for becoming snake-bait, so I see three solutions before me:

  1. Declare a permanent end to laundry duty and see if I can pretend that we’re just taking the “grunge” look to a whole new level.
  2. Buy fishing waders or a hazmat suit so as to properly protect my legs and feet from imminent snake attack.
  3. Figure out some way to get the snake to leave…

I’m hoping you all might have some advice on how to implement option #3. Do they even make snake traps (I’m having a hard time visualizing what that would look like)? How would one even encourage a snake to venture into it? Somehow I don’t think that snakes are as gullible as mice with the ol’ cheese bait trick. I really don’t want to kill the thing…just encourage it to go far far away from me. Do any of you have experience with reptile wrangling? If so, this is your time to shine!

Snake image from BioDiv Library

My Summer “Love It” List

summer-love-list-1Hello lovelies! today I thought it would be nice to share a quick little post about some of the real everyday things that I’ve been loving recently. Unlike my usual Things I’m Loving lists (wishful picks), these are things that I actually have/use/make/enjoy/etc. on the regular. I’d love to hear recommendations from you guys on new things that I should try out…anything that you just can’t stop crushing on? I’m always looking for new things to fall in love with! xo Ez

P.S. I have a fun DIY project that I’ll be sharing with you guys tomorrow! See you then!

LISTENING TO:

  • Lorde (except for the song Royals – I never really got into that one)
  • Regina Spektor
  • Lana del Rey
  • Noosa (‘Walk on By’ is my favorite track of hers)

WATCHING:

  • Orange is the New Black
  • Luther
  • The Paradise
  • Sherlock

EATING:

  • Boba (bubble tea) – we have it every single day!
  • Gluten-free brownies – I step up the yummy even more by topping each serving with a toasted marshmallow!

READING:

  • All the Light We Cannot See - by Anthony Doerr
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin – I’ve already read this wonderful book a few times, but it is so inspiring and informative that I can never resist another turn through the pages.

DOING:

  • Bike rides! We just had the tires on our bikes repaired over the weekend and took our first bike ride in over 3 years yesterday evening. It was fantastic!
  • Beachcombing! On Saturday we visited the Spooner’s Cove beach in Montana de Oro State Park and had possibly one of the very best days ever! The water is stunning (to look at – it’s too cold to venture into in my opinion), the beach is covered in the most beautiful smooth stones and shells (perfect for collecting), and with rocks on either side of the beach, there is very little wind to contend with (the wind is one of my least favorite things about most beaches). There is just something about this little tucked-away place that is truly magical! We are already planning our next visit.

Saturday Snaps

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I hope your weekend was wonderful. On Saturday my daughter and I took a quick road trip down to Santa Barbara to visit my grandparents for the day. We spent the time chatting, laughing, and making new memories with them…it was pretty much perfect! And then on our way home again I couldn’t help but veer off to the side of the road to snap a few photos of one of the vibrant Bougainvillea bushes that grow in abundance in their town. My daughter’s hair even matches the blooms!

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Wishing you a beautiful week! Be sure to check in tomorrow for a lovely stylish giveaway that I’ll be hosting! See you then! xo Ez