Pictures Of Things + Le Love List

July 3rd, 2015 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

Harley home

What a strange and difficult week it’s been. On Saturday night, at 4:30 in the morning, we woke up to find our Harley having a seizure. We rushed him to the 24-hour emergency vet, where they were able to get the seizure under control. They told us that in elderly dogs, seizures are most often caused by brain tumors, which makes sense because Harley has had a lot of benign tumors over the years.

Harley’s temperature and heart rate were very elevated, and he was still showing some signs of seizure activity, so the vet decided to keep him under observation for 12-24 hours. That ended up turning into 30 hours before we were finally able to bring him home. Apparently he’ll be on anti-seizure medication for the rest of his life, but at least he’s home. Those first 30 hours were so frightening.

Having him back has brought its own set of struggles, but every day he gets better and better, and I’m so heartened by the progress he’s made. If he does have a brain tumor, I don’t know what that will mean in the longterm. But for now, I just feel grateful to have him home with me. ♥

I want to say thank you to everyone who reached out on Instagram and Facebook to leave encouraging messages for Harley. It meant more to me than I can possibly express. Reading those messages brought tears to my eyes and comfort to my heart. Thank you all so much.

And now, here’s what the rest of the week looked like for us:

harley card

Waits and I made a card for Harley while he was staying under observation. The vet staff was so sweet, and let us hang it in his kennel when we came to visit. ♥

homegrown grapes
Homegrown grapes! I really do need to do that garden post . . .

vegan subscription boxes
Vegan subscription boxes. The addiction is real.

basil flowers
Delicate itsy bitsy little basil flowers. I let them flower and self seed for MORE PESTO next year.

vegan comfort food
Sometimes you really just need a plate of comfort food. (as an aside, I did NOT like this Daiya mac as much as I did when I tasted it at Expo. I don’t know what changed, me or the mac, but I was pretty “bleh” about it. At least Waits liked it!)

vegan tuck box treats
Super stoked on this brand new Vegan Tuck Box, which they sent me over all the way from across the pond. I love that this box curates vegan treats from all around the world! Every single product was new to me, which really made it extra fun.

vegan tuck box
The whole haul. Lots of products! Everything from Scottish biscuits to Swiss chocolate, from British salad dressing to Austrian trail mix. Very cool!

vegan Taco Tuesday

cabbage overload
When the farm fairy makes a cabbage delivery on your front porch. ♥

homemade sauerkraut
And cabbage projects!


And now, it’s time for the one, the only, the very best way to kick off the weekend — Le Love List!

I finally found a record player! I have very, very few things that belonged to my mother. But one of the most precious is her small record collection, which I inherited from an old family friend right before I moved away from Portland. I’ve been harboring it this entire time, unlistened to. But finally, I found a record player at a garage sale! // It had been such a pleasure sharing my mother’s records with Waits. Simon and Garfunkel. Fleetwood Mac. Fiddler On The Roof! All the music of my own childhood, shared with him, from my mother’s own records. It has been such a treasure. // Also, we’ve been playing Beethoven records for Harley. It really seems to soothe him. // When you walk into a work meeting and KICK ASS. Best feeling. // Making big steps towards my next book. // Homegrown goji berries! // All the iced tea all the time (apparently I quit coffee?). // Seeing all my old friends, at an art show featuring the work of one of said friends, whose photographic exhibit was composed of portraits of all of said friends. Pretty special. // Petal pink toenails. // Working a full day at Still. // Garden-to-glass cocktails for perfect summer nights. // BIG changes. Big decisions. Closing our eyes and leaping, again and then again and then again again. Lots of big changes going on right now, bringing all the excitement and fear and hope that really big changes bring. So much possibility! ♥ ♥ ♥ //


Alright y’all, now it’s your turn! please leave your own Love Lists in the comments below, so all of us can share in the gratitude and joy. It would mean so much to me, so please — bombard me with your Love Lists!!

I hope you have a spectacular weekend!

  • Rachel in Veganland

    I’m so glad to hear that Harley is doing better! I’ve been thinking of you all this past week. Much love. Can’t wait to hear more about this new book and all the changes on the horizon. Happening for many I must say. Glad to hear things are going well. As always, wishing you and your lovely family the best.

    Ok! My turn now! My love list:

    Miami, Miami, Miami. I’m head over heels. // Peanut butter sorbet for days. // Looking out a window and seeing the ocean. // Feeling supported by new friends and colleagues. // That NC vacation I’m counting down to. While I’m in love with this city a break from real life is much needed and past due. // Small stacks of gray and black books and notebooks, a kindle on top, for reading and writing outside. Pure love and joy.

    Have a happy, happy 4th of July weekend!

  • Deirdre

    Big love to Harley and for courageous hearts <3

  • Katrina

    I’m glad your puppy is doing better :)

    I’d like to hear you talk about the intersection of veganism and carbon footprint — I’m not currently full vegan (aspiration for the future) but the travel and packaging of the food-box trend kind of struck me as potentially wasteful…would love to hear your thoughts on this! I know it’s all quite relative and I think doing one’s best to reduce impact is more important than striving for an impossible perfection.

    Also, just randomly and on a bit of a bum note — one of the video ads in the side was advertising Paris fashion week or something….and I’m fairly sure the fur coats shown weren’t faux :/ Wanted to flag that to you.

  • yogadogwalker

    I’m so sorry to hear about Harley. I love his sweet face! I have a senior cat myself and he’s starting to show signs of his age, and it’s very sad and hard some days. I am sending Harley all the strength I can! This week I am in love with cashew milk ice cream, and also nectarines!

  • lysette

    Ohhhh Harley! I’m glad he’s home with a cozy bed and soothing music. Big love- sending gentle healing hearts his way <3 !

    Lovelist: when you described summer as being 'open' -it has sat with me for days since I read it, captured a feeling. Working this summer with a blind horse and having my preconceived notions of 'disability' challenged/changed. Commun-ity. Good sleep, electric dreams. xox …

  • Melissa

    love, hugs, healing to Harley.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much Melissa. He is continuing to get better each day. ♥

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much Rachel! And thank you for the sweet email, which I love love LOVED reading and hopefully will have a chance to reply to very soon. Harley is getting so much better so quickly, and I like to think it’s partly from all of you wonderful people out there thinking of him and sending so much love his way. =)

    Awesome love list especially PEANUT BUTTER SORBET ohmigosh that sounds amazing. Seriously amazing.

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much Deirdre! <3

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Oof, Katrina, such good points here, and definitely something I think about a lot. I do try to buy local as much as possible – which for me is a very lot – while also taking into consideration that there are many, many ways of being a conscientious consumer, and not all of those ways are always compatible. For example, I don’t love that delivery box services include shipping carbon and additional packaging . . . but I do very much love supporting all-vegan businesses. For me, I’m always balancing trade-offs like that. And I’m not saying I have the answer, because I surely don’t. It’s something I’m still sorting out — how to be the most responsible consumer that I can be, while still (and this is important) maintaining my enjoyment of life.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic!

    And UGH thank you for the heads up on the side bar ad. BlogHer has burned me like that so many times I just don’t know what to do anymore. Grrrr. But thanks, I’ll look into it.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you so much, and it’s so true what you say about having aging pets. It’s so sad to watch. =(

    But at least life comes with cashew ice cream and nectarines! 2 of my favorites. Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thank you Lysette, all the healing love is really working! ♥

    I love hearing that my “open” description has stuck with you . . . so amazing that we can connect in tiny ways with people all across the world, sharing bits of ourselves like that. I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

  • Sarah

    I’m so happy to see that Harley is back home and on the mend! We’ve had some scares with our older doggies in the past, and I know how awful it can be. Huge hugs to all of you.

    My Love List: Finally feeling as though I’m taking baby steps towards good health, which includes uncovering a sense of balance – a spontaneous weekend of fun with a friend – cherries, cherries, and more cherries – the book Common Ground, by Rob Cowen. Such a beautiful and evocative love letter to the natural world.

  • Rebecca Carnes

    I just have to say I love the Friday Love lists…. even though I’m usually a weekend behind lol I love going back and reading through them. So happy to hear Harley is home and getting much needed TLC…he is in good hands:):) Me and P will send out lots of happy healing thoughts to him.
    And yay for record player! My parents had one growing up we used to play with all the time – SO FUN!

  • sonja

    I’m so exited to hear about all the changes coming up for you!
    My love list:
    - staying one month in nyc
    - finally doing a yoga teacher training
    - community
    - trader joes
    - meeting new people

  • Angie

    I really hope Harley is feeling better! <3

  • Toni Dill

    Throw some Nooch and Sriracha on that mac! Haha

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