Hello my dears! It’s been so long since we’ve done one of these Pictures Of Things + Love List posts, and I’m so excited to share these bits and pieces of our life with you, and to read all of your Love Lists that you leave in the comments here. It’s summertime and my schedule has begun to open up, and the very first thing on my list is to get back into my blogging groove! I’ve missed it — and you all — so much. ♥
Right now as I write this, it’s Sunday morning. I’m lying in bed with my love, lazy long morning sleeping in, sipping coffee and settling in to write this post. And I couldn’t be happier! It’s a holiday weekend, I have 2 whole days off, to play with my man (Waits is with Damian), and no work, absolutely no work, on the schedule. Just garden fun and kitchen witchery, grilling out together, craft cocktails in the back yard under the shade of the fig tree, naps and movies and snuggles, maybe a trip to the hardware store. A walk to the beach to see the fireworks tomorrow night. It’s just what we need and it’s going to be so good!
One of the fun projects we’re going to be attempting today is to make some new ferments: a ginger bug (for homebrewed ginger beer) and some fermented Harissa hot sauce. We’re pretty excited, and I’ll be sharing my [hopefully] success in an upcoming post. July 22nd is The Ball Jar Company’s “Can-It-Forward Day” — a day meant to celebrate the bounty of the season (and the joy of preserving it). This year, they’ll also be donating to various local charities as part of the event. Oh! Also, they have a Tumblr and you guys, it’s so full of so many beautiful mason jar ideas I can’t even handle it. I just scroll and drool. It’s so good!
And now, it’s time for the one, the only, Le Love List!
SNAP CHAT! You guys I am obsessed. I basically snap all day every day. It’s kinda crazy. @SaywardRebhal. // Playing tag in the grass with my dad and a bunch of kiddos, at first just my own, but then a friend we ran into, and another friend who found us, and then stranger kids began to join the game. Spontaneous inter-generational tag-a-palooza. It was really sweet. ♥ // The meditation that is weeding. // Sri Lankan ceyclon black tea. // Watching Susan Weed’s herbalism and wildcrafting videos on YouTube. (here) // An old friend stopped by the wine bar, out on a late night walk with his toddler. And smiling slyly, he handed me a cardboard box, and I opened it up to find 6 perfect little cucumber starts. Garden people are the best people! ♥ // Sandwiches. (No really, the. addiction. is. real.) // Kitties making biscuits on my belly. // Arrowheads. // Frankincense and Sandalwood and Dragon’s Blood. // Sunflowers. // I’ve always been the sort of person who needs to have a good story to tell myself, about myself. I like to have definition, if you know what I mean, and I do this by creating a narrative about me — almost like an archetype — that helps to guide me through my daily life. And for the past few years, ever since my divorce and moving back to Santa Barbara, I’ve sort of . . . not had one. I’ve felt lost and meandering. “Directionless, yet driven”. Not quite sure of what this new chapter of my life should be about. No strong sense of where to go and how to get there . . . or of who I was in this new place, and this new life.
But recently that’s changed. Recently, I found a way to reclaim my narrative. I feel empowered in my life again. I’ve given myself permission to be exactly who I am, and it’s the very best feeling. I’ll share more on this in the future, but for now suffice it to say: I’m BACK. And it’s so damn wild.
Alright guys, now it’s your turn! I do so love to read your beautiful Le Love Lists, so please please please, leave them down in the comments below. What little pleasures have been making you smile lately??? ♥ ♥ ♥
And as always, I hope you have a most amazing weekend!