Lately I’ve been grateful for encouraging notes.
And for scarf weather.
I’ve been grateful for macarons.
And for brunch dates.
For appropriate headwear.
Of all kinds.
I’ve been grateful for cookies.
And for beloved friends with babes on the way.
I’ve been grateful for kitty snuggles.
And family gatherings (with photos that capture our spirit nicely).
What are you grateful for in this wonderful month of November?
Listening lately… Hebrew music by Yamma Ensemble. The words are taken from 1 Samuel (check out chapter 18 for the story of how these lyrics got Saul royally pissed at David & then David got a spear thrown at him.)
What are you listening to?
Lyrics & music sheets, support https://www.patreon.com/yammaensemble
Lately I’ve been grateful for bellinis…
And sweet visitors to share brunch with.
I’ve been grateful for sukkahs.
And times of rest.
I’m grateful for birthday cakes with purple inscriptions.
For Mary Poppins-inspired umbrellas (and for Mary Poppins in general!)
And for squirmy calico kitties.
I’m grateful for the refreshment of cold kombucha.
But most of all, I’m grateful that I met this guy right around 10 years ago. Cheers to the next 10 years of flirting with you, Handsome.
In September 2018, Dana and I teamed up to throw this shower for ‘Bride-to-Bee’ Carol Anne. The wedding countdown is on!
“If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves
All I want is you, will you be my bride?
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea…”
– lyrics by Barry Louis Polisar
For the weekend of my 30th birthday, we went to Key West. We ate crepes, drank cuban coffees, rode a scooter, swam in the pool, gawked at iguanas, visited gardens, and petted six-toed cats at Hemingway’s house. Mostly we were in love.
Wait for it… Inspiration found at 1:23.
Lately I’ve been grateful . . .
. . . for brides in white dresses.
For $6 trifle bowls, and lemon custard.
For this “Fuzzy Thing” who makes life more fun.
For sweet cuddles with this babe while her parents eat dinner.
For the way he talks to her.
And for mixers from 1957, and the repairmen who know how to fix them.
Happy Monday, friends! Hope your holiday week is filled with laughter, joy and plenty of rest. 💛
These are just a few shots from our time waterfall chasing in upstate NY. Waterfalls pictured here were found along Six Mile Creek and at Robert Treman Park.
“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that your journey be a long one,
filled with adventure, filled with discovery.
Laestrygonians and Cyclopes,
the angry Poseidon–do not fear them:
you’ll never find such things on your way
unless your sight is set high, unless a rare
excitement stirs your spirit and your body.”
[Barry Powell, Classical Myth, 1995]
Lately I’ve been grateful for camellias that remind me of my Papa Jim…
For queen bees set free from their boxes.
For docks and the blueness of Lake Lanier.
For homemade vanilla lattes.
For the love between these two, and the kippah on my brother’s head.
For instant photos (as always!)
For finish lines.
And for blooming azaleas.
Happy spring! What are you grateful for?
Race review time! In April we returned to complete the 5k Foam Fest. This time with a bigger crowd.
A big fave was the “water lilies” – a long floating pad in Lanier Lanier. Surprisingly buoyant!
Of course one of the best parts of the whole thing is the mud.
Second best part is probably the three-story inflatable water slide, followed closely by the finish line smiles.
Would I recommend this race? DEFINITELY. We had a blast last year and an even better time this year.
Please remember this is a “fun-core” race. It’s not a time to work on your PR, or to try to make your fastest 5k. The Lake Lanier terrain is full of sticks and rocks and plenty of hills (but lovely views!), that make running difficult. It’s best to approach this as an obstacle course, with some light jogging/hiking in between obstacles, as opposed to a “run”.
5k Foam Fest Tips:
Wear long pants! Last year I wore leggings but this year I opted for shorts. After experiencing some seriously skinned up knees and shins, year I’m going back to leggings next year.
Wear light weight “wicking” materials. Avoid cotton.
Buy new shoes. Every year on the way I swing through Walmart to buy a pair of $10-12 running shoes (men’s usually, bc they are better made than the women’s). There’s no way I’d subject my beloved ASICS to this mud and foam. The Walmart shoes go promptly into the trash at the end of the race.
Stay nearby if you can! Last year we drove almost 2 hours to and from the race, but when you’re wet and muddy that’s a long time to be in the car. This year we nabbed a nearby AirBnb with 3 showers. It’s hard to beat a post-race shower and a lakeside nap.
Happy spring, friends! Do you have any upcoming races?