Wildflowers in a vase.
  1. Wildflowers (in a vase)*
  2. Email correspondance with my Grandfather
  3. A new/old toaster oven**

 

Wildflowers in a vase.

*It’s pretty obvious that I love wildflowers. For the first time this season, I decided to pick some and bring them home. They dress up the small-apartment-with-three-rooms-but-no-walls pretty nicely.

 

New/old toaster.

**Our toaster finally died. So I went out to try to purchase a new one. Apparently, there was only one toaster for sale in this small mountain town on this particular day. Thank goodness for mountain thrift shops, which happen to be the best ever. I think this thing might be from the 1960s (the thrift shop lady called it “vintage,” and at $8, it reached the more expensive range of items at this particular thrift shop). But it works better than any toaster either of us has ever had…

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

 

*I went to a day-long yoga retreat this weekend called the Butterfly Gathering.  Part of the day included an introduction to hula hooping.  Turns out, I love hula hooping.  So I came home with one, and now I plan to do it all the time.  (Hilariously fun and good core exercise -  can't get a much better combination than that!)
  1. Butterflies
  2. Hula Hooping*
  3. Henna Tattoo**

(Call it a full-on Mountain Hippie weekend.  Call me a full-on Mountain Hippie.  I’m ok with that.)

*I went to a day-long yoga retreat this weekend called the Butterfly Gathering.  Part of the day included an introduction to hula hooping.  Turns out, I love hula hooping.  So I came home with one, and now I plan to do it all the time.  (Hilariously fun and good core exercise -  can't get a much better combination than that!)

*I went to a day-long yoga retreat this weekend called the Butterfly Gathering. Part of the day included an introduction to hula hooping. Turns out, I love hula hooping. So I came home with one (much to PhB’s dismay at another large object to somehow fit into our tiny-apartment-with-three-rooms-but-no-walls), and now I plan to do it all the time. (Hilariously fun and good core exercise – can’t get a much better combination than that!)

 

Smoothies with the henna artist.

**I’m not going to post a photo of my henna tattoo, because I know that my mom will think it’s real and totally freak out (don’t worry, Mom, it’s not real – it washes off). So instead I’ll post a photo of the smoothies the henna artist and I were drinking while she worked on me. Both of ours ended up with little accidental hearts in the middle after we poured them. Good karma, I think.

 

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

Perfect little raspberry.
  1. A perfect little raspberry*
  2. Asian fusion food spread**
  3. First beers at the new Gastropub***
Perfect little raspberry.

*One of the many reasons why I love summer is the abundance of berries that travel from not-too-far-away places that grace the shelves of the produce section at local grocery stores. This little guy ended up in the most recent container of raspberries I brought home. His perfect pointy leaves and curved stem made him a slightly cuter specimen than the brethren with which he arrived. So I had to snap a photo.

 

Asian fusion food spread.

**PhB and I decided to go out to dinner because one of the local restaurants is offering all of their food for half price during the month of May. We hadn’t tried this place yet, and the results are in: delicious food, fun atmosphere, and great selection. And I always love a copper bar…

Along with building websites, my PhB's other passion is bartending.  So he was the first to apply when a new local gastropub was looking for bartenders.  Forty unique beers on tap?  Yes, please, says PhB.  And I think it's a pretty fun place, too.  With a really, really hot bartender.  ;)

***Along with building websites, my PhB’s other passion is bartending. So he was the first to apply when a new local gastropub was looking for bartenders. Forty unique beers on tap? Yes, please, says PhB. And I think it’s a pretty fun place, too. With a really, really hot bartender.  ;)  

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

 

PS- Yes, sometimes all three things deserve a photo.  :)

 

Lilacs.
  1. Fast walk with my Sirena – over the phone!*
  2. Huge, gorgeous lilac bush outside of my writing teacher’s house.**
  3. My PhB is home!

 

*One of the things I miss most about North Carolina is the daily fast walks that my Sirena and I would take around my neighborhood.  We would talk non-stop, HRB would try to keep up, and we’d usually end up drenched in sweat from the humid Carolina weather.  These fast walks are the reason why my Sirena and I became so close over the years.  The other day, we decided to continue our fast walks from 2,000 miles away.  We talked just as much, and HRB came along, too.  It really did wonders as a remedy for the small bout of homesickness I’ve been plagued with lately.  <3

Lilacs.

**Did I mention that I’m taking a writing workshop? It gives me a really good excuse to commit two hours a week to nothing but creative writing. I love it. And my writing teacher holds the workshop in her cute little red house on the hill, where a huge lilac bush grows happily at the foot of the walkway.

 

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

Girls weekend.
  1. Weekend gardening (like what normal people do on the weekends)
  2. Cupcakes*
  3. Girls weekend!**

 

Cupcakes.

*It seems that every town has a local cupcake store these days. Luckily, my little mountain one is no exception. And I found it today. And they have coconut cupcakes. With cream cheese frosting. Yum.

Girls weekend.

**HRB and I are on our own this weekend. And we have all of the essentials to make it a perfect girls weekend!

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

One plant in the jungle.
  1. My new jungle of plants*
  2. Request to write for another surf mag!**
  3. Late night cereal date with PhB
One plant in the jungle.

*This week I inherited a jungle of potted plants from a women in our neighborhood. She had to foreclose on her house and held a garage sale to get rid of most of her things. I went to her sale to acquire her washer, and in the process formed a special bond with her and ended up taking home her houseplants as well. She thought I’d give them a nice life. I sure will. (Only one of them shown here – more photos to come as they grow and thrive.)

 

 

**Occasionally I’ll do some volunteer freelance writing for various organizations and surf magazines on the East Coast, including one headquartered in Wilmington, North Carolina called Local Sessions.  I guess people are actually reading my articles, because an independent “Zine” called Salty at Heart, also out of coastal North Carolina, has requested that I write two articles for their inaugural issue.  Very exciting!  I’ll keep you all posted about its date of publication.   

 

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

Cheers to our moms.
    1. Two old men fast walking (just like me and my sirena do – gossip and everything)
    2. All my moms  :)
    3. Mother’s Day picnic at the lake (cheers to our moms!)* 
Cheers to our moms.

PhB and I went down to the lake to celebrate our moms appropriately: with delicious wine, crackers, and cheese. I attempted to take a few photos of the beautiful sunset setting, and HRB bombed almost all of them.

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)

Jasmine tea uncurling.
  1. Happy hurricane season!  (Are you prepared?  You should be!)
  2. Jasmine tea (uncurled)*
  3. First mountain bike ride (it’s just like playing the piano)**

 

Jasmine tea uncurling.

*I love everything about tea: where it comes from, what it looks like, all of its different types, the meditative act of making it, the meditative act of drinking it, and of course, how it tastes. The only other routine thing about my day, besides listing my three positive things, is my morning cup of tea. Last week I purchased some jasmine tea in a neighboring small mountain town. It came in tightly wound little balls that the tea man said would unfurl in hot water. Today, I tried it. Those tightly wound jasmine tea balls soon unfurled into long, elegant leaves. And it tasted pretty good after a long seep.

 

 

 

First mountain bike ride.

 

What were your three positive things today?  :)  :)  :)