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Thing One

I got a kitten.

Yes, I know. I’m allergic to cats, but listen. I had this feeling, after the manchild moved out of my studio and into his own place that it was time to move another furbabe in, and it *had* to be a kitten. Had to be. Like, I dreamed about it.

So I got a package of Claritin, a box of tissues, a tube of Polysporin, a box of band-aids, a litter box, a bunch of cat toys, and I trolled a local ‘buy/sell’ pet section for a kitten.

Meet Sybil.

Sybil has been here for about a week now, and it has been a mostly seamless transition. Sookie is still a bit put out by the whole thing, though she has of late been rolling around on the floor showing her belly in attempts to get Sybil to play. They can share my lap without squabbling over it now, and they both come to bed with me every night.

I’m in love with this cat. She’s 14 weeks old. part Siamese, very, very talky, and full of beans. She makes me laugh multiple times a day, and her purr makes me melt.

It was meant to be.

I dusted off my instagram account today because #catsofinstagram, so please feel free to join me there.

Thing Two

I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog today. You should check it out!

Thing Three

I had the loveliest experience last week of writing to a poet whose work inspired a painting to ask her permission to use some of the lines in her poem in the painting itself. It turns out that it was the anniversary of a rather monumentally difficult thing for her, and my note came at the perfect time. It also turns out that the poem I’d found and fell in love with was her very first published poem. *Goosebumps*

Anyway, the painting was something i was creating for Ever After 2017, which you can check out here. I am *in love* with the technique I’m teaching this year, and I know you will be, too.

My lesson goes live in October, and there are a multitude of gorgeous lessons already up in the classroom so please join us! You’ll be glad you did!

Thing Four

Oh. Mer. Gerd you guys. THIS STUFF IS AWESOME.

I’ve been down over the last few days with some kind of weird gastric thing – nausea, pain when I’m hungry, pain when I eat, etc. blah, so I put myself on a liquid diet for a few days to see if I could get things to settle. It’s working, and I’m already feeling better, and this stuff is half the reason why.

It’s only available in Canada (SORRY!), and it is rather high in sodium (SORRY!) but it is the perfect starter broth for pretty much any kind of ‘what’s in the fridge’ soup you could think of.

I sipped it as is for the first couple of days of my fast, but last night, I added some ground pork, matchstick carrots, matchstick potatoes, matchstick radish, cilantro, ginger, black pepper, lime zest & juice, and sriracha to finish, and whoa. Best soup ever.

Apparently, there’s a mushroom broth, too, as well as the usual chicken & beef broth.

There’s even a recipe for Beef Pho here on their website.

I intend to keep it handy for those times when I really want to make soup, but I really don’t want to bother with making my own stock (so, like, every time I want to make soup!).

Thing Five

Did I mention I got a kitten?

And that’s it for this week’s edition of Friday Five! I hope you enjoyed this peek into what’s delighting & inspiring me this week. Have a beautiful weekend and I’ll see you back here soon. <3

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