Friday, June 13, 2014

ANUSTART

So, we moved. Yep, 2 years and 3 months ago.  Yes, I'm a bit behind on this whole blog thing, but I'm trying.  In my defense, I've THOUGHT about writing a blog post many times in these past 2+ years.  Doesn't that count?  Anyway, due to lots of reasons that I won't bore you with, we sold our home in New York and packed 4 people, 3 cats, 1 dog and enough luggage and snacks for 2 weeks into our Prius and drove down to North Carolina to start our new life.  Now, if you're having trouble imagining all those people, animals and luggage fitting into a Prius, that's for good reason. We were NOT comfortable, but we WERE on an adventure.  We decided that since there was a 2 week gap in time between selling our NY home and moving into our NC rental, we would travel around the south and see some of the more historic areas.  I refer to this time as the "homeless period", which my daughter absolutely hates.  But, we WERE homeless for 2 weeks!  So. we visited Charleston, SC and LOVED it.  It was beautiful, charming, and clean!  Then, we went to Savannah, and I was utterly disappointed.  I had romanticized Savannah for so many years, that I had a hard time seeing the charm past the hideous parking garages, ugly 1980's buildings, sketchy people preying on tourists, and the MOSQUITOES!  Ugh, the mosquitoes were ruthless!  The only part of Savannah I liked was the Bonaventure Cemetery, which was gorgeous!  I love cemeteries!  We wanted to visit St. Augustine after Savannah, but we were growing weary and were anxious to get to know the new town that were were about to live in.  So, we headed up to Greensboro, NC.  Yep Greensboro, not Charlotte, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Durham, Asheville, or any other city in NC that I'd actually heard of, and/or visited!  Nope, we had NEVER been to Greensboro, but we picked up and moved there!  We moved into a gorgeous rental home on 2.5 acres of land in a beautiful community, in the the VERY rural town of Browns Summit.   Browns Summit is 20 minutes north of Greensboro, and IT IS RURAL.  There is NOTHING THERE!  I really loved the house and the neighborhood, but we New Yorkers need a little more TO DO.  I once told a woman (whom I actually know and miss a great deal), that we lived in Brown Summit, and she said, and I quote, "Oh, you live out in the BURBS".  Um, no.  We lived in the freakin' country.  Greensboro, which she thought of as "the city" (HA!), was more like a suburb to us!  Being that we homeschool, I have to really go out of my way to meet people and friends for my kids.  I found one wonderful homeschool group that we joined and loved, but it is a very small group.  I embraced downtown Greensboro, and signed the kids up for activities and classes at their cultural center, went to events downtown, joined the YMCA, etc.  Ultimately, there was still something that didn't quite fit for us.  I think it was mostly the overall "feeling" that we just didn't belong there.  So, exactly 1 year later, we moved again!  This time to Pittsboro.  Yet,  another town that we had never been to, but I had read lots of things about Pittsboro that really spoke to me.  It has an organic food co-op, a big focus on sustainability and supporting local agriculture & businesses, things that I feel very strongly about, so it must be the perfect place for us!  Almost.  It was also equidistant between Greensboro, where my husband was still working, and the Raleigh/Cary area which has a ton of things to do in and out of the homeschool community!  So, we rented a much smaller home, in a much smaller community, that was pretty nice, but ultimately not where we wanted to stay for the long term.  So, exactly 1 year later, we moved again! Yes folks, we moved 3 times in 2 years!  NOT FUN!  But, this time we bought a home.  Risky?  Yes.  But, we found an awesome foreclosed home on 3.5 acres of land, that is the last house on a VERY LONG DIRT ROAD (that part sucks),  and it is so private, I can fulfill my dream of doing naked yoga in my backyard!  I love it.  The best part is that it is an 8 minute drive to Carrboro and Chapel Hill which are both awesome towns!  So this is where we'll stay for a while, since we've done more moving in the last 2 years than some people do in a lifetime.  So, for now I must conclude this blog post so I can put on my sunscreen.... it's yoga time! 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

My Favorite Things

The holiday season is now upon us and I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I have come across in my "virtual" journeys (ie. time spent browsing the web).

I am forever drawn to all things vintage or with a vintage flair and, of course, handmade items are my favorite.  It seems I am going with a black & white theme this year.


I just love this beautiful stocking.  It's so different from the bright reds & green that are the usual sights of the season.  If you're not in the market for new Christmas stockings there are a plethora of other holiday items like awesome vintage ornaments, sachets and other fun gift ideas.



These two beautiful wreaths are by SimpleJoysPaperie and are made using vintage French book pages and would go perfectly with the grainsack French stocking by HopeandJoyStudios.  There are other styles available in SimpleJoysPaperie's shop.  I would hang the crown wreath year round.


This fabulous bag would make a great gift.  I imagine filling it with other goodies, although it would be just as nice all by itself.


Of course, no gift would be complete without the perfect tags & cards.  CraftyPagan has a shop chock full of vintage style tags & cards for many occasions that are just some of the most gorgeous that I have ever seen.










Monday, November 23, 2009

Website


Hello & Happy Monday!  My website  {http://www.zuzuspc.com} is shaping up nicely.  I am adding pieces frequently and have many more awaiting a tiny chunk of my time to be listed as well.  My wonderful husband designed and created the website & now it's up to me to get products up.

Here's a preview of some items I will be adding to my website shortly...

Friday, November 6, 2009

6 Months and 1 Day




Did I mention that consistency is not exactly my strong point? So it's been a while since my last, er...first, post...6 months and one day to be exact. The sad thing is that I convinced my wonderful friend Katherine to start a blog and we started on the same day yet she has all these great posts with photos, recipes, ideas etc. and I have my one lonely post. I don't exactly know who I am writing to. I have only one follower and that would be my aforementioned friend...Hi Kath!

So, anyway...I started homeschooling my 2 children this year. I know what you're asking yourselves right now, and let me just answer that question....YES, I am CRAZY. Don't get me wrong, It is so fabulous to be able to be with my children 24/7...but, it really starts to get to you after a while! I have this new appreciation for silence and well, red wine, yep that helps too. My children are doing some really wonderful activities though. Let's see, there's archery, pottery, glass blowing, African drumming. And the usual stuff like piano, golf etc. BTW...my kids are Gwendolyn 10 and James 9. I'll post some pics of them as soon as I figure out how.

With homeschooling anything is an opportunity to learn. So, we took two vacations in the past few months and, embracing the spirit of homeschooling, we opted to go to Washington D.C. and Salem & Plymouth Mass. Being a native New Yorker I have a hard time finding the "CITY" in other "cities". Well, let me say that D.C. & Boston are fabulous cities that I would leave NY to live in. Lots of culture & history. I thoroughly enjoyed both. What more can you ask for than really cheap, clean & efficient public transportation, loads of trendy boutiques & eateries and countless FREE Museums! That's what we found in D.C. Boston was a bit bigger than D.C. with a lot more congestion & horrible traffic, but it was very pretty & clean AND we saw Val Kilmer there and that was cool. Plymouth Rock is a rock. And a small rock at that. We did take a Haunted Ghost tour of Plymouth with gas lanterns and everything! Walked through the graveyard (my kids are brave) in the pitch dark! Loved it! Ghost tours have become a bit of a tradition for our vacations. We did one in Philadelphia which was great fun as well.

I can understand why "real" bloggers blog more frequently...a lot happens in 6 months and 1 day!





Tuesday, May 5, 2009

My First Blog Post

I did it! I caved! I am falling victim to the media reports that say your NOTHING if you don't have a blog. I am feeling a bit, um, skeptical about me actually keeping up with blogging daily. You see, I am not exactly a person who lives by a schedule so, it makes me a bit challenged in the ways of time management. But I will give it my best and I will try not to let my blog followers down (that is, my potential blog followers...when I actually have any! LOL!). So this concludes my very first blog post.
Whew!

Until next time.
I bid you adieu.

Peace~
~Yvonne