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๐Ÿ“ธ Fortunate to have caught Bon Iver for the third time this week...

Such an amazing show! I really love how Vernon has evolved his sound over the years. Thereโ€™s an underlying tenderness to his performances that has always resonated with me as genuine. Itโ€™s performance, yes, but thereโ€™s always this intimacy that he creates - no matter how large the venue is.

Oh and the light show was super unique and fun to try and figure out in real time. Hadnโ€™t ever seen a band do that before! Elevated double-sided mirrors framed dynamically colored LED strips. They moved up and down, undulating during the showโ€™s entirety. Super cool!

Had the pleasure of finally being able to attend the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival this yearโ€ฆ

After over a decade of being asked by my brother in law to come out to San Francisco to HSB, we finally made it out. It was definitely a memorable experience! The crowds on Saturday were definitely too much but Friday and Sunday were lovely.

It was a short visit for sure, but we love San Francisco so it was definitely worth it!

๐Ÿ“ธJust hanging here...

…with my god-given Gollum feet… watching the bats feast in this (finally) cooler weather. Hope yโ€™all are doing your own lovely version of the same!

๐Ÿ“ธ That church I was talking about a post or two earlier? Well...

๐Ÿ“ธ On the way home, before the hurricane rains blew in, I noticed a longstanding church I walk by every day was getting torn down ๐Ÿ˜•.

Took a peek inside and definitely got some #StrangerThings Upside Down vibes in there.

๐Ÿ“ธ Starting her 44th trip around the sun with ๐Ÿฅง!

So damn grateful you were born sweetheart! Love you so much. #pieforbreakfast #thisis44

๐Ÿ“ธ Damn Maine!

This evening hour light…. Our departure tomorrow is early, and even though our time here was short, itโ€™s hard not to feel the echoes of something bigger reflecting back on us. No doubt weโ€™ll be doing the same, in kind, on the long drive home.

๐Ÿ“ธ Just took a solar bag shower outdoors

letting my pasty white farmer-tan skin battle it out with the last few hours of coastal Maine sunlight. It felt almost as glorious as this place we are staying in. Itโ€™s been a shameful amount of time since @allthatmel and I have been to the rocky shores of Maine. Really grateful we made the trip. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

๐Ÿ“ธ The light in our home... for better or worse... ๐Ÿกโค๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ธ Our piggies combined....

๐Ÿ“ธ Thoroughly enjoyed this break from the heat (and the ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ hammock we got on our 20th).

๐Ÿ“ธ I love it when I am out walking and shots just magically come together.

Durham is always filled with these kinds of encounters. And when the afternoon storms are rolling in like they are here? I turn down whatever is coming through my earbuds, center myself into the present, and pay close attention. I donโ€™t have to capture it every time, but whenever I do, itโ€™s a treat.

Those evenings… storms coming in… right before you decide to cut the back deck lights on.

Finished off the back deck repair job we started a few weeks ago!

Had some tricky cuts to make at the very end but, all in all? We think it came out great! It’s finally up to code, safe, and structurally very sound.

Now we just have attempt the rest of the back deck which is easily as rotted out as the top level replaced. ๐Ÿ˜… All in good time.

Old houses man, I tell ya!

old rotten joists that need to be replacedold rotten joists that need to be replaced, and more of the back decknew sleeves, joists, and deck planks installed!!another look from a different angle at the new sleeves, joists, and deck planks we installedTad bravely holding a power drill standing in the top deck space area, shortly after it had been completely dismantled.picture of the top deck area, construction completed!

We all have latent ambition on the daily. Every once and a while though, that bites you back.๐Ÿ˜ฌ this deck is gonna involve way more TLC than we originally anticipated.

๐Ÿ“ธ Found this photo in an old archive folder from a long gone MacBook Proโ€ฆ

It was taken right around when we moved to Durham, NC. My first piece of writing was just accepted to be published. That was also the first time my words provided any kind of payment.

I was just starting Conduit and work was coming in.

So much has changed since then. Durhamโ€™s not the same - that green wall has been replaced by a towering condo complex.

I’m certainly not the same either. There was a lot of joy, a lot of mistakes to learn from, a lot of anxiety and hope generated from all of the above… life basically.

This photo brought all of that back, as well as immense amounts gratitude.

Chain link sunset ๐ŸŒ…

Spent the afternoon inoculating logs! ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„

Been trying to get more afternoon naps in lately… ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ด

Spring has sprung! ๐ŸŽช

Love it when the trees explode this time of year! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒผ Almost tricks me into believing that next week wonโ€™t be back down in the 30โ€™s again. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฅถ

๐Ÿ“ธ Another year, another Nevermore Film Festival here in Durham! ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ’€โ˜ ๏ธ

Iโ€™ve been attending this horror film festival for well over a decade and itโ€™s been a pleasure supporting it over the years at the beautiful Carolina Theatre. 20 years! Just amazing!

๐Ÿ“ธ Got some thoroughly needed time away in the woods with this one. ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฒ

These little breaks away from Durham have been so, so good for us and our individual wellbeing.

Weโ€™ve been trying to make more space for times like these, and each time we do, it consistently gives back tenfold. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ซ

๐Ÿ“ธBack home after a LONG road trip...

… filled with hours of unexpected construction delays from my homeland (New England, NH & VT). Decompression and reflection necessitates much needed time with ๐Ÿต in front of the ๐Ÿ”ฅ back at the ๐Ÿ  …

๐Ÿ“ธ Da BubbinSpoonful keeps getting biggoh!!๐Ÿถ

My brother’s doggo, Ginger, is officially full grown. I am glad I can still hold her!