Monthly Archives: November 2016

AdVeNt, GiRlFrIeNdS, aNd CaNdYcAnEs….♡

 Below is a re~edited post from my last Christmas while I still lived in California before the big move I wanted to share it with you. My blog stats show many of you are new readers. This post is one of my favorites because it talks about everything I’m passionate about Home, Friendships, & Love. Happy Monday, and first week of Advent! (grin)  As the calendar year draws to a close, family schedules, programs, PaRtIeS, and “other” obligations for this time of year are in full motion… My week was filled with a combination of EvErYtHing…. An afternoon was spent putting up our outdoor ChRiStMaS LiGhTs….                          Of course, there was a day of decorating our home. Of course…*wink A necessary day of rest on a rainy day. ..♡   And, it’s funny how the busiest time of year also … Continue reading

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A Gathering Of Friends

Hi! It’s late on Thursday evening, and I’m just settling in from a wonderful time with a circle of courageous friends who decided to share a Thanksgiving together. We are all fairly new to this coastal living thing. And not so unlike those early pilgrims who on that first Thanksgiving were finding their way in a unfamiliar land, among a new people, learning how to carve out another way of life. The idea was that one of us would provide the home & main dish, while the others would bring side dishes. This was the first Thanksgiving I’ve celebrated here on the coast. Last year was spent in Ashland at the wonderful  The McCall House   read all about it here One of the biggest challenges of moving to a new place land is first meeting other friends pilgrims who you connect with, then begin creating those special bonds of friendships. All of which I’m learning takes time. Naturally on … Continue reading

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The Sea Lions At Simpson Reef

Hey sweet friend! I’m so grateful to see you today. I hope you had a wonderful week. And if by any chance this is your first time visiting here then Welcome! It makes me happy to see you. These cute little creatures sure make me happy too. That is when I’m able to see them. Long ago when I was still doing the teaching & living thing in California, my second graders would often take field trips to the fabulous San Diego Zoo. Here children were able to experience all the magical benefits of nature & animals. And one of my all time favorite exhibits would always be the sea lions. Little did I know back then that one day I’d be living so close to these wonderful mammals that I could run and visit them almost anytime.  This past week the teacher in me decided I needed a field trip and decided to go … Continue reading

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The Law of Attraction

I’m constantly editing my life. all of it. With that said recently I took a pile of clothing to a local donation center. I was no longer wearing, using, or needing these items so off they went.  Ironically a few days later I received an e-mail from a friend & reader of my blog who mentioned that she had put a box together of things that she no longer was wearing, using, or needing in her life anymore and was sending them off too. That box arrived here on my sweet coast just the other day.  I must admit it was as if Christmas had arrived.  The box was large, wrapped with decorative holiday tape & I felt the excitement/curiosity of what was inside.  I also couldn’t help and ponder on the coincidence of my giving away something, & then recieving.  There is a lesson to all of this. Was it karma?The … Continue reading

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Nantucket, Fairy Tales, and Dreams

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡ I’ve been thinking about Fairy Tales lately. No doubt it has everything to do with my recent visit to the beautiful, dreamy, fairy tale like island of Nantucket. I’ve been meaning to share some of the magic with you. Come, and join me for a little stroll… I remember as a young girl I always wanted to go to Nantucket. It represented that perfect place. A place where life was as it should be. Quaint cottages with white picket fences. Beautiful gardens and cobblestone streets. Sort of like all those Fairy Tales we read as young children. When the fairy tale seed was planted. Stories that pointed out right from wrong, and that good always prevailed. Stories of hope, inspiration magical dreams. And, who really knows how or … Continue reading

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