Memorial Day 2016


Hi! How was your week? Any special plans for the weekend? This will mark my first Memorial Day celebration here on the coast.


I’m looking forward to sharing the afternoon with friends, and plan on doing some of the grilling myself  on our new little barbeque. So that should be fun!

Below is a letter my father wrote to my mother shortly after they met, & before they were married.

My father served in the United States Navy. He was a wonderful husband,  father, friend, and proud of his country.  One of the things he had wanted most after he finished serving his duty, was to get married, purchase a home and raise a family. I hold him, along with all our courageous military men, and women with deep admiration, love, and respect, and dedicate today’s post to them.


With that said, another thing my father loved was a good barbeque. His were much more fancier, so he probably wouldn’t be that impressed with mine. However, I’m pretty sure he’d be impressed with this little cottage Home.


The week has flown by.



I decided to work on this very small patio area right outside our bedroom, and laundry room.




I’ve known that it had great potential. However, I just wasn’t sure which direction I would take with creating it.







On a creative whim, I decided to paint the glass doors so they looked like lattice.




This will allow a little more privacy, and yet add an inviting  outdoor space.



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I’m visualizing a fresh air space that will be comfortable and easilly accessible from the kitchen, and bedroom…



Into a garden filled with fragrant and blooming plants. I’m rather pleased with how it’s turing out.


Just a few more touches and I’ll be ready to start that grilling.

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Have a fabulous weekend.

See ya!

Here’s a tour of my new Garden Room. Of course I’m still working on it.

Memorial Day menu:

Grilled vegan burgers

Grilled burgers

Barbequed ribs

Potato Salad

Dessert…still thinking on this one.


As long as we have memories,yesterday remains. As long as we have hope, tomorrow waits. As long as we have love, today is beautiful.~ Anonymous


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10 Responses to Memorial Day 2016

  1. Carol Gossett says:

    I love that quote, Marcia. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Joe Kuehner says:

    What a very inviting outdoor a space, cozy yet elegant!
    Sounds Like A Yummy Time On Memorial Day!

  3. Rhonda Peake says:

    It all looks so inviting and peaceful. Beautiful idea and job on the windows. Looking forward t0 sharing this special day with you and Joe. Always J&R

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Rhonda! Thank you. It’s such a process in finding the right direction to go in for this sweet cottage. I’m listening all the time.

  4. Peg says:

    A lovely tour Marcia. Everything is coming along so nicely. Your cottage has your special touch!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Peg! Good to see you. Thank you. Yes, it’s finally coming together with the look of Marcia. You know that look very well.

  5. Chris fahey says:

    That was a wonderful heart felt tribute to your mother and father. If I had a daughter, I would want her to have the same loving heart you have.


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