Author Archives: Marcia Ren

I’m Being Followed By A Moonshadow

    Hey there! I thought I’d pop in to share a bit of my eclipse experience here on the Oregon coast. The Oregon islands are awesome. The huge rock is called Facerock. It looks like it is ready for eclipse viewing. The morning walk was so beautiful… that I lost track of time and needed to run back home and quickly make my Boy Scouts of America eclipse box! Next I dashed out to a local coffee shop where they were handing out free eclipse glasses and coffee. You can never be too prepared  There were quite a few people enjoying the moment. I met an adorable couple who were from Idaho.😎 I also ran into a few local friends. Then I hopped in my jeep and headed to the beach where I experienced viewing a partial eclipse.exciting! (and of course now I’m starving)🐳 How was it where you live? … Continue reading

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FOMO, Painting, and A Garden Party

 “Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. each moment is all we need, not more” ~Mother Teresa “Welcome….so glad you are here” Marcia Hi…any chance you have driving plans to view the solar eclipse? As exciting as it sounds (along with FOMO* tugging at me) it looks like I’ll be hanging out enjoying the view from  a sweet little cottage.   A few weeks ago I had also contemplated applying for a part time job (18 hours a week) at a little church I attend. I thought it would be fun & might be a great fit for me. However before I even applied I decided that perhaps it wasn’t such a great idea after all. I mean seriously how would I have time to do all the really important stuff in my life? With Cami performing 4 times a week in The Wizard of Oz there doesn’t seem to be much time between … Continue reading

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Opening Night For Cami

    “If they could see me now that little gang of mine, I’m eating fancy chow and drinking fancy wine. I’d like those stumble bums to see for a fact the kind of top drawer, first rate chums I attract.” ~Sweet Charity Hi, I hope you had a good week. I’ve had a fun, exciting & most definitely all consuming week. A wonderful community theatre here on the coast has been preparing for the production of  The Wizard of Oz  read more and opening night has arrived! my first time as a stage mom   This post will be a little rushed since more than likely as you read I will beind those curtains backstage with Cami. (Cheering her on for 12 performances) That being said  I can’t help reflect back to a time when this cute-furry child first arrived at our home in California. A few of the neighborhood children had … Continue reading

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The Painted Lady Tearoom

  “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”~Henry James Just in case this is your first time visit here.… Hello, and Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea.  Today you are in for a special treat.  I’m taking you to the The Painted Lady Tearoom located in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. A beautiful drive inland (approximately 2 hours) from where I live on the coast. I checked the weather and it looks like a beautiful summer 82° perfect day so what do you say we grab our hats and head on out for a super fun day!  From the moment you step on the grounds you will encounter a magical garden experience atmosphere like no other Where blended displays of flower gardens meander around the 1900 historical home A charming beautiful gorgeous lovely Tearoom and bed and breakfast made even sweeter by … Continue reading

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A Good~bye July Garden Tour

“It was a good time to start something new. We have two lives, and the second starts when you realize that you have only one.” ~Isabelle Dubois-Dumee Earlier this week my husband surprised me by taking this photo. He was inside our home and saw me taking photos so he snapped one of me as he called out. It was a fun candid moment. real time This got me to thinking of how sometimes I wait until I think the moment is just right to do something (in an effort trying to capture the perfect moment) subsequently missing the moment because I’m trying to capture it. does this make sense? For example waiting to take a photo so I get exactly the picture I’m looking for.  Hesitating to invite that new acquaintance for coffee because perhaps it’s too soon or.…holding off to have a party until you get the perfect room all set up to sit everyone … Continue reading

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