Category Archives: Coastal Living

Happy Summer!

    “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”~Albert Camus     Happy Summer!         This past week Joe cleaned off the grill.     The summer is here!!!!     and I’m ready to have those backyard gatherings.                     I love this time of year on the Oregon coast.     I painted these chairs white and purchased these blue striped pillows for summer     The weather is in the 60’s…     the mornings have a magical coastal mist                                                                         The sun comes out…     when it’s good and ready… … Continue reading

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Seven Years Later…

      “Follow your bliss” -Joseph Campbell      Earlier in the week as Joe and I were preparing a meal together the conversation went to discussing what I could write about on this week’s blog post. Joe suggested that I might write a little about my 7 years of retirement. hmmm…     Well…okay…      There are many things I have learned in these past seven years lots of changes     One of my favorite authors Joseph Campbell came to mind.     I remember reading his definition of ego many years ago: “what you think you want, but you will to believe, what you think you can afford, what you decide to love, what you regard yourself as bound  to.”     I am thinking seven years of retirement later and into my retirement…     I’m discovering what has happened…is I’ve been transforming into another woman. crazy    … Continue reading

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The Book Club: Chapters of Life

    “Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the night” -Dylan Thomas     Hello sweet friend…🧤 (just a little warning…I’m in a chatty mood today)   what’s going on in your neck of the woods…         This is a fabulous season on the Oregon coast. The sun 🌞 rises at 5:00 am and…     doesn’t set until after 9:00 pm.   (Of couse) I know better…however It feels as if it is always going to be daylight.     With that being said these longer days afford plenty of time for doing all those favorite activities.     Playing in the garden…walking on the beach…reading…cooking with Joe…meeting up with friends…and going to the movies. (I love going to the movies!) A recent movie I enjoyed was BookClub. any chance you too have seen … Continue reading

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A Backyard Treasure

    ”Be the change that you want to see in the world.”~Mahatma Gandhi   🌻Hello, sweet friend and Happy June!🌻     The expression “you don’t have to look very far to see how lucky you are “ took on a whole new meaning recently…     as Joe and I headed home from an out of town trip and…         discovered a hidden treasure. practically in our own backyard (how lucky is that!)                         The Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC)  is a 30 acre nature preserve that includes extensive flower gardens                             native plant park and nursery,                         library     art exhibits     and a Butterfly Pavilion.     … Continue reading

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Kiss of Life

    “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” -Eleanor Roosevelt   Hello…🧤     I had a really good week. How about you?       I got a clean bill of health this week at my doctors appointment and…     I might be getting a chicken!     Somehow both these things made me realize just how wonderful, special, and fragile life is. This week also marked the 3rd anniversary of moving to the Oregon coast. Let me rephrase…     This weekend marks the 3rd anniversary date that our California property opened escrow. I always remember the date since it was Memorial Day weekend. It was such a bittersweet time for me.     Looking back I now see clearly that what I was really looking forward to was the adventure of it all.     That moment of intentionally taking a different path in life. Just … Continue reading

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