Category Archives: Garden/Tea Time

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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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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A Summer Cottage By The Sea

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~Frederick Keonig Hello my sweet friends. Happy Summer!     As I write today’s post I’m heading out for a mini get~away.  So mini that more than likely I  will have returned home by the time you even stop by for a visit here. you won’t even know I have been gone  Before I left I had been busily working in the garden. Season by season everything seems to be evolving   It’s delightful to experience how things are coming together I’m not sure if I ever showed you the New England arbors I had installed or the arbor in back with a new bird bath The window box built earlier in the year is looking wonderful and the roses have been blooming on and off for months This pink rose bush … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

Hi! Happy May! How was your week? I’ve got my May project going on.  Painting, still…and the next room of flooring scheduled for installation. So, that’s exciting! Do you have any plans for the weekend? I’m looking forward to a mini get away with my husband. We thought we’d go seaside exploring along the coast. These are vintage Tea sets from the 1940’s. I think they are so romantic. And,  with Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m stirred by the memories they conjure up.  It has been 5 years since I retired from teaching elementary school. And, almost every year beginning with the first until the thirtieth my class would celebrate Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Tea. The children would make special cards and set their desks like a fancy table. The tables were set with a plate of cookies, and a cup of tea. The mothers all enjoyed … Continue reading

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