There’s no place like home

 

”Home is a place we all must find, child. It’s not just a place where you eat or sleep. Home is knowing. Knowing your mind, knowing your heart, knowing your courage. If we know ourselves, we’re always home, anywhere.” ~Glenda the Good Witch

 Hello my wonderful friends how was your week?

The other day during a practice with Toto (aka Cami) I thought about a retreat in SoCal I had attended this last January  6 months ago and a question I returned home with. The question being “How am I going to get more grounded and rooted here on the Oregon coast?” my new home

Retreats are good in the way they give you oppportunities to reflect  on the direction your life is going yellow brick road (have you ever attended one?)

That being said I am happy to see that six months later & with just a tad bit of effort on my part am feeling a little more grounded here.

Halfway into 2017 I reflect on the year and see how music has been an important thread in my life and now it’s providing more for me in this new chapter

A seed was planted at that retreat and with guidance I returned home becoming open to share a deeper part of myself. being of service

Playing the piano at a small church I attend is one way to connect more deeply

and just recently allowing our precious little dog Cami to be part of a small community theater production of the Wizard of Oz

a story about the importance of Home, Friendship, and the Transformative Power of Love.

The journey of life and all its twists and turns, bumps and bruises, new friends, old friends and sometimes even a few flying monkeys along the way.😉

Not a perfect life where we necessarily know where we are going or if  any of our hopes/dreams will come true but to have a path we can follow and share with others along the way.

Every step of the way appreciating where we are and the joy of our journey.

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Cheers to a wonderful weekend!

Oh, and speaking of the weekend I almost forgot to mention that this weekend I will be entering my apple pie in the County Fair. The winner gets a new oven! I entered last year and really had fun! Wish me luck! Here’s the link for that post Coos County Fair  I’m going to try out a different recipe and will make sure to post it.😉

Now….what do you say we go for a walk on this beautiful coast…of mine😘

 

Marcia
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Our Little Pink House

 

“Sometimes we have to let go of the life we have planned to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~anonymous

 

Hi! I hope you had a good week. This week marked the Second anniversary living on the Oregon coast. Lots has changed yet much remains the same

It is very quiet this morning as I  begin writing today’s post.  I hear the foghorn and  sound of waves in the distance.

The weather is cool, the air is fresh. I’m feeling extremely grateful on this midsummer day.

I look out of a small window propping myself up with more pillows to get comfy so we can chat.

I still have a few hours before the painters arrive.

They are close to finishing.

I can’t tell you how surprised I am after many years spent imagining what a dream house would look like (which includes & not limited to dreaming, scheming, selling, buying, throwing out, giving away, hauling….)

  to now know without a doubt

that a dream house isn’t so much what it looks like in our mind or what we most likely imagined.

That dream house appears once we truly embrace who and what we are.

You know that authentic person/style which reflects each of us.

A house any house can come alive become a home right here where we are now.

(trust me on this one)

I’m convinced once we begin embracing all of it

(whether our home is large, small, fancy, ordinary, with limitations, and of course even those unpredictable inevitable frustrations)

 an authentic beautiful  home will be awaiting you and I.

This week I baked up pink cupcakes as a celebratory salute to this 1946 beach cottage that had a birthday and got painted pink.

It only took 71 years for this cottage to get such a happy color. better late than never. 😘

I took the semi homemade approach to baking.

Using the store bought cake mix (Betty Crocker’s super moist French vanilla)

I added an olive oil instead of vegetable oil & a drop of red food coloring.

I would like to share a wonderful buttercream frosting recipe that is  simple, quick & perfect for decorating all kinds of cakes, cupcakes, or for sandwiching in between two cookies.

Easy buttercream frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

2-3 cups confectioners’ sugar (depending how sweet you want it)

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

and 

a dab of pink food coloring

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer until very soft and light, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth and fluffy. Use immediately or cover & refrigerate until needed. Makes about 4 cups. Enjoy!💕

 

Marcia
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Tickled Pink

 

“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.” Robert Louis Stevenson

Hello….how are you?

The last time we chatted I had just returned from a mini get-away, one which inspired a few changes. just in case you missed it

However this past week I’ve been preparing for a much bigger change. do the happy dance

I can’t show you yet…however what I can tell you is this sweet little cottage is smack dab in the middle of getting a new look.

Goodbye yellow…hello……(drum roll)

 A few months back when the house painting decision was made and I began thinking about the  color If you are curious🌸

I started thinking about the first home I had ever purchased (in California) it was yellow I loved that home!

The next home was yellow (also in California) I loved this home too!

The last home my husband and I sold ( yes in California)  was white clapboard. (you guessed it…it too was loved)

In 2004 when we purchased this home (as a rental) it was blue. have to be honest…the love factor hadn’t bloomed at the time

that is before we had it painted yellow (love began)

 I also realized that my moving to the Oregon coast and into this home has been a great adventure most likely the biggest one in my life (grin)

  so why not just go for it!

(after all  shouldn’t a home reflect it’s owner)

 I’ve got to say that my husband has been so supportive of  all my decisions. THANK YOU JOE! (real men wear pink) Joe

Obviously there’s been a wide range of responses. One of my friends actually put his head into his hands and said “Oh no not pink!”

The painter said “well I guess I’m going to have to get use to having pink all over my uniform” yep Chip you will 👛👚🌷🌸💕😉

Of course my gal friends who are the best can’t wait to actually have a friend that lives in a little pink house. And yes as you can imagine…

this just tickles me

Pink!

🌸🌸🌸

I created a new board on Pinterest called “Little Pink Houses”:

Marcia
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The Getaway

“Every change of scene becomes a delight.”~Seneca

 

The opportunity to appreciate, love, and enjoy what we have is a gift. For me this especially applies to my home. My home makes me come alive. It is my passion cottage garden

With that said a change of scenery can be a good thing because it shifts how you see things.

Mini adventures can set you on a new path and give you a fresh vantage point with your life and home.

 I recently returned from a little getaway (not too far away)

and just far enough to take a breather from all the little projects that (I tend to obsess about) keep calling out to me here at my cottage.

Summers are wonderful on the Oregon coast. I think they might be my favorite time of year. With the mild temps I really long to stay put.

I am charmed by the coziness of cooler weather.

My getaway took me to much warmer weather (hot)

I enjoyed several days of the warmer sunshine

Relaxing by the pool

A little window shopping

Discovering new trendy restaurants

(and enjoying the old familiar favorite ones)

taking in those spots

and shops that are no where to be found where I live on the coast

I returned home feeling refreshed and  seeing the cottage in a different way.

It was as if I was encouraged by that little getaway to lighten my spirit and walk through my home with new eyes.

Taking full advantage of this chance to look at my life and home with a new perspective.

I returned from this little journey with a new spark and creativity asking myself

what if I painted that bedroom door a different color?

Or perhaps I should experiment with re~arranging a few pieces of furniture in the living room?

(Should I paint that chair again?)

Or what if I hung those watercolor paintings on the wall to create the look of a mini art gallery?

Or perhaps even more importantly….

What if I believed that transformation and creativity

make dreams come true?

Yes…

what…

if…

Looking forward to hearing about your little get~aways.

Blessings for the new month of July!

With July 4th around the corner here’s a mini trifle recipe I created

Marcia’s Trifle for Two (if you feel like sharing)

Ingredients:

mini pound cakes

vanilla yogurt

1-2 bananas

blueberries (I used a small package)

red raspberries (again 1 small package)

whip cream

*and/or whatever else you might want to add

Directions:

Place the cake down first. Add one cup yogurt & a dollop (or two) of whip cream. Continue with a handful of blueberries, & raspberries. Place another cake down and repeat with layering yogurt, whip cream, then bananas, berries. Continue process until container is filled. I was lucky to have the perfect trifle container for two (aka vase) What I like about this recipe is that you are free to add any fruit in season & make it exactly how you like.

bon appetit!

 

 

Marcia
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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 hereyou won’t even know I have been gone

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 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 is my favorite. I have no idea the name of it, do you? however the scent is absolutely intoxicating. I think the bush might have been planted way back when this cottage was lovingly handcrafted. (grin)

Oh! and my pink hydrangeas which are now blue  were planted when I first moved here almost two years ago! ( I really can’t believe that this amount of time has passed already) are as happy as ever.

and of course

so

am

I

Wishing you all the joys of the summer season

btw….how’s your garden coming along?

Marcia
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