The Making of a Home

“Home…a gathering place for family to join together in laughter. The one place you will always be surrounded by those who love you. A place or feeling of belonging.”


Sporting my wonderful thrift find…red/white checkered top💕

Hello, sweet friend…

I am just returning from the premier of Downton Abbey any chance you too went to see it?

A binder left by the Norris Family to the previous owners…now given to the current owners…
Joe & I💕

Instructions on care of the Home💕
Discovering past stories left by previous owners…
Note left for previous owners…then to us💕

Blueprints left for previous owners…then left to us💕
Vintage glass light cover found in cupboard…

I’m now reflecting on the question:

Upstairs retreat area…

“What makes a house a Home?”

I’m liking the wicker furniture in the living room area💕

In many ways…

Upstairs bedroom window…

homes embody how we live and see ourselves…

spaces which evolve

Pops of color always make me happy…

when we focus on what makes us happy…

When my surroundings sing to me…my heart is happy💕

and then creating a place of comfort…

Creating a cozy home💕

enriching our lives in the process.

Pillow given to me by shop owner of Sweet Peas…as housewarming gift💕

Home is a feeling.

Without love it is just a house.

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A house is built with walls and beams…A Home is made with love and dreamsanonymous


Hello, sweet friend…

Keys to our new cottage💕


Me…Cami…MacKenzie…Darjeeling 💕

Flowers from my friend Julie…and new neighbors🐝

Follow the light💕


It’s been quite a week…

Darjeeling checking out her new digs…💕
First picture hung🌻

First book for bookcase…💕

MacKenzie 🌸

My dear friend Geri reading the history of our home…


Labor Day had a different reality this year as we moved into a new neighborhood.

The home that motivated such a quick decision or so it appeared…

Sweet peas…

was a home I believe I fell in love with when we first moved to the Oregon coast.

A white painted bike

I remember driving the country roads through a small town passing this pretty storybook house.

Looking back now…

I can see that was when the spark was lit…

bit by bit…

MacKenzie trying to hide💕

the vision of this beautiful home…

Wind spinner…a gift from my new neighbor💕

A Nantucket set left by previous owner…🌻

These glass door knobs make my heart skip a beat.💕
Guest room…
French doors leading to sitting room…

it’s fascination seemed to follow me…

A touch of whimsy…romance…flowers…an English garden…and naturally stories of other things…

My new cottage flag🌻

with a history held…

To be continued…


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Falling Into The End Of Summer

“August is like the Sunday of summer”


August 25, 2019

Hello, sweet friend…

My dear friend Geri…as we enjoy a visit to the Blackberry Festival in Coos Bay, Oregon



The following Post has been re-edited from August 2017


This past month as I took a walk outside, and the dry leaves rustled pleasantly beneath my feet…

I paused and reflected how quickly the time has gone. Has it really been t.h.r.e.e. summers  living here on the Oregon coast? (a look of surprise) yes, dear readers it has🏡First summer

With that said and having lived through many warm summers in California summer coastal weather at times still feels quite unfamiliar. foreign

There are times that I have actually forgotten that it was even summer.

However one of the sure signs that summer has occurred and is coming into an ending…  is the weeping willow tree in our backyard. the name is apropos

Her leaves begin falling mid~late August and into September.

a bittersweet reminder that another season of life has passed.

 Now as I take my walks in the coming month I’ll imagine each brown and gold leaf as a moment past…

leaving the perfect moment to sow new seeds.

loving seeds…

more seeds of memories…

about to begin.🍂

🍁Happy September🍁

 As the end of Summer approaches farmers markets and roadside stands are overflowing with natures bounty. Here’s a wonderful recipe for you to try perhaps for this Labor Day weekend…(another sure sign that summer is coming to an end)



 I enjoyed making this recipe because it was quick and easy. I especially loved the lemon herb vinaigrette.


12 ounces dry pasta

1 cucumber, diced

1  pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives

4 ounces crumbled feta cheese

half of a medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced


Cook pasta al dente in a large stockpot of salted water according to package instructions. Drain pasta, then rinse under cold water for about 20-30 seconds until no longer hot. Transfer the  pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Add cucumber, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onion to the mixing bowl, then drizzle all of the vinaigrette evenly on top. Toss until all ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing. Bon appetit

Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon freshly~squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons dried oregano, minced

1 teaspoon honey

2 small garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon salt

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

And here’s a little beauty from my beautiful coast.🐠

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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

Hello, sweet friend…I hope you had a wonderful week. Recently I met Mackenzie’s (our cat) previous owner and found out that MacKenzie is close to 20 years old! I had no idea…I’m wondering if I should change his name to Sylvester with the hope of another theatrical opportunity…that being said I thought I’d share a previous post about another one of our fabulous furry kids who just might be my real claim to fame. (Just kidding) 



Re-edited post from August 2017


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 brought her over one Sunday afternoon all dirty and scruffy inquiring if she were one of our dogs.

I remember that day as if it were only yesterday.

I looked at the little doggie and replied “no she isn’t one of ours…(and without even a pause) however we would be more than happy to take her if there isn’t any luck finding her owner”

I felt  my husband’s shocked surprised look.

Perhaps in that moment I saw what a sweet spirit she had. Star quality

Before the day was over she was ours.

We named her Cami. She cleans up well 

 A Maltese mix. Tiny and mighty

sweet and smart

loving and devoted.

Who would have imagined six years later that a once scruffy homeless little abandoned dog on a Sunday afternoon…

 would one day be making her big debut here on the beautiful Oregon coast portraying Toto a scruffy beloved farm dog.💕




Happy weekend sweet friends🏡 

Here is a little clip as we are leaving home for debut.🚗

Oh, and one more thing before I go Just in case you too have a furry kid who might be of star quality aren’t they all it’s important to stay really healthy as their stage mom/caregiver Here’s a great breakfast that keeps me going strong. It’s one of my faves. Easy smeasy!

Marcia’s Stage mom breakfast


1 english muffin

2 eggs

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

dab of butter

sprinkle of salt/pepper

julienne tomatoes (optional)


Pour about one tablespoon olive oil on pan and heat.

Cook eggs according to your liking.

( I prefer mine well done) Melt cheese on egg.

Apply butter to muffin and heat on pan.

 Place eggs on muffin to form sandwich. Serve warm.

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Hooked On Houses

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Mr. Rogers

Finishing up my morning walk…

Hello, how was your week?

Blue hydrangeas say “welcome”

You are in for a special treat today…

Come stay awhile…

Recently a friend of mine invited me to see her friend’s

home and garden…

I thought I’d take you along on this beautiful summer day…

Built in 1900…

this Craftsman Bungalow


oozes with charm inside and out.

The owner has an eye for decorating…

and has gone with a beach theme…


One of my favorite rooms was the kitchen…

everything was so inviting and cozy…

Original kitchen island

I wanted to put an apron on and start baking

Hand painted stairway

The upstairs has a Christmas theme…

which is kept up throughout the year

a mural of the lighthouse painted by owner


I couldn’t decide what I loved most of all…

the inside or the outside…

where there was a specially painted fairy garden fence…

The sweetest neighborhood

and little homes nestled among the garden…

Thank you Diana for sharing your beautiful home & garden!

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