Que Sera Sera

“I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I want. I like being happy. I want to make others happy”

-Doris Day

Hello, sweet friend…


Cami & Darjeeling walking back to the cottage🌸

Thought I would share a post I wrote when I first moved to the Oregon coast in 2015. It was called The Photo Shoot.

I’ve re-edited this post in loving memory of Doris Day…a most loved…honored woman and the champion for animal welfare.


Cami & me

No doubt Ms. Day and I have lots in common. Did you know that she never tells her real age. She said she forgets if she’s 92, or 93. That is so amazing because I too forget how old I am. I agree with her age is only a number. Que Sera Sera!

We both live in beautiful cottages by the sea.


However the best thing we share in common is our love and adoration for our pets.

effortless Doris

I LOVE EvErYtHiNg about Doris. (We are on a first name basis…ever since my early days in Carmel.

Anyway today I thought would be the perfect day for a photo shoot. Sooooo….I grabbed asked my sweet…loving…kind…forever patient husband if he could take a few photos of our little furry kids.

After all…how difficult could it be…

It was a beautiful sunny day in California. I found a great spot in our garden to sit with the furry kids.  My sweet… kind… loving…forever patient husband lodged himself carefully between the shrubs on a holy area….I mean holey…oops again silly me…I meant hilly area. (grin) patient Joe said  “okay everyone look at the camera”….”smile!”…..At that very moment our cat jumped off my lap and the other three lost their focus. I’m pointing where I think Darjeeling ran off to. Teah, and Cami looked somewhat concerned. Earl’s trying to figure out how to hightail it out of there. Joe said “no problem just a little bump in the road…let’s try it again.”

Me: “sure!”💋💋💋

Cami is ready.

Now we’re getting the hang of this. …

Me: “Joe…wait a second…what is this…I think it’s a…”

“Is it a bee?”

“Oh no worries it’s just a cute little bug.”

Teah is ready.

Oh darn... this happy photo shoot is much more difficult than I thought. Doris always makes it look so very easy…perhaps I should give her a call and inquire how she does this happy photo thing.

Why am I the only one looking at the camera? Joe says it’s because I’m a natural poser. Hmm…I wonder what he meant by that comment.  Oh well… I’m NOT giving up. Doris wouldn’t 

Perhaps, if we try a different angle… Then Joe says “Bird I’m getting hungry” (Bird is my nickname) I say “can we take just a few more photos?”

cute emoji of me begging🥰


Well… Teah, Cami, and I are ready. (what’s Earl doing? and where did Darjeeling go?)where did I put Doris’s phone number…

oh, oh, I think I just heard Joe’s stomach growling…or…was that my sweet… loving…kind… forever patient Joe growling…

Just one more try…

really just one…

for Doris….

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

Hello, sweet friend…

These last few days have been gorgeous here on the Oregon coast… and I’ve been inside with a sinus infection. I’m hoping I’m on the mend…finally feeling better after a week of  antibiotics…yippee!


                      “It is the wise mother…who gives her child roots and wings.”


The following post has been re-edited from a previous post.


   With Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m stirred by the memories they conjure up.

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 It has been 7 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.

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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 it.  There were years when some of the children’s mom’s weren’t able to attend. Perhaps, the child was living in a foster home, or the mom couldn’t get off work, or something.

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In those times I’d fill in as mom. And, it was during those occasions I’d be reminded how very important our mothers were, and what a strong desire we have as children to love and be loved by them.


I was very fortunate to have grown up with an exceptional mother. Her name was Olga. And, as you can see from the photo… Olga was quite a beauty.

I believe these photos were taken sometime in the early 1940’s. Olga was still in her teens… & even though Olga was married at a very young age, (19) I’m fairly sure she wasnt married yet.


I am really loving those shoes!
Wow...and Olga was quite the Fashionista too.

I love these photos for several reasons. Primarily, because they show the true adventurous spirt of this amazing woman.



The memories I have of this wonderful Lady… were that of her being my mother…an amazing woman who showed unconditional love…and graciousness of a queen. However… I love these particular photos because they were my mother at an age that I never knew her. Before marriage, children, and the life she chose to live as a wife, and mother extrodinaire.  Today I’d like to celebrate, and honor that young girl, her hopes… dreams… sense for adventure…and for all the JOY she brought into this world.


And, for you dear reader I wish you a blessed Mothers Day. A greeting  in which you experience all the beauty, love, and joy around you.  Oh, and of course lets remember to throw in a little adventure. 

   Tangerine Tea

4 tangerine slices*

12 whole cloves

4 sticks of cinnamon  

2 tablespoons of sugar

4 cups orange pekoe tea brewed with the rind of one tangerine.  

Stud each slice of tangerine with 3 cloves. Now place a tangerine slice, a cinnamon stick, and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar in each cup. Fill with hot tea from the pot. Serve, using the cinnamon stick to stir the tea.

Makes 4 cups.

*orange slices could also be used.                                                                     




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Hope Floats…

“Hope is a thing with feathers…that perches in the soul…and sings the tune without the words…and never stops at all”

~Emily Dickinson

Hello, sweet friend!

Earlier in the week while Joe and I were preparing a meal together…I asked if he had any suggestions for my blog post.

After thinking about it he said…

“you could write about Hope”

He went on to explain that there were reminders everywhere of new life blossoming…beginning again. 

(I reflected back a few days to a seal I had seen on one of my beach walks…it had been laying on the sand appearing to be in distress)

I’ve heard it said that the most difficult task in life is learning what we can control and what we can’t control…then acting appropriately.


That’s the whole point of the Serenity Prayer: “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

It’s a fine line between helpfulness and overcontrol…that afternoon I needed help with walking it. After trying to figure out how I could help the seal…

I was left with the reality that there wasn’t anything I could do other than leave it alone and hope that it would be ok.

Nature helps me learn to walk that fine line graciously. Whether working in my garden or…

walking the beach… I must accept that there will be unforeseen occurrences.

Later on that same day…early evening

I noticed two seals together on the rocks…my hope was that one was the stranded pup.



I’m always on the look-out for an easy yet tasty recipe for shrimp tacos. Here’s one that meets both these requirements.

Best Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Take Taco Tuesday to the next level!


1 pound deveined, tail removed raw shrimp medium or large

2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 juice of lime

1/4 teaspoons salt

medium or large shrimp

For the sauce:

1 avocado

3 /4 cup milk

1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt

1/4 cup cilantro packed

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 juice of lime

For Serving:

1 1/2 cups green cabbage sliced

1 1/2 cups purple cabbage sliced

2 tablespoons cilantro chopped

8 corn tortillas


For the Avocado sauce:

place all sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

For the Shrimp:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season shrimp with chili powder, cumin, and Cayanne pepper and toss until evenly coated. Add to the pan (you’ll need to work in two batches )And cook 2 to 3 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove onto a plate and cook. Sprinkle with salt and squeeze the lime juice over top.

For Assembling:

Place a little of each cabbage on tortilla, drizzled with some sauce, topped with 4-5 shrimp, drizzle with more sauce, sprinkle with cilantro. Repeat with remaining ingredients and serve.


click the arrow below…I want to show you something fabulous!



Seals on the Oregon coast

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The Music of the Season

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”-summersaldana

Hello, sweet friends!

This past week I’ve been taking in the beauty of nature…

The seasons are filled with messages and gifts to touch the soul of the seeker. I’ve been a seeker of rest this week.😉


I enjoyed many walks on the beach…and pondered about how in Winter…while sometimes waiting for the cold & darkness to pass I often dismiss the silence and solitude, and the opportunity to push back the cold and dark in the warmth and light found in the company of family and friends.

a flock of cormorants

Or during the summer while planning for vacations…it’s easy to miss the opportunity of the season by not going barefoot… or really savoring ice cream…

by the time autumn returns…I realize the noticeably shorter days and change around me…

seals relaxing

So for now…and while it is still Spring…I’m going to make sure that I take time to rest…smell the flowers…breathe in the ocean air…listen to the birds…and best of all by spending time with family and friends. moments gone to soon.


time to put my apron on!💋

I have a delicious dessert recipe to share with you today…so go grab your apron!


can’t wait to share!



For the cake and filling

Cooking spray, for the pan.

One box vanilla cake mix, plus ingredients called for on box. 2 1/2 cups blueberries, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, 1/2 cup whipped topping.

For the frosting and topping

One cup butter, softened

2 (8 ounce) blocks cream cheese, softened

zest of one lemon

one teaspoon pure vanilla extract

blueberries, for garnish


Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9” x 13” pan with parchment paper and grease with cooking spray. Bake cake according to package directions. Let cool completely.

let cake cool completely👩‍🍳

Make blueberry sauce: in a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar.

Bring to a simmer and cook until thick and jammy, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and pour into a medium bowl.

Let cool for 15 minutes, then fold in whipped topping.

Make frosting: in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla and be until smooth and fluffy.

poking holes

Using the back of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cooled cake then pour blueberry mixture on top. Spread frosting on top then garnish cake with more blueberries.

A peek at my week🌷
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My Cottage Tour: July 2016

I’ve been -playing around outside with this bike…and decided to repost a fave tour of the cottage.


Post re-edited from July 2018

This past week marked one year living on the Oregon Coast. There’s been much pondering about what to share. There are many details I could share. Those details include the emotional, physical, or spiritual part of any first year involving change.


Naturally I decided to share the transformation of a small cottage. By viewing these photos you will see how they speak of all three. By now you must know how very important creating Home is to me. The process of self discovery has been well worth the journey.


I’m convinced our homes can be designed to make us feel complete and satisfied.


There’s no doubt the homes I’ve lived in


 have often reflected a certain spirit.






This sweet cottage by the sea falls into


a unique category of it’s own.











 It is the first Home I’ve created in a far~away new location.





Moving to the Oregon coast from California was a perfect opportunity for creating change, trying something new, & different.









It’s taken a while to listen to the spirit of this particular home.


I’m glad that I took the time, and was not willing to get distracted from my goals. Choosing to live more simply, in an area where I am surrounded by the moods of nature.



By doing this I was able to create an environment.


One which will continue to nurture



the emotional side and lifestyle of this new chapter of life.





As I reflect back on the first year, I can’t help but see how important particular projects were to me in creating this new home.  Working within a budget helps prioritize work. However, it also enhances my creativity.


For example the fence, windows, & flooring were all worked on or replaced.


And not to sound too metaphysical or anything… these things also seem to represent that part of myself which was being rebuilt. Fence represents the boundaries in our life, Windows; how I view things, and Flooring; a reminder of the importance of living a balanced life. I know by bringing these changes into the Home, most likely at some level they were occurring in my own life.  As my home grewchanged, and made it’s transformation…magically so have I.

Now, I’m thinking that might not be such a bad thing.


Well…perhaps maybe just a little. (wink)

Let’s go on a tour!

If you really have lots of time, and want to experience a HUGE transformation. I’d suggest you view the second video first. xo

One year ago!

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