Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

May 22, 2013

Spring Sabbatical

"O the green things growing, the green things growing,
The faint sweet smell of the green things growing!
I should like to live, whether I smile or grieve,
Just to watch the happy life of my green things growing."
 ~ Dinah Maria Mulock
The Girls tending the garden...


I'm going to be taking a bit of a break.   
Enjoy  this beautiful season!

May 20, 2013

"Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on."
~  Heinrich Heine

I wanted to write about something happy today.  You know, just the little ordinary things that put a smile on my face.  Holding my grandbaby and just taking in all that baby goodness.  Spending time in my garden and enjoying the beauty and scents while listening to the trill of the mockingbirds.  Even  having a nice slice of chocolate cake for dessert, curtesy of the youngest son's girlfriend! 

I just finished reading The Language of Flowers  by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  I was instantly entranced, you know, anything to do with my long love of  Floriography!  Some parts were rather depressing, but life isn't always sunshine and flowers.  A good read none the less.

A bright pink rose blooming this morning.  That signifies gratitude.  Funny thing is, I never planted this color ~ so I really don't know where she came from.
It almost looks orange, but really it's a vivid pink!

My Gardenias (hospitality,secret love, purity, joy, beauty) are blooming too ~ we have several bushes planted out front (along with the Jasmine trellis) that smell heavenly when I have the windows open

Today I am being grateful for all the beauty that surrounds me ~

May 19, 2013

Flowers, Crystals and Butterflies

Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time. ~Deborah Chaskin

A little bag I made to carry about my new Pink Lemurian seed crystal  (divine feminine energies).  I created it this morning, and I really like how it turned out.  Just using vintage lace and ribbons and then added the butterfly charm.  I added dried jasmine petals so the smell is indeed divine.  I can wear this as a necklace or hang it on my bedpost.

Someone I knew died this past Friday that has left an empty place in my heart.  I can't say that I knew him all that well, we would cross paths nearly every morning while out walking.  He had his litle dog Miss Jean and I always have Junior.  Always, always, he had a smile on his face and a great big "Good Morning!"  Rusty was someone I guess you could call "slow" ~ he was a grown man, yet very childlike and lived at home with his mom.  He loved fried catfish, red beans and rice, The Saints and his little dog Miss Jean.
  Anway, the last week or two I hadn't seen him and saw in today's paper he died after a short illness with Leukemia.  I have been feeling low all day.  How could someone I barely knew make such a difference in my life? Yet, he had and I will miss him.
  Goodbye Rusty, I know your loving spirit lights up the Heavens.

   Hope you are having a
beautiful weekend.

May 12, 2013

Spring Flowers to Remember

A bit of jasmine (for grace and elegance) and pink and lavender rose petals (love, joy and enchantment) floating in water...a delight for the senses and my soul.  A way for me to honor the memory of my Mom this Mother's Day. 

May 5, 2013

A Delightful Weekend

"When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the rain-drops glisten;
Fresh violets open every day:
To some new bird each hour we listen.
-~Lucy Larcom
I love it when I spend the  weekend around our cottage.  Staying out of the stores, eating from our pantry and finding fun crafts and recipes from things I already have on hand.  Does life get any better?  We are having a roast in the crockpot for dinner (we've been having rather cool weather), with homemade brownies for dessert.
Found two items on the internet today I thought I'd share.  The first is how to make a lovely, light scent for yourself or to spray on your sheets. How divine!   I'll be making this in jasmine!
In the language of flowers (floriography) jasmine represents grace and elegance.

* The word voile is French for veil, and is used to describe something that is very light and delicate. When used to describe fragrance, a voile is gentle and soft, just a whisper of fragrance on your skin.You could also use a different favorite floral scent in this recipe, such as frangipani or jasmine.

1⁄4 cup filtered or distilled water
 1⁄8 teaspoon castor oil
 6 to 8 drops lavender essential oil

1. Mix together all ingredients and stir well. Pour into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.
Then I came across this yummy breakfast idea I can't wait to try this tomorrow ~
I'm thinking this would be really good with rasberries!

Photo from This Chick Cooks
Are these little jars too cute or what??

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped berries
  • additional berries for topping
Combine all ingredients, stir, cover and refrigerate overnight. Top with additional berries if desired.

Today we made strawberry jam!  Yep, a first for me, I just hope it turned out ok!


May 2, 2013

Little Bits

"Never yet was a springtime, when the buds forgot to bloom."
~ Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
Not much new here, days have been slow and easy.  Of course our grandson always keeps us on our toes!  He is such a delight and has really blessed our family.
So, today I thought I would share a few items I recently acquired from our local thrift shop.  Along with a few photos of our ever growing garden.
Pretty cotton blouse ~

         I love the lace along the hem...

I found this among the dresses while thrifting, although I'll use it as a slip.

Love the color ~ blush pink!  This will be pretty peeking out under a skirt.

Our garden this week!


We have been enjoying fresh green beans.
 We've had so much rain here lately, that it's kept me indoors.  This afternoon I'll be sewing a few pillowcases from an old sheet and reading Jane Austen's Emma.  Perfect for a rainy day.

May 1, 2013

Happy May Day!

"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May."
~  Edwin Way Teale

Lavender roses and jasmine from our garden

I have a few pretties I picked up while thrifting ~ I'll post about these soon.  Hope you are all enjoying this first day of May.