Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

Jan 30, 2014

Thawing Out

"Surely as cometh the Winter, I know
          There are Spring violets under the snow."
        ~ R. H. Newell

It has been a long month.  My brother received his kidney transplant, but has been in and out of the hospital with complications.  My husband is getting over whooping cough, my beloved little chicken Marianne died, and we have been experiencing some unseasonably cold weather.  I am looking forward to Spring ~ how about you?
I took this photo yesterday down at the docks.  We have never seen so many Egrets (?) in one place!

 My garden is sleeping under the ice...

We never have ice!

I have decided to sign up for an online course from one of my favorite websites( Post Road Vintage)  ~   Handmade Beauty Natural You ecourse.  I am looking forward to making more homemade concoctions.

 I have been busy planning my garden and bought some flower seeds I can't wait to plant!  But in the meantime I am staying warm and cozy in our little cottage, keeping myself busy baking, sewing, and of course looking after my most handsome little grandbaby!

Jan 5, 2014

A New Year

"There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.  One is the January thaw.  The other is the seed catalogues."
-  Hal Borland

Our grandson having fun with a Christmas gift

I've been making some goals for the new year.  Spend less, pare down belongings (which we've been doing) and learn to play the piano!  My son is a piano music major so he is gong to teach me how to play the theme to Downton Abbey.  That is really the only thing I want to learn, I love the music.

Over the last week our entire family has donated quite a lot of clothes and other things to Goodwill.  Several other bags of old towels and blankets went to our local animal shelter. I can acutally see what clothes I have now,  instead of a pile of things I won't wear again.  I also packed away spring and summer clothes, since I don't think we will be needing them any time soon.

My other BIG goal is to not to buy anything new for 2014. I'm not counting toiletries (although I will try to replace storebought with homemade).  I'm really talking about fun stuff like new clothes, magazines and dodads for the cottage.  This will be a real challenge.  I also want to curb by thrift store shopping, since after letting go of so many clothes, I really don't need to fill up my closet again. Kind of defeats the purpose of downsizing. 

I've started to receive seed catalogs in the mail, which I'm just dreaming about purchasing right now  ~  any seeds that will be bought will be vegetables and fruit, (I saved flower seeds from last years garden). I consider seeds a necessity since it cuts down on our grocery bill.  

Well, I guess that's it for now.  I hope you all stay warm!!  Even down here on the Gulf Coast it will dip down into the teens ~ yikes!  We might actually have to turn on the heat.  So far we only had to use the wood stove to heat our cottage.  Tonight will be a cozy evening spent watching the beginning of season 4 of Downton Abbey.