Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

Nov 30, 2015

A Different Christmas

"Christmas isn't a season, it's a feeling."
Edna Ferber

My Advent " wreath" is looking a tad bare.  At the moment I only have a few sprigs of rosemary surrounding it as I have yet to add some pine. We bought our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.  We have it in a bucket on our back porch until I'm ready to bring it in to decorate.  That won't be until about the 15th or so...I don't want it up too early this year.  For years we put the tree up on my daughter's birthday December 17, and then somehow we got away from that and the tree started going up earlier and earlier. When I was a kid we put the tree up on Christmas Eve!  Well, I don't want to wait that long, but I know from experience if it's up too early I get sick of it. Sad, but true.  Truth be told, I'm not much into Christmas this year.  I'm missing my Dad, and that in turn makes me miss my Mom, and then I'm flooded with all those memories of Christmases past. I'm going to take it easy on myself this year and scale back. Thankfully, I'm finished shopping and will let my kids do the wrapping.  I plan on baking just sugar cookies this year ( instead of the usual plethora), and most certainly decorating will be minimal. My heart is just not in it and I can't bear to go through the boxes of Christmas stuff.  Last Christmas my Dad sent me a huge box of decorations that have been in the family for years.  Many were my Mom's favorites.  
  I do want to make Christmas a happy time for my grandson.  He's three now and is very excited about Santa Claus.  He's going to help his PaPa ( my husband) this week and put up a train set. That should be fun. We'll make cookies together and read Christmas stories.  

Our Christmas tree waiting it's turn.

On a really fun note, my daughter and I are attending a Downton Abbey screening of the first episode of season 6. We're really looking forward to that!

My "Downton Abbey" dress.

Nov 24, 2015

An Idea

..the future is a faded song, a Royal rose or a lavender

Of wistful regret for those who are not yet here to regret,
Pressed between yellow leaves of a book that has never been
And the way up is the way down, the way forward is the
    way back."
-   T. S. Eliot

(I came across this verse lately and now I have it stuck in my head.)

  Well, tomorrow is the day before Thanksgiving.  We are having a traditional meal ( turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gray, green beans and pumpkin pie for dessert). We leave fancy fixing' for other folks.  

Sunday will then be the First Sunday of Advent.  I go a little non-traditional with my Advent wreath.  This year I'm using teacups with a votive candle nestled in epsom salts in each one.  I will use either white or pink votives, depending on the color pink I find.  I'll then add a few sprigs of pine and rosemary.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.  
I will post a photo of my wreath either here on on my Instagram page.

Nov 13, 2015

Something Pretty

I've been wanting to put together something with a few favorite Bible verses for some time.  I only have a couple so far, but I hope to add more.  Just bits of scrapbook paper and pretty ribbon...

Nov 4, 2015


"Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable, the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown
along the street or road by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese. 
Both are warnings of chill days ahead, fireside and topcoat weather."
-   Hal Borland

            November's morning light

 I Like November.  I like the shorter days and although it is still quite warm here ( 78 today), it has the feel of Autumn.  I purposely stay out of stores as much as possible (except grocery stores) because I don't want to see Christmas displays quite yet.  

This is the month of quite reflection and early afternoons in the garden.  We have quite a crop of green beans we will be canning this weekend.  Our Girls (chickens) are molting so there are fewer eggs. I froze quite a lot this Summer to see us through the Winter.  I quite enjoy the evenings this time of year. I light candles early in the evening that add to that cozy feel - even if it is still warm outside!

Hope you all have a lovely November day.

Nov 2, 2015

In Remembrance

Today is All Souls Day. A time to pray and remember our loved ones who have passed away.