Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

Jan 31, 2016

The Missing Button

"Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November,
February has twenty-eight alone,
All the rest have thirty-one;
Excepting leap year, that 's the time
When February's days are twenty-nine."

Well, tomorrow is February, my least favorite month.

I thrifted this pretty pink sweater this weekend.  I love the buttons! All sparkly and pretty. I like a little bling now and then.  You might be able to see the top one is missing; I simply sewed a bit of ribbon and lace where the button was.

And now I've noticed just how baggy these jeans are ~ oh well! I simply have the worst time finding jeans. These are even the pull~on kind so I don't have to mess with zippers.

Homemade bagels.  They look a little wonky, but they taste good!

Jan 28, 2016

What She Wore

A small bird twitters on a leafless spray,
Across the snow-waste breaks a gleam of gold:
What token can I give my friend to-day
But February blossoms, pure and cold?
Frail gifts from Nature's half-reluctant hand...
I see the signs of spring about the land...
[T]hese chill snowdrops, fresh from wintry bowers,
Are the forerunners of a world of flowers.
~Sarah Doudney, "Snowdrops

Today I wore a dress I bought from a street fair in Pensacola. It's really Summery but I make it work with leggings and a sweater.  I'm not much of a legging person unless I'm wearing a skirt or dress. I just don't feel dressed when I try the long top look.  It's just not for me.

 Isn't this a cute pin? The charm says "its always tea time."

Today I made some rebatched soap. Soap making is getting really expensive, so I've opted to use what I have and pretty them up.

This is the sensitive skin Dove bars. I added rose clay, rose oil and sprinkled rose petals from the garden. Sorta semi~homemade. HaHa.

Jan 24, 2016

Sunday Thoughts

...January, in ermine cloak,
With crystal spangles dight,
He gave the queen an Ivy crown,
And her fair shoulders white
He happ'd with tender ferny Moss
From many a cosy nook,
Or from the rounded boulders warm
Beside the frozen brook.
~James Rigg,
"The Progress of Queen Flora, Adorned by a Hundred Wild Flowers"

Pink thrifted jacket. Love the buttons and the ruffle. 

I never heard of the brand Nick & Mo, but I like the label.
Actually, sometimes its the label of an item that catches my attention first. A few years back I bought a blouse with the label Rose Cottage. After the blouse was no longer fit to wear I cut out the label and sewed it to the clothespin bag I made.

If you're digging out of the snow, be careful out there!  If you're wondering why I've been posting more lately, its because I inherited my youngest son's laptop before he left for Japan. Have to admit its so much nicer to post on this than an ipad.  Although I'd rather have my son close by than his laptop.  Why is it so hard to let them go?  He's only been gone 2 weeks and it seems like he's been gone months already.

Jan 23, 2016

When it's Cold...

Wear something pretty!

 Thrifted jeans and sweater worn with a cream colored lacey dress.
 Necklace is an old key with a bit of lace I put on a chain.

This one's for you Lynn...

My daughter Jennie and my Dad and the hat.

Jan 22, 2016

In the Pink

"To thine own self be true"

This is a recent additions to my wardrobe...

 A very pretty slip in a luscious shade of rose.
I've been seeing these "dress extenders" all over the place to wear under too short dresses or tunics.  I thought, "but aren't they really just a slip?"  Anyway, I bought this one off etsy and I really like it!

It's very cold here today, at least for the Gulf Coast! No snow of course, but I feel for all of you dealing with it.  We lived in Utah for 5 years and I saw enough of the white stuff to last me a lifetime. Being so cold, I thought I'd whip up something to enjoy with afternoon tea.  In this case lemon poppyseed muffins.

 Enjoy the rest of the day, and stay warm!

Jan 21, 2016

On the Mend

“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.”
~Jim Rohn

My dear husband had knee surgery last week {or was it the week before?} My mind is in a muddle, or maybe I'm just tired. Thankfully everything went smoothly, but the recovery is slow going.

Aside from caring for my patient I've been puttering about the cottage.  So far our Winter weather has been pretty mild. It's supposed to turn colder this weekend it which case I'll make a pot of chili.  I've been sticking close to home for hubby's sake which means eating from the pantry and freezer with only short trips for milk and whatnots. 

I'm enjoying wearing my Sloggers I got for Christmas. Perfect for garden and chicken chores.

Jan 18, 2016

Winter Things

A few of our Girls coming to greet me.

The vegetable garden in Winter, dreaming of Spring.

A toasty fire. I can see its very dusty!  Really its just the ash.

Love this...

Let there be a cottage.... a real cottage... a white cottage, embowered with flowering shrubs, so chosen as to unfold a succession of flowers upon the walls, and clustering round the windows through all the months of spring, summer, and autumn—beginning, in fact, with May roses, and ending with jasmine. Let it, however, not be spring, nor summer, nor autumn—but winter, in his sternest shape. This is a most important point in the science of happiness. And I am surprised to see people overlook it, and think it matter of congratulation that winter is going; or, if coming, is not likely to be a severe one. On the contrary, I put up a petition annually, for as much snow, hail, frost, or storm, of one kind or other, as the skies can possibly afford us. Surely every body is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a winter fire-side: candles at four o’clock, warm hearth-rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies on the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without...
~Thomas De Quincey

Jan 5, 2016

Winter's Spell

  And yet but lately have I seen, ev'n here,
The winter in a lovely dress appear...
And brighten'd ev'ry object to my eyes:
For ev'ry shrub, and ev'ry blade of grass,
And ev'ry pointed thorn, seem'd wrought in glass;
In pearls and rubies rich the hawthorns show,
While through the ice the crimson berries glow.


So here we are again under Winter's spell.  I'm not much of a cold weather fan, although I do admit I like enjoying a good book by the fire.  Much of my reading comes from garden catalogs, for although our garden is sleeping, it won't belong before it begins to stir.
Next week will be a busy one, as my husband has to have knee replacement surgery.  Same knee as last time.  Seems the first one is too loose and causing him los of pain. 

Jan 1, 2016

Snug as a Bug

Happy New Year!
It has been a very rainy New Year's Eve and Day. I've been keeping warm and toasty curled up with a mug of tea and binge watching season six of Downton Abbey. Tonight I'll watch the series finale - makes me a bit sad, but I enjoyed the series!

Here's the link if you want to watch any of the seasons...