Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

Feb 22, 2016

Secret Anniversaries

“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.”
  Shirley Jackson

I don't like the month of February. Yesterday ( February 21st) marked 10 years since my Mom died. This coming Sunday the 28th, marks one year since I lost my Dad. 


The holiest of all holidays are those

Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;--
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;--a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Feb 11, 2016

February Thaw

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.
~J.R. Stockton

My husband is doing somewhat better. Thank you for the prayers and well wishes.  He has to return to work next week regardless, as his leave has run out.  He ventured out yesterday to get reacquainted with driving and came back with these lovely pink roses. We aren't sure when the next surgery will be, but for now his knee needs to heal from this last one.

Look what came in ~ our seed potatoes!  Can't wait to plant them at the end of the month!
Our weather has turned a bit warmer, today the high is supposed to be 71 degrees. I'll take it.

A few of the Girls having fun around what's left of the Christmas tree.

Aren't these charms cute?  I found them at Michael's.  I feel a necklace will be in the making.

Have a wonderful day!

Feb 7, 2016


"Someone painted pictures on my
     Windowpane last night --
Willow trees with trailing boughs
     And flowers, frosty white,

And lovely crystal butterflies;
     But when the morning sun
Touched them with its golden beams,
     They vanished one by one."
-  Helen Bayley Davis, Jack Frost

I realized I hadn't done any sort of decorating for Valentine's Day.  Of course down here Mardi Gras trumps Valentine's Day.   I prefer the heart day so I opted for my pink teacups!

Love my little bear!

It's been one of those weeks.  The husband's knee surgery didn't go too well and needs to have another surgery.  He also developed an infection in his gums where the breathing tube was pulled out. 

     I'll be taking a bit of a break - see you soon!