thumbs up!

lovely flowers from a friend

lovely flowers from a friend

Hello friends – from the absolute humblest spot I can find in my heart thank you all for your words and care and concern you shared with me as I traveled down this scary road.   I’m relieved and a bevy of other emotions that I can’t seem to peg down, happy to tell you all that the path reports have come back and  – drum roll, I am Cancer free!

Today I made my first trip to town since my surgery, to have my hair cut.  I really needed that, not just the cut, but seeing my friend and her always smiling face.  She treated me to this lovely arrangement that she put together.  I quickly took this picture when I got home and I don’t think I did it justice.  I’m afraid they wilted a bit from having been in the heat of my car for a good couple hours.  It is in the 90’s today, so not a good mix.

I was in need of getting out of the house so while in town, I also took a stroll through the craft store, supplementing my crafting addictions followed by a lunch date with Mr. Cottage.  He took me to my favorite lunch spot, a Thai place that makes me full and content.

I can’t seem to put a finger on my emotions lately.  It is as though I have all these thoughts and feelings that are screaming to be understood and heard, yet I can’t seem to understand them.  I constantly feel like I am raw and waiting for something, I just don’t know what it is.  I wonder is what I’m feeling because I’ve had the shit scared out of me and a reminder to live life fuller ?

See you later, Bye



Perhaps you shouldn’t read this post if you have a delicate disposition.

It has been a bit since I posted.

I had surgery last week, and I’ve been recuperating.

For awhile, I’ve been silently struggling with a scary fear that had/has a tight grip around my whole being.  Cancer is not a disease my family is afflicted with.  Nope, we are of the heart disease/high blood pressure/diabetic line.

So not for a minute did I ever really worry that cancer was something I had to worry about.

Silly girl.

 It was so easy to lull myself into a false sense of well-being.

Then I started feeling a little off and started having some – gynecological issues. My husband says I am about as stubborn as they come and that I don’t always do what is the best thing for myself. Humph.  Not this time.  This time I listened to what my body was saying and I got myself to the doctor right away.

 I trust and believe in my doctor of over 25 years.

Over the past few months I’ve had several doctor visits, tests, procedures and finally surgery.  The surgery went well and I am on the road to recovery. However,  I am not out of the woods yet, the next few days are still long and difficult waiting for the latest pathology report to come back.  I feel pretty confident for good positive news.

 There I go again luring myself into a happy place of non-believing.

Occasionally I allow my mind to wander into a dark place.

 I have also wallowed in a little self-pity too because I’ve kept this private and didn’t share what was going on with family and friends.

 So there were no calls, no one to say – hey how are you doing?

Thank goodness for my husband and my dad – they have and always will be my rocks.

Last week I shared with my old blogging buddies that I was having some issues.  I’m not sure why.  Why is it easier for me to share this personal thing over the impersonal internet with folks I’ve never even met?

Why am I sharing this now?

I’m trying to trust the process.

I’m trying to believe there is a reason for all this.

I’m trying to remember to embrace the little things that matter so much.

And to laugh.

Laugh with me, won’t you.

If for a moment you think your job sucks – ponder this as I did.

 I woke up from surgery wearing disposable underwear and enough padding to sink a ship.

 Where did that come from?

Bless that person(s) it had to be a two person job – I mean really  – to put underwear on an unconscious bleeding fat lady.

 Now there is a job you can keep.

 But I thank you  – whoever you are.

I’ll be back to posting pretty pictures and nice words soon.

See you later, Bye!


sophie’s art

Sophie's art

Sophie’s art

On Pinterest I found this charming, amazing art from a 10-year-old girl named Sophie.  Sharpie markers and cheap white kraft paper.  Yes, this is a keeper.

Here is the original blog post.

I have to admit along with admiring her sweet young talent, I have a case of envy too.  After reading about her getting 5000 hits in one day on this post I think to myself how did that happen?  Just goes to show you never know what is going to strike a chord with people.  For me, to see that kind of response to something hand-made, makes me quite happy.

Hooray for creativity.  I hope you keep rocking it Sophie.

See ya later, Bye,


blue happiness

Seems fitting to share my happy little bird bliss on this mother’s day.  What could be more appropriate than watching a pair of blue birds build their nest in anticipation of their upcoming parenthood.

My dad is quite the bird house builder.  I’m quite the birdhouse lover.  Everything works out perfectly.

I hung this flashy green model just the other weekend.  Mr. Cottage spied, much to our happy surprise  a very nice young couple move in this week.

Mr. Cottage named them Fred and Ethel Mertz-bluebird

Here is Fred

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Fred is quite the talker, he has a lot to say.  See how I manage to catch him with his mouth open.   Fred has become quite comfortable with me and my camera, Ethel not so much.

She stuffs her mouth full of twigs and such, she cracks me up.  They each take turns placing the nest building material inside the box.  Fred then brings back out a few pieces at a time and places it on top of the box.  Then he appears to be weaving the pieces together and then places them back inside the box.

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It is truly amazing to watch these two in action.

Hope you all have a fabulous week.

More photos will be available on my photography web page.

See ya later, Bye!


A special hello and thank you to those of you that stopped by this week for the first time for a quick read, a like or a follow of my blog.

Mighty Mama




the natural way

I love scents from nature, those canned  air fresher not so much.  So when I came across this recipe for a natural alternative I thought I’m going to give it a try.
Natural room scents

Natural room scents

Natural Room Scents
By Monica
  • Citrus, sliced — lemons, oranges, limes (may use peel only, if preferred)
  • Herbs — rosemary, thyme, & bay leaves
  • Spices– whole cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice (optional), anise (optional); may substitute ground/powdered spices
  • Ginger (fresh or powdered)
  • Extracts–vanilla, almond, mint
  • Pine twigs (or other fragrant twigs)
Use a pint (2 cup) jar, container, or pot to combine scent waters. Add ingredients to container, cover with water, and choose from these options:
–simmer on stove top, topping off with more water as it evaporates
–add heated mixture to a slow cooker, fondue pot, or something similar that will keep mixture heated. Preheat waters to a boil (in microwave or on stove top). As water evaporates, always top it off with HOT water to keep the temperature as high as possible. Higher heat = more fragrance.FRAGRANT COMBINATIONS:1. Orange, Cinnamon & Spice. 1 orange, 2 cinnamon sticks (or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon), 1/2 tablespoon whole cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves), 1/2 tablespoon whole allspice (or 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice), 1 anise star (optional)2. Lemon, Rosemary & Vanilla. 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 2 lemons, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.3. Lime, Thyme, Mint & Vanilla. 3 limes, 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

4. Orange, Ginger, & Almond. 1 orange (or peel from 2 oranges), 1 4″ finger of ginger, sliced (or 1 tsp ground ginger), 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

5. Pine, Bay Leaves, & Nutmeg. Handful of pine twigs or needles, 4 bay leaves, 1 whole nutmeg, outer layer grated into mixture.

Scented waters may be refrigerated between uses. Reuse for 2-3 days, or as long as they still have a pleasant fragrance.

I plan to give this a shot sometime soon.

See ya later, Bye!


dirt glorious dirt

Here at Coral Cottage we spent the entire weekend digging in the dirt.   Some of it was good, some not so much.

Mr. Cottage tilled up additional garden space.


Mr. Cottage tilling away

Mr. Cottae tilling more space

In addition to more tomatos, and peppers, I put in seeds for sugar snap peas, wow my mouth waters at the prospect of going out and picking fresh sugar snaps!  For the first time, I put in Swiss Chard, a variety called flamingo, just because I love the name.  Hopefully mine will look this good.

swiss chard - flamingo

swiss chard – flamingo

these too for the name – purple tomatillo – the seeds were a serious pain in the you know what to deal with.

purple tomatillo

In keeping with my companion planting, I sowed nasturtium seeds around my cucumbers. I love the pepper smell and taste of nasturtiums.  The flowers are a beautiful bonus.

A section out on the north 40 was started for the corn field – we will plant corn later in the week.

future sight of corn field

future sight of corn field

The lettuce I planted last week is making an appearance.

hoo-ray lettuce

hoo-ray for the lettuce remember the toilet paper from last week?

The cats have been enjoying digging in the fresh dirt and I’m glad to not have to empty the litter box as often.


As for the bad part of digging in the dirt, Mr. Cottage had to deal with that on his own.

We had a water leak out by the studio.  A couple hundred dollars and several hours of digging and he got the job done.


the dirt pile just keeps getting bigger



We harvested the first of the spinach that was planted last month – most excellent.



Several tasty salads were enjoyed this week.  Tomorrow I think I will make braised spinach with onions and cranberries.

Hope your weekend was amazing.

See ya later, bye



Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope you all have something to laugh about today.

A Hello and thank you to those of you that stopped in to read and give me a like and a follow, this week.

Southern rural route, Veiled Purl, Curtain Queen, pillows-a-la-mode, sewmuchchoice, Bridget

See ya later, bye


wearing curtains

I’m teaching myself how to sew.  I have a stash of old fabric and clothing that I am repurposing into other useable objects.

  I should tell you I don’t follow directions and I don’t use patterns and no, I’ve never had a lesson.

    Any of y’all out there old enough to laugh with me on this.  Remember the classic Carol Burnett show –  the episode where she is doing a spoof on Scarlett O’Hara – to make a dress  she wraps the drapes around her – pole and all?  I still laugh uproariously when I think about that episode.

apron made from my kitchen curtains

apron made from my kitchen curtains

Yes indeed, this flamingo fabric used to hang at my kitchen window.

I’m an apron wearing gal.  I think I got that from my grandmother.  I wear one when I am in the kitchen and while gardening, and working in the studio. No, I don’t play naughty maid dress-up.

Also from the recycle/ repurpose bin, this crazy wild print came from an old blouse that my mother made many years ago.  I cut up the fabric and repurposed it into an apron.

short apron

half apron

and because everybody should have a purse to match their apron


I’m off to see what other projects I can get into.

See ya later, bye