good ordinary beautiful week

I thought at long last I would be posting about the excavation this weekend of our house addition. Continue reading

random happiness

Rain kissed day-lilies.  The color is so vivid and happy.


Basil and Nasturtium planted in an old canning pot waiting on the cat porch for me to harvest and make pesto.


Cat conversation between Mr. Bonez and Henry.



Lavender and an old bird-cage.

I’ve come down with a stinkin’ case of viral bronchitis and have been placed in lock-down in my home.

 This does not make me happy.

So, I pulled a few random happy photos from the past few weeks to share.

Random facts of Kim.

I love mint chocolate chip ice cream.  Maybe I see a scoop in my future – for medicinal purposes of course.

I’ve been lobbying for a couple of chickens and a rooster.  My girlfriend, the animal whisperer was going to help facilitate this.

Then she told me her peacocks had babies.  So I added peafowl to the list.

Sadly the peacocks were dispatched by some unknown force.  Sigh.  I’ll have to wait a little longer for that dream to be realized.

I love vintage sheets, the kind with faded dainty floral that lend a shabby chicness.  This spring I went to several yard sales and snatched these up for next to nothing.


I plan to do some crafting with them in the future.

This one, I have been using all summer at my kitchen table as a table-cloth.  The bright cheerful colors make me oh so happy.

And yes, I don’t iron.


I was awake during the night, which didn’t make me happy, but I did sneak out and put a few happy moon shots on the camera.


There was a brief break in the clouds.


Then they rolled in again.


I think they lend a magical touch just perfect for an old style thriller mystery movie.

What happy randomness are you experiencing?

See you later, Bye!


battle of the squirrel part deux

Actually, it really isn’t a battle, as I have several old colanders out in the yard  that I fill with food for the squirrels.  I just wish they would stay off the bird feeders.

I was out walking in the snow when I spotted this cutie in my colander.

He had his face buried in the seed.  It took him a few minutes to realize I was watching him.

Imagine the squirrel voice…


Oh crap she saw me!  Maybe I should run.



If I’m very still, maybe she will go away.


If I squint my eyes, nope she is still there.


Oh well, I think I’ll just go ahead and eat a little.



Are you looking at me?



What do you mean I’ve got a piece of food on the end of my nose?


Look at me I can do push-ups.


OOhh, looks like I need to have my nails done.



Lately I’ve neglected my blog and yours too.

Life has been coming at me fast and furiously, leaving me feeling a little squirrely.

More winter weather is heading our way tomorrow.

Here at Coral Cottage we are anxiously awaiting the spring thaw.

 How about y’all?

See you later,



coupon date

I received a coupon in the mail for $10.00 off my meal at a not so local, local restaurant.

The restaurant is in another county over.

Mr. Cottage said lets spend Sunday doing the rounds.

We haven’t done the rounds in a long time.

Don’t let your mind wander too far into the gutter.

The rounds include driving the back country roads and taking in the beautiful scenery.

Hitting the antique shops, lunch at the $10.00 off restaurant and finally a few thrift stores.

A few of our finds from the day.

Chinese Currency from the 1940's

Chinese Currency from the 1940’s

Mr. Cottage spotted this pile of Chinese money from the 1940’s.


Vintage needle kit


I love the graphics on this old Clark’s thread box.


A basket full of old lace and tatting.


Vintage fabric – oooh aaahhh


It has a bird on it, so it must go home with  me.

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Poor Cock Robin printed in the 1800’s.   The graphics are stunningly colorful and beautiful.   A child’s tale, a wee bit on the sad side.


More birds – these are from the Ogden cigarette company which was a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. of Great Britain and Ireland.


Ogden Cigarette cards from the 1920’s.



Will’s Cigarettes – Butterfly cards also from the 1920’s.  I enjoy the back with the typeset almost as much as the images on the front.

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These are the stuff of my mixed media dreams.  My creative thoughts are swirling with the possibilities.

What a grand day Mr. Cottage and I had on our coupon date.

I’m off to play with my new stash.

See you later,