Chapter One

A light drizzle is surrounding me as I wander through the gardens cutting flowers to put in the farmstand.  It is sunrise, only the sun isn’t shining.  The humidity seems high and the gnats are horrible and the mosquitoes are biting.  I’m hot and my body heat is steaming up my glasses so that I can’t see. I couldn’t be happier.  Birds are busily going about their morning routines, the chickens are still in the coops, protesting loudly that they want out.   A large red-tailed hawk swooped down behind the big hen house and went after a nest of Robins.   The tranquil bliss was brought to an end.  The hawk has been hanging around here for about a week.  Most disturbing to our little piece of paradise.

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August 2017 just hasn’t been a very nice month.  Seems a lot of folks have the same feeling and that maybe we can all breathe a little better now that we have put this mean month to bed.

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Farmhouse renovation August 2017

 I felt as though I spent most of the week holding my breath and waiting for the other shoe to drop.  A tear or two may have fallen.

How was your week?

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it catches in my throat

So, I was going to write a post this week about Lucky ducky.  Many of you have joined along on my journey to care for this little creature; I wanted to share what was next for him.

 But, I can’t now.

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enough – adjective: equal to what is needed

Some time last year, as I often do; I placed several boxes of items, including a few containing Christmas decorations at the end of my driveway with a free sign attached. Normally in a few days the items have all been taken.

To my dismay the boxes of Christmas decorations remained.

The takers must have thought them too awful to have, even for free.

Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I love this time of the year.

Normally I go all out with the decorations – not in the way of cars driving by and slowing down to look way.  But I have a large collection of vintage ornaments and decorations that have great meaning to me.  I don’t do trendy, matchy matchy, everything is perfect kind of decorating.  I use items that mean something to me and bring happy memories to me.

Our Christmas tree is up.  That makes me very happy.

It doesn’t look like our normal tree.  I’ve had to make so many adjustments this year to accommodate my health issues.  But you know what, I’m okay with it.

This year, the contents of those ” free” boxes and few other items that I could easily reach are the decorations that I am embracing this year.

 I haven’t used anything other than white lights for at least 15 years but colored lights are what I had easy access to and then there are what I call the  fuzzy ornaments.

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Fuzzy ornaments that are falling apart

Fuzzy ornaments that are falling apart – o r I should say the fuzzy stuff is letting it all hang out.


This vintage Santa makes me smile.

I had one box of decorations stored in a closet that have been in there for at least 10 years.  A box lot of Christmas decorations  purchased at auction, that I had never even gone through.

Going through that box was like having presents to open, because I sure didn’t know what I was going to find.  I found it to be most enjoyable.

Some of the contents I loved and some of it, well let’s just say I’m embracing a new look this year.

I came across this quote some time recently.  It seems so perfect for me at this time and place in my life and as I look forward to new beginnings and yes change that I have found hard to embrace at times.

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. – Melody Beattie

I hope that you find that you too, have enough.

See you later, bye!


a million shooting stars where are my longjohns

We are experiencing our first blast of arctic chill.


Coral Cottage chimney standing quietly

It is the season to be thankful, and I realize in-spite of what might seem like a little grumbling on my part, I do have a lot that I feel quite happy and thankful for.


I don’t care for cold weather.

I had made a promise to myself not to complain so much this winter about the cold and try to find some way to embrace, the cold, snow, ice and other such gifts that nature gives us at this time of the year.

That was before we discovered a major problem with our chimney.

We rely on our wood-stove to provide the primary source of heat in our old drafty house.

Our chimney runs through the center of the house.  For safety reasons it is off-limits and does not seem as though financially we will be in a place any time soon to rectify the situation.

So if I seem to be extra cold weather crabby this winter – pinch me – but beware, I may pinch back.


I am thankful that mother nature has given a bright sunny day that makes the ornamental grasses dance in the wind.

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When the sun shines behind the grass, it is a million rays shinning and sparkling full of magic. The seed heads look like stars getting ready to shoot off into the wind and grant a million wishes.

Right now I am wishing I could find my long underwear.

See you later, Bye!