colored world

So, how was y’alls week?


We had a mixed bag of weather again this week, nothing major – enough snow to be pretty, then it went away.

Father Cottage had surgery this week, which he came through with flying colors.

Earlier in the week, That Cat and I took a little walk in the snow.

First Stop is to watch the fish swim under the ice.





Hello Mr. Owl, hope your head isn’t too cold.








My studio remains quiet and under pad-lock, but oh so lovely in a blanket of white.  Don’t you think?

The last of the logs were hauled away this week, clearing the way for the excavation to continue.

If the weather would only allow…

Here’s the thing.

I’m wrestling with my colored world.

When all the changes come about to our little cottage, you guys might be surprised to know

that Coral Cottage will no longer be.  I mean our cottage will no longer be coral colored.

You know I love color, so it won’t be colorless, I can assure you of that!

My domain name expires soon and so will this blog.

I’m not sure where that leaves us.

I’ve been pondering this for a long time, but the answer hasn’t come to me.

Whether I should continue to blog.

Should I continue to blog under a new name?

I’ve really come to enjoy the conversations that I have shared with my on-line blogging friends and don’t really want that to end.

Sigh.  I’ll continue to ponder.


Later today the super bowl will be played, and tomorrow is groundhog day.  Personally I’d rather watch a groundhog look for his shadow – just sayin’.

A little February folk-lore.

• February 2 is also Candlemas Day. It’s no accident that Groundhog Day and Candlemas are celebrated together, for both signify the triumph of light over darkness, spring over winter. In the Christian tradition, it is the day when a year’s supply of candles are blessed. See more about Candlemas.

• February 2 is 40 days after Christmas and is known as the Feast of the Purification among Christians. “February” was the month for cleansing, when yule greens were removed from homes and churches and old brush and debris were burned to prepare the fields for the next sowing.

• February 2 is exactly halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and the daylight is 1 hour and 2 minutes longer on this day than it was when winter began.

When is the spring equinox? See our First Day of Spring page here.

Oh, about those groundhogs: Expect 6 more weeks of winter either way!

I totally took all the above information from The Farmer’s Almanac.

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re-imagining life

All of y’all have been so awesome in joining along and commenting on the Cottage family adventures.

No, we aren’t moving.


 I told y’all my gypsy heart doesn’t wander far from home.

This is a story about a love affair – and the possibility of re-imagining my whole life.

My heart knew this was our forever home when we drove up the driveway for the first time all those years ago.

This place immediately spoke to my heart.  You either get this or you don’t.

  It was love for me because of the great big spruce tree beside the front porch.  Because of the tin roof, and the buildings on the property.

Because I always wanted to live on a farm.

With chickens, and cows and pigs.  Maybe it could be that place…

The years passed and we made this our home.  We decorated and painted and remodeled a bit.  Our home has had a lot of different looks.

Instead of chickens, cows and pigs we rescued cats and dogs.

Now our lives have changed.

The old tin roof has 80 years under her belt and now she is leaking.  We had an earthquake a few years ago that rocked our plaster walls into all kinds of crazy cracks and crumbles.

The chimney which runs through the middle of the house is collapsing and is no longer safe to use.  Which is a real bummer because we rely on our wood-stove for winter heat.

Coral Cottage is tired and needs major repairs.

roof with dormer

The recent passing of Mother Cottage has Father Cottage reflecting on his future.

 While he isn’t sure exactly what he wants, he does know that he doesn’t want to live in an assisted living facility when the time comes.

We have invited him to live with us here at Coral Cottage.

 But, we don’t have room for him.

We have come to the conclusion that since we must do major work to the house in order to take care of the has to be done things, we might as well do some of the things we always wanted to do such as putting on an addition.

 When Father Cottage decides he wants to come here, there will be room.

Really all this isn’t as easy as I’ve put it.

There are three lives that will be changed, not to mention the whole house make over that will be a complete pain in the you know what.

The roof will be removed, the chimney torn out, the plaster walls gutted, new windows to replace the old and an addition added.

On the positive side, I’m looking at this from the point of view that now I have the opportunity to re-imagine my life and my life-style.

Our old farm-house will get a face-lift and maybe in a way, get back to her roots.

Father Cottage will have a place where he will be welcome and cared for as needed.

We may have a few chickens in the yard.  Maybe a goat or two…

A new chapter.

If you had the opportunity to re-imagine your life – what would it look like?

See you later,



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