Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡
Oh, my goshy, gosh! I just realized I haven’t announced Marcia’s Cottage official, unofficial, random winner for June! sosorrysosorrysosorry. Congrats to Nancy Coughlin from Pennsylania! Thank you so much Nancy for liking and sharing my page. It’s so kind of you. http://marciascottagebythesea.com/you-put-your-whole-self-in_2/
Well…how was your week ? Anything eventful going on? Perhaps, you’ve made a few fun plans for the weekend…
Do YoU ReMeMbEr ThE TiMeS oF YoUr LiFe..♡
W.e.l.l….yes, my week has been busy. Our sweet little cottage in California is getting all spruced up, and ready for it’s new owner. Inspections, packing, cleaning, tears. The ultimate, and final de-cluttering. So, I’ve been walking throughout it’s rooms deciding this, and that. Memories are everywhere.
And, I finally realized, and accepted that I’ll never be able to pack, and carry all the precious moments of this sweet chapter in my life.
This adorable cottage has been filled with love, and precious memories.
Many more than I could have ever imagined, or hoped for when I first moved here on Valentines Day 2004, after getting married.
No doubt these next few weeks are going to fly by. And, before I know it, this chapter of life will be coming to a bittersweet closing,
as another gets ready to begin. http://marciascottagebythesea.com/goodbyehello/ I imagine this will forever be a very special time for me to remember . ♡
I suppose that’s just how we create lasting memories. As best we can, we live each day we are given. And, then while we are in the midst of living, we later realize we were making wonderful memories.
This week also marks the 4th anniversary since I retired from teaching 30 years. The end of a school year for teachers is often exciting, stressful, and yes. ..bittersweet. However, once the summer is over, another school year begins again. Like clockwork.
And, then one year, one week, became the last day of my teaching career. ♡ And, yes it too was very exciting, stressful, and bittersweet.♡
YoU WaKe Up. .. AnD TiMe HaS sLiPpEd AwAy….♡
So, this week marks my fourth anniversary of retirement Wow….where did the time go?
A time representing endings and beginnings to a chapter of life. I hold these last four years, so dear, and close to my heart. I’ve learned many things, especially about myself, and how it’s up to me to choose how I embrace each new chapter. ♡
And, dear reader, the funny thing is. …I had planned on writing a post sharing with you wonderful ideas for hosting a celebratory Tea party. But, as I continue going through things, preparing to end this chapter. ..for some reason, I started talking about making memories. Hmmmm….I think that is what happened. Well, anyway. ..
I’m not sure yet, where you are in your own journey. How old are you anyway? (Just kidding) Perhaps, you are only beginning your career. Are you in your 30’s? 40’s? (sorry, I can’t help myself)
Maybe your in the middle years of it all. Or, like me, (forever 21) you are entering a new chapter.
Wherever you may be, enjoy it, savor, and try to appreciate it. It’s all a part of your beautiful making memories story. And, similar to any good story, each chapter ends before you know it.
Memories are times that you borrow, to spend when you get to tomorrow. ~Paul Anka
Oh, and I’m so glad my bestie doesn’t
read my blog,(anymore) because I can share a little secret of his too. …shhhh…don’t tell him that I told you. …but guess who else is entering a new chapter of retirement! Xo
Okay, and now for the WIWOF scoop: This week I decided to show you a photo along with a vlog.
WIWOF when I Lunched with a friend, did a little grocery shopping, met new owner, and enjoyed a celebratory dinner with my bestie!
Here’s a salad recipe perfect for any luncheon, or dinner anytime, anywhere...and it is so easy to make!
1 (16-ounce) package uncooked spaghetti
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 (8-ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing
1/4 cup McCormick Salad Supreme
This recipe needs to be prepared the day before serving
Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions and drain.
In a large bowl, combine the spaghetti, tomatoes, green Salad Supreme. Mix and toss to blend the ingredients well. Cover and chill overnight in the refrigerator and the salad is ready to serve the next day.