Music…My Father…and…The Piano🎶

 

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.”

-Pam Brown


Hello, sweet friend…


These past few days the weather has been beautiful…


I’ve been enjoying the garden…

 
The ‘Doris Day’ roses Joe planted in memory of my father’s 100th birthday…

are blooming beautifully!

 That being said…and with Father’s Day just around the corner… today I would like to share a re-edited post written several years ago…dedicating it to my father a.k.a.… ‘Captain Ed’

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Original post published June 2015

 

One of the reasons I love to blog…

is that I enjoy talking😂

 telling stories.

 

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more specifically sharing them…

 


I must confess the intro to this post has been edited several times.

 

I found myself in a quandry about writing “certain” things. Things of the heart are sometimes difficult to share.

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Perhaps because it makes me feel a tiny bit vulnerable…

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To make a long story short…while deciding what to leave or take for my move to the Oregon coast…

 

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I decided to let go of everything. Which included a beloved baby grand piano from my childhood. Letting go of things can be difficult, and should never be confused with the loving memory.

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The piano had been a gift from my father when I was 14 years old.

 

 

A part of my life for over 40 years… He loved singing.. I loved playing.

 

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Up until my move to the coast…wherever I moved… the piano moved with me…

 

I knew that our home on the coast was going to be a whole new experience. uncertain as it seemed…I was looking forward to trying something different.

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And, of course there was the space factor. There wouldn’t be room in our small cottage so I’d have to store it. The piano wasn’t intended to be stored. It was meant to be used, loved, cherished. 

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So, anyway… it wasn’t an easy decision…

The interesting thing is that no sooner had I arrived in my new home…I met someone who had mentioned she didn’t want her piano anymore…it could be mine if I moved it.

Within 24 hours I had found someone to move it. 

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I now have an upright piano that sits against the wall. It fits perfectly. Ironically, It’s almost identical to the very first piano that I ever had…

 

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One which sat in the garage when my parents moved into their new home years ago. My mom didn’t want it in their new house…so they moved it into the garage. I would go in the garage every day and practice. (while my father sang)

Sort of funny how life weaves around us in mysterious ways…

 

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Marcia
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Retirement…10 years later & A Mini Summer Garden Tea…

To Do…
1. Plant a Garden✔️
2. Bake a Pie✔️
3. Read a Classic✔️
4. Shop all Day✔️✔️

Hello, sweet friends…

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my retirement.

June 10, 2011…Celebratory dinner at The Mission Inn…Riverside, California

Similar to those 30 years of teaching…these past 10 years have been an exciting adventure …and the years have sweetly flown by…

California home…June 11, 2011… First day of my retirement

Lavender Festival…June 2012

California dreaming…June 2013
California…taking a jog with Cami in our neighborhood…June 2014

Heading out for a visit to the Oregon Coast…June 2015

Oregon coast…June 2016

Our sweet beach cottage in Bandon…June 2017

Fine Coastal living…June 2018

Planting a summer garden…2019

Clipping sweet peas in our new garden…June 2020
Anastasia turned one year old…June 7, 2021…

Now come and join me as I share how I spent the day…

Marcia
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Enjoy The Little Things…💗

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

Hello, sweet friends…


I hope you had a wonderful week…



With summer just around the corner I’ve been spending more time outside…

Particularly in the garden….

Each day some new beauty shakes out the creases in her petals.

Recently it was the turn of the peonies…

and the beautiful roses…

Over the fence and across the yard they both look almost the same shade of pink and scarlet…

viewing closer you can notice they are different.

I also notice the variety of birds singing. It’s all very lovely.

I enjoy just to water the flowers or pull a few weeds.

To my delight I see some parts of the garden looking quite successful…thanks Joe!

And the simple act of walking around noticing what is blooming always brings me joy.

Marcia
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⛱My Summer Clothing Haul/Fashion Show…& A Delicious Trifle Recipe🐝

Self-care: doing the things that make you feel more like yourself.

-Robyn Conley Downs

Hello, sweet friends…

I can hardly believe that summer is right around the corner…


I’m definitely looking forward to more sunshine…

That being said in today’s post…

I thought I’d share a few outfits I recently purchased…

Nothing too fancy…


Just a few fun pieces that will help me transition…

into the next season…


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What’s Cooking?

With the weather getting warmer I’ve been longing to whip up a berry trifle. I love the combination of white cake…fresh fruit and cream. It’s the perfect go-to summer dessert… delicious…beautiful…and lots of fun to create!

BERRY TRIFLE



INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature

2 pints blueberries

2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

DIRECTIONS

Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.


Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup.

Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light.

Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish.

Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries.

Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread.

Top with a layer of strawberries.

Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern.

Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.


Wishing you a happy & safe Memorial Day❤️

Marcia
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❤️Lovejoy’s Tearoom On The Oregon Coast❤️

You are amazing. You are important. You are special. You are unique. You are kind. You are precious. You are loved.

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Hello, sweet friends…


I have a special post today just for you…

I’m taking you to tea…



Come on let’s go…

This little get-away was a gift from Joe…thanks Joe!

on Mother’s Day weekend…

he knows how much I love going to Tearooms…


Seriously


what could be more delightful…

than sitting in a Tearoom…


surrounded with warmthcharm…& lots of character…

special touches adding that delightful British atmosphere…

Not to mention a versatile menu (for those who enjoy something a bit more substantial) and most importantly the friendliest owners who want you to enjoy the experience of your visit…

A perfect spot for tea…

Marcia
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