Monthly Archives: February 2016

Chinese New Year Celebration in Jacksonville

Hi Everyone! I wanted to share a recent event I attended in Jacksonville, Oregon. I can see why this charming town has been called “One of America’s Top  10 Coolest Small Towns” and embodies everything what the good life is all about. While staying at the McCall House in Ashland, I took the beautiful scenic drive to Jacksonville to experience the Chinese New Year Celebrations. The 20 minute drive allowed me to arrive just in time to experience the kick off parade at 10:30. Even though this is the year of the Monkey, the parade had lions, dragons, gongs, local students, pep bands, and other community groups. The parade marched through Downtown Jacksonville. The rest of the day held many fun filled activities, both educational and entertaining for the the entire family. These activities ranged from cooking demonstrations to illustrations and exhibits of the early Chinese gold miners. Children loved romping, … Continue reading

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Tea for One & a Tour

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡  How was your week? Do you have any fun plans for this last weekend in February? It’s late as I write up today’s post. I’ve been getting ready for a weekend getaway. Joe has a conference in Ashland, and I decided to go along for fun. While he’s roughing it camping, I will be hanging out at my favorite B&B. The McCall House. I’ve written a post on it before. I had such a great time, and I’m looking forward to a repeat visit. I’ve been doing so much around our cottage that a change of pace will be nice. It’s time for a little renewing of mind, and refreshing of spirit. I  hope to explore a Tearoom while I’m there. However, I will be fine … Continue reading

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Downton S6E8

I have always enjoyed bananas. How about you? This last episode of Downton Abbey reminded me of bananas. There were quite a few crazy things going on. Perhaps, I should bake up banana bread. Any chance you have a great banana recipe that you’d like to share? Please post it if you do. Bananas came into play during this last episode…no worries, I’m not going to spoil it for you. However, I am sorry to have to spoil the fun, but there is only one episode left of Downton Abbey. It is the traditional 2 hour Christmas special that I have come to love over the years. This one will be bittersweet. So, mark your pretty calendars, and bring out your good silverware, the finale is March 6, 2016. It also happens to be the week of Cami’s birthday. So, thanks PBS for making Cami’s year! This week the DA bookclub … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Visit

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. ♡ I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a little tea. ♡ Thought I’d drop in on this beautiful Sunday evening. Our friend Jeff left a few hours ago. We had a fabulous weekend. He arrived on Friday evening,  so we decided to go out for dinner. I had prepared a huge pot of lentil vegetable soup. However,  he preferred treating us. That’s the kind of guy he is.  Anyway, we stayed up past everyone’s bedtime chatting away. Saturday morning I had prepared cranberry scones, then we had lunch at Facerock creamery. We also invited our other friends to join us. Of course we shared our beautiful coast and took Jeff for a walk along the beach. He said that Oregon coast is now his favorite coast. We also drove to the fabulous Shore Acres in … Continue reading

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The Richness of Life

How was you week? I hope it was good. Any fun plans for the weekend? There’s nothing like working on a project, to lose track of time. With that being said, if anyone knows what happened to the month of February please let me know. This past week I’ve been busily working on several projects, creating more of what I see as a vision for our cottage. Several trips to the hardware & fabric store for items to continue painting  living room, and kitchen. My husband and I agreed that tackling one project a month was reasonable, and civilized. (I got away with a few more, being that I’m not always reasonable) (grin) I’m determined to stay very simple in the decor, and yet have a French seaside cottage ambience. Also, I’d like our cottage to reflect a sense of adventure from our travels. A few plants were purchased for the kitchen garden … Continue reading

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