Monthly Archives: August 2018

August Musings…

    ”Do not compare yourself with others, for you are a unique and wonderful creation. Make your own beautiful footprints in the snow.” –Barbara Kimball       Hi!     At some point during this last week of August (which by the way has zipped on by)  I was reminded of how rich and full life is.                a moment of painting…                 gathering with friends for a morning chat…eat…and tour of their lovely garden     Preparing a meal with Joe… or…      welcoming a stray cat that I have named MacKenzie.         Who by the way is doing well.     There’s a beauty to life that grabs my attention.   One which opens me up to see another perspective… clarity…and reminding me of how things continue to change…grow…and … Continue reading

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Mackenzie The Cat

  “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” the Dalai Lama   Hi, how are you today?     I just returned to the cottage from my plein-air painting group     I’m really not an artist like the others…     however I enjoy the opportunity to paint outside and socialize a bit     This week we went to Couquille village by the river.     There are many charming home sites sitting along the river’s edge…perhaps one day I’ll share more about this area or even about the delightful plein-air painting group I participate in. however…     at the moment I have a very pressing matter that has been creating a three-ring circus around this very sweet cottage.         It all began a few weeks ago as I was standing by one of the hydrangea bushes watering…clipping…and most likely admiring      I looked … Continue reading

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The Coquille River and A Boat Ride🚢

”Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau Hello, sweet friend… Come and join me as I take you on a river boat ride. It won’t take too long… Sooooo… Put  your feet up relax as we 🚢 travel through time…  along the Coquille river Imagine an area which was once… landscaped with… lumber mills dairy farms canneries boats… of 80 years ago History… a story of days gone by. 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 EASY  ITALIAN-AMERICAN RED SAUCE (For those times when you want to get a yummy dinner in your tummy and quick)👩‍🍳 INGREDIENTS 1 large sprig basil 4 cloves garlic diced 1 tsp. oregano, dried 2 (28-ounce cans) tomatoes, whole 3 teaspoons tomato paste one tsp. salt 1 generous pinch red pepper flakes 2 tbsp. oil extra virgin 2 tbsp. butter, unsalted Directions 1. In a large pot, combine oil and garlic … Continue reading

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Summertime🍒Teacups🍒 Blueberries🍒 Scones

    “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy     Hello!     I’m in the cottage kitchen ready for a cooking date with Joe.         A while back I went blueberry picking 9.9 pounds I’ve been collecting ideas & recipes ever since for all the ways to use them!     I wish they had already been picked when I hosted a spontaneous summer tea…     Speaking of which …     Let me share a few photos of that day     To save time I had ordered the food from a wonderful local deli-bakery. this usually works best for spontaneity 😉     sandwiches…     pastries…     and chocolate cupcakes.     Teacups were filled with a wonderful rose tea purchased from the Butchart Gardens.   👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳      BLUEBERRY SCONES (These scones are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, and perfect for summertime … Continue reading

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Hello, From The Southern Oregon Coast

                Traveling…it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller   Hello, from the Southern Oregon Coast…     August has arrived…     and I’ve been staycationing     however for many August means vacation time     This small out-of-the-way beach town has had its share of visitors      I’m thinking that many have chosen to vacation here whether for a day…week…or even an  entire summer…         because where else can you go to escape the heat     and crowds…     other than a small-out-of-the-way beach town     Recently as I sat sipping coffee with a friend     watching kids and adults perusing the shop windows     and walking around enjoying the scent of the ocean     mingled with that of fish and chips.     August has arrived here at this small … Continue reading

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