Living a Charmed Life

“People go to Napa…they don’t live in Napa.”~Carrie Bradshaw “Sex and the City”


Living on the magnificent, breathtaking, serene, quiet, Oregon coast naturally lends itself for a need to get away from it all. W.h.a.t!???? Yes, dear reader even when you live in almost paradise, there are those times when you just need to escape your surroundings.


With that said I do love my coast, however I am a recent transplanted city gal also lOVE perusing through fun, & interesting shops.



So, recently when I read that in celebration of it’s 50th anniversary Coos Bay Art Museum was hosting the 2016 Arts & Culture Rally & Charm Trail.



A fun, charming adventure of visiting seven coastal communities and 51 paricipating Arts & Culture venues.


I said sign me up!


Count me in!


let’s get started!



I figured it was a great way to enjoy the Southern Oregon Coast


have an adventure


get inspired again




find a one-of -a-kind souvenir




and of course support and participate in a quest and experience more of the local culture.





Win! Win! Win!


So, if by chance you are needing a little get away or perhaps, I’ve even inspired you to live a charmed life too…the museum will be hosting this delightful event until December 31, 2016!


It’s summer, and a perfect time for a magnificent, breathtaking, serene, quiet, charming road trip get~away. (wink)


Happy Weekend, and blessings for a fabulous Father’s Day!

Here’s a little charm around the cottage.

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8 Responses to Living a Charmed Life

  1. Joe Kuehner says:

    CHARMING! !!

  2. Nancy says:

    Hi Marcia,
    What neat experiences you have as you explore your new area. Had I been on the tour, I am afraid my search for souvenirs could not have been limited to one! I would have looked for one at every single stop. Too often things just leap out at me, screaming, “I have to go home with you!” and how can I possible leave them behind???? Guess that is an issue with self-control it? Some shop owners are just too talented and clever when it comes to displaying their wares. It is exactly the same thing that happens when I go to book sales.
    Hit a library book sale yesterday and brought home a large LL Bean bag full of books. I have only read and completed one, so far. It’s a sunny day out there and as soon as the lawn dries out from yesterday’s rain, I will have to be out there. Decisions!!!!!
    Love your blogs and seeing your wonderful progress on the cottage. Thanks!!!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Nancy! I’m still laughing at what you said regarding keeping it to “one” souvenir. That use to be me. But no more. I’m determined to live a simple, charming, small cottage lifestyle. I’m lucky because one of my new friends here helps keep me in line too. Ha! I love summer reading too. And, yes I’m discovering fun little adventures along the way in this new life. Happy summer!

  3. Jenny Bonynge says:

    It has been really fun watching the progress you are making at your coastal cottage. I love the French influence as it makes the whole project so personal. I am in Canada right now vacationing and there are many beautiful cottage-type/Tudor influences here on Vancouver Island…inspiring!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jenny! Lucky you in Canada! I’ve heard all about the charming homes there. One day we’ll make the trip. I’d love to have tea at the Empress Hotel. Perhaps, you are planning a visit there. We had a summer trip planned for Spain, and then I told my husband that I’d much rather finish giving this little cottage new floors. So the trip will have to wait. Thank you for your comments. I’m enjoying listening to this home, and seeing what it needs to feel comfy, and sweet. Little, by little I’ll get there. Enjoy your time in Canada. ♡

  4. Mike Will says:

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!

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