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. ♡
Joe and I decided to go away for Thanksgiving.
So, we packed up our precious belongings and were on our way for the 3 hour drive to Ashland, Oregon.
This was my first visit to Ashland. I discovered it’s an extremely arsty, fun, and creative place.
The famous Shakespeare festival is held here.
We stayed at The Historic McCall House.
If your ever in Ashland, I highly recommend checking out this quaint Inn.
The Innkeeper is Daniel, and he will help you with all accommodations.
The Inn has a no pet rule. However, the carriage house does allow pets. And, since we were bringing Earl, and Cami… Daniel made sure to book that room for us.
How was your Thanksgiving?
Wherever, and whomever you celebrated with…I hope you were surrounded by those you love, time for reflection, and of course good food.
It’s now time to prepare for the momentum upon us with the Christmas season.
I’m still getting use to the change of time for Autumn,
as days grow shorter, and nights grow longer.
It seems that I’m conditioned to think that when it’s dark outside, it’s late.
I’m often surprised that it’s only 6:00 in the evening.
And, now since the tourist season is officially over here on the coast, the locals close their shops sooner, so it feels like darkness comes even earlier than it really does.
Of course with a simple flip of a switch we can change darkness to light.
However, we forget that a nearly perfect, low-cost source of light comes from a candle.
Not to mention the wonderful scents you can now choose from.
I enjoy the variety. A selection of scented candles carry me through the season. I tend to purchase the pumpkiny harvest scents during November.
And, then switch to the pine, or vanilla smelly ones during Christmas.
I recently read that some photographers even choose candle-light over harsh incandescent or fluorescent lighting because it’s softer and more becoming to their subjects.
Who knows perhaps, I was an altar gal in another life. ..since I often have a candle burning. Candles symbolize passages. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas. Prayers, and celebrations.
During this time of year I particulary enjoy lighting candles, and see it as a symbol of reverence and ritual.
A lit candle represents spiritual illumination and consciousness.
Candlelight draws us back in time to a source of light used for thousands of Autumns.
As night cloaks the world in darkness and the fall wind whips up the leaves, I light the candle and reflect on living in a time when candles were the only source of light.
And, Somehow, the thought of that light comforts me.
Feeling thankful for so much. Family, friends, full tables, fuller hearts, and you~ always you.
Safe weekend travels. ..
“A candle must not be set under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that it may give light to all.” ~anonymous