Love. Be. Go.

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

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12 Responses to Love. Be. Go.

  1. Joe Kuehner says:

    Thank you for a wonderful, inspiration post!

  2. Peg says:

    What lovely thoughts, Marcia. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Nancy Coughlin says:

    A beautiful message, as you always share with us. Feel exactly the same way about candles. My late husband never “got it” about candles. He would say I should just burn my money because he saw it as a waste. Could never agree with that sentiment. I light candles all the time. The Chris Rice song is beautiful. Had never heard it before and will be seeking it out. Have to admit, I do use some LED candles. My newest cat is very curious and pokes into all kinds of places. Better safe than sorry!!! Keep a close eye on him when the ‘real’ candles are burning.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Nancy!
      Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, we may watch those curious cats of ours. Glad you sometimes continue to light candles. You light up my day with your sweetness. ♡

  4. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Just watched your tour of the McCall B&B. What a beautiful place. It is always a pleasure to see homes that people have saved and re-purposed. A beautiful place that obviously has had a lot of love spread over it. Save travels as you return home.

  5. Jenny Bonynge says:

    Always an inspiration…The first night we spent in our new home I lit a candle as it is symbolic to me too. It is calming, soothing and exudes those warm, fuzzy feelings of happiness. Thanks for walking us through the Ashland B & B!

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