My First Week of 2019


     Life is not graded on how fast you can move through it but rather how much you can enjoy it”– Mary Carlomagno




How has 2019 been going for you? so far…





Shortly following Christmas I began packing up the lights and trees…



By New Years’s Eve the bulk of Christmas had been stored away.



Feeling excited about the New Year…



I decided to freshen up the cottage changing the energy a bit…

and with Joe’s help…



began moving the furniture around.



I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing…



or if I’d even like the end results…however I knew I had been bitten by the bug for a change.



That being said…



after moving e.v.e.r.y s.i.n.g.l.e peice of furniture around and to a new space…the room (s) felt more comfortable and inviting…things seemed to flow better…and trust me this is a very good thing in small cottage living. No sooner had this change occurred that Joe received a call from 2 different friends who mentioned they would be in town and were wondering if we could meet for lunch. Yes, of course!


we made 2 dates…

met for lunch…



and then invited our guests over for dessert and coffee.









The timing was perfect because I was able to share the results of the new and improved rooms with company…



which of course brought me great joy.



Being reminded that when I make the effort to bring about a change in life… that this change will often foster something wonderful….



My intention for the change was to create something better…worthwhile…adding more beauty and quality to my life…and those I share it with.💕


Enjoy your weekend!

I’ll be heading to an Epiphany party this weekend and everyone has been asked to bring an appetizer. This recipe looks great…and I’m thinking they would also be a great addition to a winter soup!




1 puff pastry sheet

1 egg

5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

chopped chives and salt, for garnish


1. Preheat your oven to 360° in a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Roll out the puff pastry sheet onto a floured surface. Use a star shaped cookie cutter to cut out individual pastry stars and place half of them on the baking sheet. Add parmesan cheese and top with another path pastry star. Using the beaten egg, apply a thin layer of egg wash to the top of each pastry star. You can sprinkle a little cheese on top if you want.

3. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the stars are puffed and golden. Sprinkle with chopped chives and a pinch of salt. Serve immediately or keep in airtight container for up to two days.


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12 Responses to My First Week of 2019

  1. Joe says:

    Thank you for sharing the changes you made to your ever more charming cottage.
    Happy New Year!!

  2. Donna Kelly says:

    Well HELLO to change in the cottage!!!!!! I LOVE the changes! Our Christmas décor is all still up. Bill likes it up until the 7th for Orthodox Christmas, which was also my daddys Christmas, so I go along with it! But I am ITCHING to start and declutter. WHAT? I said DECLUTTER??? We are also going to paint the living room and dining room after that. Look for BIG changes. No more tons of PINK pictures everywhere! I am going more for the FARMHOUSE look. hahaha….he has NO idea where I am going with this!!!!!

    • Marcia says:

      Happy New Year Donna! Your changes sound exciting. What a great way to begin the year. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  3. Becky Yohonn says:

    Always wonderful to see your creativity and love of life with sweet Joe. Hugs to your ‘babies.’

  4. Carol says:

    Marcia…thank you for sharing your charming cottage…our Christmas tree is still up but I have picked up a few things….I have an idea for one of our bedroom walls…and I have started that ….not finished but working on it….and I am decluttering…as I go….closets ….kitchen …wherever it is needed….thank you for the inspiration…..Happy New Year!!! Sincerely, Carol

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Becky! Somehow the new year sparks cleaning out… and making new. Happy New Year!

    • Marcia says:

      Hi Carol! It always feels good to declutter… It’s so easy to accumulate things and then before we realize it we have loads of unused and unwanted stuff. What color are you painting your bedroom? Happy New Year!

  5. Jenny Bonynge says:

    How fun! Always a treat to change things up a bit…Happy New Year Marcia!

  6. kellyward says:

    Happy 2019, Marcia!

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