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Seven Years Later…🌻

“To have courage for whatever comes in life…everything lies in that.” – Teresa of Avila Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing well… This week marks seven years since Joe and I made the move to a small beach cottage along the Oregon coast… looking back I realize now that this move was a h.u.g.e leap of faith for me… But taking a leap of faith meant that I fully surrendered to all expectations. It meant that I allowed myself to start anew and feel completely free. Along the way I came to realize that who I am is … Read the full blog post

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T J Maxx Summer Haul👚👗👠

“At the end of the day, you are enough exactly as you are.” -Meghan Markle Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… It’s amazing to think that Memorial Day is this weekend and that summer is just around the corner! I’m definitely looking forward to sunny brighter days… That being said recently I went shopping for a few summer outfits and today I would like to share them with you. Enjoy!

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Downton Inspired/A Battenberg Cake

“I do think a woman’s place is eventually in the home, but I see no harm in her having some fun before she gets there.” – Dowager Countess Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… Joe and I are heading out of town for the weekend. I am looking forward to this little getaway since it will include a movie date to watch the new Downton Abbey film ‘A New Era’. In anticipation of this excursion I ordered the Downton Abbey cookbook and selected a recipe to prepare. I love the cookbook and plan on baking more recipes … Read the full blog post

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Music…My Father…and…The Piano🎶

  “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” -Pam Brown Hello, sweet friend… These past few days the weather has been beautiful… I’ve been enjoying the garden…  The ‘Doris Day’ roses Joe planted in memory of my father’s 100th birthday… are blooming beautifully!  That being said…and with Father’s Day just around the corner… today I would like to share a re-edited post written several years ago…dedicating it to my father a.k.a.… ‘Captain Ed’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Original post published June 2015   One of the reasons I love to blog… is that I … Read the full blog post

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Navigating Into The New Year

  It’s mid~day, mid~week, and close to being mid~month as I sit down and write today’s post. Since our last visit together I’ve built a snowman and seen it melt,  Experienced raindrops come and go pouring down rain  hung the new 2017 calendar🎉 halfway through January already!  and the Christmas decorations have all been tucked away  The rainy weather has provided a perfect backdrop for staying inside and getting organized again. When the sunshine is out, I have to be outside. credited to my SoCal roots (most likely) riding a bike, walking the beach, gardening or running around discovering new wonders on this beautiful coast  … Read the full blog post

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Do You Know What You Love?

  “Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.” ~Ninon de l’Enclos More than likely as you read today’s post I’ll be in another country. Yep. I’m on a little vacation. I promise to share about it in a future post. However, today I have a question for you. Do you know what you love? Have you ever written it down? If you haven’t I would like to challenge you to take a little time to do it. You might be surprised … Read the full blog post

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La Petite Maison

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. ♡ It’s a new month, and I’m thrilled to see you today because of course I have a most delightful story to share. At first blush the “house” was just a worrisome project to be undertaken. And, not unlike any new relationship there was no  attachment. Similarly it’s a mystery as to when relationship shifts to attachment.  Or, as in this case a house becomes a home. Suddenly my soul was captivated by “this little … Read the full blog post

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A place to hang your hat

  Not to long ago one of my friends introduced me to someone who does wonderful woodwork. He agreed to build a shelf for me.  I wanted something simple to hang a hat, coat, or scarf on, when the weather gets cold. I drew a picture of what I had in mind. It’s all complete,  and I’m so happy with how it turned out.    

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A Fall Home Tour…Cozy comforts

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. ♡ Hey, Happy Autumn!  I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse of our sweet, unassuming cottage. Kind of show you how it is coming along. I feel like I have been re-discovering myself again in the process. Although small in size, it’s been a bigger challenge living out my committment to a more simple, and authentic life style. As you view the photos keep in mind that other than the first photo all … Read the full blog post

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Tsunamis, Earthquakes, and Happiness

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. ♡ I must tell you that my week started off just fabulous. Since it “officially” marked one month in our sweet little seaside cottage on the Oregon coast. And, yes… it’s just a month, and yes, the weather has been pretty perfect for summer… and y.e.s…I also realize that I haven’t experienced the winter yet. (eyes WIDE open) With that said…I’m here for the long run, and no matter  how wild the winter   what may come … Read the full blog post

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