Enjoying The Summer…2019



“Little by little, day by day, what is meant for you WILL find its way.”-anonymous 


Hello, sweet friend…I’m just finishing a wonderful walk on the beach. The summer weather has been magnificent & I am relishing e.v.e.r.y  s.i.n.g.l.e moment. 

That being said I am using the summer as a down time to share and repost my favorite stories since moving from Southern California 4 years ago. (I can’t even believe it has been this long!) I know many of you are new readers to my blog and perhaps would enjoy these early adjustment to a new life posts.



This is the original post which was published on WordPress July 21, 2015



this first week has been fun, challenging…

surprising…and wonderful!


It’s been fun because everything is new.  And, I’m realizing that trying something new, can be exciting, and a very good thing.



With that being said…

I’m super glad that we decided to make this move before we got any older when we did. (grin)


Because…it takes a willingness to begin again…there are so many things to re-learn. Some are rather simple…like where the light switches are… on second thought that is rather tricky too. (grin)



We don’t mind…and aren’t planning on any major remodels…only a few improvements…replacing the windows (needed) new flooring… refurbishing the  fence by planting beautiful shrubs called escallonia. Other than that… we love everything just as it is.  With just a little TLC,  it will be quirky perfect.

20150719_200251-1 so anyway…I’ve had a great week. My kids are adjusting very well. Earl, and Teah have come alive again, and enjoy their new space.




 Darjeeling has really come into her own here. She has totally bloomed. I had been so concerned about the move. Believe it or not, she’s adjusted better than us she was out of her crate the next day, and wandering around our property the day after that. Cami of course is happy wherever we are.





And, my husband is so happy. He loves our sweet cottage…adores being surrounded by the trees… ocean…occasionally he even gets to see them. 😂


As for myself… I’m taking each day as it comes…forever grateful that we took this adventure, risk, and soulful journey in life. I’m humbled in many ways. It’s difficult to even compare where we live now, to where we lived before in Southern California.


Our beach cottage is half the size, sits on a smaller lot, and is situated on a very non-ostentatious, very laid back, “beachy” sort of street, with similar small homes/cottages… quite different than where we moved from.


I now walk a mile or two, and as I wander I often feel as if I own the entire landscape around me, including the white clouds nestling around the nearby ocean.


At these times I know I’m the luckiest gal around.

Until next time…

Safe travels my friend…



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I’m still very much a beginner with my new website. Learning a new blogging format in the middle of a move was sort of, kind of, well lets face it….a little crazy! Thank goodness, I don’t give up easily.


I have always been obsessed with salmon. And, now that I am living on the Oregon coast….Well…what can I say. ..so here’s my recipe for you. (grin)


Simple Salmon Salad

* 1/2 lb cooked salmon, flaked (I used left over salmon I had in the fridge)

* 1 heaping teaspoon light mayo (more if you like mayo)

* squeeze of lemon

* big pinch of salt and pepper (or lemon pepper if you prefer)

* 1 celery stalk, chopped small

* 1 teaspoon chives, chopped


1. Add your leftover flaked salmon to a bowl. Season with salt, pepper (or lemon pepper), mayo and a splash of fresh squeezed lemon. Add chopped celery and chives and combine well.

2. Serve on whole grain bread, pita, or crackers. (I used sourdough, because that’s what I had)…or just have it on it’s own…I sometimes do that too!


Below is a current video I made this past week…July 2019 (4 years later) It just happened to be the most beautiful day ever…of course I had to share it with you.❤️

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9 Responses to Enjoying The Summer…2019

  1. Nancy Coughlin says:

    Hi Marcia!
    What a great first week. And here you are, ready for another great week! A little envious because I have had to deal with plumbing issues that resulted in pumping out the system and “2” visits from my plumber!! Can’t wait to get his bill, but am back to normal. Made me realize how fortunate and blessed we truly are. No drought here in PA. In fact record rainfall last month contributed to our problems. And we could draw water and not have to walk miles to get a daily ration of water like some women need to do in 3rd world countries. Have been doing stacked up laundry and hanging wet clothes out of doors on my clothesline! Love the smell and feel of the clothes when them come back inside. Off to the backyard again. Simple joys!!! Love, Nancy

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hello from the Oregon coast. Yes, we survived our first week. It’s so funny, I think our cat (who btw I worried about the most) has adjusted the best. She spends all her time exploring, and then relaxes outside. Naps when she feels like it, etc. Ha! Oh, and I took love the smell of laundry when they have been dried on a line. Don’t work too hard! Have a great weekend. Xo…Marcia

  2. Liz Shipley says:

    Marcia, everything looks so beautiful! I love reading about your new home and the pictures are magnificent. Reading about your first week gives me such a feeling of calmness and positive energy. Of course the last day of summer school was yesterday and that helps too! ha ha. Seriously I am so happy that the two of you have found a beautiful place to continue your journey. I’m off to the classroom now to do some work. Have a glorious weekend.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Liz!
      Thank you for all your sweet, kind comments. I’m glad it makes you feel calm too. You are such the worker bee! Teaching summer school…wow! Anyway, I do feel blessed, it’s a very different experience, and in many ways it feels like we are on vacation! Ha! Have a great weekend. ..♡

  3. Jenny Bonynge says:

    Oh! Such fun you and your husband and furry ones are having as you adjust to the BIG changes. We are currently just north of you at Sunset Bay having toured through Shore Acres…you must go visit, beautiful gardens and breathtaking views. So fun to follow your journey… ;0)

  4. Kathryn Pitman says:

    I think this video AND you’re willingness to share your Coastal experience are just truly wonderful. I admire your guts & fortitude to make such a move . A leap of faith really but done with a pure heart and a goal of just wanting a life of appreciation, beauty & love. These things are sple and ‘free’ and you’ve learned what so many never do–that the pleasure of life is not in the acquisition of ‘riches’, rather it’s making a rich life. We’re all a part of this earth & I think so much joy is to be found in experiencing & appreciating this–and taking our place in the scheme of it all. I’m sure those massive (incredible) rock formations out in the ocean welcome you Marcia. And when they look at you as you’re looking at them, surely they whisper “there is hope!”.

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      So nice to see you here. How very sweet of you to say such loving thoughts, and kind words. I’m flattered by your admiration regarding a decision to move. As you probably know, sometimes everything in the universe lines up in such a way…that if you are willing…it’s all there waiting. Either that or both my husband and I lost our minds together. Ha! Ha! No, seriously, you are so right…longing for a life that has a quality of richness was the motivator behind everything. Oh, and I don’t think I’ll ever look at those massive rocks in the same way again. I will always here their gentle whisper of “hope” xo….

  5. Sherry says:

    Lovely spot!! I like the name of that cat!

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