My Coastal Cottage

The sky is blue, and it has no end.  The air is filled with sea salt spray.  It is warm in the morning sun, just the right temperature.  I can hear the waves breaking on the beach from my bedroom.  I’m in bed in my coastal cottage.  My room  has a perfect view of the ocean.  I am surrounded by my comforter that is truly comforting.  It is fluffy white, while keeping me warm yet it’s cool to the touch from the outside.   From the sound of it, it is already going to be a busy day out on that beautiful big ocean.  I stay in bed for that extra 10 minutes that is so necessary to waking up.  Stretching every muscle to re-establish circulation so that I can get up and start my day.

Getting out of bed here is so easy.  I am greeted by the panoramic view of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.  I sit down in my corner bay window.  I close my eyes and take in a deep breath of that wonderful ocean air.  Exhaling, I open my eyes and see heaven.  I am truly blessed to be able to see God every morning.  The vastness of the ocean is huge, immense.  It is powerful yet so calming. I walk into my sea foam green kitchen and feel the boards, i.e. my kitchen floor, on my bare feet.  My kitchen is where my heart beats and my soul lives. It all starts here everyday. I go to my coffee bar.  This is what I really need to wake up.  I use ice cold water, clear and fresh from the tap.  I pour this into my coffee maker with my freshly ground coffee beans, I love Condesa de Costa Rica.  I always use fresh ground coffee, it just taste better.

The coffee brews quickly and I take in all of the wonderful smells of my first pot of coffee. Right next to the coffee bar are all of my favorite coffee cups stored in a quaint little cabinet that I found at a seaside shop. It has the look of being used, but it was new. Shades of teal, it matches up nicely with the color of my kitchen. There are shelves and hooks that I store my coffee cups on.  Little drawers and slots that I don’t have any trouble filling up.  I store my flavored sugars that I love, exotic teas and these simply wonderful tiny cookies and crackers that I use for my afternoon teas.  I bought some donuts from Duck Donuts yesterday and put them in this perfect bread box in the cabinet.  These donuts always taste better the next day I don’t know why.   I also have these delicate little spoons to stir my cream with.  They feel so nice in my hand when I mix my coffee.  Right next to my spoons I have on hand wonderful  little sterling silver knives for spreading my epicurean butter’s and jams.

This morning is so wonderful, I think I’ll drink my coffee out on the porch. The temperature is perfect, with only a slight ocean breeze. The direct sunlight has moved over the porch so having my coffee with a couple of the donuts I bought  from DD yesterday will be a great way to start off my day. The tourist are here, and everything has come back to life. I love seeing all of them run out to the beach.  This is vacation to them, for me it’s just everyday. I love being on vacation everyday.

My porch is perfect.  On the far end is my hammock for my lazy afternoon naps.  There is a fan directly over it in case it gets too warm in the late day sun or maybe I just want to drown out the noise with the humming of the fan.  It’s good at keeping the bugs away too so I can get my afternoon nap in.  At the other end is a comfortable bench for two so that I can share it with the love of my life.  We solve the world’s problems out on our porch.  Sometmes it is with our morning coffee or sometimes it is with our afternoon tea.  But usually when we are on our porch, the world is 1000 miles away and there are know problems.  It’s just us and that is enough for me

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Day 1/Blogging U

So here I am sitting in my kitchen starting my day.  Writing is always a good way to start the day.  It gets rid of all the white noise, the distractions.  I just returned from a road trip with my husband and granddaughter, Gabriella.  What fun we had.  We went east.  First stop at Richmond, Va.  We dropped my #4 son back home.  Then off to the Outer Banks, North Carolina.  We have never been there.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Slow and simple.  We hope we will end up out on the east coast soon.  We are looking for a place to move to.  The food was absolutely wonderful.  The ocean had a lot of character.  The people were nice.  So that was all good.  It seems like the cost of living out there would be better.  I would be closer to the boys, which is where we want to be.  My daughter is a nurse so she can pretty much find a job anywhere.  Gabriella loved the ocean and she’s a real go-along kind of kid.  

After we went to the outer banks, we headed up to Virginia Beach.  I like Virginia Beach because it just feels closer to civilization.  You are still close to the ocean and I like the military.  It is definitely closer to the boys.  Well I am just going to have to see where God puts us.   I hope he doesn’t want us to stay here.  It’s lousy weather, I am sick of the city and the taxes are just off the charts.  The only reason that would keep me here is number 1.  The finacial aspects, i.e. Michael’s job and, number 2. If I end up going to school in the city.  But there are schools everywhere so I guess only #1 matters.  Let’s face it, number 1 always matters.  

So we got home from the road trip and everything was good.  It was good to relax and see a different part of the country.   It was a great start to the summer.  So let the party begin 🙂ImageImageImage 

Happy Mother’s Day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47dtFZ8CFo8iPhoto LibraryI hope everyone had the best Mother’s Day. I know I did. Matthew called me and so did Connor. They are both in Virginia dancing on Richmond Ballet, taking care of each other. Matthew is working on a show coming up soon and Connor was being a guest artist somewhere. Matthew was driving him and making sure he got to where he was going. He had to drive through the Shenendoah Mountains so I worry. But the angel’s made sure they got there and home safely. I am glad they have each other and can live the dream. They will be coming home soon for a bit this summer so I am looking forward to seeing them.
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Lizzie had to work. She’s a nurse so she usually has to work the holidays. It is special because she can be with those who are ill and take care of them. She really is doing God’s work. It takes someone special to be a nurse. She is so sweet. She bought me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet. It was a Chicago Blackhawk’s charm and a t-shirt that said, “We are keeping the Cup” (The Stanley Cup for those of you who don’t follow hockey). I am a coo coo bird when it comes to Hockey. That was one more thing that made it a great day HAWKS win game three!!! It’s hard to watch when they aren’t winning like with 50 goals ahead of the other team or when it’s such an important game. Connor will be home soon to watch some of the playoffs with me. He’s the one who got me so interested in it. That is also one more thing that I love to share with the boys. When you have boys you just better like the sports thing. That was the 1st date I had with their father (38 years ago) Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers. But my favorite sports is Hockey !!!! G O H A W K S oh and we are keeping the cup 🙂

Me and Gabriella and the husband, Mike just hung out here. It was a warm, stormy, spring Mother’s Day. Love watching and waiting for the storms. The menu was brunch, Blueberry Muffins (made by Gabriella) scrambled eggs w/cheese, maple sausage on texas toast, coffee & juice. Dinner was my meatloaf (which is soooo good). I used some of my mango balsamic vinegar and that makes everything so good. Spaghetti and Italian Greeen Beans w/a loaf of crusty french bread.

I celebrate mother’s day because I was blessed with 5 children. I must have some good in me that He gave me 5 lives to look after. It has been such a joy to watch their lives unfold. I am proud to say that I had a played a part in it.

Good Morning

“Jackson Browne 1977 Running on Empty – YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJYRtOPUonA‎ “> Okay this is how I get moving in the morning 🙂  I love Jackson Browne’s Music.  Listening to this transports me to another place, another time.  A simpler time.  When I’m listening, the weather is warm.  It is summer.  I’m young and the world is still safe.

1st Communion – Our Lady of Mercy May, 2014

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This is our beautiful Gabriella on her 1st Communion this past Saturday. I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful little girl’s life. How lucky am I. I thank God for keeping me close, first with my children and now with my granddaughter. Time goes by turn around, turn around and their grown. Turn around, turn around and their gone. I love you Gabriella…

Sunday Morning’s

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Love Sunday Mornings.  I can sleep in w/o any guilt.  It’s Sunday morning.  Of course that is possible as long as my dogs co-operate.  This morning they did not.  Well one of them didn’t, Miss Bella.  She started whimpering about 7am and that is way to early for me on Sunday morning especially when bedtime on Saturday night wasn’t til after 1am.  Nothing exotic on Saturday night, just watching, “Chopped” on the Food Channel.  So I just tried to ignore her and get her to go lay down in her sleepy time chair but she wasn’t having any of it.  Of course the husband was having no trouble sleeping even with her whimpering. I finally got up and let her out, but that was it.  No we aren’t going to eat and go out again, just hurry up and go so I can get back to my dreams !!  Well I did go back to sleep, but only for a bit.  She wanted to get up and eat and start her day so no sleeping in today.  

Getting up is not so bad, I get to have coffee and I make the best, to die for coffee.  There is nothing like that first cup of coffee.  Mine is the best.  I always add a little pumpkin spice w/a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream.  I know I’m tempted sometime to add just Bailey’s but that would be way to early and it would ruin my first cup of coffee for the day.  I always brew Costa Rica blend that I get from Gloria Jeans.  I’ve tried other’s but that’s my favorite.

After getting the coffee started I get the dogs set.  Actually, I have to chase Mr. Jinx around the house to get him to go downstairs in the basement so the dogs can come out.  He just has the best time running away from me.  First he’ll go behind the couch, then under the dining room table.  Finally he will jump up on the refrigerator to the top of the cabinet.  Then I have to risk life and limb with the spatula, poking at him to get down.  If that doesn’t work, I go get the catnip and that will usually get him down.  So now once he’s down,I put him in the basement and I bring out the dogs to be fed and taken out.  

Miss Bella is easy.  She goes out back does her business and comes back in and eats.  Done.  Miss Elsa is my little old lady.  She is a little more challenging. If it’s winter, she doesn’t want to go out at all.  It’s cold and she doesn’t like the cold at all.  Sometimes when it’s real cold, she will just go and get back in as fast as she can.  But usually it is, “I’m not going out in that freezing cold world.”  So I put a sweater on her (she has a fur coat, for God’s sake) and boots.  Then she doesn’t like the boots, so she pulls them off.  Finally I get her to do her business, and on the rare occasion she does both and I am just thrilled.

Now it’s time to feed her.  I give her the dry food w/some bits i.e. treats.  The food already has kibbles in it, but she needs treats in it too.  Then I top it with a cookie, i’m not kidding.  This is what she has for breakfast.  She’ll eat that, but just the treats and the cookie.  Sometimes, this also is a rare occasion, she’ll eat all her food.  If she doesn’t eat it all, Miss Bella will come over and finish it.  Actually she takes out the black kibbles and puts them to the side for Miss Bella and eats the rest.  If she leaves any food at all, Miss Bella will finish it.

Now I get to sit down and enjoy my Sunday paper.  I check the weather first.  Really that’s all I read in the paper.  I like to read the sports too, who knew.   Especially now with the Blackhawk’s in the playoffs.  Then me and my Gabriella, (granddaughter) we like to divide up the special sections of advertising.  It’s kind of like when you were a kid and the Sears Christmas Catalog came.  You could look at all the stuff you wanted.  She calls Sunday, Special Paper Day.  

It doesnt last too long.  The house wakes up.  Lizzie starts the dryer, I don’t know why.  Then to the kitchen to start her day.  Glass of oj and Gabriella starts with the electronics.  Michael wakes up and ask me why I let him sleep so long.  My quiet little piece of the morning is gone.  It doesn’t last very long but my house is a happy home with a lot of life in it.  I wouldn’t change a thing about it.  

Good Morning World

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I see her and I am privlegded  to say I got to help her build her life.  She makes me proud.  She is a strong, really smart young woman, mother, daughter, sister and she is my friend.  As a mom I know all the different hats we wear, juggling many balls in the air.   I have seen all that it has taken my girl to reach this success.  She just doesn’t quit and as long as you don’t quit you are still in the game.  It’s called, “Character”.  Some people have it, some people don’t.  She does and I am so happy to see that smiling face, in her nursing scrubs.  

She’s a great nurse and an even better mom.  Her little Gabriella is just the most beautiful little girl.  She keeps me young and anything that can do that is a plus in my life.  I love my girls, they are a gift.  ImageImage