Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I know 
you all think you have seen 
this picture many times before.
 You haven't. 
 This is a brand new one.

 This is the view I see 
every morning with my 
first cup of coffee. 
 It is how I judge my day. 
 And, I know,
 any day when the sun shines 
through the lace curtains, 
is going to be 
a good day!



Last summer,
 we put the finishing touches on
 the screened porch.

  Do you remember
 the table and chairs
 that we used there?...

...and did you notice
 that same table and chairs 
is now being used 
in the kitchen?

I loved the rustic look
 they added to the porch,
 but they were never intended
 to be there for very long. 
 We knew that when winter set in
 they would survive 
much better indoors...

...and now
 the rustic look is a plus
for the farmhouse kitchen.

We found this cute little bistro set 
for the screened porch. 
 It will weather much better here 
and is just the right size 
for a table for two.

 In a couple of more weeks,
 we will be getting the
 porch and the Secret Garden 
ready for summer 
and I can't wait.



Our Farmer's Market 
has opened for the season and,
 even though it seems a bit early to me, 
I thought I might find 
some flowers to brighten 
up the Cottage. 
 Nary a one was to be found,
 so I did the next best thing.

  I fashioned a bouquet
 out of an arm full of
Swiss chard.

Not only 
did it make a 
pretty arrangement...

...it was also
 darn tasty.



The Captain loves sandwiches. 
 He loves to make them 
and he loves to eat them. 
 Every so often he will say,
 "I'm cooking tonight" 
and there is no question 
there will be 
 on the menu.

His favorite place is 
Jack's Urban Eats. 
 They cook a fresh turkey every day
 (usually, more than one) 
and make the best 
turkey and cranberry sandwich around 
to which my photography 
does not do justice. 
 We split a sandwich 
and with a salad on the side, 
it makes a 
filling and good meal.

This particular day 
we had company for dinner.

 Jack's is built on the edge
 of a lagoon 
and this proud mama 
brought her sweet babies over 
to search for any leftovers. 

 It was so cute 
to see her strolling along
 with other customers 
on their way to the patio seating.
 I wasn't fast enough 
to get photos of that 
but she would have looked right at home
 with a little bonnet on
 just like she was going shopping.

 I wonder 
if you noticed 
that I had no problem 
eating yet another sandwich?

 How could I not be happy
 when the payoff is...

...it just so happens 
that my favorite place in the world 
and Jack's 
are both in the
 same shopping center.

Just a little hint 
of some goodies 
I found.


We had more 
of those pesky April showers 
on Sunday night...

"Rain is grace;
Rain is the sky condescending to the earth;
Without rain, there would be no life."

John Updike

...and that is proof 
that the May flowers 
will soon

I would like to thank Linda 
for featuring my post from last week
 on Dishing It & Digging It Link Party.
It is always such an honor 
to be chosen as a feature on one of these great parties.

 Thanks so much, Linda.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017


is creeping into the landscape.

  It seems to be replacing 
the spirit of 

...it crawls along the horizon, 
sometimes hiding behind 
the cover of 

...just before 
it reveals itself again,
 like a puff of smoke, 
moving upwards
 to mingle with the 

Just when we are wanting 
to move out to our gardens,
 days like this
 make me think of ways 
to bring the 
garden indoors.

we are a bit removed
 from urban areas, 
it is not always easy 
to run by Costco or Trader Joe's 
for a beautiful bouquet of flowers,
sometimes I have to make do
with your typical grocery store bunch.

 But they, too, can be pretty 
when arranged 
in an
 antique pitcher...

...or beside 
a ceramic rooster 
on the 
breakfast table.

Even the walls 
and a china dish 
can play into the garden game
 when they are covered in
 soft colored roses.

Beautiful vases of roses 
don't always have to sit
 on a 
real table...

...and they can still be beautiful 
to some eyes 
when others might say
 they are 
past their

Floral inspirations 
can be found 
in many places 
in the

...and until you are able
 to get out in the real thing,
 bring the garden
 indoors and 

...the fog
will soon lift
 and spring
 will be on the 


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


"The first day of spring 
is one thing,
And the first spring day
is another,
The difference between
them is
Sometimes as great
as a month"

Henry Van Dyke

Mr. Van Dyke 
certainly hit the nail
 on the head 
with that one!

the first day of spring,
 we have had
 fog, wind, rain, thunder and lightening,
 frost, snow and sunshine...
and that was all in one day! 

 It has been crazy weather.

I have never planted
 an iris 
but have always admired them.  

The Captain and Kai 
met a nice lady on one of their walks. 
 She was in the process of moving 
and asked him if he wanted 
some container plants 
that she couldn't take with her.

 One was a pretty red geranium 
that was blooming 
and which we enjoyed 
throughout last summer.  
It is too cold for geraniums here 
in the winter 
and it didn't survive,
 but a larger planter of iris did 
and now, hopefully,
 it will produce some blooms
 when it is time.

Kim at 
featured a sweet burlap bunting
 that she adorned with
 the cutest little bunnies 
with button tails.

  I ordered the bunting 
but so far haven't come up 
with anything clever to put on it
 so am just using it for fun
 over the kitchen shutters
 for now.

Barbara at 
 shared the cutest lamp 
in her pretty kitchen 
and I just knew I had to have one.

 He is the perfect compliment
 to my farm themed kitchen 
here at Gold Country Cottage.

 He came from Pier One 
and I just love him. 
 Did you notice
 the little
 pigtail finial?

Thank you, Kim and Barbara. 
 I value your friendships 
and am fortunate that you both have 
such good taste 
and are willing to share it 
with me.

Happy Easter to all,


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