I read a wise quote………..”The best therapy is taking a break from the usual routine.’

Yes, with that definition in mind, I have had good therapy this week.

My usual routine for months has been focusing on what needed to be done at the cottage.

I needed it to be finished,…. although it’s never finished….,  and that happened last week, jut in time for weekend guests.


While a trip to the beach was not part of my therapy, I found other  ways to get out of the routine.

I browsed the fiction shelves of the local library, especially the large print, and checked out a book that promises to be good reading.


I wiped the dust off my water color supplies and started working on a couple of botanicals.


Working crossword puzzles, not the hard ones, is a good stress reliever for me. The easy ones  give a boost to my ego……making me feel smart.

Shopping hint…The Dollar Store is the place to shop for crossword puzzle books.


And this……. Hanging out with my sweet neighbor….Ms. Lena turned 86 in January.

Isn’t she beautiful!

Hanging out with Ms. Lena is therapy to the max. Although we only met 6 months ago, it’s just like we have always known each other.

We’ve all met people like that and having one next door ….how blessed I am.



We will be going back to the main house this weekend. It has been two weeks since we were last there. In the meantime, I am enjoying my week of therapy.



A pillow here, a pillow there

Throw pillows…… as a rules, men hate them and most women love them.

Some pile them on, the more the better.

I’m in between…..sometimes less is more from a decorating standpoint.

My weakness is……. I like to change them semi frequently and move them from room to room.

That could add up to a lot of pillows.

The secret to avoid a stockpile of pillows is to use pillow covers. Some I buy and some I make.

I discovered these recently in Walmart for 97 cents that make great pillow covers.

Three seams and about fifteen minutes later, you have a pillow cover.


Waverly Fat Quarter cloth that comes in an 18″ x 21″ piece for less than a dollar.

Enough cloth to make a pillow cover for under $2.  The Walmart near me doesn’t a fabric department, but these were in the craft section.

I joined them together like this.. put right sides together and make a stitch down one side, the 21 inch side if your pillow is 16 x 16.

This closure after the pillow is inserted will be envelope style. Hem the two sides opposite the joined  sides.  I used iron on fusing tape for the hems.  for a 16″ x 16″ pillow you will have an inch on each side for the seams.

This is where the instructions get hard to explain.  As when I’m cooking, I don’t always measure to the exact.  Yes, I did say that.

With the seam at the bottom and rights sides together, fold one top edge approximately 6 and 1/2 inches  towards you and pin.  Turn over and turn the other top edge over toward you 4 and 1/2 inches .

Stitch the sides and turn outside in. It should look like the above after stitching and turning the right sides out.


An oblong pillow made with Waverly Fat Quarter.

There are other colors and patterns. I made 4 in gray tones….spending a total of $8.

I’m encouraged to try others……..so simple.




We’re all in

We’re all in this together …..into 2017 that is.

A week of doing this thing called life in 2017. 

Due to extreme winter weather in the southeast, I’m already feeling  a bit off schedule. A schedule that I truly didn’t have. It was just an idea that this year, I would not let projects wait, I would be proactive.


To quote Robert Burns, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.”

Spending the weekend at the cottage because of weather predictions, was not in my plans. The shopping I had planned while back at the main house was put on hold, putting projects on hold, putting my schedule on hold.


I’m pretty sure I mentioned before, this cute little cottage is in a “no shopping” area.  There are no malls, no Target, no Michaels, or Hobby Lobby for hundreds of miles.  Shopping  had to be put off for another week.

I used the extra time at home to catch up with some of my  favorite bloggers and read about their goal setting  for the  new year.  Resolutions are a thing of the past. No one admits to making them anymore. But the thing to do, it seems, is to choose a word for the year. The word you chose is for word for inspiration and guidance throughout the year. I have done this in the past, but this year I’m doing what author Debbie Macomber is doing. She is making a dream jar. 



Here’s how it works. Whenever you think of a dream or goal during the year, write it down and put it in the jar. It will be interesting to read at the end of the year all that was accomplished.  That can be really good or really bad. But for those of us energized by being productive, it will be another tool to keep us focused. The author chose her word for 2017. Her word is dream.

Examples of dream jars from pinterest.


The word I am choosing is “focus.” Focus as a verb, To be in the moment and pay attention to what needs my attention at the moment. For multitaskers this proves to be a challenge. To not have so many things going on in my head that I am already moving on to the next thing ahead of time. I believe that is truly the way we should live life. And  I know this in theory, but putting it into practice is my first goal. The first deposit in my dream jar is “focus, live in the moment.”  Another dream jar from pinterest.

Other deposits will be more concrete such as ” finish the guest room at the cottage before guests arrive in February.”

Focus, Focus Focus!!!