First week of the New Year. Really?

Here we are just a few days into the New Year.

Already I have been blind sighted by events  or information that shocked me.

Events that are so unfair, even thought I know life is unfair,

I really didn’t need proof of this so soon in the year.


After the holidays are over, a little time to breathe before facing challenges would be expected and welcomed.

As you and I know, not always do we get what we expect.

As I am writing this blog, Ms. Kitty (new cat) and I are looking out the double windows of the cottage.

An unexpected snowfall yesterday, January 3,  left about  2 inches of  the beautiful white stuff.  The sun is coming out and glistens on the snow,, but it’s still very cold out. Ms. Kitty is looking out wistfully anxious to get out again and chase those squirrels around. 



Snowfall in the blue light of evening.


 On a more serious note, my daughter was given life changing news on the second day of the year. Although my heart is with her,  we are over two thousand mile apart. Any mother knows how heartbreaking that is.  She is sorting out this unexpected news and making plans to get her life on track without her mother by her side. We talk several times a day. It’s not like being there, but I trust  God to put the right people in her life as she navigates  drastic changes in her life.

I can’t help but wonder about my chosen word for the year. “Inspire” was the word and my ability to be inspiring seem to go right out the window the very next day. Whatever your word, don’t be surprise if you’re challenged on it.

I looked up the definition again today of inspire, to be sure I really knew the meaning of the word.. One of the definitions is to encourage. 

There it is! I am called to encourage whether it be next door or two thousand miles away. When the mother bear in me wants to lash out at those who are hurting my child, I know that is not the way to live an inspired life. I can encourage and impart God given wisdom and know that she is in God’s hands. My job is to encourage (inspire) her to know and feel she is going to be OK. Really, she is going to be OK.

What a very real start to where this word is taking me.

And yes, Ms. Kitty, the snow will be gone soon and you can enjoy the yard again..






Monday Morning….the unthinkable.

Monday, the jump off day for the rest of the week.  Monday……It can set the tone for the rest of the week.

This past Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, two large storage boxes of Christmas berries, boughs and bows and balls……..awaiting to find their place for the season.

Like a kid on Christmas morn, eagerly the lids come off spilling the white, the gold, the green, the red.



Every room adorned with touches of Christmas and more.

It’s a process to find where everything fits and looks like it belong.

Items are moved from one side of the room to another and sometimes to a different room.


And lest it seems perfect and the morning free of problems…………


I’m two hours in……making bows. attaching lights to green garland, doing and redoing the dining room table

when the unthinkable happens.



Twas the night before Monday, the green door wreath with a battery operated lamp, was brought indoors for the night.

It sat in the dark living room until the next morn, Monday morn. 

I notice the wreath and think…… does it need to go back outside on the glass door or between the wood door and storm door.

Trying it both ways, I find it would not fit between the doors and place it back out on the glass door. That issue solved,

my attention goes back to the dining room. It’s not coming together quickly.

Leaving the dining room, going into the kitchen, I have this odd sense that I’m not walking alone.

I begin shaking my head, brushing my shoulders, and see something drop on the tile floor.

It’s green with a tail, it’s a ………gulp……………lizard.   I scream to an otherwise empty house and stomp my feet. Green lizard must have been hiding in the wreath.

Lizard scurries into a lower cabinet.  I’m not going in after it. I do not have a plan.

Christmas decorating comes to a complete halt, Monday morn……the day when so much was going to be accomplished.

A while later, I’m on the phone with my sis and what to my wandering eyes appear……….on the kitchen window sill…….he’s here.

Now I’m mad at green lizard….really mad.

How dare green lizard take control of my Monday.

With my back up protection on the phone talking me through, I slowly open the back door. With a quick sweep of the broom, reluctant green lizard is off the window sill out the door.

The slamming of the door………green lizard you’re not welcome here.

Gathering the remaining berries , boughs, balls, and bows…… I seized the moment before it goes.













The hanging of the greens, is now complete at the Cottage on Greene.











It’s sofa day

There’s a hush of expectation in the living room. For weeks now, the chairs must have notice the big empty space in front of the two windows.


In front of these windows will be the long anticipated sofa, later today. The windows have undergone a change, no blinds and curtain panels for now.

The sofa will bring it all together…Can’t wait, can’t wait.

And now the rest of the story.

Somehow, in the mysteries of blogland, this post was out there in cyber land. 

Sofa Day was actually November 8. It was almost like Christmas in November. Ordering online can be a nail biting experience as you push the button to “order now”. If it’s a big item, such as a sofa, you know you will be stuck with it or pay a ton of money to send it back. This was the biggest risk I had taken in ordering online. It seemed I had no other options, so I bravely said “buy now” and waited a few weeks for the big truck delivery.

Whatever it turned out to be, I was already loving it. I never thought not having a sofa would make the room seem so empty, even with three chairs that had taken up residence in the living room.

When it arrived it was the right color…..check

It was the right size…………………………check

It was plush, as advertised……………………not check….. The sofa is actually firmer than any sofa that I’ve ever had. But, after getting use to it……I like it. It’s much easier to stand after sitting awhile.

Ready to see this check, check, not check sofa???


A little tease……..empty space again with drapes now.


The Sofa!!!!








And that, my friends, is the Sofa Day story, lost in space, but now found it’s way back to the blog.

And that is the last of the major furniture searching for the cottage on Greene. Hurray!