Sunday, March 15, 2009

Any Home Remedies for Chronic Coughing?

Thanks so much to all of you who have stopped by and wished me well. If only I could stop coughing. I'm getting over the flu but have a secondary sinus infection now -- ugh! I have tried everything I know to do to stop coughing and nothing is working! Any advice or home remedies?I'm sorry that I haven't been by to visit my blogging friends...As soon as I can manage the cough, I will be back...

Friday, March 6, 2009

Tylenol Flu...Take Me Away!

It started late yesterday afternoon...I tried to make myself believe that I had just snorted way too much dust at the thrift shops and junk stores...I tried to run, I really did...because I don't want it...but it caught me later today...

The nasty bug has got a grip on me...Joei and Aiden, too! We'll be spending our weekend with Tylenol and tissue...

Please have a good weekend and do something fun...for me!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I Need a Massage!

Ahhhh!This afternoon I mentioned to my dear daughter that I needed a massage...

Less than five minutes later, Joei was telling me that she made an appointment for me to have a massage at 6:00 tonight. Her treat!

I've had lots of massages...lots! Some good, some not so good...

I like to feel my muscles being manipulated...I don't want a skin rub. I like a deep tissue massage...the kind that relaxes you to the point of having to be poured off the massage table...

I got the BEST massage I have ever had -- EVER!

Anyone living in the East Texas area needing a massage...I have the masseuse for you! She has her own table and supplies and comes to your house. Her name is Misty and she is the by far THE BEST!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

** Complete 'n Crazy Randomness ** Cottage ~ Kids ~ Grandkids ~ Dogs ~ Granddogs

Snippet of the Living Room...
Punkie Brewster sitting in my lap...watching TV...Animal Planet, of course!

Maggie Mae being attacked by the Bullies, Chloe and Punkie...Maggie looks serious...look at those eyes! BACK OFF BULLIES!!!!
Our sweet Aiden Man blowing a kiss! His mom is our daugher...they live next door! We love it, too!

Aiden - Hollywood Style...

Toby Tucker our Granddog loves Poppy...glad we don't have to feed this one! He's just visiting the cottage today...He belongs to our son.

Maggie Mae and Toby Tucker taking a nap...

Shhhhhh! Baby Sleeping...Maggie and Toby aren't the only nappers!

Yeehaw!! Poppy a.k.a. Mr. S always has quarters in his pocket when we go... Aiden loves to ride the bull at WalMart... me out here! To PAINT or NOT to PAINT??? Should I or Shouldn't I???

The ALIENS are attacking! Alien Aiden and companion Alien Chloe...I think they were hiding under the bed or maybe they came out of the closet! *this is how the photo came out. i didn't do anything to it...weird, huh?

A snippet of the cottage office/studio...only a snippet because my desk is a mess!
I love my English platerack!

Guest bathroom...
Our BIG 'n TALL super handsome son...Mr. S Jr.

Guest Bedroom Bed...mostly pillows!
We gotta go now...we promised the cottage crew a trip to the park!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sisterly Love ~ and Thank You...My Friends

Best Friends and Sisters, too ~ Ms. Maggie Mae is giving Punkie Brewster a sweet hug!My Sweet Sally is gone but not forgotten...We've shed a pool of tears this week but are doing better with each passing day. We miss Sally so much but had expected that she would be leaving for the Rainbow Bridge soon. Sally was about 13 years old and had a heart murmur. Her little heart was just worn out. She had trouble breathing for the last week. It was so hard watching her struggle for each breath. She was such a trooper. If you didn't know it, you would have never known she was an old girl with a bad heart. She still played like a puppy and never lost her appetite. She was a little beggar and always managed to get her way when it came to getting an extra treat or a scrap of something off my dinner plate. We miss her but are relieved that she is not suffering any longer.

Thank you sweet blog friends for all the heart felt comments about Sally's passing. We read each and every comment. It is so heartwarming to know that there are so many animal lovers who felt our pain and expressed sympathy with such benevolence. The compassion that each comment expressed was overwhelming. Thanks to each and every one who showed such sympathetic kindness. I'm happy to call you my friends...

Monday, February 23, 2009


My beloved Sally died in my arms yesterday evening. She had grown old and had not been well for the last week. I miss her...She is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge.
My Sweet, Sweet Sally ~ August 20, 1996 - February 22, 2009Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dreaming in Color...Spring Colors!

The first sign of Spring is Mr. Robin, right? Hmm, but I think these colorful birds stay in East Texas year round. So we went looking around for more signs of Spring...

Yesterday was beautiful! Spring like! Today is another story...cold, drizzling, cloudy...we are having a light freeze tonight...brrr! But alas, there are many signs of an early Spring here in East Texas... Can Spring be far behind when the Redbuds are blooming?

The Pear Trees down by the lake are in bloom...a sure sign of Spring!

The Daffodils are blooming all over my sister's yard, just across the street from us!

Some of the trees in my yard are beginning to leaf out ...while others still look bare.

We took advantage of the warm weather yesterday...we spontaneously decided to do a little garage sale~ing. Joei drove her cute little VW. The decision was made to take her car. We rationalized that since it has a small trunk, it's perfect for cottage-size shopping trips! We further surmised it would put somewhat of a curtail on our purchases! Hey, we need all the help we can get when it comes to putting a quietus on what we bring home...small trunks included!

We rode around town from sale to down!

After stopping to peruse the goods at one of the sales, we returned to the car only to find that we had a little unwanted visitor but nonetheless a visitor that is a sure signal of spring! A honey bee sipping nectar from the little daisy in Joei's car!

C'mon Spring...I'm so ready to go to Lowe's and buy a beautiful green fern and some blooming begonias for my little planters on the porch. I'm ready to decorate the front porch and relax on the dreaming while the sun warms me.

Our porch is an extension of our cottage. It is considered to be another room...and I lovelovelove to decorate it for the welcome the anticipated at the cottage, warm weather signals the beginning of many weekend visitors.

We painted our front door RED because red on the front door is a cheery way to greet guests. In feng shui, red is a recommended color for the front door, as it is believed to invite prosperity to the homeowners. Prosperity can have many definitions...When it comes to family and friends, we are very prosperous...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Before & After...

This is a photo collage of my little kitchen when we were just coming to the cottage for the weekends. These photos were taken in August 2006. I gave up the corner of the kitchen (where the windows are) for a breakfast nook which consisted of a small round table and an "L" shaped banquette...piled high with pillows made from vintage tablecloths and linens. I also had the sink skirt made from vintage tablecloths.

See the little round table in the photo above? That's where the "L" shaped banquette was...behind the table. We used to sit there and have breakfast or when the grandkids came, they would eat at the little table. Mr. S and I usually eat (very informally) sitting in our favorite chairs...sometimes with a TV tray...sometimes sans the TV tray.

It didn't take me long to decide that I loved being at the cottage much better than in Dallas. As a matter-of-fact, after spending the first weekend here, I was hooked on country life! Mr. S encouraged me to stay since I loved being here so much (he only had to twist my arm for about two seconds!) Mr. S is still working in Dallas and didn't want to commute 150 miles each day. He continued living in our Dallas home and "visited" me at the cottage on holidays and weekends. A few months ago, Mr. S decided Dallas was not for him either. The end of January, we decided to put our Dallas home on the market. I know! It's not the best time to put a house on the market but we did and much to our surprise we got several offers in the first few days it hit the market. And we got our asking price! Woohoo! We close on the house February 26! Yippeeeee! Mr. S lives here now...commuting 150 miles a day! Country life is GOOD...very addicting! He couldn't stay away...we are HOOKED! I don't miss Dallas...not even a little!
When we were building this little cottage, I thought that I could live without a dishwasher...wrongwrongwrong!! After about 6 months of no dishwasher, it was time for a kitchen redesign! We had an "L" shaped section of lower cabinets built and an upper cabinet designed with slide out trays for our appliances. And I got the cutest li'l dishwasher drawer...I love it! Just the right size for a cottage kitchen. With the kitchen island chest and the addition of the cabinets, I have unused cabinet and drawer space...can you believe it? Oh...but not for long...I'm always looking for vintage dishes to fill the empty space. See my little dishwasher drawer below? Cute, huh?

The photo below shows our little "dining area". It's plenty of room for about 6 when both leaves of the table are up. My grandkids love the cute little slipcovered bench...It will seat 2!When you live in a little cottage, you have to make use of every square inch of space. I have learned to live with less. And I have learned that less is more...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

IT's ReaLLy NO BiGGie...

For real! It's a teeny, tiny kitchen...just like I like it!I think the photo above is the one that piqued some interest in my kitchen. I've had several requests to show more. I hope you won't be disappointed...there's really not much more...It's an itty, bitty cottage kitchen.
This photo was taken standing at the end of the kitchen island...this photo shows 90% of the kitchen...hmm maybe 95%...I told you it is isty bitsy!
This photo was taken about 2 baby steps forward from the last photo. This vintage chest has been my kitchen island in my last two homes. The drawers are the best! You wouldn't believe how deep and wide they are...I can get tons of kitchen stuff in there! I bought it many years ago in the Design District of Dallas. It has the original old paint on it. I wax it with bee's wax twice a year to protect it and seal the old paint which probably has lead in it!These are some of my favorite things. A Lloyd Loom hamper, a vintage picnic tin and a cute framed cottage litho with a thermometer! This trio is at the end of my kitchen, next to the French doors that lead out onto our grilling deck...we love to grill and wanted a deck close to the kitchen for our smoker and bbq grill. The photos above are of the other end of the kitchen island. See my cute little cook stove? It does just as good a job as a big one! I love big ol' ironstone trays...especially this one. It holds all my cooking oils, salt 'n pepper and other often used spices.
I wanted to show this photo with my Ikea lights turned on. I saw these lights at the Frisco, TX Ikea right after they opened a few years ago. I loved them but had no idea where I could use them. I didn't even live at Simplicity Cottage then. We were still in Dallas (ugh!) The next time I went to Ikea, they were calling my name! I bought 2 of them not having any clue what I would do with them. I just knew I loved them! They were in storage for a long time. One of those sleepless know what I mean...we ALL have them. Anyway, it came to me...the next morning, I measured and it was a perfect fit!
Oh, almost forget to mention the upper cabinet. I purchased it from the Canton Flea Market. It came out of an old General Store in Ohio. I got it for almost it in my kitchen! I love the glass sliding doors!
I bought an old red door several years it out at the Canton Flea Market, too....don't ask me why I bought it...the chippy, peeling paint probably! It stayed in our garage for the longest time. I don't know if you noticed, or not but I don't have much wall space in my little kitchen...I decided to wash it up and bring it in...more bee's wax, I'm sure it has leaded paint, too! I slid it in right between refrigerator and the farmhouse sink. VOILA! extra wall!! I hung my paper towels, a towel ring, a hook for hot pads and my favorite old dime store print on the old door. And don't you just love the color? This is the counter top area right next to my old soap, pot scrubbers, hand lotion, etc...on top of an old brown and white calico platter.
Now you know it's hard for me to go without talking about those dogs o' mine. Just check out this cute old Staffordshire dog cookie stores doggie cookies for good li'l pooches! This is my favorite corner in the kitchen. The little pine plate rack is from England. I didn't have a wall it would fit on. Mr. S had a fix for that! He "MacGyvered" it to fit in my little corner between the two kitchen windows.
This is a view of the other side of the front of the other window. This window is next to the upper cabinet...
This is just down the counter from the little corner plate rack. The cabinet above holds our microwave and toaster. We also keep paper plates, napkins, paper towels, etc. in this cabinet.More of my favorite things...old ironstone and brown 'em!
Oh...and here's Maggie on the 'fridge reminding me what "not" to feed her! Ashlei made the heart for me several years ago for Valentine's Day! Another of my favorite things! for the last two photos. I am crazy for farmhouse sink skirts. The skirt that I have on my old sink is REVERSIBLE. I had it made with a Fall/Winter side and Spring/Summer side. I am so ready for Spring...I've already changed the skirt to the Spring side. Look at the photos below and tell me which side you like the best...OK?
Are you a Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter?