Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Vacation Fun

Well I am back in the land of the living

not that I was not living while I was away
but I find it hard just to lay back
and let it all go
while I am at home
I think it is a woman guilt thing


we left on Thursday
and headed to the cottage
the temperature dropped 20 degrees from home to there
which was a wlecome change
since it was so humid at home

on the way there
I got to thinking
why do we call it a cottage
when it is a rustic little cabin in the woods??

I guess because it is by the water
we have always called it a cottage

now it is rustic
no running water
which = no hot water
unless you count heating it on the stove

a couple of years ago
we rigged up a rain barrel 
which then pipes into the cottage
and enables us to do things like
flush the toilet
and I use the water for dishes and such

then a week or so ago
Trev went down for the day
and our barrel was laying on the ground
so first thing on the agenda was to fix it

my handyman

pedicure completed ~ here are my teal toes!

So relaxation was the mode for our time there
I read 2 books ~ 3 magazines
mowed the lawn ~ laid in the hammock
napped ~ snacked ~ played crib

Saturday we were under a tropical storm watch
thankfully Hurricane Earl had been downgraded
and his bark was worse than his bite
we did lose power for about 4 hours

and it rained
of course my boy was out in it
can you tell where his coat ended and how high his boots were??

Cooper came too ~ this was his favorite perch...

The rest of the week-end was gorgeous 
this is what the sky looked like every day
the tides were high
but we never did get down for a bonfire
In the midst of packing up on Monday
I decided to take some shots of what makes 
this little place so special to me

just pulling into the driveway sparks a smile

of course you know I love my beach
and some of the "finds" we have found down there
throughout the years

 these are found all around the cottage

 love this sign
and if I ever do have an actual laundry room
I will be snagging this for it!

as you can see there are old things
and new things
it is not fancy ~ that is for sure

 this is our pet memory wall
the framed picture in the center started it all
Mitzie was 17 years old
when she passed in 1992 and she is buried at the cottage

 this is one of the things I love about it most
mismatched everything

 there are some gems in here
old silver ~ cast offs and hand me downs
from days gone by

the trees out back ~ mossy ground

and the hand made screen door with the "button"

our path to the beach
or in this case ~ from the beach

and last but certainly not least
the hammock.

I am so glad to be back and plugged in

rain is in the forecast tomorrow
so that will give me an excuse to 
catch up on some blog reading

Happy Tuesday!!


Mikal said...

Some places just say "peace" and that's what I think about your little cottage. Away from the hustle and bustle of the world... a place where you can just be....
Love it!

Cathi said...

Such a gorgeous piece of paradise you have there, Lori...it definitely looks relaxing!

I myself always drive "over the hill" to Santa Monica/beach when it's hot here - as it's always 20 degrees cooler.

Have a fabulous week! xxoo :)

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi there Lori,
Well, you may hanker for the beauty that is Tuscany but, you have your own piece of paradise. It's gorgeous........ and thank goodness you have your lovely Trev to sort things out when they go wrong !! He's a star as far as I'm concerned !!
It all looks so relaxing and the ideal place to get away from it all. It is such a lovely cottage to have.
.....oh, and your toenails look brilliant. XXXX

Delena said...


I don't know if you know this but out "East" where you live they call them cottages and here out "west" they are cabins. Why I don't know but that seems to be what they are called. I love your cottage and your love of old and mismatched etc. We would make great neighbours!

Farmgirl Paints said...

No matter what it's called it looks magical to me. A place to unwind, not be fussy and replenish. Gotta love that. Glad your home. I thought about you.

www.theirishfarmhouse.blogspot.com said...

First, love the toenails! Still love the cottage. It looks like a wonderful place to get away from it all. I do have to say though that Cooper looks not too happy. What a face!

Lissa said...

Hi Lori! I'm glad you had such a relaxing vacation. I can't believe how wet your husband got! Love the teal toes!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for visiting and sharing your friend's stories, Lori.

Great vacation pics, teal toes and all!