Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Life's Little Instruction Book, page 130 . . .

Everything looks different to me today as I gaze out my window. Summer really is over! I think I will go and sharpen some brand new pencils in preparation for getting back to business.

...To be continued...

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day ~ The official end of summer . . .

Here's hoping you have a perfect last day of summer.

Tomorrow it will be time to overload all the circuits!

Thanks for dropping by the cottage for a short visit. Drive safely. ♥Rosemary

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

$500 U.S. Bill . . .

I don't think I've ever seen one of these $500 bills in person, have you? What a nice way to learn your presidents! Now I will know to say yes if anyone ever offers me a McKinley. Here's hoping everyone has a priceless long weekend. Best regards from the cottage. ♥Rosemary

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Thoughts from the cottage . . .

The fall cleanup continues. This is a photo of the night sky that I snapped last night from my second floor deck when I came in from moonlight weeding. It was so beautiful.

I love this photo of the wellies in an old greenouse. I wear mine daily on morning walks with Webster the wonder dog. I don't pick up my grass clippings and wearing the big boots keeps me from tracking them inside the house.

Thanks for stopping by the cottage. Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. Hope you have taken Friday off so you'll have 4 whole days before the "real world" begins next week. ♥Rosemary

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Edition of THE GREAT GATSBY Sells for $180,000 . . .

This is something for you to look for at each and every garage sale, tag sale, estate sale, and book sale from now on. It looks very ordinary so you will have to look carefully. This is what all the booksellers refer to as a Modern First.

Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925
Original dark green cloth stamped in blind and gilt, with dust jacket.
Considered by experts as quite possibly "the most expensive piece of Twentieth Century printed paper in book collecting." The dust jacket is an exceptionally rare find, which clearly contributed to the book far surpassing its estimate of $80/120,000 and ultimately fetching $180,000 — a world record price for any Gatsby. Read about other big ticket items that sold at Bonham's Auction.

I am right on schedule with my outside work trying to get a jump on fall. I was cutting down my giant weeds by moonlight last night. Really! I didn't come inside until 8:15. I hope the moon casts a giant hex on them for next year.
The weather is absolutely fabulous and there is no rain predicted for the next week. Cool and crisp with no humidity. Perfect for doing hard work outside. I am feeling very fulfilled about being so independent and doing everything myself since everybody else I know uses an outside service.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage. ♥Rosemary

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Painted Floor Cloth with Mariner's Compass . . .

Who doesn't love a painted floor?

This is the kitchen in my previous house. I painted the floor myself with gray and white diamonds. It wasn't hard at all and it held up very nicely.

Here is a scan of a page I ripped out of a magazine. I love the mariner's compass design on this painted floor cloth. At first I thought it was a painted floor but on closer examination I noticed several "wrinkles" so I decided it was a design on canvas. I have a hallway that is unusually narrow with a painted floor in a solid color.

One of these days I hope to decorate it. I might skip the diamonds and just put the mariner's compass in the center. The hardest part would be plotting out the design.

I am not at all ready to tackle such a project. I just wanted you to know what was on my mind today. Thanks for stopping by the cottage. ♥Rosemary

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Life's Little Instruction Book, page 129 . . .

...To be continued...

Happy September 1st. I am feeling powerful and am looking forward to a great week of getting ready for fall. I got a good start yesterday and the weather looks great all week for mowing, clipping, putting the garden to bed, getting the weeds out of the driveway, and all those other fun things (not). I even started to tackle the giant weeds that line one side of the property where there is a steep slope. I am going to cut them each day for one hour after supper. How's that for a plan? Wish me luck. Please think of me when you are lounging on the beach or doing whatever you do the week before LABOR Day while I am laboring.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage for a chat. ♥Rosemary

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Monday, August 31, 2009

WWF ~ Give a hand to wildlife . . .

I love this ad campaign asking us to give a helping hand to the animals.

WWF (World Wildlife Fund) Working globally to help endangered species.
Advertising Agency: Saatchi&Saatchi Simko, Geneva, Switzerland
Creative Director: Olivier Girard
Art Director: Nicolas Poulain
Copywriter: Jean-Michel Larsen
Body (hand) painter: Guido Daniele

Thanks for stopping by the cottage today for some inspiring art about our wildlife. ♥Rosemary

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Love All, Trust Few | Shakespeare . . .

Thanks so much for stopping by the cottage. I hope your Sunday is wonderful. ♥Rosemary

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Life's Little Instruction Book, page 128 . . .

...To be continued...

Thanks for stopping by the cottage on this last Saturday of August. The summer has virtually disappeared here and it's cold and rainy. After all the heat we've had, it feels very good. I just feel sorry for all the people on vacation. It will be better on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend. ♥Rosemary

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Bicycle quote + film with a great message . . .

THOUGHTS ON MY BIKE is a film made for the NYC Bicycle Film Festival 2009. The fabulous score was written by Kev Corbett.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage for some bicycle inspiration today. Enjoy your Friday and the upcoming weekend as well. ♥Rosemary

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Inspiring Art Video Story featuring a Watercolor Artist . . .

I hope this video will inspire all the artists out there who sometimes question whether or not their art is worthwhile. I enjoyed the watercolor musical story very much and hope you did too.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage today. Have a good one. ♥Rosemary

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Life's Little Instruction Book, page 127 . . .

I overslept this morning on this fine summer day. The heat is supposed to be back in full force later on. I am going to get my outdoor work done early.
Thanks for stopping by the cottage! ♥Rosemary

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The stewardship of owning land . . .

I was so happy to find this quote to go with another page I ripped out of a magazine. I found the quote and added the text to the photo. I am going to type it again so it can be searched in case you want to find it months from now.

"I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own."
Andy Warhol

I couldn't have said it better!

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