Monday, July 2, 2012

Throw Open The Windows

I have been so happy since I was able to open the windows in my cottage last night and today. I really dislike being sealed in an air conditioning unless it's absolutely necessary. I know so many people who never open their windows. They just go from heat to air conditioning with nothing else in between. Not me....I'm the original fresh air person who loves hearing the sounds of the outside world. How about you? 
[my iPhone photo from a charity house tour]

White Wild Morning Glories

I'm thankful for these wild vines growing near my cottage because I'm out of sugar and can't make any nectar for the hummingbirds until I go to the store. The hummers love these deep-throated flowers and so do the bees. I have a refrigerator repairman coming tomorrow so the birds will just have to wait another day. Mother and I have been using powdered sugar in our iced coffee. I could make some nectar with that but I don't know the right proportions that would equal the recipe I use with granulated. Better not upset their scientific substitute, right? [my iPhone photo]

1809 Invitation to a Pleasure Ball

"While we live, let us LIVE."
I love this quote.
Oh, the excitement of receiving this invitation to a PLEASURE BALL. Miss Lydia Goulet's heart must have been racing at the prospect of an early afternoon dance until an undetermined hour. Would Mr. Darcy be there? I wonder if Jane Austen was invited too? I looked it up and May 30, 1809 was on a Tuesday. How odd, that doesn't sound very exciting at all now. But maybe it was. I can hear Maggie Smith's voice in my head saying...WHAT is a weekend? I guess everyday was a Saturday to a certain class. via

Cranky, Sleepy Cat | Tabitha + Webster

After the shower yesterday around supper time Tabitha wanted to take a nap so she hissed at poor Webster who wasn't doing a single thing to annoy her except being on the same planet. Notice the placement of the puddles.

Same position. Head in puddle. Sound asleep.

Nice cool wet deck wood = sweet kitty dreams.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Here's Webster

He's as handsome as ever, isn't he? We had a quick thunder shower right after supper that cooled things off a little and Webster was glad. We have been running the central air plus our vintage circular ottoman fan and Webster all but wraps his body around it. When we go out in the heat of the day he can't wait to get back in the house. 

The Line Up | Cats Seeking Shade

Cats are so smart. Are you this good at finding a patch of shade? Keep cool and I hope you have power. via

Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae Recipe

This recipe for Gooey Chocolate Skillet Cake Ice Cream Sundae is the best use for my iron skillet yet!!! I just died. Click here for the recipe. It's all the way at the end after all the drool worthy photos.

Remember the Birds

In all this heat, it's a full-time job keeping all of the birdbaths filled with fresh water for my fine feathered friends. My iPhone Photo

Delights From and For The Garden

It's a very nice composition, isn't it?

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Architect's Own Dream Beach House

I'm only showing the bedroom of this fabulous house in Northern California's Stinson Beach designed by and for Architect Lewis W. Butler. I can't wait for your comments after you see the rest of the tour. I promise you'll be blown away just as I was! Use the arrows side center in each photo to navigate the tour.
first discovered here

Geometric Floor w/ Mariner's Compass

This hallway floor is very well thought out with full diamonds on either side of the mariner's compass within an oval. This design uses the natural floor with stained diamonds and focal motif. I like the outside border too. I toured this house recently. Have a great weekend!

Deformed Sheep Gets Custom Wheel Chair

NEW FLEECE OF LIFE...Buster can now spend time in the fields with the rest of the flock at Clough Farm Animal Sanctuary in Stockport UK. Vets recommended that he be put down as a deformed leg meant he could barely walk but volunteers at the sanctuary were determined to find another solution. Instead they raised enough money to give Buster his own custom-made wheelchair. Now isn't that a great story to start your weekend? I'm so happy for this beautiful animal!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Lacecap Hydrangea - No Border

Here is my previous photo with no border. Now you can decide which you like better. 

Lacecap Hydrangea at My Cottage

We had a heavy shower overnight but by morning it had stopped. I took this photo with my iPhone while the raindrops were still on the blossoms of my lacecap hydrangea. I'm having fun with that free iPad app from Martha Stewart called CraftStudio. It's fun adding decorative borders. Or do you think it's too much?

Things To Do -- Every Single Day

White Country Kitchen to Love!

I like the layout of this kitchen with its open shelves for displaying special collections and its clean country lines. There is even a Chippendale mirror on the wall above the built-in microwave. I could be very happy here. via

Where Will You Be for July 4th Weekend?

Try for some scenery with distant views this weekend even if that means a trip in the car. Pack a picnic lunch and get out of town! The week of July 4th is supposed to be the most popular week of the year for vacations. Sunday is July 1st, so start packing now!!! via

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Slug Visits My Cottage

I was glad I had my iPhone in my back pocket early this morning when I took the cat and the dog outside. This slug was much longer than the photo. I cropped it because the front of this large slimy invertebrate was the focal point. 

Hoglets to Brush, "Are You Our Mum?"

Perhaps mistaking the brush for their mum, three orphaned hedgehogs find comfort inside a dustpan after being rescued from certain death. Staff at HART Wildlife Rescue Centre are being inundated with calls from people finding baby hoglets in their gardens due to the unseasonal wet weather.
Picture: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Do You Cook with Your Pets?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Red, White and Blue Porch

Are you gearing up for July 4th yet? via

Beautiful Duckling

Isn't this the sweetest baby duck you've ever seen? I hope he brings a ray of sunshine into your day.
photo by Bob Garas

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom | The Movie

I saw this movie about 10 days ago on the first day it opened at my neighborhood theatre and enjoyed it very much. From the photo you would assume it is a film for children but my friend and I decided it was an adult film for children at heart. I found a good review here.

Walled Croquet Lawn with an Outbuilding

A croquet lawn within a high ivy covered wall with a delightful little building for storing the croquet set and garden garden tools plus a cute little dog. It doesn't get better than that, does it? I grew up playing croquet and have never gotten over my love of the game. via

Such a Happy Cat

Are you laughing yet? I definitely am!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Complete Movie)

Click here if you are unable to see the video. Watch it when you have time. It won an Oscar for 'Best Animated Short Film' at the Academy Awards this year. You'll see why when you watch it. Please share with all of your book-loving friends.

Aquatic Retrievers: Getting The Ball

Write This On Your Heart

I shall do this -- starting today!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Living with Dogs | Coffee Table Book

I photographed this book on a coffee table recently and forgot all about it. This is definitely a volume I would love to own. It's almost time for Webster the wonder dog and me to tuck in. We just got back from a walk to the 'way back' where I did my 20 minute workout with my new hula hoop....10 minutes in each direction. Counterclockwise was a snap with no drops. Clockwise was much harder but I did it. See you tomorrow. The TV is calling. G'night.

Cabin Fever - A Great House Tour near Madison Georgia

You are in for a real treat if you want to see more photos of several restored antebellum dwellings near Madison, Georgia via Garden and Gun

Cheerful Cottage Style

I love everything in this photo and wish I could see more, agreed? The yellow really brings the sunshine inside the cottage. Enjoy your Sunday! via

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lovely Sky at My Cottage Today

Low Country Cottage, Newly Built in SC

Don't you absolutely love this low country style cottage recently built in Ridgeland South Carolina? I'm crazy about the carport too. ©babyfella2007

Rinsing My Sweet Red Cherries

I cannot get enough cherries and my favorite way to eat them is straight out of the refrigerator right off the stems. I love the way they snap when you bite down on them. I must go and get more today because this small strainer contains the end of my supply. I hope they are still on sale. Do you love cherries too? my iphone photo

Welcome to The House at Blue Water Hill

Designed by Robert. A. M. Stern Architects
Continue the Westport, Connecticut tour here.
Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Beautiful Shells

Nature really is the best designer, isn't she. I love the graphic design and colors of this shell collection. I have never owned any like this but have always admired them in shops and photos. Have a great weekend. via

Free iPad App from Martha Stewart

This amazing app for iPad from Martha Stewart is a free download until July 8th and then the price jumps to $4.99. It is amazing. You can type, write freehand, glue, glitter, stamp, use photos, use templates, and so on. It will amuse you for hours creating cards, labels, blog posts, etc. I made this 'card' in just a few minutes -- it's so easy! Download from the app store HERE. It's called Martha Stewart CraftStudio. Get it while it's free. You can thank me later. Free is good! 
*Thanks Martha*

Happy Second Full Day of Summer

If this photo doesn't illustrate summer, I don't know what does. It's lovely, isn't it? via

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dueling Watering Cans

ON GUARD! Is this a metal rain barrel/sink to catch the gutter runoff? via

DIY Toad Abode from Old Flower Pot

I copied this photo from Garden Gate Magazine. They have a delightful article you can pull up on your computer if you google:

inviting toads to your garden Garden Gate Magazine

I've tried including this link in my posts and some are having trouble figuring out how to view the PDF. Try it yourself from your own computer and see if you can pull it up. The photo is pretty self explanatory showing how you can to make a toad happy. You might have to use tile nippers to make the hole in an old broken flower pot bigger. 

This Dog Has High Hopes

I love the spirit of this photo because it reminds me of myself. I tend to think I can do anything I put my mind to and this mind-set has failed me only once. I was trying to do a superwoman job of moving a giant old-school television from a low table to a higher one and I simply could't do it alone.
I have almost mastered going clockwise with my hula hoops. Notice I said hoops? I have a new one that was a gift from a friend in Vermont. It's not wavy, is much thinner, lighter, and a little bigger than my first one. I like it and it's good to have a second one to give my workout a different challenge. 

Mt. Toad Revisited

I took this photo last night after dinner while Mr. Toad was getting a breath of fresh air. It was very hot yesterday and will be again today with a predicted 97 degree high. I put out a small stainless steel water dish for him and this morning it was filled with muddy water so I'm pretty sure he jumped in a time or two BUT he wasn't inside the toad house. I'm not too concerned (lie) and will keep you posted. I hope he comes back.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Old School in New Zealand

Isn't this old school in New Zealand lovely? The setting is wonderful too. Photograph © brian nz 

Dining on The Deck

Wouldn't it be nice to have a ground-level deck like this so you could eat outside and look at all of this natural beauty without looking through a railing? I love the mustard field in the distance. via

A Beautiful Reflection

This is such a peaceful photo, isn't it? I wish I had more information about the structure and the place. via

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd [Video]


OMG---this is too fabulous for words. View this parody of 'Goodnight Moon' full screen if you can. Click here if you can't see this AMAZING video. I'm sure everyone will be able to relate to this modern bedtime story!!! It's not for kids's for all of us. Hardcover book available here.

White Kitchen Love

I am totally in love with this kitchen. The placement of the island gives the look and feel of a galley kitchen. This would be a great place to really cook on that small commercial range. Raise your hand if you like it too. via