Monday, January 14, 2019

We're all in this together...quote by Red Green.

I've discovered over the years that when I get caught up in "things" or "stuff",  happiness fades.
My focus is out of whack...and I get a distorted view of what is really important.
I see "things" that I think I want, and after I get those things, the high only lasts for a short while. I find myself wanting, no, needing more "stuff" to make me feel happy again.
I'm like an addict....craving more.
The depression creeps in, slowly, at first.....until it over takes me....

At my worst, I finally cry out to the only person left that I will even talk to......the One that says, I will never leave you nor forsake you Heb.13:5.
He doesn't miraculously take the depression away, but He walks with me...leading and guiding me through it.
With prayer, and refocusing priorities....relationships move back where they belong!!
God takes center stage, and everything else falls into place.
It takes time...it's a process.

When I first started blogging a few years ago, for me, it was all about "décor", "stuff", "things".
Until I made some REAL friendships along the way, did I realize blogging wasn't just about numbers, and comments, and popularity.
I thought the goal was to get your home into a décor magazine!!!
Which was exciting, and nice, and actually humbling.....but the whole mentality around it ruined a (at the time, life long friendship). A friendship that used to be based on being Sisters in Christ!!! 

But all the "stuff" got in the way.
I still have my lovely friendships made through blogging....you girls know who you are!! Friendships that have blessed me along and through these past few years.
Women that truly care, and love me.

Women that pray for me and my family.  Women that I love.
I know that it's not all about decorating anymore....
yes, I love seeing what people are doing, and scooping up ideas. I like to see what others are doing to their homes that make them happy. I love looking at beautiful things here and on IG.
BUT it's so much more than that!!


It's a learning experience.

You can be as open and honest as you want to be.
You can be as closed off as you choose.
You can be someone that you have always wanted to be.
It's your choice.
You can be all about décor, or all about yourself.
OR, you can even choose to balance the two.....
it's all okay.
Just don't lose yourself along the way.
Su, from Butterfly Bungalow, reminded me to stay true to myself recently....awesome lady....
so that is what I would like to suggest to all of you, too.
As Red Green says....We're all in this together!
Debbie
xxoo

Friday, January 11, 2019

Still here, at our cottage.

Whew....this computer has been out of commission for months!!!
Getting it going again took some doing, so I don't know how long it will last.
I have been on IG for the last few months, but have been missing all the blogs, and my blog friends!!
I thought I would start out with this quote by Dr. Seuss.
Be yourself, everyone else is taken......

The reason I like this quote, is because we had our cottage listed 
for the past six months.  We had no offers in all that time. We did
get a lot of comments on the décor, however....and all of it was
negative.

I thought when you listed your house, it was the home that was for sale
NOT the contents!!
I don't mean to harp on this, but people were just plain rude!
So.....when our listing ran out, we did not re-list.


For one thing, we couldn't find anything comparable to what we
have.. downstate, and for another thing....God seems to have His
own plans for our lives at the moment.

I did purge a few things, but as you can plainly see, NOT enough
things!!
It got to a point when I felt like I was giving up a part of myself.
So......there are some changes, but not a bunch.
Like our sectional sofa.
More practical for our family when they spend time here in 
the summer months.
It might not match the other décor, but that is all a part of
being "yourself".

Sometimes you have to go with what works, and try to "fit" it in.
I will be having a sale in the Spring to sell a few more pieces of furniture, 
and other things that have been here for too long.
After that we are having some painting done, and porches added
to the outside of the house.

One thing that has changed is Cita!! She is part Maine Coon, although you
cannot tell that by her coat.
She is 9 months old and weights 12 1/2 pounds!
Her mother is a tabby cat, and we are thinking(because her siblings had coats like Coon cats, and all have the points on their ears) that the male was Maine Coon.
Cita is a huge kitty!! and tests my patience continually!!
She is, however, very affectionate almost to the point of being obnoxious!!!

I have been baking so much during the cold months....I even take cookies to the kids
at school.   
Oh yes, still doing the teacher's aide thing.
Teaching two Bible studies at the Lion's Den, also.
It's a Christian drug rehabilitation mission north of here.
Funded solely by donations from the community.
I absolutely love it!!!
I prayed for God to give me something...a purpose...directly after we listed our house, the rehab mission opened and needed Bible study teachers. After going in and volunteering, I have been blessed beyond comprehension! Not in a physical sense....no. In a spiritual sense. I have finally returned to my first love....Jesus. The mission wasn't just for addicts....I feel it was for me, too.
So we are still here at the lakehouse….my cottage. We will enjoy what God has in store for us, and be blessed.....and maybe change a few things...while keeping our hearts intact.
Enjoy the weekend!!
Debbie
xxoo

Friday, June 8, 2018

A peaceful evening......NOT!!!!

I am seated at the beautiful blue table that is filled with my favorite books.
It's a warm evening here at the cottage...almost summer like.
The sun is setting, and the last of it's bright rays are filling the room with a gentle glow.
Everything looks peaceful, from where I am sitting.



These are the books I find myself reading this time of the year.


Lots of this happening around here!


I do love the early sunrise, with the birds chirping, mourning doves calling, and the sound of boats quietly going by on their way out to fish.
Evenings are the same. Doves cooing, boats meandering by slowly, and people out, enjoying the warm weather and sunsets.


Now that school is dismissed for the summer, the grandkids will be up for vacation.
Time to sprinkle some shells on the beach for them to find.
They love bringing home a collection of different shells every summer from the beach here at the cottage. Even though it's not the ocean....they love it all the same.


Then there's Cita. She's growing fast, and what a character!!! She loves playing, and running through the house like a maniac!!
It's not easy sitting in my chair, trying to type while she is on the loose.
It would be much more productive if I did this while sitting alone in my car!!

So what seems to be a peaceful evening, really is one that is full of one active kitten!!
She will grow soon enough. Until then, we will enjoy the rough and tumble antics of Cita....the kitty that can be crazy, AND sweet.
xoxo

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Enjoying the lilacs.

The lilacs are just starting to open here at the cottage.
Bringing them inside means the flowers will fill the air with their intoxicating fragrance.

I love to fill vases, and jugs full of them!

It will be a while before the lavender blooms.
One lovely flower at a time here at the cottage.

Our growing season is short, so we savor each flower as it blooms, and dry as many as we can to enjoy them throughout the seasons.

A sweet little bird gifted to me by my dear friend, Giselle.
She certainly knows me well.

A recently found 1920's sofa for the sun porch.
Great for spending lazy summer days watching the boats go by....or reading on a rainy afternoon.

Speaking of reading....

The sunshine pouring in through the windows has been heavenly!
I do love a bright home, with big windows...especially facing the water as it reflects the sun this time of the year!

Have a happy weekend!
Enjoy the sunshine, and whatever is blooming at your house at the moment!
Debbie
xoxo

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's Spring at the Lake.

Now that Spring has finally arrived here at the Lakehouse, the sun comes streaming in through the windows so bright..... Everything looks fresh, and new!!
I changed the table in the dining room.
The big round one is now in the living room, and a farm table is gracing the pretty rug on the wood floor in the dining area.

The design on the rug shows more, and the trim and base of the round table also shows so much more now that the dining chairs aren't blocking their view!

The color and wood carvings are beautiful!

The table also fills up the large space in the living room.

I am ready for the warm weather, and working outside.

I noticed the Spring bulbs are popping up out of the ground. 
With a couple of good rains, we should have some flowers!!

The tree frogs were chirping this evening.
The sound always warms my heart.

I plugged in the dragon flies.
They entertain us as their wings open and close, as if drying their wings in the warm sun.
As I type, I can look out my window and see the waves being pushed by the wind. It's a sight for sore eyes after such a long Winter. A Robin hops along the ground searching for worms, and a Mourning Dove is cooing for a mate.  Two fishermen are out for Crappie. How I've longed to see green grass.
It's Spring at the Lake. I am glad.
Debbie
xo

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Focus and be thankful!!!

Enough is enough!
I'm not talking about the weather this time, I'm talking about my complaining about the weather!!
I read Diana's blog post (Nana Diana Takes a Break), and I felt a blow to the heart.
People are dealing with REAL issues, like health problems, and here I sit, whining about snow.
Time to appreciate what I have, and live in the moment!!
Been there before...shame on me.
Last night I took a paint class. I haven't painted in years.
It was fun to just get out of the house, and do something that I used to enjoy, and spend time with a friend.
The painting wasn't my best....the important thing was the fun I had while doing it.


There are so many things that I surround myself with that make me happy,
no matter what the weather is!!!
Why do I get so wrapped up in what it's doing outside, when there are so many other things I could be doing?

Sewing, baking, cooking, reading, taking care of the bunnies, dried floral arrangements, etc.

When I am not at work, boredom and laziness set in this time of year.
Instead of pushing myself to get off my bum, I just sit....waiting for Spring.

After reading Diana's post, and doing as she requested, I watched two fat Junco's outside the window fighting over the feeder. They were so comical with their tenacious nature. Not worrying about the cold and snow...they just went about their business as usual.
Pecking for seed on the ground, under the snow.

Prayer time before rising helps start my day...but lately, when I open my eyes and see the storms blowing first thing in the morning, my heart has been so negative. 
I need to start being thankful before opening my eyes!!!
There is SO MUCH MORE to life than a season!!!

For instance, my grandchildren. They are such a joy to me.
They make me laugh in the bleakest of times.
There could be the worst of storms right outside the door...but when I am with them...it doesn't matter.
I will be with them this weekend.
This little girl, Sadie, will be making her First Communion. Her family attends the Catholic Church in their home town.
I will be baking special cookies for the event.
There are so many things for me to focus on, and be thankful for.
It shouldn't take a blow to the heart to remind me!!! but I'll take whatever works! Thank you, Diana!!
Debbie
xo

Monday, April 16, 2018

Alice???!!!

I took this picture just a little while ago, when it was still nice outside. I was looking out the window while sitting at my computer, and the wind wasn't blowing 30mph at the time. The snow was falling almost straight down....not sideways like it is now.....and ice pellets weren't hitting the window.....

Aaahhhhhh,, these enchanting spring blizzards here in the Midwest.
It doesn't get any better than this!

My poor bunnies are stuck inside their little house, and have been since Winter started....many months ago.
I was out with them today, Spring cleaning their sweet little house. For what, I know not.
As I was gathering up the straw from the floor, I realized it was futile. So I exchanged the soiled for fresh, and made things ready for what seems to be an unending season of cold, ice and snow.

I came inside, took off the smelly clothes from rabbit-house cleaning, and showered.
Then I sat down and wanted to cry.
It's mid-April!!!
Last year at this time I was working in my flower gardens. The window boxes were painted, and ready for filling. All of the shutters, and doors had fresh coats of paint on them, and the porches were sporting a new color.
Has the earth shifted on it's axis?
Is Houghton Lake now the new location of the devil's triangle?????
What the heck???!!!

We need new sand on the beach, so I can sprinkle shells on it for the grandkids to find!
My kayaking muscles are so depleted from this long Winter, I no longer have arms like Popeye, but more like Olive Oil!!!
My middle is looking more like Wimpie's everyday!!

I don't even bother trying to exercise inside.
I have sooooo much stuff in here, it would be like doing aerobics in a Home Goods Store!!!
No...I do not have any exercise equipment.....they don't make it in a "shabby chic" style....so nope, none here!!
I know I'm not the only one waiting for Spring, right? There has to be others. Unless....I fell down the rabbit hole, and I'm on the other side of the mirror.....Alice????!!!! helloooooo.......