Thursday, September 4, 2014

THE FOREVER COTTAGE.......IKEA Decorates The Hampton's

Sometimes all you need is Small and Simple....
Which is what we found at this
Adorable Cottage in Sag Harbor New York
called....
"The Forever Cottage"
Never knowing what to expect when you rent
something Online we were pleasantly
Surprised when we opened this door.
And Who doesn't love an old Fashioned
Screen Door...
A Fireplace is always a welcoming
Sight...
This tiny three room Cottage was the
cutest thing I have ever seen.....
Perfect for a short little getaway.....
Simply Furnished.....
But unmistakably Ikea!!
Who says Ikea only does dorm rooms????
A perfect Kitchen....
if you enjoy cooking when you go to the
Beach...
Not overly done with a beach theme...
Just some simple touches
Here and There...
Very comfy chairs in the
Living Area...
Original hard wood floors.....
with great area rugs...
A futon to curl up and read a book....
A place to hang your towels from the
Beach....

A little welcome bottle of
Wine...
Those odd old little touches
that give an old house character....
This belonged on a little mini cabinet on the side
of the fireplace...
Ikea blue and white striped bedding.....
Ikea striped towels.....
Which were wonderfully soft!!

What's a Beach house without a
Porch Swing...
And of course a Picnic Table!!
And yes we did drive 3 hours in that thing we call
a Car....We had rented a car from Budget but when
we got out to the airpot to pick it up there was a
2 hour wait in line....So the Smart car was
called in to action....
And it did a mighty fine job of getting us to the
Hampton's and Back!
We Love the Smart Car!!
And this is what we saw all around Sag Harbor....
And yes...this is an un-touched photo
using my Nikon D200 camera....
Doesn't it look like a painting...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Random Act of Kindness...........

We all do our best to raise our children the
Best we know how and then hope for the
Best....
We try to teach them to be responsible adults with
good values and a kind heart....

Daughter called last night after getting a
Thank You note in the mail from a stranger....
It seems she sold a sweater on E-Bay to a women in
California....
Soon after she heard from the women saying she never got the
package and in typical fashion these days the
women thought daughter took her money and
never sent the item...
Daughter has been selling on E-Bay for years
and has a satisfaction rating of 100%...

Daughter had the tracking number from the post office
but she went ahead and refunded the money to
the lady and then put in a claim with the P.O.

Enter the Thank you note...
From another women in California...
It seems the package was mis-delivered
by the post office....Oh what a shock I can't believe
the Post Office delivered a package to a wrong address....

The note said that the recipient had received a lovely
purple St. John knit sweater from daughter's address...
She wanted to know who she could thank for this
unexpected gift...
 Daughter looked up her name and address online to discover
The women is 93 years old...

The original purchaser was notified that the package went to
another address in error....
Last night the women's husband went to pick up the
sweater from the other lady....
They promptly re-paid daughter using Pay-Pal....

Feeling bad that the 93 year old women was so kind as to
write a letter thanking the Un-known Sender
and not wanting her to be disappointed
That this lovely "Gift" from a stranger was taken away...
Daughter had flowers delivered to her today....

She thought it would make her day....
I was so proud....
Thanks Daughter for having Good Values
and a Kind Heart....


Friday, August 15, 2014

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY NEIGHBORS.......AT PAPER CHASE FARM.




AS I APPROACH  MY 64TH BIRTHDAY I DECIDED IT WAS TIME I GET SOME MUCH NEEDED EXERCISE....NOT A BIG FAN OF WALKING I THOUGHT BIKE RIDING MIGHT BE JUST THE TICKET TO GET ME UP AND OUT OF THE HOUSE....LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING I HAVE NOT RIDDEN A BIKE SINCE 1958....WITH THAT BEING SAID IF YOU SEE ME ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD BE IT ON TARPLEY PLACE OR IN ONE OF THE CUL DE SACS OR ON TARPLEY ROAD PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT I HAVE NOT RIDDEN A BIKE SINCE 1958.....

PLEASE DON’T LAUGH....POINT OR STARE....I’M THE WOBBLY WOMEN ON THE BRIGHT ORANGE BIKE WITH THE CUTE BASKET....NO HELMET....I REFUSE TO WEAR A HELMET....MY HUSBAND MIGHT BE CLOSE BY.....OR NOT.

I HAVE STILL NOT MASTERED WHERE MY FEET BELONG....THEY CAN’T SEEM TO STAY ON THOSE CRAZY PEDDLES........I CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO GO AROUND CORNERS WITHOUT HAVING TO STOP...... 

I’M STILL WALKING THE BIKE UP HILLS....YES....WE DO HAVE HILLS....SMALL AS THEY ARE... IT’S A BITCH TRYING TO PEDDLE UP THEM WITH 64 YEAR OLD LEGS.....

THOSE PESKY SPEED BUMPS....FORGET ABOUT IT....THEY GET ME NERVOUS AND IF YOUR COMING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION JUST STAY CLEAR IF YOU SEE ME COMING....I DIDN’T MEAN TO SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF WHOEVER IT WAS WHO SAW ME FALTER LAST EVENING AS THEY PASSED BY....

IT’S NOT EASY STEERING WHEN YOUR HANDS ARE ON THE HANDLE BARS WITH THE “DEATH GRIP”....YOU TEND TO SWAY.... CONSIDER ME  A WORK IN PROGRESS... SO PLEASE KEEP IN MIND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE 65.... SO SHOULD YOU EVER COME DOWN THE STREET AND YOU SEE ME LYING WITH THE ORANGE BIKE ON TOP OF ME PLEASE CALL 911....

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND I WILL TRY MY BEST NOT TO RUN IN TO YOUR CAR....HIT YOUR DOG..... OR DRIVE UP ON YOUR LAWN.....

MRS. A ON TARPLEY PLACE

Sunday, July 20, 2014

FROM FERAL TO FAMILY MEMBER.......3 years in the making...

When we moved to the new house 3 years ago.....
All the neighbors thought we brought along the
Family Cat....
No one had ever seen her before we showed up.....
But we didn't own a cat...In fact I am NOT a
Cat Person....
Never have been...basically I have always hated cats since
the early 60's when a Siamese jumped on my back while sitting
in a doctors office...but that's another story...
 Then one day looking out the back door this is what I saw...
A cat curled up napping in a flower pot...
A few days later I noticed the same cat pulling a snake
out of one of our sea grass....
I decided on that day that I would start feeding this cat if it
meant she was going to be a snake killer...
Did I mention I also hate snakes....
She hung out high up on our fence....
watching us coming and going...
I had to admit she was cute...

So the feeding began.....at first once a day....
 then twice a day....
and she kept coming back....
spooked if we dared to go near her....in fact we didn't know
if she was a he or he was a she...??
 
But she sure ate a lot....up to three times a day I would put
Out food....and it would be gone in no time...
Only problem was...one day she would look chubby and large...
A few days later....she would look thin and small...
So I would put out more food.....
I was so confused.....
Until.....

We realized there were two......
at this point we figured out that possibly they were litter mates....
she being the female smaller one and he being the
Male...
Shortly after... he disappeared....But she remained....
I happened to have the blog ladies over for lunch one day and
they were admiring our new addition when Miss Linda
Of "A La Carte"...who is some what of a Cat Expert...
knew that she was a Feral or wild cat....
She knew this by her clipped left ear tip....
Sure enough when I Googled Feral Cat....
That is how you identify them....
It took a good two years for Miss Kitty to trust
the Boss and climb on to his lap...
It took me a little longer....Would you trust that man??
Unsure of herself...she would quickly jump off and go hide in
the woods...
 As you can see in the picture....with cold weather approaching
We thought she would appreciate having a warm spot to
Call Home....so we got a house just for her...
And then one day...she decided to see what it was like
inside the door....
She also seemed to like having her picture taken....
It was then that I started to get Smitten with the Cat....

Here she was before we provided her with high class
Housing...
I posted on Facebook that she got free food and free
Housing....she didn't work all day...
She must be a "Democat".....
Nasty comments ensued from some old High School Friends about how could I say
Such a politically incorrect thing....
My response...."lighten up people...it's just a cat"
One day she decided she would have better luck getting
Our attention if she stood by the back door...
Where she would sit and watch us eat breakfast...
After a few failed attempts inside the house...
Don't ask....
She was finally feeling comfortable that we were not
going to eat her for dinner...
After all we do have a reputation for constantly eating...
And then she discovered....
Furniture!!
We did have a bit of a scare a few months ago....
when she has a tussle with a snake...
As you can see it bit her right on the face....
we were not able to go near it...
But nature being what it is....healed it beautifully...
This is one of her favorite spots in the house....
Our rug in the master bath...
Better yet....she discovered out Bed!!
My side....
I did treat her for fleas (not that she had any)....in case
any of you are wondering if we have lost our minds...
sleeping on the hearth....
But her favorite spot is....
On the Boss' chest...
He's officially the "cat whisperer"
She follows him everywhere..
Even to the bathroom where she waits outside the door....
Here she is playing with his toes....
He won't even let me play with his toes.... :)

And the best of all....
We can actually leave her in the house when we are gone...
She's officially head of security....
When we leave she is lying on her back on the couch...
And when we return she is right where we left her...
She has never hissed once....she has a quiet little
Meow....
She sleeps under our bed at night and when she wants to go
out she stands next to the bed and makes little noises...
Of course on my side....

She wouldn't dare disturb her best friend....
But I think I can say she's a keeper....
She's welcome to stay as long as she likes....

Saturday, June 28, 2014

SATURDAY MORNINGS IN GEORGIA.........

For the past almost 30 years.....
If I'm missing on a Saturday morning this is where I
Can be Found...
My favorite Farmers Market...
Burger's of Marietta Georgia...

Getting out the the car this morning this was the first
Thing I saw....
They were everywhere...
Flowers of all descriptions....
Located on the industrial end of one of our
Major Roads in the County....I am always surprised
when I hear that anyone who has lived in Marietta
for any length of time does not know about this place...
year round....I go for our weekly
Tomato Fix...
I haven't mastered actually buying a plant and
being successful growing my own....
So Burger's is my go to place
for the Best Tomatoes in Town...

All the veggies and fruits are located inside the
building...so year round it feels like
Summer..
I love Vidalia Onions...
they are wonderful roasted with
Parmesan cheese..
the corn this year is fabulous...

And this is what I came for Today....
Why not try making my own pickles...
These looked interesting....
We love Heirloom Tomatoes
with Mozzarella and Basil......

I buy pounds of these each week....all year long...
great price...always good...
The Boss eats tomatoes with every meal...
Even Breakfast....
I swear that is what keeps him so healthy....
Perfect for Taylor Ham..Cheese and Tomato...
on a Hard roll....
(ask any person from Jersey about this)
they also sell jams and jellies...
Here is their "Toe Jam"....
First time I have ever seen a Purple Pepper....

Picking Okra is a Cook's Art form....
they have to be small....blemish free...
for the best Okra with Stewed Tomatoes..
Something called Yellow Root Tea....
Still not 100% Southern...
I have no idea what in the hell this is....
But it appears that it's World Famous....
I love this time of year and I have to say I know
Georgia is the "Peach State"
But I love these South Carolina Peaches...
White Peaches are great in Iced Tea...
I love these and use them to make a wonderful
Peach Cream Pie with
Chocolate cookie crust...
Peaches and Chocolate actually are a better
combination then strawberries and chocolate...
Fried Green Tomatoes....
This is what we use!!
It's Georgia.....you gotta have Peanuts!
And last but not least....Making my Saturdays even
more of a pleasure....
Barbara...the cashier...the nicest lady in the
Fruit and Vegetable Business....
This was today's haul...
6 ears of corn...a whole Lotta Okra...
Tomatoes...a pepper....and those
Pickling Cucumbers....
All for $11.28....
Gotta Love Burger's.....
And what am I going to do with the
Pickling cukes....
Well....Dear Joyce sent me a subscription to
Fine Cooking magazine...and in it was....
A recipe for pickles called...
"Half Sours"...
I love going to Ted's for their Half Sours...
And hopefully I will be able to master the
Art of Pickling....
stay tuned....