Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hats Off

This simple straw hat has served me well over the years. I've decorated it with spring flowers, autumn leaves and now with ribbons and pearls.

Just my way of saying, "Welcome to Quirky Cottage".

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Toes and a Rose

So close and yet so far. Just wish this polish were a little more pink.

And now, isn't this a sad sight? It's my neighbor's tiller. I watched her fight with it for about an hour while she attempted to re-establish the wonderful garden space she had last year.

She restarted it several times before it died an ugly death. She did everything but kick it over before she abandoned it where it stands today.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Roses and Nail Polish

I have only a limited appreciation for roses. I like many of the colors and I love all the intricacies of the flower but not well enough to attempt to grow them.

There are two rose bushes at Quirky Cottage planted by the previous owner.

I recently read in a magazine that this summer's hottest nail color will be coral. Immediately I imagined the color of this rose growing outside our garage.

I have tried and tried to locate a polish this color but this is the closest I've found so far.

Close -- but a little too orange and not enough pink.

If you see a perfect one let me know

Friday, June 11, 2010

Beautiful fence

While visiting my dear daughter this past week I spied this lovely old fence and had to stop to take pictures. DD is so patient with me -- I know she would have rather been shopping instead of camera snapping.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Addition to the family

I have a new toy! It is a netbook. Isn't she sweet?

She's just a little bigger than this legal-sized envelope pictured here.

What should I name her?


Friday, June 4, 2010

What is this?

Have you ever noticed that people call this by lots of different names?

I'm talking about legitimate names. Not the things the Cottage Master calls them when they force him from his forward motion.

Some people call them YELLOW lights. . .

Some people call them ORANGE lights . . .

And when I was a teen working for the Oregon State Department of Motor Vehicles before our driving records became electronically filed in a computer, I was responsible for typing citizens driving infractions onto their permanent paper file.

The lights were then called amber and if going through them caught the eye of law enforcement you either got a warning or a fine of $10.

You never noticed that it is called by different names? No? That's cold.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We're back

You might think after what happened to us that last time we enjoyed a few days at the beach (our home flooded from a broken water pipe in the ceiling) that we would be afraid to ever leave our sweet cottage again.

But, we have again ventured off to spend a few days watching the water go back and forth.

This time we have a cat that needed kenneling. We found a wonderful place. Designed for the owner's appreciation as much as the cat's.

Notice all of the windows on the second floor -- they are for the guests to enjoy.

From this beautiful tile entry way . . .

To the all of the individually painted glass doors of each suite . . .

The place is packed with amenities for both the kitties and their owners.


1) heated tile window shelves
2) water fountain
3) sleeping hammock
4) video viewings for the owners
5) daily email to the owners

Poor Entertainment -- he knew something was afoot when the Cottage Master kept taking luggage, boxes and sacks out to the car.

He told us, using his outside voice, how unhappy he was to put poured into his carrying case and riding in the car.

When we left the Kitty Komfort Inn he still had not emerged from the carrying case that he had wanted out of so badly a few minutes earlier.

I've heard that animals have no sense of time so one day or 5 days is all the same to them. I sure hope that's true.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Mother Nature is Not Nice

Maybe it's because I was bold enough to voice my displeasure about the weather this weekend. Maybe I'm being just too sensitive --

BUT, it looks like Mother Nature is giving me the finger. . .

I guess I'll be content with the weather in the future . . .
Not much chance of that!