Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sea Song Sunday Movie Night ~ A Summer Place

     It might have been a foggy sunset when we drove down to the Carmel Beach but that provided a tranquil view of an almost empty sandy shore.  A half dozen surfers sat on the gently rolling swells waiting for waves to catch off in the distance.  Couples doted the scattering benches above the beach on Scenic Avenue watching the sun melt to the sea.  Sometimes evenings like this you feel like it is your private beach.

    The movie A Summer Place came to mind.  Not because of the fog but because of the filming in Carmel and Pacific Grove.  Here's a clip of some scenes and of the theme song.   Hope you find someone to cuddle up with and watch the whole movie.....

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Sea Song Movie Night ~ Silly Symphony Merbabies

     It's Sunday!  When I was growing up that meant Wonderful World of Disney which I faithfully watched.  Why not have this day feature a Sea / Ocean / Beach clip from a movie?!  First Sunday of Sea Song Cottage blog shall be a Silly Symphony (how I adored Silly Symphony cartoons) of Merbabies.   Sit back, and for tonight let your inner child out.........

Thursday, May 19, 2016

First weekend

“Because there's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, 
no matter how many times it's sent away.” 
~ Sarah Kay ~

     Coming back to our cottage after we had signed papers and received the keys, had to wait till after the holidays.  First of all there was not a bit of furniture in the cottage unless you count the bench in the front garden and some worn chairs on the upper patio.  No we couldn't really entertain and honestly I wanted to be at home with all my family.

    There were many nights of waking up with my thoughts running over how I would decorate our new place.  It was rather daunting for several weeks and then one night I decided to fall to sleep thinking of one room at a time.  Somehow I was able to get my rest and not feel overwhelmed by the project at hand.  My creative juices flowed!  I was determined I could do this using Craigslist and every sale I could patiently wait for.

   We hired a painter to come do all the interior except for bathrooms, closets and doors.  We both agreed the color that was on the walls already was the perfect shade of white.  Lucky for us we were able to match the existing paint and how easy that decision was.  At first I started with our bedroom.  I thought that should be the first one done. First splurge would be our bed.  I knew the exact one and though it was an online purchase I felt certain all would go well.  Several weeks later the bed arrived to our house in Danville where we stowed it in the barn till we could take it down to Carmel.  Out of the box it looked perfectly wonderful!

   Jump forward 6 weeks later when we had the mattresses delivered and Tim could bring a load of furniture too.   I drove down a bit later excited to see the bed in place.  About an hour down the road and my cell phone rings.  Tim says that the mattresses arrived and he was able to have the guys help him set up the bed.  I asked how it went in and he said great.  A pause.  He asks me what size bed frame did we order and with that I knew there was a problem.  I knew I ordered a King but here is the issue with King beds.  There is the Eastern King (wider and shorter) or the Cal King (longer and a bit narrower).  I had just assumed that my order was the right size since it did not say Eastern King.  I failed to note the measurements and it was quickly diagnosed that the King I ordered was indeed an Eastern King which is not common in California.

    The rest of my drive was disappointing since I started trying to figure out how on earth did I not pay attention to the measurements.  Then I hoped there would not be a problem in returning it since we had it for 6 weeks.   My smiles reappeared as I drove over the crest of the highway when I saw the glorious Monterey Bay.  All was going to be well.  Just relax.

    Tim showed me the bed put together and it looked just as I had hoped it would.  Then of course we tried the box springs, just because he wanted me to see the problem (which I already understood but I went along with the demonstration).  I made my phone calls and thankfully there was no hitch for it to be returned but I would have to pay the shipping fee.  My loss was the shipping both ways.  Darn.   Of course the online store does not carry a Cal King so I was put back to the task of finding a new bed frame.

    It was our first time sleeping in the cottage.  Our mattress was set up on the floor a la 60's hippie style.  The dogs loved that they could jump up and down off the bed whenever they wanted.  This bed was perfect for them!  And in the end it was a perfect weekend for us to celebrate our new home ownership of our second home.  How fortunate and grateful we were.

     Loading the bed back on the truck was a tad scary for me as I reminded Tim I was not a mover and I didn't want to hurt myself.  I also wanted to make sure we didn't damage it before it could be returned.   He then brought out mover's straps (what a great invention!) which helped immensely.

  Our first weekend was full of sunshine and it was even mildly warm which for January was unexpected.  We found our way down to the beach via the quaint neighborhoods and small pathways that looked like dead end streets but some had little gardens, wood stairs, and even a foot bridge.  For me, there is nothing quite like the fresh ocean breeze as it sweeps up from the rolling waves.  Carmel is less busy with the tourist trade in the winter months but being that it was a lovely weekend there were many strolling along with kids, dogs or just couples perhaps on a romantic weekend.  The water in deep shades of blue to the sea glass blue-green as a wave crests before it falls to the beach in crisp white spray to the sandy shore.  Tucker and Stewie could not have been more happy.  They had never been to the beach and what with all the other dogs and people they wagged their tails constantly.  Tucker barked and barked as though he wanted to make sure everyone saw him!  It was pretty silly and at first Tim was telling him to be quiet until I said to let him bark.  Why ever not?  He just loved this place with all his doggy heart.


Sunday, May 15, 2016



   There is a hushful silence when my eyes slowly open.  The curtains are drawn but the soft light of day gently lightens our bedroom from the lofty uncovered window above our bed.  Peace is in every essence of my being.

   A whimper from Stewie lets me know it is time to rise and let he and Tucker outside.  I wrap my robe around me as I walk out of our bedroom, silently closing the door behind me so my sleeping Love may slumber and to the tall glass and wood doors that open to the front of our home.  Morning sounds of subtle immersion awaken my senses.

  Which sense brings the smile to my face? It is my eyes or ears?  My eyes see tall pine trees, redwoods and then closest to our home the pink jasmine running along our fence that encloses our front garden.  Happy.  This is my happy place.

     My ears hear birdsong for the birds too are waking up to a new day.  Just barely I can hear the sea as the waves break upon the beach.  I wonder how high they are this time of morning.  I look forward to when we have a table and chairs out here to sip my coffee but for now I have two hungry dogs looking at me hopefully and a "hurry up!" yip from Tucker who wants his breakfast asap.

Sea shell, sea shell
Sing a song for me
Sing about the ocean
Tell me about the sea.

     This home my Love and I are smitten with.  From the first time we walked through it we knew it called us, asked for us, to be ours.  Afterward we sat upon the beach with our picnic lunch and talked of what we should do.  We hadn't expected to find a place so quickly!  Yet we both felt that we needn't look further.  Sitting there looking out at the white sandy beach, watching kids, adults, dogs happily enjoying the warm sunny day brought us both full circle of these past several years that had been of ups and downs over grief with the loss of our parents.  It isn't easy accepting they have passed away and that we must continue as the elders now.  Stepping forward is awkward at times yet we have each other to fall upon and pick the other up, give the long embrace, hold onto and count our lucky stars that we have each other.  

     With that one day we took our first steps to a new home.  For me it was a coming home.  I played upon the beaches of Carmel in my childhood, clambering on the rocks near the Carmel River State Beach or paddling around in the river with my friends.  Shopping with my mom in the shops off Ocean Avenue or taking family friends sightseeing in the area.  It felt like home already.    

     When our children were growing up, my parents often rented the lovely old home "Steelaway" and we would come to visit with them, where they too built a memory of happy times in this beautiful area.   

     I'll come back....  The wish I had when we moved away from Salinas all those years ago and now it is real.

  This too is a new beginning.  A new blog that shall be inspired by our new getaway Sea Song Cottage with whimsy and words, photos and poems, decorating and recipes, a getaway of the mind.  Welcome...