Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Simple Joy

It has been a busy week so far here at the Cove! We have been running kiddos everywhere and tonight my wonderful hubby graduates his Police class and will be an official Police Reserve for our county!! I am so proud of him and I will post more on that later.

I just wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful comments on Raliegh's artwork, she is so talented and so sweet and genuine. I will be posting more of her work in the future. :)

Also, I want to welcome all of my new followers/friends! Thank you so much for joining me in my crazy little world. :)

I have not done much in the way of decorating, I am still working on the bonus room bit by bit. My biggest issue up there is that one of my cats..........


decided that it would be a great place to potty! Yeah Me!!!
SO I have been carpet cleaning and spraying special product up there for days now!!

The weather here has also been icky. Remember when I said that the snow didn't stick? Well, I must have made Mother Nature upset because the next morning IT STUCK!!!
Don't fret though, it is gone and now we just have rain, rain and more rain along with high winds.

Last week Friday I think it was, my hubby and daughter were at her basketball practice, my little one and I hunkered down, lit a fire and cozied up The Cove with some candlelight!

(sorry the pictures are not the greatest, that was my attempt at nighttime photography. I still have much to learn)

It felt so warm and cozy in here and to just be able to hear the winds and the rain next to a roaring fire and snuggle with my little man was so relaxing and felt so good.

A simple joy in life for sure. :)



Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

besides the kitty pee, it sounds like everthing is great over there! congrats to your hubby!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Aaah, Michelle, the fire looks so cosy and lovely.

A good fire tip I've found useful is to focus the camera on the fire and then point it to where you want the photo taken and click. That way the exposure is right for the flames.

But your photos look lovely!!

That photo of your cat is an absolute classic. Look at that cattitude!!


Vicki said...

Congrats to hubby on his graduation! I love the fireplace photo. Hope you can fix things upstairs. I'm scheduling a carpet cleaning myself after having my sister in law's dog over for a week. Good times!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

I am so glad you had time to sit, relax and enjoy hopefully your last fire before it warms up and stays that way. Cat pee is no fun. Poor you. I think your nightimne pics are good. :)
I enjoyed the candlelight.

Jessie said...

So glad you are having a good week (aside from the cat pee)! I love your fireplace pics...I wish we had one, especially this evening, because...

We have 6 INCHES of lovely, heavy, wet snow!! YUCK!!!

Stay warm!

Rose West said...

Why does everything look so much better by candlelight? I loved your mantel to begin with, but now...! A rainy day can be so cozy when you're inside with a good fire. I think I would suffocate without at least occasional rain.

Deborah said...

Oh it does look so cozy how warm and inviting The Cove looks :)
Congrats to hubby on his graduation!!
And isn't it sweet that you can get all cozy with your little one for the evening together..
I love your photos and the way you've set everything up..beautiful!!!!
The candles are gorgeous!!
We've just had the load of snow dumped on us last night and rains ahead...ick is right!
P.S. That furry fellow looks like he's hiding a little secret..hmmmm :)
Love to you my sweet friend xoxoxoxo

Deborah xoxoxoxoxo

beachcomber said...

your living room looks lovely at night with candlelight!
cheryl x

dedeetsyshop said...

Crazy huh! It is 36 degree here now! I can't wait till it is suppsoed to warm up a bit next week! The fire looks cozy at least! :)

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

Congrats to your Hubby, Shame on your Kitty, and Yay for you and your little one for having a little down time together! And your fireplace looks lovely...

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Wonderful pictures of the candle light. Congrats for you and your hubby. What a great achievement. I can't believe your cat did that. Oh, and it's supposed to be 90F tomorrow and muggy:((

Desire Empire said...

Hi Michelle
Congratulations to your husband. He must be very proud of himself too.

That fire looks very welcoming and the jars with sand and a candle are some inspiration I'm going to use around the Beach House.

Hope it warms up for you soon and Happy Happy Easter to you and your family.
Best Carolyn

Anonymous said...

How did you break away from that cozy fire and snuggling to write this post? :) I know I've told you before, but your fp wall is awesome! It's really drizzly, cold and dreary here, today. That fire and your house full of candles just reels me in.

Congrats to your hubby! I bet you are both excited to be starting a new chapter.

Sorry about the kitty mishap,too. He looks very proud of himself...LOL! Our furry friends do some irritating things, at times. Good luck with the bonus room. I know you'll make it special!

Have a great night!

alison said...

your room looks so cosy in the candlelight...and many congrats to your hubs for his achievement!

stuff and nonsense

Pam said...

Your cozy evening with the little one sounds so relaxing. Congratulations to your hubby!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hasn't this weather just been awful???? Holy moly!!! I'm ready to pack my bags for Sanibel again! Ugh! Congrats to your Policeman Hubby though, sweetie! That's a tough course to get through - so kudos to him! Nothing better than a man in uniform! hehehe! LUV your mantel, girl! SoOOOO beachy! So YOU! :)

xoxo laurie

Brandi said...

Congratulations to your husband Michelle! You must be so proud. I thinks Sarah said it best...Cattitude! Your night-time pictures are gorgeous. Relaxing with your little man sounds perfect!

Low Tide High Style said...

Sounds like the perfect way to spend the evening! I hope the graduation ceremony went well, and congrats to your hubby!

Kat :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey dear Michelle
Rain can be so soothing and relaxing and with that fabulous fireplace.. I'd be cuddled up reading a book or watching a good movie...

Hope you have a fabulous easter... whatever the weather.. ciao xxxx Julie

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

our weather has been terrible too...
it has been raining for days and the other day it snowed and stuck! i am longing for some sunshine for sure. things look all nice and cozy in your home though! tell that naughty kitty to shape up or ship out!! ;)

Sandra said...

Love the candlelight Michelle, warms me up just thinking about it....I miss those cold afternoons cuddling with my son, or just having a nap with him cuddled up close to me, they grow up so quickly! Enjoy. Congrats to your hubby!

You are so talented!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Michelle~ Congrats to your hubby! I love your pictures and the soft beauty of them~ sounds like you had a fun evening. We have had tons of rain here too... I am ready for the sunshine!! Hugs, Courtney

Claudia said...


So cozy and the mantle looks so pretty all lit up!
Take care,

the fishermans cottage said...

Well done to hubby :) sorry to hear about the weather, we are having the most glorious weather at the moment for April the kids were on the beach yesterday... your mantel looks wonderful with the open fire and candlelight, so cosy x

Anonymous said...

How exciting about your husband! Love seeing war fires. I've just got ours going a little while ago. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


tinajo said...

Oh, I wish I could have a fireplace - love that! Lovely pics, you did much better with the nighttime pics than I would have (it´s really hard)! :-)

Thanks for your sweet comment - I´m over the shock now..! :-D

becky said...

Oh, for sure...a roaring fire to take the edge off, warm the spirits. So much crazy weather going on! Your photographs are lovely...they definitely impart the cozy feel you speak about.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh, that naughty kitty! You can see it in his eyes that he knows we are talking about HIM!!! Oh Michelle, we too woke up to snow, but it DID NOT STICK and we got rain in the late afternoon with a lovely rainbow, for the sun was shining brightly. Oh dearest, we will just have to wait, but everyone else seems to have enjoyed their spring before us! OH HOW I LOVE THE CANDLES ON THE MANTEL SITTING IN THE SAND!!!! You have yourself a cozy place here. My two fireplaces are fake, but still very cozy with a battery (shhhhhhhh....) operated candle! Hey, it looks great.

Sending you loads of love and blessings for a super and warm, I HOPE, EASTER!!!! Anita

CatHerder said... far as kitty, been there done that a zillion times over...i can tell you (i was a vet tech) that cats will do that when stressed, or if there is a med. issue..check with your vet to make sure kitty doesnt have struvite crystals in the urine...secondly, NEVER EVER clean the area with bleach or ammonia based product...go to your local petsmart or petco and get a gallon of a pet enzymatic (ie petzyme, natures miracle) i actually clean my wood floors with it and my bathroom..has no smell really, but breaks down proteins and KILLS the smell. if kitty is having stress issues try feliway..look it up your first plug in at the store, but get refills online theyre much cheaper..good your blog, and hour home....terri the cat herder

Tonya said...

Sounds like a wonderful cozy evening! There is nothing better than snuggling with my boys! Love it!! Congrats to your hubby! That's so exciting!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Congrats to your hubby! Your cozy fire looks wonderful but I have the AC on here! I think Mother Nature is all confused. Or just has a wicked sense of humor!

Kelle Dame said...

The pictures are great!! They look really cozy! Makes me want to light some candles. I haven't done much in the way of decorating lately either, too much writing and blog updating to do :) I'm really itching to paint that door black though!!

Comeca Jones said...

Congrats to your husband and the fire looks so peaceful glad you had great snuggle time.See you next post!& Enjoy your weekend.

A Rosy Note said...

I just love your fireplace wall Michelle, those planks were such a good idea and the room looks so nice and cozy with that fire going. Has it been really cold there? It snowed here yesterday. I'm ready for some sun myself.

You may want to take the kitty to the vet for a little check up. We had that problems with our cat and tried everything under the sun to fix it. It turns out he had little crystals or a stone or something in his bladder. After he got it removed everything was all better.

Hope you have a good Easter :)


A Cottage Muse said...

Congrats to your mister!
And, thank you for sharing such a special moment with your little mister!

beth said...

Hi Michelle,
I love your still life arrangements. Mine just look like a few things lumped together but yours are really inspiring!
Beth x

Jenni said...

Michelle, I love these pictures! The first one took my breath away! I truly heart your plank fireplace wall! Love, love, love it! (I kind of have planking on the brain lately!)

I think that is so beautiful and creative how you took those clear glass jars and used sand and votive holders with candles inside! I have a few of those jars, but never would have thought of this!

And finally, I must say how much I love the picture of your faux fireplace as well! It looks so pretty with the candles lit up against it!

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful Easter weekend!

Blessings and hugs to you~

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

Hey girlfriend - another delightful post.

Please congratulate your hubby...well done! Your beautiful fireplace & mantel look even more gorgeous with the light from the candles and fire...dreamy.

I hope you and your family have a truly fabulous Easter weekend.

Hugs, Marie

Connie the crafterbug said...

I haven't been by your blog in awhile ,but then I remembered that I never saw your new family room. It looks amazing! I love the way you decorate and how you can stay with a theme. You did a fabulous job!

Jake wand said...

A good fire tip I've found useful is to focus the camera on the fire and then point it to where you want the photo taken and click. That way the exposure is right for the flames.

But your images look lovely!!

kurt penberg said...

I am finally getting over too you! It looks soo amazing! You have done it again. You have done a superb job on everything!

Rene said...

Your fireplace looks so cozy and inviting Michelle ~ And I love your wall gallery. Congratulations to your husband on his police class! I know he must be excited to have that behind him. We are back to reality now with being busy and driving kids everywhere. Where did vacation go?

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Ooh, I'm so jealous of your fireplace!! Lucky.


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