Pumpkin Cottage

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Friday, October 9, 2015

God Speaks - I am hard of hearing

20 The Lord is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth be silent before him.
                                        Habakkuk 2:20

God speaks to me all the time.
My hearing is bionic but with
God it's like there are cotton balls
shoved into my ear drums.

I hear but have more
difficulty listening. 

He sets up the perfect time and
circumstances. Allowing me to know
there are no coincidences.

This moment I have prepared for you, PAY

Pumpkin Cottage uses old bowling balls

It's looking a little haggard.

"I have set up the perfect time 
and circumstance. Listen dimwit."

Saturday morning, Mr. Lee says,
Get ready you have a hair appointment. "

Not, I think.  "It's on Sunday,"  I say.

Mr. Lee:  I don't think so.  It's on my
calendar and yours.

Me: Okay, I will text Stephanie.

Yes, my appointment is in about an hour.

So I go, there is one other customer there,
I have seen him many times before.  He is
on the right and I on the left of politics so
I usually stay quiet.

My beauty time is the best therapy
and I don't squander a single moment.

Stephanie and I start chatting about
my fast approaching surgery.  The guy says,
"I just had hip surgery. Where you having your

Me: Just at Kaiser (HMO). (Minimizing - Like,  I couldn't
possibility have anything as good as he has.  What
it that about?)

Guy: Me, too.  Who's your doctor?

Me: Dr. Yu

Guy: Me, too.  He's the best.  This
will change your life.  It's not bad at all.
All the people with knee surgeries have a lot
of pain but not the hip.

Guy:  You will be so happy.

Me: Oh, I am already very happy.

Guy; This will make it even better.
Good luck, I can't wait to hear how
well you are doing.

There you have it.  That's how
God speaks to me.  And if you listen
and pay attention, God will speak to you, too.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkin Cottage Kitty

Rose with her witchy poo stockings.
Cleopatra line liner. 
Betty Davis eyes.
Pink eraser nose, that's from Susan Branch.

There are two means of refuge from the misery
of life - music and cats.
                                           Albert Schweitzer

See what I mean?

I think Pumpkin Cottage deserves an umbrella or

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Quilts and a Garden, Oh My

Quilts in the Oaks, Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore, California.
This nursery is a beautiful destination nursery on its own but
dress it up with quilts and you really have something special.


Freddy Moran quilter extraordinaire.  Isn't she
beautiful?  Meeting her made me so happy.

Yarn bomb. The get-along-gang.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Brown Sugar Kitchen

Pumpkin Cottage is in love with October. 
Yesterday, it rained.  We sat in the living room
with the front door open to listen to the rain. 

Everything is a little bit greener and brighter.
In Southern California, the rain clears the air, calms
the dust, and perks up everything.  

At the end of September, the get-along-gang,
got up before the crack of dawn
to travel to Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland, California.

For those of you unfamiliar with California,
it's long and the world's eighth largest economy. 
We know what other states say
about us: steers and queers and a bowl full of nuts.

I would not have it any other way. California has everything.
Coastlines, lakes,  mountains, valleys, desserts, redwoods and the
mighty sequoias.  We have diversity in all that is California.
And this family loves their road trips and their good eats.

All seven of us had chicken and waffles and
coffee.  Every bit phenomenal. 
We highly recommend a visit, even if, like us,
you have to leave home at 1 a.m.

“There is communion of more than our bodies when
bread is broken and wine drunk.”
M.F.K. Fisher

What Jacob?  It's so good, you what
to visit again?

Monday, September 21, 2015

I Want You to Celebrate

The greatest part of our
happiness depends on our dispositions,
not our circumstances.

                             Martha Washington

My hip replacement surgery is scheduled.
It's been nerve racking.
Still need an appointment with the
cardiologist.  Surgery won't happen
without his clearance. 
Relief mixed with anxiety and fear.

Today, a new feeling entered the horizon.
As part of a whole series of pre-operation 
appointments, I visited my dentist and
hygienist.  Both super wonderful.

My hygienist says, "Are you excited,
I want you to be excited?"

Me:  "I am scared and relieved."

Hygienist: "Understandable."

She continues: "My husband is an orthopedic surgicial
head nurse. It's sounds like a construction site in the OR."
 "I want you to celebrate that is may be a
fresh start to a new life for you."

Totally new spin.  Yes, I will celebrate.
I don't recall a time without pain.  It's
been years since I could walk stairs,
ride a bike, or dance like no one is watching.

I am going to celebrate this journey.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Old Glory, Riverside, CA

When our mother was in the hospital in 2009,
Uncle Joe and I would walk to Old Glory for
a reprieve.

It would be impossible for me to walk from
the hospital to Old Glory these 6 years later.
My body, but not my mind, has changed 
so much.  Still those memories are alive
and I still like to visit.

Something for everyone who adores

Mirror or frame hanging from

Light filtered through glass. 

Garden art.

Inspiration at every turn.

Window shopping.

Scary Dutch people.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Paper Tales, San Diego

Favorite places to visit from
Pumpkin Cottage's list.

Paper Tales, San Diego is one of our
favorite places to visit.
It's well behaved kid friendly.

Visit for inspiration.  Visit for the
pink and white comfort
of granny's cottage.  

From Paper Tales Pinterest site.

Kailie decorate her SDSU graduation cap using a white Uniball Signo pen that we sell.: