Beach Cottage Good Life Weds ~ Coastal Adirondack, Iced Tea and Coastal Blues

Wed 11th, Jan, 2012

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G’day Beach Cottage friends and ladies. Welcome to Good Life Wednesday with a little help of a pink New Year Hydrangea.

I am doing Happiness Lists & Gratefuls here today


…ahem I had a little moment, oh actually a little hour, or six, yesterday, where one was not quite as grateful as one should have been…one had the little Beach Cottage Coastal grumps…I have no idea why…life is really very good…went for a long coastal bush walk with lg in the morning, followed by an amazing swim in the ocean and then coffee sitting on the beach, followed by lunch and then not much…what is it with getting the grumps?  How come they just hit you like that?

I took myself out here


(taking Susan’s tip from yesterday on photography and did this looking down on it shot…)


…to see what would happen as the world went by…there is not much happening in our little street…in fact, two walkers went by and waved hello and the odd few car or two..

but other things happened…

my little one danced

my teenager made me a cup of tea

my husband called to be kind

and my daughter was just plain nice



and it all got better as I sat there in the early evening with the Southerly and my lucky to have you Eb & Ive quilt, and my lucky-to-have-you Adirondack and my oh-my-goodness-I-love-you-and-am-lucky-to-have-you new iPad, my lucky to have you iced tea….(I have perfected a just right recipe for this and now I love iced tea…none of that oh-so-sickly-sweet stuff here) and the most perfect pale pink hydrangea that I found tucked up under the orange tree…



and all was good in the world…

What are you grateful for today?

Yep leave me a comment, I’d love it if we share..sometimes seeing other people’s gratefuls has a whole lot of effect on you…and leave me your Good Life links below…you don’t have to have a blog, just link to your photos and share





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60 Responses to “Beach Cottage Good Life Weds ~ Coastal Adirondack, Iced Tea and Coastal Blues”

  1. brandi says:

    So glad the “grumps” passed and you are feeling better! You indeed have a lot to be grateful for as we all do! Swimming in the ocean sounds amazing. Today am I grateful for the man at the post office who waited and held the door open as I walked in to return a package. His simple act of kindness reminded me that chivalry still exists!

  2. Christine says:

    There are those days… and lucky you, with a family that understands and stands by you with heartwarming affection! I was going to send you photos of the ship trip from Sunday but have a glitch…later, I hope! Happy thoughts for you and yours! Chris

  3. Candy says:

    Love the turquoise color and the white hydrangea is gorgeous…the perfect shade of pale! I’ve been under the weather the last few days and now have a cold BUT I am thankful to be where I am and with people I love. I made myself go for a walk last evening and saw the most amazing old white, heavy, flaky, rusty, iron rocker that someone had put out for the trash. I boldly rang the bell and asked if it was, indeed, trash, and could I have it. Thankfully, I have a strong hubby who hauled it the two blocks home. It’s in my sunroom and will soon get cleaned and a much needed fresh coat of white paint. yay! It’s the little things, right?

    • sarah says:

      OMG way to go Candy!!!!

      now you were destined to go out for that walk and get that…sounds right up my alley

      it’s sure the little things


  4. Kia Ora from sunny New Zealand! Your little nook on the deck looks absolutely fab! A great way to let the grumps pass you by :)
    I linked up a post about our puppy, Nala (she’s the one with the big ears!) – thought you might like to check it out since it sounds like you might be getting a new addition to the family soon? Nothing cuter to photograph than a wee pup! xo Kirsty

  5. Pauline says:

    I am grateful that I also have a lovely home by the sea. although on the south coast of UK. I am also grateful that I found your blog which I so enjoy reading, and that you have inspired me to write my own although no where near as perfected as yours http://www.paulineshome.blogspot.com.

  6. Deb says:

    HI Sarah, I have linked up my post about the CWA Country Women’s Association Stories book. These ladies have true Aussie spirit, we have much to be grateful to them for. Deb

  7. Wendy says:

    It’s a dreary, chilly day here in NW Florida so my hubby has built a fire in our new fireplace and we are enjoying it while drinking coffee. I have had 3 children home sick today but thankfully only with minor colds. I’m sure they will be good enough for school tomorrow.

    • sarah says:

      nothing like a real fire to keep you warm Wendy…we are hoping to put in a fire for the upcoming winter here…will only get use about 10 weeks of the year, but I love them!

  8. Oh, this one is easy Sarah. I’m so grateful that my nephew Jordan was able to drive his little boy to the beach this week. You see, he lost his legs in Afghanistan last March. He’s had a rough time, but he’s such an inspiration. He’s finally able to drive again, and he headed to the beach! This is a nephew after my own heart :) You can see his photo on my blog post for Good Life Wednesday.
    P.S. Thanks for introducing me to Instagram and the photo challenge. I’m loving it.

    • sarah says:

      oh that’s a sad but happy grateful Marcia, thanks for sharing…

      hmmm Instagram is amazing! so totally in love with it!


  9. Judy says:

    Hi Sarah
    The grumps when you feel you don’t have any reason are hard to deal with, aren’t they, but glad they have passed you by :)
    Today I’m grateful that one of the blokes in the office has put up the key register that has been sitting under a cupboard for a month or so! Don’t you just love it when little jobs get done? I do!
    Cheers, Judy

  10. ellgee says:

    I am grateful for holiday camps – peace around here at last!!!!! Although I would rather be doing something nice for myself rather than working……..

    ps saw Mr BC this morn and he told me about the thing at Salvos, but I wasn’t sure about it – need your critical eye.

    lg xxx

  11. Jen says:

    Beautiful photos and picture book life. But even those with a picture book life are allowed to have the grumps. Hope you’ll share your iced tea recipe.

  12. Living in West MI we are usually buried in snow and clouds at this time of year but I am thankful for the weather today 50 degrees and sunny. Can’t wait for spring ! Wanda

  13. Glennie says:

    My beautiful pussy cat Issie

  14. Neen says:

    I,m grateful for family who see/feel my grumps and do nice stuff . Hubby has taken 12y/o son to play laser tag, 14y/o daughter is making gingerbread while I have acup of tea on deck reading a magazine. Letting the grumps dissolve watching the birds, trees, sun and smelling the delicious gingerbread baking. Grateful for time to stop….. and let go of grumps and worries.

  15. Mummaducka says:

    Today, I am grateful that I have a little dog who is alive and didn’t get bitten by the black snake she was wrestling with yesterday, that she dropped it as I have taught her and ran away before it got her, and that my children had the good sense to run inside when it came near them, then that I was able to find it in a tiny hiding place and dispose of it so it couldn’t do any more harm.
    Please share the iced tea recipe.
    Don’t you just love the Ipad? I do!

  16. Kate says:

    I get the grumps right before a full moon. Sounds strange but I think it’s because said moon turns my little boys into high octane gremlins ;)

    I am grateful for my healthy kids (even though they aren’t necessarily happy today)
    I am grateful for my husband who works all over the country and often overseas to provide for us (even though he grumbles about it…a lot)
    I am grateful for our pool as it’s really hot here today!

    Loved your photos yesterday :)

    Please share your recipe for iced tea as I have been trying to find a great home made one for the last 2 weeks and they’re just not right.

    Happy Wednesday x

  17. Eileen. @ cottage beach house says:

    I am grateful to still be pretty healthy at my age. I am also grateful to be so close to the beautiful Atlantic ocean here in New Jersey and to be so close to the gorgeous southern gulf coast of Florida at me vacation home. I adore a good long swim in the ocean, especially when the water is warm. And I am so grateful I can do it!

  18. Melinda says:

    I think I might be having a bit of a ” grump” session – perhaps its a mid Jan thing??

    I went to my room ( huffily) and lay on my bed and it was interesting to lie there and listen to everything just going along ( once I stopped feeling sorry for myself!! )

    Im nearly over my grump but Im grateful to it in a weird way because it’s made me appreciate that I have so very much to be thankful for and that my life is really very fortunate – sometimes I just need to stop and think.

    love your deck and that dose of colour is muchos prettyos!

  19. Kerry Rossow says:

    I don’t usually do posts about my kiddos but this one found it’s way to the blog. I am so grateful for the relationship my girls have. I have 4 sisters that I adore, so witnessing my own girls melts my heart!
    Thank you for hosting.
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  20. Susan says:

    I am grateful that I was able to take the day off work to take a final exam for one of my college classes today. Glad that I got that out of the way.

    I’m grateful that my German shepherd is on the mend – she has an inflectional on the side of her face and has been quite I’ll, but a trip to the vet reassured us that she will be okay. I’m grateful that she likes peanut butter – it makes giving her medication easier :)

    I’m grateful for my husband who told me today that I need to stop taking on so many commitments, that I need to take time for “me”, and that I should just sit and stitch for the next six months :) – too bad I still have to work, but I love that he is looking out for me.

    Now I’m rambling…

  21. Kel says:

    I am grateful I still have 4 days left of my holidays (as opposed to being grateful the 19 that have passed.

    I too am grateful for my ipad – what would we do without them!! haha

    I am grateful for the anchor hook decoration I found today and how it has really added to my bathroom.

    I am grateful for my handy husband and all the work he has done around the house while we have been on holidays!!

    I am also grateful for my amazing house and the beautiful part of the world i live in!


  22. Kel says:

    Oh plus i am grateful for your wonderful inspirational blog!!!!!!!

  23. Rukmini says:

    You know, I can so follow you when you say everything was right in the world and yet you had grumps. I’ve been there…them stupid grumps. Gnome likes. It’s even worse with nothing to put the blame on. :) But it goes, that’s the best part.

    I am grateful to God for giving me the quality of being happy in very little. Little things brings me immense happiness. I smile to the the sparrows that visit my window garden and they are not even scared of me :) I am grateful for letting me have the best boyfriend in the entire world, For a great job and for the best set of parents one could ever have who made me who i am. I am grateful for the life I have.

    Sometimes I tend to worry that maybe one day I will have a terrible life since by far I never really experienced hardships. But again, maybe I am a good human being and there’s a prize for being a good soul.

    And I am grateful to that person who first thought of the concept of “Blogs”.

  24. kirsty says:

    Hi Sarah
    Loving the blues, that is the pillow and throw in your pictures :) It’s good to take a moment and be grateful.
    I’m grateful that I am healthy and have legs and can cycle and afford a bicycle and that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world ~ have you heard of the Argus cycle in Cape Town? it’s the largest timed cycle race ~ attracting 35,000 participants from around the world. Ionly managed to finish the race once.. may try again this year. Would be fun to do it in a beach cottage outfit :)

  25. Catherine says:

    I always love coming to your blog – your photos are just beautifully serene (even if you weren’t feeling that way!). The colour make me wish I could pick up my home and plonk it right on the beach!

  26. Julie says:

    My uncle died on Monday and it has made me so grateful for my parents who are still healthy. It sometimes takes something awful to happen to make you really appreciate what you have. I am so grateful for my family x

  27. Heidi Jak says:

    So weird, I wrote my second post ever yesterday on my blog about the things I love to get me out of a whole week of grumps! I have tried to link it and hope it works ha ha. If it doesn’t my gratefuls are husband and daughter, home grown tomato truss, cooking, sewing and my creative sisters! Always pick me up when I’m in a strop!

  28. alison says:


    I have been grateful every day in the last 4.5 years since I bought my “mid life crisis” car. I lashed out on a luxury car because I thought if I didn’t give myself permission to have what I really, really wanted at 50 years old then no one was going to rush up and suggest it. And…buying it freaked a few people out. I feel joyful every time I drive it. :) :)

    I am grateful for the westerly (?? not good on directions) wind that made amazing noises this afternoon in the gum trees near my house. This sounds very weird but when the wind blows from this direction it gives me the most amazing energy and feeling inside.

    I am grateful for the old worn out shells I collected from one section of the beach where I holidayed recently with Mr alison in our “new” camper trailer. The shells are going to be made into a mobile.

    I am SO grateful this week we sold above said camper trailer and are going back to our lovely tent. (Nothing wrong with the camper, it just didn’t make our hearts sing.)

    I am grateful for the 2 tables I found on the side of the road last year and squashed into the back of Mr alison’s car. They are now being very useful in our home after their make over. (Our house is officially FULL. No more furniture can be added.)

    I am grateful for my strawberry patch. I eat one serving of fruit from it nearly every day.

    I am grateful for the outdoor garden area I can eat my lunch in at work.

    I am grateful for the uncrowded Olympic pool where I do lap swimming. Boy, it clears my head and gets me back on track.

    I am grateful for your gorgeous hydrangea, Sarah.


    PS Just a reminder about a little, easy to read book about gratitude one of the other BC ladies recommended last year.
    “365 Thank Yous. The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life” by John Kralik

  29. Ellie says:

    I had the same grumpy feeling a few days ago. And decided to focus on what I am grateful for.
    Its a great way to improve your mood – even just slightly. I love reading your blog and the fact that you have grumpy days too and are willing to admit it makes you a better person in my eyes. Hope you have a great day!

  30. Angie says:

    I am grateful for Florida sunshine in the middle of January…for my smart, healthy hard-working kids…my wonderful husband….my sweet friends…and for all the new friends I am discovering in the blog world and through etsy~I am inspired each and every day!

  31. Ellie says:

    Love my ice tea. So I eagerly await your recipe.

    I was thankful for my beach swim after work today.

    Also extremely thankful that my husband employer has allowed him to work from home this week so he can look after our children. Family friendly workplaces are the bomb.

  32. Rochelle says:

    Oh my, I have been feeling grumpy, mostly because of lack of sleep, my 20 month old has been keeping us all awake, first he was ill, now he is just out of routine. But you know, this too will pass, and I have sooooo much to be greatful for. Two healty boys, a loving husband, gorgeous Hunters wellies, a beach cottage to read and to top it off, the sun is shining outside, a rarerity here this time of year. So hey, why am I grumpy again?

    Hugs, and thanks for making me smile xx

  33. You have a good and beautiful life. I am grateful for my healthy family and sweet husband.

  34. Susan says:

    Wow, people are so prolific while stating what they are grateful for, me, I am always just grateful for being able to be me and enjoy life on my own terms. Waking up with a smile to start the day is always a plus and I always remember what my grandmother said “life is way to short to get caught up in the small pot holes”. Sounds corny when I type it, but it’s true, everything does have a way of working itself out in everything that you do or want to do. Well, that certainly sonded like I was on a soapbox….lol…..so, let me just say gratefulness is just another way of enjoying life…..there ya go….have a great day…Susan

  35. Sharyn says:

    Grumoy must be going around cause I have had it here too – halfway round the world. You have such a pretty spot to both “let it roll” or to “get over it” in. I need to create just such a spot for my grumpy phases too. I saw this today (would cheer anyone up) on Fabulously French and thought right away of you. http://fabulouslyfrench.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-inbeautiful-sheet-with-extra-large.html Hugs xxx

  36. Your pictures always bring a smile to my face :-) Happy New Year Sarah.

  37. I have those feelings too and they come out of nowhere even though my life is pretty darn lucky. Seeing pictures like yours and going outside usually lets the feelings pass! great post!

  38. Darcy says:

    I wrote a little blog entry, inspired by you, of what I am thankful for….:)

  39. It’s amazing how those *grumps* just strike-even when you appretiate your daily life so much!!

    What is that!!??

    A little time out..*nothing time*…just surrounded by your family- wrapped in that seriously cool quilt {loved the link & signed up to their mailing list thank you!} and somehow everything get’s back on track again…

    Glad you got back to that good spot….

    I’m just crazy thankful about being home on the beaches…I’m sooo very thankful for our time abroad/the UK- but I think I’d forgotten just how happy home in the salt air would make us all….

    And I know you totally get that :-)

    Melissa x

  40. Ingrid says:

    I’m so very thankful that I will be getting keys to my first home tomorrow, for this great blog for inspiration for the renovations and remodeling of my home , to the best job in the world ( lifeguard) and the best boss and can’t forget my two dogs ( friends for life).

  41. So grateful to have a new year… to catch up on all the stuff new and exciting stuff I forgot to do last year… This is going to by my year of NEW- trying new things and making new memories….

  42. Irene says:

    Not wanting to get too heavy as to why these ‘grumpy’ feelings come on like this. I get them too and I’m pretty sure they have to with HORMONES! Not even the PMS ones. It’s like once you get into the peri-menepausal stage there is another wave of hormonal fluctuations the body goes through. Be kind to yourself and take time out, and I think you did that very well.
    Also looking forward to your perfected ice tea recipe. We were in South Carolina for a wedding last year and the ice tea was like dark sugar syrup!!! YUK!
    I’m grateful to you for the renovations you have shared. They have given me confidence in going ahead with mine own. 3 rooms painted and Bamboo flooring going down on Tuesday :-)

  43. I know how you feel Sarah, some days are definitely harder than others. Gotta say, your photos are so stunning…those alone must have helped to cheer u up xx
    I am grateful that my hubby has finally WON in his fight against cancer. I did a blog post about it today and I THINK I linked it above, but I am not always tech savvy. :)
    Here is the link in case I messed up http://lynneknowlton.com/2012/01/11/dear-cancer-you-can-kiss-my-ass/
    Much love to you from Canada to the land down under. Hope you have many gorgeous days of sunshine , beach lovin’ and everything in between.
    Lynne xx

  44. Kathy says:

    Wow-sounds like the grumps were in the air, all around the world today. (My hubby pointed out, also that we just passed the full moon, as one other reader said! It does certainly affect me!) I had them pretty bad today for a few hours; and realized I ate corn, (which I am allergic to, and I usually have a physical reaction, which comes out frustration/anger.) It was hidden in a sauce of some frozen veggies I ate for lunch. I shut myself in the bedroom, too! It finally passed on by.

    Another reader from West Michigan said we are usually buried in snow; and it is coming tomorrow- according to the weatherman! Up to a foot! That will give me more reasons to get into the sewing room, and be productive! I could stay in there for a year, and not run out of projects!

    Today, and every day, I am so grateful for my husband who works so hard for us. Tonight he installed storage shelves in the office closet, to create a shipping station; complete with the postal scale, boxes, shipping tape, envelopes, etc., for my Etsy store, http://SydneyKathryns.etsy.com, where I have Decorative Pillow Covers, hand knit dishcloths, travel tissue cozy/covers, pot holders, aprons; and more. It is growing steadily, and I love sending my products all over! So far to over 35 states in the US, and also to Switzerland and Sweden!

    Oh-and the Sydney, is not because of Australia, but named after my granddaughter, Sydney Kathryn.

    I do love coming here to a Beach Cottage, and seeing all of your pictures. The water always soothes me. We are 30 miles from Lake Michigan, and I do miss just driving by to see the water,

    Thank you, Sarah, for always being honest, and in doing so, giving permission for others to do that, too.

    You are a blessing!


  45. Suzanne says:

    These images are just divine Sarah!! Divine!!
    PS I want/need that cushion!!

  46. Susan says:

    So glad you took that up high shot… I LOVE it……. clever girl :)

    The grumps have moved North today & Sunshine Beach Coastal Home is the place NOT to be today….. I am grumpy as all hell. But Have taken myself off to bed for an early night after announcing to those old enough to hear….. “I am irritable so I’m going to bed”….. my DH just replied with “really? I had hardly noticed….” {he was being sarcastic!}


  47. Cathy says:

    Hi Sarah…its good to think of all that we have!!

    I’m especially grateful that I still have my Dad, I lost my Mum last year. I’m also very grateful for my wonderful friends who offered so much love and support. I just hope that I am as good a friend to them!!!

    Love the blog… you have taken a few pic’s of my little home town ( The Entrance), its nice to see it looking so good.


  48. Lassiegirl says:

    Grateful for the squeals of delight and great big smiles coming from my children seeing the snow coming down last night. Everyone (husband, dog, and myself, too) was excited to finally see soft fluffy snowflakes here in Oklahoma :)

  49. Becca says:

    I’m grateful for my sweet baby boy sleeping in the next room, and a job where I can work from home and be with him.