HUGH COMSTOCK’S FAIRYTALE COTTAGES BY THE SEA

I’m packing as we speak! lol

Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea

Carmel -by-the Sea has enchanting architecture. But the most enchanting to me are the fairytale cottages built by Hugh Comstock.  Hugh’s wife, Mayotta, made and sold rag dolls that she named “Otsy -Totsys”.  When her dolls outgrew their home , she asked Hugh to build her a Doll House to use for her sales and as a showroom. And so he built

HANSEL

In 1925, Hugh and Mayotta decided to build a second house on their parcel of land and named it

GRETEL

For more about Hansel click on the following links:

HANSEL AND GRETEL- HUGH COMSTOCK’S FIRST FAIRY TALE COTTAGES IN CARMEL « Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea

THE FLOORPLAN FOR HANSEL- HUGH COMSTOCK’S FIRST ‘FAIRY HOUSE IN THE WOODS’ « Once upon a time..Tales from Carmel by the Sea

And in that same year, they built still another home of adobe and Carmel stone…

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Think Happy Thoughts #2

tickling
family night
a kitchen full of laughter
giggling
listening to children tell stories
spinning around & around till you get dizzy
impromptu poetry
“groaner” jokes
inside jokes
homemade cake with messy frosting
chasing children
butterflies
catching lightning bugs
shooting off fireworks in the backyard
the county fair
handmade birthday cards
looking at family photos with the youngins
your own uniqueness
teddy bears
getting to see each other again after a long separation
helping your big sister plan her wedding
being a bridesmaid in your sister’s wedding
fresh-cut flowers
the anticipation of the first date
…..then telling your grandkids about it
shopping with your sister for her wedding gown
….and being the one to pick it out
butt-dancing Santas
Christmas angels
charm bracelets
the Christmas dept. of the store
love
running into an old friend
really bad 80s music
cheesy 80s music
musicals
Grease
Disney movies
karaoke
shooting stars
group ritual
swimming with no one else around
hot showers
spontaneous travel
hiking the hard trail
magnetic poetry
children singing
Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream
sleep
new clothes- even if they’re just “new to you”
piggy-back rides
balloon animals
stupid thong jokes
belly-dancing
sidewalk chalking adventures
wrapping presents
homemade Christmas ornaments
guardian angels with crooked halos
finding secret notes
birthday wishes
way too big ice cream sundaes
messy birthday kids
“pet” squirrels
West [by God] Virginia
walking barefoot in the creek

 

 

What makes you happy?

 

 

Think Happy Thoughts #1

I randomly discovered this book years ago called “14,000 Things to be Happy About” and I fell in love. I was so inspired by the idea of listing all the wonder-full things that make you smile, that brighten your day, that recall happy little memories and special moments. I started keeping a list of my own. It’s been built in bursts, sometimes dumping bunches of ideas at once, sometimes just one or two.

Since a big part of my goal with my work is to spread more happyness into the world, I thought I would start sharing my list with you in a series of blog posts.

A lot (most) of the entries on my list have personal significance and might not make sense to anyone else, but I wanted to be authentic in my sharing, so I’ve copied the list as is from my notebook.

blue eyes
having to be patient against your will
curiousity
crushes
taking things slowly
dreams
the 80s
cats
having your own place
Yule/ Christmas
Yule trees
popcorn garland
paper chains
masks
ballerinas
shyness
quiet boys
letting my mind wander
paint
stuffed animals
country music
radio
little boy grins
Christmas socks
toe socks
birthdays
birthday parties
friends
Twizzlers
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Harry Potter
Ford trucks
little bitty drive-thru windows
baby carrots
weddings
finding out your ex is miserable
heat
showers
diaries
Pringles
stickers
“that song” playing on the radio
compilation tapes
the first kiss
nervousness
discovering each other
falling in love
dancing
staying up too late
sleeping in
really bad movies
homemade gifts
having enough
waking up every day
guilty pleasures
innocent stalking
“un”healthy obsessions
Irish and Scottish accents
sisters
little brothers
all your family living nearby
nieces and nephews
new love
starting over
daydreaming
honesty
bracelets
thumb rings
garage sales
summer
the sun setting over the West Virginia mountains
the sun rising over the Pennsylvania hills
books about happy things
tongue photos
email
having a job
having a home
being able to “go home”
family
hugging someone who needs it
being hugged when you really need to cry
not having to play games
toys
children
babies (especially when they sleep)
reincarnation
nature
enlightenment
open minds
freedom of religion
being an American
pets
driving to Canada for the weekend
laughter
good remakes
rollerskating
poetry
freedom to make big mistakes
learning experiences
bands with weird names
bisexuality
nature worship
having parents that you can actually talk to
being who you are
being “out of the closet”
packrats
Spring clean-up
dumpster diving
tacky furniture
lounge lizard retro funky style
beauty without make-up
having a “glow in your aura”
sharing a wavelength
“Believe” by Cher
complications
having “enough issues for a subscription”
PMS drugs
hand-me-downs
giant teddy bears
scrapbooks
memoirs
believing in faeries, Santa Claus, and the Easter Bunny
magick in the ordinary
revelations
stones tumbled by nature
inner light
start
Orion
dashboard toys
bobblehead dolls
bobbyheaded Chihuahuas
Rocky Horror
rabid fanboys and girls
backpacks
Tetris
Vin Diesel
hair dye
cable TV
BBC America
decorating shows
the internet
cameras
old photos
developing that roll of film you found in your bag
scissors with funny edges
archival quality
magazines
inspirational quotes
books
SARK
naps
scarves
being “too Broadway”
gaydar
flashback conversations
family picnics
dad telling his stories over and over
postcards
baking Christmas cookies
a kitchen-full of kids frosting cookies
reminiscing
prom night
…. and the morning after
talking llama movies