30 Days of Gratitude….Day 20….


One of the items on the list for my dream home has always been a swimming pool in the back yard.

Growing up, we had a doughboy pool in the backyard.  A doughboy, sits above ground, has a metal wall and vinyl liner.  I’m not sure if they still make them.

I could spend hours in that pool.

We had many parties in our backyard which was quite large.

There would be badminton, croquet, tree climbing, plenty of food, and of course, we can’t forget to mention the old moose head hanging from the Cottonwood tree that was left by the previous owners.

Cousins and neighbor kids loved the mystery of the moose head.

It was even scary to some.

When I came to Hawaii, having the pool in the backyard was a dream come true.


I’ve come to know my limitations and realized a long time ago that even though I’m on this big island surrounded by ocean and sandy beaches, I much refer not only the privacy of the back yard pool, but also the fact that I can see what I’m sharing the water with.


Usually it’s just bugs.

I’ve become the bee rescuer.

I find a lot of bees belly up in the water, so I get a plumeria leaf and scoop them up and put them in a sunny spot to dry out.

A few might survive from my efforts, even though it’s also for selfish reasons.


The bee’s stinger is still live even if the bee is dead, and I have been stung.  so, its a safety measure as well.

I am grateful to see so many bees in Hawaii.

The bees need fresh water, with no chemicals to drink, so just putting a bowl of water in the garden can help them.

These poor creatures who are trying to survive with us humans would have it a lot easier if we lived in a chemical free world.

They have no where to go, and no choice but to die.


Cottage Mavens,

The bees need our help.

Please put clean water out for the bees this year and use only natural weed killers or just let the grasses grow wild.

Healing plants are known to grow close to where they are needed.

They just know.

Plant some flowers for our pollinators and welcome the bees to your garden.

If you have bees, don’t give them corn syrup – it’s genetically modified and cannot be good for them.


Naturally weathered teak table/bench



Let’s send some love to the bees and thank them for their humble service for they are the reason we have food to share at the table.

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How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

One thought on “30 Days of Gratitude….Day 20….”

  1. I had a yellow jacket in the bathroom with me the other day… does that count? I trapped him in a paper cup and set him outside to fly away. 🙂


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