05 June, 2016

What is old is new...kinda

Just when I thought I was done with this blog forever ;)

I have uploaded some of my old posts from Irish Cottage Dreams.
I lost the majority of posts years ago due to a glitch.....this is a quarter of what was there.
I thought I would send out what remains of my adventures never-the-less into the
world wide webbies :)

22 March, 2015

Coming up the mountain for the first time

I felt disbelief as I came up the mountain for the first time as a cottage owner. I am still amazed that I did it!  I have found my piece of heaven above 8,000 feet. I live in a serene environment with clean air and spring water. My little cottage backs the national forest with my neighbors being deer, birds, squirrels, rats, and other creatures that have yet to make my acquaintance. I have a few neighbors of the two-legged variety in the distance. Close enough but far enough for privacy.

I am still in disbelief as I sit here in this lovely space. I have been disappointed so many times over the last 10 years. I wrote and dreamt and traveled to Irish Cottages in hopes of buying one of my own. I told anyone and everyone that I would be buying my own cottage in Ireland and would move to it one day soon.... I did try many times but for whatever reason my offers were not accepted.

In the midst all of this, the dream was put on hold when the care of my grandmother was placed on me as an only child and only grandchild. I could have easily trotted off but that is not me. She needed me and there was no other option....other demands trickled down but her care is one of the main reasons I am not in Ireland today. This doesn't mean I won't be in Ireland in the future. For today I choose to live in the present. Regret nothing and enjoy the fortunate life I have been given. 

Coming up the mountain after all that has happened, really opened me up to the idea of making my own little Ireland where ever I am. It will always sit in my heart pumping the blood of my Irish and European ancestors that have made me. My husband's green/hazel eyes, those little Irish wrinkles in the corner of those eyes that you see so often in men with roots from Donegal, never let me forget that he is my home wherever we are...

The beauty of this mountain village is overwhelming. I sit here with goosebumps as I look, feel, and think about what I did to get here.....

It started with a real estate website.... While on a mini-break, I was lying in bed at our hotel room surfing the Internet as my husband hogged the bathroom. What do men do in there? 

Anyway, while I was mildly perusing a website about the surrounding areas I came across a link for real estate on the sidebar. I love looking at houses for fun. No harm in looking and dreaming, right? But I had no idea at that moment I would be looking at my little Tiny Cottage. 

I remember an anxious feeling coming over me. I was seeing my home for the first time and I just knew it. I yelled to the bathroom for my husband to get out already and come look at this cute little yellow cottage. Mind you, my husband and myself have never agreed on homes. He has one idea and I have another. He really didn't think much of me calling him to look at a cottage as this is a very common occurrence with my obsession for Irish Cottages and all. I handed him my iPad and didn't think his response would much more than his normal response of "that's cute".  Instead, he laid down on the bed, tilted his head with a intrigued look in those lovely Irish eyes and said "that's the one". Such certainty in his voice threw me. As if he knew all along.

He felt it too! We both knew in an instant. All the looking, all these years and wouldn't you know the little yellow cottage has been here waiting for us all along.....

Once the excitement died down the reality hit us. How are we really going to buy this cottage now? Feels like an impossible task yet again. All the disappointment was going to sting just as much as it had with my previous attempts to secure my dream cottage in Ireland.

We weren't in the position to do or buy anything. The last six months had done a number on us. It hasn't been easy packing up and moving to another state by myself to care for my grandmother. My husband was now living with me full time again after years of me going back and forth to check on my grandmother. Many years of international flights to the States to check on her care, then moving closer and leaving Europe, and now permanently moving to her home towards the end of her life. 

All of this has been a tremendous burden on my whole family...emotionally, financially, spiritually...  The tears well up in my eyes as I write this. It has been a hard couple of years. I would do it again for her but I am not going to deny that I gave up my dreams and my life.

It can be tremendously hard as so many caregivers would tell you. You can loose yourself. Much of which was self inflicted as I look back. None the less, it was tough and has become tough again now that I am a watchful eye on my elderly father.

However, I have gained wisdom through this. I now understand that you must care for yourself first. It sounds selfish but a weak body and defeated spirit does no one good.

A heartfelt Thank you to the 20k readers of Irish Cottage Dreams. Thank you for following my Irish adventures <3 p="">

Until next time.....

Irish Cottage on the Mountain Top

Hello again! It has been awhile, hasn't it? So glad to be back!

Here I sit in my Irish Cottage in the woods. If you would have asked me where I would now be 4 years ago, I wouldn't have been here. I should be sitting in my Irish Cottage somewhere near family In Donegal or near friends in Leitrim. Definitely not in a cottage in the woods. 

Life has a way of messing with you. Putting you on a different path. Giving you something you didn't know you needed.  

Going forward, I will be now writing about how I am making this cottage into my Irish Cottage Dream outside of Ireland. My future trips to Ireland and of coarse all things Irish! I still have Ireland in my future but I am choosing to live in the present and make something wonderful of my newest adventures! Stick around, it might be fun!

Looking out my front door

20 July, 2013


Thank you to my 20,297 readers!! 
It was a grand adventure we had... see you soon!!

17 January, 2013

Green or Red?

To paint or not to paint? Seems to be the question
around here lately.

My new (new to me but old in general) cottagesque
bungalow (yes I just made up that word!)
has a very red room. It is not quite burgundy and
it is not quite blood red.

This color is nice enough, I guess. Yet I often
wonder if a pistachio green with white trim would
be calmer? 

This room was intended to be a dinning room. Does
anyone use those anymore? Anyway, red for a
dinning room is fun. But for an office it is kinda 
violent? Well, I have seen red offices now that I 
think about it.... 

My little office that comes off of a medium yellow
living space has big, wide window looking out on a
tree filled garden.

I love this room and I often sit in here looking
out over the garden or I lounge in the olive
green chair and read a book or watch tv on the
internet. But it seems that everytime I am in here
I think about other colors and it tends to 
fill my thoughts..

So I guess just in the act of writing this I have
talked myself into painting another room!

So what color?  Pistachio green, medium green,
white? mmmm.

20 November, 2012

Live traditional Irish Music today!! Happy Day!

I just saw this on my facebook page and on my friend Magnumlady's blog and thought
I would share this link for Traditional Irish music that will be broadcasted live today
(or night if you are in Ireland) on Irelandwesttrad.com.
 It looks wonderful! I can't wait to watch it :)


If you are unable to watch the webcast tonight you should still check out their
wonderful webpage that contains loads of information on West Ireland, Ireland
travel, etc.,

Have a happy day!!

17 November, 2012


Every day I think that the trees can't get any prettier
and then the next day they change to an even more
magnificent color. Beauty is all around us and once
again it has taken my breath away!

Tomorrow I will add a photo from my side garden where all
the trees are turning a fiery red. I believe I may also have a bush
called "The burning bush"....

15 November, 2012

Christmas or Holiday gift Idea?

Looking for a small Christmas or Holiday gift?

How about one of my Cottage Magnets? They are made
from a real image of an Irish Cottage in County Kerry
that I took a photo of and painted.

Or how about customizable Holiday Cards?

They come in different colors and have one of two greetings.
Or you can customize to a Holiday greeting of your choosing.

 From Our Hearth to Yours
        Merry Christmas


An Irish Christmas Blessing

The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.

Bless our Irish Home Magnet


14 November, 2012

Less of a cottage more of a Bungalow

I am writing you today from my sweet little cottage  bungalow
in the woods. I didn't buy the cottage of my dreams but I did
buy the sweetest little house. It is less of a cottage and more
of a bungalow. I may actually have to look up bungalow just
to make sure it is even a bungalow!

Anyway, we will just call it a cottage. It is very cottage like
inside. I have a pellet stove and a long bench to sit and enjoy
the fire. I also have walls that are painted a cheerful yellow.

I am happy here. I am surrounded by beauty. I have my
doggies and the ones that I love. It may not be the cottage
in Ireland that I dreamed of, endlessly talked about, searched
Ireland and the web for...  but it is sure another kind of dream
come true. It is my own slice of paradise!

My site will no longer be dedicated to me finding the cottage
of my dreams. It will be a place to talk about myself (ya know
how I love to talk about myself), Ireland, genealogy,
but mostly a place to list lovely cottages that I come across.

Who knows, maybe I will find the cottage of your dreams!

P.S. If you have a cottage for sales and would like me to include
just send me a message and I will happily list it here for you :)

09 November, 2012

Oh Sorry!!

Opps!  Sorry to all my feed friends..
I either hit the right button or the wrong one
but none-the-less some of my content has
been sent out to all of you.

Good news is that I am back and I have a new
posting on a lovely cottage...bad news is you
will have to spend  sometime deleting all the
messages I have flooded your inbox with.

I am sorry!! :(

For my Cottage Loving Friends

Hello to all my Cottage loving friends! It has been a long time hasn't it.

So what would bring me out of retirement? 

You guessed it!! A sweet little cottage of course!

I have a wonderful cottage to share with you today called
Shamrock Cottage. It is located in beautiful Tramore,
County Waterford.

Waterford is a lovely place and this little cottage is
definitely a dream come true for anyone wanting to
have a sweet cottage so ideally located in town.
Plus the garden has the most spectacular views!!

The photos alone from the website made me want to
hop on a plane right now and check it all out.  But sadly,
I am tied up with so much right now and will have to
rely on y'all to head on over there and buy this cottage!!

I went off on a tangent again! sorry! You know how I
get about wonderful cottages!! ... So anyway, if having
a cottage of your own has been one of your dreams then
this one may very well be the one for you!


Check out the link above for the information on the town
and price of the cottage. A good deal to be had!!

Best wishes, Cottage girl

14 October, 2012

May your right hand always be stretched
  out in friendship and never in want.

04 March, 2012

See my Irish store for Saint Patrick's Day!!

I am still here and I am still saving for the Dream.
Visit my store to see what I have been upto :)

Happy early Saint Patrick's Day!!

Direct Link
Irish Cottage Dreams - The Store
or check out the panels below for
a few other wonderful Irish items...

View more gifts at Zazzle.

View more gifts at Zazzle.

26 December, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!!

An Irish Christmas Blessing for you...

The light of the Christmas star to you
The warmth of home and hearth to you
The cheer and good will of friends to you
The hope of a childlike heart to you
The joy of a thousand angels to you
The love of the Son and God's peace to you.

Have a wonderful Holiday and a Happy 
New year!!

06 December, 2011

It's almost Christmas time! :)

As I watch this lovely scene, I keep waiting for Santa
and his sleigh to appear and trot across the bridge :)

29 November, 2011

On the move....

Hello everyone, It has been a long time since
I posted something and I apologize for that.

Here is a little update. We are moving again
and it is not to Ireland. It breaks my heart to
say that but it is the truth.

I dreamt of the Irish Cottage for almost
10 years but I haven't had the funds to make
that dream come true. We are moving again
for work reasons and I have mixed feelings
about it. Ever feel like you are being pulled
away from where you should be?

I am still dreaming of an Irish Cottage
waiting for me.....even if it is a vacation home....
or who knows, life has a funny way and you
just never know what will happen!

Happy Holidays!! :)

11 September, 2011

Cottage and Rural Scenes of Ireland

Cottage Calendar from Zazzle.com

This is what I have been working on to fund the dream :)

As you can see all of my content has been
removed. I am working on a new format and
will have it up and running in the future. If
you are stopping in for floorplans of Irish
Cottages please feel free to send me a message.

Have a wonderful Fall :)

08 June, 2011

Irish banks?

Does anyone know of a bank that will loan for an Irish property?
can either be in Ireland or other?

I found it! My dream cottage!!

Thanks to the help and kindness of a friend, I have found
the cottage of my dreams!!  It is well below the price I can
afford, it has the land my hubby wants, nice big garden,
and has plenty of room for guests.  The perfect cottage!

But....... The banks aren't lending!  It is a very small amount
but I don't have that kind of cash on hand.  Isn't that always
the way of it! LOL!

Oh well,  maybe it will still be around when the economy
picks up again.  And maybe then I can get the loan then :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  I am still
caring for my sick grandmother but I will be home soon and
will continue to update you on a few new Irish topics I
exploring....Donegal and Irish cottage floorplans.

Happy summer friends!!!