Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

January 2009

I wish the world would sound as perky as Liza Minnelli!

I just listened to Liza Minelli’s interview on NPR’s Saturday Morning Edition . The first thing that struck me about her was how incredibly cheerful she sounded. Then I thought about how a cheerful attitude is a conscious decision about how you live your life . Liza sounded vibrant and happy and determined she was going to have a great time today.. She is 62 and we all know her life story , which has had some pretty major ups and downs. This included being married to 4 rather questionable men- I totally get being married to Peter Allen after watching “The Boy from Oz” on Broadway with Hugh Jackman, but do NOT under stand that marriage to David something who used to manage Michael Jackson. Their over the top wedding was way too crazy and then when he divorced her because he claimed she beat him up was all about his craziness, not hers…



I’d like to think I always sound very cheerful when talking to my guests about Mermaid Cottages- when our guests are calling they are planning a happy time in their life – A BEACH GETAWAY! and I think those of us who live here should sound happy most of the time because we’re so fortunate to live here!
So in honor of the spirit and determination of Liza with a Z, I’m going to sound very perky when you all call me and always remember I’m your link to the island!


Enjoy this Youtube of Miss Minnelli



Our new guide dog puppy has been born!

Little Tony arrived on November 8th, 2008 but I just received the information yesterday. Tony is a male black lab who has now been assigned to his puppy raiser who will start socializing him in preparation for his guide dog training! This is the first picture of many- showing Tony hard at work in the office of his Puppy Raiser waiting for the next part of the day. You’ll be seeing lots and lots on this great dog!
Mermaid Cottages sponsors a guide dog puppy every year as our very small way of giving back and to honor our guests, home owners and mermaid team. We’ve been waiting for our puppy information all last year ( there was a back log of puppies waiting to be sponsored) so we haven’t had a puppy to update everyone on regularly. But that is now changed!!!! The Southeast Guide Dog school www.guidedogs.org is outstanding and we can look forward to lots of pictures as Tony grows. The first 18 months are spent with their Puppy Raiser who’s main responsibility is to socialize and make sure Tony is a very well behaved dog. He’ll go everywhere with his person, learning and after his 18 Months with her, he’ll go back to the school for his formal guide dog training. As long as everything goes smoothly, he’ll be a guide dog. If for some reason he doesn’t make it, most likely his career will be doing some other type of service work. Danny- my golden lab- was a career change dog as many of you all know.
Tony the dog is named after Tony Petrea, Junior to honor his life. Tony was a wonderful young man who died way too young. He was loved by so many of us here on Tybee , he loved animals and was a great help to me with several of my projects over the years. His birthday was yesterday – which I did not know until I took the picture of Tony to show his parents. They- like all of us will be following along with Tony’s progress!
My friend, CJ from Marriott , is how I became involved with both raising guide dogs and sponsoring Guide Dogs. I’d like to share an email and YouTube video he put together last year when his most recent dog went off with his blind person. I tell CJ all the time he changed my life, without his guidance and assurance I never would have taken on my first puppy, never would have had Danny and Max in my life and now would never be sponsoring a guide dog yearly which truly does change a person’s life! Here in CJ’s own words….

“Over the past several years all of our friends have accommodated in to various degrees the inclusion of a dog whenever/wherever Bev and I go. Bev and I want each of you to know how much we appreciate your support and wanted to share with you this little video of Elvis that was made by his new owner, Wendy Slominsky of Millersville, PA. We met with her this past weekend for Elvis’ graduation ceremony in New York, and we were immediately taken with this wonderful woman and her husband. She and Elvis formed an instant bond, and they will undoubtedly have a fantastic life together.

When we returned from our trip, we received an email on Monday morning describing how after only a couple of days together, Elvis had successfully avoided a large 5 foot hole in the ground that wasn’t roped off, and was directly in Wendy’s path. A woman who witnessed Elvis safely guiding her around the obstacle stopped Wendy to explain what had just happened.

Bottom line is that without of lot of your direct and in-direct help, Bev and I wouldn’t be able to be as successful as we’ve been in raising these dogs. So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for always welcoming our four legged friends as part of the Bev and CJ package.”


The Island Wide Side Walk Sale a Huge Sucess!

What fun Saturday was! The island wide Sidewalk Sale had bargains galore everywhere! Over 30 businesses on Tybee offered great deals and the island was full of shoppers looking to score a big buy!



Personally I was THRILLED with my big find! I actually went to a shop I’ve never been to on the island- Underground Broadworks located in the Shop at Tybee Oaks- right by Huckapoos and close to SeaSide Sisters. Jim Stephens is a surfer/ custom surfboard builder and good ole Tybee character who has a shop where he not only sells surfing “stuff” but also creates and builds surf boards for people all over the world. He has the 4 foot rule – if the surf is 4 feet or higher, he hangs a sign on the door and heads out to surf the waters of Tybee. 

Visit Jim’s shop next visit to Tybee and in the meantime, visit his website. http://www.undergroundboardworks.com/


My big find was 2 pair of Sanuks. These are not shoes but sandals that look like shoes! Mary Elizabeth Canty has been wearing them for a year or so, she found them in a surf shop in Ft Lauderdale. I tried to find them when I was in California, but they were always sold out. Jim was having a huge one day sale- $15 per pair when they are normally $48 a pair! I bought two pairs and will be wearing them all spring and summer long. Super comfy, very cool ( hey they are worn by surfers all over the world) and best of all- great price! Visit their website as well because it’s great fun http://www.sanuk.com
Great to meet you Jim, looking forward to visiting your shop on a regular basis!
The pictures show me wearing my new Sanuks. The second picture is to show off not only the shoes/ sandals, but also to show daughter Katie that no, my pants really are long enough. ( I’ve had enough lectures on wearing “mom jeans” that are not only too high waisted but too short! No Longer- I now buy Lucky Brand jeans- but more on that topic another blog!)