Cozy Cottages & Happy Homes

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

Month: May 2009

Farrah’s Story

When I was in college in the 1970’s, we all tried to have Farrah’s hair. There is a picture of me with my college Pom Pom squad floating around my blog somewhere from last fall of our group in the 70’s what our version of this hair style- including me…

There was a special on NBC Friday night documenting Farrah’s fight with cancer. Extremely personal in how open she is about the 2 year plus struggle she’s going through. When she shaved her head finally – that hair that made her so famous intially- you wanted to cry because her hair is part of what so many of us grew up admiring…

There was one statement she made that I can’t get out of my head since I heard this on Friday night. About a year into her struggle, she just kept saying how she wants her life back. Not the Hollywood life of making movies or going to “must see” restaurants and events but the day to day life which made up her life . The moments of life that are too easy to forget. The moments of making dinner for your 93 year old Dad, spending an evening with your girlfriends laughing and having fun, spending time working on her paintings. She’s in the final stages of her cancer and the last few scenes were of her in bed because she’s too sick be up and around.

I can’t stop thinking about this because really and truly my life is pretty darn perfect in all it’s inperfectism. I think about how healthy I am and can walk the dogs for a hour at a time if I want because I’m strong . I can go to Huckapoos on a Saturday night – riding my bike in the rain- to heard friends perform and see other friends there. I can cook a dinner making anything I’d like to eat . After hearing Farrah talk so sadly about missing her day to day life I just keep saying a silent prayer of thanks for being able to have such a rich and full day to day healthy experience. And to all of you reading this as well, do the same. There is a wonderful expression out there which says ” If the only prayer you ever say is Thank You, that is enough”.

I’m saying Thank You right now and mean it with my entire healthy being!

The incredible power of the internet

We’ve been very busy with inquiries. Really busy! I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to look over my Google Analytics to see how many visits my website and blog have received, where people are coming from around the world, how many are first time visitors- all sorts of interesting stats! Last week I was extremely busy. Overwhelming so! Well, I just found out why. On May 13th I had 2,551 unique visits to and 97.8 % of these people were first time visitors to my website. Why you might ask? Again, these amazing computers can tell you everything. I could determine exactly where these inquires came from. ran a story on line that had been featured in and we were featured in the article! Here’s the article:

“Relax … Savannah, Georgia There’s a lot about Savannah that’s just plain good – good food, good weather, good people. The city’s one-of-a-kind architecture, dreamy gardens and laid-back culture make it the perfect place to escape life’s frantic pace. The Hamilton-Turner Inn ( is one of the city’s chicest bed and breakfasts. Built in 1873, the house overlooks the equally elegant Lafayette Park.Avia ( is not your typical Savannah hotel. Housed in a modern block, the sleek rooms downplay Savannah’s occasional tendency toward the frilly. Hit the hotel’s wine bar for pre-dinner drinks.Elizabeth on 37th ( serves award-winning cuisine that uses local seafood, seasonal produce and house-grown herbs. Bonus: The restaurant is housed in a Victorian mansion.Kick up your heels at Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House (, part of Food Network star Paula Deen’s empire. Shrimp and grits are a stalwart on this menu along with oysters – char-grilled, steamed, straight up – and pecan pie for dessert.If you like to get your fingers messy, Desposito’s is the place to go. Known chiefly for crab, it also serves up steamed, boiled and fried shrimp and oyster dishes. Want to learn how to cook Southern-style? Head to the 700 Kitchen School on Forsyth Park ( and try your hand at whipping up crab-stuffed eggs at the school’s “low country” classes (about $90 per person). If you’re looking to get out of the city, head for the islands off Georgia’s coast. Tybee Island is a 20-minute drive from Savannah and is chock-full of seafood shacks and long stretches of beach. If you decide to stay, check in at Mermaid Cottages ( “
Thank you to our friends with Forbes Magazine and on line and thank you to for running this story as well!

One of our Favorite Guests- Paul from Raleigh, NC


We just love Paul. Paul first found our cottages a few years ago and comes to visit as often as he can ( which is not often enough in our books!) Paul is the type of guest who not only tells the world about how much he loves Tybee and the cottages, but brings guests to visit and even brings US gifts!!! This is a picture of Paul and friends visiting Mary Kay Andrews at her just completely Breeze Inn Cottage which is soon to be a Mermaid Cottage and available to rent for your own vacation. This is also a picture of the wonderful gift Paul brought my dogs! Homemade dog biscuits shaped like Margaritas- very yummy looking and based on how fast the dogs ate them delicious!

The best part of Paul’s visit is that it’s never dull. Paul had not one but THREE Celebrity sightings while on Tybee and Savannah. Not only did he come over for drinks with his very favorite southern writer- Mary Kay, but also saw Sandra Bullock at AJ’s Dockside restaurant ( the same place I saw John Mellancamp a week earlier) and yes- Paul also saw Miss Paula Deen! But here’s the story Paul told me which reinforces that Paul’s visits are never ever dull.
Paul brought down two co workers with him on this last visit. The home they selected had a hot tub on the back deck. The two young ladies were on Tybee to “partee“. They arrived at the home earlier then Paul and called to tell him they were sitting by the pool and hot tub enjoying some adult beverages. Paul had just arrived at the home when they called and couldn’t figure out exactly what they meant since there was NOT a pool at this home and they were not at the home. He called the girls again on their cell phone and he could tell by the way they answered the phone that they were having a big time. When he asked them where they are and again they said they were sitting by the pool, he happened to look outside at the home next door and sure enough there were the girls , sitting by the pool, drinking margaritas– topless! Paul drops the phone and runs outside yelling at the girls they were at the WRONG HOUSE and to please get dressed and get over here. Just then the owner pulls up to the home ( and this is a very, very nice home) sees this man running towards her back yard, sees these two girls topless and drinking by her pool and starts to “freak out”! English is not her first language and she couldn’t quite understand Paul’s explanation that this was just an innocent mistake and she proceeds to call 911 screamed that there are some crazy strangers naked at her pool!
Tybee’s finest pull up in police cars lights flashing, talk to Paul, get the whole story, snicker at the story, try and explain to the owner this is just fine and matter closed. No one goes to jail for indecent exposure, owner still isn’t quite clear about what happened , Paul and the girls go back to the correct Mermaid Cottage. Life is good again!
Paul, come visit again! It’s too dull without you!!!

“Salt & Light” Cobb Life Magazine tells the Tybee Story!

Wow! Mermaid Cottages and Tybee was featured in a recent article written by Joan Durbin of the Cobb Life Magazine which goes to homes in North Atlanta. Here is a snippet of the whole article. You can read the whole article on

Thank you Joan!

“As much a state of mind as a geographic location, Tybee Island has an undeniable allure. Reminiscent of the Florida Keys before those islands were spoiled by glitzy commercialization, Tybee is an easygoing, free-spirited beach town with an unpretentious, laid-back vibe guaranteed to loosen the kinks and refresh the soul.Separated from Savannah by 18 miles of salt marshes and sky, the little barrier island is just under three miles square and has a year-round population of about 3,400 residents. With a wide, three-mile long beach with multiple public access points, fishing charters, boat rentals, dolphin cruises and historic sites, it’s a great sun ‘n’ surf destination for families on vacation.

For all the comforts of home, there are many agencies on the island that rent charming, fully furnished Tybee abodes.As we recently discovered, Tybee is also an ideal spot for a long, lazy weekend getaway for two. A friend had recommended Mermaid Cottages, and owner Diane Kaufman fixed us up with a snazzy three-level home called Shore Leave. With soaring cathedral ceilings, cheerful, attractive furnishings, a large modern kitchen, wet bar, second-story deck, small screened porch and fenced yard for our two dogs, there was plenty of room to unwind after the five-hour drive from east Cobb. It was the perfect home base for exploring what the island has to offer.”

Beach Bum Parade 2009



Beach Bum Parade has come and gone and was it’s usual big time for kids of ALL ages! These three pictures show some of the preparation in getting ready for the Friday night 6:30PM Kick off… This is two homes on Butler Avenue- this is a very well respected Doctor with over 1 ton of ice ( he very proudly told me….) filling up all the garbage cans . The colder the water the better!!! And I loved the banner also hanging from a home on Butler Ave!
I was lucky enough to enjoy the parade from the front desk of one of our Vacation rental homes- Shore Leave with the owner Kris and her friends and family. Perfect vantage point and only got shot with the water guns a few times!
The Island is back to normal now and visitors can again ride their cars safely down Butler Avenue without fear of getting soaked!