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Confessions Of A Social Butterfly

By Cottage Cheese

Who knew that a vacation with Mermaid Cottages could help you get so many Brownie points in life?

Often times I think, “Am I doing enough?  Could I be a better friend?  Do I put too much value on material things?  Is the world a better place with me in it?”  And then, I usually roll over in an attempt to make sure I tan evenly.  I’m at the beach. Gimme a break.

Well, for those of you (like me) that tend to carry around all the guilt and self loathing that a life long dose of  religion can bestow, things are looking up!  Socially Responsible Vacations.  Angels we have heard on high.  It’s like a day at the beach.  Literally.

If you didn’t get the message already this week and your soul is in mortal danger, just log onto Mermaid Cottages, follow our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and click on that twitter birdie thing.  You could be out on the beach with us right now wearing your best beach frock, gloves in hand, trash bags in tow and carrying one of those fancy grabber-picker upper things. We’re out tidying up our beautiful beach this morning and learning about how to better support and protect our wonderful Sea Turtles during nesting season! It’s our modern day beach party and everyone’s invited!  If you couldn’t make it today, start making plans to join us for the next one.  In the meantime, if your conscience gets to hurting you too bad you can always pick up extra bags of our wonderful Mermaid Cottages Morning Bliss Coffee to support Sea Turtle Conservation on Tybee Island and around the world and our delicious, all natural Beach Bum Biscuits to help sponsor Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities.

They say confession is good for the soul.  I say an little self indulgence makes for a happy, well rounded beach bum.  Together they help you create marvelous Memories At The Beach!

It’s the best kind of Cottage Cheese!  I’m still tossing up curds and doing it my whey!



Like Looking In A Mirror

One of our newest pet friendly Mermaid Cottages is Made In The Shade.  Yesterday, we posted a photo of a mirror on display in our beautiful Tybee Island bungalow and it got an immediate response.

Mermaid friends Melissa and Alan recently returned from a wonderful vacation to Rome, Italy.  While there they rented an apartment and hanging on the wall in that Italian apartment?  Bellissima!

Rome, Italy


Tybee Island, GA

Mama Mia!

What do you think?

We say when in Rome…do as the Tybee Islanders do…

Hang a great mirror and you’ve got it made in the shade!

Arrivederci, Roma!  Ahoy, Tybee!

…and to Melissa and Alan?

Grazie tanto, y’all!








by Cottage Cheese

We say it often around here. Each one of the Mermaid Cottages has a soul of its own and it’s a wonderful feeling to step through the door and feel as if you’re home.  Whether it’s the vintage feel or the warmth of the fabrics or the knick knacks of a simpler time, it’s always good to remember happy memories and the laughter we’ve shared.

We’re all on a journey and if we’re lucky enough we get to meet lots of great people and learn lots about life and hopefully share a thing or two with others along the way.  In every life the time will come when some people leave us and pass on to wherever you believe good souls go.  Sometimes we wonder where they’ve gone and if we’ll see them again.

My dad has been gone for several years now and he left us at a time when I was pretty sure of who I was.  Funny.  Even now I have a self image of myself and it’s as if I know I’ve gotten older, but so long as I’m just bopping along  I’m frozen in time.  That is until I happen to glance at a mirror.

I never once remember feeling I had much in common with my dad.  He was an older dad from a generation that was a lot different from mine and so we were on different paths.  Or so it seemed.  Just like all the loved ones that have passed on, from time to time I can feel them around me and I do wonder.  Where did they go?  Can they see me?

Imagine my surprise when I got my answer one day as I went to check myself out in the mirror.  I’ve never been in danger of being mistaken for a cover model, but there have been times I’ve thought, “Hmmm…not bad.”  Yet, I’ve always tried to remember to at least take a peek before advancing out into the world and then, BOOM, there he was.  I no longer had to wonder where my dad had gone.

Apparently, my dad hangs out in mirrors these days.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a mirror in my home or somewhere on the road.  He just hangs out.  Or, lurks, I sometimes think.  Then, lest I forget and stop to take a gander there he is.  Staring back.  The face looking at me so familiar.  I share something with my dad that I hadn’t given much thought.  Our DNA.

Now, we could debate all day if this is heaven or hell for me or him.  But, what’s the use.  It is what it is.  I have become my father.  I may kind of, sort of, maybe, if I tell the truth…oh, well.  I’ve tried bobbing and weaving and sneaking up on the mirror, but he’s still there.  I guess that’s one benefit to being a part of the spirit world.  Supersonic speed.  I look and say, “Heaven help me.  I look like Dad.”  He looks back and says, “You wish.”   I’ve come to the conclusion that I just need to smile when I look in the mirror.  It may be the only one I get that day.

If there’s any advice I can give to any of you it’s make good memories.  The time will come when they’re all you’ve got.  Let the other stuff go and give yourself a good laugh.  It’s a lot like a stay at Mermaid Cottages.  Leave all your worries at the door and step back in time to good memories and the laughter of days gone by.

Take a step into Little Fish Cottage and you’ll see what I mean.

Now.  Don’t you feel better?

Happy Father’s Day, Big Roy.  Happy Father’s Day to all you guys that have little bits of DNA roaming this world.  Happy Father’s Day to anyone that’s ever held out his hand and said, “Come on.  Let’s go for a walk.”

It’s COTTAGE CHEESE.  I’m still tossing up curds and still doing it my whey.



SUMMER RENTAL: A Great Dish Of Cottage Cheese

By Cottage Cheese

What better way to kick off the summer rental season at Mermaid Cottages than with the latest adventure from our own Mary Kay Andrews, SUMMER RENTAL!

If you’re a fan of MKA you already know that she is a master at crafting intricate plot lines with muti-dimensional characters and her attention to research and detail puts you right in the thick of the action.  What I didn’t expect was to so closely identify with one of the main female characters, Ellis Sullivan!

More than a few hundred times in my life close friends and loved ones have remarked, “There’s not a big enough can of WD 40 to loosen you up like you need.  Give it a rest!”  Hi.  I’m a control freak.  I follow instructions, obey the rules, don’t buck the system nor tempt the fates.  I’m convinced that if I color outside the lines the sky will fall.  I’m wound a little tight.

Now, don’t think that I don’t ever dream about making waves.  I do.  But, that’s just it.  I think about it alot and rarely take action.  It might upset the universe.  It might not.  I might have fun, but then there’d be a price to pay.  Ellis Sullivan and me.  Two crabs at the beach.

Get out while you can, Ellis!  And that’s just what she does in this super fun, roller coaster of a summer caper.  Aided and abetted by her childhood friends Julia and Dorie, Ellis and  these Savannah gals meet up in Nags Head, NC for some pure and intentional relaxation.  A whole other cast of characters joins in to cause more turmoil at their summer rental than a holiday traffic jam of land folks scurrying onto Tybee!

MKA’s attention to detail paints a picture so vivid it’s as if you’re right there with them.  If you’ve ever been to Savannah or Tybee Island or Nags Head you’ll know all the locations by heart.  If you’ve never been to these east coast gems, after reading SUMMER RENTAL you’ll be packing the  car and heading there post haste!

It’s not your normal, everyday gal pals gone wild for a minute, giggly and jiggly escapades where the men are just boys in mid life camouflage.  Things get complicated.  The good guys are good guys except when  their gender imposed genetic codes cause them to screw up. The bad guy is a really bad guy, but at one point it seems one of the good guys might be a bad guy in disguise.  If the huge drops of summer rain and the convenience of a nearby outdoor shower hadn’t cooled things off (and sometimes heated things to a boiling point)  I was awful close to putting the book in the freezer.

What I didn’t expect was a life lesson of which  we all need to be reminded.  You can’t not live your life out of fear that bad things that happen to people you know will happen to you.  If you don’t take a few chances in life you’re certain to have lots of nothing special in the memories department.

SUMMER RENTAL is just like we like it.  A little sweet with a little salty.  Full bodied and lush.  Oh, yeah.  And, a gracious helping of scandalous, provocative, sand in your pants fun!

It’s the best kind of Cottage Cheese and I’m still tossing curds and doing it my whey!  I  sometimes even enjoy that outdoor shower, too.





Seeing Bellamy: A SOCIAL Event

by Cottage Cheese

I remember seeing my first Bellamy. I was visiting Tybee Island and staying in one of my favorite Mermaid Cottages, Dutton-Waller Cottage.  I was already very excited to see the all white kitchen I had recently read about in Southern Living and I remember just propping back on the counter opposite the wonderful farm sink and taking it all in.  As my eyes tried to absorb the entire kitchen at once my sight path was interrupted by this lush, warm, savory reddish-orange hued painting of  shrimp.  It was huge and my mouth watered thinking about how that freshly boiled, buttery and salty shrimp would taste and I could just imagine the wet butter sliding down my chin and staining the front of my shirt.  Some things are worth the trouble.

The next day I visited Mermaid Manor, the headquarters for Mermaid Cottages, and I saw this huge painting of  an oyster shell that perfectly set the aqua and sea foam palette for the room and it felt as if I had just slurped the fresh raw oyster from its shell.  Somehow, I could taste the horseradish and cocktail sauce and hot sauce combination I always slather my raw oysters in before I set them atop a saltine and devour a dozen of them in quick, rapid-fire succession.  Wow.

Later that week, I visited an art show on the Isle of  Hope and I could hardly believe my eyes.  There were scores of these same style paintings carefully toted, but proudly displayed by people walking towards parked cars.  Color me happy.  The mother lode.

And, to top it all off I finally got to meet the person behind the expressive signature I had observed on the paintings.  Bellamy.  Bellamy Murphy.  The Bellamy. The artist.  I’m always awed by artists and artisans who create.  She is a beautiful person, a beautiful artist and a beautiful talent.  I could hardly put words together.

Now, you have a wonderful opportunity to meet Bellamy and attend an art show of her works.  The First Friday Art Walk is Friday, June 3 and the Tybee Island Social Club is hosting a public reception from 5 to 7 PM.  Come enjoy complimentary wine, meet Bellamy and be fascinated by her art.  For those of you that have seen her work (or better yet are lucky enough to own one or more) you know how fabulous this will be.

Do you remember seeing a Bellamy for the first time?

The First Friday Art Walk will be going on at several places in addition to the Bellamy Art Show at SOCIAL.  Come out to the North End Shopping district and enjoy wonderful local art, amazing local food, and some pretty awesome shopping.

There will be street parking available, but we really encourage biking or car pooling if possible! Please, don’t miss the very first 1st Friday Art Walk! We hope to see you there- it’s going to be a great fun filled night full of fabulous art!

It’s art that expresses and entertains and educates.

It’s Cottage Cheese.

Don’t worry.  I’m still tossing curds and doing it my whey!