May 15, 2018

I’ve Been Absent, Hopefully Not Forgotten!

It has been no secret that I’ve been nursing an injured shoulder for months, awaiting surgery. Nine days before the original operation date, preparing to leave for an overnight at the Castle Hill Inn I received word that the operation would be in two days. Sean Patrick being taken care of by my friends Val, Tre, and Jan, we left for Newport, I thinking this will be my last hurrah!  On the way to Newport, I did the whole self-talk thing, convincing myself that everything was going to be okay, but not really believing it. As we entered the grounds of Castle Hill Inn, I started to relax and our 20 hour mini staycation began.  Briefly, the operation went very well, I’m recuperating slowly, (reason for absence from my blog), and I want to share how ones surroundings can make a difference in attitude and strength.

As you enter the grounds of Castle Hill scattered on sand dunes, are the Beach Cottages.  We drove past the Portside cottage, our sanctuary.  The sun out and excitement growing in anticipation of walking the beach and just enjoying some time away from home.


A quick check-in, and a visit to the Terrace Bar for a shanack, began this staycation!


A picture is worth a thousand words!  The Portside cottage was our entrance to the stunning views from the cottage to the private beach and ocean beyond!

The perfect weather, the sounds of the waves rolling in, and the salt mist caressing my face transported me to a happy place.  I could have walked the shoreline for hours but, afternoon tea beckoned us to the main house!  Sweet and savory scones, cucumber and cheese sandwiches, chocolate bundt cake, and hot madeleines served with butter and clotted cream.  Delish!


After walking the trails and grounds of Castle Hillwe retired to the cottage to relax and hang out!

We just sat, talked, and rested for a while and I realized how happy and content I felt.  The stress of the upcoming surgery had diminished and I was thinking about the positive results of the surgery, and all the things I’ll be able to do comfortably after. When I vidyo chat with my nutritionist,  we talk about positive thoughts/attitude and I believe this staycation brought it to light.  As difficult as it may be, it is better to think positive thoughts.  Negative thoughts are just wasted energy, because any negative outcome you may experience is going to need a positive attitude to change.

It feels real good to be back writing and sharing my thoughts!  Hopefully, I will back on track, and posting weekly. 


  1. Jacqueline Senich says:

    So glad you’re feeling better Mary Ann and the surgery is behind you! Great pictures. What a beautiful place, It must have been amazing to wake up to that view and hear the waves right there!

  2. Welcome back!!! Beautiful pictures from a beautiful spot. Glad to hear you’re doing better.

  3. Valerie Fuchs says:

    Wow! What a cool spot!! Glad you are feeling better!!!!

  4. MaryAnn, you are unforgettable. Beautiful pics of Newport. I didn’t know they had cute cottages like that. I’m going to have yo check them out.

    Glad to have you back blogging. See you soon