About Us

Greetings from The Cottage !

Meet the family


Welcome!  
We are the cottage dwellers and...

Empty nesters
Mom & Dad
Nana and Papa
Uncle & Auntie to 15 nieces/nephews
(between us we have 4 sisters & 3 brother in loves)
Gardeners
21 Day Fixers
DIY'ers
Game players
Lake lovers
Beach lovers
Midwesterners
from the "Region" (NW Indiana)


We have three adult children, 2 son-in-loves,4 grandchildren, 
and 1 rescued dog (Nike)

Cara and Tim were married in August 2011 (at our home).  
They live in Cincinnati, OH with 3 of our grandchildren.
Sydney (April 2014) 
Harrison (September 2015)
Teddy (July 2018)
Cara is a labor and delivery nurse and Tim is an operations manager.

Nate is a 5th grade teacher and lives in Jacksonville, FL 
He has the decorating gene like his momma and is doing a fabulous job of
creating a mid-century modern vibe in his home.

Danae and Mike were married in 2014 (also at our home)
Grandbaby #3 -- Magnolia Joy was born December 2017.
Danae is a 6th grade teacher in Rochester Public Schools.  Mike is an attorney.




All three of our offspring were born during President Reagan's 2nd term as President.
Yep, the kiddos are very close in age.

Rochester, Minnesota has been home since 1992.
We moved here from Upstate New York.
Kirk and I grew up in Northwest Indiana... a suburb of Chicago.


We call our home "The Cottage"
because, well, we feel like we are living in a cottage.  




A place to get away from the world, to kick back, to entertain




relaxing by the pool, 
or for a quiet escape and a cup of coffee.
It's home.




NIKE
We adopted him from Camp Companion in August 2011
Our best guess on his breed is a Norwich Terrier.



Chickens
we've had a few, but none right now.



I love cooking, baking & trying new recipes.
I don't like grocery shopping or making grocery lists.


I love decorating and fixing up our cottage
which continually changes.  My family kindly tolerates all the change.


I love entertaining and spending quality time with good friends and family.

I work part-time from home.