My idea of a vacation at the beach, staying a Stressless recliner and enjoy the view. Best staycation ever, my Stressless recliner.


Staycation defined

A staycation (a portmanteau of “stay” and “vacation”), aka, holistay (England), when an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance, sitting in one’s favorite chair, sleeping in one’s own beds at night. Not going anywhere, not doing much, having the time of one’s life.

How many times have I returned from an extended vacation and said to my wife and family, I need a vacation from my vacation, meaning leave the heavy portmanteau at home, I need to unwind and relax from the hectic pace that vacations require?

A staycation is required. And a Stressless recliner is the perfect spot to rest up and relax while my honey does all the work.



I must go the the sea again

Sea Fever

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking…

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

John Masefield

chandler 4 corners throw pillow

What is in a pillow?

Chandler 4 Corners, there is a story in every pillow.

Take for instance Sail Away, Laura Megroz’s fanciful interpretation of the ocean side. An inviting red Adirondack chair sits at water’s edge, while friendly crabs scamper around in the sand, a few puffy clouds overhead, and sailboat to take me away.

Ahhhh, the beach is a wonderful place, but not as nice as the blue sea and the sky.


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The best things in life are free

To a child, the best things in life are free.


Walking in the woods with your parents, stumbling along a river bank, jumping from boulder to boulder, skipping smooth stones across the water, looking up at the tall pine trees, and, of course, gathering pine cones to take home and make a wreath for the front door.

In the classic children’s book, The Littlest Angel, the angel, sent too soon to heaven from earth, brought along a Robin’s egg, two smooth stones, a bright and colorful butterfly, and the worn leather collar of his dog he played with as a child.

I would have included a pine cone from a walk with my parents in the woods on a bright summer day.


Our Ruby Pinecone throw pillow by Chandler 4 Corners is not free by shipping is in the continental US.

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How to find happiness without really trying

How to find happiness

Happiness is a state of mind, it is said, but those are empty words, for happiness is not something we think of, but something we experience, like the smile of a newborn child, the gift of a single rose on Valentine’s Day, a kind word when the day is long.

Don’t overthink it

Happiness is just one seat away.


Searching for the perfect Stressless chair takes time…, down time, to be exact.
Sit down in this chair or that, try another, check out the size, small, medium, or large, choose the classic base with its oval wooden shape or the signature base with its gleaming chrome and wood accents. Do you like the plush padding of the Mayfair recliner or the sleek modern look of the Nordic recliner?

Sit, recline, relax in a Stressless recliner

Sit, recline, relax, while you experience the ultimate in comfort. It takes time., but while you are searching, you are experiencing the patented features of the glide system that automatically adjusts the inner workings to give you the right angle to support your lumbar and neck regions.

To be honest, Stressless has done all the work for you. Stressless is the number one recliner for comfort. Designed and made in Norway to exacting standards, Stressless is made with a commitment to bringing you the very best in comfort.
And when you have completed your search for the perfect chair, what will you have found?

I can’t define it, but I know it when I feel it

Happiness, a state of well-being and contentment, joy, peace of mind, a pleasurable experience, words that are can not describe the feeling you experience when you sit in a Stressless recliner.
I am still searching for happiness, but that is the point. The journey, not the destination, the rewarding feeling of sitting in a Stressless recliner and relaxing takes time.

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What will the New Year bring?

What will the New Year bring?

Hopefully boundless joy, loving family and friends, few cares and an abundance of God’s blessings, then, my friends, it helps to have a nut or two to tide you through the winter days, an adventure that lets you venture somewhere you’ve never gone before, and, at the end of the day, when you are tired from your honest toil, a thought to keep you warm in bed, may there be peace on earth.


P.S. Sue Grafton, We will miss you even while Kinsey Millhone is always there to entertain us with her saucy attitude and wit.



Christmas time


Merry Christmas!

Christmas time is that special time when families gather near.

Christmas time is that pleasant time with thoughts of Christmas past – of mince pies, plum-puddings, of candies and Christmas trees and child-laughter, and pretty little rosy mouths, sweetened by sugarplums, puckering into Christmas kisses underneath the mistletoe, in cozy cottages covered in piles of snow.


At home in Bruges


If you want to see how the other half lives, don’t sit home and think about it. Get out and run. You will find, however, that homes everywhere are like puppies and snowflakes, similar in so many ways, and always uniquely yours.

The grand canal between Bruges and Ghent is lined by high wall, tall trees, pretty homes and sweet gardens.