odds n' ends

contentment cottage

Back in the day – before anyone ever heard of  OCD – people like me were called


adjective pər-ˈsni-kə-tē : giving a lot of attention to details that are minor or not important.

I like that! It’s uncommon.
One of my personal goals is to –
be uncommon!

Mostly I believe I have  succeeded.

Frankly,  it’s nobody’s business if I choose to arrange my spice rack in alphabetical order or if I  happen to LIKE my towels folded precisely in thirds and stored in color coordinated stacks.

When I came to the wacky world of the web, back in 1996, bringing my strange mix of right and left brain skills with me, I also brought along  my uncommon desire for order and aesthetics. For years nanaellen.com was a pixel by pixel project. Every minor detail given importance. I fussed over every detail.  For the past two years…not so much.

Ben Franklin has been quoted as saying, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

Stupidity is not uncommon. Neither is ignorance. Or intolerance.  However, insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over, accomplishing the exact same results each time. These days I’m working on learning to be contented where I am, with what I have.


Contentment, in this second decade of the twenty-first century? Now that’s uncommon. Hence, my blog has slowly become contentment cottage. A place where I write about how to be uncommonly contented, regardless of my circumstances or what anyone else may think.

For these reasons – and a few others, I have renamed Nana Ellen’s Stories n’ Stuff. After today my Blog will be formally known as Contentment Cottage. I hope you will enjoy visiting as much as ever.

see ya soon