Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Have Yourself a Cozy Little Christmas

In my house, cozy begins in the kitchen.  When most of our
neighbors and friends come to call, they enter through the back
door and since the kitchen is the first room they see, I like it to
be really festive for the holidays.  Come on in, and I will give 
you a tour.

I always keep an apron or two hanging up because I love them
and because cooking can be messy;-)  At Christmas I like to 
stuff their pockets with good cheer.

My kitchen island works overtime all year, but at Christmas it
is cookie baking central.  

The child in me is alive and well and I like to keep things 
looking whimsical.

I set up the tea cart with Christmas dishes and mugs and
napkins and berry napkin rings.

A terrier cookie jar and doggie dessert plates.

Santa mugs flank my vintage scale.

The farmhouse table in the breakfast room is decorated in

The lantern lamp in the corner gets some ribbon too.

Thanks for stopping by and remember that backdoor friends
are the best kind!

I am excited to be joining day two of the Cozy At Christmas
Blog Tour.  Today's participants are:

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, December 5, 2016

Invitation to the Cozy at Christmas Blog Tour

 It was a crazy weekend!  I went to a big holiday brunch and David and
I attended the annual Court of Six Flags Ball at our country club.  We 
pulled out the boxes of Christmas decorations from the garage and 
started decorating.  In the meantime, my iMac died and now I am 
working on my laptop until my new Mac arrives.  I feel completely
disorganized, but it's Monday and I have to keep it all together.

So, while I prepare for my contribution to the Cozy at Christmas
 Blog Tour tomorrow,  grab some coffee, hot chocolate or a cup
of tea and visit today's participants!

And a big thank you to our hostess Katie from
Let's Add Sprinkles for organizing this fun, festive,
and cozy blog tour!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Christmas Trees Are Coming

Early this morning I went to my favorite nursery to select two
Christmas trees.   I chose one for the family room and another 
larger one for the living room.  They are being delivered this
afternoon and I am so anxious to start decorating them!

I moved the furniture in both rooms to make a space for each tree.
I vacuumed around the vacant spots I created with assistance from
Bentley who loves to bark at the vacuum cleaner.  I remember when
he was a tiny puppy and I would be so reluctant to vacuum because
I didn't want to disturb his puppy naps.  The first time I started the
vacuum, he came running out in full attack mode.  It was so cute
and funny because he was so tiny, but so fearless!  While he has
outgrown some of his puppy games, he has never stopped
attacking the vacuum :-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Some New Christmas Ornaments

Every year I add to our collection of Christmas ornaments, and this
year is no exception.  I couldn't pass up this little red truck filled with
Christmas trees.  It reminds me of when David and I were first dating
and he had a red pick-up truck.  I had never dated anyone with a red
truck before and I fell in love with him and his truck too.  The first
time we traded vehicles and I got to drive his truck all afternoon, I
was smitten.  I have loved pick-ups ever since.  This pick-up came
from Pottery Barn.

These ice skates are new too.  When I was a little girl, my parents took
me to outdoor ice skating rink.  It was the same one that Kevin slid
across in the movie Home Alone.  I took figure skating lessons for a
few years and I loved every minute of it.  These skates from Hobby
Lobby will be perfect for the tree in our family room.

I bought this reindeer just because I love it.  It is also from
Pottery Barn.

And finally, this little snowman, trees and lantern is also from
Pottery Barn.  It lights up too.

I can't wait to see it on our tree!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, November 28, 2016

Back From Our Mini Vacation

David, Bentley and I headed to Austin over the weekend to
spend our Thanksgiving at Barton Creek Resort.  We left
on Wednesday evening. We arrived to a very festive and 
packed resort which really made the occasion so exciting.

The resort put on a huge Thanksgiving afternoon brunch
with great food, great music and lots of champagne.   We
enjoyed all of it knowing that afterwards we didn't have to
drive anywhere.

Bentley enjoyed a turkey dinner up in our room and a long walk
following his feast.  There were quite a few other dogs at the 
resort and Bentley had fun meeting them on our many walks.
He is just so sweet with everyone he meets, even other dogs,
and I never have to worry about taking him anywhere.

Austin is such a fun city and we had fun joining other
Black Friday shoppers.  I picked up a few extra ornaments at
Pottery Barn.  They have such a big focus on tartan this
year and I just couldn't resist.  Every year I keep saying that
I won't buy any new Christmas decorations, and every year
I weaken.  Does that happen to you?

When we returned home last night, we checked our bedroom to 
see if the mouse was caught.  He had been in my closet.  We knew
this for sure based on two signs.  First of all, I left an empty Coke
bottle with some peanut butter inside.  The bottle was empty and
there were mouse droppings inside.  Then the one bait box that
was left on the closet floor was moved from the wall and pushed
out to the middle of the closet, so he went for the bait.  The sticky
traps were left undisturbed.  According to what I have read, the
bait takes anywhere from four to six days to kill the mouse, and 
since I don't see him anywhere, I don't know if he is in fact dead.
So now, I wait and in the meantime, I spent last night sleeping in
my studio.  

On a very sad note, I am afraid that my iMac desktop has died.
With Christmas coming,  that will be my present.  I can't remember
when I bought that Mac, but it's been quite a while.  For now, I
am using my Macbook Pro.  I am missing my laptop with it's 
27 inch screen, but I will muddle through for the time being.

Tonight we have our meeting with the police department to
discuss setting up a new neighborhood watch program after
the recent break-ins.  Some of our neighbors are talking about
hiring an off duty cop to patrol regularly.  I am glad that our
new security system is working well now.  We had a few
glitches, but it's all functioning properly now.  I am looking
forward to rodent free, burglar free days ahead!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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