Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our house to yours!

Bentley and I will be off for a few days enjoying our time
with family and friends.  We will be back with lots of 
Christmas decorating, baking, gift and wrapping ideas 
next week.  

We are blessed to have y'all as friends!  Thank you!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hill Country Christmas Decorating Ideas

Last night while I was taking Bentley for his nightly walk, I noticed
that some of my neighbors had started putting up their Christmas
lights.  Thanksgiving is so late this year and I know there will be
a mad dash to start decorating this Friday.

So ….

I thought I would share some Texas Hill Country Decorating ideas
I spotted while I was in one of my favorite shops in Fredericksburg.
Love going to Smitten!  I always see something wonderful there.

The shop was awash in white and glitter.  Everything so sparkly and

I am normally someone who loves red, but there is something so
magical in Christmas rooms decorated in silver and white and
shades of gray.  Makes me think of the snowbound country house
in Dr Zhivago.


Wonderful Hoosier

Love the crosses on the white tree.

I can't believe I left my rattan reindeer up in my storage unit in Idaho!
Sure wish I had it down here.  My Friendly Village dishes too.
Maybe I will plan a ski trip and go visit my dishes ;-)

I promised myself I would not start any decorating until the day
after Thanksgiving, but it never hurts to start planning.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tweaking in the Breakfast Room

I finally finished painting the wainscoting in the breakfast room.  I don't mind
painting, but am always so happy when it is finished.  As you may recall,
the wainscoting was painted a dark brown before and made an already
dark room that much darker.

I moved the deacon's bench back into the room too.

The whole area is now lighter and brighter.  Now onto the next
project :-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Catalog Shopping on a Saturday Morning

It's a dark and rainy Saturday morning in our neighborhood.  I am still in my
pj's and am sitting at the breakfast bar listening to my favorite NPR Saturday 
line up of Click and Clack,  Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and What Do You Know.
I am drinking coffee out of my favorite cup that I use only for weekends to 
keep it special.  I love little rituals like that.  Do you have your own rituals
to keep life interesting?

Our postman has been delivering stacks of catalogs everyday.  I am going
through them this morning to see what gifts can be ordered and what
catalogs can be recycled.

I feel like a kid going through these catalogs.  Ear marking the pages of
items I long to own.  

A New York Jazz Christmas ~ hmm.  I love Christmas music.  I will start
putting on the Christmas CD's next weekend.  This is a tempting one for me.
I could order it to do my part to keep the music business alive.  I keep 
reading how it's suffering these days.

David has shown up because he thinks I am not contributing enough catalogs
to the  recycle pile.  Ha~ let's see how far he gets now that he found the
Filson catalog ;-)

He has a Filson briefcase and a garment bag too.  He loves the stuff!

Oh dear ~ this could be trouble ~ he found a Filson edition Jeep Wrangler.
We already have a Jeep Wrangler, but it's a two door.  He keeps 
pointing out the four doors when we are out and about.  Of course, he
keeps looking at Corvettes too.  I think it's a mid life crisis man thing.

On the other hand, I am always looking at things for the home.
No surprise here!

I am always finding something from the Monticello catalog that
catches my eye.   Y'all know I am a traditionalist.

So far I have only eliminated three catalogs ~ not very good
progress!  Of course, David has not done a very good job of
whittling down the stack either ;-)

Happy Saturday everyone!

What's that Bentley?  Did you finally wake up from your
nap on the sofa and think it's time for a treat???

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, November 21, 2014


Home ~ a place where memories are made ….

and where memories are cherished.

Wishing everyone a memorable Friday.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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