Thursday, March 26, 2015

What Floats Your Boat?

As you walk around your own cottage every day, what images
always make you smile?    For me it's little things such as my
miniature African Violet filled with pretty little blossoms.  It's on 
the window sill over my kitchen sink.  It's happy there getting it's 
daily dose of northern light.  

Thank you for blooming dear little violet!

My collection of blue and white china.

Some new and some old pieces all dearly loved.

Collected, inherited and treasured.

For the child's hutch in my studio.  A Christmas present from 
my husband a few years ago.  It honors the little girl who
still dwells in my soul.

And for the dollhouse miniatures which encourage that little girl
to come out and play.

For a cup of tea and a good mystery novel on a rainy

For the treasured memories of my parents ….

and grandparents too.

For gardening and the contentment it brings.

For those early morning hours in the kitchen when everything
is so still and peaceful.

And for the before dinner cocktail with my husband as we 
share the events of the day.

And of course for Bentley who makes every day a
happy one!

Treasured moments, happy sights ~ these are things
that float my boat.  What floats yours?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bentley Has Rules

Bentley is the epitome of sweetness but he is also a stickler for rules.
Don't let this darling face fool you because he is a taskmaster :-)

No matter if we are at home or on a relaxing vacation, Bentley's day begins
at 5:30 am.  Someone needs to let him out in the early pre~dawn so that he
can scope out the environment for any unwanted intruders.  When we are 
at home it's easy to do because one of us will just open up the door to the 
back porch, but on vacation it can be a bit more work depending on where
we are staying.

For example, last weekend we were staying in a lovely hotel on the 
San Antonio River Walk.  So at 5:30 am, I had to put on some sweats
and my running shoes and let him out directly onto the River Walk
path.  I forgot to bring my cell, but remembered my room key because
the hotel locks that entrance overnight.  So we went for a very short little
walk because honestly, it's kind of creepy out there at 5:30 am.  When
Bentley finished his duty, we returned to the back entrance.  

Guess what???

My room key would not open the back door.  Not to panic, I will 
just call the front desk from the emergency phone next to the door.


Okay, I am not panicing, I will walk a few steps over under our
balcony and call up to David.  


Quel Nightmare!

Of course, someone finally let me in when they were leaving
through the back entrance to go for a jog.  Our drama had ended ;-)

When Bentley has finished his 5:30 am duty, it is imperative that he be
given a treat.  After he has finished his treat, he wants to go back to bed.
However he must come up onto the bed from Mama's side.  It is not
the proper form to return to bed from Daddy's side.  Mama must return to
bed too and lay on her right side only ~ not the left ~ only the right side
so that Bentley can cuddle under the covers with her.  He needs to
catch a few more zzzz's and this is the only way to do it.

That is until he gets too hot under the covers.  Then and only then,
is Mama allowed to sleep on her left side if she choses.

Got it?  Good, because this daily pattern is etched in stone.
But we love him, so we follow his rules to a tee!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Cleaning the Back Porch

After days of rain and flooding in our area, we have a nice sunny day.
I took advantage of it by spending it cleaning our back porch.  All of the
huge live oak trees are dropping their leaves now.  There is a mountain of
leaves on the patio and many of them have blown up onto the porch.
So I swept and removed the wicker furniture to give everything a 
good cleaning.  I bought some annuals too to pot for some color.

Yesterday I was able to find some new cushions for the chairs.  The old ones
were looking pretty ratty and rather than try to clean them again, I replaced
them with more colorful ones.

The brick floor of the porch is still wet.  Things don't dry here as fast as
they did in Idaho.  See that bush next to the swing and in front of the post?

It's a gardenia bush and it is loaded with buds right now.  This is an
everblooming gardenia and it is supposed to bloom all summer.
I can hardly wait!

And I bought a new fern.  My old one got nipped the last time the temps
took a dive and I forgot to bring it inside.

It's a start.  I want to get some hanging baskets and some hummingbird 
feeders.  The hummingbirds have returned and I want to keep them
around.  My sister-in-law Cindy has several hummingbird feeders on
her porch up in Lago Vista and she gets visits every day.  They are
such a delight.

That's it for now.  I am going to hop in the shower and get some of 
the grime off of me.  Maybe I should give Bentley a bath first.  He
was outside all day having a great time rolling around in the grass and
hunting through the ginger for lizards.  We are having cocktails on
the porch at 6:00 PM.  If you are in the neighborhood, stop by!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Novel

I have been keeping an idea for a novel in my head for years.  Some form of it has
been evolving in my thoughts and dreams for so long that  I can no longer
keep it to myself and the characters and events have begun to spill themselves
out onto previously blank pages.

The protagonist is a young woman whose heart is filled with adventure and spirit
for the exotic and the truly unique life that only travel to foreign lands can provide.

On her journeys she meets a young man whose passion is as strong as her own.
His attraction to her is powerful yet she does return his love initially.  But as the
days and weeks go by the feelings between the two ignite.  Yet they are star
crossed lovers whose story will not survive because she is unable or  perhaps
unwilling to give into the future, their future, when he presses her for a decision.

She chooses.   Does she make the right decision?  Will she ever find the
man whose devotion to her will match the one she will leave behind?

At London's Heathrow airport, she kisses her lover goodbye.  As he watches her
walk down the gate to her flight to New York, he does not see the tears in her
eyes and she does not see the tears in his.  It's over, or so they think.

In New York she checks on flights to San Francisco.  She has the use of an
apartment there for a month.  It's where her future will begin.  But at the last
moment she spots a flight to Houston that leaves earlier.  In an instant her 
free spirit takes control and on a whim she purchases a ticket to Houston 
instead.  A whim that will forever change her life.

Texas.  Big, bold, brash.  Not unlike her hometown of Chicago.
Something compelling about the bravado of this state.  At this moment
she has no idea how the larger than life characters she will encounter will
impact her life.  

The flight from New York to Houston is a bumpy one.  The life she
will lead in this new city will be bumpy too.


So there you have it.  The beginnings of a novel that has kept me
awake at night and filled my thoughts for several years.  I won't be
able to keep the characters hidden from you much longer.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley  

Friday, March 20, 2015

Okay, Now I've Done It

I have been so tired of looking at my old blog header and background.
I have been surfing through blogger templates on etsy and just have not
found one that really grabs me.  So I went to PicMonkey and created
a new header and then started playing with the fonts and colors on my

Life has been a bit depressing this past week.  We attended the 
funeral of a dear friend's father.  Then it's been day after day of rain.
We need the rain badly so I am not complaining but the dark gray
skies day after day are not uplifting.  This sounds like a 
contradiction because I do enjoy a rainy day but maybe not this
week.  I am fickle that way.  

Then I became aggravated because I felt that someone I know
was wrongly mistreated and started me thinking ….
why are some people so mean and vengeful???

So I cleared off my old blog header and color scheme and dove
into something new.  Of course being the fickle person I am,
I am not sure that I want to stick with it forever.  

However ….

I am keeping it up for a couple of days because this is the
first day of spring and I feel like I need a pop of color to 
brighten my mood.  So that's my story and I'm sticking
with it!

Have a great Friday y'all and Happy Spring!!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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