Monday, February 8, 2016

Country Cottage Hearts

The weekend flew by so rapidly.  We were very busy every minute.
Saturday night we went to a friend's home for a Mardi Gras party.
All the guests were in the spirit of the holiday.  We all live just a
few hours drive from New Orleans and we have such a love for the
Big Easy and it's rich culture, beautiful architecture, and the most
delicious food so we Texans celebrate Mardi Gras in a big way too!

Our hosts Dolly and Jim spent several years living in New Orleans
before returning to Victoria, so they are the perfect couple to host this
party.  Everyone wore lots of beads and most of us wore our masks
for at least part of the evening.  

The dining room table was loaded with the most delicious variety of 
Cajun favorites.  Jumbo Gulf shrimp shooters, glorious shrimp etoufee,
red beans and rice, a variety of gumbos, crusty French bread and more.  Of
course there was the King Cake.  In case you don't know the story of the
King Cake, it's a pull apart kind of confection iced in the Mardi Gras
colors of purple, green and gold.  Hidden somewhere inside the cake is
a tiny plastic baby.  Whoever gets the piece of cake with the baby inside
must make the cake the following year and should host the party too.
Our friend and neighbor Jim (another Jim) who lives down the street
was the recipient of this year's baby.  Jim is a chef so I trust that the party
next year will be complete with delicious cuisine too.  

If you want to read more about the King Cake and Mardi Gras history,
read more here.

Yesterday morning David was in a golf tournament.  His partner
was another neighbor and good friend.  The weather yesterday
was absolutely picture perfect.  I had a few hours alone to enjoy
the garden with Bentley.  Then David came home, showered and
we took off for our friend's Myra and Clayton's home for a big
Super Bowl party.  The evening was so lovely and we were all 
cozy on their beautiful covered patio with a big fire in the outdoor
fireplace and watching the game on a big screen outdoor TV.  
Myra's chili and her red beans and rice were so yummy.  

Baby Tucker arrived with his proud parents.  Tucker is the tiny
little one we all prayed for last weekend.  He has completely
recovered from the flu and RSV he suffered.  Myra, Clayton and
Tucker's parents are so appreciative for all your prayers.  Thank
you so much once again!  By the way, Tucker just turned one
week old this weekend.  

I am sure many of you were disappointed when the Panthers
lost, but we are all Broncos fans so we were thrilled.  I am a big
Bruno Mars fan, so I enjoyed half time.  However, I did not 
enjoy the commercials as must as in the past.  I did remember to
TiVo Downton Abbey.  I have watched it already today!  Perhaps
I'll talk about that tomorrow.  

Hope you enjoyed seeing my country cottage hearts in my
vintage wooden bowl.  I will be sharing them at these 
parties today:

Thanks for stopping by!  Bentley and I really
appreciate your visits!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, February 5, 2016

Cottage Vignettes for Friday

I have been having the most wonderful day just being at home.  I have
been fluffing corners and primping vignettes.  

Sometimes just moving something from one spot to another is
so satisfying.  Not a big revamping, but rather a tiny little tweak
and we have a whole new perspective.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend full of all the things that make
you happy!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Staying Out of Trouble and Writing My Book

I decided to throw together a little country hearts vignette so you 
would not think I have fallen off the planet.  I have only been out of
touch for a couple of days, yet I have been so lost in my own little
world that it seems much longer.

I have been working on my novel.  I have characters running around 
in my head getting into all sorts of mischief.  In addition to that, I have
been listening to quite a bit of Country music.  You know the kind of
heart break, cheating, pick-up truck kind of tunes that my characters
have been calling for.

I tell you what ~ these characters have minds of their own and they
are just dying for me to tell their stories.  

So I have been busy jotting down every word they whisper.  
I can hardly wait to hear what they whisper next.  I better take
my boots off, pour myself a big old glass of sweet tea and
just listen!

While I am taking notes, y'all can visit some friends:

Bentley, be a sweet boy and let me know when your Daddy
gets home from work or I will be so distracted I won't get
dinner on the table on time ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, February 1, 2016

Prepping for Mardis Gras 2016

David and I have been invited to a Mardi Gras party, so this past Saturday we
went to our local party store to pick up some bling.  I bought a purple boa and some
more beads (to add to the many beads I already have), and a new mask.

And a fleur de lis of course.

Yesterday I was going through a trinket box where I knew I had more beads, and
found these doubloons.  David and I were at Mardi Gras in Galveston together
with some friends in 1987.  This was before we were married and still dating.
I remember jumping and fighting the crowds to get these.  Being the sentimental
sap that I am, I saved them along with the parking voucher for the night.

Here is a more recent picture of the Mardi Gras parade passing the historic
Tremont Hotel.

And here I am with my mask, and David is standing behind me.  The crowds
were enormous.  From a balcony above, Otis Day and the Knights were singing
Shout.  My friend Kathy and I were singing along at the top of our lungs and
Kathy snapped this pic.  It was so much fun!  I remember being so hoarse
the next day, but we didn't mind because we were young.

Here is a clip of Otis Day and the Knights performing
Shout in the movie Animal House.   I dare you to
sit still while he's signing this great oldie :-)

We don't fight the Mardi Gras crowds anymore, but will have
lots of fun celebrating at our friend's party.  By the way, 
Mardi Gras 2016 is a week from this Tuesday.  Even if you
don't attend an event, or go to a party, you can still celebrate
at home with a King Cake.  More about that later.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thank You Prayer Warriors!

A big thank you to everyone who kept baby Tucker in their prayers.
I just heard from his grandmother this morning, and Tucker is much
better today and his loving parents may be able to take him home.

It was a big scare for one so young ~ just three weeks old and he
was very ill.  He is a fighter though and I believe that our prayers
helped him turn the corner.  

RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus is common in children
and adults, but can be very serious for infants and premature
babies.  Here is a link you may read to learn more about
the virus, it's cause and treatment.  As you know, I have
been sick recently and just learned that two of my neighbors
have been as well.  It's not the flu, but a very nasty cold
that is quite debilitating.  Take care everyone and do what
your mamas always told you to do to prevent catching this

Thanks again!  Y'all have helped to prove once again
that prayer is powerful!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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