Thursday, May 26, 2016

I Am Running Away to Paris


I have a split personality ~ half of me is a full fledged
Anglophile, but the artistic and romantic soul of me is
a Francophile.  I woke up this morning in one of my
French moods.  This happens to me periodically and
when it does, I immerse myself in all things Francaise.

I am pulling out all my French books from college, and, 
at the moment I am sitting in my kitchen drinking
cafe au last with the soundtrack from the movie 
French Kiss playing in the background.  Pretty soon
the Edith Piaf CDs will come out. 



The French Cookbooks will come out ~ probably while the the movie
Julie and Julia is playing in the background, followed by 
Something's Gotta Give.  I might have to put on a pot of
French Onion Soup too ;-)



Of course, I can't really run away to Paris today.  I am having
a dinner party at my house on Saturday night.  Maybe I can run
away on Sunday ~ no come to think of it I need to update my
passport.  That will take a few days ... 



In the meantime, maybe David and I will head to Houston to 
have brunch or dinner at Cafe Rabelais.  One of my favorite 
French cafes and it's right in West University, my favorite area
of town.  


I can't fly off to Paris just yet ~ c'est dommage.  Maybe soon 
mon petit Bentley, and mama will take you with me because in
Paris ~ dogs are welcome!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley





Wednesday, May 25, 2016

My Latest YouTube Movie



I created a YouTube channel a few years ago, but have not been
active on it since I moved to Texas.  Well, since playing around with
my new Photos feature on my iMac, I have been discovering new
ways to place my photos into albums.  I had so much fun creating
my first album, so I decided to post it on YouTube.  

This first little "movie" is a compilation of my shabby chic
miniature dollhouse pics.  I will be posting them individually
on my other blog, Ash Tree Cottage Dollhouse Minis, but I
thought I would share them with y'all first.

I have been working on more miniature rooms, so you will be
seeing those on my mini blog next week.  This movie is not
very long, but I hope you enjoy it.



That's it for today.  I am hosting a big dinner party
at my house this weekend.  I have a long To Do List!


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley



Monday, May 23, 2016

Learning Curve Frustration


My blogging will probably be a bit sporadic as I work through a learning
curve.  I recently upgraded my operating system on my iMac and have
lost iPhoto and now have a new photo editing system and I am not
used to it.  I am having troubles working out the new method to import
my photos and I am frustrated!!!

Now, I need to have a cup to tea and think this through before I get
mad and rip my iMac out of the wall.  

I am repeating to myself ....

Serenity Now!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley 


Friday, May 20, 2016

Special Prayer Request for Theodore


This is Theodore.  He is the beloved Beagle of my dear sister Robin who
writes the blog Decorating Tennis Girl.  Dear and sweet Theodore is at
the University of Illinois Veterinary Hospital right now.  He has a very
serious condition called Acidosis Ketosis which is a complication of
Diabetes.  His pancreas is inflamed and there is liver involvement as well.
He is receiving treatment right now.  

I am asking for prayers for Theodore from all you dog lovers.  We pet 
parents know that our pets are family and we always want the best for
them.  Thank you in advance for your prayers.  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Healing Heartache


Sometimes life can be very hard.  Unfortunately, not everyone is
nice and there are some who will hurt you because they want something
you have or perhaps just because they can.  It happens to most of us
at one time or another.  Knowing that it happens never makes it any
easier when you are the victim.  


It's fairly common to withdraw after a heartache, to retreat into
a space that feels safe and secure and to avoid the possibility of
being hurt once again.  Doing just that is fine for a while.  
Curling up at home with the covers over your head will work for
a while, but sooner or later one must face the world once again.



I have spent my time at home curled up under the covers.


I have healed my wounds.



My heart has stopped aching.



I am ready to come out of my safe place ...


and face the world once again .... 


yet being careful, because ....

once bitten, twice shy.


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

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