Saturday, April 25, 2015

Flash News!

The flash news is ~ no flashes!  We had a thunderstorm last night and one
this morning too, but for the moment we are flash free.  Hooray!

I have noticed that I am starting to get through these storms more easily.
If I stay distracted I don't panic so much.  Last night I was talking on the 
phone with a fellow blogger and I was enjoying the chat so much that I
hardly noticed the thunderstorm.  When we finished our lengthy and fun 
chat, David asked me if I noticed the thunderstorm.  I told him that I did
but I didn't sweat it because it was a small one.  He laughed and said no,
it was actually a fairly big storm.  

I was both surprised and pleased.  Apparently I am becoming better
acclimated.  That's a good thing!  I am so proud of myself I am going
to treat myself and go to our library this afternoon and check out some
books I have been wanting to read.  Maybe a trip to Hobby Lobby too ;-)
I'll do it in between the raindrops.  Notice I am not mentioning
thunder and lightning lol.

That's the good news for this morning.  After so many days of being stuck
in the house with nothing to do but think, i.e. no blogging etc, I have
come to the conclusion that I need a drama free life.  I am going to do the best
I can to stay focused on the good things.  So here is another good thing to
share with y'all this morning ….  We  have had so much rain that we have
not had to turn on the sprinklers!  The reservoirs, lakes and streams are full.
Actually, our Guadalupe River has been at and above flood stage several times 
but I am not complaining because we used to be in a drought.  

See that?  Flash free and well watered trees, lawn and garden.  There's
always a silver lining if we just look for it.  Have a happy Saturday
y'all.  Here comes the rain again.  Praise the Lord!

Oh and what is Bentley doing right now?  Napping with his daddy.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

For Safety in the Storm

Well, here we go again.  Little old Victoria is surrounded by storms.
We went through this several days last week and over the weekend.
We just had a thunderstorm this afternoon and another is on it's way.  
We are also in the tornado watch area.

Y'all know I am afraid of thunderstorms.  I did quite well (for me) 
during the last few big ones last Saturday.   I have learned to be
prepared for the long stretches of thunder and lightning and am now
always at the ready.

This is my safe and secure zone.  I used to go into the master bathroom
because it is the only room in the house without huge windows.  But I
read that it is not good to be near plumbing during an electrical storm,
so I moved into the hallway between the dressing room and our 
bedroom.  Still some windows in the bedroom and the dressing room,
but I can huddle in the corner if things get too rough, or go into the
linen closet right behind the pillow.

So here's the set up ~

Comfy quilt to wrap up in
Soft pillow
Battery powered candles
iPad for music to cancel out the thunder
Sleep mask if lightning is too severe
Flashlight to read by if power goes out
Fun book to read  (thank you Mary Kay Andrews)
Two teddy bears (one is a tiny one for clutching)
My cell phone to keep aware of where the storm
is headed and ….

to stay in touch with my "sister" Robin who stays in
close touch with me throughout these storms.
Bless her heart.  She texts me through the worst of the storm.
Love that girl friend and my adopted "sister".

But this is the phrase I cling to and the one that gives me the
most comfort during these times ….

We are supposed to be having severe weather for the next couple of days,
so I probably won't be posting.  Looking forward to clear skies and 
sunny days.

By the way ~ sometimes Bentley will sit with me and sometimes he 
moves to one of the chairs in our bedroom.  He is not afraid of these 
storms and I don't want him to be scared either.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, April 20, 2015

Waiting for My Muse

Sometimes I feel inspired.  Sometimes I don't ~ so I wait, and
wait and wait for the inspiration to come.   It will happen.
 I just have to be patient.

Is your muse sometimes elusive too?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Therapy Dog or Angel?

I posted this story of Nala, the therapy dog on my Facebook page this
weekend.  Y'all know how much I love dogs, especially my Bentley.
I believe that dogs are the best friends.  They give us such joy, comfort
and companionship.  

Their love is all encompassing.  Nala's love is.  She goes to work at a
nursing home every day with her master ~ her daddy ~ and while he is
busy doing his own work, she has created her own job.

Nala visits the patients and gives them love and compassion.
Enjoy the video.  No more words are necessary.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Feeling Thankful for You

Starting a blog is one of the best things I have ever done.
I have met so many wonderful, talented, funny, creative,
and loving people.

 Any time I have encountered a problem that seemed too big to
handle, you were there to encourage me.

Blogging has opened me up to a whole new group of friends.
Friends like you who have become a very important part of
my daily life.

I have tried to explain the concept of a blog to my Aunt.  In simplistic
terms a blog is like an online magazine yet it is so much more.
It's not just about decorating or sharing recipes.  

And it's not just an online journal because there is the interaction 
of thought.

We open our homes and our lives to one another.  

We are friends.  For that I am so thankful.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley 


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