Thursday, July 28, 2016

Happy 150th Birthday Beatrix Potter and A Winner!

I am hoping to get this blog post done before the thunderstorm gets here!
Thunderstorms are not my favorite, but we really need the rain!!


I'm back.  I had to get off the computer during the thunderstorm.  It 
didn't last nearly long enough, but I am grateful for any rain we 

Back to our two topics for the day, Beatrix Potter's 150th birthday and 
the winner of the enamel house sign.  I love Beatrix Potter for many 
reasons.  She was an excellent artist and creator of children's tales 
that have charmed so many for so long.  She loved biology and was
fascinated by nature.  If women had more rights back in her day, she
would have become a famous scientist instead of a children's author.
I personally am happy for the latter.  

Beatrix purchased land in the Lakes Region of England near 
Sawrey, Cumbria with monies she earned from the sale of her books
and also with an inheritance from an aunt.  She named this property
Hill Top Farm.  Because Beatrix was a conservationist, she left the
farm to the National Trust so that it would be preserved for generations
to come.  She was a very accomplished woman indeed.

We first meet Miss Potter's charming characters when we are young, and then
pass down the love of her tiny books to our children, nieces, nephews and 
grandchildren.  They are treasured by many.  So Happy Birthday Miss Potter.
Your talents and generosity of spirit will live in the generations of hearts
yet to come.

Now on to the winner of the house sign ....

Down the Lane With Daisy!    I will contact you and the Ramsign company
so that you can select the style and color of your sign that will be made
especially for you!  Congratulations!!

Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway.  If you didn't win
this time, there will be chances to win other prizes in the future.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pick A Chair

Summer reading is in full swing at our house, and I am sharing my favorite
spots to curl up with a good book.

This is in our guest room.  This room has four Southern style floor to almost
ceiling, windows plus a french door that leads out to the patio.  It is light
and bright and has such a happy feel to it.  It's the perfect spot to start a 
summer read.

At the moment, I am reading Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe.
It is about three granddaughters who have been invited to spend three
months with their grandmother at her summer cottage on Sullivan's 
Island, South Carolina.  So far, I am enjoying it.

This is the chair in my office.  It's not very often you will find me here
because you know who (a certain little five pound Yorkie) has claimed
this chair as his own :-)  Bentley, have you checked your weight lately?
You eat so many treats we might have to cool it.

This is a cozy spot for reading, especially in the winter when the 
fireplace next to this chair is aglow.  This is in the living room, another
room in the house with the Southern style windows that go down to
the floor.  Bentley loves this room because the windows are just
perfect for him to watch for cats that may invade our property.  
The cats in the neighborhood just love to tease him and get him
all riled up ;-)

This is David's big red leather chair.  I love this chair because it 
swallows me up and is so cozy.  It's in our family room.

This is another great place for reading.  It's in the "library" portion of
our family room and it's also a very cozy spot.

This spot in the master bedroom is also nice for reading, especially in the
morning when the sun is coming in from the east.  Now, during the 
summer, I have to keep the drapes closed in the afternoon because this 
is a southern exposure and the Texas sun is so hot streaming in through
those lovely floor to ceiling windows.  In the winter ~ it's great.

And then there is this spot.  I love this chair that once belonged to my
mother-in-law.  It's a great spot to read and take notes, write a letter,
or do a crossword puzzle.  We are crossword puzzle crazy at our house!
David and I both like the crossword each day.  David does the quick quip 
and I love Sudoku.  

David went to his acupuncturist last week and he told her that he just
had a birthday, and she said "oh, you are a Cancer."  And David said,
yes, and my wife's birthday is two days after mine, to which she
replied "oh, she's a Cancer too.  You two are home bodies.  You
love to be at home.  You like the same things.  You like everything
to be the same all the time."  To which, David said, yes that's true,
we just got back from spending the 4th of July up at Barton Creek
Resort in Austin.  It's our third 4th of July staying there and we even 
request the same room every time.

The acupuncturist laughed and laughed and said ~ "See I told you,
always the same thing!"

But we are not boring ~ honest we're not ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 25, 2016

Guilt on a Wrist

This is my Fitbit.  It's a great gadget, it tacks the number of footsteps I take
per day, how many calories I burn, how much water I drink, and how long
and well I sleep each night.  

Fitbit is a great motivator.  It reminds you to move each hour and I am
really enjoying it because it helps me to stay on track with my healthy
lifestyle.  I have been wearing it for 8 days now.  All was going well until
the weekend.  I was out of town both days and not walking as much as
I should.  I also did not drink as much water as I should, and my sleep
was lousy.

What I have learned from this is that  I love my Fitbit and love it
 when it tells me I am doing a great job.  We have a very happy
relationship.   For example, last week when I hit my first 10,000 steps
in a day, Fitbit congratulated me with what looked like fireworks on
my wrist.  I was thrilled and told my Fitbit thank you!

Over the weekend, when I was busy and not walking as much,
my Fitbit started reminding me.  I was getting gentle prompts like
Want to Take a Stroll?

I started to resent those prompts ;-)  Not only was I resenting
the prompts, but I was talking to MY WRIST!  At the top of each
hour, I dreaded being reminded that I would not reach my daily
goal if I didn't step it up.  I was concerned that I had not consumed
enough water and would have to gulp down 1000 ML at one time!

Suddenly, my sweet relationship with my Fitbit turned into a sour
one.  It evolved into Guilt on a Wrist!

Now that the weekend is over and I am on my regular schedule,
I have apologized to my Fitbit and we are now on civil, even
friendly terms ;-)

Whoops ~ gotta go ~ I have to walk another 250 steps this 

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, July 22, 2016

Red Roses With Love

My husband David is a real sweetheart.  He gave me a Fitbit last Sunday 
as an early birthday present, and then on Monday evening he brought me
these beautiful red roses.

He likes to buy me flowers from Devereux Gardens.  They always 
have such beautiful flowers, but more importantly, a purchase of 
flowers or cookies, buttermilk brownies and more, helps to support
the Devereux Community which provides training, rehabilitation and
so much more for adults and children in need.  It's a wonderful organization
that gives to the community.  

So these roses are a symbol of love in more ways than one.

Happy Friday Y'All!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Improve Your Curb Appeal With A Giveaway

I was contacted recently by Tezz from Ramsign about hosting another giveaway
on my blog.  I gave away one of these signs on my blog once before, and Tezz
suggested we do it again.  Of course I said ...Yes!

I love these enamel signs.  I think they are so charming and add lots of curb
appeal to a home.

Ramsign has been handcrafting these signs for over 25 years.  

They are available in different styles ....

and shapes, and colors too.

All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog stating that
you want a chance to win and one of you will!  How easy is that?

I will announce the winner on Thursday, July 27th.  Good
luck to all of you!  And a big thanks to Ramsign for this

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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