Friday, February 15, 2019

Bentley and His Senior Moments

First of all, I want to wish y'all a belated Happy Valentine's Day.  I have
come to know and love each of you who visit me, and I want you to
know how very dear your friendship has become.

I had planned a Valentine's Day post for yesterday, but didn't have the
time to post because I was busy with Bentley.  He is just about a couple
of months beyond age 13 now, and his age is beginning to show.  Most of
the time he is fine and manages with his blindness.  He eats well, and
loves his walks.  He doesn't seem to have any arthritic issues and is
generally quite healthy.  That being said, he has his occasional days
where he seems a bit confused and hyperactive.  He gets restless and
can't seems to sit still.  Yesterday was one of those days.  We spent
quite a bit of time outside in the yard because the weather was so
mild.  That seems to help him work off some excess energy.  He
spent time exploring and barking when he could hear the squirrels
running up and down the trees.  

I try to spend as much time with him as I can on these days.
I reassure him that I am close and he is safe and fine.  This does
seem to help.  He settled down in the late afternoon and took
a nap.  He seemed more like himself when his Daddy came home,
and they had their usual long greeting session together.

Today he seems fine.  In the past, the days when he is restless
are followed by many normal days.  Y'all know how very much 
I love this little peanut, and that he always comes first.   

I hope each of you had a special day with the ones you love.
I did with mine.

Sparkle and Shine and Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, February 11, 2019

Protecting My Heart Against Disease

This Valentine's Day week, I am reminded to take care of
my heart.  Some families suffer from cancer, mine suffers
from heart disease from both sides.  My maternal grandmother
died in her 60's from a heart attack.  My paternal grandfather
suffered from congestive heart failure for years until he
died from a heart attack at age 75.  My own Daddy had a
massive heart attack at age 51.  My Aunt had faulty heart
valves which required open heart surgery in her 80's.
My Mom suffered from congestive heart failure in her later

None of these family members looked or acted like heart
attack candidates.  All were thin, and all were quite 
physically active.  No couch potatoes here.  None of them
were heavy drinkers.  Both my Mom and my Aunt were
mindful of what they ate.  My paternal grandfather and my
Daddy ate way too many sweets.  Neither had high blood
sugar, but I don't think that anyone realized how dangerous
sugar really is, even if it does not show up as diabetes in
blood testing.  

I have reached a stage in my life where I need to be
careful and not eat anything I want, not because of 
vanity, but for underlying reasons.  I'm very tiny.  I
weigh 95 pounds and eat pretty much what I want on
a daily basis.  That's both a blessing and a curse.  

So, to keep my heart beating away for years to come,
I am treating it with love.  More fish and less beef.  My
dear hubby will either have to learn to like fish or, eat
something else on the nights I eat it.  I am cutting way
back on coffee.  I typically drink two big mugs per day
with lots of cream.  I won't go quite cold turkey, but
will ease back to one mug and no cream.  Essentially
I will be eating my oatmeal, berries, fish and veggies.
Cheese burgers will be a once every so often treat.

I am good about working out, but I tend to run on 
nervous energy and need to slow way down.  Therefore,
I will be adding a few minutes of yoga per day.

There are lots of things I want to do, and the last thing
I want is to have my life cut short.  Let's all remember to
take good care of the heart that beats daily for each of us.

Sparkle and Shine and Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Happy Chinese New Year!

Actually, it was yesterday, but we did celebrate at home.  This is the 
year of the Pig.

We celebrated with Thai food for dinner.   What can I say, this is a small
town ;-)

Sparkle and Shine and Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, February 4, 2019

Wow ~ What a Mess!

I thought I needed more aluminum foil until I went to clean out the deep
drawer in the kitchen where all the baggies, foil and parchment paper live.
I was inspired to do this by fellow Instagrammer, Tikka.  She straightened
her's out last night and reminded me to go do mine too.

Not only do I not need aluminum foil, but I don't need parchment paper
or baggies either.  When I pulled everything out of that messy drawer,
I completely amazed myself.

This is a really big storage bag.  I have a roll of them from my sister-in-law
who has a friend who gives them out every year.  Great message!

I have to get back to work now.  See y'all soon!

Sparkle and Shine and Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What's Happening Around the Cottage

Does it ever seem to you that there are just not enough hours in 
a day?  I often feel that way.  Now that I have overcome my 
intimidation of my new planner, I am making lists like crazy, and
there is nothing I like more than checking tasks off the list!  I
should do a whole blog post about how I am getting a bit carried
away with that planner.

I planted Violas and Pansies in the long planter box on
the patio.  It's so good to see their cheerful faces looking up
at me.  David likes them too!

Speaking of our backyard, I took Bentley outside for his
last of the night potty break.  I always carry him in my
arms at night because I never know what we might encounter
as we venture out.  Well, sure enough, I spotted a skunk!  
And he was not very far away at all and certainly we were in
his striking distance.  He didn't seem to notice us, but we still
backed away very, very slowly.  Didn't want to take any chances!

I am on my third Mitford book.  Oh how I am enjoying these!
This series is so charming and uplifting and the perfect escape
from the crazy world we live in.  I seem to be the last person to
read these books, but if by a slim chance you have not, start
them soon!

I love Mrs Meyer's candles and buy all the fragrances.  This one
I burned down to the bottom and since our trash service does not
recycle glass, I decided to clean and reuse it.  I Googled how to remove
wax from a votive, and read that one way was to put it in the
freezer overnight, and the wax would just pop out.  I tried it.
It didn't work.  After requesting suggestions on my Facebook
feed, I decided that the reason it didn't work is because the
candle is made from soy and not wax.  I waited for the glass
to reach room temperature, and then I put it in a bowl of hot
water.  The candle slipped out easily.

Here we are.  All empty and clean.  Ready for its next life.
Oh the possibilities!  We that's enough excitement for today's post.
I still have more tasks in my planner to check off.  See you again
soon, and thanks for stopping by!

Sparkle and Shine and Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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