Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tea With Honey

I want to show you the cutest thing my friend Sharon sent
me recently.  I was so surprised and happy to receive these
adorable cups with square saucers and the cutest little 
ceramic spoons to match.

They were all packaged in this precious little suitcase.

So I decided to set up a little teascape to share with y'all.
Notice my grandmother's porcelain cat in the background.
Sharon is a cat lover.

Thank you so much Sharon!  I love the this so much!!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Happy National Dog Day from Bentley!

Bentley believes that every home that has a dog is a happier home.

Dogs love to be part of the family and go everywhere with the humans
they love.

Dogs love to participate in holidays and will even happily wear Mardi Gras beads.

Dogs lead the way to new adventures and encourage us to have fun.

Dogs are our faithful companions twenty~four seven.

Dogs are always allowed to sit at the table at grandma's house.

Dogs will happily share their toys.

And remind you to get out that bike and go for a ride around the 
neighborhood to get some exercise.

Hurry up mama, lets get this show on the road!

They let you know when they are in hot pursuit of other critters in the yard.

But most of them don't like baths :-(

And don't always like to be groomed so they may just run off with 
their hair brush :-)

Maybe I can hid this brush by the plant and mama won't notice ;-)

They will join you while you are gardening.

And let you tuck them in like a baby.

But most importantly, they bring the most profound unconditional love into
one's life.  

Happy National Dog Day to all the dogs out there!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, August 24, 2015

We Are Readers

We have several spots around our house where I like to read, but this spot is my
favorite.  We lovingly refer to this as our "library corner".   We also like to sit
here just before dinner with a cocktail or a glass of wine and chat for a bit and
catch up on each other's day.  

I have always loved to read.  Books have been collected over the years.  Some of
these on this shelf belonged to my Daddy.  He always shared his love of world
history and archaeology with me.  

One thing you will never see in my house are book spines turned toward the back.
Sorry to all the decorators out there who have followed this trend.  I am guessing
that for them books are only accessories and the content is of no importance.
That's fine for them, but not fine for me.  

On my shelves you will find the classics, many books on philosophy and
ancient thought.  Our copy of the Book of Common Prayer is tucked away
yet referred to often.

We were so saddened when Christopher Hitchens passed away a few years
ago.  What a brilliant mind he had.  I have been very fond of Flaubert since
my college days.  Oops ~ our copy of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter was
put back on the shelf upside down.  

We have the Wall Street Journal delivered to our home.  David likes to read
all the business articles, but the paper is very complete and there are lots
of other interesting articles to read besides business.

I still have all my French books from college.  

My dear friend Sharon who lives in Houston, surprised me recently with a 
box filled with wonderful goodies and one of the goodies was this
book ~ Lunch in Paris.  I just squealed in delight when I saw it and am
looking forward to beginning it tonight.  She also sent me the most adorable
little tea set which I will use in a tablescape later this week.

I love reading books about Paris despite the fact that I am a full fledged
Anglophile.  Here is a short list of books I have read that have Paris and
or France in general as their topic.  I highly recommend all of them:

Almost French ~ by Sarah Turnbull
Into a Paris Quarter ~ by Diane Johnson
C'est La Vie ~ by Suzy Gershman
Entre Nous ~ by Debra Ollivier
A Year in Provence ~ by Peter Mayle

and of course:
Appetite for Life ~ by Noel Riley Fitch
because Julia Child is one of my favorite people.

So there you have it.  I hope that since fall is on it's way
and kids are back at school, the idea of reaching out for a good
book to expand your mind and your horizons will be on your
schedule too.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, August 21, 2015

Favorite Things Friday

Breakfast in bed ~ with a good book too.

Crafting in my studio.

Sitting on the back porch.

Celebrating holidays with good friends.

Vacations by the shore.

And at a charming cottage in the Texas Hill Country.

Shopping for antiques.

And especially up in Round Top!

The feedsack pillows on my breakfast room bench.

And the island in my kitchen.

Red Velvet mini cupcakes.

Blue and white transferware.

Staffordshire figurines

All the Yorkies I have loved.

And even their relatives.  This is Sugar, grandmama to Bitterman.

And of course this little guy.  Bentley!  Love him so much!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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