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 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Facing My Fears

I am quite brave when it comes to doing things that make others
afraid.  I have always been able to stand up in front of a room
full of people and give a speech or whatever without any fear.

I am not afraid of spiders.

I have driven a car in many foreign countries on both the
right and left side of the road without fear.

Once when I was charged by two big Rottweilers who 
escaped from a fenced yard I stood my ground and called 
to them saying "hi puppies" with a lilt in my voice and in
such a loving way that they stopped dead in their tracks.
They looked at each other and then at me as if they were
thinking "do we know this person"?  Then they came
over and sniffed me.  I wasn't afraid.

However ....

When the skies darken and I can hear a rumbling in the distance, 
I start to get nervous.  A thunderstorm is on it's way and I get
scared.  The first flash of lightning makes me panic.  

Years ago my nickname was Flash.  I was given that name
by co-workers after my townhouse was hit by lightning and
burned to the ground.  It wasn't my first experience with the
force of nature because two years before the fire, the house I
was living in at the time was struck by lightning while I was home.

The point of this is not about the past, but how the past has
effected my present.  When the rumbling starts and I can see
the flashes of light I panic.  I feel like my heart is going to
jump out of my chest.

Living in South Texas makes this difficult because the storms are
nearly daily in the spring.  There is just no escaping them.  Big bolts of
lightning and deafening crashes of thunder fill the hours in the middle of
the night and early evening.  Sometimes in the morning just before
sunrise too.  

It's hard not to see the lightning.  There are many, many
windows in this house.  Most of them are the Southern
Colonial style floor to nearly ceiling ones.  The windows
in the family room are 17 feet across.  On a storm free
day they are wonderful, but when the lightning is flashing
away, there is no way not to notice the light show.

So when the storms begin, I head for the dressing room and into the master bath
because it is the only room in the house without windows.  Day or night I close the
bathroom door behind me and wait until the rumbling seems to be over.  The 
other night I was in there for two full hours.  

It's silly and I hate myself for being such a pansy!

I could have been in bed under the covers, but instead I barricaded
myself in the bath.  Silly and childish thats what I am.

So I decided that I am going to face my fear.

I read up on thunderstorms.  I learned that I am pretty safe inside.
Yes, the house could be struck by lightning.  I already knew that
because it has happened to me twice, yet the chance of me being
struck by lightning while inside is pretty slim.  

I learned that I can wear my iPod and listen to music to distract me
from the booming thunder.  It's okay to do that as long as I am inside
the house.  Just don't connect an iPod to your ear when outside during 
a storm.  Keep the doors and windows closed and don't stand in 
front of the window.  I can just find ways to occupy myself and
start desensitizing my fears by facing them.

Last night we had a big storm right after dinner.  The lightning strikes
were very close and the thunder was really loud.  David and Bentley
sat with me.  I said the Lord's Prayer to myself.  I survived.  
I think I can do this.  I really do.  And I will need to be brave
because we have thunderstorms in the forecast through this
coming weekend.  Wish me luck.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Sunday Brainstorm

Ya'll have seen the bookcase in my studio.  Well, today I had a brainstorm.
It seems like my miniature dollhouse construction date has been put off
indefinitely, so this idea suddenly came to mind ….

Let's turn one of the bookshelves into temporary digs for the dollhouse
furniture.  So I cleared off the shelf and started to move in the
sitting area and kitchen.

I'm loving it!   

What do you think?  

I do like the hutch against the pink and white striped paper.

The island has some room to spread out.

The vintage stove seems content here.

The sink is looking a little lonely in this spot.  I think I will make a skirt for it
and maybe add a shelf or a plate rack up above.

The more I think about it, the more I have come to the conclusion that
the former idea of Texas Rosebud Cottage is turning into
Texas Rosebud Townhouse.

I could easily clear off another shelf and add a bedroom and bath :-)
The little gray cells are working overtime now!

I just made David a pimento cheese sandwich to eat while he watches
the Masters Golf Tournament.  We are very traditional around here.
Whoops ~ a little piece of cheese just fell onto the kitchen floor.
Guess who cleaned it up for me?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Little Cottage Nesting

This morning we had a thunderstorm.  Some lightning, some thunder,
but mostly a huge long downpour.  When the thunder and lightning
slowed down I came out of my panic room, made myself a cup of
tea and decided on the plan for the day.  

It is supposed to rain all weekend.  I am guessing we will have more
of what we had this morning, making it a perfect weekend for some
cottage nesting.  I started already.  Going through the house.  Dusting
a bit and fluffing a bit.  You know how we do.  I really enjoy feathering
our nest.  It's a comforting and cozy thing to do when the weather is

With the exception of going to church on Sunday morning, I think
I will want to nest all weekend.  We can make some popcorn and
watch old movies and of course whatever golf tournament is
scheduled.  Maybe a nap or two.  Sounds perfect to me.

What about you?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Who Wants To See More Antiques???

Here we are ~ back at Marburger Farm in Round Top.  
Let's browse!  

I am always looking for equestrian theme antiques.  

Did I ever tell you about a horse I used to show whose name was
"Polo"?  He was an excellent jumper who loved to show off.  
There were two places where he was the happiest ~ the show ring
and the mud puddle.  Whenever he discovered a big mud puddle
look out.  He would be rolling in it in a flash.  Maybe that's why
he was retired from the polo field ;-)  I won a lot of ribbons with him.
He was a rascal though.  Once after a judge handed us our ribbon,
the judge turned his back and Polo bit him on his butt.  I thought
I was going to die of embarrassment.  The judge was a good sport
about it though ~ thankfully!

This painting wanted to come home with me.  Really it did.
Would I kid about a thing like that?

You can see that it would fit in perfectly with my decor :-)
I am still waiting for Ralph Lauren to some out with a fragrance
that smells like a tack room.  I would buy it ~ really I would!

Lots of great farmhouse decor.  

And this pillow .... sigh

David just doesn't get the appeal of rust.  I on the other
hand am smitten.

Wonderful old baskets were everywhere.  I was still at the show
when it was getting close to closing time.  I looked at a very large
French basket.  The dealer said that he could make me a really good
deal on it.  I was tempted, but then I stiffened my spine and my purse
and said to him ....

"I have a house filled with baskets.  If I bring one more home
I will have some explaining to do!"  
The dealer laughed and so did I.  However he will never know
how sad I was to leave that basket behind.

Who knew these have become collectable?  Did you???
I did not.  

Especially since ….

We have one at home.  This is David's souvenir from a trip to NYC 
when he was a kid.  We have the Empire State Building too.  We hang
onto everything around here :-)

I love these old wrought iron patio sets.  The style is more elegant
and dainty than the new ones of today.  I can just envision a group of
women at an afternoon tea wearing their pearls and gloves.  

More white chippy furniture.  Love it!

Everywhere I turned there was something that caught my eye.

And then ….

This hand painted tole tray table.  I am still dreaming of this one!

I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Marburger Farm.  I am already
looking forward to the fall show.  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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