Thursday, December 6, 2018

Creating a Cozy Christmas Cottage

Well, I was hoping to be able to decorate around the outside of the
She Shed today, but it's raining.  I think it is supposed to rain for a 
couple of days and then clear up.  I certainly do hope that will be the
case.  So I am back inside finding little spots in the house to add 
some cozy Christmas cottage charm.

This is a favorite spot in the cottage, especially on a gray and
rainy day.  Bentley loves to curl up in one of the chairs with me.
Sometimes he takes more than his share of the chair, but that's
just fine.  I am happy to indulge him.

I usually like to start my day with a mug of hot water and a slice or two
of lemon.  After that, I have a mug filled with coffee, cream, and
some kind of sweeter that isn't sugar.  Coffee in a Santa mug is
especially cozy at this time of year.

I'll be home for the rest of the day.  I am having my groceries delivered
later today.  I am loving this service.  First I started using curbside
delivery, and now I have switched to home delivery.  They pull up in
my driveway, and unload all the groceries in my back hall.  All I have
left to do is to put them away.  I feel so spoiled, but actually it is helpful
especially when I have not been feeling up to leaving the house.

I hope you have a wonderful and cozy day too!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

I Have Not Been Feeling Well at All

I have been feeling so poorly for the past few months.  I have not had
the kind of energy I usually do.  I have been sneezing and coughing and
wheezing.  I am a tiny little person, but I have the loudest sneezes you
have ever heard!  It's not a sweet, dainty and feminine sneeze, but 
I do believe that I can out sneeze my hubby.  I can be way over at one end
of the house, but when I start having a sneezing fit, I can hear David 
shout "Bless You".  

I was looking forward to our trip to Tucson and while I really did enjoy
myself there, it seemed to make my condition worse.  Too much dust?
Too much cold dry air in the evenings?  Who knows, but I really
started feeling miserable on the way back to Texas.  

Something else I noticed was aggravating my condition too.  Before 
Thanksgiving I had an unfortunate encounter with a person who has
always been very toxic around me.  I have purposefully kept a wide berth
around her because I just don't want to get into anything.  I have taken 
a smile and keep my mouth shut attitude whenever there is contact with
her.  Well,  she did something that really hurt my feelings, but sadly,
it also made my physical condition worse.  I could feel my chest starting
to tighten up and some wheezing begin.  That's when a line was drawn
for me.  I don't need to have this person in my life if her association has
such a negative impact on my health.  Life is too short to look for trouble.
I wish her well, but I have moved on.

Finally, I had a second confirmation that emotions could really make my
condition worse.  Very recently I had a discussion with a friend who I
really do like, but this friend has a tendency to always complain about
a mutual acquaintance.  As I was listening to the complaints, I could
once again feel my chest tighten up, and later that night I had a very
hard time sleeping because I was coughing so much.  

The night before last, I took a Benadryl before I went to bed.  I have
used this in the past for allergies, and it works very well for me.  The
problem is that it makes me feel so groggy the next day.  That being 
said, it worked wonders.  The very next morning there was no
sneezing, no coughing, no feeling of tightness in my chest.  I didn't 
take one last night, but I still feel good today.  I can breath easily.
I'm no longer sneezing, and my eyes are not tearing up either.
I am beginning to feel like myself again, and what a wonderful
feeling that is!  The solution was much easier than I thought it would
be ....  an occasional Benadryl and only happy thoughts!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas Decor From The Past

I always have a vague idea of how I decorated the previous year.  In the 
past, I decorated most of the rooms.  I am less interested in going to all
that work this year.  It's fun going up, but a real chore to dismantle and
put away.  My knew motto is "take it easy".  

I plan to keep the interior decorations to a minimum.  We will have a
live tree filled with all the Christmas memories of the past.  The difference
is that I used to put up a tree in the living room and one in the family room.
Now it's just the family room.

I will however, spend a lot of time decorating the She Shed ...

because who doesn't want to see a little cottage all dressed up
for the holidays???

I sure do!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, November 12, 2018

Social Media Can Be Cruel

I am hard at work on my book right now, but I wanted to take a few minutes
to discuss hurt feelings that can be caused by social media.  Here is my
question, have you ever been unfriended by anyone on social media?  I
am not talking about someone you have never met personally, or
someone with whom you only have a limited friendship.  I am talking
about someone who you have corresponded with regularly, or worse yet,
a relative.  How did this make you feel?  Were you hurt, or were you
angry?  Did you have any idea as to why you were unfriended?  

This happened to me just last week.  I am curious to know your 

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, November 5, 2018

Why I Woke Up in a Panic!

Last night at about 4:30 AM, I woke up in a panic!  I had a very scary
dream.  In my dream it was Christmas morning, but I looked around and
realized I never put up a tree, or baked any cookies.  I walked around the
house saying to myself .... How could it be Christmas already?  I thought
it was still November!  

I noticed that David had already brought in the newspaper.  When I looked
at the headline it read ....


No coffee cake for breakfast and nothing for dinner.  I had not been 
shopping and the pantry was empty!

No fire in the fireplace.  No filled Christmas stockings.  Nothing at all
to celebrate the holiday.  

When I woke up from this very scary dream, I looked at the clock.  
I checked the date on my phone.  Yes, still November.  What a relief.
Falling back an hour on Saturday night has me all mixed up!  But
I am taking no chances.  I think I will head outside today and start
decorating the She Shed.  At least one spot will be ready just in 
case, lol.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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