Monday, July 24, 2017

Being Strong When I Am Really Scared

I have a confession to make, I often don't handle stress very well.
I try very hard to maintain a cool exterior, but inside all the
emotion and fear bubbles up.  I feel like I am a percolator on
the stove top heating and bubbling up and if I don't lower 
the heat, the top will pop off soon.

Everyone in this life suffers loss and heartache.  For some,
like me, those losses stack up and that's when I feel vulnerable and
shaky.  My Grandmother used to say,  what doesn't kill
you, makes you stronger.  I am hoping that I will be strong.

Just before sitting down to prepare for today's blog post,
I had to confirm Bentley's appointment at Texas A&M Veterinary
hospital.   Suddenly I started to fall apart.  I have been worried
about Bentley's vision.  I have been trying so hard to stay cool
about it.  I have been praying for him and I have asked you to also
pray, and I am so thankful for those prayers.  

Moments ago, my worries got the best of me.  The tears 
flowed quickly down my cheeks.  The sobbing shook my 
spine and I felt so weak and vulnerable.  This good cry helped
to take off some of the pressure and to dissolve the excess fear.
Now I just want to get through tomorrow and pray for Bentley's
future with us.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Cozy Sunday Afternoon At Home

Shh ~ everyone is asleep except for me.  David watched the British Open
all morning through lunch.  He is now napping in his big comfy leather
chair.  Bentley is curled up napping in one of his favorite chairs too.  I
have never been a very good napper, so I am in our bedroom lounging
in bed with a cup of tea.

It's Constant Comment.  I don't drink it all the time, only for special
moments alone like this one.  

I'm all comfy with a stack of pillows and the remotes at hand.

This is one of my favorite old movies  Dear Ruth.  It's a very light
hearted comedy that was originally a hit play.  The interior scenes are
wonderful too,  lots of floral wallpaper and frilly curtains.  It's a very
1940's vine covered, white picket fence kind of house.  Just my style!

I hope you are having a lazy Sunday afternoon too.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, July 21, 2017

Please Pray for Our Little Bentley

My sweet and beloved little Bentley is having vision problems.  At the moment
he is blind.  He has developed a cataract in his left eye.  He is not seeing very 
well from his right eye also.

We are taking him up to Texas A&M University this coming Tuesday
morning for the doggie opthamologist to examine him and see if he is a 
candidate for cataract surgery.  They will also assess his right eye at the 
same time.  Bentley is now 11 1/2 years old.

I love this sweet baby so much. If you would be so kind to please 
remember him in your prayers, I will be so grateful.

Thank you from both of us.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Some New Pillows

A while back, I lightened up my bedroom with some more pink and
green for spring and summer.  I have always loved pink and green in
a bedroom.  Actually, I love pink and green for clothing too.  The first
pillow shams I found were the pink and green check.

Then I found these two Ralph Lauren Yorkshire Rose pillow shams.  
It's a retired pattern, but on eBay and Etsy, it's not too hard to find.  The 
pink and green check shams are custom and have a double ruffle in a
complementary pattern.  I like them with the pink and white toile
plates and the vintage framed botanical print above the bed.

Then I found this ....  a sweet rectangular pillow in the same Yorkshire
Rose pattern.  The pillow is corded in the same fabric and has two
covered buttons.  It's a vintage style pillow which just suits this room.

At the end of the bed is a patchwork quilt.  It's not vintage, but it is 
made with fabric that is made to look as if it is.

This is the first time I have ever had a bedroom with light sage walls and
I love it.  Sage is such a restful color and it's a neutral because just about
any color will compliment it.

Stay cool everyone.  It's very hot and humid here and oh so tempting to
take an afternoon nap.  That's just what Bentley is doing right now.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It's My Birthday Today!

It's my birthday today.  I don't celebrate in the big way I once did.
I can remember that I thought it was all down hill when I reached 25!
As it turns out, it wasn't down hill at all, and when I think back, it's
been a life full of fun, and friends, and adventures.  

Here I am in the photo above at my 5th birthday party.  Even though I was
an only child, Mom said that our house was always full of kids from the
neighborhood.  We were always building forts in the backyard or 
digging a hole in the front yard hoping to have an adventure like Alice,
much to my parents chagrin ;-)

By my fifth birthday, I was riding my two wheel bike all around 
the neighborhood from dawn till dusk.  Such fun and carefree days!

One of my close friends was Barbie.  We shared the same birthday, so we had a 
party together.  From the time I was two or three, I followed Barbie around like
a puppy dog.  She was truly like a big sister to me and taught me all the crucial
things I needed to know, like tying my shoes.  

Barbie's older brother, Eddie is the first boy on the right.  As I recall, he 
was two years older than Barbie, so he must have been nine in this photo.
I had the biggest crush on him!  He was my hero and I went to him with my
"big" problems.  I'm sure he was just being nice to me, but in my young mind,
he was future husband material.  

This is my best friend, Nancy.  She was a year older than me and the two of
us were always giggling and having sleep overs at each other's house.  Her
younger brother, Billy went to nursery school with me.

These kids were all my friends until we moved to another house in
another village when I was nine.  There I met more kids and created more
happy memories.  Life was grand, but you know what?  It was still grand
after age 25 and I am still ready to look ahead.

Thanks for taking a stroll with me down memory lane!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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