Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Daydreaming and Why It's Good For You

Daydreams come from the right side of the brain.  The feminine
and creative side.  When I was a young girl in school I was often
so bored with the lessons that my mind would wander off in all
directions.  Of course I was always called back into reality by my
teacher.  How often had you heard someone say ~
"stop daydreaming"?  It's often considered to be a waste of time
or the behavior of a lazy person.  In truth, there are some very 
good reasons to daydream.

The left side of the brain controls the concrete solutions.  It is
the side we use when we need to go over the budget or complete
a math problem.  The right side of the brain is the creative side.
It's the side we use when we creatively find ways to stretch
that budget.  I have read that daydreaming is a way for us to 
harness our imagination to find positive solutions to our 
problems.  Daydreaming allows us to safely travel between our
past memories and the future and to figure out ways to create
positive outcomes.  

Scientists have studied the works of both Newton and Einstein.
They have discovered that both of these men had some of their most
important discoveries when they allowed themselves to 
daydream.  You may not be looking to find the answer to a
scientific question yet you can use a daydream to relax,
to improve a relationship or boost productivity just by allowing
your mind to wander a bit. 

So go ahead and feel free to put your feet up and enjoy a good
daydream.  After all ~ it's the feminine thing to do!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Little Cottages Make My Heart Flutter


You can show me the biggest mcmansion ever and I won't be in love.
The houses that make my heart flutter are the charming little cottages.
Show me a sweet little cottage and I am guaranteed to start


Add an arbor and a picket fence ~ better call 911 :-)


Sweet stone chimney, cute little windows with tie back priscilla curtains.


Cupid ~ you just shot an arrow through my heart!


While I sit back and try to get my heart rate back down to normal,
I will let you gaze upon some more cottage cuteness.

Disclaimer:  Should you choose to continue gazing further, I am
not responsible for any heart palpitations ;-)





How are you feeling?  Okay?  Ready to go on???





Compose yourself and have a wonderful weekend!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, August 15, 2014

The "In Basket" of Life

I live in two worlds.  One is the real world, the place where reality must be faced.
We all live there.  That place where the mortgage and insurance premiums must be paid.
As an adult one has certain responsibilities and we face them head on whether we want 
to or not.  It's the bargain we face to be independent and live the life we choose.

I am thankful that we have never had to face an obstacle we could not overcome
and to be quite frank, we have faced some very big ones.   But life should be 
more than just fulfilling the obligations.

Suppose you had an "in basket" for your life sitting on your desk.
That in basket would contain room for one's typical obligations but
that basket would also have room for hopes and dreams.  The requirement
would be that during your lifetime you must get through that entire
"in basket".  Nothing must be overlooked.

How deep would your stack of hopes and dreams be?
If you were going through that "in basket" today, keeping
in mind you must be forging through that stack on a 
daily basis, what could you remove from that stack and
say to yourself ~ "I've done it"?

What have you done this past week that brought you
one step closer to checking off the hopes and dreams 
in that basket?  

Those hopes and dreams should be just for you alone.
Remember, no obligations in that stack, those have 
already been met.  Only your very own dreams that don't
need to impress anyone but yourself.  Maybe it is 
travel.  Perhaps some artistic endeavor.  It really does 
not matter what it is, just that it is important to you.

As responsible adults we tend to forge through the 
obligations and often we are too tired to focus on our 
hopes and dreams.  Life happens, we get consumed in it.
I am suggesting that we spend a bit of time focusing on
the obligation to one's self to grow and explore and take
the time to fulfill those dreams whatever they may be.
I love the following quote from Picasso ~

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to
remain an artist once he grows up.

I have a long list of hopes and dreams.  I better get
busy on my own "in basket".

It's Friday!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rustic Charm and Old Music

Last week I showed you a formal tablescape in my dining room.
Although I enjoy having dinner in that room, my favorite place to 
serve a meal is in the kitchen.  Sometimes we eat at the breakfast
bar and sometimes it's the farmhouse table.  Which ever spot we
choose, I serve it up from the island.  

I love to have music playing in the background and I will tell you a little
secret ~ my house loves old music.  You might think that I am a bit off for
saying so, but I believe that houses have soul.  Now my house was built in
1948.  It was lovingly designed by it's owner.  In fact, the original blueprints
for the house were left in the kitchen.  The family name is still on the door
knocker and I am not sure that I will ever have the heart to remove it.

This house grew up being well loved and well enjoyed by the family
who lived here.  It has a very midcentury soul.  Every corner of this home
is happy.  The kind of station wagon in the driveway, Brownie, Girl Scouts
and Cub Scout meeting kind of happiness.  I can envision many festive
Christmas mornings, Easter egg hunts in the backyard and bridge club
afternoons here.  

And music!

Not just any kind of music, but the music of it's birth.  Every stud, beam and
eave resonates to the music of the 40's 50's and 60's.  Nat King Cole, 
Rosemary Clooney, Count Basie make the house smile and come alive.

So in the kitchen I honor this house by always playing the kind of music
that makes it smile.  Fortunately we have a local music station that plays
this music all day long virtually uninterrupted.  Now if I come to learn
that the classic radio station is only received at my house I will know that
I am living in a Twilight Zone episode ;-)

Bentley likes the old music too.  I know this to be a fact
because I often pick him up in my arms and dance around the
kitchen with him.  My Mom always did this with our dogs.
They loved it and Bentley does too!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Snooping ~ You Know You Want To

We all seem to have a natural curiosity about one another.  Have you 
ever taken a walk through your neighborhood at night and walked past
a house where the curtains are open and you can get a peek at what is
inside?  There always seems to be one or two houses in a neighborhood
that seem so fascinating.  You want to snoop but know you cannot.

Sometimes we want to snoop to see the decorating.  Sometimes it's 
because the person who lives inside is so interesting.  Have you ever 
stopped and noticed what's on a person's desk?  You don't have to open
a drawer and yet you can learn so much about it's owner.  Are they neat
and organized or is everything in a jumble?  Are there photos of family
and or friends?  Are there intriguing items?

If you could would you want to peek into a home's nooks and crannies?  
You can learn so much about a person by snooping through their book

Have you ever read the Griffin and Sabine books by Nick Bantock?
It begins with a postcard from a woman living on a far off island to
an artist living in London.  She requests one of his fish postcards.
Griffin does not know her, or if he once met her then where or when?
A correspondence begins between the two of them and the reader is
drawn into their lives as a third party observant.  

Inside the book are postcards and letters tucked inside envelopes just
waiting to be read.  Why is it that we are so fascinated reading other
people's mail?  I think that is one of the reason that collecting old
postcards is so popular.  It's not just for the graphic but it's so fascinating
to read into the lives of some unknown person writing to a friend or
family member.  

So many of us love to travel.  To delve into the culture of some exotic land.
To learn what's different and what is the same about us.  We are just so
curious about each other.  I suppose it's a form of snooping too.

Who among us has not wanted to snoop into another person's medicine
cabinet?  We don't have a medicine cabinet in the master bedroom,  just
cabinets with drawers.  I'm letting you peek into mine.  This will give you
a big insight into me.  I don't take any drugs except a very occasional  aspirin
or a Benadryl if I get stung by a bee or bit by a fire ant.  

I use a retinol and a vitamin C cream and sunscreen.  Sometimes a 
moisturizer if I think I need it.  

I like to do my workouts at home.  

Be honest now ~ don't you like to snoop just a little bit?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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