Friday, July 22, 2016

Red Roses With Love

My husband David is a real sweetheart.  He gave me a Fitbit last Sunday 
as an early birthday present, and then on Monday evening he brought me
these beautiful red roses.

He likes to buy me flowers from Devereux Gardens.  They always 
have such beautiful flowers, but more importantly, a purchase of 
flowers or cookies, buttermilk brownies and more, helps to support
the Devereux Community which provides training, rehabilitation and
so much more for adults and children in need.  It's a wonderful organization
that gives to the community.  

So these roses are a symbol of love in more ways than one.

Happy Friday Y'All!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Improve Your Curb Appeal With A Giveaway

I was contacted recently by Tezz from Ramsign about hosting another giveaway
on my blog.  I gave away one of these signs on my blog once before, and Tezz
suggested we do it again.  Of course I said ...Yes!

I love these enamel signs.  I think they are so charming and add lots of curb
appeal to a home.

Ramsign has been handcrafting these signs for over 25 years.  

They are available in different styles ....

and shapes, and colors too.

All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog stating that
you want a chance to win and one of you will!  How easy is that?

I will announce the winner on Thursday, July 27th.  Good
luck to all of you!  And a big thanks to Ramsign for this

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, July 18, 2016

Thoughts on My Birthday

Today is my birthday.  It is a happier birthday than it was last year.  Last
year my beloved Aunt Susan died just days before.  She died July 12th,
her birthday would have been the next day on the 13th.  We loved having
our birthdays so close together, and for my whole life we celebrated our
birthday month.

So this is my first year without her.  I am doing okay and honestly feel
better than I have for several years.  I am looking at this year as a new
beginning and planning on enjoying each and every moment of it.

Here I am on the right, celebrating my fourth birthday with my best friend Barbie.
Barbie and I shared the same birthday and always had our parties together despite
the fact that she was two years older.  All of her friends and all of mine came to
my house for a big party.  

Barbie was always like a big sister to me.  I didn't remember this, but Barbie
was the one who taught me to tie my own shoes.  I read about this while 
reading an old letter that my Daddy wrote to his parents.  From what Daddy
wrote, I was very "matter of fact" about the whole thing and proceeded to
teach my new found skill to all the kids my age.  Barbie was my role
model ~ and by the way, I also had a very,very big crush on her older
brother Eddie who was four years older than me :-)

Barbie and I lost track of each other over the years, but I never fail
to think of her on July 18th.

Over the weekend,  my husband David celebrated his birthday too.  We have
always celebrated three full days ~ the 16th, 17th and 18th, and it has always been

David gave me a Fitbit for my birthday.  I love it!  I am now tracking every
step, how much I exercise, how many calories I have burned, how much
sleep I am getting and how much water I drink each day.  If I sit too long,
it will beep at me to get up and move ;-)  I have always been fit, but now
I expect to be super fit.  No excuses!

I am looking forward to the next year of my life that now lies before me.
I will have to achieve some kind of momentous accomplishment that
equals learning to tie my own shoes when I was little.  I have a really good
idea of what that will be, and before long, you will know too.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who come to visit me.
Your comments, support and love mean the world to me and have
made each day a better one for me.  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Can't Put This Down!

I started reading this book today ~ and I have not been able to put it down!
Have you read it?

This is probably my shortest blog post ever, but I just had to tell you
about this good read.  Run to your library and check it out.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, July 15, 2016

Do You Like Cozy Mysteries?

Do you read cozy mysteries?  The ones that are not too gruesome and where
although a murder takes place, it's always in some charming town where 
the protagonist  is a shop keeper, antiques dealer, chef, or gardener.  

Or a Do-It-Yourselfer.

Or maybe you like the classic who done its.  Agatha Christie is the master.

I am always attracted to the cozy series set in charming old houses in
supposedly peaceful and idyllic settings.

The cover can really draw me in too.  Love the name Aunt Dimity also :-)

I read lots of books.  I enjoy non-fiction and biographies and cookbooks
as well as novels, but when I want to get lost in an easy and engaging
novel, a cozy is always nearby.  I am also enjoying all the Hallmark
Movies and Mysteries.  I TiVo them so I can watch several of them in
a row to create my own all day movie marathon.  

Do you do this too?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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