Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quiet Sunday Cottage

A quiet Sunday at home with the things and the ones I love.  It soothes 
the soul and refreshes the spirit.  Little things here and there that make
our cottage a cozy nest unaffected by the loud chatter of the outside
world.  A cocoon filled with bowls of hot oatmeal and blueberries.
Fresh flowers in the kitchen.  A stack of comfy quilts.  Books to read
and an unmade bed just ready and waiting for an afternoon nap.

I  want to invite you to visit my new blog 
It's a blog that will only will feature minis.  Ash Tree
Cottage will continue as always, but this new blog
will be for current and hopefully future mini lovers.
Stop by, and let me know what you think.  Have a wonderful
Sunday doing what you love.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Coping With Depression

I have not wanted to admit this to myself, but have decided that it's time
that I did.  I have been depressed for the past couple of years.  I keep
telling myself that it will pass and that I will be happy again, but things 
have happened that I won't go into right now, that have prevented me
from making progress out of the darkness.  

I spent Monday evening, all day yesterday and today crying.  
Something happened that set me back once again and now I feel
that I am now farther behind in my recovery.  I feel as though
whenever things start to look up, someone says or does something 
that sends me right back into that dark hole.

I don't want to feel this way.  I have lots of reasons to be happy, yet
I'm not rebounding as I should.

I don't want to start taking drugs.  I never have and I never will.  I have 
been able to overcome tragedy in my life without the aid of pills and
have managed just fine.  But this time it seems that circumstances appear to
be working against me and I am struggling.

I am working on it, I really am.  Just be patient with me.

Susan and Bentley

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Big Announcement

I was working in my studio the other day and playing around with some
ideas, when I got the urge to create something new and different.  

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, then you know that I have been 
working on a dollhouse miniature nursery for the past couple of
months.  I am having so much fun putting it together and it dawned on
me that miniatures have become a really big passion for me.  I love
curating mini rooms and have started to make some of my own minis

Years ago, not long after I started this blog, I created a dollhouse
blog.  I was too busy at the time to keep it up, so it just
disappeared.  Now that I am so immersed in miniatures, I decided
it was time to revisit a blog devoted specifically to minis.
While I will be maintaining this blog ~ Ash Tree Cottage, on a
regular basis, my new blog will give me a chance to share ideas
and tips for dollhouse lovers, without boring my readers who
are not interested in minis.  So ….

Coming soon will be the new Ash Tree Cottage Dollhouse Minis
blog.  I will be showcasing others who love minis, providing
resources, and sharing tutorials on this new site.  

Last fall, when my blog was featured in The Dolls' House Magazine,
I realized that my mini curated rooms were catching the eye of 
other mini lovers and their feature encouraged me move forward.
I was so excited that I framed the feature article and it is sitting
next to my desk.

Oh and by the way ~ I just purchased the Country Living Cottage
Style book you see above.  I had to laugh when I looked at the 
cover more closely and realized that the background is very, very
much like my fabric that I inserted in the door of my chest ….

See what I mean?

For you non mini lovers, Ash Tree Cottage will continue 
to bring you my cottage style, gardening, potting shed updates
and recipes as usual.  The minis will have their own home.
As soon as the site has been completed, I will give y'all the
link.  Until then, I am joining:

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, April 22, 2016

Those Sexist Robotic Designers

Have you seen the latest female robot from China?  She is very life like
and probably will fulfill many men's fantasies.  To me it's creepy, but it
apparently is the way of the future, so we will have to adapt.

I am jumping up onto my soap box to protest the sexist tendencies
of these male robotic engineers.  What I am seeing is that they seem to
be creating their dream girls who will do their bidding.  It is the return 
of the geisha.  

Well, what about us women?  Where are the female robotic 
engineers who will create robotic males who will bring us
happiness???  Where is that Mr Right robot who will say:

Where is that honey do list?  I will happily complete
all the projects you have planned.  You just sit back and
pin on Pinterest for a few hours while I take care of

Robotic engineers take note ~ I am putting in my order
for a robotic version of Mr Carson!


This is my dream robot ~ dignified, cultured, able to make sure that
the Ash Tree Cottage household will be running in tip top shape!
He will make sure that we have a proper breakfast each morning.
He will understand the importance of afternoon tea.  Martini glasses
will be chilled and ready at 5pm each evening.

Of course he will require a staff to supervise, so you robotic
engineers better get cracking!  And may I suggest the first
item on your list ….


Mrs Patmore of course!  I would feel so comfortable having
her in our kitchen.  In fact, Bentley and I would probably
spend a lot of time watching her prepare our meals and
chatting with her too.  And my hubby will be pleased to
have wonderful meals coming out of the kitchen each night.

Now, another request please.  David and I do not have
grandmothers anymore, nor does Bentley.  Therefore,
a grandmother figure will be an appropriate addition to
our little nest.  May I suggest the one and only, drumroll
please ….


The Dowager Countess of course!  We would happily look forward
to her visits and relish in her quick and witty quips :-)

Our Ash Tree Cottage is now perfectly appointed ;-)

Have a fun Friday y'all!  It is sunny and beautiful
outside and Bentley and I will be working in the
garden around the potting shed.  Mr Carson, would
you be so kind as to remind us when it's time for tea?

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, April 21, 2016

My Ginger is Blooming!

When you walk through the breezeway and start on the little stone path
headed to the potting shed, you will walk through some very high
ginger.  These ginger plants are at least 8 feet tall and grow like 
weeds!  I just finished cutting off quite a bit of these plants a 
couple of weeks ago.  Today, after some very big thunder storms
and a nearby funnel cloud roared through our town, I was able
to get out and take photos of the new blossoms.  Aren't they
lovely?  I am so pleased.  The ginger is very happy again this 
spring after all of the rain.  The plants in the front yard are 
blooming too.  By the way, as far as I know, the funnel did not
touch down, just scared us.

Do you see the potting shed in the background?  This is a very
private area, separated from the rest of the backyard.  It's like
my very own secret garden :-)

These buds are so pretty and will probably open up more tomorrow
when the temps will be about 84 degrees, sunny and no rain.
The storm today kept me off the internet and that's why I am 
posting so late.  I had a plan to post earlier, but Mother Nature
had something else in mind.  We are all safe and sound, although
everything is a bit soggy.

I need to go check on my banana trees in another part of the yard.
I have a total of five of them this year.  Maybe we will have little
bananas, my neighbor does.  That would be a real treat, especially
if they arrive in time for me to show off my quick and easy
banana pudding recipe next Tuesday!

Bentley is happy now.  He can explore his yard now that 
the dark clouds have passed.  He was sad looking out the 
window earlier when he saw all the rain.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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