Friday, July 31, 2020

Ahh ~ There's No Place Like Home for Real Comfort

So sorry to be gone for so long.  I have been so busy healing and
going to and from the hospital for treatments.  The good news is that
I am in REMISSION!    My treatments have been cut back to a
maintenance dose and I am feeling stronger day by day.  I am so
happy to be given a greater chance to enjoy life that I do not mind
sheltering at home.  

Little Oliver has been such a comfort and a blessing.  All of his
adorable little antics have brought such joy into our home once
again.  He will be five months old on August 2nd.  He's still teacup
sized ~ about 2 1/2 pounds, but full of boundless energy.

I have been enjoying fluffing the cottage once again.  It's amazing how
one misses everyday chores and the daily activities of living.  I 
really appreciate the simplest of things now. 

I have gained some weight which has made my doctors and nurses
very happy.  I am up to 95 pounds now.  I am happy with that weight
because it is my "normal" and so much better than the 78 pounds I was
just a few short months ago.  Now I won't blow away in a strong wind!

I am glad to be back.  I'll be filling you in on little Oliver's 
cute pics and stories soon.  Until next time,

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

How Perfectionism Prevents Creativity From Flourishing

Both of my parents were perfectionists.  It was a bit difficult for them to accept
the fact that they had given birth to a free spirit who did not feel harnessed by
that perfectionistic behavior.  Perhaps I rebelled against it because I 
understood the tension it created, or perhaps I was just wired differently.
I am not sure.

My Daddy was less concerned by the perfect than my Mama.  She had to
make sure that everything she started must be finished without mistake.
I never understood her attitude completely until she told me that her
own father once criticized her for using an eraser to alter a word on
her homework.  He asked, "Why must you use an eraser?  Why don't
you think carefully before you print out your homework assignment?"
She told me she never forgot those words, and from that moment on
she was very careful.  It's my belief now that she carried that sense of
caution throughout her life.  

She never realized our fully embraced her talents, of which there were
many.  She always had beautiful flower gardens.  She always decorated
our home to perfection.  She was an excellent baker and she could
decorate a cake as well as any professional.  She sewed many darling
dresses for my dolls, and her Christmas wrappings were always so 
original and beautiful that we hardly wanted to open our gifts.

One of her pursuits was taking a china painting class.  This was
her first creation.   I didn't see it for the longest time because
she didn't think it was very good.  She compared herself to others
in the class and envied their talent.  In my mind, it is a beautiful
plate and it shows to me that she indeed had the soul of an artist.
It's charming in it's simplicity and conveys a sense of joy to
the eye.  I only wish that she recognized this talent she possessed,
and that she would have enjoyed it more fully.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver

Monday, June 8, 2020

Where I Create

This is my little corner of the world.  It's a part of my office,
and for me, it's where dreams are hatched, and creativity can

My inner child comes to play here, and there are no
boundaries to where my imagination can take me.

Everyone needs a little spot where they can dream big dreams,
and to continue to be in awe of the wonders of the world.

You can create your own special place, even if it's just on a shelf.

Thank you for visiting my special place!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver

Thursday, June 4, 2020

What Should I Make For Dinner Tonight?

Recently, my mind has been swimming with ideas for dinner.
Today, I have hit the wall.  No ideas at all.  I have been so 
preoccupied with doctor's appointments that I haven't given
cooking a thought.  Well, I had my last appointment this afternoon, 
and I won't have to go back for another three weeks.  Time to focus
on cooking again ... but what?  

The pantry is a bit bare, and I need to order groceries again. 
Now is a good time to pull out some recipes so that I can make
a list of what I need.  I wish Paula Deen would move next door
so that I get some help.  I watch her YouTube channel all the time,
not just for her recipes, but for entertainment too.  She always
has a big smile on her face and her cheerfulness is so contagious!

Maybe I'll make some sautéed chicken, country green beans, garlic mashed 
potatoes and buttermilk biscuits for dinner.  I think that Paula just jumped
into my head and gave me that inspiration!  Thank you Paula!!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Oliver

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Garden Around Sweet Tea Cottage

Aside from the work I am doing inside the cottage ~ wallpaper and 
paint, I am slowly tending the garden around the cottage too.
I bought more pea gravel to fill in spots that seem a bit too sparse.

I am refreshing my annuals too.  Most of my vinca survived the
winter because it was a mild one here.  I have added a few more
plants as well.

Back in Idaho, my potting shed was covered in English ivy.  I love
that look and I am encouraging the ivy growth here as well.

The creeping Jenny in the window boxes survived the winter and is
starting lots of new growth.  On the left is jasmine which has already
bloomed.  It was so fragrant.  I miss that lovely scent now.

I bought some basil and some mint too.  Trying to keep the mint contained
because I know how it loves to spread.  There is some chamomile in that
little tea cup.  It will probably get too big for that cup, but I think it looks
sweet in there for now.

Little by little there are more changes.  I enjoy this little cottage so
much and I am in the process of creating a series of cozy mysteries
based on a cottage such as this one.  Stay tuned!

Susan and Oliver


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