It is hard to believe that it is November 1st already! It's been three
months since we arrived at our new home in Texas. The dust is
settling and we are starting to enjoy ourselves. Oh yes, there are still
boxes to unpack, but things are falling into place and we are feeling
more and more at home as each day passes.
A couple of weeks ago we went to a block party and met so many of our
new neighbors. They were so warm and welcoming and were so kind
to make us feel a part of the community. Last night we had quite a few
kids stop by our house with their parents and we shared our candy with
them. There were some who were unable to attend the block party
and they introduced themselves last night and welcomed us. I must
say that the folks we have met in Victoria, Texas are some of the
nicest ones I have met anywhere. We are just so happy to be here!
My Mom is getting used to living with us. I won't say that it has been
easy because it has been a bit of an adjustment for us all, but it is
working out well now. It is a relief for me to have Mom here instead
of worrying about her living alone. She and Bentley have a
really strong bond which is wonderful for both of them. It's
really cute to see them together.
No I have not painted the paneling and don't intend to now. We have
grown to love the cozy and warm feel of the family room. I have a few
more tweaks in store for this room which I will share with you later.
Seventeen feet of windows line this family room and look out to the patio,
covered porch and the backyard. It's wonderful to feel the closeness of this
big yard from inside the house.
The azaleas get more and more blossoms each day and we are delighted
by this surprise they are sharing with us.
Now that the weather has cooled off a bit, Mom has been spending as
much time as she can working out in the yard. She mentioned to me
the other morning that the yard work is helping her to feel stronger.
Back in Idaho, it is starting to get cold now and she would have
been stuck inside the house, so this is a welcome change for her.
We ordered a vintage sofa and two Chippendale arm chairs from an
antique dealer in North Carolina for the living room. They are due to
arrive this coming Thursday and we are excited about it. The antique
secretary desk arrived from a dealer in Georgia a couple of weeks
ago. I will share pics with you when these pieces are in place. I
must say that it has been a really good experience dealing with
these antique dealers and the shippers.
We are planning some paint color changes. Mom does not like the
mustard walls in the dining room so we will be changing them.
I love the yellow walls in the living room though and they are starting
to grow on her now too.
I love the new kitchen island that we found here locally. It is so much like
the one that Pottery Barn sells, but soooo much cheaper. I have really
been putting it to good use and have been cooking up a storm!
There are still a number of changes that will be made in the kitchen. The stainless
steel sink under this window will be removed and my white farmhouse sink
will take it's place. I was in Houston last Wednesday and found a wonderful
wrought iron fabricator who will be creating a pot rack for above my stove.
Can't wait to get the Viking back in place. The current cooktop is okay but
not anywhere as efficient as my Viking.
Viking sent me a beautiful cookbook for sharing my blog post
on Viking Life. Thank you Viking for this new book and I
can hardly wait to try out the recipes inside.
Everything looks a bit different in our new house. I get a bit homesick
for the old cottage, but I imagine that will diminish over time although
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the little cottage in Idaho.
My neighbor Amy (mother to Thelma the chicken) is so happy to
have her dad moving into our old place. Her sweet note to us about her
happiness made any sadness I felt just melt away.
Well that's it for now. David is going to smoke his first brisket on the new
smoker he picked up last week in San Antonio. I will share you some pics
of that adventure this weekend. Bless his heart, he has wanted this type
of smoker for the last twenty four years. Now that he is back in his
home state of Texas his dream is fulfilled.
Bentley is a happy camper too. He has his grandma to
spoil him, lizards to hunt and a little Jack Russell Terrier
named Toby who lives next door. Yee Haw ~
Bentley is lovin' Texas too.
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley