Tuesday, February 13, 2018

An Unrequited Love Story

Last September, I flew back to the Chicago suburbs to catch up with 
some very dear childhood friends and to also spend some time with
my cousins and my college roommate.  It was several days and
evenings full of fun and lots of talking and reminiscing about old times.

I ran into so many people from my past.  Some I knew instantly,
despite the passing years, and others I did not recognize at first.
One of my friends, a former neighbor of mine, remembered how I
wanted to be a child movie star just like Shirley Temple.  I truly had
forgotten that at the tender age of nine, I wanted to be an actress, lol.

I was mingling and talking and met up with a group who I
remembered from junior high.  One of the men told me that when
we were both twelve, he had the biggest crush on me and that he
always thought I was so pretty.  I felt a bit sad when he told me this 
because I had no idea that he felt that way about me.  I'm not 
even sure that I knew who he was back then.  This is not in any
way a reflection of him.  This is a reflection of who I was
when I was twelve.

At age twelve, I was a very, very, shy and introverted young girl.
My Mom had been very ill for a couple of years, and I spent time
living with relatives and friends of my parents while she was in the
hospital.  The only constant for me was my love of horses.
I rode most days after school, and when I wasn't riding, I was 
mucking out stalls or cleaning tack.  I liked boys, but I could not
imagine how any boy would like me.  I was so tiny and quiet and
did not dream of flirting or trying to act older like the other girls.
Most of the time I wanted to fade into the background and prayed
that no one noticed me, except my beloved horse.  The whole time
I was and would forever be, totally unaware that some boy thought
I was pretty and had a crush on me.  If I had known, I probably
would not have done anything about it because I would have 
blushed and blushed and blushed.  Yet if I had known, it would
certainly put a little smile on my face and made me feel a lot
better about myself.

Young love, and sadly unrequited.  Thanks, Patrick, for
thinking so highly of me once upon a time.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine Party in the Miniature Dollhouse

Hi everyone!  I am back after being gone for a while.   I have been working
very hard out in the yard.  My gardener and his wife were here to help
me last week.  We had to cut down all of the ginger that froze last month,
and it was a huge job.  After everything was cut down and bagged, I
started going through all the beds, cleaning and weeding.  I worked
several hours a day for days and days.  

Today, I am indoors staying warm.  Another cold front came through
and it doesn't feel at all like South Texas!  So, I am in my studio
playing with miniatures once again.  I have the little sitting room all
decorated for Valentine's Day.  

There are cupcakes and cookies on the coffee table ....

And a cake and more cookies in the kitchen ....


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

I Bought Myself a Valentine's Day Present

I ordered this gift for myself a few weeks ago.  Actually, it's not really
my Valentine's Day gift, it's just that I am calling it my gift to myself.

This darling package is from Tiny Dwelling Miniatures.  Let's open it up!

The excitement builds .... 

It's a lovely vintage looking farmhouse sink that I purchased for the 
English Country Cottage style dollhouse kitchen I am constructing.

This is so charming, and I would love a life size one too!

I purchased the little drainboard with dishes drying on it.  So sweet!
The shop where I purchased this ensemble is TinyDwelling.etsy.com.

Now I am off to go play ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, February 2, 2018

Adding a Little Love to My Kitchen

I found this cute LOVE sign at the Dollar Store, added a gingham bow,
and hung it next of the spice cabinet in my kitchen.  I'm loving it!

February 2nd is my Grandmama Marie's Birthday in heaven.  
She died from a heart attack when I was quite young, but I know
that if she were still here with me, she would be right along side
me decorating in the kitchen.  She loved to cook and bake and knit
and crochet and do all those wonderful things that Grandmamas do.

Just want her to know that I am thinking of her today.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Welcome February 2018!

February is a feminine and pretty month full of hearts and flowers.
All of us girly girls are thrilled that it has finally arrived!

Don't you agree?  Between now and Valentine's Day I can show all
the hearts and flowers I want, and of course, pink and red are the colors
of the month, so prepare to be seeing lots of it here.

How about some love stories too?  It would not be a good Valentine's Day
without a good love story, or two or three.

In the meantime, I will be out cutting down more of the frozen
ginger.  The good news is that I am burning up lots and lots of
calories with all this garden clean up.  I always want to look at the 
bright side :-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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