Monday, November 12, 2018

Social Media Can Be Cruel

I am hard at work on my book right now, but I wanted to take a few minutes
to discuss hurt feelings that can be caused by social media.  Here is my
question, have you ever been unfriended by anyone on social media?  I
am not talking about someone you have never met personally, or
someone with whom you only have a limited friendship.  I am talking
about someone who you have corresponded with regularly, or worse yet,
a relative.  How did this make you feel?  Were you hurt, or were you
angry?  Did you have any idea as to why you were unfriended?  

This happened to me just last week.  I am curious to know your 

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, November 5, 2018

Why I Woke Up in a Panic!

Last night at about 4:30 AM, I woke up in a panic!  I had a very scary
dream.  In my dream it was Christmas morning, but I looked around and
realized I never put up a tree, or baked any cookies.  I walked around the
house saying to myself .... How could it be Christmas already?  I thought
it was still November!  

I noticed that David had already brought in the newspaper.  When I looked
at the headline it read ....


No coffee cake for breakfast and nothing for dinner.  I had not been 
shopping and the pantry was empty!

No fire in the fireplace.  No filled Christmas stockings.  Nothing at all
to celebrate the holiday.  

When I woke up from this very scary dream, I looked at the clock.  
I checked the date on my phone.  Yes, still November.  What a relief.
Falling back an hour on Saturday night has me all mixed up!  But
I am taking no chances.  I think I will head outside today and start
decorating the She Shed.  At least one spot will be ready just in 
case, lol.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hallmark Christmas Movies Made Me Do It

I have always had a rule for myself, no Christmas decorating until
after Thanksgiving.  So far, I have obeyed my rule.  However, this year
I started thinking about Christmas decorating much sooner than usual.
It's hard not to notice the Christmas decorations that have been out at
Hobby Lobby for some time now.  I tried to avert my eyes as best I
could, but well, I caved, and a couple of things just happened to
creep into my decorating closet.  Partly it's because I don't want to 
miss out on the things I like if I wait until after Thanksgiving.  I am
quite sure that the marketing department has me pegged and is 
appealing to my weak nature.   What can I say,  I am putty in their
retail honed hands.

But it's not just Hobby Lobby is to blame.  A big source of 
of the problem is ....


I will admit, I am an addict.  Some of these movies I have seen several
times.  It doesn't matter!  I love them and will watch them again and
again.  Pretty soon the Christmas theme and scenes are whirling around
in my head and I just have to start planning my own Christmas decor.

Today I was outside for a while with Bentley.  I walked over to my
She Shed and started dreaming of turning it into a Christmas Cottage.
The ideas started coming and now I can hardly wait to start the

It's too late now.  Full speed ahead!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween Y'All!

Happy Halloween Y'All!  I have been having fun decorating the 
miniature English cottage kitchen for Halloween.  The really fun thing
about holiday miniature decorating is that everything stores in little
boxes and it's soooo much easier to clean up.

Are you all set for Halloween at your house???  David bought a big 
bag of candy at Costco last week.  We don't usually get many visitors,
and the kids who show up last get the biggest handful of candy. 

For some reason, it seems to rain here every Halloween.  Parents end
up driving the kids house to house.  David is coming home early from
work, so his first job will be sweeping off the porch and sidewalk because
our live oaks have been dropping acorns for days.  The walk was just
cleaned off, and it's nearly covered again.  I don't want anyone slipping on
a wet acorn!

I have been watching the Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.
They are always a bit corny, but I love them anyway.  I am adamant  
about not decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but those
movies are making me so anxious to do it!  Does that happen to
you too?

Have a fun and safe evening!  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, October 29, 2018

Help! I Am in Desperate Need of Recipe Inspiration!!

It's been Fall now for several weeks.  I should be really enthusiastic about
cooking, but for whatever reason, I am not.  Lately it seems like I would
rather do anything but cook.  I never believed this would happen to me.
I am getting tired of all my tried and true favorites.  I don't even want to
go out to eat.  The restaurants in this town are pretty sad.  On Saturday
afternoon we were running around town doing some errands, and we
decided to stop at one of the few places we like for lunch.  The outdoor
patio over looking the river was packed, so we ate inside.  We had
worked our way through the menu several times in the past, and since
neither of us had ever eaten a hamburger there, it's what we both
chose.  How do you ruin a hamburger???  You can if you cook it until
it is dry as shoe leather.  

Aside from a deli in town we like, we are quickly running through
all of our other options.  Even our club, which was always a safe bet,
isn't as good as it once was.  This leads me to no other option ...,


I need inspiration.  I need the fairy of cooking to land on my shoulder
and whisper creative cooking ideas into my ear.  I'm putting in a tall order.
I want tasty, but not too many calories.  I want it to be nutrient dense and
I want the portions to be just the right size, not to big or not too small.  I
want it to be simple, easy and with minimal clean up.  In other words, I 
want what seems to be the impossible!  

How will I find that???  I think what I will do is try one of the food package
delivery services.  You know the kind, the ones where you list your food
preferences and they send you a box filled with enough groceries to serve
two (or whatever number) of people for three or four days.  I have watched
a couple of YouTubers who like this service, so maybe it will work for me.

Yes, I do believe it is my only current hope.  I am quite sure that I will be
unable to convince, or to afford, Michael, Patricia Altschul's butler to come
work for me.  Michael is really good with dogs, and I am sure he would
prepare some lovely meals for Bentley too.  Have you ever seen Michael on
Southern Charm?  Of course, Mr Carson, or a Mr Carson clone would be
wonderful too, but then Mr Carson didn't cook.  Mrs Patmore would be
ideal, but then I would just want to hang out all day in the kitchen listening
to her charming accent.

I suppose a package food delivery is my only realistic option.  I
will let you know how it goes.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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