Friday, July 19, 2019

Mini Tips for Staying Cool During a Scorcher


Down here in South Texas, we are used to hot and humid days.
Down here, it's a typical July, but for the rest of you who live in
more temperate climes, it's called a "Scorcher".

So for all of you suffering from a heat wave right now, here are a 
few "mini" tips to help you stay cool.  First one, stay inside and enjoy
a cupcake!




Tip #2 ~ relax with a good decorating book.




Tip #3 ~ lose yourself in a good mystery, like a vintage Nancy Drew!




Tip # 4 ~ Give into the urge to take a nap!

When you awake from your nap, have a nice tall glass of sweet tea.
That's what we do down South.  Stay cool y'all!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rediscovering My Authentic Self


What happens to us as we pass through the years?  Are we still the
child with hopes and dreams and great plans for the future?  

The passage of time has not been quite the way I expected.  I have
stepped back recently to take a hard look at my past and how it has
shaped my present.  When we are young, the days and the seasons
move by at a much slower pace.  I'm not sure at what age the days
began to speed up, but they did.  I suppose I was so busy being busy 
that I did not even notice the change.  I didn't realize that the laser 
like focus for my passions was slipping through my fingers.

I was always creative, yet somehow that creativity began to wain.
Once again, not sure exactly when it happened, but it did.  Slowly
my perspective became less about what I liked, and more about
what others liked.  Being a people pleaser began to cloud my
vision and my self confidence.  That spark for life, that passion I
once had was being stripped away, and I was doing little to
stop it.  

Not long ago, I shouted STOP!   It doesn't matter what others
think.  It matters what I think.  I started to eliminate what was no
longer benefitting me, and that included some people too.  Why
should I fill a minute of my time trying to get along with others
who were not putting any effort to get along with me?   I 
decided to let them go.  I wish them well, but I can no longer 
afford to waste my time trying to fit in with others who have
little interest with me.  Almost immediately, I felt a weight
lifted off my shoulders.   The next thing I did was to stop telling
myself I must do this or that.  We all have obligations that we 
can't avoid, but if you look closely at your life, you will soon
realize that many of these "obligations" are created in our
own minds and that nothing bad will happen if we let them go.
Don't procrastinate.  Get done what needs to be done and then
immediately begin focusing on what you want to do.  

Once you clean out the cobwebs in your mind, you will have
the space you need to focus on goals.  Start a plan to fulfill
the dreams you once had, but were shoved aside.  There is no
more "one day", that day is now!  Take hold of it!  It doesn't matter
what others think, in actuality it only matters what you think.

I'm on my way to rediscovering my authentic self, and it's a
long overdue journey.  

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Too Hot for Spending Time in the She Shed


I would love to work on the inside and outside of Sweet Tea Cottage.  Two things are
holding me back though.  One, it is now so very hot and humid outside.   Oppressive is how to
describe it, extremely oppressive!



The next thing that is keeping me inside is aggressive bees.  Two men have been
killed by swarms of bees.  One man in Inez, another in Yokum.  Towns not too
far from here.  This past Sunday, a man was mowing his yard when a swarm of bees
came and attacked him.  He was screaming for help and his entire face and head
were. covered in bees.  Two men stopped to try to help him and were attacked too.
So three have been attacked and two have died from from bee stings.  

The last one was in Victoria!!!



David installed these two new arched windows.  I love them!  I am thinking
about adding a mantle surround to highlight the electric stove. We'll see
how that would look,




Here is the view of the exterior.  I have decided to order some shutters
and two more window boxes too.  It's a work in progress.  Thanks for stopping
by, and stay safe!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Fun Fashion for Summer


Now that summer is in full swing, it's time to start planning some
outfits to wear for parties and date night.  My hubby and I still like to
dress up when we go out for dinner.  I think that dressing up for any
occasion makes it special, and frankly since I love to wear cute clothes, 
it gives me an excuse.

The outfit above is dressy casual (casual because I am wearing it with
white skinny jeans).  The black top is crepe, which gives it a more
flowy look ( and cooler too).  The addition of the little white collar gives
it a dressier look.  Aside from white skinny jeans, I have added patent 
flats in a Mary Jane style with pearl closures, a three strand pearl
bracelet, and a faux alligator black bag.




I love Lilly Pulitzer for summer fun too.  The bright prints are always
memorable, and she changes them often.  This is an off the shoulder
top, with those skinny white jeans again, Jack Rogers gold sandals, a 
Lilly starfish choker, and Lilly clutch in gold.  

I'm planning the rest of my outfits for the long upcoming weekend, and
will share more later.  I also have more new windows added to the
She Shed, so I will be updating you on that as well.

Have a great day!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Some of Daddy's Treasures


In the living room,  I have a secretary desk that is devoted to some of my
Daddy's treasures obtained from his years in international business.  In the
1960's he had quite a bit of business in both Israel and some of the Middle 
Eastern nations.  Travel in and out of these countries was a bit tricky and he
would carry more than one passport so that he would get past country restrictions.
Don't ask me how he did this, but he did have a close relationship with many
in Washington.  

Over the years, Daddy was gifted with many treasures from business
associates.  He was given a tiger skin, which was meant to be used as a rug,
but none of us were okay with it.  Our dog especially hated it.  It remained
carefully packaged up in the attic, but was brought out only if the giver came
 to visit when he was in the states.





Daddy also did quite a bit of business in Israel.  He was invited into the home of
the Dobkin family in Jerusalem many times.  They had a son who was starting to
apply to colleges in the US, and expressed an interest in attending Harvard.   
Daddy has some connections at the University, and offered to write a letter of 
recommendation for the college hopeful.  I do not know what the ultimate result
of this letter was, but the Dobkin family was very thankful and presented my
Daddy with quite a nice gift of antique glass found on an architectural dig in
Jerusalem.  




These artifacts were uncovered near Bethlehem from the first century 
 of the Common Era.  Daddy was an avid student of the history and the
architecture of the ancient Near East, so this gift had a very special 
meaning to him.

I'm thinking of Daddy today (as I do every day) and remembering
things that were special to him.  On this date in 2010, Daddy passed
away.  That year it was two days before Father's Day, and this year
it is two days after.  He led a fascinating life and died at the age of
93.  He sure was a great guy!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

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