Monday, July 28, 2014

Touring Through Blogland

Touring through Blogland continues and Brenda tagged me and I am
supposed to answer a few questions.  So here goes:

1. What am I working on right now?  In terms of decorating well that
question is not so easy to answer.  As many of you know, I moved from
Idaho to Texas last August.  It was a huge move both geographically and
a life style change as well.  My husband and I moved down here with my
mother and we consolidated our two households.  Then five months ago
my Mom had a major stroke and died.  I am still picking up the pieces after
her death.  It's been a tough year for me and I am just taking things day by
day.  I  do a little decorating, have a good cry and do a bit more.  I know
that it will eventually get a bit easier, but for now I just do what I can each
day and try not to push myself too hard.

2.  How does my work differ from others in this genre?  Firstly, my little
dog Bentley has been an important part of this blog from the very start.
As Dorothy had Toto, I have Bentley.  He is my beloved little companion
and I often involve him in my posts.  I have been writing this blog for a
few years now and I can see it evolving.  In the beginning I was feeling
my way through the process and now I feel more relaxed and easy about
my writing style.  I would like to get away from the self imposed
structure of my blog and start to incorporate more free thought.

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?  I want my blog to be a happy
respite from our stress filled world.  I like to show a few pics and tell a
little story and  have my readers leave feeling uplifted.  I am not a 
slave to decorating so that is not my main focus.  I want my readers
to feel like they stopped by to visit a friend rather than be reading
a glossy magazine.

4.  How does your writing process actually work?  I never know for
sure what I am going to write about.  It may sound corny, but my
spirit just moves me.  I can sit down at the keyboard and have an idea
in mind and suddenly the muse takes over and I am off in another 

Now I am supposed to pass the torch along to three other bloggers.

My first blogger is Robin the Decorating Tennis Girl.  Robin and I 
started blogging right around the same time.  We quickly became good
friends.   We have a lot in common.  We are both only children, have
a passion for old TV shows like the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bewitched
and That Girl.  We also are old movie fans too and watch our favorites
over and over again.  We consider each other to be sisters and always
know what the other one is thinking.  We love old houses and a
traditional decorating style and somehow always end up buying the
same thing without the other knowing in advance.  It is almost 

Secondly is Karen of Brayton Homestead Interiors.  Karen has a
little Yorkie just like my Bentley and her's is named Krumpet.  We
have known each other for several years now.  She is also an interior
designer by trade and loves France as much as I do.  

And finally my dear friend Sarah of Hyacinths For the Soul.  Sarah
is a fellow Texan and has been such a good friend to me 
throughout my move from Idaho back to the Lone Star State.
As with Robin and Karen, we always seem to be on the same
page and ours is an easy and comfortable friendship.  Also like
me, her dog is her constant companion as well.

What I love about all three of these women is that home and
family come first.  They all like to live simple lives with the
emphasis on quality and not quantity.  And most importantly
they make the truest of friends.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


  1. I have always just adored your blog, Susan! It really is a lovely, happy place to visit. I'll be thinking of you today, and your loss, and hoping your heart is lightened by knowing how much we in blogland all care about you. Smooches to sweet Bentley!
    xoxoxo, Andrea

    1. Thank you so much Andrea. You brought happy tears to my eyes!

  2. Susan, you've been through a lot of change in your life in the past year. Both your creative blog and the constant companionship of Bentley must help fill the time.
    Thank you for thinking of me with the Blog Tour. I'll get busy and work up a post to share next week. Will have to start giving these questions some serious thought. Thanks for the honor!

    1. I hope you enjoy doing it. I did. Sometimes I wonder why I do this, but honestly I really do enjoy blogging. I especially enjoy all of the wonderful bloggers I have met. People like you!

  3. Your blog has always made me feel at home, my friend. I will have to visit your three tags as they are new to me. xo Laura

  4. Very nice, Susan! Your blog is always a pleasure to read, and it really does fell like chatting with a friend. You've done a good job of making sure it feels that way.

    I know your heart still aches, and I hope the burden is lifted soon. I know your pain.

  5. Lovely post, Susan. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely photos. I know it has been a hard time for you and hope you start to feel less sad soon.
    Helen xox


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