Thursday, November 11, 2021

Forever Cottage Core

I was cottage core before it became a lifestyle term.  It's no secret that I love the
old, well worn and well loved look.  In the Fall and all through the Winter
months this look just draws me in and keeps me snuggled.


This is the sitting room of our main bedroom.  This is my favorite
spot to sit and read or watch old movies on the weekend when
David is immersed in a football game or golf match on the
big screen TV in our family room.  

It maybe called Cottage Core, but I call it home.

Susan and Oliver

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Thanks for All the Love!

I am overwhelmed by your thoughtful and compassionate comments regarding
my recent stroke.  It has been a scary experience, but I am so very thankful to
have survived without any permanent damage.  

Your kind words of encouragement are better than any medicine my
doctors can prescribe.


Susan and Oliver


Thursday, October 28, 2021

After the Stroke

After a very long absence from this blog, I am back.  Life has been filled
with ups and downs for me in the past two years.  I had a life threatening
illness, followed by cancer and all of the treatment that arises from that
dreadful disease.  During my cancer, my weight went down to 78 pounds.
People often talk about the difficulty of losing weight, but for those who
become so frightfully thin, the struggle to gain weight lost is very real.
The doctors advised me to eat, eat everything, and so I did.  No one was
concerned about the type of food I was consuming, just that I consume
lots of it.   

In hindsight, I wish I would have more carefully monitored my diet,
but I did not.  In fact, it was unusual for me to eat a diet so rich in
calorie laden, fat filled foods, but alas, I did it.  

Also during the height of my cancer battle, the Covid pandemic hit,
and because my husband was employed in the oil and gas industry,
when the price of oil dropped to $0 per barrel, he was laid off from
his job.  This was very stressful for me.  We were facing an unknown
future on all fronts, so it seemed.  The co-pays for my cancer
infusions were staggering.  My beloved little Yorkie Bentley had died
at age 14.  In my mind, things could not get any worse.  

In typical fashion, I covered up my heartache.  I did my best to be upbeat.
I didn't fully convey the heartache and anger I felt about the cards I
had been dealt.  

On October 5th, just three weeks ago, I learned that there didn't 
appear to be any hope of my husband returning to his former job.
I was devastated.  We had given up everything back in Idaho to
move down to Texas expressly for this job.  Now it was over and
we are stuck in a small city with few good job opportunities.  I was
angry and afraid.  I started to sob.  The kind of heart wrenching 
sobs one gets when it appears that all hope is gone.  I went to 
sit down in a chair in our bedroom.  That's when it hit me, a 
stroke that left me paralyzed on my left side.  I went to the 
emergency room by ambulance.  I was given the clot buster
drug, and then air lifted to Houston for treatment at the University
of Texas Medical Hospital's stroke unit.  I recovered and could 
return home.  I'm on meds and a very heart healthy diet.  I was
one of the lucky ones.  Now I have choices to make.  Where does
life lead me now?  Having faced death twice within two years,
it is a very important decision to make 

Susan and Oliver


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

New Additions


I have a lot of garden clean up to do, but I thought I would just stop
by and share some photos of the new additions to my
breakfast room.  This area has been decorated and redecorated
more than once, but I was tired of how it looked, so I
added a couple of pretty plates and a copper mold.  Ya'll
know how much I love copper!

So now I am really loving this spot.

I also changed out the milk glass pitcher for a red
transferware one.  I'm loving this one too.

Well, off to the garden.  I am hoping that the live oaks 
will stop dropping their leaves soon.  I will be bagging
more leaves from beds today.  My azaleas are blooming, 
but nothing like their usual splendor.  The freezing temps
were tough on them.  I lost my Mexican Heather and looks
like my Carolina Jasmine too.  So sad.  More later ....

Susan and Oliver

Friday, March 12, 2021

In the Kitchen With Susan and Oliver

In our house, the kitchen is always an active place.  Lots of meal prep,
sitting at the breakfast bar drinking coffee and doing crosswords,
Oliver always nearby.  Since we spend so much time in here, I have
decorated the kitchen with things I love.  Lots of copper, lots of
baskets, pretty plates.  It's not sleek and utilitarian, rather cozy and
well loved.

As in other parts of the house, I love setting up vignettes.  
Happy little spots displaying things I love.

Have a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy the favorite niches of
your own home!  

Susan and Oliver


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

My Health Update

For those of you who are curious about the state of my health ....

I am happy to report that I am feeling great!
I am working out with weights three times per week, and I am
back to walking 10,000 steps per day.  I have gained all my
weight back and am sleeping well.  I have learned not to get
too stressed out about things, and to just focus on the positive
as best I can.  I will admit that the pandemic was a bit of a
struggle as I was still receiving immunology treatments and had
lab work and treatments at the hospital every two weeks.  Now I
am in remission and God willing, I will remain that way.

The prayers and support that I have received from all of you
have been such a blessing and I do believe that they have all
contributed to my current good health.  

So while my posting has been spotty, my plan is to resume
chatting with you all more frequently.  Thank you for all of 
the well wishes and prayers.  I have been touched by your
kindness.  I also want you to know that although I have been
able to read your comments, I have been unable to reply for
some unknown reason.  I am working on resolving this glitch.

Susan and Oliver


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Cozy Quilts

I have loved quilts for a very long time.  I never tire of them.
I admire the time and the love that goes into the creation
of each one.

As a consequence, I have them all over the house!

I hope y'all are having a cozy Sunday.


Susan and Oliver


Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Today is Oliver's first Birthday!

It's hard to believe that my baby boy is one year old 
already.  He has grown into such a good little dog and
we are so very proud of him.  He will be having a 
hamburger with a candle in it for dinner.  

We love you our little one.

Susan and Oliver



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