Thursday, June 22, 2017

Retro Cocktails


I mostly drink wine these days if I am having an alcoholic beverage,
but there is something to be said for the retro cocktail.  I inherited these
great 1960's era cocktail glasses from my parents.  They used to love
inviting friends over for cocktail parties.  Everyone dressed up in their
party clothes and stood around with a glass that always seemed to be
garnished with a slice of citrus, cocktail onions, olives or a cherry.




Mom passed around little silver trays filled with canap├ęs and hors d'oeuvres.
There was always music in the background and lots of laughter.  As a young
girl, I was allowed to say my hellos to everyone and then disappear up the
stairs to the TV room on the second floor.  I dreamed of one day being so
grown-up and sophisticated :-)




As an adult, I don't know if I have ever felt quite as sophisticated as my
parents and their friends used to be, but I still enjoy pulling out some of their
cocktail party ware and living the old school life for an evening.  In fact, I 
think it would be really fun to plan an evening like that with our new friends
here in Texas.   Until then, I think I will prepare some retro appetizers for
our weekly appetizer Saturday night.  Let me know if you want me to
share the recipes.


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adorable Pup All Grown Up


Do you remember the adorable little lost puppy that Bentley and I found
on one of our nightly walks last fall?  The poor little guy was hiding behind 
a bush in a neighbor's side yard.  He was scared and lonely and 
came running out and clung to my leg for protection.

We took him home.  Bentley wasn't too thrilled about it, but the
dear little guy needed the safety of a home and some food in his little
belly until we could find his owners.

I named him Andrew.


Of course, Andrew stole my heart.  We learned he had not been micro-chipped
and we asked around the neighborhood and no one knew anything about
him.  Trust me, I wanted to keep him, but I knew it would not be fair to
Bentley who is an old dog now.  I didn't want Bentley to think he was being
replaced by some cute young pup.  The answer was to find this little guy
a new loving family.


Look at this face!  Honestly, how could you not fall head over heels for him???

With the help of my friend and neighbor, a potential family was found.  They
came over to meet the little guy and they were just as smitten as I was.
Karen and Jacob are dog lovers and received a good review from friends.
It was time for me to say my goodbyes and send little Andrew off to his 
forever home.  

Tears, tears, tears :-(  I had to be brave and kept telling myself it was the
best solution.  

Andrew's name was changed to Chewie (Chewbacca) after the Star Wars
character.  And here he is now, all grown up ....



 He is happy in his forever home with his loving family.
That family is about to get bigger any minute now because Karen and
Jacob will soon be first time parents of a little girl.  

Don't you just love happy endings?  I sure do!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley






Monday, June 19, 2017

Cowgirl Up Metamorphosis


I am changing the decor of my little shed from garden/potting shed decor 
to cowgirl decor.  I felt the need for a change and also to embrace my
inner cowgirl.  



I have been gathering up the elements to make the transition.  I already
have many of them, but I am adding to the pile.  The only time I have
enjoyed myself as much is when I have been working on my miniatures.




It's going to be a amalgam of country, western and farmhouse elements.



I'll be sharing the progress with y'all.  Until then ....
Happy Trails to You!


Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley




Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Was Daddy's Little Girl


Today is Father's Day and it was seven years ago today that my Daddy passed
away.  He was the center of my universe.  I adored him and his memory lives
forever in my heart.



Most little girls think their daddy is the best one in the world.  That is how it
should be.  My parents were a bit older when I was born, and since I was the only
one, I always had their full attention.  My Mom was always the practical and more
serious of the two.  My Daddy, while a very successful and prominent business man
had the heart and soul of a child.  When I asked him to read me a bedtime story, he
gladly did so, but with a twist.  He knew that I had memorized the plot and all the
words of every story, so he would change all the words to keep me guessing.
Bedtime at our house was an hour filled with giggles and story line exaggerations.
I never knew what to expect, but knew it would be fun.

Daddy loved dogs and taught me to both love and respect them.  I received a 
puppy at age five, and she became a very important member of the family.
Daddy told me all the stories of all the dogs he had before I came along.
Our little Scottie, Bonnie was added to the list of VIDs ~ Very Important Dogs.

He was also a perfectionist and loved architecture.  When I asked for a tent
in the backyard, I not only received a tent, but one with a hardwood floor.
It was the coolest tent in the neighborhood :-)

Daddy also constructed a huge igloo out in our front yard one winter
that was big enough for me and all my friends, and of course, Bonnie too.




Daddy never thought that I was limited because I was a girl.  He told me that
I could do anything I put my mind to.  He encouraged me to follow my dreams
and to run my own race.  

Thank you Daddy!  I miss you so much and look forward to the day when
we will be together once again.

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley



Thursday, June 15, 2017

A New Little Herb Garden


Hi strangers!  We are back home in Victoria after a wonderful and restful
trip to Austin.  We always have such a great time there.  This time, I made
a stop at the Red Barn Garden Center.  I was in heaven!  As I strolled along
with my garden cart I kept thinking how much will I be able to fit into our
vehicle???  I had to account for David's golf clubs and our luggage and 
Bentley's luggage.  None of us ever seem to travel light.  

Speaking of packing .... why oh why do I bring so many outfits and pairs
of shoes?  As I was packing to go home I realized just how many tops
and skirts and pairs of sandals I did not wear.  So silly to bring so much.
I should know better by now :-)



Back to herb gardens ~ the Red Barn had so many varieties, and everything
looked so healthy.  I was designing in my head where to put everything I
purchased.  I love fresh herbs from the garden.  I love the glorious fragrance 
they emit and so yummy in cooking and salads.



I remembered that I now have these cute little spatterware pots.  I gave these to my Mom
years ago to put on her kitchen windowsill over her sink.  I used a vintage coffee pot for
my Ice Plant.  Hopefully it will not be long before this blossoms out.




I put some sedum in a hanging pot along with a tiny birdhouse.  Y'all know I
am crazy for succulents!  Next time I am in Austin I will head back to the
Red Barn for some more.  Their selection is fabulous.




I'll tell you what I did to get a little more space for, my pots.  I had an
old kitchen cart that was sitting in the garage.  I was thinking of either
selling it or giving it to Goodwill, but then I had a brainstorm and 
decided that it would be perfect for my herbs.  Since it's on wheels, I 
can roll it around to get more or less sun as needed and I can keep snips
and trowels in the drawer and watering cans and more on the shelves
below.  Here it is ....



Isn't it handy?  I picked up another hibiscus too.  I have one in the front
of the house that has lovely ruby red blossoms.  This one is yellow.  These
do very well in this climate, so I will be planting this on on the side of the 
shed.  I will be showing you more later.  

We had a wonderful time up in Austin but now we are glad to be
back home again.  That's it for now.  I hope you are all well and happy!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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