Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tuesday and Another Cold!

Its a good job I don’t have to speak on my blog, because at the moment I haven’t got a voice!!!! I have another cold which has, again, affected my voice box which is not good for my job!!!  I have had to make some calls today and people can hardly understand me, including DH, so I have now given up!!!!!  Problem is I have to go to a business seminar on Thursday so hopefully I won’t sound so bad by then!  

Youngest is not too well either with a stomach upset, I am just hoping I won’t get that as well!

I spent the weekend quilting and got some more blocks done for the Mystery Quilt from our quilt group which was from last year (!) and I am really enjoying it and hopefully I will get some more done later this week.  I got my cushions finished and will get some pictures of those too but as I am not feeling so hot, really haven’t got much energy at the moment for picture taking and sorting!!!!!

Saw this on the web at this website,  I love Game of Thrones and the new series will be on our TV’s here in April.  Love Snoopy!!!  It made me laugh (not easy to do when you are croaking and wheezing everywhere!)

Even Treacle is looking at me oddly as I don’t sound the same!!!  She is is her basket next to my desk though so it can’t be that bad.

I hope your Tuesday is better than mine.

Susie x

Look What the Mail Man Delivered!

This was one of the Boys favourite cartoons when they were little! (mine too)

You know how normally the only thing the mail man brings is bills, well the other day he brought a package for me of books!  You know how I love books.  I was given a couple of vouchers for Christmas for Amazon, so I placed an order!


I read Ree Drummond’s blog and love to see her way of life compared to ours, especially ranching which doesn’t seem to have changed much since the cowboy films I used to watch when I was little!  Here is her site, I recommend you pop by and have a look round :  This cookery book is recipes for all the holidays throughout the year and I can’t wait to have a go at them.  I will post pictures when I do!


I can’t resist quilt books of course and this has some great projects in, small and large!


I couldn’t resist this.  I admit I watch Real Housewives of Beverley Hills and I love Lisa Vanderpump.  I think, because she is English, I “get” a lot of her comments which I don’t always thing the other Housewives do, it’s an English thing!!!!  I love books like this and have a big collection of them.  Which makes me think of another post I could do of all my quirky books!!!!  Remind next week and I will do it!!!!

Anyway tonight Girlfriend is coming for family dinner and tomorrow they are swimming so I will be quilting, yes, yes I will, honest!!!!!  Sunday we have jobs to do and then back to Monday and school.  It was really nice to have a week off.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are.

Susie x

Spring will soon be here hopefully!  Love this picture!!

Thursday Already!


I cannot believe that it is Thursday already and Youngest will be back at school on Monday!!!!  They have gone paintballing today and fortunately the sun has come out, after raining for a while this morning, so at least they won’t be soaked just muddy!!!!!

Whilst they are all out I am doing house jobs, Treacle helps (!), but I promised to show you what I bought at the quilt shop.


Don’t quite know why this picture is sideways!!  The green, blue and yellow is to make some more cushion covers for spring and the pink and white is for another project I am planning


Love this fabric as it is all about sewing!!! There is another colour-way which is more golden but I restricted myself to just this one (I can always go back!!!!) I am going to make this into a sewing bag!



I have always loved these panels and they had just got some more in so I bought one before they sold out again! I am going to make them into wall hangings!

The Boys have a swimming competition over the weekend so I am determined to get some quilting done whilst they are all out!!!!  

Have a thrilling Thursday

Susie x


Come on Treacle, we have jobs to do!

The Wednesday Wag!

Snoodles over at http://lilypadquilting.blogspot was asking about cabin fever and sometimes I get that!!!!


We have not had the snow and freezing temperatures that they have had in the US, when you have to stay in!!!!!  However the rain has kept me in, I do not like getting wet!!!  


When the weather is bad I hide under my quilt


It’s really snugly!!!!!


If its really bad weather then I hide under my quilt completely!


But I really can’t wait until Spring when hopefully the better weather is here!  Then I can spend most of the day outside!!!!!  

So although Mom is probably getting cabin fever I just take it all in my stride, nothing that a good sleep can’t over come!!!!!!!

Hope you are all coping with the bad weather and not too feverish!!! Mom is going to get some quilting done tonight, well that’s what she says!!!!!!

Have a woofy Wednesday


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Busy Weekend!


Last weekend DH and I went up to Glasgow for a little getaway whilst Eldest looked after his brother and Treacle!  Fortunately the weather was okay and didn’t stop us getting there.  The above is the hotel we stayed in which is ten miles out of Glasgow.

This was our room

The reason for going was DH had treated me for Christmas to two tickets to the Jack Vettriano Retrospective Exhibition being held at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.  We have one of this prints in our bedroom and it is my favourite of all his works


The entrance to Kelvingrove


The Entrance Hall


DH and I both loved the lamps


Inside was this magnificent pipe organ which sounded wonderful

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When we came out the weather had cleared up, the sky was blue and the sun was shining but it was still cold.

The exhibition was great but we were not allowed to take pictures but you can see some of it on-line.  When we came up from the exhibition hall, Jack Vettriano himself was there signing copies of the catalogue so DH & I got in line.



He was really busy as you can imagine.  Afterwards we went for lunch at Loch Lomond but by then it was beginning to rain.

This is the view but not when we were there!

We had dinner in the evening at the hotel and then traveled back during Sunday.  On the way home we had a call from Eldest “How do I get into the garage when my key has broken in the lock?” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  my answer was can you use some pliers to get the broken key out – no and they needed to leave to get to swimming!!!!  Just leave it and we will sort it when we get back!!!!!!!!!  Sure enough DH got home and within ten minutes had got the the broken bit out.  Good job as there were some quite expensive parts in there which DH was delivering for our business the next day!!!!!!!

We had a lovely weekend and very grateful to Eldest for looking after his brother and Treacle.  Treacle was fine and I think had had quite a few treats to keep her from missing us!!! Yeah right missing us, she spent the weekend with The Boys and Girlfriend, she was in seventh heaven!!!!!

Youngest is off this week from school for half term and it was so nice not to rushing around, although he has had a few activities so we have had to be up and about.  Today he had a check up at the hospital for his toes and they have healed really well and he is now allowed back playing sport at school, Yeah!!!!!  I took him for a hot chocolate which was recommended by a friend as the best hot chocolate ever, but he was not too impressed as they used real chocolate and it was very bitter, oh well!!! 

Tomorrow is Wednesday Wag but Thursday I will show you what I got from the quilt shop, which is not far from where we went for our hot chocolate (there is a method to my madness!!!!)

Have a thrilling Tuesday

Susie x

Retro Friday & Valentines Day!

Still smiling: Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean recreated their famous purple Olympic costumes for the photocall

Thirty years ago (!) Torvill and Dean danced the now famous Bolero at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics and won Gold and skated their way into the History Books.  To commemorate the event they are back in Sarajevo skating it again.  I remember watching them on TV with my Mom  when they won and it was a big deal as they are from my home town of Nottingham!  It took ice skating to a whole new level.


Also this week Queen made Chart History by having the first album to hit 6 million UK sales of “Queen Greatest Hits”!  DH and I are fans of Queen and when The Boys were babies and wouldn’t sleep we would play Queen, quite loudly, and dance around with them and they would always go to sleep!  In fact now The Boys can sleep anywhere with whatever noise there is and I think it is because of us playing Queen!!!

DH and I went to see Brian May, Roger Taylor and Paul Rodgers in Nottingham five years ago and it was a great concert.  A shame it wasn’t with John Deacon and the Great Freddy, but it was still great!!!!  Also “our song” is “It’s a Kind of Magic” from Highlander which is very special to us! 

Congratulations to Queen and we still miss you Freddy!

The weekend is going to be busy and I will post some pictures on Monday.

Have a Great Weekend

Susie x

PS Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!