Monthly Archives: January 2015

New Year Aims

2015 AIMS

DSC03518Having read lots of the Blogs I read every day, everyone has the same view of Resolutions, we make them then break them quite quickly.  So following the trend I am not making resolutions but Aims.

Last year one thing I tried to do is do some quilting every week and I mostly did that until we got to summer when house and garden jobs took over or activities with the Boys.  SO this year I am going to Aim to do some quilting every week and keep this up during the whole year.

Another Aim is to be healthier, again if I say I am going to loose weight then I just resent it and don’t do anything so again, just be healthier.

My final Aim is to carry on with my three happy things in a day and write them down.   I don’t want to have too many Aims either or I will get bogged down.

DSC03960So this weekend I will be busy quilting!  I have one or two new projects to look at and see how my stash is going to get them done, I have Eldest’s quilt to sandwich and pin so I can start quilting that and I have a few more projects to plan out!  Hopefully I will have some pictures to show you.  The weather here is forecast to be cold, very windy and grey!  Just the sort of weather to stay in and quilt.

I hope everyone has a lovely safe weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

img_2012.jpgTreacle enjoying the snow we had just after Christmas!







Christmas Trip

Usually between Christmas and New Year we have tried to take the Boys somewhere interesting and sometimes something to help with their school work.  We took Eldest here, The Imperial War Museum London, when he had started his GCSE work and now Youngest has begun his, he wanted to go back.

We went down on the Tuesday after Christmas and it was very busy with tourists but not so much that we didn’t get to see everything.  It has just re-opened after a re-fit so we could see the difference between our two visits.

DSC04337The Entrance Hall

DSC04338A vehicle used by the media in conflict areas

DSC04339Another vehicle on an upper floor

DSC04343The same vehicle

Youngest and DH think that the following vehicle would be good for me, especially on a road out of our village which is extremely narrow and some people race along like it is part of an F1 course!  The rest of us, including me, slow down to a crawl or stop when cars are passing but a lot don’t!

DSC04340 DSC04342 DSC04341Yes I would be happy with this on the school run!!!!!!!!!

DSC04335 DSC04336To get to the museum we went over Westminster Bridge next to Big Ben and we could see the London Eye (you can see how busy the bridge is)  They were getting ready for the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

The building which houses the Imperial War Museum used to be the Bethlem Royal Hospital or Bedlam as it was better known and opened in 1815

This picture was taken in 1896

In 1930 the hospital moved again and the building was given to London County Council where the park was developed for the locals and the building was opened to house the Imperial War Museum in 1936.  Bethlem Royal Hospital is still in existence today and is now purely a psychiatric hospital.

Tomorrow is a House Job day and grocery shopping and at the weekend, I am pleased to say we do not have anything planned, so I am going to try and get some quilting done!

I hope you are having a thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie x

The Wednesday Wag!

DSC04303Well all the decorations have been put away for another year and Mom cleaned up a storm afterwards so all is back to normal.  I had a lovely Christmas but on the Saturday after Christmas and before New Year I was in a lot of trouble!!!!!!!!

Mom is always busy beforehand making lots of lovely things for Christmas, some things I am allowed to try and some I am not.  She makes mince pies, Christmas cake, Christmas puddings, sausage rolls, cookies and a lovely Christmas Log.

DSC04296This is one of the Boys favourite things and it always looks real.  Mom always makes one of these because her Grandma always made one at Christmas time.  Anyhoo Mom, Dad and The Boys all went out for the day on the Saturday to the cinema and for something to eat and I was left at home of course.  When they got back they found this ……

DSC04333I am afraid that the temptation was too much and I had the lot, including the plastic robin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Mom was not pleased!  Especially as us doggies are not meant to have chocolate and there was 500g of chocolate on the cake as well as 250g of butter which is also not good for us doggies!

Fortunately as the chocolate had been “cooked” to spread onto the cake Mom thinks that it was not as bad as “raw” chocolate.  But I was sick and Mom found the plastic robin!  But I was sick in my bed so I now don’t have a nice comfy bed in my basket!  Mom said it serves me right!!!!!  She relented though and ordered me a new bed which is coming all the way from America and it will have my name on it when it arrives!!!! 

DSC04334This is my “I am really sorry Mom” face! 

Fortunately I was only sick once and eating the whole thing did not give me any other problems and I had a great time after that!!!!!

Youngest is now back at school so it is just Mom and I at home and she is busy catching up on work.  I am counting off the days until my new bed arrives, my basket is just not as comfy at the moment.

(Treacle you have no shame! Mom)

I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas and Happy Woofy New Year.


PS  Next Christmas (!) the most eagerly anticipated film is being released!  No not Fast 7, Taken 3, Star Wars or Fifty Shades of Grey (whatever that is!) No the film of the year is the Peanuts Movie! I am definitely going to see this!  Go here,, to see the trailer and photos.

Happy New Year!

DSC04301We had a lovely Christmas and New Year except DH, Youngest and I managed to get a cold between the two events, so we were coughing and spluttering everywhere!!!!! (Warning this post is picture heavy!!!!!!)

DSC04298Santa came and delivered the presents and the Boys were as pleased as ever!

DSC04304 DSC04305It wasn’t that early on Christmas Day but they all looked like it was!


DSC04311Treacle loved opening her presents, and everyone else’s as well!

DSC04313She got some help with the tricky wrappings!

DSC04316 DSC04317Eldest bought Youngest for Christmas a Lego Camper Van with millions of pieces!


Our Christmas dinner table

DSC04318The Christmas Pudding All Aglow!

We spent the day helping build the Lego model (still not finished), watching a DVD, The Guardians Of The Galaxy, and the Boys were playing a computer game between them, in their bedrooms but the two computers linked (!).  DH and I got to read our new books.  Treacle did not have one moment in the day where she was able to sleep, in fact by 9.00pm she was in her basket and not even a biscuit could entice her out!  I love Christmas! 

I will tell you more about the holidays on Thursday and Treacle has a very interesting Wednesday Wag tomorrow!

Hugs, Susie x

352 Days ’til Christmas!