Monthly Archives: February 2018

Pancake Day!

The one day of the year when DH and The Boys don’t want to be bothered with a main meal, although I make them have something, all they want to eat are Pancakes!

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Our lot prefer to have just the pancakes with orange juice and sugar.  I prefer to have them with some maple syrup and I must admit that I love pancakes with savoury fillings too!!!

I am sure I have told you the story of DH when he was little with his best friend in their kitchen and his Mom just making pancake after pancake and he thinks they got through at least twenty each!!!  I, however make one batch of batter and once its gone, its gone!!!  Also because of my Scottish heritage I also make Scotch Pancakes or as I my Grandma called them drop scones, but DH prefers the thinner crepes style.

I have quite a bit of cooking to do today and then I will make the batter for later.  Treacle usually gets the last little pancake from the end of the batter in her bowl!!!!

Happy Shrovetide everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The Royal Shrovetide Football match in Ashbourne between the Up’Ards and Down’Ards which they believe began in 1667.  It is played on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and begins at 2.00pm each day until 10.00pm at night!  All the shops and businesses in the centre of Ashbourne are closed and boarded up for the two days and the game rages around the market town!!  As you can imagine there are not many rules and it is quite violent.  A friend who was born in Ashbourne, one of the criteria, played for a number of years and had several injuries from it until his wife said that was enough!!!!!

A Great Weekend.

I was lucky enough to be in on Friday and able to watch the Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics.  I thought it was very well done, except for the four trying to sing “Imagine” by John Lennon!!!! 

I thought the black and white tiger was beautiful and I love that he is the mascot for the games.

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The British Team entering the arena.

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The Drones creating the Olympic rings.

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I absolutely loved Sumi Hwang’s dress whilst she was singing the Olympic anthem.  I think she must have been wearing several layers under it to stay warm.

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The Olympic Flame lit for the duration of the Games.

Friday we had an evening in and Saturday we got some jobs done and Saturday evening we were out for dinner with friends who moved house just before Christmas. It was a great evening.  We were there with two other couples so eight for dinner and we have known them all for thirty years and it was a fun evening.  In fact when we looked at the clock it was 1.50am when we left but if felt like only about 11.00pm. 

Yesterday again we were getting jobs done and DH tidied the garage.  Youngest has bought himself another little car which he is going to do up and take to car shows, hence DH tidying the garage so it can go in there.  I spent the afternoon quilting. 

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I saw on Amy’s Blog (Sew Incredibly Crazy) she has started a new BOM “It’s a “Wild” Life” running from this month until January 2019.  The pattern is free for the month it is in but after that it is a small fee.  I have never taken part in one of these and thought it would be a great idea to try and I have made the block for February (I will take a picture and let you see tomorrow).  If you want to play along go via the button on my blog and it will take you to Amy’s blog. 

It is looking like it is going to be a very busy week.

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Hugs, Susie xx

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

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Now when I wrote about my Book Club a lot of you said great, except you don’t like scary books, like Stephen King; the book I am reading at the moment.  So for February’s Book Club I thought I would tell you about a book I read before Christmas.

Always around Christmas I love to read a book about Christmas or set around Christmas.  I think it stems from reading to The Boys when they were little and we always read them Christmas books during December.  Anyway I read this before Christmas and loved it.

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Now I know we are in February but there is nothing to say we can’t read books about Christmas all year. 

It is about two women who have a very different approach to the festive season.  First Beth and although it is only September she has to plan and put on the annual Christmas Eve Village party, which was previously arranged by her husbands former wife as well as hosting Christmas for her step-children.  

Then there is Carol,  a glamorous magazine editor who is busy trying to find articles to help her ailing magazine and is completely oblivious to the coming festive season.  She develops a huge sense of guilt as she has done nothing towards Christmas for her young son, so decides to book a country cottage to try and have the perfect Christmas. 

The two women meet and between them manage to bring about Christmas for everyone, whilst still keeping their sanity.

It is a great read and no monsters in sight and does make you feel all warm about Christmas.  You can get it from Amazon as hardbook/paperback/Kindle/Audio book.

I hope if you do read it you will love it and I will sort out another book for March.

Happy Reading everyone.

Hugs, Susie x

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis

#TBT

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Youngest with the Scones he made for his cooking badge at Cub Scouts.

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Eldest with the meal he had to make for his school project.

At various times the Boys had to cook specific meals for School (Primary and Senior) or Scouts and we had to photograph them doing the job as well as the results.  I sometimes wonder who did most of the work and the Boys always seemed to make the most mess but we got it done.  They always preferred when cooking with me to be making cakes or cookies rather than actual meals and quite often at half term we would spend the day baking their favourites.

These pictures are from 2008 when the boys were twelve and eight.

They did a few sewing projects at both schools but neither of them were interested in that much and I think I ended up finishing some of them.  However they loved the projects in woodwork and metalwork they did.  You know they say about not forcing your children into stereotypical roles but as soon as both Boys were able to talk they pointed at cars and trucks and tractors and lorries and that is all they ever wanted to play with. 

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I am still busy sewing the bindings down (!) but am getting there.  I have also been planning my Quilt Retreat.  The best bit?  I am not going anywhere!!!!  I don’t have to pack the car up or try and decide what to take or how much to take as it will all be here!!!  DH and Youngest are going to be busy the weekends of February 16th to 18th and February 23rd to 25th with the County Swimming Championships in Matlock.  So I am going to ensure that all my jobs are done and dusted so that I can spend those two weekends quilting. Treacle, of course, will be coming on Retreat with me and no doubt packing her favourite tennis ball, tee hee.

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My snowdrops have poked their heads through and looking great in the very grey days we are having at the moment.  It is strange as every other bulb we put in rots after a couple of years as the soil is so wet yet my snowdrops come up every year stronger and more than the previous year.   I have put some daffodils in my pots this year but later in the year I will be putting lots more snowdrops in as they seem to like the soil and do well and they are so pretty. 

I hope you are having a great Thursday, tomorrow is Friday Book Club.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The Wednesday Wag.

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Mom says I need more exercise, especially at this time of year when I am in more than I am out so does this count, stretching my leg whilst lying in my basket?!!!!

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How about balancing on the stairs with no help?

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I am too tired now from all that exercise I am going to stake my claim on Mom & Dad’s bed before Mom gets here!!!!!

Exercise is for when the weather is nice and sunny and warm not at this time of year.  It might be sunny today but it is very, very cold!

Have a very Woofy Wednesday and stay warm.

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Tuesday-ish.

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It has been trying to snow here all day, but I think it is too cold so it has just been tiny little flakes which have not settled.

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Martha Stewart today has sent out her daily things to do, one of which is how to entertain yourself when the weather is bad and you are stuck indoors.  Martha you are too late I did that post on January 18th with “Thursday Thoughts” Here.

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I ran a few errands today and got my work done so I am really doing well with one of my New Year Goals of keeping on top of everything.  I have a basket of ironing to do and then I am definitely all up to date.  Tomorrow I will be doing some cooking and making meals for the freezer and some baking and getting a few extra jobs done in the home as well. 

Tonight I will be getting on with sewing some of those bindings to the back of the items.   I also got some material out of my stash for another super secret quilt I am making for later in the year.  I think I may need some more material to go with it and if I haven’t got the right things it will mean a trip to the quilt shop!!!!!

I hope your Tuesday is going well.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Treacle and I last night.  Whilst Daddy is away Treacle has his side!!!!!

A Great Weekend.

I had a great weekend.  Friday night dinner was great fun and lovely to be out.  Saturday morning I got some jobs done and then in the afternoon and evening I got some more quilting done.  Sunday I managed to get my extra house jobs done so I am doing well keeping up with my lists!

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This is my Autumn wall hanging which I am currently sewing the binding to.

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These are my two blocks from the “Red, White & Blue” Blog Hop and I have put Christmas borders on them which now need sewing down.

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My purple little quilt with the binding sewn to the front and now needs finishing.

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My Christmas wall hanging with the binding sewn on and waiting to be sewn to the back.

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The blocks made and just waiting to be stuffed!!!!

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Last night, well actually as we got into bed at 10.00pm, they were showing coverage of the Super Bowl on UK TV.  We started to watch it, as it is such a huge event in the US and were fascinated by how different it is to our sports coverage.  I didn’t really understand the action but think it is something like our Rugby games but I don’t understand that either!!!  I must admit I was half watching and half asleep but did wake up to find that the Philadelphia Eagles had won, I switched off after that.  When we were on holiday in Florida in 2010 we went to a baseball game in Tampa between the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees and it was a great afternoon and again very different to our sporting events and very much a family event.  The Boys had a great time and again we understood most of it. 

DH is away until Thursday evening at a business exhibition in Farnborough and so it is Youngest, Treacle and I at home.  The weather is getting colder again and some parts of the UK have had snow although we haven’t and at the moment are not forecast to have any. 

I hope you all had a great weekend and looking forward to a great week.

Hugs, Susie x

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Treacle kept me company in the sewing room.

Dinner.

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DH and I were out last night for a business dinner and it was lovely.  We went to a Chinese Restaurant in Nottingham which has been there for over thirty years and it is always good food.  In fact some friends had their wedding reception there which is a whole other story.

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The restaurant was getting decorated for the Chinese New Year in a few weeks time and it looked stunning.

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Dinner has arrived, our friends had a banquet meal and DH and I had a main course each.

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DH was hungry!!!

It was lovely to go out on a Friday evening and in fact it was our first meal out of the New Year so a real treat.  We got home around 11.30pm and Youngest was home and asleep when we got back!

It is raining here again today so I will definitely be spending the day quilting.  DH is out tonight at a swimming event announcing, hopefully not coughing too much.  Perhaps spending the evening in a hot, steamy swimming pool will cure him finally of this cold although from what friends have said the cold goes but the cough does not!!! 

Youngest has another audition and interview at one of his chosen Universities which is great news and he is really excited by it all.  He has also filmed another part in a soap opera which is on the BBC every afternoon called “Doctors”.

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He is playing the friend of one of the characters who have been to a fancy dress party and who are a little worse for wear!!!  As I said when I saw the picture “everything you hope for your child when he is born”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hopefully this part will not be cut out of the production!!!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Last night when I was getting ready to go out, Madam was on the bed and this look says “Mom please be quiet I am trying to rest”!!!!!!

Groundhog Day!

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Well Punxsutawney Phil came out of his burrow and saw his shadow so we will have six more weeks of winter!  Bummer!  Well Phil may be right as they are forecasting snow for us this week which is very unusal for the UK in February.  Some people in the UK have daffodils (a harbinger of Spring in the UK) flowering already, but mine are only just poking their noses out of the soil but we are in The Midlands and it is a bit colder here.  Nevertheless we can curl up on the sofa as they are showing the film “Groundhog Day” on TV which is always fun.

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Talking of quilting I have had several run-ins with flying geese where they have all turned out the wrong size despite being cut the right size!!!  Anyho my friend Susan sent me a link to a quilting tutorial of how to make it easy to make flying geese and also a Sew A Long, the link is here https://fortheloveofgeese.com/2018/02/01/sew-along/.

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Picture from The Amish Country Quilts (https://www.amishcountrylanes.com/Pages/hs2384.shtml)

I definitely need this and will try and keep up with the sew a long and thank you Susan for helping to try and make my flying geese fly straight!!!!  Don’t you find that you always have a quilting block that everyone else finds a breeze and you don’t?  I need to sort this out especially if I want to make a sampler quilt and so far the flying geese block is the only one I seem to not be able to get right. 

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I am hoping to get three more of my UFO’s finished this weekend and if I can get my summer quilt sandwiched and pinned and start the quilting on that as well I will be well on my way to start my new projects. 

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Speaking of UFO’s the new series of The X-Files begins in the UK on Monday, yeah!  Can’t wait as this is my most favourite of TV shows ever but I am sorry that there will be no more series with Gillian Andrerson.  In fact I don’t think the show will work without her and although I have not seen the new series yet this should be the final one.  I will let you know what I think about it when I have seen the series.

Whatever everyone is up to this weekend I hope you have a great one and if winter is still with you, stay warm and have a great one.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Treacle has her whole weekend planned already, eating and sleeping with a little light exercise in between, but mainly eating and sleeping!!!

Thursday Again.

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Well January is behind us and I can’t say that it was a great month.  You know you start out on January 1st thinking that it’s going to be a good year and then January happens and yes this year looks like it is going to be just as bad as last year was!  So here is February and at the moment it is shaping up to be the same as January.  It’s going to be a long year!

Yesterday it was all over the news about the New Moon, not only was it going to be a super moon (the closest it will be to Earth) it was going to be a blue moon (two new moons in one month) it was also going to be a red moon as well (a lunar eclipse) so a super blue blood moon which has not happened for 150 years.  In Derbyshire? it was raining and cloudy so we got no chance of seeing it!  It is always the same when one of these celestial things happen, especially when we are in the perfect place to see it and its raining or cloudy and we don’t even get a glimpse!  Fortunately lots of people did get to see and photograph it.  The picture below is from the Daily Mail Online and taken by David Clarke/SWNS.com in Warwickshire, UK.  Just as a complete aside I went to school with a boy called David Clarke, I wonder if it’s him?!!!!!

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DH is busy coughing his way around Scotland visiting customers and hopefully passing on his cold and won’t come back with it.  Youngest is busy with assignments and I have managed to get my work finished and just have house jobs to do now.

I have been going to our local hospital once a week for some hydratherapy sessions (I won’t bore you with the reasons) but because the parking is dreadful and I have to use my Jeep to get there, I have been arriving at 7.30am for my 9.00am appointment!  Not only is it taking lots of time it is also costing a fortune in parking!!!  The appointments are helping and obviously the pool is great as it is so warm, just a nuisance about the time it is taking, oh well.

Tomorrow I have some errands to run and then we are out in the evening at a business dinner and then Saturday I will be quilting for the day and can’t wait.  Sunday I am hoping to get some other jobs done round the house and keep on top of things.  The weather is going to be sunny which is lovely to see after all the rain and grey days we have had, however wth the sun it is going to be very cold but hopefully will kill off all these bugs. 

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Here is a #TBT Picture for you of the Boys from Febrary 2005 when they were 9 and 5.  We spent Half Term in London whilst DH was at an exhibition I took them all over to the museums and things and as you can see here with the London Eye in the background.  It was cold which is why they are wrapped up in fleece jackets, hats and gloves.   I love looking through these pictures for #TBT and seeing the Boys when they were little. 

Happy Thursday and February everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx