Monthly Archives: January 2021


After the snow we had at the weekend, which has all gone now (!), I thought for #TBT I would show you some more snow pictures of when we were on holiday in Scotland at Easter in 2012.  It was the beginning of April and usually there is only snow on the mountains but we woke up to find quite a lot had fallen during the night.  The Boys had great fun and although again it did not last long it was a treat to be on holiday with thick snow to play in!

The view from the cottage.

One of those arty pictures!!!!!

Another arty picture!!!

The above one is on my Header.

The Boys and DH at Fort George a few days before all the snow!!!

I have been busy with work today so will be doing home jobs tomorrow after my visit to the dentist!!!  Not looking forward to that trip, especially as at the moment in lockdown I am not going anywhere else at the moment!  Will get the home jobs done when I get back and hopefully at the weekend some quilting done. 

I hope you are all having a great Thursday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

You cannot see much here but I am modelling my new coat which Mom and Dad bought for me to keep me warm and dry on snowy and wet days like yesterday.  I really don’t like being dried and so my coat keeps a little of the weather off me.  Of course it is mostly rain we have but it was great to play in the snow with The Boys!

Of course with the weather being as it is I am spending a lot of time in my basket next to Mom’s desk and when it was really cold she wrapped me up in my quilt which I loved.  I was warm and toasty.

I am very awake however when it gets near to lunch and dinner time!  Mom when do I get my dinner again?

This was after I went out at lunch time and had been playing in the snow and would not come in for Mom!  So I was wrapped up until she was able to dry me!  I was not amused!!

I love snowy days.  I hope you lot are having a Great Wednesday and week and coping with the new lockdown, I might be getting my Boys at home for a while if they have to go on furlough again!!!

Happy Woofy Wednesday, Treacle xx

Then & Now!

So here we have Youngest, Treacle and Eldest in 2010 which was the last time we had real snow as in lots of it!  Youngest was 11, Treacle was 2 and Eldest 15.

Fast forward as by magic eleven years and here we have Youngest, Treacle and Eldest with quite a lot of snow again!!!!!!!!  Youngest is 21, Treacle is 12 and Eldest is 25!

Where did eleven year’s go?  Mind you they are all still as daft as they were when they were all younger if not more so!!  All three came in very wet, very tired but very happy!

Well Treacle was happy until she had to be tried and all the snow/ice balls gotten out of her feet and the snow from her nose!  You all know how much she loves to be dried, NOT!

I am trying hard this week to keep up with ALL my jobs so none of them get behind because I think when I do get behind that’s when things get screwy for me!  Well it’s a plan, you can only try these things!!!!!!!!!

Hopefully this week is going to be a little calmer although I have the dentist on Friday morning which I am not looking forward to and I can’t even go out for lunch afterwards, Hmm!!!!  Hey ho.

Happpy Tuesday everybody!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Monday Book Quotes – Burns Night.

𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦,
𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘢-𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘳;
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥-𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘦,
𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘨𝘰.

𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘧𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩,
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘪𝘳𝘵𝘩-𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘝𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘳, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘩 ;
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦,
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦.

𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴, 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩-𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳’𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘯𝘰𝘸,
𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘸;
𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥-𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴,
𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘥-𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴.

𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦,
𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘢-𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘳;
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘥-𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘦,
𝘔𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘐 𝘨𝘰.

Robert Burns

On this day in 1759 Robert Burns was born in Alloway two miles south of Ayr.  Over the years he wrote over five hundred poems, songs and stories whilst still working for a living as an Exciseman and raising four children with his wife Jean.  All this took a toll on his health and aggravated his rheumatic heart condition and he passed away on July 21st 1796 with his funeral taking place on July 25th when his youngest son was born.  He was just 37. 

Tonight glasses of Scotch will be raised in remembrance of Robbie Burns and the famous haggis, neeps and tatties will be eaten, although not by my lot as they are not fans of Haggis!  If you are celebrating have a wonderful Burns Night.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  As you saw from yesterday’s post it snowed here, although it is starting to melt today!  Not a lot got done quilting wise I was too busy drying gloves, hats etc after snowball fights (!) and making hot chocolate!  Saturday was just a chill day too as we had had such a busy week.  Sometimes I just think you need those sorts of weekends.  Have a great week all.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Busy Few Days!

It has been a busy few days with work now that everyone seems to be back to work despite the new lockdown!  Today I have been doing home jobs and have some ironing to get done but am hoping to get some quilting done over the weekend. 

This is today and it is great to see after all the rain over the last few days.  It is very cold but that does not matter there is a blue sky and the sun!  I rather thought the sun had left to go on his holidays after all the grey days we have had!  In fact it has been so bad I was even considering of buying one of those light boxes!!!

Even Treacle has enjoyed being out today, wonders will never cease!!!

We also had a lovely surprise through the mail when we received a package from Susan, Tara & Sita, our friends in the US. 

It made it Christmas again.

She sent us some wonderful gifts and we sent out Thank You’s to her.  Here is what she sent.

We have heard about the Girl Scout Cookies and here we get to try them, they are yummy.

Susan always done wonderful work and she sent me this lovely mat I am using on my dressing table and the towel below which is under my machine.

She sent me this lovely shawl and DH the wonderful warm scarf which I didn’t get a chance to get a picture of before he spirited it away.

I love these and need them regularly; a magnet to store or pick up pins which I drop regularly!!!

Treacle got pressies and she loves opening them.

A lovely new red tennis ball.

And a Squeeky platipus which she loves.

Susan sent all of my gifts in this wonderful bag.  The moto is so apt!!!

She also sent me the Reno Gazette Journal Comic pages with Snoopy on! 

We love everything Susan, thank you so much.

We have made it to Friday and we are supposed to get some snow over the weekend again, but they have told us that before.  Because of all the rain lots of areas have severe flooding again and I feel so sorry for those affected by it. 

I hope you all have a great weekend whatever you might be up to.  We are not doing anything again because we can’t except jobs at home and as I say hopefully some quilting.  Happy Friday you lovely lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag!

It has been doing this all day today at home and I am not amused!!!  I have got very wet every time I have been out and it is also cold!

So the best place to be is in my basket next to Mom!

I really am not up for my close up today!

However the rain has not stopped that pesky squirrel trying to eat all of Mom’s plant bulbs!!!

I hope you are having a better Wednesday than we are.

Wet Woofy Hugs, Treacle xx

Tuesday Thoughts!

Yesterday was “Blue Monday” which is the supposed to be the worst day of the year because Christmas is well and truely over, it is a long time to pay day because you were paid early in December and the weather is generally bad.  However I didn’t feel too bad yesterday but today I feel yuck.  We spoke to some friends over the weekend and they said the same thing especially with the lockdown and we are due for heavy rain for the next three days!!!!

I am also finding it hard to come up with new meals for all five of us, that everyone likes and not keep cooking the same meals week in, week out! 

And to add to all of this I am in one of those cycles where I am waking up during the night!  Saturday it was 4.00am, Sunday was 1.00am, then 3.00am and then 5.00am!  This morning was 4.00am again!  By the middle of the day I feel exhausted! 

I think I am going to have to do something over the weekend to shake all this up so I can break this, especially as it looks like we are going to be in Lockdown until at least March!

I really wish I was at the cottage in the Highlands with this view! 

Treacle is helping me being in her basked next to my desk.  One thing is for sure she will not want to be out in all the rain!!!!

I hope you all are having a better Tuesday.

Hugs & Love, Susie xxxx

Monday Ish!

As it is Monday and Mondays can be, well, not inspiring; I have decided to start a new thing – Book Quotes/pictures/libraries/bookshops etc for Mondays!    Books inspire me, I can spend hours in a book shop, book quotes inspire me and you know I just love libraries so here we go for this new Monday posts,

A.A.Milne was born on January 18th 1882 in Kilburn, North London.  He was a wildly published Author and Playwright before writing the “Winnie The Pooh” books, originally for his son Christopher Robin Milne.  Unfortunately these books rather overshaddowed his previous work and father and son did come to regret the popularity.  However to millions of children out there they are very much loved, including our Boys!

Who does not love the innocence of the stories and the peacefulness of the Hundred Acre Wood but beware of the Heffalumps & Woozles!

Suzzallo Library, University of Washington – USA

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This structure was built in 1923, it has many interesting details including figures showing academic heroes like Shakespeare, Dante, Louis Pasteur, Benjamin Franklin, Plato, Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci, Beethoven, and more.

I think this room could also double as the Hogwarts main hall, especially with those hanging lanterns!!!  I would just love to spend time here reading.

I hope you like this new style of Monday Posts!

I hope you lovely lot had a wonderful weekend and have a good week.  Happy Monday!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

A Good Excuse!

Do you know what I hate the most?  When people use a bad situation as an excuse for bad service!!!!! 

I won’t go into all the details but our energy supplier is using the Covid situation as an excuse not to deal with complaints.  When I finally got through to talk to somebody (after 37 minutes on hold!) on Monday the person who answered said she would call me back on Tuesday; I am still waiting!  I called again today and when I finally got through again the woman put me on hold for 15 minutes and said it would be sorted by Monday next – I don’t believe it!  When I asked woman 1 on Monday where she was she said Nottingham.  When I asked woman 2 today she said Leicestershire however both of them had African accents.  When I asked woman 2 about this she said that they do have an African call centre but she wasn’t in it!  When I said that two of them had different answers of where they are in the UK she had no answer!!!!!!!!  I said I wanted to complain and she said she could deal with it; I said no and I wanted to speak to someone in the UK she transferred me to another automated system and after an hour of no answer I hung up, a call which of course I paid for!!!!  GRR,,,,,,,,

It is also like all the articles being written at the moment by journalists who are making the new Lockdown out to be horrendous and ordinary people are giving interviews saying how bad they feel.  I know for some people it can be really hard but at the end of the day we all have to get through this and we need to make the best of the situation.  Continually moaning about it is not helping anyone!

Rant over!!!!!


Anyway as it is Thursday I thought I would show you some pictures from various January’s and a couple from December (!) for #TBT.

The Boys have always liked vehicles of any shape or form and both of them could not wait to be able to drive.  We found a scheme where they could have a first, second, third and fourth drives, building up their skills until they could actually have driving lessons.

Above is Eldest having his First Drive.

Above is Youngest having his First Drive four years later!

Of  course trains were their most favourite of transport, especially the steam trains!  When it included The Hogwarts Express well you can imagine! 

At Great Central Railway on a visit and Thomas was there!

For Youngest’s 7th Birthday we were at Great Central Railway and had lunch on the steam train. 

Eldest who is eleven here and I on the train for lunch.

Youngest and DH.

They loved having lunch on the train so we have been quite a few times since.  In fact as last year was so bad for funds for Great Central Railway they have put on Breakfast trains and we were all going to go in February but if the lockdown continues we won’t be going.  Hopefully they will move the events for when we can all go.

It has been snowing here today but not settling really just very wet and Treacle has had the same response, I don’t want to go out!  Needless to say that she does get sent out because she hasn’t been out for ages!!! 

Tomorrow is home jobs day and at the weekend I am hoping to get some more quilting done.  I think DH and the Boys are busy sorting out the garage and car things again!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx