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I have had a lovely Birthday week.  I had lunch with Jayne and we got to talking about life in general and I said that after the last ten very challenging years with the business as well as coping with huge changes in our family, I have been very stressed.  However this year I got to the point where I decided that really at the end of the day there is only so much I can control and the rest I just have to go along with. 

I also found that I was worrying about months ahead and even years so now I only think about tomorrow, possibly the following weekend and perhaps next week, but no further.  Fortunately things are getting better with our business, as are a lot of our friends who are in business as well.  It is not just us that have been going through these challenging times.  I do feel a lot better than I did, but one thing I have stopped doing is reading the news.  I feel that the news shows present the items with their spin on it and they just love dire news so I don’t watch or read the news now.  I listen to the radio and usually there is a five-minute news report at the top of the hour and that is plenty of news for me.


My Quilting has also helped me to focus my attention as well and then watching a DVD of one of my favourite programmes whilst quilting I find it very soothing.  In fact if I don’t do some quilting now I get quite upset so I try to do some in the evening after making dinner and clearing up.  I also find I get quite frustrated at some programmes that I have watched before but now seem to lead you by the nose and are stressful so I have stopped watching them too.

Books, of course, are another way I relax and find it very calming to get lost in a story.  I am also lucky, if you can call it that, that I can re-read books again and again which says a lot about my memory but even if I remember the story I love reading it again as it is like an old friend.  In the past few months I have not been reading as much as I normally do, so this is something I want to rectify.  I also used to read in bed and I stopped doing that after my Op as I was not able to lie very easily on my right side but now that I am better I think I will try again.  I am hoping that this will help me sleep better.


I have also been going through another period of waking several times in the night, which can be quite draining and I am still working on a solution to that.  I have tried the hot bath before bed, lavender oil on my pillow, wrists etc and many other things.  I never have a problem getting to sleep, I have a problem staying asleep!  I woke at 3.45am this morning to the birds singing and the sun rising.  It has been a wonderful day with constant sunshine and no clouds in the sky at all.  In fact I think we are warmer here than the Mediterranean and the temperatures are due to rise during the weekend and next week.  I love this weather but usually by 4.00pm am getting very tired.  As I say still working on a solution to this.


Treacle loves this weather and lies in the sun for so long and then moves into the shade for a while and then comes back into the sunshine!  Silly dog.  She just loves being outside. 

As the weather is going to be lovely over the weekend we are taking the opportunity to empty the garage and room off and tidy it up, get rid of anything we don’t want and of course put back the things we want to keep! 

I hope the weather wherever you are is going to be lovely and you have a wonderful weekend and remember:

Live In The Moment

Forget The Past

And Don’t Worry About The Future

Hugs, Susie xx

The Longest Day!


Today is the Longest Day with the most amount of daylight hours in it and here it is very sunny and the birds were definitely awake before 4.00am this morning!!!  My Mom of course always said the Longest Day was yesterday when I was born!!!!  I am sure she was joking!


DH and I went shopping during the day to Nottingham nothing special just to get a few things (a new walking foot!!!) but it was great to just be doing something other than work!  In the evening Eldest, Youngest and their Girlfriends were coming for dinner and we managed to sit outside for a bit but it was quite cool (next week we are going to be roasting as there is a heat wave coming). 


The flowers are starting to open in the garden.


I had some lovely presents, vouchers for the beauty spa, vouchers for the farm shop, a new scarf/wrap and book tokens.  DH bought me some perfume and membership to the Royal Horticultural Society for a year which means we can get tickets to visit The Chelsea Flower Show next year!!!  The Boys went with a gardening theme too with new clippers, gardening gloves, seeds, solar-powered lights, a DVD, notebooks. We had a takeaway at home for dinner which was very nice as I didn’t have to cook!

I am very lucky as I had so many lovely presents and spent time with my family, I could  not ask for anything better.




When I was on Google yesterday morning this popped up!  DH is not keen on all this information that is out there, although we don’t do any social media sites, but I liked it!!!!


You have seen the picture below on my sidebar :


Well this weekend is exactly ten years since we went to collect Treacle from the breeder in Aberdeen, Scotland.  So June 2008


Ten years on!!!!!  Eldest wants me to point out that he and his brother are both the same height but he has his knees bent in this picture trying to hold Treacle!!  They have all grown up.


We came in after dinner as it was cool and had cake inside, which is what Treacle is looking at!!!!


As you know we are big Formula 1 fans, including me and when DH was 40 for his present I took him to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  We have said for a long time we should go again and take the Boys but have never gotten around to it.  Well DH is going this year but with one of the company’s we work with and a few of their customers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  SO he is in big trouble with me!!!!!!!!!!  Not only does he get to see the race they are in a hospitality suite!!!!!  Don’t worry I will think of something so he will be able to make it up to me!!!!

Today it is back down to earth with house jobs to do, some work and errands to run tomorrow.  The weekend weather is supposed to be warm and sunny, but not too hot, so the garage emptying is still on the cards.

I hope you are all having a thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Quilty Projects for the Week.

I love finding quick Quilty Projects on the web to make when I need a finish.  This I found is a book cover or anything else you want to protect, like an E-Reader.  Of course you can change the dimensions to make it larger or smaller as required.


The inside below. It is a great way of using up larger remnants of fabric you have left from other projects.


I also made three of these :

Again using up remnants of fabric and these drawstring bags are great for when you go away on holiday to keep things together in your bag/suitcase.


Here is a sneak peek of our friend’s 50th Wedding Anniversary quilt.  I just need to get it sandwiched and then quilted.


And here is a sneak peek at the Baby Quilt for our friend’s daughter who is due in October.  Again it needs to be sandwiched and then quilted.


I have broken my walking foot which I am annoyed about, especially as most of it is metal except for the casing where the guide bar goes which is plastic and the two bits which hold the guide bar in place have broken.  Of course it is the most expensive of all the Janome feet!!!!!  I am hoping to get a new one soon.


I don’t know if I showed you this but Youngest bought it for me for Christmas last and I just love it.  It was too nice to put away so it now sits on the door handle of Eldest’s room.


Treacle has finally come in fromt he garden and the only reason she has is because it is dinner time!!


Here she is queuing for her dinner!!!

I hope you are all having a terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Oh, It’s Monday Again!


We had a very busy weekend.  Youngest was here on Friday with his new Girlfriend who is very nice and she had dinner with us.  Saturday Eldest Girlfriend’s parents came for dinner and we had a lovely evening but a late one and then if was Father’s Day yesterday.  I seemed to spend the whole weekend cooking but we had a great time.

Friday night we ate in our kitchen to make it a little less formal but Saturday we were in our dining room as true to form the weather was dreadful so we couldn’t eat outside.


DH bought me some lovely flowers for the centre.

We had Sunday dinner yesterday of beef, DH’s favourite.  This morning I was running errands and I think the weekend has caught up with me!!!!  Not feeling the best but I still have lots of jobs to get done.  It is the year-end for our business at the end of May and I have got most of the jobs done, just now have to do month and year end on our accounts and then I can get everything sent off to the Accountants. 

Tomorrow I am having my hair cut and going out to lunch with Jayne for our Birthdays and then Wednesday I am not sure what I am doing, although my Jeep is going in for its MoT!!!!! Next weekend we have no plans so if the weather is kind we are going to empty our garage and our room off it and throw away anything which is not needed and tidy everything up and then put what is left back.  It’s a plan and it does need doing!!  It will give me chance to give it a good clean too.  


When the weather is nice Treacle spends all day outside and I only see her when she comes in looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner!!!!  This means that when she is in at night we don’t see her either as she is fast asleep in her basket or on the bed in the sewing room with me!!!  I think it must be all the fresh “Aire” she is having, tee hee.  I am trying to book her appointment at the Spa for her to be cut and timing it with her holiday at the beginning of August, although her coat has not grown a lot since her last Aire cut!  She also received mail the other day from her Doctors as her annual injections are due which should be done at the beginning of July.  DH will be taking her in for those.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a great week.   I am going to be doing some sewing tonight and hopefully will be able to show you what I have been up to tomorrow.

Hugs, Susie xx

We Made It To Friday!


Happy Friday Everyone, we made it!!  It has been a busy week during the day and getting my quilting done in the evening.  I am loving these long, light nights we have at the moment although next Thursday is the Longest Day and the nights will, little by little, start to pull in again!  Treacle wakes up with the birds in the morning, about 4.00am, and I have to encourage her to go back to bed as it is too early to get up!

Although this morning I was out and about early getting my errands done before it got busy and the grocery shopping too.  My first job when I got home was to brush madam! She was not very pleased, especially as I had called her in from the garden!


I was hoping that we could eat outside like last year as above for dinner tomorrow with Mel and Charles but apparently it is going to rain!!!  So I am going to have to use our dining room.  I am miffed after all the nice weather we have had but no it’s going to be raining!!  It is always the same when I plan something, good job I decided not to BBQ!!!


It’s Father’s Day on Sunday and we have a few little things for DH and I have bought the meat for his favourite dinner and the weather is supposed to be nice so we may get to eat outside then!!!

Before we know it, it will be Monday again!  Next week will be busy too as both DH and my cars need their MOT’s to be done and the following weekend, weather depending, we are going to get the garage and room emptied, sorted, tidied and get rid of anything we don’t need!!!  Well it’s a plan!

I hope, whatever you are up to, you lovely lot have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

Oh It’s A Shame!


I have several blogs which I read regularly and the ladies who own them post regularly (you can find them on the page “My Favourite Blogs”) but a few have decided not to post anymore because of GDPR!  I know that some of the ladies may be using this as an excuse to end their blogs but a few are concerned about the new rules. 

As I said in my post here you really only have to be concerned about these new rules if you sell through your blog and as a lot of these ladies don’t then they don’t have to worry about it.  

It is such a shame that these rules are affecting such a creative thing and hope these talented ladies do continue to blog.


Anyway onto happier things.  I have been surging ahead with my quilting.  So much so that I despatched DH to the quilt shop in Birmingham near to where he was going for work today to get some supplies!!!!!

I have been working on our friends 50th Anniversary quilt and it had lots of squares in it so I spent one evening chain piecing, which was very calming!!!!


My good friend, Susan, in the US sent me a lovely gift last year and I have used it so much.  It’s this


It has a little blade in and makes cutting between the squares a breeze.


All my squares cut and ready for the next step.

This is the pattern I got from the MSQC tutorials on the web.  It is going together really well and I will show it to you when I have quilted it. 


It’s all a bit much for Treacle!!!!!  She loves Eldest’s bed and of course I am in there too so she loves keeping me company when I am busy sewing, my wonderful QuiltyDale! The only thing is when she begins to snore!!!!!!

I have got my house jobs done today and Girlfriend came for a visit this afternoon which was lovely and tomorrow I have errands to run as on Saturday evening Girlfriends parents, Mel & Charles, are coming for dinner, so looking forward to that.

Sunday is going to be nice again so we can get the final jobs in the garden done and of course it is Father’s Day!  DH will just love gardening on his special day!!!!!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx