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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

(Picture copyright : http://douglaspubliclibrary.org/)

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!!!!!

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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

The Wednesday Wag.

It is doing this today!  You just know how much I love the rain, NOT!  I got wet this morning with Daddy, he then went out and Mom and Eldest, who has a day off today, got back and let me out again and it was STILL raining so I had to be dried again!

I am NOT amused!

I am okay now as I am snoozing in my basket but am going to resist when I am requested to go out again!!!!! I am in rather a grumpy mood now!  Beware all who come near!!!!!

Wet Woofy Wednesday Wag!

Treacle xx

The Workers!

Yesterday and today we have had the workers here and they have been re-tarmacing our driveway.  We got it done originally when we first moved in and over time bits have come out and then we took the rest of the garden away so we can get all the cars on the drive.  Anyway they started yesterday preparing it and then finished it today with new tarmac.

New Black tarmac!  We can’t drive on it until Thursday!

The corner where the garden used to be.

The cones to stop everyone driving on it!

As you can see Treacle has been busy all day!!!!  She wasn’t very happy when the men were using the wacker plate and even I could feel it in the den which is the furthest room from the front!!!! However she got in her basket for a snooze when they were doing the tarmac!  Although the whole house now smells of it!!

My view today from my desk!  The birds are busy at the feeders and we did see the sun for all of an hour which was great!  It is going to be frosty again tonight!

As you know we are in another lockdown, this one being that we can all go to work unlike last March when we couldn’t.  If things don’t get better soon then they will be saying we can’t work and already we have things being cancelled or moved again!  The first being a business exhibition.  There is some muttering about Carnival being held in the village which is at the beginning of July, the problem being that it takes a year to organise usually and we could all do a lot of work and then have to cancel it.  I don’t think, until we definitely know how things are going, that we should be arranging anything otherwise everyone will do a lot of work and then it will have to be cancelled again!!!

I saw this, below, on Instagram on the MSQC page and they got it from Little Red Hen.  So doing as it says using the first letter of my name and the month I was born, I am Patchwork Pixie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What is your quilting name?  Great fun!

I have a basket of ironing to get through tonight and then hopefully more quilting tomorrow and baking later in the week, well it’s a plan!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Hugs & Love, Susie (Patchwork Pixie!) xx

Weekend Achievements!

Boy Mondays do come around quick!!  We had a great weekend knocking some home jobs out of the park!!! I also got some quilting done too and organised my sewing space a little better.

My machine with the project I am working

My ironing table and iron.

The rest of my desk with my sewing things on.  It looks better now I have put a few things away and made rooom for my sewing things.

My Quilting Helper – Treacle.  The weather over the weekend was extremely cold and grey and it did not get above freezing so this is where she spent most of the weekend.  Clean bed too!

Anyway I managed to quilt and bind the little boy quilt and here it is :

The above picture the top finished.

Now quilted!

The binding above and the back below.

Just now need to wash it and it is all done. 

This is the next one up for sandwiching, quilting, binding and washing!!!

Youngest’s new furniture arrived and was all made and installed and looks great.  He has now got a bit more room for a couple of pieces which will give him more cupboard/draw space which was missing with the old furniture. 

We  got a new blind for our den where I work.  When we first moved in we found a Japanese paper blind and it was great as it let lots of light in but great for keeping the glare off, especially as the window gets a lot of sun in the Spring/Summer.  This had been up all the time we had been in our home and had gotten a little grey over the years but I finally found the same blind but with some leaves printed on, same size and everything.  Anyway that also arrived on Saturday and it looks so much better now.  I also had some gift vouchers for my favourite department store and ordered some new curtains for our dining room.  The curtains in there used to be in the dining room at our old home so are quite old and still look okay but are just starting to fade on the edges where the sun gets them.  So we ordered new ones.  I will get some pictures when they are up.

Am up to date with all my work and home jobs so am going to get my next quilt sandwiched and pinned this evening!

I hope you all had a great weekend whatever you were up to and were allowed to be up to Covid wise and have a great week to come.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

Yes I know it is a Christmas picture of the Chatsworth Library but I just love it too much not to have it on the blog!!!!!

I showed you this collection of Christmas books which I am reading at this time of the year.  I am currently reading “A Christmas Party” by Georgette Heyer and it is in the style of Agatha Christie.

Joseph Herriard and his wife Maud live in his brother’s, Nathaniel, mansion house Lexham Manor with him.  Joseph is keen to have an old fashioned family Christmas and invites Paula & Stephen, their niece and nephew to come and stay as well as Nathaniel’s business partner Edgar Mottifsont.  Also invited for the festive season is Mathilda Clare a distant cousin of Joseph and Nathaniel, Paula’s friend Willoughby Royden a playwright and the final guest is Stephen’s Fiance Valerie Dean, who Nethaniel hates with a passion.

After a few days of getting the Manor decoarated for Christmas with various help from the guests, Jospeh suggests that Royden reads his play he has written to them and for which he wants Nathaniel to back him with Paula in the leading part!  After the reading everyone goes up to change for drinks in the library before dinner.  They assemble but their host, Nathaniel does not appear.  When they eventually go to find him in his room, they find he has died but how?  The door was locked from the inside?

The Doctor and local Police Inspector are  called who keeps things as they were found for Inspector Heminway of Scotland Yard to take over when he arrives.  He then proceeds to interview the house party and try and work out who did the evil deed, one thing he knows is that the killer is amongst them!

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Georgette Hayer was a contemporary of Agatha Christie and wrote quite a few mystery novels, thirteen in total.  She wrote a lot more Historical novels, 40 in fact.  I have not read any of those but will give one of them a go. 

I am half way through A Christmas Party and really enjoying it.  I just love the whole family gather at Christmas and then there is a murder!!!!!!!  You can get it from Amazon in paperback and Kindle. 

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Well we have made it through the first week of January virtually unscathed!  I have managed to catch up on work and home stuff so that is one good thing.  Tomorrow I am hoping to do some quilting, sticking to my Aims so far!  We won’t be doing any gardening or anything like that as it is absolutely freezing here today and over the weekend!  I will be hibernating I think, I know Treacle is!!!!

Have a wonderful Winter’s Weekend you lovely lot!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

I am too comfy to move Mom!

Happy Thursday!

We woke to -4 this morning and everywhere was white!  I took these pictures at lunch but it was still freezing!

The Buddleia with frosty leaves.

A very tiny purple flower in amongst the frosty plants!

One tiny snowdrop has come through!

You can see the frost on the lawn.  I spy Treacle!

My Reindeers which stay out all year!

Frosty Trees.

I have been at my desk all day and this is where madam has been!  She does not like the cold like her Mom.  Snuggled or what!

I hope you are having a wonderful Thursday, Friday tomorrow and Book Club Day!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx