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Susie’s Friday Book Club ( Yes I know it’s Monday!)

Well last week passed in a blur and Friday I was busy grocery shopping and doing other jobs which I meant I missed this post!!!!!!  Any who here we are.

If you have followed me for a while you know that Clive Cussler is one of my most favourite authors and if I ever want a good book then I turn to Mr Cussler.  This one does not disappoint as it is a Kurt Austin adventure where he is trying to explain why the world’s oceans are rising and it is not due to climate change.  It has to do with an ancient Japanese sword and a plot by a Chinese business man!!!  They get up to all their usual antics and amazing escapes and it is a great book to escape into!  I have almost finished it and I will then be on to this book next.

I got my first book from my subscription with Heywood Hill!!!  It is great to receive parcels like this in the post.  I normally get to open all the mail as I am at home of course and mainly it is bills and work so it is really nice to receive this through the mail!!!

As you can see it is wrapped really well and with a pretty ribbon too.

This is the book inside!  I will review it for March.  It is perhaps something I would not have chosen for myself but that is the whole reason for doing the subscription to find new authors.  Can’t wait to see what March will bring.  I may get a bit behind with the books depending upon how much reading I get to do with work and everything else but I will catch up at holidays!!!!   

We had a lovely evening on Saturday but I forgot to take pictures of the food!!!  I started cooking at 8.30am and finished by 4.00pm and we ate at 7.30pm by which time I was quite tired but it was worth it, they all loved it. 

Have a wonderful week everyone. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Hello February!

“Even though February was the shortest month of the year, sometimes it seemed like the longest.”
JD Robb

I always thought as a child that February was the longest month of the year, even though it is the shortest, it is probably to do with the early dark nights and mornings!!  Well we have got the first month of the year out of the way, not that we have done a lot in that month in Lockdown and they are saying that we will be in lockdown for quite a while, hey ho!

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”   Louis L’Amour

Library Trinity College Dublin.

I think that all the Colleges have the most wonderful libraries and although the books are probably all weighty academic tomes, they would be wonderful places to spend several hours reading your own books!  Books to me always have a very calming effect and it is also the same when I go into a bookstore!!! 

We ended up getting quite a few jobs done over the weekend, it was really cold so they were all indoor jobs!!  I did some reading and a little bit of sewing, which I will show you tomorrow, but that was it.  The trip to the dentist was okay but I spent the rest of Friday not doing a lot which was actually quite nice.  I hope you lovely lot had a good weekend whatever you were up to and have a great week.

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

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

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!


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. 


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!

Christmas Still?

Yes a full lockdown again but we can all still go to work!  Good news for DH and the Boys and me.  Of course I only have to move from our kitchen into our den where my desk is, so going to work is easy for me!!!   However I do start to go a bit stir crazy if I am in all week and don’t get out somehow so I have made DH promise that he will take me out in the truck for a drive, if nothing else!!! 

I saw this the other day on Instagram where I follow The Biltmore Estate.  You know me and libraries especially decorated for Christmas, well here is their library all decked out.  Don’t you just love it?  I know we have until tomorrow to discuss Christmas and for me to show you Christmas things.  I have left my “tree” up on the Blog until tomorrow as well when I will have to replace it with something else wintery. 

Speaking of Libraries here is the library we went to as a family near to where I used to live with my parents.  As you can see it is quite big and not only were there lots and lots of books there were rooms which could be used for meetings and study areas where you could go and revise and look up information.  Of course in this day and age students don’t need that as they just look everything up on line!  I like that you can still go to libraries and they are quiet places, something else we don’t get much of these days!

I also forgot to tell you about a wonderful present I got from DH and The Boys for Christmas!  This is Heywood Hill Ltd, Bookshop in Curzon Street, London.  They were established in 1936 by Heywood Hill and his soon to be wife Anne Gathorne-Hardy.  During the second half of WWII Nancy Mitford, eldest of the Mitford Sisters and related to the late Deborah Devonshire of Chatsworth House, worked at the store.  The shop is now owned by the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, following on from his father who became the majority shareholder. 

Anyway I read an article in The Telegraph about the shop and in particular their subscription service which they run where they will supply you with a year of books, hard back or paperback.  They talk to you about your likes and dislikes and the sort of things you like to read and each month they will send you a book.  There are fourteen options for you to choose from and DH and the Boys bought me the twelve paperback books.  If you read quickly there is an option for forty books in a year!!!!  If only I had that sort of time. 

The subscription service has been a life line for the shop since all the chaos of last year and also for their customers with more time on their hands to read!!!  I will let you know when I get my first book! 

I have often been asked why I do not belong to a local Book Club and my answer is always the same, the Book Clubs I know about they always want to read meaningful books or books with messages or books which have won literary prizes.  I hate to tell you but that is definitely not the sort of books I want to read.  I read for pleasure and to escape into another world not to be depressed at the end of it!!!!  Perhaps that is shallow of me but…. hey ho!

I have finally caught up with my work and the house is now back to normal and I just need to finish the ironing.  As we are now at home all the time again I may sneak a few hours with my new book!  I hope you all have time to do some leisure reading.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

My Childhood Library!

Yesterday was Book Club Friday and it reminded me of how my parents and I would go to our local Library every Saturday afternoon and get our books for the week.  We had books at home which we owned and I always had books for my Birthdays and Christmas but when I was growing up if you wanted to read a lot being a member of the local library was the best way.  (Unfortunately I cannot show you a picture of the Library as all the pictures have copyright on them!!!!).

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Above is the old style of reader’s library ticket which you had and when you wanted to check a book out they would take the slip out of the book and put it into your ticket and then stamp the book with the return date. They had really large metal date stamps which made a huge clunk!!!!!!

When you borrowed books from the children’s library you could only check out four books, which by the time I was eight was just not enough!!!!  You had to be ten to borrow books from the main library and I could not wait!  We also had a library at my school and was ten when I read “The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien which got me into fantasy books!  In fact there was a larger school library at my senior school and spent most lunchtimes in there.

When I did eventually get into the main library I devoured all of the Agatha Christie books but you will not be surprised after yesterday’s post!!  I also read a lot of historical fiction and as I got older the romantic novels.  However over the years I now tend to read more mystery novels, crime thrillers but still love historical fiction.

When I was in Primary School I had a very good friend, Judith, she and I used to swap books.  Our favourites were the Boarding School books:

When I was eight for my Birthday I had the Narnia Set, below,  which at the time was quite expensive, however the books themselves to buy individually were only 20 pence!!!

I still think books are one of the best buys in this day and age and although they now cost for a large paperback between £6.99 and £8.99, it really is only the cost of two large fancy coffees!!!! 

I do have to admit now though that if I want a book I do tend to buy it rather than go to the Library and borrow it.  I am in the fortunate position to be able to do that and also our local libraries have reduced the amount of books they have to borrow and also have reduced the amount of genres! 

This is my local bookstore which is a chain in the UK, Waterstones, which do stock a lot of books.  Of course I use Amazon as well but I do try and support independent book stores when I can.

This is the new Library near to us, which opened in August this year.  I have not had chance to go and have a look yet but am hoping to soon.  I may even join!

Going to the library with my parents was the highlight of my week, especially at this time of year with the weather being often bad we would spend a lot of our leisure time reading. 

Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you get to spend some time with a good book.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Sue’s Friday Monthly Book Club December.

Here are the December Books for my Book Club and yes we have a few not just one!  Some I have read and some are on my “To Read” Shelf, which has had to move for Christmas!!!!  In fact I am hoping to get quite a bit of reading done over the Christmas holidays.

As you might know, if you follow me, that at this time of year I love to read Christmas books so collect them up and keep them for now!  The book below is what I am currently reading:

I came across Edward Marston earlier in the year and loved the book I read, “Fear on the Phantom Special”.  I did not review it for Book Club but the books are set in the 1860’s and finds Inspector Colbeck and Sergeant Leeming from Scotland Yard investigating mysteries involved with the private railways up and down the United Kingdom. 

In A “Christmas Railway Mystery” one of the engineers disappears after a night out at the local pub only for his body to be found the next day in an alley next to the rolling mill minus his head.  The Inspector and Sergeant had to Swindon with only ten days before Christmas Day in the hope they can solve the murder and be back to their homes in time for Christmas.

The following Books are on my “To Read” shelf but I am hoping to get through them this Christmas.

The above book is all about everything Christmas in New York including the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Centre, Christmas lights in Brooklyn and Holiday train all beautifully illustrated with Michael Storrings’ watercolours.

50 Recipes and stories from New York at Christmas is the above book.

When we visited Dicken’s Museum in London in October I bought this lovely little copy of “A Christmas Carol”.  This book, like Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice” I read every year.  I am never certain that Ebenezer will discover his Christmas spirit in time!!!!

Now you all know, again if you follow me, that I love mystery stories especially the old fashioned everyone gathering at a big country house for Christmas, a large family and friends and they all settle in for the long Christmas holiday.  Except by day two someone has murdered one of the guests and then the local Inspector arrives to solve the mystery!

As you can imagine there are an awful lot of these books out there and I just love them.  The British Library (which DH and I also went to whilst we were in London) have re-published some out of print classic books and the above one is one of them. 

The horror on the train, great though it may turn out to be, will not compare with the horror that exists here, in this house.’ On Christmas Eve, heavy snowfall brings a train to a halt near the village of Hemmersby. Several passengers take shelter in a deserted country house, where the fire has been lit and the table laid for tea – but no one is at home. Trapped together for Christmas, the passengers are seeking to unravel the secrets of the empty house when a murderer strikes in their midst.

Georgette Heyer is not as well known as her contemporaries Agatha Cristie and Dorothy L. Sayers but is a great writer in the same format.

The above book finds that It is no ordinary Christmas at Lexham Manor.  Six holiday guests find themselves the suspects in a murder inquiry when the old Scrooge who owns the substantial estate is found stabbed in the back. Whilst the delicate matter of inheritance could be the key to this crime, the real conundrum is how any of the suspects could have entered the locked room where the victim was found, to commit this foul deed. For Inspector Hemingway of Scotland Yard, the investigation is also complicated by the fact that every guest at Lexham Manor is hiding something – casting suspicion far and wide

This is the first novel of Ada Moncrieff and in the style of the greats. 

Christmas Eve, 1938. The Westbury family and assorted friends have gathered for another legendary celebration at their beautiful country house. The champagne flows, the silverware sparkles and upstairs the rooms are ready for their occupants.  But one bed will lie empty that night. On Christmas morning, David Campbell-Scott is found dead in the snow. There’s a pistol beside him and only one set of footprints.  Yet something doesn’t seem right to amateur sleuth Hugh Gaveston. Campbell-Scott had just returned from overseas with untold wealth – why would he kill himself? Hugh sets out to investigate…

And finally the Queen of Mystery Writers, Mrs Christie, and a compendium of Chritmas stories with your favourite characters, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and other short stories.

Hopefully you will find something here in the December Book Club to keep you busy and entertained in the dark nights and  Christmas holidays.

Have a Very Merry Bookish Christmas!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

The weeks are flying by and despite trying to be organised I missed this month’s Book Club! Sorry! I have put a picture of Chatsworth House library dressed for Christmas as I think we could all do with a little cheer. In fact I got an email the other day from the bookshop I use which said that they were all dressed for Christmas and to please excuse how early it was but they had the same thoughts!!!! Loved it.

Anyway here is my book choice for October.

I have read quite a few of Alison Weir’s historical novels. She takes the character and then writes the book based upon historical facts but as a story which fleshes out the character as opposed to a book of just facts.

I have always loved this part of history and in particular Henry VIII’s six wives but most is written about his second wife, Anne Boleyn, rather than his first wife Katherine.

This book begins with Katherine’s arrival in England and her marriage to Henry’s brother, Arthur, who unfortunately does not live long past the wedding. As Henry becomes heir apparent he marries his brother’s widow and there begins their twenty four year marriage. Sadly, as was the case in this period of time, despite having six children only her daughter, Mary, survived, which was the cause of her eventual divorce from Henry in his pursuit of a male heir!

There is a lot more to Katherine than the sad figure which history consigned her to in the arrival of Anne and the replacement of Katherine by her. Especially at the end of her life when she sent a note to Henry still declaring her love for him despite everything he had done to her!

I loved this book and if you also enjoy it, then Alison has also written about all of Henry’s wives, the books below.

DH and I are off to London for the weekend today, the Boys are both at home looking after little Treacle for us. I will have pictures to show you next week. Have a wonderful weekend you lovely lot.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Susie’s Friday Book Club for September on Monday!

I didn’t do Book Club on Friday as it was September 11th.  So just a few days over here is September’s Book Club Book.

Those of you who read my Blog regularly know I am a huge fan of Clive Cussler and since his passing I have, for various gift giving occasionsn asked for the books I have missing from the collection.  So for my Birthday DH and the Boys bought me a few of them.  One of which was the above.

His books are rolling adventures which keep you turning the pages until the end and this one is just the same.  Kurt Austin and his crew are trying to stop a meglomaniac destroying all the oil wells in the world so that the only option left is to use their business of green energy to replace the destroyed wells.  Some new characters are also introduced in the book from NUMA Headquarters as well as all your favourite ones.

His books always make me want to join NUMA, like I always wished I had gone to Hogwarts for school, if only!  I think you very rarely find authors where you like all the books they have written but in Mr Cussler case I have.  I love Stephen King books but I have never been able to get into reading “The Dark Tower” series, for some reason I just don’t like them. 

Anyway if you need another book for your “To Read” shelf then you can add this one, I loved it.

I hope you are having a great Monday and will have a wonderful week.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx