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Sneaky Friday!


I was supposed to be doing house jobs, I was supposed to be doing work, I was supposed to be organising the weekend; BUT I DIDN’T!!!!!! I snuck off to the spa for a back massage!!!!  I carry tension in my shoulders and it gets to the point where you could chop wood on my back it is so tense!!!!!!  The lady I see, who I have known for over ten years, has a horrible time trying to massage my neck and shoulders, I am sure she will need a massage herself by the time she has dug her fingers in to try and relieve some of the tension!!!  Not good!!!  Anyway I feel so much better now, but I don’t want to do anything else now!!!!

Everyone in the house has to be up super early tomorrow morning for swimming so I am going to get up then and do my jobs.  I have done my work though so that is one job off the list!!!  You remember those lists!!!!!

From today until Sunday it is the Malvern Autumn Quilt Show.  Unfortunately I can’t go but they always put on a good event.

Speaking of quilting I am still working on the two left super secret quilts which I need to finish, so this weekend along with my other jobs I am going to sort out into groups things I need to do!  I have also had a great idea of how to get the Boys quilts pinned.  DH has access to our village hall, so when it is not being used one evening, we are going to go down and get some of the big tables out and lay the the sandwich on that to pin it!  I think my knees will be thanking me, not so sure about my back though!!!  Can’t win!

DSC04927Treacle has had a few quiet days!  She has not been sick again, thank goodness, but has obviously been recuperating, although she did see the squirrel in the garden earlier and she was making a tremendous racket until I let her out.  It had long gone by then though!!!!

Well I hope you all made it to Friday fairly unscathed and have a great Autumn Weekend.

Hugs, Susie x

Flaming June!

DSC04545Well it is June 1st and I swear it is colder today than winter was!!!!!  What I will tell you is that everything is very, very green!  I know that probably sounds silly but all the plants and trees seem to be such a vibrant green this year!

Over the holiday weekend I took some pictures of the garden as it was a bit warmer.

DSC04543 DSC04544The Peonies

DSC04546The last of the Bluebells


DSC04548A Vinca Major Flower

Last week Youngest was on holiday from school for a week and we were out for a couple of days which I will show you this week.  I also managed to get the Spring Cleaning finished!!!!  With lots of help from DH!!!! It is funny how different people see Spring Cleaning.  To me it is cleaning the tops of cabinets and the insides and washing everything in them and cleaning under furniture and washing the lights and making sure there are no cobwebs anywhere. If you read some on the websites about spring cleaning they have a completely different idea.  Anyhoo it is done for another year!!!!

I also, at the weekend swapped winter things for summer things, clothes etc.  Today I wished I hadn’t!!!!  The weatherman has promised us that the weather is going to be better by the end of the week and warmer but I don’t know………

Still working on the book list for the reading challenge.  I was reading a book I was going to use for one of the categories and I got to Page 160 and decided I couldn’t read anymore, it was so boring!!!!!!!  Needless to say I am still working on the books!  Hopefully by the end of the week.

Hope you Monday is going well.

Hugs, Susie x


A Book Challenge For The Summer!

Came across this challenge, which has run for a few year’s now, on Pinterest.  Read 12 books in four months in various categories.  It is the brainchild of Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life Blog (link above).  Here are the Rules from Megan’s Blog :

General rules:

  • The challenge will run from May 1, 2015, to August 31, 2015. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on May 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on August 31 will count.
  • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audiobooks and large-print books are fine, as long as the regular print versions meets this length requirement.
  • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book during a later check-in, that’s fine, just be sure to account for that in your point total.
  • Rereads can be used for a maximum of three books in the challenge. This rule is meant to encourage you to try new books while still allowing you to revisit books from your childhood or young adulthood that you might get more out of now. Please reread the entire book within the timeframe of the challenge in order to count it; no simply finishing old books or partial rereads.
  • The highest possible total is 200 points, and the first five people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge.

And now for the exciting part: the challenge categories!

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.

10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you’ve had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
15 points: 
Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)

15 points: Read a book with “light” or “dark” in the title. (Or “lightness” or “darkness.”)
20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title. Edited to add: The place must be real, either current or historical, but not fictional.
20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge.
30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it’s worth the most points!)

How to keep track: Megan will publish a check-in post on the first day of each month, beginning June 1, on which you can comment with your progress. I will also include the scoreboard from the previous month on each check-in post.

You know how much I love to read so I am going to attempt this, although I am almost a month behind!!!!  However the book I am reading at the moment can work for the 5 Points!!  I am sure that some people will complete the challenge in a month or two months but I will probably end up taking the whole four months but at the end of the day I win because I will have read twelve books!!!!  Not a loss for me!!!  However I will have to do this along with my quilting, I won’t be giving that up!!!!  If you would like to have a go, go to Megan’s blog and let her know you are having a go.

I will do another post on the books I have chosen to read!

Hugs, Susie x