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Thursday Things.

DH and I had to go and visit a customer yesterday in the Lake District, so left home at 5.00am and got there about 8.00am.  We then went into the local town for breakfast and a cup of tea!  This monument overlooks the town of Ulverston and was erected for Sir John Barrow, who was born there in 1764 and eventually became Second Secretary of the Admiralty.  It was made to look like a lighthouse although there is no actual light in it and it was to remind people of Sir John’s naval history.

It was a long day and we got back around 3.00pm where we finished some more work before having dinner and then off to swimming.  However we have to go back again tomorrow with some more parts!!!  It has been one of those weeks.

Madam spent the day here!  We have had the forecasted warm weather, although it is dropping cold at night, so she was sunbathing on our bed whilst we were out!!  She came down and saw us when we came in blinking as if she had only just woken up!  So that was why there was no Wednesday Wag yesterday. 

In fact the whole week has flown by with work and swimming issues.  The swimming looks to be staying the same with less hours for the foreseeable future which is what none of us want, we would like to get back to all our usual days and session times.  I was also speaking to our Accountant yesterday and we were both saying that we don’t see anything changing much and it will probably be like this, this time next year which is slightly depressing.

I seem to be getting an email a day now with Christmas offers.  It is almost like everyone has agreed that it has been such a year that Christmas needs to start now!  I mean they are always early here in the UK but September, that really is early this year!  I was saying though that so far this year we have had bad floods in the UK, the fires in Australia and USA, the locusts in India, the pandemic and probably to add insult to injury we are going to have a dreadful Winter, lots of snow and freezing temperatures!!  I never say this but I will really be glad to see the back fo 2020 although I am not sure that 2021 will be any better!!!

At the moment I am taking it two weeks at a time!  I think that is the longest we can look ahead for as everything seems to change on a moments notice!  My next two weeks?  Swimming!!!!

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday, Friday tomorrow!!!

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

PS  As it is Thursday here is #TBT!  The Boys with Santa in 2005!  Aged 10 and 6, on the steam train at Great Central Railway!

Madam and her Reindeer Ears, she does not look impressed!!!!!

Monday!

Monday again!  It does come round quickly!!!  DH and I were really busy again over the weekend with the swimming sessions.  The Friday night one is two hours and one of the parents has been going to the Chinese takeaway across the road and getting chips for the swimmers for when they come out,  I think it is the only thing keeping them going on a Friday night!

We were also at swimming on Saturday morning and when we got back home doing all the jobs I didn’t get done in the week!!!  It was a manic day and then had to go to the swimming session on Saturday evening too!  By the time we got home I was shattered.

Sunday Girlfriend was competing with Penny.  It was a lovely day and it was so nice to be outside at an event and not to have to wear a face mask!!!  Here are a few pictures of the day.  

First session waiting to compete.

Back having completed a double clear round.

Second session, actually on the round.

Over the Jumps!

Fast around the jumps and another double clear!

Overall they came third and fourth which as it is only Penny’s fourth event was really good.  They are competing again next week.  It now looks like we are going to be horse people as well as swimming people!!!!

The weather is beginning to turn here and although they have promised some warm weather hopefully at the end of this week, you can feel that Autumn is starting to make itself known with a chill in the air in the evening and early mornings!

You know I was talking about Christmas?  Well when I was doing my grocery shopping at the weekend there were mince pies, Christmas puddings and cakes and other Christmas goodies in the bakery aisle!!!  It is September 7th people!!!  Is it going to be like this from now until Christmas?  Or is it because they think everyone has had such a bad year that we all want to get into the Christmas spirit now?  Literally or figuratively?!!!!!!!!!

I hope you are having a good Monday?

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Friday Quilty Things.

Now that all the Christmas presents have been gifted and opened I am able to show you what I have made for various wonderful people in my life!!!

I was in such a rush to get these two table runners away to these wonderful ladies who are in the USA that I forgot to take pictures!!!!!  Thank you ladies for putting pictures on your Blogs!!!!

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This is Sue and Molly’s Table Runner, Molly very ably showing it off!

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This table runner was for Susan.

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This small quilt was for DH’s lovely cousin, Judy.

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The back of the quilt above and the one below.

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This quilt was for DH’s other lovely cousin, Elaine, sister to Judy.

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I made these Mug Rugs for Girlfriend’s Mom.

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Finally a Baby Quilt for DH’s cousin Elaine her daughter who had a little girl, Jessy, on December 3rd, the day after Youngest’s Birthday!!!

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The back of the quilt which went really well with the colours on the front!

I also got DH and the Boys Christmas mats done for their stockings as well!!!  It was great fun doing all these projects for Christmas and another baby quilt.  I am in the process of sorting out my sewing things and am now back sewing on my work desk and will show you when I have sorted things out. 

I had some wonderful presents from DH and the Boys and from Sue and Susan in the US and will show you those over the weekend. 

Happy Friday you Lovely Lot.

Hugs, Susie xx

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The Decade.

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I had not really thought about we were starting a new Decade until it was all over the news and Instagram of course!!!!  To me it was just another New Year. However I have looked through our photographs from 2010 to 2019 and realised how much has happened in this Decade!!! 

The Boys started the Decade  Eldest becoming fifteen and Youngest eleven and 2019 celebrating being twenty four and twenty!!!!  Their changes have been huge; finishing school and moving on to training for both of them for their jobs and working for the companies they really wanted to!  Learning to drive and getting their first cars (!); Acting for both of them Eldest in the film “Testament of Youth” and Youngest in “Victoria”; Going on holiday with DH and I to Girlfriends coming along too!  From swimming five days a week for both of them and then both being Captain of the Swimming Club, first Eldest and then Youngest taking over from him!  Being in Scouts; playing the piano, doing exams and generally growing up!

DH and I celebrating our Twenty Fifth and Thirtieth Wedding Anniversaries; Visiting the USA in 2010 with our Boys, a wonderful holiday and also visiting The Highlands, Scotland and London for other holidays. 

Work to say the least has not been the easiest of Decades with the global recession and engineering in particular but 2018/2019 did see an improvement which we are really hoping will continue into this Decade!!!!

People always say the years go by too quickly but I always say if you look back and see what you actually did during the year, it has flown by because you have been so active and crammed so much into the year.  Having looked back on this last Decade I cannot believe what we have done, seen and got up to.  It also really makes me appreciate my wonderful family, DH, Eldest, Youngest and Treacle. 

I hope the New Year and next Decade is very happy for all my family, friends and followers.

Hugs & Love

Susie xxxx

 

Just a few of the pictures over the last Decade!!!!  I could have added hundreds more but decided to stop with these!!!!

Happy 2020!

Christmas Eve.

It’s Christmas Eve!

 

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New addition to the decorations, it kind of looks Treacle-ish!!!!

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Family presents around the tree, sort of!!!

 

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Christmas Mice, new additions this year.

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Family Christmas cards.

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The Book Shelves.

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Our Christmas Cake

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The Infamous Chocolate Log – Treacle ate one very like this a few years ago and amazingly she was not ill!!!!

Here we are on the Eve of the Big Day and all the plans, hard work and worrying are done now!!!  Just got to make sure Christmas Dinner is cooked and on the table hot and it is a success.  I hope you have all got to today without too much worry and strife and have the most wonderful of Christmas times.

Hugs, Susie & Crew xx

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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

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Merry Christmas!

We can say that now as we are only four days away from the Big Day!!!

At this time of year I always love to read books about Christmas or set around Christmas and this one definitely ticks the box.  This has been re-published having first been published in 1933 and the British Library are now re-publishing these classic murder mysteries.

Adrian Gray who was born in 1862 and lives a lonely life in his large house, Kings Poplars and although he has six grown children none of them are fond of him.  However he always invites them to spend Christmas with him at home.  They all arrive at Christmas in 1931 and although several of them wish he would drop dead they are all surprised when he is actually found dead on Christmas morning.  The story unravels to find out what actually happened on Christmas Eve and what the Murderer does next.

This is very much in the style of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, who are two of my favourite murder mystery writers.  I have only just started it but I am already engrossed in the story by page 20!!!

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I found this book and a couple of others on Wednesday when I took Eldest Christmas shopping to Nottingham!  We got there for when the shops opened and he shopped and I helped, although he went to each floor in the Bookshop, Waterstones, I stayed put in one of their very convenient chairs in the Crime fiction department picking books.  It was a lovely hour and in fact I could have stayed there all day!!!!!

We left at lunchtime as it was starting to get busy so we did a good job getting there for opening time.  His shoulder is still sore where it was out and he has been resting it as much as possible.  It is great having him at home to look after and spoil!!!!!

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Tonight is Presentation Night for the Swimming Club and party night so DH is busy settng up this afternoon.  Tomorrow I have errands to run in the morning and then in the evening we are having our annual Christmas Party, although we have had a few people drop out through ill health!!!  Sunday we will be tidying up after and I will be doing all the washing and ironing so it will all be done before next week.  I have already ordered the grocery shopping for next week and we are collecting the meat on Monday and then it is all ready for the Big Day!! Youngest and Girlfriend are off to “The Horse of the Year Show” in London on Sunday and wish I was going but have run out of time!!!

I find that I am not quite as stressed as last year as I have planned things out for each week beforehand and it has worked, even with added stress of Eldest at the hospital!!!! 

I hope whatever you are up to, the last weekend before Christmas, you will have a great time and stay safe whatever you lovely lot are up to.  Will be posting some pictures over the next few days of Christmas things. 

Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie xx

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Thursday Already?

The weeks seem to be flying by quicker than ever, or that I am trying to fit so much more into each day as well as all the normal things as well!!!!! 🙂

We finally got our Home decorated for Christmas on Sunday last, a week later than normal.  I always love decorating for Christmas and not a lot changes year on year, just the odd tweak here and there but here are some pictures.

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Our tree, which smells wonderful.  I will try and get some pictures in the evening when you can see the lights.

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Molly’s Mom sent me a wonderful Christmas gift last year, some of her wonderful Mom’s hand painted ornaments for our tree.  These pictures are of them.

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Sorry they are a little blury I forgot to take them before they went on the tree and it is a little difficult to get them where they are hanging!!!

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Snoopy, my favourite.

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The other side of our sitting room, the bookcases with the lights on the top.  We did this last year and it really lifted the room. 

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Our sitting room with the tree.

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Our dining room, more lights!!!

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The stair lights. 

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I have seen a few of these on Pinterest, a Hot Chocolate Station.  Our lot love hot chocolate so I thought it was a great idea.

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One half of my Kitchen, lights!!!

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Our Den where Treacle and I spend our days working!!!

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My kitchen pine dresser.

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The breakfast bar with my perpetual calendar and Scottish plate which is where mail for DH and the Boys goes and anything else!!!

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I will give you three guesses what the weather is doing today, with this picture of Treacle?  I bet you got it right – raining yet again!!!!  It is now midday as I write this and it is so dark all the lights are on!!!  I really hate rain especially after this year!

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I have!  Goodness knows what the results will be but I hope that the people I voted for get in, because if not and the other party get in we, as a small business, will be paying a lot more tax than we do now!  End of political view!!!!

Tuesday I had coffee and breakfast with my very good friend Jayne which was a lovely couple of hours out of all the hectic!  DH and I finished the last of the Christmas shopping last night present wise and only have the food to sort now for the Big Day and it is all done, although I am getting to the point of if we haven’t got it then they will go without!!!!  I have ordered all the meat we require, sorted out the veg to go with it and have ordered the food required for the days we are at home, so just need to collect it all. 

Once I have done this I do not set foot in a shop until at least after New Year.  I think the people that go shopping on Boxing Day and every day after that are mad!!!  I remember when I was a little girl the shops closed at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve and did not open again until at least December 28th and it was so much better.  As a family between Christmas and New Year we go on long walks and, if there is anything on, go to the Cinema, play board games in the evening or, of course, read.  Shopping is the furthest thing from my mind!!!!

I have worked all morning and this afternoon it is Home jobs.  DH is out tonight doing a disco for a friend who has been let down by their disco at the last minute (!) so I will be doing the ironing whilst watching films and tomorrow I have lots of errands to run and in the evening we are having dinner out with friends who we won’t be seeing over Christmas.  I do so love this time of year!!!

Happy Thursday everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

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#TBT to 2010 and the last Big Snow we had!  Eldest was Fifteen and Youngest was Eleven.  You can just see Treacle hiding behind the tree!!!